Orson Bean: Magician, Soldier, Comic, Actor, Believer

American actor, author, and television personality Orson Bean graced the radio waves on Breitbart News Sunday and shared the story of his life and career from his early years as an 18-year-old American soldier in occupied Japan to the present day as a respected working actor in TV and theatre.

In a riveting two hour interview with Breitbart News Executive Chairman Stephen K. Bannon on Sirius XM Patriot Radio, Bean quipped that he feels the same way at 85 that he felt when he was 12—“Old… That’s a joke.” From the very beginning, the cultural icon explained, “I never thought that I couldn’t do what I set out to do. It wasn’t from arrogance; it was from ignorance.”

His life as an entertainer really began at the age of ten, when he was given a magic set, inspiring in him the notion that “I can be a magician.” He put his plan into action when he was in high school and began doing magic shows at the Moose Club in Northborough and other spots in Worcester, Massachusetts.

The clubs were rough, and audiences weren’t shy about expressing their disapproval, claimed Bean. “You stink,” was a common refrain, he claims. His opening line was: “Good Evening Ladies and Gentleman, I am Orson Bean, Harvard ’48’… (pause,) Yale nothing.”

Bean graduated high school in 1946 and enlisted in the Army. He was sent to Japan to relieve forces still there after the bombings at Hiroshima and Nagasaki, when the war ended. Although he didn’t witness the aftermath of those two cities, which had been devastated by nuclear bombs, he was able to see how Tokyo had been decimated by Allied forces firebombing at the end of the war.

Notably, Bean said that the U.S. soldiers in Japan were very happy to see the reinforcements come in and were anxious to get home. Bannon pointed out that this demonstrated that Americans were not so animated by the conquest of Japan, but rather that the war was over and they were anxious to get home and resume their lives in America.

As a kid, Bean said, as the war was being prosecuted, he was tuned in to the radio, and it intensified the drama that was being played on the world stage. The voices of Edward R. Murrow, Walter Winchell, and other broadcasters excited him and deepened his interest in media as a messenger.

Bannon asked Bean if it ever occurred to him that America would succumb to the forces of evil. “None, It never occurred to me that we would lose,” he said.

One of the differences between fighting a war then and fighting it now is “all of the media were behind it,” asserted Bean. “All of the media was… ‘of course we’re going to win.'” The raconteur claimed that the positive message put forth in the movies consoled him as a kid because they always had a happy-ever-after ending, which gave him confidence that life would work out.

Ultimately, Bean made it to NYC and performed in a well-received comedy act at the Blue Angel Club. Much to his pleasure, the audiences were laughing at his jokes, unlike his experience at the Moose club in Northborough. It was from here his acting career gained momentum, as he involved himself with the Actors Workshop and developed relationships with the likes of Marlon Brando, Dustin Hoffman, and others.

Bannon and Bean’s conversation ranged from the period of his being blacklisted in Hollywood, where Bean acknowledged that communism was a dominant force in the 50s, to his becoming a sensational stand-in for Jack Parr and Johnny Carson on the Tonight Show, doing 100 shows as a fill-in.

Perhaps Bean’s most uplifting story was that he had sought a 12-step group to help him when he was using alcohol too much at one point in his life. Bean recounted that he told someone at a meeting he didn’t believe in God, so he didn’t know how to reach out to a “higher power.” His friend told him to get down on his knees and “thank God for the day.” Bean asked, “but why do I have to get on my knees to pray?” The man answered “because He likes it.”

Orson started getting down on his knees and thanking God for the day, and his life began to change for the better. Through his reading of C.S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity and his continual prayer, “My life has gotten better and better and better and better.”




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Part-time America: Makers who are also Takers

I thought I’d grown numb to the media’s relentless efforts to manufacture good news for Barack Obama, but the June unemployment report really takes the cake.  It was almost universally reported as phenomenal good news, with caveats brusquely related 10 paragraphs into print stories, if at all.  Almost 300,000 jobs created!  Recovery Summer is here at last, five years after Obama promised it!  Pop the champagne corks, America is back in business!

In reality, this was a horrific unemployment report, and there is nothing ambiguous about why.  The headlines should have read “Full-time employment crash: Half a million careers disappear in June.”  Quite simply, and to use round numbers, we got to the headline “300k jobs created” because the economy created 800,000 part-time jobs, while losing 500,000 full-time positions.    

That’s not a recovery, it’s terrifying – a Great Leap Forward in the Obamanomics transformation of the American economy into a shrunken, underemployed workforce.  Normally, the best thing that could be said about a surge in part-time job creation is that it might be a harbinger of more robust full-time job creation in months to come, but that’s a difficult case to make when the same reporting period saw 500,000 full-time jobs disappear.  How long would it take Obama’s economy just to fill in that half-million career hole, even if it returned to the best pace of full-time job creation seen during this Presidency?  The rest of 2014, I’d wager… and there’s no reason to think full-time job creation is going to surge back to even those modest levels, any time soon.

Every time I write about how the transformation to Part-Time America is a deliberate, although of course secret, Obama policy goal, someone asks me why his ideology would demand reduced full-time employment.  It’s very simple: because part-time workers are the socialist ideal.  They’re Takers who are also Makers. 

The old paradigm of socialist revolution envisioned a day when pure Takers – the people who collect redistributed wealth, without contributing much beyond the hidden taxes everyone pays – outnumber Makers.  At that point, socialism would go on autopilot.  There would never be a working electoral majority in favor of cutting government spending or reducing taxes.  The shots would forever be called by people with no skin in the game.

That doesn’t really work in practice, and the Left deserves credit for figuring out why.  When the dividing like between Takers and Makers is crystal-clear, the Makers grow resentful and cautious before autopilot levels of socialist imbalance are reached.  Furthermore, the Makers can successfully recruit Takers to their cause, by pointing out that the socialist utopia is unsustainable.  A lot of people truly, sincerely want to contribute; even an American society ravaged by decades of faculty-lounge left-wing indoctrination still boasts a population that, for the most part, does not want to make a hammock of the social safety net.  When the weight of supporting that net drags the entire economy down, a pure Makers vs. Takers division begins to tilt inexorably in the Makers’ favor.

But if the aspiring socialist overlord can create a vast new class of people – Takers who are also Makers – the lines are blurred enough to keep that political imbalance from appearing.  The great goal of the Left is the defeat and subjugation of the Middle Class, which they hate, although political necessity requires them to posture as its champions.  The true Middle Class is defined by its independence.  Get them hooked on government subsidies, and they lose that independence.  Make enough of them truly dependent on those subsidies for the necessities of life, and their political threat is permanently neutralized.

Socialized medicine is a big step in that direction, and ObamaCare was a bold leap toward true socialized medicine.  Already, even in the weird socialist/capitalist fusion created by ObamaCare, we see people with very solid Middle Class incomes receiving hefty subsidy payments for their health insurance.  They are being conditioned to depend on the bounty of the State for what they perceive as a necessity of life.

Part-Time America is an even bigger step toward socialist stasis.  A part-time worker is working hard, contributing to society, earning his own keep, and not inclined to think of himself as a welfare-state dependent… but he also cannot make enough money to live the Middle Class lifestyle, and he doesn’t enjoy the benefits or stability of full-time career work.  He’s not on a path to increase his career profile or grow more invested in the company that employs him, either emotionally or literally, through investment benefit plans.  He is forever alienated from his employers, and such alienation is the meat and drink of socialist revolution, as Karl Marx explained at length.

You’ll notice that Democrat rhetoric about the welfare state and minimum wage includes loud and frequent statements that people who earn minimum wage cannot live well.  People who make the minimum wage over a long period of time tend to be part-time employees, a status that also reduces the benefit of receiving small raises above the minimum wage level – an extra fifty cents an hour doesn’t matter as much when you’re only working 25 hours a week.  Part-Time America needs the State and its redistribution programs to taste the Middle Class lifestyle, but also tends to think left-wing appeals to the Sainted Middle Class are pitched at them, too. 

The end of prosperity lies with a growing class of people who have good, solid economic reasons to believe that prosperity is something the government must seize and redistribute.




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Kay Bailey Hutchison Defends UT President, Calls Him ‘A Great Leader’

AUSTIN, Texas–As UT President Bill Powers seeks to hold on to his job in the face of a growing admissions scandal where powerful lawmakers and their donors were allegedly given preferential admissions, the new leader of the alumni association is standing by Powers. Former US Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison wrote to alumni this weekend that Powers “is a great leader; he deserves better than this.”

Breitbart Texas broke the story this weekend that Powers had been an ultimatum: resign by close of business July 4, or be terminated next week. The ultimatum came from the chancellor of the University of Texas System, according to sources, after a whistleblower came forward.

Powers has reportedly refused to resign.

Closely aligned with deep-monied interests, Powers has been strongly supported by establishment politicians. After questions about financial malfeasance and legislative clout abuse were raised by a UT regent, Texas House Speaker Joe Straus went about the task of impeaching the regent. 

An outside organization known as the Texas Coalition for Excellence in Higher Education was put together by former George W. Bush spokeswoman Karen Hughes, who is an advisor to Straus. The coalition was formed in opposition to university-level reforms proposed by Gov. Rick Perry.

Hutchison, a graduate of UT, took over as the president of the “Texas Exes,” an independent alumni association which lobbies on behalf of UT. She made opposing Perry’s higher education reforms a hallmark of her failed 2010 gubernatorial race.

In an email labeled “Urgent State of Affairs at UT-Austin,” Hutchison confirmed that the ultimatum had been issued but decried it as a “travesty.”

“It would cause further tension with legislators regarding UT System, would compound unrest among faculty, students, and alumni, and invoke serious harm to the institution’s reputation in the national spotlight,” wrote Hutchison. “President Powers has advanced the university through many tremendous accomplishments, and has been a great leader; he deserves better than this. This is about our university; it is a treasure that alumni need to protect and we need to stand up and fight for its stature. The University of Texas at Austin deserves better than this.”

She described the leak of information to Breitbart and follow-on news outlets as “unfortunate” and as having “inflamed controversy.”

In her letter, though, Hutchison does not address the substance of the scandals brewing around Powers. Neither Hutchison nor the Texas Exes has called for investigations into claims UT admitted under-qualified students based on their family’s political ties.

Michael Quinn Sullivan is a contributor and founding member of the Brietbart Texas team. He also serves as president of Empower Texans.




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There ‘May Well’ Have Been A Cover-Up Of Child Abuse Says Lord Tebbit

Lord Tebbit, the former Conservative cabinet minister, has said that there “may well” have been a cover up of child abuse in the 1980s, according to the Daily Telegraph. Tebbit, who served in various government roles under Margaret Thatcher, made the comments as more questions were being asked over whether allegations against senior figures were properly investigated.

He said the instinct of people at the time was to protect “the system” and not to ask too many questions about uncomfortable allegations such as those of child abuse.

Last week Breitbart London reported that Leon Brittan was forced to deny that he failed to act after being handed a dossier about child abuse when he was Home Secretary. The file was given to him by the late Conservative MP Geoff Dickens.

Brittan admitted he had been given a “substantial bundle of papers” by Dickens but could not remember them ever having been acted upon. This led the Home Office to admit that large numbers of documents that relate to paedophile activities of senior establishment figures had gone missing.

Appearing on BBC1’s The Andrew Marr Show, Lord Tebbit said: “At that time I think most people would have thought that the establishment, the system, was to be protected and if a few things had gone wrong here and there that it was more important to protect the system than to delve too far into it.

“That view, I think, was wrong then and it is spectacularly shown to be wrong because the abuses have grown.”

Asked if he thought there had been a “big political cover-up” at the time, he said: “I think there may well have been. But it was almost unconscious. It was the thing that people did at that time.”

Speaking on Pienaar’s Politics, Nigel Evans, the Conservative MP, said that someone “within the Home Office” must know what happened to the documents that were given to Leon Brittan. 

He said: “There will be more than one person who would know that that file existed and has read that file and took the decision either to destroy it or if it’s not been destroyed, it is somewhere, and I think that they really do need now to turn the Home Office upside down.

“If nobody comes forward then they really do need to look absolutely everywhere to ensure that as Francis Maude said, nobody is above the law, we need to make sure that the people inside that file are properly investigated, and the question is, why weren’t they investigated in the first place?”

Leon Brittan has also now been questioned over the rape of a 19 year old student in the 1960s. It is unrelated to the matter of the documents. He left British politics in 1989 to become a member of the European Commission. 




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Why the White House Wants Amnesty

According to statistics provided by Immigration and Customs Enforcement, President Obama has now significantly decreased the number of illegal immigrants aged under 18 deported or turned away at the border. That statistic has decreased some 488% under President Obama, from 8,143 the last year of President Bush’s administration to 1,669 last year. Meanwhile, the Bush administration deported some 600 minors on average each year; Obama deported 95 last year.

Those statistics demonstrate that George W. Bush was dramatically lax on illegal immigration. But they also demonstrate that President Obama is even more lax – and that laxity has resulted in tens of thousands of unaccompanied minors pouring across America’s southern border.

Meanwhile, Democrats continue to promote higher spending, placing more and more Americans on the public rolls. In 2013, a record one out of five American households used food stamps. A record number of Americans were dependent on the federal government with regard to their higher education debt. Overall, a full 49 percent of Americans receive some form of federal benefits.

Adding millions of illegal immigrants to the public rolls – which will happen in terms of lower education and healthcare by necessity – will skyrocket spending. Which is the plan. Many on the right believe that Democrats are pursuing the so-called Cloward-Piven strategy, in which sociologists Richard Cloward and Frances Fox Piven posited that by overloading welfare rolls, the Democratic Party would be forced to take heavy federal welfare action to save state and local governments.

But this strategy isn’t what Democrats are up to. Cloward-Piven’s goal was to create impetus for government to guarantee a universal living. The modern Democratic Party is significantly less interested in guaranteed benefits than for an economic leveling. The motivating factor of the left is not caring for the poor but tearing down the wealthy. The philosophy of the Democratic Party was embodied by Barack Obama’s response to a moderator question in 2008: “I would look at raising the capital gains tax for purposes of fairness.”

Fairness. Not prosperity. Fairness.

And so the Democrats will move to bankrupt the system. No welfare state can survive with open borders. That is a truism. And yet that’s exactly what Democrats are now promoting: open borders with a full welfare state. Why? Not because Democrats believe that the homegrown poor in America will be better off with more people joining them on the dole; they won’t. Rather, Democrats love the size and scope of the state and despise the rival the state faces in individual success. A growing welfare base requires higher taxation, more degradation of individual success. That is the goal.

It is the goal of the left’s hero of the moment, Thomas Piketty, who seeks a global tax on wealth in order to heal “inequality” – not to bring prosperity. It is the goal of Senator Elizabeth Warren (D-MA), who suggests that all wealth is communal, and none is individual:

There is nobody in this country who got rich on his own — nobody. You built a factory out there? Good for you. But I want to be clear. You moved your goods to market on the roads the rest of us paid for. You hired workers the rest of us paid to educate. You were safe in your factory because of police-forces and fire-forces that the rest of us paid for. You didn’t have to worry that marauding bands would come and seize everything at your factory — and hire someone to protect against this — because of the work the rest of us did. 

Obviously, none of this does anything worthwhile for immigrants who come here to seek prosperity rather than fairness. But the rise in illegal immigration certainly creates impetus for higher taxes, more economic leveling, and a decline in prosperity for purposes of fairness. The Obama administration isn’t merely taking advantage of a good crisis. They’re creating one in order to do so.

Ben Shapiro is Senior Editor-At-Large of Breitbart News and author of the new book, The People vs. Barack Obama: The Criminal Case Against The Obama Administration (Threshold Editions, June 10, 2014). He is also Editor-in-Chief of TruthRevolt.orgFollow Ben Shapiro on Twitter @benshapiro.




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