Five Examples of Hollywood’s Love Affair With Polygraph

Hollywood has a love affair with the polygraph.  Unfortunately, that love affair isn’t based on the reliability and performance of the century-old technology, erroneously referred to as a “lie detector.”  Instead, it’s based upon the misguided notion that it actually works.  Below are five examples of Hollywood’s use of the polygraph:

1.  In “The Beard,” a 1995 episode of “Seinfeld,” Jerry is subjected to a polygraph exam during which the examiner tries to determine whether or not he has watched the television show, “Melrose Place.”

2.  In the 2004 movie, “Meet the Parents,” Robert DeNiro plays the role of a father who subjects his son-in-law (Ben Stiller) to a polygraph exam to determine whether he’s a good “fit” for his daughter.

3.  In “The Springfield Files,” episode 8 of the tenth season of “The Simpsons” animated television show, Homer Simpson is subjected to a polygraph exam that ends badly.

4.  In the 2008 movie, “The Day the Earth Stood Still,” Keanu Reeves plays the role of an alien who, after being captured by humans, is subjected to a polygraph exam that also ends badly.

5.  One of the most-accurate observations about the polygraph’s shortcomings appears after the 1:28 mark in a discussion of the 2012 documentary, “The Imposter.”  Private investigator Charlie Parker says Frederic Bourdin, the Frenchman who is the subject of the film, “passed the polygraph, and we knew he was lying.”  An all-too-common occurrence.

If you’ve ever been curious about the credibility assessment arena in which polygraph loyalists operate, order a copy of my latest nonfiction book, THE CLAPPER MEMO.  The end product of an exhaustive four-year investigation, it reveals the existence of a “turf war” that’s been raging for more than 40 years between polygraph loyalists and all challengers to their “bread and butter” technology.  You’ll be shocked by what I reveal.

Available in paperback and ebook versions, THE CLAPPER MEMO has been endorsed by several high-profile Americans who understand the implications of my findings. Order your copy today!

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct '11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May '13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August (Oct ’11) and THE CLAPPER MEMO (May ’13). To learn more about either book or to place an order, click on the graphic above.

Yes, I Turned Down My First Offer From a Hollywood Filmmaker

Yes, you read that headline correctly!  This morning, I turned down a request from a major Hollywood filmmaker who wanted to use something I wrote in “Frontera,” a major motion picture in which five actors — Ed Harris, Michael Peña, Eva Longoria, Amy Madigan and Shea Whigham — will play lead roles.

Copyright © 2012 Bob McCarty, L.L.C. All rights reserved.

The request came from Frontera Productions via Ashley Kravitz at Cleared By Ashley, a company that, among other things, helps filmmakers obtain permission from owners of intellectual property to use that property in motion pictures.

Frontera Productions wanted permission to use my poster, “Top 5 Signs Your Neighbors Might Be Terrorists,” as set dressing in “Frontera,” a film about a sheriff in the U.S. who tries to track down an illegal alien involved with a robbery that killed his wife.  According to the film’s page at IMDb.com, it’s set for release in 2014.

Sadly, I had to turn down this, my first offer from Hollywood via Albuquerque.  Why?  Because, after I reviewed the proposed release agreement, I found that it included no compensation for the use of the poster that made its first public appearance in a post Aug. 14, 2007.  As a result, I simply had to decline the offer.

I did, however, leave the door open for the filmmaker to make an amended offer.  I’ll let you know if anything comes of it.

Bob McCarty is the author of Three Days In August: A U.S. Army Special Forces Soldier’s Fight For Military Justice, a nonfiction book that’s available in paperback and ebook via most online booksellers, including Amazon.com. His second book, The CLAPPER MEMO, is set for release this fall.

Robert Redford Recognized for Eco-Hypocrisy

Sundance Film Festival founder Robert Redford stands accused of eco-hypocrisy for opposing an eco-village near his property while quietly selling $2 million lots in the Sundance Preserve for luxury vacation homes.

Filmmakers Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer revealed evidence of Redford’s eco-hypocrisy in their new video, Robert Redford Hypocrite (below), as the film festival ends in Park City, Utah.

In an e-mail this morning, McElhinney and McAleer shared more details about the controversy:

Redford is one of the main opponents of a plan by the Pacific Union College to build an eco-village in Angwin California. The college says it needs the funds because of a dire financial situation.

The village is close to Redford’s vineyard in the Napa Valley. However whilst publicly opposing this development “to preserve the rural heritage” Redford has been quietly selling development lots in the Sundance Preserve for $2 million. These lots are intended for vacation homes close to Redford’s Sundance Ski Resort.

The double standard is revealed in a short film, Robert Redford Hypocrite, which has just been released.

Film director Ann McElhinney said the film is not criticising Redford for selling his property.

“It is great that in a recession Mr Redford can find so many buyers. I am delighted that those houses will be built, creating jobs and vitality in a remote area but it is shocking that Mr Redford would deny others similar opportunities to make a profit and create jobs.”

The film’s co-director Phelim McAleer said the film was highlighting the double standards of so many celebrities and environmentalists.

“This is just another example of environmental elites telling the rest of us how and where we must live and what we are not allowed to do, but thinking that those rules don’t apply to themselves. Robert Redford has shown himself to be a hypocrite – plain and simple,” said McAleer.

The film – released on YouTube – also shows how Redford has campaigned against “dirty fuels” and wants to end the use of oil whilst promoting flying by doing lucrative voice overs for a series of United Airlines commercials.

“Again Robert Redford has shown he has an appalling double standard. The rest of us must stop flying because of the environment but these restrictions don’t apply to him. He is somehow different,” said McElhinney.

Robert Redford Hypocrite was produced and directed by Ann McElhinney and Phelim McAleer. They previously produced Not Evil Just Wrong, a documentary which took a sceptical look at Global Warming hysteria.

The duo also recently produced James Cameron Hypocrite which looks at the double standards of Avatar director James Cameron.

Gotta love these producers for working so hard to expose this GLOBULL WARMING hypocrisy.

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Eric Balderas ‘Posterboy’ for Immigration Reform

Paul R. Hollrah

By Paul R. Hollrah, Guest Blogger

Just imagine for a moment that you are Barack Obama… I know it’s distasteful, but do it anyway… and assume that your number one goal, politically, is to make it possible for your party to win U.S. elections in perpetuity, with little or no chance of a strong challenge from Republicans.  What would you do?

Putting that task in the hands of party hoodlums such as James Carville, Rahm Emanuel, and the leaders of the AFL-CIO, ACORN, and the SEIU could get you into a lot of trouble.  In fact, you might even picture yourself standing in the dock next to former governor Rod Blagojevich.  But if you were looking for a solution to the problem that you could pass right under the noses of the American people and it would pass the smell test, what would you do?

If you were Obama you might say, “We want to tie up the Hispanic vote, just like we’ve bought and paid for blacks, blue collar workers, gays and lesbians, and government workers, so find me a young Hispanic who is: a) clean-cut and attractive, b) a bit on the pitiful side… no ‘macho’ amigos, c) in the country illegally, and d) taking full advantage of the American Dream.  Then, when you find just the right person, I want you to initiate deportation proceedings.”

The Obama Administration has found just the right man… the new “poster boy” for immigration reform. His name is Eric Balderas, a 19-year-old Mexican citizen who has been in this country, illegally, since he was four years old and is now studying molecular and cellular biology at Harvard University.  According to the Huffington Post, Balderas was detained by immigration authorities on Monday, June 7, as he attempted to board a plane from San Antonio to Boston after visiting with his mother.

What alerted immigration authorities was the ID Balderas attempted to use as identification: an  American consulate card obtained in Mexico and his Harvard student ID.  As he explained, he had previously used his Mexican passport to board planes in the U.S., but recently lost it.  He said, “I made it through before so I thought this time wouldn’t be any different.”

According to the Huffington Post, Balderas does not remember living in Mexico.  He said, “All I can think about was my family.”

Then, as if on cue, Obama’s radical left friends began to circle the wagons around Balderas.  Christine Heenan, Vice President of Public Affairs and Communications at Harvard, said, “Eric Balderas has already demonstrated the discipline and the work ethic required for rigorous university work, and has, like so many of our undergraduates, expressed an interest in making a difference in the world.”

One wonders, if such people are so interested in “making a difference” in the world, why do they insist on bringing that passion to the United States where we’re all pretty comfortable and where we’re not looking for foreigners to make a lot of “difference” in our lives?  Why don’t they stay at home and try to make a “difference” in the hell-holes where they were born?

Maybe they come because they heard some idiot say, “My friends, we live in the greatest nation in the history of the world.  I hope you’ll join me as I try to change it.”  After hearing that bit of insanity they just couldn’t resist coming to see what it was all about.

Of course, making a “difference” can be a dangerous thing.  For example, look what happened when Obama’s grandfather decided to send his son to America to “make a difference.”  Well, he made a difference; he made Obama and now look at the mess we’re in.

The Huffington Post tells us that Balderas’s case has “sparked a buzz on social media sites and among student immigrant activists who see the Balderas situation as the ideal test case to push the proposed DREAM Act – a federal bill that would allow illegal immigrants a pathway to citizenship via college enrollment or military service.  (Emphasis added)

“Mario Rodas, who was an undocumented student in Chelsea, a small city near Boston, until Sen. John Kerry and the late Sen. Edward Kennedy came to his aid, launched a Facebook page Friday highlighting the Balderas case.  ‘He’s an excellent student and an example of someone this country needs,’ said Rodas.”

Balderas has it all:

a) He doesn’t remember living in Mexico;

b) He was brought to the U.S. to escape a domestic violence situation;

c) He can only think of his family;

d) He has demonstrated discipline and the work ethic;

e) He is an excellent student;

f) Like Obama, he is attending Harvard on someone else’s dollar;

g) He has expressed an interest in making a difference in the world;

h) His case has sparked a buzz among liberal activists,

i) His case is an “ideal test case”; and, last but not least,

k) The country needs him.

Not surprisingly, Balderas confesses to having been active in student immigration groups in the Boston area that have staged sit-ins and protests aimed at getting Sen. Scott Brown (R-MA) to support the DREAM Act.

It’s such a neat package.  Obama could not have found a more perfect “poster boy” for his radical immigration reform agenda if he had placed a call to Central Casting in Hollywood.  He knows that, if the deportation of a young man like Eric Balderas doesn’t melt away opposition to broad amnesty for illegal aliens, creating millions of new Democrat voters for the future, then nothing will.

Who said Obama is not transparent?

Order Fries, Get Ketchup, Ban Landmines

Shown in photos above and below, a ketchup packet designed by the advertising agency Publicis Mojo for the New Zealand Campaign Against Landmines is clever, though I doubt it will end the use of landmines.

What’s next? I fully expect the concept to be adopted soon by promoters of Hollywood slasher, horror movies of the “Friday the 13th” genre.  There, I believe, it will be more effective than a McDonald’s Happy Meal®.  [Hat tip: The Daily What via HolyKaw]

Breitbart Confirms Why ‘I Don’t Listen to Hollywood’

In the “Uncommon Knowledge” video above, The Hoover Institution’s Peter Robinson interviews Andrew Breitbart about a wide range of topics related to the intertwining of the entertainment industry and politics.  If you have 30 minutes to spare, I strongly recommend you watch the entire program and then share it with folks you know.

For me, Breitbart’s insightful observations serve as confirmation that I’m right when I stand behind the declaration, “I DON’T LISTEN TO HOLLYWOOD!

Business Links Female Inmates with Outsiders

From the “unbelievably-strange news” file comes news about a 10-year-old business, ConjugalHarmony.com, that connects female prison inmates with men from the outside.

The antithesis of eHarmony.com, this business bills itself as “the oldest, most trusted name in conjugal dating” and banks on the slogan, “The nagging stops when the bars slam shut!”

The company’s web site — to which I won’t offer an active link — contains enough sad and comical material to keep Hollywood sitcom scriptwriters supplied for at least 10 seasons.  My only hope is that they don’t find out about this business or its web site.