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Movie about Barack & Michelle’s first date might recover production costs just in ticket sales to lapdog media

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**Written by Doug Powers

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If you’re a Republican president, Hollywood gives you Alzheimer’s mockumentaries and “W,” but when you’re a liberal president Hollywood is a little more lenient:

The Sundance indie Southside With You is your classic boy-meets-girl romance, chronicling one couple’s first date from start to finish. The only catch? That couple later went on to become the U.S. commander-in-chief and the first lady.

Writer-director Richard Tanne took Barack and Michelle Obama’s rom-com meet-cute and dramatized it for Southside With You, which premiered earlier this year at the Sundance Film Festival. Now, John Legend, who executive produced the film, has shared the first trailer, which gives us a fictionalized look at the Obamas’ first-ever date.

Brace yourselves for the trailer (Chris Matthews has dibs on the director’s cut):

There’s only one question to settle now: Greatest love story of OUR time, or of ALL time?

But it isn’t just a romantic comedy — serious issues are also confronted:

Southside With You follows a young Barack and Michelle Obama on their first date on a particularly hot day in Chicago.

That date was the beginning of the end for global warming.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

White House finally agrees that a reinforced, heightened border fence increases security!*

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 19:40

**Written by Doug Powers

*HEADLINE DISCLAIMER: Only when that fence surrounds the White House:

The U.S. Secret Service plans to raise the height of the White House security fence by 5 feet and add a new concrete foundation to reduce the risk of fence-jumpers, according to a copy of an agency report obtained by the News4 I-Team.

The agency, along with the National Park Service, said it intends to begin building a “taller, stronger” fence to protect the White House grounds by 2018.
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“The current fence simply is not adequate for a modern era. We’ve said that before. It is becoming more and more acutely clear that that is in fact the case,” Secret Service official Tom Dougherty said in the briefing to federal officials.

Obama should also be made aware that the upgraded WH fence will not keep out climate change, which is, after all, our biggest security threat.

**Written by Doug Powers

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The trouble with Carly Fiorina: Top 11 red flags

Thu, 04/28/2016 - 01:14

Ted Cruz’s vice presidential announcement yesterday was intended to galvanize Republicans and provide a boost to his campaign heading into Indiana and California. Many of my friends and colleagues support the decision.

But Cruz’s choice of Carly Fiorina troubles me deeply. Here are 11 red flags:

  1. H-1B. At a time when thousands of American high-skilled workers are getting sacked and replaced with cheap foreign H-1B visa holders, embracing Fiorina sends a terrible message about Cruz’s commitment to H-1B reform. At Hewlett-Packard, Fiorina was an early adopter of the sovereignty-sabotaging practices now running rampant and undeterred at Disney, Southern California Edison, Abbott Labs, Intel, and countless other American companies colluding with offshore outsourcers. Old corporate habits and addictions are hard to break.

Flashback:

This 30-second video about Carly Fiorina laying off 30,000 Hewlett-Packard workers is really hard-hitting. https://t.co/1vYWU2DRW5

— Steven Greenhouse (@greenhousenyt) April 27, 2016

2. DREAM Act/Amnesty. Fiorina supported in-state tuition discounts for illegal aliens during her Senate bid and heartily “applauded and saluted” the Gang of Eight mass illegal alien amnesty/guest worker visa bonanza in 2013 on liberal network MSNBC. She also bungled a debate question on birthright citizenship last fall and called efforts to close the illegal alien loophole an “emotional distraction.”

  1. Fed Ed and Common Core. Cruz promises to repeal Common Core “on Day One.” Similarly, presidential candidate Carly Fiorina condemned the outsized influence of corporate cronies on federal education standards and Common Core last fall. But Fiorina’s newfound position smacks of the very kind of campaign-timed conversion that Cruz says he opposes. In 2010, when she ran her disastrous Senate campaign in California, Fiorina endorsed the Obama Race to the Top program that provided billions in subsidies to states as inducements to adopt Common Core.  Note: It is not a coincidence that the same Big Business companies that push Common Core are the same ones pushing massive expansion of amnesty and guest worker programs.
  1. Government bailouts and stimulus spending. As I wrote back in 2010, “Fiorina served as the economic adviser to [John] McCain, who supported the $700 billion TARP bailout, the $25 billion auto bailout, a $300 billion mortgage bailout, and the first $85 billion AIG bailout.” She flip-flopped on the bailouts, as well as on the Obama stimulus—whose broadband funding she cheered in 2009.
  2. “Admiration and empathy for Hillary Clinton.” Speaks for itself:

Fiorina participated in two Clinton Global Initiative events and also gave money to the left-leaning, H-1B-hungry Hillary donor TechNet PAC.

  1. Gender card exploitation. I was one of the few who pointed this out at the time and I haven’t forgotten: Fiorina acted and sounded more like a radical campus left-wing feminist/Black Lives Matter activist than a lifelong conservative in 2009 when she derided her “white man” GOP primary opponent, Chuck DeVore.
  2. BFF Jesse Jackson. Perhaps Fiorina learned the “white man” rhetoric from her pal, race-hustling shakedown artist Jesse Jackson—whom Fiorina embraced while at Hewlett-Packard and repeatedly praised.
  3. A vote for Sonia Sotomayor. In keeping with her identity politics pandering, Fiorina said she would have voted for reliable liberal SCOTUS justice and longtime open-borders champion Sonia Sotomayor.
  4. Super PAC funny business. The dealings between Cruz’s super PAC and Fiorina’s super PAC just don’t smell right.
  5. Record of failure. In business and in politics, Fiorina has a long track record of failing upward (and being a deadbeat to boot.)

 

It’s more than just the desperation of Cruz’s VP pick that is problematic. It’s the dissonant bad judgment of choosing a running mate who resembles the duplicitous “campaign season conservative” whom Cruz has spent this entire election cycle disavowing.

Finally, #11:

When the best person you can find to be your running mate is a twice-failed candidate who accused you of saying anything to win, that’s not a red flag. It’s a four-alarm fire.

Because they care: Will Ferrell to assist Hillary’s push for Alzheimer’s awareness with planned Reagan mockumentary; Updated

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 21:40

**Written by Doug Powers

Hillary Clinton has campaigned on the idea of finding a cure for Alzheimer’s disease by the year 2025. One of Hillary’s celebrity supporters is helping raise awareness by… using the horrible illness to make a fictional mockery out of Ronald Reagan’s final term in office:

Having already famously portrayed former President George W. Bush in various comedy sketches, Will Ferrell is now setting his sights on another former commander in chief.

Sources tell Variety Ferrell is attached to star as President Ronald Reagan in the Black List script “Reagan.”

Penned by Mike Rosolio, the story begins at the start of the ex-president’s second term when he falls into dementia and an ambitious intern is tasked with convincing the commander in chief that he is an actor playing the president in a movie.
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Ferrell will produce along with production banner Gary Sanchez Productions. The package currently is without a director but will soon be shopped to studios.

Next can the Hollywood Left please develop a script about an ambitious WH intern tasked with convincing the commander-in-chief that he isn’t an actor but is actually the president? Asking for a friend.

Update:

Ferrell has reportedly bailed out of the project.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Beyonce’s beehive of bombastic buffoons

Wed, 04/27/2016 - 10:18

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Beyonce’s beehive of bombastic buffoons
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2016

Question: Why aren’t liberal celebrities ever held accountable for stoking their unhinged fans’ violent threats and stupidity — the same way Republican candidates are called on to disavow every last remote and random act of bad behavior of their supporters?

The double standards are as glaring as a glittering diva’s Harry Winston diamonds.

I’m looking at you, Beyonce.

The singer dropped a highly incendiary album over the weekend titled “Lemonade” on her husband Jay-Z’s failing music streaming service, Tidal. When last we heard from booty-shaking Beyonce, she was growling and cursing her way half-naked through her Black Panther anthem, “Formation,” at the Super Bowl.

But Queen Bey ain’t just settling for twerk-punctuated, fist-clenching, cop-bashing radical chic. The Black Lives Matters message is incidental this time to her real beef: cheating hubby Jay Z and his mistress(es?).

“Middle fingers up, put them hands high/ Wave it in his face, tell him, boy, bye,” she rants before jeering that her adulterous partner “better call Becky with the good hair.” Wielding a baseball bat, the designer gown-swathed star sashays down the street in a music video obliterating car windows and fire hydrants.

In case she isn’t clear enough, she threatens: “Ashes to ashes, dust to side chicks.” Whack! Thwack! Bam!

Cue the pop star’s bloodthirsty mob. Beyonce didn’t just toot a dog whistle. She sounded the alarm for her wolf pack. So far, the rabid fans have virtually mauled two women and one teenager in their online witch hunt on Beyonce’s behalf.

When fashion designer Rachel Roy took to Instagram to joke about her good hair after “Lemonade’s” release, Beyonce’s spittle-flecked fans, who call themselves the “Beehive,” swarmed onto Roy’s social media accounts. They littered Roy’s Instagram comments with lemon and bumblebee emojis, for starters. Then, they quickly escalated to nasty death threats calling the ex-wife of entertainment mogul Damon Dash (Jay Z’s former business partner) a “b—h” and a “hoe” who is going to “get f—ed up.”

Stay classy, kids!

Roy was forced to turn her social media accounts private. But that didn’t provide any protection for two other innocent bystanders in the Beehive’s hysterical onslaught.

Rachel Roy’s 16-year-old daughter, Ava, has also been subjected to blistering harassment online. A photo she posted on Instagram with her mom was littered with nasty insults calling her a “whore” and other unprintable vulgarities.

“R.I.P. to your mom,” one menace jeered. “Tell your basic mutt face Mother to keep her legs closed to [a] married man,” another lashed out (accompanied by 8 lemon emojis, of course).

If that weren’t bad enough, Beyonce’s low-information buffoons also confused cooking star Rachael Ray for Rachel Roy. Misplaced misogyny and bullying ensued. The chef’s pretty Instagram pictures of spring vegetable soup and steak salad were inundated with f-bombs and body-shaming. The Beehivers took to Twitter to label Ray a “30-minute meal hoe” among other diatribes, which continue despite the attackers being told of the mistaken identity.

Ray, Roy. What difference does it make? Watch out, all you Rachel Reys and Rachel Ruys out there. You’re next.

The bitter bees show no signs of letting up — and Beyonce’s silence about the vicious vendetta of her swarm speaks volumes. Her own personal army of Bernard Goetzes now suspects British singer and former Jay-Z protege Rita Ora of being the other other woman. “Rita Ora must die” and “Rita Ora, I hope you die” are among the sweeter sentiments now clogging her social media accounts.

Twitter recently vowed to improve its policing of hate speech recently. But its commitment is as full of holes as a honeycomb. Loud-mouthed rapper Azaelia Banks got a pass just a few weeks ago after tweeting that former GOP vice presidential candidate Sarah Palin should be gang-raped. That tells you all you need to know about whether the politically correct micro-messaging platform will filter out The Queen’s filthy minions.

So, the next time sanctimonious Hollywood lefties and social justice warriors in Silicon Valley blame the right for uncivil rhetoric and out-of-control online mobs, point them to Beyonce’s raging beehive and tell ’em:

Buzz off.

Trump wins all 5 Tuesday primaries, Hillary pours hot sauce on Bernie’s chances

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 21:51

**Written by Doug Powers

The likelihood of a Clinton/Trump general election just went up another notch.

On the GOP side, Donald Trump won all five states — Connecticut, Maryland, Pennsylvania, Delaware and Rhode Island.

On the Dem side, Bernie Sanders won Connecticut and Rhode Island, while Hillary Clinton won Delaware, Maryland and Pennsylvania.

Both Clinton and Trump seemed to pivot more to the general tonight. Hillary, as she often does, hit a tone as if she was trying set the “most annoying sound in the world” bar just a little higher:

Hillary Clinton responds to Donald Trump's "woman card" remark: "Deal me in" https://t.co/gmvW1m18G1 #SuperTuesday https://t.co/505MrjaQCB

— CNN (@CNN) April 27, 2016

And Trump is the presumptive nominee, according to Trump:

Donald Trump: "I consider myself the presumptive nominee." https://t.co/msS2qKD3wH #SuperTuesday https://t.co/Hft4u03BH5

— CNN (@CNN) April 27, 2016

So, what happens next? DISCUSS!


**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Perfect: John Kerry opposes offshore tax havens the same way he leads by example on climate change

Tue, 04/26/2016 - 10:21

**Written by Doug Powers

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When John Kerry was running for president in 2004, he criticized “Benedict Arnold CEOs” as well as offshore tax havens:

Offshore tax havens and tax shelters let corporations and executives evade an estimated $20 to $40 billion each year–taxes that must be made up by other taxpayers or by government borrowing.

And these offshore tax havens rob us of more than tax dollars, for they are where renegade corporations flee from all responsibility to shareholders, employees, rules of fair play, and their own country. It’s no accident that Enron had over 800 subsidiaries in countries with no taxes on income, profits, or capital gains. These included 692 in the Cayman Islands alone.

Kerry said in 2004 that if he wasn’t elected president, offshore tax havens would continue and the rich wouldn’t be made to pay their “fair share” — and boy was he right:

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That John Kerry… always leading by example:

Secretary of State John Kerry and his wife Teresa Heinz have invested millions of U.S. dollars through family trusts in at least 11 offshore tax havens, according to an analysis by The Daily Caller News Foundation.
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But a DCNF investigation has confirmed that the former Massachusetts Democratic senator and his billionaire wife, using an elaborate set of Heinz family trusts, have invested “more than $1 million” each into 11 separate offshore accounts — mainly hedge funds in the Cayman Islands.

John Kerry: As serious about getting rid of offshore tax havens for the mega-wealthy as he is about combating climate change.

Just about three weeks ago, President Obama was in full finger-wagging mode:

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Go tell that to your secretary of state!

The only thing “historic” about this administration is that it has been run by a record number of hypocrites.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

DWS: Hillary was most transparent secretary of state ever (*Disclaimer: If you don’t count her secret server)

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 22:43

**Written by Doug Powers

DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz capably demonstrated something on Fox News Sunday: When life gives you lemons, make lemonade it obvious that you have a severe citrus allergy:

WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: Yes, and I’m going to say it again, it’s ludicrous to keep raising the — the question of whether this plays out to an end — an unfortunate end. She’s — Hillary Clinton has released 55,000 pages of e-mails. She — the — it — has provided the most transparency of — of probably any previous presidential candidate in terms of the — the conversations that she’s had as secretary of state, as a public official.
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WALLACE: But, well, you — well, well, well, you know that’s not true. I mean Hillary — nobody says that’s true. Nobody —
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WASSERMAN SCHULTZ: Other than the private server, right, with the exception —

WALLACE: Well, other than the private server is a big deal and nobody had 30,000 work e-mails on their private server or private e-mail, period. So, I mean, the comparisons to Colin Powell are — I mean that’s just not true, congresswoman.

Hillary’s the most open SOS ever as long as you exclude her homebrew server? That’s like telling the IRS “I’m the most transparent taxpayer in history, if you don’t count the W2s found in a secret file cabinet that nobody would know about if it weren’t for some intruder”:

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Of course: Obama pitches release of prisoners as economic stimulus

Mon, 04/25/2016 - 06:54

**Written by Doug Powers

Virginia Gov. Terry McAuliffe waved a wand and restored voting rights to over 200,000 felons, so why shouldn’t President Obama be similarly inspired?

Keeping 2.2 million Americans in prison is hurting the economy, President Obama said Saturday in his weekly address, describing a report that outlines those arguments.

The move is part of a federal effort to rally support for an effort by the Obama Administration to reduce the number of people in prison and to help them once they are released. The administration will announce the steps next week during what has been dubbed “National Reentry Week,” from April 24-28.

“This isn’t just about what makes economic and practical sense. It’s about making sure that we live up to our ideals as a nation,” Obama said.

Among the new programs being rolled out, the Obama administration said one will include a plan to help individuals with criminal records compete for federal jobs. The White House said it will also double down on its call for businesses to show favor to the 600,000 people released from prison every year.

The Keystone pipeline will destroy the planet, but the prison-to-federal-job pipeline is vital to our economic progress.

Obama should set an example by hiring released convicted felons to work at his presidential library as well as his personal post-presidency security detail. Yeah, that… won’t happen.

I’m reminded of a Norm Macdonald joke on Saturday Night Live many years ago: “In Detroit, under a new prison rehabilitation program called Fresh Start, employers will get a tax break if they hire an ex-convict. Employers who hire more than one ex-convict will get robbed and killed.”

Obama also said this about his prisoner release plan:

“It is our responsibility to care for the most vulnerable in our society.”

That from the president who said “God bless” Planned Parenthood.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Turn that frown upside-down! Hillary calls for ‘positive gangs’ (open thread)

Sun, 04/24/2016 - 09:50

**Written by Doug Powers

Who better to come up with a plan to fix America’s inner-cities that are crumbling because of decades of liberalism than a presidential candidate who has been a liberal for decades (not to mention under FBI investigation for months)?

First we heard about “fun camps” for adults, and now Hillary Clinton’s got a plan to combat gang violence: Turn that frown upside-down!

Hillary Clinton said that society needs to have “positive gangs” during a discussion on gun violence Thursday in Connecticut.

“You said something that is so important for people to hear. You know, joining a gang is like having a family. It’s feeling like you’re part of something bigger than yourself. So we’re either going to have gangs that murder and rob and do the things that are so destructive to the gang members and to the community,” she said. “Or, we’re going to have positive gangs. We’re going to have positive alternatives for young people.”

Hillary learned all she knows about gangs from back when she ran with the Disciples of Alinsky.

Clinton spoke the day before at a gun violence discussion in Philadelphia, where she said that American has “just too many guns.” She has increasingly sought to hit Democratic primary opponent Bernie Sanders (I., Vt.) from the left on gun control.

Since Hillary always calls it “gun violence,” why doesn’t she just call for “positive guns” in addition to “positive gangs”? All I know for sure is that Hillary’s positively nuts.

We’ll also make this our Sunday open thread, so talk about whatever’s on your mind and enjoy the day!

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

Timing is everything: Virginia’s Dem Gov. restores voting rights for 206,000 convicted felons

Fri, 04/22/2016 - 16:14

**Written by Doug Powers

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File this under “in-kind donation to the Hillary for President campaign”:

Gov. Terry McAuliffe today signed an order restoring the voting rights of 206,000 ex-felons, a sweeping action the governor said was aimed at rectifying Virginia’s “long and sad history” of suppressing African-American voting power.

Coming in a presidential election year, a swift backlash ensued as Republicans accused McAuliffe of abusing his executive power to help longtime ally Hillary Clinton win a battleground state by putting more likely Democratic voters on the books.

Super-coincidental timing with Virginia serving as pivotal state in a national election in a few months:

The sweeping order, in a swing state that could play a role in deciding the November presidential election, will enable all felons who have served their prison time and finished parole or probation to register to vote. Most are African-Americans, a core constituency of Democrats, Mr. McAuliffe’s political party.

Bark if you think this is great news!

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

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