BartCop Entertainment Archives - Saturday, 29 April, 2017


29 April, 2017

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[85 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Living in the Trump Zone (NY Times)
We're on a place and time where childish petulance drives policy.

Andrew Tobias: Saving the Trumps Billions
By eliminating the alternative minimum tax, Trump's tax plan would have saved him 85% of the federal income tax he paid in 2005. By eliminating the estate tax (if his estate is truly worth $10 billion), it will save his heirs $4.5 billion. There are probably other ways Trump would benefit from his plan, but we can't know because - remarkably - his 2015 tax returns were selected for audit within seconds of filing.

Josh Marshall: Keep This in Mind (TPM)
With Republicans trying to do this again and again, Democrats will be able to say: They tried to take away your [health] care, kill pre-existing conditions protections etc. And they're going to keep trying. My moderate GOP opponent here, do you trust him/her?

Tom Danehy: Tom laments about tonight as the worst day in sports, an abomination in fact (Tucson Weekly)
The NFL Draft is the worst. There's no pre-game anticipation or post-game letdown and analysis. It's just the calling of names of guys whose lives, statistically speaking, aren't going to pan the way that they thought. And the calling of each name is met by wild cheers and/or boos by an on-site throng of guys whose lives very obviously didn't pan out the way they had hoped.

James Woodall: Ringo's no joke. He was a genius and the Beatles were lucky to have him (Spectator)
On the eve of his 75th birthday, it's time to celebrate the musical contribution Ringo Starr made to the Fab Four.

Philip Ardagh: Fortunately, the Milk by Neil Gaiman - review (The Guardian)
Gaiman's inventive tale of time travel relies on Chris Riddell's illustrations to flesh out the fun.

17 Restaurants With The Most Genius Names On The Planet (Eternally Suny)
1. Bread Zeppelin

Prototypes Productions: Minoule (Vimeo)
Minoule is a roguish cat spending the whole day on the edge of his windowsill, under roofs. Far off, the song of a small canary in his cage works him up an appetite. But the way to catch the prey is full of pitfalls.

Dr. Michael Gregor: How Much Should You Exercise (YouTube)
Physical fitness authorities seem to have fallen into the same trap as the nutrition authorities, recommending what they think may be achievable, rather than simply informing us what the science says and letting us make up our own mind.

In an article from 2015 on photographer Bruce Gilden's book Face, the word "dehumanize" was used to describe the artist's grim, unflinching portraits of people he encountered across the country who in many cases had fallen on desperate, dire times. With craggy and withered faces beat by the street or the horrific effects of drug and alcohol abuse that manifests itself by destroying skin and teeth, Gilden's subjects are unsettling to look at for so many reasons.

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Trivia Question of the Day

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

This actor, who appeared in more than 200 films, was born Espera Oscar de Corti, and spent a lifetime denying his heritage while adopting another. By what name is he better known?

       Iron Eyes Cody                                                      Source

Iron Eyes Cody (born Espera Oscar de Corti April 3, 1904 - January 4, 1999) was a Sicilian-American actor. He portrayed Native Americans in Hollywood films. He also played a Native American shedding a tear about litter in one of the country's most well-known television PSAs, "Keep America Beautiful". In 1996, Cody's half-sister said that he was of Italian ancestry, but he denied it.

Cody was born Espera Oscar de Corti on April 3, 1904, in Kaplan in Vermilion Parish, in southwestern Louisiana, a second son of Antonio de Corti and his wife, Francesca Salpietra, immigrants from Sicily. He had two brothers, Joseph and Frank, and a sister, Victoria. His father left the family and moved to Texas, where he took the name Tony Corti. His mother married Alton Abshire and had five more children with him.

When the three de Corti brothers were teenagers, they joined their father in Texas and shortened their last name to Corti. The brothers moved on to California, where they were acting in movies, and changed their surname to Cody.

Cody began acting in the early 1930s. He worked in film and television until his death. Cody claimed his father was Cherokee (and his mother Cree), also naming several different tribes, and frequently changing his claimed place of birth.

He appeared in more than 200 films.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   I did not know that Iron Eyes Cody was a Sicilian-American originally named Espera Oscar de Corti.

Randall wrote:
   Iron Eyes Cody
  pollution used to make him cry...

Alan J replied:
   Iron Eyes Cody.

David of Moon Valley responded:
   Iron Eyes Cody? really!? wow...

Adam answered:
   Iron Eyes Cody

Deborah wrote:
   I didn't know this: Iron Eyes Cody was a Sicilian-American who played Native Americans in TV and films. I remember him from "Keep American Beautiful" PSAs. I never suspected that he was not a Native American.
  The things I learn from you, Marty. Thanks.
  Chilly, relentless north wind today. They're talking temps in the 80s this weekend. Whee!

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Chief Iron Eyes Cody

Gene replied:
   Iron Eyes Cody. Mr de Corti was Italian, and most of his contemporary actors playing native Americans did not look the part as much as he did. In these days, distant from his fame he's probably best known for being in an anti-littering PSA.
  (A year or two ago, the American Pickers guys found a bunch of Mr de Corti's artifacts, and gave some of them to the DeWitt, Iowa museum because in the persona of Cody, he had a connection with the town.)

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali answered:
   Iron Eyes Cody, of Italian ancestry, but a wanna-be Indian, always acted and played Native Americans.

Billy in Cypress responded:
   The answer for today is "Iron Eyes" Cody who was of Italian heritage, but was famous for playing native-American characters.Overall, he did a good job of acting and hiding his heritage. In contrast, CpPDJT-ID continues his poor performance as a leader and human being, while hiding his tax returns, corruption, nepotism and insanity.

DJ Useo said:
   I have a strong feeling I actually know the answer, but I'll be danged if'n it isn't eluding me.
  Everytime I close my eyes all I see is an orange cheeto. Lol.

zorch wrote:
   Iron Eyes Cody, the Faux Siberian American

Joe S     answered:
   That would be fake Indian "Iron Eyes Cody." Stolen valor.

mj took the day off.

Stephen F took the day off.

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

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

Daniel in The City took the day off.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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Slathering on sunscreen at the beach? It may be destroying coral reefs | Environment | The Guardian

Vince Vaughn and Mel Gibson: the Hollywood cops out to prove all lives matter | Life and style | The Guardian

An actual, real-life Arizona legislator said teachers work 2 jobs not to get by, but to buy a boat

Trump 'looked forward to terminating' NAFTA, but then someone showed him a map

Climate Denial Textbooks, Coming Soon To A Public School Near You.

BBC - Future - Hong Kong has a monumental waste problem

BBC - Travel - The island with £100 million hidden

Great Big Story : Pearl's Topiary Garden Is a Backyard Masterpiece Grown From Scraps

What Are The National Monuments Affected By President Donald Trump's Executive Order? : The Two-Way : NPR

Religion Could Be More Durable Than We Thought : NPR

GOP candidate has financial ties to US-sanctioned Russian companies | US news | The Guardian

UK was given details of alleged contacts between Trump campaign and Moscow | US news | The Guardian

ICE really hates all your 'criminal space alien' prank calls. Good.

Despite Populist Rhetoric, Trump Is Poised to Preside Over a Crackdown on Unions | Mother Jones

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Current Events

Great 5-minute video clip. 9 reasons Lumpy ought to play MORE golf. I think my favorite is the Donald Palmer drink he can market. (Janet shared the link.)

Chelsea Handler Just Laid Out The 9 Hilarious Reasons Trump Should Golf MORE

Ah ha ha ha ha! "Nobody could have known"--you fucking juvenile, ignorant whiner! "They concealed it in books and other forms of writing!" So damn funny! (Janet shared the link.)

Trump Just Whined About His Hard Job. Bush's Speechwriter's Response Is EPIC

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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

What the Press Still Doesn't Get About Trump - POLITICO Magazine

Donald Trump's first 100 days have been a moneymaking success story - Vox

Sean Hannity Warns of 'Total End' of Fox News -

Tom Hanks is fed up with NFL billionaires scamming taxpayers for stadiums -

Trump Targets Undocumented Families, Not Felons, in First 100 Days -

100 WTF Moments From Trump's First 100 Days - Rolling Stone

Do tax cuts pay for themselves? Evidence is thin | PunditFact

Americans have forgotten what we did to North Korea - Vox

Trump Says He Thought Being President Would Be Easier Than His Old Life | The Huffington Post

'It is appalling': CNN panel stunned that Trump thought being president would be easier than reality TV -

Here Are 100 Lies And False Statements From Trump's First 100 Days -

Donald Trump To Appoint Anti-Abortion Advocate To Key Health Position | The Huffington Post

TrumpBeat: 10 Lessons From The First 100 Days | FiveThirtyEight

Embattled by reality, Donald Trump will feel the love at the NRA convention: Nothing good can come of this -

How President Trump forced late-night TV to evolve - Vox

Reddit's TheRedPill, notorious for its misogyny, was founded by a New Hampshire state legislator - Vox

Tired Of Winning Yet? Here's What Trump's Accomplished In 100 Days | The Huffington Post

Trump: My first 100 days 'just about the most successful' ever | TheHill



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

The local media is going apeshit over the 25th anniversary of the Rodney King Civil Disturbance of 1992, calling it 'the riots'.

No where have they mentioned the name 'Darryl Gates', then chief of police, who was too busy politicking to attend to the problem at hand.

Or Willie Williams, his replacement, who after being handed a shit-pie, calmed things down.

They've also been skipping over the 50 people who died, and have heavily focused on pictures of fires and looting.

They've omitted Edward James Olmos, who picked up a broom and literally swept the sidewalks of Long Beach, and it wasn't just a photo op.

And, they don't seem to have any pictures of the heavily armed National Guardsmen and Marines standing on the street corners, treating everyone like a potential criminal.

It's something I never want to see again, but I think the probability is quite high.

What's Going On, indeed.

Tonight, Saturday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'Training Day', followed by '48 Hours'.

NBC fills the night with LIVE '2017 NHL Stanley Cup Playoffs', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
'SNL' is a RERUN with Aziz Ansari hosting and music by Big Sean.

ABC fills the night with the movie 'Dreamgirls'.

The CW offers an old 'Friends', followed by another old 'Friends', then an old '2½ Men', followed by another old '2½ Men'.

Faux has a RERUN 'MasterChef Junior', followed by another RERUN 'MasterChef Junior'.

MY recycles an old 'Rizzoli & Isles', followed by another old 'Rizzoli & Isles'.

A&E has 'Live PD', followed by a FRESH 'Live PD: Rewind', then a FRESH 'Live PD'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Taking Of Pelham 123', followed by a FRESH 'The Son', and another 'The Son'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 24 - EPISODE 2-Episode 2
 [7:30AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 24 - EPISODE 7-Episode 7
 [9:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 6-Inside Man
 [10:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-Body and Soul
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 8-Nightingale
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 9-Flesh and Blood, Pt. 1
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 10-Flesh and Blood, Pt. 2
 [3:58PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 18-Cause and Effect
 [7:55PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 2-Smile
 [9:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 3-Thin Ice
 [10:00PM]    CLASS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Nightvisiting
 [11:00PM]    THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 21 - Episode 3
 [12:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 3-Thin Ice
 [1:00AM]    CLASS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Nightvisiting
 [2:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 2-Smile
 [3:03AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 3-Thin Ice
 [4:02AM]    JURASSIC PARK III (2001)    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has the movie 'What To Expect When You're Expecting', followed by the movie 'Bridesmaids', then the movie 'Bridesmaids', again.

Comedy Central has the movie 'The Wedding Ringer', and 3 hours of old 'South Park'.

FX has the movie 'The Hangover Part III', followed by the movie 'Dumb & Dumber To', then the movie 'Dumb & Dumber To'.

History has 2 hours of old 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH 'Counting Cars: Supercharged', then a FRESH 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH 'Road Hauks'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PORTLANDIA-Misunderstood Miracles
 [6:30AM]    CONEHEADS
 [8:30AM]    THE SANDLOT
 [10:45AM]    BROCKMIRE-Retaliation
 [11:15AM]    BROCKMIRE-Breakout Year
 [1:30PM]    CONEHEADS
 [3:30PM]    BAD BOYS

Sundance  -   
 [6:30AM]    Children of Men
 [9:00AM]    The Beach
 [11:30AM]    The Patriot
 [3:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Heal Thyself
 [3:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Old Soldiers
 [4:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Morale Victory
 [4:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Lend a Hand
 [5:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Goodbye, Cruel World
 [5:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Dreams
 [6:00PM]    M*A*S*H-War Co-Respondent
 [6:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Back Pay
 [7:00PM]    M*A*S*H-The Best of Enemies
 [7:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Letters
 [8:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Cementing Relationships
 [8:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Father's Day
 [9:00PM]    The Son-No Prisoners
 [10:00PM]    The Patriot
 [1:30AM]    Cahill U.S. Marshall
 [3:59AM]    Hap and Leonard-The Bottoms
 [5:00AM]    The Beach    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'The Matrix Revolutions', followed by the movie 'The November Man'.

 [6:30 AM]      Four Daughters (1938)
 [8:15 AM]      Mrs. Parkington (1944)
 [10:30 AM]      Maisie Goes to Reno (1944)
 [12:15 PM]      Five Graves to Cairo (1943)
 [2:00 PM]      Mister Roberts (1955)
 [4:15 PM]      Exodus (1960)
 [8:00 PM]      Colorado Territory (1949)
 [10:00 PM]      Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
 [12:15 AM]      Wild Rovers (1971)
 [2:45 AM]      Lady Snowblood (1973)
 [4:30 AM]      Lady Snowblood: Love Song of Vengeance (1974)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sunday   -  04/30/17

 [6:15 AM]      Gold Diggers In Paris (1938)
 [8:00 AM]      When Ladies Meet (1941)
 [10:00 AM]      He Walked By Night (1948)
 [12:00 PM]      The Razor's Edge (1946)
 [2:45 PM]      I Married A Witch (1942)
 [4:30 PM]      Take Me Out to the Ball Game (1949)
 [6:15 PM]      The Palm Beach Story (1942)
 [8:00 PM]      Lilies of the Field (1963)
 [10:00 PM]      For the Love of Mike (1960)
 [12:00 AM]      Sparrows (1926)    SILENT 
 [2:00 AM]      Mamma Roma (1962)
 [4:15 AM]      Rome, Open City (1946)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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People dressed as cartoon characters to promote the Eurovision Song Contest, take a break in Kiev, Ukraine, Friday, April 28, 2017. Kiev will host the Eurovision Song Contest with the final taking place on Saturday May 13.
Photo by Efrem Lukatsky


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All-Night French Fries with T-Rex: Seattle's Trippiest Rock-Poster Artist Tells All | Collectors Weekly


Could Be Latest U.S. Television Comeback


"Roseanne," the hit 1990s television comedy about a working-class American family, could be on its way back, Hollywood trade publications reported on Friday, marking the latest in a trend for revivals of 20-year-old shows.

Variety and reported that a revival with original cast members Roseanne Barr, John Goodman and Sara Gilbert was being shopped around broadcast networks and streaming services.

The original "Roseanne" was broadcast from 1988-1997 and was the most watched TV show in the United States in 1989 and 1990. It featured a blue-collar family, with overweight parents, who were struggling to get by in the fictional town of Lanford, Illinois. The show was praised for being a realistic portrayal of a working-class family. said the intention was to include other principal original actors, such as Laurie Metcalf and Johnny Galecki, in the reboot.

In an appearance in March on daytime talk show "The Talk," which is co-hosted by Gilbert, Goodman was enthusiastic about bringing back the show.



An activists holds a sign 'ugh.. glyphosate #NOBAYSANTO" while protesting against the Bayer Monsanto merger outside the annual shareholders meeting of German chemical giant Bayer AG in Bonn, Germany, Friday, April 28, 2017. The US agrochemical company Monsanto agreed to accept Bayer's offer to purchase the company for US$ 66 billion pending regulatory approval.
Photo by Martin Meissner


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Mathematically Possible

Time Travel

It is theoretically possible to travel back and forth in time, according to physicists who claim to have created a mathematical model for a time machine.

Ben Tippett, from the University of British Columbia, and David Tsang, from the University of Maryland, have come up with a theoretical framework for travelling through time in a paper titled Traversable Acausal Retrograde Domains in Spacetime.

"People think of time travel as something as fiction," Tippett said. "And we tend to think it's not possible because we don't actually do it.

"But, mathematically, it is possible."

The physicists based their mathematical framework on Einstein's theory of relativity.

Time Travel


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There Are Aliens Out There

Ridley Scott

"Alien" creator Ridley Scott said Thursday that he was convinced that they were aliens out there -- and one day they will come for us.

The veteran director said he believed in higher beings as he prepared to release the sixth episode of the sci-fi horror series, "Alien: Covenant", next month.

"I believe in superior beings. I think it is certainly likely. An expert I was talking to at NASA said to me, 'Have you ever looked in the sky at night? You mean to tell me we are it?' That's ridiculous.

"The experts have now put a number on it having assessed what is out there. They say that there are between 100 and 200 entities that could be having a similar evolution to us right now.

"Because they are a lot smarter than we are, and if you are stupid enough to challenge them you will be taken out in three seconds."

Ridley Scott


A street artist performs with soap bubbles at Rossio square in downtown Lisbon, Portugal April 28, 2017.
Photo by Rafael Marchante


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Found In Caves Without Bones

Prehistoric Human DNA

International scientists have uncovered prehistoric human DNA from caves without bones, an advance that could shed new light on human history and evolution.

The study published in the journal Science is based on 85 samples from sediments dating to the Pleistocene, a period that extended from 550,000 years ago until 14,000 year before the modern era.

The samples came from eight caves in Belgium, Croatia, France, Russia and Spain.

These archeological sites are already well known to have been occupied by long-lost cousins of modern humans, Neanderthals and Denisovans, as well as by a variety of animals that are now extinct.

To uncover human traces, scientists relied on analyzing fragments of mitochondrial DNA.

Prehistoric Human DNA


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Blames Obama Administration


White House press secretary Sean Spicer (R-Spokesliar) attempted Thursday to shift blame to the Obama administration for its role in vetting retired Lt. Gen. Michael Flynn, the national security adviser dismissed by Donald Trump (R-Crooked).

Spicer argued that the Trump transition team didn't vet Flynn's appointment because he already held a security clearance at the time.

"My only point is that when Gen. Flynn came into the White House, he had an active security clearance that was issued during the Obama administration with all the information that's being discussed that occurred in 2015," Spicer said at the daily press briefing.

"I think the president made the right decision at the right time, and he continues to stand by that," Spicer said of Trump's decision to request Flynn's resignation. However, at the time, Trump appeared sympathetic, saying Flynn was the victim of a "witch hunt" and defending his reported request for immunity to testify before Congress.

Asked directly if Flynn was sufficiently vetted by the transition team, Spicer again shifted blame by raising his security clearance under the Obama administration.



A Pakistani Hindu devotee girl plays near a wall adorned with a religious image, before leaving with her family for homage to Hinglaj Mata Temple in Balochistan, outside the Shri Swaminarayan Temple in Karachi, Pakistan April 28, 2017.
Photo by Akhtar Soomro


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Dozens Have Died

Humpback Whales

Hey, humpback whale fans. We've got some really cute news and some really sad news about your favorite 80,000-pound mammal.

Let's start with the grim: A troubling number of humpback whales are dying on the U.S. East Coast.

Fisheries officials this week declared an "unusual mortality event" following the deaths of 41 humpbacks from Maine down to North Carolina.

In that region, 15 whales have died so far in 2017, adding to the 26 humpback deaths last year, the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) reported. In an average year, only about 14 humpbacks die along that coastal stretch.

NOAA scientists said they don't know why humpbacks are dying in such high numbers, though they're about to take a deeper look.

Humpback Whales


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Needs Surgery


Republican Rep. Jason Chaffetz (R-Useless) of Utah says he needs immediate foot surgery and will be out of Washington for three to four weeks, missing a key vote on a spending bill to keep the government open.

Chaffetz, who chairs the House Oversight Committee, surprised the political world last week by announcing he will not seek re-election. He said in an Instagram post Wednesday he needs surgery to remove screws and pins from a foot he shattered 12 years ago. Chaffetz posted X-ray images showing the 14 screws and a metal plate in his foot. He said he injured his foot during a fall from a ladder at his home.

He said he was "sorry to miss the important work we are doing in Washington ... but medical emergencies are never convenient."

Chaffetz, 50, has not announced his future plans, although he says he's considering private sector jobs. He is a possible candidate for Utah governor in 2020.



Workers and wine growers light heaters early in the morning, to protect vineyards from frost damage outside Chablis, France April 28, 2017.
Photo by Christian Hartmann


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Ending Practice Of Overbooking Flights

Southwest Airlines

Southwest Airlines plans to stop overbooking flights - an industry practice implicated in an ugly incident on a United Airlines flight that has damaged United's reputation with the flying public.

Last year Southwest bumped 15,000 passengers off flights, more than any other U.S. airline. Carriers say they sometimes sell more tickets than there are seats because often a few passengers don't show up.

The practice of overbooking flights has come under intense scrutiny since April 9, when a passenger was dragged off an overbooked United Express plane after refusing to give up his seat for a crew member.

Southwest CEO Gary Kelly said Thursday that the airline had been thinking about ending overbooking for "a long time" because of fewer and fewer no-shows. But the issue gained more urgency after the United incident, he said.

JetBlue is currently the only major U.S. airline with a stated policy that bans overbooking. United said Thursday that it plans to reduce overbooking but not eliminate it entirely.

Southwest Airlines


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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. Drake; $1,959,318; $90.37.
    2. Red Hot Chili Peppers; $1,647,316; $89.77.
    3. Olly Murs; $1,088,455; $60.17.
    4. Trans-Siberian Orchestra; $946,913; $54.27.
    5. Ariana Grande; $940,250; $78.17.
    6. Stevie Nicks; $900,402; $98.69.
    7. Eric Church; $828,765; $58.69.
    8. The Weeknd; $814,449; $53.50.
    9. Kings Of Leon; $729,803; $64.44.
   10. Green Day; $727,466; $57.83.
   11. Blake Shelton; $723,045; $62.11.
   12. Jerry Seinfeld; $658,037; $91.71.
   13. Twenty One Pilots; $541,939; $46.96.
   14. Jack Whitehall; $524,720; $39.24.
   15. "The Illusionists"; $524,343; $62.40.
   16. Panic! At The Disco; $522,278; $49.40.
   17. Charlie Wilson; $492,058; $66.22.
   18. André Rieu; $435,641; $81.33.
   19. The Lumineers; $429,840; $46.57.
   20. Sebastian Maniscalco; $416,592; $70.17.

Global Concert Tours


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A two-week-old pygmy hippopotamus (Choeropsis liberiensis) rests in the hippopotamus enclosure in Nyiregyhaza Animal Park in Nyiregyhaza, 227 kms east of Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, April 25, 2017.
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