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President Obama’s Hollywood Mentality

Anyone who has spent time about Hollywood wannabes (and yes, I once was just such a wannabe) knows that talent, hard work and determination do not necessarily yield success in this town.

Here, you see people work hard, hone their craft, invest their own money and receive little return.  They may audition for countess roles and never get cast.  They may write, rewrite and re-rewrite scripts only have production companies reject them having only read the log-line or the first few pages.  They may raise their own funds and devote their own time to producing a movie, only to see it languish it film festivals — and never get a distribution deal.

And then you’ll see someone else, knowing the right people (or knowing the people who know the right people) or having the look — or the story — they’re looking for, move to town and find success in a matter of moments.  It may not seem fair, but that’s just the way it is in a competitive business.  Hard work here does not necessarily yield reward.

Perhaps, President Obama was thinking of the way things work in this part of the world when he remarked last Friday in Roanoke, Virginia that “there are a whole bunch of hardworking people out there”:

If you were successful, somebody along the line gave you some help. There was a great teacher somewhere in your life. Somebody helped to create this unbelievable American system that we have that allowed you to thrive. Somebody invested in roads and bridges. If you’ve got a business — you didn’t build that. Somebody else made that happen.

He’s right that every successful person received help along the way.  There’s a reason the ancient Greeks honored Athena — and depicted her helping their heroes.  They knew a man often required the assistance of others to accomplish his goals.

He is, however, wrong about who made things “happen.”  Although most entrepreneurs received assistance as they built their enterprises, they did indeed build them.  No one makes it own their own, that is, without the support of others.  (And more often that support comes from the private sector, a venture capitalist, an encouraging friend or family member, a devoted mentor.)

In the end though, it is, by and large, an individual’s grit and determination which account for his success.

Far too often, in the entertainment industry, however, hard work alone often yields little reward.  Such is the nature of a highly competitive field. (more…)

A GayPatriot LiveTweet Event Tonight!

Posted by Bruce Carroll at 6:16 pm - July 18, 2012.
Filed under: Carolina News,Food

In just about an hour, my partner John and I are going to be embarking on a social media event of our own making — we are going to live-tweet dinner!

But let me step back…

One of the first restaurants we went to when we moved to Charlotte in 2006 was Blue Restaurant & Bar in Uptown Charlotte. The food has always been terrific, the staff great, and the wine selection awesome.

Well, I found out last week that Blue has a new menu. So John and I decided to check it out and share it — real-time — with all of our Twitter followers.

So check it out, beginning at about 7:15PM on my Twitter feed – @GayPatriot.

Also, please support Blue by liking them on Facebook and following @BlueCharlotte on Twitter.

During the course of the “event” tonight, I’m going to ask my followers to help me pick my eating selections. Hey, what could go wrong?

-Bruce (GayPatriot)

Victory Fund partners with bully who directs “hateful remarks” against gays

As a mother,” said HRC Vice President of Communications Fred Sainz, Sarah Palin “should know to speak up when a child makes hateful remarks, particularly in this cyber age. Anti-LGBT bullying needs to stop and Sarah Palin should be a part of making that happen.”

The “hateful remarks” to which Mr. Sainz referred involved Mrs. Palin’s daughter using the word, “faggot” as a slur on Facebook. Mrs. Palin’s daughter has since pulled the insulting post.  Last month, Mr. Dan Savage used the same slur to slam gay people who supported a presidential candidate he opposed.  He has yet to apologize or rescind the offending tweet.

Today, we learn that instead of calling on Mr. Savage to apologize, a nation gay organization has partnered with the mean-spirited sex columnist.  According to GOProud, “The Victory Fund – an ostensibly ‘bipartisan’ organization – that works to elect openly LGBT candidates announced a partnership with the controversial founder of the It Gets Better Project, Dan Savage. Savage previously called gay Republicans “house faggots” and wrote a column where he compared gay Republicans to meth addicts.”

GOProud’s Executive Director Jimmy LaSalvia wonders how the Victory Fund can . . .

. . . claim to work to elect openly gay Republicans while at the same time partnering with a man who called gay Republicans ‘house faggots’ and compared us to meth addicts? What kind of message does this partnership send to the openly LGBT Republican candidates across the country? What kind of message does it send to Republicans in general about the type of organization that the Victory Fund actually is?

What kind of message indeed.

Will only gay conservatives — and a handful of gay left bloggers — speak up against Mr. Savage’s hateful remarks?

Obama’s unreleased documents not nearly as shiny as Romney’s*

Just as the Obama campaign so helpfully reminded their friends in the legacy media that Mitt Romney has not released more tax returns that they deem appropriate, Joel Pollak of Breitbart offers a “top ten list of things that Obama has refused to release“.

Now that Pollak has spared these journalists the efforts of finding out just what Mr. Obama is keeping under wraps, we can expect a whole raft of stories speculating about what the Democrat is keeping secret — and editorials imploring Mr. Obama to be more open.

The missing items include:

10. State senate papers. In the 2008 primary, Obama criticized Hillary Clinton for not releasing papers from her eight years as First Lady–but failed to produce any papers from his eight years in Springfield. “They could have been thrown out,” he said.

9. Academic transcripts. His supposed academic brilliance was a major selling point, but Obama (by his own admission) was a mediocre student. His GPA at Occidental was aB-plus at best, and his entering class at Columbia was weak. Can he prove his merit?

8. Book proposal. Obama’s literary agent claimed he was “born in Kenya”–for sixteen years. His original book proposal exists–biographer David Maraniss refers to it–and seems to have embellished other key details of his life. Yet it has never been released.

7. Medical records. In 2000, and again (briefly) in 2008, GOP presidential candidate Sen. John McCain released thousands of pages of his medical records. Obama, who had abused drugs and continued smoking, merely provided a one-page doctor’s note.

*to the legacy media

Distracting us with the shiny objects* in Romney’s tax return

Our national debt is skyrocketing, the economy is languishing, entitlements face insolvency and the Obama campaign and the legacy media are following the Obama campaign’s lead in asking about Mitt Romney’s tax returns.

I might just take those folks seriously if they were asking about the Justice Department’s failure to produce about 92% of the documents the House Committee on Oversight and Government Reform has requested from the Department of Justice (related to the Fast and Furious scandal).  Or if they had inquired into the documents Mr. Obama has kept under lock and key.

Once again, Charles Krauthammer get it:

(H/t: National Review’s the Corner.)

Let’s be real here.  The Obama campaign only wants Mr. Romney to release his tax returns so they can pore through them and find little details (AKA shiny objects) to dangle in front of the eyes of a compliant media; they want to keep the focus on Mr. Romney’s wealth and investments rather than on Mr. Obama’s record  — and the parlous state of our nation’s finances — and turn our eyes away from the worst economic recovery since the last time a Democratic president sought to “fix” a downturn with increased federal spending.

*(supposedly hidden)

RELATED:  “The only way”, writes Conn Carroll in the Washington Examiner’s Beltway Confidential, “to shut Team Obama down on this issue is to say ‘no’ and stick to it“:

 As the existing Bain attacks show, Team Obama will twist any factoid Romney gives them into a new attack ad. (more…)

Watcher of Weasels — 7.18.12 Edition

Posted by B. Daniel Blatt at 3:52 am - July 18, 2012.
Filed under: Blogging,Conservative Ideas

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