The Times notes that during his first term, Obama "has largely been absent in Hollywood, a point of unhappiness with a community accustomed to the constant doting of Bill Clinton."
But that has apparently all changed, and the paper said Hollywood insiders are now lining up to fork over $40,000 a table for an upcoming private fundraiser for Obama at superstar actor George Clooney's home.
"Mr. Obama’s announcement on Wednesday that he now supported same-sex marriage should assure him a warm reception at the Clooney residence," the Times reports.
And Obama's endorsement for same-sex marriage is reaping some strong Hollywood support.
The Times also says: "Norman Lear, the television producer, said moments after the announcement that he and his wife, Lyn, who had held back from giving money to Mr. Obama, would now contribute the maximum allowed, $80,000 between them. 'This is the kind of leadership we support, and we are happy to max out today to his re-election campaign,' he said."
***Up at O-Dark-Thirty again because I have so much to do, but at least I slept well last night. That helps. I'm driving Mom around on her Meals-on-Wheels route later, so I have to hustle.
***We are no longer governed. We are ruled. Check out these outrageous actions by the DEA. These stories will infuriate you. Here is the first one:
88-year-old Bob Wallace, and his 85-year-old girlfriend, Marjorie Ottenberg fell in love 35 years ago backpacking to the tops of the highest peaks in the world.
Wallace is a Stanford educated engineer and Ottenberg is a former chemist and decades ago they came up with a water purification product for backpackers like themselves called Polar Pure out of their garage in Saratoga, Calif.
“For an old guy with nothing else to do, this is something that keeps us occupied,” says Wallace.
Today, Wallace and Ottenberg are fighting the Drug Enforcement Administration and state officials to continue to operate their business. Why? The DEA says that drug dealers are using their product to make methamphetamine.
The DEA says meth heads are interested in Polar Pure’s key ingredient, iodine crystals.
Too lazy to go after the meth heads, they have to go after perfectly legitimate business, destroying the dream of two honest elderly Americans. You don’t have to be opposed to the Drug War to be opposed to such tyranny.
Wallace and Ottenberg’s business will of course be ruined, because they cannot possibly comply with the laws demands that they pay huge regulatory fees, plus “register with the state and feds, report any suspicious activity and keep track of each and ever person who bought a bottle of their product.” Nor can their customers, which included camping stores and online outlets that stocked their product. They are being wiped out, and the DEA dismissively calls this “collateral damage”:
Instead of dealing with the new regulations they just dropped the product, effectively killing Wallace and Ottenberg’s business.
The DEA does not have the constitutional authority to do crap like this, but they're doing it. Read the whole thing, it gets worse.
***Sore Lugar. He's not taking his loss as gracefully as he should.
*** RUH ROH!
***Think twice: Cocaine ages your brain. Gotta be a little addled to do it in the first place, in my opinion.
***How to lose weight all day long. Yeah yeah yeah... :-) Kinda hard when you're stuck in a chair and chained to a computer!
***Can a liberal be a good person? That's a good question. Of course they can, they're just very, very mis- and uninformed. Here's the mindset:
When you see the insanity that reigns on the left day after day, it is easy to conclude that it is impossible for any good person to be a liberal. But that would be a mistake. Experience tells us that there are nice people on the left; in my own family, there are two uncles and several cousins who don’t know a damn thing about politics, economics or foreign policy and have succumbed to liberalism. Still, they are good people; just ill-informed.
The rest of the piece shows some examples of Tweets after the North Carolina vote. Warning: Bad, crude language. As I've said before, liberals can't seem to make a point without it.
***Oh, I can so relate to this one...
***This poem was made into one of the most beautiful songs ever.
Here is "Battle Hymn of the Republic" as written by Julia Ward Howe when she published it in February, 1862, in the Atlantic Monthly:
Mine eyes have seen the glory of the coming of the Lord:***Oh, here we go again. Al Sharpton says GOP is waging "war on black people." What an idiot. How does he even get an audience?
He is trampling out the vintage where the grapes of wrath are stored;
He hath loosed the fateful lightning of His terrible swift sword:
His truth is marching on.
I have seen Him in the watch-fires of a hundred circling camps,
They have builded Him an altar in the evening dews and damps;
I can read His righteous sentence by the dim and flaring lamps:
His day is marching on.
I have read a fiery gospel writ in burnished rows of steel:
"As ye deal with my contemners, so with you my grace shall deal;
Let the Hero, born of woman, crush the serpent with his heel,
Since God is marching on."
He has sounded forth the trumpet that shall never call retreat;
He is sifting out the hearts of men before His judgment-seat:
Oh, be swift, my soul, to answer Him! be jubilant, my feet!
Our God is marching on.
In the beauty of the lilies Christ was born across the sea,
With a glory in his bosom that transfigures you and me:
As he died to make men holy, let us die to make men free,
While God is marching on.
***The aim of an argument or discussion should not be victory, but progress. ~Joseph Joubert, Pensées, 1842
***Have a great day!