Bartcop

Bartcop

Infobox Website
name = Bartcop

url = http://www.bartcop.com
commercial = Yes
type = Political / social commentary
registration = Optional (required for forums, paid subscription required for radio show)
owner = Bartcop
author = Bartcop
launch date = February 25, 1996
current status = Active

Bartcop is a popular Democratic blogger from Tulsa, Oklahoma, active on the web since 1996 and who has produced his own internet radio show since 2004. "Bartcop" is the nom de plume of Terry R. Coppage, born September 1, 1953.

"Bartcop.com" and "Bartcop Radio" consist principally of commentary on the politics, written/spoken in a down-to-earth style from a Democratic perspective, and laced inextricably with humor. Scathing criticism of George W. Bush and other Republicans, and sometimes other Democrats, is omnipresent in Bartcop's "rants". Although a serious political commentator (i.e., his site is not satire), Bartcop sometimes describes himself as primarily a comedian. The constant witticisms and humor that define his page have gained him a large and loyal readership.

Bartcop is an ardent Bill Clinton loyalist. He supported Hillary Clinton's bid for the presidency in 2008, and had been an outspoken opponent of Barack Obama, splitting with the majority of the liberal Blogosphere and causing much controversy from late 2007 up until June 2008, when Sen. Obama secured enough delegates to carry his party's nomination. Since then, Bartcop has thrown his full support behind Sen. Obama. [http://www.bartcop.com/2159.htm]

Overview

Bartcop.com was established in February 1996 with the name "Rush Limba, Lying Nazi Whore", a reference to popular conservative talk radio host Rush Limbaugh, intentionally spelling his last name phonetically). This name remained for many years. Bartcop.com now is the masthead for several websites. Bartcop has launched a radio show, available to financial supporters of Bartcop.com, and many of the site's readers frequent the #bartcop IRC chat room. In the 2004 Democratic Primary, he gave some support to Dennis Kucinich and Howard Dean before finally endorsing Wesley Clark, both because of his military credentials and his closeness to Clinton. Immediately after Clark's departure from the race, Bartcop followed Clark in endorsing John Kerry. In 2008 he endorsed Hillary Clinton, and spent most of the Democratic primary season battling it out with Barack Obama supporters. He opposed the less experienced Obama, contending that he could win because of racial and religious sentiment among Middle American whites against Mr. Obama, and therefore nominating Obama would guarantee a loss in the General Election. Bartcop's often-stated message was a variation on: "If our goal is to nominate a Black man, we should go with Obama. But what if our goal is to win the White House?" [http://www.bartcop.com/2149.htm]

Since then, however, Bartcop has reversed course, praising Obama for how he's handled attacks coming from the right:

Subject: you OK with Obama?

Bartcop... at some point, do you think you might be able to admit that this guy is gonna be better than you could have hoped for?

He isn't cowering, he's fighting back, and he is better at itthan any Dem candidate you've seen in quite awhile.

Keep on swinging. South Side Rob

I'll admit it right now.I'm impressed with the way he's handled things since the merge.

At this point, it's hard to say if he's that good or McCain's that bad,but the real test will be his reaction when the whore press turns on him.

[http://www.bartcop.com/2166.htm]

A long-running feature of the page is to publish the text of angry e-mails sent in by opponents, which Bart calls "monkey mail". He posts the emails and replies point by point with his derisive and humorous commentary.

He also likes to end each issue with an image of Shirley Manson from the band Garbage.

In 2002, Salon.com infamously fingered Coppage and Marc Perkel as the authors behind the pseudonymously-published Media Whores Online, a conclusion both vehemently denied. [http://www.bartcop.com/salonwhore.htm] [http://www.bartcop.com/061002perkel.htm] MWO had always linked directly to Bartcop's site and an essay of his, [http://www.bartcop.com/libmedia.htm The Myth of the Liberal Media] , as a kind of mission statement. To this day MWO's author remains unidentified.

Political views

Bartcop is an outspoken critic of the American media and addresses the perception of liberal bias in a page long article entitled "The Myth of the Liberal Media." Many issues feature quotes from journalists he considers to be fawning over government policy. Bartcop often calls these journalists "whores", a perception he claims has been reinforced by revelations about commentator Armstrong Williams and Jeff Gannon. To reinforce these criticisms, pictures of the faces of prominent journalists are superimposed on tops of bodies of women dressed as prostitutes. (Photoshopped images are commonly used on the site to make points humorously).

Bartcop has been known to take controversial stances on some issues. He criticizes Zionist Jews for putting a higher priority on their "sacred sand" than on the lives of their children. His proposed solution to the Israeli-Palestinian conflict is for all Jews to leave Israel and take up residence in the United States (specifically Oklahoma). This view has generated a great deal of critical mail from liberal Jewish readers, but Bartcop notes that he also opposes Palestinian suicide bombers and has spoken out against anti-Semites. He tends to be critical of religion in general (often using the phrase "religiously insane" when referring to the Religious Right). He characterizes devout followers of any religious creed as superstitious. He uses the phrase "Invisible Cloud Being" as a way of characterizing the personal sky God popular in monotheisms.

Unlike many liberals, Bartcop is opposed to complete gun control, though he has stated that if David Koresh is a "10" on this scale, then he is a "3."

Bartcop is vocal in his support of the U.S. military and has had many heated expletive-laced debates with readers whom he views as insulting the troops. He has said that Bush betrayed the troops and the country by ordering the invasion of Iraq for what he perceives as the wrong reasons, and he keeps a running tally of those soldiers killed in the war. Previously a supporter of the political cartoons of Ted Rall (Bartcop had referred to Rall as "my "good friend" Ted Rall" in the past), he broke all connection and publicly denounced Rall in May of 2004 after Rall published a cartoon mocking Pat Tillman. Bartcop dedicated an entire issue of his online magazine to Rall's cartoon, publishing his views and the views of many readers who sent in email on the subject. Bartcop viewed the cartoon as an insult to a brave soldier, and was upset that Rall did not distinguish between the war in Afghanistan, which Bartcop generally considers a worthy cause, and the War in Iraq, which he does not. Nonetheless, Bartcop still occasionally includes Rall's comics in his material.

Bartcop had gone on record as supporting "the Democratic Front-runner in 2008," which was Hillary Rodham Clinton for most of the campaign. As a part of this support, he routinely posted editorials by liberals who oppose Clinton (Replacing the titles of their pieces with "Why I Hate Her" or similar) and then rebuts them. The rise of Barack Obama and the rise of attacks from the Left on the Clintons upset Bartcop a great deal, and he dedicated much energy in the 2008 primary season to promoting and defending Clinton and berating Obama and his supporters. Bartcop believed that Obama can not win in the General Election, and therefore that nominating him was a terrible idea which guaranteed another Republican victory. This led to major infighting on the liberal Blogosphere, and causing many friendships and political alliances to be severed. Despite the 6-months-plus of daily infighting, Bartcop stated repeatedly that he would support whomever the 2008 Democratic nominee is, and has done so now that Sen. Obama has secured the nomination.

Bartcop's non-political obsessions include Chinaco Anejo Tequila, poker, bixby corn, and Shirley Manson. Bartcop is also an avid fan of the music of Led Zeppelin.

Favorite claims

* To have an IQ of 64.
* To possess a tequila treehouse.
* To never have lost a debate, or a court case.
* That "Saturday Night Live" and "The Daily Show" steal jokes from him.
* That Bartcop.com has "dozens" of readers.

Bartionary

* Butter Queen = Candy Crawley, CNN Senior Political Reporter
* Bag O' Hairspray = Senator Elizabeth Dole
* B.F.E.E. = Bush Family Evil Empire
* Bush the Smarter, George Herbert Walker Bush, Smirk Daddy = President George H. W. Bush
* Bush's Poodle = Prime Minister of the United Kingdom Tony Blair
* Cheesy Fries = Former Prime Minister of Canada Jean Chrétien
* Ditto-Monkey = a derisive term used to describe a person that does not think for themself and repeats information (or more frequently misinformation) they have heard elsewhere. The term is usually used to describe fans of Rush Limbaugh's radio show. Derived from Limbaugh's original term, 'ditto-head'.
* Doc Meng = Dr. Laura Schlessinger (a reference to Dr. Josef Mengele)
* Joey the Rat = Pope Benedict XVI, a play on his birth name, Joseph Ratzinger
* Judas Maximus = George Stephanopoulos
* Kinda Sleazy Rice = Condoleezza Rice
* Kissyface = Joe Lieberman
* Koresh = God exp. "Koresh only knows what Bush was thinking while reading My Pet Goat"
* Knuckledrag, K-Drag = Oklahoma in general, Bartcop's hometown of Tulsa in particular
* Laura the Unloved = Laura Schlessinger
* Meet the Whore = Meet the Press
* Monkey Mail = barely-coherent hate mail from Ditto-Monkeys
* Mr. Three Percent = Ralph Nader
* Musclehead, Governor Gang Bang = Arnold Schwarzenegger
* NYWT, New York Whore Times = "The New York Times"
* Pickles = Laura Bush
* Pink Tutu Democrats = Congressional Democrats, usually centrists, whom Bart feels do not stand up to Republican policies
* Pissquick = Oklahoma Senator James Inhofe
* Poppy = George H.W. Bush
* Republican Kryptonite = Truth
* The Invisible Cloud Being = God, specifically the religious right's view of a vengeful, Old Testament-style deity
* The Jesus Twins = Oklahoma politicians Tom Coburn and Steve Largent
* The Monkey = George W. Bush
* The San Francisco Treat = Condoleezza Rice
* The Savage Weiner = Conservative pundit Michael Savage
* The Sweaty Wrestler = Dennis Hastert
* The Vulgar Pigboy (or Der Vulgar Pigboy) = Rush Limbaugh
* Red-Ink = President Ronald Reagan, the name comes from Reagan's record deficits
* Religiously insane = religious fanatics
* She (or Her) = Hillary Clinton
* Slappy = Supreme Court Justice Clarence Thomas
* Snoot = Former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich
* Tweety = Chris Matthews (alternatively "Chris the Screamer")
* Uncle OJ = Rep. J.C. Watts
* Unka Dick = Vice President Dick Cheney
* US Whore Today = "USA Today"
* WaHoPo (Washington Whore Post) = "Washington Post"
* Whore Street Journal = "Wall Street Journal"
* Whore = Any journalist(s) on television or print who coddle to the Bush administration (implying their loyalty is for sale).

External links

References

* Liberto, Jennifer. " [http://www.salon.com/politics/letters/2002/06/06/mwo/ "Media Whores Online"] ", Salon.com. June 3, 2002. (Requires premium subscription.) [http://home.ease.lsoft.com/scripts/wa.exe?A2=ind0206a&L=wnn&F=&S=&P=1819]

The Bartcop.com Network

* [http://www.bartcop.com Bartcop.com] - Bartcop's Latest Rants
* [http://bartcook.pdxnet.net/index.php Bart Cook]
* [http://inamongus.com/bartstocks/ Bart Stocks]
* [http://bartcopsports.blogspot.com/ Bartcop Sports]
* [http://www.suprmchaos.com/home.index.html Bartcop Entertainment]
* [http://www.bartcopnation.com Bartcop Nation, another hub of leftist politics]


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