BartCop Entertainment Archives - Thursday, 30 November, 2017


30 November, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[300 days in a row]


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Josh Marshall: Flynn's Deeds Are Much Worse Than We Thought (TPM)
Flynn's work was so indiscriminate, so open to committing substantive crimes (i.e., not just paperwork violations) and so covert as to make it appear that he was up for anything, like you could not put anything past him. And when I mean, 'anything' I really mean anything.

Garrison Keillor: Al Franken should resign? That's absurd. (Washington Post)
Take things in context.

Andrew Tobias: A Quick Recap
Or, really, abet[s] it. Because the attack is designed to heighten the divisions in our society and to destroy trust in the institutions that make our system work - the free press, the judiciary, the electoral process, norms of common decency and mutual respect.
Trump [] is abetting all those goals and has already taken our national brand down from #1 in the world to #6. In less than a year. Is ignoring an attack from our chief adversary of the past 70 years not a form of treason? Or does treason have to be as explicit as, say, revealing classified information to them in the Oval Office (oh, wait, he did that, too).

Guy Lodge: An antidote to Trump culture: no wonder Greta Gerwig's Lady Bird is the best reviewed film ever (The Guardian)
The coming-of-age-comedy starring Saoirse Ronan has broken the Rotten Tomatoes record for the longest unspoiled run of positive reviews. But why is it such catnip for critics?

Jonathan Jones: Was there more to Egyptian surrealism than suggestive mosques and rotten meat? (The Guardian)
The Tate wants to wrestle surrealism away from the clutches of the west. But this show's dream visions and bodily contortions can't change the fact that everyone cringed before the might of Paris.

Paul Krugman: "Incidence and Welfare Effects of Corporate Tax Cuts (Extremely Wonkish)" (NY Times Blog)
So who benefits from this tax cut? There's some wage gain, but also some revenue loss; if the revenue loss leads to cuts in programs that benefit workers (as it would), workers may well be worse off. Owners of capital, both foreign and domestic, gain. Taken as a whole, this isn't a slam-dunk case against corporate tax cuts: if the initial rates are very high and capital inflows sufficiently elastic, they could be a good idea. But they hardly look like the magic elixir Republicans are claiming.

SVEN BIRKERTS: "Long Tables, Open Bottles, and Smoke: Hanging Out with Derek Walcott" (Literary Hub)
I learned a good deal about poets and poetry from Joseph Brodsky, whose classes I audited in the 1970s in Ann Arbor and whose opinion on most anything I took as holy writ in those days. Joseph was a great one for naming and ranking poets, and much of our conversation consisted of him delivering his various verdicts.

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Michael Egan


Superman Abandons Earth

Editorial and Political Cartoons


Throwback Thursday Trivia Question of the Day

In TV commercials and print ads, Orson Welles stated "We will sell no wine before its time." What was the brand of wine?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

MTV debuted in the US at 12:01a.m. on 1 August 1981. What was the first music video shown?

       "Video Killed The Radio Star"                                                      Source

"Video Killed the Radio Star" is a song written by Trevor Horn, Geoff Downes and Bruce Woolley in 1978. It was first recorded by Bruce Woolley and The Camera Club (with Thomas Dolby on keyboards) for their album English Garden, and later by British group the Buggles, consisting of Horn and Downes. The track was recorded and mixed in 1979, released as their debut single on 7 September 1979 by Island Records, and included on their first album The Age of Plastic.

The song's music video was written, directed, and edited by Russell Mulcahy, and is well-remembered as the first music video shown on MTV in the United States at 12:01a.m. on 1 August 1981, and the first video shown on MTV Classic in the United Kingdom on 1 March 2010. The song has received several critical accolades, such as being ranked number 40 on VH1's 100 Greatest One-Hit Wonders of the '80s.        Source

Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   Appropriately the first MTV music video was "Video Killed The Radio Star" by The Buggles.

David from Moon Valley (temporarily in England) said:
   from the memory banks i seem to recall Video Killed The Radio Star by The Buggles (?)...but i could be wrong,'s cold here in northern England, as expected...hate having to wear this many layers...

Alan J answered:
   Video Killed the Radio Star.

Randall wrote:
   The Buggles

mj replied:
  Buggles "Video Killed the Radio Star".

Gene responded:
   Video Killed the Radio Star by The Buggles.

George M. said:
   Marty, if my memory serves me correctly, the first video ever on MTV was "Video Killed the Radio Star", by the Buggles.

Adam answered:
   Video Killed the Radio Star

Deborah wrote:
   "Video Killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles. Cue the irony button.

Billy in Cypress replied:
   "Video Killed The Radio Star" by The Buggles.

Roy, Still bright blue in deep red Tyler, TX responded:
   I've been told the first music video shown on MTV was ""Video Killed the Radio Star" byThe Buggles. I was in Germany at the time, so of course I didn't see it, but the fine folks at Google tell me this is the answer I was looking for.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Video Killed the Radio Star

Dave in Tucson wrote:
   The first MTV video was Video Killed the Radio Star by Buggles.

zorch replied:
   "Video killed the Radio Star" by the Buggles. This was back when MTV showed music videos.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC responded:
   Video Killed the Radio Star.
  Now, what was the question?

Dale of Diamondy Sprungs, Norcali answered:
   The Buggles' "Video Killed the Radio Star"

John I from Hawai`i took the day off.

Rosemary in Columbus took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Daniel in The City took the day off.

Stephen F took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

Michelle took the day off.

Gary E.K. took the day off.

Sandra in Maine took the day off.

Harry M. took the day off.

Gary K. took the day off.

BttbBob   said:

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Sally has retired.

MAM     In memory.




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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

This Woman's Collection of Selfies Taken with Her Catcallers Is Stark and Nauseating

Louvre Abu Dhabi, an Arabic-Galactic Wonder, Revises Art History - The New York Times

The Internet Is Dying. Repealing Net Neutrality Hastens That Death. - The New York Times

A Sharp Decline for Jimmy Fallon's 'Tonight Show' - The New York Times

Seeking the Source of the Vanishing Great Salt Lake - The New York Times

Net Neutrality Hits a Nerve, Eliciting Intense Reactions - The New York Times

For Mormon women, saying #MeToo presents a particular challenge | World news | The Guardian

The green Van Gogh cleaning up the cityscape | Business to business | The Guardian

SF supes reverse sale, return private Presidio Terrace street to homeowners - SFGate

SF supes reverse sale, return private Presidio Terrace street to homeowners - SFGate

Hillary Clinton drives the dagger through Trump Presidency. Now, we await Trump's tantrum ...

O'Donnell turns Trump stunt into GOP excoriation & Democratic narrative win

Republican tax bill paves way for the destruction of Social Security, Medicare, and safety net

Donald Trump's Empty Chair Stunt Backfires Hilariously | HuffPost

The incredible world of sex-changing fish #OurBluePlanet #BluePlanet2 | Our Blue Planet

Trophy hunting removes 'good genes' and raises extinction risk - BBC News

Donald Trump is giving oxygen to hate groups -- this must end - CNN

Norway: 150 sex assault cases revealed in remote region - CNN

Science is no friend to the elusive Yeti - CNN

'Hey Alexa, how secure are voice-activated assistants like you?' - NBC News

Brexit Brain Drain: Professionals Wave Goodbye, Head to Europe - NBC News

'It Takes Our Purpose': With No Salmon, Yurok Tribe Struggles With Identity : The Salt : NPR

Robot Muscles Inspired By Origami Lift 1000 Times Their Weight : The Two-Way : NPR

Sen. Jeff Flake Plans Series Of Speeches Targeting Trump On Facts And Truth : NPR

Before Care, Ask About Price And What Happens If You Forgo Treatment Now : Shots - Health News : NPR

A Proposal for Rural Americans who Hate Government: End Rural Electrification

The Republican tax bill will end cancer treatment for Medicare patients

Thanks, Michelle!



David E Suggests

UK Christmas

The Economics of a UK Christmas (Infographic)


Thanks, Dave!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

They Choose Party Over Neighbors, Friends, And Country | National Memo | Gene Lyons

New Reports: Trump Not a Liar, Is Truly Delusional | NY Mag

Is Donald Trump Lying, or Losing His Mind? | Vanity Fair

President Trump Tweets Out Anti-Muslim 'Snuff Film' | The Daily Beast

Trump Shares Racist Videos and Tweets False Conspiracy Theories-All Before 10 A.M. - Mother Jones

Trump Isn't Playing at Bigotry, Hypocrisy, and Dishonesty - The Atlantic

"White Sharia" and militant white nationalism | Southern Poverty Law Center

The theory behind Trump's tax cuts is exactly what gave us the failed Bush economy - Vox

Inside the tweet that broke Trump's day, again - POLITICO

Seven Ways Patients Can Protect Themselves From Outrageous Medical Bills - ProPublica

Donald Trump's Pants on Fire 'unsolved mystery' attack on Joe Scarborough | PolitiFact

Will the House Intelligence Committee Get the Truth From Erik Prince? - Mother Jones

Why Trump's Attack on the Time Warner Merger Is Dangerous for the Press - The Atlantic

Political humorist identified as Roger Stone's link to WikiLeaks: Sources | ABCNews

The Food Industry has the Trump Administration Right Where It Wants It | Bill Moyers

KKK Leader David Duke Tweets 'Thank God for Trump! That's Why We Love Him!' | Newsweek

If Trump Launches Armageddon, Is That 'Illegal'? | The Daily Beast

Matt Lauer Accused of Sexual Harassment by Multiple Women (EXCLUSIVE) - Variety

The National Enquirer Sought Time Magazine-and May Still Get It | The Daily Beast

GOP doomsday is coming: How the dreadful tax bill exposes a Republican rift -



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Reader Comment

Current Events

Justin Trudeau issues a formal apology

Found this on Wonkette, but you need to hear Trudeau's apology to the LGBTQ2 Canadians:

Justin Trudeau Says Sorry To The Gays, Would Take Shirt Off If He Really Meant It | Wonkette

And then contrast his beautiful self with the delusional, narcissistic, misogynistic, racist, cheeto Predator and weep for our country.

Linda   >^..^<
     We are all only temporarily able bodied.

Thanks, Linda!



from Marc Perkel

Marc's Guide to Curing Cancer

So far so good on beating cancer for now. I'm doing fine. At the end of the month I'll be 16 months into an 8 month mean lifespan. And yesterday I went on a 7 mile hike and managed to keep up with the hiking group I was with. So, doing something right.

Still waiting for future test results and should see things headed in the right direction. I can say that it's not likely that anything dire happens in the short term so that means that I should have time to make several more attempts at this. So even if it doesn't work the first time there are a lot of variations to try. So if there's bad news it will help me pick the next radiation target.

I have written a "how to" guide for oncologists to perform the treatment that I got. I'm convinced that I'm definitely onto something and whether it works for me or not isn't the definitive test. I know if other people tried this that it would work for some of them, and if they improve it that it will work for a lot of them.

The guide is quite detailed and any doctor reading this can understand the procedure at every level. I also go into detail as to how it works, how I figured it out, and variations and improvements that could be tried to enhance it. I also introduce new ways to look at the problem. There is a lot of room for improvement and I think that doctors reading it will see what I'm talking about and want to build on it. And it's written so that if you're not a doctor you can still follow it. It also has a personal story revealing that I'm the class clown of cancer support group. I give great interviews and I look pretty hot in a lab coat.

So, feel free to read this and see what I'm talking about. But if any of you want to help then pass this around to both doctors and cancer patients. I need some media coverage. I'm looking for as many eyeballs as possible to read these ideas. Even if this isn't the solution, it's definitely on the right track. After all, I did hike 7 miles yesterday. And this hiking group wasn't moving slow. So if this isn't working then, why am I still here?

I also see curing cancer as more of an engineering problem that a medical problem. So if you are good at solving problems and most of what you know about medicine was watching the Dr. House MD TV show, then you're at the level I was at when I started. So anyone can jump in and be part of the solution.

Here is a link to my guide: Oncologists Guide to Curing Cancer using Abscopal Effect

Oncologists Guide to Curing Cancer using Abscopal Effect





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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Think I curse more at the TV now than I did back when I used to bitch about cursing at the TV.

Tonight, Thursday:

CBS opens the night with a FRESH 'Big Bang Theory', followed by a FRESH 'Young Sheldon', then a FRESH 'Mom', followed by a FRESH 'Life In Pieces', then a FRESH 'SWAT'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Kate Winslet, Sen. Chuck Schumer, and Wolf Alice.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Bryan Cranston, Timothee Chalamet, and BTS.

NBC fills the night with LIVE 'Thursday Night Football', then pads the left coast with local crap and maybe an old 'Dateline'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Kumail Nanjiani, Kristaps Porzingis, and Miguel.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Allison Williams, Ben Mendelsohn, Jacob Banks, and Will Dorsey Jr.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 10/31/17) are Nick Kroll, Greta Van Fleet, and Caitlin Doughty.

ABC starts the night with the chestnut 'A Charlie Brown Christmas', followed by the FRESH infomercial 'The Wonderful World Of Disney: Magical Holiday Celebration'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Elizabeth Banks and Matt Smith.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Supernatural', followed by a RERUN 'Penn & Teller: Fool Us'.

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 'The First 48', another 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'The First 48', then the FRESH 'The Menendez Murders: Erik Tells All'.

AMC offers the movie 'GoodFellas', followed by the movie 'Young Guns', then the movie 'Young Guns II'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-Body and Soul
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 8-Nightingale
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 9-Flesh and Blood, Pt. 1
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-The Big Bang-Part 2.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 1-The Impossible Astronaut-Part 1.
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-Body and Soul
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 8-Nightingale
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 9-Flesh and Blood, Pt. 1

Bravo has 'Million Dollar Listing LA', another 'Million Dollar Listing LA', followed by a FRESH 'Million Dollar Listing LA', then a FRESH 'Real Estate Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 2 hours of old 'South Park', followed by a FRESH 'The President Show'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Henry Louis Gates Jr.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Opposition is Paul Scheer.

FX has the movie 'Noah', followed by the movie 'World War Z', then the movie 'World War Z', again.

History has all old 'American Pickers' all night.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Kathryn Hahn
 [6:15AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-It's a Garment of Liberty
 [6:45AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-You've Reached the Voicemail of Tracy Harrity
 [7:15AM]    PRIEST
 [11:15AM]    PRIEST
 [3:15PM]    THE BANK JOB
 [5:00AM]    PORTLANDIA-The Storytellers
 [5:30AM]    PORTLANDIA-Carrie Dates a Hunk     (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:05AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-TV or Not TV
 [6:35AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Guest in the House
 [7:05AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Case of the Punch in the Nose
 [7:35AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie's Newspaper
 [8:05AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Aunt Bee's Invisible Beau
 [8:35AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Arrest of the Fun Girls
 [9:10AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Luck of Newton Monroe
 [9:45AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie Flunks Arithmetic
 [10:20AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Opie and the Carnival
 [10:55AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Banjo-Playing Deputy
 [11:30AM]    Zodiac
 [3:00PM]    Law & Order-American Dream
 [4:00PM]    Law & Order-Born Bad
 [5:00PM]    Law & Order-The Pursuit of Happiness
 [6:00PM]    Law & Order-Golden Years
 [7:00PM]    Law & Order-Snatched
 [8:00PM]    Law & Order-Castoff
 [9:00PM]    Law & Order-Grief
 [10:00PM]    Law & Order-Faccia a Faccia
 [11:00PM]    Law & Order-Divorce
 [12:00AM]    Law & Order-Carrier
 [1:00AM]    Rosehaven-Episode 6
 [1:35AM]    Law & Order-Stalker
 [2:35AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Mary Richards Falls in Love
 [3:10AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-Ted's Tax Refund
 [3:45AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-The Happy Homemaker Takes Lou Home
 [4:20AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-One Boyfriend Too Many
 [4:55AM]    The Mary Tyler Moore Show-What Do You Want to Do When You Produce?
 [5:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The New Housekeeper     (ALL TIMES EST)

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

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Josh Hutcherson, Daveed Diggs, and Talib Kweli featuring Anderson .Paak.

 [6:00 AM]      Seven Days Ashore (1944)
 [7:30 AM]      The Girl from Jones Beach (1949)
 [9:00 AM]      The West Point Story (1950)
 [11:00 AM]      South Sea Woman (1953)
 [12:45 PM]      She's Working Her Way Through College (1952)
 [2:30 PM]      She's Back on Broadway (1953)
 [4:15 PM]      Painting the Clouds with Sunshine (1951)
 [6:00 PM]      Always Leave Them Laughing (1949)
 [8:00 PM]      Wee Geordie (1955)
 [10:00 PM]      High and Dry (1954)
 [12:00 AM]      The Master of Ballantrae (1953)
 [1:45 AM]      Brigadoon (1954)
 [3:45 AM]      Local Hero (1983)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Friday   -  12/01/17

 [6:00 AM]      Once Upon a Honeymoon (1942)
 [8:15 AM]      Mr. Lucky (1943)
 [10:15 AM]      Arsenic and Old Lace (1944)
 [12:30 PM]      None but the Lonely Heart (1944)
 [2:30 PM]      Every Girl Should Be Married (1948)
 [4:00 PM]      Room for One More (1952)
 [5:45 PM]      Dream Wife (1953)
 [7:30 PM]      MGM Parade Show #4 (1955)
 [8:00 PM]      Period of Adjustment (1962)
 [10:00 PM]      All Mine to Give (1957)
 [12:00 AM]      Bush Christmas (1947)
 [1:30 AM]      Tenth Avenue Angel (1948)
 [3:00 AM]      A Night at the Movies: Merry Christmas! (2011)
 [4:15 AM]      Never Say Goodbye (1946)     (ALL TIMES EST)

USA has a FRESH 'Chrisley Knows Best', followed by a FRESH 'The Cromarties'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Dec. 7, 1989) - Argus Hamilton, Paul Reiser, and Maggie Jakobson.

Bounce TV


Comet TV

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Find Justice - Justice Network

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Protesters block the halls outside of the Senate Budget Committee markup of the FY2018 Budget reconciliation legislation in Washington, Nov. 28, 2017.
Photo by Joshua Roberts


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Re-Emerges On Global Stage


Now a private citizen, former President Barack Obama re-emerged on the global stage Tuesday as he opened a three-country tour that includes meetings with the leaders of China and India, just as President Donald Trumpcourts those same world powers.

During a five-day trip, Obama will mix paid speeches with foreign leader meetings and even a town hall event for young people, the signature event that Obama became known for around the world during his eight years in office. He'll finish the trip in France, where he'll give one of several speeches planned during the trip.

The tour continues a longstanding tradition of former U.S. presidents traveling overseas after leaving office, especially as they work to attract donations and other support for their foundations, libraries and presidential centers. But Obama's trip may garner particular attention, given that many foreign countries are still uncertain about Trump's foreign policy and may look to his predecessor to help explain America's current direction.

"Barack Obama is the great explainer to the rest of the world of what the heck is going on in America," said Douglas Brinkley, a presidential historian at Rice University. "He's a calming influence in a world that's teetering on frenzy right now. Obama arrives and it reminds them of old-style diplomacy and the dignity of statesmanship."

Obama will give a final speech Saturday in Paris before returning to the United States. Aides didn't rule out the possibility that he could also see President Emmanuel Macron, whose presidential campaign Obama endorsed, while in France.



Protesters shout their disapproval of the Republican tax bill outside the Senate Budget Committee hearing room on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017.
Photo by J. Scott Applewhite


'Leave The Office You Bought'


A Cheyenne River Sioux Tribe leader issued a damning response Wednesday to President-for-now Donald Trump's (R-Pendejo) "Pocahontas" slur earlier this week during an event meant to honor Navajo Code Talkers.

Harold Frazier, chairman of the South Dakota-based tribe, said he was "deeply ashamed" of Trump's "disgusting" treatment of the World War II veterans and appeared to suggest that the president should resign.

"The President of the United States had an opportunity to honor veterans and bridge gaps in the relationship Tribes have with the Federal government," Frazier said in a statement sent to HuffPost. "Instead, he chose to disgrace himself, his position and the nation he represents."

Frazier continued, "The President of the United States wanted to utilize an opportunity to honor native warriors who defended this land to make a political attack. I have one for him, leave the office you bought and take your swamp things with you."

"We have been forced to learn the way of the American life," Frazier said. "We have learned American religions, language, economy, politics and society. ... The President's comments are another reminder that we are not allowed to participate."



Newhead News


'Trump News Network'

Fox "News"

A former Fox "News" host said the cable channel has turned into "Trump News Network" and is in a difficult position due to President-for-now Donald Trump's (R-Buffoon) praise of its political coverage and because the president's base has become its "lifeblood."

The former anchor, Andy Levy, made his comments during a segment on HLN's S.E. Cupp Unfiltered show that was based on the president's call Monday for a contest between media organizations-not including Fox News-to see who could win the "FAKE NEWS TROPHY" for "the most dishonest, corrupt and or/distorted" coverage.

Levy, the former host of Fox News's Red Eye, said Fox should be the main network fighting back against Trump in order to maintain its journalistic integrity.

"He should never view a media outlet as being on his side," Levy said of the president Monday night. "And the whole thing is sad, and Fox News should disavow it, but it kinda can't, 'cause with a couple of exceptions, they have backed themselves into this corner, and now they're the Trump News Network and that's their lifeblood."

Earlier in the segment, Levy said, "The people who should be the most embarrassed by this are the ones at Fox News, and I suspect a solid handful of them are. The press is not supposed to be on the side of people in power ever. The press is supposed to be adversarial, the press is supposed to question, the press is not supposed to curry favor with authority."

Fox "News"


Protesters shout their disapproval of the Republican tax bill outside the Senate Budget Committee hearing room on Capitol Hill in Washington, Tuesday, Nov. 28, 2017.
Photo by J. Scott Applewhite


White House Christmas Party

Sarah Sanders

CNN has decided its reporters will not be guests at the annual White House Christmas party as the network continues to feud with the Trump administration.

"In light of the President's continued attacks on freedom of the press and CNN, we do not feel it is appropriate to celebrate with him as his invited guests. We will send a White House reporting team to the event and report on it if news warrants," a CNN spokesperson told HuffPost.

When White House press secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders (R-Spokesliar) got wind of CNN's decision, she could hardly contain her excitement.

"Christmas comes early!" she tweeted, sharing a link to the article on Politico.

CNN's decision highlights growing tension between President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Corrupt) and certain media outlets he derisively labels "fake news."

Sarah Sanders


Digby's Hullabaloo


T-rump Reignites Racist Lie

The Birther's Back

President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Crooked) is reportedly reviving the racist "birther" conspiracy theory, which claims that President Barack Obama wasn't born in the United States.

Trump has been questioning Obama's birth certificate in "closed-door conversations," according to The New York Times, which cited an unnamed senator as being part of one such discussion.

The newspaper reported:

"Mr. Trump's journeys into the realm of manufactured facts have been frequent enough that his own staff has sought to nudge friendly lawmakers to ask questions of Mr. Trump in meetings that will steer him toward safer terrain."

Trump was for years one of the leading voices in the birther movement, a racist conspiracy theory that questioned the legitimacy of the nation's first black president.

The Birther's Back


Over a hundred protesters met at Greeley Square in Midtown Manhattan on Nov. 27, 2017 and marched along 34th Street behind a "Not One Penny of Tax Cuts for the Rich" banner, with "Tax Scam" signs, "Not One Penny" signs and giant checks made out from Medicaid or Medicare to billionaires or corporations, to raise awareness against the irresponsible tax plan that cuts Medicare and increases healthcare costs for older New Yorkers.
Photo by Erik Mcgregor


Putin's Confessor

Russian Orthodox Church

Authorities will investigate an anti-semitic theory that the 1918 killing of Tsar Nicholas II was a "ritual murder" following comments by a bishop close to Vladimir Putin.

Bishop Tikhon Shevkunov, who is heading a Russian Orthodox Church commission investigating the execution of the Romanov family by firing squad in Yekaterinburg, said at a conference on Monday that many members of the commission believe it was a ritual murder that held special significance for Bolshevik commander Yakov Yurovsky and his men.

"Ritual murder" has in the past referred to a theory that the last emperor was the victim of a Jewish conspiracy, as Mr Yurovsky was of Jewish heritage.

Russia's investigative committee said it would look into the claim by Mr Shevkunov, who is reputed to be Mr Putin's confessor.

The controversy comes before Mr Putin for the first time takes part in the church's annual bishops council on Wednesday.

Russian Orthodox Church


Quoting Betsy DeVos

University of Vermont

A student who was suspended for sexual harassment is suing the University of Vermont, accusing the school of discriminating against men in its sexual misconduct policy. The student's lawsuit cites Education Secretary Betsy DeVos' description of such policies as a "failed system" that has neglected due process rights.

The plaintiff, identified in the lawsuit as John Doe, was accused of groping a freshman, identified as Jane Doe, at an off-campus party hosted by the school's rugby club in April, when he was sophomore, according to the lawsuit. He is currently serving a one-semester suspension.

"In the face of Jane Doe's criticism that UVM was not doing enough for female students, the University's administrators chose to make an example of John Doe, even though there was no evidence to support, or corroborate, Jane Doe's false allegations against him," the lawsuit states.

The suit references DeVos' recent move to roll back Obama-era Title IX guidelines on how universities should investigate complaints of sexual misconduct on campus. In a speech in September, DeVos faulted the Obama Administration for creating a "failed system" that "has clearly pushed schools to overreach."

DeVos' action on sexual misconduct investigations has drawn heavy criticism from victims of sexual assault and their advocates, who fear a policy change will further discourage victims from reporting assaults and fuel a narrative that complaints need not be taken seriously.

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For fans of the yeti, newly published genetic research on purported specimens of the legendary apelike beast said to dwell in the Himalayan region may be too much to bear - literally.

Scientists said on Tuesday that genetic analysis of nine bone, tooth, skin, hair and fecal samples from museum and private collections attributed to the yeti, also called the Abominable Snowman, found that eight came from Asian black bears, Himalayan brown bears or Tibetan brown bears and one came from a dog.

"This strongly suggests that the yeti legend has a root in biological facts and that is has to do with bears that are living in the region today," said biologist Charlotte Lindqvist of the University at Buffalo in New York and Nanyang Technological University, Singapore, who led the study published in the scientific journal Proceedings of the Royal Society B.

Lindqvist called the study the most rigorous analysis to date of purported yeti specimens. The researchers sequenced mitochondrial DNA, genetic material in structures within cells that was passed down from mothers, of purported yeti samples from Tibet, India and Nepal as well as from black, brown and polar bear populations.

While no actual yeti was identified, the DNA research shed light on bear populations in the region.



Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Nov. 20-26. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. NFL Sunday Night Football: Green Bay at Pittsburgh, NBC, 18.95 million.
    2. NFL Thursday Night Football: New York at Washington, NBC, 16.91 million.
    3. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 13.32 million.
    4. "NCIS," CBS, 12.54 million.
    5. "60 Minutes," CBS, 12.23 million.
    6. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 12.13 million.
    7. "Thursday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 11.44 million.
    8. "Young Sheldon," CBS, 11.43 million.
    9. NFL Football: Atlanta at Seattle, ESPN, 10.82 million.
   10. "Dancing With the Stars" (Monday), ABC, 10.15 million.
   11. "The Good Doctor," ABC, 9.97 million.
   12. Football Night in America, NBC, 9.9 million.
   13. "Thursday Night NFL Pre-Game," NBC, 9.54 million.
   14. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 9.36 million.
   15. "This Is Us," NBC 9.34 million.
   16. "Dancing With the Stars (Tuesday)," ABC, 9.2 million.
   17. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 9.15 million.
   18. "Bull," CBS, 8.99 million.
   19. "The Walking Dead," AMC, 8.28 million.
   20. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 8 million.




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