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Paul Krugman: Republicans Party Like It's 1984 (NY Times)
Making policy by lying about everything.

ALICE OLLSTEIN and TIERNEY SNEED: The 5 Biggest Fibs Republicans Used To Pass The House Obamacare Repeal Bill (TPM)
Here are five of the biggest whoppers Republicans are telling about the American Health Care Act:
1. "Everyone" with a pre-existing condition will keep coverage.

John Judis: Macron's rout of Le Pen shows how Trump is hurting Rightwing Populists (TPM)
Another factor, important in France, was that Trump's blustering know-nothingness seems to have frightened and offended voters. In her debate with Macron on election eve, Le Pen's own harsh rhetoric, combined with her refusal to get into details about her program, probably reinforced the impression that she was a French version of Trump, leading to a sharp drop in her polling numbers prior to the election.

MICHAEL J. de la MERCED: Warren Buffett, at Berkshire Meeting, Condemns Republican Health Care Bill (NY Times)
Berkshire's annual shareholder meeting has long been known as the "Woodstock of capitalism" for the fervor of the investors - some owning only a single share - who travel to Omaha just for the chance to listen to Mr. Buffett and his longtime business partner, Charles Munger.

When Seal Hears A Great Busker He Joins Them For A Duet (Neatorama)
Seals like to hang out at the wharfs and docks, where they can snag some free fish from local fisherman, and buskers like to hang out in the touristy parts near the wharfs too- so they can earn a few clams. Now I'm not sure if the singer Seal likes to hang out by the wharfs like his namesake, but he does like to hang out with buskers if he likes the song they're singing.

Michele Hanson: In our uncertain times, religion must lead by example (The Guardian)
I don't want to sound naive, or corny, but I've often wondered how Trump and many members of our current government can call themselves Christians, while trampling on the weak, poor and marginalised, depriving them of healthcare, homes, food, decent jobs and such like, while goggling at the ghastly rich list, out again yesterday, and rewarding those tremendous show-offs included upon it.

Henry McDonald: Irish beach washed away 33 years ago reappears overnight after freak tide (The Guardian)
Villagers express delight after entire beach that vanished in Achill Island storms in 1984 turns back sands of time.

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Trivia Question of the Day

In Germany this game is called "Dummer Hans" (Silly John), in Denmark where it is known as what translates into Butter blob, and in Greece it is called "koroido" which translates into "sucker". What do we call this game in the US?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

This actress was born Sofia Villani Scicolone. By what name is she better known?

       Sophia Loren                                                      Source

Sophia Loren, born Sofia Villani Scicolone (20 September 1934) is an Italian film actress. Encouraged to enroll in acting lessons after entering a beauty pageant, Loren began her film career in 1950 at age 15. She appeared in several bit parts and minor roles in the early part of the decade, until her five-picture contract with Paramount in 1956 launched her international career. Notable film appearances around this time include The Pride and the Passion, Houseboat, and It Started in Naples.        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   Sofia Villani Scicolone became famous as Sophia Loren.

Randall wrote:
   Sophia Loren

Alan J said:
   Sophia Loren.

mj replied:
   A goddess of the
  late 50s and early 60s cinema, Sophia Loren. Peter Sellers apparently had a huge crush on her.

Adam answered:
   Sofia Loren

Deborah responded:
   Is it Sofia Loren? Just a WAG.
  Massive north winds (again!) yesterday but otherwise a fine spring day. Enjoyed brunch with son and his GF; his band, King Woman, just returned from a 6-wk. European tour. FYI, the Bull Valley Roadhouse has some amazing food.

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "Sophia Loren."

zorch wrote:
   Sophia Loren

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali said:
   Sofia Loren. I still have a crush on her. After Flynn testimony today, do you think that Tramp will distance himself from Flynn? Nah, it's still Obama's fault!

Daniel in The City replied:
   Sophia Loren

Billy in Cypress responded:
   Sophia Loren is an Italian film actress, very good and beautiful, who was born Sofia Villani Scicolone.
  Unfortunately, CpPDJT-ID is a poor excuse for a human being, but is a wonderful example of a rich, spoiled, narcissistic, misogynistic, egotistic, lying, fabricating, bigoted and hateful piece of fool's good painted shit and only good as a terribly bad example of what is wrong about the human race.
  But, I had a bad day wasting over four hours online and on the phone with so-called customer service people, who knew less than I did, but were quite willing to have me jump through the hoops that they did know about, but were not connected to the problem in any way, it was just what they had been told to do.

Joe S     answered:
   Sophia Loren. I knew the answer because I remember it from years ago when I first saw her picture, in a magazine, in the barber shop. I say the barber shop, and not a barber shop because it was the only one in town. Very small town, one barber shop for men and one beauty shop for women. Anyway, I was somewhere around 11, or 12 years old and there was this photo of Sofia and I'll never forget it. It was really exciting. REALLY EXCITING! My first naked lady. I always located that magazine on every visit to the barber shop until one day when I discovered the picture had been torn out. I was devastated.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, took the day off.

Gene took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

Stephen F took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

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

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Marian took the day off.

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Horrible news for Tribune stations: Right-wing Sinclair Broadcast Group likely to buy Tribune Media

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EPA dismisses 5 scientists from key review panel - SFGate

Donald Trump's ignorance is becoming more evident with each passing day | David Cay Johnston | Opinion | The Guardian

You (and Millions More) Are Unnecessary. So Die Off.

The Ads Targeting Vulnerable Republicans Who Voted For Obamacare Repeal Are Already Beginning | HuffPost

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Sinclair Broadcast Group Has Deal To Buy Tribune Media's TV Stations : The Two-Way : NPR

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Trump camp deletes Muslim ban language after reporter's question - AOL News

Slow-freezing Alaska soil driving surge in carbon dioxide emissions | US news | The Guardian

EPA removes half of scientific board, seeking industry-aligned replacements | Environment | The Guardian

Watch Sally Yates Mop The Floor With GOP's Ted Cruz While Schooling Him On Constitutional Law

Conservative Columnist George Will Is Joining MSNBC | HuffPost

Man, 91, died happy after family told him Trump was being impeached: obituary - AOL News

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History Will Remember These 217 House Republicans for Their Inhumanity | The Nation

Climate Change Is Turning Minor Floods Into A Major Problem | HuffPost

Sally Yates Recounts Warning Trump Team Michael Flynn Could Be Blackmailed By Russia | HuffPost

Debra Messing Goes After Ivanka Trump In Scathing GLAAD Acceptance Speech | HuffPost

'Every word is a lie': Paul Krugman says Trumpcare is 'designed to do exactly opposite' what GOP promises -

HHS head Tom Price leaves Jake Tapper speechless by claiming $880 billion in Medicaid cuts will benefit patients -

Even Merriam-Webster Is Tired Of Trump's Misspellings On Twitter | HuffPost

Republicans Are Building An Alternate Reality Around Their Health Care Bill | HuffPost

A weekend of frantic spin: Republicans ramp up the blatant lying after their Trumpcare victory -

Why the Sally Yates Hearing Was Very Bad News for the Trump White House | Mother Jones

Ted Cruz Tried To Corner Sally Yates On The Law. He Failed. | HuffPost

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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.

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Overcast morning, sunny afternoon.

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 Jon Stewart, Samantha Bee, John Oliver, Ed Helms, and Rob Corddry.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Eva Longoria and Sam Richardson.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Great News', then another FRESH 'Great News', followed by a FRESH 'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Aziz Ansari, Katherine Waterston, and Blondie.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Danny DeVito, Kathryn Hahn, Cecile Richards, and Thaddeus Dixon.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Morena Baccarin, Agnes Obel, and Logan Browning.

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 'Imaginary Mary', then a FRESH 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Danny McBride, Priyanka Chopra, and Royal Blood.

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

Faux has a FRESH 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', followed by a FRESH 'Prison Break'.

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

A&E has all old 'Intervention' all night.

AMC offers the movie 'Smokey & The Bandit', followed by the movie 'Lethal Weapon', then the movie 'The Italian Job'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 3-A Town Called Mercy
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4-The Power of Three
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 5-The Angels Take Manhattan
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 6-The Bells of Saint John
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-The Rings of Akhaten
 [12:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-CSI: My Nanny
 [1:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-Guerillas in the Mist
 [2:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 12-Raising Caine
 [3:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 13-Miami Confidential
 [4:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 14-You May Now Kill The Bride
 [5:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 15-Ambush
 [6:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 16-All In
 [7:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 17-To Kill a Predator
 [8:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 18-Tunnel Vision
 [9:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 19-Rock and a Hard Place
 [10:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 20-Down to the Wire
 [11:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 21-Going Ballistic
 [12:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 13-Miami Confidential
 [1:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 14
 [2:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 15-Ambush
 [3:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 16-All In
 [4:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 17-To Kill a Predator
 [5:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 18-Tunnel Vision    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Below Deck', 'Below Deck Mediterranean', followed by a FRESH 'Below Deck Mediterranean', another 'Below Deck Mediterranean', then a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'South Park', an hour of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Problematic With Moshe Kasher', and another old 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Djimon Hounsou.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Jon Rudnitsky, Steve Byrne, and Dulce Sloan.

FX has the movie 'Blackhat', followed by a FRESH 'The Americans'.

History has 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH 'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper', then a FRESH 'Forged In Fire', and another 'Forged In Fire'.

IFC  -   
 [4:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -The Seeker
 [4:31PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Time Is on My Side
 [5:02PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Let's Spend the Night Together
 [5:33PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
 [6:04PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Beast of Burden
 [6:35PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
 [7:06PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Rip This Joint
 [7:37PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Mother's Little Helper
 [8:08PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Angie
 [8:39PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -You Can't Always Get What You Want
 [9:10PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -The Seeker
 [9:41PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Time Is on My Side
 [10:12PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Let's Spend the Night Together
 [10:43PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -(I Can't Get No) Satisfaction
 [11:14PM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Beast of Burden

Sundance  -   
 [6:15AM]    Barney Miller -Discovery
 [6:45AM]    Barney Miller -You Dirty Rat
 [7:15AM]    Barney Miller -The Horse Thief
 [7:45AM]    Barney Miller -Rain
 [8:15AM]    Barney Miller -Fish
 [8:45AM]    Barney Miller -Hot Dogs
 [9:15AM]    Barney Miller -Protection
 [9:45AM]    Barney Miller -Happy New Year
 [10:15AM]    Barney Miller -The Sniper
 [10:45AM]    Barney Miller -Fear of Flying
 [11:15AM]    Barney Miller -Block Party
 [11:45AM]    Barney Miller -Massage Parlor
 [12:15PM]    Barney Miller -The Psychiatrist
 [12:45PM]    Barney Miller -The Kid
 [1:15PM]    Three Amigos!
 [3:45PM]    Point Break
 [6:30PM]    Escape From Alcatraz
 [9:00PM]    Casino
 [1:00AM]    Basic Instinct
 [4:00AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo -Mucho Mojo
 [5:00AM]    Hap and Leonard: Mucho Mojo -Ticking Mojo    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Need For Speed', followed by the movie 'Snakes On A Plane', then the movie 'Piranha'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Thomas Middleditch, Eric Christian Olsen, and LP.

TCM spends the night with Clark Gable
 [6:00 AM]      Journey For Margaret (1942)
 [7:30 AM]      Lost Angel (1943)
 [9:15 AM]      Big City (1948)
 [11:00 AM]      Three Wise Fools (1946)
 [12:45 PM]      Music For Millions (1944)
 [2:45 PM]      Tenth Avenue Angel (1948)
 [4:15 PM]      The Secret Garden (1949)
 [6:00 PM]      Meet Me in St. Louis (1944)
 [8:00 PM]      Possessed (1931)
 [9:30 PM]      Strange Cargo (1940)
 [11:30 PM]      Dance, Fools, Dance (1931)
 [1:00 AM]      Dancing Lady (1933)
 [2:45 AM]      Chained (1934)
 [4:15 AM]      Laughing Sinners (1931)
 [5:45 AM]      Forsaking All Others (1934)

Wednesday   -  05/10/17

 [7:15 AM]      Love on the Run (1936)
 [8:45 AM]      After Office Hours (1935)
 [10:00 AM]      Cain And Mabel (1936)
 [11:45 AM]      Idiot's Delight (1939)
 [1:45 PM]      They Met In Bombay (1941)
 [3:30 PM]      Any Number Can Play (1949)
 [5:15 PM]      Reno (1940)
 [6:30 PM]      Gambling House (1951)
 [8:00 PM]      Cover Girl (1944)
 [10:00 PM]      How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
 [12:00 AM]      The French Line (1954)
 [2:00 AM]      A Life Of Her Own (1950)
 [4:00 AM]      Model Shop (1969)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Protesters hold signs and march in front of the State Capitol across the street from the US 4th Circuit Court of Appeals in Richmond, Va., Monday, May 8, 2017. The court will examine a ruling that blocks the administration from temporarily barring new visas for citizens of Iran, Libya, Somalia, Sudan, Syria and Yemen. It's the first time an appeals court will hear arguments on the revised travel ban, which is likely destined for the U.S. Supreme Court.
Photo by Steve Helber


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Calls On The Internet

John Oliver

As the new FCC Chairman Ajit Pai (R-Verizon) plans to take a "weed whacker" to net neutrality regulations, John Oliver asked internet commenters everywhere for their help on Sunday.

To give users an easy way to voice their displeasure of Pai's plan to repeal the classification of the internet as a common carrier, he's taken out the domain name, which is a direct link to the site to send comments. So many comments flooded in that, by Sunday, it appeared that the site was already overloaded.

Back in 2014 when the FCC was considering new net neutrality rules, Oliver called for the same kind of action from his viewers on Last Week Tonight. The FCC's website crashed, Oliver's segment brought unprecedented attention to the issue, and the commission decided to reclassify internet service as a common carrier.

Watch Oliver slam Pai, explain and defend net neutrality, and patriotically address Reddit commenters, Yelpers, and his own haters in this segment from Last Week Tonight.

John Oliver


A person holds a mask of France's National Front (FN) defeated presidential candidate, Marine Le Pen, as people gather with French and European flags near the Eiffel Tower and a banner with the message, "France tells Hate: Never Again" the day after presidential elections in the country, in Paris, France, May 8, 2017.
Photo by Pascal Rossignol


'Stranger Things,' 'Beauty' Win Big

MTV Awards

Nostalgic horror sensation "Stranger Things" and Disney's "Beauty and the Beast" shared the spoils at the MTV Movie and TV Awards, expanded and renamed this year to include television.

Netflix's hit series took best show and best actor in a show for an emotional Millie Bobby Brown, one of its young stars, while best actor in a movie went to Emma Watson for "Beauty," which also picked up best film.

Daniel Kaluuya and Milton "Lil Rel" Howery, the stars of surprise smash hit thriller "Get Out," got the prizes for "next generation" and best comedic performance respectively.

Best villain went to Jeffrey Dean Morgan for his turn as the bloodthirsty Negan in "The Walking Dead," while best hero was awarded to Taraji P. Henson for "Hidden Figures."

The MTV Movie and TV Awards, hosted this year by comic actor Adam DeVine, have been taking a sideways look at Hollywood since 1992, honoring films and their actors with "golden popcorn" statuettes.

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Died Happy

Corliss Gilchrist

Believing it was the most humane thing to do, the family of an Iowa nonagenarian told the dying man Donald Trump (R-Grifter) was being impeached.

Corliss Gilchrist died Wednesday at 91, just a few days before his 92nd birthday, according to his obituary.

"We told him the process to impeach Trump had begun - so that he could rest in peace," read the obituary, which was published Sunday in the Des Moines Register .

The obituary describes Gilchrist as "a proud union member and took great pride in his work with Armstrong Tire, retiring after more than 40 years of service. In his free time, he enjoyed fishing, gardening, tending his flowers, jigsaw puzzles, and watching the Iowa Hawkeyes. He also had a great love for animals, especially cats."

Corliss Gilchrist


Protesters stage a die-in during a rally near the Presidential Palace to protest the "extrajudicial killings" under President Rodrigo Duterte's so-called war on drugs which coincided with the U.N. Human Rights Council Universal Periodic Review in Geneva, Switzerland, Monday, May 8, 2017 in Manila, Philippines. Filipino Senator Alan Peter Cayetano briskly defended the human rights record of Duterte's government before the U.N. body in Geneva on Monday, saying his government always "seeks to uphold the rule of law" while critical Western nations aired concerns about deadly vigilante justice and extrajudicial killings in the country.
Photo by Bullit Marquez


Racist Hate Meme Finally Croaks

Pepe the Frog

Pepe the Frog, the cartoon character hijacked by the far right and turned into a symbol of racial hatred, has been killed off by its horrified creator.

The cartoon amphibian started out life in 2005 as a harmless character in Matt Furie's online "Boy's Club" strip, but was adopted by white supremacists and extreme-right hate groups, who depicted the frog dressed as Adolf Hitler and as a member of the Ku Klux Klan.

Furie published a short strip that showed a deceased Pepe lying in an open casket, being mourned by other figures from the original Boy's Club series.

Furie had lamented the hijacking of his cartoon character -- whom he once described as a "blissfully stoned... peaceful frog-dude" -- by the so-called alt-right, who turned it into their own mascot both online and at demonstrations.

Furie made no immediate comment about killing off his most infamous character, but posted the cartoon of the frog's funeral on social media.

Pepe the Frog


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T-rump Tries A Little Witness Intimidation

Sally Yates

Donald Trump (R-Crooked) has called on Congress to ask former acting Attorney General Sally Yates "if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers" - seemingly accusing her of leaking information after talking to the White House.

Ms Yates reportedly went to the White House in the days following the inauguration to tell officials that statements made by Mr Pence and others about Mr Flynn's discussions with the ambassador were incorrect, and that those contradictions could expose Flynn or others to potential blackmail by the Russians.

Press Secretary Sean Spicer (R-Forked Tongue) told reporters that Ms Yates had "informed the White House counsel that they wanted to give a heads up to us on some comments that may have seemed in conflict The White House counsel informed the president immediately. The president asked him to conduct a review of whether there was a legal situation there. That was immediately determined that there wasn't.''

But it appears that Mr Trump may be trying to divert attention from his officials' alleged connections with Russia. On Monday the US leader tweeted: "Ask Sally Yates, under oath, if she knows how classified information got into the newspapers soon after she explained it to W.H. Council."

Mr Trump has offered no details to support his comments. Ten days into the Trump administration, Ms Yates, a holdover from the Obama era, was dismissed from her role as acting attorney general after she refused to uphold Mr Trump's executive order imposing a travel and refugee ban on certain countries.

Sally Yates


A cholera-infected Yemeni child receives treatment at a hospital in Sanaa, Yemen, 08 May 2017. According to the World Health Organization, a total of 25 Yemenis have died from cholera over the past few days, while 1,350 suspected cases have been reported in the capital Sanaa and several provinces of the conflict-plagued Arab country.
Photo by Yahya Arhab


Through The Looking Glass


The Environmental Protection Agency has "eviscerated" a key scientific review board by removing half its members and seeking to replace them with industry-aligned figures, according to the board's chair.

Scott Pruitt (R-Oil Whore), the EPA administrator, has chosen not to renew the terms of nine of the 18-member board of scientific counselors, which advises the EPA on the quality and accuracy of the science it produces. The group, largely made up of academics, is set to be replaced by representatives from industries that the EPA regulates.

Deborah Swackhamer, chair of the board, said that with other planned departures, the panel was left with five members, including her, in the midst of an EPA hiring freeze.

"The committee has been eviscerated," she told the Guardian. "We assumed these people would be renewed and there was no reason or indication they wouldn't be. These people aren't Obama appointees, they are scientific appointees. To have a political decision to get rid of them was a shock."

The nine departing members - who worked on matters including toxic water pollution, climate change and chemical safety - all completed three-year terms. The decision to not renew those terms has opened the way for the Trump administration to refashion the scientific board in line with its industry-friendly agenda that has sought to strip away various pollution rules in the name of "regulatory certainty".



Celebrates Big Bang


The Vatican is celebrating the big-bang theory. That's not as out of this world as it sounds.

The Vatican Observatory has invited leading scientists and cosmologists to talk black holes, gravitational waves and space-time singularities as it honors the late Jesuit cosmologist considered one of the fathers of the idea that the universe began with a gigantic explosion.

The Tuesday-Friday conference honoring Monsignor George Lemaitre is being held at the Vatican Observatory, founded by Pope Leo XIII in 1891 to help correct the notion that the Roman Catholic Church was hostile to science. The perception has persisted in some circles since Galileo's heresy trial 400 years ago, even though the observatory and Catholic universities around the globe have produced top-notch science over the centuries.

In 1927, Lemaitre was the first to explain that the receding of distant galaxies was the result of the expansion of the universe, a result he obtained by solving equations of Einstein's theory of general relativity.

Lemaitre's theory was known as the "primeval atom," but it is more commonly known today as the big-bang theory.



A Pakistani girl attends a vigil on the World Thalassemia Day with others Karachi, Pakistan, Monday, May 8, 2017. Pakistan also observed the World Thalassemia Day, medical institutes organized numerous events to raise awareness about the disease.
Photo by Shakil Adil


Buying Tribune Media For $3.9 Billion


Sinclair Broadcast Group announced Monday a $3.9 billion deal to buy Tribune Media, in a major consolidation of local television operators in the United States.

The deal gives Sinclair some 233 television stations in 108 markets, adding the 42 operated by Tribune Media including large stations in New York, Chicago and Los Angeles.

If approved by regulators, the deal would end the run of Tribune Media, which was part of the media conglomerate Tribune Co. broken up in 2014 into television and publishing units.

The deal became possible under a loosening of antitrust regulations this year kept a single company from controlling stations reaching more than 39 percent of the US population.

Critics of the tie-up, which had been reported for weeks, have argued the deal is a boon for Sinclair, which had unique access to Donald Trump (R-Corrupt) during his 2016 election campaign.



Nuclear Disaster Gave Everyone Extra Radiation


It's been over half a decade since Japan's Fukushima-Daiichi nuclear plant suffered a catastrophic meltdown due to the effects of a tsunami which struck the island nation, but scientists are only just now confirming its far-reaching effects. After conducting the first worldwide survey to measure the ultimate radiation exposure caused by the reactor meltdown, researchers at the Norwegian Institute for Air Research finally have a figure on exactly how much extra radiation humanity was exposed to.

According to the group's data, over 80 percent of the radiation that was released by the meltdown ended up in either the ocean or ice at the north and south poles. Of the remaining radiation, each human on the planet received roughly 0.1 millisievert, which equates to about "one extra X-ray each," according to the team.

That amount of radiation isn't likely to have much of an effect on humanity, however, and in comparison to the normal amount of radiation each of us receives over the course of a year, which can be as high as 3.65 millisieverts on average, it's hardly anything. In fact, as NewScientist notes, a typical CT scan exposes you to 15 millisieverts on its own, and radiation sickness doesn't occur until you reach the 1,000 millisievert threshold.

Obviously, those living the the vicinity of the reactor, especially in the immediate aftermath of the meltdown, can expect to have received a good deal more radiation as a result, but the researchers still believe the overall exposure to have been negligible in the grand scheme of things. Of course, the robots sent in to do the dirty work haven't been nearly as lucky .




A flock of young lemurs climb a tree at their enclosure in the Wroclaw Zoo, in Wroclaw, Poland, 08 May 2017. Three baby lemurs were reportedly born at the zoo over the past few weeks.
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