Iranian-Born Director of New Mel Gibson Movie Seeks to Legally Seize and Destroy It

FARHAD SAFINIA.

According to the Los Angeles Times Mel Gibson is also suing the production company that (((financed))) his new movie, The Professor and the Madman.

Gibson bought the rights to the story 20 years ago and has been working toward bringing the film to the silver screen since then.

Apparently, Gibson and his Iranian-born director friend are on the same page, unhappy that the financiers took over the project.

AOL

The director of the Mel Gibson film “The Professor and the Madman” filed for a restraining order on Wednesday, seeking to force producer Voltage Pictures to turn over its cut of the film so that it can be destroyed.

Farhad Safinia, the director and writer of the film about the Oxford English Dictionary, is accusing Voltage of violating his copyright to the screenplay. He claims he never signed away his right to the project, and never had a formal contract to direct the film.

In an application to the court, Safinia posted his entire 126-page screenplay as an attachment.

Safinia alleges that Voltage refused to shoot sufficient scenes at Oxford University, and ultimately took the film away from him. He says the Voltage cut of the film does not reflect his wishes.

“Defendants took the existing footage and pieced it together themselves without my vision or input. I never authorized Defendants to make their version of the film,” Safinia says in a declaration.

Safinia accuses Voltage of screening portions of its cut of the film for agents at UTA and CAA over the summer, and of shopping the film at the Cannes Film Festival and at the Toronto International Film Festival. He also claims that Voltage has shopped the project to Netflix.

Safinia is asking the court to bar Voltage from releasing the film. He also wants the court to impound Voltage’s copies and allow for Voltage’s version to be destroyed.

Voltage’s attorney did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

Voltage Pictures has a long history of suing many people, which is typical of a certain tribe.

This should be interesting.

Muzzie Permanently Defaces Lincoln Memorial Using a Lincoln PENNY

You’d have to be a clairvoyant to know that Tuesday’s damage to the Lincoln Memorial was done by a Muslim vandal. The odds are 99 percent that he is a Muzzie since his homeland is a majority Muslim country.

WTOP

WASHINGTON — A student from the Kyrgyz Republic was arrested Monday for causing what National Park officials called permanent damage to the Lincoln Memorial.

A U.S. Park Police officer spotted the man using a penny to carve the letters “HYPT MAEK” into one of the pillars on the north side of the memorial.

Abraham Lincoln, the nation’s 16th president, is depicted on the U.S. penny.

Nurtilek Bakirov, 21, was charged with felony destruction of property. He could face up to 10 years in prison plus a fine of $25,000.

Bakirov made his first appearance D.C. Superior Court on Tuesday and was released on his on recognizance, a spokesman for the U.S. Attorney’s Office said.

A judge has ordered Bakirov to stay away from the memorial.

He is expected back in court for a hearing Nov. 1.

“This does represent permanent damage to the historic fabric of the memorial. That is troubling and presents its own challenges,” said Justine Bello, architectural conservator for National Mall and Memorial Parks.

Because the markings were etched into the stone pillar, that makes it more difficult to repair than surface damage from paint, Bello said.

She described the damage as small — several inches across. In comparison, other graffiti left on the memorial this year was larger, she said.

She said that Park Service conservationists would develop a repair plan in the coming weeks. She did not know how much the repair would cost.

This is the third time this year that the iconic monument has been vandalized.

Last month, vandals left offensive language on the memorial in red spray paint. And earlier this year, cryptic messages referencing former first lady Jackie Kennedy and President John F. Kennedy were scrawled on the memorial in black permanent marker.

One of the most prominent landmarks along the National Mall, the Lincoln Memorial opened to the public in 1922.

The Kyrgyz Republic is a mountainous country in Central Asia that’s home to about 6 million people and was once a part of the Soviet Union.

I tried but failed to get a translation of the letters he carved into the monument. It’s reasonable to assume that it’s some sort of message of hate for America or support for ISIS.

For the record, although I hate murdering prick Lincoln, I’m opposed to vandalizing or removing any monuments from public view. They are a part of history. However, when Confederate monuments are destroyed, I favor the principle of an eye for an eye. In other words, given all the Robert E. Lee monuments taken down, I strongly favor the removal of Grant, Lincoln, etc. from public view.

Poll: Most Americans Oppose White Supremacists, But Many Share Their Views

When a polling firm comes calling, there’s always the question of whether a large number of people will lie to the pollsters and thus provide inaccurate results.

You have to suspect that people are somewhat reluctant to express pro-white views to a stranger.

The good news is that the biases mean that the real number of White Nationalists is higher than the poll results show.

Huffington Post

A new poll in the wake of the violence in Charlottesville, Virginia, finds that while Americans widely say they oppose racism and white nationalism, many still appear to hold far-right, white supremacist views.

The Ipsos poll, for Thomson Reuters and the University of Virginia Center for Politics, was conducted online from Aug. 21 to Sept. 5 ― in the weeks following the deadly white supremacist rally in Charlottesville. It sampled around 5,360 American adults, asking questions about race that respondents could agree or disagree with to varying degrees.

“While there is relatively little national endorsement of neo-Nazis and white supremacists,” according to the release describing the poll’s findings, “there are troubling levels of support for certain racially-charged ideas and attitudes frequently expressed by extremist groups.”

While the vast majority of Americans polled expressed support for racial equality when asked in so many words ― 70 percent strongly agreed that “all races are equal,” and 89 percent agreed that all races should be treated equally ― people’s responses got murkier when it came to expressing their viewpoints on particular issues related to race and extremism.

For instance, while only 8 percent of respondents said they supported white nationalism as a group or movement, a far larger percentage said they supported viewpoints widely held by white supremacist groups: 31 percent of Americans polled strongly or somewhat agreed that “America must protect and preserve its White European heritage,” and 39 percent agreed that “white people are currently under attack in this country.”

“The poll results do show both an American public that overwhelmingly rejects racist affiliations and movements but at the same time is more tolerant of racially insensitive positions,” Kyle Kondik, communications director at the University of Virginia Center for Politics, told HuffPost.

“The results may be what you might expect from a country that is arguably defined by racial conflict,” he added. “And one that can vote for an African-American for president who ran on unity less than a decade ago, and then turn around and vote for a vehemently anti-immigrant candidate who exploited white grievances just last year.”

The poll addressed several hot-button issues surrounding racial justice in America ― and in many cases, the majority of respondents seemed to agree with more conservative viewpoints.

When it comes to the debate about removing Confederate monuments, for instance, most Americans polled (57 percent) said they think the statues should remain in public spaces, and less than one-third (26 percent) said they think they should be removed.

Touching on recent heated debates surrounding free speech versus hate speech, the poll found a majority of Americans (59 percent) agreed with the statement that “‘political correctness’ threatens our liberty as Americans to speak our minds,” a view often touted by conservative leaders ― including President Donald Trump.

Even support for interracial marriage ― 50 years after the landmark Supreme Court decision Loving v. Virginia ― isn’t as widespread as one might think: Around 1 in 6 Americans, or 16 percent, strongly or somewhat agreed that “marriage should only be allowed between people of the same race,” while 65 percent of Americans disagreed.

As NAACP Legal Defense Fund staffer Janai Nelson told HuffPost last month: “Calling out extremists, white supremacists, neo-Nazis is an important but very low bar for where we should be as a society at this stage in our democracy.”

“What we should be [having] is a much more nuanced and deepened understanding of how those ‘isms’ manifest in policy, in systems, in a cloak of oppression that still lives with us,” Nelson said.

Check out UVA’s summary of the poll’s findings here, or view the results directly here.

Links are live at HuffPo.

In case you were wondering, the John Wayne quote above is true, as reported by Snopes.

John Wayne had much of interest to say about nonwhites. Click on the “continue reading” button to see more.

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Police: Man Calls Jewish Woman, Daughter ‘Dirty Muslims’ During Queens Subway Attack

If you’re going to punch a Muslim, make sure that your victim is really a Muslim. Likewise, if the plan is to punch a Jew, check for a Star of David or some similar marker.

The gentleman who engaged in swinging at a Jewish mother and daughter in this story was apparently drunk or on drugs. He thought the two Jews were Muslims. That could happen.

CBS Local New York

NEW YORK (1010 WINS) — A man is facing hate crime charges for allegedly assaulting two Orthodox Jewish women at a Queens subway station.

A 57-year-old woman and her 37-year-old daughter were getting off the M train at the 67th Avenue station on Wednesday when the man told them, “Go back to your f—— country you dirty Muslims,” 1010 WINS’ Roger Stern reported.

When the daughter asked him to repeat himself, police said the man spit at her and beat her. He then allegedly attacked the mother when she tried to intervene.

Fellow straphangers were shocked.

“New York City’s always been so tolerant of other religions,” a woman named Rachel said.

“I’m actually shocked that it’s happening, but not surprised,” another woman, named Maria, said.

Police said as they handcuffed the suspect, he asked if he was being arrested because he’s “rich and white,” Stern reported.

Police have charged 40-year-old Dimitrios Zias with assault as a hate crime.

DNA Info adds that Zias was busted for taking upskirt pictures of women in 2015. For that crime he was sentenced to five years probation.

Probation? He won’t get off that easy this time. Not with Jewish-run America looking after its own.

Trump’s New “No Chain Migration” Tweet Could Queer the DACA Deal with Pelosi and Schumer

Is President Donald Trump playing 32nd level deep chess or is he scrambling to undo the damage he suffered from working with Chuckie Schumer and Nancy Pelosi to amnesty Obama’s so-called Dreamers?

For the first time that I’m aware of the term “chain migration” has come to the fore in the news.

It’s a simple idea: If I were an amnestied illegal, my mother and other close relatives could come to the States. Then her mother and her close relatives could come too. And so on to infinity. We could be one big happy family again!!!

Trump Tweeted his opposition to chain migration on Friday.

Let’s hope that queers the deal he allegedly struck with Schumer and Pelosi.

What should happen?

Deport all illegals. Encourage legals to return to their homelands. Drop all new legal immigration to zero for at least 10 years, excepting white refugees from Africa.

CNN

President Donald Trump on Friday tweeted a new requirement of any immigration deal — and it could throw a wrench in negotiations on how to protect young undocumented immigrants in limbo.

“CHAIN MIGRATION cannot be allowed to be part of any legislation on Immigration!” Trump tweeted Friday morning.

The term “chain migration” refers to immigrants coming to a country based on a connection to family. In the US, a small fraction of green cards are given out each year based on employment, with family connections being a much larger share. That includes spouses, children and some extended family.

It was not immediately clear what specific item the President was referring to. Trump has announced an end to the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program started by President Barack Obama, which protected young undocumented immigrants brought to the US as children. This week, however, he jumpstarted talks with congressional Democrats on ways to save the program and potentially keep “Dreamers” in the US.

The demand from Trump could complicate negotiations on the Hill. While there is widespread support for the concept of a DACA deal, most likely paired with border security measures, the details reveal deep divisions between and among the parties that remain steep hurdles to overcome.

Republicans almost universally would want any deal to prevent any naturalized DACA recipients from being able to sponsor their parents or family for citizenship as well.

Trump has separately endorsed a bill from Republican Sens. Tom Cotton of Arkansas and David Perdue of Georgia that would eliminate some categories of family sponsorship and limit green cards to immediate family and minor children. It would also cut a diversity lottery and overhaul employment-based green cards to put a heavy emphasis on highly skilled, educated and English-speaking applicants.

But that bill faces opposition on both sides of the aisle, including from some Republicans, who don’t like that it slashes green cards annually in half and doesn’t allow for low-skilled applicants.

Still, transforming the US system from a familial approach to a more merit-based system has widespread support, though past proposals that have gotten both sides on board did not cut overall legal immigration.

NO AMNESTY. BUILD THE WALL.

Cord Cutting Explodes as 56 Million Americans Do Without Pay TV

While Americans are pulling the plug on cable TV, there’s never any analysis of why, so let me speculate.

I know a woman who is totally disgusted by her soap operas that she’s watched for decades. Seeing a naked white male in bed with a naked Negro male, the two of them kissing, isn’t her cup of tea. It’s soured her on the whole TV viewing experience. There’s way too much diversity for her.

For similar reasons, I stopped watching TV, other than the news, documentaries, and old movies, around 1992 or even earlier. So-called entertainment was anything but entertaining.

Millions are feeling the vibe that TV is not a necessity. I’ll bet most of them are white.

Excerpt from Techcrunch

Bad news for traditional pay TV: cord cutting is accelerating at a pace faster than previously estimated. According to a new industry report from eMarketer, there will be 22.2 million cord cutters ages 18 and older this year – a figure that’s up 33.2 percent over 2016. The firm said it’s had to revise its forecast as the pace of cord cutting has increased. Previously, it believed there would only be 15.4 million cord cutters in the U.S.

In addition, the so-called “cord-nevers” – meaning those consumers who never choose to subscribe to traditional cable or satellite TV in the first place – is growing, too. While the pace of that growth is slower – a more modest 5.8 percent this year – the total number of cord-nevers is higher. eMarketer says there will be 34.4 million U.S. adult cord-nevers in 2017.

When you combine the cord cutters and cord-nevers, there will be 56.6 million U.S. non-pay TV viewers this year.

By 2021, eMarketer says the number of cord cutters will nearly equal the number of cord-nevers with 40.1 million for the former, and 41 million for the latter.

The firm attributes its revised forecast, in part, to the growing list of live streaming and over-the-top platforms that are now available.

In addition to existing players like Sling TV and PlayStation Vue, in under a year’s time we’ve seen new entrants in the live TV streaming space like AT&T’s DirecTV Now, which arrived late last year; YouTube TV, which launched in April; and Hulu Live TV, which arrived in May. There’s also a growing number of sports streaming services, including fuboTV and Stadium. Meanwhile, major companies have announced similar plans to enter the live streaming space, including CBS Sports and ESPN.

And that’s just live streaming TV.

The on-demand market, which includes Netflix, Amazon, Hulu, HBO, and others, is growing, too. Even Disney is prepping its own Netflix competitor.

“Younger audiences continue to switch to either exclusively watching [over-the-top] video or watching them in combination with free TV options,: noted Chris Bendtsen, eMarketer’s senior forecasting analyst.

“Last year, even the Olympics and presidential elections could not prevent younger audiences from abandoning pay TV,” Bendtsen added.

Another factor accounting for the decline in pay TV viewership has to do with the way we’re now watching video content. U.S. adults simply aren’t watching TV as much as they used to, says eMarketer. The average time spent watching TV, excluding digital, will drop 3.1 percent to 3 hours, 58 minutes – that’s the first time it’s fallen below 4 hours per day, eMarketer notes.

Digital video viewing, meanwhile, has jumped up 9.3 percent over 2016 to reach 1 hour, 17 minutes.

Man who called for all British Muslims to be killed after Manchester attack on Facebook jailed for a year

KEEGAN JAKOLEVS. ONE YEAR IN PRISON FOR A FACEBOOK POST.

Is there any evidence that social media posts have ever caused anyone to go out and kill a member of a hated group, like Muslims?

Not to my knowledge.

A man should be entitled to blow off a little steam. But in Britain, the Crown Prosecution Service has decided that Muslims are like some kind of endangered animal species, whose critics are worthy of extremist prosecutions and punishments.

Excerpt from The Independent

A man who posted a Facebook message calling for all British Muslims to be killed in the wake of the Manchester attack has been jailed for a year.

Keegan Jakovlevs, of Wrexham in North Wales, previously pleaded guilty to publishing material with the intention of stirring up religious hatred.

The 22-year-old was sentenced at Mold Crown Court for the crime, which is made illegal by the Public Order Act 1986.

Prosecutors said Jakovlevs posted his message shortly after the bombing at Manchester Arena on 22 May and that it was taken down shortly afterwards.

Isis supporter Salman Abedi killed 22 victims, including children, and injured 250 more when he detonated a homemade bomb as fans poured out of an Ariana Grande concert.

“Jakovlevs’s Facebook message expressed sympathy for the families of those caught up in the bombing but then, using racist and offensive language, he called for every Muslim in the country to be killed,” a spokesperson for the Crown Prosecution Service (CPS) said.

“The prosecution argued that Jakovlevs’s single message was particularly serious because it was posted so soon after the Manchester bombing when public emotions were running high.”

The CPS said the message was accessible to his 2,154 Facebook friends “at the very least” and to other members of the public.

“Overall, there was potential for it to have been seen by a very large number of people and for serious harm to have occurred in addition to the obvious fear and distress suffered by any member of the Muslim community who may have seen it,” prosecutors added.

Sue Hemming, head of the special crime and counter-terrorism division in the CPS, said no harmful action was traced to the post but Jakovlevs’s “intention was clear”.

She added: “After the Manchester attack there were countless messages of support on social media for those affected but Keegan Jakovlevs chose to stir up religious hatred by calling for British Muslims to be indiscriminately killed.

“People should not assume they can hide on social media when stirring up hatred and violence. Where there is evidence the CPS will prosecute them and they will face imprisonment as a result.”

Numerous defendants have been prosecuted for social media posts in recent months, for offences including inciting hatred and violence, and spreading Isis propaganda.

Keegan Jakovlevs didn’t “stir up hatred and violence.” He was offering a solution to the Muslim problem. An alternate solution would be to deport all Muslims.

I suppose the Crown would consider that to be hate as well.