BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 27 April, 2017


27 April, 2017

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[83 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Dollar Street
In the news people in other cultures seem stranger than they are. We visited 240 families in 46 countries and collected 30,000 photos. We sorted the homes by income, from left to right. See how people really live.

Mark Morford: Trump's 'buy American' edict is unbearably dumb (SF Gate)
You are reading this, we can safely assume, on a device built somewhere in China, with various components sourced from all over the world - lithium and copper from Chile, silicon from Brazil, circuit boards from Taiwan, transistors, resistors, diodes, LEDs, capacitors from China, on and on across dozens of countries, suppliers, economic landscapes. Maybe your device was "designed" in Cupertino, but its guts, and its manufacture, are about as "American" as Trump is articulate.

Mark Morford: Let us now cheer the end of Bill O'Reilly (SF Gate)
…after 20 years as Fox's loudest, most bilious cash cow, O'Reilly will surely remain some sort of grumpy-old-man hero to the alt-right, forever attached to fellow champions of screaming intellectual degeneration like Steve Bannon, Michael Flynn, Peter Theil, Limbaugh, Giuliani, Drudge, Blackstone CEO Steve Schwarzman, the Tea Party, Mitch McConnell and all the rest. He had a spectacular run, in much the same way a tapeworm has a great run in your small intestine.

Heather Schwedel: "The Latest Ivanka Trump Brand Scandal Reveals the Lie at the Heart of Her 'Luxury' Image" (Slate)
So I don't have any sympathy for Ivanka Trump-she licensed her brand, and she can lie in it. But poor Adrienne Vittadini. If I were that company, I would very much like to be excluded from this narrative. The Trump brand hardly means "a deep connection to luxury and success"-more and more, the only deep connection it boasts is to a wide and ever-expanding orbit of scammers.

Elliot Hannon: Ivanka Trump's Clothing Line Is Made in a Chinese Factory Where Workers Earn $1 an Hour (Slate)
Donald Trump and his offspring-now that they're in and around the White House-like to say they're champions of the American worker, preferably coal. This sleight of hand from the Trump gene pool comes despite having lived lives, over the course of decades, relentlessly focused on enriching themselves at the expense of others-often workers, contractors, investors, taxpayers, you name it.

Henry Grabar: Pew Survey: Americans Suddenly Like Big Government Again (Slate)
Nothing changes American minds like an election.

Robin Warder: 5 Truly Breathtaking Moments In Celebrity Hypocrisy (Cracked)
Those who ride the highest horses usually turn out to frequent the lowest gutters. And who has access to both the finest equines and the filthiest sewers? Why, celebrities, of course! We've mentioned, on a few occasions, how hypocrisy and celebrity go hand in hand. And it has been a damn good time, so we'll just keep doing it …

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Throwback Thursday Trivia Question of the Day

This English beat rock band, formed in Manchester in 1964, had two US Billboard Hot 100 No.1's - one is addressed to Mrs. Brown, the other is about a king. What is the name of this group?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Appearing on this state's vehicle license plates, the nickname 'The Evergreen State' has never been officially adopted. What US state is 'The Evergreen State'?

       Washington                                                      Source

Washingtonis a state in the Pacific Northwest region of the United States located north of Oregon, west of Idaho, and south of the Canadian province of British Columbia on the coast of the Pacific Ocean. Named after George Washington, the first President of the United States, the state was made out of the western part of the Washington Territory, which had been ceded by Britain in 1846 in accordance with the Oregon Treaty in the settlement of the Oregon boundary dispute. It was admitted to the Union as the 42nd state in 1889. Olympia is the state capital. Washington is sometimes referred to as Washington State or the State of Washington to distinguish it from Washington, D.C., the capital of the U.S., which is often shortened to Washington.

The state's nickname "Evergreen" was proposed in 1890 by Charles T. Conover of Seattle, Washington. The name proved popular as the forests were full of evergreen trees and the abundance of rain keeps the shrubbery and grasses green throughout the year. Although that nickname is widely used by the state, appearing on vehicle license plates for instance, it has not been officially adopted.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   Washington is known as the Evergreen State, but the title has never been officially adopted.

Randall wrote:

Alan J said:

Stephen F replied:

Adam answered:
   Washington State

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:

Deborah said:
   I don't know for sure; I want to say Washington. There are a lot of evergreen trees theres. Eh, just a WAG.
  Overcast and looking like rain for the third day in a row. I don't mind the clouds but just let it rain, if it's going to look like it.
  Meanwhile, it's Hump Day.

Dave in Tucson wrote:
   Ummmmmm, Washington is the Evergreen State?

Billy in Cypress responded:
   The Evergreen State' is Washington. This is another item on my bucket list, probably on my way to Vancouver. All items on my bucket list are possible if I just win the PCH sweepstakes on Friday. The richest citizens and their corporations will get their prizes from CpPDJT-ID and his tax "plan" to finance billions of dollars in gifts to the richest via huge deficits to hobble and enslave future generations of non-rich citizens.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali answered:
   The State of Washington is the "Evergreen" state.
  A dark and gloomy day in the Foothills today. Thank God that T-rumble ants to lower Corporate Tax rates to 15%. We are a full-blown Corporatocracy. Global warming will take care of everything.

zorch replied:

mj took the day off.

Daniel in The City took the day off.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

John I from Hawai`i took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

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

Gene took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  April 27 Birthdays - Celebrities Born April 27 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




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Michelle in AZ

NY Times Story on Comey Contains Critical Nugget About Trump/Russia

Alex Jones Talked About His Sex Life as a Teen After Promising New Sandy Hook Info

Boorish Trump Uses 9/11 as a Ratings Benchmark to Proclaim His Own Greatness

The Handmaid's Tale review - timely adaptation scares with dystopian dread | Television & radio | The Guardian

Lynching of a student sparks uproar in Pakistan against blasphemy laws | World news | The Guardian

Trump's 'buy American' edict is unbearably dumb - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford

Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday

'The Handmaid's Tale' is a story about extremism and complacency

A Veteran Returned Home With PTSD And Pain, So He Became A Medical Marijuana Patient | The Huffington Post

BBC - Earth - There are animals that can survive being eaten

Energy Star Program For Homes And Appliances Is On Trump's Chopping Block : The Two-Way : NPR

Jonathan Demme And The Simple Power Of The Close-Up : Monkey See : NPR

How A Wild Berry Is Helping To Protect China's Giant Pandas And Its Countryside : The Salt : NPR

With the stroke of a pen, Trump opens to the door to drilling at national monument sites

Missouri has a new law that makes fights in grade school a felony with up to 4 years of prison time

Spike Lee: 'Black men are still viewed as predators' | Film | The Guardian

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Introducing: ObSessions By Jeff Sessions

Ivanka Trump has been criticized for exploiting her family's political power to hawk clothing. So why isn't anyone causing a fuss about Jeff Sessions' new line of cologne?

The #1 Issue For Voters During The 2016 Election

On Election Day, we asked random Americans what issue was most important to them. Surprisingly, their answers were all the same.

A Trump Official Explains The Border Wall Metaphor

When Trump discussed building a wall in every town across America, he never specifically mentioned building materials.



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Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

What Bill O'Reilly (And Roger Ailes) Should Have Learned From A Mirror | National

The 83 Most Embarrassing Moments In Donald Trump's AP Interview | Wonkette

Chinese Workers Paid $1 an Hour to Make Ivanka Trump's Clothes | Alternet

White House rejects Oversight request for Flynn documents | TheHill

Trump's White House Family Affair Looks A Lot Like The Most Corrupt Nations In The World | The Huffington Post

Here's What The American Dining Scene Would Look Like Without Immigrants | The Huffington Post

Trump Spins His First 100 Days -

'The Handmaid's Tale' Is A Master Class On The Power Of Rebellion | The Huffington Post

Isn't It Relevant That the Star of The Handmaid's Tale Belongs to a Secretive, Allegedly Oppressive Religion? -

EMILY's List has heard from 11,000 women who want to run for office next year | TheHill

Trump's FCC Votes to Allow Broadband Rate Hikes for Schools and Libraries - Motherboard

Merkel had to explain trade to Trump 11 times - Business Insider

Republicans exempt their own insurance from their latest health care proposal - Vox

Well, Well. Look Who's Opposed to Universal Health Care for Californians. -

Philosopher Henry Giroux on the culture of cruelty and Donald Trump: America is "a democracy on life support - it can't breathe |

Koch Industries and Other Corporations Lobbied for Donald Trump's Cabinet Picks, Filings Show | The

The Regulatory Accountability Act Subverts Science and Must Be Stopped - Union of Concerned Scientists



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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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Still sunny and windy.

Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH 'The Great Indoors', then a FRESH 'Mom', followed by a FRESH 'Life In Pieces', then a FRESH 'The Amazing Race'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are LL Cool J, Phillipa Soo, and Gorillaz.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Kurt Russell, Thomas Middleditch, and Russell Howard.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'Superstore', followed by a FRESH 'Powerless', then a FRESH 'Chicago Med', followed by a FRESH 'The Blacklist'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Emma Watson, W. Kamau Bell, Nicholas & Michael Testa, and the Lucas Brothers.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Sen. Bernie Sanders, Ian McShane, RaeLynn, and Lucius.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Jonah Ray, Bonobo, and J.D. Dillard.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a FRESH 'Scandal', then a FRESH 'The Catch'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 4/19/17) are Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Kevin Nealon, and Yo Gotti.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Supernatural', followed by a FRESH 'Riverdale'.

Faux has a FRESH 'MasterChef Junior', followed by a FRESH 'Kicking & Screaming'.

MY recycles an old 'Bones', followed by another old 'Bones'.

A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH '60 Days In', then another FRESH '60 Days In'.

AMC offers the movie 'Lethal Weapon 2', followed by the movie 'Young Guns', then the movie 'Young Guns II'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO: THE END OF TIME - Part 1 & 2.
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO: THE END OF TIME - Part 1 & 2.
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO: THE END OF TIME - Part 1 & 2.
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO: THE END OF TIME - Part 1 & 2.
 [12:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Mountains - Life in Thin Air
 [1:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Grasslands - Roots of Power
 [2:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Rivers - Friend and Foe
 [3:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Cities - Surviving the Urban Jungle
 [4:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Oceans - Into the Blue
 [5:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Deserts - Life in the Furnace
 [6:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Arctic - Life in the Deep Freeze
 [7:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Jungles - People of the Trees
 [8:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Mountains - Life in Thin Air
 [9:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Grasslands - Roots of Power
 [10:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 7-Rivers - Friend and Foe
 [11:00PM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Cities - Surviving the Urban Jungle
 [12:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Oceans - Into the Blue
 [1:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Deserts - Life in the Furnace
 [2:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Arctic - Life in the Deep Freeze
 [3:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Jungles - People of the Trees
 [4:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Mountains - Life in Thin Air
 [5:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Grasslands - Roots of Power    (ALL TIMES EDT)

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

Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'South Park', an hour and ½ of old 'Tosh.0', and another 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Katy Tur.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Moshe Kasher, Jo Koy, and Charlotte McKinney.

FX has the movie 'Captain America: The First Avenger', followed by the movie 'Captain America: The Winter Soldier'.

History has 'Swamp People', followed by a FRESH 'Swamp People: Blood & Guts', then a FRESH 'Swamp People', and 'JFK Declassified: Tracking Oswald'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BROCKMIRE-Breakout Year
 [6:30AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Randall Park
 [9:30AM]    THE GREY
 [12:00PM]    ALEX CROSS
 [10:45PM]    THE TOWN

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy, the Marriage Counselor
 [6:34AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Mayberry on Record
 [7:09AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy Saves Barney's Morale
 [7:43AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy and the Gentleman Crook
 [8:18AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Cyrano Andy
 [8:53AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy and Opie, Housekeepers
 [9:28AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The New Doctor
 [10:03AM]    Mud
 [1:00PM]    The Lost Boys
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Doubles
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Everybody's Favorite Bagman
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Prescription for Death
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Subterranean Homeboy Blues
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-The Reaper's Helper
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Expert
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Castoff
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Faccia a Faccia
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Divorce
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Disappeared
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Burden
 [2:00AM]    The Lost Boys
 [4:00AM]    From Dusk Till Dawn    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'The Matrix', followed by the movie 'The Matrix Reloaded'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Freddie Highmore, Patton Oswalt, and Pixies.

 [6:15 AM]      Torrent (1926)    SILENT 
 [8:00 AM]      The Younger Generatioh (1929)
 [9:30 AM]      The Maltese Falcon (1931)
 [11:00 AM]      Transgression (1931)
 [12:15 PM]      Flesh (1932)
 [2:00 PM]      The House On 56th Street (1933)
 [3:15 PM]      Midnight Mary (1933)
 [4:45 PM]      The Phantom of Crestwood (1933)
 [6:15 PM]      Hat, Coat and Glove (1934)
 [7:30 PM]      MGM Parade Show #28 (1955)
 [8:00 PM]      The Opposite Sex (1956)
 [10:15 PM]      Our Miss Brooks (1956)
 [12:00 AM]      Please Don't Eat the Daisies (1960)
 [2:15 AM]      Bells Are Ringing (1960)
 [4:30 AM]      That Man's Here Again (1937)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Friday   -  04/28/17

 [6:00 AM]      Spring Madness (1938)
 [7:15 AM]      Johnny Belinda (1948)
 [9:15 AM]      Never Fear (1949)
 [10:45 AM]      A Summer Place (1959)
 [1:15 PM]      Splendor in the Grass (1961)
 [3:30 PM]      A Place in the Sun (1951)
 [5:45 PM]      East of Eden (1955)
 [8:00 PM]      Bigger Than Life (1956)
 [10:00 PM]      Come Back, Little Sheba (1952)
 [12:00 AM]      About Mrs. Leslie (1954)
 [2:00 AM]      The Sandpiper (1965)
 [4:15 AM]      Now, Voyager (1942)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

USA has a FRESH 'Inside The FBI: NY'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Apr. 27, 1990) - Robert Klein, Kevin Spacey, and Mary Peyton Meyer.

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Students gather in the Rotunda at the Texas Capitol to oppose SB4, an anti-"sanctuary cities" bill that already cleared the Texas Senate and seeks to jail sheriffs and other officials who refuse to help enforce federal immigration law, as the Texas House prepares to debate the bill, Wednesday, April 26, 2017, in Austin, Texas.
Photo by Eric Gay


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Search For Words


Campaign promises may have been reshaped and some self-imposed deadlines reset. But among the things kept intact in the opening months of the new administration is the unmistakably distinct style of Donald Trump's (R-Grifter) speech.

Trump's trademark talk is full of rambling, aside-filled bursts of simple but definitive words, laden with self-congratulatory bravado and claims that have fact-checkers working overtime, all dispatched from mind to lips in such record time it seemingly bypasses any internal filter.

It has been a source of curiosity for language scholars and laymen alike, sparked anew by a recent Associated Press interview with Trump that has brought newfound opportunity for parsing a brand of presidential oratory not previously recorded.

Trump garnered the attention of the masses, in part, because he sounded different from what the public had come to expect from politicians. Kathleen Hall Jamieson, professor at the Annenberg School for Communication at the University of Pennsylvania, said Trump's extemporaneous speech is best described as stream-of-consciousness, a big change from what we're used to from those seeking - and occupying - the highest office in the land.

"The public speech of the president in the past has been crafted speech, it has been considered speech. Presidents prepared before speeches, presidents prepared before press conferences, presidents had stock answers ready to give," she said.



A bolt of lightning strikes over harbour cranes in Cape Town, South Africa, April 26, 2017.
Photo by Mike Hutchings


Next 5 Years Will Determine Fate


Global warming has pushed the Arctic into a new state unprecedented in human history, with thinning and retreating sea ice, skyrocketing air and sea temperatures, melting permafrost, and glaciers that are shedding ice at increasing rates.

All of these impacts and more may seem remote at first - after all, few of us live in Nunavut - but if you're a coastal resident anywhere in the world, from New York City to Dhaka, Bangladesh, what happens in the Arctic will affect you during the next several decades and beyond, primarily through sea level rise.

The economic effects of all Arctic warming impacts may be enough to dent the gross domestic product of some countries, with cost estimates ranging from $7 trillion to $90 trillion by the end of this century.

These are the conclusions of a new, comprehensive assessment of the Arctic climate by a division of the Arctic Council - a cooperative, governing body that helps oversee development in the Far North.

The scientific report, released on Tuesday, is known as Snow, Water, Ice, and Permafrost in the Arctic, or SWIPA. About 90 scientists helped produce the report, while more than two-dozen experts peer-reviewed the results.



Newhead News


Forced To Take Down Mar-A-Lago Promotion

US Embassies

Donald Trump (R-Crooked) has taken a number of important decisions pertaining to his administration at his Palm Beach, Florida estate, causing it to be dubbed the "winter White House." The term gained further legitimacy after the websites of numerous U.S. embassies featured an article promoting the Mar-A-Lago club.

The article, titled "Mar-a-Lago: The winter White House," attempted to give visitors from across the world an inside look into the property that is frequented by the president.

The publicity provided to the private club owned by Trump did not go down well with many and sparked a major backlash that led to the post being removed Monday evening.

"As the WH plans deep cuts to hunger programs and foreign aid, so nice to see taxpayer money being used promote Mar-a-Lago," Democrat Representative Mark Takano wrote on Twitter.

Norman Eisen, who served in the Obama White House as special counsel for ethics and government reform, told CNN : "This is outrageous, more exploitation of public office for Trump's personal gain."

US Embassies


In this image taken with a slow shutter speed and provided by the U.S. Air Force, an unarmed Minuteman 3 intercontinental ballistic missile launches during an operational test early Wednesday, April 26, 201, from Vandenberg Air Force Base, Calif. The target of the test was in the Pacific Ocean. An Air Force statement said the mission was part of a program to test the effectiveness, readiness, and accuracy of the weapon system.
Photo by Senior Airman Ian Dudley


United Airlines And The Dead Giant Bunny


A 3-foot-long giant rabbit died at a United Airlines pet holding facility in Chicago following a flight from London, in another embarrassment for the airline as it struggles with a global backlash this month over a passenger dragged from his seat.

The 10-month-old Continental Giant breed rabbit named Simon, who was tipped to become one of the world's largest rabbits, had appeared to be in good condition upon arrival at the facility at Chicago's O'Hare airport, an airline spokesman said.

Simon was due to be picked up by a celebrity who had bought him. But when a United worker later checked on Simon, he found he had died, spokesman Charles Hobart said.

The incident took place on April 20, but was first reported on Wednesday by The Sun newspaper. Simon's breeder, Annette Edwards, told the paper she was suspicious.

"Simon had a vet's check-up three hours before the flight and was fit as a fiddle," Edwards told The Sun. "Something very strange has happened and I want to know what."



Digby's Hullabaloo


Illinois Terminates State Pension


Trustees of an Illinois state retirement board on Wednesday terminated the pension that imprisoned former U.S. House Speaker Dennis "Sweaty Wrestler™" Hastert (R-Pedophile) received for his nearly six years of service in the Illinois General Assembly.

The General Assembly Retirement System's board of trustees voted 5-2 to end Hastert's $28,000 annual pension. Hastert, 75, is serving a 15-month prison term in a hush-money case that stemmed from his sexual abuse of students when he taught at an Illinois public school more than 35 years ago. The Republican pleaded guilty in 2015 to federal bank violations and is scheduled to be released Aug. 16.

Hastert's attorneys declined comment on the decision Wednesday. Hastert has the option of appealing in state court, and the Chicago Tribune reported that Hastert attorney Mark DeBofsky wrote a letter to the board last month saying Hastert intended to appeal any termination or reduction in benefits.

Illinois law allows for the state to revoke the pensions of those convicted of felonies connected to their time serving in the state Legislature.

The Illinois Teachers' Retirement System previously revoked the pension money Hastert earned for his time as a teacher in Yorkville. He still is eligible for pension funds from his time in Congress.



A large branch is removed from an old oak tree in Basking Ridge, N.J., Wednesday, April 26, 2017. Crews have returned to a New Jersey church where they are taking down a 600-year-old white oak tree that's believed to be among the oldest in the nation. The process had started on Monday but was suspended Tuesday due to heavy rain and gusty winds.
Photo by Seth Wenig


Cancels Speech (Again)


Ann Coulter has canceled a speech that had been planned for Thursday on the University of California's Berkeley campus after initially claiming she would defy the administration's request that she hold her event a week later at a secure venue.

"There will be no speech," the rightwing commentator told Reuters in an email, blaming her reversal on conservative groups that had originally said they would sponsor her talk but apparently withdrew their backing.

"I looked over my shoulder and my allies had joined the other team," she added.

The cancellation will come as a relief to university officials who had feared Coulter's determination to appear on campus at a time and place of her choosing would result in violent confrontations.



Lashes Out At US Prosecutors

Samantha Geimer

The woman raped by filmmaker Roman Polanski in 1977 when she was a teen lashed out at prosecutors in the case on Tuesday, accusing them of seeking to further their careers rather than resolve the matter.

"Celebrity cases should not be misused by those like yourselves for some limelight and career advancement," Samantha Geimer wrote in a scathing letter to Los Angeles County District Attorney Jackie Lacey and his deputy Michele Hanisee, who is handling Polanski's case.

The letter, dated April 21 and a copy of which was obtained by AFP, was brought up at a hearing in the case on Tuesday.

Geimer said she was "outraged" that prosecutors "continue to cover up the misconduct that has occurred in this case, which began 40 years ago and continues today."

"You and those who have come before you have never protected me, you have treated me with contempt, using a crime committed against me to further your own careers," she added.

Samantha Geimer


In this photo taken Wednesday, April 5, 2017, a new shelter is installed over the exploded reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear plant, in Chernobyl, Ukraine. April 26 marks the 31st anniversary of the Chernobyl nuclear disaster. A reactor at the Chernobyl nuclear power plant exploded on April 26, 1986, leading to an explosion and the subsequent fire spewed a radioactive plume over much of northern Europe.
Photo by Efrem Lukatsky


Fox Sparks Controversy With Suggestive Remark


Less than a week after Bill O'Reilly (R-Horndog) was ousted from Fox News amid mounting sexual harassment allegations, his former protégé is facing a backlash over an on-air remark about Ivanka Trump.

During a discussion on Fox's "The Five" about Trump's participation in a women's empowerment panel Tuesday, Jesse Watters criticized the crowd for booing and hissing the first daughter when she described her father as a "champion" for women and families.

"Yeah, it's funny, the left says they'll really respect women and then when given an opportunity to respect a woman like that they boo and hiss," Watters said. "So I don't really get what's going on here, but, uh, I really like the way she was speaking into that microphone."

Online, many viewed the comment as crude.

But Watters insisted he was referring to her voice.



T-rump Launches

Nonsensical Rant

Donald Trump (R-Fabulist) has been accused of misunderstanding the fundamentals of an ongoing trade spat between the US and Canada over dairy farming tariffs.

The Republican leader announced he would "address" Canadian milk imports and would allow US farmers to "start selling milk in our country."

However his claims have been lambasted as making "no sense at all", with many highlighting the minimal amount of Canadian dairy exported to the US - estimated at $112.6 million (£87m) in 2016 compared to the $631.6 million (£493m) of US dairy exports to Canada.

"It's going to mean that farmers are going to start selling milk in our country," Mr Trump told a group of Conservative reporters, according to Breitbart News.

One user wrote on Twitter: "Trump was talking about Canadian dairy exports. They barely exist. We have a hermetically sealed industry. On dairy, we are North Korea."

Nonsensical Rant



In Memory

Jonathan Demme

Jonathan Demme, Oscar-winning director of "The Silence of the Lambs" whose four-decade career produced a staggering array of work from romantic comedy to social and political documentaries, died Wednesday. He was 73.

Demme passed away in New York surrounded by his family after a battle with cancer, his publicist announced. He will be laid to rest in a private, family funeral.

He remains best known for the smash-hit 1991 horror-thriller starring Anthony Hopkins as serial killer Hannibal Lecter and Jodie Foster as FBI agent Clarice Starling. The movie was box office gold and a dazzling critical success.

Demme's publicist said he died from complications from esophageal cancer and is survived by his three children, Jos, 21, Brooklyn, 26, Ramona, 29.

The director's success with "Silence of the Lambs" gave Demme the commercial springboard to direct "Philadelphia" in 1993, a ground-breaking Hollywood blockbuster that won Tom Hanks his first Academy Award for playing a gay lawyer fired for contracting HIV and fighting for justice.

US critics say the movie changed the way Hollywood portrayed the AIDS crisis and revolutionized mainstream film's portrayal of gay and lesbian characters.

Demme's most recent feature film was the less well received "Ricki and the Flash," starring Meryl Streep as a divorced mom who ditches her family to follow her dream of rock-n-roll stardom before a crisis compels her to return.

Born on February 22, 1944 on Long Island, New York, Demme went to high school in Miami and briefly studied chemistry at the University of Florida in the hope of becoming a veterinarian.

It was after flunking science studies that he turned to writing movie reviews and got a publicity job at a film company. He later met director Roger Corman, who asked if he could write a screen play.

Demme directed a total of 20 feature films and 12 documentaries, not to mention music videos such as the 1984 "Stop Making Sense," and chalked up a raft of writing and production credits. Much of his work had a political or social tinge.

Besides thrillers, romantic comedies and a farce about the wife of a mobster, his real love was for documentaries. Subjects included Nelson Mandela, former Democratic president Jimmy Carter, and Bruce Springsteen.

In 2013, the Americans For Immigrant Justice charity announced that it was honoring Demme with an award for decades of tireless work on behalf of Haitian refugees and vulnerable immigrants.

In place of flowers, Demme's family has requested donations to the Florida-based charity.

Jonathan Demme



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