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Scorsese Documentary About Bill Clinton Halted By Bill Clinton

January 23, 2015

Sounds like Clinton was a little worried about not being able to control the narrative.

The New York Times…

A Scorsese Documentary on Bill Clinton Is Stalled

Martin Scorsese has tackled the mob, the Dalai Lama and the real-life Wolf of Wall Street.

But he appears to have met his match in Bill Clinton.

Mr. Scorsese’s partly finished documentary about Mr. Clinton — which once seemed likely to be released as Hillary Rodham Clinton was navigating a presidential run — has stalled over disagreements about control, people briefed on the project said.

Though parts of the film were shot over the last two years as Mr. Clinton made a philanthropic visit to Africa and elsewhere, the project is now indefinitely shelved, partly because Mr. Clinton insisted on more control over the interview questions and final version than Mr. Scorsese was willing to give, those people said.

How Mr. Clinton’s daughter, Chelsea, who briefly worked as a special correspondent at NBC News, might figure in the film or on the production team was also an open question.

Asked about assertions that the project, which is backed by HBO, was stalled over differences about content and control and was now put aside, Matt McKenna, a spokesman for Mr. Clinton, in an email described them as “inaccurate,” without elaborating.

Is this really about Hillary?

John Hinderaker of Powerline goes there.

Will Bill Clinton’s Past Doom Hillary’s Future?

It certainly would if they were Republicans.

Reaction to Netanyahu Invitation Makes the Obama Administration Look Juvenile

January 23, 2015

As Ace has frequently noted, they don’t need any help with that.

I mean really, is this international politics or junior high?

The Times of Israel…

Netanyahu ‘spat in our face,’ White House officials said to say

he White House’s outrage over Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu’s plan to speak before Congress in March — a move he failed to coordinate with the administration — began to seep through the diplomatic cracks on Friday, with officials telling Haaretz the Israeli leader had “spat” in President Barack Obama’s face.

“We thought we’ve seen everything,” the newspaper quoted an unnamed senior US official as saying. “But Bibi managed to surprise even us.

“There are things you simply don’t do. He spat in our face publicly and that’s no way to behave. Netanyahu ought to remember that President Obama has a year and a half left to his presidency, and that there will be a price,” he said.

They might as well have said: We’re gonna get you after school.

Magazine Now Known For Fake Rape Stories Trashes American Sniper Film

January 22, 2015

As a former reader of Rolling Stone magazine, I can’t tell you how saddened I am by their continuing descent into well deserved obscurity.

Matt Taibbi, who left Rolling Stone until he was accused of being a hostile sexist, has written a new column about the film American Sniper.

Chris Kyle spent his life defending America. What has this man done?

‘American Sniper’ Is Almost Too Dumb to Criticize

I saw American Sniper last night, and hated it slightly less than I expected to. Like most Clint Eastwood movies – and I like Clint Eastwood movies for the most part – it’s a simple, well-lit little fairy tale with the nutritional value of a fortune cookie that serves up a neatly-arranged helping of cheers and tears for target audiences, and panics at the thought of embracing more than one or two ideas at any time.

It’s usually silly to get upset about the self-righteous way Hollywood moviemakers routinely turn serious subjects into baby food. Film-industry people angrily reject the notion that their movies have to be about anything (except things like “character” and “narrative” and “arc,” subjects they can talk about endlessly).

This is the same Hollywood culture that turned the horror and divisiveness of the Vietnam War era into a movie about a platitude-spewing doofus with leg braces who in the face of terrible moral choices eats chocolates and plays Ping-Pong. The message of Forrest Gump was that if you think about the hard stuff too much, you’ll either get AIDS or lose your legs. Meanwhile, the hero is the idiot who just shrugs and says “Whatever!” whenever his country asks him to do something crazy.

Forrest Gump pulled in over half a billion and won Best Picture. So what exactly should we have expected from American Sniper?

Not much. But even by the low low standards of this business, it still manages to sink to a new depth or two.

The thing is, the mere act of trying to make a typically Hollywoodian one-note fairy tale set in the middle of the insane moral morass that is/was the Iraq occupation is both dumber and more arrogant than anything George Bush or even Dick Cheney ever tried.

You know what else was dumb?

This…

And this…

Read the comments at Hot Air for clarity on this subject.

Obama Won’t Meet With Netanyahu But Found Time For YouTube Clown

January 22, 2015

The Obama administration’s disdain for Israel and Netanyahu is well documented. So when we’re told that he won’t meet with Netanyahu because the administration is afraid of influencing an upcoming election, you can draw your own conclusions.

When it was learned that House Speaker John Boehner invited Netanyahu to speak to congress, the Obama administration and liberal pearl clutchers in media reacted by saying Boehner’s invitation was a breach of protocol.

Obama goes around congress regularly, even rewriting Obamacare at his whim and no one says a thing.

Netanyahu is invited to speak to congress about national security issues and all of a sudden, everyone is quoting the rule book.

As a result, Obama and John Kerry have now said they won’t meet with Netanyahu when he’s here next month. Luckily, Obama did have time to meet with a YouTube video maker who eats Fruit Loops in the bathtub.

No, really…

Powerful New York Democrat Arrested for Taking Millions in Bribes

January 22, 2015

Democrats are all for getting “dark money” out of politics.

How about getting dirty Democrats out of politics?

New York Daily News reported…

N.Y. Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver accused of $4 million bribery and kickback scheme, Dems continue to support him

Assembly Speaker Sheldon Silver declared his innocence Thursday after facing bombshell federal corruption charges of soliciting $4 million in dirty money over the last 15 years.

“I am confident that after a full hearing and due process, I will be vindicated of these charges,” a relaxed Silver announced after his release on $200,000 bond following a Manhattan Federal Court hearing.

Silver, spied earlier taking an uncomfortable ride to the courthouse alongside an FBI agent, made his brief appearance after U.S. Attorney Preet Bhahara blasted him as the epitome of a corrupt politician.

“For many years, New Yorkers have asked the question, ‘How could Speaker Silver, one of the most powerful men in New York, earn millions of dollars in outside income without deeply compromising his ability to honestly serve his constituents?’” said Bharara.

“Today we provide the answer: He didn’t.”

Hope To See You Here Thursday Night

January 22, 2015

I’ve been crazy busy this week and haven’t had a chance to do much blogging here.

I hope you’ve been visiting all the great sites in the sidebar.

I’ll be back Thursday night.

See you then.

Have a great day!

Saints Don’t Bother With a Tear Stained Eye

January 17, 2015

I’ve shared this song here before but it was a long time ago.

It’s a song I need to hear at least once a year.

SON VOLT – TEAR STAINED EYE

Husband of Dem Senator Dianne Feinstein to Make 1 Billion Off Government Deal

January 17, 2015

Democrats love to talk about income inequality. You know why? They wrote the book on it.

I wonder how Dianne Feinstein’s husband got this sweet deal?

Senator’s husband stands to profit big from government deal

Ever wonder how lowly paid lawmakers leave office filthy rich?

Sen. Dianne Feinstein is showing how it’s done.

The US Postal Service plans to sell 56 buildings — so it can lease space more expensively — and the real estate company of the California senator’s husband, Richard Blum, is set to pocket about $1 billion in commissions.

Blum’s company, CBRE, was selected in March 2011 as the sole real estate agent on sales expected to fetch $19 billion. Most voters didn’t notice that Blum is a member of CBRE’s board and served as chairman from 2001 to 2014.
This feat of federal spousal support was ignored by the media after Feinstein’s office said the senator, whose wealth is pegged at $70 million, had nothing to do with the USPS decisions.

Elizabeth Warren is right when she says the game is rigged.

She just doesn’t mention that it’s her party that does all the rigging.

Boston’s Democrat Mayor Fires City Employee for Role in Route 93 Protest

January 17, 2015

There may be hope for Mayor Walsh, after all.

From the Boston Herald…

Marty Walsh sacks city worker for role in barrel sit-in, citing safety risk

Mayor Martin J. Walsh has fired a 25-year-old city youth worker after learning the Roxbury woman was among 11 protesters who chained themselves to 1,200-pound, concrete-filled barrels in Milton on Thursday, snarling morning rush-hour traffic and stalling at least two ambulances, the Herald has learned.

“As mayor, you have to make tough, difficult decisions. This is not a difficult decision,” Walsh said. “This was not based on the fact of this woman protesting. It was based on the fact of putting the public safety of other people at risk.”

Nelli Ruotsalainen, a part-time youth communication specialist for the Boston Centers for Youth and Families, was noncooperative and “pled the Fifth” at her City Hall hearing yesterday, after which a Labor Relations committee recommended she be terminated, according to city officials.

Walsh said he fully supports the right to demonstrate but these protesters crossed the line — and endangered and disrupted people’s lives. The mayor said he was particularly upset that the protesters jeopardized the life of an 83-year-old car crash victim whose ambulance had to be rerouted from Boston Medical Center to a Brockton hospital.

“You can’t put people in harm’s way like that,” he said.

Hat tip to Twitchy…

The Week in Review at College Insurrection

January 17, 2015

It was Free Lunch Week at College Insurrection.

Cross posted at Legal Insurrection…

Obama’s plan for free community college is going over as well as his wife’s school lunch program.

A new policy at Duke was changed with lightning speed this week.

Did you know some college students don’t want free speech?

Speaking of free speech…

The stars at night, are big and bright…

Confessions.

In BDS related news…

College life can be a riot sometimes.

There was plenty of sports news this week.

Fraternity updates.

Rape culture news.

Leftists rejoice.

Scandal central.

Wait, what?

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