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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.

Gary Oldman is a libertarian, kind of

25 Jun
He’s not sure people should be able to use drugs, and his favorite pundit is (the admittedly brilliant) Charles Krauthammer, but he says he is more or less a libertarian, attacks political correctness, and he understands that Bill Maher is NOT a libertarian.  In this month’s Playboy interview.

OLDMAN: I think we’re up shit creek without a paddle or a compass.


OLDMAN: Well, if I called Nancy Pelosi a cunt—and I’ll go one better, a fucking useless cunt—I can’t really say that. But Bill Maher and Jon Stewart can, and nobody’s going to stop them from working because of it. Bill Maher could call someone a fag and get away with it. He said to Seth MacFarlane this year, “I thought you were going to do the Oscars again. Instead they got a lesbian.” He can say something like that. Is that more or less offensive than Alec Baldwin saying to someone in the street, “You fag”? I don’t get it.

PLAYBOY: You see it as a double standard.

OLDMAN: It’s our culture now, absolutely. At the Oscars, if you didn’t vote for 12 Years a Slave you were a racist. You have to be very careful about what you say. I do have particular views and opinions that most of this town doesn’t share, but it’s not like I’m a fascist or a racist. There’s nothing like that in my history.

PLAYBOY: How would you describe your politics?

OLDMAN: I would say that I’m probably a libertarian if I had to put myself in any category. But you don’t come out and talk about these things, for obvious reasons.
PLAYBOY: But there are a ton of conservatives in Hollywood, and libertarians too. Bill Maher has called himself a libertarian.
OLDMAN: I think he would fail the test. Anyway, unlike Bill Maher, conservatives in Hollywood don’t have a podium.

This Tuesday Help Harry Reid end free speech!

18 May
This Tuesday May 20, join People For the American Way, Brave New Films, Majority Leader Harry Reid and Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi for a press briefing about the effects and dangers of money in politics, followed by a film premiere of Brave New Films’ upcoming documentary “Koch Brothers Exposed: 2014 Edition.”
Excerpts of the films will be shown intermixed with comments from Senate and House members looking to overturn the Supreme Court’s egregious decisions like Citizens United and McCutcheon that have enabled ultra-wealthy donors like the Koch Brothers to pour overwhelming amounts of money into our elections.
The premiere will kick off at the House Visitors Center at 5:45 pm (seating will be on a first-come, first-serve basis, so be sure to come early for a good seat). 

Hope to see you on Tuesday,
Calvin Sloan, Legislative Representative
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The Biggest Liar

1 Nov

Congressional humor

14 Jun
A  noted psychiatrist was a guest speaker at an academic function where Nancy Pelosi happened to appear.  Ms. Pelosi took the opportunity to schmooze the good doctor a bit and asked him a question with which he was most at ease. 

“Would you mind telling me, Doctor,” she asked, “How do you detect a mental deficiency in somebody who appears completely normal?” 

“Nothing is easier,” the doc replied. “You ask a simple question which anyone should answer with no trouble. If the person hesitates, that puts you on the track.” 

“What sort of question?” asked Pelosi. 

“Well, you might ask, “Captain Cook made three trips around  the world and died during one of them. Which one?” 

Pelosi thought a moment and then said with a nervous laugh, “You wouldn’t happen to have another example would you?  I must confess I don’t know much about history.” 

Nancy Pelosi’s Ruling Class Christmas

4 Dec

No money for the Holidays?  Enjoy Nancy Pelosi’s Christmas decorations at her multi-million dollar Washington Harbor condominium on the Potomac at 3030 K Street NW.

She apparently gets to use all the light bulbs she wants, just as she gets to profit from insider trading, unlike you!  More for her!  She gets to build a condo on a riverbank too, while people in Maryland on the Chesapeake River are not allowed to put support beams under their houses if they are on the shore.  They just get to collapse into the water.