Ironic: Villains in ‘Red Dawn’ Remake Changed So Beijing Won’t Be Offended

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In the upcoming Red Dawn semi-remake, the “bad guys” were originally scripted to be the ChiComs, but to avoid offending Beijing, the villain has been revised to be North Korea — unless Kim Jong il takes issue, then I suppose the invader will be Justin Bieber or something like that:

Hollywood film-makers have changed the villains in a re-make of the film Red Dawn to avoid offending China and spoiling its chances of success at the box office.

The original action film starring Patrick Swayze and Charlie Sheen featured Russian troops invading America.

In the remake Chinese troops lead the invasion – but bosses at MGM studio are to spend more than $1 million on digital special effects to make it appear the invaders are from North Korea.

This is sort of like a “Red Dawn” movie within a “Red Dawn” movie. By changing the villains so that Beijing won’t be offended, does that mean that China has already taken over in real life… just a little bit maybe? This could be the most ironic example of art imitating life ever.

Instead of spending a million dollars digitally altering the villain, they should have just kept China as the invader, made the movie revolve around debt, and changed the title to “Repo Man II.”

Last summer they were filming portions of the movie here in Michigan, and I think this propaganda poster would make a great addition to the “Let’s Move” anti-obesity campaign:

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Newsweek: 38% Fail Basic Citizenship Test; Naturally, Capitalism, States’ Rights and Too Little Investment in Public Broadcasting to Blame

This is America’s poorest performance on the basic civics and history test since the Germans bombed Pearl Harbor.

Newsweek conducted a citizenship test recently, and their results show that 38 percent of those asked didn’t know the name of the vice president (some days I’d rather forget it too), what happened at the Constitutional Convention or who is third in line to the presidency (until last November I tried like hell to forget that one too). I’ll bet if Newsweek would have thrown in the old “who’s buried at Grant’s Tomb” question they’d have found a similar fail rate.

What’s to blame for this miserable lack of rudimentary civics knowledge? Bring on the experts, because this is partly the fault of capitalism, state’s rights and too little investment in public broadcasting:

It doesn’t help that the United States has one of the highest levels of income inequality in the developed world, with the top 400 households raking in more money than the bottom 60 percent combined. As Dalton Conley, an NYU sociologist, explains, “it’s like comparing apples and oranges. Unlike Denmark, we have a lot of very poor people without access to good education, and a huge immigrant population that doesn’t even speak English.” When surveys focus on well-off, native-born respondents, the U.S. actually holds its own against Europe.
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Other factors exacerbate the situation. A big one, [Yale political scientist Jacob] Hacker argues, is the decentralized U.S. education system, which is run mostly by individual states: “When you have more centrally managed curricula, you have more common knowledge and a stronger civic culture.” Another hitch is our reliance on market-driven programming rather than public broadcasting, which, according to the EJC study, “devotes more attention to public affairs and international news, and fosters greater knowledge in these areas.”

So if Republicans carry through with their vendetta against Elmo and NPR people will get even dumber? That should actually come as pretty good news for certain politicians heading into the 2012 elections.

Somehow if Roger Ailes loses everything he has, people will magically know what happened at the Constitutional Convention. The science is settled.

As for getting rid of states’ rights, give ’em time — they’re working on it.

Speaking in India, Sarah Palin Sure Sounds Like She’s Running for President

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Gateway Pundit live blogged Sarah Palin’s keynote speech at the India Today Conclave in New Delhi this morning.

Here are a few items from the post-speech Q & A:

On foreign policy-
Sarah Palin: There would have been more decisiveness. We have a rich tradition on being on the side of those who seek freedom. “Less dithering and more decisiveness.”
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On the tea party movement-
Sarah Palin: The tea party patriots just want the Constitution to be followed. It’s smaller smarter government. It’s too good to have a leader.
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On campaigning for VP-
Sarah Palin: You can’t really trust the media. You have to have the boldness and courage of setting the record straight. Especially when they have made their choice… I’m not just going to sit back and take it. I’ve learned you can’t just trust the media to set the record straight. Republicans have the fighting instinct of sheep sometimes. I don’t play the victim card when they do choose to set the election straight.
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On losing election-
Sarah Palin: Obama was a change agent.

Question: But so were you.

Sarah Palin: But I wasn’t on the top of the ticket.
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Sarah Palin: It’s time a woman became president of the United States of America. (Applause)
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Sarah Palin: I am a strong supporter of peace through strength… If we want a more peaceful world India and America must work more closely together.
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Her role in Republican Party-
Sarah Palin: I’m pretty independent and some people don’t like that… I’m a mom and I just don’t have the time to play some of the games the guys want to play.
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Last question – Will your husband be called the first man?
Sarah Palin: First dude.

Unlike Barack Obama, Sarah Palin didn’t have the coconuts removed from the trees before arriving, preferring to use them for target practice on the way into the auditorium.

Now it’s on to Israel and a meeting with Benjamin Netanyahu.

This concludes today’s test of the PDS Incitement System.

Update: Nice Deb has video of the entire speech here.

Another Item for the List of Things Obama Inherited From Bush?

Team Obama often likes to blame problems on the fact that they inherited them from Bush — the war(s), Gitmo, deficits, etc. — but there’s a new item to possibly add to the list of things Obama inherited from Bush: W’s 2001 Afghanistan speech:

Obama closed Friday’s remarks by saying, “I’ve taken this decision with the confidence that action is necessary, and that we will not be acting alone. Our goal is focused. Our cause is just. And our coalition is strong.”

Nearly a decade earlier, when President George W. Bush announced that U.S. forces were launching military strikes in Afghanistan, Bush said: “To all the men and women in our military … I say this: Your mission is defined. Your objectives are clear. Your goal is just.” Bush used similar wording in other remarks at the time.

Also on Friday, Obama said, “The United States did not seek this outcome. Our decisions have been driven by Qaddafi’s refusal to respect the rights of his people and the potential for mass murder of innocent civilians.”

On Oct. 7, 2001, Bush said of operations in Afghanistan, “We did not ask for this mission, but we will fulfill it. … We defend not only our precious freedoms, but also the freedom of people everywhere to live and raise their children free from fear.”

The senior White House official said “any similarity is coincidence,” adding that neither Obama nor his speechwriters reviewed Bush’s remarks from Oct. 7, 2001.

Mere coincidence? Even if it is — hell, especially if it is — Obama’s core lefty base from 2008 should be wetting their hemp undies that The One is turning into the evil George W. Bush right before their progressive eyes.

(h/t HAP)

Worst Nightmare Realized: Helen Thomas in Playboy

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Helen Thomas in Playboy — or as some refer to it: The fifth horseman of the apocalypse.

Okay, don’t panic. For a second there you might have been more turned off than Helen in a kosher deli, but it’s not as bad as the headline implies. It could have been worse — much worse. What I’m referring to is just an interview with Helen Thomas that appears in Playboy. Whew. But Hef must be getting too old to realize that even the name on the cover could be an unwanted dose of saltpeter to prospective magazine buyers.

From the interview, some typical Helen Thomas terrorism justification:

On Palestinian violence against the Israelis: “Of course I don’t condone any violence against anyone. But who wouldn’t fight for their country? What would any American do if their land was being taken? Remember Pearl Harbor. The Palestinian violence is to protect what little remains of Palestine. The suicide bombers act out of despair and desperation. Three generations of Palestinians have been forced out of their homes — by Israelis — and into refugee camps.”

In the interview, Thomas insists she doesn’t hate Jews — she just understands why people want to kill them.

And it would appear that Barack Obama has lost Helen Thomas — not that at this point in Helen’s embarrassing nosedive of a career this will bother Obama one bit:

On her belief that Hillary Clinton and President Obama would be liberal: “I thought, naively perhaps, that [Hillary Clinton] and Obama would bring change, that they would be different. I assumed wrongly that they would be liberal because he’s black and she’s a woman. It’s maddening.”

Helen Thomas thinking Obama hasn’t behaved like a liberal is the best evidence that she has indeed lost her mind — something she denies in the interview.

(h/t Weasel Zippers)

Harry Reid With Another Compelling Reason Not to Defund NPR: Cool Stories About Dog Racing

Yesterday the House voted to defund NPR, but leave it to Harry Reid to come up with a good reason to keep shoveling taxpayer cash at them:

Sen. Lisa Murkowski (R-Alaska), who had come to the floor to congratulate athletes currently competing in the Iditarod Dog Race in Alaska, prompted the majority leader to speak on the topic.

After listening to Murkowski and asking a couple of questions, Reid explained that he had heard a piece about dog racing on NPR.

“They had a really, really good piece on public radio before the start of the race,” explained Reid. “I hesitate saying this because I know I will probably get in trouble, but this is a good reason why the House vote was bad today to defund public radio.”

Reid continued, “The only radio station I can get during the daytime in Searchlight, Nevada is public radio.”

Oh my God, if the GOP gets their way, how will America get all its dog racing information? This is a national security issue!

Why is a liberal pretending to like the Iditarod anyway? That’s a Palin sport.

As for NPR being the only station Reid can get at home, according to NPR, 2 percent of their money comes in the form of taxpayer subsidy, so why the continual assumptions that NPR will go off the air without federal funding? In any case, it’d be far cheaper just to buy Harry Reid a better radio.

Update: Question of the day: If NPR is so wonderful and valuable, why can’t it compete in the marketplace like other news outlets?

How Appropriate: Train Station Renamed for Joe Biden is Millions Over Budget

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On Thursday it was announced that a school named after Barack Obama was being shuttered due to fiscal mismanagement and under-achievement, and the fitting Team Obama irony clickity-clacks along:

As a thank-you to its most famous customer, Amtrak is renaming the train station in Wilmington, Del. after stimulus “sheriff” Vice President Joseph R. Biden — after the project received $20 million in stimulus money, and came in $5.7 million over the initial announced budget.

Obama called him “Sheriff Joe” because he was charged with ensuring that every dollar of stimulus money was spent wisely and that projects came in on time and on budget. So naturally when that went south almost immediately, the only other option was to start doing Joe the honor of naming some of his failures after him.

St. Patrick’s Day: The Bar is Open

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My favorite holiday of the year is upon us, but I can’t say that without acknowledging those who are working the hardest today: cabbies and bail bondsmen. This is the day my people, and many others in solidarity, try to live up to Michael Bloomberg’s stereotype.

As usual, every St. Patrick’s Day there are eco-weenies telling us how to make our parties environmentally friendly.

Here are my suggestions on how to “green” your St. Patrick’s Day celebration:

–Vomit only in a re-usable burlap bag, and if possible share your bag with others
–Use spinach to make your beer green instead of earth-unfriendly artificial dyes
–Insist police drive you to jail in a hybrid vehicle
–Change the lock on Al Gore’s private jet so he can’t use it

Happy St. Paddy’s Day!

Update: President Obama met with Ireland’s Prime Minister and “discussed how Ireland will bounce back from economic turmoil.”

Hopefully for Ireland’s sake that discussion was about doing the exact opposite of what Obama does here.

By the way, some of Obama’s Irish relatives aren’t fans of his politics.