Social networks went into overload after ‘The Bible’ broadcast depicted an actor portraying Satan who bore an uncanny resemblance to President Obama.
Why does Satan look suspiciously like President Barack Obama in the History Channel’s hit series The Bible?
That’s the question on many viewers’ lips after Sunday evening’s episode of the popular show featured a devil-playing actor with an uncanny resemblance to the 44th POTUS.
Social networks went into meltdown as thousands of the 13.1 million audience pointed out the eerie similarity between Obama and actor Mohamen Mehdi Ouazanni, reports mediaite.com.
Right-wing commentator and radio-host Glenn Beck tweeted: “Anyone else think the Devil in #TheBible Sunday on History Channel looks exactly like That Guy?”
It airs on the History Channel in two-hour chunks on Sunday nights, with its finale scheduled for March 31, Easter Sunday.
Burnett has so far not commented on the controversy.
Propaganda was this years theme at the Oscars….
- Argo director Ben Affleck arrives at the 85th Academy Awards – Source: Reuters
Hollywood’s attempt to re-write history has been condemned by New Zealand’s Parliament.
MPs have today voted unanimously to support a motion from New Zealand First Leader Winston Peters that condemned the way New Zealand is portrayed in Oscar-winning film Argo.
The film showed New Zealand diplomats turning away a group of Americans trying to escape from Tehran during the Iranian revolution in 1979.
In reality, a New Zealander drove the Americans to the airport in Tehran so they could fly to Switzerland.
Peters called it a “grave misrepresentation” of the courageous and commendable role of New Zealand diplomats.
“I move that this house acknowledge with gratitude the efforts of former New Zealand diplomats Chris Beeby and Richard Sewell,” Peters said.
“Our courageous New Zealand diplomats’ inspirational actions were of significant help to the American hostages and deserve the historic and factual record to be corrected.”
Director Ben Affleck defended his portrayal of Kiwis in the film saying it was not an easy decision to make.
“You try to honour the truth of the essence, the sort of basic truth of the story you’re telling,” he told Reel Life with Jane.
Argo won the best film Oscar at last month’s Academy Awards.
- Ben Affleck defends depiction of Kiwis in Argo
- Ben Affleck film Argo wins Oscar for Best Picture video photos
Reports: Iran mulls suing Hollywood over ‘Argo’
TEHRAN, Iran (AP) — Iranian media say authorities are planning to sue Hollywood over the Oscar-winning “Argo” because of the movie’s allegedly “unrealistic portrayal” of the country.
Several news outlets, including the pro-reform Shargh daily, said on Tuesday that French lawyer Isabelle Coutant-Peyre is in Iran for talks with officials over how and where to file the lawsuit. Coutant-Peyre is also the lawyer for notorious Venezuelan-born terrorist Ilich Ramirez Sanchez, known as Carlos the Jackal.
The decision on the lawsuit came after a group of Iranian cultural officials and movie critics screened the film in a closed audience in a Tehran theater late Monday.
Iranian officials in February dismissed “Argo” as pro-CIA, anti-Iran propaganda.
The movie is based on the escape of six American hostages from the besieged U.S. Embassy in Tehran in 1979.
A school participating in Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal’s controversial voucher program is apparently using a history book that teaches its eighth-grade students that “hippies” were dirty followers of Satan-worshipping rock musicians.
The textbook, “America: Land I Love,” includes a section on the counterculture movement of the 1960s.
Here’s a paragraph taken from that section, which was published Wednesday by AmericaBlog.com:
Many young people turned to drugs and immoral lifestyles; these youth became known as hippies. They went without bathing, wore dirty, ragged, unconventional clothing, and deliberately broke all codes of politeness or manners. Rock music played an important part in the hippie movement and had great influence over the hippies. Many of the rock musicians they followed belonged to Eastern religious cults or practiced Satan worship.
It’s not clear which school is using the aforementioned textbook. John Aravosis, who published the text on AmericaBlog, said the source was “a friend” who sent him a photo of the section.
This is just one of the results from the brilliant power play by Sen Rand Paul and Crew. They outed MSNBC-GE-Comcast, Democrats, OBOMBA Koolaid drinkers, AND the McCain / Graham RINO’s!!!!! Gotta love it!
Actor John Cusack describes himself as a progressive, but he has been a critic of the federal government’s drone program regardless of who has been is in office. Frankly, he has also be a pretty harsh critic of President Barack Obama as well.
Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) and other GOP senators on Wednesday conducted an old-school filibuster on the Senate floor to block John Brennan’s nomination and bring attention to the potential for drone strikes on U.S. soil. As the hours went by, Cusack was curious to know: “where are Democrats?”
Cusack had one tweet that was longer than 140 characters, but here’s what he wrote:
AG say its ok to kill us citizens–and other bad guys- but trust us we’re the good guys..
how’d that play out through history mr holder…
pay no attention to the man behind that curtain
the great and powerful O has spoken…
The filibuster lasted almost 13 hours.
In a bit of incredibly ridiculous news out of California, a rapper from Oakland, who has been performing under the name “Pope Emeritus” since 2006, has threatened a lawsuit if Pope Benedict XVI is called that when he retires on Thursday, according to The New Yorker.
“I don’t care who he is, I ain’t let nobody mess with my brand,” said Emeritus, who before 2006 recorded under the name Notorious P.O.P.E.
The Vatican told the media this week that it did not realize Emeritus laid claim to the name some seven years ago. The rapper from California was not buying that excuse. He said, “They should have done what I did before I picked it out: Google it.”
Since September 11, 2001, the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has claimed many victories in the war on terror.
Each time a domestic terror suspect is arrested, the public is told that another horrific plot has been averted.
But after combing through thousands of pages of court documents, investigative journalist Trevor Aaronson came to a different conclusion — that most of the men arrested could never have done what they were accused of if the FBI hadn’t given them the tools to do so.
In his new book, “The Terror Factory: Inside the FBI’s Manufactured War on Terrorism,” Aaronson argues that the U.S. government is responsible for “hatching and financing more terrorist plots in the United States than any other group.” He spoke to Heather Maher.
You began your research by asking whether the FBI is “busting terrorist plots — or leading them?” What did you find out?
Trevor Aaronson: The FBI is looking for what they term “a lone wolf terrorist,” which is someone holed up in an apartment somewhere who sympathizes with Al-Qaeda but may lack the specific means to do that. And so the FBI uses sting operations to [find] these people — these people who may want to commit an act of terrorism, are right on that line from moving from sympathizer to operator — and then through these sting operations, lure them out and get them involved in a terrorism plot that they’re ultimately prosecuted for.
But what I found is that of these cases, we can point to a handful of real, dangerous terrorists, like Faisal Shahzad, who came close to bombing [New York's] Times Square, or Najibullah Zazi, who came close to bombing the New York City subway system. But so many more of them, more than 150 people, were these men who were caught in sting operations who never had the means and, in some cases, never had the idea for the terrorism plot, and it was the FBI that provided them with everything — the bomb, the transportation, everything they needed to move forward in a terrorism plot that on their own, they never would have been able to do. And certainly evidence suggests that in most of these cases, they never had any specific connections to terrorism. So it’s really hard to believe that they ever would have had or acquired the means to commit some sort of act of terrorism.
How do these FBI sting operations go down?
Aaronson: In a terrorism sting operation, the FBI informant or undercover agent poses as an Al-Qaeda operative or an operative of another terrorist group and says to the target, “You know, I have what you need if you want to move forward on a terrorist plot. I can provide the bomb, I can provide the transportation, everything you need I can give you.” And when they move forward in that plot, when they get the bomb together, and they put it in a car, and they drive it to a location and the target of the sting operation dials the cell phone that he believes is going to detonate the bomb and kill dozens of people, he’s then arrested. And so in sting operations, essentially the government becomes part of the plot and then ultimately prosecutes the target of the sting operation based on his involvement in that plot, the actions that he took as part of that plot.
You write that key to these sting operations are informants who find terror sympathizers and bring them to the FBI’s attention. Who are these informants and what’s in it for them? Aaronson: The FBI has an unprecedented number of informants — there’s a total of 15,000 informants. And they are paid — in some cases handsomely; $100,000 in some cases, $400,000 in a case in California – they are paid to find people who are interested in committing an act of terrorism, people who are espousing some sort of violence, who say they want to commit some sort of violent act, but may not have the means to do that, and it’s their job to target them and to get them involved in these sting operations.
But the problem I found in a lot of these cases is that there’s a real question of whether the informant is actually a worse criminal than the target of the sting operation could ever be. In these sting operations, the FBI has used drug dealers frequently as informants, they’ve used an accused murderer, in a Seattle case; they’ve used a child molester — people who are just odious in every way. And they also have a direct incentive to find terrorists and see them prosecuted because they can make so much money as informants.
So when they enter mosques and they look for people who are interested in committing acts of terrorism, they know there’s a lot of money riding on it for them to find that person. And as a result of that, what they’re ultimately finding in most of these cases are people on the fringes of society who are economically desperate, in some cases mentally ill, and these are people who are easily susceptible to a strong-willed informant.
A movie based on the account of ‘The Shooter’ – the man who claims to be the one who killed Osama bin Laden – is allegedly in the works after his story was told last week in Esquire magazine. In the story of The Shooter – who did not want to be identified but told his story through journalist Phil Bronstein – he describes seeing the terrorist’s brains spill out on to the floor after he shot him before the realization bin Laden’s son was there the whole time.
He also lamented over the treatment he received from the government when he retired after the mission, claiming he was abandoned with no health insurance or other benefits.
According to Showbiz 411,a production company called Zulu 7 have secured the rights to Bronstein’s work and signed the rights to the life story of The Shooter himself.
No one at the company would comment on the rumors. Zero Dark Thirty grossed $90million at the box office and was nominated for five academy awards, picking up one at the Oscars on Sunday. It focuses primary on the female protagonist – played by Jessica Chastain – who devotes her career to killing Osama bin Laden. It is thought that due to the human angle of the story – how The Shooter and his family struggled in the months after the raid – and the eye-witness approach of one of the most important days in recent American history, that the upcoming movie will do just as well – if not better.
In the Esquire feature, the Team Six member reveals how the unit prepared for the daring mission, the moment he came face to face with the al-Qaeda leader and the fallout from the successful raid. The Shooter reveals that once they were given their mission, the female CIA agent – portrayed by Jessica Chastain’s Maya in Zero Dark Thirty – told the team that bin Laden was ’100 per cent on the third floor’ of his compound in Abbottabad, Pakistan.
LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA (BNO NEWS) — Immigration officials at Los Angeles International Airport briefly detained the Palestinian filmmaker of the Oscar-nominated documentary “5 Broken Cameras” while he was on his way to a dinner preceding Sunday’s Academy Awards.
Emad Burnat said the incident happened on Tuesday evening when he, along with his wife and 8-year-old son, arrived at Los Angeles International Airport after a flight from Turkey. He said he was questioned for more than an hour as immigration officials threatened to refuse him entry to the United States if he was unable to provide proof of his Oscar nomination.
“They told me that if I couldn’t prove the reason for my visit, my wife Soraya, my son Gibreel and I would be sent back to Turkey on the same day,” Burnat, whose “5 Broken Cameras” is competing for an Oscar in the Best Documentary Feature category, said in a statement on Wednesday.
The family was on its way to Beverly Hills to attend a dinner honoring the five nominated films for Best Documentary Feature. “5 Broken Cameras,” which features a Palestinian farmer’s non-violent resistance against the actions of the Israeli army, is the first Palestinian documentary ever nominated for an Oscar.
Oscar-winning filmmaker Michael Moore, who is a governor of the Academy’s Documentary Branch, said Burnat and his family had already spent nearly 6 hours at an Israeli checkpoint as they drove to the Jordanian city of Amman to catch a plane. “While we awaited Emad’s arrival from the airport I received an urgent text from Emad, written to me from a holding pen at the Los Angeles International Airport,” he said.
Moore said immigration officials did not believe Burnat, a Palestinian olive farmer, when he told them he was on his way to Sunday’s Academy Awards and events preceding it. “Apparently that was too much for Homeland Security to wrap its head around,” said Moore, who immediately stepped in to help resolve the situation.
After more than 40 minutes of questioning, Burnat said his son Gibreel asked him why they were still being held in the small detention room at the airport. “I simply told him the truth: ‘Maybe we’ll have to go back.’ I could see his heart sink,” the Palestinian filmmaker said in his statement.
Moore said he immediately contacted Academy CEO Dawn Hudson and COO Ric Robertson after receiving Burnat’s plea for help. “They got ahold of the Academy’s attorney who is also partners with a top immigration attorney and they went to work on it,” he said. “I called the State Department in D.C.”
“After being held for somewhere between one and two hours, with repeated suggestions that the U.S. may not let him into the country – saying that they may send him back home – the authorities relented and released Emad and his family,” Moore said, describing Burnat as “fairly shaken and upset” when he arrived at the dinner.
(CNN) — In his time as a New York City police officer, Stephen Spiro says that it only happened to him once.
Typically, the people he arrested wanted nothing to do with him.
But then, few things about the case of Mark David Chapman were typical.
Chapman, the man convicted of killing former Beatle John Lennon, wrote Spiro, his arresting officer, four letters.
In the letters, Chapman repeatedly tells Spiro to read “The Catcher in the Rye,” saying the book would explain much of what happened the night of the murder, December 8, 1980.
He expresses an ease with the officer, saying he hoped they could be friends, that he thought Spiro was a great policeman, and that he had felt close to him ever since his arrest.
Chillingly, Chapman also wrote that others “could — and would — have served the same purpose” as Lennon.
The four letters are expected to go on sale Monday on the Moments in Time website, which sells rare autographs and historical documents.
Spiro says they represent the only time someone he arrested wrote him letters.
“They’ve been in my possession for 30 years, and I’m 66 years old, and I’m saying, you know, what am I going to do with these things? So I figured I’d sell them,” he told CNN.