BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 12 October, 2017


12 October, 2017

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from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Rationality and Rabbit Holes (NY Times Blog)
Like the vast majority of economists, I was delighted to see Richard Thaler get the Nobel. Anyone with a bit of sense - a group that, believe it or not, includes many economists - knows that people aren't perfectly rational. But the assumption of hyperrationality still plays far too large a role in the field. And Thaler didn't just document deviations from rationality, he showed that there are consistent, usable patterns in those deviations.

Allegra Kirkland: Now Wary Of Holding Big Rallies, White Nationalists Resort To Tiny 'Flash Mobs (TPM)
White nationalist Richard Spencer says he first learned of "flash mobs" from a viral YouTube video that showed dozens of people twirling around Antwerp, Belgium's Central Station in a spontaneous, coordinated performance of the Sound of Music's "Do-Re-Mi."

Josh Marshall: Coming Undone (TPM)
For the last nine months - in some way for the last 28 months - we've been told there was some breaking point coming where President Trump's hold over the GOP, his supporters or some mix of the two was about to come undone. I flagged a few articleslast night that suggested something like that might be coming. I'm not suggesting some major rupture is afoot. But for a few different reasons, I do think this blow up with Bob Corker may be something new and different.

Dave Simpson: "The Young'uns: 'We were out busking and a bystander said, "Shut up singing or I'll glass you"'" (The Guardian)
Teesside trio the Young'uns are setting the folk scene on fire. The band talk about drunken harmonies, upsetting Scotland - and belting out songs about everything from the founder of Marks & Spencer to the fishermen they meet in pubs.

Zoe Williams: Why did no one speak out about Harvey Weinstein? (The Guardian)
As the allegations swirl around the disgraced film mogul, we must ask whose fault it is that his behaviour continued unchallenged for so long - and how we stop the harassers we encounter in our own lives.

Sjón: Top 10 modern Nordic books (The Guardian)
As a year-long festival celebrating the region's writers gets under way in London, Icelandic novelist Sjón selects essential reading from the far north.

Kij Johnson: Writing women into The Wind in the Willows revitalises the canon (The Guardian)
Making imaginative room for another sex in this much-loved classic opened up its world to me.

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From Our Archives: 'When I said Hillary was Disgusting I Meant it in a Good Way!" -- Donald Trump


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

This novelty song was the #1 single on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in October, 1962, but was banned by the BBC as "too morbid". This perennial holiday favorite also appeared in the U.S. Billboard charts in 1970 and 1973. What is the title of this song?

       "Monster Mash"                                                      Source

"Monster Mash" is a 1962 novelty song and the best-known song by Bobby "Boris" Pickett. The song was released as a single on Gary S. Paxton's Garpax Records label in August 1962 along with a full-length LP called The Original Monster Mash, which contained several other monster-themed tunes. The "Monster Mash" single was #1 on the Billboard Hot 100 chart on October 20-27 of that year, just before Halloween. It has been a perennial holiday favorite ever since.

The song was re-released several times and appeared in the U.S. Billboard charts on two occasions after the original release: August 1970 and May 1973. The BBC had banned the record from airplay in 1962 on the grounds that the song was "too morbid". It was re-released in the United Kingdom in 1973, where it peaked at #3 in early October. In the U.S. the record re-entered the Hot 100 on May 5, 1973, peaking at #10 on August 11.        Source

Randall was first, and correct, with:
   the Monster Mash

Mark. wrote:
   I'll go with Bobby "Boris" Pickett & the Crypt-Kickers' "Monster Mash."
  (It caught on in a flash.)

Alan J answered:
   Monster Mash.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC said:
   "Monster Mash".

Gene replied:
   Gotta be The Monster Mash by Bobby 'Boris' Pickett.

Daniel in The City responded:
   October novelty song? Probably "Monster Mash"

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Monster Mash by Bobby "Boris" Pickett

Adam answered:
   Monster Mash?

Dave in Tucson wrote:
   I'm going to guess the "too morbid" song is Monster Mash.

Billy in Cypress responded:
   MONSTER MASH came to mind immediately; it seems to haunt my memories like a TRANSFUSION from the past being chased by the PURPLE PEOPLE EATER on THE DAY THE MUSIC DIED.

zorch replied:
   The Monster Mash

Dale of Diamond Springs, Burning Norcali, said:
   The Monster Mash…Smoke, smoke and more smoke…Small fire about 10 miles East of Pollock Pines…it's extremely dry around here…Winds are predicted to pick up today through tomorrow.

Rosemary in Columbus wrote:
   The Monster Mash

Deborah replied:
   Sorry to be late. MIL passed Monday evening, got my husband on a plane to TX yesterday morning, taking video of our belongings in case our house burns down while we're away next week for MIL's mass and wake, and avoiding the awful, heavy, nasty smoke. Yesterday you could hardly see ¼ mile. Today was better for air quality but the fire is closer, maybe 5 miles over a couple ridges. The entire town of Calistoga has been evacuated. I have friends who lost their homes in Santa Rosa and Napa. I've lived in California since 1986 and for the first time I'm actually afraid this fire could burn down our house and neighborhood.

Joe S     answered:
   One of my all-time favorite songs, Bobby Pickett and the Monster Mash.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

mj took the day off.

Harry M. took the day off.

John I from Hawai`i took the day off.

Stephen F took the day off.

George M. took the day off.

Gary K. took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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Sally has retired.

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Michelle in AZ

'Come here, Katy': how Donald Trump turned me into a target | US news | The Guardian

Mushroom clouds and an idiot with the nuclear codes. Or, why Tillerson called Trump a moron

Kelly, Mattis Agree To 'Physically Restrain' Trump From Reaching For Nuclear Football

Trump unleashes himself from would-be handlers, lashing out mornings, nights and weekends - LA Times

"I Hate Everyone in the White House!": Trump Seethes as Advisers Fear the President Is "Unraveling" | Vanity Fair

There's Gold In Them Thar Sewage Pipes, Swiss Researchers Say : The Two-Way : NPR

EPA Vows To Speed Cleanup Of Toxic Superfund Sites Despite Funding Drop : NPR

Live updates: 21 dead; downed power lines possible cause of Wine Country blazes - SFGate

Home to more than 1,000 animals, Safari West narrowly escapes destruction from fires - SFGate

American Evangelicals Are And Have Been Training North Korea's Elite

Randy Rainbow does it again with "Desperate Cheeto" - spoof of Despacito

Top Conservative Media Exec: Jared Kushner's Favorite Broadcaster's Expansion in Trouble with Ajit Pai

Fearing Trump torpedo, Europe scrambles to save Iran deal - AOL News

Kimmel shakes up late night ratings race as Fallon sinks - AOL Entertainment

Dad melts down leftover crayons to make new ones for sick kids

Results be damned, Betsy DeVos loves her some online charter schools

There was an attempted terror attack last Friday on a U.S. airport, and no one is talking about it.

Mike Ditka 'clarifies' idiotic comment that 'there has been no oppression in the last 100 years'

The links between Delta Tunnels and faux "marine protected areas" are deep & alarming

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"I Hate Everyone in the White House!": Trump Seethes as Advisers Fear the President Is "Unraveling" | Vanity Fair

Conspiracy Theorists Struggle To Explain Vegas Horror | National Memo | Gene Lyons

Trump: 'Fake NBC News' nuke story 'pure fiction' | TheHill

Trump's Benghazi? Ambush of U.S. soldiers in Niger goes unnoticed -

Trump Wanted Tenfold Increase in Nuclear Arsenal, Surprising Military - NBC News

Donald Trump Denies NBC Report That He Asked For Tenfold Increase In Nukes | HuffPost

The Case for Impeaching Donald Trump Is Real and Serious. Here's Why. | The Daily Beast

The Infantilization of President Trump - The Atlantic

Why We Could Be On The Verge Of A Constitutional Apocalypse | National Memo

Feds Use Right-Wing Militia's Video to Prosecute Trump Protesters | The Daily Beast

The Memo: Who's winning Trump's war with media? | TheHill

DeAndre Harris was attacked by racists in Charlottesville. Now he faces criminal charges. - Vox

Workers Featured in Ads Pushing Trump's Tax Plan Won't Benefit From It | The Intercept

Trump claims a high IQ, behaves like a "f***ing moron" -

Roy Moore took a salary from his charity after saying he didn't -

This Is How You'll End Up on Steve Bannon's 2018 'Sh*t List' | The Daily Beast

Trump melts down over critical NBC article, issues threat against press freedom - ThinkProgress

Ex-Trump Aide Outrageously Justifies Harvey Weinstein and Male Sexual Assaulters Everywhere | Alternet

Eminem lambasts Donald Trump in freestyle rap - YouTube



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.

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Last Night

Quite like Austin on "Jeopardy".

Tonight, Thursday:

CBS fills the night with LIVE 'Thursday Football', then pads the left coast with local crap.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Bill Murray, Claire Foy, and Bill Murray with Jan Vogler & Friends.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Luke Evans, Usher, and Lindsey Buckingham & Christine McVie.

NBC begins the night with a FRESH 'Superstore', followed by a FRESH 'The Good Place', then a FRESH 'Will & Grace', followed by a FRESH 'Great News', then a FRESH 'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Miles Teller, Pink, Austin Rogers, and Billy Corgan.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Gerard Butler, Patton Oswalt, and Joe Russo.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/13/17) are Dan Harmon, Kaleo, and Kristin Hensley & Jen Smeldley.

ABC starts the night with a FRESH 'Grey's Anatomy', followed by a FRESH 'Scandal', then a FRESH 'How To Get Away With Murder'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Kate Hudson, Jared Padalecki, and Ismael Loutfi.

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

Faux has a FRESH 'Gotham', followed by a FRESH 'The Orville'.

MY has 'Page Six TV', followed by 'Top 30', then an old 'L&O: CI'.

A&E has all old 'The First 48' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'The Book Of Eli', followed by the movie 'Independence Day'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 3-Hide And Seek - Jungles
 [7:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 4-Hunger At Sea - Oceans
 [8:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 5-Nowhere To Hide - Plains
 [12:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 2-Into the Dalek
 [1:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 3-Robot of Sherwood
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 6-Timeless
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-Infinite Regress
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8-Nothing Human
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 9-Thirty Days
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-Counterpoint
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 11-Latent Image
 [8:00PM]    THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
 [10:30PM]    THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
 [1:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 7-Infinite Regress
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8-Nothing Human
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 9-Thirty Days
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-Counterpoint
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 11-Latent Image     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Flipping Out', another 'Flipping Out', followed by a FRESH 'Flipping Out', then a FRESH 'Real Estate Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Nathan For You'.
On a RERUN The Daily Show (from 10/4/17) is John Hodgman.
On a RERUN The Opposition (from 10/3/17) is Richard Painter.

FX has the movie 'Men In Black III', followed by the movie 'Jurassic World', then a FRESH 'Better Things', and another 'Better Things'.

History has 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH 'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper', then a FRESH 'Ice Road Truckers'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-Don't Make Me Send a Lawyer Up There
 [6:30AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-If the Killer is Watching
 [9:15AM]    DRIVE
 [11:30AM]    BRAKE
 [3:45PM]    DRIVE
 [6:00PM]    DREDD
 [8:00PM]    SAFE
 [12:00AM]    SAFE
 [2:00AM]    BRAKE
 [4:00AM]    SAFE     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:20AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-A Deal Is a Deal
 [6:55AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Fun Girls
 [7:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Return of Malcolm Merriweather
 [8:05AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Rumor
 [8:40AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Barney and Thelma Lou, Phfftt
 [9:15AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Back to Nature
 [9:50AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Gomer Pyle USMC
 [10:25AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie Loves Helen
 [11:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Barney's Physical
 [11:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Family Visit
 [12:00PM]    A Beautiful Mind
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-Prisoner of Love
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Life Choice
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-A Death in the Family
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Torrents of Greed
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Torrents of Greed
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Switch
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Pride
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Bitter Fruit
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Rebels
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Savages
 [1:00AM]    Law & Order-Jeopardy
 [2:00AM]    Dolores Claiborne
 [5:00AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Ted Baxter's Famous Broadcaster's School
 [5:35AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Anybody Who Hates Kids and Dogs     (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Underworld', followed by a FRESH 'Van Helsing', then a FRESH 'Ghost Wars'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 10/5/17) are Jared Leto, Dr. Dale Stuckenbruck, and Kane Brown.

TCM features films from George Pal all night.
 [7:00 AM]      Hotel Berlin (1945)
 [8:45 AM]      Weekend at the Waldorf (1945)
 [11:00 AM]      Hotel Reserve (1946)
 [12:30 PM]      Hotel Paradiso (1966)
 [2:15 PM]      Key Largo (1948)
 [4:00 PM]      The Night of the Iguana (1964)
 [6:00 PM]      Grand Hotel (1932)
 [8:00 PM]      Tom Thumb (1958)
 [10:00 PM]      The Wonderful World Of The Brothers Grimm (1962)
 [12:30 AM]      7 Faces of Dr. Lao (1964)
 [2:30 AM]      Doc Savage: The Man of Bronze (1975)
 [4:30 AM]      The Puppetoon Movie (1987)

Friday   -  10/13/17

 [6:00 AM]      MGM Parade Show #2 (1955)
 [6:30 AM]      Kiss of the Tarantula (1976)
 [8:00 AM]      Snake Woman (1961)
 [9:30 AM]      Village of the Damned (1961)
 [11:00 AM]      The Nanny (1965)
 [1:00 PM]      The Innocents (1961)
 [2:45 PM]      A Place of One's Own (1945)
 [4:30 PM]      The Bad Seed (1956)
 [6:45 PM]      The Curse of the Cat People (1944)
 [8:00 PM]      Five Miles to Midnight (1963)
 [10:15 PM]      Phaedra (1962)
 [12:30 AM]      Green Mansions (1959)
 [2:30 AM]      King Solomon's Mines (1950)
 [4:15 AM]      The Arrangement (1969)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Smoke from wildfires in the Sonoma Valley makes its way toward the Napa Valley, in this view from the Carneros wine region, Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in Napa, Calif.
Photo by Eric Risberg


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Slams T-rump


Eminem has unleashed a profane lyrical tirade against President-for-how Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) - saying he "came to stomp" and taking aim at Trump's Twitter habits, policy, appearance and supporters.

The rapper on Tuesday unveiled "The Storm," a 4½-minute freestyle rap video recorded Friday in a Detroit parking garage that aired as part of BET's Hip Hop Awards on Tuesday night.

Eminem slammed the Republican president as "a kamikaze who will probably cause a nuclear holocaust" before criticizing Trump's ongoing campaign against NFL national anthem protests.

"But this is his form of distraction, plus he gets an enormous reaction when he attacks the NFL, so we focus on that instead of talking Puerto Rico or gun reform for Nevada. All these horrible tragedies and he's bored and would rather cause a Twitter storm with the Packers," he rapped.

Eminem also took down Trump's recently unveiled plan for tax cuts, questioning: "then who's going to pay for his extravagant trips back and forth with his fam to his golf resorts and his mansions?"



The fire-ravaged Signorello Estate Winery is seen through a window Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Napa, Calif. Wildfires whipped by powerful winds swept through Northern California sending residents on a headlong flight to safety through smoke and flames as homes burned.
Photo by Marcio Jose Sanchez


Oscars Joke Was Inspired by Friend's Encounter

Seth MacFarlane

Seth MacFarlane says his 2013 Oscars joke about Harvey Weinstein while hosting the awards show was inspired by a real encounter.

The 43-year-old actor took to Twitter on Wednesday to open up about the joke, which seems to have taken on new meaning amid claims that the producer has been sexually harassing women for three decades.

MacFarlane was joined by Emma Stone onstage at the 2013 Academy Awards, where they announced the five actresses in the Supporting Actress category. "Congratulations, you five ladies no longer have to pretend to be attracted to Harvey Weinstein," MacFarlane quipped.

"In 2011, my friend and colleague Jessica Barth, with whom I worked on the Ted films, confided in me regarding her encounter with Harvey Weinstein and his attempted advances. She has since courageously come forward to speak out," MacFarlane wrote on Wednesday. "It was this account in mind that, when I hosted the Oscars in 2013, I couldn't resist the opportunity to take a hard swing in his direction. Make no mistake, this came from a place of loathing and anger."

"There is nothing more abhorrent and indefensible than abuse of power such as this," he continued of the allegations of sexual misconduct against Weinstein. "I respect and applaud my friend Jessica and those sharing their stories for their decision to come forward, and for being champions of truth."

Seth MacFarlane


Executives Quashed Harvey Weinstein Story


In mid-August, Ronan Farrow, an NBC News contributor, had secured an interview with a woman who was willing to appear on camera, in silhouette, her identity concealed, and say Harvey Weinstein had raped her, according to four people with close knowledge of the reporting. It was a pivotal moment in a testy, months-long process of reporting a story that had bedeviled a generation of media and Hollywood reporters.

Farrow had a lot of material already. In March, he had acquired a damning and much-coveted audio recording in which Weinstein admits to having groped an Italian model. He had interviews with former executives and assistants who'd worked closely with Weinstein who spoke about the culture of harassment and abuse he perpetrated. And now he had someone ready to accuse Weinstein of rape, on camera.

But at that moment Farrow was also caught in the pincers of an NBC News edict. He had been told by executives at NBC News that he didn't have enough reporting to go on air with his Weinstein story, according to four sources, and he had been told by the network to stop reporting on it. NBC tried to put a stop to the interview with the woman accusing Weinstein of rape. The network insisted he not use an NBC News crew for the interview, and neither was he to mention his NBC News affiliation. And so that was how Ronan Farrow wound up paying out of his own pocket for a camera crew to film an interview.

As a project for NBC News, Farrow's story was effectively dead. Later that month, he received permission to take his reporting to another news organization. The story that resulted, published Tuesday by The New Yorker, was a blockbuster: multiple women accusing Weinstein of rape and other sexual misconduct, accompanied by the audio of Weinstein admitting to sexual assault.

In October 2016, NBC News had the now infamous "Access Hollywood" tape of Trump saying he liked to grab women "by the pussy." While the footage was owned by NBC, it was ultimately published by The Washington Post.



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Replaces Kathy Griffin

Andy Cohen

Andy Cohen will co-host CNN's New Year's Eve celebration with Anderson Cooper. Cohen, best known as host and EP of Bravo's Watch What Happens Live, will join Cooper in Times Square in New York City. "New Year's Eve Live with Anderson Cooper and Andy Cohen" on Sunday, December 31st.

"Andy is the life of the party wherever he goes, and what bigger party is there than New Year's Eve? It is going to be a blast!" said Cooper in today's announcement, while Cohen said, "I've been friends with Anderson for twenty-five years. We've traveled the world together and performed in 30 plus cities with "AC2? and it's all led to this one huge night!"

Terrible canned quotes aside, the two men have a great rapport, as recently evidenced when Cohen was a guest on Cooper's primetime CNN show, offering to produce a Real Housewives-ish reunion show for CNN in which The Wives Of Donald Trump (R-Odious) could thrash out their differences, literally. His suggestion came the day Ivana called herself Trump's First Wife and therefore First First Lady while plugging her book; Melania Trump was not amused.

Now in its 11th year, CNN's New Year's Eve show is a global celebration featuring contributions from CNN correspondents across the country and around the world.

Andy Cohen


Damaged wine making vats and tanks due to a wildfire stand in ashes and debris at the production house of Paradise Ridge Winery on Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017 in Santa Rosa, Calif.
Photo by Ben Margot


Fallout Continues

Megyn Kelly

Megyn Kelly reportedly has people "alarmed" at the "Today" show.

According to a revealing Page Six report, Kelly's "plummeting" ratings have begun to effect the hours of the "Today" show around her, particularly Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb's hour, for which "Megyn Kelly Today" serves as a lead-in.

"Not only are ratings plummeting since Megyn Kelly joined the 'Today' franchise," a source said. "But the numbers show Kelly's lead-in has also affected Kathie Lee and Hoda Kotb's show, which follows straight afterwards."

As Page Six pointed out, Kelly's hour is down 32 percent from last year, while Kathie Lee and Hoda's is down 26 percent.

The ratings for Kelly's new morning show don't necessarily come as a surprise, as it has been plagued with controversy from her first episode last month when her comment to a "Will & Grace" superfan was condemned online by fans, as well as by actress Debra Messing. Since then, the former FOX News anchor has faced major criticism for saying that she's "done" with politics and focused on light fare that comes across as unnatural and forced.

Megyn Kelly


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Dresses Down T-rump

Neil Cavuto

Fox News host Neil Cavuto has a warning for President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Crooked): Get it together or risk losing everything.

Cavuto, known for giving the president some tough advice in the past, called out Trump for the recent public feud with Sen. Bob Corker (R-Tenn.).

"Last time I checked, you are the president of the United States, so tweeting out these tacky insults just seems beneath you," Cavuto said. "You are running out of friends faster than you are running out of time. You might not like Bob Corker, but a lot of senators do, and you need those senators, sir."

Trump and Corker have been trading insults since the weekend, when the president tweeted that the senator "begged" for a re-election endorsement. Corker, who said he is not seeking re-election, denied the claim and called the White House "an adult day care center."

Cavuto warned Trump that members of Congress will eventually get fed up with what's become a public shaming ritual for the president.

Neil Cavuto


The remains of burned bottles of wine are seen at the Signorello Estate winery Tuesday, Oct. 10, 2017, in Napa, Calif.
Photo by Eric Risberg


How the CIA Helped the Bolivian Army Kill

Che Guevara

Cuba remembered the 50th anniversary of the death of a key figure in the Marxist revolution that overturned U.S.-backed dictator Fulgencio Batista and brought the Fidel Castro-led regime to power.

Ernesto "Che" Guevara was executed in Bolivia on October 9, 1967, and the CIA's role in his death remains controversial.

"His captors cared nothing for the dignity and etiquette his revolutionary legacy demanded, and [he] was vilely murdered. But history only remembers the cowardice of those murderers, while the colossal example of Che lives on and multiples day after day," Cuba's vice president, Miguel Diaz-Canel-a likely successor to the Castro brothers as the island's president-noted at a commemoration rally on Sunday.

The secret services had trained and were involved with the battalion that would capture and kill Guevara, as declassified CIA documents archived by the George Washington University showed.

According to one debriefing document, the order to kill Guevara and other Marxist fighters trying to bring the Cuban revolution to Bolivia came on the morning of October 9 and marked a departure from previous orders. The first soldier who was given the task to execute Guevara was "unable to carry out the order," so it was passed on to another soldier who "fortified his courage with several beers."

Che Guevara


Will Allow Girls, But ...

Boy Scouts

In line with the changing times, girls can now participate in some Boy Scout programs, the organization announced Wednesday.

The Boy Scouts of America is known for its focus on preparing for manhood and improving outdoorsmanship, so it's huge that its board of directors "unanimously approved" welcoming girls to join the organization starting in the upcoming 2018 program year. The organization says they decided to open up their ranks in response to parents wanting their kids participating together in the same activities, as well as "years of receiving requests from families and girls," according to a statement.

Despite how heartening this sounds, some caveats do exist that allow the Boy Scouts to, in their words, "maintain the integrity of the single gender model." That idea doesn't exactly mesh with a supposed desire to incorporate daughters and sons into the same program.

Girls in first through fifth grade will be allowed to join Cub Scouts. However, Cub Scout "dens" - the small, single-grade groups that meet weekly - will remain single-gendered. That means if there are only one or two girls in a neighborhood who want to join the Cub Scouts, they will have to have their own meetings and complete their own activities without much of a crew. Additionally, the Cub Scout "packs" - larger meetings of multiple dens in the area - can choose whether to admit girl dens to their pack, or flat out reject their membership. Without including girls being a mandatory, it remains to be seen whether it will actually happen.

So this may be a case of an initiative that offers girls the chance to be Scouts, but when examined on a little deeper, it won't necessarily have them building fires with boys. The Boy Scouts of America did not respond to a request for comment by the time this article was published.

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Mysterious Hole


A massive hole called a polynya recently appeared in Antarctica's frozen sea ice. The hole is unusual because it's huge and far from the coast where such open water patches more frequently appear. Another larger version of this polynya was observed in the mid 1970s.

This Weddell polynya, however, is somewhat remarkable.

No one knows why it formed, and the hole is located quite far from the sea ice coastline, where such openings more frequently appear. And despite being exposed to freezing wintry winds over the past month, the polynya has persisted - so whatever force caused it to form is strong enough to keep it from refreezing.

But it's not the first time this particular hole has appeared. Scientists observed a similar polynya in the same area of Antarctica in 1974, according to NASA Earth Observatory. It reappeared during the austral winters of 1975 and 1976, then disappeared and it didn't re-emerge for decades. It re-appeared again in August 2016, though significantly smaller than it had been in the 1970s.

Now it's back and bigger than last year. The largest estimates of the hole's current size put it around 80,000 square kilometers or just over 30,000 square miles - almost as big as South Carolina. That's still far smaller than the 1970s version, which reached 300,000 square kilometers, about the size of Arizona.



One-Day Sandwich


When Arby's decided to take a 2016 venison sandwich promotion national for hunting season this year, the fast-food chain faced one problem: Where to find enough venison?

The quest ended up taking most of a year and led the fast-food chain to a New Zealand supplier that sells grass-fed free-range venison, the company said. Jim Taylor, Arby's chief marketing officer, told USA Today it was the "biggest venison promotion in the world any restaurant" has ever done.

The venison sandwiches, previously offered at select restaurants in six states in 2016, will be sold Oct. 21 at all 3,300 Arby's restaurants across the U.S., according to the company. The chain also will offer elk sandwiches at restaurants in Thornton, Colorado, Casper, Wyoming, and West Billings, Montana.

The venison sandwich features crispy onions and juniper berry sauce on a toasted roll, while the elk sandwich has a blackberrry port wine sauce. Taylor told USA Today that the company worked with hunters and wild game enthusiasts to come up with the recipes.




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