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 naïve 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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Not the Ending We Expected

At CPAC, the trailer to the upcoming movie Hating Breitbart was previewed, and it looked awesome. Condolences to the filmmakers who must write an ending now that they never could have anticipated, and certainly never wanted.

I look forward to seeing it as a tribute to Andrew Breitbart’s life and impact on America and continued inspiration to carry on under his banner.

Here’s the trailer. (Warning: Explicit Language)

 

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Prudence Prize for Best Book: Righteous Indignation by Andrew Breitbart

I meant to do this award long ago, back when I first read Andrew Breitbart’s book Righteous Indignation last year. But something else seemed to have higher priority at the time. Then new stories popped up, new headlines stole the show, and slowly time buried the best intentions under it all, just like a once-urgent memo sinks to the bottom of the heap on a cluttered desk. Out of sight, out of mind.

Except for Andrew. He was rarely out of sight. And that was reassuring. I knew there was plenty of time to give him an award. I’d research it a little more to make it a bigger and better post to make up for its lack of timeliness. So I ordered his book Hollywood, Interrupted: Insanity Chic in Babylon–The Case Against Celebrity to get a bigger picture of his transformation into a conservative standard bearer.

This morning, upon hearing the awful news of his untimely death, I went to look for that book—and found it at the very bottom of a tall stack of books I’ve been meaning to get to as well. How sad, for me.

It’s sad, because it runs contrary to the exhortations in Breitbart’s book, whose subtitle is “Excuse Me While I Save the World!” That should be the motto for all of us. (Or at least “save the town” or “save my neighborhood,” if we can’t match his energy, drive and ability.) My subtitle has been “Excuse Me While I Put This Off to the Side Until I Have More Time.” And my to-do list and to-read stack grew in proportion.

Breitbart didn’t seem like much of a procrastinator, didn’t squander opportunities by putting things off. While the book chronicles his meandering route to embracing and promoting conservativism, it also serves as the operations manual and tactical guide for what is now being called his Army of Breitbarts.

Breitbart got it. To bring down corrupt big government, we have to bring down and expose the big media that protects and promotes it. In Righteous Indignation, he summarizes the key points of Saul Alinsky’s Rules for Radicals and Sun-Tzu’s The Art of War. Then in his chapter “Pragmatic Primer,” he lays out what I’ll call Andrew Breitbart’s Rules for the Righteous. Among the 13 lessons for combating the Democrat-Media Complex are essential instructions for all conservative bloggers:

  • Don’t be afraid to go into enemy territory.
  • Expose the left for who they are—in their own words.
  • Don’t let the Complex use its PC lexicon to characterize you and shape the narrative.
  • Control your own story—don’t let the Complex do it.
  • The truth isn’t mean. It’s the truth.

Breitbart lived these rules every day…and proved they can work. Though he is now gone and can no longer lead the troops, he left behind the map to victory and page after page of rally cries in his book.

For this, I give Andrew Breitbart the long-overdue Prudence Prize for Best Book.

Thank you for all you did, for truly making a difference on a national scale, not once, not twice, but over and over. You have left footprints of a giant behind that seem impossible to fill. At this dark hour, it seems incomprehensible that we can succeed without you. But with your inspiration and the words you left behind, we can pick up your banner and forge ahead—even if it takes 100 of us united to fill just one of your shoes.

Rest in peace. Deepest sympathies to your wife and children, friends, family and all your associates at the Big sites.

 

Update: Thanks for the link, Memeorandum.