BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 10 October, 2017


10 October, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[249 days in a row]


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: The Schlock Of The New (NY Times Blog)
On the other hand, you can get a lot of political traction with a really bad idea challenging the consensus, as long as it serves the interests of big money and the political right.

Michael Mardar: Our Polluted Senses (NY Times)
People who live in densely populated areas are all too familiar with sensory bombardment - the continuous light and noise pollution that has come to practically define the urban environment. Over time, most city dwellers grow so accustomed to this intense stimulation that they cease to notice it. Their perceptual thresholds, we might say, shift upward.

Adam Etinson: Is a Life Without Struggle Worth Living? (NY Times)
I hope, and suspect, that Mill is right about this: that we all have the ability to find some durable joy in quietude, normalcy and contemplation. In our personal lives, and in our political lives too, it would be nice if we could escape Schopenhauer's pendulum: to simply enjoy where we are, at times; to find some peace in the cessation of motion. If we can do that, then a perfect world might not be so bad after all.

Dr. Michael Gregor: Choosing to Have a Normal Blood Pressure (
Babies start out with a blood pressure around 95 over 60, but then as we age that 95 can go to 120 by our 20s, then 140 in our 40s, and keep climbing as we age. (140 is the official cut-off above which one technically has high blood pressure.) That was considered normal, since everyone's blood pressure creeps up as we get older. And if that's normal, then heart attacks and strokes are normal too, since risk starts rising once we start getting above the 100 we had as a baby.

Paul Berman: Whitman and the American Revelation (Tablet)
The epiphany that led to a national literature's single greatest achievement: tucked in a prosaic, newly discovered early novel are the seeds of 'Leaves of Grass.'

Michele Hanson: The harder I try to sleep, the more worry keeps me awake (The Guardian)
Not getting enough sleep increases the risk of obesity and diabetes, depression and cancer - plenty to weigh on your mind at 2am.

Dave Simpson: Gary Numan: how the Billboard charts told him his tracks aren't electric (The Guardian)
Despite 95% of the instrumentation on Numan's new album being electronic, the US chart company says it does not qualify for their dance/electronic countdown.

Arwa Mahdawi: Think you're too smart to be taken in by silly food labels? Think again (The Guardian)
The bakery that tried to list 'love' as a granola ingredient may not have got away with it, but elsewhere dubious and confusing labelling is rife - and it is ruining our diets.

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Michael Egan

It Nearly Happened: GOP Debate Mooted to Follow 'Hunger Games' Format


Superman Abandons Earth

Editorial and Political Cartoons


Trivia Question of the Day

In Ireland and Scotland, what vegetable has traditionally been carved during Halloween?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

In classical mythology, Cupid has a bow and some arrows. How many kinds of arrows does Cupid carry?

       Two                                                      Source

In classical mythology, Cupid (Latin Cupido, meaning "desire") is the god of desire, erotic love, attraction and affection. He is often portrayed as the son of the love goddess Venus and the war god Mars. He is also known in Latin as Amor ("Love"). His Greek counterpart is Eros.

Cupid carries two kinds of arrows, one with a sharp golden point, and the other with a blunt tip of lead. A person wounded by the golden arrow is filled with uncontrollable desire, but the one struck by the lead feels aversion and desires only to flee. The use of these arrows is described by the Latin poet Ovid in the first book of his Metamorphoses. When Apollo taunts Cupid as the lesser archer, Cupid shoots him with the golden arrow, but strikes the object of his desire, the nymph Daphne, with the lead. Trapped by Apollo's unwanted advances, Daphne prays to her father, the river god Peneus, who turns her into a laurel, the tree sacred to Apollo. It is the first of several unsuccessful or tragic love affairs for Apollo.        Source

Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   Cupid has two kinds of arrows, one with a sharp tip of gold and one with a blunt tip of lead. The gold tip fills the victim with uncontrollable desire, and the lead tip fills the victim with a desire to flee.

Gene said:
   Cupid carries two kinds of arrows, one with a sharp golden point, and the other with a blunt tip of lead. A person wounded by the golden arrow is filled with uncontrollable desire, but the one struck by the lead feels aversion and desires only to flee.

Randall wrote:
   (copied right outta Wiki....)
  Cupid carries two kinds of arrows, one with a sharp golden point, and the other with a blunt tip of lead. A person wounded by the golden arrow is filled with uncontrollable desire, but the one struck by the lead feels aversion and desires only to flee.

Alan J answered:

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   Cupid carries two kinds of arrows, one with a sharp golden point, and the other with a blunt tip of lead. A person wounded by the golden arrow is filled with uncontrollable desire, but the one struck by the lead feels aversion and desires only to flee.

zorch replied:
   Two, one is lead and one is gold.

Daniel in The City wrote:
   Two kinds: sharp and golden, or blunt and lead

Deborah said:
   I thought Cupid had one kind of arrow, so I'm going with that, but am prepared to be wrong.
  Napa & Sonoma counties are burning - all kinds of evacuations and road closures in place. The awful north winds have reduced the humidity to 17%. One fire is near the Solano county line, on the Napa County side, and the smoke is ridiculous. I have a friend who evacuated a hotel with just the clothes on her back. #PrayforNapa

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali, answered:
   Right outta wiki
  Cupid carries two kinds of arrows, one with a sharp golden point, and the other with a blunt tip of lead. A person wounded by the golden arrow is filled with uncontrollable desire, but the one struck by the lead feels aversion and desires only to flee.

Rosemary in Columbus replied:
   I had to look this one up. Cupid had two types of arrows - one with sharp golden point for desire & one with a blunt lead point for aversion.

Joe S     responded:
   Cupid only carries two kinds of arrows these days, sharp gold for inflicting uncontrollable lust and dull lead to inflict loathing. Originally Cupid carried additional arrows, sharp silver for friends with benefits and blunt copper for one night stands. It all got complicated and Cupid kept getting the arrows mixed up and it was just a mess. They don't call him "Stupid Cupid" for nothing, so he had drop to the gold and lead to keep straight.
  Hahahaha, everyone got yesterday's quiz wrong but me. I may not always be right, but I'm never wrong. Hahahahahahaha. Adam almost got it right, but he changed his answer. Always go with your first choice Adam and don't back down. Double down.

Adam took the day off.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

Billy in Cypress took the day off.

mj took the day off.

Harry M. took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

John I from Hawai`i took the day off.

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

Stephen F took the day off.

George M. took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

Gary K. took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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Sally has retired.

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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Mr. Trump's Attack on Birth Control - The New York Times

New way of teaching Columbus: Putting him on trial for murder - SFGate

CBS Sports reporter backtracks on Kaepernick anthem report - SFGate

Mike Pence explains how his one minute football visit actually saved America money

Tucson restaurant owners post Trumpian nonsense on Facebook, karma added to the menu

Newsweek: Trump Was Told 'Go F**k Himself' By Frank Sinatra Says Former Manager

Longtime Democratic Sen. Dianne Feinstein says she'll seek another term in dark-blue California

Celebrate Columbo's Day With Peter Falk and Dick Van Dyke In: "Negative Reaction"

Trump to Sign Order Easing Health Plan Rules, Official Says - WSJ

The Republican's Guide to Presidential Etiquette - The New York Times

For Disney's Iger, an Unlikely Political Turn - The New York Times

Hear the Music Behind Dan Brown's Latest Novel - The New York Times

The Ken Burns Effect - The New York Times

Anthony Bourdain Slams Critics Who Say Chefs Shouldn't Talk Politics | HuffPost

Trump Is No Match For J.K. Rowling In This War Of Words | HuffPost

Missing In Action: Barack Obama | HuffPost

Bob Corker Says Trump's Recklessness Threatens 'World War III' - The New York Times

EPA Chief Announces Reversal Of Obama-Era Curbs On Coal Plants : The Two-Way : NPR

Inferno destroys parts of Santa Rosa - blocks of homes gone - SFGate

Photos: San Francisco chokes on smoke from raging wildfires - SFGate

Cannabis harvests threatened by Sonoma County's Tubbs Fire - SFGate

The Hypocrisy Surrounding the President's Feud with Senator Corker is an Embarrassment

Breaking: White House lets Jones Act waiver expire. No extension. Why does Trump hate Puerto Rico?

Still no statement about four US soldiers killed by a terrorist attack.

LA mayor avoids speaking out on Delta Tunnels after taking money from Resnicks & Bechtel

Robert Reich: Memo to Tillerson about the Moron | Alternet

Hollywood men silent over Weinstein allegations as women speak out | Film | The Guardian

A week into his job, zookeeper in India was mauled to death by two tiger cubs - SFGate

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Reader Comment

Current Events

Cynthia shared the attached file--I would do it in a New York Second if it would work!

Beautiful towels?

Who the heck refers to a roll of paper towels as "beautiful towels" or as "soft towels"???? Predator's language ability is so stunted and bizarre.

Borowitz is so right--it's my fondest hope. Forget whatever taxpayer cost it would entail, I would even give him money to depart!

Americans Hope Predator Follows Pence's Example and Leaves Early

     INDIANAPOLIS (The Borowitz Report)-A poll taken after Vice-President Mike Pence made headlines on Sunday with an abrupt early departure reveals that a broad majority of Americans hope that Donald Trump follows Pence's example and leaves early, as well.

     In a striking result, the poll shows that Trump's early exit would be approximately a thousand times more popular than the one Pence participated in on Sunday.

Poll: Americans Hope Trump Follows Pence's Example and Leaves Early | The New Yorker

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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Pence triggered by National Anthem protest, retreats to safe space | Death & Taxes Magazine

Mike Pence Wasted Hundreds of Thousands of Dollars to Pretend to Be Angry at the 49ers | GQ

Trump says Pence's trip to NFL game was 'long planned' - POLITICO

Trump Is the Most Powerless President in American History | Alternet

Russia Recruited YouTubers to Bash 'Racist B*tch' Hillary Clinton Over Rap Beats | The Daily Beast

Hammond: How 'A Face In The Crowd' Predicted Trump | Deadline

EPA chief: I'd 'do away with' wind, solar tax credits | TheHill

Fox News' Chris Wallace Takes NRA to Task: You 'Need to Address This' | The Daily Beast

Trump says Kelly will stay on for the "7 remaining years" - Axios

Steve Bannon's new plan: Erik Prince for Senate -

White House Confirms Stephen Miller Was a Right-Wing Creep Back in High School Too | Alternet

White House aides lean on delays and distraction to manage Trump - POLITICO

Study: Russian Propaganda Targeted Engaged U.S. Vets, Active-Duty Troops on Social Media - The Daily Beast

Republican Steve Scalise, Saved by Lesbian Cop, To Speak at Anti-LGBTQ Conference | Daily Dot

This Isn't Toxic Masculinity; It's Sociopathic Baby-Men. | The Cut



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from Marc Perkel

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.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying





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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Smoke from the Orange County fires filled our sky and made everything have a weird Trump-like orange glow.

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 Tracee Ellis Ross, Luke Evans, and Jade Bird.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Jennifer Connelly, Jason Alexander, Mark Consuelos, and Everything Everything.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'This Is Us', then a FRESH 'L&O True Crime: The Menendez Brothers'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Mandy Moore, Shaquille O'Neal, and Noah Cyrus.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are James Spader, Domhnall Gleeson, Ladee Hubbard, and Joe Russo.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/11/17) are Margaret Cho, Filthy Friends, and Bill Skarsgard.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'The Middle', followed by a FRESH 'Fresh Off The Boat', then a FRESH 'black-ish', followed by a FRESH 'The Mayor', then a FRESH 'Kevin (Probably) Saves The World'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Chris Hemsworth, Whitney Cummings, and Vance Joy.

The CW offers a FRESH 'The Flash', followed by a FRESH 'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Lethal Weapon', followed by a FRESH 'The Mick', then a FRESH 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine'.

MY has 'Page Six TV', followed by 'Top 30', then an old 'The X-Files'.

A&E has 3 hours of old 'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath', followed by a FRESH 'Leah Rimini: Scientology & The Aftermath'.

AMC offers the movie 'Lake Placid', followed by the movie 'Pirates Of The Caribbean: On Stranger Tides'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: HUMAN PLANET - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 8-Cities - Surviving the Urban Jungle
 [7:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 1-The Hardest Challenge
 [8:00AM]    PLANET EARTH: THE HUNT - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-In The Grip of Seasons - Arctic
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 3-A Town Called Mercy
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4-The Power of Three
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 5-The Angels Take Manhattan
 [1:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 6-The Bells of Saint John
 [9:00PM]    THE TRANSPORTER (2002)
 [1:30AM]    SUDDEN DEATH (1995)

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

Comedy Central has 3½ hours of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'The Jim Jefferies Show'.
On a RERUN The Daily Show (from 9/27/17) is America Ferrera.
On a RERUN The Opposition (from 9/27/17) is Ruth Marcus.

FX has the movie 'Furious 7', followed by a FRESH 'American Horror Story'.

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

IFC  -   
 [8:00AM]    UP IN SMOKE
 [2:00PM]    UP IN SMOKE
 [4:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Black Dog
 [4:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Crunge
 [5:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Girl I Love
 [5:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Misty Mountain Hop
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Your Time Is Gonna Come
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-When the Levee Breaks
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Whole Lotta Love
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Battle of Evermore
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Hey, Hey What Can I Do?
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Black Dog
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Crunge
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Girl I Love
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Misty Mountain Hop
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Your Time Is Gonna Come
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-When the Levee Breaks
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Whole Lotta Love
 [1:00AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-Taco and a Hair Flip
 [5:30AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-Don't Call Me Ma'am     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Barney Miller-Bus Stop
 [6:30AM]    Barney Miller-The Election
 [7:00AM]    Barney Miller-Werewolf
 [7:30AM]    Barney Miller-The Recluse
 [8:00AM]    Barney Miller-Noninvolvement
 [8:30AM]    Kelly's Heroes
 [12:00PM]    The Good, the Bad and the Ugly
 [4:15PM]    Dirty Harry
 [6:30PM]    Magnum Force
 [9:00PM]    Blazing Saddles
 [11:00PM]    K-9
 [1:30AM]    K-911
 [3:30AM]    K-9: P.I.
 [5:45AM]    All in the Family-Mike's Hippie Friends Come to Visit    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child', followed by the movie 'Freddy's Dead: The Final Nightmare', then the movie 'Trick 'r Treat'.

On a RERUN Conan (from 7/13/17) are Steven Ho, Marc Maron, and D.J. Demers.

 [6:30 AM]      The Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer Story (1950)
 [7:30 AM]      Where The Boys Are (1960)
 [9:15 AM]      A Thunder of Drums (1961)
 [11:00 AM]      Angel Baby (1961)
 [12:45 PM]      Light In The Piazza (1962)
 [2:30 PM]      Two Weeks In Another Town (1962)
 [4:30 PM]      Act One (1963)
 [6:30 PM]      Looking for Love (1964)
 [8:00 PM]      Cat People (1942)
 [9:30 PM]      The Body Snatcher (1945)
 [11:00 PM]      Martin Scorsese Presents, Val Lewton: The Man in the Shadows (2007)
 [12:30 AM]      I Walked With A Zombie (1943)
 [2:00 AM]      The Seventh Victim (1943)
 [3:30 AM]      Bedlam (1946)
 [5:00 AM]      The Leopard Man (1943)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Wednesday   -  10/11/17

TCM features films from George Pal all night.
 [6:15 AM]      The Ghost Ship (1943)
 [7:30 AM]      Isle of the Dead (1945)
 [8:45 AM]      Down The Stretch (1936)
 [10:00 AM]      A Family Affair (1936)
 [11:15 AM]      Little Lord Fauntleroy (1936)
 [1:15 PM]      Hold That Kiss (1938)
 [2:45 PM]      Lord Jeff (1938)
 [4:15 PM]      Stablemates (1938)
 [6:00 PM]      Men of Boys Town (1941)
 [8:00 PM]      The Fantasy Film Worlds of George Pal (1985)
 [10:00 PM]      The Puppetoon Movie (1987)
 [11:30 PM]      Destination Moon (1950)
 [1:00 AM]      The Time Machine (1960)
 [3:00 AM]      Atlantis, The Lost Continent (1960)
 [5:00 AM]      The Power (1968)

USA has a FRESH 'Chrisley Knows Best', followed by a FRESH 'According To Chrisley'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Oct. 10, 1991) - Carl Reiner, Destiny, and Mike Zele.

Bounce TV

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Find Justice - Justice Network

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Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff


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A sign is held aloft during an Indigenous Peoples Day march Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Seattle, Wash.
Photo by Elaine Thompson


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ESPN Suspension

Jemele Hill

ESPN's decision to suspend Jemele Hill after she called for a boycott of Dallas Cowboys advertisers isn't playing well in some social media circles.

On Sunday, the "SportsCenter" anchor used Twitter herself to call for a boycott of Dallas Cowboys-advertisers after team owner Jerry Jones demanded his players stand for the national anthem or be benched. That didn't go over well with her employer.

"Jemele Hill has been suspended for two weeks for a second violation of our social media guidelines," ESPN said in a statement. "She previously acknowledged letting her colleagues and company do with an impulsive tweet."

That line referred to her calling President-for-now Trump a "white supremacist" a few weeks back. She had some unkind things to say about his supporters as well, though Hill got off with just a warning.

"In the aftermath, all employees were reminded of how individual tweets may reflect negatively on ESPN and that such actions would have consequences," the Monday statement continued. "Hence this decision."

Jemele Hill


Women drummers sing as they lead a march during an Indigenous Peoples Day event Monday, Oct. 9, 2017, in Seattle, Wash.
Photo by Elaine Thompson


Returns To The Stage

Kathy Griffin

Kathy Griffin performed for the first time since the now-infamous photo of her holding a fake, bloodied Donald Trump head went viral, and it appears she's not done making jokes at the president's expense.

The comedian returned to the stage to perform during the Best in Drag Show at the Orpheum Theater in Los Angeles over the weekend, where she made her entrance wearing (what else?) a Trump mask. As she walked onto the stage, Griffin held her middle fingers up in the air before throwing her mask to the ground.

During her set, Griffin addressed her controversy with Trump, laughing off death threats she received in the mail and even reading a letter she received from Billy Bush, who found himself in the middle of a Trump-related controversy of his own last year.

She also spoke out about Hollywood producer Harvey Weinstein, who was recently the subject of a bombshell New York Times article detailing multiple allegations of sexual harassment against him. Just hours before Griffin took the stage, Weinstein was officially fired from his production company, The Weinstein Company.

"The Weinstein thing is just f**king unbelievable, but I am not afraid to say anything because I don't appear in movies, ever, and no one will ever put me in one," Griffin said. "That guy seems to be what's called a rapist. I'm using it as a broad term. There's a lot of them and they are everywhere. So it's time we started to f**king look out for each other because this shit has been going on for way too long."

Kathy Griffin


Newhead News


First Ever Operatic Collaboration

Bolshoi and Met

Russia's Bolshoi theatre and New York's Metropolitan Opera on Monday announced plans to work together for the first time, co-producing three operas all starring Russian soprano Anna Netrebko.

The New York opera house's general manager Peter Gelb and Bolshoi director Vladimir Urin announced the plans at a joint news conference in the Moscow theatre.

The theatres will co-produce three operas -- Verdi's "Aida," Strauss's "Salome" and Wagner's "Lohengrin" -- to be staged both in Moscow and in New York between 2019 and 2022.

The Met's star singer Netrebko, who holds dual Russian and Austrian citizenship, will perform on both stages in the lead roles in "Aida" and "Salome" and the main soprano role in "Lohengrin," the theatres said in a joint statement.

The major cultural exchange between the Russian and US musical heavyweights comes at a period of frosty political relations between the two countries.

Bolshoi and Met


Jordan Smith of the Mohawk Nation Bear Clan performs with the Longhouse Singers and Dancers representing the Oneida Nation at the Museum of the American Revolution in Philadelphia, Pa., Monday, Oct. 9, 2017.
Photo by Matt Rourke


Man With An Opinion

Frank Sinatra

Frank Sinatra told Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) to "go f*** himself" after the now-President took issue with the singer's financial demands, a new book has claimed.

Old Blue Eyes was due to perform at the opening of Mr Trump's Atlantic City casino in 1990 when the magnate was said to have told him his costs were "a little rich". On hearing the news, Sinatra gave his manager Elliot Weisman - who has written the new book - two options, either to pass his message to Mr Trump or give him his number and he would do it himself.

Mr Trump then also decided he did not need to book the other acts included including Sammy Davis Jr, who had just been diagnosed with cancer, and husband-and-wife pop duo Steve and Eydie. When challenged by Weisman, Mr Trump asked "Who's Steve and Eydie?". Weisman says he then tried choking the future president by his tie, but that his son restrained him.

He said he then called Sinatra to tell him what had happened, and singer told him he had two choices; either tell Mr Trump "to go f*** himself" or give the reality show star's phone number to Sinatra so that he could do it himself.

Frank Sinatra


Digby's Hullabaloo


Says 'Nothing Could Have Been Done'


America's most powerful gun- rights manufacturers lobbying group has claimed "nothing could have been done" to prevent the mass shooting in Las Vegas in which 58 people were killed and more than 500 injured.

In the aftermath of the shooting perpetrated by a 64-year-old former accountant, many have called on politicians to seize on the movement to demand tougher restrictions on guns.

Yet, a spokeswoman for the National Rifle Association (NRA), which endorsed Donald Trump (R-Crooked) and donated millions of dollars to his campaign, sought to dismiss such suggestions.

"There's nothing that could have been done, unfortunately, to prevent this tragedy," Dana Loesch told Fox News.

Following the shooting, the White House said it was not the right time to discuss the issue of gun regulations. Mr Trump said the topic would be addressed "as time goes on".



A reveller performs during a "pow-wow" celebrating the Indigenous Peoples' Day Festival in Randalls Island, in New York, Oct. 8, 2017.
Photo by Eduardo Munoz


Name To Be Removed


The name Harvey Weinstein is being purged from Hollywood.

On Monday, Deadline reported that The Weinstein Company is removing Weinstein's executive producer credit from any TV series he's worked on, and plans to wipe it from upcoming movie releases.

The outlet also reports that TWC is auditioning ad agencies to change its company name altogether.

Sources told The Hollywood Reporter that TWC reached out to multiple networks and gave them the green light to scrub his credits in the wake of the bombshell New York Times reportthat revealed Weinstein had settled at least eight sexual harassment claims throughout his career.

The eradication of Weinstein's credits will begin on Wednesday for TWC-produced reality show "Project Runway." His name will be stricken from dramas "Six" (on History) and "Scream" (on MTV), as well as from Oliver Stone's upcoming "Waco" miniseries and Kevin Costner's drama "Yellowstone."



Cat Fight


Melania Trump's office dismissed Ivana Trump's suggestion that she has a deeper bond with President-for-now Trump (R-Buffoon) than the first lady, saying Trump's first wife is desperately trying to stir up interest in a new book.

"Mrs. Trump has made the White House a home for Barron and the President," Stephanie Grisham, a spokeswoman for Melania Trump, said in a statement on Monday. "She loves living in Washington, D.C., and is honored by her role as First Lady of the United States. She plans to use her title and role to help children, not sell books. There is clearly no substance to this statement from an ex, this is unfortunately only attention-seeking and self-serving noise."

In an interview with ABC News, Ivana Trump said she speaks to Trump every couple weeks - and that she has a "direct number" to call him at the White House.

"I [don't] really want to call him there, because Melania is there," Ivana Trump said.

"And I don't want to cause any kind of jealousy or something like that, because I'm basically first Trump wife, OK? I'm first lady," she continued, laughing.



A reveller gets ready to dance during a "pow-wow" celebrating the Indigenous Peoples' Day Festival in Randalls Island, in New York, Oct. 8, 2017.
Photo by Eduardo Munoz


Popularity Slipping In Rural America


Outside the Morgan County fair in McConnelsville, in a rural swath of Ohio that fervently backed U.S. President-for-now Donald Trump (R- Corrupt) in last year's election, ticket seller John Wilson quietly counts off a handful of disappointments with the man he helped elect.

The 70-year-old retired banker said he is unhappy with infighting and turnover in the White House. He does not like Trump's penchant for traveling to his personal golf resorts. He wishes the president would do more to fix the healthcare system, and he worries that Trump might back down from his promise to force illegal immigrants out of the country.

"Every president makes mistakes," Wilson said. "But if you add one on top of one, on top of another one, on top of another, there's just a limit."

According to the Reuters/Ipsos daily tracking poll, the Republican president's popularity is eroding in small towns and rural communities where 15 percent of the country's population lives. The poll of more than 15,000 adults in "non-metro" areas shows that they are now as likely to disapprove of Trump as they are to approve of him.

The poll found that Trump has lost support in rural areas among men, whites and people who never went to college. He lost support with rural Republicans and rural voters who supported him on Election Day.



Losses Mount At Scottish Resorts


David Milne loves the view of the North Sea from his home high above the roiling surf, but he finds his eye often falling onto the golf course next door and, when it does, on the tiny figures below.

He counts the people coming off the buses in the parking lot and the people swinging at the 1st tee and the 10th tee and he counts the people walking the fairways and after all this counting he's convinced of something that must be satisfying given his tussles with the owner, Donald Trump (R-Odious).

"The carpark is rarely even half full," said Milne, 53, looking out again on Friday under clear blue skies. "For what was supposedly the best golf course in the world, I don't really think this is a resounding success."

A few hours after Milne spoke, he got some confirmation. A financial report that Trump's company filed with the British government shows he has lost millions of dollars at the resort, called the Trump International Golf Links, as well as at a second one on the other side of Scotland overlooking the Irish Sea.

The report from Britain's Companies House released late Friday showed losses last year more than doubled to 17.6 million pounds ($23 million). It was the third year in a row of losses. Revenue also fell sharply.




In Memory

David Patterson Sr.

A Navajo code talker who used the Navajo language to outsmart the Japanese in World War II has died in New Mexico, Navajo Nation officials said.

David Patterson Sr. died Sunday in Rio Rancho at age 94 from pneumonia and complications from subdural hematoma.

Although Patterson didn't talk much about his service, one of his sons said his father was proud of being a Navajo Code Talker.

"He attended as many Code Talker events as he could," Pat Patterson said. "It was only when his health started to decline that he didn't attend as many."

Patterson served in the Marine Corps from 1943 to 1945 and was the recipient of the Silver Congressional Medal of Honor in 2001.

After his military service, Patterson became a social worker and worked for the tribe's Division of Social Services until retiring in 1987.

He raised his family in Oklahoma, California and Shiprock, New Mexico, and is survived by six children.

Funeral services are pending and will be held at Christ The King Catholic Church in Shiprock, New Mexico.

Patterson will be buried on the military side of the Shiprock Cemetery.

David Patterson Sr.



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