BartCop Entertainment Archives - Saturday, 28 October, 2017


28 October, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[267 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Trump's $700 Billion Gift to Wealthy Foreigners (NY Times Column)
Why is Donald Trump planning to give away $700 billion - that's billion, with a "b" - to foreigners, no strings attached? You probably didn't know that he's planning to do this. In fact, he himself almost surely has no idea that he's planning to do this. But it would be one clearly predictable consequence of the tax "reform" he and his congressional allies are trying to pass.

Tom Danehy: Tom recalls the days of real un-American activity-and it wasn't football players who take a knee during the National Anthem (Tucson Weekly)
On October 27, 1947 (70 years ago […]), the House Un-American Activities Committee began the crazy-ass phase of its "investigation" into whether communists had infiltrated the entertainment industry and were using films to spread pro-Soviet propaganda.

We Set up a Hotline to Help You Reject Creepy Men (The Mary Sue)
For when he just won't go the hell away.

April Glaser: Robert Scoble Isn't Sorry (Slate)
The famous tech blogger just showed us everything you shouldn't do when you're accused of sexual assault.

Katy Waldman: "The Book of Dust, Volume 1" (Slate)
Fall in love with Philip Pullman's imagination all over again.

Nikesh Shukla: "Adichie, Kureishi, Hurston: what authors should be in the 'decolonised' canon?"(The Guardian)
What Olufemi wanted was to 'decolonise' Cambridge's English literature curriculum, highlight some authors from BAME backgrounds and ensure that students read widely. This is not in any way controversial. It's needed. It's important. Olufemi's tireless efforts are to be applauded, as is the university for standing by her.

Will God forgive Mark Wahlberg for Boogie Nights? (The Guardian)
The actor has sought a pardon from upstairs for his role in the drama about the porn industry, but really he should be begging forgiveness for those two Transformers movies.

Jamie Peck: I spoke out about Terry Richardson seven years ago. Why did Condé Nast only ban him now? (The Guardian)
This week, Condé Nast International announced they'd not work with the photographer Terry Richardson. It's about time.

Alexis Petridis: I can go for that: how soft rock finally got cool (The Guardian)
Once, the sound of 70s and 80s yacht rock was a musical punchline. Now Doobie Brother Michael McDonald is in demand from cutting-edge artists such as Thundercat, and hipster cratediggers are championing lost classics.

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Superman Abandons Earth

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Trivia Question of the Day

In Scotland, this game is called "dooking", in northern England it's called apple ducking, and in County Kerry, Ireland, it is known as "Snap Apple". What do we call it in the US?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Grauman's Egyptian Theatre was the site of the first-ever Hollywood film premiere on Wednesday, October 18, 1922. What was the title of the film that was shown?

       "Robin Hood"                                                      Source

Grauman's Egyptian Theatre is a noted movie theater located at 6706 Hollywood Boulevard in Hollywood, California. Opened in 1922, it is an early example of a lavish movie palace and is noted as having been the site of the first-ever Hollywood film premiere.

The Egyptian Theatre was the venue for the first-ever Hollywood premiere, Robin Hood, starring Douglas Fairbanks, on Wednesday, October 18, 1922. In 1927, Grauman opened a second movie theater further west on Hollywood Boulevard. In keeping with the public fascination in that era with international themes, he named his new theater the Chinese Theatre. Its popularity eventually rivaled and surpassed the Egyptian because of its numerous celebrity handprints, footprints, and signatures in the cement of its forecourt.        Source

Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   The first-ever Hollywood film premiere at Grauman's Egyptian Theatre was Robin Hood, starring Douglas Fairbanks on October 18, 1922.

Alan J said:
   Robin Hood.

Randall wrote:
   Robin Hood

Adam answered:
   'Robin Hood', starring Douglas Fairbanks

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   Robin Hood, starring Douglas Fairbanks

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Ben Hur."

Daniel in The City responded:
   Robin Hood, starring Douglas Fairbanks

Billy in Cypress wrote:
   Robin Hood, starring Douglas Fairbanks

zorch said:
   Robin Hood,

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali answered:
   Robin Hood starring Douglas Fairbanks Jr.

DJ Useo responded:
   Nope. I just don't know that answer. You got me again. Lol.

Joe S     replied:
   I don't want to play tonight, I just want to share this.

Andy Borowitz: The End of Trump | The New Yorker - YouTube

mj took the day off.

Stephen F took the day off.

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

Rosemary in Columbus took the day off.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

Gene took the day off.

George M. took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

Deborah took the day off.

Harry M. took the day off.

Gary K. took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  October 28 Birthdays - Celebrities Born October 28 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.

MAM     In memory.




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Michelle in AZ

John Muir's gravesite will finally open to the public, under a very Muir-like plan - SFGate

'Our Backyard Has Become A Graveyard': Saving Lives On The U.S.-Mexico Border | HuffPost

More Than 100 Cambodian-Americans Rounded Up, Now May Face Deportation | HuffPost

There's only 1 quail left in San Francisco, and cats are likely to blame - SFGate

Betsy DeVos's Schedule Shows Focus on Religious and Nontraditional Schools - The New York Times

Georgia Election Server Wiped in Response to Lawsuit on Election Integrity

Student Attacked for Sitting during Pledge of Allegiance

Those Healthcare Subsidies Trump is Gutting: Wait Till You See Where They are Going

BBC - Future - Do driverless trucks signal the end of an American era?

Fox News Revenues Nosedive Despite Trump's Constant Viewing | HuffPost

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Conservative site initially hired firm that produced Trump-Russia dossier | US news | The Guardian

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2 articles that are worth reading--

10 revelations confirming Trump's awfulness:

10 Revelations Confirming Trump's Awfulness from Those Who Resigned from His Administration | Alternet

Trump' s bizarre obsession with his obviously questionable intelligence:

Trump's Bizarre Obsession With His Obviously Questionable Intelligence | Alternet

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The Republican Party, in one tweet - Vox

The Fragile, Toxic Masculinity of Donald Trump | The Nation

John Kelly's week of silence speaks volumes about the chief of staff.

Whitefish Energy contract bars government from auditing deal | TheHill

Trump campaign is abruptly trying to distance itself from data firm it paid millions. Here's why. - ThinkProgress

Conway: 'Can't be bothered' with Trump campaign data firm's WikiLeaks connection | TheHill

Hannity is a nightly recruitment video for the cult of Donald Trump.

Congress is holding a hearing on a bill that would ban virtually all abortions - ThinkProgress

Trump to shrink Utah national monument | TheHill

Jane Fonda Gets It: Weinstein's Victims Are White and Famous, and That's Why We Care

Clients Turn on 'Champion for Women' Lisa Bloom After Her Scorched-Earth Crusade for Harvey Weinstein

Latest weird right-wing trick: The Russians were actually helping Hillary! -

Fox News' ad revenues are sinking, despite Trump's love -

Hillary Clinton's "real Russia scandal": The vast right-wing conspiracy will never die -

Sarah Huckabee Sanders: All Trump Accusers Are 'Lying' - The Daily Beast

The Trump Dump - Medium

Ex-ethics chief: History will judge Congress harshly for going after Clinton while ignoring Trump | TheHill

Whitefish Energy contract bars government from auditing deal | TheHill

Whitefish Energy's Contract to Rebuild Puerto Rico's Power Grid Is a Goddamn Travesty

How Republicans Are Jumping on the New Steele Scoop to Distract From the Trump-Russia Scandal - Mother Jones

You Can't Back White Nationalist Shrines and Complain When You're Linked to White Nationalists - Mother Jones

The First FBI Crime Report Issued Under Trump Is Missing A Ton Of Info | FiveThirtyEight



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Make Halloween great again! ;)

Here's a bunch of Halloween 'Trumpkins' to put us in the holiday spirit - Enjoy!

Your faithful reader, Tiera in S.D.

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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

Running even later than usual for a Friday.

Tonight, Saturday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS: The Expendable One', followed by a RERUN 'NCIS: The 3rd One', then a '48 Hours'.

NBC opens the night with 'Dateline', followed by a RERUN 'SNL'.
'SNL' has a FRESH half-hour 'The David S. Pumpkins Halloween Special', which then repeats.

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 '2017 World Series - Game 4'.

MY recycles 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 the movie 'Leprechaun 2', followed by the movie 'Leprechaun 3'.

BBC  -   
 [7:15AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 17-The Squire of Gothos
 [9:45AM]    STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 19-Tomorrow Is Yesterday
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 21-Deadlock
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 22-Innocence
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 23-The Thaw
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 25-Resolutions
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 26-Basics, Pt. 1
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 1-Basics, Pt. 2
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 2-Flashback
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 3-The Chute
 [8:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 4-The Swarm
 [10:00PM]    THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 22 - Episode 3
 [11:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 21-Deadlock
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 22-Innocence
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 23-The Thaw
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 25-Resolutions
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 26-Basics, Pt. 1

Bravo has the movie 'Ocean's Eleven', followed by the movie 'Ocean's Thirteen'.

Comedy Central has the movie 'Joe Dirt 2: Beautiful Loser', followed by the movie 'Joe Dirt'.

FX has the movie 'The Purge', followed by the movie 'The Purge: Anarchy'.

History has all old 'American Pickers' all night.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-It Satisfies on a Very Basic Level
 [6:30AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-Don't Call Me Ma'am
 [7:00AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-Taco and a Hair Flip
 [9:30AM]    DREDD
 [11:30AM]    THE WORLD'S END
 [10:00PM]    PRIEST
 [2:00AM]    SAW IV
 [4:00AM]    SAW V     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [6:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [7:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [7:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [8:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [8:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [9:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [9:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [10:00AM]    The Spy Who Loved Me
 [1:00PM]    You Only Live Twice
 [3:30PM]    Tomorrow Never Dies
 [6:00PM]    M*A*S*H
 [6:30PM]    M*A*S*H
 [7:00PM]    M*A*S*H
 [7:30PM]    M*A*S*H
 [8:00PM]    M*A*S*H
 [8:30PM]    M*A*S*H
 [9:00PM]    M*A*S*H
 [9:30PM]    M*A*S*H
 [10:00PM]    M*A*S*H
 [10:30PM]    M*A*S*H
 [11:00PM]    M*A*S*H
 [11:30PM]    M*A*S*H
 [12:00AM]    M*A*S*H
 [12:30AM]    M*A*S*H
 [1:00AM]    Tomorrow Never Dies
 [3:30AM]    You Only Live Twice     (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Underworld', followed by the movie 'Jeepers Creepers 3'.

 [6:15 AM]      Mark of the Vampire (1935)
 [7:30 AM]      Devil-Doll, The (1936)
 [9:00 AM]      What Ever Happened to Baby Jane? (1962)
 [11:30 AM]      Little Shop of Horrors (1960)
 [1:00 PM]      Village of the Damned (1961)
 [2:30 PM]      Children of the Damned (1963)
 [4:15 PM]      House of Dark Shadows (1970)
 [6:00 PM]      Night Of Dark Shadows (1971)
 [8:00 PM]      The Lost Weekend (1945)
 [10:00 PM]      They Live by Night (1949)
 [12:00 AM]      M (1951)
 [2:00 AM]      The Brood (1979)
 [3:45 AM]      Repulsion (1965)
 [5:45 AM]      The Corvair in Action! (1960)    (ALL TIMES EDT)    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sunday   -  10/29/17

 [6:00 AM]      And Then There Were None (1945)
 [8:00 AM]      Ten Little Indians (1966)
 [10:00 AM]      The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers (1946)
 [12:00 PM]      Blood and Sand (1941)
 [2:30 PM]      The Barefoot Contessa (1954)
 [5:00 PM]      Run Silent, Run Deep (1958)
 [7:00 PM]      Some of the Best (1944)
 [8:00 PM]      Taste the Blood of Dracula (1970)
 [10:00 PM]      Dracula A.D. 1972 (1972)
 [12:00 AM]      Haxan: Witchcraft Through the Ages (1922)    SILENT 
 [2:15 AM]      Onibaba (1964)
 [4:15 AM]      Ugetsu (1953)    (ALL TIMES EDT)

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The ceremonial urn of Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej is transported during the funeral procession and royal cremation ceremony in Bangkok, Thailand, Thursday, Oct. 26, 2017.
Photo by Wason Wanichakorn


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


12 Amazing Highlights from the 2017 Nat Geo Nature Photographer of the Year Contest «TwistedSifter


Rolex Sold At Auction

Paul Newman

Paul Newman wore it on his wrist, but it cost the winning bidder an arm and a leg.

A Rolex watch that once belonged to the iconic actor sold Thursday for a stunning $17.8 million at a Phillips auction in New York. The amount shattered the previous mark for a wristwatch ? $11.1 million fetched for a Patek Philippe in November, per Bloomberg.

According to the catalog note, Newman's wife, Joanne Woodward, bought the stainless steel "Daytona Rolex" for Newman nearly 50 years ago. She had it engraved "Drive Carefully Me." The two actors, who were married for 50 years before Newman's 2008 death, starred together in the 1969 racing movie "Winning" that inspired Newman's real-life racing career.

Newman was seen wearing the watch in hundreds of photographs, the catalog noted, and it became known in some circles as the "Paul Newman" watch. His daughter, Nell Newman, confirmed the provenance of the timepiece, which officially sold for a total amount of $17,752,500. The buyer wished to remain anonymous.

According to Forbes, Newman had given the watch away in 1984 as a gift to James Cox, who dated Nell and is still a close friend. Bloomberg noted Cox decided, in part, to sell it so some of the proceeds could benefit the Nell Newman Foundation, for which he serves as treasurer.

Paul Newman


A detail of the Great Victory Chariot carrying the royal urn is seen during the funeral procession for Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok, Thailand, Oct. 26, 2017.
Photo by Jorge Silva


They Don't Make Theatre Sets Like they Used To


Cast Rose McGowan in 'Grindhouse' As F-U to Harvey Weinstein

Robert Rodriguez

Robert Rodriguez says he knew about Harvey Weinstein's alleged sexual assault of Rose McGowan and accuses the mogul of burying the release of "Grindhouse" out of spite. Rodriguez and McGowan were in a relationship from 2006 to 2009, and the director tells Variety in a statement that he was inspired to cast McGowan as a "bad ass" character in the film as a way of getting back at her alleged assailant.

McGowan has accused Weinstein of raping her in 1997 while she was appearing in "Scream," a horror hit that was released by Miramax, his former company. Dozens of women have accused Weinstein of assault and harassment. His accusers include Gwyneth Paltrow, Angelina Jolie, Mira Sorvino, and Cara Delevingne.

Rodriguez worked with Miramax, and later the Weinstein Co. for years, primarily releasing films through Dimension, a genre label run by Harvey's brother Bob. Films he made for the companies include "From Dusk Til Dawn," "Spy Kids," and "The Faculty." The relationship continued even after "Grindhouse" was released to tepid box office results, with Dimension distributing Rodriguez-directed sequels to "Spy Kids," "Machete," and "Sin City."

I met Rose in Cannes on May 19, 2005, at an amfAR after party. "Sin City" had just screened at the Festival the night before. Rose and I were talking, and she told me she was a film noir fan and that she wished she could have been cast in "Sin City." I asked her "Why didn't you audition for it? You would have been terrific." She said that she couldn't because she had been blacklisted from working on any Weinstein movies. When I asked what she meant by that, and how could she possibly be blacklisted, she told me the horrifying story of what Harvey did to her seven years earlier.

Incensed at what I heard, I told Rose that she was not blacklisted from MY movies and that Harvey couldn't tell me who to cast. The reason was that Harvey didn't work on my movies, I made movies all those years for Dimension and Bob Weinstein. So I explained that if I cast her in my next film, Harvey couldn't suddenly tell me no, because my first question would be "Oh, really? Why can't I cast her?" And I was sure he would not want to tell me why.

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Wishful Thinking

Marijuana Edibles

No one is going to put marijuana edibles in your kid's halloween bag

Every year since 1966, families have been tuning into Charlie Brown and the Peanuts gang celebrate Halloween on "It's The Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown" TV special. Spoiler Alert: Linus waits for The Great Pumpkin to materialize in the pumpkin patch but he nearly freezes to death. Drats.

Here's another Halloween tradition that is equally fictional: Reefer Madness acolytes warn parents every year that some crazed freak is going to lace trick-or-treat candy with weed and your kids will overdose on the devil's lettuce. But, like Linus awaiting the fictional Great Pumpkin, it never happens.

This Halloween tale of fright is picking up steam as more and more states legalize cannabis. The latest version of the bogus story comes from the Township of Moorestown, N.J., a burg east of Philadelphia. The township's police department, in its infinite wisdom, decided to scare the bejesus out of its 19,000 residents with a Special Halloween Alert.

Medical marijuana programs have been in existence for more than 20 years and 29 states now allow for it. Eight states have legal weed. A basic internet search through news reports do not show a single incident of marijuana-laced candy harming a trick-or-treater.

Marijuana Edibles


A soldier salutes in front of the Royal Crematorium during a funeral for the late King Bhumibol Adulyadej near the Grand Palace in Bangkok, Thailand, Oct. 27, 2017.
Photo by Damir Sagolj


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Runs Red

Trevi Fountain

The waters of Rome's famous Trevi Fountain have run red for the second time in 10 years after a man poured dye into the landmark basin in protest at a film festival in the city.

Police escorted the alleged offender away after he was seen to dump the red colouring into the pool, more commonly receptive of tourists throwing coins to, as legend has it, ensure a return visit.

Local media reported that it was the same man who had dyed the fountain in the centre of the Italian capital in 2007 to protest the cost of hosting an international film festival. Rome's 2017 film festival opened on Thursday.

In 2007, Italian "vandalism artist" Graziano Cecchini claimed responsibility but said he had used natural dye so that he would not damage the 18th-century marble fountain. Officials in the city are today assessing the fountain for damage.

In 2008, Cecchini rolled 500,000 plastic balls down the Spanish Steps, each representing a "lie told by a politician".

Trevi Fountain


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Lashes Out


President-for-now Trump (R-Execrable) set his sights on "wacky & totally unhinged" liberal megadonor Tom Steyer Friday.

Though Trump didn't mention what he was upset about, Steyer has spent $10 million in airtime for a minute-long commercial calling for Trump's impeachment and labeling the president "a clear and present danger who's mentally unstable and armed with nuclear weapons."

Steyer is a California-based hedge fund manager turned founder and president of NextGen America, an advocacy organization promoting progressive candidates and causes, particularly environmental protection and clean energy. Forbes estimated Steyer spent approximately $90 million in the 2016 election cycle.

In the ad, Steyer says of Trump, "He's brought us to the brink of nuclear war, obstructed justice at the FBI, and in direct violation of the Constitution, has taken money from foreign governments, threatened to shut down news organizations that report the truth."

The commercial aired during "Fox & Friends" for the first time Friday, according to Politico. Minutes after firing off his missive about Steyer, Trump thanked the program without context.



Smoke rises from the royal crematorium of Thailand's late King Bhumibol Adulyadej in Bangkok, Thailand, early Friday, Oct. 27, 2017.
Photo by Wason Wanichakorn


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All Harassment Accusers Are Lying

White House

White House press secretary Sarah Sanders (R-Delusional) backed President-for-now Trump (R-Odious) on Friday when asked if it's official position of the administration that the women who have accused Trump of harassment and assault are lying.

"We've been clear on that from the beginning and the president's spoken on it," Sanders told a reporter at the daily press briefing.

More than a dozen women publicly accused Trump of sexual harassment or assault during last year's campaign, when the leak of the "Access Hollywood" tape revealed he bragged about doing so with impunity in 2005.

At the time, Trump categorically denied the accusations and dismissed what he called "locker room" talk caught on the tape. He even threatened to sue the accusers, but never followed through.

Earlier this month, the president was asked again about the allegations, which he decried as politically motivated "fake news."

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A Senate panel narrowly approved the nomination of Sam Brownback (R-Religiously Insane) to be U.S. ambassador-at-large for international religious freedom despite complaints from LGBT rights groups over the Kansas governor's views on same-sex marriage and gender identity.

On an 11-10 vote Thursday, the Foreign Relations Committee recommended that the full Senate consider President-for-now Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) selection of Brownback for the State Department post. The committee also approved several other Trump nominees for ambassadorships. Among them was Richard Grenell to be U.S. envoy to Germany. Grenell would be the first openly LGBT ambassador for Trump if he's confirmed.

LGBT rights groups have decried Brownback's nomination because of his conservative atavistic views. During his confirmation hearing earlier this month, Brownback defended his decision as Kansas governor to scrap an executive order that barred discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

Brownback in 2015 rescinded the order issued in August 2007 by then-Gov. Kathleen Sebelius that banned discrimination against gays, lesbians, bisexuals and transgender individuals in hiring and employment agencies under the governor's direct control. He said that Sebelius, a Democrat, had acted unilaterally and undercut the Kansas' legislature.

He made Kansas an economic laboratory for the nation by aggressively cutting taxes and crashing the economy.



Protesters hold fake handcuffs as they take part a rally outside the Catalan parliament in Barcelona, Spain, Friday, Oct. 27, 2017. Catalonia's parliament on Friday will resume debating its response to the Spanish government's plans to strip away its regional powers to halt it pushing toward independence.
Photo by Santi Palacios


A New Book Filled With Interactive Paper Pop-up Gadgets by Kelli Anderson | Colossal


Hoover Wanted Public Convinced

JFK Assassination Files

A memo written by FBI director J. Edgar Hoover, released among 2,800 declassified records relating to the assassination of President John F. Kennedy, has shown how in the days after Lee Harvey Oswald was shot, the FBI planned to convince the public that he was the real assassin as soon as possible.

In the document, dictated shortly after Oswald was shot by Dallas nightclub owner Jack Ruby, Hoover explains how both he and then-Attorney General Nicholas Katzenbach were concerned that Oswald should be established as the president's killer as a matter of urgency.

"The thing I am concerned about, and so is Mr. Katzenbach, is having something issued so we can convince the public that Oswald is the real assassin," Hoover said in the 1963 memo.

The former FBI director went on to explain that establishing which facts could and could not be made public was important because of the possible foreign policy implications. "There are several aspects which would complicate our foreign relations," Hoover says in the memo.

These were namely that the FBI was aware Oswald had contacted both the Cuban embassy in Mexico City and the Soviet Embassy in Washington. Hoover explained that having the interception of these messages-one of them to the "man in the Soviet Embassy in charge of assassinations and similar activities on the part of the Soviet government"-made public would have "muddied the waters internationally."

JFK Assassination Files


The Story Behind Gay Bob, the World's First Openly Gay Doll From 1977 ~ vintage everyday


Hillary Clinton Body Double

Russian 'Troll Farm'

A former employee of a Russian "troll factory" has said that a Hillary Clinton lookalike and black man were hired by his company to make a sex tape during the 2016 US election.

The company, according to the first former employee to go on record Alan Baskaev, ran popular Twitter accounts that would promote then-candidate Donald Trump's (R-Corrupt) campaign officials and surrogates.

The Internet Research Agency also ran websites in favour of Mr Trump during the election, the Daily Beast reported.

Mr Baskaev, now a teacher in Thailand, appeared in an on-camera interview with independent Russian television station TV Rain.

He said his bosses "thought they hit the "sensation" jackpot" with the video of fake pair - seemingly impersonating former President Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton - who looked they were having sex.

Russian 'Troll Farm'


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