web analytics
a

Facebook

Twitter

Copyright 2015 Libero Themes.
All Rights Reserved.

8:30 - 6:00

Our Office Hours Mon. - Fri.

703-406-7616

Call For Free 15/M Consultation

Facebook

Twitter

Search
Menu
Westlake Legal Group > Entertainment

Topgolf competitor Spot Golf LLC could be coming to NoVA

Westlake Legal Group driving-rangle-spot-golf-llc-topgolf-feature Topgolf competitor Spot Golf LLC could be coming to NoVA topgolf Things to Do spot golf parks & rec News golfing golfers Golf Entertainment
© gunnerl / Adobestock.com

With the 2015 opening of Loudoun County’s Topgolf location, and the closing of the Alexandria location last year, one might wonder, is there really space for another entertainment-plus-golf company in NoVA? 

Vint Hill-based Spot Golf LLC, a partner and affiliate of Oncore Golf (which is currently building a Topgolf-like location in Buffalo, New York) wants to add itself to the local lineup.

The company is actively seeking a location in Northern Virginia and is in talks with Billy Casper Golf in Reston, the managing company of 1757 Golf Club in Dulles, according to a recent report by Washington Business Journal

Back in 2015, Spot Golf LLC announced its global license for FlightScope, a technology that tracks a user’s ball and club activity while at the driving range, which would translate into interactive games, social media capabilities and more.  In the same press release, the company was said to be “working with industry leading partners to reinvent the golf range experience,” which would appeal to golfers and non-golfers alike. 

It also claims to offer a similar style of entertainment as its aforementioned competitor, but counters that with smaller game boards, the eventual location would need less space overall. 

Five years after the license announcement was made, proposed locations have yet to be reported. Alas, Northern Virginians will have to wait to see if there’s a new location to tee-off for fun in the future. 

Want to stay up to date with local news? Subscribe to our weekly newsletters to have our articles sent straight to your inbox.

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

The New Bond Villain is Gonna Do Some Damage, but Great News: He’s Eco-Friendly

Westlake Legal Group hollywood-573444_1280-620x413 The New Bond Villain is Gonna Do Some Damage, but Great News: He’s Eco-Friendly Uncategorized rami malek protest Movies James Bond Hollywood Green New Deal Government Front Page Stories environmentalism environment Entertainment democrats daniel craig Allow Media Exception

 

 

Are you ready for the next James Bond movie? I am.

And the new villain is gonna be, reportedly, that most dastardly thing of all: eco-friendly.

The Sun reports:

As the plot is shrouded in secrecy, it is not clear what the villain is plotting to do or how 007 confronts him.

But:

[Bond’s] unnamed nemesis – nicknamed Greenfinger by insiders – has a lair powered by an algae farm and with a Zen garden.

Perhaps he’ll do eco things like suspend himself from a bridge just before a national debate, and cost the city millions of dollars.

Aw, dang it:

For now, mum’s the word. Except the eco thing:

Director Cary Joji Fukunaga is so keen to keep the plot under wraps he has reportedly filmed three endings. But an eco-friendly villain would be a Bond first. One theory is that algae blooms can produce deadly toxins.

One source told The Sun Bond’s Enemy #1 will be played by Rami Malek, who won an Oscar for Bohemian Rhapsody. And he’s into slime:

[A] source said: “The baddie’s lair apparently has a giant algae farm.

“Something like that would look very sinister and green so will look great on the screen.”

“Quite how it will impact Bond only the scriptwriters can know but fans will be keen to find out.”

As reported by The Daily Wire, Rami explained to The Mirror he was excited to be in the film, but he demanded his Middle Eastern character not be an Islamic terrorist:

“It’s a great character and I’m very excited,” Malek told The Mirror earlier this year. “But that was one thing that I discussed with [director] Cary Fukunaga. I said, ‘We cannot identify him with any act of terrorism reflecting an ideology or a religion. That’s not ­something I would entertain, so if that is why I am your choice then you can count me out’. But that was clearly not his vision. So he’s a very different kind of terrorist.”

Maybe he can be the kind of environmental terrorist who shuts down 20+ intersections or petrifies children to the point of them pledging not to reproduce.

Rami said he’s Egyptian, and he wants only positive representations of his people:

“I am Egyptian. I grew up listening to Egyptian music. I loved Omar Sharif,” Malek said. “These are my people. I feel so gorgeously tied to the culture and the human beings that exist there.”

Unfortunately — and, perhaps, yet unbeknownst to the actor — the fact that he’s the villain will mean he’s a mass murderer.

And murdering people for reasons other than religion doesn’t make it any better.

Westlake Legal Group 1f641 The New Bond Villain is Gonna Do Some Damage, but Great News: He’s Eco-Friendly Uncategorized rami malek protest Movies James Bond Hollywood Green New Deal Government Front Page Stories environmentalism environment Entertainment democrats daniel craig Allow Media Exception

Still, I’m really looking forward to Casino RoyAl Gore.

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: here, here, here, and here.

See 3 more pieces from me:

At The Emmys, Cancel Culture Gets Called Out – From Perhaps An Unlikely Place

Candace Owens Eviscerates White Dems Lecturing Her On White Supremacy – ‘I’ve Been Black In America My Whole Life’

NBA Legend Charles Barkley Slams Democrats For Only Talking To Black People ‘Every Four Years’

Find all my RedState work here.

And please follow Alex Parker on Twitter and Facebook.

Thank you for reading! Please sound off in the Comments section below. 

The post The New Bond Villain is Gonna Do Some Damage, but Great News: He’s Eco-Friendly appeared first on RedState.

Westlake Legal Group hollywood-573444_1280-300x200 The New Bond Villain is Gonna Do Some Damage, but Great News: He’s Eco-Friendly Uncategorized rami malek protest Movies James Bond Hollywood Green New Deal Government Front Page Stories environmentalism environment Entertainment democrats daniel craig Allow Media Exception   Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

NBC Releases All Former Employees from Their Non-Disclosure Agreements so They Can Bring Charges of Sexual Misconduct

Westlake Legal Group nbc-investigation-SCREENSHOT-620x332 NBC Releases All Former Employees from Their Non-Disclosure Agreements so They Can Bring Charges of Sexual Misconduct Uncategorized Television sexual harassment Sexual Assault Ronan Farrow Rachel Maddow nbc Media Matt Lauer Hollywood harvey weinstein Front Page Stories Entertainment catch and kill Allow Media Exception #timesup #metoo

[Screenshot from TheDC Shorts, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yW3_mWl0-K8]

 

On Friday, NBC made a big announcement.

Following the recent release of Catch and Kill — Ronan Farrow’s book accusing the Peacock of squashing stories and trying to cover up claims against Matt Lauer — NBCUniversal has said they’ll release all alleged victims of sexual shenanigans from their non-disclosure agreements.

As per a statement read by Rachel Maddow on MSNBC, all former employees will be released upon request.

Here’s the statement, in part:

Any former NBC News employee who believes that they cannot disclose their experience with sexual harassment as a result of a confidentiality or non-disparagement provision in their separation agreement should contact NBCUniversal and we will release them from that perceived obligation.


Rachel also clarified, oddly, that there was nothing in the NDA to start with that would legally prevent any whistleblowing where sexual misconduct is concerned.

Ronan’s charged the network of killing the Harvey Weinstein story (which he later took to The New Yorker) — please see here.

However, NBC says there was already a twelve-page report done on their handling of the Weinstein situation, and there will be no further review:

Over a year ago, NBC News released a twelve-page, transparent accounting of the Weinstein reporting. … Once again, we stand by it.

But some in the media are calling Hogwash: Several notable women — including Megyn Kelly, Linda Vester, Addie Zinone, Greta Van Susteren, Eleanor McManus and Gretchen Carlson — have signed a letter touting further investigation:

Certain network executives have enabled a corporate culture of widespread sexual harassment and abuse, and are still trying to cover it up today. [NBC parent company Comcast] must prove to its shareholders that it will pursue the truth on behalf of NBC staffers. If necessary, it should remove executives who have abused or silenced women.

NBC’s 2017 internal probe after Matt Lauer was fired found no “contrary evidence” that he’d done anything wrong prior to November 27th — 48 hours before he was fired.

As pointed out by The Daily Caller, reporter Sil Lai Abrams, who charges that NBC muted her rape allegation, took to Twitter Friday to give a tenth of a High Five to the network, with the remaining ninety percent still pending:

-ALEX

 

Relevant RedState links in this article: here.

See 3 more pieces from me:

Source Claims Casey Anthony Wants To Have More Children – She ‘Feels Like Her Biological Clock Is Ticking’

Coocoo Coup: Elizabeth Warren Growls Impeachment – Of Kavanaugh, Too. But Craziness Won’t Make Her President

Portland Bans Urinals To Respect ‘Shared Values,’ Charges Taxpayers $200M. Plus: A Mind-Bending History Of Gender Rules

Find all my RedState work here.

And please follow Alex Parker on Twitter and Facebook.

Thank you for reading! Please sound off in the Comments section below. 

The post NBC Releases All Former Employees from Their Non-Disclosure Agreements so They Can Bring Charges of Sexual Misconduct appeared first on RedState.

Westlake Legal Group nbc-investigation-SCREENSHOT-300x161 NBC Releases All Former Employees from Their Non-Disclosure Agreements so They Can Bring Charges of Sexual Misconduct Uncategorized Television sexual harassment Sexual Assault Ronan Farrow Rachel Maddow nbc Media Matt Lauer Hollywood harvey weinstein Front Page Stories Entertainment catch and kill Allow Media Exception #timesup #metoo   Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

The RedState Box Office Report – Few Treats as a Trick is Played on Disney

Westlake Legal Group BO-3 The RedState Box Office Report – Few Treats as a Trick is Played on Disney Popular Culture Movies Joker Hollywood Front Page Stories Front Page Featured Story Featured Post Entertainment Disney box office report Allow Media Exception

Promotional posters courtesy STX Pictures, A24 releasing, 101 Studios

A wide mixture of chills to select from this holiday frame.

This has been an October where expectations are tough to be met, and this weekend was more of the same. An expected hit for a major studio has not hit, and people are still trying to grasp the significance of a major hit title.

There are some horror titles offered up, as well as some new dramatic offerings for the holiday, but little in the form of event pictures. So the mixed bag delivered mixed results. A slate of new arrivals is seen but these are mostly smaller features with no chance of unsettling the top of the chart this week. So here is the holdover-intensive list for the Halloween weekend.

1. JOKER – $18.9 Million
Another strong performance as it drops only -35%. After a month in release it has yet to have a weekend where it fell over -50%. We discussed the making of the film this week on The Culture Shift podcast, where we discussed how Warner Brothers actually tried to dissuade director Todd Phillips from making this, as it was considering listening to the bickering from actor Jared Leto who played the character in “Suicide Squad”. Imagine the fortunes the studio had missed out on had they listened to an actor’s ego. This weekend’s result takes the film over the $275 million level, but bigger than that — it is now globally the most successful R-rated film of all time. Ryan Reynolds, star of the previous record holders, was congratulatory.

 

2. MALEFICENT: MISTRESS OF EVIL – $18.53m
Less than $400,000 separated the top 22 titles, but this is the newer release, with the heft of Disney behind it and is based on a significantly successful property. This one is seriously underperforming for the House of Mouse. After two weekends it has yet to match the opening for the original, which basically doubled the returns by this same stage.

3. THE ADDAMS FAMILY – $11.7m
Not doing blockbuster numbers but this is managing to attract enough interest to its front door to be considered a qualified hit. The international figures are just slightly better so United Artists has to be happy with this gloomy animated comedy.

4. ZOMBIELAND 2: DOUBLE TAP – $11.6m
Coming off a respectable opening this is a bit of bad drop for week-2. This plunges -68% after a decent opening, a sign that word of mouth recommendations is not carrying things enough. As of now it is pacing in line with the original film, but is expected to start lagging in the next couple of weeks.

5. COUNTDOWN – $9.0m
The small studio STX makes a bid for some quick pocketing of profits with this low budget attempt at a Halloween cash-grab. A nurse downloads a phone app that predicts when you will die. She is told she has 3 days, and learns the accuracy of the app is unique. Made for less than $15 million this return was slightly better than expected and means there is a likelihood of profit, after all of the secondary and tertiary marketss (home video, cable rights, etc.)

6. BLACK AND BLUE – $8.32m
The highest debut of the week is this police procedural set in New Orleans surrounding corrupt cops on the street, from Sony/Screen Gems. Made relatively cheap and given scant promotion means there is a minimal risk for the production. There is enough audience support (80% favorability) that in the coming weeks it should leg out to enough to justify the budget.

7. GEMINI MAN – $3.9m
It has been a disappointment stateside (just over $40 million at this point) but the hoped-for foreign money has not arrived either. While a Chinese co-production the film has not landed the audience in that country, and other foreign markets are also a letdown. It is projected that the film could end up losing $75 million to be absorbed by the numerous studios involved.

8. THE LIGHTHOUSE – $3.08m
Expanding into over 550 screens this critically praised drama-horror offering is set in the 1880s with Willem DeFoe and Robert Pattison. Shot in black-and-white it chronicles the unraveling of two souls on a remote island off the coast of New England. Call it arthouse horror.

9. THE CURRENT WAR – $2.73m
This is a drama centered on the competition between Thomas Edison and George Westinghouse to control the electrical grid for society. Originally it was orphaned in the collapse of The Weinstein Company. This was the last film that Harvey Weinstein was working on when his scandal erupted in 2017, and he attempted to rush it into theaters to salvage his name, hoping it would be an Oscar contender. Eventually it fell into the hands of an investment firm, but through some contractual wrangling, the rights fell back to the director. Newly formed 101 Studios is releasing, but with little promotion behind it.

10. DOWNTON ABBEY – $1.95m
It will be interesting to see if Focus Features works to keep this in release long enough to reach the $100 million plateau. It stands at just over $92 million at this stage.

The post The RedState Box Office Report – Few Treats as a Trick is Played on Disney appeared first on RedState.

Westlake Legal Group BO-3-300x147 The RedState Box Office Report – Few Treats as a Trick is Played on Disney Popular Culture Movies Joker Hollywood Front Page Stories Front Page Featured Story Featured Post Entertainment Disney box office report Allow Media Exception   Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Al Franken comeback: “Return to national scene” at Politicon

Westlake Legal Group 1fda72d1-6f06-4e6c-9052-df19f80a076b Al Franken comeback: “Return to national scene” at Politicon The Blog Politics Politicon nashville Entertainment Al Franken

Disgraced former U.S. Senator Al Franken is trying to make a public comeback. What better way to test the waters than as a featured speaker at a political gathering in Nashville?

The fifth annual Politicon brought together political junkies from all stripes for what is nicknamed “Comic-Con of politics.” Simon Sidi, a former rock concert producer, organizes the event as he would a festival – a mix of political celebrities, public figures, and media personalities for panel discussions, interviews, and speeches. The two-day event is a mix of politics and entertainment. Franken was a headliner Saturday night.

The event works to further obfuscate the already ambiguous line between politics and entertainment and to embrace the full-on spectacle of politics. Sidi encourages fans to come see their “heroes” and “villains” duke it out on stage.

“It’s exactly like a festival,” he told Fortune. “I don’t come from a political world, I come from live entertainment and have been a political nerd for years. What we’re doing is pleasing ourselves, there’s no agenda we don’t expect people to sing ‘Kumbaya’ at the end. It seemed pretty obvious, and yet no one was doing it.”

“We’re not the Aspen Ideas Festival,” said Sidi. “We’re here for people who want to enjoy politics, which can sometimes be a bit of a pill.”

Franken, who resigned from office after accusations of inappropriate touching and sexual misbehavior surfaced from several women, used the opportunity as a part of his “redemption tour”.

“The president is an entertainer who won by exploiting the divisions in our country and spent his presidency dividing us more day after day. Anxious Americans on both sides have turned to the news and become more invested in one side or the other,” Franken said. “This weekend, political junkies will get to see and listen to some of their favorite and least favorite politicos, looking for drama, laughs, and maybe, maybe, some spectacle.”

Franken told those in attendance that he’s out of office but he still plans to speak his mind or something.

“I know a lot of you might be wondering what I’ve been up to,” Franken said at the event, which some nickname the “Comic-Con of politics.” “Well, when I left the Senate, I said that I was giving up my seat, but I wasn’t going to give up my voice … and I’ve spent a lot of time thinking about how to do that and how to best make a difference.”

“An Evening with Al Franken” allowed Franken to showcase his routine that was part stand-up comedy, impersonations of former Senate colleagues like Bernie Sanders and Chuck Grassley, a walk down memory lane, and the inevitable political hot takes of current events. As you would expect, he tore into President Trump.

“I’d like to turn now to the essential task before us, which assuming he’s in the White House a year from now, is defeating the sick, cruel, corrupt psychopath,” Franken said. “Now that’s just my opinion.”

“The thing about Donald Trump is in addition to being a compulsive liar, a serial conman, a white supremacist and just kind of a jerk, this guy … does not know what he is doing,” he added.

There is nothing new or fresh in any of that, is there? He checked all the usual boxes in criticism of the president – mentally unstable, liar, conman, white supremacist – it’s all there. I don’t know about you but I prefer comedians who are able to deliver some original material, not warmed-over talking points from every Democrat in office.

Franken didn’t exactly receive a lot of attention from attendees, if this photo on Twitter is any indication. There are a whole lot of empty seats in the Music City Center auditorium.

One person stood up and yelled at Franken before leaving the room.

There was one tense moment during the speech.

After Franken explained “that’s why I’m a Democrat,” one attendee yelled out “You’re also a liar, a fraud and a sexual predator.”Franken seemed unfazed. “Ah don’t go,” he joked as the man left the room. He paused and added, “I’m sorry it’s a serious accusation and i take it seriously,” before returning to his scripted remarks.

Franken’s appearance was featured prominently in advertising of the event.

The organizer was pleased to get Franken as a speaker.

The “Saturday Night Live” alum was part of a robust line-up of divisive speakers who headlined Politicon, including Sean Hannity, James Comey and Tomi Lahren.

The event, now in its fifth year, drew thousands of people ― Republicans, Democrats and everyone in between ― from across the country to its new location in Nashville. Politicon, previously held in Los Angeles, has become a forum for media pundits, current and former lawmakers and celebrities to discuss and debate politics in front of crowds of political junkies.

When asked why Franken was tapped as a keynote for the fifth annual event, co-organizer Simon Sidi said he’s wanted to book Franken as a panelist for years.

“I’ve always wanted to get Al here anyway just because you know he’s so great and people love him so much,” Sidi told HuffPost. “We’re happy to have him, very happy.”

From the empty chairs to the heckler interrupting his speech by pointing out that he is much of what he accuses President Trump of being, it looks like Al Franken has a lot of work to do. His road to a comeback may be longer than he thinks.

The post Al Franken comeback: “Return to national scene” at Politicon appeared first on Hot Air.

Westlake Legal Group 1fda72d1-6f06-4e6c-9052-df19f80a076b-300x153 Al Franken comeback: “Return to national scene” at Politicon The Blog Politics Politicon nashville Entertainment Al Franken   Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Thanks Outrage Brigades: “Joker” Achieved Top-Grossing R-Rated Movie of All Time

Westlake Legal Group 47c69db8-37bc-47b0-9c35-b7143966ca86-620x317 Thanks Outrage Brigades: “Joker” Achieved Top-Grossing R-Rated Movie of All Time Social Justice SJWs Popular Culture Movies mob Media Joker Hollywood hard left Front Page Stories Entertainment critics

Promotional screen shot from ‘Joker’, courtesy Warmer Brothers Pictures

I think there’s something about the social justice warrior internet outrage brigades that just causes people to want to see what it is that has the hard-left so upset.

Hilariously, it used to have the opposite effect. Long ago, upsetting the SJWs would result in apology tours from artists and creators. Theaters may have even refused to show the movie. Nowadays, learning that you’ve disturbed the online wasp nest is the same as hitting triple sevens on the slot machine.

The latest outing from Todd Phillips and Joaquin Pheonix, the disturbing and dark movie “Joker,” has now achieved the throne for top-grossing R-rated movie of all time, and it was the number one target of pseudo-moral busybodies, SJWs, and leftist critics the world over.

The Hollywood Reporter has the details:

The Warner Bros. film has become the top-grossing R-rated film of all time, not adjusted for inflation, with a global box office haul of $788.1 million. It is expected to cross $800 million Friday or Saturday.

In other words, it’s well deserved.

Let me be clear. The movie is excellent. As I wrote in my review, this is a masterpiece of a movie that I think will be studied in film schools for years. How Phillips managed to pull off the kind of storytelling he did with the dark, gritty, depressing, and oppressing elements he used and keep it this watchable is something that amazed me.

(READ: Review: “Joker” Is A Superb Movie That I Never Want To See Again)

The film deserves this honor, and if the outrage from the left helped generate these sales totals, then all the better.

You’ll recall that the worry was that the story of Arther Fleck, a mentally disturbed man with a deep-seated wish for violence and a penchant for delusion, would cause incels to take up arms themselves and begin killing people left and right. They believed that in an era where we have Trump as the leader of the free world, this kind of movie would inspire violence.

They even began posting police and security guards outside theaters to make sure nothing bad happened.

They attacked it from every angle to the point where Phillips vocally spoke out against the PC police that were attacking his film relentlessly.

(READ: “Joker” Director Todd Phillips Smacks Social Justice Warriors And Their PC Culture)

And nothing bad did happen. Despite all the media pearl-clutching and doomsaying, no blood was ever spilled over the movie. The media didn’t get what it had been prophesying.

I’d even venture to say it didn’t get what it was hoping for. Nothing would have pleased the media more than spilled blood to report about, and the chance to say that it’s been right about this all along. Look at how they react whenever there is a shooting. The amount of finger-wagging and preaching they do before the bodies have even cooled shows just how eager they are.

Thankfully, the wishful thinking of the media never occurred.  “Joker” went on to great success and zero bloodshed.

This film is worth celebrating, not condemning. It deserves the success it’s achieved.

The post Thanks Outrage Brigades: “Joker” Achieved Top-Grossing R-Rated Movie of All Time appeared first on RedState.

Westlake Legal Group 47c69db8-37bc-47b0-9c35-b7143966ca86-300x153 Thanks Outrage Brigades: “Joker” Achieved Top-Grossing R-Rated Movie of All Time Social Justice SJWs Popular Culture Movies mob Media Joker Hollywood hard left Front Page Stories Entertainment critics   Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Meghan McCain Attacks Matt Gaetz and House Republicans for Storming the Impeachment Hearing: ‘Get the Hell Out of Congress’

Westlake Legal Group meghan-mccain-matt-gaets-discussion-SCREENSHOT-620x331 Meghan McCain Attacks Matt Gaetz and House Republicans for Storming the Impeachment Hearing: ‘Get the Hell Out of Congress’ Uncategorized The View sensitive compartmented information facility Politics Meghan McCain Matt Gaetz laura cooper impeachment Front Page Stories Featured Story Entertainment donald trump Allow Media Exception abby huntsman

[Screenshot from The View, https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=eKfSUQ8eCWg]

 

On Thursday’s The View, Meghan McCain shot down Republican Florida Rep. Matt Gaetz, for what she deemed “political stunts.”

The panel was discussing Matt and other House Republicans storming Wednesday’s closed-door impeachment hearing with Laura Cooper of the DOD.

Abby Huntsman thought it was pitiful:

“I don’t belong in this time in history on television in politics because everything has become a spectacle. Everything is, ‘How can I make this about myself?’ I do wonder if that would have happened yesterday, if cable news didn’t exist, if the President wasn’t watching them. … Everything is political, but at the end of the day, if you are one of their constituents, doesn’t this frustrate you? There’s no substance here.”

Meghan also pointed to the Dems’ 2016 goofy gun control sit-in, explaining, “I hate political stunts across the board in general. We elect people in order to serve in Congress.”

As for the storming of the Sensitive Compartmented Information Facility, were they right to do so?



Here’s how Matt defended the move to Tucker Carlson, as covered Thursday by RedState’s cool Elizabeth Vaughn:

“We had the audacity to want to know what in the world was going on behind closed doors where Democrats have engaged in a strategy of secret interviews, selective leaks, theatrical weird performances of transcripts that never happened and then lies about whistleblowers. It’s reasonable to suggest that we would want more transparency on behalf of the people that we represent.”

“[T]here are no rules, Tucker. If we had rules, Nancy Pelosi would have put this to a vote and established rules like what happened for President Clinton, like what happened for President Nixon. The Democrats want to preserve the most operational flexibility, so if they’re going to have a world with no rules, we gotta stop thinking that we can use the Marquis of Queensbury rules of engagement when we’re fighting against an angry pack of rabid hyenas. And that’s what we’re facing. And I think the President is right. As Republicans, we need to be tougher in exposing this for the kangaroo court that it is.”

Matt’s for it, Tucker seems to think it’s okay, and Elizabeth likes it.

Meghan? Not so much.

Here’s where she let Gaetz have it:

“We elect you to get your freaking job done, one way or the other. And when you are sitting on a sit-in for 26 hours or doing what Republicans did yesterday — Matt Gaetz, when did you become a TV star or want to be a TV star? You want to do that? Get the hell out of Congress! Get a TV job.”



Meghan, of course, would be none too shook up if Trump were impeached.

She had this to say about the Commander-in-Chief back in March:

“He spends his weekend obsessing over wonderful, great men because he knows it, and I know it, and all of you know it: He will never be a great man.”

“My father was his kryptonite in life and his kryptonite in death.”

“And I just thought, ‘Your life is spent on weekends not with your family, not with your friends, but obsessing, obsessing, over great men you could never live up to.’ That tells you everything you needed to know about his pathetic life.”

Yeah. I don’t think she’d storm a paper bag to find out what’s going on.

What were your thoughts of the spectacle? Was that people taking care of business, or politicians in poor form? Or a little bit of both? Let us all know in the Comments section.

-ALEX

 

See 3 more pieces from me:

Fed Up With Officials’ Failure To Address The Homeless Crisis, Some LA Businesses Are Taking Matters Into Their Own Hands

The American Psychological Association Creates A Task Force To Promote Polyamorous Relationships

Kanye West Professes His ‘Radical Obedience’ To Jesus Christ

Find all my RedState work here.

And please follow Alex Parker on Twitter and Facebook.

Thank you for reading! Please sound off in the Comments section below. 

The post Meghan McCain Attacks Matt Gaetz and House Republicans for Storming the Impeachment Hearing: ‘Get the Hell Out of Congress’ appeared first on RedState.

Westlake Legal Group meghan-mccain-matt-gaets-discussion-SCREENSHOT-300x160 Meghan McCain Attacks Matt Gaetz and House Republicans for Storming the Impeachment Hearing: ‘Get the Hell Out of Congress’ Uncategorized The View sensitive compartmented information facility Politics Meghan McCain Matt Gaetz laura cooper impeachment Front Page Stories Featured Story Entertainment donald trump Allow Media Exception abby huntsman   Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

LeBron Catches the Outrage of Fans After Yelling and Walking Away During the National Anthem

Westlake Legal Group lebron-yelling-national-anthem-SCREENSHOT-copy-620x350 LeBron Catches the Outrage of Fans After Yelling and Walking Away During the National Anthem Uncategorized Texas Sports Patriotism los angeles lebron james lakers Houston Rockets Hong Kong Front Page Stories Free Speech Featured Story Entertainment Daryl Morey Culture China California Allow Media Exception

[Screenshot from NBA on ESPN, https://twitter.com/ESPNNBA/status/1186834190869942274?]

 

On Tuesday night, ESPN tweeted a video of LeBron James yelling during “The Star-Spangled Banner.”

Subsequently, some fans aren’t happy.

It was the season opener for the Lakers, and before the anthem was finished, the sports star walked away, shouting, “Let’s go!”

ESPN took it to be the shout of a man fired up to win; do you?

The timing wasn’t particularly good, given the power forward’s recent controversial comments about China and free speech — he called Houston Rockets General Manager Daryl Morey’s tweeted defense of Hong Kong freedom protests uneducated, in addition to pointing out the “negative” potential of free speech:


Thus:

In response to his pumped-up walkaway, some outraged onlookers suggested he would’ve been more respectful of the Chinese national anthem.

And there was this:

And, might I say, it’s tremendous.

Moving on…

The tweets of the unenthused:

Westlake Legal Group tweet-lebron-yelling-national-anthem-SCREENSHOT-620x899 LeBron Catches the Outrage of Fans After Yelling and Walking Away During the National Anthem Uncategorized Texas Sports Patriotism los angeles lebron james lakers Houston Rockets Hong Kong Front Page Stories Free Speech Featured Story Entertainment Daryl Morey Culture China California Allow Media Exception

[Screenshot from Twitter, https://twitter.com/MaxMiller80/status/1186976698933399554?]

In reaction to Daryl’s remarks, China cut all business ties with the Rockets.

Then there was this, as reported by the Washington Examiner:

The NBA apologized to China before backlash forced NBA commissioner Adam Silver to say they stood by Morey and freedom of speech.

China has said the differences on the issue of free speech might have no “reconciliation.”

The NBA has responded to pressure from China by kicking fans out of basketball games who showed support for the Hong Kong protests and has also banned media from accessing players in China.

China has shut down the airing of the NBA preseason in its country and has threatened future business with the NBA if the league continues to speak against the Communist Party.

Good grief.

LeBron didn’t want anything else to do with the China issue:

“Let me clear up the confusion. I do not believe there was any consideration for the consequences and ramifications of the (Morey) tweet. I’m not discussing the substance. Others can talk About that.”

Well, now they’re talking about something else.

But it’s still him.

Westlake Legal Group 1f641 LeBron Catches the Outrage of Fans After Yelling and Walking Away During the National Anthem Uncategorized Texas Sports Patriotism los angeles lebron james lakers Houston Rockets Hong Kong Front Page Stories Free Speech Featured Story Entertainment Daryl Morey Culture China California Allow Media Exception

Do you take LeBron’s shout over the anthem as disrespect? Or was he just too ready to rumble? Let us all know in the Comments section.

-ALEX

 

See 3 more pieces from me:

A New Study Reveals What Americans Really Think About Transgender Athletes In Women’s Sports

Former ESPN Host Jemele Hill: Black Athletes Should Leave Mainstream Schools And Stop Making ‘White Folks Rich’

New Video Shows Male Track Runners Absolutely Blow Away A Woman At The World Athletic Championships

Find all my RedState work here.

And please follow Alex Parker on Twitter and Facebook.

Thank you for reading! Please sound off in the Comments section below. 

The post LeBron Catches the Outrage of Fans After Yelling and Walking Away During the National Anthem appeared first on RedState.

Westlake Legal Group lebron-yelling-national-anthem-SCREENSHOT-copy-300x170 LeBron Catches the Outrage of Fans After Yelling and Walking Away During the National Anthem Uncategorized Texas Sports Patriotism los angeles lebron james lakers Houston Rockets Hong Kong Front Page Stories Free Speech Featured Story Entertainment Daryl Morey Culture China California Allow Media Exception   Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Shocktober celebrates its 10th anniversary with Camp Carlheim

Westlake Legal Group Shocktober-mansion1 Shocktober celebrates its 10th anniversary with Camp Carlheim Things to Do Features Things to Do Shocktober seasonal event scary october haunted house halloween Events Entertainment Culture arc of loudoun
Photo courtesy of The Arc of Loudoun

Down a long and winding road in Leesburg, you’ll find a large, brick mansion that looks as if nobody has ever step foot in it. Despite the initial eerie design, a lot of good comes from the site, as well as the campus that surrounds it, as it is home to The Arc of Loudoun, a nonprofit organization dedicated to providing services and support to those affected by disabilities. 

For more fun events in NoVA, subscribe to our Things to Do newsletter.

Yet each year during the month of October, the on-site staff staff takes advantage of the mansion’s look and turns it into a horrifying, thrill-ensuing haunted house, attracting thousands of individuals on an annual basis, even leading Travel + Leisure to name Shocktober the fifth most terrifying haunted house in the country in 2018.

This year’s theme plays on real history of the Paxton Campus by turning the entire property into Camp Carlheim with a brand-new design featuring black-out windows, abandoned bunk beds and a “basement of souls,” to name a few elements.  

Westlake Legal Group creepy-basement-clown-shocktober Shocktober celebrates its 10th anniversary with Camp Carlheim Things to Do Features Things to Do Shocktober seasonal event scary october haunted house halloween Events Entertainment Culture arc of loudoun
Photo courtesy of The Arc of Loudoun

In addition to the spooky design of the mansion, hundreds of volunteers move throughout the house in an effort to dramatize the scene. For those who don’t love the element of surprise, this year’s event features a 10-minute escape room attraction located in a private corridor of the manor, giving you and five other friends the chance to use your wit to break free.  

Outside the mansion, local businesses like Tarara Winery, The National and Old Ox Brewery will be on-site providing bites and treats to those who don’t dare step inside. For younger guests, there will be other attractions, including a zombie brain game and the chance to step inside a coffin, as well as a fire pit for families to enjoy.

One of the key elements of Shocktober is that it enables students and children within the programs to interact with the community, specifically local high school students, and, according to CFO Lisa Kimmel, “There’s nothing better that The Arc can do than that.”

Proceeds from the annual event primarily benefit the newest of the five programs on campus: the Aurora Behavior Clinic, which provides individualized therapeutic options for children with autism and other related disabilities. Since 2010, Shocktober alone has generated $2.5 million or about 25% of overall funding for The Arc of Loudoun.   

In addition to day-to-day fundraising, The Arc of Loudoun hosts three main events each year—Shocktober, My Bloody Valentine and Paranormal Investigations—all generating hundreds of thousands of dollars to the nonprofit. In 2018, the combined events brought in 17,614 visitors, as well as $625,000 in proceeds. 

For tickets to this one-of-a-kind, Halloween-inspired event, click here. // The Arc of Loudoun Paxton Campus: 601 Catoctin Circle NE, Leesburg; $34-$75 

Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com 

Not So Fast, Jussie: Judge Rules Civil Case Against Smollett Can Proceed

Westlake Legal Group Jussie Not So Fast, Jussie: Judge Rules Civil Case Against Smollett Can Proceed Popular Culture police Jussie Smollett Hollywood Front Page Stories Front Page Fake Hate Crimes Entertainment Culture crime Chicago Allow Media Exception

 

Remember Jussie Smollett?  It’s only been 9 short months since everyone was in an uproar over the hate crime (allegedly) perpetrated against him on a cold Chicago sidewalk in the wee hours of the morning.  As the story regarding the incident quickly morphed into questions regarding what actually happened in the reported attack (READ: here and here), the focus of the investigation shifted to Smollett himself.

As detailed last month by RedState’s Brad Slager, the City of Chicago has been seeking reimbursement from Smollett for the roughly $130,000 expended in police overtime and attendant costs incurred while investigating Smollett’s claims. Smollett’s team moved to dismiss that lawsuit, filed in April.

Yesterday, a federal judge denied Smollett’s Motion to Dismiss, paving the way for the suit to proceed. Per CNN,

Tuesday, US District Judge Virginia Kendall denied Smollett’s request to dismiss the lawsuit, allowing the case to proceed to the discovery phase.
William J. Quinlan, an attorney representing Smollett, said Tuesday the court’s decision was not surprising and that his client expects to be “vindicated” once he shares his side of the story.
Mr. Quinlan understandably is being a staunch advocate for his client. I, on the other hand, remain highly skeptical that Jussie will be “vindicated” (not sure why that’s in sneer quotes in the CNN piece – do you suppose they have their doubts, too?) any time in the near future.

Follow me on Twitter @SmoosieQ

Find my RedState archive here.

 

 

The post Not So Fast, Jussie: Judge Rules Civil Case Against Smollett Can Proceed appeared first on RedState.

Westlake Legal Group 65502399-8012-4cc6-ad5d-0facb03ad64d-300x154 Not So Fast, Jussie: Judge Rules Civil Case Against Smollett Can Proceed Popular Culture police Jussie Smollett Hollywood Front Page Stories Front Page Fake Hate Crimes Entertainment Culture crime Chicago Allow Media Exception   Real Estate, and Personal Injury Lawyers. Contact us at: https://westlakelegal.com