BartCop Entertainment Archives - Friday, 29 September, 2017


29 September, 2017

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Tom Danehy: Tom digs up some fun facts about charter schools, with the help of the Grand Canyon Institute (Tucson Weekly)
Here's my favorite: Numerous cases were found where charter administrators' salaries are shockingly high for the number of students they oversee. They found one case where a guy who was in charge of 90 students at one location got paid as much as a public-school superintendent in charge of a district with 23,000 students. Wouldn't it be nice to set your own salary?

Bryan Norcross: Dear Government: Send in troops to Puerto Rico. This catastrophe demands it.(Washington Post)
All Americans should be horrified by the depth of the tragedy in Puerto Rico. While we can't forget our friends who are suffering in Texas and Florida - especially in the Keys - from Hurricanes Harvey and Irma, the Puerto Rican tragedy is on a different scale.

Clark Mindock: Jared Kushner faces derision and calls of 'Lock her up' after voting as a woman for eight years (Independent)
The White House adviser made a simple clerical error, but he also is responsible for some pretty important stoff in Washington.

Mythili Sampathkumar: "North Korea: Hawaii residents told to prepare for nuclear attack as tensions reach new high" (Independent)
Hawaii residents have been told to prepare for a nuclear attack in light of increasing tensions with North Korea. State authorities have advised residents to prepare for an attack as they would if a tsunami or hurricane were about to hit the chain of islands. Gene Ward, a State Representative, said that he did not want to be an "alarmist" but wanted people to be prepared.

Christopher Snowdon: Moderate drinking is good for the heart. Why won't public health admit it? (Spectator)
A new study in the British Medical Journal has found that moderate drinkers have a lower risk of heart attack, angina and heart failure when compared to teetotallers. It found that lifelong non-drinkers have a 24 per cent higher mortality rate than moderate drinkers and that the death rate among former drinkers is even higher.

Roland Feizo: 'Inner fat' is a killer lurking in your belly. Here's how to get rid of it (Spectator)
Another name for it is 'active fat', so called because it affects our hormones. It raises the risk for type-2 diabetes, which is why diabetes charities are so worried about it. Heart disease, too. Breast cancer. Colorectal cancer. Even Alzheimer's.

Roisin O'Connor: Frank Zappa: How photographer Robert Davidson recovered the negatives of his famous pictures after 50 years (Independent)
The most famous of the images propelled Zappa to icon status, leading him to say: 'I'm probably more famous for sitting on the toilet than for anything else.'

The Erotic Songs Lost in Translation (BBC)
Many musicians have tried to interpret the French legend Serge Gainsbourg's songs - but no one more successfully than his lover and muse Jane Birkin, writes Cath Pound.

What the myth of Faust can Teach Us (BBC)
The legend of a man selling his soul to the devil 'seems to have particular resonance at times of moral crisis', writes Benjamin Ramm.

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Report: NYPD Impounded Joan Rivers' Joke Files


Superman Abandons Earth

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Trivia Question of the Day

This cultural icon was the first actor to receive a posthumous Academy Award nomination for Best Actor, and remains the only actor to have had two posthumous acting nominations. What is his name?


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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question from Yesterday

One ringy-dingy. What is the name of this telephone operator?

       Ernestine                                                      Source

Mary Jean "Lily" Tomlin (born September 1, 1939) is an American actress, comedian, writer, singer, and producer. Tomlin began her career as a stand-up comedian, and performing Off-Broadway during the 1960s. Her breakout role was performing as a cast member on the variety show Rowan & Martin's Laugh-In from 1969 until 1973. She currently stars on the Netflix series Grace and Frankie as Frankie Bergstein. Her performance as Frankie garnered her three consecutive nominations for the Primetime Emmy Award for Outstanding Lead Actress in a Comedy Series in 2015, 2016, and 2017.

Ernestine was a nosy, condescending telephone operator who generally treated customers with little sympathy. Ernestine often snorted when she let loose a barbed response or heard something salacious; she also wore her hair in a 1940s hairstyle with a hairnet, although the character was contemporary. Her opening lines were often the comical "one ringy dingy... two ringy dingy", and, "is this the party to whom I am speaking?" In the sketches, Ernestine was usually at her switchboard taking calls. She occasionally called her boyfriend, Vito, a telephone repair man, or her pal Phoenicia, another operator.        Source

Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   "Is this the party to whom I'm speaking?" It's Ernestine, portrayed by
  Lily Tomlin on Rowan and Martin's Laugh-In.

Gene wrote:
   Lily Tomlin's prissy Ernestine.

Alan J answered:
   Lily Tomlin as Ernesrine.

Stephen F said:

mj replied:
   The ever existential
  Ernestine, who Lily Tomlin used to as the all important question "Is this the person to whom I'm speaking?"

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Ernestine played by Lily Tomlin

Harry M. said:

Deborah wrote:
   Oh, that's Ernestine, as portrayed by Lily Tomlin, on Rowan & Martin's "Laugh In." One of my favorite comedian/actresses and one of my favorite shows.
  The awful north winds have ceased and more seasonal weather has returned. I'll take it.

Rosemary in Columbus replied:

Billy in Cypress responded:

Adam answered:

John I from Hawai`i says,

George M. wrote:
   Marty, that's Ernestine, played by Lily Tomlin.

Daniel in The City replied:

Dave in Tucson said:
   That telephone operator is none other than Ernestine, portrayed by the incomparable Lily Tomlin.

zorch answered:
   Ernestine (She may have a last name but I've never heard it.)

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali, took the day off.

Randall is offline.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  September 29 Birthdays - Celebrities Born September 29 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.

MAM     In memory.




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Michelle in AZ

'The last place on Earth': how Sumatra's rainforest is being cleared for palm oil | Guardian Sustainable Business | The Guardian

'My parents say hurry up and find a girl': China's millions of lonely 'leftover men' | Inequality | The Guardian

I called Hugh Hefner a pimp, he threatened to sue. But that's what he was | Suzanne Moore | Opinion | The Guardian

McConnell trying to sneak a vote gutting major consumer protection rule this week

'The Flag Is Drenched With Our Blood' - The New York Times

After the Tsunami, Japan's Sea Creatures Crossed an Ocean - The New York Times

Morford: Free the magic mushrooms, arrest Big Pharma - SFGate

In 'Victoria and Abdul,' Dench looks into the abyss - SFGate

Breaking: AZ-Sen-Kyrsten Sinema files to run against Jeff Flake

Garrison Keillor 'God Has Sent Us A Judge, Hallelujah' Roy Moore Gets Us Stoned

Widow of Famed 'American Sniper' Doesn't Have Moral Authority to Lecture Anyone About "Unity"

Following Harvey and Maria, House Republicans propose $10 billion ... for Trump's wall

The un-American Roy Moore is unfit for office-and not a single Republican is speaking up

Ben Sasse Just Owned Richard Spencer on Twitter and it is AWESOME

Thanks, Michelle!



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Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

The 7 most inflammatory things Roy Moore has said - POLITICO

White Nationalism Is as Much of a Threat to U.S. as ISIS, FBI's Open Investigations Show | Newsweek

Trump, at war with everyone, mocks McCain, McConnell - Axios

White House Limits Congressional Travel to Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Sources Say - NBC News

White House says Trump's stance on kneeling NFL players is 'pretty black and white' | TheHill

Bannon met former Rep. Tom Tancredo about running for governor | TheHill

Breitbart charts path for 2018 midterm races | TheHill

Kellyanne Conway's polling firm sold to GOP PR shop - POLITICO

Trump: NFL owners are scared of their players - POLITICO

Media outlets parrot Trump's unequivocally false claims about his tax plan - ThinkProgress

A Dozen Climate Science Deniers Nominated to EPA's Science Advisory Board | Alternet

Duke Psychiatrist: America Is Having a Nervous Breakdown | Alternet

Tom Price will (partially) pay the bill for his expensive charter planes - Vox

The Time Donald Trump Turned Away in Disgust While a Man Was Bleeding to Death in Front of Him | The Daily Beast

Lindsey Graham on Obamacare Repeal: I Had No Idea What I Was Doing | The Intercept



Reader Comment

Current Events

He'll pay for HIS seat - not the whole cost

As someone said of Price--what a tool--costs taxpayers over $400,000; pays back $51,000 like he's such a martyr for ripping us off:

Tom Prices apologizes for charter flights, promises some reimbursement.


     KellyAnne Conway was on several of those flights with him. I won't hold my breath waiting for her to pay us back for her seats.

     Notice how Trump has ended up regretting every single one of his cabinet level appointments given to Far Right southerners?

     Price just flew in his seat. The rest of the plane was on its own and just tagged along.

     Price will pay taxpayers back using funds he will generate from trading stock on information he has due to his position in government.

The Alabama ones are brutal, but having been born and raised there, I have to say they're sadly too true.

Linda   >^..^<
     We are all only temporarily able bodied.

Thanks, Linda!



from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying





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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Still feel like crap.

Tonight, Friday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'MacGyver', followed by a FRESH 'Hawaii Five-0', then a FRESH 'Blue Bloods'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert is Jerry Seinfeld.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 8/9/17) are Elizabeth Olsen, Maya Rudolph, and James Blunt.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Brave', followed by 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Will Forte, Terry Crews, and Jack Whitehall.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 9/14/17) are Jennifer Lawrence, Caitriona Balfe, Ezra Klein, and Elaine Bradley.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/6/17) are Nicholas Hoult, Danny Strong, Ethan Gruska, and Chris Geere.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Marvel's Inhuman', followed by '20/20'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 9/11/17) are Larry David and Dave Salmoni.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Masters Of Illusion', followed by another RERUN 'Masters Of Illusion', then still another RERUN 'Masters Of Illusion', followed by yet another RERUN 'Masters Of Illusion'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Hell's Kitchen', followed by a FRESH 'The Exorcist'.

MY has 'Page Six TV', followed by 'Top 30', then an old 'American Ninja Warrior'.

A&E has 'Live PD', and hours and hours of 'Live PD: Police Patrol'.

AMC offers the movie 'Con Air', followed by the movie 'Twister', then the movie 'The Silence Of The Lambs'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Mountains
 [7:00AM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-Jungles
 [8:00AM]    PLANET EARTH II - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-Deserts
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 5-Flesh and Stone-Part 2.
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 6-Vampires in Venice
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-Amy's Choice
 [2:30PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 24-The Ultimate Computer
 [3:45PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 25-Bread and Circuses
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 26-Assignment: Earth
 [7:20PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-The Enterprise Incident
 [8:30PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 3-The Paradise Syndrome
 [9:40PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4-And the Children Shall Lead
 [10:50PM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 5-Is There in Truth No Beauty?
 [2:20AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 24-The Ultimate Computer
 [3:30AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 25-Bread and Circuses

Bravo has the movie 'Sex & The City 2', followed by the movie 'Miss Congeniality', then the movie 'Miss Congeniality', again.

Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'Futurama', followed by the movie 'Broken Lizard's Super Troopers'.

FX has the movie 'Mission Impossible: Ghost Protocol', followed by the movie 'Jack Reacher'.

History has 'Ancient Aliens', followed by a FRESH 'Ancient Aliens: Declassified'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    FIRST BLOOD
 [10:30AM]    FIRST BLOOD
 [2:45PM]    RAMBO III
 [5:00PM]    ROCKY
 [8:00PM]    ROCKY II
 [11:00PM]    ROCKY III
 [1:30AM]    ROCKY IV
 [3:30AM]    ROCKY V    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Barney and the Governor
 [6:40AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Man in a Hurry
 [7:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-High Noon in Mayberry
 [7:40AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Loaded Goat
 [8:15AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Class Reunion
 [8:50AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Rafe Hollister Sings
 [9:25AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie and the Spoiled Kid
 [10:00AM]    The Town
 [12:30PM]    The Net
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Censure
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Kids
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Sanctuary
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Nurture
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Doubles
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Family Values
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-White Rabbit
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Competence
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Precious
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Virtue
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Scoundrels
 [2:00AM]    Liar-Episode 1
 [3:00AM]    Rosehaven
 [3:40AM]    Rosehaven
 [4:20AM]    Miss Potter    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Salt', followed by a FRESH 'Z Nation', then the movie 'Jeepers Creepers'.

 [6:00 AM]      Narcotics Pit of Despair (Part 1) (1967)
 [6:45 AM]      A Lost Lady (1934)
 [8:00 AM]      Cry Wolf (1947)
 [9:30 AM]      The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers (1946)
 [11:45 AM]      The Pitfall (1948)
 [1:30 PM]      Easy Living (1949)
 [3:00 PM]      Too Late for Tears (1949)
 [4:45 PM]      The Company She Keeps (1951)
 [6:15 PM]      The Racket (1951)
 [8:00 PM]      A Star Is Born (1937)
 [10:00 PM]      A Star Is Born (1954)
 [1:15 AM]      A Star Is Born (1976)
 [3:45 AM]      What Price Hollywood? (1932)
 [5:30 AM]      MGM Parade Show #1 (1955)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Saturday   -  09/30/17

 [6:00 AM]      Broadway Melody Of 1938 (1937)
 [8:30 AM]      The Young in Heart (1938)
 [10:30 AM]      The Mystery Of The Wax Museum (1933)
 [12:00 PM]      Marie Antoinette (1938)
 [3:00 PM]      David and Bathsheba (1951)
 [5:15 PM]      Tora! Tora! Tora! (1970)
 [8:00 PM]      The Bad and the Beautiful (1952)
 [10:15 PM]      Born to be Bad (1950)
 [12:00 AM]      So Young, So Bad (1950)
 [2:00 AM]      Eraserhead (1977)
 [4:00 AM]      The Amputee, Version 1 (1974)
 [4:00 AM]      The Grandmother (1970)
 [4:00 AM]      The Amputee, Version 2 (1974)
 [5:15 AM]      A Visit to Santa (1963)
 [5:15 AM]      The Relaxed Wife (1957)
 [5:15 AM]      Good Eating Habits (1951)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Former President Barack Obama looks on from the first tee before the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., Sept. 28, 2017.
Photo by Julio Cortez


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By The Time You Finish Reading This


Even as states continue to push for recreational marijuana reform, 2016 saw a shocking increase in drug arrests, with marijuana arrests at the forefront.

How bad is it? By the time you've finished reading this, someone will likely be in cuffs for weed-related charges.

New data released by the FBI's Uniform Crime Report (UCR) on Monday gives a breakdown of the estimated number of total arrests in 2016. Among the data are drug abuse violations, which saw more than 1.5 million people arrested, up nearly 100,000 more arrests from 2015.

Curiously, marijuana arrests are not immediately available on the otherwise helpful columns of data. Reporters who requested the data, including Forbes reporter Tom Angelland Washington Post reporter Christopher Ingraham, quickly saw that marijuana arrests have risen since 2015. A spokesman for the FBI did not immediately return a request for comment.

The data comes on the heels of Attorney General Jeff Session's (R-Evil Keebler Elf) rabid push to disenfranchise states that have legalized recreational marijuana, hoping to roll back the legal marijuana industry. Eight states currently regulate marijuana similarly to alcohol, with four having joined the fray in November.



Former Presidents, from left, Bill Clinton, George Bush and Barack Obama pose with wives of the U.S. team's players before the first round of the Presidents Cup at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., Sept. 28, 2017.
Photo by Julio Cortez


Joint Lunar Station Project

Deep Space Gateway

Russia and the United States agreed Wednesday to cooperate on a NASA-led project to build the first lunar space station, part of a long-term project to send humans to Mars.

The US space agency said earlier this year that it was exploring a programme called the Deep Space Gateway, a multi-stage project to push further into the solar system.

The project envisages building a crew-tended spaceport in lunar orbit that would serve as a "gateway to deep space and the lunar surface," NASA has said.

An international base for lunar exploration for humans and robots and a stopover for spacecraft is a leading contender to succeed the $100 billion International Space Station (ISS), the world's largest space project to date.

On Wednesday, the Russian space agency Roscosmos and NASA said they had signed a cooperation agreement at an astronautical congress in Adelaide.

Deep Space Gateway


Not Fit To Be President


A majority of US voters believe Donald Trump (R-Execrable) is not fit to be president and only 36 percent approve of the job he is doing in the White House, according to a poll released Wednesday.

Americans were deeply divided by party, gender and race on whether Trump is fit to serve as president, the Quinnipiac University pollsters said.

But most agreed on one thing -- Trump should stop tweeting.

Sixty-nine percent of the 1,412 voters surveyed nationwide by Quinnipiac said Trump should step away from Twitter while just 26 percent said he should continue firing off tweets.

Ninety-four percent of Democrats said Trump, a Republican, was not fit while five percent said he is fit.



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Joining 'The View'

Meghan McCain

Meghan McCain is heading to daytime television.

According to Variety, the former Fox News host and daughter of Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) will join "The View" as a co-host.

McCain, who previously co-hosted the Fox News program "Outnumbered," will reportedly replace Jedediah Bila, who served as the conservative voice on "The View" panel for the past year. Bila also worked at Fox News and served as a co-host of "Outnumbered" as well as other shows on the network.

McCain is expected to join the show in October, Variety reported. The political commentator is a vocal critic of President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Odious), who has repeatedly criticized her father. Sen. McCain is currently undergoing treatment for an aggressive form of brain cancer.

On Sunday, McCain posted a message to Instagram saying she still can't discuss her father's illness publicly, but will someday.

Meghan McCain


The Statue of Liberty is shown as spectators walk down the second hole during the Presidents Cup foursomes golf matches at Liberty National Golf Club in Jersey City, N.J., Sept. 28, 2017.
Photo by Julio Cortez



New Kumari

A three-year-old girl has been named Kathmandu's next "living goddess" after her predecessor retired.

Trishna Shakya has been named the new Kumari of Nepal's capital, continuing an ancient tradition that sees young girls worshipped as the living embodiment of the Hindu goddess Taleju.

She was selected ahead of three other candidates after a 21-day process that included spending a night among heads of slaughtered goats and buffaloes, the Kathmandu Postreports.

Trishna was anointed on Thursday, before being taken from her family home to live in an ancient palace to be looked after by a team of caretakers.

Eligible girls must fulfil all the criteria of the "32 perfections" of a goddess, which include having a "body like a banyan tree", "eyelashes like a cow" and a "voice soft and clear as a duck's".

New Kumari


Telescope Moves Forward


A long-running effort to build one of the world's largest telescopes on a mountain sacred to Native Hawaiians is moving forward after a key approval Thursday, reopening divisions over a project that promises revolutionary views into the heavens but has drawn impassioned protests over the impact to a spiritual place.

Hawaii's land board granted a construction permit for the $1.4 billion Thirty Meter Telescope atop the state's tallest mountain, called Mauna Kea, but opponents vowed to keep fighting. Protesters willing to be arrested were successful in blocking construction in the past.

Opponents can appeal the decision, but it wasn't immediately clear what they plan to do. Project officials didn't immediately comment or discuss plans for construction.

While opponents say constructing the telescope will desecrate Mauna Kea, supporters tout the instrument's ability to provide long-term educational and economic opportunities.

The project won a series of approvals from Hawaii, including a permit to build on conservation land in 2011. Protesters blocked attempts to start construction. Then in 2015, the state Supreme Court invalidated the permit, saying the board's approval process was flawed, and ordered the project to go through the steps again.



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Quid Pro Quo


Supreme Court justice Neil Gorsuch (R-Ghost of Scalia) was under fire Thursday as he prepared to deliver a speech at a Washington hotel owned by President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Shady), who appointed him to the bench.

Denouncing it as a conflict of interest and apparent display of political support, which is prohibited by the Constitution, activists, lawyers and academics have unsuccessfully sought the cancellation of Gorsuch's speech at a luncheon at the Trump International Hotel.

Justices at the US Supreme Court may participate in events organized by institutes with clear political stances -- such as the conservative Fund for American Studies which organized Thursday's lunch -- but for critics, the fact that Gorsuch is a featured speaker at Trump's hotel raises ethical issues.

Although the confirmation process for Supreme Court justices is extremely political, the court's members are required to follow a code of conduct that prohibits them from expressing their political preferences.

They are also required to avoid activities out of court that could be construed as conflicts of interest.



Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump holds up the March 1990 issue of Playboy with him on the cover as he works the rope line after a campaign rally in Farmington, N.H., Jan. 25, 2016.
Photo by Gretchen Ertl


Repeats False Claim Again


President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Unscrupulous) continued to peddle the false claim that a Republican senator was in the hospital this week during an interview with "Fox & Friends" that aired Thursday.

When asked why he thought his tax reform plan would pass through Congress after the health care bill "went down in the Senate" this week, Trump went on the defense.

"Oh Pete, the health care bill didn't go down," Trump told Fox News contributor Pete Hegseth during the interview Wednesday. "We have the votes, but reconciliation is a disaster. But as you know, it ends on Friday."

"We don't have enough time because we have one senator who's a 'yes' vote - a great person - but he's in the hospital," he continued. "So we have the votes."

"Trump just said on six occasions a senator can't vote because he is in the hospital," Josh Dawsey, a reporter for Politico, tweeted Wednesday. "No one is known to be in the hospital."



To Hear Challenge To Public-Sector Unions


The U.S. Supreme Court on Thursday gave itself another chance to decide an issue that could choke off a vital source of money for unions around the country representing police, teachers and other government employees.

The justices agreed to hear a case brought by a non-union government employee in Illinois that targets fees that his state and many others compel such workers to pay to unions in lieu of dues to fund collective bargaining and other organized labor activities.

The state employee, Mark Janus, is appealing a lower court ruling that rejected his claim that such fees violate free speech rights under the U.S. Constitution. Janus is a child-support specialist at the Illinois Department of Healthcare and Family Services.

"We are now one step closer to freeing over 5 million public-sector teachers, police officers, firefighters and other employees from the injustice of being forced to subsidize a union as a condition of working for their own government," said Mark Mix, president of the National Right to Work Legal Defense Foundation, an anti-union legal activist group that represents Janus.

The high court heard a similar challenge out of California in January 2016 and had appeared headed toward ruling the fees unconstitutional. But conservative justice Antonin Scalia (R-Iniquitous) died a month later and the short-handed court ended up with a 4-4 split in April 2016 that left the law intact but set no nationwide precedent.



A boy is covered in sand as ultra-Orthodox Jewish men of the Vizhnitz Hassidic sect pray at Mediterranean Sea shore as they participate in a Tashlich ceremony, in Herzeliya, Israel, Thursday, Sept. 28, 2017. Tashlich, which means "to cast away" in Hebrew, is the practice in which Jews go to a large flowing body of water and symbolically "throw away" their sins by throwing a piece of bread, or similar food, into the water before the Jewish holiday of Yom Kippur, which starts at sundown Friday.
Photo by Ariel Schalit


With $1,000 Tax Cut

'Buy A New Car'

President-for-now Donald Trump's (R-Corrupt) chief economic adviser - Gary Cohn (R-Prevaricator), the former Goldman Sachs president worth an estimated $266 million - appears to be completely clueless about what the average American family spends on a car, vacation or home improvement project.

Hours after falsely claiming that "the wealthy are not getting a tax cut" under Trump's tax reform plan, Cohn appeared at a White House press briefing and spoke to what middle-class Americans have to look forward to. Based on the administration's assumptions, he said, a typical family that has two children and earns $100,000 per year can expect annual tax savings of approximately $1,000.

"If we allow a family to keep another thousand dollars of their income, what does that mean?" he asked. "They can renovate their kitchen. They can buy a new car. They can take a family vacation. They can increase their lifestyle."

The rather tone-deaf comment came in response to a question about how Trump - who could see savings of more than $125 million per year under his own plan - can claim the proposal doesn't benefit him personally.

In an interview on Thursday with ABC's "Good Morning America," Cohn falsely claimed that Trump's plan doesn't offer a tax cut to the wealthy. He also said he "can't guarantee" that certain middle-class families - the very people the Trump team says its plan aims to help - wouldn't see their taxes increase.

'Buy A New Car'


Top 20

Global Concert Tours

The Top 20 Global Concert Tours ranks artists by average box office gross per city and includes the average ticket price for shows Worldwide. The list is based on data provided to the trade publication Pollstar by concert promoters and venue managers.

    1. Coldplay; $7,780,885; $88.60.
    2. U2; $7,356,042; $114.54.
    3. Guns N' Roses; $5,937,172; $102.16.
    4. Celine Dion; $3,684,074; $142.82.
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    6. Depeche Mode; $3,128,076; $76.78.
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   10. André Rieu; $1,527,343; $86.82.
   11. Bruno Mars; $1,495,967; $87.33.
   12. Ed Sheeran; $1,411,375; $85.01.
   13. Neil Diamond; $1,352,462; $102.38.
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   15. Enrique Iglesias / Pitbull; $1,259,920; $94.87.
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   17. Kendrick Lamar; $1,164,889; $88.88.
   18. Tool; $1,077,322; $77.19.
   19. Florida Georgia Line; $1,056,027; $51.52.
   20. Zac Brown Band; $1,001,478; $47.93.

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