Saturday Movie Matinee: American Downfall

American Downfall:

Rep. Trey Gowdy Discusses His Fiery Floor Speech:


Malaysia Prime Minister: ‘Deliberate Act’ Used to Steer Plane Off Course:

WFB: Ed on Obamacare: We don’t need to fix anything, we’re saving lives!

So dumb it hurts.

More MSNBC Stupid: Chris Matthews Calls On Dems To ‘Scare,’ ‘Anger’ Base: ‘Time To Attack’:

Wherein Tingles advises Democrat candidates to go on the offense and try something new – use the race card, the class card, the Senior Citizen card, the War on Women card etc because Republicans have never been accused of hating women, the poor, minorities, etc before. Don’t forget the Koch brothers want to steal our democracy and stuff, too… *YAAAWWWN*

NRSC: Who Are The 90 Percent?

Features a cameo by my 13 year old hanging with an eagle having a bad hair day at CPAC:

New Obamacare Ad Using “Angry Mom” To Get Young Adults To Enroll – Pajama Boy – Cavuto:

I have some questions for Angry ObamaCare Mom. I think we should have a mom to mom talk – because I’m angry too. (I’m going to call her Ann because she kinda  reminds me of Ann Landers with that hairdo)

First of all, Ann – you’re giving bad advice. For the young and healthy in the United States, health insurance has become an absolute rip-off, and it is only getting worse according to health care experts. But forget the health care law for now, Ann….do you approve of those other ads we’re seeing? You know – the ones with the keg stands, and the girls clutching birth control pills looking to “hook-up” with “hot guys,” ObamaCare bathroom graffiti, or the group of gay guys dancing around in their underwear. I think these ads are depressing, don’t you, Ann? Would you want your adult children acting like that? I sure wouldn’t. Yet our government seems to be encouraging – even offering to subsidize that bad behavior. From one mom to another – I find that disturbing, Ann – don’t you?  I think it’s a sign of a sick and depraved culture made worse by a government that condones it. Don’t you think it’s up to mature Americans like us to say something about it, Ann? You should speak out against that - instead of trying to lecture your grown up children into doing something that may not be in their best interest.

Bill Whittle: Gulliver, Unbound:

In this Afterburner, Bill Whittle examines the Crimea situation–should we be panicked about damaging our relations with Russia? Not really. No thanks to Obama and his cronies, the US has developed it.

School Safety Expert Threatened for Questioning Sandy Hook:

GOP House Panel Releases IRS Report

We are finally getting to see some of the evidence gathered by the Oversight and Reform committee.

Via Washington Examiner:

A GOP-led House panel Tuesday released an extensive report that attempts to show former top Internal Revenue Service official Lois Lerner lied to Congress about her involvement in the targeting of conservative groups seeking tax exempt status.

Oversight and Government Reform Committee Chairman Darrell Issa, R-Calif., said the 141-page report “offers detailed evidence about steps she took to crack down on organizations that exercised their Constitutional rights to free political speech.” [...]

#CPAC2014 Ted Cruz Bloggers Briefing (Video)


Conservative favorite, Senator Ted Cruz held a bloggers briefing just for conservative bloggers, Thursday afternoon at CPAC. With only fifteen minutes to spend with us because of an upcoming Senate vote, he gave a brief statement and took questions from the pool of about forty bloggers.



The first question about Common Core gave Cruz an opportunity to launch into a dissertation on one of his pet issues – school choice.

Later on Cruz talked for a bit on Obama’s abuse of power and his entirely politicized and corrupt DOJ and weaponized IRS – all made possible by a palace guard that lets him get away with things they would never let a Republican get away with. Cruz stressed the importance of the new media to go over the heads of the dinosaur media and get the truth out.


In part three, Cruz talks about how the Republican party can win younger voters.

Rand Paul: “Today Is The Day We Begin To Fight Back” (Video)

On a day that that the GOP threw in the towel on the debt ceiling fight – these are welcome words.

Senator Rand Paul’s PAC announced today that he is suing the Obama administration over the NSA’s illegal  surveillance of American citizens.

“The Constitution is not a disposable piece of parchment to be ignored and abused at the president’s whim,” he said in a video statement, earlier today.  “Washington leaders are expected to obey, and protect what they took an oath to uphold. And if this means taking them to court over it – so be it. If the seizure and surveillance of Americans’ phone records across the board is now considered a legitimate security precaution, there’s literally no protection of any kind guaranteed to any American citizen. We cannot allow this administration to continue to treat the Constitution as a dead letter. I will continue to fight this overzealous government surveillance program, and I invite you to join me. Today’s the day we begin to fight back.”

Via PJ Media:

Paul will file his lawsuit on Wednesday morning at the U.S. District Court in D.C., joined by former Virginia Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli and FreedomWorks president Matt Kibbe.

The class-action lawsuit will be filed against Obama, Director of National Intelligence James Clapper, Director of the National Security Agency Keith Alexander and FBI Director James Comey.

The complaint? “I am filing a lawsuit against President Barack Obama because he has publicly refused to stop a clear and continuing violation of the 4th Amendment,” Paul said in a statement. “The Bill of Rights protects all citizens from general warrants. I expect this case to go all the way to the Supreme Court and I predict the American people will win.”

You can join Paul’s class action lawsuit, here.


Since we’re talking about “Big Brother” sticking his nose where it doesn’t belong.

AoSHQ: The FCC Will Begin Investigating Bias In the Media (and By That, They Mean Conservative Bias)

The transformation of America continues apace.

News organizations often disagree about what Americans need to know. MSNBC, for example, apparently believes that traffic in Fort Lee, N.J., is the crisis of our time. Fox News, on the other hand, chooses to cover the September 2012 attacks on the U.S. diplomatic compound in Benghazi more heavily than other networks. The American people, for their part, disagree about what they want to watch.But everyone should agree on this: The government has no place pressuring media organizations into covering certain stories.

Unfortunately, the Federal Communications Commission, where I am a commissioner, does not agree. Last May the FCC proposed an initiative to thrust the federal government into newsrooms across the country. With its “Multi-Market Study of Critical Information Needs,” or CIN, the agency plans to send researchers to grill reporters, editors and station owners about how they decide which stories to run. A field test in Columbia, S.C., is scheduled to begin this spring.

The purpose of the CIN, according to the FCC, is to ferret out information from television and radio broadcasters about “the process by which stories are selected” and how often stations cover “critical information needs,” along with “perceived station bias” and “perceived responsiveness to underserved populations.”

How does the FCC plan to dig up all that information? First, the agency selected eight categories of “critical information” such as the “environment” and “economic opportunities,” that it believes local newscasters should cover. It plans to ask station managers, news directors, journalists, television anchors and on-air reporters to tell the government about their “news philosophy” and how the station ensures that the community gets critical information.

I was wondering when they get to work on a new version of “the Fairness Doctrine”.


I understand that leftists, of course, have the right to agitate politically for their preferred policies. I do not deny that.

But we are witnessing here the government — the government! – actively seeking to create a hostile and frightening legal environment for anyone who disagrees with the leftist cause.

They are basically putting people on notice that there is a “right” way to report the news, and a “wrong” way, and the right way will let you keep your broadcasting license, and the wrong way might just lose it for you.

The Obama administration targeting critics and punishing its enemies? Who could have seen this coming?

Wow Forum: What Are Your 5 Favorite Movies


Every week on Monday morning , the Council and our invited guests weigh in at the Watcher’s Forum, short takes on a major issue of the day, the culture, or daily living. This week’s question:What Are Your Five Favorite Movies?

Gun Crazy

Robert Avrech,  Seraphic Secret :

1. The Seven Samurai, 1954

Director Akira Kurosawa’s epic, the greatest movie ever made, speaks directly about the moral imperative of a just war.

The Seven Samurai takes place in medieval Japan, a time when bandits—the terrorists of their time—roamed the land looting, raping and killing defenseless farmers.

Seven down-at-the-heels Samurai warriors are hired to defend one poor village. The Samurai do not negotiate with the bandits. They do not try and appease them. Nor do they ponder the root causes of banditry. The Samurai set strategy and kill the bandits. One by one.

Every true warrior understands there is no deterrence and no freedom without the disproportionate use of force.

The climactic battle in the rain, where mud, blood and tears mix, is perhaps, the finest choreographed battle scene ever staged.

Every skilled director in Hollywood studies this masterpiece and tries—without success—to emulate Kurosawa’s cinematic style. We all stand in Akira Kurosawa’s shadow. This is the film that compelled me to become a screenwriter.

If you love movies but have not seen The Seven Samurai, you are without oxygen.

2. City Lights, 1931

Silent movies were dead by 1931, but Charlie Chaplin begged to differ. He released City Lights as a silent film enhanced with synchronized music and a few sound effects. The plot of is elegant and simple; the tramp falls in love with a beautiful blind girl,Virginia Cherrill—Mrs. Cary Grant from 1934-35—and tries to get the money for an operation to restore her sight.

City Lights does not have the memorable comic set pieces of The Gold Rush or Modern Times, but in terms of narrative velocity,City Lights is Chaplin’s most accomplished film. The ending, in this screenwriter’s not-so-humble opinion, is the most coherent and touching in the history of film.

During production, Chaplin fired Virginia Cherrill and planned to reshoot her scenes with Georgia Hale, his co-star in The Gold Rush. But Chaplin decided that reshooting would be too expensive and asked Cherrill to come back. On the clever advice of her good friend, actress Marion Davies, Cherrill refused to return unless Chaplin gave her a raise.

3. Bombshell, 1933

Jean Harlow plays Jean Harlow. That’s what this film is really about. Harlow, all wisecracks and fed-up with Hollywood’s insanity, is Lola Burns, a Hollywood sexpot. Her father and brother are always looking for handouts, and the studio publicity flack cooks up outrageous publicity stunts to add heat to an already overheated reputation as a smoldering blonde bombshell. Harlow, a hugely appealing and gifted comedienne, delivers the best, most energized performance of her tragically short career. In truth, like Lola, Harlow yearned for a normal life, a husband and children, but was thwarted by bad judgment in men and a monstrously overbearing mother who controlled every aspect of her daughter’s life and career.

Director Victor Fleming—he also helmed Red DustGone with the Wind and The Wizard of Oz—with ace screenwriters John Lee Mahin and Jules Furthman cooked up this Hollywood tale as a thinly disguised look at Fleming’s former lover, silent film star Clara Bow. Fleming observed that Bow’s life, on the surface was Hollywood glamorous, but when Bow went home at night, her mansion was filled with dog droppings and her deeply unstable family soaked her for every penny she earned. Fleming was two-timing his wife, but Bow was two-timing Fleming with Gary Cooper.

4. The Lady Eve 1941

4. The Lady Eve 1941

Henry Fonda and Barbara Stanwyck, real name Ruby Catherine Stevens, star in this, one of the greatest screwball comedies ever made.

Fonda, heir to an ale—not beer!—fortune, has been up the Amazon studying snakes for a year. Stanwyck, a con-artist, takes one look at Fonda and says: “I need him like the axe needs the turkey.”

Preston Sturges wrote this script in Reno while awaiting his third divorce. Hmmm.

Stanwyck is, naturally, after Fonda’s fortune. Fonda is bumbling, clueless, and like most men in screwball comedies, helpless in the face of a smart, worldly woman.

In the greatest seduction of the movies, Stanwyck cleverly maneuvers Fonda into her stateroom onboard an ocean liner. She gets him down on his knees, slyly has him change her “slippers.” Fonda, who has not seen a woman in a year, is positively melting. This might be the sexiest scene in the history of the movies, yet there is no nudity, not even a single kiss. It is romantic yet painful, and yes, deeply moving as the movie plays out the primal Biblical story of the fall of man as romantic comedy. Airy and witty, the dialogue sparkles as Stanwyck—the greatest actress of Hollywood’s Golden Age—often in a single breath, speaks a double-edged language of love, creating a haze of confusion and desire in Fonda’s Charles ‘Hopsi’ Pike.

This is a seduction in words and subtle body language. Stanwyck’s voice is low and cozy, her tone grows increasingly intimate as the scene progresses. Notice how Stanwyck’s Brooklyn accent brushes up against Fonda’s midwestern drawl. It’s a lovely contrast.

Original sin as comedy is an audacious concept and writer-director Preston Sturges, a true genius—until he burned out on pride and booze—pulls it off with a firm but invisible hand.

The fall of man is played out as Fonda falls for Stanwyck, falls into her trap, and then literally as Fonda takes numerous pratfalls—Sturges had a weakness for slapstick—throughout the film.

The plot takes delightful and unexpected turns as Stanwyk’s ruthless Jean Harrington—in a reversal of theme—falls hard for Fonda. But her love turns to ice-cold hatred when Fonda, a man who is unable to deal in anything but moral absolutes, scorns the contrite Jean, after being made aware of her deception.

Not only did they have faces in old Hollywood, but their voices were astonishing.

Indeed, the secret weapon in a great screen actor’s arsenal is a distinctive voice.Think of Bette Davis spitting out her dialogue with such violence that we thrill at her delivery. Marilyn Monroe makes her initial impression with an exaggerated, hip-swaying, mincing walk. But it was her voice—the breathless, whispery delivery—that made audiences love her. Consider Cary Grant, Claude Rains, Greer Garson, Myrna Loy, James Mason, William Powell, Clark Gable, Jean Arthur, Jimmy Stewart, Ronald Colman, and John Wayne to name just a few, skillfully used bewitching and memorable voices to inform their performances with subtle complexity.

5. Gun Crazy, 1949

Produced as a B movie, Gun Crazy has emerged as one of the most important films of the noir genre. It’s unusual in that it does not take place in a cold, impersonal urban environment. Rather, Gun Crazy finds its darkness in small American towns and its dirt roads. Second tier stars, John Dahl and Peggy Cummins, intelligent and gifted actors, turn in the best performances of their careers, as sharp shooters who fall in love and then turn to crime.

Dahl plays Bart, a confused kid who gets mixed up with Laurie, a carnival Annie Oakley. Cummins wants money so she can buy nice stuff. And she’ll do anything to get what she wants.They both have a passion for guns, but this passion plays itself out in a deadly, obsessive relationship that can only end in tragedy.

Director Joseph H. Lewis pulls out all the stops in a bank robbery sequence that is one of the most thrilling and suspenseful ever filmed. So impressive is this sequence that Billy Wilder asked Lewis how he did it. Truth is, Lewis didn’t have enough money to shoot the sequence in the traditional shot-counter-shot method and so he improvised a one-take scene with the camera fixed in the car’s back seat. The post-modern guy-girl crime-spree story is the blood drenched Bonnie and Clyde (1967). But Gun Crazy, deeply restrained by today’s standards, is thematically a far more ambitious and profound film.

The Colossus of Rhodey

In no particular order:

– Goodfellas. So damn good I have to watch it each and every time all the way through. The story and acting are first rate, especially Joe Pesci, who was put on the map because of the film.

– Aliens. I’m a huge science fiction fan, and as such this has to be on the list. This James Cameron-created sequel to the 1979Alien is a completely different film from the original. While the first film was scare-your-ass-off horror, Aliens is an all-out slam-bang action fest.

– The Shawshank Redemption. Although lead Tim Robbinsis a radical lefty nut (and not a very good actor, in my view), it’sMorgan Freeman’s acting brilliance that carries this superbStephen King tale of a man wrongly convicted of his wife’s murder, and his desire for freedom.

– Star Wars (Episode IV). The original. The best.

– Scarface (1983 version). Al Pacino’s tour de force as the Cuban immigrant-turned drug kingpin. Just remember: “De only ting een dees world dat geeves orders ees balls.”

JoshuaPundit: A tough job, to be sure. My pal Robert Avrech picked two films definitely on my list. Akira Kurosawa is one of the greatest film makers of all time, bar none and the Seven Samurai is a movie for the ages. I remember the first time I ever saw it on the big screen, as a rerun at the old Toho La Brea in Los Angeles. I could pick any of Kurosawa’s other masterpieces, Ran,One Wonderful SundayYojimboStray Dog, just to name a few. But I’d have to give pride of place to Rashomon, one of the strangest and most beautiful movies ever made.

The plot’s been borrowed many a trial, the story of a rape and murder is retold from the point of view of the perpetrator, the victims, an uninvolved witness and even the ghost of one of the victims…all of whose stories differ. What really happened, and does it matter? If you want the answer, see the film.

Likewise, Charlie Chaplin has to be one of the handful of geniuses in film. Not only was he an incredible actor, but  he frequently wrote his own scripts, directed the films, and usually wrote the musical score. A hint of how good his films were is that they still delight audiences world wide, in some cases a century after they were made. My daughter used to love to watch the films with ‘the funny littel man’ in them.  City Lights is one of my favorite films. The comic bits are superb Chaplin…and the look in the Flower Girl’s eye’s when she realizes who the Tramp is…if that doesn’t move you, you simply have no heart.

As an alternative Chaplin, I’ll go with Modern Times.

Made during the Great Depression, it features Chaplin at his best, the Little Guy trying to survive with dignity in a world that seems bent on taking it away. The romance with the orphaned Gamine, played by Paulette Goddard is bittersweet as they take on the modern world…and the Tramp’s message to her when she starts to give in to defeat is a message to all of us to persevere in tough times.

The Lord of the Rings Trilogy is something I didn’t expect to be very good at all.

I never expected anyone to be able to do a decent job of putting Tolkien’s masterpiece on film without cutting out the subplots and details that give it its flavor. Peter Jackson did it, and he did it without the pace getting bogged down in the least or turning it into a meaningless cartoon. Needless to say, it has a message superbly suited for our times.

The Year Of Living Dangerously has always been a huge favorite of mine.

Starring Mel Gibson as an Australian reporter and Sigourney Weaver as a British intelligence officer who fall in love in the exotic setting of Sukarno’s Indonesia right before the purge of the PKI communists, it’s a story of passion, loss of values and love and their recovery..all of it captured wonderfully by Peter Wier on film and with the late Maurice Jarre’s incredible score behind it.

Duck could I leave out the Marx Brothers?

David Gerstman of Le·gal In·sur·rec·tion:

1) Groundhog Day – Don’t have a reason but I’m sure that Jonah Goldberg has explained it.

2) The Wrath of Khan – I’m a Trekkie. There I’ve said it. If you want to have a sense about what the original series was about, no episode or movie did a better job of highlighting the gamesmanship that made the show so much fun.

3) The Incredibles – Overall I’ve preferred the Pixar animated movies to the Dreamworks ones and the Incredibles was the best Pixar. Loved it that superheroes had to get registered because some guy sued when he was injured being rescued.

4) Ghostbusters – Dumb fun. Oh, did I mention that the bad guy was from the EPA. And I loved this dialogue:

Dr. Egon Spengler: There’s something very important I forgot to tell you.

Dr. Peter Venkman: What?

Dr. Egon Spengler: Don’t cross the streams.

Dr. Peter Venkman: Why?

Dr. Egon Spengler: It would be bad.

Dr. Peter Venkman: I’m fuzzy on the whole good/bad thing. What do you mean, “bad”?

Dr. Egon Spengler: Try to imagine all life as you know it stopping instantaneously and every molecule in your body exploding at the speed of light.

Dr Ray Stantz: Total protonic reversal.

Dr. Peter Venkman: Right. That’s bad. Okay. All right. Important safety tip. Thanks, Egon.

5) The Little Mermaid – First date with my wife.

If I had a few runners up I’d say Darkman – it’s been awhile but I still think it’s the best live-action superhero movie I’ve seen; Dead Again – spooky Terminator – about as thrilling an action movie as I’ve seen.

Bookworm Room:These aren’t in any particular order.

1. Groundhog Day. I’ve always loved what I call “getting it right” movies. These are movies in which the lead character is bumbling along through life and, by working and trying and thinking, finally gets it right. He stops being a bumbler and starts being someone who is in control of his destiny. He finds his moral core and masters the ability to get what he wants, whether it’s the job or the girl or whatever else. Groundhog Day is the best example of this genre ever.

2. Singing In The Rain.

Do I really have to explain this one? Doesn’t everyone love Singing In The Rain? It’s got it all: Witty script, wonderful singing and dancing, and just a bright cheerfulness that makes me quite extraordinarily happy every time I see it.

3. Casablanca.

I saw Casablanca for the first time when I was in my late 20s. Although I hadn’t yet figured out that I was a conservative at heart, I knew already then that I pretty much disagreed with movie critics. If they raved about something, I was usually unimpressed. I was therefore cynical about my chances of enjoying this much raved about movie. Oh, how wrong I was. As with Singing In The Rain, this was yet another movie in which everything came together perfectly. The movie captures so beautifully the oppressive feel of a town that is occupied, even if it isn’t yet at war. I enjoy Humphrey Bogart and Ingrid Bergman, but I adore Claude Rains and Peter Lorre (“Why do you hate me, Rick?”). Their lines are wonderful and they same them wonderfully. And of course, both Bogart and Rains eventually “get it right.”

4. All the black-and-white Fred and Ginger movies. Yes, I’m cheating here, but in my mind, these movies are one glorious whole. The plots are ridiculous, the character actors are interchangeable, and Fred & Ginger are consistently wonderful. They banter, they sing, and they dance like angels — and I just smile and smile.

5. I don’t have a fifth favorite movie. I love old musicals but am loathe to elevate any one of them (other than the ones named above) to “favorite” status. For example, Broadway Melody of 1940 is a dreadful movie when it comes to plot. It’s mind-numbingly dull. Worse, half the dance numbers are dreadful. It’s the remaining half of the dance numbers, though, that has me TiVoing this movie every time it comes around. Watching Fred Astaire and George Murphy sing “Don’t monkey with Broadway,” or seeing Fred doing the vaguely stalker-ish “I’ve got my eyes on you,” or watching any number in which Fred and Eleanor Powell tap away together is sheer pleasure. I loved the Harry Potter saga, and the Lord of the Rings saga, and Gone With The Wind (even though the racism is embarrassing to watch now), but they’re not favorites. I love romantic comedies from the teens, 20s, 30s and 40s, not because they’re particularly good (most are rather bad), but because I like the sense of traveling back in time. It always amazes me when I watch people going about their lives in something that was filmed 70, 80, or 90 years ago.

The Razor: Movies are like music. One man’s classic is another man’s most hated piece of garbage. As a member of Generation X my preferences are influenced by the time in which I’ve grown up – so 4 out of 5 of my picks were made during my lifetime. But that doesn’t mean I don’t enjoy the classics that came before me. I am a big fan of Humphrey Bogart, especially the Maltese Falcon and Casablanca and recognize why they appear at the top of critics lists. I also am a fan of Gene Kelly musicals such as Singin’ in the Rain and An American in Paris. But some movies linger in your memory more than others and influence your life. All five of the movies I’ve picked often appear as references in my writing and my speech. Perhaps not as much as the books I’ve read have influenced me, but I’ve absorbed these works of art in various ways nevertheless. Here are my favorites in no particular order (except for the last two which I cannot decide on).


Another ground-breaking and sacred cow goring movie along the lines of Blazing Saddles, this Zucker Brothers classic moves from one sight gag and one liner to another for an exhausting 90 minutes. “What’s your vector, Victor?” “Ever seen a grown man naked?” “Joey, you ever been in a Turkish prison?” “Guess I picked a bad time to stop sniffing glue.” The jive-talking old lady who translates for the stewardesses. People standing in line to beat up the Hare Krishna in the airport (that was when Hare Krishnas actually proselytized in airports). “Surely you can’t be serious. I am. And don’t call me Shirley.” The movie is like being machine-gunned by comedians with one-liners, zingers and gags until you die laughing.

Blazing Saddles

If there’s a funnier movie that’s been made, I can’t think of one, and if there is such a movie then it was probably written and directed by Brooks as well (The Producers? Young Frankenstein? High Anxiety?) Watching this movie today 40 years after it’s release proves that not only is this movie a timeless classic, it shows just how rigid and restricted the era we now live in. There is no way Blazing Saddles would be made today with all the black and gay jokes intact.

Seven Samurai – Arguably one of the best movies of the 20th Century, a movie that was so good its bastardized American version the Magnificent Seven also became a classic. Set in 16th century Japan, elders of a small village hire a masterless samurai to help defend their village from attacking bandits. The samurai, played by Toshiro Mifune, rounds up six other samurai who then teach the villagers to defend themselves. Directed by Akira Kurasawa, Seven Samurai marked the emergence of a post-war Japan into the post war international arts scene. One particular scene stands out: starving villagers picking grains of rice out of the dirt after a bandit raid. The desperation portrayed by Kurosawa’s unique directorial skills haunts me thirty years after I first saw this amazing film.

Blade Runner – On the surface it’s a simple story: a cop trying to stop a killer. But transport it into dystopian future of flying cars, non-stop rain and smoke, and it becomes much more. Philip K. Dick is our Jules Verne. In his stories he explores basic questions such as What does it mean to be human? How can the individual and society co-exist? And finally, what is real? Blade Runner explores all three questions before a backdrop designed by futurist artist Syd Mead and directed by Ridley Scott. I have a poster of Blade Runner (in Japanese) in my home office, and every time I look at it I see the dehumanized future in this movie classic. I’m still waiting for a movie based on Philip K. Dick’s best work not appearing on film, “Ubik.”

Apocalypse Now – What can I say about this film that hasn’t been said countless times by others? Based on the classic work by Joseph Conrad but set in the jungles of the Vietnam War instead of the colonial jungles of Africa, the film follows the decent of a warrior as he journeys over the edge of madness. Some scenes have become embedded in our culture. Can anyone hear the Ride of the Valkyries and not imagine low-flying Huey choppers? Or the paraphrased words of Lt. Colonel Kilgore, “I love the smell of napalm in the morning. Smells like victory.” The entire scene stands as a cinematic classic. Speaking of scenes there’s not a bad one in the movie, and no other film flows the way it does. Starting from the ceiling fan that gradually syncs with chopper blades to the attack on Kurtz’s compound, we come to know and experience the madness that is War, and while some viewers may see it as an anti-war film (and that was Coppola’s intention), the issues raised by the film are much more complex. What is the role of the warrior in war – to follow orders or to follow a higher code? Are we all savages hiding behind a thin veneer of civilization?

GrEaT sAtAn”S gIrLfRiEnD: Too many to list LOL.


An ancient viking superstition believed when brave Norsemen fell in battle (often raiding parties) warrior hotties with mammoth, uh, shields would appear on winged horses and tote off the fallen to heathen heaven – Valhalla.

Despite oathbreaking, defacing images of gods and wickedness in general – all would be forgiven by success in combat – especially if the offender died a heroic saga inspiring death.

An exceptional flick that totally captures the moment of the July 20 bomb plot to assassinate the evil leaders of the 3rd Reich

An all star cast – Tom Cruise, Kenneth Branagh, Bill Nighy, Eddie Izard, Tom Wilkinson and Terrence Stamp make this movie rock.

“Long live our sacred Germany!”

The mantle of a near-mystic German past, a warrior, yet decent Germany, a noble Germany, a poetic Germany, a Germany of myth and longing was a very real thing to aristocratc, intellectuals, and generally decent ppl who hadn’t hopped on the NSDAP train

Colonel Graf Claus Schenk von Stauffenberg was a true blue blood aristocrat from a noble honorable ancient Teutonic House. A panzer officer that had fought in Poland, France, Russia and with the famous ‘Afrika Korps’.

Suffering debilitating wounds from combat – losing an eye, a hand and three fingers, Claus and his co conspirators – facing the truth of the regime they so valiantly served – tried in their own way to rectify their sins – singular and collective.

The Colonel’s stroke of genius was to subvert the emergency plan for defending Berlin against insurrection, Valkyrie, into a plan for a coup d’état after 3rd Reich’s leadership had been incapacitated – arrested or killed – just as good even better, nicht wahr? As der fuhrer became more paranoid, it seemed that Stauffenberg was the only one who had both the access and the resolve to kill him.

He was fully aware that the chances of success were slim, but he felt that he needed to demonstrate to the world that there was a better Germany – what he thought of as sacred Germany – and perhaps that he was the agent of history.

Even though ebberdobby knows how the failed attempt ended – viewers still hang on their seat every moment because it seems the coup is going to be pulled off.

Cats of the coup were ruthlessly hunted down, tormented and slain. The ground ran red with German blood. The regime was determined to fight to the last and like Wagner’s “Ride of the Valkyries” heralded the final lo down ho down like Wagner’s viking final, apocalyptic battle – “Gotterdammerung.”


Think the world is fully crunk with idiots? Just check out what it looks like in 500 years. A totally average in every way guy and girl are suspendly animated to awaken in the far future to find a dysfunctional society full of extremely stupid people.

Advertising, commercialism, and cultural anti-intellectualism have run rampant and dysgenic pressure has resulted in a uniformly unthinking society devoid of intellectual curiosity, social responsibility, and coherent notions of justice and human rights.

It’s also funny as H, with hilarious scenes piled on one after another and a great cast like Luke Wilson, Myra Rudolph and Dax Shepard.

A cult classic, Ideocracy is a must see.


The ultimate “What If” flick, Fatherland opens with a frightening prolouge – the failure of the D-Day invasion forces the United States to withdraw from the war in Europe and General Dwight Eisenhower to retire in disgrace.

The US fights Japan and wins. In Europe, Churchill is exiled to Canada and dies in 1953; Edward VIlI returns to the throne. Germany, has corralled all European countries into a single Euro Union named “Germania,” and Deutschland’s client state of Great Britain’s hottest import is the Liverpudlian rock group The Beatles.

Although Wehrmacht has pushed the Soviets east of the Urals, the conflict prett much guerrilla warfare, with what is left of the Soviets supported by the United States. Terrorism is rampant in the New Germany because of incessant resistence from occuppied nations and imported laborers.

By 1964, the United States and the Greater German Reich are involved in a Cold War. Hitler’s 75th birthday is planned to knock out a detente with a Berlin summit with America’s President Joseph P Kennedy.

German society, while very high tech with a high standard of living is still a police state ran by NSDAP couture in all things art, science and life.

The Holocaust is a closely guarded state secret. A body is found floating in a lake near Berlin at Swannsea. SS Major Xavier March starts investigating the body and the witness who saw it being dumped. The dead person is revealed to be Josef Buehler, a retired Nazi Party official who managed the resettlement of Jews and ‘racially inferiors’.

As March investigates he learns the horrible truth of the industrial genocide the regime and with the help of a visiting American journalist lady, tries slip the documents to the president to as Kennedy arrives at the Great Dome Speer built.

Starring Rutger Hauer, Miranda Richardson and Michael Kitchen – Fatherland expertly compasses exactly ‘what if’ indeed.

Marvel’s The Avengers

Action packed with a collective of unevenly super gifted cats that have to form a team to literally save Earth from a cruel yet, hot Norse god and really freaky army of downright nasty lookings minions.

This flick ties in most of Marvel’s Hero stuff (all the Iron Man, Hulk, Thor and of course Captain America in a perfect, seamless fashion. True art

Loyalty, regret, and repentence along with indepth character humour and inner and outer conflicts while remaining true Heroes to humanity in every sense. has raised the bar by Marvel while remaining true Heroes to humanity in every sense.

Everything is top notch. Great Satan’s Hollywood at her finest!

Zero Dark Thirty

Only Great Satan – alone of all nation/states tormented by al Qaeda – uniquely powerful – the only one of her kind – had the brainpower, firepower, staying power and will power do whatever it takes, whatever it costs to track down Supper Villan ObL, kill him and chuck his sorry carcass in the briney deep.

Nice Deb:

1. A Man For All Seasons.

Listed at the Vatican as one of the best religious movies ever made, this deeply moving portrait of St. Thomas More packs a powerful emotional punch. At least it does for me. Paul Scofield brought his stage version of Sir Thomas to the screen in a performance that is close to perfection and won him the Oscar for Best Actor.

2. The Exorcist

It should never be a surprise to anyone when there is a religious element in a horror film – the antidote to supernatural evil would have to be God – but amazingly enough, most horror flicks gets this wrong. William Peter Blatty, alumni of Georgetown University and George Washington University got it perfectly right in one of the most bone-chilling tales of horror every told.

3. The Lord of the Rings Trilogy

If you’re a fan of the books – you have to be a fan of these movies – period. Peter Jackson, (a huge fan himself) did an awesome job bringing Tolkien’s work to the screen.

4.The Wizard of Oz.

If for no other reason than Judy Garland singing “Somewhere Over the Raindow”- ’nuff said. Brings tears to my eyes every time I see it. A very special and amazing movie given the technology available in 1939.

5. Jaws:

I keep telling my younger kids who haven’t seen this one yet, they have to watch it on Netflix. Many amazing performances in that one AND one crazy-huge, ferocious mechanical shark.

Honorable mentions:

Princess Bride

Most of Hitchcock’s films, most notably North by Northwest and Notorious


Blackhawk Down

The Hunger Games movies

The Harry Potter movies.

The Glittering Eye: There are common threads running through my favorite movies. I’m a sentimental person so the movies I like tend to be sentimental, too. I’m also attracted to movies that revolve around the theme of redemption and I prefer movies without a lot of overt sex and violence so that rules out many of the movies made over the last couple of decades. With that preamble here are my favorite movies:

  1. The 39 Steps (1935) Donat flees the police across the highlands of Scotland, handcuffed to Madeleine Carroll in this picture, one of Hitchcock’s best. Much imitated, including by Hitchcock himself.
  2. A Matter of Life and Death (1946)RAF pilot David Niven, suspended between life and death, goes on trial before a celestial court to determine his fate. Fantasy/allegory directed by Michael Powell and Emeric Pressburger.
  3. The Quiet Man (1952) killing a man in the ring, prizefighter John Wayne returns to the Irish village in which he was born. He finds more than he bargained for there including not only peace of mind but love. John Ford’s love song to Ireland.
  4. Seven Brides for Seven BrothersOne of the last great MGM movie musicals. After this movie musicals were mostly Elvis pictures, beach pictures, and movie versions of Broadway musicals. The best singers on the lot, the best dancers they could find, a Gene De Paul and Johnny Mercer score, and Michael Kidd’s naturalistic choreography.
  5. Strictly Ballroom (1992) this early Baz Lurhmann movie (his first), competitive ballroom dance Paul Mercurio rebels against the constraints of his sport. In searching for his own way he finds fulfillment and love. A combination of ballroom dancing, drama, comedy, and the surreal anarchy of a Marx Brothers picture.Honorable mentions: Duck Soup (1933), just about any picture directed by Alfred Hitchcock, John Ford, or Michael Powell, The Best Years of Our Lives (1946), The Uninvited 1944, A Portrait of Jennie (1948), and about half of the pictures made in 1939.

The Independent Sentinel:I like the older movies the best.

My favorite, bar none, is Butch Cassidy and the Sundance Kid.

It was just so funny. Sundance didn’t want to jump off the cliff into the water when they were being chased. Butch asks him why and he says he can’t swim. Butch says, “What are you crazy? The fall will probably kill you.”

Gunga Din was my next all-time favorite. “By the living God that made you. You’re a better man than I am Gunga Din!”The movie actually lost money because of production costs. Every so often, I watch it again. I don’t really get tired of the actors, the script, the cinematography. Eduardo Ciannelli was great as the mad Guru. In real life, he was a doctor, then an opera singer. Every time I watch the movie, I read biographies of the actors, director, writer…

The first Godfather movie was great. It seemed so brutal but not compared to the movies now.

Jaws actually kept me out of the water for a while. The scene with Brody, he’s throwing chum into the water when the shark jumps up to grab it. Brody backs into the cabin and says, “You’re gonna need a bigger boat.”

There are many other great movies, but these were favorites.

Well, there you have it.

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Video: CIA Warned The State Dept About Deteriorating Security Situation In Benghazi – So Why No Precautions For 9/11?

KT McFarland appeared on Fox News’ America’s Newsroom with Alisyn Camerota to discuss the latest revelations about Benghazi – specifically why was security so inadequate?

New information that came out of the closed door hearing this week, is that the CIA knew that security had deteriorated in Libya, and that 9/11 would be a flash-point for violence.

Asked why the State Department didn’t take the proper precautions after it was alerted, McFarland answered, “Well that’s the big question because now we realize that our intelligence was actually pretty good.” Someone ignored the warnings.” She added, “there is a paper-trail.”

Camerota asked McFarland why the security officers around the compound in Benghazi were not armed and she reiterated the dominant theory —  that it fit in with Obama’s reelection theme: “I got bin Laden, al Qaeda’s on the ropes, al Qaeda’s on its heels, al Qaeda’s finished. The fact that the intelligence community was warning, “no there’s a real problem in Eastern Libya – there’s a real problem in Benghazi – watch out. It’s like the administration just didn’t want to hear it.”

No. They didn’t want to hear it. There are interesting theories as to why. I don’t buy the “it didn’t conform with Obama’s reelection narrative” excuse, at all.

Some day, this century, maybe Congress will get to the bottom of it.

Kathleen Troia “KT” McFarland  served as the Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs under President Ronald Reagan from 1982 to 1985.

Another theory as to why the key members of Regime didn’t hear the warnings – they weren’t around to hear them.

Let’s face it. A week doesn’t go by that Obama isn’t on the road campaigning, fundraising, or golfing.

And Hillary? She set the world’s record for the most traveled US Sec. of State.

Considering the June attack on the consulate, the August emergency meeting, and over 200 terror-related incidents in Libya since strongman Muammar Qaddafi was ousted, the U.S. embassy in Tripoli repeatedly requested additional security from State Dept. headquarters in Washington.

So what did then-Secretary Hillary Clinton and staff do?

While staff turned down multiple media requests, she got out of town.  Literally.

She packed her backs and traveled the world, visiting 112 countries, the most ever by any Secretary of State, and according to State Dept. records, logged nearly 1 million miles.

When she returned to work in early January 2013 after a month-long series of illnesses, including a reported concussion, her staff proudly presented her with a football helmet and blue jersey with 112 emblazoned on the back.

Yet perhaps Ms. Clinton’s penchant for globetrotting contributed to disaster in Benghazi?

After all, in the three months between terrorist attacks on the Benghazi consulate, Ms. Clinton visited 31 countries on 7 different trips.  These trips included destinations like diplomatic, economic and military heavyweights Mongolia, South Sudan, Benin, Laos, Vietnam, Latvia, Timor Leste, Senegal, Cambodia, Ghana, Uganda… and 20 other countries.

On August 30, just 12 days before the U.S. Consulate was overrun in a coordinated terrorist attack and four Americans were murdered, Clinton was in Rarotonga, a South Pacific island between New Zealand and Hawaii, population 13,000.  Judging by the festive, tropical welcome party pics, it looks like it was a fun time.

No wonder the secretary didn’t have time to read all those pesky diplomatic cables she whined about during Congressional testimony on Benghazi in January 2013.

Perhaps in Ms. Clinton’s boundless ambition to be America’s best Secretary of State ever, maybe she was actually the worst.  It’s not rocket science.

Instead of doing her basic job, including “must dos” like responding to imminent security threats to U.S. diplomatic posts in dangerous places like Benghazi, she was doing the “nice to dos” like visiting Rarotonga.

Rep. Frank Wolf has introduced measure, H. Res. 36, “to establish a House Select Committee on Benghazi, presently has 178 cosponsors and has been endorsed by The American Legion, the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association, the editorial page of The Wall Street Journal, respected national security leaders, like former Attorney General Mukasey as well as some of the family members of the Benghazi victims.  The poll mention above also found that 62 percent of voters say it’s important for Congress to create a special committee to get the truth about Benghazi.”

In the NY Times, Tuesday, Obama dead-ender Paul Krugman  smugly called the fraudulent and grossly incompetent ObamaCare trainwreck, an over-hyped, “Benghazi-type affair where Republicans are screaming about a scandal nobody else cares about.”

Knowing full well that the media controls how much the public cares about an issue by how (and if) they choose to report on it – as we’ve seen with all of Obama’s scandals, counting but not limited to, Fast and Furious, the IRS,  DOJ spying, and NSA scandals.

Fewer and fewer Obama sycophants are willing to swallow their pride and  completely beclown themselves for their master, like Krugman. The truth will come out. And when it does, the lap dogs who covered up for the Regime will look like the craven, partisan hacks they are. Oh, they’ll still have well paying jobs in the Democratic media complex. But their influence and credibility will have taken another major hit. This crap can’t go on forever…..

The Council Has Spoken!! This Weeks’ Watcher’s Council Results


Alea iacta est…the Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and we have the results  for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

If you will not fight for right when you can easily win without blood shed; if you will not fight when your victory is sure and not too costly; you may come to the moment when you will have to fight with all the odds against you and only a precarious chance of survival. There may even be a worse case. You may have to fight when there is no hope of victory, because it is better to perish than to live as slaves. – Sir Winston Churchill

“We do not worship Iran, we worship Allah. For patriotism is another name for paganism. I say let this land [Iran] burn. I say let this land go up in smoke, provided Islam emerges triumphant in the rest of the world.” - Ayatollah Rouhollah Khomeini

If you remain silent at this time, relief and deliverance for the Jews will arise from another place, but you and your father’s family will perish. - The Book of Esther, 4-14


This week’s winner, Joshuapundit’s The Ayatollahs Laugh – Iran’s Nukes And The New ‘Red Lines’ is the sordid tale of how the Iranians are already using President Obama’s ‘re-engagement’ with Iran to gain time for their nuclear weapopns program, what’s apparently going on behind the scenes and the effect this is having in the Middle East. Here’s a slice:

Now that the talks on Iran’s illicit nuclear program have started in Geneva, the Iranians are already revealing that they’re a farce that will mean nothing, just as they always have.

As the latest round of talks was being scheduled, Majlis Speaker and former Iranian nuclear negotiator Ali Larijani said that Iran has more enriched uranium than it needed and said that it could be used as a bargaining chip with the West, referring to a previous plan advanced by Russia to enrich Iran’s uranium outside Iran,ostensibly to prevent any weaponization.

The day before the talks, Iran’s Deputy Foreign Minister Abbas Araqchi said on Iranian state TV that “Shipping out the [enriched] material is a red line for Iran,” and that it would not even be considered.

In fact, at this point the only thing the Iranians are saying they’ll negotiate is the level and quantity of enriched uranium and the type and number of centrifuges…in exchange for a complete lifting of sanctions:

“We are supposed to enter into a trust-building path with the West,” Araqchi said. “In their point of view, trust-building means taking some steps on the Iranian nuclear issue, and in our view, trust is made when the sanctions are lifted.”

And trust, of course will take time, from the Iranians viewpoint.As much time as possible. Meanwhile, the centrifuges are spinning.And Iran admits to already having 200 kilograms (440 pounds) of 20 percent-enriched uranium, a form that can be quickly upgraded for weapons use. That’s within spitting distance of what’s needed for a nuclear weapon, and based on their previous track record the Iranians might well have a lot more than that hidden away.

The Obama Administration has also publicly signaled its willingness to quickly drop the sanctions on Iran as part of negotiations.

In fact, according to the terms of the talks President Obama and Secretary of State John Kerry agreed to, the Iranians can even continue to enrich uranium freely while the talks continue. And while those talks go on, the Iranians are also taking advantage of the diplomatic engagement to conceal materials and fortify their nuclear sites.

So, where does this leave us? Let’s summarize:

President Obama has apparently accepted the Iranian position that they have the right to enrich uranium.He has done this in spite of the regime’s support of terrorism, its complicity in 9/11, it’s history of duplicity and lies on its nuclear program, and its often expressed hatred for The Great Satan, as the Iranian regime refers to America.

President Obama has swallowed assurances by Iran that they have no interest in nuclear weapons, that Iran’s nuclear program is solely for peaceful purposes ( which is why they kept it hidden and clandestine for so long), and that Iran’s Supreme Leader the Ayatollah Khamenei issued a fatwa against nuclear weapons..even though he didn’t , and no record of the supposed ‘fatwa’ exists.

The Iranians will be allowed to continue enriching uranium. We have no way of verifying how much or to what degree, or really anything much while the talks continue and perhaps even after they’re completed.President Obama has also apparently accepted the Iranian demand that enriched uranium will stay in Iran under Iran’s control.

No mention at all has been made of closing down the top secret Iranian nuclear plant at Fordo, or its heavy water plant at Arak, which has no peaceful application, but can only be used to drive a reactor manufacturing weapons grade plutonium, a second path to nuclear weapons.

And President Obama and his team are willfully ignoring the fact that once you have the capability of enriching uranium to any degree and a full fuel cycle, you’re able able to produce nuclear weapons. They are also apparently willing ignore the fact that a peaceful nuclear program can exist without requiring uranium enrichment or plutonium production. Only a nuclear weapons program does.

Much more at the link.

In our non-Council category…boy did we have some quality stuff this week for you, handpicked by the Council. There was a lot of good stuff here, but the winner this week was David Horowitz with  The Threat We Face submitted by Nice Deb. For those of you whom don’t know, the renowned author and speaker was raised as a Red Diaper Baby and was a rising star in the Left…until something dramatic happened that forced him to perform that most courageous of acts, a true self-examination. Anyone interested in reading about this story first hand should obtain his book, Radical Son.

This week’s winning entry is a transcript of a recent speech Horowitz gave ..and in it, he  reveals the true nature of the Left and helps us understand it in a way only someone who was once a core part of it could. This is a must-read.

OK, here are this week’s full results:

Council Winners


Non-Council Winners

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Your Sunday Hymn: Glory and Praise To Our God

A favorite Catholic Hymn – Glory and Praise to Our God, was written in 1975 by Dan Schutte. Who doesn’t love this one?


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Saturday Movie Matinee: Ted Cruz Salutes The House

Sen. Ted Cruz: Vote In House To Defund ObamaCare Is ‘Historic’:

Via Scott McKay:

Cruz is suggesting to Boehner that if Reid tries to strip out the Obamacare defund from the CR, then Boehner needs to send 13 different CR’s to the Senate; one for each one of the appropriations bills required to comprise a budget and fund the government. Most of those 13 have nothing to do with Obamacare, so sending them forward puts Reid in position to choose – for no reason – not to pass funding for the majority of the government when there are no major disagreements on those CR’s.That is smart. That destroys any argument that it’s the GOP trying to defund the government; clearly it will be Harry Reid’s fault if a general shutdown occurs.

Sen. Ted Cruz (R-Texas) said Friday that the House should pass a government funding measure for only the military if the Senate sends back a spending bill that does not defund ObamaCare.

“I hope they respond to the Senate, if Harry Reid does try to force a government shutdown, by passing one continuing resolution (CR) after another funding each specific piece of government, starting off with funding the military,” Cruz said on Fox News.

“Send it over and say, ‘Alright Harry Reid: Are the Senate Democrats, is President Obama going to shut down the military? Is that what you want to do? And see if Harry Reid is going to do that.”
The Conversation: Cruz: Fight to Save America from Obamacare is Only Just Beginning:


U.S. Senator Ted Cruz (R-TX)  issued the following statement in response to the U.S. House of Representatives passing the Continuing Resolution that funds the government without funding Obamacare:
“Today, the House of Representatives did what Washington pundits only a few weeks ago said was impossible: a strong bipartisan majority voted to defund Obamacare. This is a victory for House conservatives, and it is a victory for Speaker Boehner and Republican leadership.
“The American people overwhelmingly oppose Obamacare — a program which is killing jobs, dragging down the economy, and harming the most vulnerable among us. They deserve a fight — and House Republicans are leading that charge.
“But the House was just step one. Step two is the Senate, where all accounts suggest Harry Reid plans to use procedural gimmicks to try to add funding back in for Obamacare.
“If Reid pursues this plan — if he insists on using a 50-vote threshold to fund Obamacare with a partisan vote of only Democrats — then I hope that every Senate Republican will stand together and oppose cloture on the bill in order to keep the House bill intact and not let Harry Reid add Obamacare funding back in.
“Now is a time for party unity; Senate Republicans should stand side-by-side with courageous House Republicans.
“The fight to save America from Obamacare is just beginning — it may well go back and forth from the House and Senate several times — and a united Republican front means that Harry Reid and the President cannot ignore the American people.”

PJTV: TRIFECTA – Defund ObamaCare? Will GOP Efforts Succeed or Fail?

There is growing momentum to defund ObamaCare, but how should the GOP proceed? Senators like Ted Cruz want defunding, but Pennsylvania Republican Pat Toomey says that’s not plausible. Who is correct? Click to watch Bill Whittle, Scott Ott and Steve Green discuss.

The Conversation: Peter King: Today’s Vote Will Show That Ted Cruz Is A Fraud (Video):

Rep. Peter King – not a fan of the defunding strategy nor of Cruz – sounded bitter today as he called the House vote on the continuing resolution “a major step in letting people know that Ted Cruz is a fraud and he’ll no longer have any influence in the Republican party.”

“I hope people will get the message this guy is bad for the party,” King continued. “The issues are too important, they’re too serious – they require real conservative solutions – not cheap headline hunting schemes.”

Your feelgood story of the week:19-year-old Dairy Queen manager does good deed for blind man:

Joey Prusak, a 19-year-old manager at a Minnesota Dairy Queen, has been hailed by others for proving not only what it means to be a good employee, but also what it means to be a good person as he came to the defense of a blind man.

An anonymous customer sent a letter to Dairy Queen bearing witness to Prusak’s honesty, integrity and courage, which later went viral on Reddit.

“I was standing in line as one of your employees was serving a gentleman. I noticed that the man being served was blinded or at least partially blinded,” the commenter wrote. “As he turned away after being served by your employee I noticed that he had dropped a $20 bill on the ground. He kept walking because he did not see that he had dropped it. An older lady in front of front of me picked up the bill and instead of telling the gentleman that he dropped it she put it in her purse.”

In an interview with Glenn Beck this morning on the Blaze, Prusak said, “I felt it wasn’t right that he got ripped off by someone like that lady. It wasn’t a right situation, you know? I just got instantly sick. I just felt sick to my stomach.”

Your outrage story of the week via Michelle Malkin: Parent Arrested from Common Core Meeting for speaking out of turn:

I know you are vehemently against the Common Core standards that are being thrust upon our children…Last night I attended a “forum” held by our school system. In a nutshell, it was an hour and a half long and the first hour was listening to Dallas Dance (county superintendent), Lillian Lowery (state superintendent),a PTA leader, and a teacher from Catonsville High School basically tell us how great this was going to be.

Then we [watched] a video starting with Martin O’Malley saying how great it was, and then other “educators” saying how great it was. Finally, Dallas Dance read some written questions submitted by parents for the other 3 in the forum to answer. They were mostly softball questions of course and you could feel everyone’s frustration that no hard- hitting questions were being asked.

Finally, a frustrated parent got up and interrupted Lillian Lowery and was challenging one of her pre-planned answers. He was not rude but they had security come in to take him out. Luckily a parent was videotaping the event and sent it to our local media.

I have attached a link to the Baltimore Sun website that has an article and the video of the father being dragged out. He was arrested and held until 3:00 a.m. He was just a dad trying to get some information about his children’s education and ended up in jail for not sitting down and shutting up. I was there and it was absolutely chilling to watch this man silenced.

The left was taken aback and knocked off balance by the feisty town halls of 2009 and 2010. When normal people rise up and ask questions they are perceived as an existential threat to their grasp on power. But they’ve figured out how to deal with inconvenient upstarts.

Get this: Small was charged with second-degree assault of a police officer, which carries a fine of $2,500 and up to 10 years in prison, and disturbing a school operation, which carries a fine of $2,500 and up to six months.

Watch the video. Small’s crime is daring to ask questions and refusing to be intimidated by the Common Core mafia.

Let that be a lesson to any of you bitter clingers thinking about speaking up at the next public meeting.

US Senate Budget Commitee: Sessions 1st Speech In Series On U.S. Economy: Deteriorating Conditions For Working Household:

  The sad fact is that the state of middle- and lower-income Americans is worsening on nearly every front… Per person income is lower today than at any time since 1997. This is an unacceptable trend. It’s clear It is not a short-term phenomenon—it’s now a negative trend for almost 18 years…

 There are things that can be done to improve these conditions. It’s time for us to defend working Americans and their undeniably legitimate concerns… Shouldn’t we focus more on getting our unemployed citizens trained and ready to move into the workforce? Those are some of the fundamental questions I think we as Americans need to be asking.”

Via The Conversation: The Onion Critiques Jaws:

The latest thing among left-wing blogs is to do these pseudo-intellectual but outrageously stupid post-modern movie reviews. The onion has noticed the trend.

AmericasVoiceNow: 1 Million Truckers Strike to send Obama & Washington a Message:

I’ve been calling for a PEACEFUL MASSIVE CIVIL DISOBEDIENT strike for over a year. Let’s work with these truckers October 11-13 and shut down ALL commerce & travel.…

Starts at 8:00 minutes in:

Via Freedom’s Outpost:

In the recent article 1 Million Truckers to Protest Obama by Shutting America Down for 3 Days in October, I reported the Facebook page, Truckers to Shut Down America, was urging truckers to drive to DC October 11-13, 2013 and Americans to boycott in support of the truck drivers by ceasing all money transactions for those days. At the time of that article, the site had little over 10,000 likes. I wanted to provide an update. Three days after I wrote about the march, the site has garnered over 67,000 likes and new developments have arisen that could only have happened due to the overwhelming support for our hard working truck driving friends.

Overpasses For Obama’s Impeachment Continues

If you were out driving around, today, perhaps you saw them – the few proud Americans who refuse to let their country sink into a totalitarian dystopia without putting up a fight. Patriots from Overpasses For Obama’s Impeachment were manning bridges over highways all across the nation, again today. If you saw a demonstration in your town, I hope you gave them a honk of approval.

Here is the Kansas City chapter.

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Journal of a Conservative G-Ma: Articles of Impeachment Against a Tyrannical Despot: What Will We Say To The Next Generation?

A conservative black citizens group has filed lengthy and detailed articles of impeachment against Barack Obama, calling for the President to be removed from office over NSA spying, prosecution of whistleblowers, wiretapping of journalists, the torture program as well as the Benghazi cover-up.

If a conservative black citizens group can file lengthy and detailed articles of impeachment against Barack Hussein Obama, calling for his removal of the office of President, than why in the hell can’t we? Why can’t Tea Party groups, conservative groups, Libertarian groups and ordinary citizens across this nation follow their lead and file lengthy detailed articles of impeachment of our own? What pray tell is stopping us from doing so? Is it fear of being persecuted, that we may become targeted by the Obama destruction machine? Is it too uncomfortable? Is it too time consuming? Is it too expensive to pursue? Is it sheer laziness, not wanting to rock the boat of our happy little lives? What is it that prevents us from taking the steps necessary to remove this tyrannical despot from the people’s house?

In Westwood,  California, a “Rage Against the Media” Rally also  took place today from 10 to 1 PM.

Here’s Jim Hoft taking it to a leftwing media complex that expects conservatives to sit down and shut up whenever they whip out their overplayed and ridonkulous race cards.

Via @stephenkruiser on Twitter:

jim hoft

Hey, libs – here’s what we think of your double standard.

Here’s what we think of your hypocrisy.

Here’s what we think of your left-wing intimidation campaigns

Here’s what we think of your attempts to chill our speech .

(My words, not his – I wasn’t there.)


Oh my. Whatever you do – do not watch this violent, disturbing and blatantly racist video.

All I can say is there are some people at that rally who really need to go to sensitivity class.

The Council Has Spoken!! This Week’s Watcher’s Council Results


Alea iacta est…the Council has spoken, the votes have been cast, and we have the results  for this week’s Watcher’s Council match up.

“There is another class of coloured people who make a business of keeping the troubles, the wrongs, and the hardships of the Negro race before the public. Having learned that they are able to make a living out of their troubles, they have grown into the settled habit of advertising their wrongs — partly because they want sympathy and partly because it pays. Some of these people do not want the Negro to lose his grievances, because they do not want to lose their jobs.” -Booker T. Washington

“No one will really understand politics until they understand that politicians are not trying to solve our problems. They are trying to solve their own problems — of which getting elected and re-elected are number one and number two. Whatever is number three is far behind.” – Thomas Sowell


This week’s winner, Joshuapundit’s The Great Divider    is my reaction to President Obama’s little speech on race after the Zimmerman verdict.What he had to say pretty much passed unnoticed by the legacy media, but as I point out, a lot of what he had to say merited notice for what it revealed about him and his mindset.  Here’s a slice:

President Obama had a few things to say last Friday about the Zimmerman trial, about Trayvon Martin, and of course about race.

It amazes me that the full import of his remarks will pass unnoticed by the legacy press and indeed by most of America. Because what the president had to say was nothing less than astounding coming from a sitting presodent of the United States.

It’s necessary to translate his remarks. As the president said, context is important.

President Obama started out after the pro forma remarks by upping the ante. Now, it’s not just that if he had a son he would have looked like Trayvon, but that 35 years ago he was Trayvon:

 But I did want to just talk a little bit about context and how people have responded to it and how people are feeling. You know, when Trayvon Martin was first shot, I said that this could have been my son. Another way of saying that is Trayvon Martin could have been me 35 years ago. And when you think about why, in the African- American community at least, there’s a lot of pain around what happened here, I think it’s important to recognize that the African- American community is looking at this issue through a set of experiences and a history that — that doesn’t go away.

The president said this while violent protests that amounted to riots were going on in many locales and random whites were being assaulted by blacks using ‘justice for Trayvon’ as their excuse.

This is quite similar to the logic terrorism groupies try to foist on the unwary to justify terrorist activities; ‘well you know I certainly don’t condone violence but you have to understand their rage.’ Needless to say, that never works the other way around when objects of terrorism like the Israelis defend themselves. Any response is deemed ‘disproportionate’. And make no mistake. President Obama’s excusing the Trayvon riots on the basis of experiences and history is yet another important message, given that all important context. When he says “this experience and history doesn’t go away” he is not only justifying that violence but letting America know that no matter what, our country is guilty and no matter how much money or good will we expend, it will never be enough. It will never end.

Which means of course that according to President Obama, blacks of necessity have to nourish grievance for eternity and are not responsible for their own actions, no matter what.

That was President Obama’s central message. As I pointed out earlier, President Obama’s entire stance on this is political in nature . Trayvon Martin was a  useful  smokescreen to divert attention from his own failures, the scandals permeating his administration and a tool  to get black voters to the polls in record numbers in 2014 to support his agenda. It’s worth remembering that it was Obama’s Department of Justice that actually played a significant part in orchestrating, funding and organizing the violent protests that made the Trayvon Martin shooting a national issue. Because there’s money and power to be had by nourishing that black sense of grievance.

Roll that over in your mind a moment. Here we have a president whose Department of Justice deliberately assisted in fanning the flames that turned an obscure local incident into a national racial firestorm led, coordinated  and abetted by President Obama’s intimate associate Al Sharpton. We have the president’s own willingness  to exacerbate things  further by making a national statement inserting himself  into the matter and by.putting political pressure on local authorities to prosecute someone who had already been cleared of any wrongdoing after a through investigation by police with a case so shoddily put together that the special prosecutor had to bypass the grand jury mechanism standard in such cases to even have George Zimmerman charged and brought to trial.

Yes, President Obama’s quite right that the sense of racial grievance doesn’t go away. Especially when you deliberately pour gasoline on it .

The president’s attempt to embellish this message by whining about the indignities he supposedly suffered as a young black male..being watched when he went shopping in a store, walking across the street and hearing door locks on cars click, having women in an elevator clutch their purses tighter..’ was even more ridiculous coming from someone who has lived a life of privilege and ease his entire life and has known nothing but the best America has to offer.


Yes, this picture of the racist hell the president endured 35 years ago while going to the ultra elite Punahou Prep School in Hawaii tells it all, doesn’t it?

More at the link

In our non-Council category, the winner was Bill Whittle with  The Lynching submitted by The Watcher. It’s an extraordinary video that examines the Zimmerman trial and in particular things about Trayvon Martin that would have a definite bearing on the public perception of the case if the media had covered them as they did  every detail of George Zimmerman’s life. Do watch  it.

OK, here are this week’s full results. Only Bookworm was unable to vote this week but was not subject to the usual two thirds voter penalty:

Council Winners

Non-Council Winners

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Saturday Movie Matinee: The Lynching


Bill Whittle examines the death of Trayvon Martin and trial of George Zimmerman. Is the acquittal of Zimmerman one of the great civil rights injustices of our time?

Bill Whittle at his very best:

Townhall: Krauthammer: Obama’s Trayvon Speech “Not Enlightening”–The Trial Was Not About Race:

The Five Attacks Obama’s Zimmerman Speech: Won’t Stop Until He ‘Gets George Zimmerman’s Blood’:

PJ Media: TRIFECTA – Trayvon Martin, the Battle Has Just Begun:

The trial of George Zimmerman may be over, but the implications of Trayvon Martin’s death are still being felt. Retaliation attacks have taken place in Baltimore and Mississippi, and protestors shut down a highway in Los Angeles. What does it all mean? Click to hear Bill Whittle, Scott Ott and Steve Green discuss.

PJ Media: Zo Nation: George Zimmerman Is Not White, Unless You Are Liberal (Warning: Graphic Images)

Liberals keep referring to George Zimmerman as white. Some even call him a white hispanic. Zo asks why libs have such a hard time accepting Zimmerman’s latino heritage. Could liberal bias against Zimmerman be further proof of pervasive racism? Hear what Zo thinks.

Gateway Pundit: BLOWOUT ON HANNITY – Leftists Blast Monica Crowley After She Slams Race Baiters (Video)

Sean Hannity‘s studio audience erupted tonight after conservative Monica Crowleylectured the bi-racial panel on racism in America. Democrats don’t like coming from a white woman. The Democrats that and the crowd erupted.

painlessrisen: The NAACP & Eric Holder’s WitchHunt On George Zimmerman:

Dennis Miller Time – Zimmerman verdict / NSA leaker Snowden / Obamacare – Bill O’Reilly – 7-17-13

OfficialACLJ: Jordan Sekulow Spoke with Fox News: IRS Targeting Goes All The Way to White House:

Jordan Sekulow spoke with Fox News about the new IRS hearing that revealed the source of Tea Party targeting came from Washington DC.

TPNNVideos: Jay Carney Says Immigration Reform Will ‘Increase Wages, Media laughs at the mere suggestion

The media has good times listening to Jay Carney’s fantasy description of comprehensive immigration reform.

It’s true – they literally laugh at him.  But it’s all in good fun. They know the drones will believe it and that’s all that matters.

Bob Weeks: WichitaLiberty.TV:

In this episode of WichitaLiberty.TV, host Bob Weeks recommends the Crony Chronicals website and explains the harm of cronyism. Westar, our electric utility, is asking for a rate increase, and cronyism is part of the application. Finally, Wichita Mayor Carl Brewer feels he can’t shop for his personal car in Wichita, but dishes out no-bid contracts and millions in subsidies to his cronies.

Scuba Soldier – Back From Afghanistan Early – Surprises Family:

Justin Carter Shouldn’t Be In Jail


Austin Texas is known as “the blue dot in the middle of a big red state”, thus it is one place in Texas where an egregious assault against the First Amendment like this, can still take place.

At NRO, Charles C.W. Cooke says, Free Justin Now:

In the state of Texas, a 19-year-old man named Justin Carter sits in prison, ruthlessly stripped of his freedom for making an offensive joke. After a Facebook friend with whom he played video games described him as “crazy” and “messed up in the head,” Carter replied — sarcastically, one imagines —  “Oh yeah, I’m real messed up in the head, I’m going to go shoot up a school full of kids and eat their still, beating hearts.” He added “lol” and “jk” for good measure. For this he was arrested by Austin police, charged with making a “terroristic threat,” and thrown into prison. He may languish there until the start of the next decade.

Carter’s joke was witless and flippant — typical, in other words, of late-teenaged men. By no means was it criminal. Nevertheless, a woman in Canada, who inexactly described herself as a “concerned citizen,” saw from afar what Carter had written and shopped him to Texas police. Police acquiesced to her request, searching the family’s house in the process — and finding nothing. “They really want my son to go away to jail for a sarcastic comment that he made,” Jack Carter, the boy’s father, said. Apparently so: He’s been incarcerated since March without trial.

Cooke, an Englishman, took it upon himself to explain the Constitution to the Texas authorities – who really seem to need the education. Ironic, considering Austin is a college town.

The Carter family petition on to have him released and get the law regarding terrorists threats changed, reached 25,000 signatures over the weekend.

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At What Point Will America Have Had Enough Of Obama’s Constant Lying?

At what point is this country going to have had enough of this  shameless,  inveterate liar? He had to lie continually in 2008 in order to get elected, and he’s been a non stop geyser gushing lies, ever since.

Geoffrey L. Hunter of the American Thinker, wrote, “Lying has many shades; Obama has perfected the bald-faced type, the most jarring, with a repetition that files down the senses, grinds away at outrage.”

Obama is an incontinent bladder of lies, deceptions, and red herrings gushing virtually non-stop whether in press conferences, campaign speeches, the State of the Union addresses, or remarks to foreign dignitaries.

 Obama’s catalog of lies is truly astonishing:

Obama’s lying about the Supreme Court decision in Citizens United , about Al Qaeda “on the run,” about “deficits shrinking,” about Republicans initiating sequestration, about the Benghazi attacks incited by a video, about “you can keep your health plan and your doctor,”  about private sales of hand guns, and the latest about “we believe in the free market; we believe in a light touch when it comes to regulations,” is more than political rhetoric or partisan posturing.  Lying is a way of life; truth seems untouchable, toxic, red hot radioactive to Obama and his minions.

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Obama’s lies from the past year have been particularly galling.

He’s maintained from Sept 12 to the present:  ‘We Will Hunt Down’ People Who Attacked Benghazi Consulate. On October 26, for instance, he told Kyle Clark of KUSA in Denver:

…the minute I found out what was going on I gave three very clear directives. Number one, make sure we are securing our personnel and that we are doing whatever we need to. Number two, we are going to investigate exactly what happened and make sure it doesn’t happen again. Number three, find out who did this so we can bring them to justice.


TRUTH: Yeah, no. Personnel weren’t secured when they could have been, their investigation was a joke – the sham “Accountability Review Board”  didn’t even interview Hillary Clinton, and Whistleblowers are afraid to come forward lest they face retribution of the sort Greg Hicks had to endure. Back in May, Obama blasted the congressional probe as a “political circus,” a “side show” and said there’s “no there, there.”  That’s how much he wants to “investigate exactly what happened.”  Needless to say, no one from the Regime has hunted down anyone in Benghazi, and the killers remain free. But the creator of the  YouTube video, remains in jail.

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May 13, 2013: Obama Condemns IRS Targeting Conservative Groups: ‘This Is Outrageous’ And ‘I Will Not Tolerate It’:

During a press conference in the White House on Monday, President Barack Obama was asked about reports that the Internal Revenue Service targeted conservative groups for added scrutiny over the course of the last two years. The president condemned the actions of members of the IRS who enforced federal tax laws in a partisan fashion. “I’ve got no patience with it,” Obama said. “I will not tolerate it.” “I first learned about this from the same news reports that I think most people learned about this,” Obama began. “This is pretty straightforward. If, in fact, IRS personnel engaged in the kind of practices that have been reported on and were intentionally targeting conservative groups, then that’s outrageous.” “And they have to be held fully accountable, because the IRS as an independent agency requires absolute integrity and people have to have confidence that they’re applying it in a nonpartisan way – applying the laws in a nonpartisan way,” Obama continued.

Journalists reported that with a straight face. I kid you not.


TRUTH: The White House has been desperately trying to spin this into a bipartisan problem in which progressives were targeted, too. Meanwhile,  IRS officials who were in charge while the abuses were happening, have been given bonuses and/or promotions. The one guy Obama supposedly “fired” was scheduled to leave in June, anyway. And he replaced him with another Regime stooge.

June 7, 2013: Obama: Obamacare has already resulted in ‘Lower Rates’ in California.

Speaking in San Jose on Friday, the president heralded California’s implementation of his signature legislative accomplishment, which has resulted in an insurance marketplace that’s offering rates lower than anyone expected.


TRUTH: Obamacare will raise the cost of health insurance policies in California by a “staggering 64% to 146%.”

June 26, 2013: Obama: I won’t make churches conduct gay marriages:

President Obama, in his statement hailing the Supreme Court’s decision to overturn the Defense of Marriage Act, promised that he wouldn’t try to force religious institutions to conduct gay marriages. “On an issue as sensitive as this, knowing that Americans hold a wide range of views based on deeply held beliefs, maintaining our nation’s commitment to religious freedom is also vital,” Obama said. “How religious institutions define and consecrate marriage has always been up to those institutions.  Nothing about this decision — which applies only to civil marriages — changes that.”


TRUTH: He knows the attacks on the Church will happen via the courts. And he will fan the flames, himself.

June 27, 2013, Obama Says He Won’t ‘Wheel and Deal’ for Snowden -

Mr. Obama said he hasn’t called Russian President Vladimir Putin or Chinese President Xi Jinping concerning Mr. Snowden, who has been charged by U.S. authorities with stealing and passing on government secrets. “I shouldn’t have to,” Mr. Obama said. “This is something that is routine.” He said he was reluctant to have the case elevated “to the point where I’ve got to start doing wheeling and dealing and trading on a whole host of other issues.”

Members of German Piraten Partei (Pirates party) hold the portraits of U.S. President Obama and Snowden, a former contractor at the National Security Agency (NSA),  during a protest in Berlin's Tiergarten district

But he might ask his Vice President to do some “wheeling and dealing”Biden Asks Ecuador to Turn Down Asylum for Edward Snowden …

The Friday phone call between Correa and Biden – it’s the highest-level conversation between the U.S. and Ecuador to be disclosed since Snowden began seeking asylum – added to the confusion about Snowden’s status. Facing espionage charges in the U.S., Snowden is believed to be holed up in a Moscow airport’s transit zone and seeking safe passage to Ecuador, the country seen as likeliest to shelter America’s most wanted fugitive.

June 29, 2013: Obama: I’m Not Spying On You.


“The American people don’t have a Big Brother who is snooping into their business,” he said, amplifying his answer to a question about the hunt for a national security leaker. “I’m confident of that. But I want to make sure everybody is confident of that.”

TRUTH: Yeah, guess what.. I don’t believe him.

What kind of chump believes a single thing this guy says at this point? Obama had exposed himself as a ridiculous, pathological liar by the beginning of the 2008 election season to anyone who was paying close attention. I finally had to give up my own effort to tabulate the daily lies coming from Obama and his campaign because it became too much of a drag on my time. Keeping up with Zero’s lies is a full time job. Not that there aren’t some industrious souls out there doing the hard work the media refuses to do.

Now, even Obama’s most faithful drones can’t help but notice the guy tells about 5 whoppers a day, but they’ll defend him to the bitter end. All politicians lie, right?  They’re happy to embrace  Obama’s culture of deceit as long as it leads us ever closer to the final transformation they dream about – the Utopia  that is in reality a dystopia,  but the drones will be the last ones to figure it out. The rest of us, are being dragged kicking and screaming into the dark,  Islam-friendly, virulently anti-Christian, collectivist,  totalitarian hell-state Obama seems to want to take us.

Allen West said on his Facebook page, Sunday:

Obama said he would fundamentally transform America. The time draws near to teach this usurper and charlatan the lesson our forefathers taught King George III. We will not be ruled by arrogance and edict.


Meanwhile in Egypt: Video Of Uniformed Egyptian Police, Joining Protests Against Morsi, Calling For A Military Coup.

Your Sunday Hymn: Lead Me Guide Me

Lead me Guide Me is a personal favorite of mine. It’s a gospel style hymn that’s as fun to sing fun as it is to listen to.

Doris M. Akers (b. Brookfield, MO, 1922) wrote both text and tune of this African American gospel hymn in 1953 in Oakland, California. The text is an earnest plea for an intimate walk with God, who is asked to lead, guide, and protect the believer. The deeply personal stanzas emphasize that divine guidance is essential because of our lack of strength, our blindness, and Satan’s temptations. Only God can lead us on the narrow path and through all the complexities and challenges of earthly life. Like many of the psalms, this text pours out in prayer the yearning of the individual Christian, a prayer that reminds us of these words of the psalmist:

Lead me, Lord, lead me in thy righteousness;
make thy way plain before my face.
For it is thou, Lord, thou, Lord only
that makest me dwell in safety.

This rendition is by performed by Ernie Haase and Signature:


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