BartCop Entertainment Archives - Sunday, 26 March, 2017


26 March, 2017

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Ben Jacobs and David Smith: Republican repeal of Obamacare fails as healthcare bill pulled from House vote (The Guardian)
Weeks of negotiations over American Health Care Act fail to create GOP consensus around replacement bill in stunning defeat for Donald Trump.

Kristin Salaky: "Hillary Clinton Cheers Move To Pull ACA Repeal Bill As 'Victory For All Americans'" (TPM)
Former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton took to Twitter Friday to celebrate the House Republicans' pulling of a vote on their bill to repeal and replace Obamacare, calling it a "victory for all Americans."

Marc Dion: Coat and Tie Required (Creators Syndicate)
I like to dress up for work, even though most of the other men don't. It's a vanity that harms me, since really nice clothes cost more than I can afford. In addition, the desire for a $300 pair of shoes sometimes causes me to volunteer for overtime shifts.

Froma Harrop: The Trump 'Faithful' Get the Budget Cuts They Voted For (Creators Syndicate)
Kentucky has become a favored dateline for many of President Donald Trump's fervent critics. They collect evidence there of betrayal, such as the ABC News item featuring a coal truck driver, "one of the Trump faithful," attached to a breathing tube and weeping over his expected loss of coverage for deadly black lung disease.

Peter Bradshaw: "Rotten Tomatoes: is the semi-fresh aggregation site really destroying cinema?" (The Guardian)
Batman v Superman producer Brett Ratner is right to address the site's dumbing down of film criticism, but his negative review is also a case of sour grapes.

Clive James: 'Coogan and Brydon are the funniest couple since Laurel and Hardy' (The Guardian)
The extras do uncanny impersonations of corpses, and sometimes can't keep it up.

Rosanna Greenstreet: Tracey Ullman: 'My best kiss? Kevin Kline is technically brilliant' (The Guardian)
The actor and comedian on marriage, children, and the records she should never have made.

Hadley Freeman: "Singer, musician, sex offender: let's remember the whole Chuck Berry" (The Guardian)
Why do we turn a blind eye to Berry's convictions, but not Roman Polanski's?

"If you need me, I'll be in the woods": Lucy Mangan on the joy of being alone (Stylist)
Not all heroes wear capes. My latest one is a man called Christopher Knight whose story about how he lived a life of complete solitude in the Maine woods for 27 years has just been published. One day he simply abandoned his job installing alarm systems and took off. After wandering around for a few months he found a good place to shelter and stayed there for nearly three decades, completely alone, completely happy - a silent idol for anyone who has felt the urge to just sack it all off and live the life of a hermit.

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An alibi is a form of defense used in criminal procedures. The word 'alibi' comes from Latin - what does 'alibi' mean in Latin?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Who was the first woman executed by the United States federal government?

       Mary Surratt                                                      Source

Mary Elizabeth Jenkins Surratt[ (1820 or May 1823 - July 7, 1865) was an American boarding house owner who was convicted of taking part in the conspiracy to assassinate President Abraham Lincoln. Sentenced to death, she was hanged, becoming the first woman executed by the United States federal government. Surratt was the mother of John H. Surratt, Jr., who was later tried but was not convicted of involvement in the assassination.        Source

Randall was first and correct with:
   Mary Surratt

Alan J wrote:
   Mary Surratt.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Mary Surratt for her role (if any) in the Lincoln assassination.

Adam answered:
   Mary Elizabeth Jenkins Surratt, for being partof the conspiracy to assasinate Lincoln.

Dave in Tucson responded:
   I'm going to guess the first woman executed by the Federal government is Mary Surratt. She ran the boarding house where the majority of Lincoln conspirators (including her son) resided. It's been said she knew nothing about the plot and was a victim of the hysteria that followed Lincoln's assassination.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcaliful replied:
   At 1:22pm on July 7, 1865, Mary Surratt became the first woman ever to be executed by the United States government. They hanged her by the neck until dead. A coconspirator of John Wilkes Booth. There was some public consternation about executing a woman (also at age 42 she was considered an "old woman"), but they went through with it.

DJ Useo said:
   I don't have the answer, but this chart shows why.

Joe S     wrote:
   As a history major I should have known that, but I didn't . I Googled it. Well, the answer is, tada, Mary Surratt for her part in the conspiracy to assassinate Abraham Lincoln. (I should have known that dammit.)

Deborah responded:
   may be late - Saturday was chock-full of good stuff - and I had to look this up because this was not in any history (or "herstory" as RuPaul calls it) class I took - it was Mary E. Surratt, and she was hung (how brutal).
  And we kind of did a happy dance after the TrumpCare bill was pulled before the vote. Pulled before the vote so #45 wouldn't look like a loser. But he is. Bigly. And he blamed Democrats (he never even talked to them, or suggested any Republicans talk to them), and is now having his minions call for Paul Ryan's stepping down as Speaker. Just his M.O., to make other people do his bidding, and when it fails, blame them and those who kissed his bigly ass are vilified.
  This is a victory, and we still have work to do. I'm in. Who's with me?

mj took the day off.

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

Billy in Cypress took the day off.

Gene took the day off.

zorch took the day off.

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House, Senate Republicans repeat Russian attacks against liberal U.S. billionaire George Soros

Dystopian dreams: how feminist science fiction predicted the future | Books | The Guardian

Geena Davis: 'Thelma & Louise changed everything for me' | Culture | The Guardian

Donald Trump's perverted gift to the world - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford

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GOP Rep Just Admitted ALL Those Repeal Votes Were A Fraud! Cons Lose Their Sh*t!

Trump says Obamacare will explode: He really means, 60,000 will lose healthcare by his hand in AR

A Family Of Syrian Refugees Have Launched Canada's Hottest Chocolate Company | The Huffington Post

How disastrous for Trump is healthcare collapse? - BBC News

Groundhog day for a keystone cop-out? - BBC News

As the Senate Moves In on Internet Privacy, How Can You Keep Your Searches Private? - NBC News

Thousands of Would-Be Democratic Candidates Flood States in Trump Backlash - NBC News

Sen. Chris Murphy: trump Is Dragging Us Into Another War & No One Is Talking About It

Global goals on climate change may be attainable after all, due to rapid collapse of coal

Until Trump Decides Otherwise, A Bloc Of House Conservatives Now Controls Government | The Huffington Post

Proposed Trump executive order would allow US firms to sell 'conflict minerals' | US news | The Guardian

World's largest tropical peatland found in Congo basin | Environment | The Guardian

'Who knows what we'll find next?' Journey to the heart of Mozambique's hidden forest | World news | The Guardian

'Your animal life is over. Machine life has begun.' The road to immortality | Science | The Guardian

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Donald Trump is extremely bad at making deals - Vox

Trump says he never promised to repeal Obamacare quickly. A list of times he did. -

Is a Billionaire-Funded Coup to Rewrite the Constitution upon Us? | Alternet

Why are Republicans so cruel to the poor? Paul Ryan's profound hypocrisy stands for a deeper problem -

Dark Data: Trump Backers Bankroll Firm Developing Psychological Profiles of Every U.S. Voter | Alternet

Poll: Majority of Americans want independent commission to investigate Trump-Russia ties - POLITICO

The failure of the Republican health care bill reveals a party unready to govern - Vox

The Long, Twisted, and Bizarre History of the Trump-Russia Scandal | Mother Jones

Art Of The Ordeal | The Huffington Post

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'Deaths of despair' on the rise among blue-collar whites | TheHill

Melania Trump is featured guest at Mar-a-Lago fundraiser after GOP drops $150,000 to rent ballroom -


Worst 100 days we've ever seen': David Gergen slams Trump's 'delusional' response to Trumpcare fail -

Trump Blames Obamacare Defeat On Democrats Whom He Never Asked For Help | The Huffington Post

Dear America, Donald Trump is completely insane -

CNN analyst: Sources say Mike Flynn may have turned on Trump and become a witness for the FBI -

Donald Trump Is Always Right | Mother Jones



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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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Sunny and on the cool side.

Tonight, Sunday:

CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH 'NCIS: The Expendable One', then a FRESH 'Madam Secretary', followed by a FRESH 'Elementary'.

NBC opens the night with a RERUN 'Little Big Shots', followed by a FRESH 'Little Big Shots', then a FRESH 'Chicago Justice', followed by a FRESH 'Shades Of Blue'.

ABC begins the night with a RERUN 'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by a FRESH 'Once Upon A Time', then a FRESH 'Time After Time', followed by a FRESH 'American Crime'.

The CW offers an old 'Person Of Interest', followed by an old 'Elementary', then 2½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.

Faux has a RERUN 'The Simpsons', followed by a FRESH 'Bob's Burgers', then a FRESH 'Making History', followed by a FRESH 'Family Guy', then a FRESH 'The Last Man On Earth'.

MY has an old 'Anger Management', followed by another old 'Anger Management', then an old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by another old 'Big Bang Theory', then still another old 'Big Bang Theory', followed by yet another old 'Big Bang Theory'.

A&E has all old 'American Pickers' all night.

AMC offers 'The Walking Dead', another 'The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH 'The Walking Dead', then a FRESH 'Talking Dead'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    HIDDEN HABITATS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 16-The Secret To Their Success
 [6:30AM]    NATURE'S WEIRDEST - SEASON 4 - Episode 1
 [7:30AM]    YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (1967)
 [10:00AM]    GOLDFINGER (1964)
 [12:30PM]    DR. NO (1962)
 [3:00PM]    FROM RUSSIA WITH LOVE (1963)
 [5:30PM]    GOLDFINGER (1964)
 [8:00PM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 24 - EPISODE 3
 [10:00PM]    DR. NO (1962)
 [12:30AM]    YOU ONLY LIVE TWICE (1967)
 [3:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 24 - Episode 3
 [4:30AM]    EXTRA GEAR - SEASON 24 - Episode 3
 [5:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 13-Last of the Time Lords-Part 2.     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', 'Real Housewives Of BH', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'South Park', followed by the movie 'Happy Gilmore'.

FX has the movie 'The Maze Runner', followed by the movie 'Lucy', then a FRESH 'FEUD: Bette & Joan'.

History has 'Alcatraz: Search For The Truth', followed by the FRESH 'Roanoke: A Mystery Carved In Stone', then the FRESH 'Return To Roanoke: Search For The Seven'.

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 [8:15AM]    HOMEFRONT
 [1:00PM]    TROY
 [2:00AM]    TROY
 [5:30AM]    MARON-Marc in Florida    (ALL TIMES EDT)

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 [7:15AM]    The Warriors
 [9:15AM]    Rocky III
 [11:45AM]    Rocky IV
 [1:45PM]    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
 [6:00PM]    Unforgiven
 [9:00PM]    The Outlaw Josey Wales
 [12:00AM]    Joe Kidd
 [1:59AM]    Two Mules for Sister Sara
 [4:25AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Episode 2
 [5:25AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Ernest T. Bass Joins the Army    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Independence Day', followed by the movie 'Red'.

 [6:00 AM]      Of Human Hearts (1938)
 [8:00 AM]      Lifeboat (1944)
 [10:00 AM]      Tension (1950)
 [12:00 PM]      The Man Who Knew Too Much (1956)
 [2:15 PM]      Sullivan's Travels (1942)
 [4:00 PM]      Yours, Mine And Ours (1968)
 [6:00 PM]      How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
 [8:00 PM]      Rachel, Rachel (1968)
 [10:00 PM]      The Effect of Gamma Rays on Man-in-the-Moon Marigolds (1972)
 [12:00 AM]      The Outlaw And His Wife (1917)     SILENT 
 [2:00 AM]      Torment (1944)
 [4:00 AM]      Hour of the Wolf (1968)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Monday   -  03/27/17

TCM spends the night with Kathryn Grayson
 [6:00 AM]      6 Day Bike Rider (1934)
 [7:15 AM]      The Freshman (1925)     SILENT 
 [8:45 AM]      Knute Rockne All American (1940)
 [10:30 AM]      Angels in the Outfield (1951)
 [12:15 PM]      Gentleman Jim (1942)
 [2:15 PM]      The Jackie Robinson Story (1950)
 [3:45 PM]      Jim Thorpe--All American (1951)
 [5:45 PM]      National Velvet (1944)
 [8:00 PM]      Kiss Me Kate (1953)
 [10:00 PM]      Anchors Aweigh (1945)
 [12:30 AM]      Show Boat (1951)
 [2:30 AM]      That Midnight Kiss (1949)
 [4:15 AM]      Two Sisters From Boston (1946)

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A man carries a bunch of balloons with the European logo near the Brandenburg Gate during the 'March for Europe' rally in Berlin, Germany, March 25, 2017. Hundreds of participants joined the event on the 60th anniversary of the Treaty of Rome that marked the origin of the European Union.
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Public Memorial Service

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher

Friends, family and fans have gathered together to celebrate the beautiful lives and legacies of Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher with a public memorial service at the Freedom Theater at Forest Lawn Cemetery Hollywood Hills on Saturday. The late mother-daughter duo died just one day apart from each other back in December.

The memorial, which was also live-streamed on, was organized by Debbie's son and Carrie's brother, Todd. While speaking with ET earlier this week, the producer anticipated that there wouldn't "be a dry eye in the house" -- and he wasn't wrong.

Set to a track from Star Wars, a video began, which featured Carrie's footprints, a Princess Leia birth certificate, pics and videos of Debbie and Carrie from the actress' childhood, and highlights from Carrie's most memorable scenes from the legendary franchise.

The next segment of the video began with vintage footage of Carrie singing Frank Sinatra's "The Way You Look Tonight," accompanied with clips of scenes from some of her other popular film roles, like When Harry Met Sally, The Blues Brothers and Shampoo.

The video then turned the focus on Debbie, re-playing clips of her best dance moments from Singin' in the Rain, with words from Todd and Carrie about her career and envious drive.

Debbie Reynolds and Carrie Fisher


A model presents a creation at the Hempel Award 25th China International Young Fashion Designers Contest during China Fashion Week in Beijing, China March 25, 2017.
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Round-Trip Flight

Southern Lights

They took an eight-hour flight just to look out the airplane's window, but it was an extraordinary view.

A charter plane that left Dunedin, New Zealand, late Thursday flew close to the Antarctic Circle to give the eager passengers an up-close look at the Aurora Australis, or Southern Lights.

Otago Museum Director Ian Griffin came up with the idea. An astronomer, Griffin said he was inspired after seeing the Southern Lights while flying as a guest on a NASA observatory plane.

He says the 134 seats on the chartered Boeing 767 sold out within five days and one man traveled from Spain for the trip. He says he could have filled the plane several times over, although they were only selling window seats and seats immediately adjacent, leaving the middle of the aircraft empty.

One seat cost 2,000 New Zealand dollars ($1,400) or double that for business class.

Southern Lights


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Cod Fishing Catches Plummet

New England

The cod isn't so sacred in New England anymore.

The fish-and-chips staple was once a critical piece of New England's fishing industry, but catch is plummeting to all-time lows in the region. The decline of the fishery has made the U.S. reliant on foreign cod, and cod fish fillets and steaks purchased in American supermarkets and restaurants are now typically caught by Norway, Russia or Iceland in the north Atlantic.

In Maine, which is home to the country's second-largest Atlantic cod fishery, the dwindling catch has many wondering if cod fishing is a thing of the past.

State records say 2016 was historically bad for cod fishing in Maine. Fishermen brought less than 170,000 pounds (77,110 kilograms) of the fish to land in the state last year.

The haul was below the previous record low of about 250,000 pounds (113,398 kilograms) a year earlier. Maine's record year for cod was 1991, when fishermen brought more than 21 million pounds (9.5 million kilograms) of the bottom dweller to the docks, according to records that date to 1950.

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A participant balances on a slackline over the former quarry, near village of Srbsko, Czech Republic, March 25, 2017. About 50 participants from Czech Republic, Slovakia and Poland took part in spring highline season opening. Highlining is a style of slacklining, where the two anchor points are set up with significant elevation from the ground or water, between two crags or trees for example.
Photo by Martin Divisek


Royalty, Espionage, and Erotica: Secrets of the World's Tiniest Photographs | Collectors Weekly


Model Making Its Way Around World

Giant Moon

It takes just about 27 days for the Moon we all know and love to make its way around the Earth, but it's going to take far longer for a giant model of the Moon to do the same. Museum of the Moon is an art exhibit that provides visitors with an up-close-and-personal look at our planet's only natural satellite, and it's currently traveling between festivals and universities so that everyone can experience its awesomeness.

Created by artist Luke Jerram, Museum of the Moon is described as "a fusion of lunar imagery, moonlight and surround sound composition." In practical terms, it's a huge model of the Moon measuring 30 feet in diameter, with every square inch of its sphere covered in ultra high-resolution NASA imagery of the lunar landscape. At 1:500,000 scale, each centimeter of the manmade Moon represents just over three miles of the real lunar surface.

The idea behind the project is to showcase how the Moon has impacted civilization since the dawn of mankind. To that end, the touring artwork will collect new bits of Moon lore from each place it visits, bringing new stories, beliefs, and traditions to every new location. The mini Moon has already visited France, the UK, Belgium, and the Netherlands, and will hop between festivals in Europe for much of the remainder of 2017.

Giant Moon


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Torch Health Care Bill

Putrid Trinity

With the vote on the American Health Care Act looming, conservative media personalities and outlets that were backers of President Trump (R-Crooked) throughout the campaign are attacking the Obamacare replacement bill the White House supports.

Ann Coulter, right-wing provocateur and an avid supporter of the Trump campaign, has been attacking the bill as "Obamacare Lite" since its text became public, hammering House Speaker Paul Ryan along the way. "Could some investigative reporter write a piece explaining why Ryan is so hellbent on this deeply unpopular healthcare bill?" she wrote earlier this week, before criticizing Trump and Ryan for making tax cuts next on their legislative agenda instead of trade and immigration.

Matt Drudge, who had mostly stayed out of the AHCA fray, turned the banner of his website against Ryan on Friday morning. The line Drudge chose echoes a 2010 Nancy Pelosi quote, in which the then-House speaker said of the Affordable Care Act, "we have to pass the [health care] bill so that you can find out what's in it," a quote that was played often on Fox News and defended by Pelosi.

Breitbart News - formerly headed by Trump's chief strategist, Steve Bannon (R-Puppet Master) - has also been hammering the bill, which the right-wing site dubbed "Ryancare." On Friday, it promoted a New York magazine story stating that Bannon had expressed concerns over the fact the bill was "written by the insurance industry." The site has also been hammering Ryan, including releasing audio of the speaker during the 2016 campaign saying he wouldn't support Trump and publishing so many storiescriticizing Ryan and the bill that its journalists were scolded by the conservative National Review.

Putrid Trinity


An Indian farmer from South Indian Rivers Interlinking Farmers Association plays dead near human skulls claiming they belong to farmers who died in the past in Tamilnadu during a protest and hunger strike in New Delhi, India, March 25, 2017. Hundreds of farmers continuing their protest as they are demanding the formation of Cauvery river management committee and networking for all rivers by smart waterways project.
Photo by Rajat Gupta


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Apologizes for 'Pizzagate' Fake News

Alex Jones

Conservative radio host Alex Jones apologized Friday for promoting an anti-government conspiracy theory that allegedly inspired one man to open fire in a Washington restaurant last year.

Broadcasting from his website InfoWars, Jones said he was not the author of the so-called "Pizzagate" conspiracy theory, but regretted prior comments made in support of it. He specifically appealed to James Alefantis, owner of Comet Ping Pong. The Washington pizza place was one of several that the theory's supporters believed hosted a child-sex trafficking ring sponsored by Democratic Party officials. In December, 28-year-old Edgar Maddison Welch entered the restaurant and opened fire with an AR-15 semi-automatic rifle without any reported injuries. After his arrest, Welch claimed he was motivated to take action based on his belief of the theory and that he was an avid listener of Jones' radio show.

"I want our viewers and listeners to know that we regret any negative impact our commentaries may have had on Mr. Alefantis, Comet Ping Pong, or its employees. We apologize to the extent our commentaries could be construed as negative statements about Mr. Alefantis or Comet Ping Pong, and we hope that anyone else involved in commenting on Pizzagate will do the same thing," Jones said in a prepared.

Jones had previously supported the "Pizzagate" theory on his show and website, including a video entitled "PIZZAGATE: The Bigger Picture" posted days before the Comet Ping Pong attack. In the segment, Jones purported to link a number of high-profile pedophilia cases to a major operation led by former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton and her campaign chief John Podesta and using underground tunnels to traffic young children through the city. The rumors, which were widely discredited by authorities, were further fueled by the hacking and release of private Democratic Party emails, which conspiracy theorists alleged used code words to refer to the child abuse ring.

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University of Texass

Nearly 15 percent of female undergraduates at the University of Texas at Austin reported being raped in a survey released by officials at the 50,000-student campus Friday.

The survey comes at a time when Baylor University and state lawmakers are facing a widespread sexual assault scandal involving football players at the nation's largest Baptist university.

The Texas survey data works out to about 1 in 7 undergraduate women in Austin. Nationwide, about 1 in 4 college women reported unwanted sexual contact in a 2015 survey by the Association of American Universities.

The flagship Texas campus is one of the largest in the U.S. and released Friday's report ahead of schedule after a legislator this week revealed the 15 percent figure during a hearing in the Texas Capitol. The Baylor scandal, which has engulfed the university for the past two years, has prompted several bills aimed at increasing reporting and reducing sexual assaults on campus.

Baylor officials have acknowledged at least 17 women reported being raped by 19 football players since 2011. Lawsuits against the school put the number of alleged sexual assaults at more than 50 over a four-year period. The scandal led to the firing of football coach Art Briles and university president Ken Starr (R-Panty-Sniffer) stepping down.

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A woman dressed as 'Europa' performs during a rally marking the 60th anniversary of signing the Treaty of Rome, in Berlin, Germany, March 25, 2017.
Photo by Markus Schreiber


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Wants To Bar Victims Testimony

Pink Panty Sheriff

Former Sheriff Joe Arpaio (R-Racist) wants to bar Latinos who were illegally detained in his signature immigration patrols from testifying at his upcoming trial on a criminal contempt-of-court charge.

Lawyers for Arpaio said in a court filing Friday that allowing such victim testimony at his April 25 trial would prejudice their client and be irrelevant in determining whether he committed a crime.

The retired lawman faces the misdemeanor charge for defying a 2011 court order in a racial profiling case that prohibited his immigration patrols. Rank-and-file officers weren't told about the court order, leaving them to violate the order for about 17 months.

Arpaio has acknowledged prolonging his immigration patrols, but he insists his defiance wasn't intentional. The 84-year-old, if convicted, could face up to six months in jail.

Prolonging the patrols fueled an increase in taxpayer-funded legal costs in the profiling case and is believed to have contributed to the Republican lawman's election loss in November to Democrat Paul Penzone after 24 years in office.

Pink Panty Sheriff


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"Mr. Social Security" Pleads Guilty


A flamboyant Kentucky lawyer who billed himself as "Mr. Social Security" pleaded guilty Friday for his role in what prosecutors portrayed as a long-running scheme to defraud the government of nearly $600 million in federal disability payments.

Eric C. Conn pleaded guilty in federal court in Lexington to stealing from the Social Security Administration and bribing a federal judge. The man who lived in a palatial eastern Kentucky home and was a frequent world traveler faces up to 12 years in prison at his July 14 sentencing.

Federal prosecutors claimed Conn raked in millions of dollars by paying a doctor and a judge to rubber-stamp false disability claims using phony medical evidence.

Conn, 56, pleaded guilty to one count of theft of government money and one count of payment of gratuities. His legal team did not immediately respond to calls seeking comment.

According to the plea, Conn participated in a more than decade-long scheme involving the submission of thousands of falsified medical documents to the Social Security Administration. Those fraudulent submissions resulted in payment of more than $550 million in benefits, it said.



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