I’m a big fan of the Producers (although I go for the Zero Mostel / Gene Wilder version more) and Matthew Broderick and Nathan Lane are always funny.

But after seeing this video

via Instapundit. Isn’t the “Plan” being listed pretty much what happened with Jeb Bush and to a lesser $ degree Rick Perry and Chris Christie? A candidate that wasn’t going to win that raised tens of millions dollars from a lot of suckers that made said consultants rich?

Isn’t that pretty much what the Marco Rubio team is doing right now?

That’s the problem with the skit, the reality the “secret plan” is actually what goes on all the time. A more accurate video would be this from the 1983 movie Trading Places.

Now in fairness a political campaign is hard and long like Max Bialystock many consultants put in a lot of effort for that money in the political version of little old lady land.

But in the end compared to Mike Murphy Bialystok & Bloom are pikers.

Closing Thought 1: The reality is the skit isn’t about attacking Trump, it’s about attacking the Trump voter, isn’t the contempt for said voters by elites what motivated our current situation in the first place?

Closing Thought 2: Given what we’ve seen from this skit could have easily been made in 2008 about Obama, but the makers would never have the guts.


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One of the great action movies of the 50’s was the 1958’s The Vikings staring Kirk Douglas, Tony Curtis and Janet Leigh. If you like action, adventure and a touch of comedy, you’ll want to watch it.

At a key point of the picture viking prince Einar (Kirk Douglas) prays to Odin the Viking God. The princess (Leigh) he has fallen in love with has been stolen away from him by the slave Eric (Curtis) who is responsible for the loss of his eye and in the chase his father (Ernest Borgnine) was drowned. He prays for a sign to convince his reluctant warriors to pursue them to England.

He is rewarded with by the sudden appearance of Eric who tells him their mutual enemy King Aella is holding the princess Morgana and offers to lead him there so they can attack his castle.

Einar returns to the vikings chamber and makes the speech that finally convinces his men to attack which begins:

Make no mistake, I hate this man more than anyone alive, but he can lead us to Morgana.

That speech instantly came to mind when I saw this story concerning Lindsey Graham:

With the Super Tuesday results in, Sen. Lindsey Graham said Sen. Ted Cruz may be the GOP’s last hope to keep bombastic front-runner Donald Trump from the Republican nomination for president.

“You know Ted Cruz is not my favorite, by any means,” Graham told CBS Tuesday night. “But we may be in a position where we have to rally around Ted Cruz as the only way to stop Donald Trump, and I’m not so sure that would work,” noting Sen. Marco Rubio and Ohio Gov. John Kasich are no longer viable

Graham is a vocal critic of Cruz. He has called Cruz the least respected senator and has accused Cruz of getting a head at the expense of the party.

A “Vocal Critic”? That’s putting it mildly, as allahpundit reminds us:

“If you killed Ted Cruz on the floor of the Senate, and the trial was in the Senate, nobody would convict you.” It also tells you a lot about how grim nominal Rubio allies have grown about his chances. When one of Congress’s most notorious super-hawks — and a fellow member of the Gang of Eight — is looking ahead to a Trump/Cruz race, says James Poulos, you know Rubio’s in trouble

Let’s be blunt when I close my eyes I can see Lindsey Graham, among a meeting of GOP establishment people starting giving the Kirk Douglas speech starting:

Make no mistake, I hate this man more than anyone alive, but he’s our one chance to defeat Trump.

And he’s right the only chance for the GOP to defeat Trump is Cruz but But what I really want to see if Graham and Cruz mimic Einar & Eric and form an alliance to defeat Donald Trump and win, their subsequent fight to the death.

I suspect we won’t discover that Graham and Cruz are secretly brothers.

Closing thought, why has Lindsey Graham reached this point? Because regardless of anything else, Lindsey Graham knows how to count, but that’s another post.

Professor Horatio Smith:  The trouble with us Mr. Maxwell is we don’t understand women.

Pimpernel Smith 1941

Is this hideous parody of “higher education” worth $46,417 a year?

RS McCain 2016

When I saw this post at Stacy McCain’s site concerning a rather quiet settlement in the Washington & Lee case:

Washington and Lee University has settled a lawsuit filed by a former student who claimed he was unfairly kicked out of school based on an allegation of sexual assault.

The student, who was identified only as John Doe in court records, had challenged a campus judicial proceeding that led to his expulsion.

W&L and the student have “compromised and settled all matters in controversy,” according to a motion filed Thursday in U.S. District Court in Lynchburg.

Both sides are asking Judge Norman Moon to dismiss the case. Terms of the settlement were not disclosed.

Last April, Moon denied a motion by the university to throw the case out, saying that the allegations made in the lawsuit, if “taken as true, suggest that W&L’s disciplinary procedures, at least when it comes to charges of sexual misconduct, amount to a practice of railroading accused students.”

And this write up concerning motive:  

Holding the false accuser accountable isn’t part of the feminist agenda, because to tell the whole truth about such matters might give a clue to why women sometimes do lie about rape.

Hell hath no fury like a woman scorned.

If you read John Doe’s complaint against Washington and Lee, you can surmise that the accuser was interested in a serious romantic relationship with John Doe, but he seemed to treat their two hookups as merely casual sex. When he later got serious with another girl, we may further surmise, his accuser regretted her previous liaisons with John Doe — she felt used, a “pump-and-dump” — and it was this sense of  regret, and a desire for revenge against the boy who had treated her badly, that inspired her to accuse him of sexual assault.

I couldn’t help but think of the classic movie Pimpernel Smith from 1941.

In the movie which takes place in spring of 1939 Leslie Howard plays Professor Horatio Smith a 40 something seemingly absent minded archaeologist and confirmed bachelor who only interest in women is in a statue of Aphrodite Calapeso that he dug up on the Island of Lesbos which he habitually and obsessively admires in the Cambridge Museum of Antiquities to the point where on discovering a speck of dust berates curator Jordan as a Vandal and Visigoth (terms which I suspect students at William & Mary may not recognize these days).  He is so obsessed with his statue and so absent minded that he finds himself missing classes and lectures.

Jordan:  Professor The college school just called for you Sir, you’re late.

Prof Smith: Late for what

Jordan:  Your lecture sir

Prof Smith:  Don’t be ridiculous  my lecture isn’t until Friday

Jordan: But Today is Friday sir.

Prof Smith:  Good heavens!  Extraordinary!  What happened to Thursday?

Jordan:  We had it Yesterday Sir

Professor Smith however has a secret, the reason why he is missing full weeks of lectures and spending so much time in Germany is not due to his archaeological efforts.  It’s because he is (as the title suggests) secretly smuggling German dissidents out of the country under the noses of the Nazis.

So when he plans a new expedition to Germany with some of his students to cover his activities he first conspires to make sure that none of the females students are present in his class before his offer is made.

Professor Horatio Smith:  Greek women moreover were condemned to habitual seculison, an admirable practice, which unfortunately is not followed in this university.

Female Student:  Do you object to our presence here professor?

Professor Horatio Smith:  Oh I can’t object, I can merely deplore it.

This has the effect of causing the female students in the class to walk out, at which point the asks the remaining students in any would like to accompany him to central Europe where he is looking for evidence of an early Aryan civilization.  He makes it clear that women are not welcome.

Mr. Elstead:  Would I be allowed to bring my young sister sir?

Professor Horatio Smith:  No Mr. Elstead I’m looking to avoid the company of females in general and young sisters in particular.

In Germany his students are overwhelmed by the pace he keeps and when they try to distract him at a chalie at the German Swiss border with an attractive young serving girl he expresses only annoyance and distraction.  (yet still manages to sneak out, despite the presence of a german guard and aid a dissident across the border & get back in time to escape detection).

His students eventually figure out what is going in and insist on helping but when the Gestapo head General Von Graham finds a clue indicating that the man they want will be at a reception held by the British Embassy to which he is invited that things get interesting. His agents including a Miss. Cole who we later discover is the daughter of an imprisoned Polish editor who has been promised her father’s freedom if she can track down the mysterious man helping dissidents escape, attend and while most of his agents suspect various people, she, after an encounter with Professor Smith’s american student Maxwell, becomes convinced that Smith is her man. They scoff but she is convinced.

The story turns when she visits Professor Smith’s bedroom, much to his annoyance after the event. She proclaims she has figured out who he but doesn’t want to turn him in so she offers him an ultimatum:

Ms. Cole:  Before I go you’ve got to choose.  Either you help my father to escape or I’ll go straight to the Gestapo and tell them what I know.

Professor Smith:  Very well go there quickly I hope they prove less skeptical than I.

He goes into the bathroom to get a towel and finds she has broken down in tears on his bed over the choice between betraying her principles or leaving her father in the hands of the Nazi., but Smith unsure of her story is having none of it.

Professor Smith:   What on earth are you crying for?  What have I done?  You’ve brought this all on yourself.  I didn’t ask you to come here I’m horrified at the idea of a strange woman in my rooms and a woman in tears at that.  Or ARE they tears? [she raises her head, showing her tears are real] yes  they are,  well they don’t have any effect on me, believe me.  Here  mop them up with that, you look awful.  And don’t try any more fairy tales with me. [she runs out leaving her bag] here you’ve forgotten your…

The next morning he finds himself changed and when one of his agents reports that she is in fact the daughter of the dissident as she claimed crashes a luncheon date one of his students had with her returning her handbag and replacing her spilled powder he asks a rather direct and revealing question to his student in front of her face:

Professor Smith:  Mr. Maxwell if you heard a very remarkable man had been imprisoned by the Nazis, what would you do?

Maxwell:  My damndest to get him out.

Professor Smith:  Now isn’t that remarkable.  Every now and then he and I have exactly the same idea.  

Ms. Cole:  [Wearing an expression of shock and relief] Could I have some water please

Professor Smith:  Certainly not, Vorak some champagne 

As you might guess the Gestapo chief, who had scoffed at her suspicion of Smith who he considers a fool changes his tune when she reports back that she was dead wrong…

General Von Graum:  I didn’t believe her Marx, I didn’t believe her.  But I do now, that idiotic archeologist.

Marx:  sir

General Von Graum:  But we’ve got to have proof.

..and he sets a trap for both of them.

Will they fall into the trap?  Can they spring her father and his friends from the concentration camp?  And even if they do can they and Ms. Cole escape the Gestapo’s wrath and get out of Germany alive?

Rather than spoil the ending I’ll embed the film at the end of the post but the question becomes, what does all of this have to do with the Washington & Lee case. Just this:

In the movie Professor Smith deplores the presence of women on campus likely due to his own myopia .  With our modern eyes we, even knowing that he is secretly risking his life to foil the greatest  villains in modern history, as backward and wrong.  Yet perhaps the character who could see far enough head to foil the Nazi might have anticipated the situation at Washington & Lee:

Washington and Lee, whose history stretches back to its founding before the American Revolution, was for more than 200 years an all-male school, and did not admit its first female undergraduate student until 1985. Scarcely 30 years after that, half the university’s enrollment is female, and any male student who enrolls there knows he will be immediately expelled if his ex-girlfriend decides “regret equals rape.” This is why parents pay for their sons to attend Washington and Lee (annual tuition $46,417), a school where “equality” means that male students have no rights at all.

At a school whose namesakes were honorable men, there is now not a shred of honor or decency left. The modern worship of “equality” has destroyed everything honorable about Washington and Lee, where corrupt administrators supervise dishonest faculty in the miseducation of their perverted students. Parents thinking of sending their children there should check out the Washington and Lee University Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning (LGBTQ) Resource Center. Maybe your child will want to enroll in the Women’s and Gender Studies (WGS) program at Washington and Lee University.

Is this hideous parody of “higher education” worth $46,417 a year?

Given today’s political correctness there is some danger, to objecting to or even deploring how far a once great university has fallen. although the real world risk doesn’t yet extend to the degree that the fictional Professor Pimpernel Smith did in combating his Nazis.

Fortunately for the parents of young men looking at higher education, they need not publicly object or deplore the situation, they can simply choose to spend their hard earned money elsewhere.

A closing note. This film which Leslie Howard, produced, directed and starred in, released in London while England was still fighting the Nazis alone, would be one of his last. Howard would die two years later shot down by German fighters over the Bay of Biscay.


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After a very good day’s sleep I turned on the TV and found this scene from Animal House playing.

Watching for a little while and thinking of the Star wars fanaticism that’s been going on it hit me that both of these movies came out in the late 70’s. It was a time when many of the 60’s generation had young kids who because of their parent’s decision to foolishly abandon christianity had no real exposure to religion.

By an odd coincidence both of these excellent movies became more than movies, they became ways of life.

At colleges all over the nation the primary purpose of college to many became to get drunk and score. Meanwhile kids who normally moved from one popular movie or TV show to another (remember the Davy Crockett caps) stayed with Star Wars to the point where it wasn’t abandoned in adulthood and was even passed onto the next generation.

Now there is nothing wrong with enjoying a great comedy or action movie, both of these pictures were a lot of fun but it’s not healthy to replace your moral code with them.

Consider this famous scene from Animal House

The Dean’s words: “Fat drunk & stupid is no way to go through life son.” Is excellent advice that any parent worth a damn would give his or her kids, but HE is considered the villain in this scene, the person to be defeated and ignored.

As a gag or joke, that’s fine, as a way of life, that’s disaster.

Meanwhile for people who have decided that the wisdom of generations concerning the Church and Christ and public events such as the miracle of he sun at Fatima seen by thousands are to be discounted find themselves engrossed in the “force” & “jedi” mysticism. Something that feeds the need for thing beyond themselves without actual commitment to anything but buying the latest toy.

Again as a fun distraction it’s fine, as a replacement for Christ, it doesn’t work. Take a look at the line of fanatics waiting to see the next installment in their gospel, how many of them do you think know anything of the real one?

As a creature with a soul man instinctively has a need for God, and when you take God away from him , he tries to find something to replace him with.

Again I like both of these movies and everybody know that I’m a big Doctor Who fan and if you want to enjoy and be entertained by the Star Wars or Doctor Who franchises that’s fine. Likewise if you want to laugh at Animal House and the genius of John Belushi that’s great.

But if you use any of these three as a “how to” for life, you are going to be disappointed and your culture will suffer.


One of an occasional series of articles comparing the Bush Years vs the Obama Years:

Barack Obama’s administration has described itself as a “Strong Defender of the First Amendment” Meanwhile the left routinely called George Bush a foe of the 1st Amendment  Let’s take a look at the two:


In 2001 Comedy Central premiered a series called That’s My Bush.  It starred Timothy Bottoms , Carrie Quinn Dolan, Marcia Wallace, Kurt Fuller John D’Aquino and Kristen Miller and was created by the South Park Team of Trey Parker & Matt Stone.

Now consider this news from last week via the Huffington Post

Univision host Rodner Figueroa was fired Wednesday after comparing first lady Michelle Obama’s appearance to that of someone from the cast of the “Planet of the Apes.”

The Emmy-winning host was dismissed over the racist remark said during his live segment on the entertainment news show “El Gordo Y La Flaca,” HuffPost Voces first reported. Univision confirmed the news via e-mail earlier today.

Figueroa’s comment came while talking about make-up artist Paolo Ballesteros’ viral undertaking of transforming himself into female celebrities. The fashionista, known for his critical “Fashion Police”-style remarks, analyzed Ballesteros’ transformation for Michelle Obama with an original photo of the first lady beside it.

“Mind you, you know that Michelle Obama looks like she’s part of the cast of ‘Planet of the Apes,’ the film,” Figueroa said.

Even more interesting is this update (emphasis mine):

UPDATE 3/12 6:00 p.m.: In an extensive open letter to the first lady, Figueroa offered a formal apology for what was said but explained that it had been taken out of context. He also said he was verbally notified that he was being fired because of a complaint from Michelle Obama’s office and that he felt Univision had publicly humiliated him.

Now consider the following.  Mr. Figueroa made a single remark, perhaps in poor taste,  poking fun at Mrs. Obama’s appearance, and it drew a complaint from the First Lady’s office and resulted in his dismissal.

On the other hand That’s My Bush mercilessly poked fun at the President & the first lady.  As you might guess from a series made by the creators of South Park a lot of these jokes were not what one would consider tasteful.

Yet despite the cries of the left about the repressive Bush years not only did the show run a full season but if you click on the names of the actors in every episode you will find that with a single exception all have continued to work regularly since the end of the series to the present day or until their death and South Park has completed its 18th season on the air.

Tell me given this comparison which administration respects the first amendment right to make fun of the president & his family and which one does not?



My latest for Watchdog.org talks about the new Taxes proposed by Barack Obama and how they identify him not as a man pretending to be a king, but as a neighborhood boss:

I’ve seen many portrayals of President Obama as an absolutist king due to his penchant for unilateral policy decisions made over the heads of Congress. Glenn Reynolds often reposts an image of Obama in the likeness of Louis XIV, with the common tagline being “You should be thanking me.”

What I see, however, is a classic graduate of the Chicago school of criminal governance, an old-fashioned neighborhood boss. This sort of boss man attitude is evidenced in Obama’s plan to put into law ten new taxes.

If you want to read the rest including quotes from Casino, Godfather II, Goodfellas, Analyze This and even Chris Christie, you’ll have to go to Watchdog.org and check out the Watchdog Arena.

While the prospect of fighting was a joke, they kept me in the background.  Now we are sure of fighting I’ll be sent for

Lord Nelson 1801

In 1801 England was in the midst of their decades long struggle with Revolutionary / Napoleonic France one of the strongest card in their deck was their orders in council by which they used their fleet to stop trade with France by neutrals.  Several nations including Russia, Denmark, Sweden banded together to form the League of Armed Neutrality to protect their shipping.

The Brits wanting to break up such a league sent a fleet to Copenhagen along with a diplomat Nicholas Vansittnet to attempt to persuade the Danes to leave this league.

At the time Lord Nelson the greatest living sailor was under disgrace for carrying on with a diplomat’s wife and because of said embarrassment he was made second in command under Sir Hyde Parker.as a diplomatic solution was attempted.

However when said diplomacy failed, and the Danes had hulks strategically placed to stop any British fleet, the fleet needed a warrior and Parker called on Nelson who lead the fighting at Copenhagen and when during the fight Parker from his spot in the rear & sent up a signal ordering him to disengage, Nelson raised his telescope to the eye he had lost in battle years before, declared:  “I really do not see the signal.” kept fighting and won.

The reality of the situation and the prospect of failure, in the end trumped the desires of both Sir Hyde Parker and the British Government.

And that brings us to the reactions of the elites to the popularity of American Sniper and how things are going to eventually end against ISIS.

I’ve written about the cultural divide in America  The movie American Sniper is the story of a member of the traditional culture, exposing and acting in a way said culture does.  Because said people are numerous it is breaking all kinds of records.

However as the media and the elites are not of that culture so they find it easy to critique, to attack to call those like Chris Kyle “murders”, at least they do while they are safe.

As long as ISIS is killing in Syria, as long as they are not in danger, as long as they can go to parties, fly to international events and do what they wish without fear our friends on the left will happily attack the Chris Kyles of the world.

But once the cost of said critique is votes for a candidate of the left, sales for one of their companies movement will begin, and the moment, the very second that any of those now crying “murderer” find the ISIS threat approaching them in any way, then it will be Copenhagen on the Potomac and no matter how loud the farthest left shouts, they really will not see the signal.

Count on it.


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With just two weeks to go to election day democrats are in panic.  Their  candidates for office  are unable to remember who they voted for by name last time.  They’re  suddenly supporting travel bans they formerly opposed,  It’s reached a point where they have to use the NYT to beg for the black vote turnout as they don’t dare express support a president they still love.  Even people like Frank Bruni to Peggy Noonan who six years after lionizing Obama are suddenly noticing a lack of competence in the White House.

But the real crisis is deeper.  Most of the people who voted for Obama don’t follow politics and couldn’t tell you who Frank Bruni or Peggy Noonan are.   The crisis that has hit democrats in general and Barack Obama in particular can be explained in one loud exclamation,  regularly uttered in one of the classic syndicated sitcoms of the 60’s by the hilarious Alan Hale:


You see the best way to describe how Barack Obama is perceived bygilligan ordinary non-political Americans is how Gillian was perceived by his fellow castaways on the Island.

If you watch Gilligan’s Island you will quickly realize that there is one thing you can count on:  from experimental jetpacks to telephone lines washing ashore whenever there is a potential for the castaways being rescued., Gilligan will somehow mess it up.

They understand it so well that even after they are rescued they take precautions when they know Gilligan is coming.

Gilligan:  Wow Professor is that one of our experiments?

Professor:  Yes, [leading him to a table] but it starts over there Gilligan.

Gilligan:  Oh wow professor look at all this stuff how do you do all that stuff [accidentally crashes into the table & smashes everything on it]

Skipper:  Gilligan!

Gilligan:  Sorry professor.

Professor:  Oh that’s all right Gilligan, that’s not part of my experiment, You see I was expecting you today so I set that up especially for you

The Professor and his fellow castaways don’t hate Gilligan, they can’t even stay angry at him.  They simply accept that no matter his intentions, anything he Gilligan touches turns to disaster.

That’s what has happened with Barack Obama.  Partisans on the left can be counted on to spin his failures, partisans on the right to ascribe malicious intent but the vast body of apolitical people simply shrug when things go wrong in government.

They just don’t expect better anymore.

It’s an incredible turnaround, In 2008 Barack Obama was considered so competent that people actually thought he would lower the oceans and bring peace to the globe, the expectations were through the roof.

Six years later this tweet says it all

That is the real disaster this isn’t a crisis of competence, it’s a crisis of expectations that is dooming the Democrats this cycle, and threatens to infect them like Ebola. (and this latest Politico poll (a source not known for spinning for the GOP) can’t be reassuring:

An overwhelming majority of voters in the most competitive 2014 elections say it feels as if events in the United States are “out of control” and expressed mounting alarm about terrorism, anxiety about Ebola and harsh skepticism of both political parties only three weeks before the Nov. 4 midterms.
In a POLITICO poll testing the hardest-fought states and congressional districts of the year, two-thirds of likely voters said they feel that the United States has lost control of its major challenges. Only 36 percent said the country is “in a good position to meet its economic and national security” hurdles.

Expect the media to spend the next two years doing their best to distance themselves from their former Messiah in the hopes of making sure Gilligan’s white hat isn’t handed down to the Democrat party as an heirloom.


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It’s no secret at this blog that I have been watching Morning Joe for years.

For years it’s been an entertaining & informative show. Joe & Mika are one of the best pairings I’ve ever seen on television in such a format. Willie Geist works very well. Barnicle is from my home town and all of them are extremely gracious in person.

They never forget the viewers. At public events I’ve seen them give of their time to and never treat themselves as above the people who spare a part of their weekday mornings with them.

This core makes the show and it makes the people around them better. You get a real sense that you could enjoy a meal & conversation with these people.

Their willingness to be open about opinions is also important, I’d trust Mika for example over many of the MSM simply because she doesn’t pretend her opinion is coming from anyplace other than where it is.

But there is a more mercenary / practical reason why I tend to watch.

As a 6 AM Morning Joe they are pretty much the best source of the left’s daily talking points. If I want to see where the left will be going during the day, and if I want to see the arguments I’ll have to consider or rebut (depending on their quality) Morning Joe provides it.

Unfortunately lately this has been less and less of the case.

Since December it’s become guns, guns, guns, guns. There might have been a day when gun control has not be a topic on Morning Joe since Newtown, if so I don’t remember it.

Now it could be possible that this HAS been the entire daily talking point of the left. Given that nothing else is working for the White House it might be the line of attack for the left for 2014, but what is the point of waiting to see the left’s argument if it’s the same argument every single day that I can recite backwards.

At the end of each show they ask: “What, if anything, have we learned today. Increasingly the answer to that question has been: Not a damn thing.

And if I’m not being informed, then why invest hours of my time that I’ll never get back?

I’m not going to give them forever to figure that out.

In my last post I explained how TV shows like last week’s The Good Wife is used as liberal cultural propaganda.  Now lets look at how it would play if it was done the other way around.

What if even one scene from that show had been written with a conservative slant instead a liberal one?

Let’s re-set the stage  Supreme Court Lawyer Jeremy Breslow (Bruce McGill) is arguing for spousal privilege on a wiretap involving a gay couple in a federal tax fraud suite.   He has just finished cross-examining the former US AG who maintains it’s the Administration’s opinion the Defense of Marriage Act discriminates against same sex marriage and is unconstitutional  and therefore is not enforced.

We pick up the revised action just as Breslow finishes and Judge Claudia Friend (Cheers’ Bebe Neuwirth) turns the witness over to the Federal prosecutor Bucky Stabler (played by Brian Dennehy)…

Attorney Breslow: I tender the witness

Judge Claudia Friend:  Bucky.

Federal Attorney Bucky Stabler: (getting up from his desk walks toward the witness) So Attorney General Shipton it is the opinion of the current administration that Defense of marriage act discriminates against same-sex marriage and it should not be enforced?

Fmr Attorney General Shiption:
Yes sir as I said.

Federal Attorney Bucky Stabler: So, tell me Attorney General Shipton, if this is the case why has the administration not removed the law from the federal code?

Fmr Attorney General Shiption: Excuse me?

Federal Attorney Bucky Stabler:
Well you have testified that it is the opinion of this newly re-elected President that this law is unconstitutional. If it’s Unconstitutional why hasn’t the executive branch used it’s authority to simply removed this law from the books as Unconstitutional?

Attorney Breslow: (Rising) Objection your Honor: Basis

(the shot briefly flashes toward the judge)

Federal Attorney Bucky Stabler: (Turning to Judge) The Basis your honor the Attorney general is stating the law is unconstitutional surely he can explain to the court why the administration does not declare it so?

Judge Claudia Friend: Sustained. Bucky the court is aware the executive does not have such authority.

Federal Attorney Bucky Stabler:
Attorney General Shipton as the law can’t be declared unconstitutional by the executive branch, surely it can impose a new law to replace it?

(camera pans briefly to AG Shipton looking uncomfortable)

Attorney Breslow: (Rising) Objection your Honor

Federal Attorney Bucky Stabler:
I withdraw the question, your honor.

Judge Claudia Friend: (annoyed) Mr Stabler let me remind you one more time we are not before a jury. I know the powers of the executive branch, you don’t have to explain them to me.

Federal Attorney Bucky Stabler:
Very well your honor, (wearing a slight grin walking toward the witness.) , So Attorney General Shipton it is the opinion of this administration that this law is unconstitutional and while you can’t unilaterally change the law or remove the law you can decide not to enforce it, is that right?

FRM AG Shipton That is correct.

Federal Attorney Bucky Stabler: Tell me what is the administration’s opinions of the current Federal Gun laws?

(AG Shipton taken aback)

Attorney Breslow: Objection your Honor Relevance?

Federal Attorney Bucky Stabler: (Approaching the bench looking entirely serious )Your honor the defense asserts because the administration has an opinion that this law is unconstitutional based on the position of the administration it is entirely proper for the law not to be enforced. If the administration claims such power is valid we would like to establish what other laws this administration believes it doesn’t have to enforce.

Judge Claudia Friend: (Surprised, Pausing, serious and thoughtful) Overruled. (Turning to AG Shipton) You may answer.

Attorney General Shipton: I, (pausing) I’m not currently in the administration so I certainly can’t speak for them on such a matter.

Federal Attorney Bucky Stabler:
Well you certainly has no problem speaking for them on Gay Marriage…

Attorney Breslow: Objection…

Federal Attorney Bucky Stabler:  I withdraw the statement.   Attorney General Shipton can you speak for the time you WERE in the administration.  What was the administrations opinion on current gun laws at the time you were there?

Attorney General Shipton:
It was our opinion the Gun laws was not strict enough.

Federal Attorney Bucky Stabler:
So those laws were enforced?

Attorney General Shipton: Yes.

Federal Attorney Bucky Stabler: What about laws involving Religious Freedom?

Attorney General Shipton:
Of course we enforced the laws.

Federal Attorney Bucky Stabler: Really, the Bishops of the Roman Catholic Church would disagree.

Attorney Breslow: Objection!

Federal Attorney Bucky Stabler: (before the Judge can rule) Withdrawn. What if a subsequent administration believed Social Security or Medicare or the Voting Rights act was unconstitutional? Could they simply ignore them?

Attorney General Shipton: Ah..

Federal Attorney Bucky Stabler:
What about the The Freedom of Information act? Did you enforce that law for everyone or only the people you agreed with?

Attorney General Shipton: I resent that implication…

Attorney Breslow: Objection, counsel is badgering the witness!

Judge Claudia Friend: (Looking Exasperated) Sustained! Bucky…

Federal Attorney Bucky Stabler: ( ignoring all else)Tell me Attorney General it’s the function of the executive branch to enforce the laws lawfully passed by the people’s representatives, What were the other laws you as Attorney General, decided just weren’t worth enforcing?

Attorney Breslow: Your HONOR!

Federal Attorney Bucky Stabler: (going to the Bench and speaking with passion) Your Honor if the Executive branch can arbitrarily decide what laws count and what ones don’t, why bother having a legislative or judicial branch at all? Why bother having elections? Why bother having you at the bench? This is civics 101, (turning to the crowd and toward the camera) either the laws of the land mean something or they don’t, if the administration doesn’t like this law they can submit a repeal bill to the congress and push for its passage, either this republic and our constitution means something or it doesn’t!

Judge Claudia Friend: (All business). That’s enough! (She pauses to Composes, Camera briefly goes to Bucky and the Defense table, she turns to the Former AG.) Attorney General Shipton, you are excused. Thank you for your time. (the now rattled AG gets up from the stand and laws out , the camera follows him as he stare at Stabler with a look of disgust) I’m ready to make my ruling.

Judge Claudia Friend: ( Looking very serious and speaking in a tone lower than before.) During the late election I supported this administration. Their opposition to DOMA was a part of my reason for that support but if this administration was defeated at the polls, I would have expected its replacement to enforce the laws as written even the ones like the abortion laws, they disagree with. If a law passed legally by the elected representatives of the people and signed by a duly elected president, ANY president can simply be discarded on a whim then we have ceased to be a representative republic and a country of laws.

Until the congress repeals this law, or it is struck down by a qualified court DOMA is the law of the land and it will be obeyed. It is the ruling of this court that under federal law as written recognized Marriage as the Union between a man and a women and spousal privilege is NOT allowed. The wiretap may be played.

Imagine for a moment what the effect of such a scene acted out by quality actors would have on the viewing audience? Well that is what we are fighting every week on every channel on the Television.

I submit and suggest that this has to be fought and I have a proposal to do so.

I would suggest a weekly show, a web cast where the three or six scenes like this from various shows are re-written from the conservative view, shot and presented as a parody/alternative. Such speech would be protected by the first amendment.

I think fans of these shows would watch, I think it would be a YouTube sensation, I think the MSM and Hollywood would go nuts objecting and I think it would generate more buzz than a beehive hit by a baseball bat.

You can’t change the culture until you get the attention of the people in it. I say it’s time to do so.