Today’s Phrase for Latin Lovers

Rem ipsam dic, mitte male loqui.

Translation:
Speak out the whole truth boldly, but use no bad language. -- John Adams, 1775

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Support Conservative Filmmaking. See Occupy Unmasked.

A new movie has hit select theaters, but you can see the movie now—either on DVD or through live streaming to your TV from Amazon or Video on Demand.

The movie: Occupy Unmasked. An expose on the Occupy Wall Street movement and mindset. A short summary of the film from the OccupyUnmasked.com website reads:

While the Liberal establishment and mainstream media portray the Occupy Wall Street movement as organic and nonviolent, Occupy Unmasked reveals the sinister, organized, and highly orchestrated nature of its leaders and their number one goal: Not just to change government, but to destroy it.

Led by hugely influential conservative visionary, the late Andrew Breitbart, Occupy Unmasked delves deep beneath the surface of the Occupy movement to show its dark anarchist roots. Behind the largely na├»ve students and legitimately concerned citizens looking for answers stand those who advocate the use of violence, black bloc operations, and intimidation as protest tactics – the same tactics they used during the anti-war protests of the 1960′s, anti-nuclear weapons protests of the 80′s, WTO protests of the 90′s, and the IMF protests of recent years.

Take a look at the Occupy Unmasked movie trailer:

From the tidbits I’ve seen and all I’ve heard, this is quite an eye-opening look at this chaotic movement, and one that needs to be seen by anyone who supports or holds romantic notions about Occupy Wall Street. (I’ll post my review later once I resolve my technical streaming issues and can finally view the film. I’m very excited to see it.)

Another good reason to support this movie: It’s a production of Citizens United. Yes, that Citizens United. The one that won the US Supreme Court free political speech case that President Barack Obama used to scold SCOTUS court justices at his State of the Union and whose efforts drive liberals into a frothing tizzy.

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Best Rebuttal: Cato's State of the Union Reality Check

Numerous people got a chance to rebut the claims and promises that President Obama included in his “Win the Future” State of the Union speech last night.

Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) exceeded expectations with his well-stated, well-delivered official GOP response.

Rep. Michelle Bachmann (R-MN) was in a lose-lose situation. No matter how well she did, she was going to be mercilessly derided in the media and left-wing blogosphere, and criticized by the right for stealing some of Ryan’s thunder. Despite having a solid speech that was quite complementary to Ryan’s, she delivered her speech to the Tea Party Express website camera instead of the news pool camera that was broadcast on TV, meaning she appeared to be staring just past the camera throughout her message, distracting the viewer from hearing her message.

With virtually no publicity, Sen. Rand Paul (R-TN) issued his own short, soft-spoken rebuttal via YouTube.

John Stossel even hosted a whole libertarian response show, with guests such as Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) and Cato’s David Bose, during which he gave his own State of the Union speech of what he would do if he were President.

Then all the pundits and professional propagandists all chimed in with their points of view. Most of it all was rather ho-hum.

Until…this Cato Institute appeared in my Twitter feed. Unimpressed with most of the post-SOTU analysis, I pressed “play” with low expectations—and was blown away within the first 30 seconds.

Nine experts from the Cato Institute methodically poke holes through the fallacies of Obama’s rhetoric. Take a look:

Simply masterful. Therefore, for this shining example of cool logic and sharp dissection, I award the Cato Institute with this week’s Prudence Prize for Best Rebuttal.