This is according to fast food workers. Some of the stuff looks awful (unless you’re a cardiac surgeon). The full list is here.
She’s rich, she’s famous, and she’s a total, blithering idiot. And we’re doomed.
Paris Hilton mistakes Martin Luther King for Nelson Mandela pic.twitter.com/cqJKaibXXF
— Deleted Tweets (@DeIetedTweets) December 5, 2013
Nice tribute from the franchise’s YouTube page. Stories like this make it clear he really was one of the good ones.
If you have any doubt as to how much of a sports junkie Barack Obama is, check in with the entertainment moguls who attended a private briefing with the president Nov. 26 before his speech at Jeffrey Katzenberg’s DreamWorks Animation campus in Glendale.
At the end of the conversation — which touched on a myriad of topics, from piracy to Iran — Obama revealed what’s at the top of his bucket list post-White House: “At least I know what I want to do when I retire … host ESPN SportsCenter’s Top 10 list,” Obama quipped as he turned to Disney’s Robert Iger, whose empire includes ESPN.
The highlights countdown can feature everything from major sports to bull fighting to high school basketball. Other than having a good laugh, Iger apparently didn’t respond.
“Everyone had a good giggle,” says one person who attended.
A couple of years ago I might have giggled too. Now that we are living in a never ending headline from The Onion, and given the fact that the Hollywood types are among the few who are still fawning over The Idiot King, I worry that things like this may come true.
The Robertsons seem like the perfect family with the perfect life. Together they run a multi-million dollar business based on their own inventions. On their hit show Duck Dynasty, they do everything together right down to praying over their meals. They have their dream, they live in the best part of town, they hunt, they fish, they have beautiful wives and loving kids. Duck Dynasty is the highest rated cable show ever. Their Duck Commander products — everything from duck calls to tea glasses to clothing and even loofahs — are everywhere.
But things could have turned out so differently for them. Before the beards, Phil Robertson wasn’t always the faithful patriarch of a family empire. Once upon a time he was a foul, angry man on a bad path.
I have no idea if the allegations against Archie Comics CEO Nancy Silberkleit by her male co-workers are true or not. They are bizarre, reports the NY Daily News. Five male co-workers allege that she interrupts meetings shouting “Penis!” whenever they talk instead of using their names, among other nutty antics. As you can imagine, the men have a problem with this.
[H]er fellow CEO, Jonathan Goldwater, filed suit seeking her ouster her in 2011, charging she was unstable and threatening to run the company into the ground.
That case settled last year, with an agreement that Silberkleit would have limited interactions with the employees, and that a go-between would represent her interests with the company.
The dispute erupted again earlier this year, when the go-between Silberkleit selected, Samuel Levitin, filed papers in Westchester Surrogate’s Court charging that she’d become unhinged – and even wanted to tart up beloved characters Betty and Veronica. He said she needed to be removed altogether.
Silberkleit responded with claims Levitin had sexually harassed her – and demanded that he get the boot. That case is still pending.
Then in October came the $32.5 million suit by the Archie employees. They’re seeking a court order keeping her two miles away from the office, and say her “deliberate and disturbed campaign of outrageous conduct” has them so freaked out an armed guard’s been posted in the office.
Archie Comics is a family-owned business, she inherited the job, so she can’t just be voted out and dispatched. She has her lawyers arguing in court that the whole case should be thrown out, because of who her accusers are:
The co-CEO of Archie Comics’ says she couldn’t have discriminated against her underlings – because they’re white men.
In papers filed in Westchester Supreme Court, Nancy Silberkleit’s lawyer says a gender discrimination lawsuit filed against her earlier this year by a group of Archie Comics employees should be tossed in part because white guys aren’t members of “a protected class.”
Do you have to be a member of a “protected class” to be treated fairly under the law? Is that where we are now?
President Obama told major studio representatives assembled at DreamWorks today that Hollywood has made the world a better place even people know nothing else about the U.S.:
Believe it or not, entertainment is part of our American diplomacy. It’s part of what makes us exceptional; part of what makes us such a world power.
You can go anywhere on the planet and you’ll see a kid wearing a “Madagascar” T-shirt. You can say, “May the force be with you,” they know what you’re talking about. Hundreds of millions of people may never set foot in the United States, but thanks to you, they’ve experienced a small part of what makes our country special. They’ve learned something about our values.
We have shaped a world’s culture through you. The stories that we tell transmit values and ideals about tolerance and diversity and overcoming adversity, and creativity that are part of our DNA. And as a consequence of what you’ve done, you helped shape the world’s culture in a way that has made the world better.
They might not know the Gettysburg Address, but if they’re watching some old movie, maybe Guess Who’s Coming To Dinner or The Mary Tyler Moore Show or Will and Grace and Modern Family, they’ve had a front row seat to our march towards progress.
Obama did gently chide industry folks about gun violence on screen:
When it comes to issues like gun violence, we’ve got to make sure that we’re not glorifying it because the stories you tell shape our children’s outlook and their lives. Now, earlier this year, leaders from this town sat down with Vice President Biden to talk about what Hollywood could do to help keep our kids safe. This was in the wake of Sandy Hook. And those conversations need to continue. The stories we tell matter. And you tell stories more powerfully than anybody else on the earth.
But I want to make clear, even as we think long and hard about the messages we send, we should never waver from our commitment to the freedom that allows us to tell those stories so well. Protecting our First Amendment rights are vital to who we are and it’s also good business. Because in the global race for jobs and industries, the thing we do better than anybody else is creativity.
The Puffington Host is on the case. Because that’s what they do. They determine stories by their search engine optimization possibilities, run them through the “X is offensive because Y” macro, hit publish.
Katy Perry opened the American Music Awards on Sunday night dressed as a geisha while belting out her latest single “Unconditionally.”
Although the stage aesthetics and colorful attire were quite beautiful, Perry is being called racist for sexualizing a traditional Japanese female figure, who is paid to serve as a hostess and excels in the art of entertainment, reports The Huffington Post.
The opening act included cherry blossoms, a Shinto shrine and taiko drummers. Perry appeared on stage draped in a kimono along with several dozen dancers wearing the cultural garb. Shortly after her performance ended, though, the critics began sounding off.
Cosmopolitan.com led their coverage by asking ”Was Katy Perry’s AMAs performance racist?” but Vulture.com’s writer Jesse David Fox wasn’t so diplomatic in his approach. He compared her showing to other “racially tut-tutted” performances.
Whatever. The Grammys are among those boring awards show I only watch if I absolutely have to. There are approximately 3,720 better ways to spend one’s time than watching egos who mostly attack what I believe in stroke each other. In this case, I’m offended that people keep getting offended at everything. We’ve built cities and empires and come to this pinnacle of civilization, only to take offense at every single thing about it.
The only opinion I have about the actual show is that Katy Perry is the worst looking geisha in the history of geishas. I have some Japanese roots. This is awful.
I’ve seen better geishas on Halloween. I hope it’s not racist to say that Perry’s getup looks more like a clown costume than anything else.
Politico reports: Obama is set to speak on the economy at DreamWorks’s Los Angeles-area headquarters on Tuesday.
Which leads me to ask: Is Obama living his own fairytale today?
Consider this: We have a president created by the media and funded by Hollywood who is speaking at DreamWorks headquarters in La La Land.
He is expected to talk about how an economy, propped up by $85 billion a month of the Federal Reserve’s printed funny-money is improving and creating jobs. (Although Obama will most likely forget to mention the $85 billion monthly steroid injection.)
The fairytale actually begins with Politico’s headline:
White House Defends Obama Visit to Donor Katzenberg’s DreamWorks
DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg’s strong political support of President Obama had “no bearing” on the White House’s decision to schedule a presidential visit there, the White House said Monday.
“Contributing to the president’s campaign or being a political supporter of the president doesn’t guarantee you a presidential visit, but it shouldn’t exclude you from one either,” principal deputy press secretary Josh Earnest told reporters traveling from Seattle to San Francisco aboard Air Force One.
And like all good fairytales Politico concludes with a happy ending:
Katzenberg raised millions of dollars as a bundler for Obama’s 2012 campaign, and also gave $3 million to pro-Obama super PAC Priorities USA Action.
Obama’s speaking at DreamWorks today reminded me of a popular JibJab video from the 2008 presidential campaign starring Obama in fairyland. Five years later this video is no longer funny because we are living Obama’s prance through the Enchanted Forest. Most amazing of all, the Clinton’s are singing about how they will be back in four years.
Man Uses Playstation 4′s Cutting Edge Video Streaming to Expose His Wife to the Game-Playing Internet
Well, this didn’t take long. Also, this is why we can’t have nice things.
Over the weekend I went to America’s electronics showroom, aka Best Buy, to take a look at Playstation 4 and XBox One side by side. It turns out that you can’t do that yet. The PS4 was there but it wasn’t working. The XBox One wasn’t truly there at all. The Microsoft rep who was there, standing around a screen with a mock-up XBox encased in plastic below it, said weather was preventing deliveries of demo units.
We did chat about the console’s features and he did a great job selling the XBOne’s voice command. You can use that to control your entire TV system. Pretty cool. Then he said something that he though was amazing, but I found unsettling: If you have the Kinect on and hand the controller over to a family member or friend, the XBOne will automatically log you off and the other person on. It will use facial recognition technology and the Kinect’s camera to do this.
While a cool feature, where there’s an Internet connection and a live camera there’s the potential for serious mischief.
It doesn’t even take a black hat hacker to pull said mischief off. Or an Xbox One. Game Revolution reports that as soon as the similarly equipped PS4 hit the streets, a little over a week ago now, people started doing amazing and stupid things with it. Like, probably, destroying their lives and marriages.
Twitch TV lets PS4 players broadcast themselves playing video games. It also lets them, well, do this.
And then there’s Darckobra. He and his wife sat on a couch drinking, and drinking, and drinking. Eventually, the wife passed out. So the man did what any man deserving of divorce papers would do: he showed the internet some breast — and not his own. Yes, live on Twitch TV, via The Playroom on PS4, a man lifted up his unconscious wife’s shirt and exposed her breast. After 15 or 16 post-boob minutes, the channel went dark briefly; upon its return, the wife was completely naked, presumably stripped by the husband.
Twitch eventually banned Darckobra, but not before he — potentially — changed the whole landscape of this streaming situation. If things like this continue, and especially if they continue to be lumped in association with Sony, you better believe that features will be re-examined, modified, and possibly even removed. No company wants to be associated with this kind of thing, and measures will be taken to add distance.
This is different from the way OnLive handles game streaming. Users of that technology can broadcast their game play and voice, but not themselves. Skype allows players of games to broadcast themselves while playing.
So here’s the thing: If your kid gets on these live streaming game networks, there’s literally no telling what they may see. Or do.
Proceed at your own risk.
Great job everyone! The entries to our latest contest exceeded my extremely high expectations.
You all make it so difficult for the judges to pick one grand prize winner that they went with four.
Blackgriffin, a first time winner wrote this zinger:
“Ah, now I see it, right down there – what little remains of my credibility.”
HiPlanesDrifter entertained us with:
Little Boy Thought Bubble: ‘Even as a 1st grader, I don’t need a looking glass to see through all your lies.’
Formerly Steve Smith:
If you like your magnified self image, then you can keep your magnified self image.
The judges also selected “the people’s choice,” an entry from our Caption King Emeritus Cfbleachers who earned nine “likes” for this caption:
Here take this, Mister Obama. It helps to find clues and I heard you haven’t got one.
Here are the rest of the best:
Chris Henderson (our reigning Caption King) wrote:
The Private Eye Sector is doing fine.
Zip Code (a Caption King wanna-be) won with:
Do you boys and girls know what lessons you need to take to become the
President? (All in unison— GOLF!)
Obama Thought Bubble: ‘Maybe if I hold this thing right, I’ll win a Nobel Prize in Science to go with my other one.’
Little boy: “Hey you a dumb guy, Mr. President, that’s not gonna make today’s 5 new enrollees any bigger.”
Formally Steve Smith: (again)
Those 100 million Obama enrollees must be there somewhere.
From the people who brought you the Obamaphone ™ and ObamaCare ™: It’s the Obamafier! ™ Makes even the smallest approval ratings look GIGANTIC!!!
Here are two more from our first Caption King cfbleachers (who started the ultra-competitive nature of our contest a few years back.)
(from the little boy) Can I borrow a red crayon, I want to practice drawing lines.
Thought bubble of the little boy: “Is that your conscience?”
RockThisTown (another royal Caption King) gave us six winners:
“I’m giving each and every child here today one of these things – because it’s the only way your parents’ paychecks will be made bigger!”
“Look real close, kids & you can see how much the unemployment rate has come down.”
“My specialty is micro-economics, where I take huge amounts of money & reduce them to small amounts of money.”
“See kids, this thing helps you look onto other kids’ test papers – it’s how I got through college & law school!”
“This is great for counting all those zeros in $17 trillion!”
“Hey, you’re right! The rise of the oceans is beginning to slow, but I still can’t see where the earth is healing.”
(In case you forgot, this caption is based on an infamous Obama speech that he gave in June, 2008 after capturing the Democratic nomination. Now, I dare you to listen to this speech and still manage to keep your lunch down.)
Oops, will someone please bring me a towel?
So while I was busy cleaning up… I almost forgot to say, “See you all next time a photo is worthy of a PJ Media Photo Caption Contest.”
Until then, here is a classic Python skit to get you through these contentious times.
Apparently despite the fact that nearly everyone associated with Frank Capra’s Christmas classic It’s A Wonderful Life is dead, this is a thing.
The sequel, titled “It’s a Wonderful Life: The Rest of the Story,” is being financed by Allen J. Schwalb of Star Partners who will also produce along with Bob Farnsworth of Hummingbird. The duo are aiming to get the movie into theaters for the 2015 holiday season.
Karolyn Grimes, who played George Bailey’s daughter “Zuzu” in the original, will return for the “Wonderful Life” sequel as an angel who shows Bailey’s unlikeable grandson (also named George Bailey) how much better off the world would have been had he never been born.
That’s harsh. They could add to the insult by making him a writer at Media Matters.
The original It’s A Wonderful Life wasn’t a theatrical success at all. Hoover’s FBI weren’t fans. It flopped and was mostly forgotten until it slipped out of copyright and into public domain. TV stations started airing it because it was free programming. Then it became a classic, Ted Turner colorized it, and Marlo Thomas starred in a feminist re-take. But now the rights to do anything with it are messy.
I’m just not sure what a sequel can provide that the “lost ending” already hasn’t.
Right on cue. Oprah Winfrey is one of the richest women in America, but as President Obama finds himself drowning in his own disasters and dishonesty, Winfrey betrays America to a foreign media source.
“There’s a level of disrespect for the office that occurs,” Winfrey tells the BBC, “and occurs because in some cases, and maybe even many cases, because he’s African-American. There’s no question about that, and it’s the kind of thing that nobody ever says, but everybody’s thinking it.”
In the same interview, Winfrey also declared her desire for “old racists” to die.
“There are still generations of people, older people, who were born and bred and marinated in it, in that prejudice and racism, and they just have to die,” she said.
I long for an America that stops making people who hate it fabulously wealthy.
Miley Cyrus has made news again this week by being an awful human being who can’t really sing without autotune and only knows how to get attention the wrong way. The best thing the media and culture can do for Cyrus would be to stop reacting to everything she does to shock.
The second-best thing the media and culture can do is point out that someone close to Cyrus’ age doesn’t act like a ridiculous shock-bot at all.
Jennifer Lawrence was in London for the premiere of Catching Fire, the second Hunger Games film. Lawrence is gorgeous in a real person who can be interesting sort of way, she’s a very good actress, she is the star of the one of the biggest film series going and is one of the biggest movie stars on the planet. She’s won an Oscar and all that, for a completely different kind of performance than she delivers as Katniss Everdeen. And she can take a little ribbing with the best of ‘em.
So there megastar Jennifer Lawrence was, giving an interview on the red carpet, when she spotted a little girl crying nearby. Watch what the big movie star did.
She stepped away from the interview and hugged the stranger like they had been best friends for life. It’s a sweet moment.
The difference between Lawrence and Cyrus may come down to the fact that Lawrence was raised as a gun-toting tomboy in Kentucky, far away from Hollywood’s temptations and flattery, while Cyrus was raised by Disney and very much in the limelight of fame and stardom. It may be as simple as that.
“Traversable Achronal Retrograde Domains in Spacetime” is the name of a scientific paper written by physicists Dr. Ben Tippett and Dr. Dave Tsang. Yes, not only do they study black holes and Einstein’s theory of general relativity, but they deliberately named theorized spacetime bubbles TARDIS. We want to be their best friends.
Basically, the proposed real life TARDIS is a bubble of spacetime capable of moving backward and forward along a loop of time. If several of these loops could be spliced together, it would allow the TARDIS to travel between any point in space and time.
Of course, though the theory is sound, building such a thing would step outside of the bounds of normal matter. Presumably, that’s why the Gallifreyans had to grow them.
If you liked your plan, you can reminisce about it while I change the topic to gay rights.
— Razor (@hale_razor) November 4, 2013
My friend Sooper Mexican had a nice little riff on this theme going for a while tonight that ended up inspiring others.
Clinton didn't cheat on Hillary, he just mis-screwed the wrong woman. – @NYTimes
— MexyCare.Org (@SooperMexican) November 5, 2013
Obama isn't a socialist, he's just mis-communist. – @NYTimes
— MexyCare.Org (@SooperMexican) November 5, 2013
— MexyCare.Org (@SooperMexican) November 5, 2013
— Melissa Clouthier (@MelissaTweets) November 5, 2013
This is what happens when adults take over what was once a fun kids night.
A long-rumored blooper reel from Star Wars: A New Hope has turned up. The reel, which is silent for its first 48 seconds, features Han Solo chewing on his mic, Ben Kenobi nearly chewing on Chewy, and clumsy stormtroopers falling over themselves. Take a look.
Sailors off the Horn of Africa have actually found a use for Britney Spears songs:
Her hits are blasted out to deter kidnap attacks, merchant navy officer Rachel Owens revealed.
Spears’s chart-toppers Oops! I Did It Again and Baby One More Time have proved to be the most effective at keeping the bandits at bay.
Second Officer Owens, who works on supertankers off the east coast of Africa, said: ‘Her songs were chosen by the security team because they thought the pirates would hate them most.
‘These guys can’t stand Western culture or music, making Britney’s hits perfect.’
…Ms Owens, who regularly guides huge tankers through the waters, said the ship’s speakers can be aimed solely at the pirates so as not to disturb the crew.
‘It’s so effective the ship’s security rarely needs to resort to firing guns,’ said the 34-year-old, from Gartmore, near Aberfoyle, Stirling.
‘As soon as the pirates get a blast of Britney, they move on as quickly as they can.’
Steven Jones, of the Security Association for the Maritime Industry, said: ‘Pirates will go to any lengths to avoid or try to overcome the music.’
He added: I’d imagine using Justin Bieber would be against the Geneva Convention.’
Somali Pirates, by the way, is the name of a punk band in San Diego — but Britney is surely greater torture on the ears of would-be hijackers.
Tada! We’re a screwed up country.
It’s a well-chronicled fact that people tend to gravitate to sexy Halloween costumes, but sexy Halloween costumes for babies? In our pre-Halloween infographic, we’ve coupled trending Halloween costume search terms (both popular and strange) from our sister site Bizrate.com and a survey of 7,315 online shoppers.
We found some interesting things, namely that someone out there wants to be Slutty Bacon for Halloween. (True story!) We also found plenty of evidence that the senior population hates Halloween, while Generation Y embraces it. And what’s even better for retailers? Most people will at least spend a little bit of money on the holiday.
“Slutty Bacon”? I subscribe to the theory that “bacon makes everything better,” but still…
Tada’s artists managed to depict what “Slutty Bacon” might look like. It turns out that bacon really doesn’t make sluttiness better.
Get more coupon data at Tada.
Here is another in a long series of YouTube spoofs adapted from the acclaimed 2004 movie Downfall about Hitler’s last days in his WWII bunker. Watch as Hitler reacts to the Obamacare rollout and stay to the end because the last line is a prediction worth noting.
(h/t Kudlow Report producer Jake Novak, who tweeted this earlier)
Making useful, easy-to-use information available online is a priority for this Administration. And putting power back into the hands of Americans is a primary focus for the President. HealthCare.gov accomplishes both. So, take a moment and check it out.
I’m probably going to create a stealth email account to email this to every Democrat I know.
Because I’m a people person or something.
Most Saturday mornings you can find me checking headlines on my laptop while English Premiere League soccer is up live on my TV. Moments like this one from Saturday’s matches are why soccer fans watch the games. They’re what the sport is all about.
Arsenal are north London’s biggest soccer team (Spurs fans, you know it’s true). The Gunners currently lead the league, and Saturday they were at home facing Norwich, who are currently near the bottom of the league. Arsenal are playing lights out lately and expected the win, but no one expected the Gunners to score their first in quite the way that they did.
It happened in the 18th minute. With the match still scoreless but Arsenal dominating possession and forcing their will on Norwich, Arsenal midfielder Jack Wilshere picked up the ball in the Gunners’ end and started to charge forward. He passed left to defender Kieran Gibbs, who passed forward to midfielder Santi Cazorla.
Cazorla, just returning from injury for his first match in several weeks, was showing a few signs of rust early in the game. But not at this moment. He held up the ball while Wilshere continued his run forward toward the Norwich goal. What follows is telepathic team play.
Cazorla’s move starts at the :05 mark of the video. He has the ball, and that’s Wilshere in red facing the Norwich #27 in yellow. Cazorla passes to Wilshere, who passes back to Cazorla, who one-touch passes to Arsenal striker Olivier Giroud, standing side-facing the goal at the top of the Norwich penalty area. Giroud flicks back to Wilshere, who heel flicks back to Giroud as he continues to charge forward through the Norwich defense. Giroud turns around and one-touch flicks the ball forward into Wilshere’s path. All Wilshere has left to do at that point is slide the ball past the keeper into the net, 1-0. Those six pinpoint moves spanned about :03 on the clock. Play the video a few times and you’ll see 21-year-old Wilshere’s unbelievable heel flick as he charges at pace right through the defense. A lifetime of work on the training ground won’t leave most of us anywhere near capable of pulling that off.
The stunning goal silenced the stadium. Norwich’s defenders and goalkeeper could do nothing about it. Arsenal midfielder Mesut Özil, who scored two on the day and is regarded as one of the best playmakers in world soccer, said his teammates’ “Playstation” goal was “unbelievable.”
The Gunners weren’t finished. Arsenal went on to score three more, including this solo masterpiece by midfielder Aaron Ramsey that sealed the win.
Is Russian President Putin the dart player in this video that is starting to go viral around the world?
Is he playing shirtless and showing off his biceps? (His usual attire while engaging in sports.)
Dragon Day, a tense thriller set to release November 1st, depicts a Chinese takeover of the U.S. after our government defaults on its debt. Unlike other films of this genre, Dragon Day is uncomfortably realistic, and given what is happening today in Washington, DC it seems almost prophetic.
The story begins with Ex-NSA engineer Duke Evans, who has lost his job due to the continuing financial crisis. Forced to foreclose on his home, he resettles his family (wife, daughter and sister) in a mountain cabin inherited from his recently deceased grandfather. They have barely gotten in the door when things start happening. Lights go out, the TV goes blank and a huge airliner swoops by at treetop level, erupting in a fireball on the next mountain.
The Chinese have launched a cyber attack. A secret computer virus embedded in Chinese manufactured computer chips has allowed the Chinese military to turn them off remotely. America’s entire computer-based infrastructure comes screeching to a halt: power goes off, lights go out, autos and trucks stall, trains go off the rails and planes fall out of the sky.
TV service is temporarily restored, and the President appears, announcing what has happened, the screen then goes blank, followed shortly by an eerie red flag image and a message welcoming those who swear allegiance to the Peoples Republic. At the same time, everyone’s cell phone starts ringing, and the same graphic appears on them all.
Evans quickly realizes what has happened. He was the NSA engineer in charge of a secret government cyber warfare program he now sees was compromised. He thought he was doing this for his country, but it turns out that many in government have been secretly working for the other side all along. His idea was hijacked by the communists.
He destroys all the family’s cell phones and anything else that can lead the enemy to his hideaway. The country quickly reverts to pre-industrial conditions, and the movie offers a fairly realistic window into what would actually happen in such a situation. Stores are ransacked. People begin to starve and die of thirst. Roving bands of thugs begin robbing and murdering.
Anarchy rules. But you are offered escape. If you willingly attach a “Citizen’s Freedom Band”, presumably you will be spared further anguish. Urgently needed food and water are just around the corner, so you think. But instead it proves to be a high tech dog collar which will kill you if you move out of your assigned zone. Surprisingly, the local sheriff’s office has a large supply of these, obviously obtained before the attack occurred.
Unlike Red Dawn and similar fare, there are no absurd heroics, or unrealistic depictions of the town forming a militia to fight off the Chinese hoards. Watching Communist thugs getting blown away by vengeful high school kids in Red Dawn is entertainment, nothing more. A genuine takeover would not go well for such resistors.
Dragon Day portrays more of the things that would really happen: friends, neighbors and authorities – even the U.S. military, I am afraid to say – likely turning against you. At least the military would now that Obama has purged patriotic leaders. There is no ability to communicate or travel, and food and water are almost nonexistent. Many people do what average citizens would do facing starvation and uncertainty, they put on the bracelets. It becomes obvious that many within government at all levels have conspired with the enemy, but it also becomes obvious that for most, their treason will not pay off.
While some might dismiss the possibility of a system-wide cyber attack like this, according to Defense Tech, an American-designed, Chinese-made microchip used in defense applications was recently discovered to have a virus hardwired into it. The article states:
Basically, Chinese cyber spies can use the chip’s built-in malware to decipher military passcodes and gain remote access to the chip and reprogram it to do their bidding; ‘permitting a new and disturbing possibility of a large-scale Stuxnet-type attack via a network or the Internet on the silicon itself,’…
This discovery has led experts to worry that all Chinese manufactured chips may have similar vulnerabilities.
Furthermore, the events depicted in the movie are almost indistinguishable from what would happen following an Electro-Magnetic Pulse (EMP) attack. EMP is the result of either an unusually large solar storm or high altitude detonation of an atomic bomb. It roasts electrical circuitry. As in the movie, aircraft would fall from the sky, transportation would cease, and energy, food and water supplies would vanish. Iran has conducted missile tests believed to be test runs for EMP attacks.
Meanwhile, in the real world, China, by far the largest single owner of U.S. Treasury debt, has been abandoning Treasury bonds to invest directly in U.S. land, buildings and businesses. Recently, China entered an agreement with the European Union to swap currencies, forgoing purchases of U.S. dollars – the world’s reserve currency – to finance transactions. Both of these activities are a consequence of the risk associated with astronomical U.S. debt, almost doubled since President Obama took office. On October 11, China called for the world to be “de-Americanized,” its leaders ridiculing Washington over the shutdown impasse.
Dragon Day Director Jeffrey Travis says, “When I would pitch the film to people, I could rarely finish the logline before the reaction was ‘Oh my God, that’s really going to happen’. Our joke was we had to finish the film before it became a documentary.” Given where we are today, that may not be so funny.
There are some gimmicks the tech-savvy viewers will enjoy. Evans’ mountain neighbor Albert, a good friend of his deceased grandfather, brings over an old short wave radio, but the battery is dead. If Evans can just reach his old NSA boss, he knows he can get help. He rigs up a potato battery to run the radio. Don’t laugh; they work! The only thing that bothered me was where the heck did he get all those potatoes?
It also bothered me that they didn’t appear to be using the apparently plentiful potatoes as a source of food or water when these ran short. They could have, and did give a few potatoes to two kids who came to the door begging.
But this was a small detail. The movie was fast moving and kept me on the edge of my seat. I appreciated the realism. This movie showed a family doing its best to innovate and survive in a chaotic situation – very believable.
I don’t want to spoil the rest of it for you so I’ll just leave it there. This is a low budget Indie film made with less than $400,000. They did an amazing job with what they had. While it won’t earn academy awards, the acting is convincing, the camera work is good, and the entire storyline, right down to the way different people might react in such a situation, really rings true. Read about the cast and crew here. If you would like to see a realistic survivalist, end-of-the-world-as-we-know-it type film, Dragon Day will not disappoint. See it in theaters November 1st. You can also get it on DVD, Blu-ray or USB wristband. They even have a “Government Shutdown” special.
The 2014 World Cup qualifiers ended in insanely dramatic fashion Tuesday night. The US Men’s National Team, cruising to qualification, trailed in its final match to Panama last night, 2-1. If Panama won, it would pass Mexico and stay alive for a playoff against New Zealand. Mexico would have been eliminated. Soccer is a much bigger deal in Mexico than it is here in the US; missing out on the World Cup would have been a national disgrace and disaster. Because the US had already won its qualification group, it fielded a reserve team for the Panama match and could easily have lost to a Panama side that had everything to gain. The US team could have just laid an egg and ensured that its bitterest soccer rival was knocked out.
The US trailed Panama 2-1 all the way into stoppage time before rattling in two goals just before the whistle. The USA wins, 3-2, eliminating Panama and allowing Mexico to sneak into that playoff with New Zealand. All of this happened in the span of a few minutes, as Mexico was losing to Costa Rica at the same time the US shocked Panama.
So, the US and its reserve team saved Mexico’s World Cup hopes. There’s just no other way to describe it. If not for a heroic American effort at the end of the match, Mexico could only get to the World Cup in Brazil by buying tickets to watch from the stands.
The TV announcer for the Mexico loss went off on a rant that has now been translated.
It is because of the USA that we are being placed in the playoff …BECAUSE OF THEM , NOT DUE TO YOU..NOT ANY OF YOU in the green shirts ….IT WAS THEM!!.NOT YOU!..THEY DID IT!!!!!NOT YOU! remember this forever….. KEEP THIS CLEARLY IN MIND FOR THE REST OF YOUR LIVES! You do NOTHING for the shirt, you do NOT put the effort, you have NOT placed us in the playoffs , you HAVE NOT placed us in the WORLD CUP ..YOU WOULD NOT HAVE KEPT US ALIVE….IT WAS ESTADOS UNIDOS, NOT YOU! NOT YOU AND YOUR ARROGANCE/CONCEIT…..NOT YOU AND YOUR INFAMY….NOT YOU AND YOUR MORONS/PUNKS….
“IT IS A FAILURE…..and UNDESERVED -to go through to the playoff- WE HAD NO ARGUMENTS to earn the playoffs, THE USA, WITH SUBS , WITH MANY SUBS as the visiting team shows us once again what the USA is all about ….how to play the game with dignity, how to approach the sport..MExico is a horror, just terrible….A FAILURE….
THE USA HAS SURPASSED US ..They are better than Mexico in SOCCER ….THEY EVEN HAVE THE LUXURY OF PLAYING THEIR SUBS and KEEPING US LIVE…. I hope our coach wears the pants and resigns..He has failed as coach….”
There’s nothing in that to argue with. Mexico has played miserably and barely scored. The US has soared.
Mexican newspapers have followed suit, praising America for saving the Mexican team from humiliation.
The official US Soccer Twitter feed got cheeky.
— U.S. Soccer (@ussoccer) October 16, 2013
Here’s to hoping Mexico’s more unsporting fans remember this the next time they’re tempted to throw disgusting things reminiscent of a Wendy Davis filibuster at US players, or think about chanting “Osama” from the stands.
But the pessimist in me says that Mexico will now brush New Zealand aside and end up eliminating the US from Brazil in the knockout stages. There’s just no thanks for being a Yank in this world.
Blood-Soaked Mayor Bloomberg Announces Homelessness No Longer A Problem In New York City
MSNBC’s Phil Griffin was so stunned by Megyn Kelly’s primetime surge — a 100% ratings jump from her debut to her second night — that he called for an investigation.
For what it’s worth, his network dismisses real investigations, such as congressional probes into IRS abuse, Benghazi and Fast and Furious.
Neilson investigated Kelly’s ratings.
Nielsen has conducted an investigation into the ratings for Megyn Kelly’s new Fox News Channel show, “The Kelly File,” following grousing by MSNBC chief Phil Griffin.
The investigation has revealed that the numbers for Kelly are accurate.
Megyn Kelly is a more powerful ratings draw than Rachel Maddow. Who knew? I mean, who didn’t know? This one is about as obvious as things get.
The Recording Industry Association of America is lining up their high-priced lobbyists, congressional allies and the outside groups that have benefited from their generous contributions for a major offensive to require AM and FM broadcast stations to to pay royalty fees for the music they play on the air. Congressman Mel Watt (D-NC) has introduced legislation that would not only require broadcasters to pay royalties for airplay, but his bill gives government sanctioned power to the recording industry to collude, set prices and functionally prohibit individual labels from negotiating independently. This effort will overturn a century-old understanding that songs played on broadcast radio are a form of free promotion and advertising that benefits the artists as much as the radio stations. This money grab should be defeated.
There is little debate that much of the recording industry’s profits derive from music played on broadcast radio. Whether it be songs by new artists being played for the first time to the general public, or songs that have been played tens of thousands of times sustaining the careers of older performers, broadcast radio is the most effective medium for artists to promote their material. Music played on the air leads to CD and iTunes sales that are parlayed into ringtones purchases and profit-making concert tours. Every week, broadcast radio reaches 243 million Americans. Air play to these consumers determines whether a song is a bust or the next “Blurred Lines.” A song played on the radio is the equivalent of a paid commercial played on the same station — except the artist gets to run their ad for free.
The radio broadcast model has made record companies and their executives billions of dollars. But the advent of iTunes and Internet radio stations like Pandora has revenue in decline. Record companies can no longer force the public to pay $16 dollars for a whole album just to hear a song they like. So rather than evolve, corporate executives have turned to the government to create them a new revenue stream. They want the publicity benefits of air-play while forcing the radio stations to pay for the privilege of promoting their songs.
Corporate executives and their lobbyists are coming to Congress to argue that playing their songs on broadcast radio without compensation is a violation of their property rights. This is an argument specifically crafted to sound appealing to conservatives, but it shouldn’t.
We have yet to hear one musician demand that radio stations stop playing their music. In 2009, during consideration of legislation similar to the Watt bill, Senator Cornyn (R-TX) offered an amendment to create a “do not play” list and allow any artist to opt out of having their music played on air. Instead of a new fee on radio, the amendment gave any copyright owner the ability to simply withhold their music from broadcast radio airplay. This amendment failed of course, because this debate isn’t really about property rights. Its about propping up an outdated business model.
There is a better solution than a government mandated royalty fee — using the power of the free market to negotiate comprehensive licensing agreements that recognize and encompass the multi-platform nature of the music industry today. If left alone, the industry is already evolving towards this market based solution. Recently, Clear Channel Communications and Warner Music group signed a deal that pays Warner artists royalties for airplay in exchange for a restructuring of the stratospheric royalty rates set by the government for streaming music. The Clear Channel/Warner deal is a classic win-win deal produced in the free market with all parties are allowed to negotiate openly and fairly. Unlike legislation that props up one industry at the expense of the other through a one size fits all government mandate, these private market agreements balance the interests of both sides. Congress should favor private market solutions over government mandates that bail out one industry at the expense of another.
This is a film with a powerful Christian message you can share with your teenagers without them thinking you’re square. Okay maybe they think you’re square anyway, but they’ll still appreciate the film. It is a little bit mushy in parts, but hey, it’s a love story. As writer and producer Galley Molina says, it’s a story of “surrender, redemption and second chances.” Inspired by Molina’s own life experiences, I’m In Love with a Church Girl tells the story of a man trying to break away from his past life as a drug dealer after doing time in prison.
Miles Montego, played by hip-hop star Jeff “Ja Rule” Atkins, is now a successful show promoter. But has he really left that old life behind? He still hangs out at his old haunts with his “boys,” Martin, (played by Christian rap star, T-Bone), “T” (played by Tobymac), and their gang. Trailing Montego are a DEA surveillance team, (Stephen Baldwin and Michael Madsen) gathering evidence to arrest them in a major drug bust.
Stopped at an intersection in the middle of town, Miles spies Vanessa Leon (played by Adrienne Bailon) driving by in the opposite direction in a silver convertible. Smitten, he turns his car around and speeds off after her, only to be stopped by the police. Later he coincidentally meets her at a pool party put on by a mutual friend, Nick, (well-known star of The Sopranos, Vincent Pastore). Thus begins their stormy romance, where Miles is inspired to learn about God through his love for Vanessa, and Vanessa learns, to her consternation, about Miles’ past life.
Church Girl Producer Galley Molina is CEO of Reverence Gospel Media (RGM). The movie closely parallels his life. In the movie, however, Miles finds the church girl and God after leaving jail. In real life, Molina found the church girl (to whom he is now married) and God first.
Then he went to jail.
“They think that once you become saved your life is just peaches and cream,” said Molina. “For me, the storm of my life happened after. I gave my life to Christ and then I was indicted, I went to bed on top of the world and I woke up with the world on top of me.”
Molina began writing Church Girl while in prison. In the movie he plays himself as the pastor of Vanessa’s church. On Miles’ first visit to the church, he sees Galley drive up in a gleaming white Lamborghini, decked out in white shirt and slacks, wearing a white cap. When Galley walks out on the stage to give the sermon, Miles is shocked to realize he is the pastor. It is an understatement to say that Galley does not look like your average pastor. After the service, they have a humorous but meaningful exchange:
Miles (skeptical): “So, you’re really like a pastor, huh? I mean like, a real pastor?”
Galley (amused): “As opposed to, like, an imaginary, cartoon pastor?”
Miles (skeptical): “Nah, that’s not what I meant. I mean, you don’t even look like a pastor.”
Galley (amused): “So, what’s a real pastor supposed to look like, Miles?”
Miles (skeptical): “I don’t know, I mean, look at you, man… your clothes, your jewelry…
Galley (amused): “You’re kinda decked out yourself, Miles.”
Miles (accusing): “Yeah, but, I don’t drive no Lambo pastor.”
Galley (amused): “Lambo huh? I recall pulling into the parking lot and seeing a four-door black Bentley that I ain’t never seen here before, and I’m assuming that’s yours, man.”
Miles (skeptical): “Yeah, but I ain’t no pastor.”
Galley (serious): “True that, but last time I read the Bible, it said nothing about style being a sin… Kinda goes back to that old saying about ‘you cannot judge a book by its cover,’ you heard?”
Miles (accepting): “Yeah I dig. So what made you want to be a pastor anyway?”
Galley (persuasive): “Well, God had a calling in my life, Miles. And as much as I tried to avoid that call, I couldn’t avoid it anymore. And here I am… He’s got a calling in your life too… in everybody’s life. But you gotta answer the phone when he calls, you dig?”
The narrative is authentic and the actors are comfortable with it. It sounds real because it is real for them. The dialog comes right from the streets where they grew up, and Ja Rule, Molina, Bailon and the others give compelling performances. Moreover, in writing the script, Molina managed to pull off authentic street dialog without any character uttering a single expletive – an accomplishment in and of itself.
I won’t tell you the rest of the story. You will have to watch the movie yourself to find out what happens.
In a genuinely ironic case of life imitating art, Atkins went to jail immediately following the movie’s filming in 2011 to serve a two year prison sentence on weapons and tax evasion charges. Though he had dabbled in religion, unlike many of the film’s participants, Ja Rule was not a Christian. At the time, Molina said, “Ja Rule has been ministered to. He’s a dear friend… We’ve been praying for him a lot. He’s been open; he’s been so [receptive] to the word.”
Now out again, Atkins says it changed him. “It’s been real crazy. Real reflective. You go through something like that…it changes you a little bit… You get a chance to really to be at one with yourself. A lot of late nights, by myself… So, you know, I’m really in a good head space. I really want to just do what I’m doing and not focus on nothing negative at all… Right now I’m on my God flow, you know what I mean? I got Job 1:21 tattooed on my chest.”
The soundtrack was produced by 5-time Grammy Award winner and Christian music legend Israel Houghton, who wrote and performed original songs for the movie, including Providence, Sunday Kind of Love, Better, Worthy of All Praise and I Surrender. T-Bone also performed in a number of pieces, including, Possess My Body, Return of the Bionic Man and others.
For his part, T-Bone was enthusiastic to participate in the film upon reading the script. A Christian for 15 years, he too has a similar life story of street life and redemption. What got him the most was when he realized that the character he plays in the movie was actually someone he knew of “back in the day, when I was doing my thing…”
As a piece of contemporary drama, the film stands on its own. Actors turn in good performances and the story is solid and entertaining. Still, given Hollywood’s hostility to anything and everything Christian, this is a very brave film. It is boldly, proudly Christian, and as Molina says, it is indeed an inspiring story of “surrender, redemption and second chances.” Films like this should be supported if for no other reason than to reward producers willing to risk making healthy, clean and entertaining movies with an uplifting message, in counterpoint to the typically violent and decadent Hollywood fare.
Grammy Award-winning singer Donnie McClurkin said of the film, “I’ve seen this movie, and am both moved and inspired by the story, the characters, and the quality of both movie and music… This is not what people have come to expect from Christian films, and I know it will resonate deeply with viewers – even those who would never have gone anywhere near a movie that touches on the subject of faith.”
I’m In Love With a Church Girl Opens nationally on October 18. HERE is a list of theaters where you can see it in your state.
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