In the wake of the George Zimmerman acquittal, the singer said he would not be performing in the Sunshine State until its Stand Your Ground law is “abolished.” He also said he would not be performing in any other state that recognizes the law, which some say contributed to Zimmerman’s acquittal in the shooting death of Florida teen Trayvon Martin on Feb. 26, 2012.
“I decided today that until the Stand Your Ground law is abolished in Florida, I will never perform there again,” Wonder said Sunday while performing in Quebec City. “As a matter of fact, wherever I find that law exists, I will not perform in that state or in that part of the world.”
The stupid thing about this is that Zimmerman’s defense didn’t invoke the stand your ground law — that’s a silly superstition (sorry) — and the existence of stand your ground is not why Zimmerman was acquitted. The defense argued, and the jury concluded, that Zimmerman was pinned on the ground and therefore had no ground to stand (no other possible retreat), which negated stand your ground as a defense option. The conclusion was pure self-defense.
In any case, if Wonder stays true to his work, there are a lot of states he’ll be overjoyed (really sorry) to boycott:
Wonder’s pledge to avoid performing in the above highlighted states has been signed, sealed, and delivered (last one, promise).
Liberty Plaza Events has signed on musical acts Lynyrd Skynyrd (Aug. 26), Trace Adkins (Aug. 28) and Kid Rock (Aug. 29) for the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla. Other artists such as Ronnie Dunn of Brooks & Dunn, Kenny Wayne Shepherd, Robert Randolph and Night Ranger may also appear. There will also be another major act for the closing night “Wheels Up” party that’s still to be announced.
Word is the RNC has graciously reached across the aisle and invited Joe Biden to sing “Simple Man” with Skynyrd, but the Veep’s office hasn’t responded yet.
But let’s forget about convention entertainment and stay focused on defeating Obama… all summer long (worst segue ever):
I’m trying to imagine a scenario in which I’d be able to sit around a table with Anna Wintour, Barack and “Mee-shell” Obama, and Sarah Jessica Parker and yet still have any kind of appetite for a meal:
Translation: “Normally I have security quickly remove proletariat trash like you who wander too close to my Park Avenue den of elitism, but I’m willing to tolerate a couple of peasants for one hour only as my personal sacrifice in order to help Barack Obama finish the job of stuffing the rest of the US economy into the back of Jack Kevorkian’s old van. Don’t miss out, rubes!”
I can rarely find the time to make it to the movies, but my staff is buzzing about The Avengers, which focuses on a new, limitless clean energy source called “The Tesseract.” In the film, there is evidently an intergalactic struggle to claim this new resource – one we can only win by relying on heroes like Captain America, Thor, Iron Man, Black Widow, and the Incredible Hulk. Naturally, the group includes a couple scientists!
While the “Tesseract” may be fictional, the real-life global competition over clean energy is growing increasingly intense, as countries around the world sense a huge economic opportunity AND the opportunity for cleaner air, water, and a healthier planet. This is now a $260 billion global market, a sum that would impress even Tony Stark. According to the International Energy Agency, last year — for the first time — more money was invested worldwide in clean, renewable power plants than in fossil fuel power plants.
Given how big the opportunity is, and how fast it is growing, it is no surprise that 80 countries have adopted policies or incentives to capture a share of the clean energy market. The good news is that we have an advantage every bit as powerful as the Incredible Hulk: Americans’ talent for entrepreneurship and innovation is unrivalled [sic] by any other country in the world. We have world-leading scientific facilities that would make Bruce Banner green with envy, and the investments we’re making today in groundbreaking new technologies can help American businesses stay ahead of the curve.
Ultimately, however, the clean energy prize is still up for grabs and countries like China are competing aggressively. It’s not enough for us to simply invent the technologies of the future, we need to actually build and deploy them here as well. As President Obama noted recently, one step Congress should take immediately is to renew the expiring tax credits for clean energy – a step that will create jobs and help American companies compete. When it comes to clean energy, our motto should be: “Invented in America, Made in America, Sold Around the World.”
When I saw The Avengers, I just knew when they got to the part about the the “Tesseract” — the limitless clean energy source — that it would make greenies with plenty of access to other people’s money harder than Chris Matthews stuck in an elevator with Obama.
Here’s the catch though, and it’s sort of fits metaphorically:
The villain in the movie is Loki — an Asgardian god who is also the archenemy (and adoptive brother) of Thor.
Loki seeks the Tesseract because it will open a portal in space through which the aliens from Chitauri will travel to earth in order to enslave mankind. Loki believes that freedom is an illusion and that it is the destiny of humans to be subservient to those who are their intellectual superiors (“Freedom is a disease and servitude is the cure”). As his only concern was with increasing his own power, Loki wanted this magical “clean energy” source as a way to take control of rubes, not for any altruistic reason — to save people from “global warming” or anything like that. Gee, the only thing missing was Loki telling people they should let him control the Tesseract because of all the jobs that would be “saved or created.”
I’m told that in the sequel Loki will come to earth in search of algae fuel.
Oh, and to top it off, The Avengers — Iron Man specifically — ended up destroying the Chitaurian army and closing the Tesseract portal with an atomic bomb. I don’t know if Chu and his fellow greenies saw that part. Chu must think they plugged the hole with unused Solyndra solar panels or something.
Democrats are aghast after Ted Nugent, in reference to the need to defeat the Dems in November, said “we need to take these sons of bitches out!”
Oh wait, that was said by Jimmy Hoffa Jr. at an event attended by President Obama, and it was directed at the Tea Party (Obama later said he was “proud” of Hoffa). So “take these sons of bitches out” is an acceptable election metaphor. An unacceptable election metaphor was used by Ted Nugent, and apparently the Secret Service is now involved:
The U.S. Secret Service is looking into a violent rant by “Catch Scratch Fever” rocker Ted Nugent in which he denounced President Barack Obama and his top advisers as “evil” and urged National Rifle Association members to help “chop their heads off in November.”
“I’ll tell you this right now: If Barack Obama becomes the president in November, again, I will either be dead or in jail by this time next year,” Nugent said. “We need to ride into that battlefield and chop their heads off in November. Any questions?”
Nugent, speaking at the organization’s annual gathering over the weekend, praised NRA members but warned that if they did not “get everybody in your lives to clean house in this vile, evil, America-hating administration, I don’t even know what you’re made out of.”
“If the coyote’s in your living room, pissing on your couch, it’s not the coyote’s fault. It’s your fault for not shooting him,” he said. He also denounced the administration as “criminals” and said a Democratic victory in November would mean “we’ll be a suburb of Indonesia next year” — an apparent reference to Obama’s boyhood time there.
The MSM and Beltway liberals (pardon the redundancy) are wondering if Mitt Romney will publicly call out and denounce the offensive and vulgar entertainer. Will Mitt even get so disgusted that he’ll ask the Super PAC that supports his campaign to send back Nugent’s million dollar campaign donation? Wait — dammit!… sorry, I got my people mixed up again.
Below is the clip in question of Nugent at the NRA convention. Maybe The Nuge could have softened it up a bit by instead saying “we need to put ’em in a ‘Stranglehold’ in November.” No? Yeah, you’re right. The NYT headline the next day would have read “Ted Nugent encourages rabid right-wing throng to asphyxiate political opponents, Romney yet to denounce Motor City Madman”:
“I spoke at the NRA and I will stand by my speech. It was 100 percent positive,” Nugent told the Dana Loesch radio show today. “It’s about we the people taking back our American dream from the corrupt monsters in the federal government under this administration and the communist czars he’s appointed.”
“See, I’m a black Jew at a Nazi-Klan rally, and there are some power-abusing corrupt monsters in our federal government that despise me because I have the audacity to speak the truth to identify the violations of our government, particularly Eric Holder and the president and Tim Geithner, ad nauseam,” Nugent told Loesch.
“I have never in my life threatened anyone’s life. I’m incapable of threatening anyone’s life. Because I’m about positive change, my entire speech, all my articles,” he later added.
Nugent also had choice words for Democratic National Committee chairwoman Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz as well as House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, both of whom he referred to as “varmints.”
“Varmints are sometimes clever, but they are really easy to outmaneuver,” he said. “If you just listen to Wasserman Schultz, just watch the lady talk, listen to her words, examine her voting record. Listen to Nancy Pelosi, this sub-human scoundrel … these government monsters are so out of control. I’m using my First Amendment.
“The job of we the people is to spotlight cockroaches, and come November we’re going to stomp them at the voting booth,” he said.
If you’re Obama looking for a director for your campaign film (the trailer was recently released, featuring narration from Tom Hanks), you’d want somebody who not only has tasted the Kool Aid, but who has swallowed so much of it that they’ve overdosed on Hope & Change and will forever be seeing visions of rainbows, gumdrops and unicorns.
Team Obama’s choice was Davis Guggenheim, who directed Al Gore’s epic adventure of misinformation “An Inconvenient Truth.”
Best part: The only negative about Obama? Too many accomplishments!
The left is leaving no stone unturned in their Rush Limbaugh criticism — even if they have to make up stuff.
I believe it was Media Matters that started the lie that certain music was played “while Limbaugh attacked Sandra Fluke” — as in simultaneously — as if Limbaugh had a soundtrack playing in the back ground as he was talking. Anybody who has ever listened to Rush knows that he uses bumper music like most other talk shows, and the clips last maybe five seconds as a lead-in to the segment.
But Media Matters knows they can count on their fellow travelers in the MSM to parrot their talking points like good sheep. Just one example is this story (note the “possibly defamatory” remark — just in case Sandra Fluke’s attorney needs some help, Reuters is there):
Rush Limbaugh is facing the music after his crude and possibly defamatory remarks about Georgetown law student Sandra Fluke. First advertisers, and now some famous musicians, are cutting ties to the right-wing radio host.
The band Rush and singer Peter Gabriel are taking steps to stop Rush Limbaugh from using their music on his talk show, The Washington Post reports.
Peter Gabriel’s 1986 song “Sledgehammer” was played in the background as Limbaugh called Fluke a “slut” and a “prostitute” for her Congressional testimony about birth control. Gabriel was “appalled,” his agent said.
“It is obvious from anyone that knows Peter’s work that he would never approve such a use” of his music, Peter Gabriel’s agent said in a statement, according to the Post. The agent called Rush Limbaugh’s comments about Sandra Fluke “unfair, aggressive, and ignorant.”
The band Rush, meantime, sent Rush Limbaugh a cease and desist letter. Limbaugh’s use of the band’s music before and after commercial breaks inaccurately “implies an endorsement of the views expressed” on his radio show, the letter states.
I assume the Limbaugh show, like countless other radio and TV shows, pays the proper licensing fees for the music they use (Clear Channel more than likely has a deal with BMI and ASCAP just as many other broadcast companies). Music companies make it available as an extra way to make some money.
The implication of course is to make it sound as if Limbaugh’s doing something “illegal” by playing the music, and the further outright lie is that he’s playing the music as background while he’s talking.
Peter Gabriel’s “Sledgehammer” and Rush’s “Spirit of Radio” have been played as bumpers on Limbaugh’s show since I can remember, and it’s just now being noticed? Either Rush the band and Peter Gabriel are full of crap when they say they’re “shocked” the clips were being used, or they really need to find new lawyers.
I wonder if Bill and Hill will get any residuals for being the inspirations for this new show:
At the epicenter of the drama is the divorced former First Lady, who’s the current Secretary of State, having recently lost the presidential nomination.
Elaine Barrish – that’s the name of Weaver’s character – has got a philandering ex-husband; she’s also got twin sons, and The Good One is her chief of staff.
Barrish struggles to keep her family together while simultaneously dealing with the crises of the State Department. USA had ordered six episodes of the series, for which it has just cast the actress best known for “Aliens,” and “Avatar,” and “Working Girl,” and “The Year of Living Dangerously.”
The series premiere covers straw that broke the camel’s back of the “fictional” couple’s marriage. In the episode, which is entitled “I was just cleaning it and it went off,” watch for cameos by characters named “Harmonica Flutinsky” and “Flick Norris,” as well as an appearance by the re-set button.