Diary Of A Hollywood Refugee

Friday, March 24, 2006

The Art Of War: Using The Media Elites

In an interview on NBC's Today Show on Friday morning, Dee Dee Myers, former press secretary to Ms.Clinton, when asked to comment on the MSM being under fire for their negative one sided coverage of the war in Iraq, replied that she believes the MSM's biased negative reporting of the war doesn't shape public opinion or perception.


Is Dee Dee Myers really in denial or is she just spinning the truth to suit the liberal agenda she represents?

Let's see - ---- She went on to say that she feels there are plenty of non media sources available that when collectively read provide an"honest picture" of Iraq, then she goes on to identify the State Dept website ( the only other source she mentioned) and concludes by saying that the "honest picture" as painted by "all kinds of sources "is one of failure!

Sounds like the usual bullshit we've come to hear from liberals!

Our enemy, unlike Dee Dee and her fellow media elites, understands the basic principals of "The Art of War" as put forth by Sun Tzu : Don't bother to physically defeat the enemy- rather defeat the enemy's will.

This is what these terrorists are doing and they are using a very willing liberal Anti- Bush, Anti-War, Anti Victory, Pro-Insurgent media to do so. Since the media elites seem to be enamored with mass murdering terrorists and dictators, they are only too willing to report the beheadings, the casualities, and in the case of a certain Aussie journalist, Michael Ware, continously give voice to these terrorists (in his convulated delusional way of thinking, which represents the mindset of most media elites, Michael believes these terrorists are entitled to have a voice in the media and equates them with our military; he sees no difference between them and our troops).

Our media is giving these terrorists exactly what they want.A platform to help break the will of the American people.(i.e SHAPE public perception). By better understanding Sun Tzu's The Art of War, and by duping an all too willing MSM into aiding and abetting them, these terrorists succeed at their objective: To win this battle by breaking the will of Iraqi's and AMERICANS.

So far, the Iraqi's collective will have proven to be far stronger than these terrorists (or insurgents as some mistakenly chose to name them) expected, and so they continue to remain aggressively focused on demoralizing the will of Americans, and have been highly successful in forming a coalition with very amenable and willing Media and Hollywood liberal elites.

If Dee Dee Myers believes the medias biased negative reporting doesn't shape public opinion or perception, then she, like most of the media elites, is either in denial, spinning the truth, or nowhere near as smart as the terrorists.

Sun Tzu, The Art of War

So in war the way is to avoid what is strong and strike at what is weak.
Let me explain this in simple terms for our media intelligentsia:
Avoid what is strong ( Our Military) and strike at what is weak ( Liberal Americans "Will" or lack there off)

Disciplined and calm, to await the appearance of disorder and hubbub amongst the enemy:--This is the Art of Retaining Self Possession.

The appearance of disorder and hubbub(chaos) is what our media is constantly focusing their attention on while failing to recognise or choosing to ignore that over 80% of the country is stable, and the many achievements of our military combined with help from the Iraqi army. This constant focus on the appearance of disorder is exactly what the terrorists want our media to do, in order to help them break down the will of Americans.

A clever general, therefore, avoids an army when it's spirit is keen, but attacks it when it is sluggish:--This is the Art of Studying Moods.

our enemies understand that as long as the troops spirit is keen, as long as their collective will is strong, the terrorists LOSE. In order to help breakdown the will of our troops, they focus on using the media to destroy the will of the American public. When our will is sluggish, then the type of assinine debate put forth by DEMS and Liberals in Washington occurs - talk of troop withdrawals, talk of casualties(by the way 2000+ is the lowest casualities of ANY war todate) attacks upon the President and his decision to go to war, Zogby polls that are DELIBERATELY misleading, combined with polls conducted by liberal based institutes that are touted in the media and are either faulty or misleading: all this serves to create divisiveness which is THE ONLY way these terrorists can defeat us, and deny democracy in Iraq and by fiat in the Middle East. DIVIDE AND CONQUER. It is the ONLY way they can win. It is the ONLY way they can spread their fundamentalist agenda. And our media elites, are aiding them in doing so, by shaping public opinion, which in turn scares the shit out of Dems who so desperately want to win the 2008 election that they feed into and spread this divisiness and fear, aiding our enemy to defeat us, so that they(the Dems) can in turn defeat Republicans at the polls.

All warfare is based on deception. Hence, when able to attack, we must seem unable; when using our forces, we must seem inactive; when we are near, we must make the enemy believe we are far away; when we are far away, we must make him believe we are near. Hold out baits to entice the enemy. Feign disorder, and crush him.

The insurgents have managed to deceive the media and liberal elites; they have managed to feign widespread disorder, and in doing so, have made it easier for them to crush us; not militarily,that's impossible, but simply by breaking down the will of the people.
By playing on the fears and doubts already instilled in the hearts and minds of Democrats and liberal Americans- thanks to the relentless one sided coverage of the situation in the Iraq by the MSM - these terrorists are cleverly and somewhat effectively- preparing the battlefield to crush us.

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Thursday, March 23, 2006

Trapped In The Closet

(Originally posted in January 2006)

I received a few emails from various South Park fans who wondered if a recent eppy of South Park might have been inspired by something I wrote this summer: Risky Business.

I am flattered by that thought, especially since I HEART Southpark . I consider Trey and Matt two of the funniest, talented, most biting social commentators, who are prolifically in tune with the zeitgeist, at any given time, on any given issue, and for whom very little is sacred, including Hollywood celebs.

I suspect Tom's antics last summer, provided them with plenty of inspiration for "Trapped In The Closet"

For those who missed it, or have never seen "South Park" here's a recap of "Trapped In The Closet"

Stan is saving for a new bike, so he can't spend money with his friends on other fun endeavors. Bored out of his mind, he jumps at the chance to do something fun AND free: a personality test given by a Scientologist!

Shortly after, Stan "joins" the Church of Scientology, he is recognized, by the head of the organization, as the reincarnation of founder L.Ron Hubbard. *(Oh sweet Irony)*

En Masse, the faithful, including Hollywood celebs John Travolta and Tom Cruise, set up camp outside of Stan's house. When Stan totally disses Tom for his pathetic acting ability, Tom locks himself in the closet *(at this point Im laughing hysterically)* believing he's failed in the eyes of the "prophet".

Nicole Kidman knocks on the closet door, and gently encourages Tom to come out. She tells him that no one, including herself and Katie, will think any less of him, if he comes out of the closet, and that he really needs to come out now. Yet Tom keeps denying that he is in the closet. *(hahahahaha)*

Travolta tries to coax him out, and R.Kelly sings a "song" to encourage Tom to come out - an hilarious parody that incorporates the usual rap themes, - but they both fail and end up in the closet with Tom. *(Rolling On The Floor Laughing My Ass Off)*

South Park can be seen on Comedy Central.

Update: Issac Hayes has quit South Park.

According to Hayes; "There is a place in this world for satire, but there is a time when satire ends and intolerance and bigotry towards religious beliefs of others begins,"

But, for years, Hayes, who voiced "Chef", had no problem cashing paychecks off of his work on South Park, even as the cartoon " lampooned dozens of Christian symbols, a handful of Jewish traditions, and the baser instincts of certain Roman Catholic priests".

So why now?

Issac Hayes is a Scientologist & a hypocrite!

Tom Cruise managed to prevent this episode from recently airing in the UK, and he managed to prevent a re-airing on Wednesday of this eppy by threatening Paramount( parent owners of Comedy Central) saying he would not to any press for the upcoming feature Mission Impossible 3. I guess Tom has decided that certain freedoms granted in the US Constitution should be blantently disregarded. I'm curious Tom, where was all your "outrage" over eppys that harpooned Christianity, Judaism, and Islam? In the age of the internet, Tom, did you really think your actions would prevent people from viewing this eppy. Who needs broadcast tv when you can download the show and watch it endlessly. You of all people should understand that when you censor something, you create a wider, larger demand for it. And in age of the internet, and ever evolving technologies, that demand can be satisfied immediately.

Read more here and here and here.

Update: South Park kills of "Chef".
"A lot of us don't agree with the choices the Chef has made in the last few days," one of the children eulogizes him at a funeral. "Some of us feel hurt and confused that he seemed to turn his back on us. But we can't let the events of the past few weeks take away the memories of how Chef made us smile.


Tuesday, March 21, 2006

The Nightstalkers Came Home Heroes

USA Today has a piece on The Nightstalkers, who many of us came to know through Capt Dan Bout, the warrior poet, whose blog, 365 and A Wake Up developed a huge fan base.

Dan, who is now home from his tour of duty, and back at work as an anti-terrorism intelligence analyst for the California Department of Justice, is quoted throughout this piece.

In June, midway through their deployment, "The Army's Criminal Investigation Division swooped in. All 136 men in Alpha Company were confined to their base for a month while the investigation went on. Troops were crestfallen. “Everyone was painted with this big brush,” says Capt. Danjel Bout, 32, who was then Alpha Company's second highest-ranking officer."

The Army issued a news release saying that unnamed National Guard troops in Baghdad faced court-martial. The Army, citing a need to control public statements and ensure fair trials, ordered troops not to talk to relatives about the incident, according to Bout and Kothlow.

How the unit went from near-pariah status to vindication is a narrative about leadership and resilience.

"They did not change from black sheep to medal-winners overnight. Medal-winners had always been there.”, according to Lt.Col. Knapp.

The Army awarded the battalion 14 Bronze Stars for valor, in addition to 48 Bronze Stars for merit and 80 Purple Hearts. An after-action report that Coronado is preparing for the California Guard cites 6,800 combat patrols and 18 air assaults, 24 weapons caches discovered and 135 targeted insurgent suspects captured.

At the unit's homecoming in Los Alamitos, Calif., Schwarzenegger said: “In my movies I've been many times the action hero, but I know the difference between movies and real life. In real life, you are the true action heroes".

To those of us who came to know "The Nightstalkers" through Dan, Major K., and Russ Currie, there was never any doubt!

“The unit has been dragged through the mud, but it's only brought us closer together,” Bout says.

The real story is about a group of citizen-soldiers who succeeded,” says Wade, the California National Guard commander. “Yes, they faced obstacles along the way, but they overcame them. They can walk away from this year and a half with their heads held high, knowing that they made a difference.”

Read the entire piece here.

Read more about "The Nightstalkers" here and here and here .

Update: A cover story Friday about the California National Guard's 1st Battalion, 184th Infantry Regiment should have said that the soldiers guarding a Baghdad power plant where an Iraqi detainee was abused were assigned to Alpha Company, 2nd Platoon.

Sunday, March 19, 2006

Richard Belzer - Ignorant Asshat

Richard Belzer, Hollywood comic turned mediocre actor and major asshat, is under the misguided DELUSION that:

1) just because he reads 20 papers a day HE knows MORE about the war in Iraq than our soldiers
2) all our soldiers, marines, airmen,seaman are 19 or 20 AND
3) that they all joined the military because the are stupid, and their employment options are limited!

Richard is a former comedian who he is still making us laugh..............at his stupidity!

When I worked in Hollywood, Belzer was considered- by those gutsy enough to admit it- an arrogant condescending prick! The few times I encountered him he lived up to that reputation.

Reading twenty papers a day doesn't make ANYONE intelligent or smart or more knowledgeable about anything.....especially the war. Most media is biased - leaning either left or right - and as thus their coverage of the war and most other social, cultural and political issues, is incomplete. So unless Belzer is reading both liberal and conservative papers, its likely his knowledge of the war in Iraq is limited to: "Bush Lied, There Are No WMDS, and all dictators, socialists, and heads of roque terrorist states are victims of bad parenting who with a little love from liberals can be rehabilitated and turned into useful productive loving citizens of the world."

I read 20 papers and 30 blogs a day, 4 books a week such as The World Is Flat, Gideon's Spies, Jihad Vs McWorld, and Anti Americanism by Jean Francois Revel. I have family from the middle east, and have been fortunate enough to work during the past 6 years with some of the most successful entrepreneurs in the world, whose intellect far exceeds Richards ego. My reading list includes Sun Tzu, Marcus Aurelios, and Thuycides "History of the Peloponnesian Wars". Passions of mine include international relations, comparative religion, and quantum physics, I have spent considerable time travelling throughout Europe, Canada, US and Mid East, and I 've been privileged to engage in hundreds of conversations with Marines and Soldiers for several years.

Even at that - I do not pretend to be more knowledgeable than our troops when it comes to Iraq, Afghanistan, our enemy and the war on terror - although I am definately more knowledgeable than the vast majority of Hollywood elites and CERTAINLY MORE KNOWLEDGEABLE that Belzer is or will ever be!

Belzer doesn't possess the intellectual depth to even begin to comprehend what these men and I discuss. His erroneous pre- conceived idea of the demographics, intellect and employment capabilities of our troops proves he is stupid, arrogant, condescending, and obviously unable understand what, if anything, he reads!

Hey Richard.......

Here's what I suggest you do before you EVER speak on the subject of Iraq and spew out your inflamatory bullshit about the demographics, employment opportunities, and intellect of our troops:

GET YOUR ASS over to Iraq and Afghanistan to meet these men and women you erroneously speak about while confusing condescension and your over inflated ego for intellect!

I suggest you start in Afghanistan and meet Capt. Chris Nunn:

At 29, Army Capt. Chris Nunn commands hundreds of men, millions in equipment — and a piece of America's foreign policy objective in Afghanistan.

Let him introduce you to the hundreds of men and women he commands and let's see how you hold up in a conversation about international relations, Afghanistan and Iraq
(many served in Iraq!) with them. Try listening to what they have to say instead of bloviating!

Then head over to Iraq to meet with:

First Lt. Jeff Barnett, and Capt Will Smith and First.Lt Lee Kelley, all three men have blogs and were selected by the NY Times to write ongoing dispatches about their daily lives in Iraq;
you should also meet T.F. Boggs, a 23 yr old Sgt in the Army Reserves., who is VOLUNTARILY on his SECOND deployment to Iraq.

Before you go, you might want to prep for this trip by reading the following:
(since it's not likely you'll understand what you're reading -I suggest hiring a "coach" who can help break it down for you- and while your at it..hire an acting coach!!)

Warrant Officer Michael Fay's blog,
Fire and Ice. Michael just returned from Iraq , and was also selected to write ongoing dispatches for the NY Times.

Capt. Dan Bout's blog, 365 and A Wake Up, A much loved poet warrior, this Capt in the California National Guard, works as an Intelligence analyst for the DOD, and just returned from a year long tour of duty in Iraq.

A blog by a Marine who calls himself "America's Son".

You might also want to read some of Michael Yon's dispatches about LTC. Eric Kurilla and the young men of Deuce Four that he commanded in Mosul.

And I would also suggest you head over to Ft.Riley where I'd be happy to arrange for you sit with LTC Eric J. Wesley, who has recently completed his SECOND of duty in Iraq, (he also happens to be quoted in Cobra 2, by Bernard Trainor and Michael Gordon, and No True Glory by Bing West, two books you might want to add to your "prestigious" newspaper reading list ) so that you can exchange your insight and knowledge on Iraq with his.

(Hell- I'd PAY to hear that conversation just to see the confused dumb look on your face as you struggle to comprehend what he shares with you and trip over yourself as you spew out the trash you pass off as knowledge about the war)

And on another note, Richard, I find it quite fascinating how you "profess" to know SO MUCH MORE than any of our troops about Iraq yet I've NEVER heard you ONCE share your insight, knowledge and wisdom with us. Please feel free to enlighten me on the vast storehouse of intellect you possess about this war, our enemy, their purpose, their history, about international relations, and the new geo- political landscape.

Oh and here's something else you might want to ponder deeply Richard:

If it wasn't for acting- a job that requires little education and unique skill sets that include the ability to read three and four letter words strung in a sentence, the ability to repeat lines of dialogue, stand where you're told to stand, sit in a chair with your name on it when you're done standing where you were told to stand, pretend to be some one you're not, all while being fed, dressed, styled by other people - what other work would you be doing?


Tuesday, March 14, 2006

Rev.Blessing &The Nightstalkers

This is a heartwarming piece about Rev.Robert Blessing, the Chaplain who provided comfort to the 1/184th aka The Nightstalkers. It recently appeared in the San Diego Tribune.

Ask the soldiers about Chaplain Blessing and they'll say he always seemed to be where he was needed. He'd pat them on the back or hug them, ask them how they were doing and about their families.

"Just seeing him was a daily comfort," said Sgt. 1st Class Harold Benally, a 45-year-old letter carrier from Vista who led patrols in Iraq. "He risked his life just as much as we did."

"Consistency," is what Lt. Rusten Currie remembers about his year in Iraq with Blessing. "And for some reason, whenever he was around, we watched our mouths," said the 34-year-old Venice resident who was going to graduate school when he was called up.

Others agreed. "We were better persons when he was around," said Sgt. Chris Todd, 32, of Irvine. "He'd give us a blessing and hand out candy.

Read the entire piece here.

Thank you Rev.Blessing, for your service to your country. May your transistion from soldier to priest be peaceful, and may your presence grace your congregation at Good Samaritan for many years.

Friday, March 10, 2006

Zogby's Bogus Poll on U.S. Military in Iraq

I received an email from LTC.Eric J.Wesley,who returned from his second year long deployment In Iraq in January. He forwarded me a copy of Tim Kane's commentary which appeared today in Real Clear Politics.

It would appear this poll is biased and dishonest!

The unforgivable flaw in Zogby's survey is the biased phrasing of its questions and answers. Two of the most provocative results are based on questions with no middle ground. It's like a multiple-choice test with no right answers.

More damning, John Zogby himself misrepresented the phrasing of one of the questions in an op-ed...

Wednesday, March 08, 2006

Frontlines:Dispatches from US Soldiers In Iraq

Congratulations to First Lt.Kelley whose blog "Wordsmith At War" has many fans, and will soon have even more! He is one of four soldiers invited to write about their life in Iraq.

His first post appeared today in the New York Times Select. (This is only available by paid subscription - but you can receive two weeks for free.)

I rag on the MSM alot, especially the NY Times, but today I commend them for allowing these voices to be heard. I only hope that the Times liberal readers will remain open minded and willing to understand that these soldiers offer a balanced counterpoint to the usual left wing rhetoric about Iraq that is pervasive in this paper and in most media.

Frontlines: Dispatches From U.S. Soldiers in Iraq.

TimesSelect has invited four members of the United States military — all active bloggers — to write about their daily lives. Three of the bloggers are now stationed in Iraq, and one has recently returned home:
First Lt. Lee Kelley, 34, is serving near Ramadi, Iraq, with the Army National Guard. His unit has been in the country since June 2005. Lieutenant Kelley, a native of New Orleans, has lived in Salt Lake City since 1996. His blog is called Wordsmith at War.

Warrant Officer Michael D. Fay of the United States Marine Corps Reserve has held the position of combat artist for the corps since January 2000. He has been deployed four times since Sept. 11, 2001, twice each to Iraq and Afghanistan. Warrant Officer Fay, who returned home from Iraq to Virginia in February, will continue to post writing and artwork in his blog, Fire and Ice.

Capt. Will Smith, 30, enlisted in 1995 and is now a captain serving in Tikrit, Iraq, with the 445th Civil Affairs Battalion, an Army Reserve special operations unit based in Mountain View, Calif. Captain Smith, who lives in the Philadelphia area, keeps a blog at savvyskull.com.

First Lt. Jeffrey D. Barnett, 24, is from Huntsville, Ala. He joined the Marines in 2003 and is stationed in Falluja, Iraq, with the 1st Radio Battalion, based in Camp Pendleton, Calif. His blog is Midnight in Iraq.

Congratulations to all four, and thank you all for your service and your sacrifices.

Saturday, March 04, 2006


When the Nightstalkers deployed home in January, they were replaced by the 506th Infantry.

The 506th is the "Currahee!" outfit of "Band of Brothers" fame; its soldiers today are every bit as combat-ready and dedicated as the paratroopers who fought their way from Normandy to the Eagle's Nest.

The numerous successes achieved by the Nightstalkers earned them distinction, and a nomination, along with the entire brigade, for a Valourous Unit Award. When they left Iraq, they passed the torch to "Currahee", and it continues to burn brightly in one of Iraq's toughest turfs!

Ralph Peters is a 'guest" of the 506th Infantry Regiment, 101st Airborne Division:

For all the rabid headlines about "civil war in Iraq," it's a relatively quiet night in Baghdad. The terrorists - counting on media support - are far from giving up. But they no longer have the initiative on the 506th's turf.

And that area includes over 4 million people in a huge swath of bad-ass Baghdad: notorious districts such as Sadr City and Salman Pak, and a potentially volatile mix of Sunni and Shia Arabs, as well as Kurds and Christians.

This is the heartland of the civil war that doesn't exist. In fact, it looked like quite a success story over the last week - but you didn't hear about that, of course.

Read more about this band of brothers, and their successes here.