Daily Archives: February 25, 2013

Scott St. Clair: Argo Irony Is Obama’s Self Inflicted Oscar Wound


I don’t like awards shows, I don’t watch awards shows, so I passed on the Oscar telecast in favor of watching a Ghost Hunters re-run on the Syfy Network. But since you can’t pick up a paper, watch TV news or log onto Drudge without Oscar slapping you in the face, some news of it is impossible to avoid.

One bit is that Argo, one of the few best-picture nominees I’ve seen, is this year’s Oscar winner. I liked it – taut, pro-clandestine-effort, pro-CIA, pro-American, anti-Iranian and entertaining.

Argo is about a daring and successful CIA mission to rescue six Americans in hiding in the Canadian Embassy in Tehran during the early days of the Carter administration’s Iran hostage crisis. Admittedly, the movie doesn’t give Canada its due for hiding the six and rigging fake Canadian passports to get them out of the country, but that’s Hollywood for you – never give a sucker an even break.

So, it’s ironic in only a way that the self-possessed, self-important and self-deluded can be unwittingly clueless and ironic that Michelle Obama announced it won the Oscar for best picture. How so in a moment.

How did Tinsel Town top-tier types get her to break the news? Harvey Weinstein, the tippy-top-top-tier Tinsel Town type and undisputed boss of Hollywood made it happen. If Harvey doesn’t like you, there’s no way you’ll even get an interview for a job delivering pizzas, let alone be a corpse in one of his flicks. 

harvey weinstein

Yet since Harvey and his hangers-on are huge (in his case literally as well as financially) Obama supporters, it’s not surprising that they’re context and current-events challenged and missed the irony of President Obama’s wife announcing that the best picture of the year is about a successful CIA operation to rescue Americans who were in harm’s way in the midst of riotous activity in a crazed Islamic country, while her husband is under fire for failing to rescue Americans who were in harm’s way in the midst of riotous activity in a crazed Islamic country, this time the late Christopher Stevens, America’s ambassador to Libya, and three others in Benghazi

Ergo Argo irony, agree?  

President Obama bungled the job, and they ended up getting murdered. To add irony to irony, his first attempt to explain it all away was to blame their deaths on a movie!

You have to be a clueless doof to make Jimmy Carter look competent. Don’t the people in the White House or Hollywood think these things through?

HB 3200: Grabbing MORE Than Guns

HB 3200In one of the most sweeping attacks on civil rights in memory in the state of Oregon, 15 state legislators are sponsoring a bill that manages to maul the US Constitution’s Bill of Rights, all over an irrational fear of an inanimate object.

House Bill 3200 calls for new, secretive searches of your homes—in violation of the Fourth Amendment, limits how often you may use your rights—in violation of the First Amendment, forces you to declare items you currently own are illegal—a violation of the Fifth Amendment, forces you to keep those items under wraps and makes otherwise innocent citizens subject to a quarter million dollar fine and prison time. It does so without due process or a warrant.

 The 15 Democrat lawmakers, Senators Ginny Burdick, Rod Monroe, Mark Hass, Jackie Dingfelder, Laurie Monnes Anderson, Chip Shields, Elizabeth Steiner Hayward and Representatives Jules Bailey, Mitch Greenlick, Michael Dembrow, Carolyn Tomei, Lew Frederick, Tobias Read, Peter Buckley and Jeff Reardon have all gleefully countenanced the destruction of these basic civil rights in service of their irrational fear of guns and an obvious disdain of the Second Amendment.


 Furthermore, HB 3200 was given a hearing mere hours after Democrat legislative leadership promised bills to limit “assault weapons” and certain sized magazines would die in the legislature. They lied.

 The reanimated law would:

  • Make most modern weapons illegal. Now imagine if what previously was free speech was suddenly switched to become illegal because it became politically unpopular.
  •  Define most modern weapons as “assault weapons.” Imagine if your speech was suddenly made illegal by the use of certain adverbs, adjectives or pronouns. This is what lawmakers have done by redefining guns as “assault weapons” due to the kinds of decorations on them.
  •  Limit the number of so called “assault weapons” to one. Imagine if your First Amendment rights were limited to one utterance,  one meeting, one expression, or one church service.
  •  Allow police to search your home without a warrant anytime to determine if you are storing your now illegal weapon properly. No probable cause or due process is given to these gun owners.
  • Require citizens to declare to the government how many weapons they possess to be kept in a database in perpetuity(?).
  •  Abolish open carry by prohibiting the carrying of “assault weapons” in any place but approved areas allowed by new law such as your home or a gun range.

 Don’t fall for the ‘oh, it’s going nowhere in the legislature’ ruse. Instead think about this. These lawmakers were willing to sell out your First, Second, Fourth, Fifth, 14th and maybe Sixth Amendment rights in service of their irrational fear of an inanimate object which you have a right to own.

What else are they willing to do?