Theodore Roosevelt, 1903

"Let us speak courteously, deal fairly, and keep ourselves armed and ready." - Theodore Roosevelt, 1903

Saturday, September 29, 2012

A True American Western Icon - Ward Bond

Unlike actors today, his voice was as rugged as the West.

Some have said he was hard as nails and no non-sense on and off  screen. Others have said his tough and proud - yet understanding - manner depicted the essence of being an American.

His full name was Wardell Edwin Bond, but the world knew him as Ward Bond. He was born on April 9th, 1903, and died on November 5th, 1960.

He was an American film actor. And yes, most of his characters were  gruff and burly Cowboys in one form or another. Fact is that he acted in so many Western films that he was inducted into the Western Performers Hall of Fame at the National Cowboy & Western Heritage Museum in Oklahoma City in 2001.

For his contribution to the television industry, Bond has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame at 6933 Hollywood Blvd. And yes, there is also a Ward Bond Memorial Park in his birthplace of Benkelman, Nebraska.

Lately, with all of the junk in the movies these days, like many of us I've turned to watching old movies on DVDs. Westerns are my preference, but there are a lot of old movies that I enjoy that are not Westerns. Tonight, I talked my wife into watching one of my favorite old movies - The Long Gray Line.

The Long Gray Line is a 1955 American drama directed by famed Western director John Ford. It is based on the life of Marty Maher - a soldier who spent 50 years of his life at West Point Military Academy. In  the movie, famed actor Tyrone Power stars as the Irish immigrant Martin Maher whose 50-year career at West Point took him from dishwasher to NCO (non-commissioned officer) and athletic instructor.

Maureen O'Hara, who most will surely remember as co-staring with John Wayne in classics such as Rio Grande, The Quiet Man, The Wings Of Eagles, McLintock, and Big Jake, plays Maher's wife and fellow Irish immigrant Mary O'Donnell. The film co-stars Ward Bond as Herman Koehler, the Master of the Sword (West Point's athletic director) and Army's head football coach in 1897, who also befriends Maher.

The phrase "The Long Gray Line" is used to describe, as a continuum, all Army graduates and cadets of the United States Military Academy at West Point, New York. It is based on a true story as the film recalls the first days at the Point for Irish immigrant Maher (Tyrone Power), who can't seem to fit in with the Army and in especially West Point's regimen of unquestioning discipline.

As the Point's Athletic director, Ward Bond takes a liking to Maher and arranges for the young man to become his assistant. Bond even goes so far as to play Cupid between Maher and Irish maidservant Mary O'Donnell (Maureen O'Hara).

The movie is one of my favorites and I recommend anyone to check it out. My favorite scene in the movie is when Ward Bond as Captain Koehler orders Marty Maher (Tyrone Power) into the ring to give him some one on one boxing instruction. It doesn't turn out well for the scrappy Maher.

Ward Bond played that part as he did most others. He fit the part of a hard as nails, yet insightful leader. Ward Bond depicts the soldier's soldier in this film. And no, no other could have played that part.

Of course, growing up in the late 1950s and early 60s when TV Westerns were hot, I remember Ward Bond as the take charge Wagon Master in the television series Wagon Train.
Wagon Train was inspired by the 1950 film Wagon Master, in which Bond also appeared, and was influenced by The Big Trail.

In her recent article WAGON MASTER 1950, Ms Keith Payne, talks about how the film Wagon Master was named many times by famed director John Ford as being one of his favorite movies.

Ford was one of the most visual of directors, at this time working near the peak of his career, and he called Wagon Master not only his favorite Western but described it as, “along with The Fugitive (1947) and The Sun Shines Bright (1953), the closest to being what I had wanted to achieve.”

In a rare starring role, Ward Bond plays the leader of a group of Mormons who, shunned by society, struggle to cross the American West to reach their “promised land,” where they can settle and form a community.

They ask two horse traders (Ben Johnson and Harry Carey, Jr.) who know the territory to lead their wagon train. It takes some convincing, but they finally agree to do it, and the rest of the story follows their journey and the obstacles they must overcome, including Indians, gunmen, and Mother Nature.

Yet the story often pauses to revel in the characters dancing, whittling or singing (the soundtrack is packed with old Western songs), and to show pastoral sequences of the wagons simply moving through the landscape or crossing a river. These scenes become the emotional core of the film, and they undoubtedly are what Ford was so satisfied to have achieved.

Although Ben Johnson, Joanne Dru and Harry Carey, Jr. received top billing on the film, Ward Bond was paid the top money, $20,000 for a film with a one million dollar budget. Dobe Carey said many times that Ward actually was the star and was the glue for the entire movie.

One quote from his book, “A Company of Heroes” was that he had great regard for Ward Bond and said that he brought stability in every scene he was in.

One scene required Ward Bond to break up a fight between Sandy and one of the Mormons. John Ford had wanted two of the dogs who had been fighting each other most of the filming days to be fighting in the background. Instead, when the take began, both dogs froze, then one took off and the other ran in and tore Ward Bond’s pants as he was separating the boys.

Being the consummate actor he was, Ward Bond continued on with the scene. At the end, Mrs. Ledyarde blew her horn, (which, by the way really sounds like that unless you have enough wind to blow it…I know, I have one), to help separate the two, and then saw the tear in Ward Bond’s trousers.

It happened to be large and right at the spot where he had been subjected to years of operations, grafts, and physical therapy for a leg that was almost completely severed in the 40s. In fact, Ward Bond had only in the last few years just been able to walk without aid of a cane, and in some scenes did not have to wear the large heavy brace.

For Wagon Train, Bond specifically requested Terry Wilson for the role of assistant trail-master Bill Hawks and Frank McGrath as the cook Charlie Wooster. Wilson and McGrath stayed with the series for the entire run. 

Ward Bond was born in Benkelman, Nebraska, a small town located in the Southwestern corner of Nebraska just a few miles from the Kansas and Colorado borders. The Bond family lived in Benkelman until 1919 when they moved to Denver. Ward graduated from East High School in Denver.

Bond attended the University of Southern California and played football on the same team as future USC coach Jess Hill. At 6'2" and 195 pounds, Bond was a starting lineman on USC's first national championship team in 1928.

He was a football player at the University of Southern California when, together with teammate and lifelong friend John Wayne, he was hired as an extra in the silent film Salute (1928), directed by John Ford.  

Actually Ward Bond, John Wayne and the entire Southern Cal team were hired to appear in Salute (1929), which was a football film starring George O'Brien and directed by John Ford.   It was during the filming of this movie that Bond and Wayne became friendly with Ford, and both actors would appear in many of Ford's later films.

Both Bond and Wayne continued in films, but it was Wayne who ascended to super stardom. Bond was content with smaller roles and character parts throughout the 1930s. Ward Bond was one of the most prolific of Hollywood's actors over a period of 30 years. He regularly appeared in 10 to 20 films per year, with the record year for him being 1935, when he acted in 30 movies.

He worked with director John Ford on 26 films. Few, if any, actors, have appeared in so many films for a single director. Mostly playing traffic cops, bus drivers and western heavies, Ward Bond began getting better breaks after a showy role as the murderous Cass in John Ford's Young Mr. Lincoln (1939).

After that film, John Ford cast Bond in important roles all through the 1940s. It's said that Ford would usually contrive ways to include at least one scene per picture in which the camera would favor Bond's rather sizable posterior. It was an "inside" joke which delighted everyone on the set with the exception of Bond.

Ward Bond has been in some really big movies. Today we call them classics, and they are some of the most memorable roles for film history.

For example, we can find Ward Bond as a bus driver with Clark Gable & Claudette Colbert in It Happened One Night; as "Bert" the policeman in the Jimmy Stewart classic It's A Wonderful Life; as Reverend Captain Clayton in John Wayne's The Searchers; as the fly fishing Catholic priest in John Ford's The Quiet Man which starred John Wayne and Maureen O'Hara; and as one of the hard-boiled detectives harassing Humphrey Bogart in The Maltese Falcon. And for you trivia buffs out there, Ward Bond has the last line in The Maltese Falcon.

It happens when Sam Spade (Humphrey Bogart) hands over a fake version of the supposedly priceless Maltese Falcon to San Francisco Detective Tom Polhaus (Ward Bond).

Bond asks, "It’s heavy, what is it?" 

Bogart replies, "The stuff that dreams are made of." 

Bond then says, "huh?" - which is the last line of that classic movie.

Actually, Ward Bond has been in 11 films that were nominated for the Academy Award for Best Picture, which may be a record because its more than any other actor:

 Arrowsmith (1931), Lady for a Day (1933), It Happened One Night (1934), You Can't Take It with You (1938), Gone with the Wind (1939), The Grapes of Wrath (1940), The Maltese Falcon (1941), Sergeant York (1941), It's a Wonderful Life (1946), The Quiet Man (1952) and Mister Roberts (1955).

He made 16 movies with his friend John Wayne.

They were The Big Trail (1930), Conflict (1936), The Long Voyage Home (1940), The Shepherd of the Hills (1941), Tall in the Saddle (1944), Dakota (1945), They Were Expendable (1945), 3 Godfathers (1948), Fort Apache (1948), Operation Pacific (1951),  The Quiet Man (1952), Hondo (1953), Rookie of the Year (TV drama 1955), The Searchers (1956),  The Wings of Eagles (1957), and his last film Rio Bravo (1959).

One of my favorite Ward Bond roles is his portrayal of boxing champion John L. Sullivan in Gentleman Jim. At 6'2" tall and 195 pounds, he's very believable in that role. Yes, Ward Bond played in over 250 movies during his career.

Some might wonder why he didn't serve in the military in World War II like say John Wayne and other stars in Hollywood did back in those days? The answer to that is because Ward Bond was an epileptic, and he was rejected by the draft board during World War II.

But don't count Ward Bond out of the fight or think that he didn't do his part in some way during World War II. You see besides making great movies to keep the morale of our troops high, he along with another actor by the name of Ronald Reagan made training and morale films for the troops, and there is something else -- because Ward Bond couldn’t serve on active duty in the military during the war, he became an Air Raid Warden and was known to pull duty every chance he had subsequently putting in many long days.

It's interesting to note that because of his efforts during the war, he was given full military honors with an honor guard and flag draped coffin during his funeral.
As for his politics? Well, to give you an idea of how Conservative he was, during the 1940s Ward Bond was a member of the conservative group called the Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals.

The Motion Picture Alliance for the Preservation of American Ideals was an American organization of high-profile, politically conservative members of the Hollywood film industry.

It was formed in 1944 for the stated purpose of defending the film industry, and the country as a whole, against what its founders claimed was Communist and Fascist infiltration. It's just my opinion, but I don't think they know how right they were.

Besides Ward Bond, other prominent members of the Alliance included Clark Gable, Ayn Rand, Ronald Reagan, John Wayne, Charles Coburn, Gary Cooper, Cecil B. DeMille, Walt Disney, Irene Dunne, Victor Fleming, Ginger Rogers, Robert Taylor, Barbara Stanwyck, King Vidor, Frank Wead and Sam Wood.

In 1960, Bond campaigned for the Republican presidential nominee Richard M. Nixon. Bond died three days before Democrat John F. Kennedy narrowly defeated Nixon.

As for away from films and television? It is said that Ward Bond, John Wayne and John Ford all loved the outdoor life, and probably did more than a bit of drinking and "raising hell."

Their fishing trips to Catalina Island were well known, and their hunting trips into remote areas in Baja California and other destinations, via horseback, were the stuff of legends.

On one hunting trip, it's true that John Wayne accidentally shot Ward Bond with Bond's own shotgun.

In case you are curious about the shotgun incident, Duke accidentally shot Ward in the butt. That was part of the private joke that Duke and Ford shared about always "shooting" Ward’s backside.

On November 5, 1960, midway into Wagon Train's fourth season, Ward Bond and his wife were in Dallas to attend a Cowboys-LA Rams football game. He was to receive some sort of award at the game. That night, at the couple's hotel, Ward suffered a massive heart attack and was rushed to the hospital where he was pronounced dead. Bond was 57 at the time of his death.

At his funeral, John Wayne gave the eulogy. Legendary director John Ford is said to have been in tears.

Duke and Ward owned a private 400 acre “hobby farm”. He gave Duke the option of buying out his half in his will. But besides the farm, later when Ward Bond's Will was read, he bequeathed to John Wayne that same shotgun with which the Duke had once accidentally shot Bond.  I'd say that that was pretty fitting.

I've always believed that Ward Bond was the perfect example of what an American should be. Sure I didn't know him other than in his movies. And sure, during his career he played good guys and bad. But when I saw him on the screen as a Cowboy, a Trail Boss, a Rancher, an Oil Rig Roughneck, a Cop, or even as the Cavalry Top Sergeant, he was that part -- and it was always great.

One writer once wrote of him, "Ward Bond acted best what he was in reality: a dyed-in-the-wool social and political conservative, a perfect expression of the American West."

I agree. I believe Ward Bond was what he was. He played the many facets of Ward Bond extremely well. And yes, that's why Ward Bond is truly an American Western Icon. He was his own man.

Editor's Note:

This article is growing as I get more information in. And yes, I want to thank Ms Keith Payne for all of her assistance with this article.  She knows a great deal about Ward Bond! You can find her at Speakeasy - Where classic stuff is always on tap 

And yes, Keith is a great gal!

Story by Tom Correa

Friday, September 28, 2012

RANDOM SHOTS - Obama Finds Out Al Qaeda Not Dead, Guns Sales Explode As Election Nears, Obama Wants Federal Holiday For Prophet Mohammed, and More!


FIRST SHOT!

Obama Finds Out Al Qaeda Not Dead! 

Republican lawmakers are saying, "We have not been told the truth about Libya."

Obama and Biden are finding out that the terrorist must have been watching them celebrate their demise at the Democrat Convention. And now, well now their message for Obama and America is that they ain't dead yet.

Yesterday Secretary of State Hillary Clinton said the deadly consulate attack in Libya involved the Al Qaeda affiliate in North Africa, going further than any other Obama administration official in acknowledging the assault was the work of hardened terrorists.
It wasn't the first time Clinton had referred to the attack on the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi, Libya, as a terrorist attack. But her reference to the group Al Qaeda in the Islamic Maghreb was notable, especially as President Obama still has yet to publicly refer to the attack as terrorism.

Republicans have pounced on the administration's shifting explanation for the latest Sept. 11 attack, which left U.S. Ambassador Christopher Stevens and three other Americans dead.

The Obama administration initially described it as "spontaneous" violence, certain that it was related to protests against an anti-Islam film produced in the U.S., but the administration has had to eat crow while acknowledging that the attack was in fact an act of terror.

It was nice to hear that the White House said Obama, too,considers the deadly assault an act of terror.

The White House acknowledgement came after Republican Mitt Romney accused Obama of failing to "level with the American people" about the nature of the attack.

Obama has declined several chances to call the incident a terrorist attack. He said last week that extremists used an anti-Islam video as an excuse to assault U.S. interests, and in an interview this week on ABC's "The View," he would only say that it clearly "wasn't just a mob action."

For some very odd reason, Barack Obama keeps making excuses for the Muslim terrorists who killed 4 Americans. Even at the UN, Obama still focused his speech on a little known cheaply put together YouTube video - blaming it for the violence in the Muslim world.

On Capitol Hill, eight Republicans who head House committees sent a letter to Obama saying they were disturbed by statements from administration officials suggesting that the attack was a protest gone wrong rather than a terrorist attack.

They said they would be willing to return to Washington from Congress' nearly two-month recess if the administration scheduled another briefing on Libya.

No word if that is going to happen, Obama has other more important priorities as a Campaigner for re-election.  Obama's actions have signified by his actions that he does not find national security or the economy important enough to stop attending fund raisers.


Late Edit:

No threat assessment in Benghazi consulate prior to Ambassador's arrival, source says


Today, September 28, 2012

So Republicans are challenging the Obama administration description of the Libyan consulate attack, but that is expected as they look into what really did in fact take place.

But now there is bigger news, an intelligence source on the ground in Libya told Fox News today that no threat assessment was conducted before U.S. Ambassador Chris Stevens and his team began "taking up residence" at the Benghazi compound - describing the security lapses as a "total failure."

This is incredible on the face of it. This means the Obama administration felt that terrorism in the region is not a concern and susequently decided to hang our people out there like lambs to a slaughter.

This claim comes more than two weeks after Stevens and three other Americans were killed in what is now being described officially as a terror attack possibly tied to Al Qaeda.

But it doesn't stop with there!

The source told Fox News that there were no real security equipment installed in the villas on the compound except for a few video cameras.

On a scale of 1 to 10, with 10 being the worst, the intelligence source said the security lapses were a 10 - a "total failure" because Benghazi was known to be a major area for extremist activity.

Fact is that there had been four attacks or attempted attacks on diplomatic and western targets leading up to the Sept. 11 strike on the U.S. Consulate.

Based on that information, a former regional security officer for diplomatic security told Fox News, the U.S. Consulate in Benghazi had to have been classified or assessed by the State Department as a "critical threat terrorism or civil unrest posting."

State Department standards for diplomatic missions overseas dictate physical security standards for this classification.

There are two sets - classified and unclassified requirements. The unclassified standards include a 100-foot setback for the buildings from the exterior walls which should be three meters high, in addition to reinforced ballistic doors and windows which can withstand an hour of sustained assault.

None were present to protect our people! Looking at the video and photos, anyone can see that none of those security measures were in place at the consulate.

The former regional security officer, who has worked in the Middle East, told Fox News that the standards are designed to give an ambassador, his or her team and diplomatic security that "golden hour" to burn classified dockets and call in military help for an emergency evacuation.

They had zero time!

The mounting questions regarding security at the compound prompted all members of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee on Thursday to write to the State Department asking for additional details about security at U.S. diplomatic posts and for a fuller explanation of the attacks on U.S. compounds in Libya, Egypt and Yemen.

Lawmakers have raised concern about the administration's changing story.

First the Obama White House described the attack as a "spontaneous" assault triggered by protests in Cairo over some goofy an anti-Islam film - which now we're finding out was the start of a cover-up for their dropping the ball.

Then the Obama administration later described the attack as terrorism after being outed. 

And now, now we're finding out that besides nothing being done to prepare for any sort of attack on the anniversary of 9/11, other breaches of security took place.

Among them, we are finding out that the idiots in the White House have taken the terror threat so lightly that they ignored intelligence officials who knew that a terror attack within 24 hours.  And now, now we find out that neither a basic foundamental security assessment of the situation was not done - along with having absolutely no physical security measures in place to protect our people there.

That, my friends, means that the Obama people literally stake them out like lambs for the slaughter. And yes, now I truly see why Stevens own journal says that he was concerned about being killed there.

But hey, don't expect to find any information about any of what one Republican lawmaker is calling "Benghazi-gate" in the liberal media. The media is running cover for Obama by not reporting any of this.

Fact is that both the public and Congress were lied to. It was a cover-up at the highest levels of our government. It was started for self-serving political reasons, and this needs to be investigated. 


SECOND SHOT!

Gun Sales Soar As Election Nears!

Sales of handguns and ammunition are booming across the country, and retailers say it’s all about the November election.

Gun shop owners around the nation says sales have been good ever since President Obama was elected, but they have exploded in recent months.

Manufacturers are having so much trouble keeping up with the demand that one, Sturm, Ruger & Co., can’t keep up with demand. The Southport, Conn.-based company has had to suspend new orders after taking orders for more than 1 Million guns in the first three months of the year. Smith & Wesson sales are way up as well.

Back in March of this years, Mike Weeks, owner of Georgia Gun Store in Gainesville told Fox News, "Sales usually increase this time of year with tax returns, but this year has been higher than most. People are scared their gun rights are going to be curtailed after the election."

Weeks said his sales were up around 30% in March.

It's All About Fear and Obama!

Industry experts and gun shop owners alike say the factor driving gun sales is the Nov. 6 election. There was a similar spike before President Obama was elected to his first term, and many gun buyers are saying they fear Obama’s re-election could mean more regulations on firearms.

Obama famously told fundraisers in 2008 that many Americans “cling to guns or religion,” and gun owners believe he does not respect the Second Amendment.

A lot of people are worried that their votes won't count and that Obama will be elected to a second term. Many feel that that is when Obama will wage a war on their gun rights. And yes, they are stocking up.

Where usually people would buy three or four boxes for target practice, these days they are buying by the case.

One reason for the spike in sales is that they’re also worried that the economy is not getting any better and that they need to protect themselves.

In 2009, gun sales had shot up after Obama took office and firearm enthusiasts rushed to stores, fearing he would tighten gun control. Sales have continued to grow throughout his administration.

This year’s uptick comes on top of a record 2011, when nearly 11 million firearms were sold in the U.S., according to the National Shooting Sports Foundation, a trade association for the firearms, ammunition, hunting and shooting sports industry.

The group notes the $4 Billion firearms business has bucked the weak economy, with robust sales since 2008.

One of the best indicators of firearms sales is the FBI's National Instant Background Check System, which federally licensed firearm retailers use to conduct the mandatory background check on purchasers of new and used firearms.

Statistics through December showed an unprecedented 19th straight month of background check increases when tabulated year over year. "Black Friday," Nov. 25, 2011, saw a record for the most background checks in a single day --129,166.

Another strong indicator comes from Wall Street. In March, Smith& Wesson shares are up a whopping 125 percent over the past year, while Sturm, Ruger’s are up about 112 percent. Even Taser, which makes non-lethal weapons, has seen its sales surge.

In April, shares of firearms maker Smith & Wesson Holding Corp. hit a new 52-week high.

Sales of tactical rifles have been extremely strong, as well as personal defense handguns which have had a steady rise since 2008. The kind of stuff that fits in the waistband for when someone tries to rob you.

My fear is that the Obama administration will try to tamper with the Second Amendment during his next term. And yes, like others, I am buying guns and ammo just in case he does.

THIRD SHOT!

Red States' Income Growing Faster Than Blue States'

An article in the USA TODAY reported that income is growing much faster in Republican-leaning "red states" than in Democratic-tilting "blue states" or the pivotal swing states that will decide the 2012 presidential election.

Personal income in 23 red states has risen 4.6% since the recession began in December 2007, after adjusting for inflation.

Income is up just 0.5% in 15 blue states and Washington, D.C., during that time.

In the dozen swing states identified by USA TODAY that could vote either way Nov. 6, income has inched ahead 1.4% in 4 ½ years.

The big drivers of red state income growth: energy and government benefit payments such as food stamps.

By contrast, Democrat blue states such Connecticut, dependent on the financial industry, suffered the largest income drop except swing-state Nevada. Yet Connecticut residents still make $10,000 a year more on average than people in fast-growing North Dakota.

When averaged nationally, the robust gains in red states and meager gains in blue states produced a national growth rate remarkably similar to that in the swing states.

USA TODAY analyzed income data released this week by the Bureau of Economic Analysis to compare how red, blue and swing states have fared through June 30.

The difference in income gains is partly because blue states are richer and more populated than red states — 42% of the nation's income vs. 30% in red states. Also, the economic recovery since the recession officially ended in June 2009 has been distributed unequally around the country.

North Dakota, a red state, tops the nation in income growth thanks to an oil boom. Other major energy states — Alaska, Louisiana, Oklahoma and Texas — are solidly Republican, polls show. Poor, southern red states depend heavily on government transfers for income and benefited from increases in Medicaid and other federal programs.

The 12 swing states are diverse, but combined, they are remarkably average. Annual income per person is closer to the U.S. average than that in red or blue states. Last year, income rose 1.5% in swing states and 1.6% in the USA. Since Obama took office, income growth is up 1.9% in swing states and 2.0% in the USA.

Michael Ettinger of the liberal Center for American Progress, says, "Polls show more people blame former president Bush for a recovery that hasn't been satisfying and Mitt Romney is very Bush-esque."

Jonathan Williams at the conservative American Legislative Exchange Council says income growth in red states shows that low taxes and business-friendly regulation produce economic growth.

Columbia University statistician Andrew Gelman, author of Red State, Blue State, Rich State, Poor State, says local conditions matter less than people think. "People vote based on what they think is good for the country, not what's good for themselves."

Key swing state findings:

•Declines. Four of the 10 slowest growing are swing states: New Hampshire, Michigan, Florida and Nevada. The Silver State's income plunge is in a class of its own, down 10.8% because of its real estate collapse.

•Gains. Eight of the top 10 states in income growth lean Republican.

•Working. Compensation has fallen 2.1% in swing states and 1.8% in blue states since December 2007. It's up 1.7% in red states. Keeping income afloat everywhere: a 25% increase in government payments nationwide.


FOURTH SHOT!

Obama Wants A Gun Buy Back Program From Mexican Drug Cartels

I've received word that supposedly the Obama administration is working to do a Gun Buy Back Program with the Mexican Drug Cartels.

The Cartels were the recipients of over 2,000 assault weapons when Eric Holder and others in the Justice Department allowed those 2,000 guns to be smuggled into Mexico.

The guns have been used in hundreds of murders, including the murder of a U.S. Border Patrol Agent Brian Terry. Of the Obama administration people involved in the gun smuggling, none have been prosecuted for these deaths.

Now Obama wants to end the investigation into the gun running DOJ operation known as Fast & Furious by buying back the guns from the murderers who have been using them. The idea being floated is that if he gets the guns back, than nothing more can be said or done about the matter.

The Cartels have already been contacted and want $1.2 Billion from the United States to buy back the guns.

The funds are said to be authorized under the ObamaCare as a health risk. It appears that funds allocated for health services can be used for Gun Buy Back Programs.

I have not been able to verify this, but I wouldn't but it pass this administration.

FIFTH SHOT!

Obama Supports Effort To Make The Prophet Mohammad’s Birthday A Federal Holiday

An American Muslim Imam in New York has been campaigning to make April 26, the birthday of the Prophet Mohammad, a national holiday.

Now Obama is said to be on board with the idea.

Supposedly, the reason Obama is supporting this legalization of Mohammad's Birthday is to once and for all demonstrate to Muslims in the Middle-East that he sympathizes with them and that America is not a Christian Country.

It is being bantered about that Obama will finally come out of the closet and admit to being a practicing Muslim. Something he supposedly did not want to admit to until well after he is elected to a second term.

Mohd Qayyoom, head of the Muhammadi Community Center, at 37-46 72nd St., said he believes having a national celebration for the prophet’s birthday would enable the growing Muslim population in America to have an annual celebration and would foster a spirit of cooperation with those of other faiths.

“We’ll give the message of peace, we’ll give the message of interfaith harmony,” Qayyoom said.

Since the Islamic calendar is lunar, Muslim holidays are never held at the same time in the Gregorian calendar, which is solar-based. Ramadan, the Islamic holy month of fasting, can be held in the summer one year but take place in the winter years later.

When the Prophet Mohammad’s birthday should be celebrated in the Islamic calendar differs depending on the denomination. Sunni Muslims observe the holiday on the 12th of the Islamic month Rabi’ al-awwal, while Shi’ites observe it on the 17th.

Unlike many Muslims, one of Qayyoom’s primary focus has been fighting and speaking out against terrorism.

He said if Muslims have a holiday when they can hold parades and games every year and their non-Muslim neighbors can celebrate, it can bring an understanding between the peoples.

“Prophet Muhammad said, ‘I am not the prophet of only Muslims. I am the prophet of all human beings,’” he said.

Since the historical birthday of Mohammad is April 26, 570. Qayyoom said holding a national celebration on that day will allow American Muslims to celebrate at the same time every year.

"We want one day, an annual holiday like Christmas,” he said.

President Obama is said to be in favor of enacting that date as a federal holiday and may do so by Executive Order after being re-elected.

We can only wait and see if it happens.

SIXTH SHOT!

According to New Book: Taxpayers Spent $1.4 Billion On Obama Family Last Year

Taxpayers spent $1.4 billion dollars on everything from staffing, housing, flying and entertaining President Obama and his family last year, that's according to a new book on taxpayer-funded presidential perks.

In comparison, British taxpayers spent just $57.8 million on the royal family.

Author Robert Keith Gray writes in “Presidential Perks Gone Royal” that Obama isn’t the only president to have taken advantage of the expensive trappings of his office. But the amount of money spent on the first family, he argues, has risen tremendously under the Obama administration and needs to be reined in.

Gray told The Daily Caller that the $1.4 billion spent on the Obama family last year is the “total cost of the presidency,” factoring the cost of the “biggest staff in history at the highest wages ever,” a 50 percent increase in the numbers of appointed czars and an Air Force One “running with the frequency of a scheduled air line.”

“The most concerning thing, I think, is the use of taxpayer funds to actually abet his re-election,” Gray, who worked in the Eisenhower administration and for other Republican presidents, said in an interview with TheDC on Wednesday.

“The press has been so slow in picking up on this extraordinary increase in the president’s expenses,” Gray told TheDC.

Specifically, Gray said taxpayer dollars are subsidizing Obama’s re-election effort when he uses Air Force One to jet across the country campaigning.

When the trip is deemed political, it’s customary for the president to pay the equivalent of a first class commercial ticket for certain passengers. But Gray says that hardly covers the taxpayer cost of flying the president and his staffers around on Air Force One.

“When the United States’ billion-dollar air armada is being used politically, is it fair to taxpayers that we only be reimbursed by the president’s campaign committee for the value of one first-class commercial ticket for each passenger who is deemed aboard ‘for political purposes?’” Gray asks in the book.

“And is that bargain-price advantage fair to those opposing an incumbent president?”

In his book, Gray admits Americans want their president to be safe and comfortable but argues the system should be reformed to stop the amount of unquestioned perks given to the president.

“There is no mechanism for anyone’s objection if a president were to pay his chief of staff $5,000,000 a year,” he told TheDC. “And nothing but a president’s conscience can dissuade him from buying his own reelection with use of some public money.”

Aside from a salary, the president gets a $50,000 a year expense account, a $100,000 travel account, $19,000 entertainment budget and an additional million for “unanticipated needs,” he notes.

Here is a sample of other pricey taxpayer funded perks exclusively reserved for the President of the United States.

The president can to appoint high-paid staffers without Senate confirmation: Obama has 469 senior staffers and 226 are paid more than $100,000 a year, according to the book. Seventy-seven are paid as much as $172,000 per year. He also has appointed 43 “czars.”

The president can vacation for free at Camp David: Gray writes that each round trip made to Camp David costs the taxpayers $25,350. It’s also estimated that the combined transportation and personnel costs for a Camp David visit are $295,000 per night.

The president has a full-time movie projectionist in the White House theater: Projectionists sleep at the White House and are there 24 hours a day in case anyone needs to see a movie. “Compared to the 450 times President Carter used the movie theater in his four years in the White House, the average American citizen, according to industry statistics, goes out to see a movie slightly less than five times a year,” Gray writes.

The president’s family’s gets certain travel and security expenses paid while vacationing: “First Lady Michelle Obama drew flack from the media and irate citizens when it was disclosed that, not counting Saturdays and Sundays, she spent 42 days on vacation — within the span of one year.”

The president’s dog gets its own high-paid staffer: “Bo made the news when he and his handler were flown to join the president on vacation in Maine,” Gray wrote about the Obama family dog. “It has been reported that the first family’s dog handler was paid $102,000, last year.”

Is it no wonder that Obama wants to keep his day job while he works with Letterman at night.

Story by Tom Correa

Tuesday, September 25, 2012

RANDOM SHOTS - Californians Escape California, Pastors Pledge To Defy Obama's IRS, Hollywood's Queer Democrats, And More!


FIRST SHOT!

Californians Escaping California For Citizen Friendly States

A report out yesterday talked about a study that was conducted recently. Its findings: Californians are fleeing in droves to live in better-managed states. This is according to The Manhattan Institute research group.

The long-running exodus from cash-strapped citizen unfriendly California is an old story, but a new study by The Manhattan Institute finds that the biggest beneficiaries of the population drain are Texas, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Georgia and South Carolina.

The reasons folks are leaving are a few: Lower cost of living, less government debt, and a more business-friendly culture are the main drivers, according to the study.

"States that have gained the most at California’s expense are rated as having better business climates," the study concluded.

"The data suggest that many cost drivers - taxes, regulations, the high price of housing and commercial real estate, costly electricity, Union power, and high labor costs - are prompting businesses to locate outside California, thus helping to drive the mass exodus."

Census data shows that more Americans have left California since 2005 than have come to live in here. The finding is a sharp contrast to earlier decades. Between 1960 and 1990, a staggering 4.2 Million Americans moved to California from other states.

The report found that since 1990, the state has lost nearly 3.4 Million residents through migration to other states, like Texas, Nevada, Arizona, Oregon, Washington, Colorado, Idaho, Utah, Georgia and South Carolina.

The average number of residents leaving the state of California each year over the last decade is 225,000, the report found.

"States that have gained the most at California’s expense are rated as having better business climates."
- Manhattan Institute study

There are many reasons for the exodus, including economic hardship and population density, according to the study, titled "The Great California Exodus: A Closer Look."

Many people are driven out of California in search of work in other states with lower unemployment rates, like say Texas and North Dakota.

The data also found high housing prices and high business taxes in the state to be factors. And no, the state government is not helping matters by trying to impose more taxes on an already tax strapped population.

The U.S. Census reported last year that residents of California are fleeing the state at a faster rate than people leaving any other state. The most common state-to-state move in 2010 was California to Texas, according to the Census.

A study earlier this year by the University of Southern California found that California's population growth has slowed to about 1 percent annually, mainly due to fewer immigrants and an increasing number of Californians heading to other states.

Demographer Joel Kotkin told The Wall Street Journal that a major problem is that parts of California are simply out of reach for the Middle-Class.

"Basically, if you don’t own a piece of Facebook or Google and you haven’t robbed a bank and don't have rich parents, then your chances of being able to buy a house or raise a family in the Bay Area or in most of coastal California is pretty weak," Kotkin told the paper.

He added that in his estimation, the state is run for the benefit of the very rich, the very poor, and public employees.

The Manhattan Institute says it based its findings on recent data from the U.S. Census, the IRS, California’s Department of Finance, the Bureau of Labor Statistics and the Federal Housing Finance Agency.

There is only one thing to add to this report that really should be noted.

For you folks in other states, don't let escaping Californians turn your state into the place they left! 

What am I talking about? Well, back in the early 1990s, I was in and out of Washington state for work fairly regularly. At the time, there was a problem with a growing resentment to people from California who were moving there - especially to the Seattle-Tacoma area.

While there on one particular job, I got an earful from guys there who were angry because Californians were moving up there after selling their expensive homes in places like San Jose. From those sales, those California refugees brought lots of cash - and soon the area had an inflated housing market no different than San Jose.

It got so bad that the Seattle-Tacoma housing market was such that locals could not afford to live there.

But then, to add insult to injury, those same Californians who wanted to get away from California decided to get on the School Boards and Local Government.

Before the locals knew it, those Californians were telling the locals how to run their schools. And yes, in many cases they were also running the local government by being on the different boards and committees.
Basically, those Californians tried to liberalize and "Californicate" the sate of Washington by trying to turn it into the very place they escaped from.

So my advice is to beware of those coming in. But remember this, its not all Californians.

Its the liberal Californians to be weary of. They screwed up California, now they are moving on. And yes, those are the ones who will certainly try to change your way of life.

And yes, liberal Californians are notorious for thinking they know what's good for others. So be aware!

Get involved and don't hand over your city, or your community, or your state government to liberals coming in from California.

If they turn your state into California, you'll be in the same lousy position we here in California are in right now. You could end up being just another California with government over-regulation, out of sight taxes, and criminals with more rights than citizens.

SECOND SHOT!

Pastors Pledge To Defy IRS - Preach Politics From Pulpit Ahead Of Presidential Election

Some pastors believe they have a First Amendment right to preach politics. It appears that the Obama White House may be using the IRS to put pressure on Pastors to shut up or be investigated.

More than 1,000 pastors are planning to challenge the IRS next month by deliberately preaching politics ahead of the presidential election despite a federal ban on endorsements from the pulpit.

The defiant move, they hope, will prompt the IRS to enforce a 1954 tax code amendment that prohibits tax-exempt organizations, such as churches, from making political endorsements. Alliance Defending Freedom, which is holding the October summit, said it wants the IRS to press the matter so it can be decided in court. The group believes the law violates the First Amendment by “muzzling” preachers.

“The purpose is to make sure that the pastor - and not the IRS - decides what is said from the pulpit."
- Erik Stanley, Alliance Defending Freedom

“The purpose is to make sure that the pastor -- and not the IRS -- decides what is said from the pulpit,” Erik Stanley, senior legal counsel for the group, told Fox News. “It is a head-on constitutional challenge.”

Stanley said pastors attending the Oct. 7 “Pulpit Freedom Sunday” will “preach sermons that will talk about the candidates running for office” and then “make a specific recommendation.” The sermons will be recorded and sent to the IRS.

“We’re hoping the IRS will respond by doing what they have threatened,” he said. “We have to wait for it to be applied to a particular church or pastor so that we can challenge it in court. We don’t think it’s going to take long for a judge to strike this down as unconstitutional.”

An amendment was made to the IRS tax code in 1954, stating that tax-exempt organizations are “absolutely prohibited from directly or indirectly participating in, or intervening in, any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any candidate for elective public office.”

“Violation of this prohibition may result in denial or revocation of tax-exempt status and the imposition of certain excise tax,” the IRS says in its online guide for churches and religious organizations seeking tax exemption.

The Obama White House may be using the IRS to put pressure on Pastors to shut up.

Stanley and others, like San Diego pastor Jim Garlow, say the IRS regularly threatens churches that they will lose their tax-exempt status if they preach politics. But Stanley and Garlow claim the government never acts on the threat because it wants to avoid a court battle.

“It is blatantly unconstitutional,” said Stanley. “They just prefer to put out these vague statements and regulations and enforce it through a system of intimidation … Pastors are afraid to address anything political from the pulpit.”

“The IRS will send out notices from time to time and say you crossed the line,” added Garlow, a senior pastor of Skyline Wesleyan Church in San Diego. “But when it’s time to go to court, they close the case.”

Garlow and other pastors say their concerns over the code extend well beyond the law.

“I’m very concerned about the spiritual side of this,” Garlow told FoxNews.com. “There’s a phenomenon occurring in America and that’s a loss of religious liberty.”

“If I would have said 50 years that ‘Tearing up a baby in the womb is a bad thing,’ people would have said ‘Of course it is,’” Garlow said. “But If I said that today, people would say ‘Pastor, you’re being too political.”
THIRD SHOT!

White House Can't Answer Why Obama's UN Itinerary Doesn't Include Meetings With World Leaders

White House Press Secretary Jay Carney faced pressure to explain Monday why President Obama has made no public plans to meet one on one with world leaders on the sidelines of the U.N. General Assembly.

Asked repeatedly at the briefing about the president's plans, Carney said that Obama likely would run into foreign leaders at a reception Monday evening and continues to stay in contact with them. He urged Americans to tune in to the president's U.N. speech on Tuesday.

"The president's obviously got a busy schedule. He has a busy schedule all the time," Carney said at one point.

But Carney did not appear to give a direct answer when asked why Obama was able to fit in 13 one-on-one meetings on the sidelines of last year's summit and none this year.

Instead of doing his job as our President, Obama had Hillary Clinton meet with world leaders while he and first lady Michelle Obama sat down Monday for a taping of ABC's "The View."

Why Can't Obama The Job Of President?

He is putting the election campaign above such issues as Iran's quest for nuclear capability and the violent, deadly protests in the Middle East and North Africa.

And yes, there is a wave of criticism about Obama allegedly putting his election efforts first began earlier this month with news that the White House had declined a meeting with Israeli Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu because the president would be on the campaign trail.

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has repeatedly accused Obama of "throwing Israel under the bus" and most recently said the president's decision not to meet with Netanyahu was "confusing and troubling."

Romney backed up his comments Sunday by saying that declining the meeting was a "mistake" - as Netanyahu looks to the United States for assurance that it will stand tough or draw a "red line" that Iran cannot cross in its efforts to build a nuclear weapon.

"It sends a message throughout the Middle East that somehow we distance ourselves from our friends," Romney said in a CBS "60 Minutes" interview.

FOURTH SHOT

Union hypocrisy?

Labor Union pickets fellow Union’s construction project

Members of the International Union of Painters and Allied Trades have started to picket in front of the construction site of a new Credit Union banking location in Pittston, PA that is using non-union labor.

A Pennsylvania construction local has found an unlikely target for its latest picket - a Credit Union run by a fellow local.

The International Union of Painters and Allied Trades (IUPAT) was carrying signs and chanting slogans in front of the future site of the United Food and Commercial Workers federal credit union in downtown Pittston. They even have the ubiquitous inflatable rat, the attention-grabbing icon labor locals use to draw attention to employers who use non-union labor.

IUPAT union representative Bob Griffiths said he never expected a fellow union to bypass organized labor to save a buck. The local's members have done work at the UFCW’s three other locations in neighboring towns, and Griffiths said his own local's 260 members have banked with the UFCW's credit union. Now he's told them to take their business elsewhere.

“When we asked why they were not using union workers, they [UFCW] told us that they did not own the building,” Griffiths told FoxNews.com. “We’ve found another credit union that is all-union. We are going to recommend that our members transfer their accounts.”

Griffiths speculates that the non-union work is a cost-cutting measure and that the credit union circumvented using union work by claiming that the building, which will be a fully operational banking location, will be sold or leased to the UFCW upon completion.

“It’s about the principal, not losing the work,” he added.

Members of IUPAT intend to keep picketing while construction continues. And no, it's not good to see such things going on - before you know it Americans might have a right to work!


FIFTH SHOT!

Rep. Griffith: Obama Eroding Nation’s Economic Power

Four more years of President Barack Obama will bring a “real loss of economic power in this country,” Virginia Rep. Morgan Griffith said.

“We would see not just a few thousand layoffs, but tens of thousands of layoffs across the coal country of this nation – and then it would start to ripple out to other areas as well,” the Republican congressman, whose district includes one of the nation’s largest coal manufacturers.

“It affects the railroads. It affects the ports. We’re going to see a real loss of economic power in this country.

“Coal usage in the world is going up, and other countries are using it and other countries are digging it. We’ve actually slipped to number two in coal production. China has passed us. Why does this administration think it’s good when China passes us on something that’s as important coal or any other industry?”

Griffith is facing a challenge from Democrat Anthony Flaccavento in Virginia's 9th District. Griffith won election in 2010, defeating longtime incumbent Rick Boucher.

The district suffered a major blow this week when Alpha Natural Resources Inc. said that it would close eight mines and eliminate 1,200 jobs — including 400 immediately — in Virginia, West Virginia, and Pennsylvania.

The company, which cited “a regulatory environment that's aggressively aimed at constraining the use of coal” as part of its decision, is based in Abingdon, located in Griffith’s district.

“This is not the first set of job cuts that we’ve had in the coal industry,” Griffith began. “It’s certainly the largest. We were very sad to see that, but when you have all of the factors coming together, it really is going to cost a lot of jobs – and it’s not just the coal jobs themselves.

“It affects the small businesses in those communities. It affects the people who provide the equipment for the mines. We’re seeing a lot of layoffs in my district.”

The Alpha layoffs also will raise energy prices.

“Electricity will cost more. Everybody says to switch to other fuels, but the truth is even with natural gas prices going down, it will cost the utilities a lot of money to switch over to natural gas –and then, naturally, the price of natural gas is expected to go up. And when that happens, they’re not going to switch back to the more affordable coal. The consumer is the one who takes it on the chin.”

“What’s interesting is the president knows that, but he doesn’t seem to care,” Griffith observed.

He then referenced a 2008 interview in which President Barack Obama said his energy policies would make prices “skyrocket” and those costs would be passed on to consumers.

“Well, who does he think the consumer is?” the first-term representative asked.

“It’s the middle-class people of the United States of America. It’s the people who are working and struggling to make ends meet in an economy that he’s created that’s so bad that we have more than eight percent of our people not working – and those are the ones who are still looking.”

This is why Griffith backed the “Stop the War on Coal Bill,” that passed the House on Friday. The legislation seeks to ease EPA regulations on the industry.

“We’re sending the message that we want the administration to stop their War on Coal, and the people in my district – and in West Virginia, Kentucky, Ohio, Pennsylvania – they all need to realize that we’re going to lose a lot of jobs because of the president and the Environmental Protection Agency.

“They’re just out there trying to put coal out of business every time they get a chance, and it’s unfortunate,” Griffith added. “There are a lot of jobs on the line.”

Its folks like Rep. Morgan Griffith who make me proud of being a Conservative and a Republican. He is fighting the good fight against Obama on behalf of blue-collar Middle-Class Americans. And yes, that says a lot about his character.

SIXTH SHOT!

Influential Democrat Editor Calls Obama Campaign "Dishonest, Divisive"

The influential Democrat editor-in-chief of U.S. News & World Report, Mortimer Zuckerman, called the Obama campaign "dishonest, divisive" in an article published in the online edition of the magazine.

Zuckerman wrote, "It is a dishonest, divisive campaign. It's discouraging of enterprise. It does the opposite of uniting the country to deal with the current economic crisis."

Zuckerman, who is also the publisher and owner of the New York Daily News, said that Obama’s argument on taxes "is not just about whether the super-rich should pay more," which he said he would support.

His argument is that Obama's tax plans also include Middle-Class Americans who can't afford higher taxes.

"It is about whether individuals, households, and small businesses should now be seen to cross the threshold into a plutocracy when earnings reach $250,000 a year — which buys much less in metropolitan areas than in the heartland," according to Zuckerman.

"It is outrageous to infer that aspiring to reach such a level is somehow un-American, and the Obama campaign surely must know that. Shame on them if they don't!"

Zuckerman blames "careless remarks" from Mitt Romney for allowing Obama to "get away with a program that pits 'the millionaires and billionaires' against the people."

He said that Romney’s gaffes have put his entire candidacy at risk "to the point where he may not even qualify for the dismissive equation of Barack Obama that Marco Rubio formulated for the Republican faithful: "Our problem is not that he's a bad person. Our problem is that he's a bad president."

Zuckerman said that Romney’s "47%" remarks handed the Obama campaign a new line of attack.

"Voters can forgive a candidate who stumbles in the heat of an election, trapped by ‘gotcha’ questions from journalists, being quoted out of context in cunning TV attack commercials, and in the Twitter age, failing to appreciate that nothing that is said is secret anymore," said Zuckerman.

"We all know the game, and Romney has demonstrated that he is not perfect at this game."

But despite Mitt Romney's mistakes, Zuckerman believes that the campaign can still be salvaged.

"Romney's new language talks about appealing to the 100 percent. He will be doing well to reach 50 percent," Zuckerman noted.

"But he still has a chance at reversing the weak position if he will go all out on the economy, discourage personal attacks on the president (who is well liked anyway), and always remember the injunction the British were faced with every day when World War II started, ‘Loose talk costs lives. Think before you talk.’"

It's very good advice from a Democrat, but I can't help but wonder if Obama gives a damn about what people in his own party think of him and what he's doing? I'm betting Obama doesn't care.

It seems to me that Obama and his campaign are using a scorched earth policy  that

LAST SHOT!

Hollywood Democrat Queers Jeer Republicans At Liberal Love Fest Called Emmy Night

Let's talk about being queer!

Though I really enjoyed Robert Downey Jr as Sherlock Holmes, when I think of Sherlock Holmes, the movies starring Basil Rathbone and Nigel Bruce come to mind.

Besides the suspense, the language, the British accents, were always fun to listen to. In fact, it was from those old movies that I first heard the word "Queer."

I learned from those old Holmes and Watson movies that "queer" meant strange, or not normal as in "a queer situation."  I learned that the word "queer" meant odd or strange behavior, a questionable attitude or character, suspicious actions, "very queer behavior."

Of course during college, I had a Criminal Justice teacher who would call counterfeit money - "queer notes."

Because I grew up in Hawaii in a very Blue Collar family, we referred to homosexuals as Mahus. The word mahu (mah-who) is the traditional word for a male who assumes female roles in his daily life.

I didn't hear the term "queer" to refer to homosexuals until I first arrived in California in 1972. Like many others, I remember hearing one guy call another guy "queer." It didn't make any sense right away, until later when I saw for myself that the guy labeled "queer" really did in fact act strange.

Over the years, I've referred to strange behavior as acting queer. And yes, I know real well that the homosexual community has put their copyright on the term "queer". But I don't see how they can. 

Sure I call homosexuals "queer" just as I call them "gay" and even "mahus" at times. But homosexuals aren't the only strange acting folks in the Democrat party. There's a lot of queer behavior in that party.

Queer behavior is strange behavior. Acting queer is not the norm. Having a queer attitude is not OK. And yes, people recognize queers for what they are: strange people.

The 64th Primetime Emmy Awards on Sunday night brought out droves of Hollywood's small screen "stars", if there really is such a thing.

And yes, for the most part, they are a queer lot! It was a Democrat liberal love fest, as queer as the day is long!

Host Jimmy Kimmel set the stage for every queer there. Fakes all, in a business of make believe, the telecast ended up focusing as much on their own hypocrisy as it did on Presidential Politics.  Forget the fact that they were supposedly there competing for awards for best TV shows etc etc etc, they wanted to use their time at the microphone to make their liberal politics known.

They all did the same thing, one by one, the queer group that they are, all marched to the microphone to tell their audience how they loathed Republicans, Conservatives, Middle-America, Sarah Palin, and Mitt Romney. And no, it doesn't matter that Sarah Palin is not running for office. They just hate her guts.

The news said that Jimmy Kimmel "peppered the show with a handful of somewhat predictable political jokes."

"Are any of you voting for Mitt Romney? Oh good, only 40 Republicans, and the rest godless liberal homosexuals... Being a Republican in Hollywood is like being a Chick-fil-A sandwich on the snack table at 'Glee," he said, throwing in a jab at Republican supporter Kelsey Grammer, and comparing the PBS series on English aristocrats "Downtown Abbey" to what life was like for Mitt Romney growing up.

Both winners and presenters, including Julia Louis-Dreyfus, Stephen Colbert and Julianne Moore, who won Outstanding Actress for her portrayal of Sarah Palin in the HBO movie "Game Change," also used their moment in the limelight to put forth their own personal political hatred for anything Conservative and Republican.

"I feel so validated since Sarah Palin gave me a big thumbs down," Moore told the audience. "Game Change" won four Emmys in total. Of course, queer Hollywood would never say how much of a flop it was.

"Game Change" director Jay Roach avoided the fact that this little film was all promotion and no audience. And of course there was no mention how the movie has been met with criticism by Sarah Palin and aids for the McCain-Palin ticket.

The "Game Change" liberals conveniently leave out how the truth was not presented in the film, or how former Alaska governor Sarah Palin called the trashy movie "Hollywood lies."

While accepting the Outstanding Movie statue on behalf of the film, of which he was credited as producer, ultra-left Tom Hanks decided to make cracks about America's Founding Fathers.

Hanks said that he wanted to thank "our Founding Fathers for the process they came up with that has provided not only us and HBO and all the comedy series here a plethora of material, seems to just go on and on."

In my opinion, Tom Hanks is a queer bird. I mean, doesn't anyone else find it queer that Tom Hanks' "plethora of material" only ridicules Conservatives and Republicans? But then again, what should I accept from a queer group as those from Hollywood.

It's no wonder very few see Hollywood in the same light as it did years ago when they were pro-American.

It's no wonder most see Tom Hanks and others as all living in some queer place that many now refer to as "Hollyweird." 

In addition to "Game Change," the other winner in the Liberal Love Fest was another politically-themed show, the national security Showtime thriller "Homeland." I know many of my readers are shocked that another hate America film would win an award, but honestly - look at those queer people who are voting.

And no, it wasn't just in front of the camera. Backstage, our so-called "stars" and wannabe important queer acting Hollyweird types got their chance to speak of their liberal political opinions. As if anyone gives a shit!

Louis-Dreyfus talked of how the current political climate influenced her role in some film that no one saw.
The creator of "Modern Family,"  Steve Levitan noted his hope for "all political candidates to support marriage equality."

Claire Danes spoke enthusiastically about President Obama's affection for her show "Homeland." Ultra-violent "Breaking Bad" lead actor winner Damian Lewis detailed his "insightful" political views on the "polarization" of the political landscape and the impact of 9/11.

Weak minds and queer behavior!

Strange, very queer indeed, but no one mentioned how Obama has done nothing to help the economy, stop the EPA's assault on farms and businesses, stop the attacks on Christians here and abroad, find the time to appear on "The View" yet not find time to meet with the Prime Minister of Israel?
It is very queer that some of those in Hollywood, did not take the time to condemn their own industry for its prolific violence and immorality, or their incessant attacks on Christianity?

Why can't ultra-left guys like Tom Hanks find the cojones to condemn Muslim violence, or the Muslim world's queer behavior like abusing their women, or even criticize Obama skipping out on his own National Security Intel Briefings?

No, not one liberal at the Democrat Love Fest got up there to use their microphone time to condemn Hollywood for advocating the use of drugs and random senseless violence.

Hollywood is a whorehouse, and most of those there that night are whores and pimps. They compromise any sort of principle for personal gain, even if that means sucking up to the political left in America.

If not, then why didn't any of those so-called "stars" and other libs care about the real problems that America is facing right now.

Why aren't these wannabe intellectuals talking about Obama spending SIX TRILLION DOLLARS in 3 years and America has nothing to show for it?

And no, I don't think giving $10 Billion to Brazil to explore for oil, or Stimulus Fund contract to China is OK? But the liberals at the Emmys must have, because after all, it wasn't mentioned at all.

Where are these liberals on Fast & Furious and how Obama's Justice Department armed the Mexican Drug Cartels with over 2,000 weapons and is directly responsible for hundreds of murders?

How come no one there talked about the National Security Intelligence leaks from the Obama White House, or the global instability brought on by a lack of leadership from the White House?

Strange isn't it that no one Hollywood liberal, including that ultra-left poster boy Tom Hanks, mentioned the rise in poverty or the huge increase in food stamps or the high number of businesses that are closing after almost 4 years of Obama?

Not one liberal at the Emmy Awards stood up and asked why Obama has given $1.5 Billion of taxpayer money to Egypt for no reason, or why Obama and Hillary Clinton attacked a YouTube film and took its director into custody? 

I would think that that would hit home? But then again, it just shows that Hollywood has no loyalty - not even to other film makers.

Instead of focusing on the real issues, Hollyweird is worried about gay marriage and pushing a liberal agenda that is against everything that most of America believes in. And yes, American ain't buying what Hollywood is selling.

Want evidence of that? Well, the politically-charged telecast - which aired on ABC - was not embraced by all those outside the Tinseltown bubble.

"If I wanted to hear vapid people talking about politics, I would read half my friends' Facebook walls," tweeted one. Another wrote that the Kimmel's political hate speech was "unnecessary."

One commented that the political chatter during an awards show was "just non-sense," and another noted that "Hollywood is delusional" in response to the proclamation by Kevin Costner that night.

In what was an unbelievable statement, Costner, who won an award for lead actor in a TV movie/miniseries for his role History's "Hatfields and McCoys," said that "everyone talks about politics, but it's so freaking hard to get films made about politics."

That was a very odd comment, an absolute queer statement to make, since several of this year's Emmys nominees from "Game Change" to "Homeland" to "Veep" to his own film were based on political themes.

Costner's comment sparked one viewer to tweet, "It is hard to make movies about politics? Then why are there 40,000,000 of them?"

Politics aside, the Emmy ceremony was widely panned by reviewers and industry watchers. TheWrap.com called it "hideous" and Kimmel's hosting performance "bad".

The Chicago Tribune referred to the show as being "far from a ringing endorsement of Hollywood's ability to produce anything but an eye-rolling awards show."

There is one thing that I find really interesting about all of their awful behavior. Its about the business end of making films.

Why would anyone selling a product, in this case wanting to get people to watch your film, go out of their way to offend as many people as possible in the process?

Why offend the vast majority of Americans outside of Hollywood if you need them as viewers?

The answer probably rests in their very strange way of thinking. It's probably the same reasoning they use when they make shows that insult most Americans, or Christians or Conservatives in general.

It most likely goes straight to their queer behavior of not caring if they make television shows that people are not going to watch. 

It's probably the same reason that Hollywood and its liberals like Tom Hanks think they can stick their finger in your eye. They figure they have a captured audience and we will watch what they put out no matter what.

But honestly, that's queer thinking on their part.

Story by Tom Correa