is sitting in a high-backed director’s chair with his name on it. (I’d always assumed they were just used for effect in movies, but here one was.) Zucker is looking at a monitor showing the inside of an empty New York City subway station. It’s actually just a set–a stunning replica of a subway station–and it sits 15 feet to Zucker’s right.
The first assistant director breaks the silence.
The set jumps to life. Two young men–both terrorists–enter the station. They are surprised to see a security checkpoint manned by two NYPD officers. “I’ll need to see your bag, please,” says one of the officers. The lead terrorist glances nervously at his friend and swings his backpack down from his shoulder to present it to the cops. Just as the officer pulls on the zipper, however, a small army of ACLU lawyers marches up to the policemen with a stop-search order. The cops look at each other and shrug their shoulders. “This says we can’t search their bags.”
The young men are relieved. They smile fiendishly as they walk toward the crowded platform. As the lead terrorist once again slips the backpack over his shoulder, he mutters his appreciation.
“Thank Allah for the ACLU.”
Zucker’s latest movie, An American Carol, is unlike anything that has ever come out of. It is a frontal attack on the excesses of the American left from several prominent members of a growing class of Hollywood conservatives. Until now, conservatives in Hollywood have always been too few and too worried about a backlash to do anything serious to challenge the left-wing status quo.
David Zucker believes we are in a “new McCarthy era.” Time magazine recently joked that conservative films are “almost illegal in Hollywood.” Tom O’Malley, president of Vivendi Entertainment, though, dismisses claims that Hollywood is hostile to conservative ideas and suggests that conservatives simply haven’t been as interested in making movies. “How come there aren’t more socialists on Wall Street?”
The Iraq Study Group ad was the most memorable. It opens with news footage ofcelebrating the signing of the . A newspaper stand boasting “Peace with Honour” flashes across the screen.
: “This morning, I had another talk with the German Chancellor, Herr Hitler. Here is the paper, which bears his name upon it, as well as mine.”
The spot cuts to footage of German bombers over Warsaw. “Well,” intones a narrator, “that negotiation went well. Fifty million dead worldwide. Nicely done, Mr. Chamberlain.”
Then viewers are shown footage of imaginary negotiations between Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. had formally recommended talks with Iran and Syria as part of its proposed solution to the problems in Iraq., Syria’s , and “Iranian madman”
When Ahmadinejad asks Baker for permission to develop nuclear weapons so long as Iran promises not to use them, Baker agrees. Triumphant music plays loudly in the background and the diplomacy pauses for a celebration and some photos.
The music stops and Baker returns to the table with Ahmadinejad and Syria’s Bashar Assad.
“Next item: You must agree to stop supplying the explosive devices that are killing our American soldiers in Iraq,” Baker insists.
“We won’t do that.”
“Well, can you reduce the number?”
“Okay, how about 10 percent?” Assad proposes.
“Twenty percent,” Baker responds.
The music starts again and Baker, like Chamberlain, triumphantly waves the signed agreement.
“Now, this thing about destroying Israel,” he says to Ahmadinejad.
“We will do that,” says the Iranian leader.
CARROLL TOWNSHIP (KDKA) ― Congressman John Murtha of Johnstown visited the Mon Valley YMCA in Washington County today for a round table meeting on diabetes. But he took time to answer reporters questions about the bloodshed in Georgia where Russia invaded five days ago and there has been heavy fighting.
Murtha says he’s been following the situation closely. “It’s one of those things where we have very little leverage. We have no military leverage at all so it’s got to be international sanctions, international pressure. And I think it may be working at least it seems like the Russians have stopped their incursion. Now what will happen afterwards we’ll have to look at and see.”
While the White House and NATO allies figure out how to punish Russia for the invasion of the pro-western Georgia, Murtha says, the Georgians must realize that it was a tactical and political mistake to assume that the world community would come to their aid if they ever got into trouble with the Russians. “You have to be so careful what you say because then these countries misunderstand that you might come to help them. So we’ve got that problem right now in Georgia, they thought we’d come to help them and they thought that would insulate them. The administration tried to warn them ‘don’t get the Russian bear angry.’ The Georgians made a little bit of a mistake and they’re paying a heavy price.”
DENVER (CBS4) ― CBS4 News has learned if mass arrests happen at the Democratic Convention, those taken into custody will be jailed in a warehouse owned by the City of Denver. Investigator Rick Sallinger discovered the location and managed to get inside for a look.
The newly created lockup is on the northeast side of Denver.
Inside are dozens are metal cages. They are made out of chain link fence material and topped by rolls of barbed wire.
“This is a secured environment,” Capt. Frank Gale of the Denver Sheriff’s Department told CBS4. “We’re concerned about how that’s going to be utilized by people who will be potentially disruptive.”
In past conventions, mass arrests have taken place.
With Denver’s jails already overflowing, new space had to be created and officers trained.
Each of the fenced areas is about 5 yards by 5 yards and there is a lock on the door. A sign on the wall reads “Warning! Electric stun devices used in this facility.”
CBS4 showed its video to leaders of groups that plan to demonstrate during the convention.
“Very bare bones and very reminiscent of a political prisoner camp or a concentration camp,” said Zoe Williams of Code Pink.
Williams was one of those arrested at the Republican Convention in New York in 2004.
“That’s how you treat cattle,” said Adam Jung of the group Tent State University. “You showed the sign where it said stun gun in use and you just change the word gun for bolt and it’s a meat processing plant.”
Gale would not discuss the facility at this time.
“We want to make sure we got our game plan set,” he said, “We want to make sure the entire procedure is laid out all the personnel know what they are supposed to do.”
The plans were to keep this lockup a secret, at least for now.
The American Civil Liberties Union says it will ask the City of Denver how prisoners will get access to food and water, bathrooms, telephones, plus medical care, and if there will be a place to meet with attorneys.
The protesters have already given this place a name: “Gitmo on the Platte.”