Hollywood will not easily recover from Harvey Weinstein -- not for a long time. The hypocrisy level has hit Defcon 1, 9.9 on the Richter scale. Hollywood’s politics have always been a self-serving charade, a liberal masquerade for a rapacious and lubricious lifestyle. But now, thanks to the Weinstein scandal, we see it more clearly than ever. And it couldn´t be more repellent. (I had always thought Bill Clinton would have made the greatest studio executive of all time. Now I´m convinced of it.) If conservative investors had any courage, this would be the time to make a hostile takeover of the
Comments: Doubtless Weinstein is a pig, a tusker. But how many more are there? Can you imagine how many there were? Oldest game in the world, but played dirty.
FTA: Hollywood has become the new NFL. People will soon be turning it off.
That means that Hollywood´s value is declining, just as is happening to the NFL. Simon wishes, probably in vain, for conservatives with money to step up and start buying, and staffing, various organs of the media, and take back the initiative in the war for our sickened, even moribund, culture. Anyone with enough gold can buy influence and can have an effect on the way the public perceives the world, for good or ill. Why doesn´t a consortium of moral capitalists step forward and save the Free World? It can be done. Just takes steady willpower.
Hollywood destroyed itself when they went political and their horrible bombed out movies. I would like to use this forum to thank Harvey Weinsein for his efforts in helping to destroy Hollywood. I would like to mention Bill Cosby at this time too.
Weinstein certainly helped but he has a whole army of peers, producers, directors, writers and stupid liberal actors bringing hollywood down around their heads. Like the NFL, income is way down and the death rattle is imminent.
While the pressure mounted on Democratic harassers Representative John Conyers and Senator Al Franken to resign, more details broke on Thursday of the Congressional slush fund used to pay off such victims. ABC World News Tonight was the only network evening broadcast from the Big Three (ABC, CBS, and NBC) to report that the male victims of former New York Democratic Congressman Eric Massa were paid a settlement of nearly $100,000 combined. At the end of a report about the claims against Conyers and the mounting pressure from Party leadership for him to resign, ABC briefly (37 seconds) discussed the new
Some Twitter users have noticed that the great majority of celebrity predator unmaskings have happened since the election of Donald Trump. "Coincidence?" one asks. "I don´t think so." While few would claim that Trump deliberately unleashed the storm that has taken down so many prominent sexual predators the correlation is too strong to be ignored. Something has definitely occurred which has given super-powers even to marginal journalists they never had before. Karen Morrison noted the boldness with which tabloid sleuths were admiring their new muscles. (Snip) Ronan Farrow might be asking himself: did I do that? Like the Hulk, it might
Western culture and education today do an admirable job of teaching about the atrocities of fascism. Nazi Germany is reflexively understood as pure evil, and fascist regimes in Italy and Spain have also been damned. People understand the Holocaust to be history’s worst genocide. Broad awareness of fascism’s crimes serves as a bulwark against future threats to freedom. The twentieth century yielded another evil ideology, however, one that marked an anniversary this fall, with the centennial of the Bolshevik coup in Russia: Communism reigned in Russia for eight decades and spread to dozens of other nations in Europe, Asia, Africa, and
Rumor has it that Rex Tillerson will soon be out as Secretary of State, to be replaced by current CIA Director Mike Pompeo. The rumor holds that Senator Tom Cotton of Arkansas is slated to take Pompeo’s place as CIA Director. I am not sure why anyone would want to leave the Senate for the CIA; maybe Cotton is tired of having to defer to John McCain, Susan Collins et al. to get anything done. In any event, liberals have picked up on the report and have begun smearing Cotton on Twitter. We noticed today that a post that Scott did
The Senate Health, Education, Labor, and Pensions Committee held a hearing yesterday on President Trump’s nomination of Alex Azar to head the Department of Health and Human Services. Naturally, Azar received hostile questions from the likes of Elizabeth Warren and Patty Murray. In the hour or so that I watched, the nominee, a strong conservative, acquitted himself very well. During the time I watched, Al Franken questioned Azar (at the 2:43 mark of the video at this link). He looked terrible, a few years older than the last time I saw him (and why not?). Franken didn’t sound good, either. He
I am long overdue in delivering a World Wrestling Federation-style smack down on Damon Linker, one of my favorite liberal writers, for a column he wrote in The Week way back in August on “The Real Reason There Are So Few Conservatives on Campus.” The piece is still prompting discussion—a rare column with a long half-life—such as Warren Treadgold’s response in Commentary recently. Let’s take Damon’s second major claim in the piece first. Conservatives, he says, are less interested in breaking “new knowledge” that is the mode of operation for universities these days, even in the humanities. In other words, conservative
“YO!” to Hillary Rodham Clinton and her shrill mainstream media shills: We get it! Sexual harassment—systemically ignored for decades—has become an overnight media sensation ignited by the insatiable venom of an embittered Hillary Clinton and her loyalists. In their own words: “The abrupt firing of NBC “Today” co-host Matt Lauer announced Wednesday prompted cheers among Hillary Clinton’s loyalists who feel that he was extraordinarily mean to her — and soft on President Trump — during the 2016 presidential campaign.” (Washington Examiner, Nov. 29, 2017) Clinton’s never-ending mantra is: “ME!” “ME!” “ME!” even in the face of Matt Lauer, being “extraordinarily meaner”
TAMPA — The person in handcuffs on the news seemed unrecognizable to many of Howell Emanuel Donaldson III’s closest friends. He wore a white jumpsuit and was surrounded by stout police officers who looked relieved after catching the man they were sure was Tampa’s most notorious killer. Even the name seemed strange to friends. They all knew him as "Trai." The label was even harder to comprehend: serial killer. Donaldson had randomly gunned down four people in Seminole Heights, investigators said, leaving the neighborhood terrified for 51 days. He was quiet, cocky, easy-going, his friends remembered. Average. He always had a basketball in his
I know several clever people who think Garrison Keillor is funny. Many fell in love with his “A Prairie Home Companion” in the late 1970s and 1980s. Now he’s like Lawrence Welk for aging yuppies. They are devastated by yesterday’s news. Minnesota Public Radio announced it was terminating all contracts with Garrison Keillor and his media companies on account of sex harassment accusations. Gary Edward “Garrison” Keillor, 75, calls himself “an American author, storyteller, humorist, voice actor, and radio personality.” His long-running show featured Lake Wobegon, a Minnesota small town, “where all the women are strong, all the men are good-looking, and
Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) said today that he´s leaving Congress to "create a parallel structure so that we can win in 2020 and defeat Donald Trump." Gutierrez, the chairman of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Immigration Task Force who has served in office since 1993, pulled his re-election petition on Monday. Politico reported that the congressman is entertaining a presidential run. He told MSNBC this morning that he´s confident he has a successor in Jesus “Chuy” Garcia, a Cook County commissioner backed by Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.), and "number two, my island of Puerto Rico calls for me. My heart bleeds
Bette Midler stoked anticipation for her birthday via Twitter on Thursday by speaking out on her claim from more than 20 years ago that Geraldo Rivera groped her. On Wednesday, Rivera tweeted in support of former Today anchor Matt Lauer after he was accused of sexual misconduct, calling news a “flirty” business (comments Rivera has since apologized for). Following those tweets, reporter Yashar Ali resurfaced a clip of Midler speaking with Barbara Walters from decades ago. In it, she claimed Rivera and an unnamed producer assaulted her when she was set to do an interview with him in the ’70s. “This was
HONOLULU — Jim Nabors, the shy Alabaman whose down-home comedy made him a TV star as Gomer Pyle and whose surprisingly operatic voice kept him a favorite in Las Vegas and other showplaces, died Thursday. He was 87. Nabors, who underwent a liver transplant in 1994 after contracting hepatitis B, died peacefully at his home in Hawaii after his health had declined for the past year, said his husband, Stan Cadwallader, who was by his side. "Everybody knows he was a wonderful man. And that’s all we can say about him. He’s going to be dearly missed," Cadwallader said. The couple married in
The NFL’s sellout to their anthem-protesting players is starting to look a lot more like a buyout. According to ESPN, the league will offer nearly $100 million to causes designed to promote “social justice change.” In a move unlike anything seen from a major American sports league, the league will offer the money in hopes that it will end the ratings-killing protest movement begun by Colin Kaepernick in the preseason of 2016. According to ESPN: The NFL’s multifaceted offer earmarks at least $89 million over a seven-year period for both national and local projects, according to documents reviewed by ESPN. On the national
A homeless man whose undocumented immigration status intensified a national debate over the ethics of sanctuary laws was acquitted of murder and manslaughter charges Thursday in the shooting of Kate Steinle as she strolled with her father on Pier 14 to take in a view of San Francisco Bay. In returning its verdict on the sixth day of deliberations, the San Francisco Superior Court jury found Jose Ines Garcia Zarate guilty of a single lesser charge of being a felon in possession of a gun. He will be sentenced at a later date. Garcia Zarate, a 45-year-old Mexican citizen who was released
Sweet Jesus, Donald Trump doesn´t even understand the Bible´s most important story! At Thursday night´s annual Christmas tree lighting at the White House, the president recounted the birth of Jesus by saying it "begins 2,000 years ago with a mother, a father, their baby son." Their baby? Um, care to take a paternity test? As all devout Christians believe, Jesus is not the son of Joseph, but of God. Yes, the future savior was born in Bethlehem during the time of Herod to Mary, the wife of Joseph. [Snip] But he is not the father. He with a capital H
When Defense Attorney Matt Gonzalez and Public Defender Jeff Adachi chose to make the exoneration of their client Jose Ines Garcia Zarate in the death of Kate Steinle an opportunity to attack the president, vice president and attorney general, my immediate thought was these two young lawyers are fools. They should learn when to keep their mouths shut. But no matter -- because the real villains in the Kate Steinle story are the San Francisco politicians who made the rules that prevented ICE from removing the already five-time deported criminal Zarate from the country. These SF pols already had Kate´s
Thursday on MSNBC’s “Morning Joe,” host Joe Scarborough called on President Donald Trump’s cabinet to remove him from office using the 25th Amendment.Partial transcript as follows: SCARBOROUGH: The problem, Mika, is that we are not fine in this country. I said America will be strong. We will survive this. But right now, at this particular moment — and we will get to this in a moment with Richard Haas — we are headed towards a nuclear showdown, most insiders say, Richard has said it matches everything we’ve heard from inside the administration, we are closer to war on the Korean
The National Football League and player representatives came to an agreement on Wednesday evening, that the league would throw $89 million at so-called “social justice” issues. The money represents a desperate attempt by the league to put an end to the constant anti-American protests held during the playing of the national anthem. Though, the agreement does not include a condition that the anthem protests will end. The two parties have agreed in principle that the league will spend the $89 million over a seven-year period on causes dealing with “criminal justice reform, law enforcement/community relations and education,” ESPN reported. The
New reporting suggests that former national security adviser Michael Flynn will testify that Donald Trump as a candidate ordered him to make contact with Russian officials. ABC’s Brian Ross, the chief investigative correspondent, said that sources told him Flynn is prepared to testify against Trump and his family. “He has promised full cooperation to the Mueller team,” Ross said, referring to special prosecutor Robert Mueller. “He is prepared to testify, we have been told by a confidant, against President Trump, against others in the Trump family, and others in the White House.” “He is prepared to testify that President
Here’s something you don’t hear every day — but an inspector general who was actually appointed by Barack Obama told Tucker Carlson of Fox News that there was “strategic coordination” taking place among the State Department, Campaign Team Hillary Clinton, certain key legal minds and politicos on Capitol Hill, regarding the behind-scenes talk of The Emails. Yes, those emails — the ones that were marked classified and top secret and that were found on Clinton’s private and unsecured email system. Thud. That’s the sound of Democrats’ jaws dropping. From the mouth of former Inspector General Charles McCullough III, as reported by Mediaite: “I’m
The sexual harassment scandal surrounding Michigan Democrat Rep. John Conyers has shed light on another major scandal: Conyers’ deteriorating mental health, which is said to have been an open secret in Washington and Michigan political circles. That the 88-year-old Conyers, until recently a ranking member on the powerful House Judiciary Committee, is reportedly losing his mental health is emerging as common knowledge among political insiders at the same time that Democrats push Conyers toward resigning. Conyers is accused of serially sexually harassing his female staffers and demanding sexual favors from them, and Democrats have struggled to control the political blowback
Matt Lauer on Thursday apologized to those he has hurt after he was fired from NBC News in the wake of sexual misconduct allegations against him. "There are no words to express my sorrow and regret for the pain I have caused others by words and actions," Lauer said in a statement that was read on NBC´s "Today" show. "To the people I have hurt, I am truly sorry. As I am writing this, I realize the depth of the damage and disappointment I have left behind at home and at NBC." Lauer said in the statement that some of
Michael Flynn, who was fired as President Donald Trump’s national security adviser after revelations that he lied about his communications with Russia’s ambassador, is expected to plead guilty Friday morning to lying to federal agents about the contact. The charge against Flynn, 58, adds another prominent defendant to Special Counsel Robert Mueller’s investigation. Mueller has already secured indictments against former Trump campaign chairman Paul Manafort and his deputy, as well as a guilty plea from a junior foreign policy adviser. The single charge is outlined in a criminal information unsealed Friday in a
NFL players will pay tribute to the cause of their choice this weekend, through the league’s “My Cause, My Cleats” campaign. Most will wear cleats honoring organizations that fight cancer, or promote literacy. Others, will dedicate their footwear to messages far more personal. Colts LB Anthony Walker will wear a pair of cleats honoring Trayvon Martin, the Miami teenager killed in an altercation with neighborhood watchman George Zimmer in February of 2012: Anthony Walker Jr. ? @__AWalkJr Decided To Honor & Support #TrayvonMartinFoundation For Week 13 #MyCauseMyCleats .