10 Thoughts Under my Fedora Fr Imbarrato with WQPH , Jake Tapper, Coulter vs Berkeley and more

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10 Thoughts Under my Fedora Fr Imbarrato with WQPH , Jake Tapper, Coulter vs Berkeley and more

For the next three days I’m going to be flat out. Fr. Stephen Imbar­rato of Priests for life who you’ve seen host­ing EWTN’s series Defend­ing life, will be doing sev­eral events in sev­eral cities for WQPH 89.3 and I’ll be cov­er­ing him and those who attend the var­i­ous, events, masses and din­ners over Divine Mercy Sun­day. You can get tick­ets for the var­i­ous din­ners and lunches here and the events are open to the pub­lic so I hope to see you in Boston, Malden, Med­ford and Fitch­burg par­tic­u­larly at the Eucharis­tic Pro­ces­sion on Sat­ur­day in Fitchburg.

If you are only inter­ested in mass there will be four two of which he will be the celebrant.

Sat 8 AM St. Joseph’s Church Med­ford Fr. Imbar­rato celebrant

Sat Noon St. Bernards Church at St. Camil­lus Parish Fitchburg

Sat 5 PM Madonna of the Holy Rosary 118 Theresa st. Fitchburg

Sun­day 4:30 PM Madonna Queen of the Uni­verse Shrine Boston Fr. Imbar­rato celebrant

(the Final Mass will be pre­ceded at 2:30 by con­fes­sion and a Holy Hour)

Full details are here.


Speak­ing of life the most pro-​life pres­i­dent of my life­time has once again taken con­crete action defend­ing it.

America’s largest provider of ter­mi­na­tions, Planned Par­ent­hood, described the new mea­sure, which has delighted pro-​life con­ser­v­a­tives, as “designed to under­mine women’s health”.

The new law nul­li­fies a rule finalised in the last days of the Barack Obama admin­is­tra­tion that effec­tively barred state and local gov­ern­ments from with­hold­ing fed­eral fund­ing for fam­ily plan­ning ser­vices, regard­less of whether groups offer­ing these ser­vices also per­formed abortions.

The new mea­sure cleared Con­gress last month with Vice Pres­i­dent Mike Pence cast­ing the tie-​breaking vote in the Senate.

The Yahoo arti­cle describ­ing this drips with con­tempt but this was also a win for States as Hotair noted:

When the vote was cast, Sen­a­tor Joni Ernst praised the bill. “It should be the right of our states to allo­cate sub-​grants under the Title X pro­gram in the way that best fits the needs of the peo­ple liv­ing there,” Ernst said accord­ing to a report in the NY Times. She added, “Unfor­tu­nately, like many other rules issued dur­ing the Obama admin­is­tra­tion, this rule attempted to empower fed­eral bureau­crats in Wash­ing­ton and silence our states.”

I think it’s really some­thing that the items this pres­i­dent has man­aged to advance have been pro-​life. I’m ecstatic.


Also at Hotair it seems like the most pro­life pres­i­dent in my life­time will be meet­ing with Pope Fran­cis after all:

Just to John Gizzi’s point, I just want to make sure I note that we will be reach­ing out to the Vat­i­can to see if a meet­ing, an audi­ence with the Pope can be accom­mo­dated. We’ll have fur­ther details on that. Obvi­ously, we’d be hon­ored to have an audi­ence with His Holiness.

Gronk scores? (Well, we’re used to that.) What’s odd about this is that sev­eral ques­tions had come between Gizzi’s exchange and this later answer. The ques­tion on the table when Gronkowski inter­rupted was about NAFTA. No one had fol­lowed up on Gizzi’s ques­tion, but Spicer returned to it any­way. Hmmm.

At least as late as last night, the Vat­i­can still hadn’t heard from the White House, either. Amer­ica Magazine’s Ger­ard O’Connell reports that the Holy See’s diplo­matic office is happy to arrange the meet­ing if they get the request:

While Fran­cis has been a mixed bag great on con­fes­sion and the dan­ger of the devil and weak on Dogma (we still haven’t seen an answer to the four Car­di­nals dubia on the Amoris Laeti­tia foot­note con­cern­ing mar­riage and com­mu­nion) on the issue of abor­tion he has been very clear in both speeches and encycli­cals con­demn­ing it, although if you lis­ten to democ­rats and the media it’s as if he never has.

Mean­while Trump has so far been falling on the Paul of Tar­sus vs the Simon the Magi­cian side of the con­ver­sion scale.

They should have a lot to talk about.


Speak­ing of life guess what’s alive again? An Oba­macare repeal com­pro­mise:

You can under­stand why the com­pro­mise might appeal to both the con­ser­v­a­tive and mod­er­ate wings inside the GOP. For the Free­dom Cau­cus, it means red states will be able to shed oner­ous fed­eral regs and offer a greater vari­ety of health-​care plans, replete with lower pre­mi­ums for con­sumers. For the Tues­day Group, the fact that waivers are avail­able but not manda­tory means that blue states will be able to keep the more robust Oba­maCare rules intact if they like. In that sense, the plan bears a slight resem­blance to Bill Cassidy’s and Susan Collins’s pro­posal, which would have repealed Oba­maCare and then let each state choose whether to “reim­ple­ment” it or to build their own tailor-​made sys­tem. The new GOP deal doesn’t go that far but it’s a step in that direc­tion vis-​a-​vis EHBs and com­mu­nity rat­ing. If you believe a Free­dom Cau­cus source who spoke to CNBC, there are 25 to 30 FC mem­bers ready to flip to yes to vote for this deal — a bit sur­pris­ing given lib­er­tar­ian sus­pi­cions that waivers will be harder for states to obtain than every­one thinks.

And of course if it defends Planned Par­ent­hood as well that’s going to be a big­gie too.

There is a lot of talk about the first 100 days but I think that’s arbi­trary, I’d just worry about get­ting it done period because it it gets done then we can always do more later.


You know what might also be alive again? Ann Coulter’s speech not just At Berke­ley but invited BY Berke­ley which claims they have…

iden­ti­fied an appro­pri­ate, pro­tectable venue that is avail­able on the after­noon of May 2. While it is not one we have used for these sorts of events in the past, it can both accom­mo­date a sub­stan­tial audi­ence and meet the secu­rity cri­te­ria estab­lished by our police depart­ment. Ear­lier today, we informed both the Berke­ley Col­lege Repub­li­cans and the Coul­ter orga­ni­za­tion of this devel­op­ment, and we look for­ward to work­ing with them. We will dis­close the exact loca­tion of the venue once we have final­ized details with both organizations.

Hotair explains the volte face:

She was going to show up any­way and cre­ate a secu­rity clus­ter­fark for them when the usual sus­pects inevitably started smash­ing win­dows. That was the nuclear option. Berke­ley doesn’t care about bad press from the right; the fas­cist left wears that as a badge of honor. They don’t care about First Amend­ment law­suits either. But if the town is going to burn on the 27th and they’re going to get sued by the vic­tims for not hav­ing done more to pro­vide secu­rity, then sure, they’ll spring into action and find a “pro­tectable venue.” If this stand­off is des­tined to hap­pen, bet­ter from the school’s per­spec­tive that it hap­pen in an envi­ron­ment they can sort of con­trol than one they can’t. Coul­ter forced them to choose. Any other con­ser­v­a­tive speaker with the guts and the dough to pro­vide their own secu­rity, just in case, can prob­a­bly get other pub­lic uni­ver­si­ties to back down with the same threat.

Coul­ter has told them they can go pound sand she’s com­ing the 27th any­way:

Hours later, Coul­ter shot down the invi­ta­tion in a series of tweets and said she will speak at Berke­ley on Thurs­day as planned not only because she “can’t do May 2,” but “THERE ARE NO CLASSES AT BERKE­LEY THE WEEK OF MAY 2!!!”

That week is “Dead Week,” a time when classes are sus­pended so stu­dents can study for exams.

“It’s at an awful time,” said Naweed Tah­mas, 20, of the Berke­ley Col­lege Repub­li­cans stu­dent group that invited Coul­ter. Also, the last day of instruc­tion is three days later.

“Do not fall for b.s. Berke­ley press release claim­ing they ‘rescinded’ can­ce­la­tion,” Coul­ter tweeted. “GOOD NEWS FOR CA TAX­PAYER! You won’t be required to pay $$$$ to com­pen­sate me & my crew for rebooked air­fare & hotels. I’m speak­ing on 427.”

Your move Berkeley.


There was an inter­est­ing piece on Jake Tap­per in the Wash­ing­ton Free Bea­con worth quot­ing:

In a can­did inter­view with GQ pub­lished Tues­day, Tap­per acknowl­edged that after his tough inter­views of admin­is­tra­tion fig­ures like Kellyanne Con­way, he picked up a fol­low­ing from many crit­ics of Pres­i­dent Don­ald Trump.

“It’s nice to be rec­og­nized, but I also know that a lot of the peo­ple who are happy with me now are not going to be happy with me in four to eight years,” he predicted.

Tap­per said that he was just as tough on Obama, and earned his share of grief for it at the time.

“A lot of peo­ple send­ing me nice tweets today were curs­ing me when I was ask­ing ques­tions about Beng­hazi in 2012,” he said.

“Pres­i­dent Obama was not friendly to the press, but the press was very friendly to Pres­i­dent Obama,” Tap­per told GQ. “I mean, Pres­i­dent Obama did not like me, and I under­stand why. I was a pain in his ass and I didn’t drink the Kool-​Aid, and, you know, a lot of other peo­ple did.”

This is what I’ve been say­ing for years, that once a Repub­li­can was elected, con­ser­v­a­tives would think Tap­per had turned on them, but he’s never been with us, he’s just been a reporter who actu­ally reports. Yeah he’s got­ten a thing wrong or two on Trump (who he clearly doesn’t like) but I’m not going to throw Jake out of the bus for being what he’s always been, a jour­nal­ist who asks a lot of tough ques­tions that make peo­ple in power uncom­fort­able, who­ever they are.


Some cul­ture? Olivia De Hav­il­land (who I think my wife resem­bles) is the last great star of Hollywood’s golden age still alive, from Cap­tain Blood (1933) to Gone with the Wind (1939) she’s done it all and this week demon­strated the class of that bygone gen­er­a­tion in reply to ques­tions con­cern­ing a new mini series Feud about Hol­ly­wood circa 1963.

De Hav­il­land is played on the series by fel­low Oscar win­ner Cather­ine Zeta-​Jones as a regal friend and sup­porter of Davis, but she was not con­sulted by the show’s cre­ators — Mur­phy recently told THR that he “didn’t want to intrude on Ms. de Hav­il­land” — so THR emailed her (yes, she uses email) to ask for her thoughts about the show and the women at the cen­ter of it.

“I have received your email with its two ques­tions,” De Hav­il­land replied. “I would like to reply first to the sec­ond of these, which inquires of me the accu­racy of a cur­rent tele­vi­sion series enti­tled Feud, which con­cerns Bette Davis and Joan Craw­ford and their sup­posed ani­mos­ity toward each other. Hav­ing not seen the show, I can­not make a valid com­ment about it. How­ever, in prin­ci­ple, I am opposed to any rep­re­sen­ta­tion of per­son­ages who are no longer alive to judge the accu­racy of any inci­dent depicted as involv­ing themselves.”

Added De Hav­il­land, “As to the 1963 Oscar cer­e­mony, which took place over half a cen­tury ago, I regret to say that I have no mem­ory of it what­so­ever and there­fore can­not vouch for its accuracy.”

I’m with Vul​ture​.com here

Now, time to find a throw pil­low large enough to embroi­der with every word of this email.


Susan Saran­don is one of the Stars of that series play­ing Joan Craw­ford. She is an ultra left­ist but as this story shows, she is an hon­est one:

It doesn’t mat­ter if you’re out­spo­ken about Trump, because Hol­ly­wood hates Trump,” she says. “But it was brave of Richard to say what he said. He was draw­ing atten­tion to the things that every­one has agreed not to pay atten­tion to. That’s the sin.”

She’s talk­ing about Richard Gere who has been black­listed in Hol­ly­wood for the crime of Sup­port­ing Tibet and crit­i­ciz­ing China and even indy films are iffy now:

Gere is now appear­ing in “Nor­man,” the story of a Jew­ish “fixer” who gets involved with an Israeli politi­cian. He’ll soon star in “The Din­ner,” a mod­est story about two cou­ples argu­ing over their adult children’s troubles.

Pure indie film­mak­ing. Yet even some indie films are off lim­its to him now.

“There was some­thing I was going to do with a Chi­nese direc­tor, and two weeks before we were going to shoot, he called say­ing, ‘Sorry, I can’t do it,’” con­fides Gere. “We had a secret phone call on a pro­tected line. If I had worked with this direc­tor, he, his fam­ily would never have been allowed to leave the coun­try ever again, and he would never work.”

It’s a reminder that China is the same dic­ta­tor­ship it always was, but just imag­ine if they told Hol­ly­wood to lay off of Trump or no $. It would be fun to see which Hol­ly­wood types would bite their tongues off. Saran­don wouldn’t, that’s why I respect her.


An ear­lier item men­tioned Gronk that is Patri­ots Tight End Rob Gronkowski who was part of the Pat’s con­ti­nent that vis­ited the White House and caused the Patri­ots to call out the New York Times for Fake News:

and they posted a tweet com­par­ing two com­pat­i­ble super bowl win visits

If you want to know why so many non-​New Eng­land fans hate the patri­ots it’s because most can only dream about tweets that say “The last time the [insert their home team here] won two Super Bowls in three years”

and while the NYT has offered a mea culpa (via hotair)

You’ll notice that the 800+ retweets that got is a lot less that the Times orig­i­nal 50,000+


Finally while the Boston Bru­ins (down 31) and the top seeded Boston Celtics (down 20) are near­ing first round play­off elim­i­na­tion and the Boston Red Sox sea­son just start­ing (106) 3rd place in the East have are all news­wor­thy I think the big story is the real like­li­hood that Super­bowl Hero Mal­colm But­ler might be done in New England:

New Eng­land Patri­ots cor­ner­back Mal­colm But­ler has signed his restricted free-​agent ten­der, which opens the pos­si­bil­ity that the team could trade him.

Because a player can’t be traded unless he is under con­tract, Butler’s sta­tus was in limbo until he signed the $3.91 mil­lion tender.

Here’s why it makes it likely that he’s done here

The think­ing would be sim­i­lar to what the club did in 2016 when it shipped defen­sive end Chan­dler Jones to the Ari­zona Car­di­nals in exchange for a late second-​round pick. The Patri­ots knew they were unlikely to sign Jones to a big-​money exten­sion after the sea­son when he became an unre­stricted free agent, so they decided that get­ting some­thing valu­able for him one year ear­lier was a worth­while invest­ment. They ulti­mately turned the pick they received for Jones into two play­ers — start­ing guard Joe Thuney and promis­ing receiver Mal­colm Mitchell — en route to a Super Bowl championship.

But­ler might even bring the Patri­ots a greater return in a year in which the club’s ear­li­est selec­tion in the draft is cur­rently early in the third round, No. 72 over­all. If the Saints were will­ing to return the first-​round pick they received from the Patri­ots (No. 32 over­all) in the Brandin Cooks trade, that might be entic­ing for Bill Belichick. Or a com­bi­na­tion of high sec­ond– and third-​round picks might even be viewed as more valu­able to Belichick for a player who is unlikely to return to the team in 2018 after New Eng­land invested five years and $65 mil­lion in free-​agent cor­ner­back Stephon Gilmore.

Of course they might just decide they want to extra­or­di­nary CB’s this year to make the defense even more airtight.

He’s one of the few peo­ple to whom a Super­bowl vic­tory can be directly traced and is rightly con­sid­ered by the NFL as the top Inter­cep­tion of all time:

I’d be sorry to see him go but if he ends up with a big con­tract else­where I’m happy to see him cash in, he earned it.


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For the next three days I’m going to be flat out.  Fr. Stephen Imbarrato of Priests for life who you’ve seen hosting EWTN’s series Defending life, will be doing several events in several cities for WQPH 89.3 and I’ll be covering him and those who attend the various, events, masses and dinners over Divine Mercy Sunday.  You can get tickets for the various dinners and lunches here and the events are open to the public so I hope to see you in Boston, Malden, Medford and Fitchburg particularly at the Eucharistic Procession on Saturday in Fitchburg.

If you are only interested in mass there will be four two of which he will be the celebrant.

Sat 8 AM  St. Joseph’s Church Medford  Fr. Imbarrato celebrant

Sat Noon St. Bernards Church at St. Camillus Parish Fitchburg

Sat 5 PM Madonna of the Holy Rosary 118 Theresa st. Fitchburg 

Sunday 4:30 PM  Madonna Queen of the Universe Shrine Boston Fr. Imbarrato celebrant

(the Final Mass will be preceded at 2:30 by confession and a Holy Hour)

Full details are here.


Speaking of life the most pro-life president of my lifetime has once again taken concrete action defending it.

America’s largest provider of terminations, Planned Parenthood, described the new measure, which has delighted pro-life conservatives, as “designed to undermine women’s health”.

The new law nullifies a rule finalised in the last days of the Barack Obama administration that effectively barred state and local governments from withholding federal funding for family planning services, regardless of whether groups offering these services also performed abortions.

The new measure cleared Congress last month with Vice President Mike Pence casting the tie-breaking vote in the Senate.

The Yahoo article describing this drips with contempt but this was also a win for States as Hotair noted:

When the vote was cast, Senator Joni Ernst praised the bill. “It should be the right of our states to allocate sub-grants under the Title X program in the way that best fits the needs of the people living there,” Ernst said according to a report in the NY Times. She added, “Unfortunately, like many other rules issued during the Obama administration, this rule attempted to empower federal bureaucrats in Washington and silence our states.”

I think it’s really something that the items this president has managed to advance have been pro-life.  I’m ecstatic.


Also at Hotair it seems like the most prolife president in my lifetime will be meeting with Pope Francis after all:

Just to John Gizzi’s point, I just want to make sure I note that we will be reaching out to the Vatican to see if a meeting, an audience with the Pope can be accommodated.  We’ll have further details on that.  Obviously, we’d be honored to have an audience with His Holiness.

Gronk scores? (Well, we’re used to that.) What’s odd about this is that several questions had come between Gizzi’s exchange and this later answer. The question on the table when Gronkowski interrupted was about NAFTA. No one had followed up on Gizzi’s question, but Spicer returned to it anyway. Hmmm.

At least as late as last night, the Vatican still hadn’t heard from the White House, either. America Magazine’s Gerard O’Connell reports that the Holy See’s diplomatic office is happy to arrange the meeting if they get the request:

While Francis has been a mixed bag great on confession and the danger of the devil and weak on Dogma (we still haven’t seen an answer to the four Cardinals dubia on the Amoris Laetitia footnote concerning marriage and communion)  on the issue of abortion he has been very clear in both speeches and encyclicals condemning it, although if you listen to democrats and the media it’s as if he never has.

Meanwhile Trump has so far been falling on the Paul of Tarsus vs the Simon the Magician side of the conversion scale.

They should have a lot to talk about.


Speaking of life guess what’s alive again? An Obamacare repeal compromise:

You can understand why the compromise might appeal to both the conservative and moderate wings inside the GOP. For the Freedom Caucus, it means red states will be able to shed onerous federal regs and offer a greater variety of health-care plans, replete with lower premiums for consumers. For the Tuesday Group, the fact that waivers are available but not mandatory means that blue states will be able to keep the more robust ObamaCare rules intact if they like. In that sense, the plan bears a slight resemblance to Bill Cassidy’s and Susan Collins’s proposal, which would have repealed ObamaCare and then let each state choose whether to “reimplement” it or to build their own tailor-made system. The new GOP deal doesn’t go that far but it’s a step in that direction vis-a-vis EHBs and community rating. If you believe a Freedom Caucus source who spoke to CNBC, there are 25 to 30 FC members ready to flip to yes to vote for this deal — a bit surprising given libertarian suspicions that waivers will be harder for states to obtain than everyone thinks.

And of course if it defends Planned Parenthood as well that’s going to be a biggie too.

There is a lot of talk about the first 100 days but I think that’s arbitrary, I’d just worry about getting it done period because it it gets done then we can always do more later.


You know what might also be alive again?  Ann Coulter’s speech not just At Berkeley but invited BY Berkeley which claims they have…

identified an appropriate, protectable venue that is available on the afternoon of May 2. While it is not one we have used for these sorts of events in the past, it can both accommodate a substantial audience and meet the security criteria established by our police department. Earlier today, we informed both the Berkeley College Republicans and the Coulter organization of this development, and we look forward to working with them. We will disclose the exact location of the venue once we have finalized details with both organizations.

Hotair explains the volte face:

She was going to show up anyway and create a security clusterfark for them when the usual suspects inevitably started smashing windows. That was the nuclear option. Berkeley doesn’t care about bad press from the right; the fascist left wears that as a badge of honor. They don’t care about First Amendment lawsuits either. But if the town is going to burn on the 27th and they’re going to get sued by the victims for not having done more to provide security, then sure, they’ll spring into action and find a “protectable venue.” If this standoff is destined to happen, better from the school’s perspective that it happen in an environment they can sort of control than one they can’t. Coulter forced them to choose. Any other conservative speaker with the guts and the dough to provide their own security, just in case, can probably get other public universities to back down with the same threat.

Coulter has told them they can go pound sand she’s coming the 27th anyway:

Hours later, Coulter shot down the invitation in a series of tweets and said she will speak at Berkeley on Thursday as planned not only because she “can’t do May 2,” but “THERE ARE NO CLASSES AT BERKELEY THE WEEK OF MAY 2!!!”

That week is “Dead Week,” a time when classes are suspended so students can study for exams.

“It’s at an awful time,” said Naweed Tahmas, 20, of the Berkeley College Republicans student group that invited Coulter. Also, the last day of instruction is three days later.

“Do not fall for b.s. Berkeley press release claiming they ‘rescinded’ cancelation,” Coulter tweeted. “GOOD NEWS FOR CA TAXPAYER! You won’t be required to pay $$$$ to compensate me & my crew for rebooked airfare & hotels. I’m speaking on 4/27.”

Your move Berkeley.


There was an interesting piece on Jake Tapper in the Washington Free Beacon worth quoting:

In a candid interview with GQ published Tuesday, Tapper acknowledged that after his tough interviews of administration figures like Kellyanne Conway, he picked up a following from many critics of President Donald Trump.

“It’s nice to be recognized, but I also know that a lot of the people who are happy with me now are not going to be happy with me in four to eight years,” he predicted.

Tapper said that he was just as tough on Obama, and earned his share of grief for it at the time.

“A lot of people sending me nice tweets today were cursing me when I was asking questions about Benghazi in 2012,” he said.

“President Obama was not friendly to the press, but the press was very friendly to President Obama,” Tapper told GQ. “I mean, President Obama did not like me, and I understand why. I was a pain in his ass and I didn’t drink the Kool-Aid, and, you know, a lot of other people did.”

This is what I’ve been saying for years, that once a Republican was elected, conservatives would think Tapper had turned on them, but he’s never been with us, he’s just been a reporter who actually reports.  Yeah he’s gotten a thing wrong or two on Trump (who he clearly doesn’t like) but I’m not going to throw Jake out of the bus for being what he’s always been, a journalist who asks a lot of tough questions that make people in power uncomfortable, whoever they are.


Some culture?  Olivia De Havilland (who I think my wife resembles) is the last great star of Hollywood’s golden age still alive, from Captain Blood (1933) to Gone with the Wind (1939) she’s done it all and this week demonstrated the class of that bygone generation in reply to questions concerning a new mini series Feud about Hollywood circa 1963.

De Havilland is played on the series by fellow Oscar winner Catherine Zeta-Jones as a regal friend and supporter of Davis, but she was not consulted by the show’s creators — Murphy recently told THR that he “didn’t want to intrude on Ms. de Havilland” — so THR emailed her (yes, she uses email) to ask for her thoughts about the show and the women at the center of it.

“I have received your email with its two questions,” De Havilland replied. “I would like to reply first to the second of these, which inquires of me the accuracy of a current television series entitled Feud, which concerns Bette Davis and Joan Crawford and their supposed animosity toward each other. Having not seen the show, I cannot make a valid comment about it. However, in principle, I am opposed to any representation of personages who are no longer alive to judge the accuracy of any incident depicted as involving themselves.”

Added De Havilland, “As to the 1963 Oscar ceremony, which took place over half a century ago, I regret to say that I have no memory of it whatsoever and therefore cannot vouch for its accuracy.”

I’m with Vulture.com here

Now, time to find a throw pillow large enough to embroider with every word of this email.


Susan Sarandon is one of the Stars of that series playing Joan Crawford.  She is an ultra leftist but as this story shows, she is an honest one:

“It doesn’t matter if you’re outspoken about Trump, because Hollywood hates Trump,” she says. “But it was brave of Richard to say what he said. He was drawing attention to the things that everyone has agreed not to pay attention to. That’s the sin.”

She’s talking about Richard Gere who has been blacklisted in Hollywood for the crime of Supporting Tibet and criticizing China and even indy films are iffy now:

Gere is now appearing in “Norman,” the story of a Jewish “fixer” who gets involved with an Israeli politician. He’ll soon star in “The Dinner,” a modest story about two couples arguing over their adult children’s troubles.

Pure indie filmmaking. Yet even some indie films are off limits to him now.

“There was something I was going to do with a Chinese director, and two weeks before we were going to shoot, he called saying, ‘Sorry, I can’t do it,’” confides Gere. “We had a secret phone call on a protected line. If I had worked with this director, he, his family would never have been allowed to leave the country ever again, and he would never work.”

It’s a reminder that China is the same dictatorship it always was, but just imagine if they told Hollywood to lay off of Trump or no $.  It would be fun to see which Hollywood types would bite their tongues off.  Sarandon wouldn’t, that’s why I respect her.


An earlier item mentioned Gronk that is Patriots Tight End Rob Gronkowski who was part of the Pat’s continent that visited the White House and caused the Patriots to call out the New York Times for Fake News:

and they posted a tweet comparing two compatible super bowl win visits

If you want to know why so many non-New England fans hate the patriots it’s because most can only dream about tweets that say “The last time the [insert their home team here] won two Super Bowls in three years”

and while the NYT has offered a mea culpa (via hotair)

You’ll notice that the 800+ retweets that got is a lot less that the Times original 50,000+


Finally while the Boston Bruins (down 3-1) and the top seeded Boston Celtics (down 2-0) are nearing first round playoff elimination and the Boston Red Sox season just starting (10-6) 3rd place in the East have are all newsworthy I think the big story is the real likelihood that Superbowl Hero Malcolm Butler might be done in New England:

New England Patriots cornerback Malcolm Butler has signed his restricted free-agent tender, which opens the possibility that the team could trade him.

Because a player can’t be traded unless he is under contract, Butler’s status was in limbo until he signed the $3.91 million tender.

Here’s why it makes it likely that he’s done here

The thinking would be similar to what the club did in 2016 when it shipped defensive end Chandler Jones to the Arizona Cardinals in exchange for a late second-round pick. The Patriots knew they were unlikely to sign Jones to a big-money extension after the season when he became an unrestricted free agent, so they decided that getting something valuable for him one year earlier was a worthwhile investment. They ultimately turned the pick they received for Jones into two players — starting guard Joe Thuney and promising receiver Malcolm Mitchell — en route to a Super Bowl championship.

Butler might even bring the Patriots a greater return in a year in which the club’s earliest selection in the draft is currently early in the third round, No. 72 overall. If the Saints were willing to return the first-round pick they received from the Patriots (No. 32 overall) in the Brandin Cooks trade, that might be enticing for Bill Belichick. Or a combination of high second- and third-round picks might even be viewed as more valuable to Belichick for a player who is unlikely to return to the team in 2018 after New England invested five years and $65 million in free-agent cornerback Stephon Gilmore.

Of course they might just decide they want to extraordinary CB’s this year to make the defense even more airtight.

He’s one of the few people to whom a Superbowl victory can be directly traced and is rightly considered by the NFL as the top Interception of all time:

I’d be sorry to see him go but if he ends up with a big contract elsewhere I’m happy to see him cash in, he earned it.


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