Friday, September 2, 2011

Hollywood Propaganda is Still Effective

Remember those heroic WWII action films they used to show on Saturday morning TV, like "Bataan," or "A Walk in the Sun," that helped boost morale and motivate Americans to fight?



Well Hollywood can still produce propaganda films that deliver -- only now they are doing it for the other side:



A Balkan Muslim who killed two U.S. Air Force servicemen in March has told a German judge Wednesday that he was motivated after seeing the movie “Redacted,” which was made as a political statement in 2007 by Hollywood director Brian De Palma, Dallas Mavericks owner Mark Cuban and several high-profile movie industry producers.



Arid Uka told the judge that that he murdered the two Americans in March after he watched the movie’s graphic depiction of U.S. soldiers raping a girl in Iraq, according to a BBC report. “I thought what I saw in that video, these people would do in Afghanistan,” he said, the BBC reports.



“What I did was wrong, but I cannot undo what I did,” Arid Uka told the court in Frankfurt.



Of course, the big names who produced and directed the film just don't understand how that could have happened:



“I honestly had not heard about it,” said one “Redacted” producer, Jason Kliot. “I’m terribly sorry to hear that, but I don’t understand how my movie would impel anyone to commit murder,” he said.



“The real culprit here is the tragedy of war, it is not Brian De Palma’s brilliant film,” he said.



“I don’t see how people would be made to commit acts of violence [after watching “Redacted”], any more than they would for watching Fox News,” Kriot said.




Of course not, but that must have been the point, because the movie never made a dime, it was a labor of leftist love:



The movie was widely praised in the movie industry and by left-of-center cultural groups. The movie and De Palma won awards at the 2007 Venice Film Festival, and it received a “Youth Jury Award” from the 2008 Amnesty International Film festival.



But the movie made little money when it was released in Spain and in fifteen U.S. theaters.






The producers, including Mark Cuban, and the director, should be prosecuted.



For treason.



MUSLIM STREET PRAYER INVADES MOSCOW!

VIDEO: MOSCOW NOW HARVESTING THE FRUITS OF APPEASEMENT.



GIVE THEM AN INCH AND THEY'LL TAKE A MILE.

IAEA FINALLY GETS IT RIGHT: IRAN IS BUILDING NUKES - BUT IS IT TOO LATE?

EXCERPT:

The U.N. nuclear agency said Friday it is "increasingly concerned" about a stream of intelligence suggesting that Iran continues to work secretly on developing a nuclear payload for a missile and other components of a nuclear weapons program.

In its report, the International Atomic Energy Agency said "many member states" are providing evidence for that assessment, describing the information it is receiving as credible, "extensive and comprehensive."

The restricted 9-page report was made available Friday to The Associated Press, shortly after being shared internally with the 35 IAEA member nations and the U.N. Security Council.

WE SHOULD PRE-EMPTIVELY ATTACK IRAN ASAP.

DESTROY ALL THEIR NUKE ASSETS, ALL AIRSHIPS AND AIRFIELDS, ALL NAVY VESSELS AND NAVAL PORTS AND ALL IRG ASSETS.

WILL OBAMA DO IT?

DUNNO... MAYBE - IF HE THINKS IT WILL GET HIM RE-ELECTED!

HOW DO YOU SPELL "OBAMA DECIDES NOT TO SEEK 2ND TERM"? S-O-L-Y-N-D-R-A

THE SCANDALOUS $600 MILLION FEDERAL LOAN TO SOLYNDRA WILL CONVINCE OBAMA TO RETIRE AFTER ONE TERM (RATHER THAN FACE IMPEACHMENT).



IF THAT WON'T CONVINCE HIM THEN PERHAPS FAST AND FURIOUS WILL.



I AM NOW 80% SURE HE WON'T RUN - AND WILL DECIDE/ANNOUNCE IT WHEN HE AND HIS TEAM ARE CONVINCED THEY WILL LOSE THE SENATE IN 2012 AND THEREFORE MIGHT ACTUALLY BE CONVICTED AND REMOVED FROM OFFICE AFTER THE HOUSE IMPEACHES HIM.





MONTY PYTHON'S JOHN CLEESE: LONDON IS NO LONGER AN ENGLISH CITY

DM:

John Cleese has sparked controversy after claiming London no longer feels like an English city.

The comedian made the comments during an Australian TV interview with ABC's Chris Uhlmann for the 7.30 show.

After discussing his comedy career, Cleese was asked about last month's UK riots.

He replied: "I'm not sure what's going on in Britain. Or, let me say this: I don't know what's going on in London because London is no longer an English city.

"That's how they got the Olympics, they said 'we're the most cosmopolitan city on Earth'. But it doesn't feel English.

"I had a Californian friend come over two months ago, walk down the King's Road and said to me, 'Well, where are all the English people?'

"I love having different cultures around but when the parent culture kind of dissipates you are left thinking, 'well, what's going on?'"

WHAT'S GOING ON!? WHAT'S GOING ON!? WHAT'S GOING ON!?

I'LL TELL YOU WHAT'S GOING ON:



50 YEARS OF LEFT-WING MULTICULTURALISM THAT VALUES ALL CULTURES EXCEPT ITS OWN!



VIDEO OF THE INTERVIEW HERE.

IS ISLAMIST TURKEY ATTEMPTING TO INSTIGATE A NATO WAR AGAINST ISRAEL?‏

JPOST:

Referring to one of the five measures that Turkish Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said at a press conference Friday that Ankara would take against Israel – take measures for freedom of maritime movement in the eastern Mediterranean Sea – the official said that Israel hoped Turkey would "honor international law" in all matters regarding maritime traffic in the Mediterranean.



The other measures he said Israel would take included downgrading diplomatic ties with Israel; freezing all military agreements; no longer recognizing the Gaza blockade and taking the issue to the International Court of Justice; and supporting "flotilla victims" who will take the matter to court.
IMHO:



THERE'S AN ISLAMIST STRATEGY HERE - THAT DATES BACK TO THE INCEPTION OF THE FLOTILLA AND THE MAVI MARMARA'S PARTICIPATION.



NOW, TURKEY WILL ATTEMPT TO BREACH LEGAL BLOCKADE AND INSTIGATE AN IDF ATTACK/BOARDING/SEIZURE OF A TURKISH NAVAL VESSEL AND THEN DEMAND NATO DEFEND TURKEY AND ATTACK ISRAEL.



TURKEY DOESN'T BELONG IN NATO, ANYMORE.



THEY ARE CLOSER TO IRAN.



THEY HATE ISRAEL.



IT'S TIME THE FREE WORLD TREATED THEM THE WAY THEY DESERVE TO BE TREATED,

MUST SEE TV: Understanding UN Bias Against Israel -- Invite to Durban 3 Protest, NYC, Sept 21

OBAMA'S RELATIVES MAKE BILLY CARTER SEEM NORMAL



OBAMA'S KENYAN FAMLY IS A CLAN OF CLOWN AND MISFITS.



THE APPLE DOESN'T FALL FAR FROM THE TREE.



OBAMA'S RELATIVES MAKE BILLY CARTER LOOK POSITIVELY BLAND.



EVERYTHING JIMMY CARTER DID BADLY OBAMA DOES WORSE.





UH-OH: ASIA DOWN 1-2% AND EUROPE ALREADY DOWN 2%

THE FACT THAT THE EUROZONE TROUBLE REMAINS TOTALLY UNSOLVED IS SINKING IN.



AND US JOBS DATA COMING OUT TODAY LOOKS LIKE IT'S GONNA BE BAD.



(THE WHITE HOUSE TRIED TO SOFTEN THE BLOW YESTERDAY BY HAVING ITS BUDGET OFFICE RELEASE A STATEMENT THAT THEY "EXPECTED" UNEMPLOYMENT TO REMAIN HIGH THROUGH NEXT YEAR.)



BETTER BRACE YOURSELVES:



THINGS ARE GOING TO GET PROGRESSIVELY WORSE BETWEEN NOW AND 9/8.


TURKEY EXPELS ISRAELI DIPLOMAT AND DOWNGRADES ALL RELATIONS TO LOWEST LEVEL

NYTIMES:

Turkey said on Friday that it was downgrading its diplomatic and military ties with Israel and expelling its ambassador to register its displeasure at Israel’s refusal to apologize for a commando raid last year on a flotilla bound for Gaza in which nine people died.



Foreign Minister Ahmet Davutoglu said Turkey would reduce its diplomatic representation in Israel to the level of second secretary — one of the lowest diplomatic ranks — and had ordered Israel’s ambassador, Gaby Levy, to leave Turkey by Wednesday.



Mr. Davutoglu also said that Turkey was suspending all military agreements signed between the former allies, saying “it is time Israel pays a price.” But, he said, relations could return to normal if Israel apologized.



“Our aim here is not to hurt our friendship but to return this friendship to its right track,” Mr. Davutoglu said.
TURKEY SHOULD APOLOGIZE TO ISRAEL FOR SPONSORING WHAT AMOUNTED TO A PARAMILITARY ATTACK ON ISRAEL'S SOVEREIGNTY.



AFTER ALL, THE PALMER REPORT HELD THAT THE SEARCH AND SEIZURES OF SHIPS ATTEMPTING TO ENTER GAZA WAS LEGAL.



AND THE PALMER REPORT SAID THAT THERE WERE PARAMILITARY ABOARD THE TURKISH SPONSORED SHIP AND THAT ISRAEL HAD THE RIGHT TO USE FORCE AGAINST THEM AS THEY RESISTED. THE REPORT MERELY SAID THAT ISRAEL USED TOO MUCH FORCE - A HIGHLY DEBATABLE POINT.



AND ANOTHER THING:



TURKEY SHOULD BE KICKED OUT OF NATO. (SHOULD HAVE BEEN A LONG LONG TIME AGO!)



FOR THIS DIPLOMATIC ATTACK ON ISRAEL AND FOR ATTACKING IRAQ AND FOR SUPPORTING IRAN.



TURKEY UNDER AKP/ISLAMIST RULE CANNOT BE A TRUSTED MEMBER OF NATO.



ISLAMISM AND THE FREE WORLD ARE ENEMIES - ALWAYS HAVE BEEN ANS ALWAYS WILL BE.



WE SHOULD TREAT ALL ISLAMIST COUNTRIES THE WAY THEY DESERVE TO BE TREATED: AS PARIAH STATES INIMICAL TO WESTERN VALUES AND TRADE.

PRO-PALESTINIAN ACTIVISTS DISRUPT ISRAEL PHILHARMONICS IN UK

More on the insanity plaguing Britain:

Protesters with the Palestine Solidarity Campaign (PSC) disrupted the Israel Philharmonic Orchestra’s (IPO) BBC Proms concert at London’s Royal Albert Hall Thursday night.



Several demonstrators in the hall shouted as Zubin Mehta stood to conduct Bruch’s violin concerto, however, the rest of the audience booed in response.



While BBC Radio 3 said it had to interrupt its live broadcast twice “as a result of sustained audience disturbance,” some concert-goers claim the performance was interrupted up to seven different times. [...]



The BBC reports that outside the concert hall, roughly 20 PSC demonstrators waved banners and sang songs in protest against the philharmonic’s appearance. They were met, however, by several pro-Israel groups who staged their own protest in response.



Addressing the disruption, the BBC Proms Team took to Twitter, stating: “We’re sorry that the concert was taken off air following hall disturbance. Glad both pieces were heard by the audience in the RAH.”



It later added: “We regret that as a result of sustained audience disturbance tonight’s concert was taken off BBC Radio 3.”
Too bad the thugs don't feel the same way.

VIDEO: "THE AGENDA - GRINDING AMERICA DOWN"



How many goals have already been fulfilled?

NYC'S EXCLUSION OF RESCUE TEAM OPERATORS FROM 9-11 MEMORIAL IS OBSCENE

Socialist NYC mayor Michael Bloomberg's city hall has gone beyond the pale by excluding firefighters, police, and medical operators from the 9-11 memorial:

In a decision that has rocked the world of emergency services, New York City will not invite police, firefighters and other emergency personnel to ceremonies at Ground Zero marking the tenth anniversary of the terror attack that toppled the Twin Towers of the World Trade Center.



A spokesman for Mayor Michael Bloomberg confirmed the news in a statement saying that the September 11th memorial ceremony would be restricted solely to family members of victims who died on the site.



“While we are again focused on accommodating victims' family members, given the space constraints, we're working to find ways to recognize and honor first responders, and other groups, at different places and times,” said spokesman Andrew Brent.



There has been an a flurry of outrage over the news. Thousands of police officers, firefighters, emergency medical personnel and volunteers risked their own lives trying desperately around the clock, for days, to extricate victims trapped beneath the wreckage of the massive Twin Towers.



The families of the first responders who raced to the scene, and whose lives were forfeit as a result, have themselves responded with emotions ranging from shock to rage. “It's a painful insult for many of the approximately 3,000 men and women [who] risked their lives, limbs and lungs on that monumental day, puncturing another hole in a still searing wound,” reported CNN earlier this month.
When the election for new mayor of NYC is held, which I assume is next year, I hope that residents are finally going to elect a better one than the horrific Bloomberg, whose own record is absolutely awful, and this offensive act only adds to his dismal record.

Thursday, September 1, 2011

PREDICTION: GOLD WILL HIT $2011 IN 2011

SEEKING ALPHA:

We discussed the reasons last month why gold would go to $2,000 an ounce by the end of August. That did not happen, and it fell well short of that level, closing at roughly $1,830 an ounce. Still, gold had a spectacular month, gaining 12% during August, thanks in part to worries over the S&P downgrade of U.S. debt, Eurozone problems and concerns over slowing growth around the world.

None of those problems have gone away, they have just been pushed out a few weeks...

none of those problems were resolved (S&P did downgrade U.S. debt, so I guess this problem was solved, albeit negatively) and we have more concerns coming in September, the logical move is higher. We are also starting to move into the holiday buying season, which tends to push prices higher. In India, gold is considered a big gift, and gold prices generally rise as we get towards the end of the year.

There is still a crisis of confidence around the world, although it has calmed down somewhat. There is also concern that as the third quarter comes to a close, we will see earnings reports for a lot of companies be revised down, and money has to go somewhere.

We saw what happened during August when there was a crisis of confidence; money all piles into one place-- precious metals, particularly gold. Gold jumped 12% during the month. If the Fed does decide to enact "QE3" in September, we could see $2,000 an ounce by the meeting, or perhaps slightly after. The U.S. dollar will continue to nosedive, and precious metals will be the beneficiaries... the situation does not look any better than it did just a few short weeks ago.

When you have a crisis of confidence, everyone heads for the exit. The only door that is open? Gold. $2,000 an ounce is closer than you think. Wake me up when September ends.

AND THEN THERE'S THIS NEWS:

China central banker warns global economic risks increasing

The global economy faces risks from both slowed growth and persistent inflationary pressure, which is flowing from emerging to advanced economies, Ma Delun, a vice-governor at China's central bank, said in comments reported on Friday.

Ma told a financial forum in far western China on Thursday that slowed growth in the United States, Europe's debt problems, and Japan's poor economic performance were adding to those global risks, the China News Service reported.

Gold $2000, and Dow 9000. Sigh.

A REAL GREAT LETTER TO A REAL GREAT TEACHER

HERE'S A LETTER THAT A MIDDLE-AGED WROTE TO THE GRADE SCHOOL TEACHER WHO MOST INFLUENCED HIS LIFE.



AFER READING IT, GUESS WHO WROTE IT. (THE ANSWER IS IN COMMENTS.)

Dear [TEACHER'S NAME],

I let the commotion around me these days subside a bit before speaking to you from the bottom of my heart.

I have just been given far too great an honor, one I neither sought nor solicited. But when I heard the news, my first thought, after my mother, was of you.

Without you, without the affectionate hand you extended to the small poor child that I was, without your teaching, and your example, none of all this would have happened.

I don't make too much of this sort of honor. But at least it gives me an opportunity to tell you what you have been and still are for me, and to assure you that your efforts, your work, and the generous heart you put into it still live in one of your little schoolboys who, despite the years, has never stopped being your grateful pupil. I embrace you with all my heart.

WE SHOULD ALL ENDEAVOR TO HAVE THE EFFECT THIS TEACHER HAD ON HIS PUPIL ON THOSE AROUND US, AND TO EXPRESS OUR GRATITUDE TO THOSE WHO HAVE HELPED US JUST AS FORTHRIGHTLY.

OBAMA'S GREATEST ACCOMPLISHMENT: REVEALING THE FUTILITY OF LEFTIST POLICIES TO A NEW GENERATION OF AMERICANS

DESPITE YEARS OF OBAMA'S LEFTIST POLICIES, THINGS ARE GETTING WORSE AND KIDS ARE HAVING AN AWFUL TIME GETTING JOBS.



THEY WILL REMEMBER THIS IN 2012.

GLOOMY ECONOMIC PREDICTIONS FROM THE WHITE HOUSE BUDGET OFFICE MIGHT LEAD TO A PRIMARY CHALLENGE

New White House budget projections indicate a 9 percent unemployment rate next year as President Barack Obama tries to win a second term.



The figures from the White House budget office predict that the economy will grow by just 1.7 percent this year, a full percentage point less than the administration predicted at the beginning of 2011. The economy grew by just 0.7 percent in the first half of the year, the slowest pace since the
recession ended two years ago.



The White House report also sees the budget deficit topping $1.3 trillion. That would be slightly higher than last year
I THINK THE LEFT WILL BLAME OBAMA'S INCOMPETENCE AND THAT A LEFTIST LIKE HOWARD DEAN OR BERNIE SAUNDERS OR DENNIS KUCINICH WILL MOUNT A PRIMARY CHALLENGE TO DEFEND THEIR LEFTIST POLICIES.



IOW: IT'LL BE A LAST GASP ATTEMPT FOR THE LEFT TO SAY THAT OBAMA WAS BAD BECAUSE HE WASN'T LEFTIST ENOUGH OR EFFECTIVE ENOUGH.



THEY'RE IN DEEP DENIAL.



YES: OBAMA IS INCOMPETENT AND CORRUPT, BUT THE REAL REASON THE NATION IS DOING WORSE THAN EVER IS THE LEFTISM.



IT'S THE LEFTISM, STUPID!



HERE'S ONE LIKELY SCENARIO:



SAUNDERS DECLARES IN NOVEMBER. THEN AS UNEMPLOYMENT GOES UP BETWEEN DECEMBER AND JANUARY, DEAN DECLARES - FOLLOWED BY KUCINICH.



AFTER OBAMA TAKES A SERIOUS HIT FROM DEAN IN THE NEW HAMPSHIRE PRIMARY, HILLARY WILL DECLARE AND OBAMA WILL WITHDRAW.



THE DEMS RALLY AROUND A HILLARY CLINTON AND BILL RICHARDSON TICKET.

ANOTHER SIGN THAT THE STUDENT LOAN BUBBLE WILL SOON BURST?

Discounted consolidation in the student loan arena:

Discover Financial Services says it is buying another $2.5 billion in private student loans from Citigroup. The deal, disclosed in a regulatory filing, comes nine months after Discover bought Citi's private student loan business, The Student Loan Corp., and a portfolio of loans and other assets totaling $4.2 billion.



The price for the latest deal is roughly 99 percent of the face value of the loans, which translates to about $2.48 billion. The purchase is expected to close by Sept. 30.



In June, Discover said it held $52.5 billion in student loans, including a 5 percent increase that reflected the Student Loan Corp. buyout, as of May 31, the end of its fiscal second quarter.



Discover shares fell 15 cents to $25.01 in morning trading. Citigroup Inc. shares fell 50 cents to $30.55.
Perhaps the banks who own a lot of student loans are expecting the bubble to burst and want to either get out completely or get bigger so they are TOO BIG TO FAIL and are guaranteed a federal bailout.

The direct fruits of appeasement: 23 DEAD, 80 WOUNDED

YES: the DIRECT fruits of appeasement: 23 dead, 80 wounded

A high-ranking Nigerian official tells The Associated Press that the oil-rich nation released several radical Muslims detained in 2007 on suspicion of being terrorists, including a man who officials now say helped organize last week's deadly car bombing at the United Nations headquarters in the nation's capital. The men arrested four years ago had allegedly been caught with explosives. The official said their rapid release from detention was apparently aimed at placating Muslim groups.
IF THEY HADN'T TRIED TO APPEASE OR PLACATE THESE "MUSLIM GROUPS" THEN THESE 23 PEOPLE WOULD BE ALIVE AND THE 80 OTHERS UNWOUNDED.



INSTEAD, THE NIGERIAN GOVERNMENT SENT A MESSAGE THAT THEY CAN BE SCARED INTO DOING WHAT THE JIHADISTS WANT THEM TO DO AND THIS ONLY ENCOURAGED THE JIHADISTS TO INFLICT MORE TERROR UPON NIGERIANS.



THE ONLY PROPER RESPONSE TO TERROR - THE ONLY POLICY THAT CAN MAKE US SAFER - IS COUNTER-ATTACKING WITH GREATER FORCE.



WE MUST DO SO BEFORE IRAN GETS NUKES.