BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 22 November, 2016


22 November, 2016

(Updated Daily)

[1881 days in a row]


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: Build He Won't (NY Times Column)
Don't fall for the Trump infrastructure scam.

Ivan Krastev: Donald Trump and the Bieber Doctrine (NY Times)
It's reported that President Vladimir V. Putin of Russia instructed his defense minister, Sergei K. Shoigu, that if he wanted to understand how America worked, the only thing he needed to do was watch the Netflix series "House of Cards." The American president-elect would most likely agree. Which means, perhaps, that de Tocqueville is no longer required reading on American politics. Instead, just watch Frank Underwood.

Tom Toles: One last surprise in Merrick Garland's Supreme Court nomination (Cartoon)
Court Jesting.

LUIGI ZINGALES: The Right Way to Resist Trump (NY Times)
The Italian experience provides a blueprint for how to defeat Mr. Trump. Only two men in Italy have won an electoral competition against Mr. Berlusconi: Romano Prodi and the current prime minister, Matteo Renzi (albeit only in a 2014 European election). Both of them treated Mr. Berlusconi as an ordinary opponent. They focused on the issues, not on his character.

Judd Legum: This isn't just a photo of Ivanka Trump. It's a middle finger to democracy. (Think Progress)
Let's suppose one of Trump's companies would like to open a hotel in Japan and is seeking permits. Would the Japanese government deny them and risk the ire of the President of the United States?

Eric Redding: 29 Men And Women Share Their Amazing 'I Hung Out With A Celebrity' Story (Thought Catalog)
19. Bill Murray. No one is going to believe this, but here we go. In 2003 I had entered a competition to go to a meet and greet in Tampa Florida at some kind of convention with a bunch of celebrities.

Mirella Fabi: "Experience: my family's hypochondria saved my life" (The Guardian)
'I hadn't even put the antibiotic in my mouth when I started sneezing, scratching everywhere, and my scalp felt like it was on fire.'

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Trivia Question of the Day

After the American Revolutionary War, in what other nation's navy did John Paul Jones serve?


Send your answer to Marty

Trivia Question from Yesterday

In a Kakistocracy, who controls the government?

       The worst or least qualified citizens                                                      Source

Government under the control of a nation's worst or least-qualified citizens.        Source

zorch was first and correct with:
   the worst people.

mj wrote:
   What we are about to experience
  Government by the worst. Would have said Preppies, but they are just the larval form.

Alan J said:
   Government by the least qualified or most unprincipled citizens.

Randall replied:
   rule by Tea Party

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   a form of government in which the worst persons are in power.

Adam answered:
   The Worst People.
  We're so screwed...

DJ Useo said:
   As one would suspect, the least qualified person is the answer. Gah!

MAM     wrote:
   Kakistocracy ~ Government by the worst persons; a form of government in which the worst persons are in power.

Marian replied:
   the worst person

Deborah took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  November 22 Birthdays - Celebrities Born November 22 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.




Middle Class Political Economist

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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Christopher Lloyd: 'Donald Trump's a beast. He needs to be put in a cage' | Film | The Guardian

Alt-Right Exults in Donald Trump's Election With a Salute: 'Heil Victory' - The New York Times

80,000 Reindeer Have Starved To Death In Siberia Because Of Melting Sea Ice | The Huffington Post

Canada May Approve an Oil Pipeline That Threatens the World's Most Endangered Killer Whales | TakePart

Good Friday and Columbus Day renamed by 'inclusive' US city of Bloomington - BBC News

BBC - Future - The secrets of life hidden in enormous caves

BBC - Earth - The place where 1,000 ships were sunk

Wildlife Rangers Are Using Military-Grade Technology To Catch Poachers, And It's Working | The Huffington Post

Major changes for Medicaid coming under Trump and the GOP - Nov. 21, 2016

'Hamilton' is Trump's dead cat (opinion) -

Canada Phases Out Coal As Donald Trump Aims To Revive It In U.S. | The Huffington Post

As States Legalize Pot, Athletes Seeking Pain Relief Hope For National Legalization : NPR

Historian finds German decree banishing Trump's grandfather | US news | The Guardian

The coming corruption that Krugman foresees

Huge: Court strikes down Wisconsin GOP's Assembly map as unconstitutional partisan gerrymander

So, that went well...........

Record Number of Fur Seals Washing Up Dead or Emaciated Off California Coast

White Supremacy Euphemism Generator for journalists / Boing Boing

Thanks, Michelle!



Reader Comment


This headline in a news email tonight--Is a Wave of Trump Staffers Moving to DC?--reminded me--dear heavens, we've got a bunch more Trump idiots moving into our neighborhoods! ARRRRGGGGGHHHHH!

As for "registries" of Muslims (or gays or any other group they want to intimidate), I AM SPARTACUS! Muslim? I am Spartacus. Put me on the list. African-American? Put me on the list. Gay? Put me on the list. Any list you f'ers care to create, put me on it. I'll even wear the t-shirt if you want me to.

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

Thanks, Linda Spartacus!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Demilitarize Standing Rock | American Civil Liberties Union

A dying mule always kicks the hardest: Donald Trump's election is part of an all-too-familiar pattern -

Russia Hackers to Blame for Wikileaks Emails - Proof Vladmir Putin Was Behind the Clinton Email Hack

FEC hits Trump on 1,100 errors, totaling roughly $1.3M -

Kellyanne Conway defends Trump's 'Hamilton' twitter scrap: 'Why do you care' -

Conflicts of interest define the Trump administration

Trump summons five news networks to Trump Tower for an off-the-record meeting

Donald Trump Met Privately With Network Executives And Anchors | The Huffington Post

Donald Trump's media summit was a 'f-ing firing squad' | New York Post

Donald Trump's presidency as branding venture: The scam goes even deeper than we thought -

The heiress quietly shaping Trump's operation - POLITICO

A Field Guide To Identifying A White Nationalist | The Huffington Post

Hillary Clinton's popular vote lead increases to almost 1.7 million.

None of This Is Normal. All of It Is Un-American.

WATCH: Unhinged Trump fan tells 'terrorist' Muslim Uber driver that 'they'll deport you soon'

Inside the "War Room" as Breitbart CEO Claims "Smear Campaign From Mainstream" | Hollywood Reporter

All The Places That Aren't The White House Donald Trump Might Call Home | The Huffington Post

Medicare Will Be Gone By Next Thanksgiving, If Republicans Have Their Way | The Huffington Post

Here Are 28 Reported Racist And Violent Incidents After Donald Trump's Victory - BuzzFeed News

The 'Hell No' Caucus: Some Democrats May Not Work With Donald Trump At All | The Huffington Post

Protecting Donald Trump costs New York City more than $1 million a day - Nov. 21, 2016



Reader Comment

Sad State of Affairs

I had a number of links that I wanted to send you, but others beat me to that punch. I read the links you published and am falling down a rabbit hole I never imagined. I've worked hard locally for Hillary, and when I realized we were Trumped I've floundered. This week I was Stella, I found my groove. My Twitter feed was trolled by some who hated my "liberal bigot" posts. I respectfully disagreed with that and they went away. I won't engage the trolls and will continue to rep for what I, and you, and BartCop (RIP, dude) believe so much differently and I admit that I haven't feared for our country this much since the 1st time Bush the Stupider was sworn in.

The "Alt-Rght" is white supremacy at its core. What is the alt-left? I want to ride that train. I've voted every election since 1972 and will continue to do so. I also campaign for local and state representatives who share my values. Thanks, Barbara Boxer, Dianne Feinsteien and Kashala Harris. You make me proud to be a woman and an activist.

There are many of us who don't know how to proceed after Hillary's concession, because we never anticipated it. I lack a way to connect with them.

Color me frustrated and kind of scared. What will we be, as a society and culture, in a year?

Oy to the vey.


Thanks, D!
I limit myself to only the weather report on the news because I'm still talking back to the TV, mostly with 'fuck you'.
OTOH, I now know when & where to watch 'America's Test Kitchen', 'Cook's Country', and 'Martha's Cooking School' on any of 4 PBS channels.
And, thanks to sub-channels like Antenna, Me, Cozi, Decades, and Heroes and Icons, I've got Johnny Carson, all the Star Treks, Alfred Hitchcock, The Man from UNCLE, and Dick Cavett.
But best of all, I can leave the windows open without worrying about the neighbors hearing a steady stream of 'fuck you'.



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

Back to sunny and seasonal.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a FRESH 'NCIS', followed by a FRESH 'Bull', then a FRESH 'NCIS: The Third One'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are James Marsden and John Waters.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Aaron Eckhart, Trevor Noah, and Green Day.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'This Is Us', then a FRESH 'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Sarah Jessica Parker and Frank Pellegrino Jr.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Gayle King, Ben Platt, and a performance from Broadway's "Dear Evan Hansen".
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 9/28/16) are Jack Osbourne, Elliphant, and Sasha Lane.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'The Middle', followed by a FRESH 'American Housewife', then a FRESH 'Dancing With The Stars'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Bono, Julia Roberts, Channing Tatum, Kristen Bell, DJ Khaled, Neil Patrick Harris, and Halsey and the Killers.

The CW offers a FRESH 'The Flash', followed by a FRESH 'No Tomorrow'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Brooklyn Nine-Nine', followed by a FRESH 'New Girl', then a FRESH 'Scream Queens'.

MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by a FRESH 'Harry'.

A&E has 'Intervention', another 'Intervention', followed by a FRESH 'Intervention', then a FRESH 'Intervention: Codependent'.

AMC offers the movie 'Pearl Harbor', followed by the movie 'Armageddon'.

BBC  -   
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 25-All Good Things... (Part 1)
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 26-All Good Things... (Part 2)
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO: THE END OF TIME - Part 1 & 2.
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 1 - EPISODE 2-Encounter at Farpoint (Part 2)
 [6:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 2-Sudden Death
 [7:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 3-See No Evil
 [8:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 4-Manhunt
 [9:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 5-Reality Kills
 [10:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 6-Sleepless In Miami
 [11:00PM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 7-Blood Sugar
 [12:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 2-Sudden Death
 [1:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 3-See No Evil
 [2:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 4-Manhunt
 [3:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 5-Reality Kills
 [4:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 6-Sleepless In Miami
 [5:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 9 - EPISODE 7-Blood Sugar    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Below Deck', another 'Below Deck', followed by a FRESH 'Below Deck', and another 'Below Deck'.

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', another 'Futurama', 2 hours of old 'Tosh.0', followed by a FRESH 'Tosh.0', then a FRESH 'Drunk History'.
On a RERUN The Daily Show (from 11/15/16) are Desus Nice & The Kid Mero.
On a RERUN @Midnight (from 11/10/16) are Sean Donnelly, Matt Braunger, and Jen Kirkman.

FX has the movie 'The Hangover Part II', followed by the movie 'The Hangover Part III'.

History has 'The Curse Of Oak Island: Drilling Down', followed by a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island: Drilling Deeper', then a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH 'Hunting Hitler'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    SUPER
 [10:45AM]    SUPER
 [1:00PM]    SMOKIN' ACES
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Uncomfortable Ball Stuff
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Donna's Story
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Forgotten Son
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red and Stacey
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Third Wheel
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-An Eric Forman Christmas
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie Says Cheese
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Hot Cousin
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Tornado Prom
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Donna Dates a Kelso
 [11:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Uncomfortable Ball Stuff
 [11:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Donna's Story
 [12:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Forgotten Son
 [12:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red and Stacey
 [1:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Third Wheel
 [1:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-An Eric Forman Christmas
 [2:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Jackie Says Cheese
 [2:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Eric's Hot Cousin
 [3:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Tornado Prom
 [3:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Donna Dates a Kelso
 [4:00AM]    DOCUMENTARY NOW!-Mr. Runner Up: My Life as an Oscar Bridesmaid Part 1

Sundance  -   
 [6:19AM]    All in the Family-Archie Sees a Mugging
 [6:54AM]    All in the Family-Mike's Mysterious Son
 [7:29AM]    All in the Family-Archie and Edith Alone
 [8:04AM]    All in the Family-Edith Gets a Mink
 [8:39AM]    All in the Family-Sammy's Visit
 [9:14AM]    All in the Family-Edith, the Judge
 [9:49AM]    All in the Family-Archie Is Jealous
 [10:24AM]    All in the Family-Maude
 [10:59AM]    All in the Family-Archie and the Editorial
 [11:34AM]    All in the Family-Archie's Fraud
 [12:09PM]    All in the Family-Gloria and the Riddle
 [12:44PM]    Rectify-Bob & Carol & Ted Jr & Alice
 [1:45PM]    Uncle Buck
 [4:00PM]    Turner & Hooch
 [6:30PM]    Firestarter
 [9:00PM]    Carrie
 [11:15PM]    Cujo
 [1:15AM]    A Nightmare on Elm Street 3: Dream Warriors
 [3:15AM]    Carrie
 [5:30AM]    M*A*S*H-Dear Dad ... Three    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie '2012', followed by a FRESH 'Aftermath'.

Conan is pre-empted.

TCM salutes actor Sam Levene for most of the daylight hours.
 [6:00 AM]      Grand Central Murder (1942)
 [7:30 AM]      Sunday Punch (1942)
 [9:00 AM]      Killer McCoy (1947)
 [11:00 AM]      A Likely Story (1947)
 [12:30 PM]      Dial 1119 (1950)
 [2:00 PM]      Act One (1963)

 [4:00 PM]      By Love Possessed (1961)
 [6:00 PM]      A Thunder of Drums (1961)
 [8:00 PM]      The Big Sky (1952)
 [10:30 PM]      The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
 [12:15 AM]      Grand Canyon, Pride of Creation (1944)
 [12:15 AM]      Yosemite the Magnificent (1941)
 [12:15 AM]      Yellowstone Park "Nature's Playground" (1936)
 [12:15 AM]      Zion Canyon of Colour (1934)
 [1:00 AM]      3 Godfathers (1949)
 [3:00 AM]      King Solomon's Mines (1950)
 [5:00 AM]      Spencer's Mountain (1963)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Wednesday   -  11/23/16

 [7:00 AM]      Double Dynamite (1951)
 [8:30 AM]      The Big Parade of Comedy (1964)
 [10:00 AM]      The Big Store (1941)
 [11:30 AM]      At The Circus (1939)
 [1:00 PM]      Go West (1940)
 [2:30 PM]      A Day at the Races (1937)
 [4:30 PM]      Room Service (1938)
 [6:00 PM]      A Night at the Opera (1935)
 [8:00 PM]      For All Mankind (1989)
 [9:30 PM]      The Sea Around Us (1952)
 [10:45 PM]      Salesman (1968)
 [12:30 AM]      Routine Pleasures (1985)
 [2:00 AM]      Chronicle of a Summer (1961)
 [3:45 AM]      Place de la Republique (1974)
 [5:30 AM]      MGM Parade Show #24 (1955)     (ALL TIMES EST)

TNT has a FRESH 'Good Behavior'.

USA has a FRESH 'Shooter'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Nov. 27, 1987) - David Steinberg, Don Yesso, and Jann Karam.

Bounce TV

Comet TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network


Heroes and Icons

Find Justice - Justice Network

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff


MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

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Selena Gomez accept the award favorite female artist pop/rock at the American Music Awards at the Microsoft Theater on Sunday, Nov. 20, 2016, in Los Angeles.
Photo by Matt Sayles


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Green Day Performed

American Music Awards

The American Music Awards ceremony was light on political commentary this Sunday - unless you count co-hosts Gigi Hadid and Jay Pharoah's second-rate Melania and Donald Trump impressions, presenter Chrissy Teigen's reference to "this f-ed up f-ing election" (which got beeped out by ABC censors), or the white pantsuit ardent Hillary Clinton supporter Lady Gaga wore on the red carpet.

But leave it to American Idiot punk rockers Green Day to make a statement when the trio performed on the AMAs stage.

Sneering and snarling through "Bang Bang" - Green Day's Revolution Radio track inspired by the rise in gun violence in the U.S. ,and told from the point of view of a mass shooter - frontman Billie Joe Armstrong broke from the script to chant, "No Trump, no KKK, no fascist USA!" with his fist in the air. It was a rare moment of danger and rebellion on a show that otherwise categorized twenty one pilots as "Alternative Rock," and judging by the standing ovation the group received, most of the audience in Los Angeles's Microsoft Theater agreed with Green Day's rabble-rousing sentiment.

Armstrong has never been shy about expressing his disdain for President-elect Donald Trump (R-Pendejo). In an August interview with Kerrang, he compared Trump to Hitler, and last week in an interview with Noisey, he said, "Hillary lost and it's over. As far as I'm concerned it was fair and square. But I look at the kind of campaign that [Trump] ran and we're already seeing the fallout from it. People are saying 'make America white again' and putting up swastikas. The KKK and other white supremacist organizations have been emboldened by it. The Republican party is like a big house. There's the fiscal conservatives, the Christian right, and they left a little bedroom in there for the white supremacists… But they're like rats, and now the rats have taken over the f-ing house."

American Music Awards


Dalai Lama, center, arrives at the Janraiseg temple of Gandantegchinlen monastery to great people in Ulaanbaatar, Mongolia, Saturday, Nov. 19, 2016. Dalai Lama has preached to thousands of supporters Saturday in Mongolia on a visit set to test the country's ties with its powerful neighbor, China.
Photo by Ganbat Namjilsangarav


Huge Interest In Poem

Anne Frank

A very rare handwritten poem by Jewish diarist Anne Frank goes under the auctioneer's hammer Wednesday, amid a flurry of interest which may push the price well above the 30,000 euros ($32,000) reserve.

"These things are so rare that I've never seen anything like it," said Thys Blankevoort, co-director of the Bubb Kuyper auction house based in the western Dutch town of Haarlem.

Dedicated to "Dear Cri-cri," the poem, written in Dutch in black ink on a notebook-size piece of white paper which has slightly discoloured with age, is signed "in memory, from Anne Frank."

Frank wrote the 12-line text, dated March 28, 1942, in a friendship book belonging to the older sister of her best friend only three months before she and her family went into hiding from the Nazis in Amsterdam.

A reserve price of 30,000 euros has been put on the text, but the auctioneer said while it could go up to 50,000 euros it was impossible to say what it would finally sell for as once museums and institutes became involved bidding could become "totally unpredictable."

Anne Frank


Newhead News


NBCUniversal Doubles Stake


Online media company BuzzFeed, best known for its list-based articles and quizzes, said Comcast Corp's NBCUniversal had invested an additional $200 million in the company.

NBCU parent Comcast has pumped heavily into digital-native companies such as BuzzFeed and Vox Media, partly in an effort to better service existing advertisers. The new investment, which gives BuzzFeed a valuation of around $1.7 billion, ups NBCU's stake to $400 million, following an initial $200 million investment last summer. NBCU also invested $200 million into Vox Media.

NBCU will take a larger role in selling ads for BuzzFeed with the ability to incorporate BuzzFeed's inventory into its deals with advertisers; BuzzFeed will also have the same option to sell space on NBCU's inventory to its advertisers.

Additionally, BuzzFeed's Swarm and NBCU's Symphony ad products will be offered as one package to advertisers. Both Swarm and Symphony allow advertisers to run campaigns simultaneously across all of their respective properties.

In the past year, NBCU and BuzzFeed have collaborated on several projects, most notably with the Rio Olympics, where BuzzFeed produced the content for NBC Olympics' dedicated Snapchat Discover channel. In February, the two teamed with American Express to replace 30 minutes of national ad spots during primetime on Feb. 29 with sponsored content that was tied to NBC programming. BuzzFeed created content that was distributed on social media as part of that deal.



Police confront protesters with a rubber bullet gun during a protest against plans to pass the Dakota Access pipeline near the Standing Rock Indian Reservation, near Cannon Ball, N.D., on Nov. 20, 2016.
Photo by Stephanie Keith


Charged With Hit-And-Run

Dennis Rodman

Former NBA star Dennis Rodman has been charged with hit-and-run for a wrong-way-related crash on a Southern California freeway.

Orange County prosecutors filed misdemeanor charges against Rodman on Monday for a July 20 accident on Interstate 5 in Santa Ana.

Prosecutors say Rodman's SUV was traveling north in a southbound carpool lane around 12:30 a.m., forcing a sedan to swerve into a dividing wall to avoid a collision.

Rodman's attorney, Paul Meyer, says the incident occurred on a poorly signed exit ramp. He says Rodman corrected the driving error without the cars touching, stopped and spoke to people in the other car.

Rodman's also charged with driving across a dividing section and without a valid license, and giving police false information.

Dennis Rodman


Digby's Hullabaloo


US Moves To Block Mining


U.S. officials on Monday blocked new mining claims outside Yellowstone National Park as the Obama administration races in its last days to keep industry out of natural and environmentally sensitive areas.

Mining claims on more than 30,000 acres north of the nation's first national park will be prohibited for at least two years while a long-term ban is considered, Interior Secretary Sally Jewell said during a visit to Montana's scenic Paradise Valley.

Interior officials last week blocked new oil drilling in the Arctic Ocean and cancelled 25 oil and gas leases in western Colorado and 15 in northwestern Montana.

Republicans and industry representatives have criticized the administration's eleventh-hour actions to limit development and promised to seek their reversal once Obama leaves office

The latest move came after a pair of gold exploration proposals north of Yellowstone drew strong opposition from l business owners, environmentalists and Montana elected officials.



Members of the "Skipper" yacht club dressed as Ded Moroz, the Russian equivalent of Santa Claus, and his granddaughter Snegurochka (Snow Maiden) sail a yacht along the Yenisei River while marking the end of the sailboat season, with the air temperature at about minus 21 degrees Celsius (minus 5.8 degrees Fahrenheit), outside the Siberian city of Krasnoyarsk, Russia on Nov. 21, 2016.
Photo by Ilya Naymushin


Wife, Son Will Move After School Year

White House

President-elect Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) says he's moving to the White House soon, but his current wife and youngest son will follow him at the end of the school year.

Trump spoke Sunday to reporters gathered at his golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, during a day of private meetings with potential administration officials. He said he will live in the White House and wife Melania Trump and 10-year-old son Barron will move "right after he finishes school."

Trump lives with his wife and son in the penthouse apartment at Trump Tower in New York City. Barron attends a private school in the city.

Trump is not the first recent president to move to the White House with school age children. When President Barack Obama took office, daughters Sasha and Malia were 10 and 7. When Bill Clinton came to Washington, Chelsea Clinton was 12. All three White House kids moved during the school year and attended the Sidwell Friends, a private school in northwest Washington.

White House


Rubber masks depicting President-elect Donald Trump are seen at the Ogawa Studios, a mask making company, in Saitama, Japan on Nov. 21, 2016.
Photo by Toru Hanai


Control Of Washington Carries Risks


For Republicans, there will be no one left to blame.

As they prepare to take control of the White House and both chambers of Congress next year, Republicans are celebrating the opportunity to enact a new agenda for the country, including lowering taxes, securing the border and repealing President Barack Obama's health care law.

But with that opportunity comes massive political risk: If President-elect Donald Trump (R-Grifter) and congressional Republicans don't deliver, they will face a serious reckoning with voters. That could begin with the 2018 midterm elections, when every House member and one-third of the Senate will be up for re-election.

That sobering reality has been sinking in for GOP members of the House and Senate as they begin the early stages of planning an agenda for next year.

Republicans point out that although they will control a majority in the Senate with 52 votes, that's well short of the 60-vote supermajority needed to advance most major initiatives, including Supreme Court nominees. So although Republicans would be able to use a legislative maneuver to send a health care repeal to Trump's desk with just a simple majority, other major objectives, including immigration and border enforcement, would require some degree of cooperation from minority Democrats.



A vendor waits for customers at a wholesale onion market in Bengaluru, India on Nov. 21, 2016.
Photo by Abhishek N. Chinnappa


Roles Blur Lines

Trump Children

Nearly every morning since their father's stunning victory on Election Day, three of Donald Trump's grown children walk through the Trump Tower lobby and board an elevator. But are Don Jr., Ivanka and Eric going to the campaign office on the fifth floor? Their business offices on the 25th floor? The president-elect's penthouse on the 56th floor?

That uncertainty highlights the multiple roles the children play for their father. For the past year, the lines were constantly blurred between political campaign and business empire, raising questions about a possible conflict of interest between Trump's White House and his sprawling business interests.

So far, they've been heavily involved in shaping the new administration. They've sat in on meetings and taken late night calls from their father. They advocated for making Reince Priebus, the Republican National Committee chairman, the White House chief of staff. They counseled against bringing back Corey Lewandowski, Trump's first campaign manager, who was fired in June on their advice.

Congress passed an anti-nepotism law in 1967 that prohibits the president from appointing a family member to work in the office or agency they oversee. The measure was passed as a reaction to President John F. Kennedy appointing his brother Robert as attorney general.

But the law does not appear to prevent the children - or Kushner, who is one of Trump's closest aides and is said to be weighing a White House role - from serving as unpaid advisers or providing informal counsel.

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A Bonhams employee polishes a bronze statue called 'The Allies' by US-British artist Lawrence Holofcener at Bonhams auction house in London, Britain on Nov. 21, 2016. The piece is estimated at 150,000-200,000 GBP (174,000-233,000 EUR) and is part of the Modern British and Irish Art Sale that is to go under the hammer on Nov. 23.
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Grandfather Was Also A Draft Dodger

Friedrich Trump

A handwritten letter has been found in a German archive in which President-elect Donald Trump's (R-Weasel) grandfather unsuccessfully fought his expulsion from the country for failing to perform mandatory military service.

Bild newspaper on Monday printed the 1905 letter located by an historian, in which Friedrich Trump wrote Bavarian Prince Luitpold begging the "well-loved, noble, wise and just" leader not to deport him. Luitpold rejected the "most subservient request."

Trump's grandfather was born in Kallstadt, then part of Bavaria, and immigrated to the U.S. as a teenager without performing his military service. It was after he'd made his fortune there and tried to resettle in Germany that he was ordered expelled, and returned to the U.S.

Rhineland-Palatinate state archive spokeswoman Isabell Weisbrod says Friedrich Trump's birth certificate's also in the archive.

Friedrich Trump



In Memory

Jer Bulsara

Freddie Mercury's mother, Jer Bulsara, passed away on Nov. 13 at the age of 94. Kashmira Cooke, Mercury's sister, confirmed the news of her mother's death on Sunday (Nov. 20) in a statement to the press, saying that she died in her sleep.

Queen's Brian May paid tribute to his late bandmate's mother with a touching letter posted on his website: "Jer was a warm and devoted Mum to Freddie, and, like Freddie, always had a strong twinkle in the eye. Although she was also devoted to her husband Bomi, and lived in the Zoroastrian faith as a good Parsee, she had an independent spirit and a strong sense of humour."

"Of course I knew her for over 50 years, and when I first used to go around to Freddie's parents' house in Feltham, only a few yards from where I lived, in our student days, Jer was a busy Mum, full of life and optimism," May continued. "And even then, fiercely proud of her children, Freddie and Kashmira."

"It's probably true to say that Freddie's father, strongly committed to the Parsee faith, didn't find it easy that Freddie took the path he did, as a Rock musician, and a fairly irreverent one, at that. Nevertheless the support was always there. But Jer was always a keen follower of our progress as a band, and always came to see us when we played nearby, always with huge enthusiasm. Freddie was very close to his Mum, and, I think, took a mischievous pleasure in trying to shock her," he said.

"In private moments with us, away from the glare of the spotlights, in latter years Jer was always ready with a cup of tea when we visited, and we were always able to speak about 'My Freddie' without shyness, feeling that he was not far away," said May.

Bulsara will have a private Zoroastrian funeral ceremony.

This year marks the 25th anniversary of Mercury's death. The Queen frontman passed on Nov. 24, 1991.

Jer Bulsara



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