Friday, August 31, 2012
Early signs emerging from Democrats during the Republican National Convention indicate the White House and influential activists are in a panic, fearing that Gov. Mitt Romney is increasingly likely to emerge victorious Nov. 6.
The Obama campaign has sent out a fundraising email by Sen. John Kerry, D-Mass., warning Democratic supporters that Obama is in the process of being “Swift-Boated” by conservative PACs, while filmmaker Michael Moore has predicted in a Huffington Post interview that Romney will win.
In an email letter sent today, Kerry wrote supporters:
Consider this: Swift Boat Veterans for Truth spent about $23 million on smear ads against me in 2004.
This year, the Romney campaign and super PACs have promised to spend more than $1 billion.
What is Kerry’s plea? Donate $5 and, “Don’t let them get away with it.”
Moore is concerned with Obama’s inability to raise money 2008-style.
“Mitt Romney is going to raise more money than Barack Obama,” Moore told the Huffington Post. “That should guarantee his victory. I think people should start to practice the words ‘President Romney.’
“To assume the other side are just a bunch of ignoramuses who are supported by people who believe that Adam and Eve rode on dinosaurs 6,000 years ago is to completely misjudge the opposition,” Moore said.
Conservative pundit Jennifer Rubin, writing in the “Right Turn” blog in the Washington Post, said the Democrats “are losing it, literally.”
Rubin concluded Ryan’s speech Wednesday night at the RNC was so successful that the only thing Obama supporters, including partisans driving establishment media messaging, could do was to claim Ryan lied.
The problem is, Rubin maintained, that despite the “fact-checking” flurry initiated by Obama supporters, Ryan did not lie.
She pointed out Ryan’s claim about the Janesville GM plant was not that Obama closed it, but that he failed to keep his promise to keep it open.
Rubin concluded that Ryan’s attacks stung Obama so badly that “the Obama team and its media allies are crazed to turn facts into lies and aspirations into distortions.”
“It is a revealing moment, for the press and the Obama camp,” Rubin wrote. “For members of the Obama team, it means they are losing the race, and they know it.”
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Thursday, August 30, 2012
Clint Eastwood will be speaking at the Republican Convention in Tampa on Thursday according to Fox News. The network’s website is reporting that a GOP source confirmed “that Eastwood is indeed the mystery speaker”. Thursday night’s line-up has a “To Be Announced” speaker scheduled ahead of Senator Marco Rubio and GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney himself. Eastwood’s name was floated earlier this week as the speaker along with former VP nominee Sarah Palin, Donald Trump and even a hologram of former President Ronald Reagan. No stranger to politics, Eastwood served as the Mayor of Carmel, California from 1986 to 1988. He supported John McCain in 2008 and endorsed Mitt Romney earlier this month at a Sun Valley fundraiser. “Now more than ever do we need Mitt Romney, I’m going to be voting for him,” the Oscar winner said as the GOP nominee stood next to him on August 4. If Eastwood is really heading to Tampa to speak Thursday evening, he’s going to have to get going soon. Deadline has learned that as of Wednesday afternoon, the actor/director was still at his home in Carmel. Eastwood’s latest film, Trouble With The Curve comes out on September 21, 2012.
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Wednesday, August 29, 2012
Tuesday, August 28, 2012
The film grossed $1.2 million for the day, according to preliminary estimates, bested only by "The Expendables 2."
As Republicans gathered in Tampa, Fla., for the GOP convention, conservative documentary 2016: Obama's America rocketed to No. 2 at the domestic box office Monday.
Obama's America grossed an estimated $1.2 million for the day from 1,091 theaters, dropping a narrow 37 percent from Sunday. Most films dropped 60 percent or more.
The film, based on Dinesh D’Souza book, now has grossed $10.5 million to become the No. 6 political documentary of all time and the top conservative doc. It's also the top documentary of 2012, excluding nature films.
Monday's number could come in slightly lower or higher once final numbers are released. Obama's America came in No. 7 for the weekend with a hearty gross of $6.5 million.
Lionsgate and Millennium Films' The Expendables 2 continued to top the box office Monday, grossing an estimated $1.4 million.
Obama's America, co-directed by D'Souza and John Sullivan, is planning another major expansion that will push its theater count past 1,800 in the coming days.
"Screens are being added on an hourly basis in response to demand," said Mark Joseph of MJM Entertainment, which is helping to market the film. "Our job over the last six months was to create interest in the film. The rest is up to the people. Ultimately, they'll decide the screen count."
Obama's America -- promoted heavily on talk radio and distributed by Rocky Mountain Pictures -- timed its nationwide expansion Friday to the Republican National Convention, which officially gets underway Tuesday after a one-day weather delay due to Tropical Storm Isaac.
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In the aftermath of the Family Research Council shooting, prominent voices on the Left have not tapped down their violent rhetoric against their opponents. Two Baby Boomer celebrities have taken to Twitter to hope pro-life, pro-family individuals and U.S. Congressman Todd Akin suffer a drowning or a same-sex rape, respectively.
On Sunday, Ellen Barkin expressed her hope that Tropical Storm Isaac would smash up the Republican National Convention in Tampa and drown all its delegates.
She retweeted the message of one of her followers that read: “C’mon #Isaac! Wash every pro-life, anti-education, anti-woman, xenophobic, gay-bashing, racist SOB right into the ocean! #RNC ” Barkin did not express any disagreement in her retweet.
The storm is expected to grow into a Category 1 hurricane before slamming into the Gulf Coast on Wednesday, the seventh anniversary of Hurricane Katrina.
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Monday, August 27, 2012
Giant, walking vaginas have descended upon the Republican National convention.
Several demonstrators from Code Pink, a feminist group, wore frilly pink costumes while others adorned with cardboard cutouts resembling the sexual organ were milling about on Sunday looking for Republicans
A Florida website called Shark-Tank.net captured video of some of them during their preparation (video below). The protesters carried signs saying such things as: “Read my lips. Leave my vagina alone,” and argued that pro-life Republicans are waging a war against women.
But with the official proceedings, along with two Lynyrd Skynyrd concerts and the premier of an anti-Occupy Wall Street Movie canceled on Sunday and Monday due to weather, it wasn’t until Sunday night at The Welcome Event that the protesters found a large group of Republicans to confront.
As several thousand conventioneers arrived in buses at Tropicana Field, an indoor stadium where baseball’s Tampa Bay Rays play, they were met by about 400 protesters – some of whom were in their vagina costumes. By that time, though, convention-goers hardly took notice of the crowd, and well-armed police and military personnel kept the demonstrators away from the party inside the stadium
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Sunday, August 26, 2012
Natalie Portman to Campaign for Obama in Nevada; Hollywoods Conservative Underground response : "Read the Bill"
The Oscar-winning actress will appear at a rally Saturday in Las Vegas.
Academy Award-winning actress Natalie Portman will hit the campaign trail on President Barack Obama's behalf Saturday at a major event in Nevada, which has emerged as a crucial swing state.
Portman will join a pair of Obama insiders, political strategist Valerie Jarrett and Democratic activist Cecilia Munoz, for a Las Vegas event designed to get women to vote.
The America-Nevada Women Vote 2012 Summit represents three consistent themes of the Obama re-election campaign that have emerged as the election cycle moves into its crucial final phase. One is enlisting as much A-list celebrity support as possible. (That’s where Portman comes in.)
The second and increasingly important theme is the president’s support for issues such as reproductive rights and support for families that are of particular concern to women. (That’s why all three headliners are women.)
The third is the centrality of Latino voters to the president’s re-election hopes. (Hence Munoz.) Latinos have emerged as a particularly important voting bloc in Nevada, and there is some research that suggests that Latinas outnumber Latinos among Spanish-surnamed voters there.
The event will be held at the historic 5th Street School Auditorium.
"President Obama fights for women every day, and I am proud to stand with him on behalf of women and girls across the country," Portman said. "The president has proven that he is a strong advocate for women and a defender of the issues that are important to women and their families, from affordable health care to fair pay and quality public education."
Hollywoods Conservative Underground has some advice for Ms. Portman; "Read the Bill" says President of the Hollywoods Conservative Underground. Ms. Portman continues to support Mr. Obama but fails to point out specifics on how how he has done more for woman than previous administrations. "Ms. Portman is out of touch with policy and votes like many women in the country; one issue voters", says the HCU.
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The Mandalay Entertainment CEO told Fox Business: "The first term was not exactly a stellar performance."
Mandalay Entertainment CEO Peter Guber told Fox Business' Neil Cavuto in an interview this week that Hollywood expected President Barack Obama to be a "Magic Man." "Even the most ardent supporters have said, 'Yeah the first term was not exactly a stellar performance.' It wasn't really a win-win," Guber said.
More from the interview:The veteran producer also attempted to explain why Hollywood is dominated by liberals. "They're in the arts," Guber said. "The arts tend to be more liberal."
GUBER: They're disappointed with the first term. They're not exactly going to register to vote for the other side, but they expected more. They expected this person was going to to be a "Magic Man," that somehow he was going to cure all the ills of the country.
Certainly that was the promise that was inherent in what he was saying and he was just a man. and he was a first termer, and he hadn't run a big business and he hadn't run a company as large as this.
And suddenly he had all these monstrous and challenging problems for anyone and he didn't face them all too good. So the question is, even with Hollywood, he went Silicon Valley.
I think a lot of these people who have been doing fundraisers and supporting him have some real questions.
They have questions on whether this will really change in the second term. Will it be more of the same? Can he really solve what he couldn't solve in the first term in the second term? Or should they make a change?
So I think whether there are cracks, or fissures or gaps, I think the issues are out there, and even the most ardent supporters have said, "Yeah the first term was not exactly a stellar performance. It wasn't really a win-win."
CAVUTO: Well, Peter, you know these guys better than I do, but I don't exactly see them stormin' for the Mormon, if you know what I mean. Maybe they'll sit it out. Maybe they won't write as big of a check. But they certainly aren't going to be running to Mitt, are they?
GUBER: That's correct. The question is will they remain neutral. Will they not vote? Will they endorse him thoroughly and unconditionally? Probably not.
CAVUTO: Why are they so monolithically liberal?
GUBER: It's not so much that they're monolithically liberal. They're in the arts. The arts tend to be more liberal. There tends to be more social relevance in the arts. They tend to grow into that environment.
I don't think it's necessarily New York or Hollywood. I think it's the people in that type of an industry. For example, I know some of them, even like myself, are fiscally conservative but socially liberal. You have that kind of dichotomy. They are not monolithic in that sense.
But what is interesting, this is a distraction. No one is going to vote for someone because Sarah Jessica Parker is holding a fundraiser for him. They're not doofs. They're all smart. The ideal is they get the attention of the public.
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Thursday, August 16, 2012
After asking him questions about an early stand-up routine and his first tattoo, Leno brought up the Emmys, which air in September.
“Now explain something to me, you get a Golden Globe for ‘Boss,’ but you don’t even get an Emmy nomination,” Leno asked.
“Yeah, its hard to figure,” Grammer said. “It may have to do with several things, honestly, but I think it’s possible, I mean, I am a, I’m a declared out of the closet Republican in Hollywood.”
Light applause rippled through the audience and Leno emitted a comic gasp.
“Do I believe it’s possible that some young person, young voting actor, or even older voting member for the Emmys, would sit there and go, ‘Yeah, that’s a great performance, but oooooh, I just hate everything he stands for?’” Grammer asked hypothetically, before answering with sarcasm: “I don’t believe that’s possible.”
Leno pointed out Grammer was no stranger to winning Emmys, having won for his work on “Cheers” and “Frasier.”
Grammer explained that it was only after his last win did it become known he was a member of the GOP.
“Just after that last [Emmy win], I became (a Republican),” he said.
Leno offered another explanation, saying that while “The Boss” is great, it was on a network, Starz, that not a lot of people, including Emmy voters, watch.
“Well that’s not good is it,” Grammer laughed.
Earlier this year, right after he picked up his Golden Globe, Grammer told FoxNews.com at a post-show party that "being a Republican in Hollywood is easy for a guy like me because I was such a revolutionary."
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On CBS Evening News, substitute anchor Bob Schieffer offered 20 seconds: “A gunman opened fire today at the Washington headquarters of the Family Research Council, a conservative Christian lobbying group. The man shot a security guard in the arm before that guard and others tackled him, and he was arrested. Police say that the suspect made negative comment about the council's work just before the shooting.”
Does anyone believe that under the same circumstances -- hostile ideological shooter captured after security guard only shot in the arm -- a conservative nut attacking a gay activist group or abortion advocacy group would draw just 20 seconds? (For one example, a quick Nexis search reminds me CBS This Morning offered a full story from Wichita on August 20, 1993, after late-term abortionist Dr. George Tiller was shot in both arms.)
On both NBC and CBS, the FRC brief was followed by a full story promoting President Obama’s new deferral program for illegal alien "Dream Act" students. NBC gave that two minutes, CBS two minutes and fifty seconds.
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CNN morning anchor Soledad O'Brien granted an interview to The Hollywood Reporter to react to charges she was reading from the left-wing Talking Points Memo blog on air. She insisted she's utterly non-ideological on the CNN set.
"I don't think I show bias in my TV show. I think I am aggressive with people about trying to find the facts behind what they say," O'Brien told the Reporter's Paul Bond. "Am I a liberal or conservative? I'm neither. Like most Americans, I find politics very frustrating. Like most Americans, I'd like to hear from politicians the facts. That is what drives me." She admitted using TPM, but only for facts, a quote from Sen. Ron Wyden, because her Republican guest was lying:
"Editorially, I was not reading off the Talking Points Memo," she said on Wednesday. "The memo had an accurate, verbatim quote of what Sen. Wyden said, and when I was talking to Ms. Comstock, she was saying something that was patently untrue."
She also said she uses conservative sources, like RedState.com.
Bond asked O'Brien about Rush Limbaugh's critiques, including photos on his website of her with a bumper sticker on her forehead touting the Obama-Biden ticket.
"I didn't hear what he had to say, and it's sort of irrelevant to what I do," O'Brien said Wednesday. "People are entitled to do what they want, and I do what I do -- which is, as a journalist, focus on the substance of someone's argument."
Bond noticed that the critiques keep coming: "Meanwhile, one of O’Brien’s more relentless critics, the conservative media-watchdog group Newsbusters, was suggesting that the CNN anchor was again using TPM as an uncited source, also during a discussion about Medicare and budgets."
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Wednesday, August 15, 2012
For the first time since he began running for president, Republican Mitt Romney has the support of over 40 percent of America's youth vote, a troubling sign for President Obama who built his 2008 victory with the overwhelming support of younger, idealistic voters.
Pollster John Zogby of JZ Analytics told Secrets Tuesday that Romney received 41 percent in his weekend poll of 1,117 likely voters, for the first time crossing the 40 percent mark. What's more, he said that Romney is the only Republican of those who competed in the primaries to score so high among 18-29 year olds.
"This is the first time I am seeing Romney's numbers this high among 18-29 year olds," said Zogby. "This could be trouble for Obama who needs every young voter he can get."
Zogby helped Secrets dig deeper into his weekend poll, which we reported on earlier. The poll had Romney and Obama tied at 46 percent.
Zogby has been especially interested in the youth vote this election. In 2008, 66 percent chose Obama over Sen. John McCain,the highest percentage for a Democrat in three decades. But their desire for hope and change has turned to disillusionment and unemployment. Zogby calls them "CENGAs" for "college-educated, not going anywhere."
In his latest poll, Obama receives just 49 percent of the youth vote when pitted against Romney, who received 41 percent. In another question, the independent candidacy of Gary Johnson is included, and here Obama wins 50 percent, Romney 38 percent and Johnson 5 percent.
But while taking Johnson out of the equation in the past has seen a surge in support for Obama, now the numbers for Romney--and undecideds--increase.
Zogby speculates that Romney's selection of 42-year-old Rep. Paul Ryan helped turn more younger voters to him. "It could be his youthfulness," said Zogby of Ryan. Plus, he said, more younger voters are becoming libertarian, distrustful of current elected officials and worried that they are going to get stuck with the nation's looming fiscal bill.
"They want change," said Zogby.
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"Put an Obama sticker on your forehead when you do this," John Sununu tells her during Tuesday's show.
Soledad O’Brien was making waves Tuesday, which was using the CNN news anchor as evidence of liberal bias in the mainstream media.
First, while filling in for Anderson Cooper on Monday night, she was seen reading from notes provided by Talking Points Memo, a liberal blog, during an interview with Mitt Romney campaign advisor Barbara Comstock. Second, on Tuesday during her own show, Starting Point, Republican guest John Sununu became so infuriated with Soledad’s bias in favor of Democrats that he told her, “Put an Obama bumper sticker on your forehead when you do this."
Video of O’Brien’s heated exchange with Sununu is below.
On Tuesday, the Drudge Report linked to a story from conservative watchdog group Newsbusters about Obrien’s use of Talking Points Memo data, and Rush Limbaugh talked about that and the Sununu interview during his Tuesday-morning radio show.
“She’s been nailed twice,” Limbaugh told his estimated 15 million listeners. “This is another reason their ratings are in the tank. CNN, if you want to know why nobody’s watching, here it is.”
At Limbaugh’s website, he posted his on-air commentary about O’Brien and included photos of her segments Monday night with Comstock and Tuesday morning with Sununu, except that in Limbaugh’s version O’Brien actually does sport a bumper sticker for President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden on her forehead.
“You want to make the claim that you guys are objectively in the middle? Soledad O’Brien’s doing McCarthyism – Charlie McCarthyism. She is a puppet,” Limbaugh said Tuesday. “She doesn’t know what to ask unless she goes to a liberal blog for guidance. She has to print it out and use it on the air, and she’s one of their stars.”
A website called Viral Read got the right-wing ball rolling against O’Brien beginning Monday night, when it freeze-framed O’Brien “furiously flipping through notes,” and revealed that it was a Talking Points Memo story called “The Myth of Paul Ryan the Bipartisan Leader" that she was reading.
“She never cited it, but used its contents,” Viral Read’s Ali Akbar reported.
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Monday, August 13, 2012
Given that Mitt Romney's choice of Wisconsin Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate was a move to excite the right wing of the Republican Party, and that Hollywood is closely aligned with the re-election effort of President Barack Obama, it should come as little surprise that the immediate reaction from the industry has been less than enthusiastic.
Though it remains early, a few filmmakers and comedians have already chimed in. Michael Moore called the pick a smart choice, if only for Ryan's ability to "get people to the polls," as he slammed him for stoking "ignorance and fear." Meanwhile, Kal Penn joked that he was upset Romney hadn't chosen Lousianna Gov. Bobby Jindal, as he could have played him on television. And Alec Baldwin went so far as to liken Ryan to Sarah Palin.
Russell Simmons displays he true hate for white people. Racism on display.
Two supporters: Suzanne Somers and Rupert Murdoch, both of whom praised the Ryan pick.
"Another center-right Republican Pres'al candidate tries to burnish his right wing cred with a fringe right running mate. "
"Channeling Bush, war supporters/military dodgers Romney & Ryan insult those who served by using battleship as their prop."
"Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan, two men who will destroy our people."
"Thank God! Now we might have a real election on the great issues of the day. Paul Ryan almost perfect choice".
"He is an excellent choice."
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Saturday, August 11, 2012
The Ryans reside in Janesville with their three children, Liza, Charlie and Sam. The family are parishioners at St. John Vianney Catholic Church.
Upon entering Congress in January of 1999, Ryan was the youngest member of the freshmen class at the age of 28. Prior to running for Congress, Ryan served as an aide to Republican Senators Robert Kasten Jr. and Sam Brownback, former U.S. Rep. and Vice Presidential Candidate Jack Kemp, and as a speechwriter for Education Secretary William Bennett.
Ryan is a graduate of Joseph A. Craig High School in Janesville and earned degrees in economics and political science from Miami University in Ohio. He is an avid outdoorsman and is a member is of his local archery association, the Janesville Bowmen.
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