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Morgan Freeman says don’t vote for David Price — UPDATE: Freeman denies

No kidding. And B.J. Lawson, Price’s Republican opponent, confirms on his Facebook page that it’s the famous actor. Here’s the ad:

Quite a coup for Lawson’s media operation to get the second-most-famous voice to do his narration, the first being James Earl Jones.

UPDATE: Freeman denies being the narrator.

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CBS insanity is breaking out everywhere

First we had the CBS affiliate in Anchorage, Alaska, dreaming up ways to make a Joe Miller press conference look bad. Now we have CBS News, the main guys, not an affiliate, give a crowd estimate for the Colbert-Stewart rally that was more than twice their ridiculous estimate of 87,000 for Glenn Beck’s rally on Aug. 28.

Charlie Martin at Pajamas Media deconstructs the CBS absurdity in an excellent column today, and he does it scientifically, not with a ouija board:

The Beck rally covered roughly 2.4 million square feet and by AirPhotosLive’s own photographs large parts of that area were packed as densely as any overhead picture of Stewart/Colbert. The Stewart/Colbert rally had, at most, about 6/10th the space — 1.62 million square feet vs. 2.4 million. For it to have had that many people, they would have had to be packed about 6.7 times more densely than the densest parts of the Beck crowd.

Not a chance. Not even if they were packed in olive oil.

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It’s bizarro world for Obama

After two years of trying to demonize Republicans by calling them racists and telling Hispanics that they are “enemies,” Obama now frets that Republicans don’t want to “compromise,” which means let me get my way.

Earth to Barack: What do you think the last two years of sinking Dem pols and burgeoning Tea Party ranks means? It means we, meaning most of the United States, don’t want your agenda, and, like Rush Limbaugh, we want you to fail. Given that, why would we want the people who are going to win on Tuesday to compromise with that agenda?

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Ivy Leagues going all Alinsky on their students

The lefty religion’s current pope, Saul Alinsky, said his acolytes should “identify, isolate, freeze” opponents to neutralize and demonize them. I can understand loser lefties and the mainstream media buying into that, but universities? The Chronicle of Higher Education reports the latest tactic by Dartmouth and Cornell:

But in an effort to spur gifts among young soon-to-be alumni, students at two Ivy League institutions are trying a different approach: publicizing the names of seniors who don’t contribute to their class gift.

With lists supplied by college administrators, student volunteers at Dartmouth College and Cornell University circulated the names of students who had not donated to senior-gift drives. The programs relied on students to single out their peers to meet high participation goals.

Not everyone participated happily. The single student from Dartmouth’s 1,123-student Class of 2010 who did not contribute this year was criticized in a column in the college newspaper and on a popular blog, which posted her name and photograph. The student e-mailed a testy response to fellow classmates describing her position.

This is just despicable. Aren’t lefties the ones who have a national campaign against bullying? I guess I was wrong to be surprised that college administrators would do such a thing. They’re synonymous these days with “lefty losers.”

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Crowd at Rally to Restore Hipster Irony is largely white

The crowd at the Rally to Restore Sanity, or the Rally to Restore Hipster Irony, as HotAir’s Ed Morrissey hilariously dubbed it, is overwhelmingly white. Not that there’s anything wrong with that, but the media for two years has made the whiteness of Tea Party rallies an indictment. Do you think they’ll point that out for this one?

I see lots of signs telling Congress to stop the bickering. That’s rich coming as it does at a rally whose very name implies that anyone who disagrees with you is insane. Haven’t seen an overview shot of the crowd yet, as all the Comedy Central shots are close in, which may tell you something right there.
Morrissey pretty much pegs this event:

Basically, this is a celebration of political laziness masquerading as ironic detachment, which is something generations have enjoyed in their early adulthood without making it an industry.

On top of that, this lefty gathering, a new Woodstock (Ironystock as Allahpundit called it) that is supposed to be the antithesis of the uptight, anti-freedom, Tea Party gatherings, is trying to restrict press access like the Tea Party rallies and Glenn Beck never tried. More irony.

Irony reaches new heights as Comedy Central is going to “strictly prohibit filming” of the Rally to Restore Sanity/March to Keep Fear Alive. PJTV’s Washington Bureau chief Richard Pollock inquired with the Comedy Central’s senior vice president of corporate communications Steve Albani about receiving credentials. Albani claimed that Pollock would not be given credentials because of limited supply, and as such there would be no room on the “press riser” for PJTV’s camera and crew. When Pollock said that he’d be fine with filming not on the press riser, Albani said that filming would be “strictly prohibited” between 3rd and 7th streets on the National Mall (ground zero for the event).

Only a lefty liberals would even dream they could restrict the public from filming and photographing a public event on federal property. This is how these people think. Like Obama.

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McDonald’s Made Him Do It

No doubt, coming to America soon.

A Brazilian court ruled this week that McDonald’s must pay a former franchise manager $17,500 because he gained 65 pounds while working there for a dozen years.

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4 PM Today: Art Pope Joins WPTF’s Bill LuMaye

Art Pope will be the guest of NewsRadio 680 WPTF’s Bill LuMaye Friday from 4 to 5 p.m. You can hear the discussion at 680 AM on the dial, or online at www.wptf.com. Click on Listen Live.

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Of UNC football, the tail wagging the dog, and finally some hard questions

A few items of discussion:

Media are finally suing UNC-Chapel Hill after months of being stonewalled in their pursuit of the truth in the football scandal and its two prongs of academic fraud and athletic corruption. We’ll see what happens. The university has certainly given little to no indication that their concern extends beyond results on the football field this season.

As discussed here two days ago, when Duke University’s starting QB was caught plagiarizing, he was suspended (contra to the dictates of the Carolina Way) for the entire season. The blog State Fans Nation (which obviously has no vested interest in the success of UNC-CH athletics) has found other big-time universities making the tough choice to punish athletes who cheat in the classroom, including Michigan State, Maryland, and Syracuse.

It could very well be that pressure from within the university, and not without, is what cleanses it of its tail-wagging-the-dog overprioritization of athletics. Blogger/columnist/humorist/all-’round great guy BobLeeSays (who does have a vested, but not disproportionate, interest in the success of UNC-CH athletics) took note of a comment in last Sunday’s News & Observer by an “uncleron,” whose identity BLS says he knows: “a native North Carolinian ….. a former Morehead Scholar ….. a long time Kenan season ticket-holder w/ 4 on the 50 ….. a prominent member of the Triangle-area business community, he moves and shakes in the same circles as BOTBob’s CYA Gang. Like yours truly, he does not claim to speak for any one other than himself; but chances are he probably does.”

Among other things, and after declaring his love for football and UNC-CH, he concludes:

Where are the defenders of the University in all of this? When will some adult stop and consider the hypocrisy and greed involved. The University, the Board of Governors and the Legislature have all been such a comfortable little clique for so long. The Romans distracted their citizens from the corruption of their leaders by providing them spectacles.

Sell off the facilities and pay the players, but take the logos of the Universities away if you want to maintain the fiction of academic integrity, or does that matter any more?

Finally, the athletics director, Dick Baddour, has sent a letter to the Florida-based jeweler involved in giving football players “impermissible gifts” — he’s to stay away from UNC athletes for five whole years.

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Al Gore continues to be an international joke

Man, did we barely miss a catastrophe in 2000. Thanks, Florida voters, for those 538 votes that put Dubya over the top.

Since his ignominious defeat on election night, and his irresponsible decision to throw the nation into turmoil by not accepting that defeat, Gore has been scolding the world for, well, destroying the world. That he does this from an energy-sucking house near Nashville, or from the reclining seat of a chartered jet, is irony he seems not to acknowledge.

His latest gaffe is par for the course:

Climate change warrior Al Gore has invited controversy after reportedly leaving his car idling for an hour during an environment lecture in Sweden.

A blogger revealed the Nobel Peace Prize winner arrived for the Gothenburg speech in a rental car (with or without driver is unclear), from the airport, and subsequently left the engine running for the entire lecture, reports the Daily Telegraph.

As with all liberals, it’s rules for thee and not for me.

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JLF Analyst: Perdue’s executive order on regulation good ‘first step’

JLF Director of Legal and Regulatory Studies Daren Bakst tips his hat to Gov. Perdue for her executive order on regulations and rule making. Bakst says it’s a good first step and the state should make much more reform in this area. You can read his full report on reforming the regulatory system here.

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