Paul Krugman: Republicans Leap Into the Awful Known (NY Times Column)
… at every stage of this political fight [Republican politicians[ have claimed to be doing exactly the opposite of what they're actually doing: covering more people, making health care cheaper, protecting Americans with pre-existing conditions. We're not talking about run-of-the-mill spin here; we're talking about black is white, up is down, dishonesty so raw it's practically surreal. This isn't just an assault on health care, it's an assault on truth itself.
If you don't think that will work, join MoveOn's Resistance Summer. Or the DNC's Resistance Summer. (Great minds think alike.) Or find your own way to resist. We need to fix this.
Arthur Krystal: Is Cultural Appropriation Ever Appropriate? (LA Review of Books)
So, if a black writer or a Chinese writer or an Egyptian writer wants to write about the Holocaust, which decimated my family, then may the Muse be with you. What do I care about your ethnicity or background as long as you do justice to what happened? It isn't cultural affiliation alone that does justice to injustice, that creates art from human experience. It's art that gives life to a depiction of life. And that has about as much to do with the color of your skin as the number of stars in the sky.
At age two, this American actor and activist, born Bert John Gervis, Jr., was listed in the magazine Strange as It Seems as the world's youngest professional ice skater. By what name is he better known?
Burt Ward (born July 6, 1945) is an American actor and activist widely known for his portrayal of Robin, the sidekick of Batman, played by Adam West, in the television series Batman (1966-1968), its theatrical feature film and the 2016 animated feature Batman: Return of the Caped Crusaders.
Ward was born Bert John Gervis, Jr., in Los Angeles, California, in 1945. His father, Bert Sr., was the owner of a traveling ice show called "Rhapsody On Ice". At age two, Ward was listed in the magazine Strange as It Seems as the world's youngest professional ice skater.
Mark. was first and correct with:
Bert John Gervis, Jr., became famous as Burt Ward and by playing Robin
on the TV series Batman.
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.
CBS begins the night with RERUN'NCIS', followed by a RERUN'Bull', then a RERUN'NCIS: The 3rd One'.
Scheduled on a FRESHStephen Colbert are Keegan-Michael Key, Cillian Murphy, and Matteo Lane.
On a RERUNJames Corden, OBE, (from 5/15/17) are Harry Styles and Aaron Taylor-Johnson.
NBC starts the night with a FRESH'America's Got Talent', followed by a FRESH'World Of Dance'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Fallon are Jada Pinkett Smith, Dane DeHaan, Rita Ora, and Dave Davies.
Scheduled on a FRESHSeth Meyers are Patrick Stewart, Alison Brie, New York Attorney General Eric Schneiderman, and Matt Johnson.
On a RERUNCarson 'The Scab' Daly (from 4/3/17) are Lamorne Morris, Jeff Rosenstock, Split Single, and Jane Marie.
ABC opens the night with a RERUN'The Middle', followed by a RERUN'Fresh Off The Boat', then a RERUN'black-ish', followed by another RERUN'black-ish', then a RERUN'American Housewife', followed by a RERUN'The Middle'.
Scheduled on a FRESHJimmy Kimmel are Caitlyn Jenner, Finn Wittrock, and Brett Young.
The CW offers a RERUN'The Flash', followed by a RERUN'Hooten & The Lady'.
Faux has a RERUN'The Simpsons', followed by a RERUN'The Mick', then a RERUN'Family Guy', followed by a RERUN'The Mick'.
MY recycles an old 'The X-Files', followed by another old 'The X-Files'.
A&E has 'Hoarders', another 'Hoarders', followed by a FRESH'Hoarders Overload', then a FRESH'Question Of Love'.
AMC offers the movie 'The Goonies', followed by the movie 'Ghostbusters', then the movie 'Ghostbusters II'.
[6:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 2-The Witch's Familiar-Part 2.
[7:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 3-Under The Lake-Part 1.
[8:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 4-Before The Flood-Part 2.
[9:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 5-The Girl Who Died-Part 1.
[10:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 6-The Woman Who Lived-Part 2.
[11:00AM] DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 7-The Zygon Invasion-Part 1.
[12:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2-Liaisons
[1:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 3-Interface
[2:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4-Gambit (Part 1)
[3:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 5-Gambit (Part 2)
[4:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 6-Phantasms
[5:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-Dark Page
[6:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 8-Attached
[7:00PM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 9-Force of Nature
[8:00PM] THE PATRIOT (2000)
[11:30PM] THE PATRIOT (2000)
[3:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 6-Phantasms
[4:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-Dark Page
[5:00AM] STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 8-Attached (ALL TIMES EDT)
Bravo has 'Below Deck Mediterranean', another 'Below Deck Mediterranean', followed by a FRESH'Below Deck Mediterranean', then a FRESH'A Night With My Ex', followed by another FRESH'A Night With My Ex', then a FRESH'Watch What Happens Live'.
Comedy Central has 'Futurama', 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', 'Tosh.0', another 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH'Tosh.0', then a FRESH'The Jim Jefferies Show'.
Scheduled on a FRESHThe Daily Show is Curtis "50 Cent" Jackson.
Scheduled on a FRESH@Midnight are Kristin Chenoweth, Jim Norton, and James Davis.
FX has the movie 'Captain Phillips', followed by the movie 'Selma'.
History has 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH'Forged In Fire: Cutting Deeper', then a FRESH'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH'American Ripper'.
[6:00AM] DATE MOVIE
[12:00PM] FLETCH LIVES
[2:00PM] CHEECH & CHONG'S NEXT MOVIE
[4:00PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Bye-Bye Basement
[4:31PM] THAT '70S SHOW-An Eric Forman Christmas
[5:02PM] THAT '70S SHOW-That '70s Musical
[5:33PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Ramble On
[6:04PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Whole Lotta Love
[6:35PM] THAT '70S SHOW-It's All Over Now
[7:06PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Surprise, Surprise
[7:37PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Good Company
[8:08PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Spread Your Wings
[8:39PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Son & Daughter
[9:10PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Bye-Bye Basement
[9:41PM] THAT '70S SHOW-An Eric Forman Christmas
[10:12PM] THAT '70S SHOW-That '70s Musical
[10:43PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Ramble On
[11:14PM] THAT '70S SHOW-Whole Lotta Love
[11:45PM] THAT '70S SHOW-It's All Over Now
[12:15AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Surprise, Surprise
[12:45AM] THAT '70S SHOW-Good Company
[1:15AM] CHEECH & CHONG'S NEXT MOVIE
[5:30AM] PET SEMATARY (ALL TIMES EDT)
[6:00AM] Barney Miller-The Psychic
[6:30AM] Barney Miller-Stormy Weather
[7:00AM] Barney Miller-The Librarian
[7:30AM] Barney Miller-Rachel
[8:00AM] Down and Out in Beverly Hills
[10:00AM] Edward Scissorhands
[12:30PM] Adventures in Babysitting
[3:00PM] The Blue Lagoon
[12:30AM] Stand by Me
[4:30AM] Stand by Me (ALL TIMES EDT)
SyFy has the movie 'Blade', 'Face Off', followed by a FRESH'Face Off', then the movie 'Percy Jackson: Sea Of Monsters'.
On a RERUNConan (from 4/20/17) are Dana Carvey, Claudia O'Doherty, and Brad Wenzel.
Batcat and Dobin (Snoopy, 2, and Doby, 9 months). The costumes range from SpongeBob Square Pants and Captain America to the Disney princess Snow White and the famous duo, Batman and Robin.
Photo by DailySnoopy
Officials in China are cracking down on images of Winnie the Pooh proliferating on the internet. The lovable honey-chasing bear's likeness was censored on the nation's top social media platforms over the weekend.
The fictional bear is no longer allowed on Sina Weibo, China's Twitter-esque social media site, the Financial Times reported Sunday. When users attempted to write the Chinese characters for Winnie the Pooh's name on Weibo, they received a message saying "content is illegal." A set of gifs of the character were also removed from WeChat, a popular social messaging app.
No official explanation was given for the censorship of the bear. However, experts said the ban is likely due to netizens comparing the nation's president with the bear. Images of President Xi Jinping have often been juxtaposed with the bear to show their likeness in images that have gone viral on the internet over the past few years.
"Historically, two things have been not allowed: political organizing and political action," Qiao Mu, assistant professor of media at Beijing Foreign Studies University, told the Financial Times. "But this year a third has been added to the list: talking about the president. I think the Winnie issue is part of that trend."
Qiao also said he was aware of social media users being detained after posting about the president on the internet.
Hypocrite Donald Trump and Vice President Mike Pence walk past a Caterpillar truck manufactured in Illinois on the South Lawn of the White House in Washington during a "Made in America" product showcase featuring items created in each of the 50 U.S. states on July 17, 2017.
Photo by Pablo Martinez Monsivais
Disney is clapping back at Steve Whitmire, who was fired by the company last October after almost three decades of voicing Kermit the Frog for The Muppets.
Whitmire told The Hollywood Reporter that Disney terminated him because they didn't appreciate his character notes during the filming of the short-lived Muppets revival on ABC.
"The first issue was that they felt I had been 'disrespectful' in being outspoken on character issues with the small group of top creative people during the ABC series," Whitmire told the trade publication. "I have been outspoken about what's best for the Muppets since the Muppets came to Disney [in 2004], but the fact is I have respect for everyone who was involved in the creation of that series for their own particular contributions. At the same time, I also have insight into their limitations with respect to how well they know the Muppets."
However, Disney says it was about a lot more than "notes" and that Whitmire's battling over character direction was not only disrespectful, but would cause delays in production.
"The role of Kermit the Frog is an iconic one that is beloved by fans and we take our responsibility to protect the integrity of that character very seriously," a spokesperson for The Muppets Studio told THR in a statement. "We raised concerns about Steve's repeated unacceptable business conduct over a period of many years and he consistently failed to address the feedback. The decision to part ways was a difficult one which was made in consultation with the Henson family and has their full support."
Massachusetts' top court on Monday ruled that a woman who had been fired for testing positive for marijuana that she had been legally prescribed under state law could sue her former employer for handicap discrimination.
The Massachusetts Supreme Judicial Court rejected the former employer's argument that she could not sue it for handicap discrimination because possessing marijuana remains illegal under federal law.
Lawyers for the former employee, Christina Barbuto, said the ruling represents a major win for employees in the state and set a precedent that they said could have an impact in other states where medical marijuana is legal.
Barbuto had accused Advantage Sales and Marketing of firing her after her first day of work because she tested positive for the drug, which she had been prescribed by a doctor to treat low appetite, a side effect of her Crohn's disease.
Chief Justice Ralph Gants wrote that if a doctor concludes medical marijuana is the most effective treatment for an employee's debilitating condition, "an exception to an employer's drug policy to permit its use is a facially reasonable accommodation."
Authorities in Genoa have confiscated 21 suspect artworks supposedly by Amedeo Modigliani after confirming that several paintings showcased in a major exhibition at the Doge's Palace were likely fakes.
Earlier this week, the foundation sponsoring the Genoa show decided to shut down exhibit three days early in order to collaborate with latest investigation enveloping the Italian expressionist painter and sculptor, who is one of the world's most famously faked artists.
"They did the right thing. This was absolutely shameful,' said Carlo Pepi, the 79-year-old Tuscan art critic and collector who alerted authorities about the suspected fraud.
Mr Pepi has spent decades battling art fraud. He began publicly expressing doubts about Genoa's Modigliani exhibit in February, when the palace first began promoting it with a reprint of the 1918 oil painting "Marie, daughter of the people."
French art historian Marc Restellini, who is founder of the Pinacothèque de Paris and a Modigliani expert, backed him, calling the exhibit "dubious."
The federal government's top ethics chief is resigning on Wednesday. And he's torching the Trump administration on his way out.
Walter M. Shaub Jr., director of the Office of Government Ethics, told the New York Times that Donald Trump's (R-Fabulist) apparent disdain for long-established ethical norms has undermined the credibility of the United States around the world.
"It's hard for the United States to pursue international anticorruption and ethics initiatives when we're not even keeping our own side of the street clean," Shaub told the Times in an article published Monday. "I think we are pretty close to a laughingstock at this point."
Shaub - who has been a vocal critic of Trump's since his election - said the president's frequent trips to his family-owned golf clubs are a microcosm of just how blurry the line between the White House and Trump brand has become.
"It creates the appearance of profiting from the presidency," Shaub said. "Misuse of position is really the heart of the ethics program, and the internationally accepted definition of corruption is abuse of entrusted power. It undermines the government ethics program by casting doubt on the integrity of government decision making."
Hypodermic needles that were recovered from the Merrimack River in 2016, at the Clean River Facility facility in Methuen, Mass. Syringes left by drug users amid the heroin crisis are turning up everywhere. They hide in weeds along hiking trails and in playground grass, get washed into rivers and onto beaches, and lie scattered about in baseball dugouts and on sidewalks and streets. There are reports of children finding them and getting poked.
Photo by Charles Krupa
The Trumps have a main target each time new bombshell reports are published on Russia's influence in the 2016 presidential election: the "fake news" media, with CNN being the bull's-eye.
The media in general has been the subject of a series of attacks from President Donald Trump and his aides since long before his inauguration, as the Republican candidate blasted news outlets over their coverage of his campaign and claimed the election was rigged against him.
But now, as emails from Donald Trump Jr. (R-Sad) seem to indicate he was at least open to Russian government-backed opposition research against former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton in the final months of the campaign season, the first family has once again pointed their criticisms toward CNN, seemingly in the hopes that Trump supporters will continue standing behind the president as they have since he assumed the Oval Office.
Eric Trump (R-Sadder), the executive vice president of the Trump organization, who regularly tweets his disdain for the media, once again directly called out CNN reporters on Twitter Monday morning, after the network's senior White House correspondent wrote Sunday, "Calling the American news media 'fake news' may feel good to some. It may energize the base. But it's bad for our democracy."
Kenny McCat (McCormick) from South Park. Shirley, from Toronto, decided to document her beloved moggies' daily cat-tivities, and later came up with the idea of dressing them up in hilarious handmade costumes."
Photo by DailySnoopy
Caitlyn Jenner has joined the list of celebrities who are considering running for political office in the United States following the election of former reality television star Donald Trump (R-Corrupt) as president.
Jenner, who as former Olympic champion Bruce Jenner in 2015 became the highest-profile American to transition to a woman, said she would decide in the next six months or so whether to run for the U.S. Senate in California.
Jenner told John Catsimatidis on his "CATS Roundtable" New York radio show on Sunday, that she is working with activist groups to improve the Republican Party's stance on lesbian, gay and transgender issues.
Jenner, 67, is a Republican but in February she criticized the Trump administration for reversing a federal directive that allowed transgender students to use public school bathrooms of their choice.
Artificial sweeteners are found in a plethora of products from cough syrups to salad dressings, but new research claims that the sugar alternative could actually lead to weight gain.
The chances of developing diabetes, high blood pressure, heart disease and obesity are linked to consuming artificial sweeteners, according to the new large-scale study on the effects of the sugar substitute.
The research was conducted by scientists from the University of Manitoba, Canada and reviewed data from 37 studies which analysed more than 400,000 people for an average period of 10 years.
"The results showed a statistically significant association between consumption of artificial sweeteners and higher risks of diabetes and heart disease, as well as increased weight gain," lead author of the study, Dr Meghan Azad told the Press Association.
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