BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 8 June, 2017


8 June, 2017

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Bob Dylan: Nobel Lecture (The Nobel Prize in Literature 2016)
When I first received this Nobel Prize for Literature, I got to wondering exactly how my songs related to literature. I wanted to reflect on it and see where the connection was. I'm going to try to articulate that to you. And most likely it will go in a roundabout way, but I hope what I say will be worthwhile and purposeful.

Garrison Keillor: What's the big deal about Paris? (Washington Post)
The scientists are right about climate change, but the sanctimony is awfully heavy.

Address by Minister of Foreign Affairs Chrystia Freeland on Canada's foreign policy priorities (Government of Canada)
The fact that our friend and ally [the USA]has come to question the very worth of its mantle of global leadership, puts into sharper focus the need for the rest of us to set our own clear and sovereign course. For Canada that course must be the renewal, indeed the strengthening, of the postwar multilateral order.

Paul Krugman: Tweet
Canada's Minister of Foreign Affairs, Chrystia Freeland, effectively declares independence from the current USgovt

Andrew Tobias: Terrified by a Hammer
And what about innumeracy? Or a sense of proportion? More than 100 Americans committed suicide yesterday, sadly, and nearly as many died in car crashes. At least another 100 overdosed. Thirty or forty were murdered. In all: a couple of commercial jet crashes. Yet that's not what led the Nightly News. Rather, both NBC and ABC led with a gendarme outside the Cathedral of Notre Dame who had been hit with a hammer by an Algerian who screamed "this is for Syria."

Ashifa Kassam: Canada pledges investigation into why rape victim was held in jail with attacker (The Guardian)
Canadian authorities have launched an investigation after it emerged that a sex assault complainant in Alberta was shackled and detained in the same jail as her attacker - and even transported to court with him in the same prison van - in order to ensure she would testify.

Vidhi Doshi in Mumbai and Justin McCurry in Tokyo: "Trump in translation: president's mangled language stumps interpreters" (The Guardian)
Translators describe grappling with Trump's mannerisms for an international audience: 'We try to grasp the context, but it's so incoherent.'

Graeme Virtue: "Muscles, mullets and Malkovich: has Con Air got even weirder with age?" (The Guardian)
When Hollywood strapped Nicolas Cage, John Malkovich and a host of bad guys into a plane and crashed it on Vegas, what was the result? An action hit that was half prison flick, half rock video - and is, 20 years on, still dangerous.

David Wiegand: Flawed film pursues the enigma of Cary Grant (SF Gate)
Cary Grant was one of the best-known celebrities of the 20th century - to everyone, it seems, but himself. The former Archie Leach invented a persona from the raw materials of charm, talent, ambition and good looks, but spent much of his life searching for peace of mind, he wrote in an unpublished memoir.

Eddie Deezen: "The Music Box: Laurel and Hardy's Oscar-Winning Short" (Neatorama)
In the minds of countless millions of moviegoers the world over, certain celluloid images are indelible. … Which brings us to the movie with the world's most beloved comic duo trying to push a piano up a seemingly insurmountable flight of stairs.

Laurel And Hardy - The Music Box (1932)
Oscar-Winning Comedy Short.

Laurel and Hardy Classics (YouTube)

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What is the name of this man, sometimes referred to as the 'Godfather of Fitness'?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the 1970s and one of its best-selling artists. By what name is he better known?

       John Denver                                                      Source

Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. (December 31, 1943 - October 12, 1997), known professionally as John Denver, was an American musician, singer-songwriter, record producer, activist, actor, and humanitarian, whose greatest commercial success was as a solo singer, starting in the 1970s. He was one of the most popular acoustic artists of the decade and one of its best-selling artists. By 1974, he was firmly established as America's best selling performer, and AllMusic has described Denver as "among the most beloved entertainers of his era". After traveling and living in numerous locations while growing up in his military family, Denver began his music career in folk music groups in the late 1960s. Denver recorded and released approximately 300 songs, about 200 of which he composed, with total record sales of over 33 million.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   Far out! Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. is better known as John Denver.

Randall wrote:
   John Denver

Alan J answered:
   John Denver.

Stephen F said:
   John Denver

mj replied:
   Now that the e-mail is back
  The man who fell to earth in an ultra-light. John Denver.

Gene responded:
   He's better known as John Denver, who was forever saying "Far out!" (He certainly had a real name even more unpromising than Mellenkamp!)

David of Moon Valley wrote:
   if i lived in Colorado
  it would almost be time
  for a Rocky Mountain High
  Thanks (?) John Denver...

Kevin K. in Washington, DC replied:
   He took us home by country roads and jet planes to his Rocky Mountain high with sunshine on his shoulders, John Denver.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   John Denver

Adam answered:
   John Denver
  I feel like we are due for a rediscovery of his music. Maybe just a little one for the summer, and an off-broadway jukebox musical.

John I from Hawai`i says,
   John I from Hawai`i says, "John Denver."

Deborah wrote:
   I know this: John Denver.
  The regional airport nearby has a plane built from a kit, the same make as the one John Denver was flying when he died. The owner flies it a couple times a month. I wonder, when I see it, if he's haunted by John Denver's death. Obviously that's all I think of when I see that plane.
  Rain is in the forecast for Thursday. I wouldn't mind that; it's been dry since mid-April.

Billy in Cypress said:
   John Denver

zorch responded:
   John Denver

Dave in Tucson replied:
   Another S.W.A.G., Henry John Deutschendorf Jr. was John Denver?

Michelle answered:
   John Denver

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali said:
   The totally useless piece of white bread, John Denver.

BttbBob   wrote:

  John Denver... I saw him (with 'Fat City') autumn '72 at the DAR Constitution Hall in Washington DC... a very good concert. I particularly liked this song by him... John Denver - Prisoners (1972) - YouTube (a Johnny Carson Tonight Show appearance) which he had released as a single just before I saw him...


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Joe S     answered:
   Oh boy! I know this one too because I almost met John Denver at a party. Well, it's a long story but I'll try to keep it short. I was working on my car at a friends house, well in his garage actually when Carla called the house and got me on the phone. She said I should come to a party, the Chad Mitchell Trio was had just played in town (Rapid City) and were partying with us again. Well not us really, because I wasn't there but Carla was. The Trio had been in town the year before and we had a hell of a party, and now they were back. Sans Chad. I wanted to go but I wasn't finished with my car, and I was covered with dirt and grease, and oil. Carla said someone could come get me, but I declined. I had to get my car fixed and out of my friends garage that night.
  Carla told me the next day what a great party I missed but the new guy, John Denver was a bit of a dud. He didn't quite fit with the other two guys who were really quite radical and let people know it. I mean these guys came into Rapid City, probably the most racist and right wing cities I've ever lived it, and sang the John Birch Song. The John Birch Society was big there, some barber shops had the Blue Book for reading material along with Argosy and True Detective. I don't know if Rapid City is still that bad, but I suspect it is.
  Anyway..... that's how I almost met John Denver.

Daniel in The City took the day off.

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US officials scramble to limit Donald Trump's diplomatic damage over Qatar tweets | US news | The Guardian

Call of the wild? Environmentalists livid over cellphone plan for national park | Environment | The Guardian

'Spectacular' drop in renewable energy costs leads to record global boost | Environment | The Guardian

In Montana, land transfer threatens the American rancher's way of life | Environment | The Guardian

Democrats Need To Toughen Up, And Ted Lieu Is Writing The Playbook.

Cheers and Jeers: Wednesday

Donald Trump vows to keep using Twitter no matter how much 'FAKE MSM' begs him to stop

Gunmen Launch Deadly Attack On Iranian Parliament, Mausoleum | HuffPost

BBC - Culture - Dorothy Parker's stunning wit and tragic life

U.S. Pays Farmers Billions To Save The Soil. But It's Blowing Away : The Salt : NPR

'Better Call Saul' Actor Giancarlo Esposito On The Making Of An Iconic Villain : NPR

Christianist cult in NC finally getting its day of reckoning

Is a Trump Coup Possible?

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Several DC bars are setting up Comey testimony watching parties. One said on the news tonight that every time Stain tweets everyone get a free round!

Slate just sent out a link to the complete text of Comey's pre-testimony statement. If you want the link, here it is:

Read James Comey's prepared testimony about his private conversations with Donald Trump about the FBI's Russia investigation.

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No, the Coal Industry Didn't Create '50,000 Jobs' Last Year - The Atlantic

Eric Trump: Dems 'not even people' | TheHill

Trump's Aides Should Remember Whitewater - And The Collateral Damage -

Trump's Children Will Watch Mar-a-Lago Sink Into The Atlantic - National (Gene Lyons)

Obama Follows Montreal Speech With Dreamy Trudeau Dinner Date | HuffPost

Jared Kushner Told Coworker Trump Knew Birtherism Was a Lie but 'Republicans Are Stupid and They'll Buy It' | Alternet

Georgia GOP House candidate: 'I do not support a livable wage' | TheHill

'Shell shocked' Fox News is like a ghost town as ratings fall and future looks uncertain -

Fox News' Neil Cavuto Calls Out Donald Trump: Stop Scapegoating. You Are The Problem. | HuffPost

Pentagon officials 'aghast' after Mike Flynn tried to set up secret military operations with Russia: report -

Eric Trump Says Those Who Oppose His Dad Are 'Not Even People' | HuffPost

Read Comey's opening statement to Senate Intelligence Committee | TheHill

Melania Trump set to make her D.C. move next week - POLITICO

Waters: Women can relate to Comey not wanting to be alone with Trump | TheHill

Initial Comments on James Comey's Written Testimony - Lawfare

Trump Infrastructure Plan Is A Privatization Scam - National

Dems plan to sue Trump over conflicts of interest: report | TheHill

Here's What James Comey Will Say About Trump's Attempt To Interfere With FBI Probe | HuffPost

National (US) Poll - June 7, 2017 - Trump Ties To Russia | Quinnipiac University Connecticut

The Great Political Scandal That Nobody in Washington Cares About | New Republic

Trump's in way over his head: Ignorant Qatar tweets make a bad situation worse -

Timeline of Russia Investigation -

James Comey testimony: Date, time and how to watch Comey testify on Russia investigation before Senate - Quartz

Donald Trump Should Leave the White House - How to End Trump's Presidency -



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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

Couple of hours of sun in the early afternoon before the marine layer cruised back in.

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 RERUN 'Bull'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are John Mulaney, Richard Branson, and Halsey.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are David Beckham, Emily Blunt, and Harry Styles.

NBC fills the night with LIVE '2017 Stanley Cup Final', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Will Arnett, Courtney B. Vance, Laurie Metcalf, and Buckingham McVie.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Joel Edgerton, Zoe Lister-Jones, Royal Blood, and Jared Champion.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/25/17) are Sofia Boutella, Potty Mouth, Emily V. Gordon, and Arielle Kebbel.

ABC starts the night with a RERUN 'Celebrity Family Feud', followed by anoher RERUN 'Celebrity Family Feud', then a RERUN 'The $100,000 Pyramid'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 5/24/17) are Zac Efron, Connie Nielsen, and Zac Brown Band.

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

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

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 'Young Guns II', followed by the movie 'Fury'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 6-The Almost People-Part 2.
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 7-A Good Man Goes to War
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 8-Let's Kill Hitler
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-Night Terrors
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-The Girl Who Waited
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-The God Complex
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 16-Too Short a Season
 [8:00PM]    300 (2006)
 [10:30PM]    300 (2006)
 [1:00AM]    ANNABELLE (2014)
 [3:15AM]    ANNABELLE (2014)

Bravo has 'Million Dollar Listing NY', another 'Million Dollar Listing NY', followed by a FRESH 'Million Dollar Listing NY', then a FRESH 'Cyrus Vs. Cyrus: Design & Conquer', and another 'Cyrus Vs. Cyrus: Design & Conquer'.

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 Salma Hayek.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Hale Appleman, Summer Bishil, and Olivia Taylor Dudley.

FX has the movie 'The Internship', followed by the movie 'Paul Blart: Mall Cop 2'.

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

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BALLS OF FURY
 [10:30AM]    KINGPIN
 [1:15PM]    BALLS OF FURY
 [8:00PM]    LIAR LIAR
 [10:00PM]    BORAT
 [12:00AM]    LIAR LIAR
 [2:00AM]    BORAT

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Deputy Otis
 [6:35AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Mr. McBeevee
 [7:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy's Rich Girlfriend
 [7:45AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy and the New Mayor
 [8:20AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Andy and Opie -- Bachelors
 [8:55AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Cow Thief
 [9:30AM]    Thelma & Louise
 [12:30PM]    You've Got Mail
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Profile
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Black Tie
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-Pride and Joy
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Apocrypha
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-American Dream
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Judge Dread
 [8:59PM]    Law & Order-The Fire This Time
 [9:58PM]    Law & Order-3 Dawg Night
 [10:57PM]    Law & Order-Prejudice
 [11:56PM]    Law & Order-Missing
 [12:55AM]    Law & Order-Access Nation
 [1:54AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Bad Mojo
 [2:54AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-Pie a la Mojo
 [3:54AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo-No Mo' Mojo
 [4:54AM]    Hap and Leonard-Savage Season    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Resident Evil: Extinction', followed by the movie 'Maleficient', then the movie 'Robin Hood'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Mike Tyson, Riley Keough, and Laurie Kilmartin.

 [6:00 AM]      One Last Fling (1949)
 [7:15 AM]      The Horn Blows at Midnight (1945)
 [8:45 AM]      Split Second (1953)
 [10:15 AM]      Steel Against the Sky (1941)
 [11:30 AM]      Stallion Road (1947)
 [1:15 PM]      Montana (1950)
 [2:45 PM]      San Antonio (1945)
 [4:45 PM]      The Smiling Ghost (1941)
 [6:00 PM]      The Woman In White (1948)
 [8:00 PM]      Night and Day (1946)
 [10:30 PM]      Words And Music (1948)
 [1:00 AM]      Rope (1948)
 [2:45 AM]      The Razor's Edge (1946)
 [5:30 AM]      A Place in the Sun (1951)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Friday   -  06/09/17

 [7:45 AM]      Summer Stock (1950)
 [9:45 AM]      The Enchanted Cottage (1945)
 [11:30 AM]      MGM Parade Show #30 (1955)
 [12:00 PM]      The Kennel Murder Case (1933)
 [1:30 PM]      Fog Over Frisco (1934)
 [3:00 PM]      The Thin Man (1934)
 [4:45 PM]      Bringing Up Baby (1938)
 [6:30 PM]      Topper Takes a Trip (1939)
 [8:00 PM]      Royal Wedding (1951)
 [9:45 PM]      Looking at London (1946)
 [9:45 PM]      Seeing Spain (1953)
 [9:45 PM]      Paris on Parade (1938)
 [10:30 PM]      The Pleasure Seekers (1964)
 [12:30 AM]      Rich, Young And Pretty (1951)
 [2:15 AM]      To Paris With Love (1955)
 [3:45 AM]      Monsieur Hulot's Holiday (1953)
 [5:30 AM]      Cours du soir (1967)     [AKA: 'Evening Classes']    (ALL TIMES EDT)

USA has a FRESH 'Queen Of The South'.

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Buildings are seen on a coast line in Doha, Qatar June 5, 2017.


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Fossils Push Back Timeline Of Human Origins


The skulls and bones could represent the earliest known fossils of Homo sapiens, the human species to which we all belong, scientists said in two new studies published Wednesday.

If true, the findings would mean that our species originated at least 100,000 years earlier than previously thought. The results could also bring more clarity to our still-fuzzy understanding of how, where, and when humans evolved in Africa.

Until now, the earliest fossil attributed to a modern form of H. sapiens was about 195,000 years old and came from Ethiopia. Many anthropologists believe that all living humans descended from a population living in East Africa around that time, and that our modern human biology appeared relatively rapidly.

"Our results challenge this picture in many ways," Jean-Jacques Hublin, a professor at Germany's Max Planck Institute for Evolutionary Anthropology, who led research at the Moroccan site, said on a press call.



A man looks at pigeons at Souq Waqif market in Doha, Qatar, June 6, 2017.
Photo by Naseem Zeitoon


Prosecution of NSA Leaker 'Threat To The Free Press'

Edward Snowden

Former U.S. National Security Agency contractor and whistleblower Edward Snowden has called the indictment of an NSA contractor by the Justice Department "a fundamental threat to the free press."

The condemnation by Snowden of the indictment came Tuesday through the Freedom of the Press Foundation. It followed Monday's Justice Department announcement that NSA contractor Reality Winner had been charged with leaking classified information to the press.

The charges against Winner do not mention a specific incident, but it is believed the indictment is related to the publication of an NSA document that details Russian cyberattacks aimed at interfering with the 2016 U.S. presidential election.

The classified report was provided to the Intercept, a publication founded by Glenn Greenwald, who reported extensively on classified documents disclosed by Snowden primarily dealing with domestic and global surveillance programs.

The Intercept has been accused of being careless in protecting the source that provided it with the leaked document though the publication has rejected those claims, arguing they are "unproven assertions and speculation designed to serve the government's agenda and as such warrant skepticism."

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Theory Confirmed


Scientists have confirmed one of Albert Einstein's century-old theories by witnessing with the Hubble Space Telescope a phenomenon he thought would never be possible to see, researchers said Wednesday.

Astronomers have now glimpsed for the first time a distant star's light bending and revealing its mass when an object passes in front of it, known as "gravitational microlensing," said the report in the journal Science.

"Einstein would be proud. One of his key predictions has passed a very rigorous observational test," wrote Terry Oswalt of Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, in an accompanying Perspective article in Science.

This gravitational microlensing was seen in 1919, when starlight curved around a total eclipse of the Sun.

At the time, the discovery offered some of the first convincing proof for Einstein's theory of general relativity -- a law of physics that describes gravity as a geometric function of both space and time.



Passengers stand at Hamad International Airport in Doha, Qatar, June 7, 2017.
Photo by Naseem Zeitoon


Invites Milo Back On Show

Bill Maher

Bill Maher has announced he is keen to have Milo Yiannopoulos (R-Self Loathing Pro-Pedophilia Nazi Xenophobe) back on his programme and plans to invite him back for a slot on the late-night talk show.

Maher stoked massive controversy after he invited the "alt-right" figurehead, who rose to prominence for his inflammatory and xenophobic views, on to Real Time with Bill Maher in February. Critics argued Maher should not give the far-right commentator a platform.

While Yiannopoulos' appearance was seen to signal the controversial columnist's trajectory into the mainstream, it was shortly followed by his dramatic fall from grace. Just days after the show, his controversial remarks about paedophilia resurfaced in an old podcast and he was forced to resign from Breitbart, the far-right site where he was an editor and carved out his fanbase.

On top of this, he also had a lucrative book deal with prestigious publisher Simon & Schuster pulled and his appearance at Conservative Political Action Conference dropped. Since then Yiannopoulos has dropped further and further out of the public eye and away from the headlines.

Despite this, Maher, who has described himself as a libertarian, now appears intent on bringing the long-time Donald Trump supporter back into the limelight.

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Scandal 'Far Worse Than Watergate'


'The man in charge of America's intelligence agencies for the past six years has warned that claims of Russian links engulfing the Donald Trump (R-Crooked) administration dwarfs the Watergate scandal.

On Thursday, James Comey, the ex-FBI director who was sacked by Donald Trump, is set to give evidence to Congress over Russia's interference in last year's election.

James Clapper was U.S. director of national intelligence from 2011 to January 2017.

I lived through Watergate. I was on active duty then in the Air Force, I was a young officer. It was a scary time,' Mr Clapper told the National Press Club in Canberra.

I have to say though, I think if you compare the two Watergate pales, really, in my view, compared to what we're confronting now.'



Buildings are seen from across the water in Doha, Qatar June 5, 2017.


Protects Abortion Rights


As the battle over abortion rights continues to spread from Washington to state capitals, Delaware lawmakers have taken the lead in ensuring that abortion remains legal if Roe v. Wade is ever overturned.

The state House on Tuesday gave final approval to a bill eliminating restrictions on abortion in current Delaware law, which has remained on the books despite being superseded for decades by federal law.

Democratic Gov. John Carney said he will sign the measure, for which Planned Parenthood lobbied.

Passage of the bill comes as similar attempts in other Democratic-leaning states to codify abortion rights have stalled.

In Connecticut, which already has a "legislative declaration" protecting a woman's right to choose abortion, a bill did not get out of committee. A measure in New Mexico to decriminalize abortion by statute also failed to get a floor vote.



Says T-rump's Tweets ...


White House Press Secretary Spokesliar Sean Spicer has said that Donald Trump's (R-Corrupt) tweets should be "considered official statements" by the US President.

Mr Trump's tweets, even deleted ones, are saved as part of the country's official record that goes to the National Archives and Records Administration. Former President Obama's Twitter account has also been archived.

Recently, senior White House aide spokesliar Kellyanne Conway criticised the media for having "this obsession with covering everything he says on Twitter and very little of what of he does as President."

Mr Spicer said in his news briefing that Mr Trump is his own "most effective representative of his agenda."

Twitter "gives him the opportunity to speak to the American people...the same people critiquing him now," did so during the election, Mr Spicer noted.



Bees fly around a new beehive placed at the vice president's residence, Tuesday, June 6, 2017, in Washington. It is a triple-deep "Langstroth" beehive and contains almost 20,000 bees and continues to grow.
Photo by Alex Brandon


Rollback Of Tax Cuts


The sudden end of Kansas' aggressive income tax reductions serves as a cautionary tale for other GOP-dominated states about the pitfalls of moving too far too quickly, some Republicans said Wednesday.

Legislators on Tuesday night overrode Republican Gov. Sam Brownback's (R-Delusional) veto of a bill that largely rolls back the income tax cuts he championed in recent years. They concluded the cash-strapped state needed the extra revenue to fix the budget and raise additional funds for public schools.

The conservative governor refused to take questions Wednesday from reporters after publicly decrying lawmakers' votes the night before as harmful to the state's economy.

Persistent budget woes that followed Kansas' first round of massive income tax cuts in 2012 eroded Brownback's support among voters and prompted near-constant criticism on the left. Even conservatives who still espouse lower income taxes cite problems with Kansas' program.

The bill enacted over Brownback's veto will raise an estimated $1.2 billion over two years. The measure is designed to cover projected budget shortfalls totaling $889 million through June 2019 while providing new dollars for public schools to comply with a state Supreme Court ruling in March that education funding is inadequate.



Angry Zoo Investors


Visitors to a Chinese zoo got ringside seats to a shocking live feeding after a group of investors tossed a live donkey into a tiger pit.

Apparent videos of the incident, which took place Monday at a wild animal park in the eastern province of Jiangsu, provoked an outraged response on social media, with many questioning how the men could engage in such an inhumane act.

In response, the zoo issued a statement on its official Weibo social media account Monday, saying that the incident resulted from a court case with another company, which had enraged investors.

The investors, it added, have not seen any profit in two years, making them very "dissatisfied."

So dissatisfied that they snatched a "donkey and a sheep" to feed to the tigers.




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