” Abuse of power isn’t limited to bad guys in other nations. It happens in our own country if we’re not vigilant.”
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” Josey Wales spits a nifty brown stream of tobacco on this fine gentleman’s suit “
” At Waco, was there really an urgency to get those people out of the compound at that particular time? Was the press going to make it look heroic for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms? At Ruby Ridge, there was one guy in a cabin at the top of the mountain. Was it necessary for federal agents to go up there and shoot a 14-year-old in the back and shoot a woman with a child in her arms? What kind of mentality does that?”
Is it my turn yet ?
” American film star and director Clint Eastwood posing bare-chested. (Photo by John Kobal Foundation/Getty Images)”
” Halftime in America is over and talking to the chair didn’t work, so Clint Eastwood’s taking his political disappointment directly to the people.
The actor, director and Man With No Name went on CNBC on Friday to lament the lack of bipartisan cooperation in Congress and to give some credit to former Republican Sen. Alan Simpson and former White House chief of staff Erskine Bowles for at least trying back in 2010. He worried aloud that the intractable disputes between both sides of the aisle will lead to political complacency that will only further complicate national politics.
“It’s almost like they don’t give a damn,” Eastwood said. “If they don’t give a damn, why do they expect anybody else to?”
It’s been an unusually active political cycle for Eastwood, whose appearance in Chrysler’s “Halftime in America” Super Bowl ad last year in the middle of primary season made onlookers speculate which side he would take in the 2012 presidential election. He supported John McCain in 2008, but his dissatisfaction with President Barack Obama’s economic policies led him to the Republican National Convention and his conversation with a piece of furniture standing in for the president.”
A couple of weeks back, I had occasion to mention one Geoffrey Dunn of the Huffington Post, after he dismissed Clint Eastwood as just another bitter old white male Republican racist. That would be the Clint Eastwood who dated a black woman in The Eiger Sanction, made a biopic of the black saxophonist Charlie Parker, helped make black vocalist Roberta Flack a No. 1 pop star, etc
” “President Obama is the greatest hoax ever perpetrated on the American people,” Eastwood told The Pine Cone this week. “Romney and Ryan would do a much better job running the country, and that’s what everybody needs to know. I may have irritated a lot of the lefties, but I was aiming for people in the middle.” ”
Read the whole thing. It is a wonderful interview in which Mr Eastwood opens up and recounts how the whole appearance evolved and how he feels on a variety of issues.
“At Waco, was there really an urgency to get those people out of the compound at that particular time? Was the press going to make it look heroic for the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, and Firearms? At Ruby Ridge, there was one guy in a cabin at the top of the mountain. Was it necessary for federal agents to go up there and shoot a 14-year-old in the back and shoot a woman with a child in her arms? What kind of mentality does that?”
” Lucky for Clint Eastwood that he has a sense of humor. He’ll need it, if he tries to wade through some of the zanier criticism inspired by his
appearance at the Republican National Convention . From the left, he’s being mocked as rambling,
strange, and obsessed with empty chairs. The L.A. Times is wondering “ Did Clint Eastwood tarnish his film legacy ?” ”
Isn’t it ironic how lefty actors speaking out on politics are always ” speaking truth to power ” , but righty ones ” tarnish their legacy ” ? Feh
“Feel lucky, punk? When Republicans chose Tampa as the site for the 2012 national
convention, they didn’t do it for the weather, obviously. They saw Florida as a key to their hopes of winning the presidential election and hoped to make an impact on voters with their week-long argument for Republican control of
the White House. According to a snap poll from Survey USA of 754 registered voters who watched the final night of the convention, they
may have switched 10% of the vote with the effort: “
“Hollywood has long been considered an overwhelmingly liberal community, but given Clint Eastwood’s “surprise” blockbuster appearance in support of GOP Presidential nominee Mitt Romney
this week – are the tables starting to
” But the most transformative moment — in its way, the most redolent of the Tea Party
revolution — was Clint Eastwood’s
conversation with an empty chair in whichPresident Obama was not sitting.”
“What Eastwood did, with his extemporaneous air and unfilled chair, was to call bull**** on the increasingly untenable narrative that the Left has been weaving through all of the public institutions that it has spent decades infiltrating. He elevated to TV Land the shocking breach of
story line and etiquette that hit YouTube years ago when angry citizens shouted down their
Senators at town hall meetings.”
“For four long years we’ve waited, hoped and prayed that some young comic would break free of the politically correct demands of The State and mock Obama the way all presidents and all people in power should be mocked. But for four long years (with a few exceptions) all we’ve seen instead are cowardly toadies of The State: Bill Maher, Jon Stewart, David Letterman, Chris Rock, the cast of “Saturday Night
Since Obama won the presidency,
comedy has pretty much gone straight to hell as our Entertainment Overlords
morphed into pathetic lapdogs to The State; begging for scraps of attention
and affection from Obama, and in the
process becoming stale, lazy, dull,
predictable, painfully unfunny, and like
a needy poodle — more than a little
“To see why the choice of Clint Eastwood as the surprise guest speaker at last night’s close of the
Republican Convention was so brilliant, look at the electoral map.
The Democrats, thanks to their dominance of the big cities, control the West Coast and the Northeast — plus (as long as the dead voters of Cook County can still get to the polls) President Obama’s home state of Illinois. The GOP dominates the South, the Plains and the Rocky Mountain states.”