Andrew Tobias: So Now What?
Most Americans still favor the American Jobs Act that would put those un- and under-employed Americans back to work (but that the Republicans block) . . . still favor the comprehensive immigration reform that economists say would boost our economy (but that the Republicans block) . . . still favor the $10.10 minimum wage and "universal background checks" and the Employment Nondiscrimination Act that the Republicans block . . . still favor the Medicare expansion funds the Republicans reject, …
Mark Morford: Re-confirmed! Magic mushrooms make life better. Want some? (SF Gate)
Lots of weird, wonderful stories about the transformative powers of hallucinogens and psychotropic drugs pass through my Prismatic feed every week, most coming from oddball quirkblogs I've never heard of, referencing cool but suspicious-sounding studies that might or might not be the slightest bit legit and written in a style that you might call "excited New Age hippie," …
ABBA was a Swedish pop group formed in Stockholm in 1972, comprising Agnetha Fältskog, Björn Ulvaeus, Benny Andersson, and Anni-Frid Lyngstad. ABBA is an acronym of the first letters of the band members' first names and is sometimes stylized as a registered trademark. The band became one of the most commercially successful acts in the history of popular music, topping the charts worldwide from 1975 to 1982. It also won the Eurovision Song Contest 1974, giving Sweden its first triumph in the history of the contest and being the most successful group ever to take part in the competition.
ABBA has sold over 380 million albums and singles worldwide, which makes it one of the best-selling music artists of all time, and the second best-selling music group of all time.
Charlie was first, and correct, with:
There seems to be some inconsistency in the listings, but maybe it's ABBA. Never a favorite of mine.
This is the sort of question Google is rubbish at.
Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
Alan J replied:
Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcaliful responded:
Was Elvis an artist or an act? Fuck yes…he was Elvis…..second only to the Beatles. Ambiguous Question for the noted respondent….I like to pick fly-shit out of pepper at times.
How about them elections. Money wins for the Plutocracy. The people again prove that "Dumbness" is the trending movement. Don't worry….Global Warming won't off us. Probably our Grandchildren! Assclowns Boner and Mitch are already talking about getting that Keystone Pipeline built…they quip that they aren't scientists! Why, the cocksuckers are going to make us all rich…trickle down has been working since Laffer made up his curve.
DJ Useo replied:
Haha! It's Elvis Presley! I lol because I'm working this week on a long mix of bootleg Elvis mashups. Nice timing, M. ;)
Oh wow, Marty, that's a good one...
I'm tempted to say the Beatles
but then who would be #1?
Here again, I'm guessing, but maybe #1 would be good ol' Elvis?
But then again I know that Dark Side of the Moon was on Billboard's
top 100 for decades...
And the Stones have been around for ever, too...
what was the question again?
Oh right: the second best-selling musical group of all time?
What do I win?
~ ABBA is an acronym of the first letters of the band members' first names: Benny Andersson, Anni-Frid Lyngstad (Frida), Agnetha Fältskog, and Björn Ulvaeus.
Semi-retired BttbBob answered:
I dunno an' I probably wouldn't like the answer anyways, so's I'm-a goin' with...
... cuz they are my inspiration now, bein' semi-retired and all, an' I'm in my own
Private Idaho eatin'
Rock Lobster an' I get to occasionally
Roam more often than not ending up at the
Love Shack ... where everybody's movin', everybody's groovin', baby... (Folks linin' up outside just to get down)...
Bang bang! On the door, baby... Bang bang! You're what? Tin roof! Rusted...
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CBS opens the night with a FRESH'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH'Mom', then a FRESH'2½ Men', followed by a FRESH'The McCarthys', then a FRESH'Elementary'.
Scheduled on a FRESHDave are Whoopi Goldberg, Jimmy Page, and Mapei.
Scheduled on a FRESHCraig are Marion Cotillard and Ross Mathews.
NBC begins the night with a FRESH'The Biggest Loser', followed by a FRESH'Bad Judge', then a FRESH'A To Z', followed by a FRESH'Parenthood'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Matthew McConaughey, Beth Behrs, and Tove Lo.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Eva Longoria, Rob Riggle, and Hozier.
Scheduled on a FRESHCarson 'The Scab' Daly are Juno Temple, Le Butcherettes, and Ho99o9.
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 FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Geena Davis and Cobra Starship featuring Icona Pop.
The CW offers a FRESH'The Vampire Diaries', followed by a FRESH'Reign'.
Faux has a FRESH'Bones', followed by a FRESH'Gracepoint' (or 'Broadchurch', as it was known on BBC America).
MY recycles an old 'The Mentalist', followed by another old 'The Mentalist'.
AMC offers the movie 'Ghostbusters II', followed by the movie 'Jurassic Park III'.
[6:00AM] BBC World News
[7:00AM] BBC World News
[8:00AM] Doctor Who: The Runaway Bride
[9:00AM] Doctor Who - Season 3 - Ep 1 - Smith and Jones
[10:00AM] Atlantis - Season 1 - Episode 8
[11:00AM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 5 - Disaster
[12:00PM] Star Trek: The Next Generation - Season 5 - Ep 6 - The Game
[1:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited UK - Season 3 - Ep 2 - Revisited: The Fenwick Arms
[2:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 9 - Le Bistro
[3:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 1 - La Galleria 33, Part 1
[4:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited UK - Season 2 - Ep 1 - Revisited: La Riviera
[5:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 4 - Ep 7 - Kingston Cafe
[6:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 8 - Sabatiello's
[7:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 1 - Mojito's
[8:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 4 - Ms. Jean's Southern Cuisine
[9:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 5 - Barefoot Bob's
[10:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 6 - Olde Hitching Post Restaurant & Tavern
[11:00PM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 4 - Ms. Jean's Southern Cuisine
[12:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 5 - Barefoot Bob's
[1:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 6 - Ep 6 - Olde Hitching Post Restaurant & Tavern
[2:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 2 - Ep 8 - Sabatiello's
[3:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 1 - Mojito's
[4:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares Revisited UK - Season 3 - Ep 2 - Revisited: The Fenwick Arms
[5:00AM] Ramsay's Kitchen Nightmares US - Season 3 - Ep 9 - Le Bistro (ALL TIMES EST)
Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NJ', followed by a FRESH'Real Housewives Of NJ', another 'Real Housewives Of NJ', and still another 'Real Housewives Of NJ'.
Comedy Central has 'South Park', 'Tosh.0', 'South Park', another 'South Park', followed by the movie 'Happy Gilmore'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJon Stewart is James Risen.
Scheduled on a FRESHColbert Report is Steven Johnson.
FX has 3 hours of old 'Mike & Molly', followed by the movie 'Pineapple Express'.
History has 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', still another 'Pawn Stars', yet another 'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH'Pawn Stars', then another FRESH'Pawn Stars', followed by a FRESH'Pawnography', then another FRESH'Pawnography'.
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[10:15AM] THE SPONGEBOB SQUAREPANTS MOVIE
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[4:30PM] THE LAST EXORCISM
[9:00PM] HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES
[1:30AM] THE LAST EXORCISM
[3:30AM] HOUSE OF 1000 CORPSES
[5:30AM] THE BIRTHDAY BOYS-SNOBS AND SLOBS (ALL TIMES EST)
[6:00AM] Rectify-Until You're Blue
[7:00AM] Runaway Train
[9:30AM] Lars and the Real Girl
[11:45AM] Lone Star
[2:45PM] Last Action Hero
[7:45PM] Bull Durham
[10:00PM] The Enforcer
[2:15AM] Bull Durham
[4:30AM] Dream School-Chuck D & Adam Richman, ``Man v Food'', Talk Back
[5:30AM] The Writers' Room-Scandal (ALL TIMES EST)
SyFy has 'Spartacus: War Of The Damned', another 'Spartacus: War Of The Damned', followed by the movie 'Saw: The Final Chapter'.
Scheduled on a FRESHConan are Daniel Radcliffe, Andrea Martin, and the Flaming Lips.
Voters approved a ban on hydraulic fracturing in the north Texas town of Denton on Tuesday, making it the first city in the Lone Star State to outlaw the oil and gas extraction technique behind the U.S. energy boom.
The vote in the city of 123,000 was highly symbolic because hydraulic fracturing, better known as fracking, is widely used in Texas, the top crude producer in the United States.
Green groups said the result served as a wake-up call to the industry, but several similar measures failed in cities and counties in Ohio and California.
The Texas Oil & Gas Association, the state's energy lobby, on Wednesday quickly filed for an injunction.
Elsewhere, the Ohio cities of Gates Mills, Kent and Youngstown rejected proposed fracking bans, while Athens approved one. In California, proposed fracking bans failed in Santa Barbara County but passed in Mendocino and San Benito counties, official results and local media reports said.
A girl runs with a burning barrel soaked in tar in Ottery St. Mary November 5, 2014. Believed to have its origins in the 1605 Gunpowder Plot failed attempt to assassinate King James I of England, the Tar Barrel festival is celebrated yearly in the southwestern English town.
Photo by Daniel Leal-Olivas
An 85-foot Norway spruce from central Pennsylvania will serve as Rockefeller Center's Christmas tree this year.
Workers cut down the 13-ton tree and a crane hoisted it onto a trailer Wednesday morning for the 155-mile journey to midtown Manhattan. It'll be illuminated for the first time on Dec. 3 in a ceremony that's been held since 1933.
The tree came from the home of Dan Sigafoos and Rachel Drosdick-Sigafoos, about three hours west of New York City. The couple says they love the Christmas season and are thrilled to be able to donate the tree.
The annual holiday event at Rockefeller Center attracts tens of thousands of people and is watched by millions more on television.
Staffers at the National Association of Manufacturers traded high-fives inside the group's election war room Tuesday night, as pro-business lobbying groups enthusiastically greeted Republicans' victory in retaking control of the Senate.
With the Republicans' victory, business lobbyists see a golden opportunity to advance their clients' interests on issues ranging from taxes and trade to banking and energy.
Resurgent Republicans, who solidified their House of Representative majority as well as seizing control of the Senate, are expected to advance a broad range of pro-business goals and priorities with new vigor.
Elections such as Tuesday's mark out the playing field for lobbyists for the next two years, presenting new opportunities to advance clients' interests as political leadership changes.
There are thousands of registered lobbyists in Washington - about 22 for every member of Congress - and they earn more than $2 billion a year from businesses, unions and many other groups.
French Socialist lawmakers are preparing to submit a motion to parliament asking the government to recognise Palestine as a state, sources said Tuesday, weeks after British MPs passed a similar vote.
The planned move follows the collapse of peace talks between Israel and Palestinian territories and this year's conflict in Gaza in which more than 2,000 Palestinians and dozens of Israelis were killed.
The lower house vote could take place within weeks, and while it is unlikely to change government policy immediately, it would be highly symbolic after a similar move by British MPs last month.
The British lawmakers voted overwhelmingly on October 13 in favour of a non-binding motion to "recognise the state of Palestine alongside the state of Israel as a contribution to securing a negotiated two-state solution".
The vote, which Israel warned risked undermining prospects for peace, came after the Swedish government announced it would recognise a Palestinian state -- the first EU member in western Europe to do so.
(L-R) Dutch right wing PVV State members Ton van Kesteren, Matthijs Jansen and Dennis Ram attend a meeting in the Province House in Groningen, The Netherlands, November 5, 2014, dressed as 'Zwarte Piet' (Black Pete) to make a statement that according to them 'Zwarte Piet' should not change his appearance in the city of Groningen during the Sinterklaas (Saint Nicolas) festival. The traditional figure Zwarte Piet is the companion of Saint Nicolas during a yearly feast celebrated on the evening of 05 December, and has become the subject of much controversy in recent years as some people think it is racist.
Photo by Vincent Jannink
Macau's casinos saw their worst monthly performance in almost a decade as analysts Wednesday blamed China's corruption crackdown for denting the industry's upmarket segment.
Official figures showed that gambling revenues in the world's biggest gaming centre plunged by 23 percent in October to 28.025 billion patacas ($3.51 billion), when compared to the same month last year.
The magnitude of the decline is the highest since such data became available in 2005, analysts say.
Macau is the only part of China where casino gambling is legal.
It overtook Las Vegas as the world's gaming capital in terms of revenue after the sector was opened up to foreign competition in 2002 -- the city's gambling revenue is now multiple times that of the American city.
China will severely punish officials in Tibet who support the Dalai Lama, the exiled spiritual leader and Nobel laureate, state-run media reported Wednesday.
China's anti-corruption watchdog required officials in the region to concentrate on quashing separatism and maintaining social stability, the Global Times said.
It quoted Ye Dongsong, who headed an inspection team from the Central Commission for Discipline and Inspection (CCDI), the Communist party's internal watchdog, as saying Tibet was not exempt from its much-publicised anti-graft campaign.
In response to the CCDI team's report, Tibet's top Communist party official said the government would severely punish officials who follow the Dalai Lama or support separatism, according to local media.
A staff member holds "The Henry Graves Supercomplication" handmade watch by Patek Philippe at Sotheby's auction house in Geneva November 5, 2014. This masterpiece of horology, which was completed in 1932, is estimated to sell in excess of close to 15,000,000 Swiss Francs (US $ 15,544,000) when it is auctioned on November 11 in Geneva.
Photo by Denis Balibouse
Within minutes of polls closing in Kentucky, Senate Republican leader Mitch McConnell was declared the victor of a race some doubted he could win and many more hoped he would lose.
Like most recent congressional leaders, McConnell - who in 2009 declared that his party's No. 1 goal would be to defeat President Barack Obama - had become a powerful symbol of his party and a major target for Democrats. His win in Kentucky Tuesday night was the first step toward realizing his career-long dream of becoming Senate majority leader. Outlining his potential approach toward leading the Senate, McConnell delivered what rang at first blush as a wildly optimistic view.
For McConnell and Senate Republicans, governing in the majority could prove to be more difficult than winning it was.
The first test of McConnell's ability to manage intraparty divisions could come as soon as lawmakers return to Washington later this month for a lame-duck session. Congress will have to fund the government (again) to stave off a shutdown, approve a sweeping Department of Defense authorization bill, potentially approve an Iran sanctions measure, and also could clear Eric Holder's replacement as U.S. attorney general.
In all of those cases, McConnell's interests and the interests of the Republican Party may not align with those of individual members, several of whom are mulling 2016 presidential election bids. At least four are flirting with a run for the White House: Ted Cruz of Texas, Rand Paul of Kentucky, Marco Rubio of Florida and Rob Portman of Ohio.
A moon bear is seen inside a new semi-natural enclosure at a bear rescue center in Tam Dao national park, north of Hanoi November 5, 2014. Animals Asia Foundation, an animal welfare charity, opened four new semi-natural enclosures to house 110 bears which were rescued from the bear bile industry, on Wednesday. According to Animal Asia's press release, there are officially 1978 bears still on bear bile farms in Vietnam, despite the practice being made illegal in 1992. Farmers continue to exploit loopholes to evade closure and arrest.
Photo by Kham
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