Monthly Archives: December 2012

December 31, 2012

Movie of the Week: The Buccaneer

The Buccaneer is a 1958 War film, made by Paramount Pictures like the 1938 version and shot in Technicolor and VistaVision. It takes place during the War of 1812, and tells a heavily fictionalized version of how the pirate Jean Lafitte helped in the Battle of New Orleans and how he had to choose between fighting for America or for the side most likely to win, the United Kingdom.


Who Is Gabriel Sherman? How the New System of Tax-Deductible Lefty Journalism Threatens All of Us (Part 2)

Who is Gabriel Sherman? Who is he, and what forces does he represent? Those are questions worth answering, because they speak to the tactics and methods of the left wing in America today.

In his too-brief life, Andrew Breitbart always emphasized the importance of understanding how the left operates–the better to combat it. So we at Breitbart News, who seek to carry on Andrew’s work, feel a continuing obligation to expose the left and its ever-evolving methods.

(Continued from Part I, here.)

Limbaugh, of course, never gives interviews to MSM liberals, and Drudge, as we have seen, also did not cooperate with Sherman. So if both Limbaugh and Drudge refused to cooperate, we might ask: On what basis did Sherman make his claim? What “pipe” could Sherman have been smoking?

One explanation is Sherman simply inferred the Limbaugh-Drudge connection. After all, from Sherman’s point of view, the article would appear more authoritative, and more persuasive to his liberal readers, if he could allege that Limbaugh and Drudge were part of the same “Axis of Secrecy.”

Meanwhile, Sherman moved on to new targets. In October 2010, he published an article in New York magazine, “Chasing Fox,” in which he attempted to chronicle the ins and outs of the three cable news channels. Yet even though Fox was the #1 channel at the time (it still is), Sherman’s focus was almost entirely on CNN and MSNBC. And why was that? For one simple reason–he had little or no cooperation from anyone at Fox, even as he scored interviews with top officials at the other cablers. Yet even so, Sherman managed to shift the focus to Fox; he blamed Fox for, as he put it, pushing American politics in an allegedly “cartoonish, desperate, loopy, egomaniacal” direction. (As if American politicians needed help from cable news to look “cartoonish, desperate, loopy, egomaniacal”!)

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Hollywoodism: Jews, Movies and the American Dream (Documentary)

A Survey illustrating the profound effect of Eastern European Emigre culture has had on the basic content of Hollywood films.

Note: Parts 3 and 4 are not available due to copyright claims from FOX and Sony.

Part 7

Part 8

Note: Part 9 is not available due to copyright claims from FOX.

Part 10

Note: Part 11 is not available due to copyright claims from FOX.


Tasmanian Devil – The Fast And Furious Life Of Errol Flynn

Documentary: Errol Leslie Thomson Flynn (20 June 1909 – 14 October 1959) was an Australian actor. He was known for his romantic swashbuckler roles in Hollywood films and his playboy lifestyle. He became a naturalized American citizen in 1942.


Event: The 2013 New Hampshire Liberty Forum

Now in its 6th year, Liberty Forum is New Hampshire’s premier liberty-oriented conference. It has developed a reputation for drawing together people of diverse backgrounds from across the Northeast and beyond for the purpose of discussing strategies to reduce government interference in our lives and build a better society through business, the arts, volunteer work, etc.

February 21-24, 2013 – Crowne Plaza, Nashua, NH

Tickets

Registration is now open! Take advantage of early-bird pricing and package deals. We do have discounts available for students and minors, contact the organizer for details.

What is Liberty Forum?

Now in its 6th year, Liberty Forum is New Hampshire’s premier liberty-oriented conference. It has developed a reputation for drawing together people of diverse backgrounds from across the Northeast and beyond for the purpose of discussing strategies to reduce government interference in our lives and build a better society through business, the arts, volunteer work, etc.

It is also an opportunity to introduce attendees to New Hampshire and give them a taste of the many benefits of socializing, networking, and organizing with a large group of like-minded people!

Speakers

Friday keynote speaker

TBA

Saturday keynote speaker

We are pleased to announce that Tom Woods will be our Saturday night keynote speaker. He is the New York Times bestselling author of 11 books. A senior fellow of the Ludwig von Mises Institute, Woods holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Harvard and his master’s, M.Phil., and Ph.D. from Columbia University.

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The 2013 New Hampshire Liberty Forum


The End of the University as We Know It

Prior to the Wall Street meltdown, it seemed absurd to think that storied financial institutions like Bear Stearns and Lehman Brothers could disappear seemingly overnight. Until it happened, almost no one believed such a thing was possible. Well, get ready to see the same thing happen to a university near you, and not for entirely dissimilar reasons.

In fifty years, if not much sooner, half of the roughly 4,500 colleges and universities now operating in the United States will have ceased to exist. The technology driving this change is already at work, and nothing can stop it. The future looks like this: Access to college-level education will be free for everyone; the residential college campus will become largely obsolete; tens of thousands of professors will lose their jobs; the bachelor’s degree will become increasingly irrelevant; and ten years from now Harvard will enroll ten million students.

We’ve all heard plenty about the “college bubble” in recent years. Student loan debt is at an all-time high—an average of more than $23,000 per graduate by some counts—and tuition costs continue to rise at a rate far outpacing inflation, as they have for decades. Credential inflation is devaluing the college degree, making graduate degrees, and the greater debt required to pay for them, increasingly necessary for many people to maintain the standard of living they experienced growing up in their parents’ homes. Students are defaulting on their loans at an unprecedented rate, too, partly a function of an economy short on entry-level professional positions. Yet, as with all bubbles, there’s a persistent public belief in the value of something, and that faith in the college degree has kept demand high.

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California encourages business flight

Indeed, Forbes noted that Comcast shut down its Northern California call centers this year, citing “the high cost of doing business in California.” Some 1,000 workers lost their jobs. It also mentioned Campbell’s Soup, which padlocked its Sacramento factory, displacing some 700 workers. The company decided to move production to Texas, North Carolina and even Ohio of all places.

Employees at Chevron’s San Ramon corporate headquarters received an unexpected email yesterday. It notified them that a quarter of their jobs are being moved from California to Texas.

The oil giant, the Golden State’s largest corporation, offered no detailed explanation for the mass transfer. But I suspect it had something to do with California’s decidedly unfriendly business climate.

Indeed, Forbes magazine this month ranked California one of the 10 worst states for business based on six factors: business costs, labor supply, regulatory environment, current economic climate, growth prospects and quality of life.

“California is littered with problems,” the magazine decries.

It ranks last, Forbes noted, in Pollina Corporate Real Estate’s study of the states with the best financial incentive programs and state economic development efforts. Moody’s rates California’s bonds A1, the second lowest of any state. And a study by the Mercatus Center, “Freedom in the 50 States,” ranked California’s regulatory climate the fourth worst among the states.

Meanwhile, California has the fourth-highest tax burden, according to a study by the Tax Foundation. And energy costs here in the Golden State are 33 percent above the national average.

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Website of the Week: Janine Turner

“Actress Janine Turner was an eloquent supporter, particularly on the subject of women in politics and the strength and value of single moms who are committed to raising solid citizens.” ~ Governor Sarah Palin, “Going Rogue”

Janine Turner is a native of Fort Worth and comes from a long line of Texans, including Anson Jones, the last President of the Republic of Texas. Her father is from Athens, Texas and is a graduate of the United States Military Academy at West Point. He is a member of the elite few who were the first to fly Mach 2 in the 1960s. His aircraft was the famous B-58 Hustler. Her mother, a former beauty queen and successful real estate agent, is from San Antonio, and was educated at Trinity University. Janine and her daughter, Juliette, make their home in Texas on their beloved ranch, Mockingbird Hill.

Janine is a highly acclaimed public speaker, First Lady of Texas Anita Perry says, “After hearing Janine speak, I felt inspired, touched, motivated and – quite frankly – in awe. Her speech was riveting.” Ed Gillespie, former chairman of the RNC says, “Janine is a rare mix of talented actress and principled committed conservative. Her understanding of how entertainment shapes our culture makes her a potent force and sought after speaker.” Governor Sarah Palin says, “Actress Janine Turner was an eloquent supporter, particularly on the subject of women in politics and the strength and value of single moms who are committed to raising solid citizens.”

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JanineTurner.com


Charlie Chaplin: Modern Times – Roller Skating Scene

“The magic is as wide as a smile and as narrow as a wink, loud as laughter and quiet as a tear, tall as a tale and deep as emotion. So strong, it can lift the spirit. So gentle, it can touch the heart. It is the magic that begins the happily ever after.” – Unknown


Rick Nelson – Garden Party

“The man that hath no music in himself, Nor is not moved with concord of sweet sounds, is fit for treasons, stratagems and spoils.” William Shakespeare