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Pelosi 2.0 – Democrats vs Silicon Valley

5 Oct
A shorter version of this was published yesterday at Breitbart.

Few people remember that the Citizens United decision was about a movie, and the idea that airing and advertising a movie, Hillary: The Movie, was an unfair political donation that justified censorship.

A new PAC, End Cititzens United, has already raised almost $2 million for the 2016 election cycle, and one Democratic Party presidential candidate, law school professor Lawrence Lessig, is running just on opposition to Citizens United,  which legalized individual donations to political speech that are aggregated through incorporated entities other than media companies (newspapers and broadcasters had long endorsed and been biased toward candidates and parties even though they are corporations, but since they favor “liberals,” they were more equal than others).

So it’s funny that Alexandra Pelosi, a film maker who has made 9 films, mainly for HBO, in almost twice as many years, has made a 45 minute filmlette, San Francisco 2.0, currently airing on the premium cable network, which is essentially a campaign film for her mother, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.  (The Pelosi’s dont favor the right to free speech in campaigns Citizens United recognized.)  It’s an attack on Silicon Valley, the sharing economy, Internet entrepreneurs, Uber, Lyft, AirBNB and the new jobs with high salaries they generate, which have drawn thousands of childless young people to the Bay Area and paid them well, who have driven up rents and real estate prices, but don’t really need or use government welfare.  And who create apps and businesses that undercut government sponsored industries and unions that donate to Democrats, including those keeping Nancy Pelosi’s campaign funded so she can be re-elected to Congress.

Meanwhile Alexandra, who has only worked as a journalist and film maker at NBC and HBO, sold a two bedroom 5th Avenue condo in 2012 for $1.7 million, which had appreciated about $50,000 for each of the six years she owned it, to then buy a much more expensive coop in TriBeCa with her Belgian journalist husband.  Journalism doesn’t usually afford a couple multimillion dollar apartments in Manhattan, but Pelosi’s dad Paul Pelosi is rich, partly because of insider information and regulatory variances, according to Peter Schweizer’s research, available to Nancy Pelosi in her position as a Congresswoman.  But to Alexandra, her moral superiority, as a trust fund baby with grifting political parents, to Silicon Valley geeks, is unquestioned.  Her family are the corporatist villains depicted in Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged, and her movie’s policy questions are framed by their Luddite ideas about scapegoating new technologies for the economic dislocations caused by her mother’s statism.

The film begins with a sound track from the Village People and a shot of a rainbow flag, while Pelosi narrates about how San Francisco used to be about freedom and anti-materialism, as exemplified by gay liberation.  It’s kind of a stupid claim for Pelosi, two of whose previous eight films, on Pastor Ted Haggard and corrupt Democrat New Jersey Governor Jim McGreevy, were about closeted gay men.  If she knew any open gays, she’d know that they often gentrify crime ridden urban neighborhoods in Democrat mismanaged cities (childless gay men usually aren’t afraid of rape or crapulent government schools or the other social ills of Democrat cities), which then draws in young heterosexuals who have kids and demand charter schools, Uber, and other new ventures that displace industries and unions that fund the Democratic Party with donations.

But Pelosi gives it her best disinformation shot, trying to catch up in mommy’s good graces to older sister Christine Pelosi, a Democratic Party official in California, who has followed more in her mom’s footsteps (and graduated law school, and went to a more prestigious college).  The experts she interviews include: leftish academic Robert Reich, who flaks the anti-growth economic policies responsible for unemployment, poverty, and inequality; David Talbot, a plump, boring, white haired founder of the leftist hate site Salon, who says too many upper middle class techies will make San Francisco boring; and a former mayor who complains that his own house has appreciated so much he could no longer  afford to buy it, and that if a downtown flower market has to relocate so developers can build more loft housing, the city will no longer have fresh flowers!

It’s typical that a Democratic trust fund baby and a Democrat politician wouldn’t know how markets allow people to find another way to warehouse and distribute fresh flowers, if consumers are willing to pay for them – and how consumers might decide they are more willing to pay for a downtown home than a downtown flower market.  Studies by Cato economist Randall O’Toole show that urban housing prices are increased 40% by government regulation, which even “progressives” like Matt Yglesias now admit.. But how government increases the price and restricts the supply of housing doesn’t come up in this deeply dishonest propaganda film.  Nor does why there are no good jobs for the few black and Hispanic residents she interviews, nor why their public school didn’t allow them  to learn to code and get a job in Silicon Valley.  One suspects Alexandra Pelosi thinks writing code is a kind of magic.  And that she is kind of racist. She knows she could never be a software engineer, and only lives among  people who can because of inherited wealth.  And if she can’t do it, these blacks and Latinos sure can’t learn to do it.

The main question raised by this silly film is: will Silicon Valley people continue to donate to this grifting, criminal family, who aim to leach off of and scapegoat high tech companies and their workers?  One would think people with any intelligence at all would at least abandon them, if not donate to their GOP opponents, or to the tech friendly Libertarians.  It’s pathetic to watch the biggest wealth generators in the U.S. give Nancy Pelosi what Ayn Rand called the sanction of the victim.

Memorial Day Weekend Cultural Offerings

26 May
Nurse Jackie (ShowTime).  Two comments I saw posted somewhere were spot on.  Edie Falco is so good as Jackie it has eclipsed her work in the Sopranos. And Nurse Jackie has become so wretched, such a liar and such a bad mother, we want her character killed off (or in a coma for a year?) while the show continues led by another character,  Nurse Zoey.


The new X-Men movie really is only a B movie.  It wraps things up too neatly, resurrecting dead characters as it heals all wounds via time travel and its giving of mulligans.  Saccharin.  The CGI is cheesy.  There is one great action sequence where Quicksilver, played by Evan Peters, rescues Magneto from a maximum security cell.  Poor Hugh Jackman, who is looking older in close ups with the Wolverine make up, was forced to work out inhumanly to produce a truly gigantic set of back and shoulder muscles, just so they could have a gratuitous scene where he walks across a bedroom and shows his ass.


The Normal Heart (HBO).  Julia Roberts gets to play not a hooker or a secretary with a brave heart of gold, but a polio crippled doctor with one.  She has one chew up the scene monologue where she gets to tell off NIH bureaucrats who centrally plan medical research, delaying studies for over 3 years and creating a national medical policy of refusing to cooperate with scientists in France and other countries.  Matt Bomer and Mark Ruffalo play a couple, who are respectively a New York Times reporter and AIDS activist, at the center of the response to the AIDS crisis.  Jim Parsons plays a social service nun.

It’s funny how still no one has looked at how FDA sclerotization of medical markets prevented new HIV  drugs from coming on line for so long, even today when we have the VA committing fraud to cover up its letting patients die and new reports that every other country in the world had much better sunscreens than the USA, while ours haven’t changed for years because the FDA says it can’t get around to approving new ingredients because of a back log of work.

I’m watching it as I write this.  It’s not bad, and the production values are high, but it has a little feel of the typical “progressive” stations of the cross, where the participants self-congratulate as they relive their glory days (usually it’s civil rights) as a way of clearing their mind of any recognition of their destructive and murderous policies, from drones to failed schools.

Libertarian calendar for April

30 Apr
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    April 25
    8 pm Pacific

    Adam Kokesh on Outright Libertarian radio

    Washington DC
    April 30

    Who is Happy About Capitalism?

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    Capitalism is the social system for individuals who want to achieve happiness in society. So why is it constantly attacked? Join Tom Bowden for a discussion of Ayn Rand’s unique insights into the system she called an “unknown ideal.”

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    Washington DC
    April 30

    “This Town” by Mark Lebovitch
    6th and I Synagogue

    7 pm

    Ticket: $14
    1 ticket + 1 book: $18
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    6:00 pm

    Mark Leibovich

    In Conversation with Franklin Foer and David Brooks

    Apr 30, 2014 • 7:00 pm
    Hailed as a “hysterically funny portrait of the capital’s vanities and ambitions” (The New Yorker), This Town: Two Parties and a Funeral—Plus, Plenty of Valet Parking!—in America’s Gilded Capital captured America’s attention asthe political book of 2013.
    Washington, D.C., might be loathed from every corner of the nation, yet these are fun and busy days at this nexus of big politics, big money, big media, and big vanity. There are no Democrats and Republicans anymore in the nation’s capital, just millionaires. In This Town,Leibovich—chief national correspondent forThe New York Times Magazine—presents a blistering examination of our ruling class’s incestuous “media industrial complex.”
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    ‘Silicon Valley’ Premiere: ‘This Is Your Baby’

    12 Apr
    Sundays on HBO.  A Peter Thiel figure (“Peter Gregory”) who gives grants for people to drop out of college, bids against a Google-type company for partial ownership of a new company that is based on an innovative algorithm that searches compressed data files, whose founder/owners are a smorgasbord of nerd stereotypes.

    ‘Silicon Valley’ Premiere Review: ‘This Is Your Baby’: If you caught Mike Judge’s new show on HBO Sunday night, you ought to know what it’s called. Characters made at least five references to Silicon Valley, as the show is named, throughout the half hour. But Judge can be forgiven these transgressions because our hero is about to quit his day job at hooli, an over-the-top fictionalized version of Google to start his own company. And geographically, Google sits in the heart of “the valley”. Oh, yes, and the show is pretty entertaining.

    Lena Dunham, Anne Dunham – Chicks Who Like to Flash

    19 Mar
    How closely related are the two Dunham girls?

    Obama Mother Nude Pics:Ann Dunham Naked Photos

    Obama Mother Nude Pics:Ann Dunham Naked Photos – Obama mother nude is the story of the day.There is a picture of a woman who looks like Barack Obama’s mother, Stanley Ann Dunham Obama nude flying all over the internet.According to the “Free Vintage Porn” that published the photo,it was taken sometime in 1960.
    That’s all we have for now on Obama Mother Nude Pics:Ann Dunham Naked Photos.

    Women’s Films on the Late Night Picture Show

    18 Jan
    So between job hunting, feeling blue, and trying to avoid news (I am usually a news junkie) about Lord Zero’s schemes for the next four years, I’ve been watching way too much TV.  Since a lot of the better shows, especially on HBO and Showtime, are on hiatus, I’m watching BBCAmerica reruns and movies on HBO that I missed a few years ago when they were in theaters.  Mainly movies I might not leave home to see, but which I will sit through from the inertial position in my chair.

    I have two to recommend.  They are both what used to be referred to as women’s films, with huge female ensemble casts, about family drama and shades of grey moral dilemmas.

    The first is Margaret (2011), starring HBO‘s TrueBlood‘s Anna Paquin as a high school student at a Manhattan upper middle class private school for upper west side Jews.  Matt Damon plays a married teacher she hooks up with, Allison Janney, Jean Reno, and Mark Ruffalo round out the cast along with dozens of theater actors, including one really good one, J. Smith-Cameron, as Paquin’s mom.

    Paquin before she matured into a she-devil

    Paquin flirts with a passing bus driver (Ruffalo) on her way to school and he hits a pedestrian and kills her.  Paquin lies during the investigation, worried that she will destroy the poor working class bus driver’s life if she tells that he was a distracted driver.  Then later she second guesses this decision, and approaches relatives of the victim, initiating a legal case against New York City and its bus system.  It’s interesting how none of these people are as moral or intelligent as they think they are, and how the system and the survivors grind out settlements that have little to do with justice. (Also:  should left-liberal Hollywooders be making movies in which teen (half-)Jewesses are such vixens they run about like sirens, wrecking marriages and buses?)

    The second is Evening (2007) with an unbelievable cast, including HBO‘s Homeland‘s Claire Danes, Glenn Close, Meryl Streep, Toni Collette, Vanessa Redgrave, Hugh Dancy, Eileen Atkins, Barry Bostwick and Natasha Richardson.  It’s all flash back from the death bed of Vanessa Redgrave, attended by daughters Collette and Richardson, to the Newport, Rhode Island wedding party where Danes (as the young Redgrave) is a bridesmaid and both she and the bride (and maybe the bride’s brother, played by Dancy, who proposes to Danes in the movie, and married her in real life after meeting her in this movie)  are all in love with a young doctor who is not the groom.  It’s a good movie, though Danes does Danes, with the cocked head and hair swinging and thoughtful mugging, and Collette does Collette, the slightly freaky person who stares at you, the same characters you’ve seen them do (very well) before. It’s one of those bittersweet movies where you survey the whole life and wonder whether the characters should have all made different choices in their twenties.  Regrets, they have a few.

    Danes and Dancy