BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 22 May, 2017


22 May, 2017

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[108 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Dahlia Lithwick: Is Donald Trump Too Incapacitated to Be President? (Slate)
Not in this America.

Henry Rollins on defining success (The Creative Independent)
Some days you might not want to face the agony it takes to process the stuff you have in you-but this kind of work is not for the fragile. You have to be somewhat of a warrior. It's why you see a lot of writer types that are kind of angry, itchy people. That's because they're playing chess with their psyche all the time. You have to be ready to grapple with the fact that some days there will be nothing. You've got to trust and remember that on other days there'll be too much and it'll make you crazy in a different way.

Henry Rollins: R.I.P. C'el Revuelta, the Calm Eye of Black Flag's Stormy Final Tour (LA Weekly)
A few weeks ago, Heidi, my manager and big boss, told me I was driving her crazy. "You've been acting like a caged animal since you got back from tour," she said, and then made me an offer I couldn't refuse: Heidi would send me away for a week to a country I had never been to, so I could work on my next two books. The catch was, I would not know where I was going until the day I left.

Froma Harrop: The Road to Single-Payer Could Go Through Medicare Part C (Creators Syndicate)
Rep. Todd Akin was wrong, wrong, wrong when he said that "America is threatened with a stage 3 cancer of socialism, and Obamacare is Exhibit 1." Actually, Medicare is Exhibit 1. Far more socialistic than the Affordable Care Act, Medicare requires a major transfer of wealth from taxpayers to older people. Medicare is also wildly popular, and I dare Akin to call it a "cancer" in front of his electorate.

Froma Harrop: 'Bro Culture' Companies May Do Poorly by Being Bad (Creators Syndicate)
What exactly does Uber have to offer that other companies do not? The ride-hailing service doesn't own its cars or employ drivers. It's basically a smartphone app that connects passengers to drivers using their own vehicles. Rival apps now do much the same thing.

Susan Estrich: Missing Richard Nixon (Creators Syndicate)
Donald Trump is on his way, if he is not already there, to being a laughing stock. Not respected. Not feared. Laughed at. Ridiculed. Viewed as a fool in an office that is way too big for him. This is not about ideology. It is not about partisanship. As a Democrat, I suppose I should be pleased. As an American, I am deeply troubled.

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Trivia Question of the Day

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Joe S's Trivia Question from Yesterday

In England, people are weighed in "Stones". What is the weight of a "Stone"?

       14 Pounds                                                      Source

The stone or stone weight (abbreviation: st.) is an English and imperial unit of mass now equal to 14 pounds (6.35029318 kg).

England and other Germanic-speaking countries of northern Europe formerly used various standardised "stones" for trade, with their values ranging from about 5 to 40 local pounds (roughly 3 to 15 kg) depending on the location and objects weighed. The United Kingdom's imperial system adopted the wool stone of 14 pounds in 1835. With the advent of metrication, Europe's various "stones" were superseded by or adapted to the kilogram from the mid-19th century on. The stone continues in customary use in Britain and Ireland used for measuring body weight, but was prohibited for commercial use in the UK by the Weights and Measures Act of 1985.        Source

Gene was first and correct with:
   Fourteen pounds. There seems to be a pattern developing between yesterday & today's trivia questions.

Randall wrote:
   According to Wiki:
  The stone is an English and imperial unit unit of mass now equal to 14 pounds (6.35029318 kg)

Alan J said:
   14 lbs.

mj replied:
   Much like the fortnight
  The stone is a 14. It'd 14 lbs.

Adam answered:
   14 lbs

David of Moon Valley responded:
   1 Stone = 14 pounds but not £'s..
  Hey Joe S. - England is a most enjoyable country to GF goes 5x a year on buying trips there and i've had the pleasure of accompanying her a number of times. I really like going to a country where manners still matter, where for the most part people are polite and cordial and helpful, even to a strange yank such as myself.
  We went there last Nov right after the election and most people i spoke with wanted to know how we could have elected such a nincompoop as president, and my response was generally asking if they could please explain the whole Brexit thing to me. At that point we would look at each other, both somewhat embarrassed, and we would change subjects and enjoy our conversations with more pleasurable topics, with the unspoken, shared understanding that neither of us had voted to fuck up our respective countries in such a manner...

Deborah said:
   I think a stone is equal to 14 lbs. Just a semi-educated guess.
  We planted our summer vegetable garden yesterday and put out 4 bowls of beer. No pests took the bait, dammit. I know we have snails, slugs and earwigs out there; we hoped they'd drink up and die. Well, maybe tonight, when the beer has gone flat. It's worked like a charm before.

zorch replied:
   14 pounds.
  Small cave babies are measured in pebbles.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   14 pounds

Billy in Cypress responded:
   The English "stone" weighs a fortnight of pounds, i.e. 1 stone = 14 pounds. I discovered that different items were measured by stones of different sizes, e.g. the 14 pound stone was used for people, a 12.5 pound stone was used for wool, an 8 pound stone for beeswax, etc.
  For extra credit today, answer the following question:
  What is the approximate weight of a "couric" in pounds and what is it used to measure? Hint: CpPDJT-ID is a hundred couric sack of this.

Joe S     answered:
   There's no point in claiming I know the answer because I've already admitted I don't. Well, I didn't but I do now because I looked it up. One stone equals 14 pounds. While looking that up I came across a lot of other weird English things like money. I'm not going to get into that because it's way to complicated and we don't have enough time. But there seems to be no rhyme of reason to most of that stuff, like length. It may not seem strange to us U.S. Americans because we use those strange measurements like inch. 12 inches equal one foot, three feet equal one yard, 5 1/2 yards equal one rod, 240 rods equal one mile. Go figger, makes no sense.

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

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Robin Wright: 'Trump - he took all House of Cards' good ideas!' | Television & radio | The Guardian

Frank Lloyd Wright: fantasist or genius? | Art and design | The Guardian

Golden daze: 50 years on from the Summer of Love | Culture | The Guardian

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The $110 Billion Arms Deal Trump Just Signed With Saudi Arabia May Be Illegal | HuffPost

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Ringling Bros. Circus Prepares for Final Bow of 'Greatest Show on Earth' - NBC News

Dozens of Notre Dame Students Walk Out of VP Mike Pence Commencement Speech - NBC News

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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Roger Ailes's legacy: the road to the White House runs through Fox News - Vox

Why the special counsel should make Trump's aides very nervous - Vox

Betsy DeVos' Proposed Budget Cuts for Education -

Fuming Netanyahu orders ministers to attend Trump's reception after most refuse to show up - Israel News -

Melania scours media to protect Trump - POLITICO

Check this out-House Democrats told VP Mike Pence about Flynn and they kept the receipts to prove it -

It's becoming increasingly clear that Jared Kushner is part of Trump's Russia problem - Vox

Trump's budget is a joke - Vox

Here's Just How Much Hillary Clinton's Emails Dominated The Campaign | HuffPost

Pssst: Paul Ryan and Mitch McConnell Have Pitted Themselves Against America. -



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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Last Night

Not quite as hot as yesterday.

Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with the FRESH 'Princess Diana: Her Life - Her Death - The Truth', followed by the FRESH 'The Late, Late Show With James Corden Carpool Karaoke Prime Time Special'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert is Rachel Maddow.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Lionel Richie and Jenna Dewan.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Running Wild With Bear Grylls'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Chelsea Handler and Mo Rocca.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Kyle Chandler, Michaela Watkins, and Matt Frazier.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Chris 'Ludacris' Bridges and Troian Bellasario.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Dancing With The Stars', followed by a FRESH 'The Bachelorette'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel is Jim Carrey.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Supergirl', followed by a FRESH 'Jane The Virgin'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Gotham', followed by a FRESH 'Lucifer'.

MY recycles an old 'L&O: SVU', followed by another old 'L&O: SVU'.

A&E has the movie 'The Lone Ranger', followed by the movie 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Lost World: Jurassic Park', 'Better Call Saul', followed by a FRESH 'Better Call Saul'.

BBC  -   
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-New Earth
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Tooth and Claw
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 3-School Reunion
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 4-The Girl In The Fireplace
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 5-Rise Of The Cybermen-Part 1.
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Prime Factors
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-State of Flux
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 12-Heroes and Demons
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 13-Cathexis
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 15-Jetrel
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 16-Learning Curve
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-The 37's
 [8:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Initiations
 [9:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Prime Factors
 [10:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-State of Flux
 [11:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 12-Heroes and Demons
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 13-Cathexis
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 15-Jetrel
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 16-Learning Curve
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 1-The 37's
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 2-Initiations    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Southern Charm', another 'Southern Charm', followed by a FRESH 'Southern Charm', then a FRESH 'Southern Charm Savannah', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'South Park', 2 hours of old 'Tosh.0'.
The Daily Show is pre-empted.
@Midnight is pre-empted.

FX has the movie '2 Guns', followed by the movie 'The Wolverine'.

History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'American Pickers', then a FRESH 'Pawn Stars'.

IFC  -   
 [4:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Stone Cold Crazy
 [4:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Long Away
 [5:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Fun It
 [5:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Good Company
 [6:04PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Who Needs You
 [6:35PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Sweet Lady
 [7:06PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
 [7:37PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Killer Queen
 [8:08PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Spread Your Wings
 [8:39PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Son & Daughter
 [9:10PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Stone Cold Crazy
 [9:41PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Long Away
 [10:12PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Fun It
 [10:43PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Good Company
 [11:14PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Who Needs You
 [5:45AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Sweet Lady    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    M*A*S*H -Dear Comrade
 [6:30AM]    M*A*S*H -Out of Gas
 [7:00AM]    M*A*S*H -An Eye for a Tooth
 [7:30AM]    M*A*S*H -Dear Sis
 [8:00AM]    M*A*S*H -B.J. Papa San
 [8:30AM]    M*A*S*H -Inga
 [9:00AM]    M*A*S*H -The Price
 [9:30AM]    M*A*S*H -The Young and the Restless
 [10:00AM]    M*A*S*H -Hot Lips Is Back in Town
 [10:30AM]    M*A*S*H -C*A*V*E
 [11:00AM]    M*A*S*H -Rally Round the Flagg, Boys
 [11:30AM]    M*A*S*H -Preventative Medicine
 [12:00PM]    M*A*S*H -A Night at Rosie's
 [12:30PM]    M*A*S*H -Ain't Love Grand
 [1:00PM]    The Fog
 [3:00PM]    Silver Bullet
 [5:00PM]    King Kong
 [9:00PM]    The Poseidon Adventure
 [11:30PM]    The Poseidon Adventure
 [2:00AM]    Silver Bullet
 [4:00AM]    Thinner    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Resident Evil: Extinction', followed by the movie 'The November Man'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Justin Theroux, Don Lemon, and Seaton Smith.

 [6:00 AM]      Westward Passage (1932)
 [7:30 AM]      The Divorce Of Lady X (1938)
 [9:15 AM]      Pride and Prejudice (1940)
 [11:30 AM]      The Prince and the Showgirl (1957)
 [1:30 PM]      That Hamilton Woman (1941)
 [3:45 PM]      A Little Romanc (1979)
 [6:00 PM]      The Entertainer (1960)
 [8:00 PM]      What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
 [10:30 PM]      Die! Die! My Darling! (1965)
 [12:30 AM]      Strait-Jacket (1964)
 [2:15 AM]      What's the Matter with Helen? (1971)
 [4:15 AM]      The Nanny (1965)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Tuesday   -  05/23/17

 [6:00 AM]      The Naked Spur (1953)
 [7:45 AM]      Act of Violence (1948)
 [9:15 AM]      Fury (1936)
 [11:00 AM]      The Shooting (1966)
 [12:30 PM]      The Verdict (1946)
 [2:00 PM]      The Searchers (1956)
 [4:15 PM]      Othello (1952)
 [6:00 PM]      Jeremiah Johnson (1972)
 [8:00 PM]      Gone With the Wind (1939)
 [12:15 AM]      San Francisco (1936)
 [2:15 AM]      Test Pilot (1938)
 [4:30 AM]      Boom Town (1940)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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From left: Noah Baumbach, Ben Stiller, Emma Thompson, Dustin Hoffman and Adam Sandler attend the photo call for the film "The Meyerowitz Stories" at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 21, 2017.
Photo by Anthony Harvey


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


The Art of Kissing Fanny


Just $4 Million

Moon Dust

On the outside, the plain white bag seems unremarkable. But inside, it's laced with an exquisite and extremely valuable material: moon dust.

Neil Armstrong stuffed this sack with the world's first samples of lunar rocks during the Apollo 11 mission in 1969. Traces of dust still remain in the outer decontamination bag, which includes a label reading "LUNAR SAMPLE RETURN."

Sotheby's New York said the dinner plate-sized bag could fetch up to $4 million when it goes on the auction block on July 20 - the 48th anniversary of the Apollo 11's historic first moon landing.

"The only such relic available for private ownership, it is exceptionally rare," Sotheby's said on its website.

In a space-themed comedy of errors, Armstrong initially turned the zippered bag over to scientists at a Houston lab, but the U.S. space agency forgot about it over time. Decades later, the government mistakenly auctioned off the bag along with other space exploration memorabilia.

Moon Dust


Dustin Hoffman attends a news conference for the film "The Meyerowitz Stories" at the 70th international film festival, Cannes, southern France, Sunday, May 21, 2017.
Photo by Regis Duvignau


Chic and Sexy Pre-Revolution Fashions of Iran


Space Launch

New Zealand

New Zealand has never had a space program but could soon be launching commercial rockets more often than the United States.

That's if the plans of California-based company Rocket Lab work out.

Founded by New Zealander Peter Beck, the company was last week given official approval to conduct three test launches from a remote peninsula in the South Pacific nation. Rocket Lab is planning the first launch of its Electron rocket sometime from Monday, depending on conditions.

Rocket Lab sees an emerging market in delivering lots of small devices, some not much bigger than a smartphone, into low Earth orbit. The satellites would be used for everything from monitoring crops to providing internet service.

The company hopes to begin commercial launches later this year and eventually launch one rocket every week. It plans to keep costs low by using lightweight, disposable rockets with 3D-printed engines. It's a different plan than some other space companies like Elon Musk's SpaceX, which uses larger rockets to carry bigger payloads.

New Zealand


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People Getting Married To Themselves


If you can't find the perfect partner in someone else, why wait for the ring when you can get hitched to yourself? That, at least in part, seems to be the thought process behind "sologamy," or the act of marrying oneself.

People - particularly women - are participating in the marriage trend that's billed as a practice in self-love, as one woman described it. And it's turning into an industry, too. Companies dedicated to curating self-marriage walks down the aisle are gaining traction among a subset of people who'd rather forego waiting for Mr. or Ms. Right to come along.

Erika Anderson, whose own self-marriage ceremony last spring helped the trend go viral, said it's about more than just the dress. "I would describe it as women saying yes to themselves," 37-year-old Anderson told CBS last week. "It means that we are enough, even if we are not partnered with someone else."

Anderson told CBS she grew frustrated with being asked why she hadn't settled down with anyone and decided to take matters into her own hands. With friends and family as her witnesses, Anderson donned a white gown and bouquet and walked herself down the proverbial aisle to commit wholly to herself.



Bill E. Peterson, Associate Provost and Dean of Academic Development, left, presents Oprah Winfrey with an honorary degree during Smith College's 139th Commencement ceremony on Sunday, May 21, 2017 in Northampton, Mass. The author, actress, philanthropist and former talk show host gave the college's commencement address.
Photo by David Molnar


Archaeologists Have Unearthed An Ice Age Settlement That May Rewrite North American History


Relics Visit Moscow

Saint Nicholas

Relics of Saint Nicholas, one of the Russian Orthodox Church's most revered figures, arrived in Moscow on Sunday from an Italian church where they have lain for 930 years. Intense media coverage accompanied the arrival, underlining the church's influence in post-Soviet Russia.

After reaching Vnukovo airport, a glass-topped metallic ark bearing one of the saint's ribs was visited by a long stream of pilgrims who bowed and kissed the container. It was then taken to Christ the Savior Cathedral, the enormous Moscow church that is a reconstruction of a cathedral dynamited in 1931 by officially atheistic Soviet authorities.

The relics are to be moved to St. Petersburg in mid-June before being returned a month later to the church in Bari, Italy, where they have been kept since 1087. Large crowds of Orthodox faithful are expected to visit the relics in Russia.

An agreement to send the relics to Russia was made last year between Pope Francis and Patriarch Kirill during the first meeting of the heads of the Russian and Roman Catholic churches.

Saint Nicholas


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Horrific Anti-LGBTQ Laws


As the Texas legislative session comes to its final days, far-right religious zealots are benefiting from a national media focused like a laser beam on the widening crisis surrounding the Trump presidency.

Anti-LGBTQ Republican legislators in Texas ? who have the full backing of GOP Governor Greg Abbott (R-Weasel) ? are also now using a stealth strategy, adding discriminatory amendments to must-pass legislation pertaining to agencies regulating nurses, lawyers and pharmacists rather than pushing broad-based "religious liberty" bills that garner a lot of attention. (Many of those kinds of bills ? an "avalanche" of them this year, which I wrote about back in March ? were successfully beaten back by Democrats or look like they're in trouble, including a trans "bathroom" bill.)

The results of this under-the-radar approach, by the end of this session on May 29 (though there's always the chance of an extension with a special session), may be laws which will allow medical professionals to deny care to gay, lesbian, bisexual or transgender people and emergency contraception for rape survivors, while allowing pharmacists to deny birth control to women and hormone therapy to trans people.

Getting less attention, however, are the insidious attempts to write discrimination into must-pass bills that have already been debated. An amendment added at the last minute to a nursing care bill, HB 2950 , for example, would bar the Texas Board of Nursing from punishing discriminatory actions if they are committed in the service of a nurse's "religious beliefs." According to the Texas Freedom Network (TFN), a watchdog and activist group, a nurse could "cite his religious beliefs as a reason to refuse to care for a gay patient on the grounds that he believes homosexuality is a sin" or is against his faith. "A nurse who believes that men are the head of the household," the group also notes, "could breach client confidentiality to disclose a woman's medical condition to her husband against her wishes."



Participants dressed in bridal white surrounded by flowers, takes part in the pilgrimage "The Maidens", in Sorzano, northern Spain, Sunday, May 21, 2017. According to ancient traditions, the pilgrimage "The Maidens" is in honor of the spring season and the fertility of women.
Photo by Alvaro Barrientos


Risk-Taking Russian Rooftopper: Woman Takes Terrifying Skyscraper Selfies | Urbanist


Students Walk Out

Notre Dame

As Vice President Mike Pence (R-Handmaid's Tale) began his remarks at Notre Dame's commencement ceremony Sunday, dozens of graduates walked out in protest of the Trump administration's policies.

More than 100 students participated in the planned protest, which was aimed at showing the student's discontent with the Trump administration's policies on LGBT rights and people of color, the student group We StaND wrote in a statement ahead of the ceremony.

Notre Dame, a predominately Catholic university, is located in South Bend, Ind. - the state where Pence served as governor prior to becoming vice president.

"During his time as governor of the state of Indiana and now as Vice-President, Pence has targeted the civil rights protections of members of the LGBT community, rejected the Syrian refugee resettlement program, supported an unconstitutional ban of religious minorities, and fought against sanctuary cities," the students wrote in a statement. "All of these policies have marginalized our vulnerable sisters and brothers for their religion, skin color, or sexual orientation."

Notre Dame


St. Pierre and Miquelon: The Last French Colony in North America | Amusing Planet


'Spiteful and Petty' Governor


A decision by the Republican governor of Maine, Paul LePage, to ban signs to Katahdin Woods and Waters, a national monument designated by Barack Obama, has been described as "sophomoric and petty" by a member of the family that donated the 87,563-acre tract to the nation.

LePage made the controversial move, which was announced on Friday, pending the outcome of a federal review of 27 national monuments ordered by Donald Trump (R-Crooked) in April and being carried out by the US interior secretary, Ryan Zinke.

In February, LePage asked Trump to reverse Katahdin's designation, arguing that Obama had violated the federal Antiquities Act. "I think it was a horrible, horrible decision and it should be reversed if it can," he said in remarks reported by the Portland Press Herald.

A state transportation spokesman, Ted Talbot, said in remarks reported by the Bangor Daily News that the refusal to allow official signs for Katahdin to be placed along main roads, including interstate 95 and routes 11, 157 and 159, was a cost-saving measure.

Conservationists, however, fear a federally mandated effort to strip public lands of environmental protections.



An Indian laborer carries vegetables in a basket on his back at a vegetable market in Gauhati, India, Sunday, May 21, 2017.
Photo by Anupam Nath


Go Canada! When Gorgeous Graphic Design Lured the World to the Great White North | Collectors Weekly


What To Do With Confederate Statues

New Orleans

Now that New Orleans has removed three prominent Confederate statues and a monument heralding white supremacy, what should it do with them?

The city will receive proposals from groups that want to take three of the monuments - the last is tied up in legal issues - and display them. Plans are also being made to fill the spaces they leave behind. The city wants to finish the work during its tricentennial year in 2018.

Monuments to colonial rule have been removed in many countries, though some remain. There is debate over whether to erase symbols of an era of white domination or preserve them as cautionary reminders of the past.

After World War II, the Allies occupied Germany and introduced a program of "Denazification" to purge society of remnants of Nazi ideology and power. It focused on people deeply involved with the Nazi regime, but also Nazi symbols like the swastika.

Flags were torn down, statues of Hitler destroyed and Nazi-era place names changed. Thus Berlin's "Adolf Hitler Platz" reverted to "Reichskanzlerplatz," or "German Chancellor Square," after the war; today it's "Theodor Heuss Platz," after Germany's first postwar president. U.S. military engineers blew up a massive swastika that towered over the Nazi parade grounds in Nuremberg.

New Orleans


A Visit Inside One of the Only Hand-crafted Globe Studios in the World | Colossal


Weekend Box Office

'Alien: Covenant'

"Alien: Covenant" edged out "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2" in a weekend space battle at the box office.

Ridley Scott's latest "Alien" exploit opened with $36 million in ticket sales, according to studio estimates Sunday. "Guardians" was close behind with just over $35 million in its third week of release.

Two other new releases landed in the top five. Warner Bros.' teen romance "Everything, Everything" debuted in third place with $12 million, and Fox's "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul," opened in fifth with $7.2 million.

"Snatched," Amy Schumer and Goldie Hawn's R-rated comedy from Fox, fell to fourth place in its second week of release with $7.6 million.

Estimated ticket sales for Friday through Sunday at U.S. and Canadian theaters, according to comScore. Where available, the latest international numbers for Friday through Sunday are also included. Final domestic figures will be released Monday.

    1. "Alien: Covenant," $36 million ($30.3 million international).
    2. "Guardians of the Galaxy, Vol. 2," $35.1 million ($28 million international).
    3. "Everything, Everything," $12 million.
    4. "Snatched," $7.6 million ($3.3 million international).
    5. "Diary of a Wimpy Kid: The Long Haul," $7.2 million.
    6. "King Arthur: Legend of the Sword," $6.8 million ($27.7 million international).
    7. "The Fate of the Furious," $3.2 million ($7.2 million international).
    8. "The Boss Baby," $2.8 million ($5.1 million international).
    9. "Beauty and the Beast," $2.4 million ($5.2 million international).
   10. "How to Be a Latin Lover," $2.2 million ($2.2 international).

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