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M Is FOR MASHUP - RERUN - September 9th, 2015

The Mashup Journey Continues

From DJ Useo

Well, the Summer lull in posting has long since abated. Now, anyone can encounter a veritable flood of new bootleg mixes posting by the moment. A pal of mine posted his new track, & it was at the top of the page for his hosting. I saw that & wrote him. By the time he got there 23 minutes later, he was around 24 posts down the page. WoW! So, in this age of cookie cutter combinations, generic dj names, & massive competition, how is the home producer to thrive?

I like to think people follow a great producer when they discover one, but that's often the exception. In my case, I've managed after years to accrue a good bit of regulars who come right to my blog to get the ever-flowing amount of useo stuff. Otherwise, listeners come from what you mixed, not who you are as the mixer. I like to test the waters, & fish for new listeners, so I vary up the content.

I recently posted a super track with B.o.B. ft Nicki Minaj vs the Commodores called "Machine Gun Out Of My Mind" . ( Mind you, it's not safe for work! ) ( ) I also posted another preview track from my new mashup album "PROFuseo" ( ) called "Atlantis Hurricane" ( Lifehouse vs Oldskool ) ( ) . They shared some crossover audience, but mostly lured different listeners. Not everyone likes the same styles, that's for sure. Therein lies the fun of posting mashups - Trying to make them irresistible enough to make them mandatory.

Here's a perfect example of why mashup producers thrive. It's the new multi-source mashup from that one man wonder, DJ Earworm. "Summermash '14" ( )

It's everything any of us mashup makers strive for, completely cobbled together, yet done so you almost don't notice. I find no mixes better than Earworms.

So, in light of what I wrote above, let's examine a few tracks by people I just found on the net. Mind you, they could have been mixing tracks for 20 years, or 2 weeks, I don't know.

01 - Rick Mashups - Real Crystals ( Clean Bandit vs Jess Glynne )
This one is truly irresistible. A gorgeous mix. Also, it sounds like it was ALWAYS this way. The original sources are great, but this gains a special flair from the juxtaposition.
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02 - DJ Magnet - Wild Thing Freaks ( Troggs vs Tone Loc vs Peaches vs Moguai & Tocadisco )
This one is what we dj's call a "floorfilla". It will have you & everyone in hearing distance up, & moving. I wonder if this is by the same DJ Magnet I'm already familiar with? The quality is up there the same.
( )

03 - DJ RayNYC - Prince - The Most Beautiful Girl In the World ( DJ RayNYC remix)
Solid, & solidly appealing. Takes the original to way new places. One of many great tracks posted by Ray.
( )

04 - DJ PxM - Jay-Z & PharrelI - I Just Wanna Love You ( Give It To Me ) vs SupaJohn - Run Run Riddim
A perfect tune for any time of day. Reggae hip hop of the finest kind. Lively, but mellow. Love it.
( )

05 - Tommy Marcus - Mary Mary - Shackles ( Tommy Marcus Private mashup )
( )

Another gem found! Honestly, it's so easy to discover great producers with incredible bootleg tracks by the ton.

I hope you decide to spice up your music experience with a few mashups occasionally. Choose the right one & your friends will prick up their ears!

More next week




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Editorial and Political Cartoons


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David Cay Johnston: Donald Trump's ignorance is becoming more evident with each passing day (Guardian)
Trump's own words illuminate the undeveloped space between his ears. When political strategists and pundits try to distill a Trump doctrine from his word salad, I often find myself laughing at their folly. Trump's own words show he is utterly unprepared for the job of city council member, yet he possesses the nuclear launch codes. Ignorance is not bliss, but death and disaster waiting for the right mix of circumstances.

Josh Marshall: White House Had No Intention of Firing Flynn (TPM)
Here's what really isn't being noted. Flynn was only fired because a series of press reports - most specifically one in the Post - revealed his deceptions. There's every reason to think the White House had no intention of acting until the information became public because of leaks. This is a critical part of the story. It wasn't just that the White House didn't act quickly. There is strong, strong reason to believe they never would have acted on it or dismissed Flynn at all.

Allegra Kirkland: "Key Takeaway From Sally Yates: Flynn's 'Underlying Conduct' Was The Problem" (TPM)
Yates said she couldn't reveal the nature of that conduct because it was drawn from classified information. But she emphasized that Russia knew about it too, leading the Justice Department under her tenure to believe that Flynn was "compromised with respect to the Russians." "Not only did we believe that the Russians knew this but that they likely had proof of this information," Yates testified. "And that created a compromise situation, a situation where the national security advisor essentially could be blackmailed by the Russians."

Ed Mazza: Jimmy Kimmel Slams GOP With The Least Sincere Apology Ever (Huffington Post)
"I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me."

Igor Bobec: Iowa Republican Congressman Feels Heat Over Health Care Vote (Huffington Post)
"You voted for this bill in a rush. There were no committee hearings. This is my life."

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Chitra Ramaswamy: From Nicki Minaj to Alec Baldwin: the stars paying for students' education (The Guardian)
The rapper offered to pay fans' college fees via Twitter - but she's not the first celebrity to provide financial assistance for school studies.

Hadley Freeman: Don't mock Victoria Beckham's 'selfie' retake - we all do it (The Guardian)
A fan was asked to reshoot a photo of the former Spice Girl because she didn't like how she looked - and who can blame her? Digital photography turns us all into narcissists. Rolling Coal (Wikipedia)
Rolling coal is a form of conspicuous air pollution, for entertainment or for protest. Some drivers intentionally trigger coal rolling in the presence of hybrid vehicles (when it is nicknamed "Prius repellent") to taunt their drivers, who are perceived as being environmentally motivated in their vehicle choice. Coal rolling may also be triggered at foreign cars, bicyclists, protesters, and pedestrians. Practitioners cite "American freedom" and "a stand against rampant environmentalism" as reasons for coal rolling.

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This Academy-award winning actor, singer, songwriter, record producer and comedian was born Eric Marlon Bishop. What name does he use professionally?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

In Germany this game is called "Dummer Hans" (Silly John), in Denmark where it is known as what translates into Butter blob, and in Greece it is called "koroido" which translates into "sucker". What do we call this game in the US?

       Keep Away (Monkey In The Middle)                                                      Source

Keep Away, also called Piggy in the Middle, Monkey in the Middle, Pickle in a Dish, or Pickle in the Middle, or more popularly known as "Monkey", is a children's game in which two or more players must pass a ball to one another, while a player in the middle attempts to intercept it. The game could be considered a reverse form of dodgeball, because instead of trying to hit people in the middle with the ball, players attempt to keep the ball away from them. The game is played worldwide.

The name of the game varies with region. In the United States, the descriptive name Keep Away seems to prevail, while Canadian children commonly call the game either Pig in the Middle (Western Canada) or Monkey in the Middle (Eastern Canada, parts of New England, and parts of the Midwest). In the UK, Australia and New Zealand the name Piggy in the Middle is used (almost) exclusively. The game is also common in German, called "Dummer Hans" (Silly John), in Turkey under a name which translates to Rat in the Middle, in Denmark where it is known as what translates into Butter blob, in the Netherlands they call it "Lummelen" or, less commonly, "Aap in het Midden" [lit: "Monkey in the Middle"] and Silly Johnny in Poland. In Egypt the name of the game translates as The Indecisive Dog. Also in Iran the name "Vasati" is used. In Greece it is called "koroido" which translates into "sucker".        Source

Mark. was first and correct with:
   Who hasn't played Keep Away?

Alan J said:
   Keep Away.

Gene wrote:
   When I was a kid, it was alternately called Keep Away or Monkey in the middle. I was not standardly athletic, but I was good at getting the ball.

Deborah responded:
   Is it keep away?
  Scrambling to clean house, groom gardens, etc. for family coming from out of state for a week. And of course my workload professionally picked up as well. Whew.

Adam answered:
   Keep Away - about as exciting as stick and hoop

zorch replied:
   Piggy in the Middle

Daniel in The City wrote:
   Keep Away

Billy in Cypress said:
   "Dummer Hans" is called "Keep Away" in the U.S.A. CpPDJT-ID plays a continuous game of "Distraction" by announcing lies, stupid "facts", ridiculous boasts, firings, and anything else in order to keep people from learning the truth about his Russian connections, tax returns, stupidity, criminal activity and conflicts of interest,

Jim from CA, retired to ID, answered:
   finally back home......Keep Away

Randall took the day off.

mj took the day off.

John I from Hawai`i took the day off.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

Stephen F took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

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

MAM     took the day off.

Marian took the day off.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

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Sally has retired.




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Glenn Beck's Radio Show Gets an Unexpected Change

Zinke: Monument status may not be best to save sacred land | National News |

Trump launches effort to pack courts with conservatives | National News |

Trump's remarks about Muslims could be what ends the travel ban, testimony suggests | US news | The Guardian

New haul of Homo naledi bones sheds surprising light on human evolution | Science | The Guardian

Robert De Niro: Charlie Chaplin would not be admitted to Trump's US | Film | The Guardian

It's OK to admit it: France just gave the world hope - Notes & Errata by Mark Morford

Trump Administration Cites Segregation-Era Ruling To Defend Its Travel Ban | HuffPost

Jimmy Kimmel pulls no punches and has zero f#cks to give as he goes in on Republican 'critics'

Spicey! Turkey Goebbeler! ... Trump now lawyering up for #TrumpRussia

How Draft Horses Are Helping Upgrade Cell Towers In Wisconsin : NPR

Jerry Goldsmith, 'The Composer's Composer,' Honored With Hollywood Star : NPR

Senate Intel Committee Requests Info On Trump, Aides From Treasury Dept Financial Crimes Unit

Obsessed Trump Makes Bizarre Change to His Twitter Header Photo

Trump's Tuesday night massacre - San Francisco Chronicle

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Every single one is on the take!

If Conway willingly violated the law, she could face up to five years in prison for each offense.

Looks like Lump's signature--weird!

A Handwriting Expert Has An Eerie Claim About Melania Trump's Signature. | Someecards Politics

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Thanks, Linda!

Here are the 2 signatures for comparison:

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Scott Pruitt Doesn't Understand The Role Of The EPA Science Advisers He's Firing | HuffPost

How Cloudflare Helps Serve Up Hate on the Web - ProPublica

Paul Krugman: Under Trumpcare, Millions Will Lose Coverage, Many Will Die-and the GOP Will Try to Blame It on Liberals | Alternet

Comey's Testimony on Huma Abedin Forwarding Emails Was Inaccurate - ProPublica

I'm facing jail time after laughing at Jeff Sessions. I regret nothing. - Vox

Olbermann: Sally Yates is 'American hero' | TheHill

Reports: FBI Director Comey gave false testimony about Huma Abedin's emails - Vox

An Interview with Dr. John Gartner: "We Have a Duty to Warn the World About Donald Trump" |

For the price of Trump's tax cuts, you could cut child poverty in half - and so much more - Vox

Jimmy Kimmel Slams GOP With The Least Sincere Apology Ever | HuffPost

There's now a database of White House visitors - and they are mostly 'rich, white, Republican men' -

Why Women Crushed So Hard On Sally Yates | HuffPost

Why the FCC is unlikely to go after Stephen Colbert | TheHill

Trump Deletes Every Old Press Release, But The Internet Never Forgets |

Despite Their Twisted Hero Fantasies, Republicans Are Basically Political Terrorists Destroying Lives | Alternet

How The Gospel of Prosperity Explains the American Health Care Act - The Atlantic

Trump Fires FBI Director James Comey | HuffPost

Washington Loves General McMaster, But Trump Doesn't - Bloomberg

Yes, It Is Definitely Possible For The House And Senate To Agree On Health Care | HuffPost

White House to let McConnell do his thing on health care - POLITICO

CNN's Toobin calls Comey firing a 'grotesque abuse of power' | TheHill

Sally Yates speaks - and the strange tale of Michael Flynn begins to unwind a little -

Democrats Say Comey Firing Proves Need For Special Prosecutor On Russia | HuffPost

CNN exclusive: Grand jury subpoenas issued in FBI's Russia investigation -

Into the Abyss: Trump Fires Comey - Talking Points Memo



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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

I'm old enough to remember what a stink Rose Mary Woods created for 'inadvertently' erasing 18 minutes of Nixon's audio tape.

Seems positively quaint when compared to the current White House taking 18 days to fire Michael Flynn.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Survivor', followed by a FRESH 'Criminal Minds', then a FRESH 'Criminal Minds: Xenophobia'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Nick Offerman, Megan Mullally, Aaron Taylor Johnson, Dave Matthews, and Tim Reynolds.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Betty White, Ben McKenzie, Amy Brenneman, and Conor Oberst.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'Blindspot', followed by a FRESH 'L&O: SVU', then a FRESH 'Chicago PD'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Tina Fey, Alessandro Nivola, and Dirty Projectors featuring DAWN.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Zach Woods, Dan Mintz, and Thaddeus Dixon.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Kathryn Hahn, Froth, and Lucy Gillespie.

ABC begins the night with a FRESH 'The Goldbergs', followed by a FRESH 'Speechless', then a FRESH 'Modern Family', followed by a FRESH 'black-ish', then a FRESH 'Designated Survivor'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Billy Crudup, Ariel Winter, and Wale featuring G-Eazy.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Arrow', followed by a FRESH 'The 100'.

Faux has a FRESH 'Shots Fired', followed by a FRESH 'Empire'.

MY recycles an old 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD', followed by another old 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD'.

A&E has 2 hours of old 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Storage Wars', then another FRESH 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Billy The Exterminator', then another FRESH 'Billy The Exterminator'.

AMC offers the movie 'Lethal Weapon', followed by the movie 'Lethal Weapon 2', then the movie 'Speed'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    CSI: MIAMI - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 8-Cold War
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 90Hide
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 10-Journey to the Centre of the TARDIS
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 11-The Crimson Horror
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 12-Nightmare in Silver
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 13-The Name of the Doctor
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 13-Gravity
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 15-Dark Frontier, Pt. 1
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 5 - EPISODE 16-Dark Frontier, Pt. 2
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: THE NEXT GENERATION - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 18-Eye of the Beholder
 [10:00PM]    STAR TREK: NEMESIS (2002)
 [12:30AM]    STAR TREK: INSURRECTION (1998)
 [2:30AM]    STAR TREK: NEMESIS (2002)

Bravo has 'Real Housewives Of NYC', another 'Real Housewives Of NYC', followed by a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of NYC', then a FRESH 'Then & Now With Andy Cohen', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'South Park', followed by a FRESH 'The Comedy Jam', and another old 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Valerie Jarrett.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Michael Starr, Lexxi Foxx, and Stix Zadinia.

FX has the movie 'Transformers: Age Of Extinction', followed by a FRESH 'Fargo'.

History has all old 'American Pickers' all night.

IFC  -   
 [8:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW -It's Only Rock 'n' Roll
 [8:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Rip This Joint
 [9:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Mother's Little Helper
 [9:30AM]    THAT '70S SHOW -Angie
 [10:00AM]    THAT '70S SHOW -You Can't Always Get What You Want
 [10:30AM]    IDIOCRACY
 [12:15PM]    KINGPIN
 [3:00PM]    BAD BOYS
 [8:00PM]    LIAR LIAR
 [10:00PM]    BROCKMIRE -Old Timers Day
 [10:31PM]    LIAR LIAR
 [12:30AM]    BROCKMIRE -Road Trip
 [1:00AM]    BROCKMIRE -Old Timers Day

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    All in the Family -Archie Goes Too Far
 [6:35AM]    All in the Family -Class Reunion
 [7:10AM]    All in the Family -The Hot Watch
 [7:45AM]    All in the Family -Everybody Tells the Truth
 [8:20AM]    All in the Family -Archie Learns His Lesson
 [8:55AM]    All in the Family -Gloria, the Victim
 [9:30AM]    All in the Family -The Battle of the Month
 [10:05AM]    What About Bob?
 [12:20PM]    Point Break
 [3:02PM]    Casino
 [7:00PM]    Pulp Fiction
 [10:00PM]    Gomorrah
 [12:15AM]    Pulp Fiction
 [3:15AM]    Gomorrah -Eye to Eye; Somebody Else's Kids
 [5:30AM]    The Andy Griffith Show -Barney's Replacement    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'I, Frankenstein', followed by the movie 'The Da Vinci Code'.

FRESH Samantha Bee
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Rashida Jones, Neil deGrasse Tyson, and Danger Mouse & Sam Cohen.

 [7:15 AM]      Love on the Run (1936)
 [8:45 AM]      After Office Hours (1935)
 [10:00 AM]      Cain And Mabel (1936)
 [11:45 AM]      Idiot's Delight (1939)
 [1:45 PM]      They Met In Bombay (1941)
 [3:30 PM]      Any Number Can Play (1949)
 [5:15 PM]      Reno (1940)
 [6:30 PM]      Gambling House (1951)
 [8:00 PM]      Cover Girl (1944)
 [10:00 PM]      How to Marry a Millionaire (1953)
 [12:00 AM]      The French Line (1954)
 [2:00 AM]      A Life Of Her Own (1950)
 [4:00 AM]      Model Shop (1969)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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 [6:00 AM]      Demi-Paradise (1943)
 [8:00 AM]      The Yellow Canary (1943)
 [9:45 AM]      Blithe Spirit (1945)
 [11:30 AM]      Miranda (1948)
 [1:00 PM]      Mad About Men (1954)
 [2:45 PM]      Trouble in Store (1955)
 [4:30 PM]      Murder Ahoy (1964)
 [6:15 PM]      The Wacky World of Mother Goose (1967)
 [8:00 PM]      Rodan (1958)
 [9:30 PM]      The Black Scorpion (1957)
 [11:15 PM]      The Deadly Mantis (1957)
 [1:00 AM]      The Monster that Challenged the World (1957)
 [2:45 AM]      Empire Of The Ants (1977)
 [4:30 AM]      The Giant Claw (1957)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

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Visitors are silhouetted at The Pink Floyd Exhibition: Their Mortal Remains at the V&A Museum in London, Britain May 9, 2017.
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Career Achievement Award

Robert De Niro

Robert De Niro had quite a bit to say about the state of the arts under Donald Trump (R-Grifter) at Monday night's Film Society of Lincoln Center's Chaplin Award Gala in New York.

The actor was on hand to receive the prestigious film award and took the opportunity to lambast Trump for proposed cuts to the National Endowment of the Arts, National Endowment for the Humanities and the Corporation for Public Broadcasting.

"We still make movies to entertain. But posterity determines whether it's art or not. I've been thinking about this a lot lately with our current government's hostility towards the arts," said De Niro. "For their own divisive political purposes the administration suggests the money from these programs go to liberal elites. This is what they call alternative facts. I'm calling it what it is, bullsh-."

De Niro slammed the proposed cuts to the arts, saying he didn't make movies for "liberal elites" and also criticized immigration and healthcare policies under the Trump administration, nodding to actor Charlie Chaplin, for which his award was named.

"[Our industry] owes a debt to Charlie Chaplin, an immigrant who probably wouldn't pass today's extreme vetting," said De Niro.

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Latvia's Triana Park perform with the song "Line" during the Eurovision Song Contest 2017 Semi-Final 1 Dress rehearsal 1 at the International Exhibition Centre in Kiev, Ukraine, May 8, 2017.
Photo by Gleb Garanich


Calls Out Newt

Jimmy Kimmel

A week after Jimmy Kimmel shared the news about his newborn son's heart defect - and made an emotional plea about preexisting conditions amid the health-care debate - he returned to his late-night show on Monday to huge applause from his studio audience.

"I made an emotional speech that was seen by millions. And as a result of my powerful words on that night, Republicans in Congress had second thoughts about repeal and replace…. I saved health insurance in the United States of America," Kimmel said triumphantly. He paused, then was "shocked" to discover the controversial bill passed in the House. "What's that? I didn't? I didn't save it? They voted against it anyway?! I really need to pay more attention to the news."

"I know this is gonna shock you - there were also some not-so-nice things that people said online about me, including members of the media," said Kimmel, showing headlines from the New York Post ("Jimmy Kimmel's obscene lies about kids and medical care") and the Washington Moonie Times ("Shut up Jimmy Kimmel, you elitist creep").

He continued the sarcasm. "I would like to apologize for saying that children in America should have health-care. It was insensitive," Kimmel deadpanned. "It was offensive, and I hope you can find it in your heart to forgive me."

He saved most of his ire for Newt Gingrich, the former speaker of the House. "There are some very sick and sad people out there. Here's one of them; his name is Newt Gingrich," Kimmel said. He ran a clip of Gingrich on "Fox News Sunday" criticizing Kimmel's comments and saying that when a newborn has a heart problem, doctors will help immediately and not wait until the family cuts a check.

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Chelsea Manning

Chelsea Manning, the transgender army private jailed for one of the largest leaks of classified documents in US history, said Tuesday she can finally imagine a future for herself, as she prepares to walk free.

Manning had served seven years of a 35-year stretch when outgoing president Barack Obama commuted her sentence earlier this year. She is due to be released next week from the all-men's jail where she was incarcerated, although a precise date has yet to be given.

"For the first time, I can see a future for myself as Chelsea. I can imagine surviving and living as the person who I am and can finally be in the outside world," said the 29-year-old, who still identified as male when she was arrested.

Manning twice attempted suicide in jail, where she was often kept in solitary confinement after being sentenced in 2013 for passing more than 700,000 classified military and diplomatic documents to the anti-secrecy group WikiLeaks, which released them in collaboration with international news organizations.

"I am forever grateful to the people who kept me alive, President Obama, my legal team, and countless supporters," she said in a statement.

Chelsea Manning


Local residents carry portraits of their ancestors, participants in World War II as they celebrate the 72nd anniversary of the defeat of the Nazis in World War II in St. Petersburg, Russia, on May 9, 2017. About 400,000 people walked in central streets of St. Petersburg in a march named 'Immortal Regiment' while carrying portraits of their relatives who fought in World War II.
Photo by Dmitri Lovetsky


Sues National Enquirer For Libel

Richard Simmons

Richard Simmons filed a libel and invasion of privacy lawsuit Monday against the National Enquirer and its parent company over stories that said he is now living as a transgender woman.

The lawsuit seeks unspecified damages as well as an apology and retraction for stories published in June 2016 and March 2017 in the Enquirer and its website, RadarOnline.

The lawsuit also names their parent company, American Media, Inc., and said the stories' main source was a man who has tried to blackmail the former fitness guru for years, and included a 2013 photo of Simmons dressed in drag.Simmons' lawsuit' said he often dressed as a woman as part of "his well-known and longstanding burlesque-style entertainment persona."

The lawsuit listed what is said were 16 factual errors in the first story, including that Simmons had transitioned to become a woman and had undergone gender reassignment treatments.

The case said Simmons is entitled to recover damages for his emotional distress caused by the story. It also said his retreat from public life is not a justification for the publication of false stories about him.

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Fiery Town Halls

Healthcare Vote

As House Republicans return to their districts after approving a controversial plan to dramatically reshape the country's healthcare system, activists on the left are mobilizing at town halls in an effort to save the Affordable Care Act, the 2010 law that extended coverage to millions of Americans.

At a meeting in Lewiston on Friday, a woman challenged Raúl Labrador, a Republican congressman from Idaho and a member the arch-conservative House Freedom Caucus, over his support for the Republican healthcare bill.

"You are mandating people on Medicaid to accept dying," she said.

Labrador replied: "That line is so indefensible. Nobody dies because they don't have access to healthcare." (In a later statement, the Idaho conservative conceded that his comment "wasn't very elegant" and argued that it had been taken out of context.)

The activism drew more testy exchanges in upstate New York, where Tom Reed, a Republican congressman, defended his decision to support the Republican healthcare plan against boos and jeers from angry crowds at his three town halls on Saturday.

Healthcare Vote


A protestor holds stones to throw at police forces during a violent service delivery protest in Ennerdale, Johannesburg, South Africa, May 9, 2017.
Photo by Kim Ludbrook


'8th Wonder Of The World' Sold For Fraction Of Cost


Donald Trump (R-Crooked) wrote "The Art Of The Deal," but it was Florida's Seminole Indians who made a truly amazing deal to buy the opulent casino built by the man who is now president.

The Trump Taj Mahal, the Atlantic City casino that the real estate mogul built for $1.2 billion in 1990, went for 4 cents on the dollar when it was sold in March. Documents filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission on Tuesday revealed the price that billionaire Carl Icahn got from Hard Rock International for the shuttered casino: $50 million. The sale was publicized at the time, though the purchase price wasn't.

Trump, now the nation's 45th president, dubbed the Taj Mahal "the eighth wonder of the world" when it opened. He cut most of his ties with Atlantic City in 2009, though he retained a small stake in its parent company, Trump Entertainment Resorts, in return for the right to use his name.

At the end, Trump had no ownership interest at all: His stake was wiped out last year when Icahn acquired Trump Entertainment Resorts from bankruptcy. Icahn and Atlantic City's main casino workers' union were unable to agree on a new contract to restore health insurance and pension benefits, and the union went on strike in July.



Was Once Basically 'Waterworld,' Without Kevin Costner


Long before Kevin Costner and Dennis Hopper battled it out on the open seas in the mid-90s dystopian sci-fi flick Waterworld, the Earth really was almost entirely covered with water, according to a new report by scientists at The Australian National University. According to new research, at a point in time roughly 4.4 billion years ago, the Earth was virtually featureless and the entire planet was little more than a vast ocean stretching in every direction.

The history of the Earth is like a book with its first chapter ripped out with no surviving rocks from the very early period, but we've used these trace elements of zircon to build a profile of the world at that time," Dr Burnham of ANU's Research School of Earth Sciences explains. "Our research indicates there were no mountains and continental collisions during Earth's first 700 million years or more of existence. It was a much more quiet and dull place."

Using granite samples to compare and contrast the type of zircon that is known to be from the very early Earth, the scientists were able to determine that it was created not from melting sediments - which would be an indication of continental shifts and crashes that would create dry land - but from ancient igneous rocks.

In short, because the evidence suggests a lack of sediment, continent formation and thereby dry land, the Earth's wealth of water would have completely dominated the planet. The first life on the planet is thought to have popped up over a billion years later, so for a very, very long time our planet was probably a big wet ball with very little going on.



A group of Nepalese and Thai Buddhist monks attend the evening prayer at Mayadevi temple, to mark Buddha's birthday in Lumbini, Nepal, May 9, 2017. Thousand of Buddhist monks from various countries and pilgrims arrived in Lumbini to celebrate the 2561st birthday of Buddha at his birthplace in Lumbini.
Photo by Narendra Shrestha


Launches Key New Accelerator


Europe's top physics lab CERN launched its newest particle accelerator on Tuesday, billed as a key step towards future experiments that could unlock the universe's greatest mysteries.

The Linac 4 accelerator will by 2021 be connected to CERN's Large Hadron Collider (LHC), the world's most powerful proton smasher.

The Geneva lab has long voiced hope that an enhanced LHC may help uncover new particles, possibly proving the existence of extra space-time dimensions.

The LHC has been connected to an accelerator launched in 1978, called the Linac 2.

The Linac 4 will deliver proton beams with three times more energy than its predecessor, with higher impact particle collisions ideally yielding new data, CERN said in a statement.



Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for May 1-7. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. "NCIS," CBS, 12.88 million.
    2. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 12.39 million.
    3. "Bull," CBS, 10.83 million.
    4. "Dancing With the Stars," ABC, 10.31 million.
    5. "60 Minutes," CBS, 9.55 million.
    6. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 9.24 million.
    7. "The Voice" (Monday), NBC, 9.08 million.
    8. "NCIS: Los Angeles," CBS, 9.06 million.
    9. "The Big Bang Theory" (Thursday, 8:30 p.m.), CBS, 9 million.
   10. "The Voice" (Tuesday), NBC, 8.82 million.
   11. "NCIS: New Orleans," CBS, 8.69 million.
   12. "Survivor," CBS, 8.26 million.
   13. "Mom," CBS, 8.18 million.
   14. "Hawaii Five-0," CBS, 8.01 million.
   15. "Little Big Shots," NBC, 7.97 million.
   16. "Madam Secretary," CBS, 7.58 million.
   17. "Criminal Minds," CBS, 7.37 million.
   18. "Scorpion," CBS, 7.11 million.
   19. "Grey's Anatomy," ABC, 7.09 million.
   20. "Last 100 Days of Diana," ABC, 6.5 million.




A heron with a stolen fish in the seal enclosure in the zoo in Leipzig, Germany on May 8, 2017. Herons often appear at feeding time in the zoo in search of fresh fish.
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