Remember that great, but totally unexpected speech that Ashton Kuchar gave at the Teen Choice Awards back in August? Well, Kuchar was back at it this week, going on the Ellen DeGeneres show to once again talk about the value of hard work trumping the desire for celebrity:
Best part of this little clip was when Ashton was talking about people who feel that certain jobs are beneath them:
I talk to some of my friends, and they don’t want to get a job…at Starbucks, or they don’t want to get a job at where ever…because they feel that it’s below them. And I think the only thing that can be below you is to not have a job. Go work [anywhere] until you can get the job that you want to have.
It’s refreshing to hear a young and successful Hollywood actor preaching the value of hard work and the dignity of working.
A black actor (Romany Malco), writing at the Huffington Post, has a message for Trayvon Martin sympathizers that might surprise you. I mean: he’s black, he’s a Hollywood actor, and he’s writing at the far-Left Huffington Post.
So, you might assume that his is just another #Justice4Trayvon rant filled with lies, inaccuracies, and race hustling.
But you’d be wrong.
On why the Zimmerman trial is even in the national spotlight:
To be brutally honest, the only reason people are even aware of Trayvon Martin is because it became a topic within mainstream news and pop culture. Meaning: News directors saw it as a profitable, sensational story. Hundreds of blacks die annually in South Side Chicago without even a blurb. Trayvon isn’t in the mainstream news for any reason other than ratings and profit. The news coverage on the Zimmerman case almost implies that the killing of this young black man is somehow an anomaly and I resent that.
In this country, if it isn’t streamlined through mainstream media and pop culture, it doesn’t seem to warrant national debate. Our “government” continues to wreak havoc on our civil liberties and there is little to no protest from the black community because of media diversion tactics that keep such pertinent issues out of mainstream media. But if Jay-Z or Rihanna were to make mention of it, we’d suddenly be jolted out of our sugar comas and protesting on freeways.
My point being, people are up in arms about Trayvon based on regurgitated pundits and manipulated facts aired to elicit emotion while fueling America’s anger and division. That’s how you boost ratings. No different from Piers Morgan’s desperate rant over gun control when he knew his ratings were in the dumps. And from where I stand, anyone who still relies on corporate-owned media pundits to support an argument isn’t equipped to offer worthwhile solutions.
Smart man. If the black community had more leaders like Romany — and fewer like Jesse Jackson, Al (not that)Sharpton, and Sheila Jackson-Lee — they’d be a lot better off.
And his message to young blacks:
I believe we lost that trial for Trayvon long before he was killed. Trayvon was doomed the moment ignorance became synonymous with young black America . We lost that case by using media outlets (music, movies, social media, etc.) as vehicles to perpetuate the same negative images and social issues that destroyed the black community in the first place. When we went on record glorifying violent crime and when we voted for a president we never thought to hold accountable. When we signed on to do reality shows that fed into the media’s stereotypes of black men, we ingrained an image of Trayvon Martin so overwhelming that who he actually may have been didn’t matter anymore.
If we really wanted to ensure Trayvon Martin’s killing was not in vain, we’d stop perpetuating negative images that are now synonymous with black men in America. We’d stop rapping about selling drugs and killing niggas. The next time we saw a man beating a woman, we’d call for help or break it up, but one thing we would not do is stand by with our cellphones out — yelling WORLDSTAR! Instead of rewarding kids for memorization, we’d reward them for independent and critical thinking.
I’ve ripped enough already, but go read the rest. This man should run for office, as I’m sure his less-than-PC views on race will land him — ironically — on a Hollywood black list.
Oh, but because this is still the Huffing-and-Puffington Post, the comments are a riot, filled with countless “But what about White Guilt, and the role that our Over-Bearing Whiteness plays in the exploitation and denigration of black people?” types of posts.
There is simply nothing not awesome about this video of Billy Joel giving a young man a “moment of a lifetime” during a speech at Vanderbilt University.
Well done, Billy Joel. And bravo Mr. Michael Pollack for the perfect piano accompaniment. It’s really nice to see a celebrity acting graciously to their young fans, when all too often they’re condescending and rude pricks.
Nope, the stress and scrutiny of a national campaign would’t cause her to go full retard (and as Robert Downy, Jr. said, “Everybody knows you never go full retard.”). But that’s what would happen. And I’d pay money for a front row seat at that carnival.
Remember…a long, long time ago, when she was sort of sexy in that slutty hillbilly way? Yeah…well…apparently she uses the same Plastic Surgeon as Bruce Jenner, and signed up for the full menu of surgeries.
But crazy hasn’t really been a deterrent to being elected as as Democrat — one need look no farther than the recent election of Elizabeth Warren to the US Senate. So, we ask, would she really have a shot at being elected?
The NYT buries its lede way down at the end, with two of three Kentuckians quoted saying Judd is to their left: nytimes.com/2013/02/16/us/…
…all while Obama has to painfully sit there and take it, with barely a smile on his face.
If you have not yet watched this 26 minute keynote speech at yesterday’s National Prayer Breakfast by Dr. Ben Watson, an American neurosurgeon and the Director of Pediatric Neurosurgery at Johns Hopkins Hospital, do yourself a favor and go watch it now (video and transcription via C-SPAN):
What a remarkable man.
I would trade the entirety of our national “leadership” for this man. But, alas, he likely had too much integrity, honesty, and intelligence to have a career in politics. Besides, the man is a gifted pediatric surgeon who had done more to benefit mankind than any single politician in the history of the world.
During this speech — one in which Barry, Moo-chelle, and Crazy Uncle Joe are forced to sit and listen to a man ridicule their very core beliefs in big government — I imagined that Obama sat there stewing while simultaneously wondering, “How the hell is he doing this without a teleprompter?”
But sit there and take it is exactly what Obama had to do, while Dr. Carson made the moral case for smaller government, the flat tax, and a healthcare system that put healthcare in the hands of the people, rather than in the hands of government bureaucracy. He chided Obama for the deficit and our national debt. And all Obama could do was sit there and shoot arrows from his eyes at the good Dr.
Obama believes in a universal, single-payer healthcare system run by a corrupt and incompetent government. Dr. Carson — who might know a thing or two more about healthcare than Obama and the entirety of a Congress who didn’t even read the behemoth Affordable Health Care act — believes that it is the individual who should be responsible for their own healthcare decisions:
Here’s my solution: When a person is born, give him a birth certificate, an electronic medical record, and a health savings account to which money can be contributed — pretax — from the time you’re born ’til the time you die. When you die, you can pass it on to your family members, so that when you’re 85 years old and you got six diseases, you’re not trying to spend up everything. You’re happy to pass it on and there’s nobody talking about death panels.
Number one. And also, for the people who were indigent who don’t have any money we can make contributions to their HSA each month because we already have this huge pot of money. Instead of sending it to some bureaucracy, let’s put it in their HSAs. Now they have some control over their own health care.
In just two short paragraphs, Dr. Carson came up with a healthcare program that would actually work and makes sense. But does nothing to grow the size of government nor people’s reliance on that government.
Obama and his minions on the Left believe in a progressive tax scheme that punishes wealth and success and rewards failure (and, no matter how you look at it, poverty is a failure on every level). Dr. Carson openly chided this re-distributive ideology as immoral:
What about our taxation system?
So complex, there is no one who can possibly comply with every jot and tittle — if I wanted to get you or you [points to audience members] I could get you on a tax issue. That doesn’t make any sense.
What we need to do is come up with something simple. And when I pick up my Bible, do you know what I see? I see the fairest individual in the universe, God, and he has given us a system: it is called tithes.
Now we don’t necessarily have to do 10%, but its a principle. God didn’t say, “If your crops failed, don’t give me any tithes.” He didn’t say, “Have a bumper crop? Give me triple.”
So there must be something inherently fair about proportionality.
You make $10 billion? You put in $1 billion. You make $10 you put in $1. Of course, you got to get rid of the loopholes.
But, now some people say, “That’s not fair, because it doesn’t hurt the guy who made $10 billion as much as the guy who made $10.”
Where does it say you have to hurt the guy? He just put a billion dollars in the pot; we don’t need to hurt him.
This is exactly the opposite of what Obama and the socialist left believe. They do believe that we should “hurt” the evil one percenters every bit as much as they don’t believe that everybody should have at least some skin in the game.
If I were Dr. Carson, I might want to start keeping an eye out for drones flying above me…
The speech took an interesting turn when the doctor cautioned that moral decay and fiscal irresponsibility can have dire consequences — even for powerful countries like America. Here, he became even more pointed and impassioned.
“I think particularly about ancient Rome. Very powerful — nobody could even challenge them militarily…they destroyed themselves from within,” Carson continued. “Moral decay. Fiscal irresponsibility.”
In under a half hour this learned and accomplished man said more and made more solid sense than Obama has in his entire adult life building for himself a political career. Dr. Carson knows what this nation was built on. He knows how this nation is supposed to run. He knows how the people of this nation are supposed to be a part of it. And he makes no apologies or excuses for his bluntness that these key things are not being done and that is why we are failing. He even says political correctness is a major problem in this country. You cannot help but feel and know Dr. Carson’s words and parables were aimed at Obama and at the Washington D.C. elected class on both sides of the aisle.
Found this video at Vulture under the title “Watch a Mash-Up of Celebrities Demanding Gun Control (in Real Life) Gratuitously Using Guns (Onscreen).”
If anyone is moved by their acting concerned for the well being of anyone other than themselves, they should either get fixed so they can no longer contaminate the gene pool or sit in a nice warm bath and exsanguinate.
I admit it, I’m a fan of The Voice, the singing competition with judges Blake Shelton, Celo Green, Adam Levine, and Christina Aguilera.
I like music. And would rather listen to it on television than watch most shows. And the talent on this show always blows away anything else you might hear on American Idol or the X-Factor. I’m also a fan of the musical talents of all four judges (though not as much Adam Levine as the others). I also enjoy it because, for the most part, it’s almost completely apolitical; not getting blasted with a bunch of Left-wing sanctimony or Conservative bashing, which you get enough of by watching just about anything else on television.
Hell, thanks to Bob Costas, you can’t even watch sports anymore without a bunch of Liberals ruining the program.
When the The Voice started last night and I heard the opening chords of one of my favorite songs of all time, Hallelujah (written by Leonard Cohen, though my favorite versions are those by Jeff Buckley and Brandi Carlile), and Blake Shelton started singing,
“I’ve heard there was a secret chord
That David played, and it pleased the Lord
But you don’t really care for music, do you?”
…and saw the judges and contestants each holding a simple name card with the name and age of the victims of Sandy Hook Elementary, I was almost immediately moved to tears. Such is the power of music to evoke emotion. Here’s the video in case you missed it last night:
And this, folks, is the beauty and genius of Matt Drudge.
It’s not just the headlines and the scoops. But it’s often in the careful and deliberate groupings of headlines. Or the placement of a headline above or under a seemingly-unrelated image. Like this one:
*This is a few days old, but I’ve been busy and unable to blog.
I’m a huge country music fan. Yeah…I know, big shocker, huh? There simply isn’t a group of “celebrities” who seem to openly and unapologetically love their country more than these folks.
So of course I watched last night’s Country Music Association (CMA) Awards show, which is much more a giant concert of my favorite singers than it is an awards show. And last night was 3 hours of the best television I’ve watched since…well, since watching Romney dismantle a hapless Obama in their first Presidential debate in Denver.
I’ve been a big fan of Blake Shelton and his wife, Miranda Lambert, for quite some time. So it was nice to see them have one helluva big night at the CMAs last night, to include:
Entertainer of the Year (Blake)
Female Vocalist of the Year (Miranda)
Male Vocalist of the Year (Blake)
Song of the Year (“Over You”, written by Blake and Miranda, performed by Miranda)
Perhaps the best moment of the night was when Blake and Miranda took the stage to accept their award for Best Song:
I’ve heard this song dozens of times, but never knew the story behind it. No wonder Miranda was moved to tears.
Here’s the full video for “Over You”, if you’ve never heard the song before:
Also a good moment, and one Liberals would have hated, was when Little Big Town accepted their award for Vocal Group of the Year. Kathryn Jean Lopez, who was also live tweeting the awards last night, caught it, too:
Little Big Town: Thank you to “our mommas and daddies and Jesus. And our babies and Jesus.” #CMA