BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 14 February, 2017


14 February, 2017

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[11 days in a row]


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Paul Krugman: Ignorance is Strength (NY Times)
What they don't know can hurt them, but also us.

Andrew Tobias: How Russia is Winning
Bad enough that Trump has needlessly handed China a major victory, getting nothing in return. (Instead of pulling out of Obama's TransPacific Partnership, Hillary would have won a few face-saving improvements and then signed it.)

Garrison Keillor: If he only had a soul (Washington Post)
"Lord God, You know that I am unworthy to be here as president. You know that I have lied and worked hard to incite fear and intolerance and to capitalize on it politically. I have seduced your believers and made myself their Great White Hope, even though I am not one of them and never was. You know that I am not capable of executing my duties as the American people deserve.…"

Esme Cribbs: "Cummings: It Would Be 'Appropriate' To Revoke Flynn's Security Clearance" (TPM)
Rep. Elijah Cummings (D-MD), the ranking member of the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee, said on Sunday that it would be "appropriate" to revoke the security clearance of President Donald Trump's national security advisor Michael Flynn.

Steven Singer: Pennsylvania Legislature Plans To Take Away Teachers' Sick Days (Huffington Post)
Seriously. What did teachers ever do to you?

S.V. Date: Trump's '72%' Number From Banned Nations Misstates What's Going On (Huffington Post)
The refugees from the seven nations had long been in the pipeline, and almost none entered in the week after he signed his order.

Clive James: 'When I am a break down to Nadal in the fifth, I contemplate giving up. Not Federer' (The Guardian)
More and more I need to be told things are happening. Only then can I turn my majestic attention to them, like a rusty old weather vane miles behind the action.

Hadley Freeman: Oh, how I loved you, Johnny Depp. Now I see the purple-tinted truth (The Guardian)
Of course you never see the real person when you fall for someone; you see a self-flattering illusion, and this is triply true with celebrity crushes.

Jonathan Jones: Ignore the art market - there is only one Bruegel that matters (The Guardian)
Pieter Bruegel the Elder is the only genius in his family - so why is the UK being flooded with the inferior work of his offspring?

Jonathan Jones: "Vermeer: the artist who taught the world to see ordinary beauty" (The Guardian)
Johannes Vermeer was so obscure he was barely even known when he died, let alone forgotten. But the French avant-garde rescued him - and showed us his calm, unpretentious genius.

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Trivia Question of the Day

During his life, John Montagu held various military and political offices, including Postmaster General and First Lord of the Admiralty, but he is best known for the claim that he invented what item?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

American psychologist, lawyer, inventor, advocate for women, writer, and comic book writer William Moulton Marston is credited as the creator of the systolic blood pressure test, which became one component of the modern polygraph. What comic book did he create?

       Wonder Woman                                                      Source

William Moulton Marston (May 9, 1893 - May 2, 1947), also known by the pen name Charles Moulton, was an American psychologist, lawyer, inventor, advocate for women, writer, and comic book writer who created the character Wonder Woman. Two women, his wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston and Olive Byrne (who lived with the couple in an extended relationship), both greatly influenced Wonder Woman's creation.

Marston is credited as the creator of the systolic blood pressure test, which became one component of the modern polygraph invented by John Augustus Larson in Berkeley, California. Marston's wife Elizabeth Holloway Marston is said to have suggested a connection between emotion and blood pressure to William, observing that, "[w]hen she got mad or excited, her blood pressure seemed to climb"

From his psychological work, Marston apparently became convinced that women were more honest than men in certain situations and could work faster and more accurately. During his lifetime, Marston championed the latent abilities and causes of the women of his day.        Source

Randall was first and correct with:
   Wonder Woman

Adam answered:
   Wonder Woman- combining Moulton's personal fetishes and thoughts on the superiority of women.

Alan J said:
   Wonder Woman.

mj wrote:
   Well, polygraphs are mostly fiction
  So why shouldn't a golden lasso work as well (although why a Greek based immortal would have one is beyond me), which is what he gave to Wonder Woman.

Gene replied:
   Wonder Woman. Marston had a complex marriage/relationship with two women, his wife Elizabeth Marston and their friend Olive Byrne whom many think Wonder Woman was modeled on. After William Marston died, the two women continued to live their lives together.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Wonder Woman

Deborah wrote:
   Oh, I didn't know this so I looked it up: William Marston created "Wonder Woman." I'd thought a woman was the creator; I'm half disappointed that one did not, and half pleased that a man did.
  The local CBS station ran warnings for people living below of the Oroville Dam to evacuate, as the dam was (maybe still is) in jeopardy of collapsing, all during the Grammys. It's the country's tallest dam. And the state has not invested resources in keeping dams safe. 200,000 people have been displaced as a result. Frankly, that's just not acceptable.

DJ Useo said:
   Wonder Woman is the answer. Having read the original series, I firmly believe it was the best series of the golden age of comic books.Flawed by modern standards, but clearly heads above all the others. ( Except maybe the Spirit )

Joe S     answered:
   Wonder Woman!

Kevin K. in Washington, DC took the day off.

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  February 14 Birthdays - Celebrities Born February 14 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




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This is why conservative media outlets like the Daily Mail are 'unreliable' | Dana Nuccitelli | Environment | The Guardian

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Trump Promised to 'Open the Mines' - Here's Why That Is Unlikely - NBC News

The Met Digitizes its Collection, Releasing 350,000 Images for Free - NBC News

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This Heatless Habanero Packs All Of The Flavor With None Of The Burn : The Salt : NPR

'Extraordinary' levels of pollutants found in 10km deep Mariana trench | Environment | The Guardian

Utah rejects sex education bill, so porn site redirects to instructional videos | Education | The Guardian

After accusing protesters of being 'paid,' Utah rep is getting invoices from protesters

Conservative Media Starting to Turn on Trump? There Could be Trouble in Paradise!

Delta Advocates Respond To Oroville Dam Spillway Emergency

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The Story Of The Suicide Of A Powerful Lobbyist Threatens To Rock K Street | The Huffington Post

The Long Road To Impeach Trump Just Got Shorter | The Huffington Post

Oprah gives tape with Puzder abuse allegations to Senate - POLITICO

Oklahoma lawmaker: pregnant women's bodies aren't their own, because they are "hosts" - Vox

Trump reviews top White House staff after tumultuous start - POLITICO

This Is How the Republican Party Plans to Destroy the Federal Government | The Nation

Geraldo Rivera Quits Yale Over Calhoun Name Removal - The Daily Beast

Chaffetz Says Town Hall Protesters Are 'Very Small Minority' In His District - TPM

Jeff Sessions takes charge: Expect an era of open warfare on civil rights and civil liberties -

Trump's sons will be guests of honor at Dubai branded golf course opening -

Trump Sons Forge Ahead Without Father, Expanding and Navigating Conflicts -

Stephen Miller's claim that 72 from banned countries were implicated in 'terroristic activity' - The Washington Post

Trump's chief policy adviser says the president's power 'will not be questioned' by the courts -

State-sponsored hackers targeting prominent journalists, Google warns - POLITICO

A Dangerously Isolated President - The New Yorker

Your Guide to the Sprawling New Anti-Trump Resistance Movement -



from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying





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Last Night

Sunny and 70°

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'NCIS', followed by a FRESH 'Bull', then a FRESH 'NCIS: The 3rd One'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Christine Baranski and Hans Zimmer.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Katherine Heigl, Lars Ulrich, Andrew Rannells, and Lisa Hannigan.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Wall', followed by a FRESH 'This Is Us', then a FRESH 'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Charlie Day, Kendall Jenner, and NxWorries.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Shailene Woodley, Annaleigh Ashford, Evan McMullin, and Brann Dailor.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Joanna Garcia Swisher, Temples, and Steven Strait.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'The Middle', followed by a FRESH 'American Housewife', then a FRESH 'Fresh Off The Boat', followed by a FRESH 'The Real O'Neals', then a FRESH 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Denzel Washington, the 2017 Sports Illustrated Swimsuit Issue cover model, and Lukas Graham.

The CW offers the FRESH 'Tough Mudder: The Challenge Within', followed by a RERUN 'The Flash'.

Faux has a FRESH 'New Girl', followed by a FRESH 'The Mick', then a FRESH 'Bones'.

MY recycles an old 'The X-Files', followed by another old 'The X-Files'.

A&E has 'Intervention', another 'Intervention', 'Intervention: Codependent', and 'Escaping Polygamy'.

AMC offers the movie 'Titanic'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 6-The Age Of Steel-Part 2.
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 7-The Idiot's Lantern
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 8-The Impossible Planet-Part 1.
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 9-The Satan Pit-Part 2.
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 2 - EPISODE 10-Love & Monsters
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO -,SEASON 2 - EPISODE 11-Fear Her
 [12:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 6-Wrecking Crew
 [1:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-Cheating Death
 [2:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 8-Gone Baby Gone
 [3:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 9-Power Trip
 [4:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 10-The DeLuca Motel
 [5:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 11-Tipping Point
 [6:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 12-Head Case
 [7:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 13-And They're Offed
 [8:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 14-Smoke Gets in Your CSIs
 [9:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 6-Wrecking Crew
 [10:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-Cheating Death
 [11:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 8-Gone Baby Gone
 [12:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 9-Power Trip
 [1:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 10-The DeLuca Motel
 [2:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 11-Tipping Point
 [3:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 12-Head Case
 [4:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 13-And They're Offed
 [5:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 14-Smoke Gets in Your CSIs    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a (F) 'BH Social', then a (F) 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Imposters', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has the movie '50 First Dates', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Tosh.0', then a FRESH 'Detroiters'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Laverne Cox.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Mary Lynn Rajskub, Al Jackson, and "Weird Al" Yankovic.

FX has the movie 'X-Men: Days Of Future Past', followed by a FRESH 'Taboo'.

History has 'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island: Digging Deeper', then a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH 'Forged In Fire'.

IFC  -   
 [8:15AM]    IDIOCRACY
 [10:00AM]    DUE DATE
 [4:00PM]    DUE DATE
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The First Date
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Water Tower
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red's Birthday
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The First Time
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Donna's Panties
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Romantic Weekend
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kelso's Career
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Killer Queen
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Crazy Little Thing Called Love
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The First Date
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Water Tower
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red's Birthday
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The First Time
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Donna's Panties
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Romantic Weekend
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Kelso's Career
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You
 [3:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Killer Queen
 [3:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Crazy Little Thing Called Love
 [4:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Eddie George

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    All in the Family-Edith's Crisis of Faith
 [6:35AM]    All in the Family-The Commercial
 [7:10AM]    All in the Family-Archie and the Super Bowl
 [7:45AM]    All in the Family-Aunt Iola's Visit
 [8:20AM]    All in the Family-Love Comes to the Butcher
 [8:55AM]    All in the Family-Two's a Crowd
 [9:30AM]    All in the Family-Stale Mates
 [10:05AM]    All in the Family-The Brother
 [10:40AM]    All in the Family-Mike's New Job
 [11:15AM]    All in the Family-The Dinner Guest
 [11:50AM]    All in the Family-The Stivics Go West
 [12:25PM]    All in the Family-Little Miss Bunker
 [1:00PM]    Bridget Jones's Diary
 [3:15PM]    Along Came Polly
 [5:15PM]    The Break-Up
 [7:45PM]    Sweet Home Alabama
 [10:15PM]    Sweet Home Alabama
 [12:45AM]    Along Came Polly
 [2:45AM]    Bridget Jones's Diary
 [5:00AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-A New Doctor in Town
 [5:36AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Don't Miss a Good Bet    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has 'Face Off', another 'Face Off', followed by a FRESH 'Face Off', then the movie 'Resident Evil: Afterlife'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Nick Kroll, John Mulaney, Jake Tapper, and Middle Kids.

 [6:15 AM]      Kismet (1944)
 [8:00 AM]      Kiss Me Kate (1953)
 [10:00 AM]      Kisses for My President (1964)
 [12:00 PM]      Kitty Foyle (1940)
 [2:00 PM]      Knights of the Round Table (1953)
 [4:00 PM]      La ronde (1950)
 [6:00 PM]      Lady Be Good (1941)
 [8:00 PM]      The Lady Eve (1941)
 [9:45 PM]      Libeled Lady (1936)
 [11:45 PM]      Lili (1953)
 [1:15 AM]      The Little Fugitive (1953)
 [2:45 AM]      A Little Romance (1979)
 [4:45 AM]      Little Women (1933)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Wednesday   -  02/15/17

 [6:45 AM]      Little Women (1949)
 [9:00 AM]      Logan's Run (1975)
 [11:15 AM]      Lolita (1961)
 [2:15 PM]      The Long Voyage Home (1940)
 [4:15 PM]      Look For The Silver Lining (1949)
 [6:30 PM]      The Lost Patrol (1934)
 [8:00 PM]      The Lost Weekend (1945)
 [9:45 PM]      Love Affair (1939)
 [11:15 PM]      Love Me or Leave Me (1955)
 [1:30 AM]      Lust For Life (1956)
 [4:00 AM]      Madame Bovary (1949)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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People form a human chain commemorating the 72nd anniversary of the deadly Allied bombing of Dresden during WWII, Feb. 13, 2017. On Feb. 13-14, 1945, British and U.S. bombers destroyed Dresden's centuries-old baroque city center.
Photo by Jens Meyer


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Running Ads on Cable News

John Oliver

Many political and advocacy organizations have begun to realize they have a chance to put their pitch in front of President Donald Trump (R-Fabulist) by running ads in early morning programs on cable-news outlets. Starting tomorrow, John Oliver will stand among them.

Speaking during the launch of the fourth season of his HBO program, "Last Week Tonight," Oliver said he intended to run commercials on Washington D.C. area cable systems between 8:30 a.m. and 9 a.m. during Fox News Channel's "Fox & Friends," CNN's "New Day" and MSNBC's "Morning Joe" that would educate Trump on facts of which Oliver believes he is not aware. The commercials, designed to look like a direct-response medical commercial touting help for people who use catheters, will instead offer remedial help on subjects like the nuclear triad and African geography.

"We all need to commit to defining the reality of facts," said Oliver during the show.

Oliver, who in press interviews this week expressed skittishness about having the show focus overmuch on the nation's 45th President, did just that Sunday night with a program that examined how the Commander-in-Chief gets information about the world. Oliver's staff determined that he relies upon cable news and non-mainstream press reports from web outlets. To combat that, the staff will air the ads in hopes of bringing the President up to date on issues that might really matter.

"Trump's reality can change with a single sentence," noted Oliver, who spent his program's half hour railing against a White House that he feels is making policy based on debunked and dubious information.

John Oliver


Animal rights advocates from PETA (People for the Ethical Treatment of Animals) wear animal costumes while holding slogans as they walk in the financial district of Makati, south of Manila, Philippines, Feb. 13, 2017. The group is encouraging people to show compassion to all living beings, especially animals, as Valentine's Day approaches.
Photo by Aaron Favila


Self-Portrait Up For Auction

Jean-Michel Basquiat

On March 7, the auction house Christie's will sell a self-portrait by Jean-Michel Basquiat, currently part of a collection owned by U2 bassist Adam Clayton.

The self-portrait shows the late neo-expressionist American artist Jean-Michel Basquiat in what Christie's describes as "a martyr: a Saint Sebastian-like figure for the contemporary age." It has been estimated at between 1.5-1.8M USD.

Clayton acquired the painting upon first arriving in New York in 1990, while recording the band's seventh studio album "Achtung Baby" and it remained in his collection for over two decades. The musician is now selling the piece in celebration of the 30th anniversary of U2's "Joshua Tree" album.

In a press release, Clayton explains his attraction to Basquiat's pieces: "The idea that these young painters without any gallery experience could make their mark on the streets of New York -- could go to the hippest night clubs, could mix with musical culture -- was very exciting to me. It was where I came from -- I always thought music and art went hand in hand together..."

Jean-Michel Basquiat


Newhead News


Latest Price Hike


Theme parks just got more expensive, with Disney announcing an increase in the prices of single-day tickets to visit the Walt Disney World and Disneyland at certain times of the year, along with other changes to prevent overcrowding, reports said Saturday.

The company saw a 5 percent decline in attendance at its theme parks in the United States during the recently concluded quarter, which included the usually profitable holiday season, the Associated Press reported . The new price structure - that goes into effect Sunday - is aimed at encouraging visitors to come in on days other than those marked "peak," or the heaviest in terms of attendance.

Under the new price structure, the increase in the price of a single-day ticket is not more than $5. For example, the regular price of admission at the Disneyland in Anaheim, California, will rise from $105 to $110. During peak season, the price will increase from $119 to $124, while value tickets will cost $97, instead of the earlier $95.

To visit Magic Kingdom, visitors will have to shell out $2 extra on value days ($107 for adults and $101 for children), $5 extra on regular days ($115 for adults and $109 for children) while the peak day pricing has been left unchanged at $124 for adults and $118 for children.

Epcot, Hollywood Studios and Animal Kingdom will see an increase of $5 on all tickets during regular ($107 for adults and $101 for children) and peak seasons ($119 for adults and $113 for children). Value tickets will see a $2 increase, standing at $99 for adults and $93 for children under the new structure.


10-year-old children are charged adult ticket prices at Disneyland.


Window cleaners work on the facade of the European Union Council buidling in Brussels, Feb. 13, 2017.
Photo by Francois Lenoir


Even In Deepest Part Of Oceans

Man-Made Toxins

Shrimp-like creatures living in the deepest parts of the oceans contain high levels of man-made toxins, scientists said on Monday.

Tiny crustaceans, such as yellowish Hirondellea gigas living in darkness about 10,000 meters (33,000 ft) down in the Pacific Ocean, are polluted by PCBs, used in electric transformers or paints, and PBDE chemicals used as flame retardants.

"Pollutants were there in every single sample, regardless of depth, regardless of species," said Alan Jamieson, lead author of a report in the journal Nature Ecology and Evolution by a team mainly from the University of Aberdeen.

Scientists were most shocked by the high levels of poisons in what had seemed a wilderness, he told Reuters. In one sample, PCB levels were 50 times higher than in crabs in one of China's most polluted rivers.

The scientists caught creatures in the Mariana Trench in the western Pacific - the deepest point on the seabed, at 11,033 meters down - and the Kermadec Trench off New Zealand.

Man-Made Toxins


Digby's Hullabaloo


Misquotes Abraham Lincoln


The Republican National Committee paid tribute to Abraham Lincoln on Twitter on Sunday by sharing a quote from the 16th president on what would've been his 208th birthday.

"In the end, it's not the years in your life that count," the quote read. "It's the life in your years."

'The same quote and image was also posted to President Trump's (R-Grifter) Instagram feed.

Just one little problem: Lincoln never said that.

It appears the quote first appeared in a 1947 advertisement for a book about aging by Dr. Edward J. Stieglitz.



Surfers take advantage of wind and waves from a winter snow storm in Gloucester, Mass., Feb. 13, 2017.
Photo by Brian Snyder


Loses Bid To Halt Lawsuit

Lance Armstrong

A federal judge on Monday refused to block the government's $100 million lawsuit against Lance Armstrong (R-Cheater), putting the former cyclist on course for trial in a 2010 case stemming from his performance-enhancing drug use.

The lawsuit was filed by Armstrong's former U.S. Postal Service teammate Floyd Landis. The federal government joined in 2013 after Armstrong publicly admitted he cheated to win the Tour de France seven times from 1999-2005. Armstrong was stripped of those titles and banned from competition.

Armstrong has also taken huge hits financially, losing all his major sponsors and being forced to pay more than $10 million in damages and settlements in a series of lawsuits . The Landis lawsuit would be the biggest by far, and the ruling from U.S. District Judge Christopher Cooper in Washington was a major setback for Armstrong with a trial most likely in the fall.

Landis, himself a former doping cheat who was stripped of his 2006 Tour de France title, sued Armstrong under the federal False Claims Act, alleging Armstrong and his team committed fraud against the government when they cheated while riding under the Postal Service banner. According to court records, the contract paid the team, which was operated by Tailwind Sports Corp., about $32 million from 2000 to 2004. Armstrong got nearly $13.5 million.

The law allows Landis and the government to sue to get that money back and for "treble" damages, or triple the amount, and Armstrong could be forced to pay all of it. Landis stands to receive up to 25 percent of any damages awarded.

Lance Armstrong


Related To Bannon?


A pro-Kremlin lawmaker came under fire Monday after saying the ancestors of local Jewish opposition figures in Saint-Petersburg "boiled Christians in cauldrons", sparking indignation from Russia's Jewish community.

Vitaly Milonov, a Duma deputy known for his anti-gay initiatives, lashed out at the weekend at two local lawmakers leading a protest against handing over St. Isaac's basilica, a top landmark in Russia's second largest city, to the Russian Orthodox Church.

"Christians survived despite the fact that the ancestors of Boris Vishnevsky and Maksim Reznik boiled us in cauldrons and fed us to animals," ultra-conservative Milonov said at a rally Sunday to support the controversial handover.

The statement triggered a storm of criticism, with another local lawmaker Alexei Kovalev petitioning for a criminal probe into possible incitement of hatred while prominent Jewish figures said it was shameful and could spark religious tensions.

Last year Russia emerged as the top country of origin among immigrants to Israel, with some 7,000 newcomers.



Austrian bobsled pilot Katrin Beierl crashes in her two-woman bob during a free training session at the BMW IBSF Bob & Skeleton World Championships in Koenigssee, Germany, Feb. 13, 2017.
Photo by Arnd Wiegmann


Leads US Asylum Requests


Venezuelans for the first time led asylum requests to the United States as the country's middle class fled the crashing, oil-dependent economy.

Data from the U.S. government's Citizenship and Immigration Services show that 18,155 Venezuelans submitted asylum requests last year, a 150 percent increase over 2015 and six times the level seen in 2014. China was second place, with 17,745 requests coming from citizens of that country.

Venezuela first cracked the top 10 asylum-seeking nations following months of sometimes bloody street protests in early 2014 seeking to oust President Nicolas Maduro.

But back then, amid the widespread jailing and harassment of opponents of the socialist administration, fewer than 100 Venezuelans per month sought asylum. That compares with 2,334 requests in December, 2016, the last month for which data is available.

The vast majority leaving are middle-class Venezuelans who don't qualify for refugee status reserved for those seeking to escape political persecution, according to Julio Henriquez, director of the Boston-based nonprofit Refugee Freedom Program, which has been drawing attention to the trend.



1,700-Year-Old Untouched Tomb


A 1,700-year-old untouched tomb bearing the bones of a dozen male adults, as well as pre-Columbian figurines and statues, has been unearthed in Mexico.

Archaeologists discovered the ancient tomb, which dates to the Comala Period (between 0 and A.D. 500), during work to remodel a Seventh-day Adventist church in Colima, Mexico. The archaeologists uncovered a hole that was sealed up with stones, artifacts for grinding, and human bones.

Inside, 12 skulls and other bones were piled atop one another in a haphazard manner. Some of the skulls showed signs of damage, as well as tooth fractures and wear, said Rosa María Flores Ramírez, a physical anthropologist at the National Institute of Anthropology and History (INAH) in Mexico.

When the archaeologists explored further, they discovered three burial levels. In the second burial level, the team found two figurines - a male and female - placed facedown next to two skulls.

Each of the figures was sculpted from fine paste that was polished when complete. The ancient artists used cuts to etch in the facial features.




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