BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 23 February, 2016


23 February, 2016

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Paul Krugman: Cranks on Top (NY Times Column)
The illusions of the G.O.P. elite may be no better than those of the leading candidate.

Michele Hanson: Why should I go online for everything? (The Guardian)
The internet is great but, once all shopping has gone online, we'll realise the luddites deserved some brownie points.

Dr. Luisa Dillner: Is organic food healthier? (The Guardian)
A new study has suggested that organic milk might contain higher levels of omega-3 fatty acids. But that doesn't mean it's necessarily better for you.

Emine Saner: "Almond milk: quite good for you - very bad for the planet" (The Guardian)
Sales of the non-dairy milk alternative are on the rise. But the super-healthy nuts - mostly grown in drought-hit California - need millions of litres of water to be produced. Think twice before you pour it on your cereal.

Clive James: 'Leslie Nielsen made a gun of his fingers and shot me. I shot back' (The Guardian)
In my career as a television interviewer, Nielsen was up there with William Shatner as the funniest man I ever met.

Kevin Lincoln: Why Deadpool's Astounding Success Poses a Challenge for Fox (Slate)
Deadpool, Ryan Reynolds's outlandishly vulgar take on the cult-favorite superhero, is a bona fide phenomenon. It made $150 million in its first four days domestically, breaking all kinds of records, as well as $268.4 million worldwide, meaning it grossed more in half a week than all but 26 movies did over the entirety of last year.

William Shatner Int - The Clive James Show 1991 (YouTube)
An interview with William Shatner on the Clive James Show around the time of the release of Star Trek VI: The Undiscovered Country for all Trek fans!

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Trivia Question of the Day

This actress has won an Oscar for Best Supporting Actress as well as a record-setting eight primetime and one daytime Emmy Awards. What is her name?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

What soft drink claimed "It'll tickle yore innards!"?

       Mountain Dew                                                      Source

Mountain Dew (currently stylized as Mtn Dew in the United States) is a carbonated soft drinkbrand produced and owned by PepsiCo. The original formula was invented in 1940 by Tennessee beverage bottlers Barney and Ally Hartman. A revised formula was created by Bill Bridgforth in 1958. The rights to this formula were obtained by the Tip Corporation of Marion, Virginia. William H. "Bill" Jones of the Tip corporation further refined the formula, launching that version of Mountain Dew in 1961. On August 27, 1964, the Mountain Dew brand and production rights were acquired from Tip by the Pepsi-Cola company, at which point distribution expanded more widely across the United States and Canada.        Source

1965 - Pepsi unveils the "Ya-Hooo!" Mountain Dew promotion. At this time, the Mountain Dew label is redesigned to be more humorous, featuring Willy the Hillbilly and the phrase "It'll tickle yore innards!"        Source

Lois Of Oregon was first and correct with:
   Before it was the EXTREME Beverage of Choice for Rad Daredevils, Mountain Dew was the soft drink associated with the subject matter of jokes like this:

    A young hillbilly makes an announcement at the dinner table that he is going to get married. The father asks, "Do we know her?" "No", said the young man. Then the father asks, "Is she a virgin?" "Yes, daddy, she sure is", said the young man. "Well", said the father, "If she ain't good enough for her own kinfolk - she ain't good enough for ours!!!"


    A new law recently passed in Arkansas: Even when a couple gets divorced, they're still brother and sister.


    Guy goes into a bar in Arkansas and orders a drink.
    The bartender asks why he talks so funny.
    Guy says, "I'm from England."
    The bartender asks, "What th' hell you do in England?"
    Guy responds, "I'm a taxidermist."
    The bartender asks, "A taxidermist… now just what th' hell is a taxidermist?"
    Guy says, "I mount animals."
    The bartender grins and shouts out to the whole bar, "It's okay boys, he's one of us!"

Randall said:

mj wrote:
   I drank it once
  I hated it and never had another sip. Mountain Dew.

Alan J responded:
   Mountain Dew.

Robert replied:
   That horrible mix of sugar, caffeine, and fizz - Mountain dew

Adam answered:
   Mountain Dew

Deborah wrote:
   That would be Mountain Dew. Never cared for it myself, so I have no knowledge of its ability to "tickle yore innards."
  Lovely weekend and above-average temperatures for the week ahead. But what of the rain? Where did winter go?

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   Mountain Dew

Marian answered:
   Mountain Dew

Gene replied:
   Hillbilly Themed Mountain Dew, the phrase was right on the green bottles.

Dave in Tucson responded:
   "It'll tickle your innards" was claimed by Mountain Dew.

  To Lois of the Latrine - The guy with the hook handed chicken is Tee Hee in "Live and Let Die". Played by Julius Harris

Kevin K. in Washington DC wrote:
   That would be my favorite green, carbonated, heavily caffeinated sugary drink, "Mountain Dew", which for some reason was named after and marketed like it was moonshine liquor.

Dale of Sunny Diamond Springs, Norcali answered:
   Mountain Dew, the asshats that delivered to us that fucking horrible Monkey, Puppy, Baby commercial during the super bowl of commercials. Almost as disgusting as the "if your asshole is plugged up from your addiction to Oxy, tell your doc to give you a script for Asstra Shitica. Does anyone remember when lawyers and drug companies couldn't advertise on TV?
  Anyways, my three offspring came by yesterday with birthday greetins, prizes and culinary gifts(sonny boy and mate cooked me breakfast and daughter #two cooked me enchiladas and rellenos for dinner. Yum! I'm fortunate and grateful for my kids. Shit, they all even still like me!

  29 years clean and sober today! And I still enjoy the circus!

Daniel in The City said:
   Yahoo! Mountain Dew!

DJ Useo replied:
   I remember how much we kids loved Mountain Dew when it came to our area of the country.
  The older kids told us it was "cow pee", so they could have it all to themselves.
  We wondered why the older kids drank it anyway, but we were too young to figure it out. Doh!
  It sure tasted great for "cow pee". Haha.

George M. responded:
   Marty, the soft drink you ask of is Mountain Dew.
  I used to drink that stuff like crazy when I was younger, now I have to give it up.
  BTW, I'm going in for a heart test on Tuesday, February 23rd. I hope I make it through the test.

MAM   wrote:
   Mountain Dew ~ "Made from flavors specially blended in the traditional hillbilly style" and on the back "It'll tickle yore innards!"

  Willy the Hillbilly - First Mountain Dew Commercial (1966)

Joe S     took the day off.

Sally has retired, but still pays attention.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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

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Last Night

Perfect summer day - if only it was summer...

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'NCIS', followed by a FRESH 'NCIS: The 3rd One', then a FRESH 'Limitless'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Debra Messing, Zachary Quinto, and Violent Femmes.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Khloe Kardashian and Josh Duhamel.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'Hollywood Game Night', followed by a FRESH 'Chicago Med', then a FRESH 'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Kevin Spacey, Bill & Melinda Gates, and Kygo.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Bobby Cannavale and David Remnick.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Michael Imperioli, Nothing But Theives, and Emeraude Toubia.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'Fresh Off The Boat', followed by a FRESH 'The Muppets', then a FRESH 'Marvel's Agent Carter'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Ellen Pompeo, Norman Reedus, and Yo Gotti featuring Travis Barker.

The CW offers a FRESH 'The Flash', followed by a FRESH 'iZombie'.

Faux has a FRESH 'New Girl', followed by a FRESH 'Grandfathered', then a FRESH 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', followed by a FRESH 'The Grinder'.

MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.

A&E has 'Married At First Sight', another 'Married At First Sight', followed by a FRESH 'Married At First Sight', then a FRESH 'Fit To Fat To Fit'.

AMC offers the movie 'Dawn Of The Dead', followed by the movie 'Terminator 3: Rise Of The Machines', then the movie 'The Day The Earth Stood Still'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 18 - Episode 8
 [7:00AM]    THE GRAHAM NORTON SHOW - SEASON 18 - Episode 15
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 21-Hollow Pursuits
 [2:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 10-Everglades
 [3:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 11-Ecuador
 [4:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 1-Morocco
 [5:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 2-Bear's Top Man Moments
 [6:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3-Georgia Eastern Europe
 [7:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-Norway: Edge of Survival
 [8:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 5-Northern Australia
 [9:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 6-Mojave
 [10:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 10-Guatemala
 [11:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 12-Canadian Rockies
 [12:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 1-Morocco
 [1:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 2-Bear's Top Man Moments
 [2:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 3-Georgia Eastern Europe
 [3:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-Norway: Edge of Survival
 [4:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 5-Northern Australia
 [5:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 6-Mojave    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', another 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of BH', then a FRESH 'Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce'.

Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Tosh.0', then a FRESH 'Not Safe With Nikki Glaser'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Anthony Mackie.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Nightly Show with Larry Wilmore is Rev. Al Sharpton.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Craig Ferguson, Kurt Braunohler, and Mary Lynn Rajskub.

FX has the movie 'American Hustle', followed by a FRESH 'The People V. OJ Simpson: American Crime Party'.

History has 'Join Or Die With Craig Ferguson', another 'Join Or Die With Craig Ferguson', 'Counting Cars', another 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH 'Counting Cars', then another FRESH 'Counting Cars', followed by a FRESH 'Forged In Fire'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    SYRIANA
 [8:45AM]    1408
 [4:00PM]    PORTLANDIA-Pickathon
 [4:30PM]    PORTLANDIA-Going Gray
 [5:00PM]    PORTLANDIA-Shville
 [5:30PM]    PORTLANDIA-Weirdo Beach
 [6:00PM]    PORTLANDIA-Breaking Up
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-When the Levee Breaks
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Whole Lotta Love
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Battle of Evermore
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hey, Hey What Can I Do?
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Bring It on Home
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-No Quarter
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Trampled Under Foot
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-You Shook Me
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Nobody's Fault but Mine
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Immigrant Song
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-When the Levee Breaks
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Whole Lotta Love
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Battle of Evermore
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hey, Hey What Can I Do?
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Bring It on Home
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-No Quarter

Sundance  -   
 [8:00AM]    Sixteen Candles
 [10:00AM]    National Lampoon's Vacation
 [12:00PM]    Stripes
 [2:30PM]    Jeremiah Johnson
 [5:00PM]    Dances With Wolves
 [9:00PM]    The Shawshank Redemption
 [12:00AM]    American History X
 [2:45AM]    Donnie Brasco
 [5:45AM]    The Writers' Room-Sons of Anarchy    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Tremors 5: Bloodlines', followed by the movie 'Indiana Jones & The Kingdom Of The Crystal Skull'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Judd Apatow, Wyatt Cenac, and Dion.

 [7:30 AM]      The Navy Comes Through (1942)
 [9:00 AM]      Tom, Dick and Harry (1941)
 [10:30 AM]      That Uncertain Feeling (1941)
 [12:00 PM]      Comrade X (1940)
 [1:45 PM]      I Remember Mama (1948)
 [4:15 PM]      The Bachelor and the Bobby-Soxer (1947)
 [6:00 PM]      Cyrano De Bergerac (1950)
 [8:00 PM]      The Caine Mutiny (1954)
 [10:15 PM]      Marty (1955)
 [12:00 AM]      Kind Lady (1951)
 [1:30 AM]      The Constant Nymph (1943)
 [3:30 AM]      The Sea Hawk (1940)
 [5:45 AM]      Mr. Skeffington (1945)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Wednesday   -  02/24/16

 [8:15 AM]      Blues in the Night (1941)
 [9:45 AM]      Four Daughters (1938)
 [11:30 AM]      Dangerous (1935)
 [1:00 PM]      'G' Men (1935)
 [2:30 PM]      Mighty Joe Young (1949)
 [4:15 PM]      She Wore a Yellow Ribbon (1949)
 [6:00 PM]      All the King's Men (1949)
 [8:00 PM]      A Little Romance (1979)
 [10:00 PM]      MASH (1970)
 [12:15 AM]      Network (1976)
 [2:30 AM]      Bonnie and Clyde (1967)
 [4:30 AM]      McCabe and Mrs. Miller (1971)     (ALL TIMES EST)

TNT has a FRESH 'Rizzoli & Isles'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from 02/24/84) - Tom Hanks, Lynn Redgrave, and Franklyn Ajaye.

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Actress Diahann Carroll attends the 2016 ABFF Awards: A Celebration of Hollywood held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Photo by Richard Shotwell


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Rising Faster


Sea levels on Earth are rising several times faster than they have in the past 2,800 years and are accelerating because of man-made global warming, according to new studies.

An international team of scientists dug into two dozen locations across the globe to chart gently rising and falling seas over centuries and millennia. Until the 1880s and the world's industrialization, the fastest seas rose was about 1 to 1.5 inches (3 to 4 centimeters) a century, plus or minus a bit. During that time global sea level really didn't get much higher or lower than 3 inches above or below the 2,000-year average.

But in the 20th century the world's seas rose 5.5 inches (14 centimeters). Since 1993 the rate has soared to a foot per century (30 centimeters). And two different studies published Monday in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences, said by 2100 that the world's oceans will rise between 11 to 52 inches (28 to 131 centimeters), depending on how much heat-trapping gas Earth's industries and vehicles expel.

To figure out past sea levels and rates of rise and fall, scientists engaged in a "geological detective story," said study co-author Ben Horton, a Rutgers marine scientist. They went around the world looking at salt marshes and other coastal locations and used different clues to figure out what the sea level was at different times. They used single cell organisms that are sensitive to salinity, mangroves, coral, sediments and other clues in cores, Horton said. On top of that they checked their figures by easy markers such as the rise of lead with the start of the industrial age and isotopes only seen in the atomic age.

Sea level rise in the 20th century is mostly man-made, the study authors said. A separate, not-yet-published study by Kopp and others found since 1950, about two-thirds of the U.S. nuisance coastal floods in 27 locales have the fingerprints of man-made warming.



Don Cheadle and Bridgid Coulter attend the 2016 ABFF Awards: A Celebration of Hollywood held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Beverly Hills, Calif.
Photo by Richard Shotwell


Banned From Jeopardy


A decision by the U.S. television show "Jeopardy!" to exclude Canadians from competing on the game show has sparked dismay, a lot of jokes framed in the form of a question, and pointed questions for its Canadian host, Alex Trebek.

Trebek, the show's longtime host, confirmed the change in rules after Canadian media noticed a change in eligibility on the show's online registration page.

"It is true that for the most recent Jeopardy! contestant tryouts, Canadians were precluded from taking the online test, since the show must now comply with new rules set down by the Canadian government," Trebek said in an email sent by Jeopardy's public relations department on Monday.

The show did not specify what Canadian law it was concerned about breaking. While Canada passed anti-spam legislation in 2014 and a new digital privacy law in 2015, it was unclear whether either would prevent a Canadian from using "Jeopardy!"'s online system for competing on the show.

A spokeswoman for Canada's Privacy Commissioner said their office had not been involved in the matter and it was "not at all clear what legal requirements are being referred to."



Newhead News


Iranian Media Outlets Add To Bounty

Salman Rushdie

Iranian state-run media outlets have added $600,000 to a bounty for the killing of British author Salman Rushdie imposed in 1989 over the publishing of his book "The Satanic Verses".

The leader of Iran's 1979 Islamic revolution, the late Ayatollah Ruhollah Khomeini, issued a fatwa, or religious edict, that called on Muslims to the kill the author after his book was condemned as blasphemous, forcing him into years of hiding.

Iranian hardliners say Khomeini's decree is irrevocable and eternal after his death. A wealthy Iranian religious organization offered $2.7 million reward to anyone carrying out the fatwa and in 2012 it increased the amount to $3.3 million.

The semi-official Fars news agency published a list of 40 news outlets adding to the pot. Fars itself earmarked $30,000.

"These media outlets have set the $600,000 bounty on the 27th anniversary of the historical fatwa to show it is still alive," Mansour Amiri, organizer of a digital technology exhibition at which the money was announced this month, told Reuters.

Salman Rushdie


Protesters hold signs as they protest the appearance of Republican presidential candidate, Ohio Gov. John Kasich at a town hall meeting in Richmond, Va., Monday, Feb. 22, 2016.
Photo by Steve Helber


Hospital News

Claire McCaskill

Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill says she has breast cancer.

The Democratic senator said in a blog post Monday that the cancer was detected through a regular mammogram and she will be in St. Louis for the next three weeks receiving treatment. She said "it's a little scary" but her prognosis is good and she expects a full recovery.

McCaskill said she will post on her website how she would have voted on any matters that come before the Senate while she is gone.

Claire McCaskill


Wake-up Call



Camille Cosby

Bill Cosby's wife, who has publicly stood by him as he faces dozens of sexual-assault allegations, was deposed Monday in a defamation lawsuit filed against him by seven accusers and agreed to return next month to answer even more questions under oath.

The deposition, believed to be the first Camille Cosby has given since dozens of women came forward to accuse her husband of sexual assault, was given under heavy security at the Springfield Marriott hotel.

Camille Cosby and her lawyers met with lawyers for the seven women suing her husband for about seven or eight hours Monday. A lawyer for the women, Joseph Cammarata, said she spent about 2 1/2 hours answering questions and the rest of the time was a back and forth between lawyers on what she could or should answer. He said a judge had to be contacted twice.

Cammarata wouldn't characterize his questions to Camille Cosby, but he said she was in a unique position to know a lot about Bill Cosby because she has been married to him for 52 years and has been his business manager.

The women allege Bill Cosby defamed them by branding them liars after they went public with allegations of sexual assault.

Camille Cosby


Buddhist monks pray at Wat Phra Dhammakaya during a ceremony on Makha Bucha Day in Pathum Thani province, north of Bangkok February 22, 2016. The Dhammakaya temple is regarded as the country's richest Buddhist temple. Makha Bucha Day honours Buddha and his teachings, and falls on the full moon day of the third lunar month.
Photo by Jorge Silva


Apologizes For Offensive Joke

Rob Thomas

Matchbox Twenty frontman Rob Thomas has apologized after being accused of making a racist joke during a solo concert in Australia.

Thomas apologized on Facebook following the Saturday night show in Melbourne, where he made a joke about dealing with jetlag by drinking.

"And then I drink until I think I'm Australian, and I keep drinking until I think I'm a black Australian," he told the crowd.

The joke was viewed by some Australians as derogatory toward the country's Aboriginal population. Aborigines are the poorest ethnic group in Australia, and many remote indigenous communities have high rates of substance abuse.

Thomas said he was unaware of the cultural sensitivities surrounding indigenous Australians and it wasn't until after the show that he was told he had said something considered racist.

Rob Thomas


A float showing Moise, Charles de Gaulle, and Colonel Muammar Gaddafi parades during during 132th Nice carnival parade, Sunday, Feb. 21, 2016, in Nice, southeastern France. The Carnival celebrates this year the "King of Media".
Photo by Lionel Cironneau


Gun Maker Seeks Dismissal Of Lawsuit


Lawyers for a gun maker and families of some Sandy Hook Elementary School massacre victims squared off in a Connecticut courtroom Monday over whether a federal law prevents the families' wrongful death lawsuit targeting the AR-15 rifle used to kill 20 children and six adults in the 2012 shooting.

Judge Barbara Bellis in Bridgeport heard arguments but didn't issue a ruling Monday. She said she would rule within the next two months on whether the lawsuit should go forward toward trial or be dismissed.

The families of nine children and adults killed at the Newtown school and a teacher who survived the attack say the AR-15 is a highly lethal military weapon that should not be sold to the public. They're suing Freedom Group, the Madison, North Carolina, parent company of Bushmaster Firearms, which made the AR-15 used in the school shooting.

Lawyers for Freedom Group said the company is protected by a 2005 federal law that shields gun manufacturers from most lawsuits over criminal use of their products. They said Congress passed the Protection of Lawful Commerce in Arms Act after determining such lawsuits were an abuse of the legal system.

Joshua Koskoff, a lawyer for the victims' families, said their lawsuit is believed to be the first to be filed under an exception listed in the federal law that allows litigation against companies that know, or should know, that their weapons are likely to be used in a way that risks injury to others. The families are seeking unspecified monetary damages and hope the lawsuit persuades gun companies to not sell AR-15s to the public.



A reveller dances during "Lou Queernaval" parade, the first lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) carnival in France, as part of the Carnival of Nice, France, February 19, 2016.
Photo by Eric Gaillard


Stock Plunges

Lumber Liquidators

Lumber Liquidators' stock plunged Monday as the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention now says people exposed to certain types of the company's laminate flooring were three times more likely to get cancer than the agency previously predicted.

The CDC said that in its original report it had used an incorrect value for ceiling height. It said that resulted in health risks calculated using airborne concentration elements about three times lower than they should have been.

It now estimates the risk of cancer at six to 30 cases per 100,000 people. It previously estimated two to nine cases per 100,000 people.

The agency said that its recommendations will likely stay the same -- that people take steps to reduce exposure to formaldehyde emitted from the Chinese-made flooring.

Lumber Liquidators


Hundreds of people release lanterns into the air in hopes of good fortune and prosperity at the traditional lantern festival during the Chinese New Year in the Pingxi district of New Taipei City, Taiwan, Monday, Feb. 22, 2016. The lantern festival starts 15 days after the Chinese Lunar New Year and falls on Feb. 22, this year.
Photo by Chiang Ying-ying


Napoleon And Saladin


An Israeli government plan to build a new town near the site of a historic battle between crusaders and Muslim icon Saladin -- and where Napoleon also fought many years later -- has itself come under fire.

Scholars, farmers and even members of the Druze minority meant to benefit from the project have criticised the plan by Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu's government.

They say that the planned construction of a Druze town on a Galilee hillside threatens archaeological treasures and natural landscape registered with UNESCO for possible future inclusion on its list of World Heritage sites.

Israel's National Planning and Building Council approved it in January, with the government describing it as the first new town for members of the secretive offshoot of Shiite Islam since the Jewish state was established in 1948.

Another challenge to the government's blueprint for the site is its close proximity to the twin peaks known as the Horns of Hittin, scene of a decisive 12th-century clash between European crusaders and the forces of Muslim leader Saladin.




A wild rhesus macaque monkey carries a corn cob thrown on the street to feed it at Khao Sam Muk, known as monkey mountain, near the popular local Thai beach side of Bang Saen, in Chonburi, Thailand on February 22, 2016. Bang Saen beach, the closest recreational beach to Bangkok, is transformed every weekend by a majority Thai clientele who flock to enjoy the sea breeze and freshly caught seafood. It is host to a number of sports and entertainment events.
Photo by Barbara Walton



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