The Big Hypocrisy

I love movies. Love ’em. I’ve been known to sit in line for six to eight hours with my friends to see the midnight showings of new movies and turn around and make it to work on time the next morning. I have a pretty good DVD collection that includes everything from Band of Brothers to Adam Sandler’s Click to the Twilight saga films. I absolutely love movies (and music, too, between my dad and I we’ve got at least two 16G iPods’ worth of music).

No matter how much I love movies, though, I have to also point out Hollywood’s one huge, glaring flaw: it is peopled entirely by hypocrites.

Years of listening to actors and actresses air their political views has taught me that the people are hypocrites, but I came to the conclusion that the hypocrisy is entrenched at all levels while watching the Transformer films back-to-back a couple of weeks ago. During the first film, the president isn’t named; you merely see a faceless actor portraying him laying in bed, shoes off, asking a flight attendant on Air Force One, “could ya rustle me up some ding-dongs, darlin’?” The attendant makes a snide remark about being on AFO to serve the man ding-dongs and goes to retrieve them, at one point taking a bite of one and making a disgusted face. It is obvious that they are portraying none other than George W. Bush, even though they never give his name. He’s depicted as a lazy cowboy who sits out major crises while eating junk food.

In the second film, the President is named. You never see him, but in a jumble of news bites about the new threat from the Decepticons one clip stands out, and this was done deliberately: “President Barack Obama was moved to a bunker for protection…”

Note the shift. The whole underlying theme is that, when you look at the characters from Sector 7, you shouldn’t trust the government. EVER. As soon as there’s a president in office that the filmmakers like, however, it’s a different tune they’re singing. Don’t trust the last guy, but by all means, trust the new one. Don’t bother with what kind of job he’s doing. The facts don’t matter, we just want to know that the guy we like isn’t going to be in any danger. Hope and change.

I’ve begun to notice such themes in a lot of my favorite films. In Mark Wahlberg’s Shooter, which I loved, you’re told from the very beginning the the government can’t be trusted, not for any reason. Wahlberg’s character distrusts the government so much that he won’t have anything to do with them even when they drive up in a motorcade and request his help. Support the troops, but the government that trained and hired them can go to hell.

I find this especially interesting in light of the Hollywood elite’s support of government right now with Obama in charge. Don’t trust the government unless they’re willing to give you free healthcare and an unemployment check! They’ll condemn the Nazis and their slaughter of six million Jews in the Holocaust (and when one of their number, Mel Gibson, is linked to a father who is a Holocaust denier they’ll all turn their backs on the man in a show of outrage). Yet when the Palestinians elect terrorist organizations such as Hamas and Hezbollah to lead them and send suicide bombers to blow themselves up in restaurants and ice cream parlors in Israel and fire 4,000 rockets into Israeli towns, all of a sudden it’s a different story. the Palestinians are the underdog, you see. They’re fighting for their freedom. Israel has no right to defend herself, she just needs to roll over and give up their homeland.

There are a high number of hypocrites in Hollywood, but even among them there are the real extremists. Take, for instance, Sean Penn.

Penn’s son Hopper was in a serious skateboarding accident and was nearly killed. After his son survived, he felt a need to re-assess his priorities in life and he started by going to Haiti. This wasn’t his first foray into charity work. He’d also taken a small boat to New Orleans after Katrina and blasted Bush’s response to the disaster. He’s been an anti-war activist for eons. Plus, most notoriously, he has “become friends” with Venezuelan dictator Hugo Chavez and has defended the man’s actions and policies to the point of calling for American journalists who criticize Chavez to be thrown in jail.

Well, at least he’s learning something while he’s there.

He was so touched by his time in Haiti that he returned to the US and wished publicly that his critics would die screaming of rectal cancer. Real sweetheart, isn’t he? What I find interesting is that Penn defends everything about Chavez. Literally everything – he says that Chavez isn’t doing anything wrong, because everything he’s doing is in line with the Venezuelan constitution. Of course Penn would think that document is beautiful – his amigo Chavez wrote it! You won’t hear Penn talk about inflation, crime rates, or shortages of water and food. You won’t hear him talk about rolling blackouts because they can’t afford to provide electricity to the people the way socialist nations do. You’ll hear him say that Chavez is a “charismatic man” and “fascinating” though, as if that’s enough.

I find Hitler fascinating, too, and I am a friend to Israel…fascinating in that disgusted, horrified way in which people subject themselves to gore movies. Adolf Hitler had no education. His father, Alois, didn’t see the point in intellectual education and didn’t want his children to be subjected to it. After performing poorly in primary school, during which time his mother doted on him and refused to discipline him in the least, Adolf was forced by his father to attend a vocational secondary school. He actually flunked out of that school before living as a homeless artist in Vienna. He really did live a hippie lifestyle, believe it or not; after being turned down for acceptance by the Academy of Fine Arts in Vienna, Hitler joined the army and fought in WWI. Believe it or not, he didn’t become a German citizen until 1932, well into his political dealings.

When Hitler’s Nazi party seized power, the first thing they did was confiscate all civilian-owned guns. This was done while the Nazis edged all other political parties out of the government; eventually, the Nazi party was the only legal political party. Then they took over the media. Before long it was illegal to speak out against the government or the actions of Nazi officials, lest the full fury of the SS be brought down on you. First they persecuted the Jews by limiting what they could do and forcing them to wear yellow six-pointed stars; then came Kristallnacht, or “night of broken glass,” when the Jews were forced from their homes and businesses and herded into ghettos. Then they were sent to concentration camps, where those that could work were forced into hard labor and the rest were slaughtered.

Hitler had no education, but he was very charismatic. He was a talented public speaker. He was very, very good at getting his point across, and the German people loved him.

Do we not see the intense similarities here between the real Nazis and what’s going on in our society today? We have entertainment industry leaders telling us how we should think through their activism and the movies we watch and the music we sing to, and we are slowly giving up our nation’s sovereignty to ideals that would dare to force us into charity. Democrats would love nothing more than to take our guns away. Penn and others, including Oliver Stone and Danny Glover, have called for journalists who criticize foreign despots to be jailed. Now we have the FTC proposing ways they can “reinvent the media.”

The big hypocrisy that Hollywood claims against Christians and conservatives is a little closer to home than they’ll ever admit.

Buddies At Last!!!

SUMMIT/AMERICAS

 

This picture just made my heart swell with pride.  President Obama took time out from his activities at the Summit of the Americas to make nice with Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez.  A handshake, a smile.  It was a Kodak moment that illustrates the true heart of our beloved leader.  I can’t tell you how proud I am that Hugo Chavez may soon be one of Obama’s “homies.”  It just brought tears to my eyes to see Obama extend the hand of friendship to the proud, principled Venezuelan leader.  Soon maybe, we too, can understand the truth and excitement of the Bolivian Revolution.  I can say that we are well on our way.

Two More Reasons to Drill

Now that oil prices are dropping like a rock, Iran and Venezuela are heading an emergency meeting of OPEC–aka Organization of Petroleum Exporting Countries–because the two countries can’t believe how quickly and how far they’ve dropped.  Due to the recession here in the United States (if you haven’t woken up yet, yes, we’re in one) oil has dropped below $72 a barrel, a far cry from the $147 a barrel being demanded in July.  Both of the aforementioned radical countries had enjoyed the skyrocketing oil prices, with Iran expanding its nuclear program and Venezuela buying mountains of Russian weapons.  Now that their fundage is being cut, they’re panicking.  They’ve had a taste of what oil can bring them, and they want that money back.  They’re trying to convince the rest of the OPEC members to cut production in a concerted effort to drive prices even higher than they were before.

I remember the fable of the golden goose.  For those unfamiliar with the story, a farmer had a goose that laid golden eggs, and while the money was good and steady, the farmer became greedy.  He demanded that the goose lay eggs faster, but the goose wasn’t able.  One day, having spent his savings, the farmer went to kill the goose to take the eggs he was sure were inside it; the goose warned him that there were no eggs waiting to be laid, that if he wasn’t patient he would lose his gift.  The farmer killed the goose anyway, only to find the goose was right.  There were no eggs waiting to be laid.  It was just a regular goose that once in a while did something extraordinary, and he’d destroyed that steady flow of income.

Iran, Venezuela, and other oil-rich nations that make most of their money from oil exports are sitting on a gold mine.  They have something the entire world needs, and it’s done very well for them so far.  But with a little taste of extra money that came from hard times in America, they have decided that they just can’t give up their newfound wealth.  So instead of being wise about it and waiting for the next boom (which is inevitable), they’re trying to force other OPEC members to join them in forcing the prices back up so they can continue to live the uber-comfortable life they’ve come to know.

What they’re forgetting is that we’ve gotten a taste of it, too.  We’ve gotten a good taste of what high gas prices are like and we are not willing to go back to that.  What they don’t realize is that if they move to drive prices back up, we here in America will be driven to do the one thing that would destroy their goldmine: drill for our own oil and research alternative fuels, making ourselves far less dependent on them and sending them scrambling to find some way to make ends meet.  They haven’t clued in to the fact that when pushed, most people push back.  If they’d just sit back and enjoy what they have they wouldn’t have anything to worry about.  But threatening to make us pay through our teeth again?  Them’s fightin’ words, ya’ll.

Go ahead, boys.  Try to put the squeeze back on us.  We’ll just find another way to provide for our oil needs and send you back to being the sand rats you really are.  Your greed will be the death of you.

Media Savvy Dictator

Apparently Venezuelan dictator, Hugo Chavez, has some good media and image consultants.  He’s come so far that he is finally back in the good graces of the New York Times.  That’s sweet.

There is good news inside Venezuela too. On the same weekend that Mr. Chávez turned on the FARC, he suspended a chilling new law he had enacted by decree that would have forced Venezuelans to cooperate with the intelligence services or go to jail. He has also withdrawn a school curriculum that blasted capitalism as a force to subjugate the people.

That must be a relief for the NYT editorial board.  After all, Chavez toes their ideological line.  He’s just making it easier now for the liberal press (what an oxymoron) to justify another despot.  Maybe Reid and Pelosi should call up Hugo and get the number of his consultant.

Latin American Chicken

It’s come down to a game of chicken.  Presidents Hugo Chavez of Venezuela and Rafael Correa of Ecuador are apparently putting the pressure on Colombian President, Alvaro Uribe, after Uribe (rightfully) authorized a strike 1 mile (2 sites say a mile, MSNBC is saying “deep”) inside the Ecuadorean border. The strike killed the 2nd in command of FARC, a terrorist rebel group that has terrorized Colombia and taken numerous hostages (including Americans).

Apparently the socialist nutjobs, Chavez and Correa, are incensed that Uribe took such a bold move.  Chavez is threatening war, and Correa is doing whatever Chavez tells him to do.  Nevermind that both nations are supporting a violent narco-terrorist organization that is bent on destroying Colombia’s democratic government.

Colombia earlier said it found documents in the FARC camp inside Ecuador showing evidence that Chavez gave the rebels $300 million and that the slain commander, Raul Reyes, had ties with an official close to Ecuadorean President Rafael Correa.

Naturally the communist assholes deny this.  Colombia’s discovery of this information only substantiates what the US and Colombia have known for a long time.

My message to Chavez is this –

Back off, jackass.  The intrusion was on the Ecuadorean side of the border – not yours.  Your pathetic rhetoric and threats of war are aimed more at the US because they support Colombia and Colombian efforts to stand up against you, your leftist puppets and drug lords.  Want to declare war on the US?  Bring it on.  Declare war on us instead of waging a proxy war against a nation that has demonstrated that democracy can work in Latin America. Or is that the reason you hate them so much?

Chavez gets a major F-U from me for his attempts to foment discontent.  He has been waiting for a moment like this.  The fact that he does it now, at a time when Colombia blows up a terrorist hiding one mile inside his neighbor’s border is evidence that he is nothing more than an incendiary, egotistical, left wing blowhard looking for an excuse to fight.

You want a fight, Mr. Chavez?  Come fight us!  It’ll finally give us the excuse that WE have been looking for to depose your sorry ass and send it to hell.  Eat some Tomahawks, you sorry, communist bastard.

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Venezuelan Coca Puff

He’s cuckoo for coca leaves!  All of my suspicions have been confirmed.  I thought maybe Venezuelan dictator, Hugo Chavez, was just delusional and certifiable.  But it seems there is more to the story.

Venezuela’s controversial President Hugo Chávez has revealed that he regularly consumes coca — the source of cocaine — raising questions about the legality of his actions.

Chávez’s comments on coca initially went almost unnoticed, coming amid a four-hour speech to the National Assembly during which he made international headlines by calling on other countries to stop branding two leftist Colombian guerrilla groups as terrorists and instead recognize them as “armies.”

”I chew coca every day in the morning . . . and look how I am,” he is seen saying on a video of the speech, as he shows his biceps to the audience.

Chávez, who does not drink alcohol, added that just as Fidel Castro ”sends me Coppelia ice cream and a lot of other things that regularly reach me from Havana,” Bolivian President Evo Morales “sends me coca paste . . . I recommend it to you.”

That explains a lot – a whole lot.  How else can you account for his delusional, irrational and repulsive actions and statements?  When I read this, I almost fell out of my chair.  This isn’t just a sarcastic post.  It really got me to wondering.  I also wonder about the legal issues.

”It is another symptom that [Chávez] has totally lost the concept of limits,” said Aníbal Romero, a political scientist with the Caracas Metropolitan University. “It shows Chávez is a man out of control.”

More seriously, Venezuelan and Bolivian analysts said Chávez’s comments amount to a dangerous endorsement of a substance controlled around the world, and perhaps even an illegal act by a very public head of state.

”If he is affirming that he consumes coca paste, he is admitting that he is consuming a substance that is illegal in Bolivia as well as Venezuela,” said Hernán Maldonado, a Bolivian analyst living in Miami. ”Plus, it’s an accusation that Evo Morales is a narco-trafficker” for sending him the paste.

Morales and Chavez – two thugs in a pod.  One is a drug-smuggling junkie, and the other is just a delusional junkie.  Aside from the obvious fact that this calls into question their abilities to lead their nations, it also calls into question their ability or desire to stymie drug-smuggling.  Bolivia is a hot bed of cocaine production, and Venezuela is a safe route for the smugglers.  Then there is this –

In early 2007, Venezuela signed an agreement to buy 4,000 tons of coca leaf from Bolivia in what it said was an effort to diminish the supply available for refining paste and cocaine and launch the manufacture of food and medicinal products on an industrial scale.

Makes sense. If Chavez hadn’t stopped the efforts to get more coca into the country, the voters might have been drugged up enough to pass his communist constitutional “reforms.”  Chavez might want to rethink things and start up full-scale importation from Bolivia so he can dope the masses into accepting the imbecilic proposals that he advocates for Venezuela.

Zip It, Hugo!

I loved this.  The Ibero-American summit of Spanish-speaking nations went off WITH a hitch.  As could be expected, the demagogic asshole dictator of Venezuela, Hugo Chavez, was running his mouth again.  This time, he went too far for one nation.

The king of Spain told Venezuelan President Hugo Chavez to “shut up” Saturday during a heated exchange at a summit of leaders from Latin America, Spain and Portugal.

Chavez, who called President Bush the “devil” on the floor of the United Nations last year, triggered the exchange by repeatedly referring to former Spanish Prime Minister Jose Maria Aznar as a “fascist.”

Aznar, a conservative who was an ally of Bush as prime minister, “is a fascist,” Chavez said in a speech at the Ibero-American summit in Santiago, Chile. “Fascists are not human. A snake is more human.”

Spain’s current socialist prime minister, Jose Luis Rodriguez Zapatero, responded during his own allotted time by urging Chavez to be more diplomatic in his words and respect other leaders despite political differences.

“Former President Aznar was democratically elected by the Spanish people and was a legitimate representative of the Spanish people,” he said, eliciting applause from the gathered heads of state.

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Spain’s king, Juan Carlos, was not amused at Hugo’s assault on his nation’s former democratically-elected prime minister.  The video above is in Spanish, but you get the idea.

Hugo needs to keep his BS to himself.  His attempts to demonize leaders who embrace democracy and interfere in other nations affairs is getting old.  I was glad to see Zapatero intervene and rebuke Chavez even though I consider Zapatero to be pretty much worthless.

Things aren’t looking good for prospects on getting rid of Hugo, but I’ll continue to hold out hope.  It was just fun to see him “slapped down” by somebody like the King of Spain.  I don’t hold out any hopes that Hugo will learn from this though.  Fancy him deciding who is a “human.”  In my view, he doesn’t qualify.

This one’s for you, Danny/Harry/Cindy!

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I woke up this morning learning that in response to protests, Hugo Chavez is using some major military force against the folks protesting his whole TV deal.

Can you imagine the leader of a country using military force against people who dissent from a governmental decision?

I’m assuming that liberals won’t mind if Bush starts doing the same thing (this is really going to be fun!)

The next time Harry Belafonte wants to refer to someone as a “terrorist“, he may want to re-evaluate his assessments.

Don’t forget folks – liberals LIKE Chavez.  After all, he opposes Bush!  What more do those principled liberals need than that?

I just want to get it in writing that liberals support the use of military force against those who oppose a President’s decision.