BartCop Entertainment Archives - Monday, 3 October, 2011


3 October, 2011

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The (Occasional) Veteran's Report

VA Study Finds Alzheimer's Treatment

A small pilot study led by a Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) researcher found that a nasal insulin spray improved memory, thinking skills, and functional ability in people with mild cognitive impairment and Alzheimer's disease. Currently, there are no effective treatments to delay or prevent Alzheimer's. A VA team with the Geriatric Research, Education and Clinical Center at the VA Puget Sound Health Care System led the trial, which was sponsored in large part by the National Institute on Aging. The new findings appear in the Sept. 12 Archives of Neurology...

Veterans Report - Gulf War Claims Deadline

For Gulf War Veterans with certain ailments like: Chronic fatigue syndrome; Firbromyalgia; Functional gastrointestinal disorders; and other undiagnosed illnesses the current deadline for when the condition must have "appeared" is on or before December 31, 2011. If you have any conditions that are "undiagnosed" and you did a tour in the Middle East, this could apply to you. The VA is working to extend the deadline to December 31, 2018. If this occurs, it will be great news for veterans and military members who develop symptoms after the 2011 cut-off...

(If in doubt, File a Claim!)

Veterans Report - VA Loan Benefit Explained

There are numerous advantages to having a VA mortgage. A VA mortgage loan can be guaranteed with no money down, in some cases up to $417,000. There is also no private mortgage insurance requirement with a VA guaranteed loan, which could offer you substantial savings on your monthly payment. You can even use your VA Loan benefit to refinance an existing loan -- even if it is not a VA Loan. Be sure to ask for information about the interest rate reduction loan. This program adjusts an adjustable-rate mortgage to a fixed-rate loan, which is part of the Streamline Refinancing Program, which allows you to refinance at little or no expense to them...

Veterans Report - VA Loan Certificate of Eligibility

A required first step in the VA loan process is obtaining a Certificate of Eligibility*   * Link pulled at the request of directvaloans dot com, a website that cares more about their google rankings than actually helping vets. (COE). COE can be obtained through a VA-approved lender or online. The COE provides information to the VA-approved lender about the eligibility and entitlement of each borrower. For more details on how to obtain your COE, as well as more tips for obtaining a VA loan, visit the VA Loan blog .

Veterans Report - New Online VA Health Benefit Form

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) has automated its online Health Benefits Renewal (10-10EZR) form. Previously, veterans filling out the online 10-10EZR were required to print a copy, sign it and send it to their local medical center before updates to their personal, insurance or financial information could occur. Veterans may now submit these updates online. For additional information, visit the VA Health Eligibility homepage or call VA's toll-free number at 1-877-222-VETS (8387). The online form is available on the VA website  ( pdf. format).

Veterans Report - National Suicide Prevention Month

September was National Suicide Prevention Month. The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is educating individuals and communities about VA's suicide prevention resources and the steps to take to help veterans in crisis. Veterans, their families, and friends can call 1-800-273-8255 and press 1 or chat online at to receive free, confidential support 24 hours a day, seven days a week, 365 days a year, even if they are not registered with VA or enrolled in VA health care...

Do not be afraid to seek help...

Life Member - DAV

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Ken Burns' Prohibition Documentary Inspires New Drinking Games


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

While Teachers Take Pay Cuts, Their Boss Rakes In $1.5 Million (Good)
Enter John Covington, the incoming superintendent of Michigan's Education Achievement Authority, a new district comprised entirely of schools that have performed poorly on state tests. Covington's just-signed contract has him set to earn more than $1.5 million in salary and bonuses.

Marc Dion: Self-Service Checkout Lanes Never Adopt a Kitty (Creators Syndicate)
The grocery store my wife uses has self-service checkout lanes, but she doesn't use them and she doesn't use the service the deli offers, either, which lets you key your deli order into a machine and then come back when it's ready. "The stores tell you it's more convenient," my wife says, "but they're really just trying to get rid of the people working there."

How Cooked Food Made Us Human
People and animals eat basically the same food; the only difference is that we cook our meals. But does the ability to flame-broil a burger and burn a meal really make us that special? According to Harvard anthropology professor Richard Wrangham, it does.

25 Coolest Banksy Graffiti (
For those of you who don't know, Banksy is an English graffiti artist who's work can be seen all over the world.

Evan Sawdey: "'I Cherish the F--k Ups As Much As the Triumphs': An Interview with Patton Oswalt" (PopMatters)
"The idea of writing a book, becoming a journalist and then, hopefully, a novelist, couldn't withstand my sudden ambition to craft a perfect dick joke. Five thousand words a day seemed silly when I could bring a room full of drunks together with 15 perfectly chosen words."

Irene Lacher: "The Sunday Conversation: Michael Moore" (LA Times)
The documentary filmmaker discusses his new memoir, 'a book of nonfiction short stories'; getting assaulted over his political views'; his suit against Bob and Harvey Weinstein; and his latest project.

Eddie Deezen: 12 Books That Have (Ironically) Been Banned in the U.S.
Talk about an easy subject to research! It might have been easier to write up a "books that have never been banned anywhere" list. The banning of books seems so ridiculous, simplistic, and stupid to most of us.

Roger Ebert: What Goes Around, Comes Around
Every writer hopes to see his book reviewed in 'The New York Times.' The grand slam is to be reviewed twice, both daily and Sunday.

David Bruce has 42 Kindle books on with 250 anecdotes in each book. Each book is $1, so for $42 you can buy 10,500 anecdotes. Search for "Funniest People," "Coolest People, "Most Interesting People," "Kindest People," "Religious Anecdotes," "Maximum Cool," and "Resist Psychic Death."


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The Great Flow Of US Debt - What Each American Owes The Rest Of The World


Trivia Question of the Day

What was considered the most popular soft drink in the United States between 1860 and 1930?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Who was born Nathan Birnbaum?

   George Burns                                                      Source

George Burns (January 20, 1896 - March 9, 1996), born Nathan Birnbaum, was an American comedian, actor, and writer.

He was one of the few entertainers whose career successfully spanned vaudeville, film, radio, television and movies, with and without his wife, Gracie Allen.        Source

Marian was first, and correct, with:
   George Burns

Alan J wrote:
   George Burns

Charlie said:
   George Burns

George M responded:
   As I recall, Nathan Birnbaum is the birth name of comic and actor George Burns.
  Say Goodnight, Gracie.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   George Burns

Sara in upstate NY said:
   George Burns!!
  Sure wish he'd achieved his dream of playing the Albert Hall in London on his 100th birthday. It was actually supposed to be "The Palace" on Broadway but that theatre's decline changed the dream.
  (with all this rain, we could be in a future Bible chapter in Revalations)

Adam answered:
   George Burns.

Sally is offline(!)

MAM   wrote:
   George Burns (January 20, 1896 - March 9, 1996)

  George Burns 1987
  Thanks to Joe S. for the great Buster Keaton YouTube clip.

And, Joe S     said:
   George Burns

  Great comedian, great straight man.
  I hope Sally's having a great time. I love train rides.



Middle Class Political Economist

Job piracy in Canada, Australia, and the United States


Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Michelle's taking a few days off.


Sick Days


From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'

"The Problem With Young People Today"

(Crabby Old Fart)


Reader Suggestion

Conspiracy-Theory Central

Subject: From Conspiracy-Theory Central

How much is theory ...
                         ... and how much is fact?


Er, thanks, Dan!




Selected Readings

from that Mad Cat, JD









"50/50" IS ABOUT 80/20. WORTH A LOOK

















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Ark Of Darkness


In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Sunny with a nice breeze.

Tonight, Monday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'How I Met Your Mother', followed by a FRESH '2 Broke Girls', then a FRESH '2½ Men', followed by a FRESH 'Mike & Molly', then a FRESH 'Hawaii Five-0'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Brian Williams and Sting.
Scheduled on a FRESH Craig are Lily Tomlin and Ioan Gruffudd.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Sing Off', followed by a FRESH 'The Playboy Club'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Leno are Evangeline Lilly, Magic Johnson, and Jo Koy.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Kathy Bates, Paul Scheer, Sean Parker, Radiohead.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/21/11) are Richard Engel, Chris Hardwick, and Death Cab for Cutie.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Dancing With The R's', followed by a FRESH 'Castle'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Jane Lynch, Ramon Rodriquez, and Blink 182.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Gossip Girl', followed by a FRESH 'Hart Of Dixie'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Terra Nova', followed by a FRESH 'House'.

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

A&E has 'Hoarders', another 'Hoarders', still another 'Hoarders', and 'Intervention'.

AMC offers the movie 'Top Gun', followed by the movie 'Billy Madison'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00 AM]   BBC World News
 [7:00 AM]   BBC World News
 [8:00 AM]   The Graham Norton Show - Ep 2 Anna Paquin, David Mitchell & Robert Webb, Paolo Nutini
 [9:00 AM]   Gordon Ramsay's F Word - Episode 4
 [10:00 AM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited - Ep 2 The Fenwick Arms
 [11:00 AM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Ep 4 Finn McCool's
 [12:00 PM]   Doctor Who - 1 - The Eleventh Hour
 [1:00 PM]   Gordon Ramsay's F Word - Episode 5
 [2:00 PM]   Gordon Ramsay's F Word - Episode 6
 [3:00 PM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Ep 9 - Le Bistro
 [4:00 PM]   Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares - Ep 5 Sandgate
 [5:00 PM]   Star Trek: The Next Generation - Ep 26 Redemption, Part 1
 [6:00 PM]   Top Gear - Episode 2
 [7:00 PM]   Top Gear - Episode 4
 [8:00 PM]   Top Gear - Episode 1
 [9:00 PM]   Top Gear - Episode 2
 [10:00 PM]   Top Gear - Episode 1
 [11:00 PM]   Top Gear - Episode 1
 [12:00 AM]   Top Gear - Episode 2
 [1:00 AM]   Top Gear - Episode 1
 [2:00 AM]   Top Gear - Episode 1
 [3:00 AM]   Top Gear - Episode 2
 [4:00 AM]   Top Gear - Episode 1
 [5:00 AM]   BBC World News    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NJ', 'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of Beverly Hills', then a FRESH 'Most Eligible Dallas'.

Comedy Central has '30 Rock', another '30 Rock', 'South Park', another 'South Park', 'It's Always Sunny In Philly', another 'It's Always Sunny In Philly', still another 'It's Always Sunny In Philly', and yet another 'It's Always Sunny In Philly'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart Thomas Friedman.
Scheduled on a FRESH Colbert Report Jerome Groopman.

FX has '2½ Men', anther '2½ Men', followed by the movie 'What Happens In Vegas', then the movie 'What Happens In Vegas', again.

History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', still another 'Pawn Stars', yet another 'Pawn Stars', 'American Restoration', 'Pawn Stars', and another 'Pawn Stars'.

IFC  -   
 [5:00AM]   Wilfred - Dog Day Afterglow
 [5:30AM]   Wilfred - Dogs of War
 [6:00AM]   Young Broke and Beautiful - San Diego
 [6:30AM]   Man About Town
 [8:30AM]   Good Guys Wear Black
 [10:30AM]   Che
 [4:00PM]   Good Guys Wear Black
 [6:00PM]   Malcolm in the Middle - Funeral
 [6:30PM]   Malcolm in the Middle - Cheerleader
 [7:00PM]   Dying Breed
 [9:00PM]   The Descent
 [11:00PM]   The Whitest Kids U'Know
 [11:30PM]   Malcolm in the Middle - Rollerskates
 [12:00AM]   Malcolm in the Middle - The Bots and the Bees
 [12:30AM]   Indie Sex II: Extremes
 [2:00AM]   The Descent
 [4:00AM]   Dying Breed
 [6:00AM]   Volver
 [8:30AM]   D.E.B.S.
 [10:30AM]   The Whitest Kids U'Know
 [11:00AM]   The Whitest Kids U'Know
 [11:30AM]   My Best Friend
 [1:30PM]   Volver
 [4:00PM]   D.E.B.S.     (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00 AM]   The Saddest Music In The World
 [7:35 AM]   Liberty Kid
 [9:30 AM]   ALL ON THE LINE - Dana-Maxx (Episode 5, Season 1)
 [10:30 AM]   ALL ON THE LINE - Jedda Kahn (Episode 6, Season 1)
 [11:30 AM]   ALL ON THE LINE - Leila Shams (Episode 7, Season 1)
 [12:30 PM]   UNLEASHED BY GARO: A Little Bit of Pain (Episode 4, Season 1)
 [1:30 PM]   MY SO-CALLED LIFE - Father Figures (Episode 4, Season 1)
 [2:30 PM]   The Saddest Music In The World
 [4:20 PM]   The Wilde Ones
 [4:40 PM]   Liberty Kid
 [6:20 PM]   Turn The River
 [8:00 PM]   LUDO BITES AMERICA: Denver (Episode 4, Season 1)
 [9:00 PM]   LUDO BITES AMERICA: Raleigh (Episode 5, Season 1)
 [10:00 PM]   QUIRKY: Hell Yes (Episode 5, Season 1)
 [11:00 PM]   MY SO-CALLED LIFE - The Zit (Episode 5, Season 1)
 [12:00 AM]   LUDO BITES AMERICA: Raleigh (Episode 5, Season 1)
 [1:00 AM]   QUIRKY: Hell Yes (Episode 5, Season 1)
 [2:00 AM]   UNLEASHED BY GARO: I'm Never Going to Take it All Off (Episode 3, Season 1)
 [3:00 AM]   UNLEASHED BY GARO: A Little Bit of Pain (Episode 4, Season 1)
 [4:00 AM]   The Saddest Music In The World
 [5:50 AM]   The Metamorphosis     (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has 'Warehouse 13', another 'Warehouse 13', followed by a FRESH 'Warehouse 13', then another FRESH 'Warehouse 13'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 4/7/11) are Jack McBrayer, Colin Quinn, and Hanson.

 [6:45 AM]      Murder At The Gallop (1963)
 [8:15 AM]      Murder Most Foul (1964)
 [9:45 AM]      The Runaway Bus (1954)
 [11:15 AM]      The Alphabet Murders (1965)
 [1:00 PM]      The Affairs of Martha (1942)
 [2:15 PM]      Bad Bascomb (1946)
 [4:15 PM]      The Vanishing Virginian (1942)
 [6:00 PM]      Devil's Doorway (1950)
 [7:30 PM]      Now Playing October (2011) (2011)
 [9:00 PM]      Frankenstein (1931)
 [10:15 PM]      Freaks (1932)
 [11:30 PM]      TCM Night at the Movies: Horror (2011)
 [12:30 AM]      Dr. Jekyll And Mr. Hyde (1932)
 [2:15 AM]      Mark Of The Vampire (1935)
 [3:30 AM]      The Cabinet Of Dr. Caligari (1919)     SILENT 
 [4:45 AM]      Nosferatu (1922)     SILENT     (ALL TIMES EST)

Tuesday  -  10/04/11

 [6:15 AM]      The Phantom of the Opera (1925)     SILENT 
 [8:00 AM]      Bad for Each Other (1954)
 [9:30 AM]      Touch Of Evil (1958)
 [11:30 AM]      Ben-Hur (1959)
 [3:15 PM]      The Wreck Of The Mary Deare (1959)
 [5:15 PM]      55 Days At Peking (1963)
 [8:00 PM]      Knock On Any Door (1949)
 [10:00 PM]      In a Lonely Place (1950)
 [11:45 PM]      They Live by Night (1949)
 [1:30 AM]      Born To Be Bad (1950)
 [3:15 AM]      A Woman's Secret (1949)
 [4:45 AM]      Lady in the Lake (1947)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Canadian musician Burton Cummings poses with his award as an inductee during the 14th annual Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto, October 1, 2011.
Photo by Mark Blinch


Vidiot Speak




Announces 4th Season, Movie

'Arrested Development'

The Bluth family's frozen banana stand may be back in business.

At an "Arrested Development" reunion Sunday at the New York Festival, the creators and cast announced plans for another season of the short-lived but critically acclaimed TV show, which went off the air in 2006 after just three seasons. They also discussed more concrete plans for a much-awaited movie.

Creator Mitchell Hurwitz said he wanted to do the movie originally but decided to tell where the nine main characters have been for the last five years. The Fox show starred Jason Bateman, Michael Cera and Portia de Rossi.

Shooting for the TV show is tentatively set to begin next summer.

'Arrested Development'


Canadian actress Sandra Oh poses with her award as an inductee during the 14th annual Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto, October 1, 2011.
Photo by Mark Blinch


The Ruins of Bannerman's Island ~ Kuriositas


NPR's New President And CEO

Gary Knell

Gary Knell, the longtime president and CEO of Sesame Workshop, will take over leadership of the public radio network, NPR, on Dec. 1.

Knell succeeds Vivian Schiller, who resigned under pressure in March after a former NPR fundraiser was caught on camera calling the tea party racist. The episode led some conservatives to call for an end to federal funding for NPR, but Congress ultimately retained the funds as part of a budget deal in April.

In his previous role, Knell headed the organization that produces "Sesame Street" and other children's educational programming for public television.

NPR board chairman Dave Edwards calls Knell "an extraordinary leader" who has the skills and experience to lead NPR into the future.

Gary Knell


Wake-up Call


Potato Chips Are Her Weakness

Whoopi Goldberg

Culinary confession time for Whoopi Goldberg: Potato chips are her undoing.

At the New York City Wine and Food Festival on Friday, Goldberg said she "can't resist them. It's terrible. And fried chicken, but that's so ethnic I'm afraid to say it out loud." And, she added, she won't "eat watermelon in public, just on principle."

Goldberg is hosting the festival's annual Burger Bash competition but admits that it's an odd job for a woman who doesn't cook. That is, with one exception: Every year she tries to recreate her late mother's Thanksgiving turkey.

Goldberg says her mom "made a great holiday turkey. And every year I try it."

Whoopi Goldberg


Actress Charlize Theron poses at the official launch party for the video game "Rage," Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, in Los Angeles. The first-person shooter video game will be released on October 4. (AP Photo/Chris Pizzello)


Scopitone: '60s Music Videos You've Never Seen | Collectors Weekly


Wedding News

Tweed - Simmons

Kiss frontman Gene Simmons and his girlfriend of 28 years, the actress and former Playmate Shannon Tweed, were married this weekend before 400 guests.

The outdoor evening ceremony on Saturday at the Beverly Hills Hotel is the latest celebrity nuptials to have a second life as a television event. It is scheduled for an October 18 episode as part of the new season of A&E's "Gene Simmons Family Jewels," a reality series that has chronicled the pair's unconventional relationship since 2006.

The Israeli-born Simmons, 62, and the Canadian-born Tweed exchanged vows they wrote themselves, People magazine reported. Guests included Hugh Hefner, Bill Maher and Simmons' fellow Kiss members, with band guitarist Paul Stanley a member of the wedding party.

Tweed, 54, walked down the aisle in an ivory Priscilla of Boston gown and, according to TMZ, wore $2.5 million of diamonds -- in addition to her engagement ring -- for the first dance of the evening.

The couple's daughter, Sophie, 19, served as maid of honor and son Nick, 22, created the illustration for the wedding invitation.

Tweed - Simmons


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Year's Second Film Bombs At Box Office

Mrs. Palin

If you thought the first Sarah Palin documentary, "The Undefeated," bombed at the box office, wait until you see what happened to the latest nonfiction film to focus on the conservative gadfly.

"Sarah Palin: You Betcha!," filmmaker Nick Broomfield's unflattering look at the Alaska governor-turned-presidential hopeful, grossed only around $7,000 in six locations during its opening weekend. Freestyle Releasing distributed the film.

That shakes out to about $389 per day per theater -- meaning that an average of fewer than 40 people a day saw the film in each location. That's like the equivalent of the popcorn line on Saturday afternoon for box office winner "Dolphin Tale."

Given that Broomfield's work is hardly pro-Palin, the political figure's core followers probably didn't turn out in force to see the movie.

Mrs. Palin


Celebrity chef Jacques Pepin speaks during an interview on Saturday, Oct. 1, 2011, in New York. Pepin is participating in the weekend-long annual Food and Wine Festival in Manhattan alongside dozens of other food industry notables from around the country and beyond.
Photo by John Minchillo


25 Abandoned Yugoslavia Monuments that look like they're from the Future | Crack Two


Arrested On Stage

Stevie B

Police say a singer known for his 1990 chart-topping love song was hauled off a Massachusetts stage and arrested on charges of owing $420,000 in unpaid child support.

Steven Bernard Hill of Las Vegas was arrested Friday night at the MassMutual Center, where he was performing on tour.

Hill performs as Stevie B and is best known for the song "Because I Love You (The Postman Song)." It reached No. 1 on the Billboard charts in late 1990.

Springfield police Sgt. John M. Delaney tells the Springfield Republican that Hill was surprised by the arrest and concerned that he might miss a weekend show in Providence, R.I.

Stevie B


Actor Rowan Atkinson and his wife Sunetra Sastry arrive for the UK premiere of Johnny English Reborn, at the Empire Leicester Square in central London October 2, 2011
Photo by Olivia Harris


Top 10 Misused English Words


Rock At First Music Festival


Live rock returned to Afghanistan after three long decades on Saturday as young men and women cheered and leapt into the air to the sound of heavy bass beats and punk rock.

Bands from Australia, Uzbekistan, Kazakhstan and Afghanistan served up a six-hour musical feast of blues, indie, electronica and death metal to hundreds of fans, many of whom had never seen live music before.

Sound Central was something new in a deeply conservative Muslim country where music was banned under the austere Taliban regime. Even now music shops are attacked in some cities and musicians taunted for their clothes or hair.

The festival retained a distinctly Afghan accent, with alcohol banned, kebabs the only snacks and a respect for strong religious values amid the rock and roll.



Canadian author Mordecai Richler has his award accepted posthumously by his wife Florence Isabel Wood with their son Noah (L) during the 14th annual Canada's Walk of Fame in Toronto, October 1, 2011.
Photo by Mark Blinch


Enchanted Adventure: Alpine Lakes Wilderness (38 PICS)


$500,000 Each

Holly Madison

Reality TV star and model Holly Madison has insured her breasts for $1 million with Lloyd's of London, she told People magazine on Thursday.

Madison, 31, said she took out the policy to protect herself and others in her Las Vegas production, "Peepshow."

"If anything happened to my boobs, I'd be out for a few months and I'd probably be out a million dollars," she told People. "I thought I'd cover my assets."

Madison has said she had plastic surgery in 2001 that took her from an A-cup size to a larger D-cup.

Holly Madison


Actress Lynda Carter reacts to photographers at the official launch party for the video game "Rage," Friday, Sept. 30, 2011, in Los Angeles. The first-person shooter video game will be released on October 4.
Photo by Chris Pizzello


Vintage Maps Trace the Meandering Mississippi


Some Of His Best Friends....

Rick Perry

US presidential hopeful Rick Perry sought on Sunday to tamp down a row over his family's rented hunting lodge, insisting he was not responsible for its 'insensitive and offensive' name: 'Niggerhead.'

Throughout his meteoric rise from state legislator to Texas governor and now leading contender for the 2012 Republican nomination, Mr Perry has alluded to an idyllic rural upbringing centered on Boy Scouts, school and the church.

But in a front-page expose, the Washington Post sought to examine a potentially darker aspect to his background, growing up in the segregated south, where issues of race predominate. The article called upon Mr Perry to explain why a giant stone at the entrance to the hunting camp still had the shocking name 'Niggerhead' emblazoned upon it in bold letters long after his family picked up the lease.

Mr Perry, quoted in the Post story, says his father painted over the rock at the earliest opportunity after taking over the lease in 1983, but the article cites several witnesses saying the letters were clearly legible years later.

Rick Perry


Members of the Occupy Wall Street media organization produced bails of newspapers chronicling the past three weeks of protests under the title "The Occupied Wall Street Journal," Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011, in New York. Over 700 protestors were arrested on Saturday when they marched on the Brooklyn bridge while protesting against corporate greed and police brutality.
Photo by John Minchillo

The 99 Percent Project |


Dark Roasted Blend: Ghost Cars of the World


UK Studio Tour

Harry Potter

Wave a wand and a ladle across the room turns in a cauldron. Move your hand and a knife starts to chop.

Warner Brothers aims to recreate the magic of the Harry Potter movies with a major tour at its newly renovated Leavesden Studios on the outskirts of London, with the attraction due to open next spring.

The Hollywood studio behind the record-breaking franchise has relocated the original Great Hall at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry, and visitors will be treated to a surprise entrance into the towering set.

There they can admire the attention to detail in which the production crews on the eight movies took great pride -- from the elaborate "stonework" of the outer walls to graffiti carved into wooden tables by students.

Harry Potter


A devotee of the Bang Neow Chinese Shrine has his cheeks pierced with objects during a street procession at the vegetarian festival in Phuket, southern Thailand Sunday, Oct. 2, 2011. The annual nine-day festival, held during the ninth lunar month of the Chinese calendar, celebrates vegetarianism with the belief that the sacred rituals bestow good fortune upon those who religiously observe this rite.
Photo by Apichart Weerawong


The Ark In Space: Great Egret Rising


Weekend Box Office

"Dolphin Tale"

The Warner Bros. family film "Dolphin Tale" held up well with $14.2 million in its second weekend to take the No. 1 spot from "The Lion King," the Disney reissue that had been the top movie for the past two weekends.

"The Lion King" slipped to third place with $11.1 million, just behind Sony's Brad Pitt baseball tale "Moneyball," which was No. 2 in its second weekend with $12.5 million, according to studio estimates Sunday.

"Dolphin Tale" features Harry Connick Jr., Ashley Judd and Morgan Freeman in a real-life story about strangers who team up to help an injured dolphin. The movie had debuted a week earlier at No. 3, closely behind "The Lion King" and "Moneyball," but it earned good word-of-mouth that kept fans coming.

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

    1. "Dolphin Tale," $14.2 million.
    2. "Moneyball," $12.5 million.
    3. "The Lion King," $11.1 million ($1.8 million international).
    4. "50/50," $8.85 million.
    5. "Courageous," $8.8 million.
    6. "Dream House," $8.2 million.
    7. "Abduction," $5.65 million.
    8. "What's Your Number?", $5.6 million.
    9. "Contagion," $5 million.
   10. "Killer Elite," $4.9 million.

"Dolphin Tale"


Does It Really Take More Muscles To Frown Than To Smile?



In Memory

Robert Whitaker

Photographer Robert Whitaker, who shot some of the most famous - and infamous - images of The Beatles, has died at the age of 71.

Whitaker's friend, photo archivist Dave Brolan, said he died of cancer Sept. 20 in Sussex, southern England.

Whitaker took scores of well-known pictures of The Beatles, including the controversial "butcher" cover of the 1966 American album "Yesterday and Today."

The image of the Fab Four in white coats surrounded by decapitated dolls and slabs of raw meat proved too strong for record company Capitol, which ordered the cover withdrawn soon after the album's release.

The record was rereleased with an inoffensive picture of the band sitting on a steamer trunk. Originals are coveted by collectors and can sell for thousands of dollars.

Whitaker - a fan of surrealism - later said the image was a meditation on fame and an attempt to shake up the band's image, inspired by a dream "about The Beatles being ripped to shreds by all these young girls when they came out of a stadium."

Born in Harpenden, southern England in 1939, Whitaker emigrated to Australia in his early 20s and was working as a photographer in Melbourne when The Beatles visited the country in 1964. He was assigned to photograph manager Brian Epstein for the Jewish News; Epstein was so impressed with the resulting image of himself adorned with peacock feathers that he offered Whitaker a job as staff photographer for his company, NEMS.

The job involved photographing "Merseybeat" acts including Cilla Black and Gerry & The Pacemakers, as well as capturing The Beatles - onstage, backstage, in planes and hotel rooms and all manner of locations - over more than two years. He covered the band's final world tour in 1966 and took the pictures used on the collage-style cover of the "Revolver" album.

After parting company with The Beatles, Whitaker photographed Mick Jagger on the sets of the films "Performance " and "Ned Kelly," helped create the psychedelic cover for Cream's "Disraeli Gears" album and worked on the influential underground magazine Oz.

Increasingly wary of being pigeonholed as a "pop" photographer, Whitaker moved into news, covering the Vietnam War and other conflicts for publications including Time and Life. He also spent time photographing his artistic hero, Salvador Dali.

In the 1970s he moved to the English countryside, where he farmed and raised cattle.

Whitaker compiled several books of his Beatles photographs, including "The Unseen Beatles" and "Eight Days a Week."

He is survived by his wife, Sue, and three children. Funeral details were not immediately available.

Robert Whitaker


In Memory

Donald Lapre

A U.S. Marshals Service spokesman says a Phoenix-based TV pitchman charged with running a nationwide scheme to sell essentially worthless Internet-based businesses has died in an apparent suicide while in federal custody.

Spokesman Matt Hershey says Donald Lapre was found dead in his cell at a Florence facility Sunday morning. His trial was scheduled to begin Tuesday.

Hershey says the death remains under investigation.

A grand jury indicted Lapre in June on 41 counts of conspiracy, mail fraud, wire fraud and promotional money laundering. He was accused of overseeing and promoting the opportunity through his company called "The Greatest Vitamin in the World."

The government says at least 220,000 victims in the scheme were defrauded of nearly $52 million.

Donald Lapre



A butterfly moves from blossom to blossom while browsing a patch of wildflowers Saturday, Sept. 24, 2011, at Shirley Creek Marina near Etoile, Texas.
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