BartCop Entertainment Archives - Wednesday, 14 June, 2017


14 June, 2017

(Updated Daily)

[131 days in a row]


M Is FOR MASHUP - June 14th, 2016

A Summer Mashup

By DJ Useo

DJ Roz Roz has released his wonderful bootleg mix called "Sleepwalkin' Marley" ( Bob Marley vs Santo & Johnny )
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Stream, or download here
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Send me links for any mashups you are enjoying. One last word - sunscreen. ;)



Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Paul Krugman: We're Not Even In Kansas Anymore (NY Times Blog)
The point is that what we're seeing now is so bad, so cynical, that it makes the Kansas experiment looks like a model of idealism and honesty by comparison.

Paul Krugman: "Macroeconomics: The Simple and the Fancy" (NY Times Blog)
A more modest program would, in part, help diminish this harm. But it would also be really helpful if macroeconomists relearned the idea that simple aggregate models can, in fact, be useful.

Andy Slavitt: The Senate's three tools on health care: Sabotage, speed and secrecy (Washington Post)
McConnell couldn't have missed the town halls filled with angry Americans who rely on Medicaid and see the Affordable Care Act's protections for those with preexisting conditions as a godsend. The House bill - which the Congressional Budget Office estimates would cause 23 million to lose coverage and end those protections for many - threatened all of that.

John Harwood: Trump makes bizarre claims at press event as Cabinet members take turns praising him (CNBC)
Since taking office in January, Donald Trump has displayed various reactions to the pressures of his job, from angry tweets to effusive exaggerations to self-defeating candor. On Monday, Trump tried something new: bathing in praise from his Cabinet in front of TV cameras.

Ryan Gilbey: Tom Green: 'It demystifies the presidency when you've had Trump scream in your face' (The Guardian)
Inevitably, the current US president, who fired him from The Apprentice, crops up. "I talk about how it demystifies the presidency when you've sat there and had him scream in your face. 'Wow, that guy's the president? I really should've gone up for all of those jobs in my life that I never felt qualified for.'"

Michele Hanson: I was talked into getting a health check. Big mistake (The Guardian)
I thought a quick checkup would quell my anxieties and leave me happy and confident about my future. Some chance.

Caught Red Handed (YouTube)
Maybe she couldn't remember doing it? Still, Emma was caught red faced and red handed...

David Bruce: William Shakespeare's 11 Tragedies: Retellings in Prose (Amazon Kindle)
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David Bruce's Amazon Author Page

David Bruce's Smashwords Page

David Bruce's Blog

David Bruce's Lulu Storefront

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David Bruce has over 80 Kindle books on



Michael Egan

Editorial and Political Cartoons


Trivia Question of the Day

The phrase "Klaatu barada nikto" comes from what movie?


Send your answer to Marty

Trivia Question from Yesterday

On the TV series Frasier, Frasier Crane's father, Martin, has a dog. What is the dog's name?

       Eddie                                                      Source

Frasier is an American sitcom that was broadcast on NBC for eleven seasons, premiering on September 16, 1993, and concluding on May 13, 2004.

Psychiatrist Dr. Frasier Crane (Grammer) returns to his home town of Seattle, Washington, following the end of his marriage and his life in Boston (as seen in Cheers). His plans for a new life as a bachelor are complicated when he is obliged to take in his father, Martin (John Mahoney), a retired Seattle Police Department detective, who has mobility problems after being shot in the line of duty during a robbery.

Frasier hires Daphne Moon (Jane Leeves) as Martin's live-in physical therapist and care giver, and tolerates Martin's dog Eddie.        Source

Randall was first and correct with:

Mark. wrote:
   I think Martin Crane's dog was named Eddie.

Alan J said:

mj replied:
   The only sympathetic character in the show
  That was Eddie, a Jack Russell terrier, I believe.

Adam answered:

Deborah responded:
   Moose was the name of the dog who played Mr. Crane's dog, Eddie, on "Frasier." He was well-trained, and cute too.
  Sunday's hail storm didn't damage the veggies much - maybe knocked off a few tomato blossoms. The fruit that has set apparently wasn't damaged. The peaches looked okay, too. Whew.

Kevin K. in Washington, DC said:
   The character Martin Crane had a dog named Eddie.
  But what was the name of the dog who played Eddie? It was Moose.
  I hear Moose required that all the dog biscuits in his trailer be served chilled, and he only drank bacon-flavored spring water on the set.

Gene wrote:
   The dog's name is Eddie.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:

Daniel in The City answered:
   daniel in the city

Billy in Cypress replied:

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali said:
   Why that's Eddie the dog. Getting ready for some heat starting around the weekend. The prognosticators are saying maybe seven to ten days of hot and sticky. That sucks a dickie!

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

zorch took the day off.

John I from Hawai`i took the day off.

DJ Useo took the day off.

Joe S     took the day off.

Dave in Tucson took the day off.

Stephen F took the day off.

Sally has retired.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  June 14 Birthdays - Celebrities Born June 14 | Famous Birthdays

MAM     In memory.




Middle Class Political Economist

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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Plan to airlift 4,000 cows to isolated Qatar to maintain milk supplies | World news | The Guardian

Dozens of F-35 fighter jets grounded in US due to oxygen deprivation | US news | The Guardian

Rural Appalachia is facing a healthcare crisis. I fear it's going to get much worse | Jessika Bohon | Opinion | The Guardian

Mothers in the drugs lab - women in Peru treating their sick children with cannabis | Global development | The Guardian

NBA champion Golden State Warriors unanimously decline White House visit with President Trump - AOL News

Anyone with a willing nose will smell the rot of Trump extending to the McCain root cellar

BBC - Culture - Why Daphne du Maurier was Britain's mistress of suspense

Getting Disability Benefits Is Tough For People With Hidden Disabilities : Shots - Health News : NPR

Why Honeybees Are The Wrong Problem To Solve : 13.7: Cosmos And Culture : NPR

Thanks, Michelle!



Reader Comment

"It's a Good Life"

Hi Marty,

A friend of mine was reminded of this Twilight Zone episode ("It's a Good Life") after watching Trump's recent cabinet meeting.

Twilight Zone episode ("It's a Good Life")

And here's a Wikipedia article about the episode:

"It's a Good Life"



Thanks, Barbara!

Hadn't seen a fluffing like that since I worked at the Playboy Channel.

Bet most of them will be picking short & curlies from between their teeth for weeks.



Team Coco


Jeff Sessions Has A Tell

If you have an eye for details, you probably noticed that the Attorney General's ears betrayed him during the Senate Intelligence hearing.

CONAN Monologue 06/13/17

Conan jokes about the Golden State Warriors, Trump's trip to the UK, and bobbleheads.

No One's Talking About The Trump-Themed "Cats"

With all the controversy over The Public Theater's "Julius Caesar" adaptation, you'd think someone would have noticed that it's not the only Trump-themed show in New York.

Melania Trump Is Redecorating The White House

The First Lady officially moved into the White House and got straight to work on the curtains

More Brands Are Trolling Trump

Brands like UPS, Wheat Thins, and Depends are taking Smirnoff's lead and running ad campaigns that slam the President.



Reader Contribution


Swallowtail aflutter in Wisconsin

NewHead News

Thanks, Dave!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Priebus thanks Trump for 'opportunity and the blessing' to serve his agenda | TheHill

Report: Donald Trump's Lawyer's Response to Comey Testimony Might Also Have Been Obstruction of Justice | GQ

Trump Says He '100 Percent' Would Testify Under Oath to Counter Comey's Claims -

I Had Never Thought I'd Actually SEE A Blow Job In The White House | Wonkette

Seth Meyers: Nothing 'Creepier' Than Trump Cabinet Praise Session - the daily

Earth To Ivanka Trump: Your Dad Invented Vicious | HuffPost

Republican senators say their phones aren't ringing to save the ACA, so here's the contact list -

Trump blocks veterans group on Twitter | TheHill

GOP Rep. Blasts Russia Probe: 'Why Are We Going Through With This Charade?' - Talking Points Memo

Jeff Sessions walks the tightrope: Compromised attorney general must try to shield his boss and protect himself -

Trump's Personal Lawyer Boasted That He Got Preet Bharara Fired - ProPublica

Limits On Press Access In Congress Spark Uproar | HuffPost

Trump criticizes House health care bill - POLITICO

Melania Asks for Separate Beds in White House Master Bedroom | HuffPost

Women Dressed As Handmaids Descend On Ohio Statehouse To Protest Anti-Abortion Law | HuffPost

Limits On Press Access In Congress Spark Uproar | HuffPost

He Had No Business Becoming President | HuffPost

Kamala Harris Once Again Interrupted By Male Colleagues During Senate Hearing | HuffPost

Majority of Trump real estate sold to anonymous buyers: analysis | TheHill



Reader Comment

Current Events

Borowitz's take on Weasel Boy

The last line is certainly true for me!

WASHINGTON (The Borowitz Report)-An Alabama man whose brain was ravaged by severe amnesia is somehow able to function in an extremely demanding legal job, leading neurologists reported on Tuesday.

The man, whom neurologists are calling a "medical mystery," has performed highly exacting tasks in one of the country's top legal positions despite having virtually no short- or long-term memory.

Dr. Davis Logsdon, the chairman of the neurology department at the University of Minnesota Medical School, said that the Alabaman's brain "defies explanation."

Logsdon said that his team of neurologists was studying video of the man in the hopes of understanding the paradoxical functioning of his brain, but Logsdon acknowledged that such a task was challenging. "After listening to him talk for hours, your own brain starts to hurt," he said.

Man Ravaged by Amnesia Somehow Able to Hold Down Demanding Legal Job - The New Yorker


Everyone's Got The Same Creepy Observation About Who Melania Trump's Dad Looks Like. | Someecards Politics

That cabinet suck-up-his-butt meeting made me remember Dorothy Parker's review in The New Yorker of The House At Pooh Corner--writing the "Constant Reader" column, she said "Tonstant Weader fwowed up."

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

Thanks, Linda!



Reader Comment

punkinhead's birthday

Couple of days agoI I got this trash in my e-mail from the cupie doll, how in the hell did they get my name?????

Did the russians hack the DNC and give my e-mail to the punkinhead?????

I'm completely beside my self thinking of the most appropriate way to respond!!!!

Make America Great Again


I wanted to save reaching out to you for a very special event.

On June 14, 2017, President Trump will turn 71, and I need your help to make it a birthday my husband will never forget.

Our celebrations always include family and close friends.

You have certainly proven yourself to be a loyal friend of my husband through your support of his positive vision to Make America Great Again and your unwavering commitment to the Republican Party.

Please, join me in celebrating Donald's 71st birthday by signing the card before the deadline, 9:00 PM on June 14, 2017.

And to make it even more special, be sure to include your personal message.

Friend, Donald will be glad to hear from friends like you who have meant so much to his and our Party's success.

So please, take a moment to sign the President's birthday card. Your support and kind wishes mean so much to our family.


(Melania Trump Signature Headshot)

Melania Trump


some guy

Thanks, Guy!



from Marc Perkel

Patriot Act

Patriot Act NSA Spying Unconstitutional Section 215 National Security Letters Must End

My name is Marc Perkel and I have decided to announce that I will not comply with the so called "Patriot Act" laws requiring me to disclose information about my customers. If I receive a national security letter I will immediately photograph it, post it online everywhere I can, and then make a video of me burning it. I will then await my arrest. If you want to put me in jail then come get me mother fucker.

Come Get Me Mother Fucker | Putting and end to NSA government Spying





Selected Readings

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In The Chaos Household

Last Night

No marine layer and it's starting to heat up.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a RERUN 'Undercover Boss', followed by a RERUN 'Criminal Minds', then a RERUN 'Code Black'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Trevor Noah, Ilana Glazer, and Sam Richardson.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Fred Armisen, Tituss Burgess, Edgar Wright, and Gavin DeGraw.

NBC fills the night with a FRESH 'Little Big Shots', followed by a FRESH 'The Carmichael Show', then a RERUN 'Superstore', followed by a RERUN 'This Is Us'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon is Miley Cyrus.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Taylor Schilling, Jim O'Heir, Lizzy Goodman, and Eric Moore.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 4/27/17) are Jonah Ray, Bonobo, JD and Dillard.

ABC begins the night with a RERUN 'The Goldbergs', followed by a RERUN 'Speechless', then a RERUN 'Modern Family', followed by a RERUN 'American Housewife', then a RERUN 'Steve Harvey's Funderdome'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Jamie Foxx and Trace Adkins.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Arrow', followed by a RERUN 'DC's Legends Of Tomorrow'.

Faux has a FRESH 'MasterChef', followed by a FRESH 'The F Word'.

MY recycles an old 'Marvel's Legends Of Tomorrow', followed by another old 'Marvel's Legends Of Tomorrow'.

A&E has 2 hours of old 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Storage Wars', then another FRESH 'Storage Wars', followed by a FRESH 'Storage Wars: Northern Treasures', then another FRESH 'Storage Wars: Northern Treasures'.

AMC offers the movie 'Willy Wonka & The Chocolate Factory', followed by the movie 'Ghostbusters', then the movie 'Ghostbusters II'.

BBC  -   

 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 2-Into the Dalek
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 3-Robot of Sherwood
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 4-Listen
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 5-Time Heist
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 6-The Caretaker
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 8 - EPISODE 7-Kill the Moon
 [12:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 25-The Haunting of Deck Twelve
 [1:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 6 - EPISODE 26-Unimatrix Zero, Pt. 1
 [2:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 1-Unimatrix Zero, Pt. 2
 [3:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2-Imperfection
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4-Repression
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 5-Critical Care
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 6-Inside Man
 [8:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-Body and Soul
 [9:00PM]    APOCALYPTO (2006)
 [12:00AM]    APOCALYPTO (2006)
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 2-Imperfection
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4-Repression    (ALL TIMES EDT)

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

Comedy Central has 'Futurama', and 3½ hours of old 'South Park'.
Scheduled on a FRESH The Daily Show is Vince Staples.
Scheduled on a FRESH @Midnight are Wayne Brady, Greg Proops, and Beth Dover.

FX has the movie 'Interstellar', followed by a FRESH 'Fargo'.

History has 'American Pickers', another 'American Pickers', followed by a FRESH 'American Pickers', and another 'American Pickers'.

IFC  -   
 [10:15AM]    HOUSE OF WAX
 [12:45PM]    CARRIE
 [3:00PM]    HOUSE OF WAX
 [8:00PM]    DREDD
 [1:00AM]    DREDD

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    All in the Family-Archie and the Miracle
 [6:35AM]    All in the Family-George and Archie Make a Deal
 [7:15AM]    All in the Family-Archie's Contract
 [7:45AM]    All in the Family-Mike's Friend
 [8:20AM]    All in the Family-The Best of All in the Family
 [8:55AM]    All in the Family-The Best of All in the Family
 [9:30AM]    Hondo
 [11:30AM]    The Green Berets
 [2:30PM]    Dante's Peak
 [5:00PM]    The Fugitive
 [8:00PM]    The Shawshank Redemption
 [11:00PM]    Gomorrah
 [12:00AM]    The Shawshank Redemption
 [3:00AM]    Gomorrah-Family Affairs
 [4:00AM]    Christine    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'Resident Evil: Apocalypse', followed by the movie 'Mad Max: Fury Road', then a FRESH 'Blood Drive'.

FRESH 'Samantha Bee'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Judd Apatow and Tom Papa.

TCM spends the night featuring films written and directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger
 [6:00 AM]      Island of Lost Women (1959)
 [7:15 AM]      Bird of Paradise (1932)
 [8:45 AM]      Girl of the Port (1930)
 [10:00 AM]      Isle Of Fury (1936)
 [11:15 AM]      Enchanted Island (1958)
 [1:00 PM]      Creature From the Haunted Sea (1961)
 [2:15 PM]      The Devil-Doll (1936)
 [3:45 PM]      From Hell It Came (1957)
 [5:00 PM]      I Walked With A Zombie (1943)
 [6:15 PM]      Having A Wild Weekend (1965)
 [8:00 PM]      A Matter of Life and Death (1947)    [AKA: 'Stairway to Heaven']
 [10:00 PM]      Black Narcissus (1947)
 [12:00 AM]      Hour of Glory (1949)
 [2:00 AM]      I Know Where I'm Going (1945)
 [3:45 AM]      A Canterbury Tale (1944)

Thursday   -  06/15/17

 [6:00 AM]      The Spy In Black (1939)
 [7:30 AM]      Private Detective 62 (1933)
 [8:45 AM]      Mata Hari (1932)
 [10:30 AM]      British Agent (1934)
 [12:00 PM]      Operator 13 (1934)
 [1:30 PM]      Our Man in Marrakesh (1966)
 [3:15 PM]      The Manchurian Candidate (1962)
 [5:30 PM]      North By Northwest (1959)
 [8:00 PM]      Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
 [10:15 PM]      All That Heaven Allows (1955)
 [12:00 AM]      Cat on a Hot Tin Roof (1958)
 [2:15 AM]      Nowhere to Go (1958)
 [4:00 AM]      The Seventh Sin (1957)
 [5:45 AM]      Les Girls (1957)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

USA has a FRESH 'Big Star Little Star'.

Antenna TV - Johnny Carson (from Jan. 22, 1988) - Jim Fowler, Bob Nelson, Teresa Ganzel, and The Mighty Carson Art Players.

Bounce TV

Comet TV

Cozi TV

Decades TV Network


Heroes and Icons

Find Justice - Justice Network

Get TV

Grit - Television With Backbone - Grit

Laff - You Know You Want To. - Laff


MOVIES! TV Network

RTV - The Retro Television Network

the works

This TV

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Rep. Maxine Waters, D-Calif. gestures during the Los Angeles LGBTQ #ResistMarch, Sunday, June 11, 2017, in West Hollywood, Calif.
Photo by Mark J. Terrill


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


Blocked By T-rump

Stephen King

In the face of political tumult, an online literary community is thriving.

Two popular authors -- J.K. Rowling and Stephen King -- have been particularly outspoken. Since November, King has been sharing his thoughts on Donald Trump to his 3.28 million followers.

"If Ivanka Trump had grown up in farm country, like some of us, she'd know her father is reaping exactly what he sowed," the author tweeted yesterday.

His commentary must've ruffled feathers because today, to his dismay, he shared that Trump has blocked him on Twitter. "I may have to kill myself," the author of over 50 novels ? many of them both classics and bestsellers ? added.

But, fellow Trump-decrier and beloved writer J.K. Rowling stepped in, in an act of writerly camaraderie. "I still have access," she wrote. "I'll DM them to you."

Stephen King


"Sister Sera Nade" with the New York City Gay Men's Chorus, sings on the National Mall with the Capitol in the background during the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, Sunday, June 11, 2017.
Photo by Carolyn Kaster


Plastic Pollution Crisis


Sitting on the back of an old steel sailboat called the SY Christianshavn that is cruising through the middle of the eastern Pacific Ocean, 1,000 miles from land in any given direction, when I spot my first piece of ocean plastic.

It's a large chunk of an orange laundry basket, and I snap a few photos of it as it floats by the starboard side of the ship. Soon after, I spot a large orange fishing buoy, a few fist-size plastic flakes, a pink dustpan and a green condiment bottle colonized by barnacles. And then - nothing. The sapphire blue water around the ship appears clean and clear until another pile of plastic debris - a huge tangle of nets and rope, a hunk of Styrofoam and a fishing trap - materializes about 20 minutes later.

It may be called "the Great Pacific Garbage Patch," but this stretch of the ocean appears less like an overflowing landfill site and more like a lightly littered road.

Yet the people I sailed with last November - a group of seven sailors and scientists affiliated with a Danish nonprofit organization called Plastic Change, plus American artist Chris Jordan - have found a potentially huge and constant presence of plastic lurking below the surface. On this trip they pulled microplastic from the depths, something that had not been done before in the Pacific. The presence of the substance in deep water could mean scientists have been underestimating both the volume of plastic in the ocean and its effects on the marine life that feeds in the middle layers of the ocean and on the seabed.

"New research suggests that large pieces of plastic collect on some parts of the ocean floor, and tiny particles can be suspended in the water column," said Kristian Syberg, associate professor of environmental risk at Denmark's Roskilde University, who sailed across the Pacific with Plastic Change.



Newhead News


Grew A Second Head

Planarian Flatworms

There are all kinds of experiments going on aboard the International Space Station, but they all probably don't produce results as strange as this one. An article published today in the journal Regeneration details a recent experiment in which an amputated flatworm grew two heads -- twice.

Planarian flatworms are known to have extraordinary regenerative properties. They can regrow complex organs, including a central nervous system, from small pieces of their bodies. In order to study how space travel might affect these regenerative abilities, the scientists sent a group of worms up to the International Space Station; half were amputated, with their heads and tails cut off, and half were normal.

The worms stayed aboard the ISS for five weeks, after which they were observed for 20 months on Earth. This was when scientists noticed something very strange: One of the 15 amputated worms actually grew two heads. While this has occurred in fully Earth-bound worms, it's incredibly rare -- in 18 years of working with these worms, this specific research team has never encountered the phenomenon.

The team once again amputated the worm (seriously, what did this worm ever do to them?) and it grew another double head from the cut end. This has led the scientists to hypothesize that space travel has made some fundamental change to the worm's regeneration abilities.

Planarian Flatworms


Marchers gather on the National Mall with the Washington Monument in the background during the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, Sunday, June 11, 2017.
Photo by Carolyn Kaste


Signs Off


Internet pioneer Yahoo ended its two-decade run as an independent company on Tuesday, completing the sale of its core online assets to telecom giant Verizon.

Yahoo's chief executive Marissa Mayer resigned as expected, as Verizon finalized the $4.48 billion deal integrating the Yahoo internet operations into a new unit called Oath, which includes another former sector leader, AOL.

Tim Armstrong, former CEO of AOL, now holds the same title at Oath, a division in Verizon's Media and Telematics organization.

Oath includes a number of other digital media operations including HuffPost, formerly known as the Huffington Post.

Verizon has made no indication of how it will use the Yahoo brand -- which is used by over a billion people worldwide -- but indicated it is keeping the names Yahoo Sports, Yahoo Finance, Yahoo Mail and more.



Digby's Hullabaloo


War On Women Continues


Missouri lawmakers returned to the Capitol on Monday after Republican Gov. Eric Greitens (R-Every Sperm Is Sacred) called for a special session aimed at imposing more abortion restrictions and undoing a St. Louis ordinance that bans discrimination over abortion and pregnancies.

Greitens, an abortion opponent, announced last week he was bringing legislators back to work, the second time he's done so in less than a month. At issue now are a federal judge's ruling striking down some state laws on abortion and the St. Louis ordinance, which prohibits discrimination in housing and employment based on "reproductive health decisions."

While largely symbolic, the St. Louis ordinance bans employers from firing, refusing to hire or disciplining women because they have an abortion, take contraception, use artificial insemination or become pregnant while unmarried. The ordinance, which also bans such discrimination in housing, was approved in the heavily Democratic city to pre-empt anti-abortion measures during the regular legislative session.

Greitens, in calling for the special session last week, said he wants the local ordinance undone, saying it makes St. Louis "an abortion sanctuary city."

The first-time governor also said more regulations were needed in response to a ruling in May by U.S. District Judge Howard F. Sachs. The ruling invalidated requirements that doctors who perform abortions have admitting privileges at nearby hospitals and that clinics meet hospital-like standards for outpatient surgery. The state has appealed the ruling.



A marcher hold a sign that reads "Love is Love is Love" on the National Mall with the Washington Monument in the background during the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, Sunday, June 11, 2017.
Photo by Carolyn Kaster


Justices Strike Down Gender Differences

Citizenship Law

A unanimous Supreme Court on Monday struck down part of an unusual immigration law that treats fathers and mothers differently when it comes to conferring citizenship on children born outside the U.S.

Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg called the 1940s-era law "stunningly anachronistic" in the way it stereotypes men and woman. Her opinion cites several landmark discrimination cases that she successfully argued before the high court for the principle that having one rule for mothers and another for fathers is unconstitutional.

But in a twist, the ruling failed to provide any relief to Luis Ramon Morales-Santana, the New York resident who successfully challenged the law. The court said tougher - not easier - standards for attaining citizenship should apply to everyone.

The ruling affects a law that applies to children born abroad to one parent who is an American and one who isn't. The law made it harder for children of unwed American fathers to gain citizenship themselves.

Under the law, a child born outside the United States to an unwed citizen father and a noncitizen mother can become a U.S. citizen at birth if the father lived in the U.S. for five years, with at least two of those years coming after the age of 14. But an American mother must only have lived in the U.S. continuously for one year to meet the requirement.

Citizenship Law


Bans Full-Face Muslim Veil


The Norwegian government on Monday proposed a bill to ban the full-face Muslim veil in all schools, from nurseries to universities, saying it hinders communication between students and teachers.

Norway's ruling coalition of conservative and anti-immigration rightwing parties had promised the ban last year, targeting the full-face veil called the niqab as well as burqas, balaclavas and masks.

Local authorities in Norway already have the power to ban the veil in schools, however there is no uniform national policy. At this stage, the bill does not lay out consequences for disregarding the proposed law.

The full-face veil is rather uncommon in Norway, even more so in schools, but the issue comes intermittently back into political debates.



San Diego, Calf., City Commissioner Nicole Murray Ramirez gives the thumbs up and wears a Harvey Milk pin and a Queen Mother pin during the Equality March for Unity and Pride in Washington, Sunday, June 11, 2017.
Photo by Carolyn Kaste


Still Full Of It

Mrs. Palin

Publications such as the Daily Mail and the Washington Examiner are hailing Barron Trump as a fashion icon after reporting that a $30 J. Crew shirt the 11-year-old wore sold out.

"Barron Trump Gets J. Crew Shirt Sold Out WITHIN HOURS," reads a headline on former half-term Alaska governor Sarah Palin's (R-Has Been) website.

That's not true. The shirt has been off the market for some time.

J. Crew told Business Insider that its "The Expert" t-shirt was from its Spring 2015 collection. It was not re-released yesterday and would have "sold out" long before the president's son wore the shirt.

It seems like the first family is making an effort to appear more relatable by wearing affordable clothing, after Melania Trump was called out in May for wearing a $51,500 jacket. Ivanka Trump was spotted last week wearing a $35 dress from Target.

Mrs. Palin


Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for June 5-11. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. NBA Finals: Golden State at Cleveland, Game 3, ABC, 20.1 million.
    2. NBA Finals: Golden State at Cleveland, Game 4, ABC, 19.01 million.
    3. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 12.53 million.
    4. "World of Dance," NBC, 8.42 million.
    5. "60 Minutes," CBS, 7.88 million.
    6. "Little Big Shots," NBC, 7.04 million.
    7. "Celebrity Family Feud" (Sunday), ABC, 7.03 million.
    8. Stanley Cup Final: Pittsburgh at Nashville, Game 6, NBC, 6.99 million.
    9. "NCIS," CBS, 6.74 million.
   10. "Celebrity Family Feud" (Thursday, 9 p.m.), ABC, 6.25 million.
   11. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 6.17 million.
   12. "Steve Harvey's Funderdome," ABC, 6.15 million.
   13. "Tony Awards," CBS, 6.05 million.
   14. "The Bachelorette," ABC, 6.045 million.
   15. "Bull," CBS, 5.72 million.
   16. Stanley Cup Final: Pittsburgh at Nashville, Game 4, NBC, 5.66 million.
   17. "The $100,000 Pyramid," ABC, 5.54 million.
   18. "NBA Countdown, Game 3," ABC, 5.5 million.
   19. "Blue Bloods," CBS, 5.38 million.
   20. "Celebrity Family Feud" (Thursday, 8 p.m.). ABC, 5.36 million.






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