BartCop Entertainment Archives - Tuesday, 8 December, 2015


8 December, 2015

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[1531 days in a row]


Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: The Not-So-Bad Economy (NY Times Column)
Why America Failed to Fail (So Far).

Victoria Baena: The Greatest Literary Impostor of All Time Deserves To Be Remembered (Tablet)
Romain Gary's many life stories-including that of his pseudonymous, prizewinning French 'cousin' Émile Ajar-still hold sway, 35 years to the day after his death.

Geoff Dyer and Others: "'Based on a true story': the fine line between fact and fiction" (The Guardian)
From Kapuscinski to Knausgaard, from Mantel to Macfarlane, more and more writers are challenging the border between fiction and nonfiction. Here Geoff Dyer - longtime master of the space between, in books such as But Beautiful and Out of Sheer Rage - argues that there is no single path to 'truth' while, below, writers on both sides of the divide share their thoughts…

PATRICIA MAZZEI: "Top Jeb Bush political donor in Miami: I'll vote for Hillary Clinton over Donald Trump" (Miami Herald)
One of Florida's biggest conservative Republican moneymen - and a billionaire backer of Jeb Bush - is so disgusted by Donald Trump's candidacy that if he has to, he'll do the unthinkable: "If I have a choice - and you can put it in bold - if I have a choice between Trump and Hillary Clinton, I'm choosing Hillary," Miami healthcare magnate Mike Fernandez told the Miami Herald on Friday. "She's the lesser of two evils."

Michele Hanson: I was suspicious of the Zuckerbergs' $45bn donation - and I was right to be (The Guardian)
The saintly Facebook family have been revered for their generosity, even by my friends, but their gift isn't a proper gift at all.

Tim Lusher: "Julia Davis: 'I like that really repressed stuff you can kick against'" (The Guardian)
She has made a career of portraying malicious grotesques. As Hunderby returns to the screen, the queen of psycho-comedy talks about technophobia, period drama and repulsive food.

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Trivia Question of the Day

Who was nicknamed "The Angry Man of Jazz"?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

The fictional Darling family on The Andy Griffith Show, introduced bluegrass to many Americans. The father and jug player, Briscoe Darling, was played by Denver Pyle and Maggie Peterson was sister Charlene. What American bluegrass band portrayed the musical Darling brothers?

       The Dillards                                                      Source

The Dillards are an American bluegrass band from Salem, Missouri, popularly known for their appearance as "The Darlings" on The Andy Griffith Show.

Though The Dillards were already an established bluegrass band, their biggest claim to fame is performing musically as members of the fictional Darling family on The Andy Griffith Show, introducing bluegrass to many Americans who had never heard it. This was a recurring role and the Dillards were led by veteran character actor Denver Pyle as their father and jug player, Briscoe Darling. Maggie Peterson played Charlene Darling, their sister and the focus for the attentions of character Ernest T. Bass, played by Howard Morris. The appearances of the Dillards as the Darlings ran between 1963 and 1966.

On the October 1963 episode "Briscoe Declares for Aunt Bee", the Dillards performed the first wide scale airing of the 1955 Arthur "Guitar Boogie" Smith composition Feudin' Banjos (Dueling Banjos).

The Dillards are notable for being among the first bluegrass groups to have electrified their instruments in the mid-1960s. They are considered to be one of the pioneers of the burgeoning southern California folk rock, country rock and progressive bluegrass genres, and are known to have directly or indirectly influenced artists such as The Eagles, The Byrds, and Elton John. In 1972, The Dillards joined Elton John on his first American tour.        Source

Mark was first and correct with:
   The Dillards portrayed the Darlings on The Andy Griffith Show.

Randall wrote:
   The Dillards

Alan J said:
   The Dillards.

Adam answered:
   The Dillards.

Harry M responded:
   The Dillards

Tom B replied:
   That was The Dillards.
  Rodney:"Slicker than deer guts on a doorknob."

Deborah wrote:
   The Darlings were played by the bluegrass group The Dillards. I've listened to bluegrass for a few decades but had not heard of that group. I may have heard their music without knowing who made it - that's been known to happen.
  Yesterday's rain was puny, but the clouds stayed low and provided some light drizzle, perfect for keeping things wet without runoff. And now - fog. It's winter-like in NorCal.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   The Dillards

Marian replied:
   The Dillards

Ed Krebs ( The Thalia Street Gallery ) answered:
   That was The Kentucky Colonels, with Clarence White, before he joined the Byrds.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali responded:
   The Dillards playing in the Darling Family Band. The incomparable Denver Pyle led that bunch of yea-hoos! Yes, the same Denver Pyle, star of Fury (along with Peter Graves and Bobby Diamond.) Denver was on every TV show during the 50's and 60's. Seemed like it. When in high school a friend started a "Fan Club" for DP and received a few autographed pictures and a letter from him. Strange but true.

DJ Useo said:
   I had a girlfriend once who introduced me to bluegrass music, & I've enjoyed the style ever since.
  The band that portrayed the Darlings on tv was actually the Dillards. I've had many of their fine albums.
  Here's some partial good news about my household being flooded out since Halloween.
  We met with the person above the manager today, & they agreed to immediately make the repairs needed.
  We might be home by Friday. Next, we sue to recompense our expenses. That will take longer, but as I understand it from meeting lawyers, the facts are with our side.
  This could've easily ended with us "living" on the streets. Most American households are one paycheck from losing it all. Many thanks to those who cared.

MAM   wrote:
   The Dillards ~ American bluegrass band from Salem, Missouri, popularly known for their appearance as "The Darlings" on The Andy Griffith Show.

   The Darlings - Dooley

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Lois Of The Lettuce took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

mj took the day off.

Charlie took the day off.

Sally has retired, but still pays attention.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Ancient Etruscan Tomb Found 'Undisturbed' In Italy

Popping Bubble Wrap Sends Air Force Base Into Lockdown

Cheers and Jeers: Monday

America is sitting on a powder keg

BBC - Earth - The remote lake that tells the story of humanity's birth

People Of Color With Albinism Ask: Where Do I Belong? : Code Switch : NPR

'The Boy From Geita," A Documentary About Attacks On Tanzania's Albinos, Angers U.N. Representative : Goats and Soda

New survey shows that about 80% of Evangelicals believe the 'end times' are near

Did FDR know about the Pearl Harbor attack before it happened? - AOL

Gun Shares Have Done Well, but Divestment Push Grows - The New York Times

Thanks, Michelle!



Reader Comment

Re: Jesus & Snowmen

my mother always preferred christmas cards with manger snow scenes

besides jc was too little for snowballs then.

but he knew how to make "shine" by age 12

now the media has a conniption over a few flakes on christmas eve

dagnabbit when i was a kid we used to have full snow cover from halloween till march

used to bury a yardstick in the front yard had drifts as high as the phone poles

now we have maryland weather

gary in pa where it used to snow

Thanks, Gary!
And, yeah, there was a whole lot more snow when I was a kid, too.
I'll try to scan some of the old pictures - both from when I was a kid, and the last few winter visits back there.



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

Sorta like August - hot and dry.

Tonight, Tuesday:

CBS begins the night with a RERUN 'NCIS', followed by a RERUN 'NCIS: The 3rd One', then a FRESH 'The Victoria's Secret Fashion Show'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Marion Cotillard, George Saunders, and Joanna Newsom.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Taraji P. Henson, Justin Bartha, and Jermaine Fowler.

NBC starts the night with a FRESH 'The Voice', followed by a FRESH 'Chicago Med', then a FRESH 'Chicago Fire'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Sen. Bernie Sanders, John Cena, and Troye Sivan.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Jason Schwartzman, Michelle Dockery, and Elle King.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Holly Holm, Handsome Ghost, and Ryan Duffy.

ABC opens the night with a FRESH 'The Muppets', followed by a FRESH 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD', then a RERUN 'Shark Tank'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Albert Brooks and Tony Hale.

The CW offers a FRESH 'The Flash', followed by a FRESH 'iZombie'.

Faux fills the night with a FRESH 'Scream Queens'.

MY has 'TMZ (Not So) Live', followed by 'Hollywood Today (Not So) Live'.

A&E has 'Married At First Sight', followed by a FRESH 'Married At First Sight', then a FRESH 'Born This Way'.

AMC offers the movie 'Christmas With The Kranks', followed by the movie 'Jingle All The Way', then the movie 'Scrooged'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 20, Episode 2
 [7:00AM]    TOP GEAR - SEASON 20, Episode 3
 [8:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 7, Ep 7 - Zayna Flaming Grill, Part 1
 [9:00AM]    RAMSAY'S KITCHEN NIGHTMARES US - SEASON 6, Ep 14 - Chappy's
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6.2, Ep 10 - The Girl Who Waited
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 6.2, Ep 11 - The God Complex
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 4, Ep 1 - The Best of Both Worlds (Part 2)
 [2:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 2 - Arctic Circle
 [3:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 3 - Vietnam
 [4:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 6 - The Inside Story
 [5:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 5 - Alaska
 [6:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 8 - Big Sky Country
 [7:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 10 - Guatemala
 [8:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 11 - Urban Survivor
 [9:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 12 - Canadian Rockies
 [10:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 2 - Arctic Circle
 [11:00PM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4 - EPISODE 3
 [12:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 6 - The Inside Story
 [1:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 5 - Alaska
 [2:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 8 - Big Sky Country
 [3:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 10 - Guatemala
 [4:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 11 - Urban Survivor
 [5:00AM]    MAN VS. WILD - SEASON 4, Ep 12 - Canadian Rockies    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has 'Vanderpump Rules', 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of BH', then a FRESH 'Girlfriends' Guide To Divorce', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 4 hours of old 'Tosh.0'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Sec. Thomas Perez.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Maria Bamford, Steve Agee, and Dan Telfer.

FX has the movie 'Captain Phillips', followed by the movie 'Prisoners', then the movie 'Prisoners', again.

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

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    COMEDY BANG! BANG!-Simon Helberg
 [6:15AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Red Sees Red
 [9:15AM]    THE JERK
 [3:45PM]    THE JERK
 [6:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-The Girl I Love
 [6:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Your Time Is Gonna Come
 [7:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You
 [7:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Time Is on My Side
 [8:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Mother's Little Helper
 [8:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Misfire
 [9:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Sweet Lady
 [9:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Good Old Fashioned Lover Boy
 [10:00PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Spread Your Wings
 [10:30PM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Crazy Little Thing Called Love
 [1:00AM]    SAW VI
 [3:00AM]    SAW 3D
 [5:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Your Time Is Gonna Come
 [5:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW-Babe, I'm Gonna Leave You    (ALL TIMES EST)

Sundance  -   
 [7:00AM]    Five Easy Pieces
 [9:30AM]    Easy Rider
 [11:30AM]    Galaxy Quest
 [1:45PM]    Young Frankenstein
 [4:15PM]    The Haunting in Connecticut
 [6:30PM]    The Exorcism of Emily Rose
 [9:00PM]    The Shining
 [12:30AM]    The Exorcist
 [3:15AM]    The Exorcism of Emily Rose
 [5:45AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & Chocolate    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has the movie 'Raiders Of The Lost Ark', followed by the movie 'Indiana Jones & The Temple Of Doom'.

Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Cindy Crawford, Chris D'Elia, Nick Lowe and Los Straitjackets.

TCM spends the night with writer Ernest Lehman all night.
 [6:45 AM]      The Great Mr. Nobody (1941)
 [8:00 AM]      Ladies Day (1943)
 [9:15 AM]      The Dude Goes West (1948)
 [10:45 AM]      Smash-Up, the Story of a Woman (1947)
 [12:45 PM]      The Gun Runners (1958)
 [2:15 PM]      The Teahouse of the August Moon (1956)
 [4:30 PM]      The Crimson Kimono (1959)
 [6:00 PM]      Bridge To The Sun (1961)
 [8:00 PM]      Who's Afraid of Virginia Woolf? (1966)
 [10:30 PM]      Sweet Smell Of Success (1957)
 [12:15 AM]      North By Northwest (1959)
 [2:45 AM]      Somebody Up There Likes Me (1956)
 [4:45 AM]      Executive Suite (1954)

Wednesday   -  11/09/15

TCM celebrates the 99th birthday of Kirk Douglas all day, then spends the night with Frank Sinatra
 [6:30 AM]      The Strange Love Of Martha Ivers (1946)
 [8:30 AM]      Out of the Past (1947)
 [10:15 AM]      Along the Great Divide (1951)
 [12:00 PM]      Young Man With a Horn (1950)
 [2:00 PM]      The Hook (1963)
 [3:45 PM]      Lust For Life (1956)
 [6:00 PM]      Seven Days in May (1964)

 8:00 PM]      Sinatra Sings (2011)
 [9:15 PM]      From Here to Eternity (1953)
 [11:30 PM]      The Devil At Four O'Clock (1961)
 [1:45 AM]      The Detective (1968)
 [4:00 AM]      The First Deadly Sin (1980)

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Quentin Tarantino arrives at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Hateful Eight" at the Cinerama Dome on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.
Photo by Chris Pizzello


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Returns To 'Daily Show'

Jon Stewart

Comedian Jon Stewart has returned to "The Daily Show" where he made a push to renew a law that provides health benefits for first responders who became ill after the Sept. 11 terror attacks.

Stewart was a guest on the "Daily Show with Trevor Noah" on Monday night.

Stewart urged, badgered and exhorted Congress, especially Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, to pass the Zadroga Act.

The law expired last month but has enough funding to last another year.

Proponents of the law are seeking its permanent extension, but Republicans have opposed that, saying they want a chance to periodically review it and make sure it's operating soundly.

Jon Stewart


U.S. actor and activist Alec Baldwin delivers his speech during The Equator Prize Award ceremony at Theatre Mogador, in Paris, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015 as part of the COP21, United Nations Climate Change Conference. The Equator Prize 2015 honors local achievement and mobilize action for people, nature and climate.
Photo by Francois Mori


Meets With Top Russian Official

Pamela Anderson

A top Russian official on Monday met with the American actress turned animal rights activist Pamela Anderson at the Kremlin to discuss wildlife conservation.

During the televised meeting with President Vladimir Putin's chief of staff, Sergei Ivanov, Anderson expressed her concern about the fate of Russian seals and the prevalence of sea aquariums that keep belugas, orcas and dolphins in captivity.

In his opening remarks, Ivanov praised the former "Baywatch" star for an opportunity to discuss issues of conservation "in the company of beautiful women."

This is not the first time the pair has met. Ivanov said the two discussed Russian biodiversity in Vladivostok during an economic forum in September.

Pamela Anderson


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Pixar's First Box-Office Failure

The Good Dinosaur

In the volatile world of Hollywood box office performance, no studio has been more of a sure bet than Pixar - up until The Good Dinosaur, that is. As pointed out by Variety, the studio's latest film has been massively underperforming, first opening in second place to The Hunger Games: Mockingjay - Part 2 during its Thanksgiving opening weekend, and then suffering a fairly catastrophic (by Pixar standards) box office drop-off of over 60 percent this past weekend. By way of comparison, Pixar's movies usually drop less than 50 percent from their first weekend to the second, with many of the company's films often seeing a decline of less than 40 percent. That kind of sustained performance - usually generated by good word of mouth and repeat viewings - is what helps the studio's movies stick around and rack up their impressive box office results. The only other Pixar movie to experience the same kind of drop that Dinosaur did was the much-derided Cars 2in 2011. That film went on to gross over $191 million in the US, but it was also building upon the awareness and goodwill generated by the original Cars.

According to Variety's report, The Good Dinosaur cost around $200 million, with Disney spending another $150 million on marketing costs. To break even, analysts estimate it will need to rake in around $500 worldwide, but as of right now the film is sitting at just north of $131 million worldwide. There are some foreign territories still oustanding - The Good Dinosaur hasn't opened in China or Japan yet - but it's still a far cry for the performance of this year's Pixar hit Inside Out, which at this point in its life cycle had already raked in more than $180 million in the US alone. After 16 films, something almost certainly had to give, but given the consistency of Pixar's performance it's hard to not see the performance of Dinosaur as some sort of watershed moment in Pixar history.

The movie was originally started under the supervision of director Bob Peterson, who was then taken off the project in 2013 due to creative differences. Animator Peter Sohn took over directing duties, in a move similar to what happened on the 2012 film Brave. In the case, director Brenda Chapman was fired from the film after developing it for two years. Pixar is known for a rigorous creative process that puts films through countless iterations, but with the lackluster performance of Dinosaur, it may be a sign that the studio's new strategy of releasing multiple movies a year may be a little harder than it had originally thought.

The Good Dinosaur


Singer Debbie Harry performs at "An Evening Honoring Valentino" gala, hosted by the Lincoln Center Corporate Fund, at Alice Tully Hall on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015, in New York.
Photo by Evan Agostini


Redirects To

The 2016 domain wars aren't slowing down. Multiple GOP presidential candidates have already had popular domain names scooped out from under them, and it looks the Jeb Bush campaign is the latest to fall prey to hijackers, as now redirects to

It's unclear if the domain - a $250,000 destination that Bush reportedly declined to register earlier in the campaign, opting for instead - was purchased by the Trump campaign directly or merely supporters, but it's an embarrassing faux pas for Bush, who has occasionally struggled with forays into the digital world.

Previously, the domain was swept away by someone who wanted to highlight layoffs under the former HP CEO, while Rand Paul was reportedly forced to pay out more than $100,000 for Currently, the domain goes to a pro-Obama site.


Wake-up Call


Suspends 2 Analysts


Two Fox News contributors were suspended Monday for using inappropriate language about President Barack Obama while discussing his speech on terrorism the night before in two separate episodes.

The analysts, former U.S. Army Lt. Col. Ralph Peters and actress Stacey Dash, were each ordered off the air for two weeks.

Peters was appearing on a Fox Business Network program hosted by Stuart Varney when he was asked his reaction to the president's speech. He didn't like it.

"This guy is such a total pussy, it's stunning," Peters said. After he spoke some more, Varney said that while he could tell Peters was "super angry," he shouldn't use such language.

Dash, who appeared in the movie "Clueless" and has been a Fox contributor since 2014, said on Fox News Channel's noontime program "Outnumbered" that Obama's speech was an epic fail and followed up with an obscenity. "I felt like he could give a s---, excuse me, like he could care less."



Hollywood actor, activist and philanthropist, Richard Gere, greets people while delivering a lecture during an event at National Institute of Mental Health and Neurosciences in Bangalore, India, Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.
Photo by Aijaz Rahi


5 Years

Charlie Brown

A former child actor who was the voice of Charlie Brown in beloved "Peanuts" TV specials is headed to prison, despite a last-ditch effort to withdraw his guilty plea to charges of making criminal threats.

Peter Robbins was sentenced Monday in San Diego to four years and eight months in prison.

The 59-year-old admitted sending threatening letters to a manager at a mobile home park in suburban Oceanside, where he had been living. He also sent letters to members of the media in which he offered to pay money to have San Diego County Sheriff Bill Gore killed.

From age 9 to 13, Robbins was the voice of Charlie Brown in a series of 1960s animated classics, including "A Charlie Brown Christmas."

Charlie Brown


Laura Dern, left, and Bruce Dern arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Hateful Eight" at the Cinerama Dome on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.
Photo by Chris Pizzello


Hunting Whales


Japan has done nothing wrong by sending its whaling fleet out on its annual Antarctic hunt and the world must agree to disagree on the issue, the country's top whaling official said on Monday.

The International Court of Justice said last year that Japan's whaling in the Southern Ocean should stop and an International Whaling Committee panel said in April that Tokyo had yet to demonstrate a need for killing whales. Tokyo took a one-year hiatus from Antarctic whaling.

But Tokyo's retooling of its hunt plan for the 2015/16 season, which cut the number of minke whales it takes by two-thirds to 333, made every effort to meet the objections of both the court and the IWC committee, said Joji Morishita, Japan's IWC Commissioner.

Japan, which has long maintained most whale species are not endangered and eating whale is part of its culture, began what it calls scientific whaling in 1987, a year after an international whaling moratorium took effect. The meat ends up on store shelves.

Morishita added that the emotive issue may just be another one of many irreconcilable differences international society has to live with.



Micky Dolenz, left, and Donna Quinter arrive at the Los Angeles premiere of "The Hateful Eight" at the Cinerama Dome on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015.
Photo by Chris Pizzello


"Close Up" The Internet


Republican presidential candidate Donald Trump (R-Pendejo) just said the US should consider "closing up" the internet to curb radical extremism. Trump, a man that routinely claims everyone in charge of the US is stupid, believes that as president he could just call up Bill Gates to help him shut off the internet. Trump floated the idea at a campaign rally at the USS Yorktown in South Carolina tonight as a way to stop ISIS "jihadists" from recruiting Americans to commit acts of domestic terrorism. The idea is so dumb it almost has us, too, at a loss for words.

"We're losing a lot of people because of the internet," Trump said. "We have to see Bill Gates and a lot of different people that really understand what's happening. We have to talk to them about, maybe in certain areas, closing that internet up in some ways. Somebody will say, 'Oh freedom of speech, freedom of speech.' These are foolish people."

It's unclear if Trump was suggesting the US government censor certain parts of the web or if he lacks a basic understanding of how the internet works.



People throw hats in the air as the statue of Mary Tyler Moore was unveiled, while celebrating at the city's new visitor center as its new location in Minneapolis on Monday, Dec. 7, 2015. The statue of the actress tossing her hat in the air as she did in the opening of her 1970s sitcom was removed from the Nicollet Mall a few months ago because of construction. The art will be moved back to the mall when construction is done.
Photo by Brian Peterson

FWIW, Mary tossing her hat into the air was a visual cue for TV station operators. The old quad (2") tape machines needed 5 seconds to get up to speed, and Mary's hat was the 5-second cue to roll the commercial.


Nun's Trophy Buck

St. Marys

A Roman Catholic diocese has taken down the Facebook photo of a nun with a 10-point buck she bagged after the posting drew criticism, some of it vulgar, by anti-hunting and animal rights activists, the diocese said.

Sister John Paul Bauer killed the deer on Nov. 30, the first day of hunting season.

The photo posted on the Erie Diocese's Facebook page showed her, in her nun's habit, at the back of a pickup holding her trophy deer by the antlers.

Initial comments were largely positive, Anne-Marie Welsh, spokeswoman for the Erie Diocese, in northwestern Pennsylvania, said Monday. But as the page neared 1.5 million views, animal rights activists began taking offense, she said.

Bauer teaches at Elk County Catholic High School in St. Marys, a city about 100 miles northeast of Pittsburgh, in the heart of deer and elk hunting country in Pennsylvania. She learned to shoot while in the Navy

"In St. Marys, this is what you do. You go hunting. Everybody goes hunting," she told television station WSEE in Erie.

St. Marys

Nun Refuses To Apologize For 'Controversial' Picture, Believes Critics Should Get Over It (Photo)

Pa. nun draws criticism for shooting 10-point buck | PhillyVoice

Nun kills 10-point deer, draws social-media fire - KPTV - FOX 12

This is where I grew up - well, technically, 8 miles up the road, but ECCH is the only catholic high school in the county - Elk County.
I hesitated in using this story because I realize the diversity of opinions on the topic.
OTOH, like I said, this is where I grew up, and to a large degree, how I was raised to look at things.
As dear old dad would say, a deer in the freezer means you have to buy about 200 pounds less beef or pork or chicken in a year.
These are folk who eat what they shoot, not into it for the sake of making things dead.
Hunting is so ingrained that the first day of deer season is still a legal school holiday.
There isn't a movie theater in the county. Not a book store, and the only radio station is a class 'B' - means it signs off at night.
So most of us learned how to shoot a variety of firearms, identify all the trees, and tell animals by their prints (and scat).
Nearly all of us learned early on to never mess with a nun.
And we didn't have any that were Navy vets, or able to display their proficiency with a rifle.
OTOH, it seems there is a precedent for nuns with guns...

So, while I understand, and appreciate, their way of life, I didn't fit in then, and I sure don't fit in now.



In Memory

Martin E. Brooks

Martin E. Brooks, whose acting career stretched from Broadway dramas to TV series including "The Six Million Dollar Man" and "Dallas," died Monday. He was 90.

Brooks' best-known role was as scientist Dr. Rudy Wells on the 1970s series "The Six Million Dollar Man" and its spinoff, "The Bionic Woman." The role of Wells had previously been played in the original series by Alan Oppenheimer.

Brooks' other credits included "The Philco Television Playhouse" in the 1950s, "Combat!" in the 1960s and "Knots Landing" in the 1990s. He also played Dr. Arthur Bradshaw on the ABC daytime serial "General Hospital."

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