If Hillary Clinton opened up a hamburger joint, would you eat there? If George Soros wrote a book and went on tour, would you buy his book and wait in line at Barnes & Noble to have him sign it? Did you run out and buy a Dixie Chicks album after they attacked George W. Bush?
Why, then, do conservatives continue to support Hollywood when the vast majority of people in it are pushing a left-wing agenda? Many of them spend more times promoting their political narrative than making movies and television shows. Most of them allow those narratives and agendas to leak through in their performances and movie choices.
As I write this, the Golden Globes are being watched by millions of Americans. A good chunk of those watching are conservatives. This isn’t intended to condemn any of you; I had aspirations to be part of the Hollywood world at one point in my life and even moved to southern California to pursue it. Over the last decade, I watched as the liberal underpinnings of Hollywood emerged into blatant attacks on many of the things that I believe. Recently, the progressive rhetoric has reached a crescendo to the point that they don’t even try to pretend they’re only entertainers. They’ve come out feverishly opposed to the philosophies that make America awesome and in favor of the socialist, lawless, liberal ideology that is leading us towards oblivion.
There are few institutions that are easier to generalize than Hollywood. Save for a handful of brave and outspoken conservatives, the vast majority of actors, directors, and producers are as left-wing as they come. Last year brought more of them out of the political closet as the fear of Donald Trump prompted policy commentary from the strangest places. Today, they are outspoken and angry.
Most of Hollywood is pro-choice. They support the ideas of giving greater rights to members of the LGBTQ community than to average Americans. They want open borders as long as the illegal immigrants aren’t in their neighborhoods. They want total gun control except for their bodyguards. They oppose school choice while their children go to private schools.
They support Obama, oppose Trump, and they’re going to do everything they can to subvert his presidency.
As conservatives, we should not support them. We shouldn’t buy tickets to their movies. We shouldn’t bump up the ratings on their television shows. We shouldn’t be fawning over them at awards shows or idolizing them in any way. Like it or not, they have power through influence of their huge audiences. Some of them reach millions of people every day with their ideologies.
It’s hypocritical for us to condemn their politics but support their careers. Every time we buy a ticket to movies written, directed, and performed by liberal activists, we’re giving them money that will be used to promote their agenda. How many of them gave to Hillary Clinton, Bernie Sanders, and other liberal politicians? Which ones held fundraisers to promote the progressive agenda? We empower them to attack our philosophies.
We need to make better entertainment choices. As much as I’d love to call for a boycott, it’s unrealistic. As conservatives, we can choose to watch movies by those who aren’t fighting us. They don’t even have to be outspoken conservatives as long as they’re not militant liberals. There’s a reason that Mark Wahlberg seems to be in every patriotic retelling of real events from Lone Survivor to Patriots Day. Clint Eastwood directs a movie every year or two. Dwayne “The Rock” Johnson could be the next Ronald Reagan. Chris Pratt and Denzel Washington might not speak too much about politics, but they’re open about their faith.
We have choices. We don’t have to kiss the ring of the Hollywood elites or risk boring ourselves with Fox News all night. If we spend our entertainment dollars supporting people and stories that align more closely with conservative philosophies, Hollywood will eventually take the hint. Even if they don’t, at least we can feel better knowing we’re not supporting the engines of our own demise.
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.
“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.
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.”
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.
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.
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.
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.
“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.
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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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 by 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]
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
The single most telling commentary on the #obama years is the total lack of surprise by the public on their weak #ebola response #tcot#p2
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.