BartCop Entertainment Archives - Wednesday, 23 June, 2021


23 June, 2021

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M Is FOR MASHUP - June 23rd, 2021

Fifteen Summer Bootys All In A Row,
All Dressed Up With Nowhere To Go

By DJ Useo

As I write this, I feel a state of euphoria ( or euclid as autocorrect says ) because I’ve finished arranging the new ‘Summer Booty 2021 The Summer Mashup album”. Released again through the auspices of the Audioboots mashup forum, this years’ volume is one rock-solid release. Despite my imposing a rather unpopular 3-track limit on all contributors, the comp swelled again to 3 hour-long discs.

Yes, I broke my long-held policy of not declining excellent tracks. This means in many cases, I had to select 3 tracks from a group of 7. Man, that was heart-breaking! Still, in the end, the album is rock solid & ready for the ages. I want to again offer huge praise to all contributors, & thank them with an official Audioboots T-Shirt. ( We’ll see about the t-shirts )

The album progresses through disc 1 ( Morning ) , disc 2 ( Afternoon ) , & disc 3 ( Evening ) with all tracks reflecting the producers concept of “Eternal Summer”. I’m sure you’ve all felt that feeling of lasting happiness through the years. Some feel it all day, & many notice it when the sun is out just right. Those who hear the Summer Booty comps feel it the most. ( plus some who are just stewed to the gills )

Well-known International bootlegger, Rappy, did us the solid of making all the excellent front covers. Each highlights a lockdown Summer image that reflects what we’re all going through. The preview track is Chocomang’s “Empty Hurts” ( Michelle Branch vs Incubus ) which gives a great idea of the quaity contained herein
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For those of you who like streaming the tunes, you’ll enjoy links for all 3 discs, alongside the download link for the album, here at the Summer Booty 2021 site
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All fifteen volumes are linked, & can be obtained near the bottom of the pages here
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Huge praise to all contributors. I’m away now to jam to loud Summer mashups.

May you do similar.

Have the day of good - DJ Konrad Useo



from Bruce



• Renaissance businessman Agostino Chigi was so wealthy that at a dinner he gave for Pope Julius II, servants brought in each course on solid gold plates. After everyone had been served the course, the servants did not wash the solid gold plates and reuse them — they threw them into the Tiber River.

• A Sunday School teacher once taught about Jesus’ feeding 5,000 people with five loaves of bread and two fish, then asked her class how Jesus could do this. One pupil replied, “My mommy makes ‘Clean the Refrigerator Soup’ with just a little bit of food; maybe that’s what Jesus did.”

• Pope John XXIII disliked eating alone, even though according to custom the Pope was supposed to eat alone. He once said, “I have read the Gospel over carefully without finding a single passage which prescribes that one should eat alone. As we know, Jesus loved to eat in company.”

• The fourth pillar of Islam is to fast annually during the month of Ramadan. This focuses the mind of followers of Islam on Allah — and it encourages the giving of help to people who never have enough to eat in any month.

• When is the best time to eat? According to Mulla Nasrudin, “If you are rich, the best time to eat is when you are hungry. If you are poor, the best time to eat is when you can afford it.”

God • While staying in Scotland, Peg Bracken spoke with a woman who had once regularly received telephone calls from God. The first time it happened, she was going through a time of trouble — her husband had recently died, her son had broken a leg, she was worried about insurance, etc. — and a telephone call came for her in a place she had not told anyone she would visit. She answered the telephone, and a voice said, “This is God.” Of course, she asked, “God who?” The voice answered, “Your good friend God. I just want you to know you’re doing fine. And don’t you go worrying about Ritchie’s leg now. It’s going to be as good as new.” For six months, she received these mysterious telephone calls at least once a week. She never recognized the voice, and she never totally believed that God was speaking to her, although she didn’t want to totally disbelieve either. Once, she started to ask the telephone operator to trace the call, then she changed her mind. After six months, the telephone calls stopped, but things were going well for her and her family by then.

• Professional baseball teams have chapels that their players can attend. However, one season the Seattle Mariners weren’t playing well, and management wondered if religion was a bad thing for the players; after all, should a professional baseball team turn the other cheek and say “It’s God’s will” when it gets beat? Wouldn’t it be better if the players got angry when they lost? A football player made perhaps the best comment about this controversy. Seattle Seahawk Steve Largent was aware that Mariner management had made some bad trades, so he said, “It doesn’t surprise me that the Mariners want to get God out of their locker room. They’ve gotten rid of all their other good players, too.”

• Arturo Toscanini, the famous conductor, once explained to his musicians why he sometimes became so angry at them: “You see, God tells me how the music should sound, and then you come in the way.” Sometimes, rehearsals would go exactly right and the music sounded the way God had told Toscanini how it should sound. Once, after rehearsing Beethoven’s Ninth Symphony, the musicians gave Toscanini a standing ovation, but he told the orchestra, “It isn’t me — it’s Beethoven.”

• When Fran Capo was thinking about becoming a stand-up comedian, she asked God for a sign. She also stated that if God made becoming a stand-up comedian really easy, she would consider that to be a sign. Shortly afterward, she went to her school, where she saw a notice that said, “Comedy Auditions.” To make the sign from God even clearer, the auditions were to take place within two blocks of her house.

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Trivia Question of the Day

Despite not being a rock and roll song, this hit single, recorded by a British novelty group, and featuring a Rudy Vallee soundalike, won the 1967 Grammy Award for Best Contemporary (R&R) Recording. What is the title of this song that was knocked off the charts by the Beach Boys' "Good Vibrations", only to rebound to the top spot for 2 additional weeks?


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Trivia Question from Yesterday

Written by Roger Miller, this popular crossover hit that celebrates a "man of means by no means" won 5 Grammy awards (Best Contemporary Rock 'N Roll Single, Best Contemporary Vocal Performance, Best Country & Western Recording, Best Country Vocal Performance, and Best Country Song). What is the title of this song?

       "King Of The Road"                                                      Source

"King of the Road" is a song written by country singer Roger Miller, who first recorded it in November 1964. The lyrics tell of the day-to-day life of a hobo who, despite being poor (a "man of means by no means"), revels in his freedom, describing himself humorously and cynically as the "king of the road". It was Miller's fifth single for Smash Records.

The popular crossover record hit No. 1 on the US Country chart, No. 4 on the Billboard Hot 100, and No. 1 on the Easy Listening surveys. It was also No. 1 in the UK Singles Chart, and in Norway. Miller recalled that the song was inspired when he was driving and saw a sign on the side of a barn that read, "Trailers for sale or rent". This would become the opening line of the song.        Source

The song won 1965 Grammy awards for Best Contemporary Rock 'N Roll Single, Best Contemporary Vocal Performance, Best Country & Western Recording, Best Country Vocal Performance, and Best Country Song.        Source

King Of The Road by Roger Miller | SongFacts

Randall was first, and correct, with:
   King of the Road

Mark. said:
   King of the Road.

mj wrote:
   His preferred method of travel
  Was the third boxcar, midnight train that ended it's run in Bangor, Maine. He was King of the Road.

Alan J answered:
   King Of The Road.

Stephen F responded:
   King of the Road

Tony from Phoenix said:
   King of The Road

Mac Mac wrote:
   King of the Road

Adam answered:
   'King of The Road'

zorch replied:
   King of the Road.

Jim from CA, retired to ID, responded:
   King of the Road

Cal in Vermont said:
   "King Of The Road". One was his number for quite a spell.

Dave wrote:
   King of the Road. Roger Miller wrote a lot of successful country songs, most of them recorded by other artists.

David of Moon Valley answered:
  …this song was my introduction to mp3s back inna early early part of this century, courtesy of an older brother of mine…and my life has not been the same since…not because of King Of The Road, the answer BTW, but these digital music files that occupy so much of my hard drives these days…..

John I from Hawai`i says,
   King of the Road

Deborah, the Master Gardener responded:
   Ah, “King of the Road.” I just sang it to my husband and dogs (he thinks I’m quirky, bless his heart). Miller’s laconic singing style gave that song its character. Thanks for the memories, Marty.

Michelle in AZ replied:
   King of the Road

Dave in Tucson wrote:
   Today's answer is King of the Road.

Jacqueline said:
   King Of The Road

Rosemary in Columbus answered:
   King of the Road

Billy in Cypress       U.S.A. replied:
   King of the Road

DJ Useo responded:
   "King Of The Road". I actually recorded that song for release, once. A good song, I think. Lots of fun, anyway.

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MAM     In memory.




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Music: "Listen to the Heartbeat"


Artist: Tommy and the Rockets

Artist Location: Odense, Denmark

Record Company: Ghost Highway Recordings

Record Company Location: Madrid, Spain


The money raised by the sales of this sampler will be digitally used for events for children with cancer who are at the Hospital De Santiago de Compostela in coordination with the ASANOG association.

Price: €5 (EUROs) for 31-track album of various artists

Genre: Rock. Pop.



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Michelle in AZ

Leader behind bleach ‘miracle cure’ claims Trump consumed his product | Donald Trump | The Guardian

Two Catholic churches destroyed by fire on First Nations reserves in Canada | Canada | The Guardian

Donald Trump really, really hates it when you laugh at him

Critical Race Theory per The Texas Tribune

Georgia GOP quickly moving to oust Democrats from local election posts, foreshadowing times to come

Opinion | Republican anti-voting hysteria isn’t winning over voters - The Washington Post

Bay Area has become more segregated over decades, report says – The Santa Clara Mail

Newsmax Guest Michael Savage Claims Critical Race Theory Is ‘Road to Death Camps’ for White People

Execution-Happy Bill Barr and Pedophile Priests Can Take Communion. Why Not Biden?

How the Catholic Church Got in Bed with Mussolini

How to Get Excommunicated & Live Forever

When a grifter gets swindled: Former GOP chairman accused of stealing from Paul Manafort's PAC |

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I’ve Cracked Zodiac Killer Code, a French Engineer Claims - The New York Times

When an Eel Climbs a Ramp to Eat Squid From a Clamp, That’s a Moray - The New York Times

Is Joe Biden or the Catholic bishops attacking him more sinful?

In Fountain, Colorado, There’s Plenty Of Room For New Homes. But There Isn’t Enough Water | Colorado Public Radio

Scientists don't know why hundreds of birds are getting sick and dying across the U.S.

Big Democratic super PAC to pour $20 million into counteracting GOP's voting rights assault

Somebody tell Tucker: Yet another video shows just who was behind insurrection violence

US to investigate ‘unspoken traumas’ of Native American boarding schools | Native Americans | The Guardian

Ecocide must be listed alongside genocide as an international crime | Alexandre Antonelli and Pella Thiel | The Guardian

Hungary’s classrooms have become the new battleground for the war on ‘LGBT ideology’ | Mark Gevisser | The Guardian

Spiro Mounds: North America's lost civilisation - BBC Travel

The Scandinavian way to zero-carbon construction - BBC Future

Opinion | Republicans just proved critical race theory correct - The Washington Post

Historic heat wave to bake Pacific Northwest into next week - The Washington Post

Opinion | I’m a conservative who believes systemic racism is real - The Washington Post

Opinion | Here come the Juneteenth knickknacks. Where are the lesson plans? - The Washington Post

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Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Trump Wanted His Justice Department to Stop ‘SNL’ From Teasing Him | Daily Beast

Trump tried to get Justice Department to stop "SNL" and "Jimmy Kimmel Live" from mocking him: rpt | Salon

Trump asked Justice to look into 'SNL': report | The Hill

The Evidence of Trump’s Pandemic Sabotage Keeps Piling Up | Slate

NYT: Khashoggi's killers had paramilitary training in U.S. | Axios

Biden administration to back bill ending crack, powder cocaine sentence disparity: report | The Hill

Newt Gingrich tries to prop up Kevin McCarthy's speaker campaign — against the Trumpers | Salon

Roger Stone and Newsmax hosts float January 6 conspiracy theory involving the Secret Service | MediaMatters

Newsmax Goes There: Critical Race Theory Is ‘Road to Death Camps’ for White People | Daily Beast

One America News pushes to make Arizona’s so-called election “audit” into “America’s audits” | MediaMatters

Sinclair anchor allows Republican senator to push litany of lies about For the People Act | MediaMatters

     ~ Sinclair Broadcasting does not observe MLK Day as a paid holiday ~

Vatican opposing proposed Italian law against homophobia | The Hill

Seth Rogen Gets Conan O’Brien to Smoke Weed On-Air in Final Week | Daily Beast



Reader Comment

Current Events

Moving the goalposts AGAIN

The My Pillow Guy isn't even waiting for "his" date for Predator to be reinstated to pass uneventfully. he's now saying with great specificity and precision that Predator will be declared president by a 9-0 Supreme Court decision "in the fall." Wow.

Evan of Wonkette lays out his "reasoning:" (Of course, now it's happening in "fall." We guess August just didn't work out.)

MyPillow Guy Reschedules Trump's Triumphant Return For 'Fall'

Linda   >^..^<
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that Mad Cat, JD


In The Chaos Household

Last Night

All quiet on the back porch.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Kids Say The Darndest Things', followed by a RERUN 'SWAT', then another RERUN 'SWAT'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Christine Baranski and Joy Oladokun.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Josh Gad and Chloe Moriondo.

NBC opens the night with the movie 'The Boss Baby', followed by a FRESH 'The Blacklist'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are John Cena, Henry Winkler, and Majid Jordan.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Bill Clinton, James Patterson, Titus Welliver, Weezer, and Kristina Schiano.
On a RERUN Lilly Singh (from 4/8/21) is Padma Lakshmi.

ABC begins the night with a FRESH 'Press Your Luck', followed by a FRESH 'The $100,000 Pyramid', then a FRESH 'Card Sharks'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Billy Crystal, Emma Corrin, and Seventeen.

The CW offers a FRESH 'Kung Fu', followed by a FRESH 'In The Dark'.

Faux has a FRESH 'MasterChef', followed by a FRESH 'Crime Scene Kitchen'.

MY recycles an old 'Dateline', followed by another old 'Dateline'.

A&E has 2 hours of old 'Court Cam', followed by a FRESH 'Court Cam', then another FRESH 'Court Cam', followed by a FRESH 'Court Cam Presents Under Oath', then another FRESH 'Court Cam Presents Under Oath'.

AMC offers the movie 'Lethal Weapon 4', followed by the movie 'Gone In 60 Seconds'.

BBC  -   
 [5:00PM]   12 YEARS A SLAVE
 [12:00AM]   12 YEARS A SLAVE

Bravo has a FRESH 'Real Housewives Of BH', followed by another FRESH 'Real Housewives Of BH', then a FRESH 'Family Karma', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens: Live'.

Comedy Central has 3½ hours of old 'South Park', followed by a FRESH 'Crank Yankers'.
The Daily Show is pre-empted.

FX has the movie 'Furious 7', followed by the movie 'The Fate Of The Furious'.

History has 'Forged In Fire', another 'Forged In Fire', followed by a FRESH 'Forged In Fire', and another 'Forged In Fire'.

IFC  -   
 [6:00am - 11:30am]   3rd Rock From The Sun
 [12:00pm - 3:30pm]   Scrubs
 [4:00pm]   Smokey And The Bandit
 [6:20pm]   Super Troopers 2
 [8:30pm]   Tommy Boy
 [10:45pm]   Super Troopers 2
 [12:55am]   Tommy Boy
 [3:10am]   Blues Brothers 2000
 [5:55am]   The Three Stooges - Three Missing Links    (ALL TIMES ET)

Sundance  -   
 [6:00am - 10:30am]   the andy griffith show
 [11:00am]   silver bullet
 [1:00pm]   cujo
 [3:00pm - 2:00am]   criminal minds
 [3:00am]   perry mason
 [4:15am]   perry mason
 [5:30am]   perry mason    (ALL TIMES ET)

SyFy has the movie 'Jurassic Park III', followed by the movie 'Armageddon'.

FRESH 'Full Frontal With Samantha Bee'
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan is Dana Carvey.

 [7:45AM]      The Monster (1925)    SILENT 
 [9:15AM]      Seven Keys to Baldpate (1929) [ *Pre-Hayes Code* ]
 [10:30AM]      The Unholy Night (1929) [ *Pre-Hayes Code* ]
 [12:15PM]      Before Dawn (1933) [ *Pre-Hayes Code* ]
 [1:30PM]      The Phantom of Crestwood (1933) [ *Pre-Hayes Code* ]
 [3:00PM]      Mystery House (1938)
 [4:00PM]      The Hidden Hand (1942)
 [5:15PM]      Seven Keys to Baldpate (1947)
 [6:30PM]      The Bat (1959)
 [8:00PM]      Show Boat (1951)
 [10:00PM]      Rhapsody in Blue (1945)
 [12:45AM]      Wuthering Heights (1939)
 [2:45AM]      Palm Springs Weekend (1963)
 [4:30AM]      The Saint in Palm Springs (1941)    (ALL TIMES ET)

Thursday - 06/24/21

 [6:00AM]      Above Suspicion (1943)
 [7:45AM]      Girl Missing (1933) [ *Pre-Hayes Code* ]
 [9:00AM]      The Case of the Velvet Claws (1936)
 [10:15AM]      Murder on a Honeymoon (1935)
 [11:30AM]      Haunted Honeymoon (1940)
 [1:15PM]      Having Wonderful Crime (1945)
 [2:30PM]      The Long, Long Trailer (1954)
 [4:15PM]      The Doughgirls (1944)
 [6:00PM]      The Family Way (1966)
 [8:00PM]      Wild Seed (1965)
 [9:45PM]      Rebel Without a Cause (1955)
 [11:45PM]      Look In Any Window (1961)
 [1:30AM]      Violent Playground (1958)
 [3:30AM]      The Young Stranger (1957)
 [5:15AM]      Knock on Any Door (1949)    (ALL TIMES ET)

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Late-Night Show Winds Down

Conan O’Brien

On Tuesday’s episode of Conan, Conan O’Brien sought some life advice from actor-producer Seth Rogen.

“You seem like a guy who’s relaxed, centered, like you know who you are,” the late-night host observed. “I’m going to have a lot of free time on my hands now for a while. We’re going to start something else up, but I’m going to have some downtime, and honestly—I’m not even kidding—I don’t really know what to do with downtime.”

“Yes, I get that sense from you,” deadpanned Rogen, who quickly arrived at a recommendation, as far as how O’Brien might fill his days.

O’Brien then shared that on the few occasions when he has tried smoking pot, “nothing really happened.” The host wondered, though, what Rogen would have him smoke, particularly given that he owns weed company, Houseplant.

Then, Rogen proceeded to pull out a joint.

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Challenge Or Ignore

Election Disbelievers

Matt Negrin’s campaign to ban “election deniers” from television news failed to achieve his original goal, which was to prevent a significant number of Americans from believing the lie that Donald Trump didn’t lose the presidential election to Joe Biden.

Instead, it has provoked a persistent debate over the role of political journalists, along with illustrating how television news and the politicians who depend upon its cameras have changed.

Negrin, a former journalist and now producer at Comedy Central’s “The Daily Show,” wrote a December column for The Washington Post saying that TV journalists who invite Republicans on the air should begin by asking if they believed Biden won the election. If they don’t say yes, the interview should end.

He’s aggressively continued the effort on his personal Twitter account, saying mainstream news programs that book officeholders who voted against accepting election results are helping to spread misinformation.

Many in the news business believe that stance goes too far, that a journalist’s role is to question ideas and point out inaccuracies or outright fictions, not to pretend they don’t exist. Two Sunday morning hosts, Jake Tapper and Chris Wallace, recently revealed themselves as polar opposites on the point.

Election Disbelievers


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Data ‘Treasure Trove’

Big Tech

When U.S. law enforcement officials need to cast a wide net for information, they’re increasingly turning to the vast digital ponds of personal data created by Big Tech companies via the devices and online services that have hooked billions of people around the world.

Data compiled by four of the biggest tech companies shows that law enforcement requests for user information — phone calls, emails, texts, photos, shopping histories, driving routes and more — have more than tripled in the U.S. since 2015. Police are also increasingly savvy about covering their tracks so as not to alert suspects of their interest.

That’s the backdrop for recent revelations that the Trump-era U.S. Justice Department sought data from Apple, Microsoft and Google about members of Congress, their aides and news reporters in leak investigations -- then pursued court orders that blocked those companies from informing their targets.

In just the first half of 2020 -- the most recent data available -- Apple, Google, Facebook and Microsoft together fielded more than 112,000 data requests from local, state and federal officials. The companies agreed to hand over some data in 85% of those cases. Facebook, including its Instagram service, accounted for the largest number of disclosures.

Nearly all big tech companies — from Amazon to rental sites like Airbnb, ride-hailing services like Uber and Lyft and service providers like Verizon — now have teams to respond to such requests and regularly publish reports about how much they disclosed. Many say they work to narrow overly broad requests and reject those that aren’t legally valid.

Big Tech



250 Gators

Di$ney World

Wildlife officials have removed 250 alligators from Disney properties in the five years since a 2-year-old boy was killed by an alligator at the Grand Floridian Resort and Spa, a newspaper reported.

The company has worked with trappers contracted through the Florida Fish and Wildlife Conservation Commission to remove the gators, according to the Orlando Sentinel.

Most of the nuisance gators taken from Disney properties are euthanized and sold for their hide and meat, Tammy Sapp, spokeswoman for the wildlife agency, told the newspaper.

Some are also transferred to alligator farms, animal exhibits and zoos, she said. Those less than 4 feet (1.2 meters) are relocated, she said.

Trappers receive $30 for every captured gator, plus the proceeds from any leather and meat sold, the newspaper reported.

Di$ney World


Digby's Hullabaloo


Almost 900 Infected With COVID

Secret Service

Roughly 900 U.S. Secret Service employees tested positive for the coronavirus, according to government records obtained by a government watchdog group.

Secret Service records show that 881 people on the agency payroll were diagnosed with COVID-19 between March 1, 2020 and March 9, 2021, according to documents obtained by Citizens for Responsibility and Ethics in Washington. More than 11% of Secret Service employees were infected.

Secret Service spokesperson Justine Whelan said COVID testing of employees was pro-active with more than 25,000 tests being administered.

The records received through a Freedom of Information Act request did not include the names or assignments of those who tested positive. But more than half — 477 — worked in the special agent division, which is responsible for protecting the president and vice president, as well as the families of these leaders and other government officials.

CREW noted that the Trump administration took actions that risked exposure to Secret Service workers, but it could not verify a direct connection to possible infections because the identities of those infected remains private.

Secret Service



Ground Temperatures Hit 118 Degrees

Arctic Circle

Newly published satellite imagery shows the ground temperature in at least one location in Siberia topped 118 degrees Fahrenheit (48 degrees Celsius) going into the year’s longest day. It’s hot Siberia Earth summer, and it certainly won’t be the last.

While many heads swiveled to the American West as cities like Phoenix and Salt Lake City suffered shockingly hot temperatures this past week, a similar climatological aberrance unfolded on the opposite side of the world in the Arctic Circle. That’s not bizarre when you consider that the planet heating up is a global affair, one that isn’t picky about its targets. We’re all the target!

The 118-degree-Fahrenheit temperature was measured on the ground in Verkhojansk, in Yakutia, Eastern Siberia, by the European Space Agency’s Copernicus Sentinel satellites. Other ground temperatures in the region included 109 degrees Fahrenheit (43 degrees Celsius) in Govorovo and 98.6 degrees Fahrenheit (37 degrees Celsius) in Saskylah, which had its highest temperatures since 1936. It’s important to note that the temperatures being discussed here are land surface temperatures, not air temperatures. The air temperature in Verkhojansk was 86 degrees Fahrenheit (30 degrees Celsius)—still anomalously hot, but not Arizona hot.

But the ground temperature being so warm is still very bad. Those temperatures beleaguer the permafrost—the frozen soil of yore, which holds in greenhouse gases and on which much of eastern Russia is built. As permafrost thaws, it sighs its methane back into the atmosphere, causing chasms in the Earth.

The same region also suffered through a heat wave that led to a very un-Siberian air temperature reading of 100 degrees Fahrenheit (38 degrees Celsius) exactly a year ago to the day from the new freak heat. It’s the hottest temperature ever recorded in the region. It was also in the 90s last month in western Siberia, reflecting that the sweltering new abnormal is affecting just about everywhere. And it’s not just the permafrost suffering; wildfires last year in Siberia pumped a record amount of carbon dioxide into the atmosphere, ensuring more summers like this are to come.

Arctic Circle



Something's Up


Hundreds of birds are dying without explanation in parts of the South and Midwest.

Wildlife experts in at least six states and Washington, D.C., have reported an increase in sick or dying birds in the past month. The most commonly afflicted birds are blue jays, common grackles and European starlings.

Symptoms include crusty or puffy eyes, neurological signs of seizures and an inability to stay balanced.

Experts said the birds have been behaving as if they are blind and exhibit other abnormalities, such as not flying away when people get close.

In addition to Kentucky and D.C., Ohio, Indiana, Maryland, Virginia and West Virginia have reported similar deaths, officials said.




Has A 'Pulse'


Most major geological events in Earth's recent history have clustered in 27.5-million-year intervals — a pattern that scientists are now calling the "pulse of the Earth," according to a new study.

Over the past 260 million years, dozens of major geological events, from sea level changes to volcanic eruptions, seem to follow this rhythmic pattern.

The team first scoured the literature and found 89 major geological events that occurred in the past 260 million years. These included extinctions, ocean anoxic events (times when the oceans were toxic due to oxygen depletion), sea level fluctuations, major volcanic activity called flood-basalt eruptions and changes in the organization of Earth's tectonic plates.

Then, the researchers put the events in chronological order and used a mathematical tool known as Fourier analysis to pick up spikes in the frequency of events. They discovered that most of these events clustered into 10 separate times that were, on average, 27.5 million years apart. That number may not be "exact," but it's a "pretty good estimate" with a 96% confidence interval, meaning it's "unlikely to be a coincidence," Rampino said.

The researchers looked only at the past 260 million years — when the dating of such events is most accurate — but they think the results likely extend further back in our planet's history. For example, data from sea level changes go back around 600 million years and also seem to follow this pulse, Rampino said.







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