Corey Feldman and the Open Secret Hollywood Doesn’t Want to Talk About

People of my generation remember Corey Feldman as the smart aleck teen in tons of 80s movies. He represented a side that many of us wished we could cultivate – the bold kid who flaunted authority in the most charming of ways, with a wink and a wisecrack.

These days, Feldman is – like so many of us – in the midst of middle age, but he’s thumbing his nose at his elders in a completely different way. The 46-year-old has become a crusader shining light on the rampant pedophilia in Hollywood, a problem he knows about from firsthand experience.

Feldman is raising money to make a film telling the story of the abuse he underwent as a child actor:

The description of the video tells a little more about what Feldman is seeking to accomplish:

His idea was created in response to the tens of thousands of comments he receives urging him to come forward with details about his abusers while growing up as a child in the industry. The plan is simple, donate now, get the answers you seek, while affording him the ability to protect his family, and cover the legal costs while he prepares to take a stand against the sick and twisted power mongers in the world of Entertainment and beyond.

For years, he has faced calls to name names, but he has stated on Twitter that he doesn’t want to just point fingers without a way to protect his family and his reputation.

Feldman is not alone. Although he was merely molested (and that was certainly bad enough), he claims that his friend, the late actor Corey Haim, was raped by a Hollywood figure on a set in the 80s. Feldman believes that Haim’s struggles with drug abuse directly stemmed from that incident.

During his Nightline interview, Feldman said that, “There’s one person to blame in the death of Corey Haim. And that person happens to be a Hollywood mogul. And that person needs to be exposed, but, unfortunately, I can’t be the one to do it,” explaining that he believed Haim’s subsequent struggle with addiction could be traced back to his childhood abuse.

Other actors validate claims like those that Feldman has made. Actor Elijah Wood told The Sunday Times that, although he was protected from abuse, he knew that multiple cases of it went on around him.

“There are a lot of vipers in this industry, people who only have their own interests in mind.”

“There is a darkness in the underbelly – if you can imagine it, it’s probably happened.”

The documentary An Open Secret tells even more horrid tales. Why haven’t more abusers been exposed? Why haven’t Hollywood’s pedophiles paid the price for violating these children? Well, there’s a lot of protection. Here’s an example: when Feldman appeared on The View in 2013 to tell his story, host Barbara Walters shut him down, telling him, “You’re damaging an entire industry.”

The heartbreaking tales Feldman tells, along with the ones in An Open Secret, will hopefully go a long way in getting justice for this heinous epidemic in Hollywood. Good for Feldman for being willing to bring the truth to light. Here’s hoping it will result in putting an end to pedophilia in the entertainment industry.

Harvey Weinstein Claims He Can Still Make Movies Wherever He Wants

A showdown is brewing this Tuesday in New York City. Embattled creeper film producer Harvey Weinstein is bringing his lawyer to a meeting with the company that bears his name, The Weinstein Co.

TMZ is reporting that the meeting looks to get tense and ugly as the company seeks to entangle itself from Weinstein, who has been hit with damaging sexual harrassment allegations. The rumor is that TWC’s board is seeking to fire Weinstein as the first order of business next week.

TMZ also reports that Weinstein actually thinks the damage the allegations have done to his career are only temporary:

Our Weinstein sources say he knows he’s “momentarily toxic” but thinks with a little time, writers and actors will seek him out again because of his track record. He believes — and probably rightly so — that TWC exists because of him. He believes he can go back and produce movies, or he can just as easily do it somewhere else.

As one source put it, “Harvey’s like Judge Judy. She can do her show for CBS, but if she wanted to go to NBC she can do it because it’s all about her.”

It’s astounding that Harvey Weinstein thinks his name will only be mud in the short term. We’re not talking about one, two, or a handful of complaints against him; this whole situation is unrolling like an onion, with so many layers and more complexity at every turn.

Harvey Weinstein looks to be preserved in the history books as one of the entertainment industry’s most notorious lechers. I just don’t see how anybody would want to attach Weinstein’s name to a project now, in the near future, or even in the distant future.

Then again, I could be giving Hollywood too much credit.

RNC Posts Pitch-Perfect Parody of DNC Meeting Agenda

One of the assertions that the Left makes about the Right on a regular basis is that conservatives don’t have a sense of humor. The line is that the Right can’t laugh at anything, and the assumption is that liberals have a monopoly on comedy.

Of course, we know that this isn’t really the case. The latest example: the Republican National Committee has released a parody agenda of the Democratic National Committee’s upcoming Fall Meeting.

https://twitter.com/JoePerticone/status/920365770714042368/

The two page (or image) press relase is pointedly funny and perceptively makes fun of the personalities and issues that drive the Democrats’ agenda.

Here are some of the highlights:

Where Is Michigan? A geographical presentation of what exists between New York and Los Angeles

Ok, but really…’What Happened’? A continuing conversation about who to blame for Hillary Clinton’s loss

Weinstein Shopping Spree How to spend the $300,000 in money we won’t return from Harvey Weinstein

Moral Victories Jon Ossoff (GA-06), Rob Quist (MT-AL), Archie Parnell (SC-5), Jim Thompson (KS-4) discuss why they actually won their special elections

Every item on the fake agenda is a hit, and it proves the ridiculous priorities and preoccupations of the Left. It’s nice to see the RNC having a good time with the DNC’s people and issues.

Woohoo! Hillary Reiterates That She Won’t Run Again

If you ever wondered whether Hillary Clinton’s repeated promises that she won’t run again are just bunk (seriously, who has wondered that?), she told BBC Radio 4 in an interview on Tuesday that she is not going to run for president a third time.

She maintained that she will continue to monitor and criticize Trump, saying she believes her voice will “be magnified because I am not running.”

Before you go off celebrating too much, try to imagine that nasal monotone magnified. I get shivers down my spine.

The funny twist to this latest declaration that Hillary is done with seeking the White House is that apparently President Trump has been baiting her to run again.

“Oh, I hope Hillary runs,” he said during a news conference in the White House Rose Garden Monday afternoon. “Is she going to run? I hope. Hillary, please run again.”

He had tweeted a similar sentiment earlier in the day. “I was recently asked if Crooked Hillary Clinton is going to run in 2020? My answer was, ‘I hope so!'” he wrote Monday morning.

Looks like Trump wants to kick around his favorite opponent one more time. Who could blame him? After all, he did well enough against such a terrible candidate last time that one more round seems like a piece of cake.

What about the rest of us? If you’re anything like me, you can breathe a sigh of relief that we don’t have to see her in public that often anymore. #ImWithHer retiring for good.

Rick Scott Declares a State of Emergency in Florida over Upcoming Richard Spencer Speech

Florida’s governor Rick Scott has declared a state of emergency in his state over an upcoming event involving the University of Florida, and no, it’s not because the Georgia Bulldogs will march into Jacksonville on October 28 and trounce the Gators. Scott has made the declaration ahead of a speech by alt-right guru Richard Spencer.

It’s easy to see why Scott wold be skittish about having someone like Spencer come to Gainesville. After all, the white nationalist cretin Spencer organized the event in Charlottesville, VA in August that not only ended in loss of life but created political ripples that have been difficult for both sides of the aisle to get over.

Declaring the state of emergency for the speech gives Scott the flexibility to mobilize police and National Guard troops as he sees fit in order to keep the peace and protect students and other citizens.

In a seven-page executive order, Scott declared: “I find that the threat of a potential emergency is imminent.” He activated the same emergency powers he employed as Hurricane Irma took aim at the state last month.

The governor’s executive order, Number 17-264, gives state agencies the power to suspend rules and regulations, including for purchasing, travel and personnel actions. Scott also activated his authority as governor to spend surplus money as he deems necessary.

Sadie Darnell, the sheriff of Alachua County, agrees with Scott.

Sheriff Darnell said the order mainly makes resources available much faster than normal. She praised Scott for his cooperation. She said Scott’s order includes power to impose curfews but that she did not anticipate that would be necessary.

“As long as people are peacefully assembling, they‘re not going to have any problems anywhere in Alachua County,” Darnell said.

The order also allows the University of Florida to more easily seek reimbursement for security costs, which will no doubt run high – the school has already spent half a million dollars.

For his part, Spencer has naturally referred to the declaration as “major overkill” and “a pretext to stifle free speech.” Those are exactly the kind of statements we would expect from the alt-right.

It’s a shame that we have to fork over this kind of money to protect people from the hideous actions of Spencer’s followers as well as the reactions of those on the opposite side that could end in violence. But good for Governor Scott for taking proactive measures to protect his state.

The Art of the Iran Deal? Trump May Pass the Buck on Iran’s Nuclear Ambitions

One of the signature foreign policy achievements of the Obama administration – and certainly one of the most controversial things he did – was the 2015 Iran nuclear deal. One of the stipulations of that deal is that the president must certify it every 90 days as a show of confidence that Iran is holding up its end of the bargain. President Trump has done so twice already, but he has indicated that he may not certify the deal a third time.

The lifting of sanctions is dependent on Iran restricting its nuclear programme. It must restrict its uranium stockpile, build no more heavy-water reactors for 15 years, and allow inspectors in to the country.

Mr Trump has repeatedly said Iran has broken the “spirit” of the deal.

Trump has until October 15 to decide what to do. If the president chooses not to certify the deal himself, the matter goes before Congress, who has 60 days to decide whether it believes that Iran is acting in good faith. Some are saying that Congress will leave the deal in place, but if Congress chooses not to re-certify the deal, the United State will impose strict sanctions on Iran.

So, what’s behind the change of heart? Why has Trump suddenly decided he won’t stay the course? The president has long been a critic of the deal, so there’s little surprise that he would reject it at some point.

He elaborated recently to the press:

Speaking in the White House’s Cabinet Room, President Trump said: “The Iranian regime supports terrorism and exports violence and chaos across the Middle East.

“That is why we must put an end to Iran’s continued aggression and nuclear ambitions. You will be hearing about Iran very shortly.”

The BBC is suggesting that the president could be seeking to have his cake and eat it too by passing the buck to Congress. That seems to make sense. By punting on the deal, Trump can wash his hands of a piece of policy that he has criticized repeatedly while passing the responsibility for rocking the boat – or not – to Congress.

Is this a shrewd move by a skilled deal-maker, or is this the cowardly act of a politician who doesn’t want to be responsible for making waves? Either way, and regardless of the outcome, Donald Trump can’t avoid looking like the guy who is letting other people deal with the problems he should be solving.

Not All Heroes Wear Capes: Iraq Veteran Helps Police Track Down Las Vegas Shooter

As we process the horrific shootings in Las Vegas on Monday, stories of unique and inspiring heroism continue to emerge. Take the example of Chris Bethel, an Iraq War veteran who played a key role in locating killer Stephen Paddock on Sunday night.

Bethel was in Vegas for an IT conference, and his room at Mandalay Bay was two floors below Paddock’s. The minute shots rang out, Bethel knew something was terribly wrong, and he phoned police.

“I could just hear the gun shots. Continuously. Just full automatic. There’s explosions going off. It was like, a bomb just went off man. And then there were more gun shots,” Bethel said, according to KTVT-TV.

There was no bomb, other than the explosive device police used to blast through the shooter’s hotel room door, but there were gunshots — hundreds of them. Hundreds of feet below, Bethel said he just saw “everybody running.”

“I kept looking at the windows to see if I could see any kind of muzzle flash to see if I could see where the shooter was. I crouched by my front door. In hopes that I might get the opportunity to see the shooter if he ran by and I could identify him,” Bethel said.

Ten minutes after Bethel made his call to police, he received a call from authorities letting him know that they had located the shooter. In typical fashion for a humble hero, Bethel wished he could have done more to stop the sensless, tragic violence.

“I feel like I couldn’t get a hold of somebody quick enough to let them know. And it felt like it took them too long to get over there, to take him out, to get him. It’s actually eating me up inside,” Bethel told KTVT.

Hats off to you, Chris Bethel. “Thank you” doesn’t seem like a sufficient enough sentiment.

Vegas Concertgoers Tell of Warnings: “You’re All Going to Die!”

Some attendees at the Jason Aldean concert in Las Vegas where Stephen Paddock gunned down concertgoers, killing at least 58 and wounding more than 500, reported receiving dire warnings on their way into the show.

A woman, identified as short and Hispanic, told people at the venue that they were going to die. One witness, who was at the venue for her 21st birthday, recounted what she saw:

“She had been messing with a lady in front of her and telling her she was going to die, that we were all going to die,” the witness told local news about the woman, who had pushed her way to the front of the venue.

“They escorted her out to make her stop messing around with all the other people, but none of us knew it was going to be serious.”

Authorities escorted the woman out of the venue.

There’s no known motive for the shooting. Keep praying for everyone involved.