BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 10 April, 2012


10 April, 2012

(Updated Daily)

[196 days in a row]



The (Occasional) Veterans Report

Labor Department Vet Job Grants

The U.S. Department of Labor today announced the availability of $15 million in grants through the Homeless Veterans Reintegration Program to provide job training services to help homeless veterans succeed in civilian careers. The department anticipates awarding at least 50 grants toserve approximately 9,000 veterans.

(It's a start. Still too many homeless vets, though)

Post 9/11 GI Bill Changes Now in Effect  (National Guardsmen, take note!)

Most of the GI Bill 2.0 changes went into effect August 1, 2011. Many veterans, service members, and eligible family saw significant changes. A New Online Housing Allowance is payable to students enrolled 100% in online classes. The housing allowance is half the national average BAH for an E-5 with dependents. National Guard Eligibility has been expanded -- certain

National Guard members mobilized on Title 32 orders on-or-after Sept. 11th are now eligible for the Post-9/11 GI Bill.

Women's Health Care Roundtable

The Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) recently sponsored a roundtable discussion on VA research that attempts to improve the health and health care of women veterans. VA women Veteran's health research focuses on: (1) returning combat women Veterans; (2) understanding barriers and improving access to VA health care for women Veterans; (3) long-term health outcomes of women who served during the Vietnam era; (4) expanding mental health research; and (5) basic research (biomedical) on breast cancer including hormones, regulation, genetic factors, as well as autoimmune diseases. For more information about this and other roundtables, visit the Media Roundtable web page at

Beware of Scam Letter!

A letter is making the circuit purporting to be from the Defense Finance Accounting Service (DFAS) asking military member's fiances to register in the system entitling them to benefits in the event of the member's death. All for only a $350 fee. This is not a genuine DFAS letter -- it is a scam. The letter is a typical scam phishers use to try and obtain your personal information and,in this case, money. DFAS will never send unsolicited e-mail messages with attachments.

VA Study Looks at Diabetes

African American Veterans with hard-to-control diabetes made significant gains in keeping their blood sugar under control after working with "mentors" with similar health problems, according to a recent study by the Department of Veterans Affairs (VA). About one in five Veterans who receives care from VA has diabetes. The study by the Philadelphia Veterans Affairs Center included 118 African American Veterans, all of whom were having trouble controlling their diabetes.

(I've had many Black vets friends who have contracted type 2 diabetes and it's very hard on them for some reason unknown to me. Most were Vietnam vets and diabetes is one of the 'presumptive conditions' covered under the 'Agent Orange' program and is cause for service-connected compensation. Here is a complete list of those conditions covered: Veterans' Diseases Associated with Agent Orange - Public Health This also covers children of veterans exposed who were born with birth defects. Benefits for Veterans' Children with Birth Defects - Public Health In addition, vets with ALS are 'presumed' just by their service (at least 90 days) whether they were exposed, or not. These are official VA web pages.)

GI Benefit Watchdog Bill Introduced

U.S. Senator Patty Murray (D-Angel), Chairman of the Senate Veterans' Affairs Committee, recently joined with Senators Daniel Akaka (D-HI), Mark Begich (D-AK) to introduce in the U.S. Senate the GI Bill Consumer Awareness Act of 2012. The bill will give service members and veterans using the GI Bill and other VA education benefits access to information that would help them make informed decisions about the schools they attend so they get the most out of the benefit.

(This is all about 'For Profit' educational institutions that have been suspected of taking advantage of vets. Note this article I saved from a few days ago...) Student vets group suspends chapters at for-profits, concerned they were recruiting tools - The Washington Post

Top 10 Technology Jobs  (Helpful for all, not just vets!)

The Chicago Tribune, based on industry growth projections from ComputerWorld, has assembled a top-10 list of fast-growing tech jobs which include: network architect, application developer, software engineer, web developer, information security specialist, database administrator, information systems manager, computer support specialist, and computer programmer. Get full job descriptions with average salaries for each of these professions...

Military Sexual Trauma and the VA

April is Sexual Assault Awareness Month. Military sexual trauma (MST) is defined as a sexual assault or repeated, threatening sexual harassment that occurred during military service. MST can affect veterans' physical and mental health for many years afterwards. VA offers a variety of services designed to assist veterans who have experienced MST. Treatment for physical and mental health conditions related to MST is available at every VA facility and is provided to veterans free of charge, regardless of service-connection status. For more information, contact your VA facility's MST Coordinator or visit the VA's MST Resource homepage.

(The VA unabashedly has posters and pamphlets openly posted and available concerning MST at the VAMC's where I receive treatment... As well they should... I knew many, many competent and capable women during my 16 years in the military and I married one and she was the mother of my two daughters while she was still in uniform. MST sickens me, but it must be brought into the open and dealt with. Attn: DoD - Perpetrators on active duty (or even after discharge) must be brought to justice - and victims must receive treatment... and I feel that the VA is trying very hard to do that.)

Life Member - DAV

BadtotheboneBob's Veteran's Reports Archive


Marlins Manager Ozzie Guillen Promises Radical Changes to Atone for Castro Remarks


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Titanic 100: New CGI of How 'Titanic' Sank
James Cameron works with NatGeo to recreate the movements of the 'Titanic' as she sank in real life, in this clip from 'Titanic: The Final Word With James Cameron' ….

Paul Krugman: On Ryan Apologists (New York Times)
In my next life I want to be a conservative policy scammer.

Paul Krugman: The Gullible Center (New York Times)
[Paul] Ryan, the chairman of the House Budget Committee and the principal author of the last two Congressional Republican budget proposals, isn't especially interesting. He's a garden-variety modern G.O.P. extremist, an Ayn Rand devotee who believes that the answer to all problems is to cut taxes on the rich and slash benefits for the poor and middle class.

Troy Hooper: "Operation Midnight Climax: How The CIA Doped S.F. CItizens With LSD" (SF Weekly)
Now in his mid-eighties and living in San Jose, Ritchie may be among the last of the living victims of MK-ULTRA, a Central Intelligence Agency operation that covertly tested lysergic acid diethylamide (LSD) on unwitting Americans in San Francisco and New York City from 1953 to 1964.

Top 100 Foreign Films
Top film lists, though inevitably subjective, have at least one positive property: they bunch together in one place many of the mostly highly regarded films, some which you might never have heard of, others which you might have been aware of but haven't gotten around to seeing, and others which you are surprised to see on the list of all ("what is THAT doing here?"). In fact, their very subjectivity may be their most valuable quality -- it is only by encountering opinions and tastes unlike our own that we can stretch ourselves, make new discoveries, find unsuspected possibilities and riches in the world.

Intoxicating Trends (History Today)
Since the 19th century, attitudes to drugs have been in constant flux, argues Victoria Harris, owing as much to fashion as to science.

Marilyn Preston: Obamacare Plus Youcare Equals Everybody Wins (Creators Syndicate)
More than 70 percent of the chronic diseases that are the biggest burden on the health care system are caused by unhealthy, sedentary lifestyles: too little exercise, too much processed and toxic food, too little sleep, too much unrelieved stress.

Chuck Norris: Is Sugar Toxic? (Creators Syndicate)
It's true that Dr. Sanjay Gupta reported on "60 Minutes" that recent scientific research shows that sugar is in fact toxic and that overconsumption may lead to heart disease and even cancer.

David Bruce has 42 Kindle books on with 250 anecdotes in each book. Each book is $1, so for $42 you can buy 10,500 anecdotes. Search for "Funniest People," "Coolest People, "Most Interesting People," "Kindest People," "Religious Anecdotes," "Maximum Cool," and "Resist Psychic Death."


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Trivia Question of the Day

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Trivia Question from Yesterday

"Glitter And Be Gay" is associated with what TV series/personality?

   Dick Cavett                                                      Source

The late-night show's 45-minute midpoint would always be signaled by the musical piece "Glitter and Be Gay" from Leonard Bernstein's Candide. The Candide snippet became Cavett's theme song, being used as the introduction to his later PBS series, and was played by the house band on his various talk show appearances over the last 30 years.        Source

What is the name of the piece of music you always used for your show? (We used to think it was a peppy little number that Bobby Rosengarten cooked up, but we heard it on NPR once and it turns out it's classical music!)
I can almost swear I remember typing the words....The "peppy little number" as you call it was from the score of Leonard Bernstein's "Candide" It's called, "The Jewel Song" or "Glitter and be Gay" depending on what sort of bar you're in. Your smarter readers will impress their friends by pointing out that it's in 7/4 time.

Dick Cavett Show, The | Archive of American Television

BttbBob was first, and correct, with:
   From Leonard Bernstein's 'Candide' it became Cavett's 'theme song'...

Alan J took the day off.

Sally said:
   "Glitter And Be Gay"(from the Broadway show "Candide") is associated with Dick Cavett who used a piece in the middle of his late-night TV show. It also was used as his introduction during the years the Cavett show aired on PBS. The music from Candide was written by Leonard Bernstein, BTW.

  I saw the show on Broadway in the late 1950's and remember falling asleep midway through the first act. I did buy the album though, and did become some what fond of the music - eventually.
  PS: Thanks for sharing the pics, you wild and crazy guy! :)

Marian replied:
   Dick Cavett

Charlie responded:
   That Leonard Bernstein song, from Candide, is associated with Kristen Chenoweth on Sesame Street.

Adam answered:
   Rip Taylor? Kristin Chenowith?

Dale of Diamond Springs responded:
   Happy Monday Marty Kristin Chenoweth the proud possessor of mucho synthetic surgeries has starred on Broadway and television. Even though a "Christian Baptist", she never the less is a strong supporter of LBGT rights.

MAM   wrote:
   The Dick Cavett Show ~ The late-night show's 45-minute midpoint would always be signaled by the musical piece "Glitter and Be Gay" from Leonard Bernstein's 'Candide'. The 'Candide' snippet became
  Cavett's theme song, being used as the introduction to his later PBS series, and was played by the house band on his various talk show appearances over the last 30 years.

  PS ~ Great pictures of Joe S's 'Birthday Beach Bash'!

And, Joe S    , who just celebrated the anniversary of his first spanking, replied:
   Rip Taylor? I don't know........



Middle Class Political Economist


Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Tsingy, Madagascan 'Stone Forest' Home To Lemurs And Lizards (PICTURES)

Martin Lewis: Hello Goodbye: Why the Great Mike Wallace Instantly Forgot His Beatles TV Exclusive

For Army troops, prescription drugs may add to fog of war -

Bryan Cranston: 'Breaking Bad' will split final season | Inside TV |

The Golden Gate Bridge - Slideshows and Picture Stories -

Golden Gate Bridge links lovers for a lifetime - TODAY News - American Story with Bob Dotson -

The Sport of Kings: Polo - 60 Minutes - CBS News

The Ideas | Trust For The National Mall

Wes Keller, Alaska GOP Lawmaker, Blocks Girl Scouts Resolution Over Alleged Planned Parenthood Ties

Daily Kos: Texas: Ground Zero in the Republican War on Public Education

Daily Kos: Monsanto threatens to sue Vermont for putting accurate labels on food products.

Daily Kos: Rick Warren not a fan of this whole Jesus thing

Daily Kos: If abortion is murder...

Thanks, Michelle!


Bosko Suggests


8 of the Most Unique Paths in the World

Have a great day,


Thanks, Bosko!


From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'

"The Problem With Young People Today"

(Crabby Old Fart)


Reader Suggestion

Aerosmith: Dudes Look Like Old Ladies


I have a terribly misguided urge to make fun of Aerosmith. It's a genetic thing. It may also be a bit of a failing. But if so, it's a failing that I'm quite fond of.

Anyway, I had a few free hours last weekend and so I wasted them doing this… Dudes Look Like Old Ladies

I'm the first to admit that it's all terribly misguided and the video ain't slick. In fact, it's even a tad clunky, and the sound isn't great (did I mention I did it in a couple of hours?), oh, and, also, I suspect we can all agree that my old lady voices and my imitation of Lara Logan border on the wonky at best.

I'm know, I'm all hard sell…

Anyway, if you want to click the link and watch, well, you were warned... J


Mike The Writer Guy

Thanks, Mike!
Mike is also responsible for Avery Ant, and Crabby Old Fart ("The Problem With Young People Today")


Reader Comment

Re: Thomas Kincade

Hi Again Marty

I knew Thomas Kincade since 1991, when he opened his 1st store in Placerville. What an arrogant asshole of man he was. His main obsession was greed, not art. Most of the local artists had nothing to do with him. Thank you for the parodies. I hate his work!

That Guy In The Place Formerly Known As Rattlesnake Gulch

A couple of my old pals who live in your neck of the woods didn't agree with your assessment - nah, they said you were far too kind.

Here are the pictures again, mostly because I like them.

Some Kinkade Parodies (from the Internets)



As Seen On Star Trek

Howdy Marty

The PowerPot by David Toledo - Kickstarter

a thermal-electric generator to charge gadgets for first world backpackers has major implications for third world communities and healthcare.

Tom Loud )O( Yer Friendly Neighborhood Folksinger
Entertainment Workers Industrial Union 630

Of all tyrannies, a tyranny exercised for the good of its victims may be the most oppressive. … [T]hose who torment us for our own good will torment us without end, for they do so with the approval of their own conscience. -- C.S. Lewis

Thanks, Tom!



Selected Readings

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Ark Of Darkness


In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Still sunny, still hot.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'NCIS', followed by a FRESH 'NCIS: The 2nd One', then a FRESH 'Unforgettable'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Dave are Sean Hayes, Jim Gaffigan, and Shooter Jennings.
Scheduled on a FRESH Craig are Guy Pearce and Jessica St. Clair.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'Biggest Loser', followed by a FRESH 'The Voice', then a FRESH 'Fashion Star'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Leno are Josh Hutcherson, Rachel Maddow, Eric Turner featuring Lupe Fiasco and Tinie Tempah.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Christina Applegate, Jane Goodall, and White Rabbits.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Seann William Scott, "No Room for Rock Stars", and Dr. Dog.

ABC begins the night with a FRESH 'Last Man Standing', followed by a FRESH 'Cougar Town', then a FRESH 'Dancing With The R's', followed by a FRESH 'Body Of Proof'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are David Spade, the latest "Dancing with the Stars" castoff, and Slash.

The CW offers a RERUN '90210', followed by a FRESH 'Ringer'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Glee', followed by a FRESH 'New Girl', then a FRESH 'Raising Hope'.

MY recycles an old 'Cold Case', followed by another old 'Cold Case'.

A&E has all 'Storage Wars' all night.

AMC offers 'CSI: The 2nd One', followed by the movie 'The Birdcage', then the movie 'The Birdcage', again.

BBC  -   
 [8:00AM]   TOP GEAR-Episode 10
 [9:00AM]   TOP GEAR-Episode 5
 [10:00AM]   TOP GEAR-Episode 6
 [11:00AM]   TOP GEAR-Episode 7
 [12:00PM]   TOP GEAR-Episode 8
 [1:00PM]   TOP GEAR-Episode 9
 [2:00PM]   TOP GEAR-Episode 1
 [3:00PM]   TOP GEAR-Episode 2
 [4:00PM]   TOP GEAR-Episode 1
 [5:00PM]   TOP GEAR-Episode 2
 [6:00PM]   TOP GEAR-Episode 3
 [7:00PM]   TOP GEAR-Episode 4
 [10:00PM]   NO KITCHEN REQUIRED-Ep 2 - New Zealand NEW
 [11:00PM]   NO KITCHEN REQUIRED-Ep 1- Dominica
 [1:00AM]   NO KITCHEN REQUIRED-Ep 2 - New Zealand
 [2:00AM]   NO KITCHEN REQUIRED-Ep 1- Dominica
 [3:00AM]   TORCHWOOD-Ep 11 Combat
 [4:00AM]   THE X-FILES-Ep 20 Darkness Falls

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of Atlanta', 'Real Housewives Of OC', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of OC', and another 'Real Housewives Of OC'.

Comedy Central has '30 Rock', another '30 Rock', 'South Park', another 'South Park', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', still another 'Tosh.0', and yet another 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jon Stewart is Elon Musk.
Scheduled on a FRESH Colbert Report is Richard Hersh.

FX has the movie '2012', followed by a FRESH 'Justified'.

History has 'Sniper: Inside The Crosshairs', 'Pawn Stars', another 'Pawn Stars', 'Swamp People', followed by a FRESH 'Top Shot'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]   Whitest Kids U'Know
 [6:30AM]   Man About Town
 [8:30AM]   Trojan Eddie
 [10:45AM]   Vera Drake
 [1:30PM]   FF: Scoring With the American Secrets at SXSW
 [1:35PM]   Nosebleed
 [1:45PM]   Man About Town
 [3:45PM]   Trojan Eddie
 [6:00PM]   Malcolm in the Middle-Convention
 [6:30PM]   Malcolm in the Middle-Malcolm vs. Reese
 [7:00PM]   Malcolm in the Middle-Poker
 [7:30PM]   Malcolm in the Middle-Reese's Job
 [8:00PM]   King of New York
 [10:15PM]   FF: Scoring With the American Secrets at SXSW
 [10:20PM]   Less Than Zero
 [12:35AM]   King of New York
 [2:50AM]   FF: Scoring With the American Secrets at SXSW
 [2:55AM]   The Inglorious Bastards
 [5:10AM]   Mr. Show With Bob and David-If You're Going to Write a Comedy Scene, You're Going to Have Some Rat Feces in There
 [5:45AM]   Whitest Kids U'Know    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00A]   This Is Not A Robbery
 [7:15A]   Flame & Citron
 [9:35A]   Carny
 [11:00A]   This Is Not A Robbery
 [12:30P]   THE MORTIFIED SESSIONS - Alanis Morissette & Blake Mycoskie
 [1:00P]   MY SO-CALLED LIFE - Pressure (Episode 13, Season 1)
 [2:00P]   MY SO-CALLED LIFE - On the Wagon (Episode 14, Season 1)
 [3:00P]   Flame & Citron
 [5:25P]   The Closer You Get
 [7:00P]   Love Lust & Sex Symbols
 [8:00P]   Accomplices
 [9:35P]   Teleglobal Dreamin'
 [10:00P]   GIRLS WHO LIKE BOYS WHO LIKE BOYS - Crash & Burn (Nashville - Ep. 11)
 [10:30P]   GIRLS WHO LIKE BOYS WHO LIKE BOYS - Intervention (Nashville - Ep. 12)
 [11:00P]   Sex Magic, Manifesting Maya
 [12:30A]   Higglety Pigglety Pop! or There Must Be More To Life
 [1:00A]   GIRLS WHO LIKE BOYS WHO LIKE BOYS - Crash & Burn (Nashville - Ep. 11)
 [1:30A]   GIRLS WHO LIKE BOYS WHO LIKE BOYS - Intervention (Nashville - Ep. 12)
 [2:00A]   X
 [3:30A]   Accomplices
 [5:05A]   The Door
 [5:30A]   THE MORTIFIED SESSIONS - Lea Thompson & Anthony Michael Hall    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Elektra', followed by a FRESH 'WWE Steroid SmackDown!', then a FRESH 'Dream Machines'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Jason Biggs, Phil & Willie Robertson, and M. Ward.

 [6:30 AM]      On Borrowed Time (1939)
 [8:15 AM]      We Who Are Young (1940)
 [9:45 AM]      Kathleen (1941)
 [11:15 AM]      The Penalty (1941)
 [12:45 PM]      The War Against Mrs. Hadley (1942)
 [2:15 PM]      Adventures of Tartu (1943)
 [4:00 PM]      Sabotage Agent (1943)
 [6:00 PM]      Without Love (1945)
 [8:00 PM]      The Searchers (1956)
 [10:15 PM]      Eyes Without a Face (1960)
 [12:00 AM]      Get Carter (1971)
 [2:00 AM]      Withnail & I (1987)
 [4:00 AM]      Sweet Smell Of Success (1957)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Wednesday   -  04/11/12

TCM spends the daylight hours with Randolph Scott, and the night with Peter O'Toole.
 [6:00 AM]      Now Playing April (2012) (2012)
 [6:30 AM]      Trail Street (1947)
 [8:00 AM]      The Stranger Wore a Gun > (1953)
 [9:30 AM]      Carson City (1952)
 [11:00 AM]      The Man Behind The Gun (1953)
 [12:30 PM]      Colt .45 (1950)
 [2:00 PM]      Thunder Over the Plains (1953)
 [3:30 PM]      Fort Worth (1951)
 [5:00 PM]      Belle Starr (1941)
 [6:30 PM]      Ride Lonesome (1959)

 [8:00 PM]      Peter O'Toole: Live from the TCM Classic Film Festival (2012)
 [9:00 PM]      The Lion In Winter (1968)
 [11:30 PM]      Live From the TCM Film Festival: Peter O' Toole (2012)
 [12:30 AM]      Lawrence of Arabia (1962)
 [4:30 AM]      The Day They Robbed The Bank Of England (1960)

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Rolling Stones guitarist Ronnie Wood holds up one of his works of art during a news conference unveiling his new art exhibit "Faces, Time and Places" on Monday, April 9, 2012, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


Vidiot Speak


Green Day To Induct

Guns N' Roses

Green Day will welcome fellow hard rockers Guns N' Roses into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame.

Rock Hall spokesman Todd Mesek said Monday that Green Day members Billie Joe Armstrong, Mike Dirnt and Tre Cool will induct Guns N' Roses at Saturday's ceremony at Cleveland's Public Hall.

Mesek says it's not yet known if the original Guns N' Roses lineup will reunite and perform. Mesek say he believes frontman Axl Rose, guitarist Slash and other band members plan to attend. The group split in 1996.

This year's Hall of Fame class includes the Red Hot Chili Peppers, Beastie Boys, Donovan, Laura Nyro and The Small Faces/The Faces.

Guns N' Roses


The African Queen, the original vessel from director John Huston's classic 1951 film by the same name, sails on a Key Largo, Florida canal April 7, 2012. Built in 1912, the 30-foot boat that carried Humphrey Bogart and Katharine Hepburn has been refurbished and is to be operated by Suzanne (2nd R) and Lance Holmquist (R), to provide Florida Keys visitors an opportunity to take rides on the cinema icon. The son of legendary actor Humphrey Bogart, Stephen Bogart, will follow in his father's wake by taking a ride on the African Queen to help relaunch the newly restored riverboat that co-starred in the classic movie by that name.
Photo by Andy Newman


Broadway's All-Time Box Office King

'The Lion King'

Box office figures released Monday show that "The Lion King" last week swiped the title of Broadway's all-time highest grossing show from "The Phantom of the Opera."

The cumulative gross for "The Lion King" is $853,846,062, according to the show's numbers. Its chandelier-swinging rival's cumulative total is $853,122,847, according to the musical's publicist. The "Lion King" surged past "Phantom" after netting over $2 million at the box office for the week ending Sunday, while "Phantom" pulled in about $1.2 million.

What makes the achievement all the more remarkable is that "The Lion King" chased down and grabbed the title despite "Phantom" having almost a full 10 years' head start. The Disney show opened in November 1997, while "Phantom" debuted in January 1988.

The upstart's victory is due in large part to its higher average ticket prices and a slightly larger theater. Monday's data shows "Phantom" had an average paid admission of $98.97, while "The Lion King" fetched $155.09.

To be sure, "Phantom," now in its 24th year, is still the longest-running show in Broadway history, with more than 10,000 performances and it has sold many more tickets than its Disney rival on the Great White Way, a staggering 14.8 million so far.

'The Lion King'


Wake-up Call


Memorial Cruise Delayed By Strong Winds


Operators of a memorial cruise retracing the route of the Titanic 100 years since it sank say it has been slighly delayed because of high winds.

A spokeswoman for the Titanic Memorial Cruise said the MS Balmoral arrived Monday at the town of Cobh, on Ireland's southern coast, about two hours later than scheduled due to the bad weather.

Cobh, once known as Queenstown, was the Titanic's last port of call before it crossed the Atlantic in April 1912.

Rachel O'Reilly said the boat, carrying 1,309 passengers - including relatives of some of the more than 1,500 people who died - will now leave Cobh around midnight. It is heading for the North Atlantic site where the ship hit an iceberg and sank.

The Balmoral left southern England's Southampton Sunday for the 12-night cruise.



Slovak youths dressed in traditional costumes whip girls using sticks made from willow trees as part of Easter celebrations in the village of Trencianska Tepla, 145 km (90 miles) north of Bratislava April 9, 2012. Girls are doused with water and whipped in a custom believed to ensure a woman's fertility and beauty.
Photo by Radovan Stoklasa


3rd Time Slot In 6 Months

'Rock Center'

NBC said Monday that it remains committed to Brian Williams' "Rock Center" for the long haul even as the newsmagazine moves this week to its third time slot in less than six months.

"Rock Center" will air Wednesdays at 9 p.m. Eastern time, an hour earlier than its previous slot. From the show's Halloween premiere last fall through the end of January, it was shown on Monday nights.

The network's plan from the beginning was to move the show around until it found the right spot for it, said David Corvo, senior executive producer at NBC News.

"I would be surprised if we didn't move again before the summer's over," he said.

'Rock Center'


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Sues Furniture Company

Clint Eastwood

Legendary actor Clint Eastwood is suing the furniture company, Evofurniture, and the website for using his likeness to sell ottomans, chairs and entertainment centers.

In a lawsuit obtained by The Hollywood Reporter, Eastwood alleges that the company and website "are continuing to use Mr. Eastwood's name, identity and persona for the purpose of attracting attention to the infringing products."

The suit alleges that the website uses many of Eastwood's famous catchphrases and movie titles to describe some of the furniture, which has branded some of its furniture with names like "Clint" and "Eastwood."

Some of the descriptions of entertainment centers include references to the actor-director's films: "When you're invited into a person's home, you get to see the good, the bad and the ugly. When visitors come to your home, the Clint 47" Entertainment Center makes your family room alone look like you live in a perfect world of a million dollar baby."

The suit seeks a permanent injunction against the company and website from using his name or likeness, as well as unspecified damages.

Clint Eastwood


The chariot of God Bhairab is pulled through the city centre of Bhaktapur near Kathmandu during the Bisket festival April 9, 2012. The nine-day festival takes place over the Nepalese New Year, during which the devotees try to pull the chariot to their respective locations and the winners are believed to be blessed for the coming year with good fortune.
Photo by Navesh Chitrakar


Pioneer Still Fighting

Birth Control

Taunts of "baby killer" and "butcher" still echo in Bill Baird's ears, nearly five decades after he began fighting for birth control and abortion rights.

Now 79, the Massachusetts man says a Georgetown University law student's recent verbal bashing on a national radio show is evidence that rights he equates with liberty and equality are in jeopardy.

Baird's own fight started grabbing headlines around April 1967.

Vice squad cops arrested him after he gave contraceptive foam to a student during a Boston University lecture. He left the lecture in handcuffs, an arrest he spoke about last week as he marked the 45th anniversary of it.

Baird told about a dozen Democrats inside a stately home across the Charles River how Boston police helped advance his plan that day - how giving contraception to an unmarried 19-year-old coed set up a constitutional challenge that propelled his case to the U.S. Supreme Court. It led to the court's 1972 decision that gave unmarried people the same rights to birth control as married people.

Birth Control


Georgia Museum

Josef Stalin

A museum that has honored Josef Stalin in Georgia since 1937 is being remodeled to exhibit the atrocities that were committed during the Soviet dictator's rule.

Georgian Culture Minister Nika Rurua said Monday that his nation, which became independent in 1991, can no longer host a museum "glorifying the Soviet dictator."

Stalin was born Josef Dzhugashvili in the central Georgian town of Gori in 1879, and the museum opened here in 1937, at the height of purges that were later dubbed the Great Terror.

The gigantic museum includes the house where Stalin was born and some 47,000 exhibits, including his personal belongings and death masks.

But in post-Soviet Georgia, whose pro-Western government has been actively removing traces of Soviet past, the museum seemed like an anachronism that mostly attracted foreign tourists and a few die-hard Communists.

Josef Stalin



How Companies Avoid Paying


More than two dozen Fortune 500 companies paid no U.S. federal income taxes in recent years partly because of a corporate tax break that is broadly supported by Republicans and Democrats alike, a consumer group said on Monday.

In at least half of the cases cited by the group, companies made use of accelerated depreciation, a tax provision that allows increased deductions in the early years of the life of an asset.

Citizens for Tax Justice, which advocates steeper corporate taxes, said it surveyed major U.S. companies and found that 26 on average paid no net federal income taxes between 2008 and 2011, among them General Electric and Duke Energy.

Accelerated depreciation will cost the U.S. Treasury $37 billion between 2010 and 2014, according to a recent estimate by Congress's Joint Committee on Taxation.

Still, both President Barack Obama and Republicans have backed an expansion of the tax break through bonus depreciation, which gives companies an even faster and larger first-year write-off. Many policymakers backing accelerated depreciation have cited the need to jump-start the economic recovery.



Speaking Of De Nile


Denial can be a powerful defense mechanism. Apparently, homophobia is too - at least according to a new study from researchers from the University of Rochester, the University of Essex, England, and the University of California in Santa Barbara.

Their research concluded that the intense fear and repulsion college-age homophobes feel toward gays and lesbians is likely due to the fact that they see similarities in themselves.

"Individuals who identify as straight but in psychological tests show a strong attraction to the same sex may be threatened by gays and lesbians because homosexuals remind them of similar tendencies within themselves," said lead author Netta Weinstein of the University of Essex, according to Science Daily.

The researchers tested their subjects on their own sexuality and then measured the discrepancy between what the participants said about their own sexual orientation and how they reacted to timed tasks, including associating themselves with words and images they deemed as "gay" or "straight."



A decorated horse is seen during the traditional Georgi horse riding procession on Easter Monday in the southern Bavarian town of Traunstein April 9, 2012. Since the early 16th century, farmers have taken part in the pilgrimage to bless their horses. This tradition, the "Georgiritt", goes back to the legend of Saint George, the horsemen's patron saint.
Photo by Michaela Rehle


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