Clarke Hayden: “Money respects money. Even more so in a bad economy.”

The Good Wife Waiting for the Knock 2012

A few months ago I was talking to Joe Mangiacotti of Out with Joe telling him about the TV show Last Resort about a rogue group of US submariners who steal their sub after disobeying an order to fire.

When I told him the pilot ends with the sub firing a nuke warhead at the US he was incredulous saying something along the lines of:

Do these people really believe that Americans are going to watch and support a TV show where soldiers are firing on their own country?

Yes they really did, but via live at five they don’t anymore:

Freshman dramas Last Resort and 666 Park Avenue will not move forward at ABC.

The network has opted to cancel both underperforming series, despite picking up two additional scripts for both.

This should be no surprise.  Anyone who has followed movies over the last few years has seen picture after picture depicting US troops through the liberal mindset crash and burn losing tens to hundreds of millions for their studios.

Yet the same types who were sold on throwing their money away on those movies somehow bought the idea that it would sell in the more competitive Television market with 100’s of other choices just a click away?

Why did they think it would be different?  Because their entire world lives within the bubble of the Murphy Brown effect.

Ladd Ehlinger explains:

For those too young to remember, Bush the Elder and his Vice-President, Dan Quayle, were both pilloried by the popular sitcom starring Candice Bergen week in and week out for months on end. But it was not just “Murphy Brown,” it was a huge chorus of pop-culture voices all singing the same tune, that Bush and Quayle were stupid, or evil, etc.

So when I say “Murphy Brown effect” I refer not just to the sitcom, but to the entire pop-culture chorus.

And that effect drove the four most important words from these the hollywood reporter article:

…the critically acclaimed drama starring Andre Braugher and Scott Speedman, is averaging 7.3 million total viewers and a 1.7 in the demo. Thursday’s episode notched its lowest-rated hour to date, attracting 5.8 million viewers and a 1.2.

…the critically acclaimed drama.

Media is all about opening doors to the right people. It’s the reason why so many idiots are willing to lose fortunes making Tina Brown and Arianna Huffington richer. As long as the critics come from that same Murphy Brown bubble, Hollywood will continue to market to those fools in the mistaken belief that it will make them.

It is the other side of the Murphy Brown effect.   Ladd is right about how it tilts elections:

Until conservatives bigwigs recognize the fundamental power of pop-culture, and start investing in the arts (movies, television, music, etc.) to counteract this trend, they will continue to remain irrelevant, continue to lose their country, and continue to lose elections.

But that same effect blinds filmmakers not only to their errors like Last Resort but the possibility of profit wealth and fame from a conservative slant.

Just imagine if we had enough people in media who could positively buzz a conservative show to anything resembling critical acclaim and the money to back such ventures. Suddenly conservatives on the west coast would not worry about their next job if they spoke out or approved a script because there would be an outlet that could deliver profit and audience to their endeavors.

Every day we don’t fight the culture war on the turf of the arts, we are Israel letting Hamas shell us without response.

The arts are the ground where we must fight.

After this weeks’ show I headed over to Annie’s Book Stop of Worcester where a Doctor Who event was taking place:

Annie’s was talking Dr. Who big time: Chicks Unravel Time: Women Journey Through Every Season of Doctor Who and Chicks Dig Time Lords A Celebration of Doctor Who by the Women Who Love It with contributors K Tempest Bradford, and Jennifer Pelland.

They sat for an interview:

My batteries died and as I changed them cover artist Katy Shuttleworth who joined the conversation who chimed in.

I’m hoping to get both of them on my show in the near future, but as we continued their fans came in

and sat down


of course you can’t have such an event without a Doctor Who scarf.

Of course the books are available at Amazon but for my money I’d contact Annie’s Book Stop in Worcester and get em there.


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Last night I covered the Twin City tea party meeting in Leominster (more on that later tonight) when Dinesh D’Souza movie 2016 came up. I was told it was playing in Fitchburg and a group of tea party members were planning to see it tomorrow night when then have the Tuesday matinees.

I was going to be busy Tuesday so on my way home I swung by the theater to see what time the movie was playing. To my surprise there was a 9:15 show so I figured I’d see it at once and pay the extra $2.

As you might guess on a Monday night the movie only had a few people. There were under 20 cars in the lot for the 9 movies that had post 9 p.m. I was one of 4 patrons, one I had previously met at a tea party meeting and a pair of ladies one who had brought her friend.

None of the patrons would agree to an on camera interview either before or after the film but I did talk one gentleman into interviewing ME. So I handed him my camera told him he could ask we what he wanted and voilà:

I’m told attendance was good enough this weekend to possibility justify carrying it over another week or at least the weekend, I’ll check back on Friday and find out.

This line from the NYT piece about putting George Bush’s head on a pike in the HBO series Game of Thrones is simply amazing:

In the audio commentary on the Season 1 DVD release of “Game of Thrones,” the show’s lead producers, David Benioff and D. B. Weiss, pointed out that a scene showing the heads of several vanquished warriors included Mr. Bush’s, obscured under a long wig but recognizable in profile.

“The last head on the left is George Bush,” the producers say in the audio commentary. “George Bush’s head appears in a couple beheading scenes. It’s not a choice, it’s not a political statement. It’s just, we had to use what heads we had around.”

Yeah there is no political statement at all having an ex president’s head on a pike. And with a budget of The Between $50-60 million who has the money for a different head.

As Glenn Reynolds notes in an e-mail from a Journalist:

A JOURNALIST READER WHOM I’M SURE WOULD PREFER ANONYMITY WRITES: “I know this game gets tired, but imagine, just imagine the months of fury, the global advertising boycotts, the anguished Senate investigations if a network did this with our current president.”

I don’t frankly expect much better from Hollywood but I think the idea its a given that a journalist would surely prefer anonymity is a much more serious indictment of our culture than Hollywood leftists acting like Hollywood leftists.

Update: And here comes the spin

No disrespect intended, by putting his head on a pike and then bragging about it on the DVD commentary? Not to go all gumshoe, but this new excuse doesn’t mesh with that commentary. A changing story indicates deception. The apology now is one of those “We apologize if…” fake apologies.

The original commentary says flatly that the head is George W. Bush. Now they’re saying that it just looks like him, and they only noticed that after shooting the scenes. No one noticed the resemblance before putting scraggly hair on the head and putting it on a pike? And no one noticed the resemblance before using it in another scene with severed heads?

This week’s Diner is the Marketplace Diner in Hollis NH

It’s a place you might miss if you as passing through. If but if you go beyond the intersection of routes 130 & 122 bypassing the place at the center of town and continuing on Ash street (route 130) toward Nashua you will find a small “market” area. Turning in you will discover the Diner that out of townees miss but the residence of Hollis love

The place is small fitting maybe 7 at the counter and another 30 or so at various tables.

The menu is fairly standard with simple breakfast and lunch choices

I hadn’t eaten so I had the hungry man special and boy, even without the homefires

it was a lot of food

Even though I had a huge meal, Mike Rogers of Granite Grok’s Chicken Sandwich was looking really good.

So if you find yourself on the way to Nashua or perhaps to Silver Lake get yourself down to the Marketplace diner, you’ll be glad you did.

Raj: Stewart, settle an argument for us: Who would win, Billy the Kid or the White Wizard?

Stewart:
If I tell you that I’m robbing you of the hours of fun you can have from the magical rootin-tootin low price of $24.95.

Raj: I’ll take one.

Howard: Hmmm make it 2

Leonard: I hate all of you and myself, 3.

Stewart: Ok I’ll ring it up…(under his breath) like shooting Nerds in a barrel.

The Big Bang Theory “The Flaming Spittoon Acquisition” 2012

It’s not personal , it’s strictly business

Michael Corleone The Godfather

Because of the large penetration of the comic book market into the film industry these days (the Avengers movie was pardon my language, a comic collectors wet dream) people forget just how small the niche comic book market is.

The idea normally is to try to find either a character or an artist that gives a reason for people to buy the comic, Me I was always a story guy myself, it was rare that story guys moved books. If you can’t find a character, artist or a story plot, there was always the backup plan: Find a gimmick.

That’s why when I heard about the decision to make a “major DC character” gay I snickered when people asked: “Will it be Batman? Will it be Superman?” Maybe Americans don’t know how few Gay people there actually are in the US but the sales crew at DC does and there was no way they were tampering with the franchise.

Then I heard the choice was Alan Scott the Golden age Green Lantern. I laughed out loud NOT because his weakness is wood, but because of my years as the owner of a comic book store allowed me to see this for what it is.

Earth to the general public: There is not a vast comic book customer base for a “gay” character. The single guys who are the vast majority of comic collectors aren’t without a women by choice…

Stuart: Need help finding anything you like?

Amy Farrah Fowler: Yeah, a comic book without a woman whose bosom could be used as a flotation device.

Stuart: Sorry, people who come here like big boobs. Some of them have big boobs.

…but if you make a comic a “gay icon” there will be a large chunk of the gay community that will buy the comic simply because it is the IN thing to do.

In terms of sales as a guy who once owned a comic store let me tell you a comic featuring Alan Scott had as much chance generating the sales needed to be cost-effective as an X rated movie starring the overweight Michael Moore and the 95-year-old Zsa Zsa Gabor.

But suddenly you re-launch Alan Scott as gay and presto, your minor character introduced in 1940 isn’t just a comic, it’s a cause celebre . Suddenly buying the comic is making a statement. If you purchase the new Green Lantern featuring Alan Scott you are an obviously enlightened and not some racist bigot homophobe.

And now that Jim Parsons who plays the most famous comic book geek in TV fiction, has come out he can buy 100,000 copies of each of the various alternate covers of the first issues (each with a different color corresponding to the rainbow flag) and distribute them to schools nationwide as part of the anti-bullying campaign.

While on the other hand consider Alan Scott’s Green Lantern was launched in 1940 and cancelled in 1949 that means just about everyone who would care about making him gay is either long dead or hasn’t opened a comic since the troops came home from Korea.

Bottom line is this comic will sell a bunch of extra copies to people who would never buy a comic book in their lives. They won’t actually READ the comic, it will sit on the shelf somewhere next to their copies of The Satanic Verses and Dreams of my father and DC will keep it up as long as they can.

As long as they don’t fall for their own propaganda thinking “Hey there is a huge market for gay superheroes” they will be able to play this out for quite a while until the next mandatory “buy this to prove you aren’t a bigot” crusade comes out and will laugh all the way to the bank.

Oh and to the few people who will look at the title of this post and have a “Sarah Palin target” conniption fit, get a life.

There are certain movies that is you have cable are constantly on the set, the most common one that comes to mind is Harrison Ford’s the Fugitive but a close second is the action comedy True Lies from 1994 featuring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Jamie Lee Curtis and Tom Arnold with a supporting cast that includes a young Eliza Dushku as their daughter, Tia Carrere and Art Malik as the bad guys, Bill Paxton as a sleazy used car salesman and Charlton Heston is a one scene cameo that he simply owns ” So far, this is not blowing my skirt up, gentlemen.

The basic plot is Harry Tasker (Arnold) works for the Ultimate US spy group Omega section, while his wife thinks he is a salesmen. He is so busy literally saving the world that he neglects his wife and family to the point where when used car salesman (Paxton) pretends to be a spy asking for help to get closer to his wife (Curtis) she responds.

Totally devastated he gets himself distracted from the huge case he is working on resulting in them both being kidnapped by Crimson Jihad each thinking the other is the target of the terrorists.

Can Arnold escape with his wife, stop the nuclear bomb from going off and save kidnapped daughter?

There are several memorable chase scenes including one with a horse and a motorcycle a great confrontation scene when Helen (Curtis) finally is told the truth. The performances are so strong up and down the cast, particularly Malik and Arnold (who should hope this is the only movie of his ever seen as he is simply PERFECT) whose monologue during the closing credits should not be missed.

This picture is both fun and funny and I would highly recommend it to anyone.

The film was rated R for violence and some suggestive situations. There is however no nudity, zip zero nada. There is an incredibly hot (and funny) “striptease” scene just before the terrorists get them, and a catfight between Curtis and Carrere but nothing that would get beyond a pg-13 today not even a single nipple…

…yet the movie has a TV-MA rating.

As a rule TV-MA on cable is reserved for movies with actual sex in them, or movies with disembowelments and the like, action movies like the Rambo series are all rated R, but not True lies.

I submit and suggest that there is only one reason for this…political correctness.

True lies has two factors that are totally missing from almost any movie of the same type made since it came out.


1. ALL the terrorists in the movie are unambiguously Muslim Jihadists

2. There is no mitigating factor or redeeming feature to their cause

I submit and suggest that if the villains in this movie were neo-Nazis or drug lords or white supremacists this movie would have an R rating with a greater chance that a younger person will see it and an older person will give it a shot.

Instead with TV MA means that if any sort of parental control is set it can’t and won’t be seen by anyone underage, ad an adult not familiar with the film will automatically assume that there is something that makes this movie other than just another action film and will pass it by.

Some forms of propaganda and censorship are right in front of you, others are subtle.

Is this a big deal in the long run? Likely not, Am I simply annoyed that I have to put in the block code to watch this movie? Slightly, but what does it say about us that in the age of 9/11 we have gone so deep into denial concerning Islamic terror that an action comedy with Muslim villains dangerous for the young to see?

Update: And here is something on the less light and less subtle:

Lady Gaga has canceled her sold-out show in Indonesia over security concerns after Muslim hard-liners threatened violence if the pop diva went ahead with her “Born This Way Ball,” promoters said Sunday.

The Islamic Defenders Front said Lady Gaga’s sexy clothes and provocative dance moves would corrupt youth in the world’s most populous Muslim country.

If you think that is going to stay on the other side of the world, you haven’t been paying attention.

Last night I took a skip up to Nashua New Hampshire for the Nashua Republican Committee fundraiser:

The Main event was Howie Carr,

Best line: “I always get to have a conversation with New Hampshire State representatives that I never get to have with Massachusetts state representatives. I get to ask them ‘What do you do for a living?’

Carr’s remarks were preceded by several others (that I will post over the next week) but when he came on stage he didn’t disappoint

He also took questions

On Romney chances in Massachusetts

From the Audience

Granite Grok as usual was there:

And interviewed Howie

Mr. Carr posed for many pictures

He also brought a bunch of books

And signed plenty

Carr was very well received you can certainly tell he talks for a living and does it well.

The full gallery follows below:

I’ll be posting other speeches and interviews from the night during the week.

Update: Granite Grok had a livestream and has three posts of the event:

Today’s Saturday Diner is the Five & Diner in Worcester Mass.

Five and Diner Worcester

It is the only location in the franchise east of the Mississippi other than one in Florida.

The place simply oozes nostalgia (but offers free wi-fi).

And the wait staff dresses the part.

But all the Nostalgia doesn’t matter in the end it comes down to the food, and the place doesn’t disappoint.

A warning though, the full stack of pancakes should not be attempted unless you have a big appetite to satisfy

So give the Five & Diner a try in Lincoln plaza Worcester


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Today’s Saturday Diner is Mario’s Home Field Diner 192 Hamilton Street in Leominster.

It is a small diner that holds about 10 people in their horseshoe-shaped counter and another 34 at tables and booths.

There is a real sports theme on both the local and national level.

But the wall of honor belongs to our servicemen

That’s not a surprise as a Gold Star Father was sitting at the table right behind me.

The Grill area is right in the open so you can see your food cooked:

Breakfast was pretty good, I particularly liked the bacon

So come on down to Hamilton street Leominster and give yourself a taste of Mari’s Home Field diner.


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