BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 31 October, 2017


31 October, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[270 days in a row]


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Jonathan Cohn: An Iowa Teenager Didn't Wreck His State's Health Care Market. Here's Who Did. (Huffington Post)
A case study in Obamacare success and failure.

Paul Krugman: "Tax Cut Fraudulence: The Usual Suspects" (NY Times Blog)
… until a few days ago the Trump sales pitch was a bit different from past GOP arguments for tax cuts, involving (a) a novel invocation of the supposed benefits of massive capital inflows from corporate tax cuts, and (b) outright lies on an unprecedented scale. But what I've been seeing lately is a revival of some more traditional, Bush-era fraudulence. Two items in particular. First, the claim that the rich pay practically all the taxes, so that of course they have to get the bulk of the tax cut. Second, claims of vast growth, because Reagan.

Laurie Penny: We are governed by Peter Pans who refuse to look after the next generation (New Statesman)
The Tories have a young-people problem - the problem being that young people hate them.

Laurie Penny: The threat to free speech on campus is a right-wing fantasy (New Statesman)
Nobody is actually being censored at all - they're just being spoken back to.

Matt Broomfield: Why you should give money directly and unconditionally to homeless people (New Statesman)
Who are you to judge what they do with that cash?

Arwa Mahdawi: If you believe studies into selfishness, we are all terrible people (The Guardian)
If you like sitting in window seats, believe in God and go to the gym, science says you're probably a self-centred monster.

Amelia Abraham: I didn't grow up with LGBT kids' TV characters - but I found them elsewhere (The Guardian)
The Disney Channel has introduced its first ever LGBT storyline in Andi Mack - but in my formative years, I had to look outside kids' TV to find my small-screen role models.

Jonathan Jones: Impressionists in London review - how not to tell the origin story of modern art (The Guardian)
Tate Britain, London. This pea souper of a show nearly achieves the impossible feat of making Monet seem dull, while illuminating little about British links to impressionism.

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Michael Egan


Superman Abandons Earth

Editorial and Political Cartoons


Trivia Question of the Day

There are four Gaelic seasonal festivals - Imbolc, Beltane, Lughnasa (Lughnasadh) and ____?____


Send your answer to Marty

Trivia Question from Yesterday

"Halloween" is a contraction of what 3 words?

       All Hallows' Evening                                                      Source

Halloween or Hallowe'en (a contraction of All Hallows' Evening), also known as Allhalloween, All Hallows' Eve, or All Saints' Eve, is a celebration observed in a number of countries on 31 October, the eve of the Western Christian feast of All Hallows' Day.        Source

Randall was first, and correct, with:
   I think "Halloween" is a combination/contraction of All Hallows Evening I looked around and found this:

Mark. wrote:
   All Hallows' Eve.

Alan J answered:
   All Hallow's Eve.

mj said:
   As the day before
  All Saint's Day in the liturgical calendar, it's a contraction of "All Hallows Eve".

Harry M. responded:
   All Hallows' Eve

Jim from CA, retired to ID, replied:
   Halloween is a contraction of All Hallows' Eve

Deborah said:
   Halloween is a contraction of All Hallow's Eve. Judging from the decorations I saw in my sister's neighborhood in South Jersey, as well as how my neighbors have decorated, this "holiday" is just about as lucrative as Christmas. I put out 2 pumpkins, play "scary" music (like "Monster Mash") and give out candy until it's gone. It's not a big deal.

Adam answered:
   All Hallows Eve

zorch wrote:
   All Hallow's Evening.

John I from Hawai`i says,
   "All Hallows Evening."

Daniel in The City replied:
   All Hallow's Eve

Kevin K. in Washington, DC ( St. Rose of Lima Elementary School - Class of '72 ) responded:
   It's a contraction of "All Hallows' Eve".

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali said:
   All Hallows' Eve…Boo to all!

Billy in Cypress wrote:
   All Hallows' Eve

DJ Useo replied:
   All Hallows' Eve. Now give me candy, or I'll wax your windows!

Rosemary in Columbus responded:
   All Hallow's Eve

Joe S     said:
   "All Hallows Eve" or something like that.

Stephen F took the day off.

Gene took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

George M. took the day off.

Gary K. took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  October 31 Birthdays - Celebrities Born October 31 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.

MAM     In memory.




Middle Class Political Economist

Now a Blogger-Columnist at US News and World Reports "Economic Intelligence"



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Insect Armageddon - The New York Times

Kevin Spacey criticised over link between abuse and homosexuality | Culture | The Guardian

What comparing black NFL players to prisoners reveals | Ameer Hasan Loggins | Opinion | The Guardian

Hardline Hindu nationalists campaign against Taj Mahal | World news | The Guardian

12 Agrihoods Taking Farm-to-table Living Mainstream - Shareable

Rich millennials are ditching the golf communities of their parents for a new kind of neighborhood - SFGate

Papadopoulos is the singing canary. Named Trump. WH can't say it's not related now.

SHOCK! Andrew Sullivan Writes Vitally Necessary Column!

Right here ..Trump's association....Unbelievable BAM!

BBC - Capital - The origins of Silicon Valley's office playgrounds

Will Manafort Sing? - The New York Times

How Did Mueller Know Papadopoulos Lied To The FBI? A Clue To What He Knows.


Russians Targeted U.S. Racial Divisions Long Before 2016 And Black Lives Matter : NPR

Is the White House Scared Yet? - The New York Times

Thanks, Michelle!



Michelle's Challenge

Best laid plans...

Michelle said:

In the spirit of Halloween, here's a challenge: Everybody name a movie that best describes "The best-laid plans.."

Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton in "A Simple Plan" (1998)

DJ Useo added:

My offering to the challenge is the movie "Titanic". A strong parallel I think, with people insisting the boat was "unsinkable".

Maynard's much younger, more handsome brother, Ed, concurred, answering:

Bill Paxton and Billy Bob Thornton in "A Simple Plan" (1998)

Dave in Tucson replied:

In response to Michelle in AZ's challenge I would suggest A Bridge Too Far where everything really did go South.

Billy in Cypress responded:

DELIVERANCE is a good choice, and I would add WALKABOUT.

Thanks, Ed, Dave, Billy & DJ Useo!

Any other "best laid plans..."?



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Washington Monthly | There Was No Reason To Hire Manafort Except to Collude with Russia

Robert Mueller Releases Information Showing Trump Campaign Tried to Collude With Russia - Mother Jones

Here Are the Full Indictments for Paul Manafort and Rick Gates - Mother Jones

Maryland AG investigating Kushner real estate business: report | TheHill

Former Trump campaign adviser pleads guilty to lying to FBI about Russia contacts - POLITICO

Trump under fire for golfing every weekend in October | Daily Mail Online

Trump has gone to his Virginia golf course every weekend in October. | Slate

Former CIA Officer May Know Why Trump Is Holding Back on Releasing Some of the JFK Files | Alternet

Mueller blindsides Congress' Russia investigators - POLITICO

Boehner: Hannity and Limbaugh went over to the 'dark side' | TheHill

John Boehner Unchained - POLITICO Magazine

Kevin Spacey's coming-out uses the gay community as a flak jacket for his own image. | Slate

After the Manafort Indictment, the Mueller Investigation Enters a New Phase | The New Yorker

Some Thoughts On The Manafort Indictment - emptywheel

Gowdy: Republican Lawmakers Should Let Mueller 'Do His Job' - Talking Points Memo

Robert Mueller's Show of Strength: A Quick and Dirty Analysis - Lawfare

George Papadopoulos's Plea Deal Is Very, Very Bad News for Attorney General Jeff Sessions | The Intercept

Trump Campaign Staffer George Papadopoulos Pled Guilty to Lying to FBI | Esquire

FBI investigating Whitefish deal: report | TheHill

Tyson Foods Linked to the Largest Toxic Dead Zone in U.S. History | Alternet

Fox News is attacking the families of the judges presiding over the Manafort indictment - ThinkProgress



Reader Comment

Current Events

First Ed Gillespie's commercials harped on fear--MS-13 gangs. Then in southern Virginia they added the crap about saving Confederate monuments. Now they're constantly running ads conflating Northam, a pediatrician, and child molesters! (He's favored returning voting rights to former prisoners so he's setting child molesters out among us!)

It amazes me how desperate & depraved the Republicans in VA are.

Linda   >^..^<
     We are all only temporarily able bodied.

Thanks, Linda!



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





Selected Readings

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Marine layer hunkered down most of the day.

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 Mark Ruffalo, Chris Matthews, Gilbert Gottfried, and Thundercat.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Allison Janney, Laurence Fishburne, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, and Iliza Shlesinger.

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 Murders'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Millie Bobby Brown and Kelly Clarkson.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Anthony Bourdain, Aya Cash, Todd Barry, and Anton Fig.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Nick Kroll, Greta Van Fleet, and Caitlin Doughty.

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 Kristen Bell and Alice Cooper, with guest host Dave Grohl.

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 'The Silence Of The Lambs', followed by the movie 'Leatherface: Texas Chain Saw Massacre 3', then the movie 'Halloween H20: 20 Years Later'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 5-The Rebel Flesh-Part 1.
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 6-The Almost People-Part 2.
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 7-A Good Man Goes to War
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 8-Let's Kill Hitler
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-Night Terrors
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-The Girl Who Waited
 [12:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 10-Midnight
 [1:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 4-Listen
 [2:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 6-The Woman Who Lived-Part 2.
 [3:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 8-Silence in the Library-Part 1.
 [4:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 4-Knock Knock
 [5:00PM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 10 - EPISODE 5-Oxygen
 [6:00PM]    THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
 [8:30PM]    THE SILENCE OF THE LAMBS (1991)
 [11:00PM]    LEGION (2010)
 [1:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 5-The Rebel Flesh-Part 1.
 [2:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 6-The Almost People-Part 2.
 [3:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 7-A Good Man Goes to War
 [4:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 8-Let's Kill Hitler
 [5:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-Night Terrors     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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

Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Tosh.0', then a FRESH 'The Jim Jefferies Show'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Gretchen Carlson.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Opposition is Erin Gloria Ryan.

FX has the movie 'The Purge', followed by the movie 'The Purge: Anarchy', then 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  -   
 [7:15AM]    SAW II
 [9:15AM]    SAW III
 [11:45AM]    SAW IV
 [1:45PM]    SAW V
 [3:45PM]    SAW
 [6:00PM]    SAW II
 [8:00PM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Dig Me Up, Dig Me Down
 [8:30PM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Know, Know, Know Your Goat
 [9:00PM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Let Your Love Groan
 [9:30PM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Life Orr Death
 [10:00PM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Ouija Bored
 [10:30PM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-I'm Gleaning My Coven
 [11:00PM]    STAN AGAINST EVIL-Spider Walk With Me

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    Barney Miller-Corporation
 [6:30AM]    Barney Miller-Burial
 [7:00AM]    Barney Miller-Copycat
 [7:30AM]    Barney Miller-Blizzard
 [8:00AM]    Barney Miller-Chase
 [8:30AM]    Real Genius
 [11:00AM]    The Princess Bride
 [1:00PM]    Beetlejuice
 [3:00PM]    Beetlejuice
 [5:00PM]    Beetlejuice
 [7:00PM]    Beetlejuice
 [9:00PM]    Beetlejuice
 [11:00PM]    Beetlejuice
 [1:00AM]    Real Genius
 [3:30AM]    The Killer Inside Me     (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'A Nightmare On Elm Street 5: The Dream Child', followed by the movie 'Freddy's Dead: The Last Nightmare'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are JB Smoove, Whitney Cummings, and Joel Kim Booster.

 [6:00 AM]      I Remember Mama (1948)
 [8:30 AM]      White Zombie (1932)
 [10:00 AM]      Mad Love (1935)
 [11:30 AM]      Dementia 13 (1963)
 [1:00 PM]      13 Ghosts (1960)
 [2:30 PM]      The Fearless Vampire Killers (1966)
 [4:30 PM]      House of Wax (1953)
 [6:00 PM]      Poltergeist (1982)
 [8:00 PM]      The Old Dark House (1932)
 [9:30 PM]      The Haunting (1963)
 [11:30 PM]      House on Haunted Hill (1958)
 [1:15 AM]      The Cat and the Canary (1939)
 [2:45 AM]      The Old Dark House (1963)
 [4:30 AM]      The Bat (1959)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Wednesday   -  11/01/17

TCM spends the night with the pride of Indiana, PA, James Stewart
 [6:00 AM]      The Murder Man (1935)
 [7:30 AM]      The Last Gangster (1937)
 [9:15 AM]      Wife vs. Secretary (1936)
 [11:00 AM]      The Gorgeous Hussy (1936)
 [1:00 PM]      Rose Marie (1936)
 [3:00 PM]      Speed (1936)
 [4:30 PM]      The Ice Follies of 1939 (1939)
 [6:00 PM]      Made for Each Other (1939)
 [8:00 PM]      James Stewart: A Wonderful Life (1987)    [AKA: 'James Stewart: A Wonderful Life - Hosted by Johnny Carson']
 [9:45 PM]      Mr. Smith Goes to Washington (1939)
 [12:15 AM]      Destry Rides Again (1939)
 [2:00 AM]      After the Thin Man (1936)
 [4:00 AM]      Vivacious Lady (1938)

TNT has a FRESH 'Major Crimes'.

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

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Oct. 31, 1980) - Bob Hope, Gore Vidal, and Steve Landesberg.

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Find Justice - Justice Network

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People dressed as skeletons and Mexican popular character Catrina participate in a parade to mark the Day of the Dead in Mexico City, Mexic, Oct. 28, 2017. The Calavera Catrina, or 'Dapper Skeleton', is the most representative image of the Day of the Dead, a indigenous festivity that honours ancestors and occurs from 01 to 02 Nov. 1 to 2.
Photo by Mario Guzman


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Here Are 34 Truly Terrifying Stories That'll Keep You Captivated (And Scared) For Hours On End | Thought Catalog


Confusion Coming With Legal Marijuana


Ready or not, California kicks off recreational marijuana sales on Jan. 1. And, mostly, it's not.

Los Angeles and San Francisco are among many cities still struggling to fashion local rules for pot shops and growers. Without the regulations, there could be limited options in many places for consumers eager to ring in the new year with a legal pot purchase.

In general, California will treat cannabis like alcohol, allowing people 21 and older to legally possess up to an ounce and grow six marijuana plants at home.

The state intends to issue only temporary licenses starting in January, and it has yet to release its plan to govern the estimated $7 billion marketplace, the nation's largest legal pot economy.

If businesses aren't licensed and operating in the legal market, governments aren't collecting their slice of revenue from sales. The state alone estimates it could see as much as $1 billion roll in within several years.



10 of the Scariest Stories We've Ever Heard


Participants are seen during the traditional Day of the Dead parade at Reforma Avenue in Mexico City, Mexico on Oct. 28, 2017.
Photo by Carlos Tischler


11 More of the Scariest Stories We've Ever Heard


Emmy Honor Rescinded

Kevin Spacey

Kevin Spacey will no longer be honored at the 2017 International Emmys amid allegations that the actor sexually harassed then-14-year-old Anthony Rapp.

Rapp came forward with the accusation on Sunday, detailing the 1986 encounter in Spacey's home to BuzzFeed News when the Broadway star was a teenager and Spacey was 26. Spacey responded to the story on Twitter, explaining he does not recall the incident, and he announced that he now chooses to "live as a gay man."

The International Emmy Awards tweeted Monday that, given the new information, the organization has rescinded a planned recognition for Spacey.

"The International Academy has announced that in light of recent events it will not honor Kevin Spacey with the 2017 Intl Emmy Founders Award," the tweet read.

Netflix announced the cancellation of its original series "House of Cards" following the sixth season, which is set to air in 2018. The show's creator, Beau Willimon, released a statement Monday calling the sexual harassment allegations "deeply troubling."

Kevin Spacey


Newhead News


12 Years Ago

'Family Guy'

Today, Kevin Spacey issued an apology after being accused of sexually assaulting a 14-year-old boy.

The actor Anthony Rapp, now 46, made the allegation in an interview with BuzzFeed News, forcing the statement from Spacey (58) who also came out as gay.

12 years ago, the cartoon Family Guy ran a joke in an episode in which the baby character Stewie runs across the screening saying he has 'escaped from Kevin Spacey's basement'.

It is not the first time Seth Macfarlane, who created the show, appears to have hinted at a Hollywood scandal before it happened.

Back in 2013 he joked about disgraced movie mogul Harvey Weinstein who this year has been accused of multiple cases of sexual assault.

'Family Guy'


14 Disturbing And Deeply Creepy Wikipedia Articles That Will Scare The Sh*t Out Of You | Thought Catalog


Performers participate in the Day of the Dead parade on Mexico City's main Reforma Avenue, Saturday, Oct. 28, 2017.
Photo by Eduardo Verdugo


Real-life true ghost stories: 17 terrifying hauntings, exorcisms and unexplained murders | Closer


German Train Plan Condemned

Anne Frank

Plans by Germany's national rail provider to name a train after Jewish diarist Anne Frank came under fire Monday, with a foundation saying it "caused new pain" to those who experienced deportations.

"The (train's) naming is controversial," the Anne Frank Foundation said of the plans by Deutsche Bahn.

"A combination of Anne Frank and a train conjures up the image of persecution of Jews and deportations during World War II," the Amsterdam-based foundation said in a statement.

The rail company had asked for suggestions of who to dedicate their new ICE high-speed trains to.

A jury including two historians chose Frank from a shortlist of 25 names, out of a total of 19,000 proposals for candidates.

Anne Frank


Digby's Hullabaloo


Hits Record High


The concentration of carbon dioxide (CO2) in the atmosphere has hit a new high, the UN said Monday, warning that drastic action is needed to achieve targets set by the Paris climate agreement.

"Concentrations of carbon dioxide in the atmosphere surged at a record-breaking speed in 2016 to the highest level in 800,000 years," the World Meteorological Organization said.

The Greenhouse Gas Bulletin, the UN weather agency's annual flagship report, tracks the content of dangerous gasses in the atmosphere in the post-industrial era (since 1750).

Researchers have "reliable, direct measurements" of C02 concentrations rates going back 800,000 years using air bubbles preserved in ice in places like Greenland and Antarctica, the head of WMO's atmospheric environment research division, Oksana Tarasova, told reporters in Geneva.

But by studying fossilised material the WMO also has rough estimates going back even further.



Parade of mobile offerings, are part of the Day of the Dead festivities that took place in Mexico City on Oct. 28, 2017.
Photo by Omar Lopez


10 Real Ghost Sightings That Will Terrify You


Thanks, Alex Jones

Las Vegas

Survivors of the Las Vegas shooting earlier this month have been accused of "acting" by online trolls and conspiracy theorists.

One victim told CTV News that his social media has been inundated with comments from people who say the shooting was a hoax, and he was forced to delete his accounts.

Braden Matejka and his girlfriend tried to escape the festival when he was shot in the back of the head, but was not fatally wounded. He still cannot move his head and suffers pain.

He received thousands of messages like "You're a lying piece of s*** and I hope someone truly shoots you in the head".

Mike Cronk, another survivor, was targeted after giving interviews to ABC and NBC about the shooting, with online searches autocompleting his name to "Mike Cronk crisis actor".

YouTube also declined to remove certain conspiracy theory videos which questioned whether several mass shootings were using the same "actors" - posting photos of victims in the Aurora cinema shooting, Sandy Hook Elementary School and the Boston bombings. The social media platform said that not all of the videos violated its standards. Facebook and Google were also accused of advertising right-wing blogs and conspiracy theories.

Las Vegas


For Adults: Short Scary Stories That Will Terrify You (Creepy & True!)


Trump Jr.

'Peasant Hunt'

It might have been a good idea for Akron locals to clear out after white nationalist sympathizer Rep. Steve King (R-Iowa) boasted in a tweet Saturday that he and Donald Trump Jr. were setting out on a "peasant hunt" in Iowa. The foray sounded even more ominous because King touted Trump's shooting skill along with his extreme support of the Second Amendment's right to bear arms.

King quickly corrected the tweet to what he intended to say all along and announced instead an Iowa "pheasant hunt," - meaning birds, not people - causing peasants everywhere to breathe a sigh of relief. But it was far too late to keep Twitter quiet about the embarrassing gaffe.

Social media users took the opportunity to take shots at Trump and King, who has a controversial history of racist digs, appealing to white nationalist rhetoric. King came under a storm of criticism in March after he spoke up in support of far-right Dutch politician Geert Wilders. He tweeted that Wilders understands that we "can't restore our civilization with someone else's babies," apparently referring to immigrants or people of color.

King invited Trump on the opening day of pheasant season for his annual Col. Bud Day Pheasant Hunt Saturday at the private Hole 'N the Wall Lodge and preserve in Akron, the Wisconsin-based Chippewa Herald reported. King hosts the two-day hunt each year as a political fundraiser.

Trump, who nailed a bird or two, recounted "witty" campaign stories to participants, said King, but avoided the press tagging along on the hunt. The 30 politicians on the hunt bagged about 95 birds. Trump Jr.'s hunting landed him in hot water in 2012when he released several photos of himself with dead animals he had killed while on a safari. In one photo he proudly held aloft the tail of an elephant he had killed.

'Peasant Hunt'


A puppet depicting the skeleton of a dog participates in a procession to commemorate Day of the Dead in Mexico City, Mexico, Oct. 28, 2017.
Photo by Edgard Garrido


12 Terrifying Ghost Stories You Shouldn't Read Alone | HuffPost


Using Manafort To Raise Cash

Eric Trump

Only an hour after former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort was indicted on conspiracy against the U.S., money laundering and other charges on Monday morning, President-for-now Donald Trump's (R-Corrupt) son sent out a campaign fundraising email asking for contributions. The mass email from Eric Trump makes no reference to charges against Manafort and his former business associate Richard Gates, but the subject line reads "Still standing," and the timing speaks volumes.

"There's new opposition against my father and this Administration every day. The mainstream media continues to play politics, creating division and turning the American people against one another," the email starts off, then states in italics, "But as a loyal supporter of our movement, I know you know the truth."

Eric Trump's email appeals to Trump's support base, the group of Americans most likely to overlook or dismiss Russia probe special counsel Robert Mueller's serious charges on Manafort, who along with Gates surrendered to the FBI on Monday morning. "My father has spoken out time and time again against those who have tried to bring this country down, and will always do so to protect hardworking Americans whose values have been forgotten by Washington," Eric Trump's email states.

Then he gets to the point: "To stand with us, please consider making a crucial end-of-month contribution before the deadline tomorrow," and has two red boxes which email recipients can click on to "Contribute $1."

Clicking the boxes links to a campaign webpage that doesn't have a $1 option, but rather $35, $50, $100, $250, $500, $1,000, $2,700 and $5, in that order. Selecting $5 changes the option to "other," which then allows $1, but no amount less than that. There's also a box to check to make it a recurring monthly donation.

Eric Trump


26 Realtors Reveal The Disturbing History Behind The Haunted Houses They Were Forced To Sell | Thought Catalog


Octopus Invasion


An incredibly rare octopus invasion of a Welsh beach may have been caused by recent storms that battered the Irish Sea, experts fear.

More than 20 of the solitary creatures were spotted coming out of the water in New Quay, Ceredigion, and crawling up the beach on three consecutive nights, baffling locals, who have never witnessed such a phenomenon.

The curled octopuses, a common species in British waters, are very secretive creatures and usually found at depths of up to 100m.

Dr Steve Simpson, a lecturer in marine biologist at the University of Bristol, said it was "extremely odd" behaviour and incredibly rare for octopuses to venture on dry land in such a manner.

He said: "They are fairly vulnerable on land and it's hard to imagine they have found a new food source. They may be aggregating to reproduce but they do tend to be territorial and solitary."



Selected Halloween & Día de Muertos Resources at the Library of Congresss | The American Folklife Center, Library of Congress



In Memory

Dennis Banks

Dennis Banks, who helped found the American Indian Movement and engaged in sometimes-violent uprisings against the U.S. government, including the armed occupation of Wounded Knee in 1973, died at age 80, his family announced Monday.

Banks, whose Ojibwe name was Nowacumig, was one of several activists who founded AIM in Minneapolis in 1968, and he was a leader of the group's takeover of Wounded Knee on the Pine Ridge Reservation in South Dakota in 1973, in a protest against both the U.S. and tribal governments. The village had been the site of a massacre by U.S. soldiers in 1890 that left an estimated 300 Indians dead. The occupiers held federal agents at bay for 71 days; two Native Americans died and several agents were injured amid the frequent gunfire.

Banks died Sunday night at the Mayo Clinic in Rochester, Minnesota, surrounded by about 30 people, including siblings, children and grandchildren, said daughter Tashina Banks Rama. He had heart surgery earlier this month and was in high spirits until pneumonia he had contracted after the surgery took a turn for the worse on Friday, she said.

Banks and fellow AIM leader Russell Means faced charges stemming from the Wounded Knee occupation, but a judge threw out the case. However, Banks spent 18 months in prison in the 1980s after being convicted for rioting and assault for a protest in Custer, South Dakota, earlier in 1973. He avoided prosecution on those charges for several years because California Gov. Jerry Brown refused to extradite him, and the Onondaga Nation in New York gave him sanctuary.

Banks also helped lead a takeover of the Bureau of Indian Affairs offices in Washington, D.C., in 1972 as part of a protest dubbed "The Trail of Broken Treaties." And he was a participant in the 1969-71 occupation by Native Americans of Alcatraz Island, the site of the former prison in San Francisco Bay.

Banks lived near the town of Federal Dam on the Leech Lake Reservation in northern Minnesota and was a member of the Leech Lake Band of Ojibwe, one of the many bands of Ojibwe, also known as the Chippewa or Anishinaabe, living in North America. In the late 1990s, Banks founded a company that sold wild rice and maple syrup, trading on his famous name.

In 2010, Banks joined several other Ojibwe from the Leech Lake and White Earth bands who tested their rights under an 1855 treaty by setting out nets illegally on Lake Bemidji a day before Minnesota's fishing season opener. He also went to the Standing Rock Reservation in North Dakota to join last year's protests of the Dakota Access oil pipeline.

Rama said the family plans to hold wakes Wednesday evening at the Minneapolis American Indian Center, and Thursday and Friday on Leech Lake Reservation. Banks will be buried on the reservation in a traditional ceremony Saturday.

Banks is survived by 20 children and more than 100 grandchildren, she said.

Dennis Banks



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