Marc Dion: Have an American Beer, You Sap! (Creators Syndicate)
I went out to dinner the other night, to a local place, a Portuguese-American social club with a restaurant. Servings are large, prices are low, and the dining room is luxuriously paneled in circa 1970 fake pine. It's a good place. I ordered the baked stuffed shrimp and a Budweiser. I don't drink a lot of Budweiser, but I've always liked it with seafood.
Also known simply as "Stuck In The Middle," this Stealers Wheel classic was co-written by the group's guitarist Gerry Rafferty and keyboard player Joe Egan.
In his obituary of Rafferty for the January 5, 2011 issue of the Daily Telegraph, Martin Chilton said of this song that it was "Written as a parody of Bob Dylan's paranoia, it ridiculed a music industry cocktail party, with the lyrics:
Clowns to the left of me
Jokers to the right
Here I am, stuck in the middle with you.
To Rafferty's utter disbelief his parody, composed as little more than a joke but with a catchy Pop arrangement, struck gold, selling more than a million copies. The song reached a new generation of listeners when Quentin Tarantino used it in the notorious ear-slicing scene in his 1992 movie Reservoir Dogs."
This was produced by the team of Jerry Leiber and Mike Stoller. They wrote many hit songs, including "Hound Dog" and "On Broadway."
Mark. was first, and correct, with:
"Stuck in the middle with you."
Alan J answered:
Stuck in the Middle with you.
in the middle with you
Stephen F said:
Stuck in the middle with you.
Stuck in the Middle with You. I well remember it. And lately, having binged-watched the first two seasons of "Grace & Frankie" on Netflix, I was reminded how much I like that song: it's the theme song of the show.
After a week of seasonal temps, we're heading into the 90s with vicious north-northeast winds to increase fire danger. It's fall - let's cool off already.
Where most of America feels like it is
Stuck in the Middle with You.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
That would be "Stuck in the middle with you"
Harry M. wrote:
Stuck in the middle with you
John I from Hawai`i says,
"Stuck in the middle with you."
Maynard's younger, more handsome brother, Ed said:
The West Wing? The Oval Office?
Stuck in the middle with you.
George M. responded:
Marty, if I recall correctly, Stealer's Wheel said, There are Clowns to the left of me, Jokers to the right, here I am - Stuck in the Middle with You!"
David of Moon Valley wrote:
Stuck in the middle with you...
Dave in Tucson replied:
Today's trivia answer is "Stuck in the Middle With You". Once a Top-40 hit, now a torture anthem.
Billy in Cypress said:
...Stuck in the middle with you...
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali, answered:
Stuck in the middle with you
DJ Useo responded:
Stuck In The Middle ( with you ). A rather catchy little ditty.
Recently, I took the Rolling Stone Top 500 songs & picked out the ones I liked. That came to 90 tracks.
Most of the rest were good, but I didn't think I'd play them too often.
I expected more of them to be hard rock, but there was all styles.
Maybe the new Rolling Stone owners will revise the list.
Kevin K. in Washington, DC said:
Stuck In the Middle With You.
Daniel in The City wrote:
Stuck in the middle with you!
Stuck in the middle with you. I enjoyed the use of this song in the sitcom Malcolm in the Middle. Air guitar forever!Inline image 1
Joe S answered:
That's so easy. The White House. Duh.
BttbBob has returned to semi-retired status.
"A renowned, local shipwreck hunter has found a freighter that was lost 93 years ago on Lake Huron. The S.S. Clifton disappeared in a storm while sailing from Sturgeon Bay, Wisconsin, to Detroit on Sept. 21, 1924. The wooden (308') freighter was carrying a crew of 25 and a cargo of crushed stone. There were no survivors..."
The exact position of the wreck has not been given out other than off Thunder Bay Island, an area so notorious that a National Marine Sanctuary has been established to protect the many wrecks in that area...
The map shows major wrecks, but there's reportedly 116 historically significant wrecks within the sanctuary - from wooden schooners and paddle wheelers to steel motor vessels, including a German freighter that a lake reef took in '66, the SS Nordmeer. This photo soon after she ran aground...
52 years later there's nothing visible due to pounding waves and crushing ice... The USCG cutter BRAMBLE, while I was aboard, set a large, lighted 'Wreck Buoy' near the remains to warn off mariners. I've been right up close to the wreck in BRAMBLE's 25' cargo boat, which at that time was still showing... Eerie... It wasn't quite this bad, but almost...
Thunder Bay is a diver's paradise for wrecks and the sanctuary monitors the diving and tourist business that has emerged out of the city of Alpena to view the wrecks under Thunder Bay (some in shallow water viewable by glass-bottomed boats). I later was on a CG team that maintained Thunder Bay Island Lighthouse, the 3rd lighthouse established on the Great Lakes in 1832. Note the solar array. My team solarized many large and small lights in the mid-80's. Before that this Light was powered by 2 generators which we could, and did, rebuild onsite as needed. I enjoyed camping out on the island for 2-3 days at a time when we visited for that mission... The island is a wild, windswept, lonely place and is a good locale to experience how powerful and dangerous Lake Huron can be...
There are two unmarked graves near the the old, abandoned Lifeboat station on the island that we also unofficially tended because we felt the responsibility to do so. The island is uninhabited and is part of the Michigan Islands National Wildlife Refuge under the watchful eyes of the US Fish and Wildlife Service... and the Coast Guard.
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 FRESH'Star Trek: Discovery', then a RERUN'NCIS: The Expendable One', followed by a RERUN'Madam Secretary'.
NBC fills the night with LIVE'Sunday Night Football', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
ABC begins the night with a RERUN'America's So-Called Funniest Home Videos', followed by a FRESH'Celebrity Family Feud', then a FRESH'Steve Harvey's Funderdome', followed by a FRESH'The $100,000 Pyramid'.
The CW offers an old '2½ Men', followed by another old '2½ Men', then an old 'The Goldbergs', followed by another old 'The Goldbergs', then 2½ hours of what passes for local news and other fluffery.
Faux fills the night with the FRESH'Who Shot Biggie & Tupac?'.
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 'Storage Wars', another 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH'Storage Wars'.
AMC offers the movie 'Twister', 'Fear The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH'Fear The Walking Dead', then a FRESH'Talking Dead'.
[6:00AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 23-A Taste of Armageddon
[7:10AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 24-This Side of Paradise
[8:20AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 25-The Devil in the Dark
[9:30AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 26-Errand of Mercy
[10:40AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 27-The Alternative Factor
[11:50AM] STAR TREK: THE ORIGINAL SERIES - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 28-The City on the Edge of Forever
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 16-Thine Own Self
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 17-Masks
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 18-Eye of the Beholder
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 19-Genesis
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 20-Journey's End
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 21-Firstborn
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 22-Bloodlines
[8:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 23-Emergence
[9:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 24-Preemptive Strike
[10:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 25-All Good Things... (Part 1)
[11:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 260All Good Things... (Part 2)
[12:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 7-Parturition
[1:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 8-Persistence of Vision
[2:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 9-Tattoo
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 10-Cold Fire
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Maneuvers
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 12-Resistance (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Shahs Of Sunset', followed by a FRESH'Shahs Of Sunset', 'Real Housewives Of OC', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has the movie 'We're The Millers', followed by the movie 'The Hangover Part III', then the movie 'We're The Millers'.
FX has the movie 'Spy', followed by the movie 'Kingsman: The Secret Service'.
[8:15AM] SHUTTER ISLAND
[2:30PM] THE DEPARTED
[5:45PM] BIG MOMMA'S HOUSE 2
[8:00PM] RUSH HOUR
[10:00PM] NATIONAL LAMPOON'S EUROPEAN VACATION
[12:00AM] BILLY MADISON
[2:00AM] RUSH HOUR
[4:00AM] NATIONAL LAMPOON'S EUROPEAN VACATION (ALL TIMES EDT)
[11:00AM] The Omega Man
[1:30PM] 2001: A Space Odyssey
[4:30PM] Planet of the Apes
[7:00PM] Escape From New York
[9:00PM] The Running Man
[11:15PM] Escape From New York
[1:15AM] Logan's Run
[3:45AM] The Running Man (ALL TIMES EDT)
While Jay Z has always taken an interest in politics - both he and wife Beyoncécampaigned for both Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton in past elections - he's been particularly outspoken recently about causes he feels passionately about, whether it's the war on drugs or jail system.
It appears that the Brooklyn rapper, whose real name is Shawn Carter, is now taking the same vocal approach when it comes to President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Racist) and his administration. In an interview with BBC Radio 1 on Friday, he shared that he found the Trump presidency to be "a joke," but that he remains hopeful looking to the future.
"I believe that we are resilient, especially us as black people and especially the culture. We've been through so much more than this guy," Jay Z said. "This guy, I'm looking at him like, man, this is a joke, with all - I can't even say with all due respect - with all disrespect."
However, Jay reiterated that he thinks that the current state of affairs, especially when it comes to racial politics in the U.S., will change in the future.
"I don't think that this is happening if we weren't prepared to handle it," he said. "I'm just looking forward to what's next after that, because usually when things are darkest, then light is on its way. I'm not fearful."
A dog found wandering the streets in the aftermath of a 7.1-magnitude earthquake, stands on his hind legs, looking out from "La Casa del Mestizo" animal shelter, in Mexico City, Friday, Sept. 22, 2017. Rescuers have found some animals skittishly wandering the streets and taken them to shelters. They know they are someone's pet because they are clean, sociable and appear well cared for.
Photo by Natacha Pisarenko
Colin Firth, the star of Pride and Prejudice and the Bridget Jones films, has been granted Italian citizenship.
Confirming the granting of citizenship, the Italian interior ministry said the "celebrated" 57-year-old British actor "has married a citizen of our nation and has expressed on many occasions his love for our country."
Mr Firth has spoken publically of his dismay over Brexit, calling it "a disaster of unexpected proportions".
Mr Firth's wife, film producer and fashion consultant Livia Giuggioli, 48, is Italian and the couple have two children, Luca and Matteo, who are also Italian citizens.
Mr Firth said he "married into Italy" and "when you marry an Italian you don't just marry one person; you marry a family and perhaps an entire country".
Residents in Orange County were alarmed when their television programming was interrupted by a doomsday message.
Shocked viewers saw an emergency banner flash across their screen accompanied by a man's voice informing them that the end of the world was near.
The ominous message was in fact due to a glitch at a local radio station and affected more than one television provider.
A Christian radio station, KWVE-FM, released a statement taking responsibility for the interruption: "During a regularly scheduled test of the Emergency Alert System for Orange County, KWVE-FM experienced an equipment failure that resulted in KWVE-FM not sending the end-of-message tones that would disconnect those media entities participating in the Emergency Alert System test."
President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Crooked) lacks courage and is generally unprepared as a leader, say a majority of Americans, but the leader of the free world does get some credit for being competitive, according to a new Gallup poll.
Overall, just 22 percent of Americans describe Trump as prepared; 25 percent said he's consistent; 28 percent said he's inspiring; and only 32 percent feel he's courageous. But 84 percent said he's competitive; 73 percent feel he's intense; and 53 percent describe Trump as enthusiastic.
Comparatively, President Barack Obama was described by 66 percent of Americans as a "strong and decisive" leader, and by 72 percent as a man "willing to make hard decisions" in a Gallup poll released at the same point in his first term, back in 2009.
The new Gallup poll follows up on a survey conducted just before the presidential election and measures candidates on 12 leadership qualities. Gallup wanted to asses how people's views on Trump have or have not shifted over time.
Scott Dekraai, the shooter in the worst mass killing in Orange County, California, history, was sentenced on Friday to eight consecutive life terms in prison without the possibility of parole, rather than receiving the death penalty, because of government misconduct linked to a jail informant program.
The sentence handed down by Superior Court Judge Thomas Goethals amounted to one life term for each person Dekraai shot and killed at a Seal Beach salon in 2011. He received an additional seven years to life for the victim who survived his rampage.
Last month, in a rare move, Goethals had excluded the death penalty as a punishment option after concluding that county prosecutors and sheriff's deputies had engaged in misconduct in the use of the county's now-notorious jail informant program. The sentencing comes after Goethals held weeks of hearings centered on whether the Orange County Sheriff's Department could be trusted to turn over all records in the case.
"I have seen some extraordinary events in my time, but nothing like what has unfolded in this courtroom - crimes and investigative conduct like I've seen here," Goethals said from the bench before he read out the full sentence.
Deputy Attorney General Michael Murphy - the state prosecutor who took over the Dekraai case after Goethals recused the entire Orange County District Attorney's office due to misconduct - told the court that the California Attorney General's office would not appeal the sentence.
US troops in South Korea have been sent an urgent message telling their families to flee the country. But soon after it was revealed as fake.
The US Army has now been forced to send out a message telling troops to check any messages and ensure that they are legitimate.
Officials have so far not been able to publicly confirm where the messages came from, or whether they are related at all to ongoing tensions with North Korea.
The hoax messages were sent by SMS and Facebook, to "multiple service members and spouses in the Republic of Korea", according to an official warning sent to the army. Troops have now been asked to report any information they find to counter-intelligence officials, apparently to try and stop the spread of the fake messages.
The military isn't thought to have a secure or authenticated way of spreading such messages legitimately, and instead just tells troops to "verify the legitimacy of the sender".
Trix just isn't the same without artificial colors.
That's what customers told General Mills, Inc. after it cut artificial ingredients from Trix in 2016. The company has been listening to these complaints and says that it will be bringing back artificial colors and flavors to the cereal.
According to General Mills, a version of the cereal called "Classic Trix" will start showing up on store shelves in October. This version of the cereal will return to the rainbow colors and artificial flavors that many customers grew up with.
While the classic version of the cereal is making a return, the current version will also still be available. It will go under the name "No No No Trix." This version of the cereal will continue to be made without artificial colors or flavors, reports CNNMoney.
General Mills' decision to remove artificial colors and flavors from Trix was made back in 2015. This was part of a larger effort to remove all artificial ingredients from its cereals by the end of 2017. The change to Trix meant that the company had to remove the green and blue pieces from the cereal.
Charles Bradley, the soul singer whose robust voice and defiantly upbeat outlook won him stardom in his final years after a life of poverty, died Saturday from cancer. He was 68.
Bradley, who for years had scraped by as a James Brown impersonator, had pulled off another battle against the odds earlier this year when he triumphantly returned from cancer treatment.
But the disease had spread to his liver and he recently canceled months of shows. He died at his Brooklyn home surrounded by family, friends and bandmates, his publicist said.
After years of taking odd jobs across the United States and drifting into homelessness, Bradley was discovered by the co-founder of Brooklyn-based Daptone Records, which put out his debut album in 2011 when he was 62.
With a rich, brassy voice that evoked Otis Redding coupled with the body-shaking screams of Brown and a relentless positivity, Bradley at last found commercial success.
Bradley found an enthusiastic, and much younger, audience as he was booked for leading festivals such as Coachella and Glastonbury.
Playing James Brown under the stage name "Black Velvet," Bradley had his break when he was spotted by Daptone co-founder Gabriel Roth whose label specializes in reviving retro soul and funk.
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