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Jet-set former SoS hails jet-set celeb who ‘walks the walk’ on combating climate change

Michelle Malkin - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 07:06

**Written by Doug Powers

John Kerry hosted a “climate conference” at Yale on Tuesday, and he had high praise for one of the participants, Leonardo DiCaprio:

“Walks the walk” to combat climate change? DiCaprio doesn’t really walk the walk as much as he flies the walk and cruises the walk on oil barons’ yachts:

Obviously Leo learned from the best:

A US military C-17 transport aircraft that usually carries at least 100 troops flew to Geneva Airport to pick up Secretary of State John Kerry and flew him to Boston where he’ll be treated for a broken leg.

The Air Force plane touched down in Switzerland on Monday after taking off from a US base in Ramstein, Germany, and then headed to Massachusetts after collecting the 71-year-old politician.

::COUGH:: “hypocrite!” ::COUGH::

In winter, he [Kerry] goes helicopter skiing while staying at his wife’s Idaho retreat, a 15th-century farmhouse transported from England and reassembled on the banks of the Big Wood River in Sun Valley. In summer, he windsurfs and sails off the coast of Nantucket, where she has another home. The couple have an 18th-century town house in Boston where the kitchen is two stories high. There is a 23-room town house in Washington, an 88-acre Pittsburgh area estate, a private Gulfstream jet and a personal staff of six, including caretakers and a cook.

“Walking the walk” on climate change alarmism, Kerry & DiCaprio-style!

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

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Show biz meltdown: Bombs away!

Michelle Malkin - Wed, 09/20/2017 - 01:18

Show biz meltdown: Bombs away!
by Michelle Malkin
Creators Syndicate
Copyright 2017

The numbers don’t lie. Across the entertainment industry, viewers and fans are tuning out. It’s no coincidence ratings are cratering as unhinged celebrities crank up their anti-Trump and anti-American antics.

Pro tip, Tinseltownies: Swapping your jazz hands for middle fingers and waving resistance fists at your customer base is bad for business. Let us count the waning ways.

Emmy emetics. Who wanted to see smirking Stephen Colbert lead a cast of Botoxed starlets and men in hot pants, handing out TV industry awards to diamond-draped elites hoisting up their gilt statues as emblems of victory on behalf of the hegemonically oppressed? Not as many as the boob-tube titans had hoped! The show’s overall viewership of 11.4 million tied an all-time low; the key ratings demographic of 18-49 adults sunk 10 percent lower than last year’s historic low. Most of America had better things to do than watch a privileged cabal of left-wing, coastal one-percenters preening indulgently about their progressivism. Conservative actor James Wood had the response of the night to the Emmy ego-thon, noting that “the stunning lack of political diversity in Hollywood is interesting, when you consider their consumer base is so evenly divided.”

Oscars’ abyss. Earlier this year, the Academy Awards show earned the second-lowest viewership ratings in its history. Program host Jimmy Kimmel and other celebs turned their stage and red carpet into Trump-bashing soapboxes for anti-cop rants, open borders pleas and Quran promotion.

Box office beatdown. Hollywood’s summer movie season launched more duds than North Korea’s Rocket Man. By Labor Day weekend, revenue plunged “nearly 16 percent over last year, the steepest decline in modern times,” according to the Hollywood Reporter, adding that “(a)ttendance also plummeted, and is almost assured of hitting a 25-year low in terms of the number of tickets sold, according to Box Office Mojo.” Variety dubbed it “the worst the movie industry has seen in more than a decade.”

I don’t want my MTV. The network that used to broadcast music videos now has a hard time attracting eyeballs to its marquee Video Music Awards. Go figure. Its 10th annual awards show was “the least-watched one in its history,” marking the “fourth year in a row that the network has seen a decline in the crown jewel of its annual calendar,” according to the Associated Press.

Al Gore’s man-made disaster. Among the summer’s hottest messes? Environmental scare-monger Al Gore’s climate change sequel to “An Inconvenient Truth.” The original green Chicken Little flick raked in nearly $50 million in 2006. The follow-up this summer, in release for a measly six weeks, scraped up less than $3.5 million in domestic receipts. Paramount tried to prop up the film with trailer endorsements from Bono, Randy Jackson, Pharrell Williams, Adam Levine and Shailene Woodley. But their Hollywood helium couldn’t lift Gore’s cinematic lead balloon.

Rolling Stone’s tombstone. The iconic pop culture and music magazine rolled itself into oblivion after publishing its infamous “Rape on Campus” hoax article in 2014. Legal costs are approaching $5 million; this week, a third defamation suit by University of Virginia fraternity members moved forward. Over the weekend, owner Jann Wenner announced that his majority stake in the rag is now for sale. Maybe magazine cover boys and lefty multimillionaires Justin Trudeau, Bill Clinton and Barack Obama can pitch in?

NFL = No fans left. The football field is now a minefield of social justice causes, where National Football League officials countenance Black Power salutes, but ban pro-police decals on helmets after cop ambushes. A recent J.D. Power survey found that national anthem protests by players were the top reason fans stopped watching games. Viewership at the start of the 2017 regular season was down 13 percent for the NFL and NBC from last year’s opener. Gridiron fans are switching the channel and they’re staying out of the stadiums, too. The Rams and Chargers barely filled half their stadiums. The USC-Texas game boasted higher attendance numbers than those two teams’ games combined.

NFL brass blame hurricanes. But from the boob tube to the big screen to the glossies to the Big Leagues, the fault lies not with Mother Nature or the entertainment industry’s consumers — but with the fatally self-absorbed, politically toxified stars themselves.

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UN bureaucrats, MSM scurry to safe space after Trump’s General Assembly speech

Michelle Malkin - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 12:47

**Written by Doug Powers

Did you see President Trump’s speech to the U.N. General Assembly? The address was not well-received by many of the gathered bureaucrats, but then again, Trump’s no Mahmoud Ahmadinejad or Raul Castro.

Here are three parts that brought out the crickets:

This caused a few nosebleeds in the General Assembly:

He said, “It is a massive source of embarrassment for the United Nations that some governments with egregious human rights records sit on the U.N. Human Rights Council.” The panel’s 47 members include, for example, China and Saudi Arabia.

That was a fairly triggering and intimidating experience for many in the room (25 percent applauded, 50 percent shook their heads in disapproval, 15 percent cited it as evidence of climate change, and 10 percent surrendered to Jared Kushner’s security team).

But it got better. There hasn’t been a General Assembly silence this awkward since Dag Hammarskjöld broke wind during a role call vote:

“The problem in Venezuela is not that socialism has been poorly implemented, but that socialism has been faithfully implemented.”

Ouch. Feel the Bern! Fortunately Trump put a “Make America Great Again” paper bag under each seat for everybody to hyperventilate into.

Trump also had a warning for Lil’ Kim:

Pyongyang’s “reckless” pursuit of nuclear weapons “threatens the entire world with unthinkable loss of human life,” Trump told the 193-member U.N. General Assembly.

If North Korea continues down this path, Trump said, “we will have no choice but to totally destroy North Korea.”

With that one, Trump basically dumped ice cold water on the room without warning:

The President’s verbal attack on Pyongyang drew mumbles from the UN General Assembly Hall, Reuters reported.

One man in the audience covered his face with his hands shortly after Trump made his “totally destroy” comment.

The audible gasps also reverberated outside the walls of the U.N. and even ABC News’ chief foreign correspondent was beside himself:

VIDEO – @TerryMoran: Threat to ‘Totally Destroy’ N. Korea 'Borders on the Threat of Committing a War Crime’ https://t.co/zN2DJ4zd5Q

— Grabien (@GrabienMedia) September 19, 2017

Kim Jong-un threatens to put a mushroom cloud over Guam, Hawaii and California and Trump’s reaction in a speech is the real danger here? Impeach!

Lastly, people from the previous administration who thought it was a great idea to send nearly $2 billion in cash to the world’s #1 state sponsor of terror are currently hammering Trump for saying this:

President Trump on Tuesday signaled he is close to ditching the Iran nuclear agreement struck by former President Barack Obama, by saying the deal is an “embarrassment to the United States” in his first address to the United Nations General Assembly.

“We cannot let a murderous regime continue these destabilizing activities while building dangerous missiles and we cannot abide by an agreement if it provides cover for the eventual construction of a nuclear program,” Trump said.

“The Iran deal was one of the worst and most one-sided transactions the United States has ever entered into,” he added. “Frankly, that deal is an embarrassment to the United States, and I don’t think you’ve heard the last of it, believe me.”

CNN’s Chief Resistance Correspondent and Trump nemesis Jim Acosta was alarmed by the speech in its entirety:

UN speech was a lot of Trump tweets strung together. Saber-rattling. But no clear doctrine. Threats of confrontation around the world.

— Jim Acosta (@Acosta) September 19, 2017

The liberal media — whose idea of “tough talk reality check” leadership is blaming terrorism on refrigerants — really miss Obama’s platitudes.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

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UC Berkeley profs & grad students petition to make campus home of ‘flee speech’ movement

Michelle Malkin - Tue, 09/19/2017 - 08:32

**Written by Doug Powers

This headline about UC Berkeley from the S.F. Chronicle speaks volumes:

“Free speech”? Everybody RUN!

At UC Berkeley, 177 professors and graduate students have signed an open letter urging thousands of colleagues and classmates to boycott campus for four days this month to ensure their “physical and mental safety.”

The strongly worded letter, titled “Boycott the Alt-Right @UCBerkeley,” asks that students, instructors and employees cancel classes, close buildings and “not penalize students who are afraid to come to campus” from Sept. 24 to 27.

That’s when Milo Yiannopoulos has said he, Steve Bannon, Ann Coulter and other couriers of the far-right agenda are supposed to descend onto campus for four days of rallies and speeches they’re calling “Free Speech Week.”

When it comes to fragility, these people make peanut brittle look like magnesium alloy.

The new chancellor for UC Berkeley should tell profs afraid of free speech on campus to feel free to boycott the university forever and find jobs elsewhere, but I have a feeling it’ll be the chancellor who ends up being sent packing at some point.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

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Confirmed: Challenging election results *no longer ‘threat to democracy’ (*If a Clinton lost)

Michelle Malkin - Mon, 09/18/2017 - 18:39

**Written by Doug Powers

In October, just a couple weeks before the election, Hillary Clinton was totally convinced she was going to win, and as a result she had implicit trust in the system:

The disclaimer to that is so small you can’t see it, but it reads “*Unless I’m the one who lost”:

In an interview with NPR, the former secretary of state — who will speak in Washington on Monday evening as part of her nationwide book tour — would not rule out formally contesting the results of the election.

“I wouldn’t rule it out,” she said, though she quickly admitted there’s virtually no legal path forward, and that challenging election results at this point would be unprecedented.

Gee, “What Happened”?

Additionally, brief footage released from Clinton HQ late on election night is even more pathetic and embarrassing than originally thought.

**Written by Doug Powers

Twitter @ThePowersThatBe

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The GOP Needs Presidential Coattails

Karl Rove - Wed, 12/02/2015 - 20:00

Republican senators in purple states are watching the GOP presidential primary with more than a passing interest. Their jobs—and the Republicans’ 54-46 Senate majority—depend on it.

A Senate candidate can run only so far ahead of the party’s presidential ticket. Take the 2000 election, when Republicans’ 54-46 majority was eroded by a net loss of four seats. Three incumbent GOP senators (Delaware’s Bill Roth, Michigan’s Spencer Abrahamand Washington state’s Slade Gorton) lost in states carried by Al Gore, despite running between 1.8% and 4% ahead of George W. Bush. They outpolled their party’s nominee, but not by enough to win.

Four years later, President Bush’s coattails helped his party rebuild its majority. Ten Republican senators were elected while trailing the president’s performance in their states, for a net GOP gain of four seats.

In the past two presidential contests, the Republican ticket’s downward pull on the party’s Senate candidates was pronounced. In 2008 Republican incumbents lost in New Hampshire and Oregon, despite running ahead of John McCain. The GOP incumbent also lost in Minnesota, where Democrat Al Franken ran more than a dozen percentage points behind Barack Obama.

To read the full article, please visit WSJ.com.

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Terrorism Becomes A Campaign Issue

Karl Rove - Wed, 11/18/2015 - 20:00

The magnitude and malevolence of last week’s terrorist attacks in Paris, combined with President Obama’s pathetic reaction, are guaranteed to deeply affect America’s presidential contest. The question is which candidate is best prepared to take on the president’s fecklessness.

Mr. Obama’s news conference Monday in Turkey was stunning. He called the Paris attacks—which French President François Hollande has declared an “act of war”—a mere “setback” in the campaign against Islamic State, also known as ISIS. He urged reporters not to “lose sight that there has been progress being made.”

In an interview that aired the morning of the massacre, the president declared that ISIS had been “contained.” When pressed Monday on whether he had underestimated its strength, or whether the U.S. needs to change its strategy, Mr. Obama grew petulant. “If folks want to pop off and have opinions about what they think they would do, present a specific plan,” he said.

The president even said he is not interested in “pursuing some notion of American leadership or America winning”—“slogans,” he called them.

The president claimed to “have been mounting a very aggressive strategy” against ISIS. But this week the French bombed ISIS facilities in Syria after the U.S. supplied their coordinates—so why hadn’t Mr. Obama’s campaign lit up these targets earlier?

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A Good Debate, But Not For Trump

Karl Rove - Wed, 11/11/2015 - 20:00

Tuesday night’s Republican presidential debate was the best so far. The moderators emphasized substance and the candidates complied, most doing themselves some good — the biggest exception being Donald Trump.

Four contenders again put in fine performances: In the main debate, Sen. Marco Rubio, Sen. Ted Cruz and former Hewlett-Packard CEO Carly Fiorina; in the preliminary round, Gov. Chris Christie.

A naturally gifted performer, Mr. Rubio came off as visionary and knowledgeable, an agent of change focused on the future. He was fluid on economics and answered a foreign-policy attack by Sen. Rand Paul with a global tour de force.

Polished by years of college debate, Mr. Cruz had the night’s best line. He said that immigration is an economic issue, and that the politics around it would “be very, very different if a bunch of lawyers or bankers were crossing the Rio Grande. Or if a bunch of people with journalism degrees were coming over and driving down the wages in the press.”

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