"They're getting to the point where they're
saying 'Yeah, we still like Obama. He's our guy. We're glad he's our president. But where's
the beef?" And it's easy to make speeches. What's hard to do is stand up to corporations.
Corporations and their incredible strength are what have ruined this country so far.
And this president we thought might be the one to stand up to them. I'm losing hope. I still
have audacity but my hope is fading." -- Bill Maher, on why the
audience cheered his anti-Obama rant last Friday, Link
"If he doesn't act boldly, then he's probably
going to lose the midterm elections. If he can't shove some progressive legislation down their throats
now, I don't know when it's going to happen." -- Bill Maher, Link
"When he wanted to get something done, he got
it done... If Bush could go to war in Iraq when nobody was thinking about it, how come
this president can't get through something like health care reform in a way that the people
really want when people are actually for it." -- Bill Maher Link
Would Hillary have made these same "just like Bush" mistakes
Obama is making?
Or would her administration have governed more to the Left?
We'll never know, but who would've thought Obama would be the
Excerpt: Obama’s definition of “transparency” apparently
doesn’t include revealing the names individuals who visit
the White House. Despite his pledge to make government
more open to the public, Obama has decided to
continue a court battle that first began when
the Bush bastards decided to keep White House visitor logs secret.
The government has already lost two rulings by
a federal judge in the case involving White House visitor records
during the Bush years. That case was still pending
when Obama took office, and his Justice Department has been
instructed to continue the fight started by Republicans.
The Obama administration is arguing that the White House
visitor logs are presidential records, and thus
not subject to Freedom of Information Act requests.
We know why Bush had to keep secrets - because
he was a dirty, rotten crook -
but didn't Obama promise he'd do things differently?
Excerpt: For a generation now, it has been the behavior
of the major U.S. news media – across the existing spectrum which
reaches mostly from right-wing to centrist –
to treat Republicans with extraordinary deference (by reacting to their
otherwise abnormal behavior, like Bush's election
theft, as if it were normal) and to slap down Democrats (especially
when they show some liberal or progressive tendencies).
This pattern has continued despite Obama’s solid
election victory and the strong Democratic majorities in congress.
Even as the rhetoric from right-wing and neoconservative
voices has crossed the line into bigotry and implicit advocacy
of violence, most of the U.S. news media continues
to act as if nothing out of the ordinary is happening.
There’s barely a shrug when Fox News star host
Glenn Beck muses about an armed insurrection, denounces Obama’s
efforts to salvage the U.S. auto industry as
"progressive fascism," or invites on right-wing guests to define "progressives"
as people who want "to progress" away from the
But our problems remain the same - we're not willing to fight and they
I personally like the page.
Though I have been a subscriber for a few
months, I have yet to listen to one radio show.
No, it's not like I don't want to, but
I don't have the time. Maybe I am bad at time management.
The web page is something I can sneak in during
Between a full time job and having a three year
old in the house... there is no time for radio.
However, may I suggest:
Provide equal time to each endeavor. Do the radio
and the web page on alternating days for each
working day of the week! Your hands get a 24
hour rest, and radio and web page fans are treated equally.
Just a thought. Here's hoping the Bartcats, Mrs.
Bartcop, and yourself are doing well.
John in Ventura, CA
John, I've heard that a lot because it's true.
However doesn't everybody send some time in a car or a train or a bus?
When Chicago Jim sends me music to use in the shows, I burn it to CD
and then put it in my car because that's where I have uninterrupted
"There is no evidence that any member of the
excluded community has engaged in inappropriate conduct in the presence of the children or that the
children would be adversely affected by exposure to any member of that community. The prohibition against
contact with any gay or lesbian person acquainted with Husband assumes, without evidentiary support, that
the children will suffer harm from any such contact. Such an arbitrary classification based on sexual orientation
flies in the face of our public policy that encourages divorced parents to participate in the raising of their children…and
constitutes an abuse of discretion."
-- Georgia Supreme Court, throwing out a ruling by a lower court
judge which held in a divorce case that
a gay father was prohibited from exposing his four children to his homosexual
partners and friends, Link
Just last issue I wrote:
> Why is the common sense judge always from San Francisco? > Why can't there be a judge in Texas or Alabama with brains and
Dear Mr. Perkel,
While I may dislike Big Tobacco, I think that
the goverment banning tobacco
is no different than any other sort of prohibition.
Mr. Perkel, I smoke, and I pay
heavy taxes to smoke. I don't do it around my
Perkel applauded the regulation of tobacco
and did not suggest it being banned.
It is a dangerous and addictive drug that should
You'd probably ask yourself, why would anyone
smoke? I'm college educated,
I know how my life will end. I smoke because
I am mentally ill, and it helps me to cope.
Many times, I have sat on my porch, and the only
thing that kept me from hurting myself
was that I could have a smoke and think about
things (or not). It relieves anxiety, it perks up
the depressed. For many of us, it is a medication
Tobacco is, and always has been, a drug of choice
for the lower classes.
Maybe that isn't good either. But you are taking
something away from them
that helps make life bearable. They've had a
lot taken from them. Why not?
What are they going to do about it, right? You
know better than they do.
Again, Perkel didn't suggest taking anything from
For decades, Big Tobacco has bribed congress
to keep this poison legal.
Regulating poison seems reasonable to me.
You might think that this is all good stuff, but
for me and many like me, you are doing harm.
Keep up with the good work you are doing with
the Church of Reality.
I have never understood smoking cigarettes.
Like most kids, I tried smoking in high school and it tasted like
I was licking an ashtray so I never smoked another cigarette.
Pot, on the other hand, tastes and smells great and it delivers a delightful
Why would anybody smoke a dangerous, addictive cigarette with over
specifically designed to drag you deeper into addiction when you could
smoke pot, instead?
Last I heard, tobacco kills 400,000 Americans each year.
Tobacco is the only drug that is intentionally made more dangerous
with ammonia and
formaldehyde wheras pot is a product of nature that has no harmful
If you cannot break free from tobacco, I understand.
But surely you'd want to stop your kids from getting hooked, right?
Does anybody know - can pot help to wean someone off cigarettes?
"Today, the RNC requested an opportunity to
add our Party's views to those of the President's to ensure that all sides of the health care reform debate
are presented. Our request was rejected ... I find it outrageous that ABC News would prohibit our thoughts
and ideas from this debate, which affects millions of ABC viewers."
-- RNC Chief of Staff Ken McKay, Link
Hey Dude, nobody cares what your ideas are because they never
You want the super-rich to pay no taxes and screw the poor and
Why do you think you lost the last two elections?
Why do you think you're going to lose in 2010 and 2012?
You ideas blow donkey and everybody knows it.
Any group willing to be led by the vulgar Pigboy is, by definition,
Excerpt: Tuesday afternoon's "Fire David Letterman" rally
proved to be a failure, as it drew more press than activists.
A crowd of 15 protesters upset with Letterman
held signs and occasionally shouted as they stood across the street
from his studio. But they were often hidden from
view by the more than 35 members of the media there to cover
the protest, and out-shouted by a few very vocal
New York Magazine videographer Jonah Green was
one of those press members, and he captured a disturbing
video of several of those protesters in hate-filled
rants against the comedian. (He is
a comedian, remember?)
"Should we talk about his son?" one protester
asked. "His son was born out of wedlock. There's a term for that."
"How dare he?" asked yet a third, the most offensive
of all. "When he has a bastard son, and a slut for a wife"
Letterman has already changed and that's terrible.
He's guarding every word that comes out of his mouth.
A comedian can't be funny if he's afraid to speak.
And, as always, all the Republicans and half the Democrats
have lined up against him.
Rethugs stuck with Bush over kidnappings, rape, torture and murder.
Dems turn on Letterman for a joke that missed the mark.
Excerpt: When David Letterman let loose with some sexist
and crude cheap shots about the daughter of Sarah Palin,
a lot of folks were asking, ”Where are the feminists?
Well, it looks like even the National Organization
of Women (NOW) can’t keep quiet any longer.
In a move that pretty much has conservatives
floored, NOW has placed Letterman in its Hall of Shame as an offender.
After joking about a “slutty flight attendant
look” and using Palin’s daughter, Alex Rodriguez and “knocked up”
in the same ugly sentence, the very next night
Letterman made another remark about the governor’s daughter and Eliot Spitzer.
NOW Communications Director Lisa Bennett issued
a statement citing Letterman's attempt at humor and dismissing Dave’s so-called
“On his June 10 show, Letterman said he was referring
to Palin's 18-year-old daughter, Bristol
— not the 14-year-old daughter who actually accompanied
Palin on her New York trip,” the spokesperson said.
When Letterman acknowledged that his jokes were
“ugly” NOW agreed.
“Comedians in search of a laugh should really
know better than to snicker about men
having sex with teenage girls (or young women)
less than half their age,” Bennett stated.
What, if anything, will make them happy?
Are they trying to kill comedy on TV?
How many times does Dave have to apologize?
After 30 years, Letterman makes a mistake and
NOW puts him in their
fucked up Hall of Shame with Glenn Beck and the
Trust me - Letterman could quit over this.
He's got mega-millions and once the show's no
longer fun, he's gone.
Doesn't anybody remember that Letterman and Jon Stewart are the top two honest interviewers/commentators on TV?
It's just like the Democrats to stab him in the back.
Maybe we should appoint a Joke Czar to censor all comedy that might
He made a mistake, he apologized for it, but they want more than that.
Watch your back, Jon Stewart.
You, too, are one mistake from being villified like Letterman.
"The effort to pass a constitutional amendment
reaffirming marriage as being between a man and a woman only is being undertaken strictly as a defense
of marriage against the attempt to redefine it and, in the process, weaken
it. Marriage is an extremely important institution
in this country and protecting it is, in my mind, worth the extraordinary step of amending our constitution."
-- Sen. John Ensign (R-NV), Link
"I deeply regret and am very sorry for my actions."
-- Sen. John Ensign after he was caught screwing a female staffer,
The shocker here is that it was a woman.
When's the last time a Rethug was caught with a woman?
I hope some way can be found for you to do both,
but if I had to choose between the page and the radio shows,
I'd vote for the Page. It existed before the
radio shows. It is what made the radio shows possible. It is more
preservable and archivable (for reference purposes)
than the radio shows, and more full of content, too,
because -- through provided links -- it is more
Also, I can read the page in spurts if I
need to, while the radio show requires me to set aside a certain block
There are other considerations, too -- especially
the links to other sites, videos and audios that you provide on the page,
the access (always useful) to pics of naked Republicans,
the Bruce Yergil cartoons, as well as the Doonesbury and
Tom Tomorrow and Betty Bowers and Gene Lyons
and so many others, plus the regular graphics you run of pink tutus
and Maureen Dowd and Tom DeLay (among others)
that spice up the Page's look -- oh, and the new pictures of
new BC hotties. And your oral trip reports are
great, but I so look forward to seeing the photos that illustrate them,
something I can't enjoy via the radio shows.
So, overall, I think the Page is the more versatile
and important product, the one that most represents the gestalt
of bartcop.com, and the one that provides the
most potential to help you grow your membership and/or increase revenues.
I have a few thoughts as to the above which I
will send you in a few days.
The thoughts involve better spreading the word
about Bartcop.com, something that I personally promise to ...
Excerpt: Are you deliberately trying to start a civil
If your answer is yes, then stop this cowardly
half-assed screwing around. You speak the language of war and honor;
but the honor code of the warriors you pretend
to revere demands that you declare your intentions. If you really believe
that the only way to get the America you want
is to negate a fair election, shred the Constitution, and violently cleanse
the country of everyone who doesn't agree with
you, then man up and get on with it. If it's a shooting war you want,
do not doubt that there are plenty of progressives
who will oblige you. If this goal is so important that you're really
willing to kill for it, please don't forget that
you will also need to be willing to die for it. Because, like martyrs
Greg McKendry and Steven Johns proved, we are
willing to do whatever is necessary to stop you.
If your answer is no, then you have just one other
choice. Knock off the tantrums, grow up, rebuild your party,
come back to the table, and sit down and govern
with us. (We know this will be a stretch, but we think some of you
are capable of it.) You will need to learn, many
of you for the first time, to get your way as adults do -- without
fear-based politics, polarizing rhetoric, on-air
threats against those who disagree with you, and repeating
outrageous lies in the face of stone facts and
And stop feeding the crazies.
One thing for sure - the Right is extremely pissed
off that "one of them" made it to the White House.
That's why they're talking secession - they can't
stand "one of them" in control.
Some of these nuts would rather their childtren
die than have a Black surgeon operate on them.
I am so f-ing sick of so called progressive guys
oinking as loud as Limbaugh
and hiding their snouts behind "politics" that
I could puke.
Letterman's comments were ugly and sexist.
I guess that's the new world now...take a sexualized
shot at a 14 year old and blame it on her mom's politics.
I think some true colors are coming out. And
it ain't a pretty sight. Letterman's lucky he didn't make that sort
of a comment about my daughter when she was 14.
I'd have gone on his show and bitchslapped him.
STOP THE MADNESS!
So, you think a personal attack on me is the best way to handle this?
You're wrong and I can explain why without screaming insults at you.
Obviously you'tre taking Palin's side in this stupid argument - I have
to wonder why.
The smart move for Palin would've been to ignore it and move on but
she seems to get off
on screaming "David Letterman wants to rape
my 14 year old daughter," and that's uglier than anything Letterman said.
In the last ten days, who has sexualized Palin's daughter more - Letterman
Palin is screaming "This is an insult to all
women" and you've bought into that?
Don't you know when you're being manipulated?
Letterman's comments were off-target - nothing more.
It was a dumb joke that Dave has apologized for - what else do you
You want Dave to turn back time and un-tell the joke?
Dave's been on TV for 30 plus years and if he was a raging, sexist,
wouldn't we have known that before Palin made this joke so famous?
Repeat - Palin made this joke famous - not Letterman.
Palin wants to be sure everyone in Amertica has heard the joke.
Dave has maybe 4 million viewers, but Palin made sure every American
heard the joke.
Don't you know when you're being manipulated?
This reminds me of the times when, after maybe 4,000 pages, I get shit
over a single sentence and they start that "Now
we see your true colors" crap.
Why can't a joke that didn't work just be a joke that didn't work?
Have you ever tried comedy?
It tough to have a perfect batting average when you're trying to be
That joke was written by Letterman's writers - I doubt Dave knew which
daughter was at the game.
Assuming Dave meant to sexualize a 14 year old girl is an ugly and
If Dave had said those comments about your daughter and you approached
I think he would have apologized and then what would you have done?
Dave's comments were a mistake - yours are intentional.
Between you and Dave, who's the meaner person?
I don't know if we've talked before so I don't know your politics.
If you're a regular reader, I'm puzzled why you're joining with Palin
and attacking your allies
One person is throwing alllll the gasoline on this fire - the
publicity-seeking bitch from Alaska.
I'm sure Palin appreciates your joining with her to punish a comedian
for telling a dumb joke..
This is NOT about defending the dignity and innocence of a child.
This is about a headline-seeking whore making a hueueueuge
deal out of a throw-away joke.
Note: If you sign up,
you'll get a Twitter message when
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"Did it produce the desire results? I think
it did. I think, for example, Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, who was the number three man in al
Qaeda, (Objection! Assumes facts
not in evidence.)
the man who planned the attacks of
9/11, (Objection! Assumes facts
not in evidence.)
provided us with a wealth of information."
(Objection! Assumes facts not in
-- Cheney the liar, defending torture Link
"I make up stories. Where is he? I don’t know.
Then he torture me. Then I said, 'Yes, he is
in this area.'" -- Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, saying he made
shit up, Link
Excerpt: Last September, a skit on Saturday Night Live suggested incest in the
"What about the husband?" asked a mock Times
"You know he's doing those daughters. I mean,
come on. It's Alaska!"
Sarah Palin appeared on the show one month later
in late October.
= TV Greatness Why can't the second best show on TV be half this good?
Tuesday's show had 3-4 scenes that were nearly
Have I ever said that before?
NO, because TV's never been this good.
They repeat this classic monster Sunday night.
I really recommend that you catch this perfection
- don't miss this.
If you know someone who says "Today's
TV is shit," have your friend over Sunday night and see what
great TV looks like.
You should ask, "Is
Bart prejudiced?" Yeah, I am but I said Rescue Me
totally blew last year.
It was the best show on TV for three years and
their fourth year was awful so I said so.
But now they are back painting Van Goghs so I
give them a chance.
This is one of the best hours I've seen on TV this year.
Rescue Me has shown greatness
in three of their last four shows.
On second thought - DON'T watch this show.
Denis Leary might say something that offends somebody and get
thrown off the air.
"Who are we to gripe about Iran's arguably
rigged election? We most likely elected the wrong guy in 2000. If the Supreme Court had not short-circuited
the Florida recount, we might know for sure whether another tally could have confirmed what we now know
to be true -- that most voters intended to elect Gore." -- Craig Crawford,
Our biggest problem with the 2000 vote is Bush wanted to win
and Gore was willing to accept the job - if it somehow fell into
In Iran, where their vote is stolen they get out in the streets
and let their rage show.
In America, we praise the f-ing thief and pledge to work with
"We follow orders like good little sheep."
We knew that election was rigged but we just took it - like the
idiot sheep we are.
Democrats didn't want to bother with fighting for it and look
what it cost us.
We are nearing the $4,000
level! Thanks to all who have been so generous.
I know what you're thinking...
"I've been reading bartcop.com
for years, maybe I should send Ol' Bart a 'love' check."
I think we started this the last day of February.
Now we're into June - but we're 2/3 thru :)
survive! The cost of catnip is enormous.
send a 'love' check to
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"Welcome to the 'Late Show.' I'm Dave Letterman,
goodwill ambassador. I got a call from Mom earlier today
and she told me she was siding with Palin."
"Here's good news for visitors. Have you been
down to Times Square? It's now a pedestrian mall. They have 400 beach chairs in the middle
of the street. And if you don't get one of those beach chairs, well, I'll lend you a bag of my hate
mail. You can relax on that."
"You folks know about Bernie Madoff? Oh, oh,
I mean, most hated man in America. Me and Bernie Madoff. It's kind of a one, two thing. He was
way out in front 'til a couple of days ago. But the New York Times says his wife is being shunned by friends
and neighbors. Well, tell me about it."
It's been a long time since I donated so I wanted
to send this small amount despite the fact
that I'm unemployed again. I just got a
call from my old boss saying my rehire has been
moved to October--all thanks to the Bush economy.
My unemployment benefits run out in October and
our Republican general assembly
turned down stimulus funds for state unemployment
benefits, so I'll be operating without a net.
Anyway, your site continues to provide me with
a laugh and a fighting spirit,