Look what’s happened to Eastwood’s empty chair

Following actor Clint Eastwood’s provocative presentation at the Republican National Convention last week, the “empty chair” metaphor has taken on a life of its own, symbolizing the Obama administration’s failure to fulfill the “hope and change” expectations of the 2008 presidential campaign.

Eastwood’s prime-time act featured a mock conversation with Obama, who was represented by an empty chair.

Perhaps one of the more humorous examples of the empty-chair meme circulating on the Internet is a photograph of Karl Marx that serves as “proof” Obama met the author of “The Communist Manifesto.”

As seen in Exhibit 1, the proof turns out to be a studio photograph of Marx with his left hand resting on the back of an empty chair.

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More Hate and Ignorance From The DNC

TheBlaze has been out in force at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, North Carolina, speaking to delegates from around the country about hot-button issues such as health care, the economy, women’s rights and even Socialism.

While the responses we received ranged from restrained to outright vitriolic, one conversation stood out perhaps more than any other due to the delegate’s outrageous claim that the reason the U.S. is not a fully-fledged Socialist nation is because of whites and their attitudes toward blacks — mainly, they don’t want to help people with “dark skin.”

Christy Fisher, a delegate from Georgia, opened the discussion by exclaiming that Socialism, or at least the way it’s used by conservatives, is “a joke” and that nobody even knows “what the word means.” She then went on to assert that the world’s “Socialist countries are doing the best.”

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He Could ‘Do It’ With Martians

Presented with little commentary because, frankly, we have no idea what‘s going on with MSNBC’s Chris Matthews (and we’re too scared to ask).

All you need to know is this: Matthews really, really likes former President Bill Clinton. He really likes him. To the point where it’s unsettling:

I always figured that if Bill Clinton landed on Mars. He would know how to do it with them. He would know how to reproduce. He would know everything. He would just instinctively know how to talk to people. They would be laughing in about five minutes. The Martians.

See? Matthews has a — wait, what was that about reproducing with Martians?

Actually, never mind. Enjoy (the Martian stuff starts at about 2:00, but there’s plenty of other gold throughout):

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NFL star urges blacks not to vote for Obama

Retired National Football League star Burgess Owens, a Super Bowl champion with the Oakland Raiders, has urged African-Americans not to vote for Barack Obama simply on the basis of race.

In his newly published e-book, “It’s All About Team: Exposing the Black Talented Tenth,” Owens recounts how he grew up as a liberal Democrat and supported Jimmy Carter.
A bankruptcy in the 1980s forced him to move his wife and four young children, the oldest 10, into the basement of his mother-in-law’s Brooklyn home.

At one point during that time, Owens worked as a chimney sweep during the day, built a networking business at night and then began a midnight shift as a security guard.

Still, through the economic difficulties, he retained confidence that he would be able to provide for his family and that his future would be brighter.

“I believe that my worth is not measured by what I do, by the honors that are bestowed upon me or by material wealth that I might obtain,” he writes. “Instead I am measured by the courage I show while standing for my beliefs, by the dedication I exhibit to ensure my word is good and the resolve I undertake to establish my actions and deeds as honorable.”

Owens told WND in an exclusive interview last week in Tampa, during the Republican National Convention, that his faith in God has inspired his life.

“We are going to have to have black ministers stand up once again,” he said. “Unfortunately, I have been a little disappointed that we have issues out there like traditional marriage, abortion, school education, and we have so much silence from the black community, from black preachers, because they understand first hand the impact of all that. We can no longer support those who are against the faith.”

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Three Times They Denied God

INTERPOL and Swedish authorities helping Saudis to hunt down Saudi woman who converted to Christianity and now must be killed

In late July, Saudi media reported that a Saudi woman named Maryam (28) had illegally both embraced Christianity and fled the country. Her case became known when her father filed a lawsuit against the two men for what he claimed was their role in influencing her and in helping her leave Saudi Arabia without his knowledge.

Continental News (H/T harryjo) According to Gulf News, the Saudi envoy said the family had tried to convince the woman to return home amid assurances that she would be safe. (HAH!) Saudi Arabia adheres to a strict interpretation of Sharia law where a person committing blasphemy (conversion to another religion) is subject to the death penalty.

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Radio talk show host and erstwhile Senate candidate Peter Schiff has a long track record of trying to reason with his opponents, or at least engage with them fairly. The Connecticut based libertarian has taken on Lawrence O’Donnell on his home turf at MSNBC and most recently, even tried to engage with members of Occupy Wall Street in an 18 minute video that went viral last year.

Now, Schiff is back with a video from the DNC. Except this time, he’s taken on a rather different approach to engaging with his opponents. That is, rather than advocate his own views, he has shot video of himself playing devil‘s advocate for what many would consider to be a completely ridiculous extension of his opponents’ philosophy.

Schiff‘s target in this case is the Democrats’ seeming antipathy to corporate profits, which he attacks by pretending to be a radical Leftist who wants to ban corporate profits altogether, just to see if he can get any Democrats to agree with this economically absurd idea.

See the video here.

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