Marc Dion: Let's Talk About Science (Creators Syndicate)
I like to read about science, mostly because I don't understand it very well. I'm at home in a history book. I'm never uncomfortable with a novel. Science, though, well, science takes some effort. Maybe that extra effort is what I like.
Josh Marshall: Trump's Not Doing Poorly; He's Not Even Running (TPM)
It's not just that Trump isn't doing well. He's barely running a campaign at all. He's spent the last six weeks in an erratic barrage of self-inflicted wounds and petulant attacks on people who he needs to be critical allies. Not just Rubio or Kasich but any other candidate would be spending this time fleshing out a campaign team - usually bringing in the best operatives from the defeated primary challengers - developing campaign themes focused on the Democrats' nominee, raising and stockpiling money.
Josh Marshall: Hey Look - A Whole Other Trump Disaster (TPM)
It's hard not to fixate on Donald Trump's string of galactic unforced errors on the campaign trail. But there's a whole different story playing out on the campaign mechanics front - and one that has Republicans rightly worried. According to this new story out from AP, the Trump campaign estimates that it currently has a nationwide field staff of 30 people. 30. This in a country with 50 states.
Susan Estrich: A Moment in History (Creators Syndicate)
Which is to say that for decades Hillary Rodham Clinton has been fighting for the things Bernie Sanders just talks about. I like Sanders; he got three bills passed in his decades in the Senate, one of which was about renaming a post office. Meanwhile, Clinton traveled the world and changed it.
In 1973, this worldwide hit was the top-selling single in both the US and UK. What is the title?
Tie A Yellow Ribbon 'Round The Ole Oak Tree
"Tie a Yellow Ribbon Round the Ole Oak Tree" is a song by Dawn featuring Tony Orlando. It was written by Irwin Levine and L. Russell Brown and produced by Hank Medress and Dave Appell, with Motown/Stax backing vocalist Telma Hopkins, Joyce Vincent Wilson and her sister Pamela Vincent on backing vocals. It was a worldwide hit for the group in 1973.
It reached number one on both the US and UK charts for four weeks in April 1973, number one on the Australian charts for seven weeks from May to July 1973 and number one on the New Zealand charts for ten weeks from June to August 1973. It was the top-selling single in 1973 in both the US and UK.
Marian was first and correct with:
Tie a Yellow Ribbon
'Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Old Oak Tree'?
That, or maybe 'Live And Let Die' from the James Bond movie that year.
You're The One That I Want
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali said:
OMG…A song and band I never wanted to hear in my head ever again…and now it's playing…Yuck and puke…"Tie a Yellow Ribbon Around the Old Oak Tree"…Damn you Marty…
DJ Useo replied:
Y'know, I really liked the song "Tie A Yellow Ribbon" for a short time there, & then I got so burnt
out on it, I despised it. Tony, & Dawn had a fairly entertaining show though, so I still heard it a bit more.
Nowadays, I will go to extremes to avoid it. Lol.
The page loaded blank here all day, till just a bit ago. Hope all is fine there.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
Tie A Yellow Ribbon Round The Ole Oak Tree
I couldn't pull up today's page until 5 PM PDT; earlier I got just the background. *shrugs* No worries, we had a busy day.
Yesterday we had rain for about 3 minutes, huge drops noisily hitting the patio cover. By the time the last drop fell, the flagstone patio was already dry. Now I wish rain to fall on the #SherpaFire, which my friends in LA say they can smell. Ugh. I guess it's officially Fire Season in CA.
So I graduated high school in 1973, and there was all kinds of great music out there, but what annoyed me the most was Tony Orlando & Dawn's "Tie a Yellow Ribbon Around the Old Oak Tree." That's what I'm going with. It shoulda been David Bowie or CSN&Y. Music that had meat.
Speaking of meat: Dale, preach it! I had going out to eat with a bunch o' youngin's these days, with their faces reflecting the eerie glow of their devices which they can't put down long enough to attempt conversation. Sheesh. So I'm +1 with you on everything about the ginormous mammaries.
Happy Father's Day to all you dads who read this page! Enjoy!
Tie a Yellow Ribbon (Round the Ole Oak Tree) ~ Worldwide hit in 1973 featuring Tony Orlando and Dawn .
Lois Of Oregon replied:
Going out on a limb to say "Tie A Yellow Ribbon" which is one of those sappy songs that nobody really sings along with, about some ex-con's anxiety regarding his old lady taking back a loser like him. The song neglects to mention just WHY he was doing time in prison. I'm guessing it was a male-prostitution sting operation, but only because it was Tony Orlando singing it, and damn, look at him. This thoroughly deplorable piece of shit song was subsequently hijacked into some sick symbol of accepting back Iranian hostages and Gulf War Veterans. Why? Because the Republican Spin Doctors have a way of perverting everything into some jingoistic cluster-fuck of mixed messages. How else does one equate a song about an apprehensive felon with an exploited soldier or diplomat? Just remembering it makes me want to puke and have a nice lie down.
Alan J answered:
Tie a Yellow Ribbon, by Tony Orlando and Dawn.
Joe S took the day off.
mj took the day off.
BttbBob has returned to semi-retired status.
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.
CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a RERUN'Madam Secretary', then another RERUN'Madam Secretary', followed by a RERUN'Elementary'.
NBC opens the night with the movie 'Despicable Me 2', followed by a RERUN'American Ninja Warrior'.
ABC fills the night with LIVE'2016 NBA Finals', followed by a FRESH'Jimmy Kimmel Live', then pads the left coast with local crap.
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 an old 'Modern Family', followed by a RERUN'The Simpsons', then another RERUN'The Simpsons', followed by a RERUN'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', then a RERUN'Family Guy', followed by a RERUN'Last Man On Earth'.
MY 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 'Intervention', followed by a FRESH'Intervention: Then & Now', then a FRESH'Intervention', and 'What Would You Do?'.
AMC offers the movie 'I Am Legend', 'Preacher', followed by a FRESH'Preacher', then a FRESH'Ride With Norman Reedus'.
[6:00AM] HIDDEN HABITATS - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 13-Okavango
[6:30AM] PLANET EARTH: THE BLUE PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-The Blue Planet
[7:30AM] PLANET EARTH: THE BLUE PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-The Deep
[8:30AM] PLANET EARTH: THE BLUE PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Open Ocean
[9:30AM] PLANET EARTH: THE BLUE PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Frozen Seas
[10:30AM] PLANET EARTH: THE BLUE PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Seasonal Seas
[11:30AM] THE AVIATOR (2004)
[3:30PM] HIGHLANDER (1986)
[6:00PM] THE ROCK (1996)
[9:00PM] THE ROCK (1996)
[12:00AM] THE AVIATOR (2004)
[4:00AM] PLANET EARTH: THE BLUE PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-The Blue Planet
[5:00AM] PLANET EARTH: THE BLUE PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-The Deep (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has FRESH'Shahs Of Sunset', followed by another FRESH'Shahs Of Sunset', then a FRESH'Real Housewives Of Dallas', and 'Shahs Of Sunset'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'Tower Heist', followed by the movie 'Wedding Crashers'.
FX has the movie 'Iron Man 3', followed by the movie 'Thor: The Dark World', then the movie 'Thor: The Dark World', again.
[6:00AM] SALEM'S LOT
[8:00AM] SALEM'S LOT
[10:00AM] STEPHEN KING'S THE SHINING
[12:00PM] STEPHEN KING'S THE SHINING
[2:00PM] STEPHEN KING'S THE SHINING
[4:00PM] THE SHINING
[7:15PM] STEPHEN KING'S IT
[9:30PM] STEPHEN KING'S IT
[11:45PM] SALEM'S LOT
[2:00AM] SALEM'S LOT
[4:15AM] OPEN WATER (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] The Rifleman-Trail of Hate
[6:30AM] The Rifleman-Woman From Hog Ridge
[7:00AM] The Rifleman-Seven
[7:30AM] The Rifleman-The Pitchman
[8:00AM] The Rifleman-Strange Town
[8:30AM] The Rifleman-Baranca
[9:00AM] The Rifleman-The Martinet
[9:30AM] The Rifleman-Miss Milly
[10:00AM] The Rifleman-Dead Cold Cash
[10:30AM] The Rifleman-The Schoolmaster
[11:00AM] The Rifleman-The Promoter
[11:30AM] The Rifleman-The Illustrator
[12:00PM] The Rifleman-The Silent Knife
[12:30PM] The Rifleman-Miss Bertie
[1:00PM] The Rifleman-Six Years and a Day
[1:30PM] The Rifleman-Flowers by the Door
[2:00PM] The Rifleman-The Long Trek
[2:30PM] The Rifleman-The Actress
[3:00PM] The Rifleman-The Wyoming Story
[3:30PM] The Rifleman-The Wyoming Story
[4:00PM] Joe Kidd
[6:00PM] The Outlaw Josey Wales
[12:00AM] The Outlaw Josey Wales
[3:00AM] Unforgiven (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'The Mummy Returns', followed by the movie 'Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull'.
An Egyptian court on Saturday sentenced six people, including two Al-Jazeera employees, to death for allegedly passing documents related to national security to Qatar and the Doha-based TV network during the rule of Islamist President Mohammed Morsi.
Morsi, the top defendant, and two of his aides were sentenced to 25 years in prison for membership in the now-banned Muslim Brotherhood group but were acquitted of espionage, a capital offense. Morsi and his secretary, Amin el-Sirafy, each received an additional 15-year sentence for leaking official documents. El-Sirafy's daughter, Karima, was also sentenced to 15 years on the same charge.
Morsi, Egypt's first freely elected leader, was ousted by the military in July 2013 and has already been sentenced to death in another case. That death sentence and another two - life and 20 years in prison - are under appeal. The Brotherhood was banned and declared a terrorist organization after his ouster. Khalid Radwan, a producer at a Brotherhood-linked TV channel, received a 15-year prison sentence.
All of Saturday's verdicts can be appealed. Of the case's 11 defendants, seven, including Morsi, are in custody.
The two Al-Jazeera employees - identified by the judge as news producer Alaa Omar Mohammed and news editor Ibrahim Mohammed Hilal - were sentenced to death in absentia along with Asmaa al-Khateib, who worked for Rasd, a media network widely suspected of links to Morsi's Muslim Brotherhood.
Chelsea Clinton, daughter of U.S. Democratic presidential candidate Hillary Clinton and former President Bill Clinton, announced on Saturday the birth of her second child with husband Marc Mezvinsky.
Aidan Clinton Mezvinsky was born on Saturday to Clinton and her investment banker husband, according to a statement released by the proud grandparents. His older sister, Charlotte Clinton Mezvinsky, was born on Sept. 27, 2014.
Chelsea Clinton, 36, took to Twitter late Saturday morning to announce Aidan's birth. Her spokeswoman said the she delivered at Lenox Hill Hospital on Manhattan's Upper East Side.
Chelsea Clinton is the only child of the former president and the former U.S. secretary of State, who is running for president in November. Chelsea Clinton lives in New York City and is the vice chair of the Clinton Foundation, a charity that focuses on global health issues among other causes.
Clinton and Mezvinsky were married in August 2010. He is the son of two former Democratic members of Congress, former Representative Marjorie Margolies-Mezvinsky of Pennsylvania and former Representative Ed Mezvinsky of Iowa.
The effort to come up with a way to manage bison at Grand Canyon National Park has taken a turn back in time - thousands of years - to determine the massive animals' roots.
A new National Park Service report declares bison are native to the area and says they perhaps arrived sporadically in small, dispersed herds over the past 11,000 years. The designation means authorities can cull the beasts that have been damaging the landscape but not remove them entirely from the park.
The study released Thursday acknowledges the current herd descends from bison that were brought to northern Arizona in the early 1900s by a rancher who wanted to crossbreed them with cattle. But that's just a snapshot of the animal's history in the region, the report says.
Bison historically weren't a dominant part of the landscape. But they did appear in the area, which was the edge of their historic range, said Glenn Plumb, acting chief of science and resource management at the Grand Canyon and one of nine wildlife biologists who authored the report.
The study replaces an internal report meant to inform efforts to quickly reduce the burgeoning population from as many as 600 animals to between 80 and 200, and come up with a long-term strategy to manage the bison and have a huntable population outside the Grand Canyon.
Canada has adopted a law allowing medically assisted suicide for terminally ill people.
The law was proposed in 2015 after Canada's Supreme Court overturned a ban on doctor-assisted suicide in 2015.
The Senate approved the legislation 44-28 Friday after it earlier was passed by the House of Commons. Then it received the formality of royal assent from the governor-general.
Some senators sought a law broader than those suffering from an "incurable'' disease or disability "in an advanced stage of irreversible decline," and should have included degenerative conditions, such as multiple sclerosis. But they gave in to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau's Liberal government.
In a statement, Canada's Justice Minister Jody Wilson-Raybould and Health Minister Jane Philpott said the bill struck "the right balance between personal autonomy for those seeking access to medically assisted dying and protecting the vulnerable."
Up to 1 in 5 people may be dying unnecessarily from car crashes, gunshots or other injuries, a stark conclusion from government advisers who say where you live shouldn't determine if you survive. The findings take on new urgency amid the increasing threat of mass casualties like the massacre in Orlando.
Because no one organization is in charge of trauma care in America, the high-ranking advisers called on the White House to lead the effort, but they also said local and state improvements could begin immediately.
Trauma is the leading cause of death for Americans 45 and younger, killing nearly 148,000 people in 2014 alone and costing an estimated $670 billion in medical expenses and lost productivity.
The report found a patchwork of results, from emergency medical systems - the often-volunteer first responders - that are considered more as transporters than health providers, to death rates that vary twofold between the best- and worst-performing trauma centers.
Yet the biggest opportunity to save lives occurs well before reaching a doctor. About half of deaths occur at the scene of the injury or en route to the hospital.
A federal appeals court has upheld the political corruption conviction of former Connecticut Gov. John Rowland.
A three-judge panel of the 2nd U.S. Circuit Court of Appeals in New York City on Friday rejected Rowland's appeal.
Rowland, 59, was sentenced to 2 1/2 years in prison last year for allegedly conspiring to disguise work he did on a failed 2012 congressional campaign and a 2010 campaign.
This was the second political conviction case for the once rising star in the Republican Party. He resigned as governor in 2004 amid a corruption scandal, eventually serving 10 months in prison for taking illegal gifts.
In this latest case, prosecutors successfully argued that Rowland was paid $35,000 to give political consulting to Wilson-Foley, who in 2012 was running for the 5th congressional district that Rowland once held. They say while Rowland claimed to have volunteered for the campaign, the payment was disguised in a contract between Rowland and Wilson-Foley's husband, who owned a nursing home chain.
The U.S. pay-TV industry proposed a plan to allow more than 50 million subscribers to ditch costly set-top boxes to get television and video programs to try and convince federal regulators to abandon more far-reaching reforms.
Tom Wheeler (D-Comcast), chairman of the Federal Communications Commission, proposed in January opening the $20 billion cable and satellite TV set-top box market to new competitors and allow consumers to access multiple content providers from a single app or device.
Under the industry proposal unveiled in meetings with the FCC this week, the pay-TV industry would commit to creating apps to allow consumers to watch programs without needing to lease a box and the FCC could implement regulations enforcing the commitment.
Wheeler wants to see additional details to "determine whether their proposal fully meets all of the goals of our proceeding," Hart said.
Students prepare to perform an ancestral inca dance in Cusco, Peru, Friday, June 17, 2016. June is full of festivities throughout the region of Cusco, culminating 24 with the Inti Raymi.
Photo by Rodrigo Abd
Fantasy sports moved a step closer to being legal in New York on Saturday when lawmakers approved the daily and season-long games, clearing a path for FanDuel, DraftKings and others to offer them to millions of players in the state.
The multibillion-dollar industry, where players draft fantasy teams for sports including football, basketball and baseball, has drawn increased scrutiny since last year with the attorneys general of several U.S. states, including New York, Illinois and Nevada, questioning the legality of the games.
New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman had held off on pursuing litigation against the fantasy companies for what he claimed were illegal gambling operations, and the companies have suspended their "games of skill" while the proposed legislation was in train.
New York's Senate passed the measure 45-17 early Saturday morning, sending the legislation that regulates and taxes the operators of fantasy sports games to Governor Andrew Cuomo.
It is unclear whether Cuomo will sign the legislation, which the Assembly passed on Friday.
Actor Ron Lester, who was perhaps best known playing the loud, oversized lineman Billy Bob in the 1999 film "Varsity Blues," has died of organ failure. He was 45.
His agent, Dave Bradley, confirmed Saturday that Lester had been hospitalized since February due to liver and kidney complications. He says Lester was removed from a ventilator and died Friday.
The actor last year announced that he was being treated for liver and kidney ailments.
Lester, a Georgia native, told the online sports publication Grantland in 2014 that he once weighed more than 500 lbs. before undergoing gastric bypass surgery and shedding some 300 lbs. He said acting opportunities dried up after he lost the weight.
You have reached the Home page of BartCop Entertainment.
Do you have something to say?
Anything that increased your blood pressure, or, even better, amused or entertained?
Do you have a great album no one's heard?
How about a favorite TV show, movie, book, play, cartoon, or legal amusement?
A popular artist that just plain pisses you off?
A box set the whole world should own?
Vile, filthy rumors about Republican hypocrites?