Monthly Archives: January 2007

Jane: Stop This Crazy Thing!

A girl is born the daughter of a rich and famous actor. The story, all too often, goes downhill from there. Jane Fonda’s story doesn’t really go downhill, but spins sideways, where it loses control, careens into a guardrail, flips, makes exercise videos and comes to rest for a time in Ted Turner’s bank account.

Jane Fonda spoke at an anti-war rally for the first time in 34 years yesterday, urging Americans to join her in the call to end the war in Viet…er, Iraq.

Fonda is perhaps the most controversial character ever produced by Hollywood — an activist whose prattle has been so taken to task that she makes Barbra Streisand, Alec Baldwin, Ed Asner, et al, pale in comparison.

She has been called everything from a hero, to a traitor, to a communist. Is or was Jane Fonda a communist? If she is, the definition of “communist” must be found in the same dictionary of life that has allowed her to get breast implants and a facelift and still, somehow, be defined as a “feminist.”

This isn’t a rare occurrence by any stretch, especially considering who were and are Fonda’s contemporaries. Prevailing Hollywood mindset leads celluloid-sniffing activists to believe they can also perform plastic surgery on their political views, being one way while appearing another — it’s radical leftism with the lines and wrinkles of personal lifestyle and greed surgically removed for the sake of outward appearances. Unfortunately for them, it’s also painfully obvious.

Much of Hollywood, Fonda included, falls into this category. They won’t admit it, but most of the Tinseltown anti-establishment, pro-socialist sect are, in fact, capitalist to the point where they make Carnegie, Mellon and Gates look like free-range Marxist hippies.

The story about yesterday’s DC protest says that Jane Fonda has “apologized” for going to Vietnam in the early ’70s to buddy up to the North Vietnamese, broadcast on their radio, and say American POW’s were being treated humanely — among other traitorous activities. Fonda has apologized in the past, such as in an interview with Barbara Walters in 1988, for the effects of her actions on U.S. troops — but then always goes on to explain that her cause was just. Anti-war activist apologies to U.S. troops often end up sounding insulting and illogical, like drunk drivers telling their victims they’re very sorry for the accident, but still dig drinking.

An example of one of Fonda’s “apologies” came in a “60 Minutes” interview last year with Leslie Stahl. Fonda offered a roundabout regret, but no apology. Fonda called the day she lounged around on a North Vietnamese Army anti-aircraft gun “the largest lapse in judgment that I can even imagine” — and this is from the woman who agreed to make “Barbarella,” so that’s saying something.

Fonda is just one in a long line of those who claim to “support the troops, but not the war.” There hasn’t been a bigger pile of yellow excrement since the day after my dog ate two dozen Marshmallow Peeps. To some degree, however, this is an accurate statement. For example, during the Vietnam war, it’s clear that Fonda supported the troops. Not ours, but still…

Fonda was joined at yesterday’s “we love the troops and want them home” rally by a group called Code Pink, members of which are known for hanging around the Walter Reed Army Hospital, which houses many wounded soldiers, and waving signs such as “Maimed for Lies” and “Enlist here and die for Halliburton.” This sounds like a bunch of people who obviously respect the soldiers, doesn’t it?

Jane Fonda hasn’t spoken at an anti-war rally in 34 years, so I hope she got all that pent-up anger out of her system for another 34 years. By then, Fonda will be 103, but there may be another war at which she’ll need to publicly cringe — well, not cringe at the war so much as that flashing the “peace” sign is terribly painful with arthritis.

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Global Warming, and Alec Baldwin, Take The Weekend Off

Just three weeks ago, the cartoon bluebirds that flutter around Alec Baldwin’s head were working overtime, as the actor was freaking out because it was 72 degrees in Central Park in early January.

Alec was going bonkers in thinking it was a clear sign of end of the world. You’d have thought it was the second coming of Barry Goldwater. “No December snowfall in New York for the first time since 1877,” was a sign of man-made climate change, according to Baldwin. He conveniently didn’t bother to explore why there was no snowfall in December of 1877, because it certainly wasn’t due to our SUV’s, Halliburton and Bush. (or… was it?)

Today, New York City has set a record for the lowest temperature ever recorded. I haven’t heard from Alec yet questioning himself on whether or not he might have over-reacted three weeks ago, but I’ll keep an eye on the Huffington Post, just in case.

“Alec to mother ship, Alec to mother ship. Can’t comprehend temperature changes. Please advise. Over.”

The Stars Align: Al Gore, Democrat Nominee

At this moment, there are three declared candidates who are considered “front-runners” for the Democrats’ nomination: Hillary Clinton, Barack Obama, and John Edwards. That rattling sound you hear are DNC nerves.

It isn’t looking good for Hillary. Though polls show her as the early favorite, Hillary is sitting on so many fences that eventually she’ll succumb to splinter-shock. Her past as a radical leftist is bound to be dug up time and time again and used in comparison to her more recent “softer” statements, and Hillary will be forced to do more dancing than Ginger Rogers standing on a downed power line. A tamer and more moderate (read: fake) Hillary Clinton is also bound to anger the Democrat base, and Hollywood is already beginning to shift their support away from Queen Cartpetbagger. Why? Hillary’s support of the war in Iraq and the softening of her position on abortion are only two reasons.

Hillary may well founder, which leaves us with the man in the on-deck circle, Barack Obama. With only two years’ national experience, Obama will ultimately be chewed up and spit out like a dog pill poorly hidden in a hunk of Fido’s cheese. Some say Obama smoking cigarettes and having the middle name “Hussein” will be a big deal, but these two facts will offset each other. How so? Engaging in the promotion of America’s biggest killer will give chills to liberals, but this will be balanced out by sharing a name with an innocent victim of George W. Bush who didn’t have weapons of mass destruction.

As for announced candidate number three, when voters hear “John Edwards,” he’ll be closely associated with John Kerry, and most Democrat primary voters will rightly think “been there, done that.” Clearing forest like a lumber company to build a home isn’t bound to go over well with the tree-huggers, either. Listening to one of the reasons that health care is so expensive complaining about the cost of health care may not add up for some of the more astute Democrat voters.

And then there’s the undeclared Al Gore, who remains a hero to the Democrat base. After all, Gore’s the only high-profile Democrat with experience at winning a presidential election, isn’t he? Gore’s winning of the overall popular vote but yet losing the White House continues to chap Dem behinds, and many would love to give Al another shot.

Couple that with the fact that Al may win an Academy Award this year, and Gore looks like the man to beat in ’08. Gore’s global warming film “An inconvenient truth” got two Oscar nominations. In late February, the Gore-loving, global warming fearing Hollywood glitterati will jump in their three-mile-per-gallon limos and head for the red carpet, some after burning tens of thousands of gallons of jet fuel on their private planes, to back Gore in his quest to save the planet and root for the film to emerge victorious, not to mention urge him to run for president.

It’s been a long road back for Gore since his 2000 heart-break. Ever since, though, Gore’s been rebuilding himself via his environmental work. There’s are good reasons Gore often says that the most serious threat to the world isn’t terrorism, but rather global warming: Gore hasn’t made an Oscar nominated movie or written a book about terrorism.

There’s one way to tell if global warming is actually a greater threat than terrorism. If we start seeing Al Qaeda switching from car bombs and hijackings to aerosol hairspray and leaving an SUV running instead of blowing it up, then we’ll know.

The Democrat nomination is Al Gore’s for the taking. Sure, there will be questions, such as why global warming wasn’t such a big deal for the eight years Gore was actually in a position to do something about it, but this is but a minor point considering that the Democrats are nervous at having three “firsts” on their candidate list: A woman, a black man, and an ambulance chaser. If they ever all walk into a bar, there’s a hell of a joke there.

Al Gore offers the Democrats a way out. Gore is tested, high profile, loved by Hollywood, and he’s the only candidate who has experience winning a presidential election — or so they’ll tell us. He’s the “safest” bet at this point, and who else can be billed as most capable of actually saving the planet? I predict not only do the Democrat suits convince Gore to run, but that they even convince him to wear a cape on the campaign trail.

The stars are aligned perfectly for Al Gore to get the nomination.

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Recent blog posts: Global warming, and Alec Baldwin, take the weekend offJohn Edwards’ new environmentally unfriendly home

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John "I'm a lumberjack and I'm okay" Edwards Builds a New Home

Here’s a picture of a huge lot being cleared for a home, one that will be “the biggest in the county,” that is being built in North Carolina by former Kerry running-mate and current Democrat presidential candidate John Edwards:

Wow, I’d hate to see how many of those trees would have been cut down if Edwards wasn’t such a staunch environmentalist. Does the main clearing look fittingly phallic to anybody else?

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John “I’m a lumberjack and I’m okay” Edwards Builds a New Home

Here’s a picture of a huge lot being cleared for a home, one that will be “the biggest in the county,” that is being built in North Carolina by former Kerry running-mate and current Democrat presidential candidate John Edwards:

Wow, I’d hate to see how many of those trees would have been cut down if Edwards wasn’t such a staunch environmentalist. Does the main clearing look fittingly phallic to anybody else?

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Stop the Presses!

Two items have rocked the political world today.

1) Rosie O’Donnell has called for the impeachment of the president. Watch it, Rosie. If you keep going around talking about how much you can’t stand Bush, you’re going to get kicked out of the Lesbian union.

2) Elizabeth Taylor has endorsed Hillary Clinton for president. This could cost Hillary the votes of Taylor’s ex-husbands, which might be enough to shift the election in the direction of the Republicans.

As a side note, have you ever seen Tayor’s “White Diamonds” commercial? When Liz throws down something and says “these have always brought me luck,” I thought for sure they’d turn out to be camera lens filters.

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Glenn Beck's Muslim Distraction

Before writing about Glenn Beck’s hiring as a commentator for ABC’s Good Morning America, which now has certain Arab groups engaged in active protest, I should offer a disclaimer. I have done some writing in the past couple of years for Beck (specifically for Fusion), spoken to him in person, and appeared on his syndicated radio show.

Beck is one of the nicest, most congenial “personalities” I’ve ever met. Some say that he’s “evil.” I didn’t see it. Glenn must have left his devil horns and red pitchfork at home that morning.

If that disclaimer doesn’t say “unbiased,” nothing does. I have not, however, been paid, nor encouraged to write, this commentary — and you’ll see why soon enough.

At any rate, Beck’s nightly television show on CNN Headline News, which is approaching a year on the air, is a breath of fresh air in the evening. I’ve visited with some of the writing and production crew for the show and nowhere will you find a more talented staff of folks, and that all comes through on the air.

The television show is different – in a good way. When I first saw Beck’s TV show, it reminded me of a trippy composite of Meet the Press, The Late Show with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, and Firing Line. It’s nice to watch a news-oriented program that doesn’t consist of a couple of people yelling at each other. The light-hearted approach to the news is why the show became the fastest growing cable news program.

Inevitably, whenever you find a star on the rise, you’ll find somebody trying to shoot it down. Beck has devoted many of his programs to highlighting the dangers posed by radical Islam, and this has, for some reason, angered people who would define themselves as non-radical Islam.

I have to admit, when I heard that Glenn was getting more and more into highlighting the dangers posed by radical Islam, I said “uh oh.” My concern, oddly enough, had little to do with what was being discussed and more to do with Beck as an entertainer, which is, after all, why so many are catching on to his programs.

During a November interview, Beck asked Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim member of Congress, to “prove to me that you are not working with our enemies.”

Beck said the question/statement was poorly worded, but Arab activists are now, of course, lobbying ABC to let Beck go as a commentator.

After this story began to spread, Beck said this:

“My message is clear: Islam is a peaceful religion for over 90 percent of the world’s Muslims,” he said. “I have urged viewers repeatedly to understand this, while asking all of the proud, peaceful Muslims here in America to take a more visible role in our fight against those who make a mockery of the Quran. I also make airtime available, at any time, to any Muslim organization to help reinforce this realistic, peaceful view of Islam.”

I’ll bet my last dollar that Glenn Beck, not to mention others, regularly receive ironic death threats from self-proclaimed “peace-lovers.” After all, there’s a reason that gaining entrance to the Time-Warner building or Radio City is about as easy as getting into the White House.

Glenn and his staff have produced some fantastic exposes about the threat posed by radical Islam. Ratings for Glenn Beck on CNN Headline News have doubled since the program’s premiere. My only fear is that all this will be a distraction and cause Beck to lose focus on why so many of us became fans years back. In other words, this is all dangerously close getting a little too serious for my taste.

True, rising stars cast angry shadows while at the same time offering big bright targets. The key is to keep moving upward. If Beck spends too much time engaging his detractors and parsing comments, the comedic focus of his programs will give way to caddy pissing matches and “no, this is what I really meant to say” monologues.

There will be all sorts of “groups” constantly lobbying against Beck. This happens even more when part of your game is humor. Every joke has a butt, and nobody wants to be an ass. This, however, is the nature of the beast. What to do? Ignore them, move on, and keep being funny.

It’s the fun, light-hearted and comical approach to the news that makes Beck’s shows fun to watch. This is his “element.” I hope Beck can make his points concerning radical Islam, perhaps even using one of the more effective daggers in history — humor – and subsequently move on and leave those necessary serious chores to somebody less equipped to entertain.

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Recent stories on the blog: Rosie O’Donnell calls for Bush impeachment/Liz Taylor endorses HillaryThe Pelosi Code –  Something to remember about “scientists” — “John ‘I’m a lumberjack and I’m okay’ Edwards’ Builds a New Home

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Glenn Beck’s Muslim Distraction

Before writing about Glenn Beck’s hiring as a commentator for ABC’s Good Morning America, which now has certain Arab groups engaged in active protest, I should offer a disclaimer. I have done some writing in the past couple of years for Beck (specifically for Fusion), spoken to him in person, and appeared on his syndicated radio show.

Beck is one of the nicest, most congenial “personalities” I’ve ever met. Some say that he’s “evil.” I didn’t see it. Glenn must have left his devil horns and red pitchfork at home that morning.

If that disclaimer doesn’t say “unbiased,” nothing does. I have not, however, been paid, nor encouraged to write, this commentary — and you’ll see why soon enough.

At any rate, Beck’s nightly television show on CNN Headline News, which is approaching a year on the air, is a breath of fresh air in the evening. I’ve visited with some of the writing and production crew for the show and nowhere will you find a more talented staff of folks, and that all comes through on the air.

The television show is different – in a good way. When I first saw Beck’s TV show, it reminded me of a trippy composite of Meet the Press, The Late Show with David Letterman, Saturday Night Live, and Firing Line. It’s nice to watch a news-oriented program that doesn’t consist of a couple of people yelling at each other. The light-hearted approach to the news is why the show became the fastest growing cable news program.

Inevitably, whenever you find a star on the rise, you’ll find somebody trying to shoot it down. Beck has devoted many of his programs to highlighting the dangers posed by radical Islam, and this has, for some reason, angered people who would define themselves as non-radical Islam.

I have to admit, when I heard that Glenn was getting more and more into highlighting the dangers posed by radical Islam, I said “uh oh.” My concern, oddly enough, had little to do with what was being discussed and more to do with Beck as an entertainer, which is, after all, why so many are catching on to his programs.

During a November interview, Beck asked Minnesota Rep. Keith Ellison, the first Muslim member of Congress, to “prove to me that you are not working with our enemies.”

Beck said the question/statement was poorly worded, but Arab activists are now, of course, lobbying ABC to let Beck go as a commentator.

After this story began to spread, Beck said this:

“My message is clear: Islam is a peaceful religion for over 90 percent of the world’s Muslims,” he said. “I have urged viewers repeatedly to understand this, while asking all of the proud, peaceful Muslims here in America to take a more visible role in our fight against those who make a mockery of the Quran. I also make airtime available, at any time, to any Muslim organization to help reinforce this realistic, peaceful view of Islam.”

I’ll bet my last dollar that Glenn Beck, not to mention others, regularly receive ironic death threats from self-proclaimed “peace-lovers.” After all, there’s a reason that gaining entrance to the Time-Warner building or Radio City is about as easy as getting into the White House.

Glenn and his staff have produced some fantastic exposes about the threat posed by radical Islam. Ratings for Glenn Beck on CNN Headline News have doubled since the program’s premiere. My only fear is that all this will be a distraction and cause Beck to lose focus on why so many of us became fans years back. In other words, this is all dangerously close getting a little too serious for my taste.

True, rising stars cast angry shadows while at the same time offering big bright targets. The key is to keep moving upward. If Beck spends too much time engaging his detractors and parsing comments, the comedic focus of his programs will give way to caddy pissing matches and “no, this is what I really meant to say” monologues.

There will be all sorts of “groups” constantly lobbying against Beck. This happens even more when part of your game is humor. Every joke has a butt, and nobody wants to be an ass. This, however, is the nature of the beast. What to do? Ignore them, move on, and keep being funny.

It’s the fun, light-hearted and comical approach to the news that makes Beck’s shows fun to watch. This is his “element.” I hope Beck can make his points concerning radical Islam, perhaps even using one of the more effective daggers in history — humor – and subsequently move on and leave those necessary serious chores to somebody less equipped to entertain.

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Recent stories on the blog: Rosie O’Donnell calls for Bush impeachment/Liz Taylor endorses HillaryThe Pelosi Code –  Something to remember about “scientists” — “John ‘I’m a lumberjack and I’m okay’ Edwards’ Builds a New Home

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The Pelosi Code

Since the State of the Union speech, much has been said and written about Nancy Pelosi, who was blinking so much that she’s been offered a job as sign outside a Nevada brothel.

Rush Limbaugh surmised that it was some sort of code to Pelosi’s fellow Democrats on when to applaud and when to stay seated. Some people at Free Republic agree.

You be the judge. Personally, I think her facelift is starting to short circuit: