Poli-toon of The Day: Hollywood’s Hypocrisy

hguns (HT: Prof. Jacobson @ Legal Insurrection)

Not only does arrogant Hollywood seriously believe they can preach gun banning/control to us, but they demand we stop pointing out all the violence promoted, glamorized, and widely sold in the entertainment industry’s (their) finished products. But truth be told, it is not so much Hollywood’s use of guns in movies as much as it is their completely blurring of the good/evil, right/wrong lines over the last few decades.

That said, here is the Hollywood Hypocrisy I want to point out…

Have you noticed how hard Hollywood and the liberals are coming down on previous Oscar winner, director Kathryn Bigelow (the first and ONLY female to win a Best Director Oscar) and her “Zero Dark Thirty”? Even a struggling feminist sister hoisted the victorious woman, who defied the Hollywood all boy’s club, to the ranks of Nazi propagandist Leni Riefenstahl for this latest movie. And it is not over ‘gun violence’but waterboarding. (Oh, yeah, and remember, while bashing Bush over the war(s) for eight years Hollywood insisted they supported the troops, but not the mission … and why haven’t we caught and killed Osama Bin Laden, and … and … and … Shut up!)

Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (Ampas) member David Clennon said last week he would not be voting for Kathryn Bigelow’s film, which has been nominated for five Oscars, and urged others to snub a movie that he said “promotes the acceptance of the crime of torture, as a legitimate weapon in America’s so-called War on Terror”. Writing on the truth-out.org website, he added: “I cannot vote for a film that makes heroes of Americans who commit the crime of torture.”

In response, Sony president Amy Pascal said she was “outraged” that an Academy member would try to influence the voting process. “Zero Dark Thirty does not advocate torture,” she said on Friday. “To not include that part of history would have been irresponsible and inaccurate. We fully support Kathryn Bigelow and [screenwriter] Mark Boal and stand behind this extraordinary movie. We are outraged that any responsible member of the Academy would use their voting status in Ampas as a platform to advance their own political agenda.”

While Zero Dark Thirty remains in the running for five Oscars, it already appears to have slipped behind frontrunners such as Steven Spielberg’s Lincoln and Ang Lee’s Life of Pi owing to the ongoing controversy over whether Bigelow and Boal endorsed torture by their depiction of its use in the film, and whether that depiction was accurate. Bigelow surprisingly failed to receive a nod for best director when the Oscar nominations were announced on Thursday, and Zero Dark Thirty will compete only for best film, best original screenwriting, best actress (Jessica Chastain) and two editing prizes.

The furore over the film, which also stars Jason Clarke and Joel Edgerton, seems to have had a more positive effect on its potential profitability, however. Zero Dark Thirty went to No 1 at the US box office at the weekend with $24m. Bigelow and Boal’s previous film, the multiple Oscar-winning The Hurt Locker, took just $17m throughout its entire US box-office run, despite the Academy’s accolades.

Question for self-righteous David Clennon: In 1995 Mel Gibson won the Best Picture Oscar for “Braveheart”. Did you see the last scene William Wallace (Gibson) was in? It is because Bigelow’s production shows America as the winner, and the Che T-shirt-wearing left cannot have that, ever. Now then, if only Bigelow had portrayed U.S. troops being tortured, or going all “Platoon” on an innocent village…

Anyway, nobody puts Spielberg and the left’s usurping of Abe with their neo-southern reconstructionism in the corner.

I think I’ll see it this weekend … “Zero Dark Thirty”, that is.

One more thing, I am hoping Bigelow is currently working on a script for a “Fast and Furious” movie … and not one involving Vin Diesel and street race cars.

Hollywood premier of ¨Soy La Otra Cuba¨ at Macha Theatre


Macha Theatre part of Macha Theatre/Films, presents Cuban Cultural Night, celebrating Cuba’s independence from Spain, with the premier of the documentary “I Am The Other Cuba” (Soy La Otra Cuba) which sheds light on the current state of Cuba, its revolutionary past, and its uncertain path toward an unknown future. Featuring interviews with a variety of Cuban dissidents, Italian filmmaker Pierantonio Maria Miccirelli touches on subjects ranging from the ever-present struggle for freedom, to the “myth of the revolution,” and a visit to the Ladies in White, a group of peaceful opposition women seeking a change to democracy, and a civil society.

Marti in Chains – a special monologue in remembrance of Jose Marti written by documentary producer Odalys Nanin and performed by Florenciani, will be performed prior to the show.

After the screening, delicious appetizers from the famous PORTOS Cuban Bakery will be served.

Tickets can be purchased at the door or discounted at: WWW. GOLDSTAR.COM

Special thanks to Gordiano Lupi.

In Spanish below the fold.

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Define Irony: The Plight of Obama-Worshiping Hollywood’s Golden Idol Makers in Chicago

I doubt I need to spell out the elements of this story that make it fit into the ironic category: A Chicago based company. Those unwashed worker bees that manufacture the coveted golden false idols the rich Hollywood elitist limo-libs treasure. Hollywood’s breathless campaigning and selling of the fool’s gold Obama to the weak-minded who hang on their every word as gospel.

While it is not clear if the 95 lay offs are related to the company being sold and union issues, or cutbacks due to the economy and all that comes with the Obama re-election as other companies have and are dealing with, it is still quite ironic

R.S. Owens & Co. Inc., known for manufacturing the Oscar and Emmy awards, plans to lay off 95 employees, according to the most recent report from the Illinois Department of Commerce and Economic Opportunity. The reason for the layoffs was not provided in the report.

Last month, Chicago-based R.S. Owens was acquired by St. Regis Crystal Inc. of Indianapolis. Terms of the transaction were not disclosed.

According to the state report, the company’s dismissals are effective Dec. 17, the same date St. Regis’ ownership takes effect. It is not clear whether the layoffs are permanent or a transitional procedure leading to the workers’ hiring by St. Regis. Neither company were immediately available for comment.

The 95 layoffs equal more than a third of R.S. Owens’ staff, which numbers 251, according to Bloomberg.

In a statement about last month’s deal, R.S. Owens said it would continue to manufacture its products at its location in Jefferson Park. This includes the Oscar statuettes for the Academy Awards and television’s Emmy awards as well as awards for the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame, Nascar Pepsi Max 400, the Cotton Bowl and “American Idol.”

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I just wonder if, say, Michael Moore (who feeds on the misfortune and suffering of others), George Clooney and Jamie Foxx (and the rest of those top 1% 2%-ers) are aware and concerned for these 95 people now being laid off during the holiday season. I’m sure they are hard at work right now planning some big fundraiser for those blue-collar workers.

Speaking of lard-ass Moore and the rest of wealth-scolding/wealth-guilt Hollywood, have a look at our tax dollars at work for super-size Mikey and Hollywood in “state subsidies for Hollywood films and studios – a frequent practice that often reaps very little in tax revenue or long-term jobs.” For all Hollywood’s caterwauling demands to tax the rich more in this country, it is time to start with them.

“Going Galt” Part Two


On the plan for “Going Galt”

It is time to hit Hollywood and the entire entertainment industry that smeared the prosthetic make-up on this guy and sold him to the gullible celebrity-minded Americans that cannot conceive of how to do a damn thing for themselves.

Buy nothing, no product(s) … movie ticket, concert ticket, iTune download, poster, entertainment magazine, DVD, CD, celebrity clothing line, etc. Buy nothing “Big Bird” or Sesame Street. Now is a great time to initiate this during the holiday shopping season. It is also a big time of the fiscal year for Hollywood movies, now and summer. Not a dime to Hollywood who funded and promoted four more years of misery for us while they sit comfortably in their million(s) dollars homes not worried how much gas is for their fleet of cars/limos or the cost of and shrinking amount of food in their kitchens where somebody else shops and cooks for them. Screw them all the way up to the high-powered producers/directors and studios.

Just a reminder about Hollywood: “Time for Hollywood to pay its fair share”

At the Democratic National Convention, Eva Longoria said that she should be paying higher taxes. I agree.

Actually, what she said was: “The Eva Longoria who worked at Wendy’s flipping burgers — she needed a tax break. But the Eva Longoria who works on movie sets does not.”

I’d actually go further than that. It’s not just Eva Longoria who doesn’t need a tax break — it’s her entire industry, which has enjoyed favorable tax treatment in all sorts of ways, at both the federal and state levels, for years. And now, with the federal government and the states in parlous financial condition, it’s time for those fat cats to shoulder more of the burden. Why should burger flippers at Wendy’s have to cover the national debt while Hollywood moguls enjoy yachts, swimming pools and private jets?

The last time America was this deep in debt was the end of World War II. One of the ways we paid the debt down was through a 20 percent tax on the gross receipts of movie theaters. (That’s right — gross, not net.) That tax was repealed in the 1950s — I guess we could call that the “Hollywood tax cut,” since we’re still talking about the “Bush tax cut” in 2012. To secure that repeal, Hollywood launched a major PR campaign about how taxes kill jobs and hurt prosperity. We haven’t heard that kind of talk from them since.

But, hey, by that time, we were bringing the debt under control. Now, we’re facing debt levels similar to those we faced after World War II, and it seems entirely appropriate to respond with similar measures. Of course, technological change means we’d need to update the 20 percent tax to apply not only to movie theaters, but to DVD sales, movie downloads, pay-per-view and the like. That just means more revenue, which should please Eva Longoria.

And that’s just the beginning. To be sure that fat cats are paying their fair share and not getting away with things that Wendy’s workers can’t, it’s time for the Internal Revenue Service to crack down on Hollywood’s shady accounting practices, which let studios make even highly successful films look like money losers. (Just look up “Hollywood accounting” on Wikipedia.) I feel sure that if the IRS took a hard look at studios’ and producers’ books, they could squeeze out a good deal of additional revenue. Wendy’s workers don’t get to engage in that kind of fancy accounting. Why should Hollywood?

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If Obama’s agenda is to go after small private business then I say we go after Obama’s butt-kissing industry that has NOT been paying its fair share. No, it will not solve the deep money pit this nation is in, but for far too long Hollywood has felt immune to everything they have been demanding for others while expecting those feeling the pain to fork over hard-earned household budget money for their products. As big selfish corporations and corporate sharks go, Hollywood is most definitely one. Don’t feed the shark…

Contact serious republicans in the Congress about ending Hollywood’s tax cuts.

Jesse Ventura Palpably Excited by Castro’s “Cock and Thrust” Handshake … and Communism


Too many hits to the head…

NEW YORK — “I can only judge Fidel by the hour I spent with him,” former Minnesota governor and renowned conspiracy crockpot Jesse Ventura told The Daily Caller in the empty lobby restaurant of his New York City hotel in mid-September.

“And I will tell you this about Fidel. He had the most unique — I will always remember his handshake. Always. And I’ve shaken how many hands? But I will always remember his.”

“He winds up. When he met me he cocks his hand up and he thrusts it down to you,” Ventura explained with palpable excitement in his voice.

“And I’ll tell you what he first said to me. The first thing out of Fidel Castro’s mouth to me, he looked me right in the eye and said, ‘You’re a man of great courage.’”

TheDC’s interview with Ventura was supposed to be about his new book, “DemoCRIPS and ReBLOODlicans: No More Gangs in Government,” but the plurality of the nearly 90 minutes seemed to focus on Cuba. Early in the interview TheDC asked the former Navy SEAL and professional wrestling caricature why he was seemingly more willing to believe Fidel Castro, who was until recently the inhumane dictator of the island nation and who Ventura wrote about meeting in a previous book, than the flawed but open and democratic American government?

“Fidel runs a very inhumane — how do you know that?” he asked incredulously. “They have the highest health care of any Latin American country. … What has he done that’s inhumane?”

Castro ran — and his brother now runs — a freedomless despotism, Jesse! By definition, that’s inhumane, TheDC argued.

“Wait a minute, that’s Communism,” he protested. “It’s a different form a government.”

Does Ventura, who sometimes claims he’s a libertarian, not have a problem with Communism?

“Communism is what it is,” he said. “I don’t support Communism. I don’t like that type of government.”

Contradicting himself, as he did on more than one occasion during the interview, he then claimed that Communism may actually be the best political system.

“The Communism of Karl Marx would probably be actually the best for everybody as a whole,” he explained. “But what he didn’t figure into was human nature and that’s what corrupts it.”

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Suffer The Fools

Radio shock jock Howard Stern sent his guys out on the streets of New York’s Harlem to ask Obama supporters why they will again vote for the man. The results, while not surprising, speak for themselves…

Meanwhile, a woman who several years ago decided to pretty much dump the USA for England and a faux British accent seemed to find time to do some endorsing and campaigning for Obama (and out him as a “black Muslim” … or something) during her lame concert tour to promote her floundering latest CD and her very obvious has been career … and the results are predictable (Language Warning)…

By the way, the woman has promised to strip naked on stage should Obama get re-elected. So, just one more reason in the long and growing list of reasons why Barry Obama must lose in November.

You see, all the fame and fortune in the world cannot buy a person’s way out of the catagory of useful idiot.

If “The Innocence of Muslims” Was The Cause for The Violence and Death Across The Muslim World “Zero Dark Thirty” Should Not See The Light of Day


The administration will not relent on blaming the stupid video, even though they and their water-carrying media are outnumbered by the facts.

John Nolte at Breitbart poses an interesting angle on the controversy of the last few days…

Now that the White House and State Department have made clear that they believe movies compel terrorists to terrorize, it’s time for them to get ahead of this problem. And one thing the White House can do immediately is to pressure Sony to stop the release of director Kathryn Bigelow’s “Zero Dark Thirty,” which celebrates the killing of Osama bin Laden.

I’m only saying this because, you know, the White House and the media told me movies inflame and cause terrorism.

Think about it: if the poorly produced and laughably bad trailer for “The Innocence of Muslims” results in chaos, murder, and the burning of foreign outposts all throughout the Middle East, how much rioting and mayhem is a big-budgeted, slickly produced, Oscar-bait blockbuster celebrating the death of the leader of al-Qaeda going to cause?

Moreover, an excuse Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will not be able to use in the case of “Zero Dark Thirty” (as she did with “Innocence of Muslims”) is the cowardly and self-righteous claim that the federal government and the Obama White House had nothing to do with “Zero Dark Thirty.”

Because the federal government and the Obama White House had everything to do with “Zero Dark Thirty.”

As we now know, in an effort to get this glitzy in-kind contribution (tens of millions of dollars) up on the screen in time to affect the election, it was the Obama Administration that gave the filmmakers tons of encouragement and a troubling amount of access to all kinds of classified material.

But this very same Obama Administration has since learned that it wasn’t the Obama Doctrine of disengaging with the Middle East and embracing the Muslim Brotherhood that caused all this mayhem and murder last week. It was a movie.

This means that the only responsible thing for the Obama Administration to do is to get proactive and, in the interest of national security and to help ensure the safety of Americans overseas, put as much pressure as they can on Sony to stop the distribution of “Zero Dark Thirty.”

After all, this is what the Administration did to YouTube to stop the distribution of “The Innocence of Muslims.”


John Nolte goes on to echo my views on Hollywood’s deafening silence on this whole episode.

On a side note…

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My Question: Where Is That Infamous Hollywood Outrage?


A chill wind is blowing in this nation. A message is being sent through the White House and its allies in talk radio and Clear Channel and Cooperstown. If you oppose this administration, there can and will be ramifications.

Every day, the air waves are filled with warnings, veiled and unveiled threats, spewed invective and hatred directed at any voice of dissent. And the public, like so many relatives and friends that I saw this weekend, sit in mute opposition and fear.Tim Robbins, 4/15/03

This laughable righteous indignation missive from a Hollywood actor to the National Press Club in Washington, D.C. over nine years ago was meant to imply the Bush Administration was somehow stifling free speech and the free press, and outlawing political dissent in a fascist manner. I just don’t seem to recall anyone in the MSM being hauled out of bed in the middle of the night by deputies and taken in for interrogation. Nor did I see such an action against Hollywood and other movie directors, writers, and producers being pulled from their Beverly Hills mansions in that manner for their eight years of trashing then sitting President George Bush and endangering our troops in harms way.

The guy that made this stupid film may not be some bigwig Hollywood icon, but since when does Hollywood decide the 1% of their industry deserves free expression rights be protected, and not the other 99%? But you see, Robbins and all the rest who were bitching and moaning during the previous administration were basically pissed their complaints were not having an impact on the administration … or the American people. However, no voices were silenced. From Cindy Sheehan to Robbins to the news media, political cartoonists, and the entertainment industry everybody had their boisterous clamoring against the White House, and even our brave military fighting two wars, heard.

Tim’s, Hollywood’s, and the media’s bloviating of free speech appears to be so silent today in the wake of this outrage that even the crickets have a gag-order.

This photo, and its story of the violation of our First Amendment in deference to the demands of foreign law, should be widely seen until everyone understands the depth and importance of what has happened.

Glenn Reynolds at Instapundit has gathered some interesting views on this midnight house call…

WHY BARACK OBAMA SHOULD RESIGN. Just for the record, this is what it looked like for a man who made a film that made the Obama Administration uncomfortable…

Here’s the key bit: “Just after midnight Saturday morning, authorities descended on the Cerritos home of the man believed to be the filmmaker behind the anti-Muslim movie that has sparked protests and rioting in the Muslim world.”

When taking office, the President does not swear to create jobs. He does not swear to “grow the economy.” He does not swear to institute “fairness.” The only oath the President takes is this one:

I do solemnly swear (or affirm) that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States, and will to the best of my ability, preserve, protect and defend the Constitution of the United States.

By sending — literally — brownshirted enforcers to engage in — literally — a midnight knock at the door of a man for the non-crime of embarrassing the President of the United States and his administration, President Obama violated that oath. You can try to pretty this up (It’s just about possible probation violations! Sure.), or make excuses or draw distinctions, but that’s what’s happened. It is a betrayal of his duties as President, and a disgrace.

He won’t resign, of course. First, the President has the appreciation of free speech that one would expect from a Chicago Machine politician, which is to say, none. Second, he’s not getting any pressure. Indeed, the very press that went crazy over Ari Fleischer’s misrepresented remarks seems far less interested in the actions of an administration that I repeat, literally sent brown-shirted enforcers to launch a midnight knock on a filmmaker’s door.

But Obama’s behavior — and that of his enablers in the press — has laid down a marker for those who are paying attention. By these actions he is, I repeat, unfit to hold office. I hope and expect that the voters will agree in November.

Read the whole column…

As I have been saying, the video is a distration from the real reason all this death and destruction has blown-up on the other side of the world. The real reason is Obama’s and the State Department’s failed foreign policy, and their weakening of our nation’s stance on the world stage.

By the way, here is a small list of very telling examples of our media’s double standard in the insulting of a religion for art’s sake. You will find it interesting given today’s situation.

It is all about the visual and subliminal impression being telegraphed in the above photo. If the authorities and the feds did not want to portray this in the perceived negative manner it is being taken, AND were honestly serious about ‘protecting’ this man, they would not have permitted reporters to be there and especially not allowed photos be taken. But the media is using this photo to give the impression this guy is to be shamed and blamed for what is happening. They have chosen a side … Daily Mail: “The man who set the Middle East ablaze hides his face in shame….”

So, my question stands. “Where is Hollywood, and the media, in this obvious government bullying of a citizen exercising his Constitutional First Amendment rights?” Hell, we are NOT allowed to treat terror suspects this way…

“WAR.” – Andrew Breitbart

“And The Lapdog Media Just Can’t Stop Humping a Leg of Lies”

As The Hunt for Red September Herring continues with the MSM and the administration over this ridiculous video excuse for anti-American death and destruction of this week, John Nolte at Breitbart reminds us one of Barack Obama’s biggest individual campaign donors is responsible for anti-Muslim filmmaking of his own

Blame the movie.

Blame the movie.

Even though “the movie” was on YouTube for months prior to the collective indignation of thousands of Middle Eastern Islamists all coming together on the eleventh anniversary of September 11th (through wild coincidence, no doubt), we are being told by our government and our media overlords that we must blame the movie.

You see, if we blame the movie for the burning of our foreign outposts and the brutal murders of four Americans (including our Libyan ambassador who was reportedly raped), we won’t blame the burners and the looters and the murderers and the rapists.

You see, if we blame the movie for the Middle East burning, we won’t blames the Islamists who are doing the burning and looting and raping and murdering.

Which means we won’t further connect the dots and blame Obama’s failed Middle East policy; the Obama Doctrine of backing away from the region and allowing events to unfold as America stands idly by — as the Islamists in the Muslim Brotherhood grab hold of power in Egypt, a country that was once our largest and closest ally.

Blame the filmmaker.


But no one asks … What about Bill Maher?

Bill Maher?

Bill Maher made a comedy/documentary called “Religulous” that’s most famous for mercilessly mocking Christianity. But what people forget is that the last twenty-minutes or so of the film make a damning case against Islam.

Bill Maher made a film that mocked Islam.


Bill Maher also contributed $1 million to a pro-Obama super PAC.

And I’m sure that upon being reminded of this, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton will tremble with self-righteous indignation and demand Maher take his money back.

It’s weird, though, isn’t it?

I mean, how Hollywood has been silent in its defense of the filmmaker Obama is currently scapegoating (and in some cases, Hollywood is grabbing a torch), even as they embrace Bill Maher.

Well, I guess some anti-Islamic filmmakers are more equal than others.

Well, yeah…

Funny how the liberal/leftist Hollywood-types can’t seem to let go of the McCarthy era in their self-righteous industry’s history. They seem to have come full-circle now. But then, communists are very good at ratting out and destroying others inside their obtuse sphere of reality when it suits them.

And So It Begins…


Are you ready for this? These are not the droids you’re looking for…

The LA Times is reporting:

Administration officials have asked YouTube to review a controversial video that many blame for spurring a wave of anti-American violence in the Middle East.

The administration flagged the 14-minute “Innocence of Muslims” video and asked that YouTube evaluate it to determine whether it violates the site’s terms of service, officials said Thursday. The video, which has been viewed by nearly 1.7 million users, depicts Muhammad as a child molester, womanizer and murderer — and has been decried as blasphemous and Islamophobic.

YouTube blocked access to the video in Egypt and Libya, where protests in Benghazi erupted in violence that claimed the life of U.S. Ambassador J. Christopher Stevens and three other embassy workers. However, the video remains on the site. Protests have spread to Yemen, where hundreds stormed the U.S. Embassy.


YouTube declined comment on the administration request.

Earlier in the week, YouTube said it found that the video was “clearly within” its guidelines, which bar sexually explicit content, gratuitous violence, hate speech and what it termed “bad stuff” such as animal abuse, under-age drinking and bomb-making.

And now this from The Hollywood Reporter:

The Innocence of Muslims, a movie that has enraged radical Islamists who have rioted and committed murders in the Middle East this week, was partially shot on a set that Paramount’s TV unit helped to build for its TV show JAG, and a man with five decades of movie and television experience is helping the FBI figure out who is behind the controversial film.

Portions of the infamous, micro-budget movie were filmed in Saugus, about 30 miles north of Hollywood, on a portion of Blue Cloud Film Ranch called “Baghdad Square,” which is often used for TV and film productions seeking to replicate Middle Eastern war zones.
“JAG and Paramount and myself, we built this entire set for the JAG TV series,” says Blue Cloud owner Rene Veluzat in a YouTube video where he describes his movie ranch. On Thursday, though, that video was made “private” and protected by a password.

Paramount Television produced JAG, which aired on CBS from 1995-2005.

A Paramount spokesperson said the studio has no way to verify whether it built the set.

The building facades in and around Baghdad Square at Blue Cloud appear in episodes of JAG and The Innocence of Muslims, as well as other TV shows and movies.

The FBI and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department were interviewing Veluzat on Thursday, and Veluzat told The Hollywood Reporter that both law-enforcement agencies instructed him not to speak with the press or other interested parties about what he knows about The Innocence of Muslims.

Sources close to the investigation say they’re hoping Veluzat can, among other information, provide clarity as to the real names of the filmmakers. The Innocence of Muslims filmed Aug. 18, 2011, at Blue Cloud under the name Desert Warrior. The producer was listed in the film permit as Sam Bossil, though it’s an alias (reports also have identified him as Sam Bacile).

According to Film L.A., the county is holding the film permit under lock and key for now while it alerts those who are named on it that their identities — assuming they are real — are about to made public. Insiders say law-enforcement officials are concerned for the safety of the filmmakers once their true identities are known.


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Oh, sure they are. The filmmakers have not broken any laws. However, intimidation is a wonderful weapon in order to silence people.

THIS is not about some stupid film/video. That is a BS red herring.

Eastwooding: “A lot of people are realizing they had the wool pulled over their eyes by Obama”

Republican Convention

A week after Clint Eastwood’s outstanding speech at the RNC convention he spoke with The Carmel Pine Cone

AFTER?A week as topic No. 1 in American politics, former Carmel Mayor Clint Eastwood said the outpouring of criticism from left-wing reporters and liberal politicians after his appearance at the Republican National Convention last Thursday night, followed by an avalanche of support on Twitter and in the blogosphere, is all the proof anybody needs that his 12-minute discourse achieved exactly what he intended it to.

“President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” Eastwood told The Pine Cone this week. “Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that’s what everybody needs to know. I may have irritated a lot of the lefties, but I was aiming for people in the middle.”

Breaking his silence

For five days after he thrilled or horrified the nation by talking to an empty chair representing Obama on the night Mitt Romney accepted the Republican nomination for president, Eastwood remained silent while pundits and critics debated whether his remarks, and the rambling way he made them, had helped or hurt Romney’s chances of winning in November.

But in a wide-ranging interview with The Pine Cone Tuesday from his home in Pebble Beach, he said he had conveyed the messages he wanted to convey, and that the spontaneous nature of his presentation was intentional, too.

“I had three points I wanted to make,” Eastwood said. “That not everybody in Hollywood is on the left, that Obama has broken a lot of the promises he made when he took office, and that the people should feel free to get rid of any politician who’s not doing a good job. But I didn’t make up my mind exactly what I was going to say until I said it.”

Eastwood’s appearance at the convention came after a personal request from Romney in August, soon after Eastwood endorsed the former Massachusetts governor at a fundraiser in Sun Valley, Idaho. But it was finalized only in the last week before the convention, along with an agreement to build suspense by keeping it secret until the last moment.

Meanwhile, Romney’s campaign aides asked for details about what Eastwood would say to the convention.

“They vett most of the people, but I told them, ‘You can’t do that with me, because I don’t know what I’m going to say,’” Eastwood recalled.

And while the Hollywood superstar has plenty of experience being adored by crowds, he said he hasn’t given a lot of speeches and admitted that, “I really don’t know how to.” He also hates using a teleprompter, so it was settled in his mind that when he spoke to the 10,000 people in the convention hall, and the millions more watching on television, he would do it extemporaneously.

“It was supposed to be a contrast with all the scripted speeches, because I’m Joe Citizen,” Eastwood said. “I’m a movie maker, but I have the same feelings as the average guy out there.”

Eastwood is a liberal on social issues such as gay marriage and abortion, but he has strongly conservative opinions about the colossal national debt that has accumulated while Obama has been president, his failure to get unemployment below 6 percent, and a host of other economic issues.

“Even people on the liberal side are starting to worry about going off a fiscal cliff,” Eastwood said.

But what — exactly — would he say to the Republican delegates about the $16 trillion national debt and 8.3 percent unemployment rate?

Friends and associates weren’t as much help as he had hoped.

“Everybody had advice for me, except the janitor,” Eastwood said.

Early Thursday morning, when Eastwood left San Jose Airport on a private jet headed for Florida, he was still making up his mind. And even with his appearance just a few hours away, all Eastwood could tell Romney’s campaign manager, Matt Rhoades, and his aides, was “to reassure them that everything I would say would be nice about Mitt Romney.”

It was only after a quick nap in his hotel room a few blocks from the convention site, Eastwood said, that he mapped out his remarks — starting with his observation about politics in Hollywood, then challenging the president about the failure of his economic policies, and wrapping up by telling the public “they don’t have to worship politicians, like they were royalty or something.”

But even then, with just an hour before he appeared on stage, it still hadn’t occurred to Eastwood to use an empty chair as a stand-in for the president.

“I got to the convention site just 15 or 20 minutes before I was scheduled to go on,” he said. “That was fine, because everything was very well organized.”

After a quick trip through airport-style security, he was taken to a Green Room, where Archbishop Dolan of New York sought him out to say hello. Then he was taken backstage to wait for his cue. And that was when inspiration struck.

“There was a stool there, and some fella kept asking me if I wanted to sit down,” Eastwood said. “When I saw the stool sitting there, it gave me the idea. I’ll just put the stool out there and I’ll talk to Mr. Obama and ask him why he didn’t keep all of the promises he made to everybody.”

He asked a stagehand to take it out to the lectern while he was being announced.

“The guy said, ‘You mean you want it at the podium?’ and I said, ‘No, just put it right there next to it.’”


He had no idea that overnight, a rebellion had erupted online against the media’s condemnation of him, with thousands of bloggers, Twitterers and commentators calling him, “a genius,” “1,000 times more brilliant than the media,” and saying he’s “only gotten better with age.”

They also started posting their own versions of Eastwood’s empty chair in droves (“eastwooding”), and, on YouTube, replays of his remarks at the convention were being viewed millions of times.

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C’he La Vie and Au Revoir, France


Hollywood hypocrite pussy…

Johnny Depp gets the full-on commie as president of France that he and his Che/Castro-loving Hollywood ilk insist is needed in the USA, and that guy says he’ll now be taxing France’s resident rich at 75% to fill France’s collective coffers … and now Johnny gotta be fleeing the taxman to protect his pirate booty in the good old USA. He must be certain Romney is going to win, or Depp would be looking someplace else to dig his toes in.

Great Scott

Late last night successful Hollywood director/producer Tony Scott lept to his death from the Vincent Thomas Bridge out on the West Coast. Such an incredible loss to the industry…

His older brother Ridley Scott left London for L.A. upon hearing of his brother’s death.

Looking at his IMDB page Tony Scott had a hell of a lot of oars in the water. “Prometheus 2” (the second “ALIEN” prequel) just being announced. He worked with his brother on the first that was released earlier this summer.

“Top Gun” had its moments for me (I mean, fighter jets and Naval Aviators in flight suits, dress whites, and towels in locker rooms … What’s not to love, ladies?). But “Man on Fire” and “Domino” are two of my favorite late night flicks to catch on cable/HBO.

Raging Bull… UPDATED


“One good thing about music, when it hits you, you feel no pain.” – Bob Marley

It must be so very difficult for leftist limo-lib artists in this country. They have to straddle a very narrow, tissue paper thin line between pumping their collectivist ideological fist of resentment, disdain and revolt of capitalism in solidarity with their beloved comrade heroes, and that of … well … wanting to hit it big by massively selling their music, selling out concert venues and TM merchandise, suing for boatloads more money, and winning the coveted glittery music awards to decorate their multi-million dollar mansions and slowly stroke their tender egos.

In the last couple decades politicians running for office have found that one pop culture song that seems to make a really great sounding theme song for their public campaign rallies to get the crowds fired-up. Bill Clinton completely ruined a certain Fleetwood Mac tune for me doing this. Four years ago we were formally introduced to feisty, outspoken, Gov. Sarah “Sarahcuda” Palin when Sen. John McCain picked her as his 2008 GOP running mate. The nickname stems back to Palin’s school days on the basketball team, but generally reflects her aggressive nature about everything she does. It was only natural to select Heart’s “Barracuda” as an intro for Palin at her rallies … until the aging Wilson sisters got their panties in a wad and lashed out with a “cease-and-desist” letter to the campaign. John McCain had his own song problems with old, rich, white guy Jackson Browne at the same time. For some reason these rich, successful, pampered, self-righteous music artists have a problem with being even remotely associated with conservative, republican, capitalist-minded politicians via one of their songs. The only thing worse than an armchair socialist is a snooty rich armchair socialist … with a lawyer. But they are living here in the selfish USA and it is their trivial intellectual property, so they can object and file “cease-and-desist” letters/lawsuits to stop the use of it by undesirables.

Earlier this week the band Silversun Pickups warned the Romney camp not to use their song, “Panic Switch” at events. I had never heard of them prior to the news blurb. Oh well, far better music out there for future Pres. Mitt Romney to use to energize and entertain his growing crowds. As soon as Mitt Romney named Rep. Paul Ryan as his 2012 VP running mate the social vetting of Ryan began. MSNBC’s Al Sharpton is aghast at Ryan’s intense physical workout ethic. And when it was discovered Ryan’s favorite rock band is “Rage Against The Machine”, well, all Morello hell broke loose. The band’s lead guitarist felt the need to strike out at the Congressman in an op-ed for a certain music magazine. I mean, how dare the conservative politician actually like his music! The nerve! Mind you, Ryan has not used not one note of RATM’s music in his political appearances. It is just the fact that the world (well, those giving a damn enough to actually follow the details of this election cycle) now knows the dastardly conservative republican enjoys his and his band’s socialist anarchist music, and he simply cannot have any blurring of the ideological lines for his fans and peers … Ryan is Hannibal (Lecter, I guess from the op-ed) incarnate, and the musician is, well, Clarice Starling. Whatever…

However, on the other side of this non-issue, there is the thought that Ryan’s musical taste, particularly in RATM, should somehow throw some sort of doubt about the candidate (for whatever perceived reason) because the band’s ideological and political views are in such drastic opposition to his own. If the other side (or even the RINO side of the GOP establishment) truly believes this needs to be some sort of a canceling factor to be trumpeted against Ryan … just WOW! I mean, I have even heard some this week trying to use Paul Ryan’s admiration of Ayn Rand against him (due to his Catholic faith vs. Rand’s objectivism), almost the way we use Saul Alinsky against Obama. Complete polar opposite ideas of freedom, democracy … and communism. Have at it. We have been living the full-throated Alinsky crap for the better part of four years. Rand is only just bubbling to the surface like a volcano ready to blow in November.

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Ripped From The Society Page


At some point even ‘money and power’, and the promise of a hefty divorce settlement, are no longer ‘sexy’… or even palatable.

Billionaire investor George Soros had a lot to celebrate on Saturday evening: his 82nd birthday and the engagement to his much younger girlfriend Tamiko Bolton.

Soros and Bolton, who met in the spring of 2008, formally announced their engagement at a party at Soros’ summer home in Southampton, New York, attended by a small group of friends and relatives, according to a person familiar with the trader.

Soros proposed to Bolton, 40, a few weeks ago during a weekend visit to the Hamptons, a summer beachside colony on Long Island frequented by New York’s wealthy.

For Soros, this will be his third marriage and the second for Bolton, who was married briefly in the 1990s. Soros has five children from his previous marriages.


Exactly what do you buy the billionaire Antichrist and his blushing bride as a wedding gift?

But the “Stop-The-Press” headline-maker for the MSM this Monday?

Oh, FINALLY!, at 43 years old, “Friends” sweetheart Jennifer Aniston has become engaged to 41 year old writer and actor Justin Theroux. I hope he’s a big money maker because Jen’s close to that timeline where Hollywood throws aging leading actresses in the dumpster, making fun of their attempts for screen longevity via plastic surgery, or forces them to gain 50 pounds for angry, old, white, fat women roles (See: Kathy Bates and Meryl Streep).