TITS-for-TAT: Paris Hilton responds to McCain's "Obama as a Celebrity Video"

Hard on the heels of yesterday’s blog entry decrying the candidate’s promotion of style over substance, FAMOUS BY REFERENCE, we are presented with a newly released Paris Hilton video mocking John McCain.

The video that started it all: “Obama, the biggest celebrity in the world”  …

John McCain notes Obama’s celebrity status as the commercial opens with shots of talented Britney Spears and the untalented Paris Hilton …

It was only a matter of time until the celebutard Paris Hilton’s friends saw an opportunity to capitalize on the public’s interest in the election and produced their own video….

Paris Hilton Strikes Back …

See more Paris Hilton videos at Funny or Die

And the talking heads at the networks weigh in on what it all means …

Here is the CBS commentary which attempts to analyze the impact of the commercial without saying anything much of substance.

What it really means …

The name of the game is to produce wildly popular videos that will spread throughout the BLOGOSPHERE like any good viral marketing campaign. Not only does it increase name recognition for all parties as it pokes fun at the opposition, it also highlights one of the most important campaign points: neither of these candidates is really fit to lead the United States – but when all factors are considered, John McCain is the most likely candidate to protect America from all enemies, both foreign and domestic.

We don’t have to like it, but we are given absolutely no choice in the matter as the corrupt and profane political parties and their special interest supporters are bent on running the world and plundering the United States treasury for their own interests. 

And, of course, who gives a rat’s ass what the celebutards like Paris Hilton thinks about anything. Ditto the far-left loons like Barbra Streisand, Alec Baldwin, George Clooney, Sean Penn, Danny Glover, Susan Sarandon, Tim Robbins, Ed Asner and the rest of their ilk: performers who earn their money by confusing style over substance on a professional level.


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Gore positions himself as a "Power Broker"

Like most messianic leaders of a movement, I have always wondered if Al Gore was “certifiable” …

What happens to a man who has been groomed his entire life to assume the Presidency of the United States and loses the prize by the narrowest of margins due to a confluence of events beyond his immediate control? Can a man who has scaled the pinnacle of presidential politics simply retire or retreat into the background while life moves on?

In Gore’s case, it seems that he was privileged to be at the right point in time and space to capitalize on the “climate” issue. An issue which provides him with continuing ego-stroking accolades and the power and money to be the acknowledged leader of a worldwide movement. Free of the political constraints of having to respond to his critics or account for his funds, it seems Al Gore has done well for himself by finding his own personal nirvana.

Generating a different kind of power …

In a sense, Al Gore is his own self-interest. Free of the constraints which require the disclosure of his business dealings, especially those which are constituted as offshore entities. Al Gore can profit from his pronouncements and earn money from his speeches, writings and by hooking into the hedge fund capital scene to raise money for investments in things that he promotes. Not that there is anything wrong with this other than the possibility that it is based on “junk science” or that government subsidies for certain investments may not be forthcoming in the future.

From Wikipedia

Gore is currently the cofounder and chairman of Generation Investment Management, cofounder and chairman of the Emmy Award - winning American television channel Current TV … He is also a partner in the venture capital firm, Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers, heading that firm's climate change solutions group.”

“Generation Investment Management LLP is a London-based investment management firm with an investment style that blends traditional equity research with a focus on sustainability factors, including social and environmental responsibility and corporate governance.”

“Former U.S. Vice President Al Gore is chairman of Generation, and David Blood — previously chief executive of Goldman Sachs Asset Management — is CEO. The pair has given the company its nickname, ‘Blood and Gore.’”

“In November 2007, Generation and Kleiner Perkins Caufield & Byers announced a global collaboration to "find, fund and accelerate green business, technology and policy solutions with the greatest potential to help solve the current climate crisis." As part of the collaboration, prominent KPCB Partner John Doerr joined Generation's Advisory Board.”

“Generation Investment Management LLP is authorized and regulated by the Financial Services Authority in the UK.”

You would think that any organization headed by an American and run by Americans would be headquartered in the United States and subject to control by the Securities Exchange Commission, the Federal Trade Commission and other such consumer protection agencies?

The “rain making” publicity machine …

Gore’s primary task is to keep the climate story on the front page and opening the door to new business contacts for his partners to exploit. So we often see outrageous headlines that are crafted more for their ability to attract media attention than the truth they assert.

From Politico.com … 

Gore compares offshore drilling to invasion of Iraq

“In a surprise appearance at Netroots Nation — which apparently was the worst-kept secret in Austin, Texas — former Vice President Al Gore followed up a speech by Nancy Pelosi by laying out a narrative on climate change and the energy crisis that seems ready-made for the Obama campaign to download.”

“If you look at the seriousness of the climate crisis, you see how it ties to the economic crisis and the national security threat that we face,” he said. “200 billion dollars are being sent overseas just from oil.”

It is amazing that the far-left ties a phony climate crisis where time frames are measured in hundreds and thousands of years to present day military and economic threat issues. Especially since this far-left crowd is historically about weakening the United States militarily and economically.

“’The idea that we can drill our way out of this is just so absurd,’ he said, comparing the push for offshore oil drilling — which has gained popularity and put environmentalists on the defense — to dealing with a hangover by having another drink.”

A cute word-picture which is entirely inaccurate. Perhaps a more accurate picture would be dealing with the thirst of a nation by further closing the water tap and charging more for the drink. And, of course, all the while demanding that people drink costly “alternative” water bottled at a huge profit by the legislator’s friends.

“The defenders of the status quo are the ones who have dug us into this hole,” he said, commenting that Americans have been “so often fooled into finding a remedy for a problem" that has nothing to do with the problem at hand — pointing to the invasion of Iraq when America was attacked by terrorists in Afghanistan as an example.

Notice the subtle switch of subject: from environmental concerns to military commentary.

Does Gore really believe that the American people are so stupid as not to realize that it was his democrat party, himself included, that have been the traditional the defenders of the status quo? 

That the democrat who supported NIMBY (Not In My Back Yard) and BANANA (Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Nor Anytime) policies that created this crisis are are uniquely complicit in today’s war on terror?

Democrats who refused to expand the exploitation of our own energy reserves and which pushed us into supporting Saudi Arabia and other Middle Eastern countries on their terms. Enriching them with our money so they could support IslamoFascism.  Making it virtually impossible to attack the real source of terror in the Middle East: Saudi Arabia, Iran and Syria?

Does Gore believe that, given the benefit of 20-20 hindsight, the anti-nuclear stance of the democrats which precluded the use of relatively clean and economically viable energy generation in favor of heavily subsidized unreliable energy sources, was in the best interests of America?

On this subject, Gore is like most politicians: full of crap and in full denial of historical records.

“’The engines of distraction and the great concentrated power of communication that you’ve seen turned on this issue or that issue is already hard at work,’ he says. "’They will say we can’t switch away from oil.’"

Again, with the misdirection. Most of today’s media is biased towards the liberal left and spends much of its time bashing the Bush Administration and ignoring any good news that would enlighten and embolden ordinary American citizens. And if they say anything about energy,  it is mostly about the perils of drilling and pumping oil and the problem with nuclear waste. And anything else that would keep American from becoming energy independent.

“’We have to switch our electricity generation system,” he says, noting that changing transportation fuels will take longer, before reiterating his plan to ensure that “100 percent of our electricity [comes] from renewable sources and carbon-constrained fuels over the next 10 years.”

We need to build a better fault-tolerant electrical grid. We need to reduce pollution. We need to develop a scientific basis linking carbon dioxide to anything before we simply decide to chuck carbon-source energy in the dustbin and confer a great advantage on our enemies who are less suicidal than the democrats.

"It is not partisan, it is focused on this single objective," he says. "we are trying to mobilize ten million grassroots activists.”

With Gore, it is about being post-partisan and attracting the largest possible audience for his ideas. But has anybody noticed that the “Netroots Nation” is simply the new name of the annual YearlyKos convention. A rabid far-left political blogging organization which often spews hate and filth at those who disagree with its far-left anti-America agenda?

In response to a question about whether he'd join an Obama administration as climate czar, he says he'd rather "focus on trying to enlarge the political space in which political officials address this climate crisis ... I have seen how important it is to develop a base of support.

One of my greatest criticisms of Al Gore is that he is continually playing in the political space rather than putting together conferences of scientists who will hash out what we know, what we don’t know and what we need to do in order to continue to discover the truth about global climate change.

People for a perfect planet: a new secular religion?

The sad truth regarding Al Gore’s accomplishments is that they will be forever tainted with their association of the far-left of the political spectrum. Those who have co-opted the environmental movement in order to secure their political agenda. Some of which believe man is an unrepentant, filthy stain on the planet’s ecosystem and that his effects should be minimized at all costs. Many of these people belong to splinter sects which believe that animals have legal and civil rights and that we need to reverse the tide of civilization in order to live closer to the land.

A great cover for those who want to do physical harm to America by curtailing its ability to defend itself militarily and support itself economically. Scratch many ecologists and you will find some of the older “peace at any price” and “no nukes” crowd who objected to the rise of nuclear energy, not because it may have been ecologically unfriendly in the old days, but because it put their worshiped Soviet Union at a great military disadvantage.

This has morphed into a new secular religion which requires faith to believe all of its teachings. And, like most religions, fosters a sense of community in the social sense. Where people of like mind can meet and congratulate themselves on doing good works on behalf of the planet. Somewhat like cynical apolitical guys joining the Young Democrats, Young Republicans and various protest groups to get at the hot babes that frequented such events.

This new religion seems like an amazing parallel to the Church of Scientology that was founded by the science fiction writer L.Ron Hubbard. Both profess to want to help mankind overcome its burden. With Scientology, an internal burden and with Gore, the external burden on the planet. Both purport to make the world a better place. Both have an extremely high buy-in – in terms of commitment and cost. Both have shadowy leadership which minimizes media confrontation. Both use celebrities to attract additional supporters. Both have  a following of vocal skeptics. And both feature end-results which are somewhat unbelievable to the person not a member of the religion.

While it seemed important at the time, history may evaluate both Gore’s Noble Peace Prize ,which is a non-scientific political accolade, and his Oscar for a deeply-flawed and misleading “documentary” film to be little more than a timely anti-Bush Administration “poke-in-the-eye" Granted for the purposes of pursuing a political agenda rather than for any solid accomplishment by an individual.

A warning beacon for the planet or simply a political shill for special interests?

While the science is still out on the subject of anthropogenic climate change, there is the possibility that the science will not support Gore’s assertions and that his efforts were simply as a shill for those who wanted to enlarge their bureaucratic constituencies, assume greater political power,  raise taxes, engage in further social engineering which curtails personal liberty and freedom as well as making large amounts of money for themselves and their special interest supporters. What better way to plunder the public treasury with little or no threat of an uprising of those who are being forced to pay the price of making the rich much, much richer and the moving the powerful beyond the bounds of reproach.

Most disturbing …

The most disturbing facet of Al Gore’s work is that he tightly controls media access to his high-cost, well-attended events and refuses to engage in a debate about his work or his conclusions.

What can YOU do?

Demand that there be some rationality in our plan to achieve energy independence – which is at the root of most of our economic and statecraft problems.

Do not vote for those who have been traditional obstructions or who have corrupted the system beyond all recognition. By which I mean the democrats who have placed us in this pickle.

Recognize that the sometimes inept and uncommunicative Bush Administration has performed better than the democrats; regardless of what the left-leaning media may proclaim.

Vote your pocketbook. Do you want to pay more taxes, travel less, give up air travel altogether. Are you about economic growth or economic sacrifice?

Vote the bastards on both sides of the aisle out of office. And that includes local and state elected officials who tend to think of themselves as our new royalty and able to loot the public purse at will.

Be true to yourself, your family and friends. A political party is not a sports team where strategy can be hotly discussed, but the resulting score is not open to interpretation and is instantaneously available to all citizens regardless of their position or belief.

Do not vote for any candidate or current politician who is willing to subvert the safety, security, sovereignty and economic strength of the United States or limit an individual's right of self-defense for their personal philosophy, power, prestige or profits.

-- steve

Quote of the day:  “Everything is vague to a degree you do not realize till you have tried to make it precise.” -- Bertrand Russell

A reminder from OneCitizenSpeaking.com: a large improvement can result from a small change…

The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. -- Marcus Aurelius

Reference Links:

Ben Smith's Blog: Gore compares offshore drilling to invasion of Iraq - Politico.com


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



SARANDON/ROBBINS: THE WAY THEY REALLY ARE

Today, courtesy of the New York Post’s famous Page Six Gossip Feature, we get a free lesson on what liberals are really like.

There is no doubt that the unmarried couple, Susan Sarandon and Tim Robbins are truly representative of far-left progressive wealthy limousine liberals. Weighing in with their opinion on any number of matters affecting the poor, the downtrodden and the Marxists among us.

While there is no doubt that they are extremely talented as performers, there is also no doubt in my mind that they are truly, “do as I say, not as I do” leftists who do not mind spending other people’s money or dictating how others should live their lives.

Opposing a hospital in THEIR neighborhood…

As Page Six noted …

“TIM Robbins' and Susan Sarandon's mission to protect the poor and needy doesn't apply to their Greenwich Village neighborhood. The Oscar-winning liberals recently attended a Landmarks Preservation Commission hearing to oppose St. Vincent's plea to build a new, larger hospital on West 12th Street, three blocks from their home.”

“This despite their support of causes like UNICEF and Champions for Children.”

Those people out there …

"The hospital provides $40 million in care to the indigent every year," one proponent told us. "Robbins dismissed more than 100 people rallying in support of the hospital - low-income, union workers and veterans of the AIDS crisis - as 'those people out there.' "

I can easily remember when Sarandon and Robbins were at the head of the line – leading “those people out there.” Of course they did it with security intact and the knowledge that the media was instructed to “shoot their best side.”

Seeking alternatives to what already works …

Sarandon said in a statement: "Improving the hospital is a great idea. However, this can be accomplished without compromising the neighborhood. St. Vincent's should consider the proposed alternative solutions." Robbins declined to comment.

A classic case of NIMBYism …

Like Ted Kennedy and the proposed wind-turbines off Cape Code, the concept is fine, however it always comes down to the classic cry of the wealthy liberals: NIMBY -- Not In My Back Yard. Especially when the proposed development is a crucial part of the public infrastructure.

Perhaps Sarandon and Robbins would go along with the plan if the hospital were renamed. Something along the lines of: The Sarandon/Robbins Hospital for Indigent Marxists.

As with drilling for oil or nuclear energy, liberals look at what currently works and claims that there are other, better alternatives although they may not be practical or economical without heavy government subsidies and the creation of new control bureaucracies.

In many cases, the progressives point to a problem and claim that there is a lack of leadership needed to find a solution – all the while believing in the BANANA theory. Build Absolutely Nothing Anywhere Nor Anytime.

Celebrities are not “all that …”

Most celebrities are narcissistic fools who think that the world revolves around them. Their sycophantic hangers-on and paid advisers say “yes” to anything they say, do or suggest. Nobody wants to tell them the truth – that their ill-informed opinion garnered from some talking points handout does not make them a world leader. These people live in their own little world, cushioned from the perils of daily living by their wealth and paid legal, accounting, security and personal assistants.

Even organizations play to their tune as they are showered with medals, awards, degrees and other honors just for showing up. Of course, the reality is that they are used as chum – bait for the wealthy contributors and others who want to rub shoulders with celebrities. How else could you explain a Paris Hilton party?

What can YOU do?

Ignore celebrities except as entertainment. Ask yourself why you should believe those who are paid to mouth the words of others while acting sincere? Do not confuse them with their carefully-crafted public persona or well-written characters that they play.

Famous does not equate to smart or well-informed about any particular subject. To point out how ridiculous it is to rely on the ideas promoted by celebrities, just imagine Barbra Streisand as the Secretary of State in an Obama Administration. Ludicrous, to say the least. But who knows, her advice may work its way up the chain in proportion to her donations and support of the campaign.

The one thing celebrity insures is access. That they can explain their crackpot theories to people in power. Even if they are as dumb as a rock. Unfortunately, many of our legislators are equally dumb – a prime example being California’s Senator Barbara Boxer, widely acknowledged as the dimmest bulb in the Senate. I cannot forget her famous quote:

"Those who survived the San Francisco earthquake said, 'Thank God I'm still alive.' But of course those who died, their lives will never be the same again."

Do not vote for any candidate or current politician who is willing to subvert the safety, security, sovereignty and economic strength of the United States or limit an individual's right of self-defense for their personal philosophy, power, prestige or profits.

-- steve

Quote of the day: “The petty economies of the rich are just as amazing as the silly extravagances of the poor. -- William Feather

A reminder from OneCitizenSpeaking.com: a large improvement can result from a small change…

The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. -- Marcus Aurelius


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Sharing a smile with my readers...

Every once and a while, there is a confluence of my interests which makes me smile.

I thought I would share this particular match-up as it combines my love for Country Western Music, Jimmy Buffet and the work of a fellow commenter who put it all together on YouTube. I couldn't help but smile at the presentation.

Country Western music, as well as the American Blues, reflects, and possibly exaggerates, the problems we face in real life. But it does hold-up a mirror to reflect the troubles we all face.

So considering that most self-serving politicians and their sycophantic supporter (or is that psychotic supporters) have done major harm to the American people with their bumbling approach to regulating life in the United States, these parody pieces are presented without further comment. 

Last word, I couldn't resist ...

Some of the images have obviously been Photoshopped and some of the performers portrayed are excellent performers; however, they seem to be telling us how to live while openly embracing the dark side of politics.

Do not vote for any candidate or current politician who is willing to subvert the safety, security, sovereignty and economic strength of the United States or limit an individual's right of self-defense for their personal philosophy, power, prestige or profits.

-- steve

A reminder from OneCitizenSpeaking.com: a large improvement can result from a small change…

The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. -- Marcus Aurelius

 


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



FRED THOMPSON IS BACK -- WHO CARES?

There was a time...

The was a time when I respected and promoted Fred Thompson as a Presidential Candidate. In spite of a plan for America that was written years ago ( when he was Chairman of the Senate Governmental Affairs Committee  in 2001) and a less than stellar campaigning style, I truly believed that Thompson had what it took to lead the Republican party as a Reagan-style conservative. A man who would surely triumph over Rockefeller-style Republicanism and their spendthrift ways.

Over time I became more and more disenchanted.  Thompson looked tired, listless and refused to engage with his Republican competitors, with the democrats and with the public at large. Many people claimed he was the perfect Southern Gentleman. Compared to Thompson, old man  McCain was a thunderbolt -- willing to mix it up with potential voters, speechify and argue his position while there were still people in the room.

In general, Thompson looked tired -- and quite frankly, sick. As time went on, it became apparent that Thompson's forte was heavily scripted speeches in a controlled environment. Shaking hands with donors for $1200 and taking pictures for $2300. The media portrayed him as a lazy candidate.  And my enthusiasm flagged to the point where I turned to Mitt Romney as a potential standard bearer for the conservative branch of the Republican party. And we all know how that ended.

Fred Thompson surfaces...

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From a recent promotional e-mail from Townhall Magazine, it appears that Fred Thompson is now beginning to position himself as kind of an elder statesman ...

"Attorney, actor, presidential candidate, and senator, Fred Thompson is uniquely able to begin a national dialogue on the fundamental principles that define what is conservatism today and he has chosen Townhall Magazine as his place to do it."

"In this must read piece, Senator Thompson breaks down what principles conservatives should look for in judicial nominees, what Democrats are doing to keep strict-constructionist judges from the bench, and the threat of judicial activism. "

It is unknown whether or not Fred Thompson will appear regularly in the magazine and whether or not he is embarking on a public relations campaign which might position him for an appointment in an upcoming Republican administration.  But his timing is interesting.

So who cares?

Unlike the historian Newt Gingrich who is busily defining the New Conservative Republican Agenda and preparing an ideological platform, does anyone really care to hear from Fred Thompson in today's current hyper-partisan environment?

What can YOU do?

Let me know what you think. Is Fred Thompson relevant today? Can he make a difference?

I am interested in the opinions of all of the people who thought that I was either unfair (or worse) when I withdrew my support for Fred Thompson. Specifically I would like to hear from people like winghunter who passionately defended Fred Thompson even though he was dropping out of the sky like a downed bird.

-- steve

Quote of the Day: "Intelligence without ambition is a bird without wings." --C. Archie Danielson

A reminder from OneCitizenSpeaking.com: a large improvement can result from a small change…

The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. -- Marcus Aurelius

Reference Links:

IS FRED THOMPSON A VIABLE CANDIDATE?

FRED THOMPSON: CATCHING FIRE OR FLAMING OUT?

THE SIMPLE GUIDE TO UNDERSTANDING FRED THOMPSON

Government at the Brink - Volume I:  Urgent Federal Government Management Problems Facing the Bush Administration can be found here

Government at the Brink - Volume II: An Agency by Agency Examination of Federal Government Management Problems Facing the Bush Administration can be found here.


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



The conundrum of Indiana Jones...

Already the pundits and prognosticators are predicting potential audience problems with Indiana Jones and the Kingdom of the Crystal Skull.

So what?

The reviewers are paid to write witty and snarky reviews by their respective media outlets. Designed to boost the media's audience and little else. And, in the final analysis, it is still one person's opinion of the movie. So what? Who cares?

Pre-release reviews are worthless...

I do not much care for the pre-release reviews and those who write them. It is such an insular little group of self-important, self-righteous people. In fact, the only people they scare and who actually takes them seriously are studio people -- whose idea of courage is berating employees and pushing around those who can't fight back. These are the same fawning, sycophantic studio bureaucrats that kiss major butt when they want or need something from a more powerful person.

The real test... "word of mouth!"

I would much rather listen to the impromptu review from a friend, acquaintance or  colleague than I would some effete "critic" who somehow manages to believe that I believe movies are an "art form" and that I am looking for some intellectual stimulation or personal gratification.

Why I watch movies...

The truth is that I regard movies as a pleasant diversion from the grind of daily activities. Or a pleasant joint activity with someone I care about. Other than that, "art" is what is hung on the walls of a museum. And modern art is often a piece of crap with a catchy title -- and some learned soul telling you what it all means in a jargon best reserved for fantasy-land. If there is any art in a film, it is telling a visual story well enough to be understood without the sound track.

About my apparent taste in films: a professional opinion...

The late Gary Essert, the founder and director of the Los Angeles International Film Festival (FILMEX) and the founder and chief executive officer of the American Cinematheque used to tell me that my "taste was in my butt," but couldn't refute my basic argument: "Butt it's what I like that counts."  (Pun intended)

His partner aka "the other Gary," Gary Abrahams, would almost always defend my position -- "shut up Gary, do you know what he could do to our computer system."  These two guys were both major film "experts" and even they often disagreed on the nuances. 

But the one thing I learned from the Garys was that you can appreciate a film on many levels -- none of which are absolutely right or wrong, appropriate or inappropriate, tasteful or untasteful. And, most importantly,  that the words of a critic, learned as they may be, was just another opinion.

The phenomenon ...

It seems that those who follow the film industry are always demanding a "blockbuster." And when a good movie does not produce "record profits" it is viewed as a failure. What crap. To me, their opinion counts even less than those of the critics.

I am not a fanatic or a teenager that must see the same movie multiple times in a week. I am not susceptible to the 'tween market peer pressure and would not, under any normal circumstances, buy logo'ed or themed clothing or tschatkes unless it was a gift for a child.

I do not dress up as a overweight Captain Kirk or plan to speak Vulcan anytime soon. I'm sorry, I actually have other, more important, things to do.

Therefore, the best the movie can do is get my one or two tickets -- or rental fee. If I really like the movie, I will buy a copy and add it to my collection.

Memo to Lucas and Spielberg...

You did what you did. It will be accepted, liked, loved or hated. It will be talked about. You are all wealthy and insulated from the daily grind -- so accept what is and don't lose any sleep over it.

And for the Frog reviewers...

Get over your bad little selves and stick to reviewing wine and cheese. Perhaps you can save someone from ingesting vinegar or poisoning themselves. Other than that, you are relatively worthless in my world.

Bottom line: I know what I like. So people like you have very little effect on people like me.  The true test is whether or not I will get up, spend $100 and go see a movie in a theatre or simply wait for the $2.5o video rental. Either way, I see the movie and am relatively happy.

According to the London Times Online...

Indiana Jones’s toughest task – facing the Cannes snake-pit

Dalya Alberge, Arts Correspondent

"He has survived rolling balls of rock and defeated armies of Nazis with little more than a bull whip and a wonky smile. Now he faces perhaps his greatest challenge."

"This weekend the latest adventures of Indiana Jones, one of Hollywood’s favourite creations, will be thrown into the temple of art-house cinema at Cannes, to face the judgment of a horde of fiercely cerebral critics."

"Stepping out of his hotel yesterday, Harrison Ford, who reprises the role of the adventurous archaeologist, looked lean and fit. His jaw was still firm despite his 65 years and he still appeared quite capable of clinging to a rotten rope bridge should it tumble into a ravine."

To me, Harrison Ford is some old guy wearing an earring and  going about his daily activities. The fact that he becomes Indiana Jones on the screen is the true test of his ability. And he has not failed me yet.

"Even as he strode into town, however, there were premonitions of danger. A review of the new film on the website Ain’t it Cool, said to have been written by an executive after a preview, compared it to the much-maligned Star Wars prequels and described it as 'the Indiana movie that you were dreading'. The writer added: “It’s definitely not a good ‘Indy’ movie.”

These are the insiders and fans who really dissect the movie, spot the obvious errors, and endlessly debate the nuances of the action, cinematography, the quality of the audio. Fine. It keeps them off the streets and busy within their own little world.

Like most studio executives, producers and actors, I do not know exactly what makes a movie a hit. I know the elements that are supposed to be present, the timing and all of the other technical folderol... but, at least for me, that is all suspended for about 120 minutes while I watch the movie as a diversion.

Good luck Indy...

No matter how it may turn out, I will still like the Indiana Jones movies, some more than others, but I don't think that any review would keep me from seeing for myself how Indy manages to, once again, escape harm -- all while displaying that wry sense of humor that the writers manage to impart in each adventure.

What can YOU do?

In the final analysis, only one opinion actually counts -- yours. Decide for yourself whether or not a movie is worthwhile.

If spending the money on a film bothers you, you should not be spending it! If it still bothers you, wait until the DVD release -- and see it at a friend's house (preferably on a large screen television).

Don't count other people's marbles unless you are in the game.

-- steve

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Reference Links:

Indiana Jones’s toughest task – facing the Cannes snake-pit - Times Online


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



SCHWARZENEGGER WITHOUT CLOTHES!

Like the proverbial "emperor with no clothes," California Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger is naked... totally without a clue to solving the State's $17-20 BILLION budgetary deficit.

Paper it over: the old Schwarzenegger prescription ...

In previous years, Schwarzenegger used borrowing from Wall Street and accounting legerdemain to "paper over" budget deficits. And, as a consequence, sorely needed money is being used for "debt service" on a variety of bonds and rapidly aging critical water and highway infrastructure is NOT being repaired, replaced or enhanced.

The Schwarzenweasel

The Schwarzenweasel's new plan...

Start with the platitudes ...

"Schwarzenegger likened the effects of California’s spending habits to 'sugar highs.' 'Then the sugar is gone, and we come down off our high,' he said. 'We spend it all one year and can’t sustain it the next. We need to budget more evenly.'”

"'As the deficit grew these past few months, I knew that we could not solve this crisis by cuts alone,' the governor said in presenting his proposals. 'We had to get creative.'"

" . . . We are trying to be in the middle with this budget," he said, acknowledging the risk of displeasing both sides of the aisle, but "I always find there's a middle way."

“We now have no way out,” the governor said, “except to face our budget demons.”

and then propose ...

Diversion of "windfall" gas taxes from its intended purpose of repairing the highways

"It would steer an $828-million windfall of gas tax revenue -- the result of soaring prices at the pump -- away from public transportation programs and into patching California's $15.2-billion budget gap.

or threaten...

"The centerpiece of Schwarzenegger's budget is a novel plan to ask voters for permission to borrow $15 billion from Wall Street against future earnings of the state lottery, and to temporarily raise the state portion of sales taxes -- now 6.25% -- by 1 percentage point if voters reject the proposal in November."

All of which ratifies the past outrageous legislative spending levels for the next budgetary cycle. Remember THIS IS OUR NEXT BUDGET that is being considered.

Channeling the late Johnny Carson's Carnac the Magnificent -- The answer is: road kill...

What do you call the thing that is straddling the yellow line of a a busy highway?

"That middle has long eluded California's self-described "post-partisan" governor on budget issues. The state's finances are in no better shape now than they were when Schwarzenegger came to office in 2003, promising to clean house. And there is little hope in Sacramento that much will happen this year to bring long-term balance to the state's books."

For those who do not understand the meaning of "post-partisan" ...

It means being a RINO (Republican In Name Only) and abandoning the fiscally conservative principles you originally ran on. It means nominating liberal democrats to positions of great authority while qualified Republicans are ignored. It means bowing and scraping to the democrats in power in order to fulfill your desire to be a "man of the people."

Same old, same old...

Los Angeles Business Journal (August 9, 2004 -- Howard Fine)...

"Schwarzenegger's budget: déjà vu: solutions to spending problems recall days before the recall"

"It may not be what Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger promised when he campaigned last year, but the $105 billion state budget signed into law has been described as much like the ones of his predecessor, Gray Davis."

"The budget borrows billions of dollars through a web of bonds, fund transfers and loans. It also has its share of risky assumptions, including revenue streams or savings that either might not materialize or could be challenged in court."

"Above all, the budget puts off making the tough decisions needed to bring state spending into line with revenue.

"Here are some answers to key questions: "How much borrowing is in the budget?"

"Lots. First, there's $11.3 billion from the $15 billion of deficit financing bonds that voters approved in March, which must be paid back from sales tax revenues taken from local governments.

"It also uses $1.2 billion in bond proceeds from recently approved compacts with five Indian tribes for gaming revenues that would repay transportation loans ahead of schedule."

"There's also a $925 million pension obligation bond that diverts money from current pension payouts and postpones those payouts into the future."

"Besides these direct borrowings, the budget relies on implicit borrowing: billions of dollars in "give-backs" from various interest groups that Schwarzenegger negotiated in return for guarantees against future takeaways. For example, cities and counties agreed to yield $2.6 billion over two years in property tax revenues, while the California Teachers Association agreed to give up $2 billion in funding mandated by Proposition 98."

"All told, the state Legislative Analyst's Office estimates there is roughly $17 billion in borrowing in the budget."

Five years and nothing has changed on Schwarzenegger's watch except more spending...

Schwarzenegger: A feel-good narcissistic movie star flying around the world, living the good life -- apparently funded by "special" foundations which refuse to identify their donors...

I like Arnold the movie star, I hate Schwarzenegger the politician. He is every bit as liberal as Teddy Kennedy; except without any of the political savvy or party loyalty.

The fix...

Return to Reagan conservatism. Consider Mike Villines,  Republican leader of the State Assembly, who correctly observed that “We have a spending problem in this state, not a revenue problem.”

Eliminate the waste, fraud and corruption. De-fund special interest projects which do nothing but win votes. (Sound walls on the freeway over earthquake retrofitting or road resurfacing comes to mind). Bring the unions under control and enforce common-sense work rules. Re-tool the state pension programs. Execute the list of budgetary reforms proposed by Tom McClintock. Deny funding to school systems that build BILLION dollar high schools or choose to not built 7+ high schools in favor of one $230 million high school pushed by a billionaire developer.

For those with short memories... Schwarzenegger threw the state's most educated budget expert, Tom McClintock under the bus by denying him last minute campaign support -- although they were running on a joint ticket. I guess Schwarzenegger did not want a "picky conservative" looking over his shoulder when he made all of those special interest deals or became a bigger campaign fundraiser than Gray Davis.

What can YOU do?

End Schwarzenegger's political career. Do not let him get away with papering over this budget. Demand tough leadership that cuts spending to match revenues. Remember, we are speaking of money that is "budgeted" and has not been spent.

Tell your elected officials that you want a solution without raising taxes or cutting vital services. We do not need arts commissions. We do not need to pander to the unions. We can reduce the size of the government. We can stop the waste, fraud and corruption.

Tell you elected officials that we need to fix today's economic problems before decimating our economy to solve a "global warming" problem that may not be real or make take a 10+ lifetimes  to manifest.

Remember: when Schwarzenegger speaks of securitization of lottery revenues, he is describing "derivatives." You know, those things created on Wall Street which have gotten us into this terrible fiscal crisis as they were "tweaked" for maximum profits. And now the Governator wants to repeat the process with lottery bonds. "Through securitization, we would sell the rights to a portion of the future revenue stream from the Lottery for cash upfront. This would be a very attractive deal for investors even if we did not modernize our Lottery."

Tell your elected officials that we must take care of California's legal citizens before we provide open-ended charity to the hordes of  poor and illiterate people crossing our borders.

Make them do their jobs or turn them out of office in favor of honest people who are willing to serve without plundering the citizen's pockets.

Do not vote for any candidate or current politician who is willing to subvert the safety, security, sovereignty and economic strength of the United States or limit an individual's right of self-defense for their personal philosophy, power, prestige or profits.

-- steve

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Happiness is nothing more than good health and a bad memory." -- Albert Schweitzer

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Reference Links:

New Schwarzenegger budget for California would divert gas taxes|Los Angeles Times


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



CALIFORNIA ATTEMPTING TO TAX ORGASMS & EJACULATIONS TO HELP PAY FOR CONSEQUENCES OF ILLEGAL ALIENS?

Fact:  California has a fiscal budgetary crisis, a $12 -$20 BILLION deficit brought on by the profligate spending of the California Legislature (and ratified by Governor Schwarzenegger) on special projects, many of which are used to support the infrastructure (healthcare, education and judicial) processing of illegal aliens.

  While democrat legislators have often been sexually compromised, they remain a raunchy group. However, nothing speaks louder than their far-left philosophy of taxing anything that seems like sin. Alcohol, tobacco ... and now "adult entertainment."

California Assemblyman Charles Calderon has introduced Assembly Bill AB 2914 which would impose a 25 percent tax on the "sale of, or the storage, use, or other consumption of, tangible personal property that is adult material.

What is covered... or should we say "uncovered?"

"Qualified tangible personal property" means any item, including, but not limited to, a book, magazine, periodical, film, videotape, digital image, or digitally or computer-manipulated image, that falls within the recordkeeping requirements of Section 2257 of Title 18 of the United States Code.

Presenting Charles Calderon... Supporter of Illegal Aliens...

"Governor Schwarzenegger has just signed into law AB 976 by Assemblymember Charles Calderon that will prohibit cities and counties in California from enacting any local ordinances that compels a landlord to inquire, compile, report, or disclose any information about the citizenship or immigration status of a tenant or prospective tenant."

"The bill also makes it illegal for any landlord under California state law to "Make any inquiry regarding or based on the immigration or citizenship status of a tenant, prospective tenant, occupant, or prospective occupant of residential rental property." California is the first in the nation to enact such a law." More

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Charles Calderon

Capitol Office:
State Capitol
P.O. Box 942849
Sacramento, CA 94249-0058
Tel: (916) 319-2058
Fax: (916) 319-2158

"In 1982, Calderon was first elected to the California State Assembly, where he served with distinction at the first Latino lawyer to the State Assembly. In 1990, he was elected to the State Senate where he became the first Latino Majority Leader. His years in the legislature are characterized by a commitment to community and the lessons he learned in public schools and as a prosecutor for the Los Angeles City Attorney’s Office."

Adult Entertainment may lead to negative consequences ...

SECTION 1. The Legislature finds and declares all of the following: (a) A substantial percentage of adult entertainment and adult entertainment merchandise is produced in California. (b) The in-state production of adult entertainment and adult entertainment merchandise has numerous negative secondary effects on the people of this state. Specifically, the production of adult entertainment and adult entertainment merchandise: (1) Increases crime at or near production locations. (2) Adversely impacts the mental health of, and leads to increased alcohol and substance abuse by, those involved in the production of adult entertainment and adult entertainment merchandise. (3) Increases the performers' chances of contracting a sexually transmitted disease. (4) Encourages unsafe sex by consumers. (5) Often encourages sexually aggressive behavior towards women. (6) Increases the medical costs of the participants in the production of adult entertainment and adult entertainment merchandise. (c) The Internet provides the children of this state with easy access to sexual content, which may negatively influence their developing attitudes toward sexuality and relationships. (d) Adult entertainment venues adversely impact the character of local neighborhoods by, among other things, reducing local property values, curtailing development, and engendering many types of criminal activities. (e) Adult entertainment venues endanger the health, safety, and welfare of citizens in their vicinity. (f) These findings are consistent with, and supported by, the findings of numerous municipalities. For example, when the City of Los Angeles conducted a comprehensive study of adult entertainment venues, it concluded that such establishments are associated with higher rates of prostitution, robbery, assault, and theft in surrounding communities. (g) These negative secondary effects, in turn, drain public resources dedicated to public social service programs, and place a significant strain on the courts of this state. (h) The taxes imposed by this measure are not intended as a prohibition of legally protected forms of expression. (i) The taxes imposed by this measure are intended to represent a balancing of competing interests. Specifically, these taxes are designed to balance the need to combat the negative secondary effects of the adult entertainment industry against the legally protected rights of adult entertainment producers and consumers. (j) The taxes imposed by this measure are not intended to allow or license any business, establishment, or activity that would otherwise be unlawful under the laws of this state or of the United States. (k) The taxes imposed by this measure are not intended to affect, or in any way limit, the ability of local governments to address the negative secondary effects of adult entertainment venues.

but illegal immigration is the root cause of the problem that is causing this additional taxation.

Just ask yourself, "How many of the statements above could apply to the effects of illegal immigration on California's crumbling healthcare, education, judicial, retirement and cultural/social infrastructure?"

California's deficit is more that a spending crisis, it is a question of the legislature upholding the State's laws and avoiding the creation of sanctuary cities.

What can YOU do?

Call Assemblymember Calderon and explain that California has a spending problem, not a revenue problem.

And while you are at it, ask the Assemblyman (respectfully, of course) about his support for illegal aliens who are breaking California's infrastructure and are becoming a threat to our State's health and welfare.

Demand accountability from your elected officials.

Demand legislation which requires any child born in the United States to assume the nationality of their parent -- as is the custom throughout the majority of the world.

Vote for comprehensive immigration reform which makes for long-term visitors, not citizens with rights and privileges not available to the average Californian.

Do not continue to elect far-left legislators who vote as if they were Mexican socialists supporting the wants and needs of Mexico over the necessities of Californians.

Do not vote for any candidate or current politician who is willing to subvert the safety, security, sovereignty and economic strength of the United States or limit an individual's right of self-defense for their personal philosophy, power, prestige or profits.

-- steve

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There is always some madness in love. But there is also always some reason in madness."          - -Friedrich Nietzsche

A reminder from OneCitizenSpeaking.com: a large improvement can result from a small change…

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Reference Links:

California AB 2914|California Assembly


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



Problems with actor/politicians...

Everywhere I turned... some media pundit was explaining how Alec Baldwin, after being interviewed on Sixty Minutes, was suddenly "political" material.

While he is an accomplished actor, he still remains, at least in my mind, the cold, heartless bastard that called his little girl "a rude thoughtless little pig" as to prove the point that everything was all about him. An Al Gore clone...distasteful as that image is for me.

"Acting is a funny business: you make a living being other people, and you move from saintly heroes to serial killers, which may sometimes lead to a certain uncertainty about who it really is occupying your skin." -- Morley Safer Introduction to Alec Baldwin Interview

But do I want an actor impacting my real life problems?

Morley Safer has highlighted the key question: who is really occupying the mind of the actor who may simply be pretending to be a politician.

Special interest ploy:  the people pulling the strings...

The four things needed for a successful political campaign are: money, a live malleable candidate, name recognition and a believable story. Therefore, the backroom crowd that stands to personally and professionally profit from political decisions are always looking for a promotable "candidate," especially one that can stay "on message" and be controlled in some manner. One explanation for the success of minority politicians who are seemingly being supported by the "backroom guys." Another "people pleasing diversion" while they continue to pick the people's pockets?

Actors fit the bill...

They have massive name recognition. And, in many cases, people often confuse the actor's personal behavior and abilities with the characters they play. The have the ability to deliver lines written by others, no matter their content, in a believably sincere manner -- even if they do not personally believe what they are saying. And, in many cases, they have made enough money to provide seed capital to fund a nascent campaign.

Most actors are dumb narcissists who act like spoiled children...

Anyone who has spent any time around actors will find that they are sometimes terribly insecure and that mostly everything is all about them, their feelings and their career.  If the traffic is bad, it's because they need to get somewhere important. If the picture bombed, it's because their agent picked the wrong script to recommend, the director sucked, the producer did not spend enough money on promotion -- never once believing that the story line and their miscast performance was not believable or credible to their audience. In the final analysis, it is all about "THEM!"

Constant attention is the problem...

Look around you, people fawn over celebrities, entire business models, such as celebrity magazines, exist solely to capitalize on the public's seeming unquenchable thirst for details surrounding the public and private lives of those whom the public apparently has elevated to the position of American royalty.

And, after a period of time, celebrities begin to believe that the laws do not apply to them. And, in a sense, it is often true as a police officer will let a celebrity slide after committing an act which would get an ordinary citizen thrown in the pokey. Money and privilege isolate them from the vagaries of everyday living. Even if they started as a struggling actor with no resources, it is either quickly forgotten or "amassing more" continues to be a prime motivator.

As more and more people accommodate them, they really begin to believe their own press. The thought that people actually want to hear what they have to say is unfiltered through the reality that they are being interviewed as a product to help sell media advertising or product.

Their appearances at charitable events for good causes does not prove they are good people, only that they are being used to attract a crowd of people willing to donate big money to "hob nob" with the wealthy or the famous.

In fact, one major charity selects their "person of the year" by first considering the potential "drawing power" of the person to be honored,  the ability of their studio or company to "underwrite" the evening's expenses, and the necessity of all of those people who contributed to the person's success, and by extension the studio's success, to contribute even more money as well as goods and services to be auctioned. It helps if the person has a record of personal concern for the charity, but this is not always a major requirement.

No consequences for their past egregious actions...

With celebrities, much of their past behavior is often forgiven by the public. Their drug offenses become "old news" and not worthy of comment. They are not held accountable for their actions. How anyone can romanticize a drunken brawl over skanky women remains beyond me. We mere mortals are formed by the sum total of our environment and our experiences -- a somewhat overlooked process when one considers a performer as a politician.

The key to understanding actors...

There is an old Hollywood riddle that perfectly sums up an actor's total existence.

Question:  When is a star not a star?

Answer  When there is a bigger star in the room!

which leads to their outrageous behavior...

From a meaningless piece of attention-grabbing stage business to the full-blown trashing of a hotel room, it is all about image and garnering attention which furthers the public's perception of an actor's persona.

Of course, this does not apply to the actions taken while the actor was almost incapacitated by alcohol or drugs, both which bode poorly for potential politicians.

A bigger truth...

Some have gone so far as to claim that politics is simply "show business for ugly people" and it is hard to prove them wrong. Where else can ordinary people be treated like celebrities? How is it possible for mediocre politicians to amass personal fortunes while only being employed to "do the people's business?"

And sometimes actors fail horribly...

One need only to look at the candidacy of Republican Fred Thompson who had both political credentials as well as a believable actor's persona. All to fall by the wayside due to his apparent lack of enthusiasm or energy (I would like to think as a  result of illness rather than laziness). Scripted, he was brilliant, believable and ballot-worthy. In  person, he was dull, listless and often seemed reluctant to mix it up with the common folks. A fizzle.

Ronald Reagan was the exception...

Before anyone points out, once again, that Ronald Reagan was an actor prior to becoming a politician, let me respond with: this is the exception that breaks the rule. Reagan was a committed conservative who actually listened to what others were saying, did his own political research and was unafraid to espouse views that were different from the liberal-left mainstream in Hollywood. For Reagan it was a political philosophy not self-worship and narcissism  that drove him and his political campaign.

Schwarzenegger is the reality...

What you saw:  An extremely wealthy, well-connected and apparently self-made mega-star who ran on a platform of fiscal responsibility and moderate social goals -- who loudly claimed that he would not pander to the special interests and that he was rich enough to avoid being bought by anyone. A man who was portrayed to have a Reagan-conservative political bent.

What you got: A RINO (Republican In Name Only) who turned out to be as liberal as Teddy Kennedy and fiscally conservative as Lyndon Johnson. A Governor who claimed that he "transcended" political party lines in favor of listening to the people, but in reality pandered to the liberal democrats and special interests whenever possible. Schwarzenegger is responsible for:

  • overlooking solid Republican choices for appointments to powerful positions and throwing his fiscally conservative running mate for Lieutenant Governor under the bus at the last minute by denying him the additional support that was needed to secure the election;
  • presiding over a deficit that ranges anywhere between $12 and $20 BILLION dollars due to the profligate and unchecked spending of the liberal democrat legislature;
  • proposing programs that threaten to bankrupt the State of California;
  • and benefiting from hidden legal foundation slush funds which continue to support the mega-star's lifestyle by picking up his jet travel and accommodations. All while keeping their lobbyist-donors a well-kept secret.

A political charlatan who is desperately trying to paper over the current deficit by selling California properties and the California Lottery in order to preserve his image for his next self-aggrandizing run for office -- possibly as a Senator.

It is bad enough that we need to consider politicians like Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama and John McCain ... adding actors to the mix is just plain crazy.

What can YOU do?

It should not take the acid splash of reality to make one realize that the "apparently"  principled politician that you help elect is doing nothing but creating heartburn as their well-meaning public policies and platitudes are regurgitated from the sour insides of an individual who is still struggling to understand why they aren't universally loved by their constituents.   

Remember to regard the crossover between reality and perception with a common-sense approach that realistically regards that the wonderfulness described in a campaign is illusory and not likely to become fact should a particular party or politician be elected. 

Actors, as well as politicians, are often accomplished liars: able to sincerely portray and image and a position which they cannot support for any length or time before falling into the habit of "winging it" on personal feelings and political polls. 

Do not vote for any candidate or current politician who is willing to subvert the safety, security, sovereignty and economic strength of the United States or limit an individual's right of self-defense for their personal philosophy, power, prestige or profits.

-- steve

A reminder from OneCitizenSpeaking.com: a large improvement can result from a small change…

The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane. -- Marcus Aurelius


“Nullius in verba.”-- take nobody's word for it!

“Beware of false knowledge; it is more dangerous than ignorance.”-- George Bernard Shaw

“Progressive, liberal, Socialist, Marxist, Democratic Socialist -- they are all COMMUNISTS.”

“The key to fighting the craziness of the progressives is to hold them responsible for their actions, not their intentions.” – OCS

"The object in life is not to be on the side of the majority, but to escape finding oneself in the ranks of the insane." -- Marcus Aurelius

“A people that elect corrupt politicians, imposters, thieves, and traitors are not victims... but accomplices” -- George Orwell

“Fere libenter homines id quod volunt credunt." (The people gladly believe what they wish to.) ~Julius Caesar

“Describing the problem is quite different from knowing the solution. Except in politics." ~ OCS



RELIGION OF PEACE AND TOLERANCE REACTS TO ONE MAN'S OPINION AS EXPRESSED ON FILM: ENTIRE MUSLIM WORLD MOVED BY ONE MAN!

Imagine, if you will, that one single man who is publicly expressing his free speech rights can move an entire world of intolerant, racists?

The power of the written, spoken and depicted word shall survive all religions, cultures and evil.

From CNSNews.com ...

Protests, Calls for Boycott As Muslims React to Critical Film

"An online documentary film critical of Islam continued to shake the Muslim world over the weekend, sparking street protests, attempted censorship, and calls for retaliatory boycotts."

How sad that the printed or spoken word could disrupt an entire world of tolerant, freedom-loving people? How sad that a film, which the majority of Muslims have never seen, could provoke such a reaction? Or is it that they are protesting and rioting because that's what their religious leaders are demanding they do?

If they stopped for a moment, would they  discover that they are not free to express their own opinions? That their every thought, word and deed is being conditioned by those religious leaders who have hijacked the religion to gain and maintain political power?

"As tens of thousands of chanting Pakistanis gathered in Karachi Sunday to protest Dutch lawmaker Geert Wilders' film linking the Koran with terrorism and extremism, the speaker of Iran's conservative-dominated parliament urged Muslims to sever economic ties with countries that blaspheme Islam, saying Western nations would quickly repent once they saw their economies endangered."

Threats from the religion of peace and tolerance?

Iran's Fars news agency reported that an Iranian non-governmental organization is preparing a response to Wilders' film in the shape of a documentary that will include clips of "crimes committed by extremist Christians" inspired by biblical passages.

In Iran, is there such a thing as a "non-governmental organization?" Do we get to riot and protest when we see their filmed response?

"In Indonesia, an association overseeing Internet service providers confirmed it was beginning to block access to some of the many Web sites where the film, entitled "Fitna," can be accessed, several days after the government asked the video-sharing site YouTube to remove it."

Ah yes, the evil Internet; bringing freedom of speech and tolerance for all viewpoints to the people. How dare they spread freedom among our slaves?

And in Saudi Arabia, the head of a bloc of 56 Islamic states stepped up calls for governments to enact and enforce laws criminalizing the abuse of free speech to attack religions.

Saudi Arabia? The spiritual home of the terrorists and those who support them? Had it not been for the Saudi oil reserves, they would have faced their just and overdue retribution for spreading intolerance and violence around the world.

Perhaps the next film should consist of nothing but the true, real-life antics of their young royals when traveling abroad? I wonder how they would spin that display of freedom to the enslaved masses back home?

Hypocrite threatens the free world?

"Speaking in Jeddah, Organization of the Islamic Conference (OIC) secretary-general Ekmeleddin Ihsanoglu said it was high time that the international community agreed that actions like Wilders' film and the publication of newspaper cartoons lampooning Islam's prophet posed a grave threat to global peace and security."

From who? The other religions of peace, tolerance and the acceptance of other points of view? Where are the other rioting religions?

"Unless the perpetrators of such acts of 'intolerance and racism' were made to face justice under national or international laws, they would be free to defy the will of the international community and undo progress in improving relations between religions, he said in a statement."

First, has he noticed that it is the Islamic states which have institutionalized "intolerance and racism?"

Second, does he even know what "justice" means without referring to the barbaric, intolerant and unyielding Sharia law?

Third, by "international community" does he mean the international community of intolerant dictators, thugs and corrupt religious leaders?

And fourth, "improving relations?" He must be joking. Islam recognizes no other religions as being valid, demands that unbelievers be converted or killed, and is intolerant of any viewpoint other than its own.

"A range of governments and international organizations have denounced the short film, which went online late last month.
The film, and the reappearance in Danish newspapers earlier this year of cartoons depicting Mohammed, have fueled campaigns in the Islamic world against what many are calling 'Islamophobia."

One man's Islamophobia is another man's "know your enemy!"

"At the United Nations, OIC nations and some non-Muslim allies are working on highlighting the 'defamation' of Islam while calling for restrictions on free speech when it comes to criticizing religion."

There you go again! Suppressing the people's inalienable rights to freedom of speech, freedom of religion -- how very tolerant of you?

"They also are pressing to have Islamophobia recognized as a contemporary form of racism, an issue that is expected to feature prominently at a global racism conference the U.N. is planning in the first half of next year."

The recognition of racism is a two-edged sword. Islam could be said to be racist -- and then what? How about having the virulent form of Islam recognized as a form of self-destructive insanity that urges its youth to kill themselves for the cause and become martyrs?

"The OIC, which has set up a special body to monitor Islamophobia, defines the phenomenon as an irrational fear or dislike of Islam, incorporating 'racial hatred, intolerance, prejudice, discrimination and stereotyping,' and says it has 'assumed alarming proportions' in recent years."

How about a real fear of terrorism and hooliganism which seems to be deeply rooted in sources emanating from Muslim countries by those of Islamic faith? How about monitoring Islamic terrorism and producing a world report?

"As far as Muslims are concerned, said the OIC in a recent report, the cause of this is a 'misconception and incorrect interpretation of Islam' and its values."

One must ask, which Muslims? The radicalized ones? The complicit ones? The scared ones? Or simply the ones that are trying to hide the fact that Islamo-terrorism, if continued, will bring down the might of the free world on an ancient, barbaric, closed and intolerant society?

Wilders' film shows images of major terror attacks perpetrated by Muslims during recent years and footage of radical Islamists inciting violence, interspersed with translations of selected verses from the Koran.

Has anyone said it is untrue? That the acts did not take place? That the depicted religious leaders did not say what they are shown saying? Where are the alternative explantions for the verses quoted -- expressed by a high religious leader in a predominantly Muslim country?

What can YOU do?

Be aware of a simple fact: that those who are the most racist and intolerant are always trying to protect their extreme views by claiming that they are the victims of racism and intolerance.

Those that need codified state protection from the ideas of others, have something to hide or to protect. In this case, they, the religious/political leaders, are protecting their right to enslave their populations and enjoy the spoils of such enslavement. The want to maintain their power? Can there be any other explanation of the irrational fear of another man's words?

-- steve

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Protests, Calls for Boycott As Muslims React to Critical Film -- 04/07/2008


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