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20 September, 2017

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M Is FOR MASHUP - September 20th, 2017

The Latest Kopimi Radio News

By DJ Useo

Sure, there are plenty of radio shows that play mashups. I'm quick to state that all the ones I've heard are good shows. However, Kopimi Radio With Mazanga Von Badman ( ) strikes me as the king of mashup radio. Mazanga displays advanced taste & knowledge when it comes to bootlegs. He appears to consistently be capable of delving into & portraying the true depth of the "scene".

Mazanga's show is aired twice weekly for a total of five hours. His audience numbers are in the hundreds of thousands. I think so many listen because of his engaging personality, in addition to the killer, & often rare blends that can be heard. Mazanga also has tons of contacts in the bootleg community who often "appear" on the show.

The regular shows shine with mashup energy in a way that compells listening, but regularly Mazanga does themed shows. The themed efforts might be about some holiday, or an albums' release, but my faves are the shows tributing individual mashers. All past shows are posted here ( ) so you can enjoy them repeatedly.

The 5 hour ( ! ) LOVE SPECIAL ( ) is a massive example of the kind of achievement Mazanga achieves. Bookmark his sites & enjoy the every Wednesday, & Sunday shows before "the Fun Police" shut down the good times. ( Only kidding ) Meanwhile, we bootleggers will continue to mix in an effort to feed the Kopimi beast. If you're listening today from 3 pm CST on, you're hearing him live now!

More mashups coming next week. -Konrad



Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Andrew Tobias: "Statues Again: Benedict Arnold, Anyone?"
"If in the interests of 'history, not hate' we're going to put up public monuments to traitors - defined in our Constitution as anyone who takes up arms against the government - we've got a lot of catching up to do, starting with Benedict Arnold and John Brown." - Jim Burt

Michele Hanson: Clearly, Jacob Rees-Mogg hasn't quite got the hang of Christianity (The Guardian)
His appearance on Question Time was met with weedy praise for his honesty, but the politician's sickening views are based on a very selective reading of the religion

The brilliant Jacob Rees-Mogg takedown we all wish we'd written (Poke)
"I thought being a committed Christian meant following the teachings of Jesus rather than standing at the pick-and-mix counter of a sweetshop, only choosing the fizzy snakes."

Emine Saner: "The latest cosmetic surgery trend? The 'Melania makeover'" (The Guardian)
The US election brought with it a new facial aesthetic - that of both the first lady and Ivanka Trump. But what is so desirable about their features?

Peter Bradshaw: What the F? How Mother! joined the 'bad movie' club (The Guardian)
Filmgoers have handed the film the lowest possible rating, putting it among a select group of F-rated movies that includes the Nic Cage remake of The Wicker Man. Can the Jennifer Lawrence horror really be 'the worst film of the century'?

Peter Bradford: "Harry Dean Stanton: gentleness, sensitivity, gallantry and painful masculinity"(The Guardian)
After decades of supporting roles and character parts, the late Harry Dean Stanton's legend suddenly came into focus in Paris, Texas.

Michele Hanson: Elvis Presley left the building long before he died (The Guardian)
I choose to remember the fabulously handsome singer that boys and girls fell in love with, not the Vegas show, jumpsuits, drugs and sandwiches.

Michele Hanson: 70-year-old baristas? The government should wake up and smell the coffee (The Guardian)
As more people are forced to work later in life, DWP advice for bosses to make concessions to older employees looks farcical - and our future looks frightening

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Michael Egan

Jesus Christ Endorses Bernie Sanders for President


Superman Abandons Earth

Editorial and Political Cartoons


Trivia Question of the Day

Winterfylleth was the Anglo-Saxon or Old English name for what month?


Send your answer to Marty

Trivia Question from Yesterday

Sapphires, a variety of the mineral corundum, are typically blue in color, but can also occur in other colors except one. What is the only color a sapphire cannot be?

       Red                                                      Source

Sapphire is a gemstone, a variety of the mineral corundum, an aluminium oxide (?-Al2O3). It is typically blue in color, but natural "fancy" sapphires also occur in yellow, purple, orange, and green colors; "parti sapphires" show two or more colors. The only color which sapphire cannot be is red - as red colored corundum is called ruby, another corundum variety. Pink colored corundum may be either classified as ruby or sapphire depending on locale. This variety in color is due to trace amounts of elements such as iron, titanium, chromium, copper, or magnesium.        Source

Mark. was first, and correct, with:
   Sapphires can be any color but red.

Alan J answered:

Jim from CA, retired to ID, said:
   The only color which sapphire cannot be is red - as red colored corundum is called ruby, another corundum variety.

Billy in Cypress replied:
   I was going to say "Martha". but the answer is "red" because red corundum is named "Ruby".

zorch responded:
   Sapphires can't be red, because then they'd be rubies.

Gene wrote:
   Martha! Oh, wrong day. The color would be red. If corundum is red, it's a Ruby.

Adam answered:

Daniel in The City said:
   Red, because that's a ruby.

Dave in Tucson responded:
   What is the only color a sapphire cannot be? I didn't take the day off and have no idea.

Deborah replied:
   The only color a sapphire cannot be is red - if it's red, it's a ruby.
  Our dear friend visits us every year for a major party at a winery in Napa we love. She flies in on Friday, visits a B&B in Half Moon Bay that she and her late fiancÚ stayed at frequently, and arrives Saturday for the event that night. She spent yesterday with us as well. We always have a great time together and we're happy to share a festive weekend with her.
  Today my husband left for a 4-day work trip, and she left a few hours later to fly home. I went into full cleaning mode - staying busy helps me with "post-visit funk." After a fun bike ride with a local girlfriend I returned to a very quiet house. Too quiet. Even the dogs just want to lay around. I may just take a nap myself.
  Happy Birthday! I hope it is/was most excellent.

Dale of Diamond Springs, Norcali, answered:

DJ Useo said:
   Years of enjoying my wife Patricia's love of gems have led me to believe the answer is "red".
  Happy Birthday to you, Marty! ( Someone buy her a sapphire )

Joe S     wrote:
   There are actually two colors a sapphire cannot be. The most popular color a sapphire cannot be is red,but a little known and therefore unpopular color, is sky-blue pink. Not a lot of people know that.

Stephen F took the day off.

mj took the day off.

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

Harry M. took the day off.

John I from Hawai`i took the day off.

George M. took the day off.

David of Moon Valley took the day off.

Randall is offline.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  September 20 Birthdays - Celebrities Born September 20 | Famous Birthdays

Sally has retired.

MAM     In memory.


BTW, Adam didn't take yesterday off - yahoo failed to deliver his email until after 4am. Sigh.
His response has been added to the archived page.



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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Why I hitchhiked the Rust Belt in search of the American man | US news | The Guardian

Let Us Now Contemplate the Noble Herpes Oyster, and Also How F*cked Paul Manafort Is.

The Republican Health Care Zombie Is Back - The New York Times

How Not to 'Win Hearts and Minds' - The New York Times

BBC - Future - The ships that could change the seas forever

On sexual harassment: I don't need a thicker skin, you need a conscience (opinion) - CNN

Guess What's Showing Up In Our Shellfish? One Word: Plastics : The Salt : NPR

Undercover With the Alt-Right - The New York Times

Congressional members, leaders arrested in Trump Tower protest demanding clean DREAM Act vote

Brazilian judge approves 'gay conversion therapy', sparking national outrage | World news | The Guardian

The United States Already "Totally Destroyed" North Korea, But Americans Have Forgotten

Promoting His New Show, Mike Huckabee Reveals the Big Con Pulled on Evangelicals

YuMi the robot conducts Verdi with Italian orchestra - AOL News
     yes, but will it pick your nose?

Thanks, Michelle!



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The Best Damn Drivers to Appear on Silver Screen


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Reader Suggestion


Happy Birthday! Don't hurt a bit, eh? ... and being just three week apart, we old farts gotta stick together, too, dontcha know? But, being the elder, I remind you that I have seniority - Har!

Anyways... Here's a link to support your trivia just cause...

Famous Marthas | List of Famous People Named Martha

I'm kinda partial to Martha Raye, jus' so's ya know...

All the best...


Thanks, Robert!



Bonus Links

Jeannie the Teed-Off Temp

Trump administration officials reject report on refugees: report | TheHill

The 'Alt-Right' Has Created Alt-Christianity

Donald Trump Jr. Dismissed His Secret Service Detail for 'Privacy' | Alternet

Fact-checking Donald Trump's United Nations speech | PolitiFact

The Memo: Five takeaways from Trump's UN speech | TheHill

Trump warns that major portions of the world 'are going to hell' - POLITICO

Laura Ingraham: Is she now the world's most powerful woman? -

The New York Times and CNN Just Published Bombshells About the Trump-Russia Investigation - Mother Jones

Fact-checking Trump's UN speech reveals a number of inaccuracies - ThinkProgress

Deniers dismiss link between climate change, super-hurricanes as 'idle chatter.' It's anything but. - ThinkProgress

O'Reilly reemerges on NBC, viciously attacks women who accused him of sexual harassment - ThinkProgress

The Sponsors Of Obamacare Repeal Are Trying To Fool America -- And Fellow Republicans | HuffPost



Team Coco


Conan Hits The Streets & Beaches Of Tel Aviv

On Conan's first day in Israel, he holds up traffic, sings with Elvis, and becomes the face of Goldstar beer.

Conan Visits Jerusalem & Outlines Trump's Peace Plan

Conan shares President Trump's blueprints for dividing up the Holy Land and learns that he's better at making friends than haggling.

Conan Interrogates The Star Of "Fauda"

Conan interrogates "Fauda" star Lior Raz to learn Israel's most closely guarded secret - Gal Gadot's address.

Conan Throws Himself A Bar Mitzvah

Rabbi Dov Halbertal breaks it to Conan that he can't convert to Judaism in 90 minutes - but that won't stop Conan from throwing himself a bar mitzvah.

Conan Invites Himself To Gal Gadot's Apartment

Conan reveals his real reason for visiting Israel - to creep out Gal Gadot.

Conan Meets Activists & Refugees In The West Bank

Conan talks with Palestinian activists and young people who have lived their whole lives in refugee camps.

Conan Goes Hookah Shopping In Bethlehem

Conan accidentally buys a purely-decorative hookah at an open air market in Bethlehem.

Conan Visits An Israeli Hospital On The Syrian Border

While at the Syrian border, Conan visits Ziv Medical Center, a hospital where Israeli doctors are treating wounded Syrians.

Conan Floats In The Dead Sea

Conan learns that he looks better covered in mud than shirtless.

Conan's Message To The People Of Israel & Palestine

Conan thanks the people of Israel and Palestine for their hospitality and many, many cups of coffee.

Conan Visits Waze HQ In Tel Aviv

Conan visits the traffic app's headquarters in Tel Aviv to voice his complaints about a difficult left turn in Santa Monica.

Conan Trains With The Women Of The Israel Defense Forces

Conan undergoes rigorous training with the IDF's Karkl Battalion and is almost immediately deemed unfit for duty.



Reader Contribution


regarding your rapture segment, figured you might use this

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





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Last Night

Computer issues complicating matters. Sigh.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a FRESH 'Big Brother', followed by a FRESH 'Salvation'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Stephen Colbert are Jeff Bridges, Pamela Adlon, and Miguel.
Scheduled on a FRESH James Corden, OBE, are Mayim Bialik, Susan Kelechi Watson, Billie Eilish, and Foo Fighters.

NBC opens the night with a FRESH 'America's Got Talent', followed by a FRESH 'The Good Place'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Fallon are Ben Stiller, Fred Armisen, Little Big Town, Kacey Musgraves, and Midland.
Scheduled on a FRESH Seth Meyers are Anderson Cooper, Bobby Moynihan, and Billie Jean King.
Scheduled on a FRESH Carson 'The Scab' Daly are Maria Sharapova, Jessica Hernandez & The Deltas, and Ari Shaffir.

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 'Designated Survivor'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Jimmy Kimmel are Kyra Sedgwick, Adam Scott, and Judah & the Lion.

The CW offers a RERUN 'Arrow', followed by a RERUN 'Supernatural'.

Faux fills the night with a 'MasterChef'.

MY has 'Page Six TV', followed by 'Top 30', then an old 'Marvel's Agents Of SHIELD'.

A&E has 2 hours of old 'Wahlburgers', followed by a FRESH 'Wahlburgers', then another FRESH 'Wahlburgers', followed by a FRESH 'The Lowe Files'.

AMC offers the movie 'Con Air', followed by the movie 'Happy Gilmore'.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 5-Evolution Of The Daleks-Part 2.
 [7:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 6-The Lazarus Experiment
 [8:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 7-42
 [9:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 8-Human Nature-Part 1.
 [10:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 9-The Family Of Blood-Part 2.
 [11:00AM]    DOCTOR WHO - SEASON 3 - EPISODE 10-Blink
 [4:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4-Repression
 [5:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 5-Critical Care
 [6:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 6-Inside Man
 [7:00PM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-Body and Soul
 [8:00PM]    QUANTUM OF SOLACE (2008)
 [10:30PM]    QUANTUM OF SOLACE (2008)
 [2:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 4-Repression
 [3:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 5-Critical Care
 [4:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 6-Inside Man
 [5:00AM]    STAR TREK: VOYAGER - SEASON 7 - EPISODE 7-Body and Soul    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Bravo has 3 hours of old 'Real Housewives Of OC', 'Below Deck', followed by a FRESH 'Watch What Happens Live'.

Comedy Central has 3 hours of old 'South Park', followed by a FRESH 'South Park', then a FRESH 'Broad City'.
The Daily Show is Ellen Pao.

FX has the movie 'Kingsman: The Secret Service', followed by the movie 'Taken 3', then the movie 'Taken 3', again.

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

IFC  -   
 [6:00AM]    PORTLANDIA-Ants
 [6:30AM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-It Satisfies on a Very Basic Level
 [11:30AM]    ROGUE
 [11:00PM]    BARONESS VON SKETCH SHOW-Don't Call Me Ma'am
 [4:00AM]    ROGUE    (ALL TIMES EDT)

Sundance  -   
 [6:30AM]    All in the Family-The Bunkers Go West
 [7:05AM]    All in the Family-California, Here We Are
 [7:40AM]    All in the Family-California, Here We Are
 [8:15AM]    All in the Family-A Night at the PTA
 [8:50AM]    All in the Family-A Girl Like Edith
 [9:25AM]    All in the Family-The Appendectomy
 [10:00AM]    Friday Night Lights
 [12:30PM]    October Sky
 [3:00PM]    The Sandlot
 [5:30PM]    Fool's Gold
 [8:00PM]    The Great Outdoors
 [10:00PM]    Transparent-Man on the Land
 [10:38PM]    Transparent-Grey Green Brown & Copper
 [11:22PM]    The Great Outdoors
 [1:24AM]    Transparent-Man on the Land
 [2:02AM]    Transparent-Grey Green Brown & Copper
 [2:46AM]    October Sky
 [5:18AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-The Pickle Story
 [5:53AM]    The Andy Griffith Show-Sheriff Barney    (ALL TIMES EDT)

SyFy has the movie 'xXx', followed by the movie 'Jeepers Creepers', then a FRESH 'Channel Zero'.

FRESH 'Samantha Bee'.
Scheduled on a FRESH Conan are Luke Wilson, Jeff Bauman, and Atlas Genius.

 [6:00 AM]      The Amazing Dr. Clitterhouse (1938)
 [7:45 AM]      The Sisters (1938)
 [9:30 AM]      All This, and Heaven Too (1940)
 [12:00 PM]      Castle on the Hudson (1940)
 [1:30 PM]      'Til We Meet Again (1940)
 [3:15 PM]      Blues in the Night (1941)
 [4:45 PM]      Out Of The Fog (1941)
 [6:15 PM]      The Long Night (1947)
 [8:00 PM]      In the Heat of the Night (1967)
 [10:00 PM]      Roustabout (1964)
 [12:00 AM]      The Stone Killer (1973)
 [2:00 AM]      A Star Is Born (1937)
 [4:00 AM]      Klute (1971)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

Thursday   -  09/21/17

 [6:00 AM]      MGM Parade Show #1 (1955)
 [6:30 AM]      India on Parade (1937)
 [6:45 AM]      Ancient India (1952)
 [7:00 AM]      Son of India (1931)
 [8:30 AM]      Bonnie Scotland (1935)
 [10:00 AM]      The Charge of the Light Brigade (1936)
 [12:15 PM]      Gunga Din (1939)
 [2:30 PM]      Kim (1951)
 [4:30 PM]      The River (1951)
 [6:15 PM]      Soldiers Three (1951)
 [8:00 PM]      Monterey Pop (1969)
 [9:30 PM]      Don't Look Back (1967)
 [11:45 PM]      Gimme Shelter (1970)
 [1:30 AM]      Woodstock: The Director's Cut (1970)
 [5:30 AM]      Jimi Hendrix (1973)     (ALL TIMES EDT)

USA has a FRESH 'The Sinner'.

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White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, left, reacts as he and Melania Trump listen to President-for-now Trump speak during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.
Photo by Mary Altaffer


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


'Disappointed' After Kissing Sean Spicer

James Corden

James Corden has said he is "disappointed" with himself for kissing Sean Spicer at the Emmy Awards and blamed his actions on having too much to drink.

The comedian and presenter faced widespread backlash for cosying up to Donald Trump's (R-Crooked) former Press Secretary spokesliar and mentioned the "harsh comments" he had received as he presented Monday night's Late Late Show.

He said he heard the critics "loud and clear" after the picture went viral on Sunday night, with many social media users accusing him of "normalising fascism".

Mr Corden said it was similar to waking up after a night out and regretting who you had kissed during the evening.

"According to some reports, at the after-party, Spicer was the most popular guy in the room. And I just want to say, I think people are forgetting that this man lied to the American people, and should not be embraced."

James Corden


White House Chief of Staff John Kelly, left, reacts as he and Melania Trump listen to President-for-now Trump speak during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.
Photo by Mary Altaffer


Scary Number Of Americans

Constitutional Rights

Nearly a quarter of Americans -- 22 percent -- either don't know or don't believe that U.S. Muslims are granted the same constitutional protections as other citizens. Roughly 20 percent don't know or don't think that atheists are protected under the Constitution.

These are among the findings of a new study by the University of Pennsylvania's Annenberg Public Policy Center, released ahead of the Sept. 17 Constitution Day, which celebrates the anniversary of the U.S. Constitution's signing in 1787.

The survey asked respondents whether they thought it was accurate to say that U.S. citizens who are Muslims have the same rights as all other citizens. Seventy-six percent of those surveyed said it was very accurate or somewhat accurate, while 18 percent said it was very or somewhat inaccurate. Four percent said they didn't know.

On the same question about U.S. atheists, 79 percent said it was very accurate or somewhat accurate, and 15 percent said it was very or somewhat inaccurate. Five percent said they didn't know.

But it isn't just the constitutional rights of Muslims and atheists that Americans are unclear on. Many Americans are highly misinformed about basic constitutional provisions, including what the First Amendment protects and even how the U.S. government is organized.

Constitutional Rights


Newhead News


Wreck Discovered

German WWI Submarine

A German First World War U-boat has been found off the Belgian coast almost totally intact and with the bodies of all 23 sailors onboard.

The U-Boat II was found lying on its starboard side at the bottom of the North Sea at a depth of 27 metres, close to the coastal resort of Ostend.

At this stage, it is unclear whether the submarine was sunk by a mine, a British ship or a British plane. The find is the best preserved of its kind in the North Sea. Its exact location is being kept secret to discourage trophy hunters.

Although a part of the submarine's bow is missing, the torpedoes remain in place. The submarine hatches are closed, which indicates that the vessel has never been discovered before and that the crew of 22 sailors and one commander have remained onboard for about 100 years.

The find, which came after underwater scans suggested there could be a wreck in Belgian waters, was confirmed today by the governor of West Flanders.

German WWI Submarine


Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas, right, listens as President-for-now Trump speaks during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.
Photo by Mary Altaffer


Won't Stop Defecating

'Mad Pooper' Jogger

This runner keeps coming in turd place.

A jogger in Colorado Springs, Colorado, has terrorized a family by taking weekly dumps outside their home, KKTV reports. The woman has been dubbed "The Mad Pooper" by Cathy Budde, who says her children were the first people to catch the jogger in the act, squatting with her shorts down.

Budd told the station she asked the woman, "Are you really taking a poop right here in front of my kids? She's like, 'Yeah, sorry!' "

"This isn't behavior that we see on a routine basis," Lt. Howard Black of the Colorado Springs Police Department told The Huffington Post on Tuesday.

Black said the suspect has defecated in several parts of the neighborhood, according to witness statements.

'Mad Pooper' Jogger


Digby's Hullabaloo


Contributor Raped Then Blacklisted By Network

Fox "News"

Political contributor Scottie Nell Hughes has filed a lawsuit against Fox News accusing the network of punishing her after she claimed she was raped by anchor Charles Payne.

Ms Hughes alleged Mr Payne coerced her to have sex with him in 2013 "in exchange for career opportunities and benefits".

She claims she was forced to remain in a sexual relationship with Mr Payne, during which she received more work at Fox News, but was retaliated against by the network after ending the relationship.

The suit states Mr Payne had "used his position of power to pressure Ms Hughes into submission" and when Ms Hughes tried to put a stop to the relationship, he became "physically violent".

When she eventually cut contact with him, the number of her appearances on Fox dropped from four to five times weekly, to five times over a period of 10 months.

Fox "News"


Russian Foreign Minister Sergey Lavrov, right, and Russia Ambassador to the United Nations Vassily Nebenzia, right, listen as President-for-now Trump speaks during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.
Photo by Mary Altaffer


Cracks Down On Debt Collection Of Private Student Loans

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau

The U.S. consumer financial watchdog on Monday ordered National College Student Loan Trusts and its debt collector, Transworld Systems Inc, to pay at least $21.6 million for attempting to collect on possibly non-existent or out-of-date loans.

The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau alleged that the companies sued borrowers without being able to prove the debt was owed or pursued collection on loans that were too old to sue over, and relied on false and misleading legal documents. The CFPB said the trusts had filed at least 486 lawsuits on debt where the statute of limitations for collections had expired.

As a result, consumers made payments of at least $3.5 million on debt they did not owe, the CFPB said.

The settlements come after three years of investigation.

A federal judge must still sign off on the penalties against National Collegiate Student Loan Trusts. According to the CFPB, the collection of 15 trusts purchased and securitized more than 800,000 private student loans, and then sold notes to investors.

Consumer Financial Protection Bureau


Demands Croatia Take Down Billboards


Imagine how far you can go with a little bit of English...and a good lawyer.

Two billboards for an English-language school were quickly removed from the Croatian capital Tuesday after Melania Trump threatened to sue because the use of her likeness suggested she had endorsed the school's message, "Just imagine how far you can go with a little bit of English."

A lawyer for Trump, Natasa Pirc-Musar, said the company responsible for the marketing campaign was "not familiar with Croatian regulations, laws and mandatory relationships."

But the American Institute did know how to generate publicity. Within hours of the billboards' installation last week, pictures of them were all over the internet.

"The social networks went crazy," wrote the campaign's designer, Ivis Buric, told Newsweek. "Thousands of shares, retweets, and they're still coming in at pretty much the same rate with the positive or neutral comments. The campaign is also trending on sites like Reddit."



South Korean President Moon Jae-in, left, listens as President-for-now Trump speaks during the 72nd session of the United Nations General Assembly at U.N. headquarters, Tuesday, Sept. 19, 2017.
Photo by Mary Altaffer


GOP Governors Launch

'News' Site

Republican governors are getting into the "news" business.

The Republican Governors Association has quietly launched an online publication that looks like a media outlet and is branded as such on social media. The Free Telegraph blares headlines about the virtues of GOP governors, while framing Democrats negatively. It asks readers to sign up for breaking news alerts. It launched in the summer bearing no acknowledgement that it was a product of an official party committee whose sole purpose is to get more Republicans elected.

Only after The Associated Press inquired about the site last week was a disclosure added to The Free Telegraph's pages identifying the publication's partisan source.

The governors association describes the website as routine political communication. Critics, including some Republicans, say it pushes the limits of honest campaign tactics in an era of increasingly partisan media and a proliferation of "fake news" sites, including those whose material became part of an apparent Russian propaganda effort during the 2016 presidential campaign.

"It's propaganda for sure, even if they have objective standards and all the reporting is 100 percent accurate," said Republican communications veteran Rick Tyler, whose resume includes Ted Cruz's 2016 presidential campaign.

'News' Site


Prime-Time Nielsens


Prime-time viewership numbers compiled by Nielsen for Sept. 11-17. Listings include the week's ranking and viewership.

    1. NFL Football: Green Bay at Atlanta, NBC, 20.24 million.
    2. "NFL Sunday Post-Game," Fox, 13.96 million.
    3. "America's Got Talent" (Wednesday), NBC, 11.59 million.
    4. "America's Got Talent" (Tuesday), NBC, 11.57 million.
    5. NFL Football: New Orleans at Minnesota, ESPN, 11.4 million.
    6. "Emmy Awards," CBS, 11.38 million.
    7. "Sunday Night NFL Pre-Kick," NBC, 10.25 million.
    8. NFL Football: L.A. Chargers at Denver, ESPN, 9.95 million.
    9. NFL Football: Houston at Cincinnati, NFLN, 8.1 million.
   10. "60 Minutes," CBS, 6.8 million.
   11. "The Orville," Fox, 6.63 million.
   12. "The Big Bang Theory," CBS, 6.43 million.
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   15. "Big Brother" (Thursday), CBS, 6.132 million.
   16. "American Ninja Warrior," NBC, 6.127 million.
   17. "The Big Bang Theory" (Monday), CBS, 5.74 million.
   18. "NCIS," CBS, 5.23 million.
   19. College Football: Clemson at Louisville, ABC, 5.06 million.
   20. "Mom," CBS, 4.98 million.




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