BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 11 June, 2019


11 June, 2019

(Updated Daily)

[319 days in a row]


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from Bruce

Joe Bob Briggs: So Now Amsterdam Hates Tourists? Fine. (Taki's Mag)
Amsterdam has decided to stop advertising itself as a tourist destination and to tell everyone to go elsewhere because, according to a local architect interviewed by CNN, the tourists are "destroying our soul."

Jonathan Jones: The Trump Baby Blimp review - triumph of protest art or big bag of wind? (The Guardian)
It's reaching national treasure status and the Museum of London is after it. But is the joke on us?

Peter Bradshaw: The Adventures of Priscilla, Queen of the Desert review - riotous return trip (The Guardian)
In this smart, lovable gem, now rereleased, a trans woman and two drag queens kick up the dust in Australia's outback.

Peter Bradshaw: Kind Hearts and Coronets review - the most elegant serial killer in history (The Guardian)
The Ealing genre reached utter perfection with this superb black comedy of manners starring Dennis Price and a miraculous Alec Guinness.

Jonathan Chait: Pelosi Wants Trump to Go to Prison. Here's How It Could Happen. (NY Mag)
Should he lose reelection, Trump is facing at least five reasonably serious criminal cases: 1. Obstruction of justice. Robert Mueller's decision not to formally charge Trump with obstruction of justice leaned heavily on the Department of Justice's rule that it cannot charge the president with a crime. But Mueller clearly presented Trump's behavior as criminal, and more than a thousand former federal prosecutors agreed that the acts cited in the report would be prosecuted as obstruction were Trump not president. Mueller's report also noted "a President does not have immunity after he leaves office" and that part of his task was to "preserve the evidence." This opens a very clear avenue for the Department of Justice to charge Trump with obstruction once his term has ended.

Jonathan Chait: What Will Trump Campaign On If There's a Recession? (NY Mag)
Third, Trump could blame the Democrats. This, too, is an idea he has already previewed. Trump routinely attacks the opposition for conducting oversight of his misconduct, a function he presents as mutually exclusive from passing legislation. Democrats, according to Trump, are forsaking a new infrastructure bill and other wonderful reforms because they have failed to close down the House Oversight Committee. Trump could ramp up this idea, too.

Matthew Yglesias: Public support for left-wing policymaking has reached a 60-year high (Vox)
But thanks to the Senate, it probably won't happen.

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Trivia Question of the Day

Hoosier is the official demonym for a resident of which U.S. state?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Adopted in 1965, what is the official state beverage of Ohio?

       Tomato Juice                                                      Source

In 1965, the Ohio General Assembly made tomato juice Ohio's official beverage. Adoption of an official beverage coincided with the Tomato Festival held in Reynoldsburg, Ohio. In 1870, Reynoldsburg resident Alexander Livingston began to grow tomatoes commercially. He is famous for developing the Paragon Tomato. The Tomato Festival, which occurs every year, honors Livingston and the tomato's importance to Ohio's economy.

Ohio natives and early white settlers did not grow tomatoes originally. Many people feared that tomatoes were poisonous, but by the 1840s many state residents planted tomatoes in their gardens. By the late 1800s, Ohio farmers began to grow tomatoes commercially. In 1965, Ohio was the second leading producer of tomato juice in the United States, ranking behind only California. Tomato growing and processing remains an important component of Ohio's economy today. In 2002, Ohio farmers harvested 6,300 acres of tomatoes, averaging almost twenty-four tons of tomatoes in each acre. This same year, Ohio processing plants produced 149,630 tons of processed tomatoes. While farmers grow tomatoes across Ohio, the heaviest concentration of tomato farming takes place in the northwestern quadrant of the state.        Source

Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   Tomato juice.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC at Charles DeGaulle Airport, leaving Paris, said:
   Tomato Juice.

Randall wrote:
   tomato juice

Alan J answered:
   Tomato Juice.

Stephen F responded:
   Tomato Juice

Dave replied:
   Tomato juice. The tomato lobby must have been powerful in mid-60s Ohio. I don't often drink the stuff unless its in a Bloody Mary.

zorch said:
   Ohio's official state beverage is Tomato Juice.

Deborah wrote:
   How unexciting: Ohio's state beverage is tomato juice. Even V-8 juice has more panache. I guess I don't understand the need for a state to have an official beverage.
  Triple digit temps the next couple of days. Summer's here.

Adam answered:
   Tomato Juice

Jim from CA, retired to ID responded:
   Tomato Juice

Mac Mac replied:
   Tomato Juice

Daniel in The City said:
   Tomato juice

Joe S     wrote:
   Distilled Buckeye juice, often served mixed with tomato juice. Just like Ohio State sports teams, disgusting.

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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Chernobyl is still horrifyingly relevant - the lessons have not been learned | Natalia Antonova | Opinion | The Guardian

Political violence against women tracked for first time as attacks soar | Global development | The Guardian

How Trump's phony Mexico trade deal duped the press

Republican, gay and Mormon: Politician Nathan Ivie breaks new ground for Utah - Los Angeles Times

We Drink Basically The Same Wine As Ancient Romans - And That's Not So Great : The Salt : NPR

Carlos Santana On World Cafe : World Cafe : NPR

Scientists close in on hidden Scottish meteorite crater - BBC News

Her Evangelical Megachurch Was Her World. Then Her Daughter Said She Was Molested by a Minister. - The New York Times

To Map a Coral Reef, Peel Back the Seawater - The New York Times

Opinion | Donald and the Delusion Discount - The New York Times

Watch John Dean humiliate Republican 'rising star' and all around dirtbag, Rep. Matt Gaetz

Canada passes 'Free Willy' bill banning whale and dolphin captivity - CNN

The NRA is the Godzilla of swamp monsters (Opinion) - CNN

Look Out, Louie Gohmert! There's Some Real Competition for the 'Dumbest Man in Congress' Crown Now!

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from Bruce


• James Marshall (illustrator) and Harry Allard (author) created the characters of Miss Nelson, a teacher who is so nice that her students sometimes take advantage of her, and of Miss Viola Swamp, "the meanest substitute teacher in the whole world." The two characters may possibly be one and the same. Miss Nelson may or may not disguise herself as Miss Viola Swamp when it is necessary to restore order to her class or to make the football team win a game. Mr. Marshall once did a book-signing event in California. A teacher called him ahead of time and said, "I've got this wonderful idea. I'm going to come dressed as Viola Swamp. While you're signing books, I'm going to beat you with a ruler!" Mr. Marshall did not like the idea and said to her, "This is not a good idea. First of all, there are going to be people there who aren't going to know who Viola Swamp is. This could only work - possibly - in a school setting." The teacher replied, "Oh, I've got to do it. I've got to do it." At the book-signing event, Mr. Marshall heard a scream coming from outside and he thought, Well, she's arrived. The cosplay was partially successful. The teacher dressed and looked just like Miss Viola Swamp, and she really pounded Mr. Marshall with the ruler. However, a little five-year-old Japanese girl witnessed the cosplay, and Mr. Marshall remembers that "the little girl - well, they had to carry her out like a surfboard! She just froze. I think she's probably in therapy to this day." Mr. Marshall was motivated to be an illustrator of children's books. He had taught for a while and was not fond of it. Occasionally, he had dreams where he was teaching after having signed a 50-year contract with a high school. He would wake up in a cold sweat and scream, "But I want to publish books! I want to draw!" Then he would go to his drawing table and draw something good.

• Teller of Penn and Teller fame was greatly influenced by a high-school teacher named D.G. Rosenbaum, who was also an actor and a magician. He wore pince-nez and a black goatee, and he smoked black cigarettes. On a snowy day that forced many students to miss school, he read a 1916 short story by Max Beerbohm titled "Enoch Soames" in which the title character, a man with a big ego, made a deal with the devil in which he exchanged his soul for a magical trip to the future-2:10 P.M. on 3 June 1997 in the Round Reading Room at the British Museum-so he could look at the shelves of books that would have by then been written about him. Unfortunately, he discovers that he has been forgotten. The only place his name appears in the library is in a short story by Max Beerbohm. Teller flew to England and at 2:10 P.M. on 3 June 1997 he was in Round Reading Room at the British Museum along with about a dozen people who had been impressed by the short story. In fact, a man did appear out of the stacks and did ask about Enoch Soames and why there were no volumes about him on the shelves before he disappeared back into the stacks. One of the people in the Round Reading Room said, "I'm having to fight tears." Did Teller hire an actor? He said, "Taking credit for it that day would be a terrible thing-a terrible, terrible thing. That's answering the question that you must not answer."

• Walt Disney was a story man: He knew what made a good story. When he decided to make a movie out of Mary Poppins, he read the book carefully. He gave a copy of the book to songwriters Richard and Robert Sherman and said, "My daughters and wife think this is very good. I read it and think there's a lot in it. Read this and tell me what you think." They quickly read it twice and then scheduled a meeting with Walt. The book was a series of short stories about Mary Poppins rather than a novel, so they chose the short stories that they thought would make a good movie. Walt listened to them for a while, and then he asked to look at their copy of the book. They had underlined the six chapters that they thought would work best as a movie. Walt then showed them his copy of the book. He had underlined the same six chapters that they had underlined. Walt certainly knew his audiences. When his nephew's wife had a baby, Walt went to the hospital to see it. It was the middle of the Baby Boom and so lots of babies were there. Walt said, "Look at that! Seven years from now, they'll all be out there watching Snow White!"

• Sandra Cisneros, the Chicana author of The House on Mango Street, grew up in a family without a lot of money. Her mother made sure that she had a library card, and young Sandra read many books. For a long time, Sandra thought that books were so precious that they had to be kept in a special building-a library. Her love of reading led to a love of writing. She often wrote when she was young, an activity that her mother encouraged. Whenever Sandra, who had two older and four younger brothers, was trying to write but was being bothered by her younger brothers, she would yell, "Mom! The kids are in here!" Her mother would make her younger brothers leave so Sandra could write.

• Sometimes, even good writers sell few copies. Charlotte, Emily, and Anne Bront๋, authors of Jane Eyre, Wuthering Heights, and the sustained feminist novel The Tenant of Wildfell Hall, once published Poems by Currer, Ellis, and Acton Bell, using these pseudonyms instead of their real names. They sold two copies.

• As you would expect, humorist Dave Barry is able to make even a list of Frequently Asked Questions (and their answers) funny. For example, this is one FAQ: "Where can I buy Dave's books? (We're not kidding, this is a frequently asked question!)" And this is Dave's answer: "At a bookstore."

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Bonus Links

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Impeachment fever: The Freedom Caucus reaps what it has sown | Salon | Digby

The American Right Gets Tired of Democracy | TPM

Chao created special path for McConnell's favored projects | Politico

Arctic death spiral speeds up sixfold, driving coastal permafrost collapse | ThinkProgress | Joe Romm

Trump slams New York Times for reporting on Mexico deal: 'They are truly The Enemy of the People!' | The Hill

Former U.S. Attorney Tells Congress Trump Committed 'Multiple Crimes' | Daily Beast

'He needs some victories': Trump lashes out over his Mexico deal | Politico

Missouri senator says it's a waste of time to study history because it was a long time ago | ThinkProgress

Juan Williams: Cloud of illegitimacy hangs over Trump | The Hill

Trump's Conservatives Without Conscience Are Rattled by John Dean | The Nation

Trump on impeachment and Nixon: 'He left. I don't leave.' | Politico

Amash exits House Freedom Caucus in wake of Trump impeachment stance | The Hill

Jared Kushner's Company Curiously Raked in $90 Million Since He Joined the White House | GQ

Report: NRA Has Been Directing Money to Board Members Who Oversee Its Spending | Slate

Anti-gun violence activists say they'll no longer use dubious CDC statistics | ThinkProgress

Trump's interested in breaking up Big Tech for all the wrong reasons | Vox

Giuliani evokes Joseph McCarthy in criticism of Pelosi | The Hill

John Oliver Brutally Mocks Trump for Letting Piers Morgan Make Him Look Like an 'Asshole' | Daily Beast

Boris Johnson, the frontrunner to be the UK's next prime minister, explained | Vox

InfoWars to Pay 'Pepe the Frog' Creator $15,000 to Settle Lawsuit | Daily Beast

Some Real News About Fake News | The Atlantic

Trump and Macron's "Friendship Tree" Dies | Slate

Better Schools Won't Fix America | The Atlantic

Bryan Cranston dedicates Tony Award to journalists: 'The media is not the enemy of the people' | The Hill

Bryan Cranston Calls Out Trump at the Tonys: 'Demagoguery Is the Enemy of the People' | Daily Beast

Joan Baez: My 5 Favorite Protest Songs | Rolling Stone



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Last Night

Hot & humid. Ack.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS', followed by a RERUN 'FBI', then a FRESH 'Blood & Treasure'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Tim McGraw, Jon Meacham, Tessa Thompson, and Jessie Reyez featuring 6lack.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Mindy Kaling and Adam Scott.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'America's Got Talent', followed by a FRESH 'Songland'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Selena Gomez, Elaine Welteroth, and GoldLink featuring Maleek Berry.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Rachel Maddow, Julio Torres, Ana Fabrega, and Fred Armisen.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 5/16/19) are Lance Reddick, Mattiel, and Mike Moh.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'The Bachelorette', followed by a FRESH 'Press Your Luck'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Kimmel (from 6/4/19) are Sophie Turner, James McAvoy, Jennifer Lawrence, Michael Fassbender, Jessica Chastain, Nicholas Hoult, Tye Sheridan, Andy Ruiz Jr., and Aloe Blacc.

The CW offers a RERUN 'The Flash', followed by a FRESH 'The 100'.

Faux fills the night with a RERUN '9-1-1'.

MY has a FRESH 'RuPaul', followed by an old 'Chicago PD'.

A&E has 3 hours of old 'The First 48', followed by a FRESH 'Kids Behind Bars: Life Or Parole'.

AMC offers the movie 'National Treasure', followed by the movie 'National Treasure: Book Of Secrets'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 8-Nothing Human
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 9-Thirty Days
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 10-Counterpoint
 [9:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 11-Latent Image
 [10:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 12-Bride of Chaotica
 [11:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-Gravity
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 14-Bliss
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 15-Dark Frontier, Pt. 1
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 16-Dark Frontier, Pt. 2
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 17-The Disease
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 18-Course: Oblivion
 [5:00PM]    ALIENS (1986)
 [8:00PM]    PREDATOR (1987)
 [10:30PM]    PREDATOR 2 (1990)
 [1:00AM]    PREDATOR (1987)
 [3:30AM]    PREDATOR 2 (1990)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of BH', another 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of BH', then a FRESH 'Texicans', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 2 hours of old 'The Office' and 2 hours of old 'Drunk History'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Kwame Onwuachi.

FX has the movie 'Logan', followed by a FRESH 'Pose'.

History has 'The Curse Of Civil War Gold', followed by a FRESH 'The Curse Of Civil War Gold: Diving Deeper', then a FRESH 'The Curse Of Civil War Gold', followed by a FRESH 'American Pickers'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00A]    The Three Stooges-If a Body Meets a Body
 [6:15A]    The Three Stooges-Grips, Grunts and Groans
 [6:45A]    The Three Stooges-Back to the Woods
 [7:15A]    The Three Stooges-A Pain in the Pullman
 [7:45A]    Miss March
 [9:45A]    Clueless
 [12:00P]    Airplane II: The Sequel
 [2:00P]    Wayne's World
 [4:00P]    Wayne's World 2
 [6:00P]    Airplane!
 [8:00P]    Office Space
 [10:00P]    Office Space
 [12:00A]    Airplane!
 [2:00A]    Airplane II: The Sequel
 [4:00A]    South Park: Bigger, Longer & Uncut     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00am]    M*A*S*H
 [6:30am]    M*A*S*H
 [7:00am]    M*A*S*H
 [7:30am]    M*A*S*H
 [8:00am]    M*A*S*H
 [8:30am]    M*A*S*H
 [9:00am]    M*A*S*H
 [9:30am]    M*A*S*H
 [10:00am]    Mystic Pizza
 [12:30pm]    Good Will Hunting
 [3:30pm]    Weird Science
 [5:30pm]    Ferris Bueller's Day Off
 [8:00pm]    Sixteen Candles
 [10:00pm]    Sixteen Candles
 [12:00am]    When Harry Met Sally...
 [2:00am]    Mystic Pizza
 [4:30am]    All in the Family
 [5:00am]    All in the Family
 [5:45am]    All in the Family    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Minority Report', followed by the movie 'London Has Fallen', then the movie 'Avengers: Age Of Ultron'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan is Seth Green.

 [6:15 AM]      Kismet (1944)
 [8:00 AM]      The Boy With Green Hair (1948)
 [9:30 AM]      Forever, Darling (1956)
 [11:15 AM]      Arena (1953)
 [12:30 PM]      Moonlight On The Prairie (1936)
 [1:45 PM]      The Royal Rodeo (1939)
 [2:15 PM]      The Saddle Buster (1932)
 [3:30 PM]      Cattle King (1963)
 [5:15 PM]      Powdersmoke Range (1935)
 [6:30 PM]      Wyoming (1940)
 [8:00 PM]      Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid (1969)
 [10:00 PM]      Medium Cool (1969)
 [12:00 AM]      The Wild Bunch (1969)
 [2:45 AM]      Angel, Angel, Down We Go (1969)
 [4:30 AM]      Fellini Satyricon (1969)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Wednesday   -  06/12/19

 [6:45 AM]      MGM Parade Show #23 (1955)
 [7:15 AM]      Gulliver's Travels (1939)
 [8:45 AM]      The Curse of the Cat People (1944)
 [10:00 AM]      The Secret Garden (1949)
 [11:45 AM]      The 5,000 Fingers Of Dr. T. (1953)
 [1:30 PM]      The Little Fugitive (1953)
 [3:00 PM]      The Red Balloon (1956)
 [3:45 PM]      Tom Thumb (1958)
 [5:30 PM]      The Incredible Mr. Limpet (1964)
 [7:30 PM]      Holiday From Rules? (1959)
 [8:00 PM]      Royal Wedding (1951)
 [10:00 PM]      Two Weeks with Love (1950)
 [12:00 AM]      Nancy Goes To Rio (1950)
 [2:00 AM]      Small Town Girl (1953)
 [4:00 AM]      Rich, Young and Pretty (1951)
 [5:45 AM]      December 7th: The Movie (1943)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

TNT has a FRESH 'Animal Kingdom'.

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

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'Demagoguery Is The Enemy Of The People'

Bryan Cranston

During last year's Tony Awards, Robert De Niro shocked the crowd when he said "F*** Trump" twice on air, although neither expletive got past censors. Sunday's show was far tamer and politics-free, save for a thinly veiled attack against President Don-Old Trump (R-Crooked) by Bryan Cranston.

Accepting the award for best leading actor in a play for "Network," in which he portrayed a fed-up news anchor, Cranston rousingly saluted "real journalists around the world," many of whom the president has railed against during rallies and on Twitter. Despite never mentioning him by name, the actor's abhorrence to Trump's "fake news" rhetoric was evident.

"(Journalists) are actually in the line of fire in pursuit of the truth," Cranston said, earning cheers from the audience at New York's Radio City Music Hall. "The media is not the enemy of the people. Demagoguery is the enemy of the people."

"It's absurd to think that the media is the enemy of the people," Cranston said. "If that message keeps getting propagated over and over and over again, sometimes it starts to seep in. And the perception of the truth is often more important than the truth, because if people believe it, it doesn't matter whether it's true or not.

"So the opposite message has to continue to be put out there, whether it's diversity or the fight against the media or women's reproductive rights or voting rights," Cranston continued. "It's important to keep sounding the alarm."

Bryan Cranston



Brooklyn Street Renamed

The Notorious B.I.G.

Voletta Wallace's son is often called one of the greatest rappers of all time. Notorious B.I.G. had a distinct style and flow about him.

"A lot of love I see displayed out her for my son," she told a large crowd gathered in the Bedford Stuyvesant section of Brooklyn Monday to honor the rapper's memory.

In March 1997, Notorious B.I.G., whose birth name was Christopher Wallace, was killed in a drive-by shooting in Los Angeles, a murder that is still unsolved.

Just up the block from the rapper's childhood home, St. James Place now bears his name at the corner of Fulton Street: Christopher 'Notorious B.I.G.' Wallace Way.

Voletta Wallace tells me she's been fighting for this for 22 years, since right after her only child was killed.

The Notorious B.I.G.


Newhead News


Dispute Gets Replay in Appeals Court

'Stairway to Heaven'

Led Zeppelin's lawyers will have an encore performance before a federal appeals court in an effort to avoid a second trial over whether the classic rock group copied the iconic intro of "Stairway to Heaven" - and the issue of whether juries should hear sound recordings in disputes over songs created before such recordings gained federal copyright protection will likely take center stage.

An heir of Spirit songwriter Randy Wolfe sued the band in May 2014 claiming "Stairway" infringes his 1968 instrumental piece called "Taurus." Jimmy Page and Robert Plant won the initial trial, when a jury in June 2016 found that they believed the Led Zeppelin members had heard "Taurus" before creating "Stairway" but didn't find the works to be substantially similar.

The 9th Circuit in September 2018 handed Wolfe's camp, via plaintiff Michael Skidmore, a win and ordered another trial. That panel found that the jury had been improperly instructed about unprotectable music elements and originality. It also held that even though "Taurus" was created before sound recordings were protected by federal copyright law and shouldn't be used to establish substantial similarity, the jury should have been able to hear the song because it would have been valuable for them to observe Page's demeanor while listening to it.

The 9th Circuit on Monday announced that a majority of its active and nonrecused judges voted to rehear the matter en banc.

Both sides had requested rehearing, taking issue with different parts of the 9th Circuit's decision.

'Stairway to Heaven'



Ontario Request

Kiefer Sutherland

Canadian actor Kiefer Sutherland is asking Ontario Premier Doug Ford to stop using his late grandfather Tommy Douglas's name and image as part of what he calls his "political agenda."

The Golden Globe-winning "24" and "Designated Survivor" star made the request on his verified Twitter account in reference to a recent tweet by Ford.

Douglas was the premier of Saskatchewan and leader of the New Democratic Party.

Sutherland's tweet concluded: "After all, I knew Tommy Douglas and you Sir, are no Tommy Douglas.

"P.S. You're lucky my mum's not active on Twitter."

Kiefer Sutherland


Digby's Hullabaloo


Loses Festival Site

Woodstock 50

The beleaguered Woodstock 50 festival needs to find a new site: Watkins Glen International raceway announced today in a statement that it has pulled out.

In a brief statement issued this afternoon, the raceway's management announced: "Watkins Glen International terminated the site license for Woodstock pursuant to provisions of the contract. As such, WGI will not be hosting the Woodstock 50 Festival."

Details were unclear and reps for the raceway did not immediately respond to Variety's requests for comment; a rep for the festival said a statement will be forthcoming.

The announcement is the latest in a long series of setbacks for the anniversary festival, which is scheduled for the weekend of Aug. 16-18 and has been marred by reports of financial and management problems since it was announced back in January. While those reports were initially quashed when the festival held a splashy press conference in March announcing a blockbuster lineup including Jay-Z, the Dead & Co., Miley Cyrus and many others, but then the ticket on-sale date was abruptly postponed as the necessary mass-gathering permit had not been obtained, and then the festival's financial partner, Dentsu Aegis, abruptly pulled out late in April. Woodstock 50 and Dentsu have been embroiled in a legal battle ever since.

Nearly two months out from the festival's scheduled dates, tickets still have not gone on sale. O'Hearn told Variety that the festival's permit application was received months later than other festivals held at the raceway; tickets for such events are usually on-sale many months in advance.

Woodstock 50




Friendship Tree

A tree planted last year by French President Emmanuel Macron and President Donald Trump to symbolize 100 years of French and American friendship has died, according to French media reports.

The French newspaper Le Monde called the tree's demise a metaphor for a relationship that has taken a downward turn since Macron's visit to the White House in 2018.

Even the tree itself was symbolic - the sapling was harvested from Belleau Wood, the French site of one of the bloodiest battles in World War I for American forces.

The tree was removed by American authorities a few days after it was planted to be placed in quarantine like any other agricultural import to the USA. Gerard Araud, the French ambassador to the United States, took to Twitter to reassure people that the tree "will be replanted afterwards."

According to Le Monde, the tree will not be replanted. French newspaper Le Figaro confirmed the news. They reported that the tree died in quarantine, never to return to the White House lawn.

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Some 1.2 billion years ago, an asteroid measuring over 1 kilometer (0.6 miles) wide smashed into northwest Scotland. Trouble is, scientists aren't sure exactly where the meteorite struck, as traces of the crater are long gone. With new research, however, scientists are starting to hone in on the impact zone.

A study led by Kenneth Amor from the Department of Earth Sciences at Oxford University suggests an asteroid measuring between 1 and 2 kilometers (0.6 to 1.2 miles) wide smashed into Scotland's Minch Basin around 1.2 billion years ago. The estimated location of this ancient collision is just off the Highlands coast, around 15 to 20 kilometers (9 to 12 miles) west of Enard Bay.

The crater is no longer visible on the seafloor, having been buried by younger rocks over the course of hundreds of millions of years. Evidence of the ancient impact was detected in the reddish-colored rocks of the Stac Fada deposit on the shores nearby. Analysis of these minerals allowed Amor and his colleagues to triangulate the location of the crater, which they describe in research published today in the Journal of the Geological Society.

Data presented in the new paper suggests the feature lies somewhere between the Scottish mainland and the Western Isles, but a geophysical survey will be required to provide definitive proof. Amor and his colleagues estimated the crater's size at about 13 to 14 kilometers (8 to 8.7 miles) wide and 3 kilometers (1.9 miles) deep.

Inklings of this ancient collision first emerged in 2008 when Amor, along with researchers from Aberdeen University, found evidence of what appeared to be the debris field of an ancient asteroid impact. The precise location of the crater, however, could not be determined.

Scottish Coast



Was Right

Stephen Hawking

In 1974, Stephen Hawking made one of his most famous predictions: that black holes eventually evaporate entirely.

According to Hawking's theory, black holes are not perfectly "black" but instead actually emit particles. This radiation, Hawking believed, could eventually siphon enough energy and mass away from black holes to make them disappear. The theory is widely assumed to be true but was once thought nearly impossible to prove.

For the first time, however, physicists have shown this elusive Hawking radiation - at least in a lab. Though Hawking radiation is too faint to be detected in space by our current instruments, physicists have now seen this radiation in a black hole analog created using sound waves and some of the coldest, strangest matter in the universe.

Physicist Jeff Steinhauer and his colleagues at the Technion - Israel Institute of Technology in Haifa used an extremely cold gas called a Bose-Einstein condensate to model the event horizon of a black hole, the invisible boundary beyond which nothing can escape. In a flowing stream of this gas, they placed a cliff, creating a "waterfall" of gas; when the gas flowed over the waterfall, it turned enough potential energy into kinetic energy to flow faster than the speed of sound.

Instead of matter and antimatter particles, the researchers used pairs of phonons, or quantum sound waves, in the gas flow. The phonon on the slow side could travel against the flow of the gas, away from the waterfall, while the phonon on the fast side could not, trapped by the "black hole" of supersonic gas.

Stephen Hawking


Sets the Record Straight

Robin Givens

Robin Givens is spilling all the tea! The 54-year-old actress was recently a guest on Watch What Happens Live With Andy Cohen, where she was asked to set the record straight on her past rumored relationships.

During one point in the show, a fan called in and bluntly asked Givens about whether rumors she ever hooked up with Brad Pitt were true. The rumors began in 2013, when Givens' ex-husband, Mike Tyson, claimed in his Undisputed Truth memoir that he once drove up to Givens' house following their split and saw her in a car with Pitt. Tyson also claimed that he caught the two in bed together while Givens was still married to him.

Later, Givens also opened up about what it was like dating radio personality Howard Stern, and whether his own claims about his "small penis" are accurate or just jokes.

"Oh my god! This is like a walk down memory lane!" she exclaimed. "I wish I was getting this much action now, Andy!"

"Howard Stern was a magnificent lover," she continued. "Like, unbelievable ... it was all good."

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