BartCop Entertainment Archives - Sunday, 1 October, 2017


1 October, 2017

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[240 days in a row]


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Marc Dion: The Man Who Wouldn't Pledge the Flag (Creators Syndicate)
"Some of my family fought in the Revolutionary War," she said. "They didn't want to salute ANYTHING!"

Amanda Holpuch and Lauren Gambino: "'Close to genocide': San Juan mayor's dire appeal to US for Puerto Rico relief" (The Guardian)
Carmen Yulín Cruz makes direct call to Donald Trump: 'I am begging you to take charge and save lives. Enough is enough'

Josh Marshall: Livin' La Vida Trumpa (TPM)
If you work for Trump as one of his people - not the thousands who must work for various Trump businesses but the high level, visible retainers - you get to enjoy the lifestyle. But the price is total loyalty, total self-abnegation and whatever loss of dignity is required to serve Trump. Many people seem to be happy with that bargain.

Alison Flood: Melania Trump book donation rejected by school librarian (The Guardian)
Massachusetts librarian turns down the first lady's offer of Dr Seuss books, saying they should go to less privileged communities.

Cameron Joseph: National GOP Groups Spent $81K To Defend Price's House Seat For Every Day In Cabinet (TPM)
Former Rep. Tom Price's (R-GA) move to President Trump's cabinet opened up a seat that ended up costing national Republican groups $18.8 million to keep in their hands, part of the $60 million spent total on the most expensive House race in U.S. history. Now he's been pushed out after spending hundreds of thousands of government money on unnecessary private jet travel.

Peter Bradshaw: Blade Runner 2049 review - a gigantic spectacle of pure hallucinatory craziness (The Guardian)
Ryan Gosling plays an LAPD officer heading for an encounter with Harrison Ford's Deckard in a film whose sheer scale leaves you hyperventilating.

Hadley Freeman: Let's have more sex in the movies - but please can it be the fun type? (The Guardian)
Movies like Daphne depict casual sex among women as a sign of low self-esteem, wholly divorced from desire.

Bim Adewunmi: It feels ridiculous to say 'I like jazz', but this gig was something special (The Guardian)
It always feels slightly ridiculous to say, "I like jazz", because in the public imagination people who like jazz are often horrible chin-strokers who want to tell you all about something obscure and unlistenable. Which is fair because, in truth, some of the worst conversations I've endured were ostensibly wrapped around jazz - I say "ostensibly" because, honestly, the subject's incidental. The common denominator is know-it-all men. And no one on Earth is worse than a man who is generous with his music opinions.

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Michael Egan

Michael took the day off.


Superman Abandons Earth

Editorial and Political Cartoons



Trivia Question of the Day

What country leads the world in the production of sesame seeds?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

This American comedian, actor, and voice artist was born Bernard Jeffrey McCullough, but is best known by his stage name. What is his stage name?

       Bernie Mac                                                      Source

Bernard Jeffrey "Bernie" McCullough (October 5, 1957 - August 9, 2008) better known by his stage name Bernie Mac, was an American comedian, actor, and voice artist. Born and raised on Chicago's south side, Mac gained popularity as a stand-up comedian. He joined fellow comedians Steve Harvey, Cedric the Entertainer, and D. L. Hughley in the film The Original Kings of Comedy.

After briefly hosting the HBO show Midnight Mac, Mac appeared in several films in smaller roles. His most noted film role was as Frank Catton in the remake Ocean's Eleven and the title character of Mr. 3000. He was the star of The Bernie Mac Show, which ran from 2001 through 2006, earning him two Emmy Award nominations for Outstanding Lead Actor in a Comedy Series.        Source

Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   Bernard Jeffrey McCullough was the birth name of Bernie Mac.

Randall wrote:
   Bernie Mac

Alan J answered:
   Bernie Mac.

Deborah said:
   Is it Bernie Mac? Just a WAG, and I'm again too lazy to look it up. It just makes sense.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Bernie Mac

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Bernie Mac."

zorch replied:
   Bernie Mac

Adam answered:
   Bernie Mac

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali, said:
   Bernie Mac

Joe S     wrote:
   Bucky (my computer's name) is in the hospital awaiting major surgery. Expecting full recovery around Oct. 4th.

David of Moon Valley replied:
   better late that, never......Bernie Mac?

Gene took the day off.

Billy in Cypress took the day off.

Daniel in The City took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Stephen F took the day off.

mj took the day off.

Harry M. took the day off.

Rosemary in Columbus took the day off.

George M. took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

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

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  October 1 Birthdays - Celebrities Born October 1 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.

MAM     In memory.




Middle Class Political Economist

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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Tom Price resigns over private jet scandal - but Trump's golf trips cost taxpayers far more -

Megyn Kelly: It's the media's fault you hate my terrible show -

Hugh Hefner damaged countless women's lives. Let's not pretend otherwise -

Los Angeles' legendary palm trees are dying - and few will be replaced | US news | The Guardian

The curious case of the alien in the photo - and a mystery that took years to solve | Science | The Guardian

Boris Johnson caught on camera reciting Kipling in Myanmar temple | Politics | The Guardian

Boris Johnson caught on camera reciting Kipling in Myanmar temple | Politics | The Guardian

Arun Gandhi: 'My grandfather saw my anger as fuel for change' | Life and style | The Guardian

Rachel Maddow Says Trump Did A Fundraiser On NFL Controversy While Puerto Rico Drowned

New moth named in honor of Donald Trump - CNN

Lin-Manuel Miranda To Trump: 'You're Going Straight To Hell' For Blasting San Juan Mayor | HuffPost

Trump Supporters Share Fake Photo Of NFL Player Burning The Flag | HuffPost

Olivia de Havilland Gets Judge's Green Light in 'Feud' Lawsuit Against FX | Hollywood Reporter

Trump Feels Insulted by San Juan Mayor and Has a Trump Twitter Hissy Fit

The Notorious Seafood Mogul Known as the "Codfather" Just Got Nearly 4 Years in Prison - Mother Jones

How California is preparing for the next big earthquake - CNN

Puerto Rico's Dairy Industry, Once Robust, Flattened By Maria : The Salt : NPR

An Absent EPA Climate Report, And A Tale Of Two Flooded Superfund Sites : The Two-Way : NPR

Robert Mercer Is A Force To Be Reckoned With In Finance And Conservative Politics : NPR

How Schools Are Dealing With Students' Right To Protest : NPR Ed : NPR

CHIP Expired Today. Insurance For Nine Million Children...Poof.

"Excuse me, Mr. President." Dan Rather blasts so-called-Pr*sident on PR blame-the-victim response

Congressional aides risk conflicts with stock trades - POLITICO

'Othello': Shakespeare's Tragedy Was Orson Welles's Triumph - The New York Times

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Reader Comment

Current Events

Lovely trip with friends!

Such a lovely trip and even managed to do a little business while spending our dollars! More details about the VA idiot:

VA chief and wife had a lovely taxpayer-funded trip to Europe: Wimbledon, river cruise, sightseeing

Joy has it so right

Janet shared the link below:

There He Goes Again: Trump's Demented, Racist Saturday Morning Puerto Rico Tweetstorm

Konyndyk has it SO right - malpractice & malfeasance!

Janet shared the link below--this is not just malpractice but malfeasance--Predator has done everything wrong on PR:

"So mad I could spit": a former disaster relief official on Trump's response to Puerto Rico - Vox

Lin-Manuel Miranda calls out Predator!

Cynthia shared the link to Miranda's great response to Predator slamming the mayor who so rightly criticized Predator being too slow getting PR the help they need and deserve:

Lin-Manuel Miranda To Trump: 'You're Going Straight To Hell' For Blasting San Juan Mayor | HuffPost

So out of touch with reality

It's so apparent that Predator is not a normal human being. "They have to respect the flag," Doody head, you can whine until you turn blue and faint, you can't make me do diddly squat. You can say it until the cows come home, but what I respect (and how I show respect) is MY decision.

Shows how little he has ever had to do in raising any of his kids--just try to make a child do anything! Any real parent knows--you can ask, beg, threaten, bribe--try anything, but a kid will only do what the kid wants to do.

And since you lie about EVERYTHING, you think I'll listen to your lying doody head or the mayor who has been living in the hell that is PR now? She has been going door-to-door trying to help her people and you're wasting yet more of my taxpayer dollars on yet another comfy weekend at your golf resort, lining your corrupt pockets with more taxpayer money? Please see the attached gif for my response every time I see your ugly orange face.

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

Thanks, Linda (& Cynthia & Janet)!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Trump: Puerto Rico leaders can't 'get their workers to help' | TheHill

Donald Trump's dubious claim that his tax plan won't benefit him | PolitiFact

Trump Administration Says AIG Is Now Free to Screw the Economy Again - Mother Jones

White House doubles down on attacks against San Juan mayor - ThinkProgress

Donald Trump Just Attacked the Mayor of San Juan - Mother Jones

Trump's Justice Dept.: Companies Should Be Able to Fire Employees for Being Gay - Friendly Atheist

Trump children ski trip cost at least $330K in security: report | TheHill

Wealthy, not middle class, would be big winners in GOP tax plan, study says - POLITICO

Trump's breaking point with Price - POLITICO

Trump picks risky Puerto Rico fight - POLITICO

Trump claims coverage of Puerto Rico response is fake news - Axios

Robert Mueller Is Facing His Biggest Question Yet: Should He Prosecute the Cover-Up Before He's Certain There's a Crime? | Vanity Fair

From Donald Trump, a New Low - The Atlantic

Robert Mueller Subpoenas an Associate of the Man Who… - ProPublica

GOP senator: Trump's rhetoric not to blame for North Korea nuclear threat | TheHill

Ex-Medicare head says Trump 'purposely' raising insurance premiums | TheHill

'Not enough' troops, equipment in Puerto Rico, says general in charge of relief | TheHill



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

Extra tired.

Tonight, Sunday:

CBS starts the night with '60 Minutes', followed by a FRESH 'Wisdom Of The Crowd', then a FRESH 'NCIS: The Expendable One', followed by a RERUN 'SEAL Team'.

NBC fills the night with LIVE 'Sunday Night Football', then pads the left coast with local crap.

ABC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Toy Box', followed by a FRESH 'Shark Tank', then a FRESH 'Ten Days In The Valley'.

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 has a RERUN 'The Simpsons', followed by a FRESH 'Bob's Burgers', then a FRESH 'The Simpsons', followed by a FRESH 'Ghosted', then a FRESH 'Family Guy', followed by 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 'Storage Wars' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'The Book Of Eli', 'Fear The Walking Dead', followed by a FRESH 'Fear The Walking Dead', then a FRESH 'Talking Dead'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Ice Worlds
 [7:00AMP]    LANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Great Plains
 [8:00AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-Ocean Deep
 [8:45AM]    THE HURT LOCKER (2008)
 [11:45AM]    BLACK HAWK DOWN (2001)
 [2:45PM]    IN THE LINE OF FIRE (1993)
 [8:00PM]    THE HURT LOCKER (2008)
 [11:00PM]    BLACK HAWK DOWN (2001)
 [4:30AM]    PLANET EARTH - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Great Plains

Bravo has 'Shahs Of Sunset', followed by a FRESH 'Shahs Of Sunset', another 'Shahs Of Sunset', 'Real Housewives Of OC', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has the movie 'The Longest Yard', followed by the movie 'Happy Gilmore'.
The Daily Show

FX has the movie 'The Wolverine', followed by the movie 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past'.

History has all old 'Forged In Fire' all night.

IFC  -   
 [8:45AM]    MIMIC 2
 [3:45PM]    DREDD
 [4:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Scott Aukerman Wears a Tailored Black Suit
 [5:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Krysten Ritter Wears a Turtleneck and Black Boots
 [5:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Allison Janney Wears a Chambray Western Shirt and Suede Fringe Boots    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [6:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [7:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [7:30AM]    Midnight Express
 [10:15AM]    Charlie Wilson's War
 [12:30PM]    The Hurt Locker
 [3:30PM]    Black Dog
 [5:30PM]    The Grey
 [8:00PM]    Die Another Day
 [11:00PM]    Tomorrow Never Dies
 [1:30AM]    Die Another Day
 [4:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [5:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show
 [5:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'GI Joe: Retaliation', followed by the movie 'Green Lantern'.


 [6:00 AM]      The Age of Innocence (1934)
 [7:30 AM]      Anna And The King Of Siam (1946)
 [10:00 AM]      Possessed (1947)
 [12:00 PM]      The Little Foxes (1941)
 [2:15 PM]      Blossoms in the Dust (1941)
 [4:00 PM]      Andy Hardy Comes Home (1958)
 [5:30 PM]      The Age of Innocence (1993)
 [8:00 PM]      Dracula (1931)
 [9:30 PM]      Dracula's Daughter (1936)
 [11:00 PM]      Son of Dracula (1943)
 [12:30 AM]      Nosferatu (1922)    SILENT 
 [2:15 AM]      Le Cercle Rouge (1970)
 [4:45 AM]      Hollywood My Hometown (1965)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Monday   -  10/02/17

 [6:00 AM]      The Opposite Sex (1956)
 [8:15 AM]      Father Of The Bride (1950)
 [10:00 AM]      George White's Scandals (1945)
 [11:45 AM]      Humoresque (1946)
 [2:00 PM]      The Constant Nymph (1943)
 [4:00 PM]      The Unsuspected (1947)
 [5:45 PM]      The Public Enemy (1931)
 [7:15 PM]      TCM Presents Elvis Mitchell Under the Influence: Joan Allen (2008)
 [8:00 PM]      Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)    SILENT 
 [10:30 PM]      A Star Is Born (1937)
 [12:30 AM]      The Women (1939)
 [3:00 AM]      Camille (1937)
 [5:00 AM]      Dynamite (1929)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

TNT has a FRESH 'The Last Ship'.

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Soumili Mukherjee, a five-year old girl dressed as a Kumari, who is worshipped as part of the Durga Puja rituals, is carried by her father to a temporary platform called pandal, during the Hindu religious festival Durga Puja in Kolkata, India, Sept. 28, 2017.
Photo by Rupak De Chowdhuri


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


The Forgotten Doughnut Heroines of Wartime


Man With An Opinion

Stephen King

American author Stephen King has returned to Twitter to blast President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Odious), this time attacking him over his tax reform plan.

The prolific author of The Shining, It and Carrie took to the social media site on Thursday after Trump unveiled his plan.

"Trump's no friend of the working man. If you're working for wages, brothers and sisters, he couldn't give Shit One about you," King tweeted.

"Check his tax plan. Same old same old. The fat man's busy dancing while the poor man pays the band."

It is not the first time King has attacked the president using profanity-laden tweets. Earlier this month the horror author said Trump was "fucked-up" over a tweet he had posted mocking former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton.

Stephen King


Devotees offer lamps as part of a ritual during "Dashain", a Hindu religious festival in Bhaktapur, Nepal, Sept. 30, 2017.
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The Kabbalistic Library of Giovanni Pico della Mirandola: Presentation


Buy Xbox For 10-Year-Old Boy

NFL Players

A young Dallas Cowboys fan wearing a San Francisco 49ers jersey walked into a GameStop in Virginia and left with an Xbox One purchased by two Washington Redskins players.

The reason? Ten-year-old Jaden Watts was wearing Colin Kaepernick's number.

The heartwarming moment, which took place in Dulles earlier this week, captured the current spirit of the NFL. In recent months, many players across the league have followed Kaepernick's lead and peacefully protested against police brutality, racial injustice and in defiance of President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Crooked).

In comments posted to Facebook, Saundra Watts said her grandson Jaden walked into a GameStop while she was next door at a makeup store. He then ran back to her saying that some guys wanted to buy him an Xbox One. "So I go next door and as I am walking over there I am thinking what pervert wants to buy my grandson an Xbox," Saundra wrote on Facebook. "I am thinking he is going to be in for a rude awakening when I bust through these doors. (I am an advocate for abused and neglected kids)."

But the two men were Washington Redskins players Keith Marshall and Rob Kelley. Jaden said they complimented his jersey, noticed he was asking about an Xbox for his birthday and offered to buy it for him.

"Me nor my granson [sic] had a clue who they were," Saundra wrote. "They now have 2 fans for life."

NFL Players


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Building Massive Mars Prototype City In Desert


Dubai certainly doesn't shy away from grand, magnificent projects, but this is truly something else.

The United Arab Emirates government has assigned world-renowned architect Bjarke Ingels, founder of the aptly named BIG study, to build nothing less than a prototype Mars city in the desert, and the designs are stunning.

The announcement came a few days before Elon Musk said SpaceX will start robotic flights to Mars by 2022, with humans on Mars by 2024.

That timeline is considerably quicker than the UAE's plans for a "mini-city" on Mars by 2117. In February, Prime Minister Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum said in a series of tweets that "Mars 2117" will involve Emirati and international scientists. "We're building a space pioneering passion among our young people," he said.

The Mars Science City project is another step in that direction. At a cost of nearly $140 million, it will cover 1.9 million square feet and will provide "a viable and realistic model to simulate living on the surface of Mars."



Workers carry the head of an effigy of the demon king Ravana during preparations for the upcoming Hindu festival of Dussehra, in Ajmer, India, Sept. 28, 2017.
Photo by Himanshu Sharma


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Putin Critic Detained By Police

Alexei Navalny

Russian opposition leader Alexei Navalny was detained by police as he left his Moscow home on Friday to attend a pre-election rally in a provincial town.

Russia holds a presidential election in March which incumbent Vladimir Putin is widely expected to contest. Navalny hopes to run despite Russia's central election commission declaring him ineligible because of a suspended prison sentence which he says was politically-motivated.

Navalny said on social media on Friday that police had detained him in the lobby of his apartment block and told him they wanted to interview him at a police station.

He was released around 11 hours later and told to appear in court on Monday to face charges of repeatedly violating laws governing the organization of public meetings and rallies, Navalny's spokeswoman told Reuters. He faces up to 30 days in jail if found guilty, she said.

Alexei Navalny


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Justice Department, FBI Resist Demands For Files

'T-rump Dossier'

The U.S. Justice Department and the FBI are resisting demands from a Republican lawmaker to hand over documents about a former British spy's dossier on purported Russian support for Donald Trump's (R-Golden Shower) 2016 election campaign, because the FBI has its own open criminal investigation, officials said.

The U.S. House of Representatives Intelligence Committee issued subpoenas in August seeking "any and all documents" about both agencies' dealings with former MI6 officer Christopher Steele, according to a letter seen by Reuters from committee chairman Devin Nunes, a Trump supporter.

Steele compiled the so-called Trump dossier, which Trump was told by FBI director James Comey contained salacious material about the businessman-turned president. Trump and his associates have said the dossier's contents were false.

Law enforcement and congressional officials said that the Justice Department and the FBI were reluctant to comply with the demand for documents as the FBI had its own probe, under the supervision of Special Counsel Robert Mueller, into U.S. allegations of Russian meddling in the 2016 campaign to tilt the November election in Trump's favor.

Two officials said Nunes met with Deputy Attorney General Rod Rosenstein behind closed doors on Thursday to discuss the subpoenas.

'T-rump Dossier'


Workers install effigies of the demon King Ravana, his son Meghnad (L) and brother Kumbhkarana (R) before they are set on fire during the Hindu festival of Dussehra, in Ahmedabad, India, Sept. 29, 2017.
Photo by Amit Dave


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FEMA Insists Containers Aren't Filled With Aid

San Juan

Puerto Rico Gov. Ricardo Rosselló told CBS just two days ago that thousands of shipping containers with food, water and medicine are just sitting in the port of San Juan not being distributed. The Federal Emergency Management Agency is disputing those claims.

On Friday morning, Deputy FEMA Administrator Daniel Kaniewski told CNN that the containers in the San Juan port likely hold retail goods and not hurricane relief supplies.

"There are millions of meals and millions of liters of water that are on the island right now that are in the process of being distributed," Kaniewski said during a live interview. "Now, we've seen video images of cargo containers sitting in the port. I can assure you that those are not FEMA containers. Those are retail goods that have probably been sitting there for days or weeks."

"FEMA containers and commodities are going and have been received at regional distribution centers," Kaniewski continued. "Those regional distribution centers then distribute it to the 78 municipalities" that make up Puerto Rico.

The Washington Post similarly reported on Thursday that some of those containers sitting in port were filled with commercial goods for stores such as Home Depot and Walgreens. Jose Ayala, vice president for Puerto Rico services at the Crowley shipping company, told the paper that post-Hurricane Maria, "there is damage to the trucking infrastructure" that normally moves the goods from the port to supermarkets and stores.

San Juan


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67th Day Golfing


While Puerto Rico's infrastructure lies in tatters and food and medicine shortages endanger survivors on the hurricane-stricken island, Donald Trump (R-Execrable) appears to have been busy practicising his favourite pastime.

The President-for-now started his day at his Trump National Golf Club in Bedminster in New Jersey. This is the billionaire businessman's 67th day at a golf course and 87th day at a Trump property since becoming president.

Trump, who has spent a substantial proportion of his presidency teeing off, regularly rebuked Barack Obama for playing too much golf but has radically outpaced his predecessor.

"Trump starts his day at Trump Nat'l Golf Club in NJ. This is his 67th day at a golf course, 87th day at a Trump property as president," said Kyle Griffin, a producer for MSNBC's The Last Word.

The tragedy unfolding in Puerto Rico prompted few mentions from Trump in the days after Hurricane Maria despite him tweeting about numerous other subjects.



Artists dressed as Hindu gods react as an effigy of Kumbhkarana, brother of demon king Ravana, burns during Vijaya Dashmi or Dussehra festival celebrations in Jammu, India, Sept. 30, 2017.
Photo by Mukesh Gupta


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Religious Insanity

'God Makes No Mistakes'

A mother ignored a midwife's warning their newborn baby could die of jaundice on religious grounds and refused to seek treatment for her child.

Rachel Joy Piland, from Michigan, told the midwife "God makes no mistakes", according to a police detective who testified in court last week.

Detective Peter Scaccia said: "Rachel declined to seek any medical treatment for Abigail, stating God makes no mistakes. She indicated to the midwife that the baby was fine."

Two days later on 9 February her daughter died from unconjugated hyperbilirubinemia and kernicterus, according to an autopsy by a medical examiner. Both of these conditions are linked to jaundice - a common condition in newborn babies that can resolve itself on its own but requires a doctor to monitor.

The case is likely to put the Pilands' apparent belief in divine healing and the religious group they have been involved in Faith Tech Ministries directly against government officials who argue parents are responsible for obtaining medical care for their infant.

'God Makes No Mistakes'


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"Stunning" Gaffe

Boris Johnson

This is the footage which shows the British ambassador to Burma cutting off Boris Johnson's recitation of a colonial-era poem in the country's holiest site, in what has been labelled a "stunning" gaffe.

Visiting the Shwedagon Pagoda in Yangon earlier this year, the Foreign Secretary began quoting the opening lines of Rudyard Kipling's Mandalay.

The poem is written through the eyes of a retired British serviceman in Burma and also references kissing a local girl.

During the visit, after describing a golden Buddhist statue as a "very big guinea pig", Mr Johnson burst into prose.

The footage was shot by Channel 4 as part of a documentary on Mr Johnson's fitness for Prime Ministerial office.

Boris Johnson


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In Memory

Monty Hall

Monty Hall, one of the most popular game show hosts in American television history as he presided over a throng of outrageously costumed and nearly delirious contestants on "Let's Make a Deal" for almost three decades, died on Saturday at age 96, his son, Richard said.

Members of his audiences, dressed as clowns, playing cards or giant tomatoes, would shriek "Monty, Monty, Monty!" as they tried to convince Hall to give them a chance to win a washing machine or a new Cadillac. Sometimes the prizes were a "zonk" - a gag gift such as a live donkey or a wrecked car.

Hall was the co-creator of "Let's Make a Deal" and hosted more than 4,000 episodes from 1963 to 1986 (with occasional hiatuses) and then again in 1990 and 1991. The show drew good ratings even as it jumped from network to network and into syndication.

"Let's Make a Deal" became a part of American pop culture, with Hall one of the most recognizable stars on TV.

Hall also produced other game shows, hosted variety shows and appeared as a guest star on television series. He was known for charity work for organizations including Variety Clubs International, which raised money for disadvantaged children.

He was born Monte Halperin on Aug. 25, 1921, in Winnipeg, the son of a slaughterhouse owner father and an actress mother. After working in radio in Canada, he came to the United States in 1955.

In the early 1960s, he was developing game shows and joined forces with TV veteran Stefan Hatos. They devised "Let's Make a Deal" in which Hall picked people from the audience to become contestants in sort of a trading game. Initially, audience members wore normal clothing but started wearing costumes and carrying funny signs to get Hall's attention.

Hall would offer contestants a modest prize, then give them a chance to trade it for a mystery prize hidden by a curtain, stashed in a big box or concealed behind door No. 1, door No. 2 or door No. 3. That prize might be worth thousands of dollars or might be a "zonk" like a farm animal. Audience members jumped up and down, shouted, cried and kissed Hall when they won, and sometimes even when they lost.

Hall made appearances on revivals of the show, including the version hosted by comedian Wayne Brady starting in 2009.

In 1991, the New York Times published an article about what became known as "the Monty Hall problem" - a probability puzzle hotly debated by mathematicians centering on the advisability of switching choices when given options like those on his show. The conundrum was featured in the 2008 film "21" with Kevin Spacey.

Monty Hall



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