The Conversation

Conservative infighting and the Eleventh Commandment

Feb 23, 2013 1:01 PM PT

Al Cardenas of the American Conservative Union says it's time to knock off the infighting:

"It has become fashionable among some conservatives to devote a preponderance of their time to finding things about other conservatives they don’t like. I do not believe this serves the conservative movement well. I am proud to be a traditional Ronald Reagan conservative. The movement taught me to be thoughtful, firm, principled and positive. Conservatives prospered politically when we worked at getting along in spite of differences of opinion or personalities. These will always exist, but it is essential that we abide by basic rules of engagement, not play out our disagreements in public and do our homework before criticizing our colleagues, as I believe we did in the past."

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My Oscar Picks and Predictions

Feb 23, 2013 12:00 PM PT

I know people love to gripe about Hollywood, but like it or not... I like it.  Seriously, I like to go to the movies.  I like to see which ones are doing well with critics and in the box office.  I like to watch the three hour E! red carpet show.  I like the post-Oscars talk about what people wore (Joan Rivers is always right).  I like that Seth MacFarlane is hosting the Oscars.  I like to compare who I think will win and who actually wins.  So, here it goes:

Best Picture
My Pick: Lincoln or Les Miserables -- I keep going back and forth
My Prediction: Argo

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Foreign Affairs

New Movie In The Works: Siege at Benghazi

Feb 23, 2013 9:49 AM PT

Some Navy SEAL friends of  Ty Woods and Glen Doherty are in the process of producing a film to memorialize the pair's valor. It was due to their heroism that the CIA was able to get up to 30 Americans out of Benghazi alive.

Amazing Ops: Siege at Benghazi:

What started as an emergency evacuation turned into an all night gunfight resulting in the deaths of two former Navy SEALs – Tyrone Woods and Glen Doherty – genuine heroes who made the ultimate sacrifice when they were hit by mortar fire – just minutes before reinforcements arrived and the all night ordeal ended. This film commemorates the actions of the CIA GRS operators who rushed into a full blown firefight outmanned and outgunned, as well as the DSS protective specialists who joined them in fighting off a coordinated siege until morning arrived.

This is the first short film in a proposed series entitled Amazing Ops which will feature awe-inspiring stories of extraordinary valor that are all too often under-reported or overshadowed by politics.  Amazing Ops focuses its lens squarely on the actions of the elite operators who carry out astonishing missions — in fact, we consider it our mission to faithfully represent the skill and bravery of these real life superheroes – those who gave their lives, those who made it out alive, and those whose identities must remain unknown – but whose stories demand to be told with credibility, reliability and authenticity.

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RE: Bloods Gang Member Had 100 Bags of Heroin In Anus

Feb 23, 2013 7:42 AM PT

In response to Bloods gang member had 100 bags of heroin in anus:

If the legal punishment for smuggling or dealing illegal narcotics was to have the State shove 100 bags of heroin up the criminal's backside, the public wouldn't stand for it.  And yet, these smugglers are willing to do to themselves what would be considered cruel and usual were the State to do it to them.

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A Star Wars Worth Watching?

Feb 22, 2013 7:11 PM PT

It's official, J.J. Abrams is set to direct Star Wars Episode VII. Here's what film producer and President of Lucas Films, Kathleen Kennedy told

"It's very exciting to have J.J. aboard leading the charge as we set off to make a new Star Wars movie. J.J. is the perfect director to helm this. Beyond having such great instincts as a filmmaker, he has an intuitive understanding of this franchise. He understands the essence of the Star Wars experience, and will bring that talent to create an unforgettable motion picture."

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And Now, a Hipster Music Interlude

Feb 22, 2013 5:20 PM PT

As my colleague John Nolte reminded us today, I am incorrigibly and forever steeped in the hipster world. It's a simple relationship: I love the music, mostly dislike the movies, and hate the attitude. I don't presume that my age is anything but a disadvantage in the search for wisdom, aka "authenticity," according to my peers.

That said, the music is why I write today. Take a listen to UK pop artist Jamie Lidell, whose new self-titled album hit stores this week:

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Cyber Beat: Daily Roundup of Social Media and Tech Stories

Feb 22, 2013 4:25 PM PT

In addition to covering the institutional left and whatever protests and crazy antics they may be up to, my regular news beat consists largely of topics related to social media, hacking, hoaxes, leaks and technology related "stuff." (Not surprisingly, there is often some cross-over with those topics and the institutional left).

I find myself plucking out the best stories of the day - the fruits of my special news feeds, derived from my pre-configured custom searches - and tweeting those out to my followers on social media. Sometimes the stories are serious, sometimes they're about crimes, sometimes they're bizarre, but mainly they're just interesting for one reason or another. 

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