Tag: Dinesh D’Souza

‘2000 Mules’: Election Drop Boxes, ‘Geofencing,’ and ‘The Big Lie’

 

“We have put together, I think, the most extensive and inclusive voter fraud organization in the history of American politics.” Joe Biden

Those were the exact words from a grainy clip of then-presidential candidate Joe Biden that opens a new movie by conservative author, pundit, and filmmaker Dinesh D’Souza, ‘“2000 Mules.” It was seen as just another gaffe by a candidate with a long history of malapropisms.

This week, Dave welcomes prominent filmmaker, author, and scholar Dinesh D’Souza to the show to discuss Dinesh’s new film, “Trump Card: Beating Socialism, Corruption and the Deep State.” Released less than a week ago, Trump Card is already #1 on Amazon as well as iTunes. Dave and Dinesh begin by discussing the steady erosion of freedom of thought and speech that Dinesh eloquently noted in his 1991 book, “Illiberal Education” and which he spoke about at length in a special Firing Line Debate, hosted by William F. Buckley, Jr., that same year. But the conversation focuses primarily on Mr. D’Souza’s new film and how he takes the viewer with him to research and interview key people in today’s political divide. A popular speaking on College Campuses across the country, Dinesh explains in detail the pathologies and methods of those attempting to remake America.

Then Dave settles in for a fun and informative chat with Ricochet member Jenna Stocker, whose recent article, “America Needs Its Cowboys,” provides a much needed reminder of the sort iconic heroes and role models who helped build a nation, and whose example can illuminate the path out of the anarchy and chaos afflicting so much of the nation today.

Dinesh D’Souza on the Socialist Temptation

 

Thursday night, Dinesh D’Souza was in town to meet with the local Young America’s Foundation group and give a talk at the State University of New York at Buffalo. It was free and open to the public, so my wife and I went. His talk was streamed live and can be viewed on YouTube:

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The #WalkAway movement and other similar discussions are opening minds about just who is today’s Left. Democrats are freaking out over potentially losing their most dependable voter base: the identity politics crowd. They will brand any such movement as perpetrated by Russian Bots or simply dismiss them all together.  Preview Open

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30 seconds: Somehow the rumor got started at FreedomFest this week in Las Vegas that Kid Rock was attending, so I furiously tracked down his publicist for an interview. Then I bumped into Jo Ann Skousen, co-founder of the event, and got straightened out. “But,” she whispered to me, “I think Penn Gillette is coming later […]

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Hyperion Knight: Are Free Markets Good for the Arts?

 

Freedom Fest Panelist Hyperion Knight joins us at Whiskey Politics to discuss leftism in music and entertainment. Hyperion is a virtuoso pianist with a romantic touch whose recordings range from Beethoven and Chopin to Ragtime and Queen. In addition to regular appearances with orchestras across the United States, he has been a headline performer at Manhattan’s Rainbow Room and Entertainer of the Year for Silversea Cruises.

Dinesh D’Souza, an Evening Chilling with Double D

 

The man is a captivating speaker and a true American. He is also an energetic fighter for a brighter future, uncertain though it seems.

A bunch of my high-end patients are with the Nevada Policy Research Institute. I had the pleasure of glomming on to their awesomeness and had a front-row seat for Mr D’Souza. NPRI is a conservative think tank out of Vegas that has tirelessly fought in multiple arenas to advance conservatism as well as expose union and other Democrat abuses of our systems. We may be a blue state for now but that is not set in stone and it’s a genuine pleasure to be around people putting their time and money where their mouths are.

Dinesh talked for 40 minutes or so and the audience was entranced. He ran through some of his history as well as his legal issues, well documented in Hillary’s America. He admires the guts and possibilities of our President, selling the why quite well. His opinion has merit even for those who disagree. He feels, as I do, that the President is the only one who could have beaten the Hillary/Academia/Media/Hollywood complex. I know others feel differently.

Operation Dribble: Aftermath

 

Exhausted from breaking up fights all over the Trump Hotel Washington gym, I watched gratefully as lobbyists, cheerleaders, and fans finally filtered out.

There was only one serious injury. D’s Head Coach HRC had retrieved the ashtray she threw at William Rodham Clinton, and on her second try, beaned him good. The wound in his hairline bled profusely, causing the former president to schedule a cosmetic surgery haircut at Washington National.

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I’m 4 chapters into (about a quarter of the way through) Dinesh’s new book, which has the longest subtitle I’ve read in a long time: Stealing America: What My Experience with Criminal Gangs Taught Me about Obama, Hillary, and the Democratic Party . This is the most sobering view of leftism I’ve found since W. […]

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In the wake of the shooting in San Bernardino, we get into the “thoughts and prayers” debate that broke out last night after the NY Daily News published its provocative front page.

Then, Dinesh D’Souza joins to discuss his new book Stealing America: What My Experience with Criminal Gangs Taught Me about Obama, Hillary, and the Democratic Party and get into detail about his experiences while incarcerated in a halfway house in Texas. But that’s not all — the great Garry Kasparov calls in to talk about his book Winter Is Coming: Why Vladimir Putin and the Enemies of the Free World Must Be StoppedHis comments on Putin and Russia’s place in the world are not to be missed. Finally, a meditation of Chick-fil-A courtesy of Ricochet member Olive and her post The Roaring Success of Chick-fil-A in New York City.

The Continuing Prosecution of Dinesh D’Souza

 

Dinesh D'SouzaOnce, he was a darling of the mainstream conservative community. An Indian immigrant of Goan ancestry, Dinesh D’Souza snagged a place at Dartmouth, where he helped found the legendary Dartmouth Review, before gingerly moving onto an editorial gig at Policy Review and then a staff position in the Reagan White House. After a series of scholarly books, D’Souza’s Illiberal Education shot him to national prominence in 1991.

Carefully researched and cogently argued, Illiberal Education was a prescient take-down of the political correctness regime on college campuses. The rest of 1990s saw him become one of the most widely known and respected conservatives writers in America. It’s a position he likely would have retained to this today if not for his notorious 2007 book The Enemy At Home: The Cultural Left and Its Responsibility for 9/11.

Taking the contrarian tendencies of a successful pundit to a bizarre extreme, D’Souza blamed the American Left for the 9/11 attacks. The book was littered with such observations as:

A Lesbian Walks into a Muslim Barbershop: The Ultimate Liberal Conundrum

 

Dinesh D’Souza posted something on Facebook about the ultimate liberal conundrum: who would liberals defend if a Muslim barber refused to give a haircut to a lesbian customer on the basis of religious beliefs? Indeed, there was a story in 2012 about a Muslim barber who refused to cut the hair of a woman because his faith forbade him from touching a woman who was not a member of his family. While this story did highlight the rift between two competing rights, adding the LGBT agenda kicks it up a notch, don’t you think?

So, who do you think would garner more support in such a showdown?

American Movie

 

Last week I attended a showing of Dinesh D’Souza’s America: Imagine the World Without Her.  And I witnessed a movie resplendent with inspiring, patriotic imagery and a complete dramatic story arc full of tension and heartbreak and evolution and ultimately resolution and glorification of what it is to be an American.  Unfortunately, these were two different movies.

Born_On_The_4th_Of_JulyThe latter experience was Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July.  It was released 25 years ago and I’m an admirer of Stone’s work, but I had not seen it before.  A reluctance to subject myself to a full color, wide screen exploration of the horrors of war, combined with Stone and Kovic’s overt political agenda kept me away.  Stone’s previous movie “Platoon” is one of my favorites of the 80’s and it is a variation of the same recipe.  But Platoon‘s arguments were safely buried in the past, firmly fixed on an old war for which the political wisdom of fighting it did not affect the contemporary context (by the way, Platoon was released in 1986, a mere 11 years after the fall of Saigon, but at the time, to a teenager, it felt like near ancient history).  Of course, Born on the Fourth of July is about the same old war.  But its agenda was forward-looking, the lessons learned from Vietnam were intended to be visited upon political decisions made in the current day.  That was made clear by Kovic’s continuing political activism in the name of “peace” but in exclusive service of the Democrat party and whoever on the world scene happened to be opposing the United States.  So, I skipped it, until now.

Costco vs. Dinesh D’Souza

 

America.2I have not seen Dinesh D’Souza’s new movie, “America: Imagine A World Without Her,” but have certainly heard a lot about it from conservative news sources. I didn’t realize that there was a companion book, until I read this piece by Newsbusters’ P.J. Gladnick describing how Costco is taking it off the shelves. As a Costco member myself, I was surprised (but probably shouldn’t be) that the company turns out to be a big Obama supporter. Apparently they have manifested that support by banning D’Souza’s book adaptation of his movie.  

I just read about this, so I haven’t made a decision yet on whether I will allow this to affect my decision to remain a Costco member (and my wife certainly will have a say in this as well). I’m not a big Costco shopper, but use it enough to make our membership valuable. I do find this bit of blatant political action troubling enough to consider dropping them. Supporting a politician is fine, but when you ban certain speech in response to that support, then you’ve gone too far.  So, should I “drop” or just “complain (to Costco)?” 

What do other Ricochetti think about this? A vigorous debate is welcome.