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potted a story this morning that talked about John Cusack developing a biopic about Rush Limbaugh. Via Washington Times 24/7:
John Cusack — actor, vocal liberal activist and occasional Huffington Post blogger — is developing a movie about conservative radio show all-star Rush Limbaugh.
Cusack’s production company, New Crime Productions, told the Associated Press that the working title of the new film is “Rush.”
The unabashedly liberal star of movies like “Say Anything,” “Grosse Point Blank” and the anti-gun adaptation of the John Grisham novel “The Runaway Jury” will reportedly play the talk star in the film, set to begin filming next year.
I wonder who he will get to play Rush? I do hope this won’t be another pile of dog mess like Sorkin’s “Game Change”. Cusack blogs for HuffPo on occasion and is a self professed liberal, but perhaps I’m being too hasty in dismissing his ability to show some objectivity about the other side. I say that based on this gem that was passed to me: John Cusack Interviews Law Professor Jonathan Turley About Obama Administration’s War On the Constitution
The original posting was on August 20th, here. It didn’t appear on HuffPo until September 2nd.
While the piece gets some side topics wrong (death panels in Obamacare and the Auto Bailout), the bulk of it regarding Holder, Obama, killing Americans without due process and the NDAA lands right on target. Of interest is the side conversation going on about liberal media bias. Both Turley and Cusack note how no one on the Left journalistically is pursuing the clear Constitutional violations by this administration; mainly because Obama and Holder are ‘good guys’ in the eyes of the progressive media. In other words, it’s o.k. when we do it.
The one passage that raised my eyebrows is this one:
CUSACK: So would you say this assassination issue, or the speech and the clause in the NDAA and this signing statement that was attached, was equivalent to John Yoo’s torture document?
TURLEY: Oh, I think it’s amazing. It is astonishing the dishonesty that preceded and followed its passage. Before passage, the administration told the public that the president was upset about the lack of an exception for citizens and that he was ready to veto the bill if there was a lack of such an exception. Then, in an unguarded moment, Senator Levin was speaking to another Democratic senator who was objecting to the fact that citizens could be assassinated under this provision, and Levin said, “I don’t know if my colleague is aware that the exception language was removed at the request of the White House.” Many of us just fell out of our chairs. It was a relatively rare moment on the Senate floor, unguarded and unscripted.
CUSACK: And finally simple.
TURLEY: Yes. So we were basically lied to. I think that the administration was really caught unprepared by that rare moment of honesty, and that led ultimately to his pledge not to use the power to assassinate against citizens. But that pledge is meaningless. Having a president say, “I won’t use a power given to me” is the most dangerous of assurances, because a promise is not worth anything.
CUSACK: Yeah, I would say it’s the coldest comfort there is.
It’s well worth the time to read the whole thing. Killing American citizens at will is the bigger fish to fry, but I find it interesting they don’t discuss Obamacare, which affects ALL American citizens and the Constitutional issues it raises.
Also, here is the speech by Eric Holder at Northwestern. Continue reading