BartCop Entertainment Archives - Wednesday, 31 December, 2014


31 December, 2014

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M Is FOR MASHUP - RERUN - December 35th, 2010

No Longer Available Mashup Albums

By DJ Useo

2010 has been an incredible year for mashup collections. Feel free to browse through past editions of 'M IS FOR MASHUPS' wednesdays here
( ) & you'll see what I mean. Just to mention one fantastic collection out of the many released, check out The KLEPTONES comedy of duality - "Uptime / Downtime" ( ) It was released right after New Years Day a year ago & as I predicted is still far & away the best mashup album of 2010. Sometimes, though, a tragedy happens & a mashup album is removed from the net for a mysterious phenomena called 'copyright infringement'. I don't understand it completely, but the result is the masher must remove all download links & sometimes is required to perform community service by assisting with pat downs at airports. Lets take a quick look at some of the albums released but then removed for 'copyright infringement'.


MASHUPS THE FAMILY GUY SCREWS TO' was surely the most popular mashup album for all of 31 minutes before 'the man' came down on it & came down on it hard. All the offending bootleggers were rounded up & forced to work at the RIAA's cafeteria doing dishes. I'd list the names of the contributors but I don't want to end up scraping stains off forks. Still, if you have a copy, check out the amazing third track 'Somewhere In My Guts' (Guns 'n Roses vs Liberace vs Animal from the Muppets). It can be played backwards whereupon you actually hear Lois & Peter Griffin performing obscene acts to the accompaniment of Slash's guitar. This record has no working link that I could find.

DJ Schlommo did a wonderful new mashup album called 'Almost Mashups', but it was removed from the net quickly when it was discovered DJ Schlommo once lived next door to Wikileak's Julian Assange. Not a great mashup album, but not a bad one, 'Almost Mashups' lived somewhere in the realm between Dangermouse, DJ Spooky & Mister Greenjeans from the old Captain Kangaroo childrens show. The standout track was clearly 'Undy Fudge' (Red Peters vs Bar-B-Q Monkey vs Whoevers Reading This) through its memorable cross of synth riff & crap vocal looping. There's a rumour that a link still exists on a MySpace blog, but I wouldn't go there on a dare.

When it was first confirmed that 'MASHUPS BY CHILDREN' was not a hoax, the record quickly found a huge audience with the older kids at Mars Elementary in Poughkeepsie, Pa. The mixing might've been substandard, but the price was right, so the album soon came to the attention of the Labels who actually owned the song rights. Now,even the mixers of Mrs.Lidd's 5th grade class who actually created the record can't get a copy without being drawn immediately into court & forced to stand in the corner till lunch.

There are certainly better mashup albums but it had a naive charm. Hopefully some of the kiddie dj's involved will mix more in future; especially nice would be tracks from Minnie-me2001, DJ Booger & Lil' Kidd.

DJ newbie MC CMMMVII came out of nowhere to be a one week wonder, before some killjoys realized he was paying tribute to their signed artists & got the record removed from the entire net. Even the government can't get a copy anymore as a complete label clampdown took effect.MC CMMMVII actually started to fade from existence until he was revived by a recent DJ Food video mix. His record 'ONE CONTINUOUS MASHUP LOOP' is not to be located except I found it is playing in a Las Vegas casino bathroom as a deterrent to vagrants. Life sure is funny, eh?

I'm sure you remember when DJ Ben Stabbed's 'BUGS vs Big Boi' was all the rage for about a day & a half last June? It actually was a full 14 tracks of popular hip hop artist Big Boi rapping alongside Bugs Bunny samples & music lifted right from old Warner Brothers cartoons. I actually think WB would've left the record alone except there was one track 'Play Me To My Desk' where you could clearly hear an edited sample of Bugs slamming the corporate structure of WB. OOPS! Maybe we'll hear more from DJ Stabbed, but I hope he avoids cartoon samples entirely. The word on the street is it will be a Valentines day project using porn samples.

DJ Snood mixed a new mashup album called 'Giblets' that was removed after complaints from the Turkey Council. This is a rarity for a mashup record to be removed for something besides copyright infringement. The music was actually very nice, being mostly R 'n' B vs Hip Hop tracks. The record was also notable for the actual cover photo of DJ Snood, a rarely-seen figure in DJ history due to his horrifying disfigurement of a large flap of extra skin over half his face. I recently spoke to him on facebook chat & he sez he's very happy with his upcoming mashup album of songs about being bald, & delicious.

Let me know if you hear of any more no longer available mashup albums.

Mix Of The Week


mARKYbOY has released his annual New Years Eve set 'The Night Before/The Morning After 2010'. The traditional release from mARKYbOY follows the previous pattern of a lively first set intended for New Years Eve, and a chilled set perfectly suited for waking up the next day. Find the two works here ( )

Latest Useo

Thing-Wider Bottoms Up (Trey Songz f_ Nicki Minaj vs Infected Mushroom) I got huge encouragement to make & then post this mashup. Thanks, Useoettes!!
( )

Mashup Tip : Go to Big Bear Lake for relaxing inspiration for new mashup ideas.



Recommended Reading

from Bruce

Ezra Klein: What is Paul Krugman Afraid of? (Vox)
Punditry tends towards the short view. What will happen in the next election? What will happen in Congress next week? What just happened on cable news? And as a pundit, Krugman takes on those topics often. But sci-fi takes the long view. It gravitates towards the threats and hopes humanity will face if it is lucky enough to survive into a world vastly different than our own. And so when I got a chance to sit down with Krugman recently, I asked him to take the long view - the science-fiction view.

James Fallows: The Tragedy of the American Military (Atlantic)
The American public and its political leadership will do anything for the military except take it seriously. The result is a chickenhawk nation in which careless spending and strategic folly combine to lure America into endless wars it can't win.

Chris Fujiwara: "Ali: Fear Eats the Soul: One Love, Two Oppressions" (Criterion)
The stillness of the film is deeply sad. But in the middle of all this sadness lies the possibility Emmi and Ali create when they find each other. Much of the beauty of Fear Eats the Soul comes from the performances of Brigitte Mira and El Hedi ben Salem.

Terrence Rafferty: "Macbeth: Something Wicked" (Criterion)
There's nothing very "Hollywood" about this picture, shot in Wales and England with a British cast and a Polish director, but it certainly provides the sort of experience Olivier had in mind: it looks and moves as if the story had originally been conceived as a film, not a stage production.

DAVID WOMERSLEY: Why The World Still Loves Shakespeare (Standpoint)
Samuel Johnson knew why Shakespeare's plays were so popular. The guiding principle was clear: "Nothing can please many, and please long, but just representations of general nature." For Johnson, Shakespeare's popularity rested on the fact that his writings embodied that principle more richly and more fully than did those of any other author: …

Rowan Williams: why we need fairy tales now more than ever (New Statesman)
Fairy tales are capable of depicting the hardest challenges we face as human beings.

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Trivia Question of the Day

Born Daisy Juliette Baker, Groucho Marx called her "practically the fifth Marx brother". By what name is this comic foil better known?


Send your answer to Marty

Trivia Question from Yesterday

What nation contributes 70% of global spice production?

      India                                                      Source

A spice is a dried seed, fruit, root, bark, or vegetable substance primarily used for flavoring, coloring or preserving food. Sometimes a spice is used to hide other flavors.

Spices are distinguished from herbs, which are parts of leafy green plants used for flavoring or as a garnish.

India contributes 70% of global spice production.        Source

Alan J was first, and correct, with:

Charlie said:
  It was my first guess.

Randall made me laugh with:
   That's easy, Marty:

Jim from CA, retired to ID, wrote:

Adam answered:

Deborah responded:
   Oh, gosh, Marty, I'm torn - it's either India or China. I think.
  Cold and very windy up here. Hope we get more rain.

Marian replied:

Chez Dale of Blowin Diamond Springs, Norcali said:
   Of course it's India. I loves my spices and herbs. I grind my own chili and curry powders. I even keep a secret stash of saffron. I've been on a culinary tear lately. Going to make venison chili for New Years! Stay away from synthetic "Spice"…it is a false drug…Stay "Natural"… or you might be the one with far-away eyes!

  And kiddies, (those of you that still imbibe in alcohol or recreationals for fffffuuuuunnnnn) Here's a list of conditions that you could be in if you chose: hovered, hamstered, willied, wankered, lathered, newkied, munted, langered, wizzed, wazzed, widdled, wombled, lashed, sloshed, wreckaged, larruped, swilled, lagged, langed, mulled, mullered, battered, yitted, or twatted! Just be safe or stay the fuck home!

MAM   wrote:
   India ~ A country in South Asia. It is the seventh-largest country by area, the second-most populous country with over 1.2 billion people, and the most populous democracy in the world.

And, Lois Of Oregon answered:
   If it isn't India, then I just don't know why England
  bothered to colonize it. Only want excuse to share this
  picture anyway. Happy New Year everybody.

mj took the day off.

DJ Useo is under the weather.

Joe S     took the day off.

Sally's got some great news.

BttbBob   has returned to semi-retired status.

  December 31 Birthdays - Celebrities Born December 31 | Famous Birthdays



Middle Class Political Economist

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



Reader Suggestion

Michelle in AZ

Classic science-fiction movies

Frederick Douglass' Irish sojourn: A bracing look at his encounters with poverty and prejudice across the Atlantic

Cutting the cord

Thanks, Michelle!



From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'

"The Problem With Young People Today"

(Crabby Old Fart)



Spud Goodman « My POV

2014 Top 10 Mediocre List

2014 Top 10 Mediocre List: 10. Marco Rubio US Senator (R) Florida - Boxed in with his anti-immigration babble the son of Cuban immigrants has no way out of the current GOP corn field maze he finds himself in. Good luck with that White House dream.

 9. The Walking Dead season 5 (1st half) - Starting to find Rick a bit annoying as his pensiveness seems to have caused the show to hit a wall. Clearly someone at AMC needs to put the pedal to the metal in the 2nd half to air this spring or it could find itself being re-named Dead Show Walking but of course people will still watch it.

 8. San Francisco 49ers - 8-8 defines mediocrity for a franchise that demands much, much more (see Jed York). Colin Kaepernick can flex his guns 24/7 until camp in July but until he accumulates more gray matter next season could very well be 4-12.

 7. Tom Cruise - Is it me or does this actor have an aversion to non-science fiction film projects? How many times can one movie star get the same film green lighted over and over? Here's a tip. Check out a newspaper and maybe watch the nightly news. Not much going on there with space ships and aliens. Just saying…

 6. LA Dodgers & California Angels - Together they spent 384 million dollars on their payrolls for 2014. I passed on watching this year's World Series but I don't think either team got any closer to the Fall Classic than I did.

 5. Maroon 5 - They released their 5th studio album V and I challenge any fan of this band to identify one song in their entire catalog that they would place in a time capsule to represent the art form of music. With the current minds governing the Rock n Roll Hall of Fame they are also a lock for enshrinement in the very near future.

 4. Sean Hannity - Within the Fox News universe it was not a great year for Mr. Hannity. Bumped from his long held time slot by yet one more Rupert Murdoch blonde bombshell he is now scrambling to maintain his place in the right wing food chain. Boo-Hoo.

 3. LA Lakers - Yeah, I get it that they are now losing on purpose but since they have no chance to catch top notch losers like the 76ers and the Knicks they are fairly mediocre at tanking it too.

 2. Reality Shows - With sex offenders as love interests, cast member lawsuits, fake rural hillbillies, singing contests that no one cares about, too many cooks in the kitchen, (should I could go on as I think you get the picture). This genre is going to have to go to the whip to even reach irrelevance.

 1. Bill Cosby - Yeah I know he gives mediocrity a bad name as most would say he belongs on an altogether different list. Actually a register that might also include that pervert from Here Comes Honey Boo Boo mentioned above. No, including the Cos here stems from the pedigree of the late to the game damage control team that is now on the job. You can bank on it that in 2015 he will return as a victim of a public lynching and will re book most of the dates he lost this year and more. America loves giving a 23rd or 24th chance to its celebrities.

* The 2015 list will soon begin construction ………….

2014 Top 10 Mediocre List « My POV

Throwback Segment

Thanks, Spud!



From The Creator of 'Avery Ant'

"The Problem With Young People Today"

(Crabby Old Fart)



from Marc Perkel


Hello Bartcop fans,

As you all know the untimely passing of Terry was unexpected, even by him. We all knew he had cancer but we all thought he had some years left. So some of us who have worked closely with him over the years are scrambling around trying to figure out what to do. My job, among other things, is to establish communications with the Bartcop community and provide email lists and groups for those who might put something together. Those who want to play an active roll in something coming from this, or if you are one of Bart's pillars, should send an email to

Bart's final wish was to pay off the house mortgage for Mrs. Bart who is overwhelmed and so very grateful for the support she has received. Anyone wanting to make a donation can click on this the yellow donate button on

But - I need you all to help keep this going. This note isn't going to directly reach all of Bart's fans. So if you can repost it on blogs and discussion boards so people can sign up then when we figure out what's next we can let more people know. This list is just over 600 but like to get it up to at least 10,000 pretty quick. So here's the signup link for this email list.
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Ark Of Darkness


In The Chaos Household

Last Night

Kinda gray and rainy.

Tonight, Wednesday:

CBS starts the night with a RERUN 'Blue Bloods', followed by a RERUN 'Criminal Minds', then a RERUN 'Stalker'.
On a RERUN Dave (from 11/18/14) are Stupid Pet Tricks, Charlie Day, a Top Ten List by NASCAR Sprint Cup Champion Kevin Harvick, and Hiss Golden Messenger.
On a RERUN Craig (from 11/20/14) are Matthew McConaughey, Frank Nicotero, and Metallica.

NBC opens the night with the FRESH 'A Toast To 2014!', followed by the FRESH 'NBC's New Year's Eve With Carson Daly'.
On a RERUN Jimmy Fallon (from 12/10/14) are Mark Wahlberg and Kevin Nealon.
On a RERUN Seth Meyers (from 12/16/14) are James Corden, Vanessa Bayer, and Robert Earl.
On a RERUN Carson 'The Scab' Daly (from 11/19/14) are Mark Pellegrino, Dum Dum Girls, and "A Girl Walks Home Alone at Night".

ABC begins the night with the FRESH 'Dick Clark's Priemtime New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrust 2015 - Part 1', followed by the FRESH 'Dick Clark's Primetime New Year's Rockin' Eve With Ryan Seacrust - Part 2'.
Jimmy Kimmel is pre-empted.

The CW fills the night with the RERUN 'iHeartRadio Music Festival'.

Faux fills the night with the FRESH 'Pitbull's New Year's Revolution'.

MY has an old 'The Walking Dead', followed by another old 'The Walking Dead'.

A&E has all old 'Duck Dynasty' all night.

AMC offers 'The Walking Dead' marathon.

BBC  -   
 [6:00AM]    BBC World News
 [6:30AM]    BBC World News
 [7:00AM]    BBC World News
 [7:30AM]    BBC World News
 [8:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 2 - Ep 8 - The Impossible Planet
 [9:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 2 - Ep 9 - The Satan Pit
 [10:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 2 - Ep 11 - Fear Her
 [11:00AM]    Doctor Who - Season 2 - Ep 12 - Army of Ghosts
 [12:00PM]    Doctor Who - Season 2 - Ep 13 - Doomsday
 [1:00PM]    Doctor Who: Voyage of the Damned
 [2:30PM]    Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 1 - Deep Breath
 [4:15PM]    Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 11 - Dark Water
 [5:15PM]    Doctor Who - Season 8 - Ep 12 - Death in Heaven
 [6:30PM]    Doctor Who: Last Christmas
 [8:00PM]    Doctor Who: The End of Time
 [11:00PM]    Doctor Who: The Time Of The Doctor
 [12:20AM]    Doctor Who: The Day Of The Doctor
 [2:00AM]    Doctor Who: The End of Time
 [5:00AM]    Doctor Who: The Waters of Mars    (ALL TIMES EST)

Bravo has the movie 'Shutter Island', followed by the movie 'The Prestige'.

Comedy Central has the movie 'Scary Movie 2', 'South Park', another 'South Park', still another 'South Park', yet another 'South Park', and still more 'South Park'.
Jon Stewart is pre-empted.
Colbert Report is pre-empted.

FX has 'Mike & Molly' marathon.

History has all old 'American Pickers' all night.

IFC  -   

Sundance  -   
 [6:00AM]    The Writers' Room-Breaking Bad
 [6:30AM]    Blazing Saddles
 [8:30AM]    Groundhog Day
 [10:45AM]    Revenge of the Nerds
 [12:45PM]    Revenge of the Nerds
 [2:45PM]    Spies Like Us
 [5:00PM]    Spies Like Us
 [7:15PM]    Ghost
 [10:00PM]    Ghost
 [12:45AM]    Tootsie
 [3:15AM]    The Babysitter
 [5:15AM]    Love Lust-Love Lust & Holiday Feasts
 [5:30AM]    The Writers' Room-Pretty Little Liars    (ALL TIMES EST)

SyFy has 'The Twilight Zone' marathon.

On a RERUN Conan (from 10/28/14) are Ashton Kutcher, Krysten Ritter, and Beck.

 [6:30 AM]      Mon Oncle D'Amerique (1980)    [AKA: 'My American Uncle']
 [8:45 AM]      The Paper Chase (1973)
 [10:45 AM]      Brighton Rock (1951)
 [12:30 PM]      From The Earth To The Moon (1958)
 [2:15 PM]      Around the World in 80 Days (1956)
 [5:30 PM]      Journey to the Center of the Earth (1959)
 [8:00 PM]      Elvis on Tour (1972)
 [9:45 PM]      A Hard Day's Night (1964)
 [11:30 PM]      Gimme Shelter (1970)
 [1:15 AM]      Tommy (1975)
 [3:15 AM]      Jimi Hendrix (1973)
 [5:00 AM]      The Total Balalaika Show (1994)     (ALL TIMES EST)

Thursday   -  01/01/15

 [6:00 AM]      Torch Song (1953)
 [7:30 AM]      Storm Center (1956)
 [9:00 AM]      The Story of Esther Costello (1957)
 [10:45 AM]      Where Love Has Gone (1964)
 [12:45 PM]      Strait-Jacket (1964)
 [2:30 PM]      Dead Ringer (1964)
 [4:30 PM]      Berserk (1967)
 [6:15 PM]      The Nanny (1965)
 [8:00 PM]      Horse Feathers (1932)
 [9:15 PM]      A Night at the Opera (1935)
 [11:00 PM]      A Day At The Races (1937)
 [1:00 AM]      Room Service (1938)
 [2:30 AM]      At The Circus (1939)
 [4:00 AM]      Go West (1940)
 [5:30 AM]      TCM Presents Elvis Mitchell Under the Influence: Bill Murray (2008)     (ALL TIMES EST)

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Chief puppeteer Nicolas Geal poses with puppets at the Royal Toone Theatre in central Brussels December 30, 2014. Toone is a Belgian version of Tony - and more importantly, it's the name given to eight generations of puppeteers who have kept alive a Brussels tradition to rival British Christmas pantomime or Italian commedia dell'arte. Until Jan. 3, Nicolas Geal, known as Toone VIII, is directing puppet productions of the Christian Nativity and the Massacre of the Innocents, delivered in gritty Brussels dialect and irreverent humour, at times akin to slapstick.
Photo by Francois Lenoir


The Sideshow - by Avedon Carol


New Year's Honours List


Joan Collins, who played scheming, shoulder pad-wearing Alexis Carrington in the hit 1980s TV show, was made the female equivalent of a knight in Queen Elizabeth II's annual New Year's honours list.

Fashion designer Mary Quant, who made the miniskirt synonymous with 60s style, was also named a dame, as were television presenter Esther Rantzen, who founded the ChildLine telephone service for neglected and abused young people, and British poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.

Veteran actor John Hurt, star of "The Naked Civil Servant," ''The Elephant Man" and "Alien," was made a knight.

Comic actor James Corden, incoming host of "The Late Late Show" on CBS, was named an Officer of the Order of the British Empire, or OBE. The same honour went to his ex, actress Sheridan Smith.

Music producer Peter Asher, half of 1960s pop duo Peter and Gordon, was named a Commander of the Order of the British Empire, or CBE. So were comedian Meera Syal, a star of groundbreaking sketch comedy show "Goodness Gracious Me," and Scottish writer Ali Smith, whose novel "How To Be Both" was shortlisted for this year's Booker Prize.



A common raven (Corvus corax) carries a piece of meat as it walks through the snow at the zoo in Berlin, Germany, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014.
Photo by Lukas Schulze


Resident Defies Ohio Deadline

'Zombie Nativity'

A "Zombie Nativity" scene in a southwest Ohio suburb was still undead Tuesday, past the deadline to remove it.

Sycamore Township officials said last week they had received complaints about debris at the home and concluded that the display violated zoning rules on size and placement of yard structures. They sent resident Jasen Dixon two zoning violation notices and gave him until the day after Christmas to take it down.

Facing a fine and legal action, Dixon kept the display up. A Facebook page devoted to the scene urges support for "freedom of expression."

The township administrator, Greg Bickford, said Tuesday the owner will face fines of up to $250 a day. Officials say they're not anti-zombie, but pro-zoning rules.

'Zombie Nativity'


Newhead News


Remains A Mystery

Suit Of Armour

A suit of armour brought to the Northern Life Museum in Fort Smith, N.W.T., from a shed in 1994 has proven an enduring mystery. Now the museum's curators are seeking help to find out more about the singular artifact.

The artifact stands out sharply in a museum dedicated to the fur trade and the aboriginal people who facilitated it.

Museum records show the armour officially became part of the museum's collection in 1995, after undergoing several treatments so as not to contaminate other artifacts.

The single clue as to its origins is a handwritten sentence in the archives that reads: "Bought by Mr. Louis Bisson in China during the war and brought back to Canada upon his return."

Though elsewhere in the records, without explanation, the word "China" is scratched out and replaced with "Japan."

Suit of Armour


A one and a half months old baby elephant stands close to its mother at Chitwan National Park in Chitwan, south of Kathmandu December 30, 2014.
Photo by Navesh Chitrakar


One-Off Models

Car Collectors

Martin Kapp gestures towards the sleek red Italian sports car standing in his barn in the heart of Germany, secure in the knowledge there is not another exactly like it in the world.

By commissioning the 300 km per hour Alfa Romeo TZ 3 Corsa the 63 year old engineering company executive joined a band of custom car aficionados ranging from financiers to rock stars keen to acquire an exclusive exotic vehicle.

Advances in computer design and safety testing have helped improve the feasibility of the cottage industry specialized in creating one-off cars for wealthy buyers, helping collectors like Kapp achieve what had been a distant dream.

"Knowing there would only ever be one built, that really appealed to me," said Kapp, whose home is on the outskirts of Coburg, Bavaria, where he is a managing director and partner at Kapp Group, a manufacturer of grinding machines for the auto industry.

Car Collectors


Wake-up Call


Killed In Utah

Arizona Gray Wolf

Federal wildlife officials will compare the DNA of a gray wolf accidently shot in Utah with that of a wolf spotted wandering near the Grand Canyon this year, according to the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service.

Steve Segin, a Denver-based spokesman for the Fish and Wildlife Service, said in an email Monday night that officials won't speculate if the 3-year-old female northern gray wolf killed Sunday is the same female gray wolf seen roaming the Grand Canyon and nearby national forest months ago. Messages seeking additional details were not immediately returned Tuesday.

The Grand Canyon wolf was the first spotted in northern Arizona in more than 70 years. Scat collected from that wolf will be compared with the animal killed in Utah.

Utah wildlife officials announced Monday afternoon that a coyote hunter accidently shot the young wolf in the southwest area of the state after mistaking it for a coyote.

Arizona Gray Wolf


A snowy owl is photographed Monday, Dec. 29, 2014 at Gull Point at Presque Isle State Park in Erie, Penn. It was one of two of the tundra owls spotted by bird watchers Monday at Gull Point. The dark markings on this owl suggest that it is either an adult female or juvenile bird.
Photo by Christopher Millette


Conservatives Are Dicks

David Gregory

A federal judge has ordered the District of Columbia to release the affidavit stemming from the Metropolitan Police Department's investigation of David Gregory after the "Meet the Press" host displayed a high-capacity ammunition magazine on the air while taping the program in NBC's Washington, D.C., studio in 2012.

William Jacobson, a conservative blogger, filed a Freedom of Information Act suit last year seeking the records after Gregory was not prosecuted despite warnings from D.C. police to producers that the display would be a clear violation of D.C.'s gun laws.

Earlier this month, D.C. Superior Court Judge Robert Okun ordered the District of Columbia to produce the affidavit in Gregory's case. The district has until Jan. 7 to comply.

Gregory displayed the high-capacity magazine on the Dec. 23, 2012, broadcast during an interview with National Rifle Association chief executive Wayne LaPierre days after the Sandy Hook Elementary School shootings in Newtown, Conn., where 26 people, including 20 children, were killed.

After the interview aired, conservative bloggers wondered if Gregory had broken the law that states, in part, "No person in the District shall possess, sell, or transfer any large capacity ammunition feeding device regardless of whether the device is attached to a firearm."

David Gregory


A squirrel stretches to feed seeds from a bird feeder in a park of Margaret Island in Budapest, Hungary, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014.
Photo by Tibor Illyes


Film Permits Down

Los Angeles

Two adult film actors have contracted HIV, with one most likely infecting the other during unprotected sex at a film shoot in Nevada where testing was less stringent than industry standards, officials said.

One of the actors had previously tested negative for the virus that causes AIDS before a pair of film shoots, but then began showing symptoms during the second shoot and was later found to be HIV-positive, the California Department of Public Health said Monday in a statement.

"In this case, the actor and production company thought he was HIV-negative during filming," the statement said. "Shortly after his negative test, HIV levels in his body rose rapidly to where he could infect other actors through unprotected sex."

The infections came amid a major decline in porn filming in Los Angeles County - once the centre of porn production in the country - after the 2012 passage of a law requiring porn actors to use condoms during filming. The number of porn filmmakers applying for shooting permits in the county declined from 485 in 2012 to 40 in 2013.

Los Angeles


A tagged monarch butterfly perches on a plant at the Monarch Grove Sanctuary in Pacific Grove, California, December 30, 2014. Monarch butterflies may warrant U.S. Endangered Species Act protection because of farm-related habitat loss blamed for sharp declines in cross-country migrations of the orange-and-black insects, the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service said.
Photo by Michael Fiala


TV Pitchman Accused Of Kicking Owl

Dell "Super Dell" Schanze

A former TV pitchman in Utah accused of kicking an owl as he rode a motorized paraglider said Tuesday he will allow authorities to search his home for guns.

During a court hearing, Dell "Super Dell" Schanze called the inspection unconstitutional and said he feels exposed without weapons his lawyer said have now been removed from his home.

Federal Judge Brooke Wells told Schanze the routine search is legal, and he could be arrested if he doesn't allow agents into his home as scheduled Wednesday.

The 45-year-old Schanze is known in Utah for his over-the-top personal style and the shrill, hyperactive TV commercials that advertised his now-shuttered Totally Awesome Computers retail chain.

Defense attorney Kent Hart said guns have been removed, even though Schanze said in court Tuesday he needs the weapons because a human head had once been thrown through a window at his home. Schanze declined to elaborate after the hearing.

Dell "Super Dell" Schanze


A Canada Goose catches a fish in ice-free water while others remain asleep on Lake Manawa in Council Bluffs, Iowa, Tuesday, Dec. 30, 2014. The National Weather Service warned of dangerously low temperatures in parts of Iowa and most of Nebraska.
Photo by Nati Harnik


Robe Auctioned

New Hampshire

Tucked between children's Victorian-era button-down shoes and a World War I collar bag, one item stood out on an auctioneer's website touting an end-of-the-year sale: a Ku Klux Klan robe dating to the 1920s.

The white robe, discovered in an attic by a New Hampshire woman in her 80s, bore the KKK's distinctive round, scarlet patch with a white cross. For years, it sat in a bag, assumed by family members to be an innocuous garment and not a feared symbol of the white supremacist group.

The robe sold for $350 Tuesday night after four people bid on it.

Auctioneer Scott Morrill said when the woman considered selling the robe she went to wash it and removed the patch. On the back of the patch was her father's name. Nobody in the family knew he was affiliated with the Klan.

"My first reaction was, 'I really don't want anything to do with it,'" Morrill said. "I find it offensive myself. But what we really do here is sell history. And the way you learn from mistakes you make is to not destroy it. After a little soul-searching, I decided it should be sold."

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In Memory

Luise Rainer

Luise Rainer, a star of cinema's golden era who won back-to-back Oscars but then walked away from a glittering Hollywood career, has died. She was 104.

Rainer, whose roles ranged from the 1930s German stage to television's "The Love Boat," died Tuesday at her home in London from pneumonia, said her only daughter, Francesca Knittel-Bowyer.

The big-eyed, apple-cheeked Rainer gained Hollywood immortality by becoming the first person to win an acting Academy Award in consecutive years, taking best actress prizes for the 1936 film "The Great Ziegfeld" and "The Good Earth" in 1937.

The two trophies marked the peak of Rainer's career, which declined so rapidly that many considered her an early victim of "the curse of the Oscars." She fought with her studio over control of her career, fled Hollywood for New York, and suffered through a brief, unhappy marriage to the playwright Clifford Odets. By the early 1940s, her stardom had essentially ended.

Rainer was born Jan. 12, 1910 - in Vienna, Austria, according to her entry in the reference book "Who's Who," although some sources give her birthplace as Duesseldorf, Germany. She began her acting career as a teenager under innovative Austrian director Max Reinhardt and appeared in several German films.

In the mid-1930s she was discovered by a talent scout from Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer - on the lookout for new European beauties to rival Greta Garbo - and whisked to Hollywood. Her first U.S. film was the largely forgotten "Escapade" (1935), but her next roles made her a star.

Rainer made several pictures in 1938, including "Toy Wife" and "The Great Waltz," but she chafed under the studio system and clashed with MGM chief Louis B. Mayer, and soon moved to New York with Odets. "I had a seven-year contract that I broke and went away," Rainer said in 1999. "I was a machine, practically, a tool in a big, big factory, and I could not do anything. I wanted to film 'Madame Curie,' but Mayer forbade me. I wanted to do 'For Whom the Bell Tolls,' but (producer David O.) Selznick took Ingrid Bergman and brought her to (Ernest) Hemingway and I didn't know Hemingway. "And so I left. I just went away. I fled; yes, I fled."

Rainer made one more Hollywood film - "Hostages" in 1943 - but spent most of her later life in England. She made occasional film and television appearances, including an episode of "The Love Boat" in 1984.

One of her last film roles was in "The Gambler" a 1997 adaptation of a Fyodor Dostoyevsky story, in which she appeared with Michael Gambon and Dominic West.

Rainer and Odets - author of "Waiting for Lefty" and "Awake and Sing!" - married in 1937 and divorced three tempestuous years later. In 1945, she married publisher Robert Knittel, who died in 1989. She's survived by her daughter with Knittel, and two granddaughters.

Rainer lived for many years in an apartment on London's genteel Eaton Square. Her entry in "Who's Who" listed her recreations as "formerly mountain climbing, now writing, painting."

Luise Rainer


In Memory

Christine Cavanaugh

Christine Cavanaugh, a prolific voice actress whose characters included the titular character of "Babe," has died. She was 51.

Cavanaugh's sister Deionn Masock confirmed Tuesday that Cavanaugh died Dec. 22 at her home in Utah. An obituary notice was also published in Tuesday's Los Angeles Times.

Cavanaugh lent her voice to many of the 1990s indelible cartoon characters, including Chuckie Finster in Nickelodeon's "Rugrats," Dexter on the Cartoon Network's "Dexter's Laboratory" and the live-action piglet of 1995's "Babe."

Cavanaugh retired from voice acting in 2001 and moved back to her native Utah.

Christine Cavanaugh



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