BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 5 December, 2017


5 December, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[305 days in a row]


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: La Trahison des Clercs [The Betrayal of the Clerics], Economics Edition (NY Times Blog)
[I]n other words, the foreign-policy neocon intellectuals, however wrongheaded I may find their ideas, turn out to be men and women with real principles. I wish I could say the same about conservative economists. But I can't.

Steve Benen: During tax debate, Republican questions funding for children's health (MSNBC)
The price tag for the GOP tax plan is roughly $1.5 trillion. Meanwhile, there's the Children's Health Insurance Program, which needs $15 billion. In other words, CHIP costs literally 1% of the overall cost of the Republican tax package. And yet, there was Orrin Hatch, a supporter of his party's tax cuts, making the case on the Senate floor that CHIP's "having trouble" because "we don't have money anymore."

Mary Papenfuss: GOP Senator [Chuck Grassley] Implies Those Who Aren't Millionaires Waste Money On 'Booze, Women' (Huffington Post)
"He's a pleasant man, isn't he? I spend every penny I make and it sure isn't on women, booze or movies. Fun stuff like electricity, house payment, insurance, etc. etc. What the hell? I guess the rich don't drink, date or go to movies? That must be how they got rich! Wow!" - Madlyn Stewart

Marina Fang: Donald Trump Endorses Roy Moore For Senate (Huffington Post)
Moore is accused of sexually harassing or assaulting several women, including some who were teenagers at the time.

Rebecca Shapiro: "Billy Bush: I Believe The Women Accusing Donald Trump Of Sexual Misconduct" (Huffington Post)
"He said it," Bush wrote. "'Grab 'em by the pussy.' Of course he said it."

Justin McCurry: "Sonic attack: why South Korea bombards the North with news, K-pop and good times" (The Guardian)
All along the demilitarised zone that separates the two countries, the South torments its northern enemy with hidden giant speakers that hurl out anything from propaganda to weather reports at ear-splitting volume.

Peter Bradshaw: The Man Who Invented Christmas review - bah, humbug! (The Guardian)
Dan Stevens plays Charles Dickens in this tin-eared, saccharine, entirely terrible comic fantasy about the writing of A Christmas Carol.

Josiah Hesse: "'Our business is men, and men are not toxic': Colorado strip club sign raises ire" (The Guardian)
Deborah Dunafon is unapologetic about the sign she posted saying 'Toxic Masculinity Welcome Here' despite unsurprising outrage on social media.

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National Cartoonist Society (Texas Chapter)


Superman Abandons Earth

Editorial and Political Cartoons


Trivia Question of the Day

This single was certified gold by the Recording Industry Association of America on 14 December 1970 and was one of the biggest-selling singles of 1971. This song was also the first number-one single by an ex-Beatle. What is the title?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

In Norse mythology, what kind of animals pull Thor's chariot?

       Goats                                                      Source

Tanngrisnir (Old Norse "teeth-barer, snarler") and Tanngnjóstr (Old Norse "teeth grinder") are the goats who pull the god Thor's chariot in Norse mythology. They are attested in the Poetic Edda, compiled in the 13th century from earlier traditional sources, and the Prose Edda, written by Snorri Sturluson in the 13th century.

The Prose Edda relates that when Thor cooks the goats, their flesh provides sustenance for the god, and, after Thor resurrects them with his hammer, Mjölnir, they are brought back to life the next day. According to the same source, Thor once stayed a night at the home of peasant farmers and shared with them his goat meal, yet one of their children, Ţjálfi, broke one of the bones to suck out the marrow, resulting in the lameness of one of the goats upon resurrection. As a result, Thor maintains Ţjálfi and his sister Röskva as his servants. Scholars have linked the ever-replenishing goats to the nightly-consumed beast Sćhrímnir in Norse mythology and Scandinavian folk beliefs involving herring bones and witchcraft.        Source

Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   Thor's chariot is pulled by two goats, Tanngrisnir ("teeth-barer") and Tanngnjóstr (teeth-grinder).

Randall wrote:
   Thor's chariot was pulled by two goats named Tanngrisnir("teeth-barer") and Tanngnostr("teeth-grinder").

Alan J said:

mj responded:
   No one
  In the family used normal animal transport. I'm pretty sure Thor's chariot animals were goats.

David from Moon Valley (temporarily in England) replied:
   Goats?! Really?! must be some kinda SuperGoats to pull that load....

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:
   Thor's chariot was pulled by two goats named Tanngrisnir("teeth-barer") and Tanngnostr("teeth-grinder").

Adam answered:
   Goats, I think.

Billy in Cypress said:
   Tanngrisnir (Old Norse "teeth-barer, snarler") and Tanngnjóstr (Old Norse "teeth grinder") are the GOATS who pull the god Thor's chariot in Norse mythology.

zorch responded:
   Goats. It's a Goatwagon.

Daniel in The City replied:

Kevin K. in Washington, DC wrote:

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali said:
   Thor's chariot was pulled by two goats named Tanngrisnir and Tanngnjostr. The flesh of these goats was said to have provided the gods with sustenance so Thor would slay and cook them, then resurrect them with Mjolnir the following day"

Rosemary in Columbus replied:
   I believe the chariot is pulled by goats.

BttbBob   answered:

  A couple o' Badtothebone goats...


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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Billy Bush: Yes, Donald Trump, You Said That - The New York Times

House Republicans prepare contempt action against FBI, Department of Justice - SFGate

'We'll see the battle lines': Trump faced by Native American alliance over Bears Ears | Environment | The Guardian

How white engineers built racist code - and why it's dangerous for black people | Technology | The Guardian

Animal agriculture is choking the ?Earth and making us sick. We must act now | James Cameron and Suzy Amis Cameron | Opinion | The Guardian

'Addis has run out of space': Ethiopia's radical redesign | Cities | The Guardian

Fishermen Fear Damage From Wind Farms Along The Eastern Seaboard : The Salt : NPR

School Voucher Programs Should Be Clear About Disability Rights, GAO Report Says : NPR Ed : NPR

Trump's Labor Department wants to let employers pocket workers' tips

Crushed Supporters Abandon Trump in Droves After Admission it Wasn't Him in Access Hollywood Tape

SUPER fun--Watch John McCain lose follows in real time

Even Lawyers And Cops Knew About Roy Moore's Behavior. Why Didn't They Do Anything? | HuffPost

Sexual Abuse Happens In #ChurchToo -- We're Living Proof | HuffPost

MSNBC to Cut Ties With Sam Seder After Roman Polanski Rape Joke (Exclusive) - SFGate

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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Why the Flynn Guilty Plea Is Bad News for Pence-and Other Senior Trump Officials - Mother Jones

Mueller Has a Roadmap and the End Game Is Nigh | Alternet

WSJ: Kushner Failed To Disclose More Than $1 Billion Of Debt On His Security Clearance Form - The Intellectualist

Trump lawyer's backstory for a stunning tweet - Axios

Maps leaked by Trump Administration show plans to gut national monuments in Utah |

The Trump Administration Is Mulling A Pitch For A Private "Rendition" And Spy Network | Buzzfeed

Trump's Acting Directors Are Quietly Dropping "Acting" From Their Titles | The Intercept

Republicans Only Circulated Their 500-Page Tax Bill Hours Before the Vote. Read It Here. - Mother Jones

Wyoming police took an innocent man's $91,800. After a Vox report, he will get it back. - Vox

Kellyanne Conway, the Phantom Czar - The Atlantic

Is Donald Trump Lying, or Losing His Mind? | Vanity Fair

Grassley Implies Working Class Spends Tax Cuts On "Booze Or Women Or Movies" - Iowa Starting Line

RNC reinstates support for Moore after Trump endorsement | TheHill

Exclusive: Trump lawyer claims the "President cannot obstruct justice" - Axios

Sessions argued in Clinton impeachment that presidents can obstruct justice - POLITICO

Missing the big picture in Flynn plea: Trump team crippled American diplomatic power | TheHill

Frustrated Trump lashes out at FBI | TheHill

MSNBC cuts ties with Sam Seder after giving in to "alt-right" smear campaign | AV Club

The Dollar General CEO just accidentally made clear how screwed up the economy is - Vox

Donald Trump Is Waging War on Reality, and Reality Is Losing | Alternet

After a dizzying weekend, the White House is rattled: What next? -



Team Coco


Dan Rather On The Age Of Trump: This Is Not Normal

Dan Rather has covered every president since Eisenhower, but sees something unprecedented and dangerous about President Trump's unrelenting war against the press.

Dan Rather On The Dangers Of Nationalism

Dan Rather talks about covering KKK rallies in the 1960's, another period in American history when there was a resurgence of intolerance and nationalism in the country.

Dan Rather's Bathroom-side Chat With LBJ

There are a lot of rumors about President Lyndon Johnson's propensity for carrying on conversations in the restroom, but Dan Rather has "eye witness testimony."

Dan Rather Wanted To Be The First Journalist In Space

For years, Dan Rather begged NASA to send him into space. NASA never called, but Dan's still game.

Dan Rather: Trump's Not A Reader

Dan Rather doesn't think Trump will read his new book "What Unites Us: Reflections on Patriotism," so Dan's thinking about sending him the audiobook version.



Reader Comment

Current Events

Good one:

Trump's Lawyer Claims to Be Voice on "Access Hollywood" Tape

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)-Hoping to put to rest a mystery that has long bedeviled the nation, Donald J. Trump's personal lawyer, John Dowd, revealed on Monday that it is actually his voice that appears on the notorious "Access Hollywood" tape.

Speaking to reporters, Dowd said that the so-called locker-room talk attributed to Trump had actually been carefully crafted by the former reality-show host's legal team and then read aloud by Dowd himself.

Trump's Lawyer Claims to Be Voice on "Access Hollywood" Tape | The New Yorker

Now that's a proposal!

I love that the response is included in the official record:

Gay Australian Politician Proposes During Same-Sex Marriage Debate - The Daily Beast

One bit of truth. Some of us knew better all along, Billy :

Billy Bush - former co-host of "Access Hollywood" and "Today" - writes in New York Times op-ed:

He said it. "Grab 'em by the pussy."

Of course he said it. And we laughed along, without a single doubt that this was hypothetical hot air from America's highest-rated bloviator. Along with Donald Trump and me, there were seven other guys present on the bus at the time, and every single one of us assumed we were listening to a crass standup act. He was performing. Surely, we thought, none of this was real. We now know better. ...

Billy Bush: Yes, Donald Trump, You Said That - The New York Times

Breathtaking assertion

According to Predator's people, he has more power than GOD!!! Guess Dowd never heard of a man named Nixon. We've gone from "no one is above the law; not even the president" to "the president can do ANYTHING because no laws apply to him." WTF is wrong with Congress and the country?!

From Axios

John Dowd, President Trump's outside lawyer, outlined to me a new and highly controversial defense/theory in the Russia probe: A president cannot be guilty of obstruction of justice.

The "President cannot obstruct justice because he is the chief law enforcement officer under [the Constitution's Article II] and has every right to express his view of any case," Dowd claims.

Dowd says he drafted this weekend's Trump tweet that many thought strengthened the case for obstruction: The tweet suggested Trump new Flynn had lied to the FBI when he was fired, raising new questions about the later firing of FBI Director James Comey.

Dowd: "The tweet did not admit obstruction. That is an ignorant and arrogant assertion."

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from Marc Perkel

Marc's Guide to Curing Cancer

So far so good on beating cancer for now. I'm doing fine. At the end of the month I'll be 16 months into an 8 month mean lifespan. And yesterday I went on a 7 mile hike and managed to keep up with the hiking group I was with. So, doing something right.

Still waiting for future test results and should see things headed in the right direction. I can say that it's not likely that anything dire happens in the short term so that means that I should have time to make several more attempts at this. So even if it doesn't work the first time there are a lot of variations to try. So if there's bad news it will help me pick the next radiation target.

I have written a "how to" guide for oncologists to perform the treatment that I got. I'm convinced that I'm definitely onto something and whether it works for me or not isn't the definitive test. I know if other people tried this that it would work for some of them, and if they improve it that it will work for a lot of them.

The guide is quite detailed and any doctor reading this can understand the procedure at every level. I also go into detail as to how it works, how I figured it out, and variations and improvements that could be tried to enhance it. I also introduce new ways to look at the problem. There is a lot of room for improvement and I think that doctors reading it will see what I'm talking about and want to build on it. And it's written so that if you're not a doctor you can still follow it. It also has a personal story revealing that I'm the class clown of cancer support group. I give great interviews and I look pretty hot in a lab coat.

So, feel free to read this and see what I'm talking about. But if any of you want to help then pass this around to both doctors and cancer patients. I need some media coverage. I'm looking for as many eyeballs as possible to read these ideas. Even if this isn't the solution, it's definitely on the right track. After all, I did hike 7 miles yesterday. And this hiking group wasn't moving slow. So if this isn't working then, why am I still here?

I also see curing cancer as more of an engineering problem that a medical problem. So if you are good at solving problems and most of what you know about medicine was watching the Dr. House MD TV show, then you're at the level I was at when I started. So anyone can jump in and be part of the solution.

Here is a link to my guide: Oncologists Guide to Curing Cancer using Abscopal Effect

Oncologists Guide to Curing Cancer using Abscopal Effect





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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Butt-deep in Valentine's day at work.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS', followed by a RERUN 'SEAL Team', then a RERUN 'Bull'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Saoirse Ronan, Van Jones, and Morrissey.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Matthew Broderick, Gina Rodriguez, and Christopher Meloni.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Will & Grace', then a FRESH 'Superstore', followed by a FRESH 'Chicago Med'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Kate McKinnon, Patton Oswalt, and Wiz Khalifa featuring Ty Dolla $ign.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Michael Shannon, Ilana Glazer, Abbi Jacobson, Hiss Golden Messenger, and Brooks Wackerman.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Michael Kelly, Bad Suns, and Amber Stevens West.

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 Tracee Ellis Ross and Amanda de Cadenet.

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 'Who Killed Tupac?', followed by a FRESH 'Who Killed Tupac?'.

AMC offers the movie 'Deja Vu', followed by the movie 'The Godfather'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 24-Life Line
 [7:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 25-The Haunting of Deck Twelve
 [8:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 26-Unimatrix Zero, Pt. 1
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 9-Night Terrors
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 10-The Girl Who Waited
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 11-The God Complex
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 18-Eye of the Beholder
 [8:00PM]    VALKYRIE (2008)
 [10:30PM]    VALKYRIE (2008)
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 18-Eye of the Beholder

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

Comedy Central has all old 'Tosh.0' all night.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show it's TBA.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Opposition is Daniel Ellsberg.

FX has the movie 'Pacific Rim', followed by the movie 'Battleship'.

History has 'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island: Digging Deeper', then a FRESH 'The Curse Of Oak Island', followed by a FRESH 'The Hunt For The Zodiac Killer'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Moon Over Point Place
 [9:00AM]    KNIFE FIGHT
 [3:45PM]    DUE DATE
 [10:00PM]    OFFICE SPACE
 [2:15AM]    DUE DATE
 [4:15AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Beer Barrel Polecats
 [4:40AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Boobs in Arms
 [5:05AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Booby Dupes
 [5:30AM]    THE THREE STOOGES-Pardon My Scotch     (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [6:15AM]    Barney Miller-The Prisoner
 [6:45AM]    Barney Miller-Loan Shark
 [7:15AM]    Barney Miller-The Vandal
 [7:45AM]    Christine
 [9:45AM]    The Sixth Sense
 [12:15PM]    The Shining
 [3:45PM]    Silver Bullet
 [5:45PM]    Carrie
 [8:00PM]    The Goonies
 [10:30PM]    The Karate Kid
 [1:30AM]    The Karate Kid Part II
 [4:00AM]    K-911     (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Underworld', followed by hours of old 'Futurama'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Jean-Claude Van Damme, Barkhad Abdi, and Dina Hashem.

TCM spends the night with Lana Turner
 [6:00 AM]      M (1931)
 [8:00 AM]      The Testament of Dr. Mabuse (1933)
 [10:15 AM]      Fury (1936)
 [12:00 PM]      Hangmen Also Die (1943)
 [2:30 PM]      Clash by Night (1952)
 [4:30 PM]      Moonfleet (1955)
 [6:15 PM]      While the City Sleeps (1956)
 [8:00 PM]      They Won't Forget (1937)
 [10:00 PM]      Love Finds Andy Hardy (1938)
 [11:45 PM]      Dancing Co-Ed (1939)
 [1:15 AM]      These Glamour Girls (1939)
 [2:45 AM]      Ziegfeld Girl (1941)
 [5:15 AM]      Honky Tonk (1941)

Wednesday   -  12/06/17

 [7:15 AM]      Dramatic School (1938)
 [8:45 AM]      The Adventures of Marco Polo (1938)
 [10:45 AM]      The Great Garrick (1937)
 [12:30 PM]      Rich Man, Poor Girl (1938)
 [1:45 PM]      Calling Dr. Kildare (1939)
 [3:15 PM]      The Dirty Dozen (1967)
 [6:00 PM]      Marty (1955)
 [8:00 PM]      It's Always About The Story: Conversations With Alan Ladd, Jr. (2016)
 [9:00 PM]      The Right Stuff (1983)
 [12:30 AM]      Chariots of Fire (1981)
 [2:45 AM]      It's Always About The Story: Conversations With Alan Ladd, Jr. (2016)
 [4:00 AM]      The Walking Stick (1970)     (ALL TIMES EST)

TNT has a FRESH 'Major Crimes'.

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

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Dec. 12, 1984) - Isabel Campbell, Marilyn Horne, and Steven Wright.

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Final Season Will Go Forward

'House Of Cards'

It's Claire's turn.

Netflix will move forward with the sixth and final season of "House of Cards," even after firing star Kevin Spacey.

Robin Wright, who plays newly inaugurated President Claire Underwood, will take over the political drama's lead role. Conveniently enough, the fifth season of the show ended with Wright's character looking into the camera and declaring, "My turn."

"We were really excited we could get to an agreement" to provide "closure of the show for fans," Ted Sarandos, Netflix's chief content officer, said Monday while confirming the news.

The final season is expected to consist of eight episodes, compared to the 13 episodes of earlier seasons. It's unclear how Spacey's character, Frank Underwood, will be written out of the show.

'House Of Cards'



Believes The Women

Billy Bush

Billy Bush penned a sobering op-ed published in the New York Times Sunday night, in which the former "Access Hollywood" host said he believed the women accusing President-for-now Donald Trump (R-Oink) of sexual misconduct.

He also slammed the president for engaging in "revisionist history" after reports indicated that Trump has been questioning the authenticity of the "Access Hollywood" tape in recent months. The tape, which features Trump bragging about sexually assaulting women, derailed Bush's career but had no bearing on Trump being elected president.

"He said it," Bush wrote. "'Grab 'em by the pussy.' Of course he said it."

Bush added that he recently went back to an October 2016 article that detailed the personal accounts of 20 women accusing Trump of sexual harassment and misconduct, including groping, unwanted advances and kissing them without their permission.

"To these women: I will never know the fear you felt or the frustration of being summarily dismissed and called a liar, but I do know a lot about the anguish of being inexorably linked to Donald Trump," he wrote. "You have my respect and admiration. You are culture warriors at the forefront of necessary change."

Billy Bush


Newhead News


Dutch Court Scraps Fine

Andre Rieu

A Dutch court Monday scrapped a 116,000-euro fine slapped on celebrated violinist Andre Rieu for allegedly allowing children to perform past a late night limit set by law.

"The court finds the reasons for the fine unfounded," the Limburg District Court said, adding "there are too few indications that Rieu employed the children."

Rieu's lawyers in October said they were appealing the "absurdly high" fine after a group of young Romanian pan flute players were on stage until midnight during a series of concerts in 2015.

Rieu had invited the children, together with Romanian pan flute virtuoso Gheorghe Zamfir, to play in his hometown of Maastricht.

Dutch law states that minors cannot perform after 11:00 pm. Rieu's lawyers said the children were on stage "for only a few minutes" to wave at the crowd at the end of the concert, which they said "was a standard practice" for Rieu.

Andre Rieu



Plan To Smear Accusers Backfires


In an attempt to defend himself after numerous women accused him of sexual misconduct, Bill O'Reilly (R-Wife Hitter) tried to paint the women as liars out for fat settlement checks. It's an argument also employed by President Donald Trump and countless other men accused of misconduct over the years.

But the former Fox "News" host is the one doing the lying, according to Rachel Witlieb Bernstein, a former Fox producer who filed suit against O'Reilly Monday in the Southern District of New York.

Bernstein settled her original case against O'Reilly back in 2002. The terms of the settlement prohibited either side from talking about the case. But Bernstein says O'Reilly violated those terms in April and throughout the rest of the year, in talking to The New York Times and other outlets about the millions of dollars in settlement payouts he and Fox made to several women over harassment claims.

Not only should O'Reilly have kept his mouth shut, Bernstein says in the lawsuit, the things he said about these women were also lies.

We want an apology and an acknowledgement that what he said was false. Rachel Witlieb Bernstein's lawyer on what her client wants from the lawsuit against Bill O'Reilly



Digby's Hullabaloo


Mass Puerto Rican Immigration


Cristina Sanchez is one of thousands of Puerto Ricans fleeing their hurricane-ravaged island for Florida, a mass migration set to shape the southern US state as much as migrants from communist Cuba in the late 20th century.

Sanchez left the island with three suitcases, her small dog -- and no plans to return.

After the hurricane, Sanchez's home was left without running water or electricity. A diabetic, she could not keep her life-saving insulin refrigerated without power.

Sanchez headed to Orlando, a central Florida city best known for its amusement parks, including Disney World and Universal Studios.

Florida is a delegate-rich swing state in US electoral politics, a state that can hold the key to who wins the White House or which party controls Congress. And Puerto Ricans are overwhelmingly Democrats.




Double Standard


One of actor Danny Masterson's alleged sexual assault victims says a Netflix executive told her this weekend that higher-ups at the company don't believe the four women who have accused Masterson of rape.

Netflix confirmed in a statement that Andy Yeatman, its director of global kids content, made those "careless" and "uninformed" comments, but noted that he was not initially aware that the woman he was speaking to had accused Masterson of rape.

Masterson stars in the Netflix program "The Ranch," alongside his former "That '70s Show" co-star Ashton Kutcher ("That '70s Show" is also streaming on Netflix). Although four women have accused Masterson of raping them and the Los Angeles County District Attorney and Los Angeles Police Department are investigating the allegations, Netflix has not taken any action against the actor, not even a suspension pending investigation.

The lack of action on Netflix's part - even though the company moved quickly to suspend and then fire Kevin Spacey after BuzzFeed published a report detailing an allegation of sexual misconduct against the actor - has led to outrage on Twitter, an online petition that had gained over 36,000 signatures by Monday morning, and a Daily Beast story titled "Netflix's Disturbing Sexual-Assault Hypocrisy."

Victim B said she asked Yeatman why Netflix was not taking action against Masterson in light of the district attorney's investigation and the multiple accusations of rape. According to Victim B and another witness, Yeatman said Netflix takes sexual misconduct allegations seriously but that "we don't believe them," referring to Masterson's four accusers.



Fastest Melting Glacier in Antarctic

Pine Island Glacier

Antarctica's fastest-melting glacier had an iceberg break off more than two months ago. That iceberg-around 100 square miles-disintegrated into several smaller icebergs in a pattern scientists did not expect.

An animation using satellite images of the iceberg reveals that the iceberg likely got stuck by thick sea ice before it disintegrated into smaller icebergs. Previously, scientists expected the iceberg to drift far out into the ocean before breaking up. The iceberg calved from Pine Island Glacier in West Antarctica back in September. The calving event followed a different pattern than is typical of calving events, and scientists attribute the difference to thinning ice over the past few decades.

"What we're witnessing on Pine Island Glacier is worrying," Robert Larter, a marine geophysicist at British Antarctic Survey who flew over the glacier last season with the German Alfred Wegener Institute, said in a statement."We're now seeing changes in the calving behavior of the ice shelf, when for 68 years we saw a pattern of advance and retreat resulting in the calving of a single large iceberg which left the ice front to approximately the same place."

Pine Island Glacier-from which the most recently disintegrated iceberg calved from-is the fastest-melting glacier in Antarctica. It is responsible for a quarter of ice loss on Antarctica-shedding 45 billion tons of ice each year. Other iceberg calving events occurred in 2001, 2007 and 2013.

"Each calving event returned the ice front to more or less the same position and the ice shelf flowed into the sea again," Larter said. "But with continuing thinning it was clear that sooner or later there would have to be a change to this pattern-and this is what we are witnessing now."

Pine Island Glacier



Sign Language Interpreter Delivered Gibberish


Hearing-impaired people tuning in to a news conference about the arrest of a suspected serial killer got a message of gibberish from an American Sign Language interpreter.

As Tampa police Chief Brian Dugan announced the arrest of Howell Donaldson Wednesday night, interpreter Derlyn Roberts was there beside him, making signs that made no sense.

"She sat up there and waved her arms like she was singing Jingle Bells," Rachell Settambrino, who is deaf and teaches American Sign Language at the University of South Florida, told the Tampa Bay Times through an interpreter.

Among the things Roberts signed, according to Settambrino, was the following: "Fifty-one hours ago, zero 12 22 (indecipherable) murder three minutes in 14 weeks ago in old (indecipherable) murder four five 55,000 plea 10 arrest murder bush (indecipherable) three age 24."

Tampa Police Department spokesman Steve Hegarty said Monday that Roberts just showed up and told him she was there to provide the sign language interpretation at the Nov. 28 news conference. He assumed that someone else at the department called the service it uses for interpreters.



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How could people living during the Bronze Age pull off the difficult process of making iron? They didn't, concludes a new study; instead, they got the iron for the rare iron artifacts discovered from the period in an easy-to-use form: meteorites hitting Earth.

The logic behind names of prehistoric periods is breathtakingly straightforward: Archaeologists have found lots of artifacts made of bronze from the Bronze Age, but then, when the Iron Age begins, suddenly metal implements are made of iron instead. But there have always been a few exceptions, rare objects made of iron long before the Bronze Age faded. Archaeologists have been stumped by these objects because iron is much more difficult to process than bronze, and they didn't think any Bronze Age civilizations had the skills needed to do so.

Albert Jambon, a mineralogist at the Pierre and Marie Curie University in France, tackles these weird early iron exceptions in a paper, published in the Journal of Archaeological Science. Jambon wanted to determine plausibility that there was some, as he describes it in the paper, "precocious smelting" of iron during the Bronze Age.

In order to turn iron from Earth's surface into something usable, you have to be able to smelt it. That's notoriously hard to do because you need particularly high temperatures and a series of persnickety steps. Prior to that point, bronze ruled the world, since it is technologically easier to produce.

Pre-smelting iron artifacts made from meteorites have been discovered around the world, including in Greenland, eastern North America and Tibet.

Bronze Age Best



In Memory

Shashi Kapoor

Bollywood icon Shashi Kapoor -- a star of 1970s Indian cinema and a member of the Hindi film industry's famous Kapoor family -- died on Monday aged 79 after a long illness, his family said.

Kapoor died at a hospital in Mumbai on Monday evening, his nephew Randhir Kapoor told the Press Trust of India news agency. Another family member confirmed the death to AFP.

Shashi -- the youngest son of Prithviraj Kapoor, a pioneer of Hindi film and theatre -- was born in the eastern Indian city of Kolkata in 1938.

He began his career early, assisting in his father's travelling theatre company and appearing on stage in a production of "Shakuntala", a classic Hindu love story, at the age of six.

His Bollywood career also began in childhood and he grew into a matinee idol, appearing in more than 150 films and winning over fans with his charm and suave good looks.

He debuted as a leading man in "Dharmputra" in 1961, and his most memorable roles were in such films as "Jab Jab Phool Khile" (Whenever The Flowers Bloom, 1965), "Kabhi Kabhie" (Sometimes, 1976), and "Kalyug" (Age of Downfall, 1981).

Shashi's eldest brother Raj Kapoor, who died in 1988, was also a famous Hindi cinema actor. Randhir is Raj's son.

Shashi Kapoor



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