Wow! Ashton Kutcher aka @aplusk gives inspirational speech at Teen Choice Awards

I’ve never paid much attention to actor Ashton Kutcher one way or the other over the years outside of knowing that he and actress Demi Moore were once married, that he used to post pictures of her on Twitter that I found inappropriate for a husband to post, *may* have cheated on her with other women prior to their split, and that he has always seemed like a child trapped in a man’s body.  It sounds like somewhere along the way, however, Mr. Kutcher has grown up a bit – at least if you go by the surprisingly inspiring speech he gave at the Teen Choice Awards Sunday night.    The Blaze recaps:

After receiving the “Ultimate Choice Award” at the 2013 Teen Choice Awards on Sunday night, Kutcher began by revealing that his real first name is actually “Chris.” He then launched on a surprising diatribe about the three most important things he learned before he was known as Ashton.

“I believe that opportunity looks a lot like hard work,” Kutcher began with his first point. “When I was 13, I had my first job with my dad carrying shingles up to the roof, and then I got a job washing dishes at a restaurant, and then I got a job in a grocery store deli, and then I got a job at a factory sweeping Cheerio dust off the ground.”

He went on: “And I’ve never had a job in my life that I was better than. I was always just lucky to have a job. And every job I had was a stepping stone to my next job, and I never quit my job until I had my next job. And so opportunities look a lot like work.”

Kutcher then talked about “being sexy.” He almost certainly surprised thousands of screaming teenagers when he revealed “being sexy” has nothing to do with the “crap” that they are sold by society.

“The sexiest thing in the entire world is being really smart,” he said to cheers. “And being thoughtful, and being generous. Everything else is crap, I promise you. It’s just crap that people try to sell to you to make you feel like less. So don’t buy it! Be smart, be thoughtful and be generous.”

The third and final piece of advice Kutcher offered the audience dealt with the fulfillment of refusing to live “inside the world” and instead creating your own life.

“Everything around us that we call life was made up of people that are no smarter than you,” he said. “And you can build your own things, you can build your own life that other people can live in. So build a life — don’t live one, build one.”

Here’s the video:

I’m pretty sure Mr. Kutcher is a Democrat who supported President Obama twice, but his message here is one that you more often hear conservatives preach than liberals:  Never be “above” any job, always work hard and do a good job,  find a job before you leave your current job so you can support yourself and your family, take advantage of your opportunities, and never let anyone tell you you’re not good enough or smart enough or pretty enough to go far in the world.  It’s simplistic, but it’s exactly the type of message that young people – the audience Kutcher was speaking to, which conservatives oftentimes have a hard time reaching – don’t hear enough of in this dismal economy where everyone complains about high student loan rates, the difficulty in finding a good paying-job, the rising costs of healthcare due to Obamacare, etc.  If you listen to President Obama and his liberal ilk, it takes GOVERNMENT to make you successful. Remember “you didn’t build that“? With conservatives and Republicans, you DID “build that” and you CAN “build that” if you set your mind to it and work  hard and save for it.

Couple that with U2’s Bono recently talking about how much better capitalism was than government aid in terms of how best to help the poor, and nanny state/big government liberalism has taken a bit of a hit this week with casual news watchers/low info voters.  I love it – don’t expect it to last, but I”m enjoying it while it does! ;)

Actor Ashton Kutcher

Don’t let the good looks fool ya. There’s a brain in there
after all … (photo via CBS News)

Babs Walters: Elisabeth Hasselbeck is not leaving “The View”

The veteran TV personality Walters today put the brakes on the reports that Hasselbeck was being kicked off the show at all – much less due to her political views, which are at odds with the rest of the cast:

Barbara Walters refuted reports that Elisabeth Hasselbeck is leaving “The View.”

Early on during Monday’s episode of the talk show, Walters discussed rumors that Hasselbeck was leaving “The View” because of the conservative opinions she often voices.

“There is a particularly false story that keeps getting picked up about Elisabeth’s departure,” Walters said. “We value her and appreciate point of view… She helps keep the show balanced… We have no plans for Elisabeth to leave the show.”

US Weekly was the first to report the longtime co-host would not be returning for the 17th season of the daytime chat show.

They quoted a show insider who said she was being dropped because she was too politically conservative for viewers.

Hasselbeck, 35, joined the show in 2003.

False rumors of her departure came just days after Joy Behar confirmed she would not be returning to the show.

Speaking solely for myself, I’d only ever get remotely close to the View studios if I were being held at gunpoint, but Hasselbeck has made a home for herself there amongst superficial liberal women who only pay her cheap lip service when it comes to being “tolerant” of differing viewpoints, so more power to her for holding her own. Hasselbeck reminds me of conservatives who occasionally appear on shows like Bill Maher’s – they’re there so the hosts can say they provide “all points of view” for you to consider but in reality they keep conservatives around either to try to embarrass, shame them, or hope they embarrass and/or shame themselves. Fortunately, most of the time these conservatives do just the opposite, which is infuriating to ultra-leftists like Maher. I know many conservatives who don’t care for the way Hasselbeck tries to get along with the others on the View by attempting to find “neutral ground” but if you had to work in that highly hostile & volatile environment, there isn’t much different you’d probably do unless you wanted to get yourself kicked to the curb.

I suspect Hasselbeck stays on in an effort to try to impress upon daytime viewers the need for a conservative “alternative” voice when it comes to talking about cultural issues, so in that regard she is “taking one for the team.” Things will probably become a little more pleasant for her once Joy Behar exits stage far left later this year.

Stay strong, Mrs. H.

.@ChrisRock: Obama is our “boss” and “dad” – so you better do what he tells you

“Comedian” Chris Rock was in Washington, DC today along with other Hollywood leftists to express support for President Obama on the gun control issue.  Funny thing is (or maybe not so funny, considering the creepy stuff he said), he didn’t mention guns at all.  Here was his brief “statement” (hat tip):

I am just here to support the President of the United States. President of the United States is our boss, but he is also… you know, the President and the First Lady are kinda like the Mom and the Dad of the country. And when your Dad says something you listen, and when you don’t it will usually bite you on the ass later on. So, I’m here to support the President.

The video is below (via Twitchy Team):

Frightening, isn’t it? But refreshing nevertheless. Why? Because most left wing Hollywood elites don’t have a freaking clue what they’re talking about the vast majority of the time when they are speaking about current events and political issues but they pretend to because they think it makes them look “smart” and “cultured” and “relevant.” The first clue this isn’t the case is usually when they open their mouths. Such as the video self-important celebrity liberals put out in January 2009 pledge to be a “servant” not to God, or family, or America – but to Obama:

MySpace Celebrity and Katalyst present The Presidential Pledge

However, in this particular case, Chris Rock ditched any pretense of understanding the very important issue he was there to support the President on and instead just said, look, he’s the President and our boss and dad so we must do what he says …. or else.

I’ll tell ya what – he got almost nothing right in what he did say but one thing he was spot on about was how not listening to “dad” could usually end up getting you in trouble later. That certainly is true with this administration, isn’t it? Agree and do what they tell you to or find yourself ostracized and ridiculed – and if you happen to work in the administration, you’ll find yourself promptly fired for reasons that don’t pass the smell test.

Aww: Tina Fey tired of being mistaken for Sarah Palin

Politico reports:

Tina Fey isn’t thrilled that she’s constantly associated with former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin, whom she famously impersonated during the 2008 presidential election. From Rolling Stone:

As the late-middle-aged couple at the table next to us get up, the male half approaches, grinning: “Excuse me, aren’t you Governor Sarah Palin?” It’s so lame that Fey can barely manage a quarter of a fake smile. “Not for, like, three years now,” she says, looking as if she’d like to dive under the table.

The guy has his gag, though, and he’s going to run with it. “I so enjoy watching you on Fox,” he says.

“Thank you, have a nice day,” she replies. As he walks away, she murmurs, “Until the day I die. Until the day I die.”

I don’t feel one bit sorry for Tina Fey on this issue. Considering she’s largely responsible for perpetuating the enduring lie that Sarah Palin said she could see Russia from her house (Palin never said that) – a lie that often gets repeated and largely goes unquestioned by low information voters, keeping in mind how she lapped up the accolades of her Palin “performances” and milked the extra fame that came with it for all it was worth, and how all of it inadvertently helped make her a lifetime household name beyond the people who watch her on 30 Rock and SNL, I hope she gets mistaken for Palin for the rest of her life.

9-11 Truthers Ed Asner, Martin Sheen urge Oscar voters to shun “Zero Dark Thirty”

The NYT’s Carpetbagger blog reports on a growing movement of stuffy, clueless liberal Hollywood elitists who are taking the rare – and controversial – step of urging Oscar voters to not vote for the movie Zero Dark Thirty – which roughly documented how the US eventually found and killed the 9-11 instigator and mastermind Osama bin Laden – in any of the categories for which it was nominated. Why? Because, in their view, the movie condones ‘torture’:

“I would like to condemn the movie” for making it appear that torture was effective in the hunt for Osama bin Laden, Ed Asner said in a telephone interview on Sunday morning. Mr. Asner said he and fellow actor Martin Sheen planned to join in a letter, drafted by yet another actor, David Clennon, asking fellow members of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences to factor in matters of conscience when casting awards votes.

“We hope that ‘Zero’ will not be honored by Academy (or Guild) members,” said a draft of the letter, which was provided by Mr. Clennon on Sunday morning.

He had already spoken publicly about the planned campaign at a Friday protest by members of the Interfaith Communities United for Justice and Peace.

His remarks prompted a sharp response from Amy Pascal, the co-chair of Sony Pictures Entertainment, which is releasing “Zero Dark Thirty.” “To punish an artist’s right of expression is abhorrent,” said Ms. Pascal in a statement. She also stressed, as has Kathryn Bigelow, who directed “Zero Dark Thirty,” and Mark Boal, who wrote it, that the film portrays torture, but does not advocate it.

Fox News has more:

Some say it is because Bigelow incorporated controversial scenes of enhanced interrogation. Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences (AMPAS) member David Clennon, an actor best known for his portrayal of Miles Drentel in the ABC series “thirtysomething,” a role he reprised on “Once and Again,” wrote an op-ed on the website announcing his intention not to vote for the film in any Academy Awards category.

“Everyone who contributes skill and energy to a motion picture – including actors – shares responsibility for the impressions the picture makes and the ideas it expresses,” he said. “There’s plenty of ‘Oscar buzz’ around ‘Zero Dark Thirty.’ Several associations of film critics have awarded it their highest honors. I have watched the film (2 hours, 37 minutes). Torture is an appalling crime under any circumstances. ‘Zero’ never acknowledges that torture is immoral and criminal.”

Clennon is apparently not alone. The actor issued a press release that said actor Martin Sheen and the former head of the Screen Actors Guild, Ed Asner, were joining his call to boycott the movie and are encouraging other Academy members to take action as well. Asner also reportedly said in Clennon’s statement that “one of the brightest female directors in the business is in danger of becoming part of the system.”


But Bigelow wasn’t the only director left out of the Oscar’s Best Director lineup. Ben Affleck too was left off the nominations list for his widely-acclaimed direction of “Argo,” which also told a based-on-true-events story of a secret CIA operation, this one to extract six American diplomats out of Iran during the 1979 hostage crisis. Despite missing out on the Oscar nod, Affleck won Best Director at both the Golden Globes and last week’s Critics Choice Awards, and both he and Bigelow are up for Director’s Guild of America (DGA) Awards.

Bigelow and Affleck’s twin Oscar snubs have prompted some to wonder whether there is a broader anti-American position at play among Academy voters, and scores of fans have taken to Twitter to weigh in on the debate.

There is no “wondering” about it. There is indeed a widespread anti-American stench amongst far leftists in Hollywood, and has been for quite some time. It’s just that shunning issues like this bring it to the forefront in a way that “low information voter” types can’t ignore.

Too bad Asner, Clennon, and Sheen have their heads too far up their willfully ignorant a**es to be able to admit that enhanced interrogation techniques did indeed lead to the eventual finding and killing of Public Enemy Number One: OBL. And it all started with the water boarding of so-called 9-11 mastermind Khalid Sheikh Mohammed, which also stopped the LA Library Tower plot. It’s practically a matter of record, even though anti-EIT Democrats – including a gloating President Obama – desperately tried to avoid probing questions about the issue at the time.

It is clear that Asner, Sheen, and other extremist left wing nitwits in Hollywood are against what they call the “torture” of high-value terrorist detainees (even though the water boarding procedure was only used a whopping total of three times), and are in closed-minded denial about how those tactics led to the eventual demise of OBL. But even if they could be convinced that the techniques worked, they’d still be against them on “human rights” grounds – meaning that while they stood on their idiotic high horses, the LA Library Tower plot likely would have been carried out, killing an untold number of innocents in the process, and giving them a chance to do what liberals in Hollywood and outside of it do best: Blame Bush.

Which is, startlingly enough (or perhaps not so startlingly), what they’ve done with 9-11 itself: Blame Bush. Oh, you didn’t know Sheen and Asner were part of a group of Hollywood Truthers? They sure are – to the point both of them, alongside fellow Truther and actor Woody Harrelson – are starring in an upcoming moving called “September Morn” (movie poster here) which they hope will give credence to long discredited conspiracy claims about the US government being behind 9-11:

Sheen, who starred in Apocalypse Now and television’s The West Wing, has long questioned whether Islamist hijackers single-handedly brought down the Twin Towers, killing 2,605 people.

“I did not want to believe that my government could possibly be involved in such a thing, I could not live in a country that I thought could do that – that would be the ultimate betrayal,” he told an interviewer in 2007.

Sheen grew suspicious after his son Charlie, also an actor, alerted him to apparent contradictions, such as how a structure known as “Building 7” fell.

He said: “However, there have been so many revelations that now I have my doubts, and chief among them is Building 7 – how did they rig that building so that it came down on the evening of the day?”

Asner, who has won seven Emmys, has several times urged a new investigation into 9/11. In 2010, he told an interviewer: “This country – which is the greatest, strongest country that ever existed in the world, in terms of power – supposedly had a defence that could not be penetrated all these years. But all of that was eradicated by 19 Saudi Arabians, supposedly. Some of whom didn’t even know how to fly.”

Let’s sum up: It’s a “matter of conscience” for them as “artists” to spread outright lies involving bullsh*t conspiracy theories involving 9-11 by way of a movie, but on the other hand it’s not for Kathryn Bigelow (nor Ben Affleck, for that matter) as a movie director to include references to “controversial” events that actually happened that led up to our finding and ridding the world of OBL – you know, the actual thug behind 9-11 (not the government, which was not).

The words” absolute moral bankruptcy” don’t even begin to cover these clueless, reprehensible jack asses.

Phineas Butts In: As ST mentions above, Los Angeles (where yours truly lives) was the target of a planned second wave 9/11-style attack, which could have again killed thousands — including me and people I know. The only reason it was averted was the capture and subsequent waterboarding of Khalid Sheikh Mohammad. He wasn’t talking prior to the use of “enhanced interrogation.” Asner and Sheen and all the other nitwits preening themselves over their self-proclaimed moral superiority can go to the Devil as far as I’m concerned. Question for Ed and Martin and the rest: How many of us were you willing to see die to keep your consciences lily-white? Sanctimonious jackasses.

(Related: The Truth About Torture)

QOTD: In response to Jamie Foxx’s “Our Lord and Savior Obama” comments

So this was said:

There are some consequences to cultivating a creepy cult of personality in order to win elections. For example, there’s always the danger of your more… energetic supporters going overboard in their worship of Dear Leader.

Such was the case at the Soul Train Awards last Sunday, when actor Jamie Foxx declared, “It’s like church over here! First of all, give an honor to God and our Lord and Savior, Barack Obama.” He then led the audience in chanting the President’s name.

Watch the video at that same link.

Best response? On Twitter today from conservative black preacher Demetrius Minor (@dminor85):

Question for @iamjamiefoxx: If Obama is our “Lord and Savior”, why did Democrats boo him at their convention?

We might have to endure the “Obama is the messiah” garbage for another four years, but fortunately that doesn’t mean we have to ignore it and overlook it. It needs to be called out and made fun of as loudly and as often as the stupid comparisons happen. The bizarro cult of personality that comes along with many of our celebrity President’s most militant followers needs to continue to be exposed for what it is: emotion-based, fact-free, mindless devotion – devoid of any logic or reason whatsoever.

The 2nd Term #KardashianPresidency gets underway: Biden to star in sitcom


Among the truly minor questions settled by Tuesday’s presidential election was this one: Would Joe Biden get a chance to play a winner on a sitcom?

The answer is yes.

With the race won, a guest appearance by Mr. Biden on the NBC comedy “Parks and Recreation,” filmed way back in July, can finally be revealed. Everything about the scene, which the executive producer of the show, Michael Schur, labeled a “scenelet,” had been under strict secrecy. The show was warned that if any word leaked out before the election, some provision might have to be made to give the Republican vice-presidential nominee, Representative Paul Ryan, a similar cameo.

“It was all very byzantine and complicated,” Mr. Schur said. “There seem to be all kinds of specific rules, which I never fully understood. But we decided to err on the side of caution.”

The re-elected vice president will make a guest appearance on the episode scheduled for Nov. 15 on NBC. He is playing, yes, Joseph R. Biden Jr., the one who has frequently been mentioned in a running joke on the show as an object of fascination — and a little love-struck passion — by its lead character, Leslie Knope, played by Amy Poehler.

As fans of the show know, Leslie, a hard-core Democrat and populist, idolizes Mr. Biden. “Our first joke way back had Leslie telling her friend Ann that her ideal man would have the brain of George Clooney and the body of Joe Biden,” Mr. Schur said. “For whatever reason, she has an irresistible attraction to the vice president in a movie-star kind of way.”


But what do you expect? Both of the clowns who were just re-elected to “lead” this country for another four years are quite possibly the most un-serious, unwise, and, frankly, unworthy people we’ve had in the White House since  the Carter administration – and maybe even before that.  This is most certainly not what we needed in 2008 and it sure as hell isn’t what we need now. It’s all about symbolism, style, and flash rather than substance with this duo and the administration that serves under them.

Which is why I’ve dubbed this the Kardashian Presidency.  The Kardashians have various “reality” shows that are anything but about “real life.” Everything is staged for the cameras, all the drama, the tears, the laughs, etc.  There is nothing “real” about most “reality”shows in general, and there is very little real about the celebrity presidency of Barack Obama and his gaffetastic sidekick Joe Biden. It’s all about surface appearances and rose-colored glasses and cocktail parties.

One thing that IS not fake, however, is the sobering and all too real reality they don’t want you to see of how deeply this country’s economy is in the tank. And will be more so once the 2nd term jobless “body count” from ObamaCare rises rapid fire … which is already happening.

The next four years is going to be hell. On us for having to endure another 48 months of media fawning and covering up scandals, and on Obama for what is about to be verbally unleashed on him by pi**ed off conservatives not just in government but outside of it who are sick of the lies, demagoguery, and superficiality, along with the deeply disturbing imperial nature of this President.

Side note: As a “post mortem” of sorts on Tuesday, even acknowledging we have work to do on the issue of appealing to minorities while not abandoning our core principles, as it turns out this election maybe was not so much about minorities showing up in epic numbers for BO but instead several million 2008 white voters who simply stayed home.  Did Obama’s class warfare strategy work in the end?  Read this as food for thought in the aftermath of what happened two days ago and let me know your thoughts.

Tough guy actor @RussellCrowe is very thin-skinned when it comes to politics

Wow, talk about inadvertently stumbling into a verbal minefield!

I was covering the “overnight shift” on Twitter (had fallen asleep on the couch for several hours, woke up and could not go back to sleep and then got on Twitter to pass some time) and was having a back and forth with several peeps when a friend of mine posted that he had read actor Russell Crowe supported Mitt Romney. Here’s how it started:

My friend AE had found the link via Wiki (it wasn’t Wiki he went by, but the sourcing Wiki provides in the reference notes). There was a link there with photos of celebs and blurbs underneath the pictures about who they had (allegedly) thrown their support behind this election. The one of Crowe stated he was supporting Romney.

And yes, I know Crowe is not American and couldn’t vote in the election, but it’s always interesting to discuss celebrity endorsements of GOP politicos because it’s such a rarity – thanks to liberal Hollywood’s blatant intolerance for fellow actors and actresses who have differing views than the majority. In reality, most of us don’t care who Hollywood leftists support unless they turn into jerks about it.

Which Russell Crowe did.

AE and I were going back and forth praising Crowe for the balls it took entertainers to come out in support of a Republican. As it turns out, we were incorrect – Crowe does not support Romney, he supports Obama. But instead of politely correcting us on it he … blocked us, and other conservatives whose only crime was to discuss who we and they thought Crowe had lent his support to. Blocked. Because he found it “insulting” to be thought of as endorsing Romney. Don’t believe me? See for yourself:

The only “agenda” was to remark how cool it was that the Gladiator actor had (supposedly but in reality not) shed the shackles of Hollywood liberalism in bucking the system. In the end, what happened was that we learned how thin-skinned this so-called “tough guy” actor is when it comes to politics. Of course, he has the right to block who he wants to. I block people, too. But not for mere political disagreement.

And that’s the real issue here. Not one person blocked by him cares that he or she was blocked – it’s the “why” that’s so interesting. Is political disagreement that offensive to him? If so, perhaps he should move to a place where it’s not allowed.

Wanna see something even funnier than him blocking people for mistakenly believing he endorsed Romney? This tweet, in which he directly contradicted himself:

Translation: I don’t endorse politicians but I just endorsed Obama … because he is “the light.”

Hilarity, of course, ensued, and my Twitter page is filled with retweets I did of people challenging him on his assertions about Obama. His argument was pretty well blown out of the water but I doubt he noticed because he was so busy intolerantly hitting the block button.

It’s sad, really. Twitter can be a useful platform for people to share information and to hash out differences – as I and others would have gladly done with Crowe last night. But his intolerance for dissent prevents that, proving that he has a lot more in common with the President he just gushingly endorsed than he lets on.

Oh well. As others remarked, at least he didn’t throw a phone at us.

Update – 12:21 PM: thoroughly documents Crowe’s hissy fit, and responses from fans, here.

Spike Lee: Expectations were “too high” for Obama …”the Savior, Black Jesus”

Er, ya THINK?

In an interview set to air Saturday on CNN, filmmaker Spike Lee told Don Lemon that he believes expectations were too high at the outset of Barack Obama‘s presidency, adding that people viewed him as a savior-like “Black Jesus” without regards to the fact that “the man’s not perfect.”

Asked by Lemon whether he believes the expectations were too unrealistic for President Obama, Lee said: “Oh, yeah. He was the savior, black Jesus.”

“I don’t care who it was,” he continued. “Expectations were way too high for what somebody can deliver, knowing how politics works and knowing that you have to deal with the Congress.” Lee then went on to criticize the Republican-led House as solidified in “Whatever you do, we’re blocking it. Every breath we take, we’re going to do what we can that you don’t get a second term. Bottom line. If it hurts America in the process, tough business.”

What Lee and other left-wing celebrity nitwits will never admit is that 75% of the hype about Barack Obama’s “savior” abilities in 2008 came from the campaign itself (including the man), his flock of supporters in the mainstream press, and – well, left wing celebrities like Spike Lee himself. You remember, the stuff about healing the oceans and saving our souls and all that. Admitting any of that would be confessing to some personal responsibility, and we all know how the left feels about that.

A video clip from the Lee/Lemon interview is at the Mediaite link. Watch it … if you care. ;-)

#TheObamaEffect trailer: What liberal brainwashing looks like

No, I don’t get the warm fuzzies when I watch this. I get the creepy crawlies:

From the YouTube Channel description:

“The Obama Effect” starring Katt Williams, Charles S. Dutton, Meagan Good, Vanessa Bell Calloway, Emilio Rivera, Glynn Turman and Zab Judah.

In the beginning of the 21st century, no one ever thought that an African-American would become the first President of the United States. But it happened, and an entire country celebrated the exceptional efforts pulled off by citizens ready for sweeping change. But this change didn’t come without effort. It required a unification of all people from all races and nationalities, which is what “The Obama Effect” is about.

This film centers around a middle-aged man (Charles S. Dutton) who is faced with some difficult life questions after having a heart attack. Attempting to get back on track with his life, he takes on the Obama campaign with full force in an effort to fight for something he believes in. In the end, he not only learns that putting effort into something can yield unexpected results, but that fighting for something you believe in, including yourself, is what life is all about.

For the liberals reading this who can’t wait to pay their hard-earned money to go and spend an hour and a half watching this movie, save your time and keep your change. This movie is short, sweet and to the point – and free to watch:

In the name of all that is good and decent in this world, America, please – please wake up by November 6th. Please. This country cannot take another four years of this guy.