At the end of a long week of government shutdown stalemate, Jay Leno opened the Tonight Show Friday night by tearing into Congress and President Obama in particular for failing to come to an agreement that would get federal employees working again. Below are some highlights from Leno’s brutal monologue.RELATED: Maybe Obama should thank the Koch Brothers?
“This government shutdown thing is getting old. The national parks are closed, the museums are closed, federal agencies are closed. But our borders? They’re wide open, don’t worry about that.”“China is really upset about the government shutdown. Well sure, they’ve never had one of their businesses fail before.”“President Obama has officially cancelled his trip to Asia. He said he didn’t want to be in Indonesia not doing anything to solve the crisis, when he could be in Washington not doing anything to solve the crisis.”“Actually, it’s the perfect time for him to go to Asia. I mean, what better time to leave Joe Biden in charge of the country than during a a shutdown? He couldn’t do any more damage. right?”“The shutdown is so bad, Nancy Pelosi may be forced to keep this face for another year. That’s how bad it is.”In addition to the standard monologue jokes, Leno also took on the MSNBC reporter who had so much trouble signing up for Obamacare online. But in his version of the video, things went bit further with Mara Schiavocampo taking out her angry directly on the machine itself.
Saturday, October 05, 2013
Can FOX find something for this guy once he leaves The Tonight Show:
The Obamacare/shutdown battle has spawned myriad myths. The most egregious concern the substance of the fight, the identity of the perpetrators and the origins of the current eruption.
President Obama indignantly insists that GOP attempts to abolish or amend Obamacare are unseemly because it is “settled” law, having passed both houses of Congress, obtained his signature and passed muster with the Supreme Court.
Yes, settledness makes for a strong argument — except from a President whose administration has unilaterally changed Obamacare five times after its passage, including, most brazenly, a year-long suspension of the employer mandate.
Article 1 of the Constitution grants the legislative power entirely to Congress. Under what constitutional principle has Obama unilaterally amended the law? Yet when the House of Representatives undertakes a constitutionally correct, i.e., legislative, procedure for suspending the other mandate — the individual mandate — this is portrayed as some extra-constitutional sabotage of the rule of law. Why is tying that amendment to a generalized spending bill an outrage, while unilateral amendment by the executive (with a Valerie Jarrett blog item for spin) is perfectly fine?
The mainstream media have been fairly unanimous in blaming the government shutdown on the GOP. Accordingly, House Republicans presented three bills to restore funding to national parks, veterans and the District of Columbia government. Democrats voted down all three. (For procedural reasons, the measures required a two-thirds majority.)
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid won’t even consider these refunding measures. And the White House has promised a presidential veto.
The reason is obvious: to prolong the pain and thus add to the political advantage gained from a shutdown blamed on the GOP. They are confident the media will do a “GOP makes little Johnny weep at the closed gates of Yellowstone, film at 11” despite Republicans having just offered legislation to open them.
The most ubiquitous conventional wisdom is that the ultimate cause of these troubles is out-of-control tea party anarchists.
But is this really where the causal chain ends?
From Social Security to civil rights to Medicaid to Medicare, never in the modern history of the country has major social legislation been enacted on a straight party-line vote. Yet Obamacare — which revolutionizes one-sixth of the economy, regulates every aspect of medical practice and intimately affects just about every citizen — passed without a single GOP vote.
The Democrats insist they welcomed contributing ideas from Republicans. Rubbish. Republicans proposed that insurance be purchasable across state lines. They got nothing. They sought serious tort reform. They got nothing. Why? Because, admitted Howard Dean, Democrats didn’t want to offend the trial lawyers.RELATED: Where Ted Cruz Is Coming From
Moreover, the administration was clearly warned. Republican Scott Brown ran in the most inhospitable of states, Massachusetts, on the explicit promise to cast the deciding vote blocking Obamacare. It was January 2010, the height of the debate. He won. Reid ignored this unmistakable message of popular opposition and conjured a parliamentary maneuver — reconciliation — to get around Brown.
Nothing illegal about that. Nothing illegal about ramming it through without a single opposition vote. Just totally contrary to the modern American tradition — and the constitutional decency — of undertaking major social revolutions only with bipartisan majorities. Having stuffed Obamacare down the throats of the GOP and the country, Democrats are now paying the price.
I thought the Republicans’ defunding demand impossible and, therefore, foolish. I thought that if, nonetheless, they insisted on making a stand, it should not be on shutting down the government, which voters oppose 5-to-1, but on the debt ceiling, which Americans favor 2-to-1 as a vehicle for restraining government.
Tactics are one thing, but substance is another. It’s the Democrats who have mocked the very notion of settled law. It’s the Democrats who voted down the reopening of substantial parts of the government. It’s the Democrats who gave life to a spontaneous, authentic, small-government opposition — aka the Tea Party — with their unilateral imposition of a transformational agenda during the brief interval when they held a monopoly of power.
That interval is over. The current unrest is the residue of that hubris.
On October 1, Chad Henderson successfully signed up for a health care exchange as part of the Affordable Care Act. He was instantly catapulted into the national spotlight as the White House and every single media outlet in America sought to both confirm his story and celebrate his success.RELATED: Obamacare ‘Poster Boy’ Chad Henderson’s Father Contradicts Elements of His Son’s Story
On October 1, Chad Henderson added this widget to his Facebook page announcing his decision to enroll in Obamacare.
Little did he know, his whole world was about to change.
“Something major happened to me today,” Chad wrote on his Facebook page on Thursday. “I get off of work and find that I have 120 new notifications on my phone. Come to find out…. a few of President Obama’s top advisers had shared my ObamaCare enrollment story with their Twitter followers and I had received much positive feedback along with some hateful feedback.”
Long story short: they contacted me and my story will be published along with a video interview on the President’s official advocacy website, Organizing for Action, and could possibly make it on the White House website.Hmm… Odd that your average, apolitical youngster would understand the distinction between OFA and the White House. He does list “political activist” as one of his professional skills. No matter. I’m sure the media outlets that have taken an interest in his background will vet his background.
Henderson announced excitedly that he had been contacted by the Chattanooga Times Free Press and his unique story would soon be gracing the pages of his hometown paper.
“I accept these offers with honor knowing that I am helping the President make history by bringing out the facts on Obamacare!!” Henderson declared.
“AND THE GREAT NEWS KEEPS COMING IN!,” Henderson announced two hours later. “other officials are still continuing to share my story including staff at CNN and a former adviser to President Bill Clinton!”
He also revealed that he had been contacted by the Huffington Post and that national web publication would soon trumpet his tale for the world.
“So freakin excited!!,” Henderson disclosed.
Hang on, Chad. This rocket ship is just taking off…
I’ve now been interviewed by The Wall Street Journal, Washington Post,Chattanooga Times Free Press, The Huffington Post, Enroll America, and POLITICO!! Those stories will be published in the coming days. I have a press conference call with the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services later tonight. Also, local folks….. my interview with Kimberly Barbour Wrcb-tv will be aired TONIGHT at 5:30pm on WRCB Channel 3 Eyewitness News so be sure to check it out thanks for all your support!Chances are you will soon be hearing the name Chad Henderson and his heroic story of enrolling successfully in a health care exchange. His is a saga of hope and redemption. If Chad can do it, maybe the millions of other healthy young people needed to sustain this program can too.
UPDATE: It turns out Henderson’s knowledge of OFA was not the result of his astuteness or political acumen. According to his LinkedIn profile, he is a current OFA volunteer. Maybe those many media outlets who spoke with him will make note of this seemingly relevant fact.
Friday, October 04, 2013
When it comes to far-Left liberal celebrities getting together with POTUS' wife to campaign for anything, always make sure you read the fine print:
Michelle Obama wants you to drink more water, at least one more glass a day. Frankly, I think it's great. Sure, the science behind some of her claims is somewhere between iffy and debatable. If you're not dehydrated, drinking more water won't give you more energy or cure your headaches, as her office vaguely claims. But it might take up belly space that otherwise would have gone to grape soda, Red Bull or some other sugary concoction.
Team Michelle won't admit this is the real agenda, insisting this is just a healthy, helpful reminder from the first lady. "Water is so basic," she explained from Watertown, Wisc., "and because it is so plentiful, sometimes we just forget about it amid all the ads we watch on television and all the messages we receive every day about what to eat and drink," she said. "The truth is, water just gets drowned out."
Except that's not really true. According to Beverage Tracker (you don't subscribe?), in 1998, soda was our No. 1 drink of choice, with Americans consuming 54 gallons of the stuff every year. Today, it's down to 44 gallons, while water consumption has hit 58 gallons and rising.
Although on one level it may seem as if Obama is breaking the corporate grip on our drinking habits by celebrating the original no-frills beverage, it's more like she's pulling a Ferris Bueller: jumping in front of a parade in progress and acting as if it were for her all along. There's nothing more mainstream than going with the flow.
We tend to talk about culture as if it's something produced solely by obvious outlets like Hollywood or publishing. But the trend toward bottled water (which accounts for 21 of those 58 gallons a year Americans consume) is every bit as real a cultural phenomenon as Miley Cyrus' twerking — even more so. Whenever we talk about ancient Greek or Egyptian culture we spend an awful lot of time talking about what they drank and ate, we study their pots and pans and we even write the occasional ode to their urns. There was no popular demand to see Cyrus behave like a bonobo in heat. There's a very real demand to drink pure water instead of other beverages.
We crossed a milestone in 2006 when, according to the U.S. Census, Americans started drinking more water than beer. Susan McWilliams, a brilliant (liberal) political scientist, lamented this turning point in American culture. "There's a reason that beer commercials tend to include lots of people hanging out in a room together," she writes, "and bottled water commercials tend to include lone individuals climbing things and running around by themselves, usually on a beach at sunrise — even though they are not being chased."
Bottled water is the beverage for an atomized generation that listens to music in a private headphone world.
Beer is social. "Most people drink beer to lower social inhibitions," McWilliams notes, "to make it easier to have conversations with other people, to assuage loneliness, to grease the wheels for engaging in what my students euphemistically call 'relationships' — in other words, to give a form and excuse for social life. You don't drink beer to improve your private, individual health."RELATED: Are Conservatives Really Going After Michelle Obama for Promoting Water?
This last point is one I can confirm after years of empirical testing.
Indeed, while every brand of bottled water has its own unique sales pitch, they all share one appeal: It's not common water.
Which raises one irony. Lots of socially engaged young people have started to rebel against bottled water on the grounds that all of that plastic is allegedly wasteful and deleterious to the environment. Some will even note that bottled water is an indictment of the public water system, the same way FedEx and UPS reflect poorly on the Post Office. In other words, drinking Fiji water is a kind of lifestyle luxury most associated with elite culture — like eating kale salads and having a home gym. It is of a piece with Michael Bloomberg's notorious efforts to make poor people live the way rich people think they should.
That doesn't make Obama's efforts misguided, but it's worth pointing out that even — or perhaps especially — liberals have a noblesse oblige all their own.
Ann Coulter joined Sean Hannity Thursday night to take on what she views as a politically-motivated government shutdown, on the part of President Obama. Lamenting the closure of the World War II memorial and other “privately-run” sights, Coulter said, “This is absolutely 100% political.”RELATED: Shutdowns have been frequent tools of policy. Just ask Reagan.
“He’s doing this to punish people so he can blame Republicans when it is 100% the Democrats,” Coulter continued. Picking up where Hannity left off in his previous segment, she said “the entire fight has come down to” whether Democrats will agree to “live under Obamacare” like the rest of America.
Coulter explained why she was for a government shutdown to achieve this goal in 2013 when she was against it back when Newt Gingrich was leading the charge against President Bill Clinton. Most importantly, she said, conservative now own part of the media landscape.
“There was no Fox News in 1995,” she said. “Nobody was on the internet. Talk radio wasn’t as big as it is now. If you look at the polls, even with 100% of the non-Fox media pushing the idea that it’s Republicans’” fault, the gap between those who blame Democrats and those who blame Republicans is far smaller than it was in 18 years ago.
And on Republicans who Hannity described as “giving in to the bullying” of President Obama and showing signs of compromise, Coulter asked, “Were they in a coma during the launch of the Obamacare exchanges? Have they seen what’s happening?”
The liberal press, which has done everything they can to protect this rapist, can't be happy with this news:
Kaitlyn Hunt, the 19-year-old who has been jailed in Florida over a sexual relationship she had with a 14-year-old girl, pleaded no contest Thursday to five charges as part of a deal brokered by prosecutors and her attorneys.
Hunt pleaded no contest to two counts of misdemeanor battery, misdemeanor contributing to the dependency of a child and two counts of felony interference with child custody.Hunt has been in jail since August 20 for violating a court order not to contact the alleged victim.Under the terms of the agreement, Hunt will be sentenced to four months in jail, to be followed by two years of house arrest with electronic monitoring, and nine months of monitored probation after that, according to prosecutor Brian Workman.If she has no violations, she will not be a convicted felon under Florida law, and she will have the possibility of sealing her file and having the case expunged after 10 years, he said.The case garnered attention as Hunt's lawyers claimed that authorities wouldn't have gone after her if the situation had involved a male and a female instead of two teenage girls.But after Thursday's court hearing, Workman said the case would have been no different if Kaitlyn was a boy.Hunt's parents have been critical of the victim's family for going to police over the relationship, repeating that criticism Thursday."If we start arresting kids for having sex or sexting, you might as well turn the high schools into prisons," they said.The victim's family released a statement saying it was never their intent to harm Hunt, and the case was never about gender or sexual orientation."It was about age-appropriate relationships and following the rules and laws of our society," the statement said.
A race that a lot of liberal pundits have expressed as being over.
Take this piece of polling data with a boulder of salt; it’s from the Lonegan campaign, has no cross-tabs, and was leaked just as the special election race entering its home stretch. Nevertheless, independent polling has shown this contest tightening considerably in recent weeks. Could Steve Lonegan have a shot at pulling off the upset of the century in the Garden State?
Lonegan pollster Rick Shaftan long insisted the race is actually in single digit territory; he tells Save Jersey that their most recent 4-day tracking internal survey shows the race down to a 3-point Booker lead, 47% to 44%. Shaftan believes a spate of bad press clippings for the frontrunner Democratis taking its toll by driving Booker’s negatives sky-high…
Lonegan has welcomed and touted endorsements from Texas Governor Rick Perry and Sarah Palin in recent days, bold moves for a Jersey pol. Conservative website Save Jerseyexplains the strategy:
She won’t make a physical appearance in the state but does plan to utilize social media to advocate for the Republican nominee. Small donor attraction is obviously part of it. Sarah Palin isn’t exactly America’s favorite politician (in fact, she may be among its most polarizing), but theLonegan camp has pursued a strategy designed around reinvigorating base turnout in an odd-ball special election.
Will juicing the base be sufficient to topple a heavy favorite in a very blue state? We’ll see on October 16. Lonegan has been buoyed by a parade of Booker mistakes and embellishments, perhaps leading voters to wonder if the Newark Mayor is, in fact, a “composite” characterhimself.
Exit Question (Allahpundit ™): A friend asks via email, “where is the Senate Conservatives Fund?” Good question. The organization — which has drawn plenty of intra-party fire for relentlessly attacking Republicans over tactical disagreements — is dedicated to “electing true conservatives to the United States Senate,” according to its website. Well, they don’t make ‘em much truer than Steve Lonegan, yet SCF’s endorsement page looks like this. By the way, the “establishment” NRSC has lent Lonegan a helping hand.
Thursday, October 03, 2013
Congress is less popular than car salesmen (the used variety).RELATED: Shutdown crisis ignores the real problems
They are less popular than canals (the root variety).
And less popular than colonoscopies (it’s assumed they’re referring to the prep portion).
In the end, Congress’ approval rating currently stands at about 10 percent, according to a September 30th CNN poll. The government shutdown will drop that number even further. As a result, we keep hearing the same question asked on cable news this week: Why would a body so unpopular not try to do something, anything…to make themselves more likable?
On the shutdown front, reports say there is no sense of urgency from either side of the aisle for a resolution.
Sure, the President just shortened a trip to Asia, but since declaring he isn’t willing to negotiate on anything, what’s the point in sticking around if meaningful dialogue (within these borders, anyway) is off the table?
Back to the main point: So really, why would Congress risk sinking even further in the polls by allowing this shutdown to happen on its watch?
There is no risk.
Despite all the horrific poll numbers, did you know that 91 percent of members of the House get re-elected? The Senate is only slightly more of a ballgame, with 80 percent of its members getting another six years in power. In fact, in the past few election cycles, more incumbents have died in office than lost bids for reelection.
So when people ask why nothing changes inside the beltway, you now have your answer. Not unlike weathermen, they can be wrong more often than right and still get to keep their jobs. As noted in my last column that focused on the general public apathy around the shutdown, only 1/3 of Americans can name their member of Congress.
Ah, but it’s better on the Senate side, right? Higher profiles and only two big names to remember for an entire state must be as easy to recall as the last two Super Bowl winners.
OK, you saw this coming: Only 27 percent of the public can pass that test, according to a survey conducted by the New American Democracy last year.
So while the public loathes Congress and the Senate, respectively, they aren’t particularly compelled enough–or inspired enough–or perhaps are too distracted–to actually do anything about it.
As you know, branding is everything in this country: It’s what makes the Hillary Clinton machine so formidable (nearly 25 years in the national spotlight as First Lady, Senator, Presidential Candidate and Secretary of State). On the state and local level, it’s why an unknown has such a tough time knocking an incumbent out when trying to unseat him or her in the House or Senate. Very few folks vote in Congressional and Senate primaries (about 15 percent), making the wave of support needed to win almost impossible to form.
Many in the media continue to ask how Congress can allow a shutdown to happen (and to a lesser extent, the President), who’s to blame, and most notably, who will pay the price at the polls come next year’s midterms.
The answer to the last question—if history is any indication—is quite simple:
Joseph Gordon-Levitt’s latest flick, “Don Jon,” asks the question: Which type of movie gives viewers more unrealistic expectations: chick flicks or porn? The fact that “Don Jon” is one of the tamer, more mainstream offerings among this fall’s movie crop goes to show, expectations aside, there’s far less difference between porn and other genres than there used to be.
And we’re in the middle of what may be the porniest movie season ever. Simply put, if graphic, seedy, dysfunctional sex doesn’t sound like a fun night at the movies, there isn’t much for you at the cinema right now. A spate of new Hollywood movies has sex as either the main focus or integral to the plot: sex with minors, porn addiction, sex addiction, graphic gay and lesbian sex – even necrophilia.
#1. “Don Jon”: So yes, “Don Jon, due out September 27, may have a more mainstream appeal by starring Gordon-Levitt and Scarlett Johansson. Mainstream that is, for a flick whose pivotal scene occurs when co-star Johansson walks in on Gordon-Levitt’s character as he masturbates.
Gordon-Levitt plays Jon Martello, who introduces himself by saying, “There’s only a few things I really care about in life. My body, my pad, my ride, my family, my church, my boys, my girls, and my porn.”
“Porn’s fine,” Gordon-Levitt explained in a Daily News America interview. "I'm aware that it can be hateful toward women. It can be addictive. It can get ugly. But it's only damaging if you allow it to be.”
As far as the film’s purpose, Gordon-Levitt compared, “the idea of a guy, who watches too much pornography,” to “a young woman, who watches too many romantic Hollywood movies” for “a hilarious way to ask the question: How do the different kinds of media we consume impact our lives and our love lives?”
# 2. “Blue Is The Warmest Color”: Nobody would ever mistake another of the fall’s movies as “hilarious.” The French lesbian film was earnest enough to win the Cannes Film Festival’s Palme d’Or award and aims for an Oscar. The NC-17 movie – a nice way of describing porn – captures the story of 15-year-old Adèle (Adèle Exarchopoulos) who falls for blue-haired college student Emma (Léa Seydoux).
The film, advertised by Publisher’s Weekly as an “elegantly impassioned love story,” features a 10 minute graphic sex scene that required 10 days of shooting in the nude with prosthetics. (And hey, what’s not to like about indulging in one day to perfect a minute?) But then, Exarchopoulos and Seydoux delved into their roles from the beginning, masturbating each other their first day of acting together.
(One thing the critics won’t say amidst their praise: while Adèle meets the age of consent in France, her relationship in the Unites States constitutes as statutory rape.)
Besides the sex, Director Abdellatif Kechiche forced Seydoux to punch her co-star. In the process, Exarchopoulos began crying and bleeding “everywhere.” Seydoux tried unsuccessfully to comfort her, Exarchopoulous explained, for when “she tried to stop my nose from running and [Kechiche] screamed, “No! Kiss her! Lick her snot!”
Despite their instantaneous fame, 28-year-old Seydoux and 19-year-old Exarchopoulos bashed Kechiche for feeling “trapped” in their roles as well as “embarrassed” and “ashamed.”
Seydoux told the Daily Beast, “Well, thank god we won the Palme d’Or, because it was so horrible. So now it’s cool that everyone likes the film and it’s a big success.” But the film wasn’t all bad, as Exarchopoulos explained to The Star: “It’s about love, first love, and everything that comes into it. It’s a love story, but afterwards if we could change things in the mentality of people, that would be so cool.”
#3. “Child of God”: Maybe James Franco is trying to change things in the mentality of people about necrophilia – or sex with dead people – with “Child of God,” which premiers on September 29.
Based on Cormac McCarthy’s 1973 novel, ”Child of God” follows Southerner Lester Ballard (Scott Haze) during his mad conquests of necrophilia and murder – or, as the teaser described “a child of God, much like yourself perhaps.”
Franco told the Daily Beast how Ballard “date[s] with one of these bodies, and the motions that he goes through aren’t any different from any romantic comedy, but he’s animating both sides of the relationship with his imagination.” Franco called the film a “character study,” something “that’s fascinating, and it’s a way to do what movies should do—talk about the human condition.”
"It's a little strange to admit but there's something about necrophilia — I don't want to sound like a weirdo — but the art was very interesting to me," Franco told USA Today. He later admitted, “I know I chose a difficult subject, but I want people to like it. I don't want to push the audience away.”
What’s not to like, even if Franco left out the minute details, such when Ballard encounters a dead couple in a car and, after buying a “first date” outfit, “wildly raped” the woman – or how he later scampers off to kill the new owner of his house while wearing a victim’s scalp and lipstick.
Franco perfected his necrophilia filming while directing a similar project during his time at NYU.
But, hey, that didn’t bug Hollywood, which has a thing for Franco’s antics, beginning this year with “Spring Breakers,” when Franco’s drug dealer persona joined in on a threesome.
# 4. “Palo Alto”: That’s not even the end of Franco for this fall. Starring in Gia Coppola’s “Palo Alto,” Franco transforms into a soccer coach and proves age discrepancy isn’t just a French obsession by seducing high-school student April, played by Emma Roberts. In the film, based on a book penned by Franco, he explains to April, “I’m older and I know that there aren’t a lot of good things around. And I know that you are really good.” Creepy.
#5. “A Teacher”: Hollywood is nothing if not an equal opportunity sleaze peddler. So “A Teacher” (September 6) reverses “Palo Alto’s” gender roles as a high-school teacher sleeps with her male student.
#6. “Adore,” with its beautiful sea-side scenery, offers a respite from Hollywood’s terror – until bikini-clad Robin Wright and Naomi Watts strut through the pseudo-incest plot. Childhood best friends Roz (Wright) Lil (Watts) sleep with each other’s sons in Anna Fontaine’s film, which also hit theaters September 6. The “love” story explodes when Lil’s son Ian sleeps with Roz, and Roz’s son, Tom, retaliates by sleeping with Lil.
The characters couldn’t express more pleasure at the situation with Lil admitting, “I don’t want to stop. I don’t see why we have to,” because “I can’t remember being this happy.” Roz acknowledged, “I know.”
Their surfer sons show no remorse either when Ian stands up from the table on the porch and Roz asks, “Where are you going?” Ian responds, “To your room,” as Tom proposes to Lil, “See you at yours.”
#7. “Afternoon Delight” features another mom behaving badly. In theaters August 30, it tells the story of a stay-at-home mom, Rachel (Kathryn Hahn), who drags her husband (Jeff Radnor) to the strip club in an effort to “fix” their sex life when a friend suggests, “You ever been to a strip club? We go there, we get all hot, and then we bang each other when we get home.” The perfect romantic evening, of course.
After a lap dance from a young stripper (Juno Temple), Rachel, later in the movie, offers the 19-year-old a home and nanny job in an effort to “save” her – or perhaps, live vicariously.
#8. “Concussion” offers more women obsession as a character transforms from lesbian housewife to hooker via a concussion. Robin Weigert, playing the key role, explained the film’s meaning: “It’s like – a little bit like – there’s an inner hooker in everyone,” such as “In terms of when you want to stray or when your eyes wandering because your marriage is no longer satisfying.” She asked, “You’re committing that act in some form, aren’t you?” Or, in other words the world is one giant strip club.
Revealing some of the film’s content, Weigert detailed, “I’ve never played a character who had sex on screen I don’t think before this.” She continued, “It was really new territory for me in that sense, and there would be a lot of it.” Nothing like on-the-job training.
#9. “Kill Your Darlings”: From lesbians to gays. October 16’s “Kill Your Darlings” which stars Daniel Radcliffe (perhaps better known as Harry Potter) as American “Beat” poet Allen Ginsberg as a young college student. The camera not only shows Ginsberg as he masturbates, but also as he hooks up with an older guy he meets at a bar.
No big deal to Harry Potter. Radcliffe explained to MTV, “"For me, there's something very strange about that because we see straight sex scenes all the time. We've seen gay sex scenes before. I don't know why a gay sex scene should be any more shocking than a straight sex scene. Or both of them are equally un-shocking.”
#10. “Thanks For Sharing”: A feel-good romantic comedy about sex addiction? “Thanks for Sharing,” in theaters Sept. 20, follows recovering sex addicts as they share struggles with a 12-step group – and stars big names Mark Ruffalo and Gwyneth Paltrow.RELATED: Blinded by the Light of Celebrity
So this fall, Hollywood’s given free reign to its chief obsession. Whether it’s dolled up as “art” like “Blue is the Warmest Color” or aiming for a cheap, feel-good laugh like “Don Jon,” Tinsel Town’s lack of creative imagination makes it seem like writers, producers and directors have no choice but to return to sex again and again. Luckily, audiences do have a choice.
There's a right way to come into this country that millions of people (including my parents) have followed and will continue to follow. People who come in illegally should not be granted favors:
There's no telling when an immigration bill will come to the House floor, what it will say, or who will support it.RELATED: Number of Illegal Immigrants in U.S. May Be on Rise Again, Estimates Say
Only one thing's for sure: Steve King will vote no.
And he's not alone.
The Iowa Republican has organized a small but growing number of conservatives who are committed to voting against any House immigration bill – no matter what it says – because they fear that the Senate will inevitably find a way to add "amnesty" to the equation.
King won't say how many members he's got on board, except that it reached "fairly deeply" into the GOP caucus. Lobbyists say it's somewhere between 20 and 70 members. Even at the low end of that range, it's enough to prevent any Republican-led immigration bill from passing.
King's "immigration whip team" began in January, when he learned that a group of House Republicans and Democrats were secretly negotiating an immigration bill that he was certain included a path to citizenship.
"I talked to Lou Barletta and said, 'We'd better prepare ourselves,'" he said.
The House's "Gang of Eight" has since splintered, with little chance of its carefully negotiated proposal making an impact in the broader immigration debate. But the House Judiciary Committee has readied four conservative immigration bills that make up the "piece-by-piece" solution to immigration, and the House Homeland Security Committee has completed work on a border security bill.
"I say to the sponsors, 'Paint for me a scenario by which any of these five pieces of legislation could become law without sacrificing the rule of law.' They're answer to me is, 'You're to help with that. You're to solve that,'" he said.
He solves it by saying no on everything.
King says he's supportive of the reform efforts in principle, but he says that they can only lead to a conference-committee compromise that he'd find unacceptable. "We'll lose in every scenario I can think of," he said. "There's nothing to be gained."
The core of King's "whip team" is relatively small, with Barletta and Mo Brooks, R-Ala., among them.
But Ira Mehlman, a spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, says there are a "significant number of members who are really concerned that anything that they come out with would be hijacked as a vehicle to push amnesty."
There has been no indication that the House will vote on any immigration legislation this fall beyond the statements of House Budget Committee Chairman Paul Ryan, R-Wis., who said in July that the House would vote on immigration in October. That October window of opportunity was always narrow, however, and now it is likely that lawmakers will be preoccupied with a debt ceiling showdown next month instead.
From King's perspective, that's great. "Each day that has passed without floor action has been good for the rule of law and good for the rule of sovereignty," he said.
The Senate bill that passed in June included a 13-year path to citizenship for unauthorized immigrants that met certain criteria. It has been widely rejected by the House, with Speaker John Boehner instead seeking a "piece-by-piece" approach to the issue.
What makes a talented actor or actress is an ability to show range and get "lost" in their character--it's what separates Denzel Washington, Al Pacino, Robert DeNiro and a Meryl Streep from their counterparts. Despite this fact, Michelle Rodriguez, a longtime Hispanic actress with very little range (she almost always plays "tough chick" parts) or talent, is currently being heaped with undeserved praise by the Godless, white, mainstream press for "starring" in multimillion dollar movies (even tho no one goes to see a movie just because she's in it) due to the sole reason of having sex with both men and women in her personal life. It's what a liberal press with a Godless agenda likes to do: push non-talented "celebrities" whose personal lives are steeped with debauchery (see Tila Tequila, Snooki, Paris Hilton, et al) to the forefront and force them on the viewing public, all to normalize their behavior:
Michelle Rodriguez has been outside the hotel for only 90 seconds when she gets stopped on the street. "Uh, excuse me? Hi, I swear I'm not a crazy stalker," says a tall and impressively muscled black man on the crowded New York City sidewalk. "But I am your biggest fan." He holds up his phone for a picture. Rodriguez lifts her chin up. "Oh, hell yeah," she says, smiling. "C'mon, let's do it." She squeezes one of his massive biceps: "Yo, man, where'd you get these?" The fan's giddy grin stretches even wider, and his very patient girlfriend takes the picture.
In person Rodriguez is smaller than you'd think — barely 5'5″ in the flat-heeled black boots she's wearing on this sunny Saturday afternoon. You'd assume she'd loom larger. After all, she's forged a career playing tough-gal characters, from her astonishing 2000 debut as a boxer in the Sundance darling Girlfight to her roles in Lost, Avatar, the Fast & Furious franchise, and the upcoming Machete Kills (rated R, out Oct. 11).
She is arguably the most iconic actress in the action genre, as well as one of the most visible Latinas in Hollywood. She has also amassed some jaw-dropping box office: The cumulative global gross of her films is $5.2 billion. That Rodriguez, 35, is a delicate-boned beauty doesn't mean she's any less of a badass, of course. In her downtime she likes to race cars, fire guns, and jump out of planes. Even her lunch order is kinda out-there: salad, bone marrow, and chocolate cake.But she's also unexpectedly sweet and warm. Her mind moves quickly, pinging brightly among topics: neurolinguistics, Hinduism, diversifying her financial portfolio (she recently invested in Twitter), and why she was disappointed by Million Dollar Baby ("I was excited to see it. I was like, 'Great, now we have a commercial version of Girlfight.' And I watch the movie and I'm like, 'F— you, f— you. Why does she have to die?!'") as well as by The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo ("Why does she have to get raped — raped! — before taking vengeance? Why do the stakes have to be so much higher for a woman than a man? You wouldn't do that to Pacino").Rodriguez, needless to say, speaks her mind. She doesn't shy away from addressing her fraught early days in Hollywood ("I was loud, obnoxious, crazy") or even her sexuality. "I don't talk about what I do with my vagina, and they're all intrigued," she says of the media. "I've never walked the carpet with anyone, so they wonder: What does she do with her vagina? Plus, I play a butchy girl all the time, so they assume I'm a lesbo." When EW points out that that's not a fair assumption, Rodriguez laughs. "Eh, they're not too far off," she says. "I've gone both ways. I do as I please. I am too f—ing curious to sit here and not try when I can. Men are intriguing. So are chicks." She shrugs."She doesn't hold back," says James Cameron, who directed Rodriguez in Avatar. "There's no filter. She's a lot of fun to hang out with because you always know what she's thinking."
Wednesday, October 02, 2013
Audiences have once again shown their loyalty and support for Kirk Cameron as the results are in from Unstoppable, which proves that audiences will head to the theater for quality projects, even on a weeknight.
The estimated $2 million earned at the box office (unaudited numbers via Rentrak) would rank the film first or second for Tuesday night, rivaling the Hugh Jackman/Jake Gyllenhaal vehicle Prisoners, which came in at $2.1 million.
On Tuesday, actor and producer Kirk Cameron debuted Unstoppable: A Live Event With Kirk Cameron in more than 700 select movie theaters across the country through NCM Fathom Events, in partnership with Provident Films.
More than 150,000 tickets were sold for Unstoppable, in which Cameron was linked in live to theaters from the Vines Center at Liberty University in Lynchburg, Va. Select locations added additional showings the same evening due to overwhelming demand.
Due to the demand and a large number of sold-out shows, an encore presentation is now scheduled for Thursday, Oct. 3, at 7 p.m. local time in more than 660 movie theaters. Select theaters are already sold out or near sold out in many markets, including Springfield, Mo.; Tulsa, Okla.; San Antonio, Texas; Fort Wayne, Ind.; Phoenix, Ariz.; and Bakersfield, Calif., among others. Ticket and theater information are available at unstoppablethemovie.com.
Interest from audiences and media outlets grew stronger after it was discovered that both Facebook and YouTube initially blocked the trailer for Unstoppable, labeling it “unsafe” and “abusive.” Cameron’s supporters immediately rallied online support, and the incidents were resolved.
Cameron calls Unstoppable his “most personal” project to date, as he invites audiences to join him on a powerful, visual journey to better understand the biggest doubt-raising question in faith: “Where is God in the midst of tragedy and suffering?”
A 30-year-old federal law created to protect the right of Christian to gather now is being used to protect the rights of students with opposite beliefs.RELATED: Atheism Added to Irish School Curriculums
This school year, the Secular Alliance, a national organization advocating the rights of nonreligious students, has created “secular safe zones” on 26 college and high school campuses throughout the country.
“Christianity is so prevalent in society that it’s taken as the norm and to many atheists it’s off-putting,” said the alliance’s spokesman Jesse Galef.
Mr. Galef said the safe zones — rooms or areas set aside specifically for nonreligious students — can help build community, foster service projects and educate individuals about atheism. The safe zones are overseen primarily by student leaders and faculty member allies.
In recent years, members of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender movement were the first to exploit the Equal Protection Act to extend protection to new categories of students who were not necessarily Christian.
“We’re taking a page right out of [the LGBT] playbook,” Mr. Galef said.
The safe-zone phenomenon comes amid what demographers say is a pronounced increase in the number of nonbelievers in the past four decades.
Since 1972, the number of atheists globally has nearly tripled, while religiosity in the United States has declined from 73 percent in 2005 to 60 percent in 2012, according to the poll Global Index of Religiosity and Atheism.
The website Secularsafezone.org, in defending the need for a student refuge, cites a 2006 of Minnesota survey that found continuing prejudice and distrust of atheists, even as cultural celebrations of “diversity” explode.
The telephone survey of 2,000 U.S. households found that Americans rate atheists below Muslims, recent immigrants, gays and other minority groups in “sharing their vision of American society.”
Atheists also were named as the minorities most Americans are least willing to allow their children to marry.
“Atheists, who account for about 3 percent of the U.S. population, offer a glaring exception to the rule of increasing social tolerance over the last 30 years,” said Penny Edgell, an associate professor of sociology at Minnesota and the study’s lead researcher.
Tuesday, October 01, 2013
It's so easy to lie back and listen to a liberal celebrity lie and get their facts incorrect, esp. when the only reason you can't stand Republicans is because what the liberal press has told you about them:
Comedy Central funnyman Jon Stewart joined the legion of Democrats blaming the government shutdown on Republicans during “The Daily Show” on Monday evening. But while the host lambasted GOP lawmakers, he failed to get his facts straight.RELATED: Jon Stewart Shreds GOP Over Obamacare: ‘Utter Insanity,’ ‘It’s a F*cking Law!’
Stewart discussed efforts by House Republicans to defund the Affordable Care Act and highlighted the GOP’s infatuation with the Constitution, noting Obamacare was enacted ‘literally by the book.’ But Stewart continued, ridiculing Republicans for blaming a potential shutdown on Democrats’ unwillingness to negotiate, when, according to him, it’s really the GOP’s fault.
“The government is going to shut down in 57 of your Earth minutes because House Republicans are refusing to fund the government unless the rest of Congress delays implementation of the Affordable Care Act otherwise known as Obamacare also known as the end of America as we know it for reasons no one is able to clearly explain,” Stewart said.
He then went on to note, despite news reports, that Republicans’ efforts are far from playing a game of chicken, but rather like “when someone is driving to work and there’s a car coming directly toward them in their lane.”
“That’s not a game of chicken,” Stewart said. “That’s an a**hole causing a head-on collision.”
The Comedy Central host also discussed President Obama’s willingness to negotiate with Iranian President Hassan Rouhani, but not House Republicans.
“If President Obama can make a deal with the most intransigent mullahs in the world but not House Republicans, maybe he’s not the problem,” Stewart said.
But Stewart failed to note that as the countdown to a government shutdown inched closer to zero, it was Senate Democrats who stymied any hope of negotiations. While the House worked into the early hours Sunday morning debating another continuing resolution that was passed to the Senate, Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) refused to call his chamber into session early and convened the body Monday at 2 p.m. — with 10 hours left to a shutdown.
Additionally, as House Republicans moved to send the resolution before a conference committee late Monday night, Reid refused to send conferees and adjourned the Senate until 9:30 a.m. Tuesday.
And President Obama has said numerous times in prepared remarks he would not negotiate with House Republicans at all.
Additionally, House Republicans attempted to negotiate on Obamacare, calling for members of Congress to receive coverage under the law and looking for a one-year delay. Democrats, though, would not allow for it.
Parents Angry After Middle Schoolers Watch Video of Celebrities Who ‘Pledge’ Support for Obama — and Ask Viewers to Do Likewise
Remember that “I Pledge” video produced by Oprah Winfrey’s production company after President Obama took office in 2009?It features a gaggle of celebrities telling viewers all the good they promise to do for humanity. But toward the end, it drifts into a pledge of support for Obama — the kind of rhetoric that befits a political convention spot as opposed to a public service message.Red Hot Chili Peppers lead singer Anthony Kiedis says, “I pledge to be of service to Barack Obama,” kissing his biceps in the process.After a number of other celebs staring invoking their intentions to “be the change” (sound familiar?), Demi Moore finishes things by saying, “I pledge to be a servant to our president.”For some reason the Hudson (Wis.) School District unearthed the “I Pledge” video for its middle school’s Peace One Day event a few days back, and a number parents in attendance were outraged.District and school officials made a quick backpedal, apologizing to those offended by the video, reports KMSP-TV.“The reason the video was used was to show students small ways to make a difference in their communities,” the district wrote in its apology. “Unfortunately, the video also had a political slant. The district is non-partisan and does not endorse the political messages found in this video. This video will not be used in the district again.”Middle School Principal Dan Koch this announcement to students Thursday afternoon:“The ‘I Pledge’ video we viewed yesterday included some messages about serving President Barack Obama. We apologize for any part of the video that was offensive to students, their families and staff. The video conveyed a message that people serve the presidency when in fact our elected officials serve the people. We respect the Office of the President of the United States but like all of our other elected officials, that office serves each of us as well. I sincerely hope that as participants in Wednesday’s event what you took away from the experience was to choose to make a difference in your world.”
The district wouldn’t disclose whose idea it was to show the “I Pledge” video to students, KMSP reports, but people on the streets weren’t thrilled by offering the video’s message to middle schoolers.
“It looks a little 1940s Germany,” says one interviewee, who agrees that its essentially propaganda. Another adds, “It doesn’t seem right.”
In Syracuse, New York a 70-year-old man named James Gifford was attacked by a mob of black men as he exited a 7-Eleven convenience store. There was no warning and no reason for them to have begun to beat Mr. Gifford unless it was part of the “knockout game” where bands of blacks go around beating people just to try and knock them out.RELATED: Three Black Thugs Beat and Rob 80-Year-Old Veteran
This “knockout game” is responsible for the deaths of at least three people over the last few months and has been spreading across the country–always among bands of black male youths.
Mr. Gifford was merely leaving the store in the Elmwood neighborhood when the mob descended upon him and because kicking and punching him for no reason at all. He ended up at Upstate University Hospital where he soon died.
reported the man had just gone to the store to buy some soup. And he lost his life because of it!
So far, one arrest was made: “Romeo Williams, 18, was charged with second-degree assault by Syracuse police and is being held without bail. He is also being held on gun-related charges.”
Monday, September 30, 2013
As you may have heard, MSNBC has struggled since the 2012 election.RELATED: Obama: 'Shutdown doesn't have to happen'
Rachel Maddow‘s audience down almost 50 percent in the past year.
Chris Hayes dragging down the entire primetime lineup after inheriting the 8:00 PM weekday slot.
Ed Schultz redefining the word nomad (four different time slots in two years).
The Cycle‘s revolving door of hosts due to the loss of half of the original cast of four.
But the primary reason MSNBC had been leaning backward instead of forward was due to the loss of… Mitt Romney. To them, he was the perfect picture of evil for producers and anchors at the network to present to its progressive audience: old, white, rich, Republican, and racist (the last term apparently applies to anyone who isn’t a Democrat). With Romney, the 21st Century version of Gordon Gekko, they had their sitting duck, the caricature they needed to fuel a 24/7 network based on (mostly) one-sided opinion.
Of course, the only way to continue the Romney portrayal was for the Republican nominee to get elected. That didn’t happen–not even close—resulting in MSNBC losing its biggest asset. And for the first eight months of this year, Phil Griffin‘s ship was a rudderless one thanks to big breaking news after big breaking news story (with a big trial thrown in). It all started in the spring with the Boston bombings and Oklahoma tornadoes, extended into the summer with the Zimmerman trial and Syria, and culminated in September with the Navy Yard shooting.
Political opinion took a back seat. The network urgently required a political war and/or a sinister conservative to breathe life back into the prompter.
Continue to blame Bush? Please. Even he wasn’t cooperating by the showing the same class his father has in keeping his mouth shut and only having nice things to say about the Obama Administration when saying anything at all.
Boehner? C’mon…the tan jokes can only go so far.
Enter Ted Cruz, Republican Senator from Texas.
We all know the story from there: Cruz leads a fight from the Hannity/Levin/Palin wing of the GOP to defund Obamacare. “Establishment” Republicans from political and media circles (from John McCain to Peter King to Karl Rove) fight back, creating a juicy civil war that has allowed the aforementioned Maddow to get her smirk back.
Cruz then takes it even further, performing a 21-hour filibuster-that-wasn’t-technically-a-filibuster that curiously made almost everyone’s head explode both on Capitol Hill and newsrooms across the country. Given the outrage, you would think the guy was the Majority Leader and hadn’t passed a budget in four years or something…
Anyway, the now-2016 GOP frontrunner has since been compared to Hitler by Chris Matthews. Ed Schultz says Republicans like Cruz who oppose funding Obamacare do so because of racism. Of course, that means the 68 percent of Americans who hoped the Supreme Court would strike down all or part of President’s health care law (New York Times/CBS poll) back in May are also racist. And what about those pesky unions Schultz has become the unofficial spokesman for? Even they want no part of the new law. White hoods for all!
Not too long ago, MSNBC may have finally lost George W. Bush after squeezing every last bit of material from a President who left office nearly five years ago.
In November, they lost Mitt Romney.
John Boehner has always been, to quote Dr. Evil in Austin Powers 2, The Spy Who Shagged Me, “like the Diet Coke of evil: Just one calorie, not evil enough.”
Minus a Presidential election, the network needed a savior.
Not Keith Olbermann…he’s back on ESPN.
Not Jon Stewart…he’s under contract until 2015.
Not Barack Obama…he already feels soooo 2012.
But thanks to the man leading the effort to defund Obamacare, Christmas has come early to 30 Rock.
Putting the network on Cruz control.
For a little while, anyway…