Posts Tagged ‘Hollywood’

LinkSwarm for December 9, 2013

Monday, December 9th, 2013

A LinKSwarm to start your Monday off, with a mix of old and new:

  • Obama’s popularity down among the Obama coalition:

    Obama’s job approval rating among Hispanic Americans has plunged from 75 percent in December 2012 to 52 percent today — a drop of 23 percentage points, the sharpest decline among any voter group. Among Americans who make less than $24,000 a year, the president’s approval rating has fallen from 64 percent last December to 46 percent today. Among Americans 18 to 29 years of age, it has fallen from 61 percent to 46 percent. Among women, it has fallen from 57 percent to 43 percent.

    Evidently free contraceptives don’t trump lost jobs and insurance. (Hat tip: Instapundit.)

  • First came the first wave of ObamaCare “cancellation shock” as policies were dropped left and right. Next comes the “Doc Shock,” as people lose physicians who won’t cut their rates for ObamaCare plans. (Hat tip: Instapundit and Ed Driscoll.)
  • Indeed, 7 out of 10 California doctors are boycotting California’s ObamaCare exchanges. When you’ve lost California…
  • So get ready to see a lot more signs like this. (Hat tip: Ace of Spades.)
  • “The GOP establishment is loath to admit it, but the government shutdown is turning out to be a brilliant political chess move on the part of Senators Ted Cruz and Mike Lee.”
  • Why the hell is Paul Ryan trying to undo the sequester cuts?
  • New York City starts confiscating rifles and shotguns.
  • On Twitter, #LiesObamaToldUs trended for three straight days. Well, it’s a target-rich environment…
  • Photojournalist robbed twice in one day in Detroit. Funny how 50 years of Democratic rule mean that government is unable to enforce its most central function: keeping the populace safe by enforcing the rule of law.
  • Why you don’t stop shooting until the threat is neutralized:

    (Hat tip: Ace of Spades.)

  • Is Hollywood turning the Biblical story of Noah into another tree-hugging Dances With Smurfs?
  • Lamar Smith Among Four Texas Congressmen Who Voted for Massive Tax Hike

    Wednesday, January 2nd, 2013

    In addition to both Texas Senators (John Cornyn, who should have known better, and the retiring Kay Baily Hutchison, who came in like a lion and is going out like a RINO; thank God Ted Cruz is replacing her), four Republican Texas congressmen voted for the “Fiscal Cliff” tax hike deal:

  • Pete Sessions
  • Lamar Smith
  • Mac Thornberry
  • Kevin Brady
  • All should have known better than to vote for a bill that contained $41 dollars in new taxes for every $1 in spending cuts, but the name Lamar Smith certainly sticks out thanks to such previous hits as “Hi, I’m a SOPA/PIPA Recording Industry Whore.” It’s no surprise, given the bill includes big tax breaks for Hollywood. I guess Smith is one of those politicians that stays bought.

    All should expect primary challenges.

    I’m happy to say that my own Representative, John Carter, voted against the bill.

    I haven’t had time to read the entire bill yet, so I can’t tell you whether it’s merely bad or actively horrific…

    “Red State” Turns Out To Be “Red Ink State”

    Tuesday, October 18th, 2011

    I have no particular sentiment for, or against, Kevin Smith. Dogma was good, but I thought Clerks was mediocre and overrated. His video rants can be intermittently amusing, but he hasn’t made a movie I was remotely interested in seeing in over a decade. When I became aware sometime last year that he was making a film called Red State, about those sinister, inbred redneck freaks of Jesusland, it was just another example of liberal Hollywood bias I wasn’t going to see.

    So today I’m browsing the new Amazon Blu-Ray releases when I see it listed there.

    Wait, you mean they’ve already released it? I wasn’t even aware it had even hit theaters.

    Evidently, neither was anyone else. It brought in just barely over $1 million at the box office. Given that it cost $4 million to make, and the rule of thumb is that a film must gross three times production costs to turn a profit, it’s likely that Red State probably lost the studio somewhere in the neighborhood of $11 million.

    In this, it joins a long line of money-losing, America-bashing films coming out of Hollywood. It turns out that those sinister, gun-toting, bible-thumping residents of Jesusland just happen to be the people who pay to see movies in theaters, and there evidently aren’t enough liberal urban hipsters in the world to make anti-American films profitable (unless you disguise them as science fiction and throw in hot blue chics).

    Think Hollywood will take note and stop greenlighting them? I doubt it. But one can always hope.