Cruz: We Must Put a Stop to Obama’s Amnesty and Give Governors All Options Possible

While other Republicans come up with half-measures and fixes that are no solution to the problem, one man stands alone – way ahead of the pack – because he gets what the president is doing, and isn’t interested in playing the part of willing stooge.

Senator Cruz released the following press release, today:

WASHINGTON, D.C. – U.S. Sen. Ted Cruz, R-Texas, today introduced the Protect Children and Families Through the Rule of Law Act, which includes measures that would stop President Obama’s amnesty, reform the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Act, and empower governors to utilize the National Guard to address this specific crisis at federal expense, including authority to arrest violators of federal immigration, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and terrorism laws.

“The current situation in the Rio Grande Valley is a humanitarian crisis of this Administration’s making. President Obama set the stage for this crisis by refusing to live up to his most basic responsibility to secure our border, imposing huge human and financial costs on border communities and on immigrants who come here illegally,” Sen. Cruz said. “He has also sent a message to the world that the United States is not serious about enforcing its immigration laws by lawlessly granting amnesty through the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals Program.  To solve this problem, we must put a stop to President Obama’s amnesty and give governors all options possible to mitigate this crisis in light of the federal government’s inaction.”

Sen. Cruz’s bill would specifically:

 

  • Prevent the expansion of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) by preventing any taxpayer funds from being used to consider or adjudicate any new or previously denied application under DACA or a similar successor program.
  • The facts demonstrate that DACA is a significant motivating factor for the number of Central American children being handed over to violent criminals and taking the dangerous journey to enter the United States illegally.
  • Yet, President Obama has announced his intention to expand DACA and grant amnesty to even more immigrants who entered the country illegally.  In recent months, he has asked DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson and Attorney General Eric Holder to provide him with justifications for more executive actions, and he has promised pro-illegal immigration groups that he will expand DACA to cover 5 to 6 million more immigrants who entered the country illegally.

 

  • Reform the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act so that unaccompanied minors can be expeditiously united with their families back home.
  • Under current law, unaccompanied minors are being released to purported relatives with just a promise to appear later for deportation proceedings. Often they do not appear and, if they do, the removal proceedings can delay reunion to their family back home by years.
  • This bill would protect the safety of these children and ensure their attendance at a new, expedited hearing within seven days of the child’s processing.  This expedited process is designed to protect against human trafficking, preserve due process for those who have a legitimate claim to asylum or other relief, and facilitate expeditious return of those children who are ineligible to stay to their families in the country of origin.

 

  • Take steps to ensure that State and local officials have the resources necessary to protect the people in their communities, enabling them to act on their own to secure the border.
  • This bill would empower governors to utilize the National Guard at federal expense to address the current deluge of unaccompanied minors until the number of such arrivals return to pre-crisis levels.
  • It would also provide the National Guard with authority to arrest violators of federal immigration, drug trafficking, human trafficking, and terrorism laws.

     

     

The Senator talked about his efforts to solve the problem on Hannity, last night:

Lt. Col. Ralph Peters Responds To “Horse’s Ass” Bill Ayers: “It’s Time People Stopped Insulting Vietnam Vets”

Megyn Kelly had Col Ralph Peters on her show last night to respond to the several tons of excrement Bill Ayers shoveled during his recent interview with Kelly.

For instance, the Weather Underground claims they did what they did because the US Military were killing 6,000 people a week during the Vietnam War. Kelly asked Peters if that was true.

“No,” he responded matter-of factly. “It’s simply not true. That’s a figure the hard left just pulled out of thin air.” He continued to note that Vietnam was a long and brutal war, and it’s true that a small number of Americans were involved in atrocities, for which they paid dearly. But the enemy Vietnamese – the Viet Cong – committed vastly more atrocities. “This notion that we just went there and slaughtered innocent civilians right and left – that’s the Oliver Stone version of history.”

Peters went on to express his dismay that leftists have taken control of the education system, and are peddling this garbage to our kids.

“You’re going to hear a lot more of that version of history because conservatives made a huge mistake in the past 50 years  by abandoning the educational system – K through 12, university and grad school – to the hard left. The result he says, “is a generation of young people who know the Bill Ayers side – but not the facts.”

The now agitated Peters, added, “by the way – it’s time people stopped insulting Vietnam Veterans. They were not monsters and butchers and baby killers. They were young men serving their country when the likes of Bill Ayers, wouldn’t.”

In response to Ayers proclamation that we should build monuments to deserters like Bowe Bergdahl, Peters said, “Since 1775, Lexington and Concord –  for 239 years –  good men and brave men have given their lives – so Bill Ayers could have the right to be a horse’s ass – and he is.

Peters noted that Obama’s handling of the Bowe Bergdahl affair – treating him like a returning hero, while ignoring genuine American heroes – was “pure Bill Ayers.”

“Bill Ayers and Bernardine Dohrn weren’t holding fundraisers for Barack Obama because they thought he was a great American,” Peters concluded.

More on his last, very crucial comments pertaining to the horse’s ass’s influence on our current president – after the video:

Why Ayers’ influence on Obama is so profoundly disturbing:

Via Zombie: William Ayers’ forgotten communist manifesto: Prairie Fire: 

William Ayers is a communist. But don’t take my word for it. He said so himself:

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And not some nicey-nice peace-and-love kind of communist. Through his group the Weather Underground, Ayers was planning to “seize power” in a violent communist takeover of the United States:

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The quotes above were scanned directly from a now long-forgotten book entitled Prairie Fire: The Politics of Revolutionary Anti-Imperialism, which was written and published in 1974 by William Ayers, Bernardine Dohrn and other members of the Weather Underground. In this slim volume, which functioned as the Weather Underground’s ideological manifesto, Ayers declares himself to be a communist, and announces that his group’s bombing campaign was intended to start a violent revolution to overthrow the American government.

Coincidentally, according to former Marxist schoolmate Dr. John Drew, Obama had the same goals while he was attending college at Occidental! And now he’s our President, and his commie pal is being lauded by our nation’s educators.

“Nah-nah, get over it -  your side lost!” Obama’s minions taunt. Yeah - okay.

No worries…

For the record, and just to be complete, here are links documenting some of Obama’s many connections to William Ayers:

• Ayers and Obama worked together for years on a school reform program called the Chicago Annenberg Challenge.
• Ayers and Obama also served together on the board of the Woods Fund of Chicago, a separate charity organization.
• Obama had his political coming-out party in William Ayers’ home.
• Ayers mentions Obama by name in a book he wrote in 1997, and mentions that the two are very close neighbors.
• Obama gave a short glowing review of that same Ayers book for the Chicago Tribune.
• Obama and Ayers were both presenters together on a panel about juvenile justice (organized by Michelle Obama).
• Both Obama and Ayers were close friends with the same person, Rashid Kalidi.
• There are also several unverified rumors swirling around that have not been documented: That Ayers may havehelped to write part (or all) of Obama’s autobiography; that Obama and Ayers shared an office space together for three years, on the same floor of the same building in Chicago; and that Ayers and Obama may have known each other as far back as 1981.

It gets worse.

When Bill Ayers and Bernadine Dohrn led the domestic terrorist group Weather Underground in 1969, a chance meeting led Army veteran Larry Grathwohl into joining the group. Grathwohl served as a courier, running messages between the group’s leadership (called the “Weather Bureau”) and individual cells that were to carry out attacks.

Grathwohl was also an informant for the FBI.

In an interview from the 1982 documentary No Place To Hide that recently surfaced, Grathwohl discussed what the Weathermen intended to do after overthrowing the U.S. government, including what they would do with those Americans who refused to embrace communism.

I asked, “Well what is going to happen to those people we can’t reeducate, that are diehard capitalists?” And the reply was that they’d have to be eliminated.

And when I pursued this further, they estimated they would have to eliminate 25 million people in these reeducation centers.

And when I say “eliminate,” I mean “kill.”

Twenty-five million people.

I want you to imagine sitting in a room with 25 people, most of which have graduate degrees, from Columbia and other well-known educational centers, and hear them figuring out the logistics for the elimination of 25 million people.

And they were dead serious.

That was Bob Owens, who interviewed Grathwohl for PJ Media 26 years later. You can read that interview, here.

Ayers’ work in the education field has not really been “apart from all that other stuff.” It’s just been a less violent means to an end – what he and Obama would call the “transformation of America.” Not that the end game won’t involve some unpleasantness.

Lefties may sneer at the fact that Americans are arming up from coast to coast in anticipation of….something. But the thing is – the truth about Obama’s past managed to slip past the media gatekeepers long ago and millions of us were chilled to the bone by what we learned.

Megyn Kelly also had on the detectives who investigated Ayers to react to her interview with Ayers:

The reason I think this country is doomed is not that people like Bill Ayers and Obama exist – it’s because the American people allowed them to have power – Bill Ayers over the educational system – Obama over all of our lives. This can’t end well.

Watcher’s Council Nominations – Kaddish Edition

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Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

This weeks’ Council nominations page is dedicated to Eyal Yifrach, Gilad Shaar, and Naftali Frenkel, (HY”D)

ברוך אתה הו אדוננו אלוהים, השופט האמיתי

Council News:

This weekRight ReasonSeraphic SecretThe Pirate’s Cove and TinaTrent.com earned honorable mention status with some great articles. In fact the honorable mentions are especially good this week, and will definitely reward your attention

Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address ( which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor  by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out Wednesday morning

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members. while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

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Watcher’s Council Nominations – Borders? What Borders? Edition

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Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

This week’s contest is dedicated to the next congressman representing the great State of Virginia’s 7th District, Dave Brat. Kudos!

Council News:

The Council In Action!!

*Bookworm Room’s article Rand Paul Defends Constitution – Mounts Filibuster Against Drone Use *UPDATED* was cited over at World Net Daily by Nat Hentoff.

*Debra Heine over at Nice Deb has a great new piece up at Breitbart,Report: WH Orchestrated Campaign of Threats and Intimidation Against Servicemen to Keep Them Quiet About Bergdahl

This weekMidKnight ReviewThe Pirate’s Cove and Maggie’s Notebook earned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

To bring something to my attention, simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address ( which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out Wednesday morning

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members. while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

So, let’s see what we have for you this week….

Council Submissions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Honorable Mentions

 

  • Maggie’s Notebook – Reality

 

 

Non-Council Submissions

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Enjoy! And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us Twitter..’cause we’re cool like that!

Rep Lamar Smith on Mass Release of Criminal Aliens: “Obama Admin. Should Take Responsibility for Any Additional Crimes Committed”

Republicans were outraged last year when it was discovered that thousands of convicted criminals awaiting deportation were being released.  It was even worse than we originally feared.

Via Caroline May of Big Government, a grand total of 36,007 criminal immigrants convicted of nearly 88,000 crimes were released – the  majority of them due in part to “Zadvydas v. Davis, a 2001 Supreme Court case in which the court held the government could not indefinitely hold an immigrant if there is not a likelihood of removal in the foreseeable future.”

This may occur when a country refuses or unreasonably delays accepting people the United States is looking to deport.

According to ICE, many of the releases — specifically 72 percent of criminal immigrants convicted of homicide — were mandatory, required by court decisions like Zadvydas.

A little-enforced statute (8 U.S.C. § 1253(d)) CIS highlights, however, requires the Secretary of State to instruct consular offices to stop issuing visas to countries that engage in such obstruction.

On being notified by the [DHS Secretary] that the government of a foreign country denies or unreasonably delays accepting an alien who is a citizen, subject, national, or resident of that country after the [DHS Secretary] asks whether the government will accept the alien under this section, the Secretary of State shall order consular officers in that foreign country to discontinue granting immigrant visas or nonimmigrant visas, or both, to citizens, subjects, nationals, and residents of that country until the [DHS Secretary] notifies the Secretary that the country has accepted the alien.

The statute actually reads “Attorney General,” but that is because, according to CIS executive director Mark Kirkorian, the law was written prior to the creation of DHS. After the formation of DHS, this responsibility became that of the DHS head.

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Krikorian, writing at National Review this week, charged the Obama administration – specifically Clinton and current Secretary of State John Kerry – with ignoring the statute:

The State Department has ignored the legal mandate and just keeps on issuing visas in countries that won’t take back their own citizens. Secretaries of State Hillary Clinton and John Kerry have decided it’s better for ICE to release criminal aliens into American communities — even at the risk of their committing further crimes — than to risk upsetting relations by halting the issuance of visas, as required by law.

Rep. Lamar Smith (R-TX) was on Fox News Tuesday to talk about this alarming scandal. 

“There’s really no good explanation,” he said. “As you say, 36,000 criminal aliens were released back out onto the streets, back into our communities where they’re likely to commit other crimes. And this didn’t need to happen.” He argued that the administration should have continued to detain them, or send them back to their home countries and they did neither.”

He continued, “I think they should take responsibility for any additional crimes these individuals have committed.”

Smith also set the record straight on the “record number of deportations” the Regime has taken credit for.

“They claim to have a record number of deportations – that is a false figure. They’re double-counting individuals as no other administration has done. Actual deportations are down 40% under this administration.”

He went on to say that because the Regime is “not enforcing immigration laws, are undermining immigration laws, and are trying to make up immigration laws through executive orders,” they are telegraphing that they cannot be trusted.

“If we can’t trust the administration to enforce the current laws, how can we trust them to enforce future immigration laws,” Rep. Smith concluded.

The good news, is  the effort to pass ENLIST is officially dead.  

And the man who killed it was Eric Cantor.  Evidently, Cantor has not only committed to blocking amnesty in the NDAA, he will oppose efforts to bring this bill to the floor as a stand-alone legislation.

 Cantor’s bold opposition to this bill is all the more peculiar given his past support for similar proposals.  He has not been shy about holding up the DREAM Act – a related amnesty proposal – as a “priority” for the future of the GOP.

However, there is no enigma about what transpired this week with Eric Cantor.  Whenever you witness a sudden shift to the right in a Republican member, look no further than electoral politics.

Despite the bravado from amnesty supporters who claim ubiquitous support for their proposals, they know that their views don’t sell with the electorate, certainly not with GOP primary voters.  That is why they keep searching for surreptitious means of passing amnesty.  They know that once the electorate is fully mobilized for several weeks against the proposal, they will face serious backlash.

In Cantor’s case, he has a primary challenger, Dave Brat, who has been gaining more traction in recent weeks.  Although Brat faces a monumental task with such little money, Cantor felt threatened enough to go up on broadcast television and attack Brat as a liberal.  Moreover, Cantor badly wants to be Speaker next year, and even a minor primary challenger will focus too much attention on his pro-amnesty positions.  Hence, the U-turn on ENLIST.

Oh, and don’t believe any polls showing overwhelming support for “comprehensive immigration.”

If it were such a popular issue with Republicans, Cantor wouldn’t furiously back-peddling from his previous position.

Husband of Condemned Pregnant Woman Rushes To Sudan To Save Her From Hanging

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The husband of  Meriam Yehya Ibrahim Ishag, the eight months pregnant woman who is facing the death penalty for marrying a Christian, has returned to Sudan in an effort to save his wife.

Meriam, who now sits in a filthy Sudanese jail with her eighteen month old son, has been sentenced to 100 lashes of the whip and then to death by hanging. 

Under Sudan’s application of sharia law, the former punishment is for adultery due to the fact that she is a Muslim woman married to a Christian man, a marriage considered invalid, and the latter, somewhat contradictorily, for having left Islam to become a Christian, which is a capital crime.  Her husband, Daniel Wani, has not been charged with adultery.

Reportedly, both mother and son (a United States citizen) have been “struggling with illnesses contracted in the deplorable conditions of Omdurman Federal Women’s Prison.”

Wani, who currently lives in Manchester, New Hampshire, has been pleading with the Obama State Department to help him get his family out of Sudan. But his pleas have fallen on deaf ears.

Via Andrew Bostom, of PJ Media:

Wani claims that when he called the U.S. Embassy on April 9, 2014 a representative in Khartoum informed him of their lack of interest in the case. Noting that the couple’s toddler boy, Martin, is a U.S. citizen by virtue of his father’s U.S. citizenship, Daniel Wani also declared that U.S. Embassy officials in Khartoum have not cooperated in granting the family travel papers to leave The Sudan, and further have told him he must prove he is the father with a DNA test prior to even offering any assistance!

I have tried to apply for papers to travel to the USA with my wife and child, but the American Embassy in Sudan did not help me. My son is an American citizen living in a difficult situation in prison. I will have to take a DNA sample in Khartoum, then send it to the USA for testing. I have provided wedding documents and the baby’s birth certificate, and doors were closed on [my] face.

The Obama administration State Department’s despicable behavior may mark a new nadir in our capitulation to Sharia which now includes coldly allowing a U.S. citizen toddler to be abused by Islam’s totalitarian “legal system.

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, (R-NH), has asked Secretary of State John Kerry to grant Ishag political asylum.

Meanwhile, the desperate, wheelchair-bound Wani has rushed off to Sudan in a precarious bid to save his condemned  wife’s life.

Via KMBZ:

Wani and his brother, Gabriel Wani, grew up in Sudan but moved to New Hampshire. Gabriel told ABC News affiliate WMUR that Daniel has returned to Sudan to try and save his wife’s life.

“I’m just praying for God. He can do a miracle,” he said. “Everyone is depressed. You don’t believe it. It’s shock.”

“You cannot believe that’s going to happen,” Gabriel said. “It’s a good family, a happy family.”

Neither Gabriel nor Daniel could be reached for comment Monday by ABC News.

The U.S. condemned Sudan’s court ruling last week, with both the State Department and the White House calling on Sudan to uphold its human rights commitments.

U.S. Sen. Kelly Ayotte, who represents New Hampshire, has asked Secretary of State John Kerry to grant Ishag political asylum.

The Sudan Tribune reported over the weekend that the country’s parliament speaker, al-Fatih Izz Al-Din, downplayed the death sentence and said it was only preliminary and could be appealed in the future.

Watcher’s Council Nominations – #Hash Tag Edition

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Welcome to the Watcher’s Council, a blogging group consisting of some of the most incisive blogs in the ‘sphere, and the longest running group of its kind in existence. Every week, the members nominate two posts each, one written by themselves and one written by someone from outside the group for consideration by the whole Council.Then we vote on the best two posts, with the results appearing on Friday morning.

Council News:

The Council In Action!

 

 

This weekThe MidKnight ReviewLe·gal In·sur·rec·tionThe Pirate’s Cove and The Mellow Jihadiearned honorable mention status with some great articles.

You can, too! Want to see your work appear on the Watcher’s Council homepage in our weekly contest listing? Didn’t get nominated by a Council member? No worries.

Simply head over to Joshuapundit and post the title a link to the piece you want considered along with an e-mail address ( which won’t be published) in the comments section no later than Monday 6PM PST in order to be considered for our honorable mention category. Then return the favor  by creating a post on your site linking to the Watcher’s Council contest for the week when it comes out Wednesday morning

Simple, no?

It’s a great way of exposing your best work to Watcher’s Council readers and Council members. while grabbing the increased traffic and notoriety. And how good is that, eh?

*A note on this week’s selections – due to problems with their host server, The Colossus of Rhodeywas unable to submit this week, and Rhymes with Right was only able to do so by the lucky chance of finding a separate site that had cut and pasted one of his articles. We regret the omission and look forward to their return next week, as I’m sure all our readers do.

So, let’s see what we have this week….

Council Submissions

Honorable Mentions

Non-Council Submissions

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Why Won’t The White House Call Boko Haram Attacks “Islamic” Terror? – The Five

The Five tackled the #Hashtag diplomacy that is sweeping the world to put pressure on the Nigerian government to do more to find the kidnapped schoolgirls.

SEE ALSO:

The Conversation:

Note to Michelle and Hillary — #SaveOurGirls

Hashtag diplomacy is bottled whine

In Defense of Hashtag Diplomacy

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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)

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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.

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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.

UPDATE:

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.

SEE ALSO:

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”.

Ace:

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

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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

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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

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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.

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In no particular order:

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– 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.

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– 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.

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– 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.

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The plot’s been borrowed many times..at 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.

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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.

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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.

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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 Soup..how could I leave out the Marx Brothers?

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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.

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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).

Airplane!

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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.”

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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.

Valkyrie.

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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.”

Idiocracy

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.

Fatherland

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

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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

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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.

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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

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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.

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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:

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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

Casablanca.

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)http://s3.amazonaws.com/criterion-production/stills/30684-574311dab91c4e32fca0378a4fff3077/Film_56_39Steps_original.jpgRobert 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)http://images4.fanpop.com/image/photos/21900000/The-Quiet-Man-john-wayne-21939238-900-720.jpgAfter 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)http://images.fanpop.com/images/image_uploads/Strictly-Ballroom-baz-luhrmann-749298_1600_900.jpgIn 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.

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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.

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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

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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

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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

See you next week! Don’t forget to tune in on Monday AM for this week’s Watcher’s Forum, as the Council and their invited special guests take apart one of the provocative issues of the day with short takes and weigh in…don’t you dare miss it. And don’t forget to like us on Facebook and follow us onTwitter…..’cause we’re cool like that!

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