BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 1 June, 2017


1 June, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[118 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Garrison Keillor: It was So Good to have Trump Gone (Washington Post)
We were able to turn to the joys of life and forget the absurdities for a while.

Mark Morford: Top 12 pre-impeachment collectibles - Hurry before Trump is gone! (SF Gate)
You read it right: three grand for a "yuge" gold coin with Trump's face on it. Goes perfectly with your "Real Housewives of Miami Beach" Swarovski-encrusted dentures.

Daniel Gross: "For a 'Socialist' President, Obama Sure Reduced Reliance on Social Programs" (Slate)
The Obama economy, such as it was, reduced federal spending on social welfare by a far larger amount than the Republican Congress and the Trump administration will be able to do via harsh and draconian budget cuts. Everyone at once now: Thanks, Obama.

Lowen Liu: The Tragic Lesson of Portland (Slate)
Two brave men saw something. They said something. They died for it. What will we all do next time?

Katie Parker: "Knock, knock: How the news media turns corpses into content" (The Wireless)
If it bleeds, it leads, or so the saying goes. But with death knocks being practised daily, what is the impact on the living?

Artist Installs Pug Peeing Statue Next to Fearless Girl Statue (Neatorama)
Remember when the creator of the Wall Street bull threatened to sue the city of New York and the creators of the Fearles Girl statue because he thought it made his artwork look bad? Well today artist Alex Gardega made a strong point about how one artwork can affect another by installing a peeing dog statue beside the Fearless Girl.

What Goth Culture Looks Like Around The World (Neatorama)
The goth subculture may have began in the US and UK but nowadays there are goth kids in practically every corner of the world, with each group adding their own cultural spin on the standard goth styles.

IMOMSOHARD - Swim Suits (YouTube)
"And then there's the double standard that says guys are fine wearing board shorts and a tee to the beach but women get grief if they aren't rocking a swimsuit, which the gals from IMOMSOHARD think is total BS." - Neatorama

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Editorial and Political Cartoons


Throwback Thursday Trivia Question of the Day

This 17-episode British import was initially a summer replacement for The Jackie Gleason Show. What is the name of this TV series?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Who is the only actor to have appeared in all of the major films in the Star Wars film series?

       Anthony Daniels                                                      Source

Anthony Daniels (born 21 February 1946) is an English actor and mime artist. He is known for playing C-3PO in the Star Wars film series. He is the only actor to have appeared in all of the major films in the series, as well as its many spin-offs (TV shows, video games, etc.).

Daniels was the voice of Legolas in the Ralph Bakshi animated adaptation of The Lord of the Rings (1978). He has appeared intermittently on British television in various dramas, including playing a pathologist in Prime Suspect starring Helen Mirren. Daniels is currently an adjunct professor at Carnegie Mellon University's Entertainment Technology Center.        Source

Alan J was first and correct with:
   Anthony Daniels as C3PO.

Randall wrote:
   I'm guessing Kenny Baker/R2-D2?

  (I stopped watching Star Wars - lost interest after Jar-Jar)

Mark. said:
   There is a disturbance in the Force. Google indicates that two actors have appeared in all six films: Anthony Daniels (C-3PO) and Kenny Baker (R2-D2).

Kevin K. in Washington, DC replied:
   That would be Anthony Daniels, who plays C-3PO. Kenny Baker, who played R2-D2 originally, has died and been replaced in the newest trilogy.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Anthony Daniels as C3PO and Kenny Baker as R2D2

Adam answered:
   Hmmm...Anthony Daniels

Deborah wrote:
   I'm guessing Anthony Daniels, who plays C3PO. It might be R2D2 but I doubt that there's an actor in there.
  Stray rain showers overnight, just enough to wet the streets and make everything smell fresh. A pleasant way to greet Wednesday.

zorch said:
   Anthony Daniels

George M replied:
   I had my suspicions on this subject, yet The Force is strong on this one - I checked on the 'net, and it turns out that Anthony Daniels is the only actor to have appeared in all of the Star Wars movies.
  May The Force Be With You.

Billy in Cypress responded:
   Anthony Daniels, aka C3PO.

Joe S     answered:
   I knew it was C-3PO but I didn't know the actor's name. I looked it up. Anthony Daniels.

  In memory of MAM

mj took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

John I from Hawai`i took the day off.

Daniel in The City took the day off.

Stephen F took the day off.

Gene took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

Dutiful Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

I'm deeply saddened to let you all know that our dear MAM (Marianne) died yesterday morning.
She was a wonderful, wise woman, mother, grandmother, sister and friend.
She will be greatly missed.
We are fortunate to have had her in our midst.

     Marianne & Wowzer

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  June 1 Birthdays - Celebrities Born June 1 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

In Their Zeal To Have A Gotcha Moment, Fox News Blows It On Criticism of NY Times

Dennis Prager Calls Anti Trump Conservatives to War; I'll Remain a Conscientious Objector, Thanks

Florence mayor aims to keep picnicking tourists at bay with hosepipes | World news | The Guardian

House of Cards season five review - so close to being treasonous | Television & radio | The Guardian

What is covfefe? Donald Trump baffles with late night Twitter post | US news | The Guardian

Donald trump Jr. gets schooled after saying conservatives were not rude to Obama

Of COURSE The Urban Dictionary has your definitions for "covfefe"

What's so funny? 'Covfefe' came from the stubby fingers poised to push the nuclear button

Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday

First look inside Disney's 'Avatar -- World of Pandora' -

Godlike 'Homo Deus' Could Replace Humans As Tech Evolves

Brexit Britain: EU Citizens Fear the Future Amid Questions, Backlash - NBC News

Inside Astrophysicist Neil deGrasse Tyson's Famed Office

Nova Scotia Noir: Exploring Black History in Canada - NBC News

Nestle to Create 2,900 Jobs in Latin America With New Factories - NBC News

Shareholders Push Exxon To Disclose Business Impact Of Fighting Climate Change : The Two-Way : NPR

Shareholders force ExxonMobil to come clean on cost of climate change | Business | The Guardian

Conservatives want to boycott Rachel Maddow. What could go wrong?

While You Obsessed Over Trump's Scandals, He's Fundamentally Changed The Country | HuffPost

GOP Congressman: God Will 'Take Care Of' Climate Change If It Exists | HuffPost

Thanks, Michelle!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Germany Can't Stop Marveling at How Dumb Donald Trump Is | GQ

Sean Spicer Struggles To Provide Any Actual Information At Press Briefing -

Jared Kushner Once Allegedly Admitted That Donald Trump Lies to His Base Because He Thinks They're Stupid -

White Supremacist Site Defends Alleged Portland Train Stabber | HuffPost

Donald Trump's Staff Allegedly Quotes The Godfather's "Go To the Mattresses" -

Kushner Following Trump's Orders On Secret Link With Russia, Ex-CIA Official Suggests | HuffPost

Kushner Following Trump's Orders On Secret Link With Russia, Ex-CIA Official Suggests | HuffPost

Fake Tough: Bullying Loudmouth Numbskulls Mimic Trump - (Gene Lyons)

Martyrs against racism in Donald Trump's America: What happened in Portland was shocking, but not surprising -

'He is the root of dysfunction': Right-wing WSJ editorial shreds Trump for sowing White House 'chaos' -

Trump Administration Moves To Roll Back Birth Control Coverage | HuffPost

Why the President Will Not Survive the Trump Russia Scandal - Bill

Trump's anti-German stance is stupid and dangerous. -

What scandal? GOP's national security hawks go limp faced with Donald Trump -

Why Do We Like Saudi Arabia? A State Dept Official Can't Explain -



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





Selected Readings

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Marine layer so thick the sun never broke through.

Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night with a RERUN 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a RERUN 'Superior Donuts', then a RERUN 'Mom', followed by a RERUN 'Life In Pieces', then a FRESH 'The Amazing Race'.
On a RERUN Stephen Colbert (from 4/18/17) are Alec Baldwin and Charlamagne Tha God.
On a RERUN James Corden, OBE, (from 3/29/17) are Victoria Beckham, Jessica Chastain, and Lisa Kudrow.

NBC begins the night with a RERUN 'Chicago Fire', followed by a RERUN 'Chicago Med', then a RERUN 'L&O: SVU'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 4/24/17) are Kobe Bryant, Kathryn Hahn, and Big Boi.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 5/10/17) are Sophia Bush, Zach Woods, Dan Mintz, and Thaddeus Dixon.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/4/17) are Ricky Whittle, JJUUJJUU, and Pom Klementieff.

ABC fills the night with LIVE 'NBA Finals', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old '20/20'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Sarah Silverman and Jimmy Butler.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Supernatural', followed by another RERUN 'Supernatural'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Beat Shazam', followed by a FRESH 'Shazam'.

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

A&E has 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48', then a FRESH 'Cold Case Files'.

AMC offers the movie 'The Day After Tomorrow', followed by the movie 'Young Guns', then the movie 'Young Guns II'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 13-Journey's End-Part 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]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Encounter at Farpoint (Part 1)
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Encounter at Farpoint (Part 2)
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Where No One Has Gone Before
 [12:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-Encounter at Farpoint (Part 1)
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Encounter at Farpoint (Part 2)
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 6-Where No One Has Gone Before    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Million Dollar Listing LA', 'Million Dollar Listing NY', followed by a FRESH 'Million Dollar Listing NY', then a FRESH 'Cyrus Vs. Cyrus: Design & Conquer', 'Southern Charm', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', and 2 hours of old 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Sen. Al Franken.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Wendy Liebman, Chuck Sklar, and Doug Benson.

FX has the movie 'Iron Man 3', followed by the movie 'The Boy Next Door'.

History has 'Mountain Men', followed by a FRESH 'Mountain Men: Fully Loaded'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    ESCAPE FROM L.A.
 [10:30AM]    THE GREY
 [1:00PM]    THE EAGLE
 [5:45PM]    HOMEFRONT
 [10:00PM]    BAD BOYS
 [12:45AM]    HOMEFRONT
 [3:00AM]    BAD BOYS
 [5:45AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Eddie George    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Barney Miller-Eviction
 [6:30AM]    Barney Miller-Eviction
 [7:00AM]    Barney Miller-Wojo's Problem
 [7:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy and Barney in the Big City
 [8:05AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Wedding Bells for Aunt Bee
 [8:40AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Three's a Crowd
 [9:15AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Bookie Barber
 [9:50AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy on Trial
 [10:25AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Cousin Virgil
 [11:00AM]    M*A*S*H-Dear Sigmund
 [11:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Mulcahy's War
 [12:00PM]    M*A*S*H-The Korean Surgeon
 [12:30PM]    M*A*S*H-Hawkeye Get Your Gun
 [1:00PM]    Flashdance
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Promises to Keep
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Conduct Unbecoming
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Animal Instinct
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Jurisdiction
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Virus
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Whose Monkey Is It Anyway
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Sunday in the Park With Jorge
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Teenage Wasteland
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Phobia
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-A Losing Season
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Swept Away: A Very Special Episode
 [2:00AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Mucho Mojo
 [3:00AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Ticking Mojo
 [4:00AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Holy Mojo
 [5:00AM]    Gomorrah-Seven Years    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Ghost Rider', followed by the movie 'Inception'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 3/1/17) are Diego Luna and Vicente Fox.

 [6:00 AM]      Secrets of the French Police (1932)
 [7:15 AM]      Broadway To Hollywood (1933)
 [8:45 AM]      The Half Naked Truth (1933)
 [10:15 AM]      The Cat and the Fiddle (1934)
 [12:00 PM]      Trouble for Two (1936)
 [1:30 PM]      The Emperor's Candlesticks (1937)
 [3:15 PM]      Paradise For Three (1938)
 [4:45 PM]      Henry Goes Arizona (1939)
 [6:00 PM]      The Vanishing Virginian (1942)
 [8:00 PM]      Just a Gigolo (1931)
 [9:30 PM]      Waterloo Bridge (1931)
 [11:15 PM]      The Women (1939)
 [1:45 AM]      No Time For Love (1943)
 [3:30 AM]      Christopher Strong (1933)
 [5:00 AM]      There Goes My Heart (1938)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Friday   -  06/02/17

 [6:30 AM]      Ben-Hur: A Tale of the Christ (1925)    SILENT 
 [9:00 AM]      Storm At Daybreak (1933)
 [10:30 AM]      Hitler's Madman (1943)
 [12:00 PM]      Rasputin, the Mad Monk (1966)
 [1:45 PM]      Berlin Express (1948)
 [3:30 PM]      The Man Who Knew Too Much (1934)
 [5:00 PM]      The King's Thief (1955)
 [6:30 PM]      The Tall Target (1951)
 [8:00 PM]      Summer Magic (1963)
 [10:00 PM]      Pollyanna (1960)
 [12:30 AM]      Mickey's Polo Team (1936)
 [12:45 AM]      The Horse with the Flying Tail (1960)
 [1:45 AM]      The Tattooed Police Horse (1964)
 [2:45 AM]      Hacksaw (1971)
 [4:30 AM]      The Horse Without a Head (1963)     [AKA: '"Walt Disney's Wonderful World of Color" The Horse Without a Head: The 100,000,000 Franc Train Robbery (TV Episode 1963)']    (ALL TIMES EDT)

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

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Actress Gal Gadot pauses for a moment during an interview at the Midtown Comics in New York City.
Photo by Gordon Donovan


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Latest '90s Show To Get Reboot Treatment


Warner Bros. is letting the Warner brothers and Warner sister out of the water tower.

That's right: "Animaniacs" is the latest show from your childhood getting the reboot treatment. Clearly this is part of The Brain's plan to take over the world, right?

According to IndieWire, Steven Spielberg (who directed the original series) is on board to help develop the reboot along with Amblin Television and Warner Bros.

As of now, the project hasn't found a network to call home, though in today's age of the reboots and revivals, the show probably won't have an issue. There's always Netflix ? the '90s cartoon joined the streaming service's lineup last year.

"Animaniacs," which consisted of multiple segments (such as "Pinky and the Brain," which got a spinoff) aired from 1993 to 1995 on Fox Kids and from 1995 to 1998 on Kids' WB, with a total of 99 episodes. The animated series won eight Daytime Emmy Awards and a Peabody Award.



Edith Fuller, 6, from Tulsa, Okla., waits to spell her word in the 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 31, 2017.
Photo by Cliff Owen


CNN Fires

Kathy Griffin

CNN announced today it has terminated its agreement with Kathy Griffin to appear on the network's New Year's Eve program, after the comedian posted a photo of herself holding what appears to be a bloody, severed fake head of Donald Trump (R-Grifter).

Griffin has co-hosted CNN's "New Years Eve Live" with CNN anchor Anderson Cooper from New York's Times Square for the past 10 consecutive years.

The photo was taken by celebrity photographer Tyler Shields. Shields and Griffin posted it on their social media accounts Tuesday.

"I caption this 'there was blood coming out of his eyes, blood coming out of his ... wherever,'" Griffin tweeted, referring to an exchange between Donald Trump and former Fox News anchor Megyn Kelly during the presidential primary season.

In an attempt to appease those who were offended by the image, the controversial comedian then tweeted, "OBVIOUSLY, I do not condone ANY violence by my fans or others to anyone, ever! I'm merely mocking the Mocker in Chief."

Kathy Griffin


Newhead News


Really Exist Around Black Holes?

Event Horizons

It is common understanding that all black holes have event horizons - the point beyond which nothing, not even light, can escape the gravitational pull exerted by the densest known objects in the universe. But not all theorists agree that such a phenomenon - the event horizon - exists; they argue instead for something far stranger that is based on modifications made to Einstein's General Theory of Relativity.

According to the widely accepted theory of black holes, based on Einstein's relativity theory, black holes, including their supermassive variants, form when a star with a mass approximately great than 20 suns, collapses onto itself after running out of energy to support itself. The resulting dense concentration of matter has gravity so strong that it accretes everything that comes within its gravitational sphere, growing in mass all the time. Since everything includes light, a black hole is not directly visible, earning it its name. The concept of event horizons, while accepted by a large number of people, has not yet been proven, however.

Some scientists who are from the naysayers camp suggest that instead of supermassive black holes at the centers of most galaxies, there sit objects that somehow managed to not collapse into a singularity, and therefore have no event horizons. In the absence of a singularity, these theoretical objects would have a hard surface, and objects that get pulled to it would hit the surface and be destroyed.

Pawan Kumar, a professor of astrophysics at the University of Texas, Austin, his graduate student Wenbin Lu, and Ramesh Narayan from the Harvard-Smithsonian Center for Astrophysics at Harvard University, devised an experiment to determine which of the two theories was correct.

"Our whole point here is to turn this idea of an event horizon into an experimental science, and find out if event horizons really do exist or not. Our motive is not so much to establish that there is a hard surface," Kumar said in a statement Tuesday, "but to push the boundary of knowledge and find concrete evidence that really, there is an event horizon around black holes."

Event Horizons


A statue and stuffed figure of Wonder Woman on display at Midtown Comics in New York City.
Photo by Gordon Donovan


Genetic Secrets Unwrapped

Ancient Egypt

DNA from mummies found at a site once known for its cult to the Egyptian god of the afterlife is unwrapping intriguing insight into the people of ancient Egypt, including a surprise discovery that they had scant genetic ties to sub-Saharan Africa.

Scientists on Tuesday said they examined genome data from 90 mummies from the Abusir el-Malek archaeological site, located about 70 miles (115 km) south of Cairo, in the most sophisticated genetic study of ancient Egyptians ever conducted.

The DNA was extracted from the teeth and bones of mummies from a vast burial ground associated with the green-skinned god Osiris. The oldest were from about 1388 BC during the New Kingdom, a high point in ancient Egyptian influence and culture. The most recent were from about 426 AD, centuries after Egypt had become a Roman Empire province.

The genomes showed that, unlike modern Egyptians, ancient Egyptians had little to no genetic kinship with sub-Saharan populations, some of which like ancient Ethiopia were known to have had significant interactions with Egypt.

The closest genetic ties were to the peoples of the ancient Near East, spanning parts of Iraq and Turkey as well as Israel, Jordan, Syria and Lebanon.

Ancient Egypt


Digby's Hullabaloo


More Americans Want To Impeach


More Americans want to impeach Donald Trump (R-Corrupt) than approve of his job performance, a new poll says.

The number of American voters who want Congress to impeach Trump has risen to 43 percent, up from 38 percent last week, according to a new Politico/Morning Consult poll. Many of the voters said that they want to see those proceedings even if Mr Trump hasn't committed the "high crimes and misdemeanours" that the Constitution requires.

"If Trump was hoping his foreign trip would shift the conversation away from scandals, he may be out of luck," Kyle Dropp, Morning Consult's co-founder and chief research officer, said. "Over the last week, support for beginning impeachment proceedings among voters rose from 38 percent to 43 percent."

Mr Trump drew record-low approval ratings during his first 100 days in office, and things haven't gotten much better since. Just 41 percent of Americans now approve of his performance. That's compared to the 65 percent job approval his predecessor Barack Obama enjoyed at roughly the same time during his tenure eight years ago, and the 53 percent historical average of presidents dating back to 1938, according to Gallup .



The 90th Scripps National Spelling Bee trophy is displayed onstage prior to the start of preliminary rounds in Oxon Hill, Md., Wednesday, May 31, 2017.
Photo by Cliff Owen


Pipeline Expected To Begin Shipping Today

Dakota Access

The developer of the Dakota Access oil pipeline, which is expected to begin shipping oil on Thursday, will face scrutiny later this summer on whether it violated North Dakota rules during construction.

The three-member North Dakota Public Service Commission is looking into whether Texas-based Energy Transfer Partners removed too many trees and shrubs along the pipeline route, and whether it improperly reported the discovery of Native American artifacts. No artifacts were disturbed.

The commission maintains the company diverted construction of the pipeline around artifacts last October without first running the plan by the commission, as required. The company did get clearance from the State Historic Preservation Office and maintains it acted in good faith.

In addition, a third-party inspector identified 83 sites along the 380-mile (610-kilometer) pipeline corridor in North Dakota where trees or shrubs might have been cleared in violation of the commission's orders. ETP says it did nothing wrong, and the company has a plan to plant two trees for every one removed - a total of about 94,000 trees.

Dakota Access


Feels 'Bullied'

Margaret Court

Australian tennis great Margaret Court says she feels bullied by a fierce backlash over her views on gay marriage, but has vowed not to be "intimidated".

The 24-time Grand Slam champion, now a Christian pastor, caused controversy by announcing last week she would stop flying Qantas "where possible" in protest at the airline's support of same-sex marriage.

It sparked calls, led by Martina Navratilova and supported by Richel Hogenkamp, one of the few openly gay players in tennis, for the Australian Open to take her name off one of its flagship stadiums.

Court has long held strong views about homosexuality, which have previously been slammed by Navratilova and fellow great Billie Jean King, who are both gay.

Margaret Court


A part of a flooded highway exit is seen in a village in Matara, Sri Lanka May 29, 2017.


Stressed Out, Isolated And Gaining Weight


Donald Trump (R-Crooked) is becoming increasingly isolated and stressed as the demands of the Presidency take its toll, according to a new report.

"He now lives within himself, which is a dangerous place for Donald Trump to be," one source close to Mr Trump told CNN.

"I see him emotionally withdrawing. He's gained weight. He doesn't have anybody whom he trusts."

Trump was already "in a pretty glum mood" before his first foreign trip to the Middle East and Europe, according to the source.

On his return, his woes intensified as fresh allegations emerged which centre on the role of the President's son-in-law, Jared Kushner, in communications with the Russian government.



Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for May 22-28. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. "Dancing With the Stars" (Monday), ABC, 10.54 million.
    2. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 9.65 million.
    3. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 9.37 million.
    4. "Dancing With the Stars" (Tuesday), ABC, 8.91 million.
    5. "Bull," CBS, 8.54 million.
    6. "Survivor," CBS, 8.38 million.
    7. "NCIS," CBS, 8.3 million.
    8. NBA Playoffs: Boston vs. Cleveland, Game 4, TNT, 7.05 million.
    9. "Empire," Fox, 6.97 million.
   10. "60 Minutes," CBS, 6.79 million.
   11. Movie: "Dirty Dancing," ABC, 6.58 million.
   12. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 6.43 million.
   13. "Diana: Life-Death-Truth," CBS, 6.15 million.
   14. "Law & Order: SVU," NBC, 6.12 million.
   15. NBA Playoffs: Cleveland vs. Boston, Game 5, TNT, 5.83 million.
   16. NBA Playoffs: Golden State vs. San Antonio, Game 4, ESPN, 5.8 million.
   17. "Downward Dog," ABC, 5.74 million
   18. "Survivor Reunion," CBS, 5.71 million.
   19. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 5.709 million.
   20. "The Bachelorette," ABC, 5.67 million.




In Memory

Elena Verdugo

Elena Verdugo, who portrayed the devoted office assistant and nurse Consuelo Lopez opposite Robert Young on the 1970s ABC drama Marcus Welby, M.D., has died. She was 92.

Verdugo replaced Audrey Totter as the star of the CBS Radio comedy Meet Millie and continued to play the wisecracking Brooklyn secretary Millie Bronson on the CBS television version - one of the first shows to be broadcast live from Hollywood - that ran for four seasons, from 1952 through 1956.

On the big screen, Verdugo appeared opposite Lon Chaney Jr. in the 1945 Universal horror films House of Frankenstein (as the sympathetic gypsy girl Ilonka) and The Frozen Ghost and in the adventure tale Thief of Damascus (1952).

Verdugo also was a singer and dancer. She performed in the 1940s with the Xavier Cugat Orchestra and handled the vocals on his hit "Tico Tico," which was used in the finale of the 1945 Sonja Henie film It's a Pleasure!.

The 5-foot-2 Verdugo received supporting actress Emmy nominations in 1971 and 1972 for playing the warmhearted Consuelo, whom many consider to be the first working-professional Latina woman to be portrayed on series television. Marcus Welby aired for seven seasons, from 1969-76.

A native of Los Angeles, Verdugo was a descendant of Jose Maria Verdugo, a Spanish army officer who in 1784 was granted grazing rights to a 36,000-acre area that included much of what is now Glendale, Burbank, Eagle Rock and La Crescenta.

Verdugo finished high school on the Fox studio lot and appeared as a dancer in the Don Ameche-Betty Grable studio musical Down Argentine Way (1940).

Her film résumé also included Rainbow Island (1944), starring Dorothy Lamour; Song of Scheherazade (1947), with Yvonne De Carlo; Gene Autry's The Big Sombrero (1949); the Charlie Chan mystery The Sky Dragon (1949); and Cyrano de Bergerac (1950), starring Jose Ferrer.

Before running Dr. Welby's office, Verdugo had recurring roles on the short-lived TV series Redigo, The New Phil Silvers Show, Many Happy Returns and the Juliet Prowse starrer Mona McCluskey.

While filming the Abbott & Costello comedy Little Giant (1946), she met screenwriter Charles R. Marion, who also wrote for the comedy team's radio show, and they married. After a divorce, she wed Charles Rosewall, a doctor, in 1972, and they were together until his death in 2012.

Verdugo's son, actor Richard Marion (Pharmacist's Mate Williams on TV's Operation Petticoat), died at age 50 of an apparent heart attack in 1999.

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