BartCop Entertainment Archives - Saturday, 21 October, 2017


21 October, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[260 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Trump, Trade and Tantrums (NY Times Column)
Will NAFTA get the health care treatment - death by spite?

Josh Marshall: Russia's Pro-Trump Operation Keeps Expanding (TPM)
Even some of the Twitter accounts which had already been found were considerably more prolific and influential than we had known. One Russia-created Twitter account for the Tennessee Republican Party had more than ten times the followers of the real Tennessee GOP Twitter account. The Tennessee party had apparently complained about it to Twitter, to no avail. A number of top Trump aides engaged with the ersatz account late in the 2016 campaign and President himself thanked an affiliated account on Twitter just last month!

Gabe Ortiz: Breitbart, Palin spread fake news story blaming California fires on an immigrant man (Daily Kos)
A collection of right-wing websites teamed up with half-term nitwit Sarah Palin to spread a fake news story that appeared to pin the Northern California wildfires that have tragically killed at least 40 people onto an immigrant man who was arrested at a park in Sonoma, California.

Marina Hyde: Smells like teen hogwash: Ivanka Trump's lost 'punk' years (The Guardian)
The first daughter of the United States says she dyed her hair blue as a teenager in tribute to Kurt Cobain - but her story may include some alternative facts.

Marina Hyde: Who started the 'Melania Trump body double' conspiracy theory? Look no further (The Guardian)
Last week, I pondered on Twitter if the First Lady was actually a Second Lady. Within a week, this lone act of rogue content creation had made headlines around the world.

Marina Hyde: The Academy takes a stand on Weinstein - and we trust its judgment completely (The Guardian)
The creative body's decision to give Harvey the hoof makes sense given Hollywood's long history of films tackling sexual harassment.

Tirhakah Love: 'Numb the pain with the money': how hip-hop turned nihilistic (The Guardian)
Post Malone's rockstar, the No 1 song in the US and UK this week, is a tale of drugs and loveless sex - and joins similarly empty-sounding hits from 21 Savage, Future, Lil Uzi Vert and more. Why has mainstream rap become so bleak?

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Michael Egan

Trump Spox Accuses Rachel Maddow of Being in the Pay of MSNBC News - Michael Egan, Humor Times


Superman Abandons Earth

Editorial and Political Cartoons


Trivia Question of the Day

What is the more common term for a Lycanthrope?


Send your answer to Marty

Trivia Question from Yesterday

What is the densest naturally occurring element?

       Osmium                                                      Source

Osmium is a chemical element with symbol Osand atomic number 76. It is a hard, brittle, bluish-white transition metal in the platinum group that is found as a trace element in alloys, mostly in platinum ores. Osmium is the densest naturally occurring element, with a density of 22.59 g/cm3. Its alloys with platinum, iridium, and other platinum-group metals are employed in fountain pen nib tipping, electrical contacts, and other applications where extreme durability and hardness are needed.        Source

Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   The densest naturally occurring element is osmium.

Alan J answered:

Randall wrote:

mj said:
   I've dealt with it for years

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:

Gene replied:

Deborah (who's celebrating her birthday today) said:
   The Internet tells me it's Osmium. Never heard of it.
  I didn't even know that the Alka Seltzer kid had a name. The stuff I learn from you, Marty.
  Rain passed through last evening. It wasn't much, but enough to make outdoors smell wet again. I've missed that.

Maynard's much younger, more handsome brother, Ed wrote:
   The Conservative brain.

Billy in Cypress replied:

Adam answered:

zorch responded:

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali wrote:
   Osmium…Be careful with the homeless…Hep A…remember who started closing down all of Cali's mental health units…our old pal Ronnie Rayguns…Shredded-wheat head is turning us into a demagogic oligarchic hell.

Joe S     said:
   I had no idea, no idea. Osmium. Named after the Osmond brothers teeth?

Stephen F took the day off.

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

John I from Hawai`i took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Rosemary in Columbus took the day off.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

Daniel in The City took the day off.

Harry M. took the day off.

George M. took the day off.

Gary K. took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  October 21 Birthdays - Celebrities Born October 21 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.

MAM     In memory.




Middle Class Political Economist

Now a Blogger-Columnist at US News and World Reports "Economic Intelligence"



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

A Cub Scout questioned a Republican state senator at a meeting. Now he's been kicked out of his den.

THANK YOU, Lawrence O'Donnell for a brilliant and courageous response ("Empty Barrel" Oct. 19, 2017)

Danger, Danger, Danger

FEMA Is Spending Billions, and Some Questionable Companies Are Getting Work - Bloomberg

Fox News Pushes Story of Pro-Trump Navy SEAL, Nearly Two Weeks After He Is Proven a Fraud

Friend to Donald Trump Is Bailing out The Weinstein Company

Will Congress foul up retirement savings plans to pay for a tax cut?

Bannon brings message of Republican revolt to California - SFGate

Bill Gates announces a $1.7 billion investment in US public schools - SFGate

'Only the Brave' educates, honors sacrifice of frontline firefighters - SFGate

Will We Ever Return to Normal After Trump? | Vanity Fair

Former (hallelujah!) sheriff mocked a congresswoman's appearance and Twitter handed him a mirror

Republicans Coming for 401(k) Tax Deduction

Thanks, Michelle!



David E Suggests

Doggie Language

Doggie Language: Canine Body Language (Infographic)


Thanks, Dave!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Does John Kelly Have Even an Ounce of Shame? | Alternet

Pro-Trump war 'hero' interviewed on Fox News admits he faked his record |

The Darkness Reaching Out for the Darkness in Everyone | Esquire

Lawrence O'Donnell Dismantles John Kelly's Disgraceful New Defense of Donald Trump | Alternet

What The Fuck Just Happened Today? | Today's essential guide to the daily shock and awe in national politics. Read in moderation.

Here's how Trump's morning Twitter barrage lined up with 'Fox & Friends' coverage of the same issues |

Racist, violent, unpunished: A white hate group's… - ProPublica

NRA: Trump is victim of 'most ruthless attack on a president' in history | TheHill

There's Very Little Welfare Left for Trump to Reform - Mother Jones

To get Harvey relief funds, residents of Dickinson must vow not to boycott Israel | Harvey | Dallas News

Putin calls on Americans to respect Trump | TheHill

Tom Price's wife asked about quarantining people with HIV - POLITICO

'Forbes' Received a Very Strange Phone Call After Donald Trump Dropped 92 Spots On Its Rich People List | GQ

Jeff Sessions Keeps Lying to the Senate | The Nation

Sessions: Mueller hasn't interviewed me in Russia probe - POLITICO

Trump's hatchet man: John Kelly, Sgt. Johnson and the big lie -

5 Things Trump Has Lied About Owning | Alternet

More Americans Are Carrying Handguns Than Ever Before - Mother Jones

Full text: George W. Bush speech on Trumpism - POLITICO

Here's Why Trump Interviewing US Attorney Candidates Is Even Worse Than it Seems - Mother Jones

"Our democracy is at stake": Obama delivers his first post-presidency campaign speech - Vox

The media's definition of fake news vs. Donald Trump's | PolitiFact

An Utterly Strange, Motley Crew of Trumpkins Is Gunning to Defeat Maxine Waters | The Daily Beast

Video debunks John Kelly's story about Rep. Frederica Wilson. | Slate

Frederica Wilson 2015 video shows White House Chief of Staff John Kelly got it wrong - Sun Sentinel

John Kelly showed his true colors (opinion) - CNN

Sarah Sanders: 'Highly inappropriate' to debate John Kelly - CNNPolitics

Here's what John Kelly is missing about Trump's Gold Star insult -

Leaked White House Memo Outlines Plans For All-Out War On Women's Health |



Reader Comment

Current Events

Trevor Noah - hysterical

Janet shared the link. This is wonderfully funny and true:

Trevor Noah on Trump's new Gold Star family feud (VIDEO).

Mooning Predator

Almost makes me want to rent an apt. in D.C. temporarily!

A grown man mooned President Trump's motorcade today.

Kelly willingly lied

1)Wonkette's take:

General John Kelly Lied About Rep. Frederica Wilson, And He Fucking Knows It | Wonkette

2) The link to the Sun Sentinel verification of what Wilson said the day Kelly is lying about:

Frederica Wilson 2015 video shows White House Chief of Staff John Kelly got it wrong - Sun Sentinel

3)Another Wonkette riff on this issue includes:

General John Kelly Fucks Self With Donald Trump's Sword | Wonkette

At the end, Kelly only took questions from journalists who had met a Gold Star family before, because that's how a free press works.

Go fuck yourself, John Kelly. We still respect your service and the sacrifice your family made, but our respect for you as a human just took a nosedive.

4) Linda's rant before the link to the second Wonkette link--Seriously, at a press briefing, where does he get off saying he will only take questions from Gold Star families or those who have met Gold Star families? Pussy! He willingly took the podium to lie and bail out his buddy. He says he has balls. Then answer questions and quit lying. Or STFU and never do this lying for Predator bit again!


While many like to paint Kelly as some sort of "adult" who is keeping us from Armageddon, can we stop to remember that not long after Trump took office he attended a Coast Guard graduation where he was presented with a ceremonial saber and Kelly was caught on a hot mic whispering, "Maybe you can use that on the press, sir."

This groveling toady is as phony and fake and fascist as Trump himself. Stop the Kelly worship.

This FUCK wants to be thought of as "the adult in the room"?

well then i wanna be thought of as an Olympic marathon medalist.

If Kelly impaled himself on Trump's sword, he only suffered a little prick.

The Elf seems to be developing dementia

Jefferson Beauregard doesn't want to answer questions so he's just going to claim executive privilege baselessly and hold his breath until he turns blue:

The nation's 'top lawyer' has no idea how executive privilege works

As one comment called Kelly, soul'd out:

'Stunned': Chief of staff Kelly jumps into Gold Star fray to scapegoat female member of Congress

Kelly, Predator's willing toady & a snake, didn't do the greatest job of cleaning up the mess as he stepped in poo too. As this points out, the "principled," "private" man has WILLINGLY stepped up to the mike twice in one week to lie for his buddy. As this article says-

Trump apparently has to lie compulsively and there's nothing surprising about that - he's not the one to bear any consequences from his wrongdoing. Other people clean up his messes as they have his entire life.

John Kelly's A Snake, If There's A Doubt Left In Anybody's Mind

Good op ed by Eugene Robinson (link below that Cassandra shared). This part is beautiful:

"In the hope that it may be no intrusion upon the sacredness of your sorrow, I have ventured to address you this tribute to the memory of . . . your brave and early fallen child," Abraham Lincoln wrote to the parents of a deceased Union soldier.

Trump's mindless cruelty to a soldier's widow speaks to the core of his character - The Washington Post

A couple of nights ago, Rachel Maddow read a letter Lincoln wrote to the daughter of a friend who was killed in the war. Again, beautifully written. Made me tear up.

As for the check belatedly sent. If it was a personal check from Predator, why did the Southern Cow talk about processes to issue & mail it? If he gave the money from the US Treasury--why did ONE father get a check? Is he going to be fair and give EVERY father a check? And by what right is he using our taxes to make special gifts?

Twitter reacts to Moron taking on the new Moron/Predator:

George W. Bush Gave A Speech Slamming Trump And Twitter Doesn't Know Who To Hate Anymore. | Someecards Politics

As one person said, I'm not sure slamming Predator without naming him by name is effective--does he even realize it's a criticism of him if you don't use the name Trump--does he even read it or hear it if it doesn't have the name Trump emblazoned all over it like his uglyass buildings?

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

Thanks, Linda (& Janet & Cassandra)!



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

Running even later than usual for a Friday night...

Tonight, Saturday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS', followed by '48 Hours'.

NBC fills the night with LIVE 'College Football', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
'SNL' is a RERUN.

ABC fills the night with LIVE 'College Football', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old '20/20'.

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

Faux fills the night with LIVE 'College Football', then pads the left coast with local crap.

MY has an old 'Major Crimes', followed by an old 'Rizzoli & Isles'.

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

AMC offers all old 'The Walking Dead' all night.

BBC  -   
 [7:15AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-What Are Little Girls Made Of?
 [9:45AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 9-Dagger of the Mind
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Maneuvers
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-Resistance
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 13-Prototype
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 14-Alliances
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 15-Threshold
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 17-Dreadnought
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 18-Death Wish
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 19-Lifesigns
 [8:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 20-Investigations
 [11:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Maneuvers
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-Resistance
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 13-Prototype
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 14-Alliances
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 15-Threshold

Bravo has the movie 'Sweet Home Alabama', followed by the movie 'The Help'.

Comedy Central has 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', followed by the movie 'Tommy Boy', then the movie 'Happy Gilmore'.

FX has the movie 'Guardians Of The Galaxy', followed by the movie 'Jurassic World'.

History has all old 'American Pickers' all night.

IFC  -   
 [6:30AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-It's a Garment of Liberty
 [9:00AM]    UP IN SMOKE
 [3:45PM]    AMERICAN PIE 2
 [10:30PM]    THE 40-YEAR-OLD VIRGIN
 [3:00AM]    UP IN SMOKE
 [5:00AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-Taco and a Hair Flip

Sundance  -   
 [6:05AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy Saves Barney's Morale
 [6:40AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy and the Gentleman Crook
 [7:15AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Cyrano Andy
 [7:50AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy and Opie, Housekeepers
 [8:25AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The New Doctor
 [9:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-A Plaque for Mayberry
 [9:30AM]    Kelly's Heroes
 [1:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Your Hit Parade
 [1:30PM]    M*A*S*H-What's Up Doc?
 [2:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Mail Call Three
 [2:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Temporary Duty
 [3:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Potter's Retirement
 [3:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Dr. Winchester and Mr. Hyde
 [4:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Major Topper
 [4:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Commander Pierce
 [5:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Peace on Us
 [5:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Lil
 [6:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Our Finest Hour
 [6:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Our Finest Hour
 [7:00PM]    M*A*S*H-The Billfold Syndrome
 [7:30PM]    M*A*S*H-None Like It Hot
 [8:00PM]    M*A*S*H-They Call the Wind Korea
 [8:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Major Ego
 [9:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Baby, It's Cold Outside
 [9:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Point of View
 [10:00PM]    M*A*S*H-Dear Comrade
 [10:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Out of Gas
 [11:00PM]    M*A*S*H-An Eye for a Tooth
 [11:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Dear Sis
 [12:00AM]    M*A*S*H-B.J. Papa San
 [12:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Inga
 [1:00AM]    M*A*S*H-The Price
 [1:30AM]    M*A*S*H-The Young and the Restless
 [2:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Hot Lips Is Back in Town
 [2:30AM]    Blazing Saddles
 [4:30AM]    Kelly's Heroes     (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Green Lantern', followed by the movie 'Stickman'.

 [6:15 AM]      Lady For A Day (1933)
 [8:00 AM]      Long Lost Father (1934)
 [9:15 AM]      Joy of Living (1938)
 [11:00 AM]      The Painted Hills (1951)
 [12:15 PM]      Kiss Me Kate (1953)
 [2:15 PM]      The Ladykillers (1956)
 [4:00 PM]      Jim Thorpe--All American (1951)
 [6:00 PM]      Trapeze (1956)
 [8:00 PM]      Brief Encounter (1945)
 [9:45 PM]      The Astonished Heart (1949)
 [11:30 PM]      In Which We Serve (1942)
 [2:00 AM]      Willard (1971)
 [3:45 AM]      Ben (1972)
 [5:30 AM]      One Got Fat (1963)
 [5:30 AM]      Holiday From Rules? (1959)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sunday   -  10/22/17

 [6:00 AM]      Bumping into Broadway (1919)    SILENT 
 [6:30 AM]      Broadway Ballyhoo (1934)
 [7:00 AM]      Morning Glory (1933)
 [8:30 AM]      Stage Struck (1948)
 [10:00 AM]      Raw Deal (1948)
 [12:15 PM]      Wuthering Heights (1939)
 [2:15 PM]      Bacall on Bogart (1988)
 [4:00 PM]      All Through The Night (1942)
 [6:00 PM]      Old Acquaintance (1943)
 [8:00 PM]      Dracula, Prince of Darkness (1965)
 [10:00 PM]      Dracula Has Risen From the Grave (1969)
 [12:00 AM]      The Monster (1925)    SILENT 
 [2:00 AM]      Eyes Without a Face (1960)
 [3:45 AM]      Kwaidan (1965)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Demonstrators rally before the speech by Richard Spencer, an avowed white nationalist and spokesperson for the so-called alt-right movement, on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., Oct.19, 2017.
Photo by Shannon Stapleton


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Appian Way, The First Roman Road | Amusing Planet


First Political Speech In A Year


Barack Obama called on voters to reject a growing "politics of division" and implied Donald Trump (R-Odious) had set American democracy "back 50 years" as he returned to the campaign trail for the first time since leaving the White House.

In his first political speeches for nearly a year, the former president took thinly veiled swipes at his Republican successor as he condemned "folks who are deliberately trying to make folks angry" for a "short-term tactical advantage".

He told rallies in New Jersey and Virginia that voters could send a powerful message about the type of politics they want by backing Democrats in 7 November elections in the two states.

Addressing a cheering crowd in Newark, New Jersey, Mr Obama said: "What we can't have is the same old politics of division that we have seen so many times before, that dates back centuries."

Without mentioning Mr Trump by name, he added: "Some of the politics we see now, we thought we put that to bed. That's folks looking back 50 years. It's the 21st century, not the 19th century."



A female monkey holds her baby on Cayo Santiago, known as Monkey Island, in Puerto Rico on Oct. 4, 2017.
Photo by Ramon Espinosa


The Best Memorials to Disasters That Never Happened - Atlas Obscura


'Knew Enough To Do More'

Quentin Tarantino

Quentin Tarantino has admitted he was aware, for decades, about Harvey Weinstein's alleged misconduct towards women.

The director said he failed to act in order to protect women despite knowing about several instances of alleged sexual assault, stating: "I knew enough to do more than I did."

In a new interview Tarantino, who worked with Weinstein on some of his best known films including Pulp Fiction, said he regretted not taking action with the knowledge he had.

"There was more to it than just the normal rumours, the normal gossip," he told the New York Times. "It wasn't second hand. I knew he did a couple of these things.

"I wish I had taken responsibility for what I heard. If I had done the work I should have done then, I would not have had to work with him."

Quentin Tarantino


Newhead News


University Offering the First-Ever Degree in Marijuana Studies


Students at a Michigan university might have to do a double-take when they look over the school's degree options. After all, what college lets someone major in marijuana studies?

But that's exactly what Northern Michigan University is offering as part of a four-year bachelor of science program. It doesn't seem like a fit for the classic stoner stereotype, however.

"When [my friends] hear what my major is, there are a lot of people who say, 'Wow, cool dude. You're going to get a degree growing marijuana,'" Alex Roth, a 19-year-old sophomore at NMU, told the Detroit Free Press. "But it's not an easy degree at all."

Technically, the program is called "Medicinal Plant Chemistry,"and it combines chemistry, biology, botany, horticulture, marketing and finance classes into one course study. There's even specialized entrepreneurial and bio-analytical tracks for students who want to focus on the business or scientific aspects of the degree.

While cannabis is definitely a focus of the program due to the increasing demand for chemists, entrepreneurs and horticulture experts to tap into the state's booming marijuana industry, students won't be using it or cultivating it.



The Albino ruby-throated hummingbird in Staunton, Virginia.
Photo by Marlin Shank


Artists and their Bohemian Ateliers


Researchers Raise Doubts Over Cause Of Death

Pablo Neruda

International researchers investigating the death of Chilean poet Pablo Neruda raised doubts on Friday as to whether he died of cancer 44 years ago as previously presumed, and did not rule out foul play.

Neruda, known for his passionate love poems and staunch communist views, died days after a coup in September 1973 that ushered in the brutal dictatorship of Augusto Pinochet.

Neruda's chauffeur claimed Pinochet's agents took advantage of the poet's illness to inject poison into his stomach as he lay in hospital. Neruda's body was exhumed in 2013 and previous tests have found no evidence of poison but are ongoing.

Spanish forensic specialist Aurelio Luna from the University of Murcia told journalists that his team discovered something that could possibly be a laboratory-cultivated bacteria. It will be analyzed, with results expected in six months to a year.

Luna also said that tests indicated that death from prostrate cancer was not likely at the moment when Neruda died.

Pablo Neruda


Digby's Hullabaloo


Sheriff Battles Misinformation


As firefighters in Northern California battle ongoing wildfires, the Sonoma County sheriff is facing a different battle: fighting misinformation about how the fires started.

Sonoma County Sheriff Rob Giordano issued a statement Thursday on Facebook calling out Immigrations and Customs Enforcement for spreading "inaccurate, inflammatory" information about the wildfires and about who - if anyone - had caused them. Cal Fire has not yet determined what started the blazes.

"ICE attacked the Sheriff's Office in the midst of the largest natural disaster this county has ever experienced," read the Sonoma sheriff's post. "Tens of thousands of people have been evacuated, many people have lost their homes and 23 people [in Sonoma] have died from this firestorm. ICE's misleading statement stirs fear in some of our community members who are already exhausted and scared."

ICE had released a statement Wednesday on its website, warning of Sonoma County's "repeated releases of [a] dangerous criminal alien," naming Jesus Gonzalez, a homeless man whom Sonoma officials had arrested earlier this week on suspicion of starting a small fire in a park.

The exchange between ICE and the sheriff's office comes as right-wing website Breitbart and other sites posted misleading news stories this week suggesting that the Northern California wildfires were started by Gonzalez, whom they called an "illegal alien."



Police survey the area from atop a building before the speech by Richard Spencer, an avowed white nationalist and spokesperson for the so-called alt-right movement, on the campus of the University of Florida in Gainesville, Fla., Oct.19, 2017.
Photo by Shannon Stapleton


10+ First-World Anarchists Who Don't Give A Damn About Your Rules | Bored Panda


Video Undermines White House Attack

Rep. Frederica Wilson

The controversy continues over President-for-now Trump's (R-Execrable) treatment of a military widow during a condolence call, with Rep. Frederica Wilson, Fla., accusing the White House of lying about her record.

And new video emerged Friday bolstering Wilson's case.

White House chief of staff John Kelly (R-Sock Puppet) criticized Wilson on Thursday for reporting that Trump told Myeshia Johnson, the widow of Sgt. La David Johnson, one of four soldiers killed in Niger earlier this month, "knew what he signed up for" by joining the service.

Kelly did not mention Wilson by name. He then went on to slam an unnamed congresswoman at a 2015 event he and Wilson were both at. Kelly said at a FBI building dedication in Miami, the congresswoman, "in the tradition of empty barrels making the most noise," boasted about securing $20 million in funding for the building,

But video of Wilson's speech, uncovered by the Sun-Sentinel newspaper, did not show her making the funding boast.

Rep. Frederica Wilson


Fruit Jamz! Album Covers Featuring Fruit (1950s-1980s) - Flashbak


Spin, Spin, Spin

White House

White House Chief of Staff John Kelly (R-Misogynist) says that he coached Donald Trump (R-Crooked) on what to say to the widow of a US soldier killed in action, and told him to express to her that her husband had acted honourably in making the decision to accept a dangerous position as a soldier.

Included in the advice was a phrase that has stirred controversy in recent days, and one that Mr Trump has denied he used during the phone call: "He knew what he was getting into."

Mr Kelly clarified the context of that statement as well. Speaking to reporters in the White House, he said that he had counselled Mr Trump not to make the call at all, but that the President had insisted.

"He was doing exactly what he wanted to do when he was killed. He knew he was getting into by joining that one percent. He knew what the possibilities were because were at war when he died he was surrounded by the best men on this Earth, his friends," Mr Kelly said he advised the President to say.

Mr Trump had vehemently denied saying that the dead soldier knew what he was getting into. Florida Representative Frederica Wilson claims to have overhead the conversation between Mr Trump and the widow, and was the first to tell the press about the contents of the call.

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A judge rebuffed former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio's (R-Pink Panties) request to expunge his criminal conviction for unlawfully detaining individuals based on suspicions of their legal status after President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Corrupt) pardoned him in August.

U.S. District Court Judge Susan Bolton ruled Thursday that the pardon wasn't a reason to erase Arpaio's guilty verdict.

"The power to pardon is an executive prerogative of mercy, not of judicial record-keeping," she wrote. "The Court found Defendant guilty of criminal contempt. The President issued the pardon. Defendant accepted. The pardon undoubtedly spared defendant from any punishment that might otherwise have been imposed. It did not, however, revise the historical facts of this case."

"The sheriff views it as a form of resistance to the president's pardon, and I view it as a resistance to the law," one of the lawyers, Jack Wilenchik, told CNN.

In July, Arpaio and his department were found guilty of violating a 2011 court order by stopping and detaining drivers based on suspicions about whether they were in the country illegally. Trump issued the presidential pardon before Arpaio could be sentenced, saying the notorious sheriff had provided "admirable service to our Nation."



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As many as three million people in the United States carry a loaded handgun daily, while nine million do so at least once a month, according to a US study Thursday.

Most of these gun-toting Americans are young men, live in the south and say personal protection is a top reason for walking around with a deadly weapon, said the report in the American Journal of Public Health.

The study is the first in 20 years to look at gun-carrying habits in a nation that has been repeatedly seen fatal mass shootings at schools, concerts and workplaces, researchers said.

The data came from a 2015 nationally representative survey that assessed handgun-carrying behavior of 1,444 gun owners.

"Compared with handgun owners who did not carry, those who did report carrying handguns tended to be younger, and more often male, live in the southern United States, have grown up in firearm-owning households, self-identify as politically conservative, and own more than one type of firearm," said the report.



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