Gallup: Only 22% of Americans Favor Increased Immigration

With the news of a massive influx of immigrants on the southern border, a new Gallup Poll shows that only 22% of Americans favor increased immigration. 

Only 14% of Republicans, 23% of independents, and 27% of Democrats favor increased immigration. 

The poll actually revealed a strong desire among Americans to decrease immigration, as 41% of respondents thought immigration should be decreased. This included 50% of GOP voters, 43% of independents, and 32% of Democrats. The percentage of those preferring to decrease immigration has jumped from 35% in 2012 and 2013 to 41% in 2014.

There has been a slow but steady growth since 1999, when 10% of voters supported immigration, as opposed to 22% in 2014. One explanation offered is that some business leaders favor it so that highly skilled foreign nationals can emigrate to the U.S. 

Much of this support for increased immigration comes from Americans with college degrees; from 2000 to 2104, adults with a postgraduate education strengthened their support from 17% to 30%.

Significantly, although 63% of Americans view immigration positively in 2014, that number has dropped 9 percentage points since 2013, when it stood at 72%.




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Hollywood Playbook: Friday’s Top 5 Stories

Heckling a Live Performance: Shia LaBeouf Is No Robert Downey Jr. 

Obviously 28 year-old millionaire movie star Shia LeBeouf has some kind of psychological and/or dependency problem. He needs help and is, in his own obnoxious way, crying out for it. 

Thursday night LaBeouf was hauled out of a Broadway theater for heckling and disrupting a performance of “Cabaret” starring Michelle Williams and Alan Cumming. As of this writing, the troubled actor is facing charges for disorderly conduct. 

If you had asked me earlier this year — after LaBeouf was caught plagiarizing in a well-received short film he directed and produced — what LaBeouf could possibly do to alienate himself from Hollywood even more, I would have told you “Heckle and disrupt the live performance of two well-liked and respected actors.”

LaBeouf is no Robert Downey Jr., an actor who almost lost his career due to harrowing drug and alcohol addiction. Through it all, though, Downey was a tragic figure not an obnoxious punk. 

Whatever his issues, and I pray he gets the help he needs, LaBeouf is assholing his way out of the business. 

Thank Hollywood Elsewhere’s Jeffrey Wells for ‘The Alamo’

Hollywood Elsewhere’s Jeffrey Wells has been doing God’s work these past few weeks by publicly hectoring MGM to get off their duffs. John Wayne’s labor of love — the project that nearly bankrupted him —  “The Alamo,” is deteriorating in an MGM vault somewhere. Apparently, the 35MM version has been restored but not the original 70MM elements. If properly restored, not only will we see the movie in all of its crystal clear 70MM glory, but also the Road Show version; John Wayne’s original 202-minute cut of his Best Picture nominee.

Wells isn’t a big fan of the movie but understands its and Wayne’s place in film history. 

MGM’s behavior has thus far been appalling. Everyone knows the studio (if you can still call it that) is broke and has been for decades. But out of misguided pride or plain old bureaucratic stupidity, MGM won’t even allow  someone else to donate the $1.3 million required for the restoration. And there appears to be a willing party. 

As of now, Wells has drafted a letter to MGM head Gary Barber imploring him to allow the restoration to move forward. Best of all, Wells has used his connections to round-up some heavy-hitters to co-sign: Guillermo del Toro, JJ Abrams, Alejandro Gonzalez Inarritu, and Matt Reeves — A-list directors all. 

Wells and I have tangled over politics more than once, and at the risk of upsetting this goodwill, I do want to challenge one of his observations about the film:

Guillermo and Alfonso were the first to agree. Vaguely ironic, isn’t it, that two Mexican filmmakers were the first to support this effort when Wayne’s film portrays the Mexican forces under General Santa Anna in a somewhat (you could even say markedly) negative light? This issue is about restoration and preservation, of course, and not history or the perception of same. For what it’s worth, there’s a moment at the very end of Wayne’s film in which General Santa Anna offers a gesture of respect to the female and underage survivors of the Alamo siege. A grace note, if you will.

It’s been a while since I’ve seen “The Alamo,” a film I genuinely like, and heaven knows my memory isn’t that good. My recollection, though, is that Wayne’s portrayal of Santa Ana, his rank-and-file, and the local Texicans is overwhelmingly respectful. There’s even a moment when one of the men in the Alamo talks about how the soldiers on the other side are just like the doomed Americans — doing what they believe is their duty for their country.

My wife, who is Mexican and was born in Mexico, is far from hyper-sensitive or politically correct, but like anyone she has little tolerance for stereotypes. She’s very appreciative of the respect and dignity Wayne showed to Santa Ana and his men. She does not, however,  feel the same way about the 2004 version which, if memory serves, has one of those sweaty, dirty, gold-toothed drunken Mexican scenes. 

John Wayne married three times, all three of his wives were Hispanic. This means, obviously, that his children are Hispanic. Wayne also spoke Spanish (something I haven’t even bothered to do after being married to a Spanish speaker for 25 years).

Again, my memory is beyond flawed and there might be a moment or two Wells is referring to that I just don’t recall. 

First chance, I’ll give “The Alamo” another look. It’s been too long since I’ve seen it anyway. 

Regardless, Wayne and “Alamo” fans owe Wells a thank you.


Eddie Murphy’s Fourth ‘Beverly Hills Cop’ Gets $13.5 Million Rebate From Michigan

Dear America:

Corporate welfare for me but not for thee.
Lower taxes for me but not for thee. 
Reaganomics for me but not for thee. 
The Hollywood rich get richer, the non-Hollywood poor get poorer. 
Tax benefits are only good for Hollywood, not any other business or industry.
Tax benefits only create Hollywood jobs, not jobs for anyone else. 

–Signed, Left-Wing Hollywood. 

P.S. HaHaHaHaHaHa **turns ’round, bends over, wriggles butt in our face** HaHaHaHaHa

Sam Raimi Boards Jake Tapper’s Afghanistan War Drama ‘The Outpost’

What fantastic news. Not only for Jake Tapper and his terrific book “The Outpost,” but for the heroic men who fought and died in 2009 during one terrible day-long battle against the Taliban at Combat Outpost Keating in Afghanistan. The odds were 53 to 400 against. Eight Americans died. Medals of Honor followed.

Raimi is a terrific choice to produce (and hopefully direct);  a top-shelf talent who has never been afraid to show his love for the Red, White and Blue. (See “Spider-Man 1-3”). 

“‘The Outpost’ is an epic story of bravery, courage, and sacrifice of our men in uniform, and is absolutely a picture meant for the big screen,” Raimi said. “I’m honored to be a part of it.”

If nothing else, after over a dozen anti-war/anti-American/anti-troop critical and commercial flops and the undeniable success of films that do honor our military (like Peter Berg’s “Lone Survivor”) the blueprint for critical and box office success is all right there in Tapper’s book. 

I interviewed Tapper about “The Outpost” last year. At the time, I was fairly confident Hollywood would scoop it up, so I asked the CNN anchor about the possibility of Hollywood bastardizing his work:

Breitbart News: Something I see a lot from Hollywood is how they construct a story to make America the arch-villain, even as they present our troops as the good guys fighting some sort of enemy (aliens, terrorists, Nazis). It’s a sleight-of-hand that allows Hollywood to pose as patriotic, even as they portray our national security infrastructure or military brass as incompetent or made up of cold, selfish, calculating types. The Bourne films are a good example; so is “The Dirty Dozen” and the last couple of Jack Ryan films. I’ll admit that, when I read the “The Outpost” dust jacket, my left-wing trope-alert went off, but that’s not the story you told. And with all the mistakes that were made at the highest levels, it would’ve been very easy to tell the story that way. My question is — and I do have one — if Hollywood comes calling (and they should) will you please make sure they don’t change that?

Tapper: Of course. But I can’t imagine anyone reading this book and feeling anything but empathy and admiration for the troops who served at the outpost. Those in Hollywood who have reached out did so because they found the stories so moving and compelling.

I do note some examples of decisions that seem questionable in retrospect made by commanders (and folks in Washington, D.C.) but for the most part they weren’t examples of incompetence or selfishness, they were born from a desire to win the war, they just don’t hold up very well in retrospect given what happened. I tried to make it very clear that the only “bad guys” in the book are the ones with guns trying to kill Americans.

With Raimi on board and the recent success of “Lone Survivor,” I would be shocked if “The Outpost” wasn’t fast-tracked. 

‘Transformers 4’: ‘Cinematic Piss’

Michael Bay’s “Transformers: Age of Extinction” is guaranteed to make a gajillion dollars at the box office, but the reviews are worrisome. I won’t be able to see the fourquel this weekend due to travel (my mother is improving, thank you very much), but this morning  I heard “Fox and Friends” movie reviewer Kevin McCarthy say exactly what I feared (paraphrasing), “I loved one and three; two is one of the worst movies ever made and four reminds me of two — too long, too boring, and a story that makes no sense.”

The reason I feared hearing that is because I completely agree about 1-3. 

Bay blamed the utter debacle that was two (my worst experience ever at a movie theatre — and that includes two fist fights, one of which I lost) on the writer’s strike.

Harry Knowles calls the movie “cinematic piss.” 

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Saving the Border When the Cavalry Isn’t Coming

About those 300 U.S. military advisers that the Obama administration has ordered to Iraq.

They belong on the United States border with Mexico. They are urgently needed to assess what U.S. military force should be deployed immediately to secure our own border, not Iraq’s border, from what is surely the most unconventional and, I believe, the most dangerous war in our history. As tens of thousands of so-called unaccompanied alien children (UAC) crash our southern border, we are undergoing a war against the existence, the concept of the USA as a nation-state.

After all, a nation-state doesn’t exist unless it controls its borders and protects its citizens. We, the People, do neither. But the existential danger here comes not from the assault itself. Nightmarishly, it comes from the Obama administration, which, in its greatest betrayal, is leading, or at least supporting, the aliens’ charge.

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Surge of Immigrants Responsible for Half of Britain’s Population Growth

High immigration contributed to a population surge in Britain last year. The number of people living in the country increased by 400,000 between mid-2012 and mid-2013, with newborn babies accounting for just half the figure, meaning the other half is from immigration.

These figures mean the UK has the fastest growing population in Europe, and likely reach 74 million in 25 years, an increase of 10 million.

The Times reports that official figures from the Office for National Statistics show the UK population reached 64 million for the first time last year, and has seen an overall growth of five million since 2001, but the growth is accelerating: the population increased by the same amount over the previous 37 years.

Chris Wilson, assistant professor of demography at the University of Oxford, said that the increase of 400,000 people over the past year is equivalent to a city the size of Bristol.

“The dynamics of population increase have been stable for about five or six years. Four hundred thousand a year might not sound a lot but it is adding a city the size of Bristol to the population every year. We are really adding quite a bit.”

Migration Watch said that at the current rate, the UK population will increase by four million within the next 10 years.

Vice-Chairman Alp Mehmet said: “Population growth on this scale is clearly unsustainable and raises serious questions about the ability of public services and infrastructure to cope with such a rapidly growing population.

“The Government will have to build schools, GP surgeries, hospitals and homes as well as expand an already creaking infrastructure in order to cope with this demand at a time when there is very little money to spare.”

 




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Coulter: Hillary ‘Rape’ Tape ‘Bigger Than Benghazi’, Depicts Clintons as ‘Con Artists’

On Thursday’s “Hannity” on the Fox News Channel, conservative columnist Ann Coulter, author of “Never Trust a Liberal Over 3-Especially a Republican,” explained why a recently uncovered recording of former Secretary of State Hillary Clinton from 1980s boasting about her defense of a man accused of raping a 12-year-old girl will prove harmful to Clinton’s potential presidential bid and more broadly the Democratic meme of a Republican “war on women.”

Coulter explained to host Sean Hannity it feeds into the narrative that the former first lady and her husband are “con artists,” especially when you examine the particulars of this case.

“[I] think this is a pretty serious matter and I first heard about it on your radio show. I didn’t know what you were talking about. I don’t think this is going to go over well with normal people because it fits in with the idea of the Democratic Party and particularly the Clintons that that they are just con artists pretending to care about the little guy while they’re using legal trickery to perpetrate injustices on the weak and powerless, which is what Hillary Clinton did here. I mean, this poor girl, if you read about the crime was, it’s quite shocking – more than comes across in that little fake southern accent conversation she gives. It was two guys who brutally raped and beat a 12-year-old girl what was a virgin. She was made infertile. She was in a comma for five days.”

“And Hillary Clinton not only defended this guy — do not believe what they saying elsewhere – that lawyers are required to do this,” Coulter continued. “You know, oddly enough, I am a lawyer. I practice law. I don’t know any lawyers who have defended criminals personally — you have to reach out to take these cases. No one forces you to defend Ted Bundy. It’s always the same lawyers doing it. In any event, she submitted an affidavit claiming that this poor 12-year-old girl was a fantasist, that she had falsely accused people before. When the girl was presented with this recently, she didn’t know Hillary had worked so hard to get her rapist off. She said, “I don’t know what she’s talking about. She’s lying in this affidavit.’ How can we trust her as president if she’ll lie in a court case to defend the rapist of a young girl? And I just think it fits into this, ‘Oh, I feel your pain’ phoniness of the Clintons.”

Coulter explained why this recording could prove to be more problematic for Hillary Clinton’s presidential bid than the Sept. 11, 2012 terrorist assault on the U.S. consulate in Benghazi.

“Often the scandals that hurt the most, like Gary Hart, for example, being caught in the monkey business having an affair — when it hurts the most is when it fits into an image people have a sneaking suspicion people have you,” she continued. “And that is the suspicion that people have of the Clintons, the big defenders of women and children. She’s laughing about getting a guilty rapist off. This is a big issue. I think it’s bigger than Benghazi.”

Coulter added this and other cases involving rape where Democrats and liberals have played a support role for the accused rapist will erode the notion that a Republican “war on women” exists.

“This nonsense — I never want to hear about the Republican ‘war on women’ anymore,” she added.

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