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Walpin-Gate Suit Has New Motion
The Washington Times ^

Posted on 12/17/2009 10:43:31 AM PST by MadisonReagan

Complete with a raft of documents and exhibits, fired AmeriCorps Inspector General Gerald Walpin on Wednesday filed a motion for summary judgment in his lawsuit demanding reinstatement to his job -- his own motion not even waiting for the judge to rule on the Obama administration's motion to dismiss the case without hearing or trial. A close perusal of his motion, affidavits, and exhibits suggests to me, for the first time, that this case has potential to reach the Supreme Court regardless of how the lower court rules.... Thus we get a glimpse of the tangled web of interests and embarrassments of Obama allies on which the firing of Mr. Walpin put a kibosh. In logic if not in law, this raises the specter of obstruction of justice....

(Excerpt) Read more at washingtontimes.com ...


TOPICS: Breaking News; Constitution/Conservatism; Front Page News; Government; News/Current Events
KEYWORDS: americorps; americorpsgate; flotusgate; ig; michelle; walpin; walpingate
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To: Ben Hecks; BP2; STARWISE; Liz

Thanks Ben

Notice the article connecting AmeriCorp with Acorn/AcornHousing was done before the kids exposure videos....It merits another look.

Can the firing of Walpin and the investigation of Acorn somehow be in the same plain?

Anyone got connections to Breitbart to give him a heads-up? Oh how we need investigative reporters!


51 posted on 12/17/2009 7:20:38 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: cookcounty; Ben Hecks

HERE’s more. Now who at CUNY is connected to the Obama?


From:
http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2270651/posts

Audit Slams Largest AmeriCorps Program-IG says up to $75 million should be returned (Walpin)
Youth Today ^ | June 5, 2009

Posted on Friday, June 12, 2009 4:06:48 PM by Shermy

The nation’s largest and most expensive AmeriCorps program - the Teaching Fellows project at the City University of New York - doesn’t meet the essential AmeriCorps criterion of filling an “unmet” need and the federal government should halt the program and recover up to $75 million that has spent on the project over the past six years, a new audit report found.

But the Corporation for National and Community Services (CNCS) disagrees with the findings of its inspector general and says it won’t ask for the money.

In two associated audits released late Thursday, Inspector General Gerald Walpin found that applicants to the Teaching Fellow program often didn’t know it was an AmeriCorps program, that they weren’t swayed to sign up because of the nearly $10,000 in educational funds they could receive, and that it was impossible to determine if the money was going to the fellows or directly into the school’s coffers.

Citing President Barack Obama’s admonition to “scour” federal budgets to determine if “taxpayers are getting their money’s worth,” Walpin, who was appointed by President George W. Bush, said in a strongly worded 17-page letter to the university and CNCS officials said that there was no “cause and effect” from the millions spent on the teaching fellows.

Walpin said in an interview this morning that his recommendation comes under the area of “ensuring that the funds are used properly” and for the best purpose.

In the case of the CUNY program, Walpin found that the AmeriCorps funding duplicated existing programs and that the money was actually helping to deprive some people of jobs, because New York City is under a hiring freeze but is still hiring the teaching fellows.

Usually, the educational grants are awarded to AmeriCorps members who complete 1,700 hours of services - doing things like cleaning out houses ruined by Hurricane Katrina or working in National Forests - so that they can pursue post-secondary education. Those AmeriCorps programs pay a subsistence stipend to participants; the education program pays only the education grants.

In the case of the fellow programs, the money played no role in attracting applicants to the program - which provides full tuition for a master’s degree and a teaching job in a New York City School. And unlike other programs that foster lifetime volunteerism, Walpin’s audit found that almost none of the teaching fellows pursued any volunteer activities. He said they were receiving “$9,450 [each] for doing nothing additional” than what was already spelled out in the fellows program. Participants received the education grants for two years.

CUNY also received funds to administer the programs.


52 posted on 12/17/2009 7:37:12 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama
Can the firing of Walpin and the investigation of Acorn somehow be connected?

That would be something, eh?

53 posted on 12/17/2009 7:38:20 PM PST by Liz
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To: upchuck
You mean this guy?

Ex-Rep. William Jefferson, D-La., makes a statement.

" This is racism---pure and simple. I am totally
innocent. As a compassionate and tolerant Democrat,
I was just helping out a distinguished foreign dignitary."

"See, I got this email from Nigerian Gen Kachinga Cheatchusuckah. He had a problem."

" Now, as soon as Gen Cheatchusuckah transfers Idi Amin's
secret Ugandan gold reserves from a Swiss bank vault to a
refrigerated truck I leased............."

54 posted on 12/17/2009 7:59:53 PM PST by Liz
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To: Liz; wtc911

Liz, from one of the articles....Some of the grants went to non existing people....could the funds have been funneled to ACORN and illegal votes? According to other earlier articles, Obama had a great deal of support from the university....were they ACORN/connected to Americore money?

P, Know anyone in the FBI in NYC?
OTOH Breitbart seems to be getting the most information.


55 posted on 12/17/2009 8:55:27 PM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: JennysCool

Did she have a role? I’ve read some of the stories,most of the early ones certainly. I don’t recall Michelle being involved?


56 posted on 12/18/2009 2:07:59 AM PST by wiggen (Never in the history of our great country have the people had less representation than they do today)
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To: hoosiermama; wtc911; maggief; Grampa Dave; stephenjohnbanker; Landru; GOPJ; ...
Some of AmeriCore's govt grants went to non-existant people....could the funds have been funneled to ACORN..... and used for vote fraud? According to earlier reports, Obama had a great deal of support from the university....were they ACORN/connected to AmeriCore money?

The IRS has designated non-profits as the locus classicus for IRS fraud. Putting phony people on the payroll is classic N/P fraud.

Authorities need to determine whether AmeriCore/ACORN colluded with public officials to get grants for phony projects (to launder govt money for campaign donations).

Classic money-laundering schemes work like this: AmeriCore might solicit grants (or might solicit donors to write checks) for, say, $150,000. AmeriCore would then deposit a percentage for itself, then illegally convert the remainder to another account----perhaps to a phony “consultant” account-----where the money would be fraudulently converted, then redeposited offshore, or in a foreign bank, where AmeriCore/ACORN would have access to the funds out of sight of IRS, SEC, and US banking laws.

AmeriCore may have colluded w/ ACORN and with donors who are officers of publicly-held companies in schemes that may have included misusing corporate reserve accounts, concealing losses, inflating asset values and improperly accounting for transactions, as well as deferring profits into reserve accounts, improperly shifting capital funding to other projects to hide illegal payments to AmeriCore, and whether AmeriCore/ACORN employed money laundering schemes to evade the IRS, SEC, FEC and US banking laws.

In another conversion scheme, AmeriCore might have colluded with ACORN to solicit donors to write checks for $50,000, then deposited the check into a subsidiary bank account perhaps for phony " administration or legal fees.” The bank would then illegally convert the monies and redeposit them into a campaign account (designated by AmeriCore/ACORN) out of sight of the FEC.

Authorities need to determine whether AmeriCore and ACORN violated state and federal RICO statutes by colluding to participate in:
(1) securities fraud,
(2) mail fraud
(3) electronic fraud,
(4) theft
(5) co-opting donors into criminal act
(6) failing to report wrongdoing
(7) breach of fiduciary duty
(8) receiving insider information,
(9) accounting fraud,
(10) creating slush funds,
(11) manipulating inventories,
(12) improperly valuing assets.

ACTION Taxpayers demand AmeriCore/ACORN audits and phone-logs, emails, and electronic transfers. POSSIBLE CRIMES Govt fraud, conspiracy, collusion to conspire, conspiracy to steal; theft of public property and official records, etc etc etc.

==========================================

REPORT TAX FRAUD AND TAX LAW VIOLATIONS HERE:
IRS TOLL-FREE 1-800-829-0433----you may remain anonymous.
EMAIL .......OAAG.Tax@tax.USDOJ.gov

Ask the IRS to determine if taxes were paid (stolen money is taxable).
IRS TOLL-FREE 1-800-829-0433—-you may remain anonymous when reporting tax fraud.

Report fiduciary negligence; signing off on falsified documents here:
EMAIL askDOJ@usdoj.gov
FBI TIP PAGE http://tips.fbi.gov/ (you may remain anonymous)
EMAIL enforcement@SEC.gov

The IRS should determine if all relevant taxes were paid (stolen money is taxable).
IRS TOLL-FREE 1-800-829-0433—-you may remain anonymous when reporting tax fraud.

57 posted on 12/18/2009 3:46:25 AM PST by Liz
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To: Liz
"'See, I got this email from Nigerian Gen Kachinga Cheatchusuckah. He had a problem.'"

BWWWWHAAAAA!!!
Can't tell which I love more, your sarcasm or humor. And when combined. Oy vey. LOL!!

Walpin-Gate?
I dunno, Liz. It's a Democrat and Democrats never do anything wrong.
I'll enter W.J.B.Clintoon et al as evidence.

We shall see.
Come 2010 with two new houses, anything can happen. By then it'll be a prosecutor's buffet; but, until then just a lot of threats, promises and in my case wishes. LOL

58 posted on 12/18/2009 4:30:07 AM PST by Landru (Forget the pebble Grasshopper, just leave.)
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To: Hoodat; Landru

may as well stop folks from trying to use “xerox” - instead of “copy”...
or ‘band-aid’ instead of ‘small adhesive bandage’. Besides, what is “Stupidgate” anyways?


Tampons = Beaver Dams


59 posted on 12/18/2009 4:35:32 AM PST by 1776 Reborn
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To: Liz

As always, great post! Liz, you are my morning coffee read. Thanks!


60 posted on 12/18/2009 4:51:06 AM PST by marstegreg
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To: Liz
Authorities need to determine whether AmeriCore/ACORN colluded with public officials to get grants for phony projects (to launder govt money for campaign donations).

Liz, I'm glad you're staying on top of this story. What we saw of Acorn's corruption was the tip of an iceberg... there's lots more to come.

61 posted on 12/18/2009 5:28:22 AM PST by GOPJ (Journalists as BaghdadBobLite - Global Warming Scientists as ElmerGantry - what's happening?)
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To: GOPJ; Liz

Thanks Liz you filled in the blanks of what I was getting to....How about having New Yorkers contact Andrew Cuomo?

http://www.oag.state.ny.us/
120 Broadway
New York, NY 10271-0332
(212) 416-8000

1. Walpin found a discrepency in where the AmeriCorp money went at CUNY.

2. Various news agencies report a link between Americore, Acorn, and Acorn Housing. (Before the Bartbreight material released)

3. Acorn has a pattern of being connected to voter fraud through out the US.

Plus your information. Boy do I need a cup of coffee!


62 posted on 12/18/2009 5:40:27 AM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: Liz

Yes, that guy. LOL!!!


63 posted on 12/18/2009 5:44:57 AM PST by upchuck (The plan for 2010: Pray; Raise/conserve cash; Pray; Pay your debts; Pray; Stockpile; Buy ammo; Pray)
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To: Liz
ACORN is guilty of everything you list in 1 through 12. But the problem is ... Eric Holder. Him launching a Federal Investigation into ACORN and all its affiliates, would be like Heinrich Himmler looking into prisoner abuse as Auschwitz.

So IMHO, when the GOP takes the House back in 2010 Holder has to be their number one target of Barry's criminal organization, aka: 'Administration'. Have him in front of every committee, sub-committee, and sub-sub-committee -- testifying under oath 24/7/365. Then just catch him in one little 'discrepancy' in his testimony. And if he refuse to appear, no problem, have the House Sergeant of Arms drag him in handcuffed and shackled.

64 posted on 12/18/2009 6:31:09 AM PST by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: Liz; STARWISE; LucyT; Fred Nerks; MeekOneGOP; nutmeg; Brad's Gramma; FARS; PhiKapMom; ...
ACTION Taxpayers demand AmeriCore/ACORN audits and phone-logs, emails, and electronic transfers. POSSIBLE CRIMES Govt fraud, conspiracy, collusion to conspire, conspiracy to steal; theft of public property and official records.

I think Liz nailed the most serious Walpin find. If we ever want to have a legitimate election we need to get this corruption stopped. Please ask freepers on your list to contact IRS, FBI or Cuomo's office and to send this information to others.

Contact information is above in the thread...It wouldn't hurt to contact FOX news, Beck etc etc also.

65 posted on 12/18/2009 6:43:13 AM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: Condor51
Walpins finding were in two areas: NYC and CA. the Attorney Generals of those state have the power to investigate, indict and send to prison individual involved. Yes RICO and federal laws were broken, BUT the states have responsibilities too...and they aren't under BO’s thumb....yet
66 posted on 12/18/2009 6:49:02 AM PST by hoosiermama (ONLY DEAD FISH GO WITH THE FLOW.......I am swimming with Sarahcudah! Sarah has read the tealeaves.)
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To: hoosiermama
I agree, the states could do something too.

But the Federal Laws ACORN knowingly and flagrantly violated numbers in the hundreds, i.e.: Numerous counts of wire fraud alone. Then there's all the IRS violations.

Plus Federal convictions are stricter. The judges have sentencing guidelines they must follow as to a minimum of years. And iirc, a prison term of ten years means ten years. There isn't any 'day off per day of good behavior' as in states where you're out in five years (or 1/2 your sentence).

67 posted on 12/18/2009 7:11:22 AM PST by Condor51 (The difference between stupidity and genius is that genius has its limits)
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To: wiggen

” Michelle being involved?”
Via Michelle Malkin - “The First Lady’s former chief of staff, Jackie Norris, starts her new job as “senior adviser” (translation: Michelle O’s mole) at CNCS.” “Michelle Obama’s installation as the face and voice of the government volunteerism boondoggle only deepens suspicions about the role she and her staff may have played in Walpin’s sacking. So does her past exploitation of the “community service” mantle to reward Chicago politicos.” http://michellemalkin.com/2009/06/20/americrooks-watch-meddling-michelle-obama-to-keynote-volunteerism-conference/


68 posted on 12/18/2009 7:30:20 AM PST by anglian
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To: anglian

ty kindly.


69 posted on 12/18/2009 7:44:30 AM PST by wiggen (Never in the history of our great country have the people had less representation than they do today)
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To: GOPJ; hoosiermama; marstegreg; Condor51; Landru; stephenjohnbanker; STARWISE; LucyT; Fred Nerks; ...
What we saw of Acorn's corruption was the tip of an iceberg... there's lots more to come.

Other crimes could include government fraud, multiple conspiracies, kickbacks, tax evasion (all of it to facilitate money laundering). Conspiracy counts alone might include mail fraud, electronic fraud, and accounting fraud.

L/E might consider:

(a) conspiracy to defraud the IRS, and evade US banking laws,

(b) international money laundering,

(c) conspiracy to commit money laundering, and,

(d) aiding and abetting the preparation of false federal/state income tax returns.

Authorities might examine the books to expose bogus charitable contributions (the IRS says this is the biggest n/p fraud---the MO to launder money). There could be multiple conspiracies and transfers of govt funds as part of a money-laundering conspiracy.

Government audits might show off-the-books bank accounts that were accessed solely by insiders, and that government-funds were used in various illegal schemes that might have integrated:

(1) money laundering,

(2) tax evasion (stolen money is taxable),

(3) violations of US banking and currency laws,

(4) conspiracy to commit wire fraud,

(5) commercial bribery in various financial schemes,

(6) establishing secret offshore bank accounts outside the purview of the IRS and US banking laws,

(7) fraudulent and casual accounting practices,

(8) non-existent financial oversight,

(9) having a hidden financial interest in companies faking business with the company,

(10) putting phantom employees on the payroll (money laundering).

It could be postulated that co-conspirators were helping to launder proceeds from drug cartels and organized crime activities into AmeriCore accounts.

There's a zillion ways to launder money. Drug monies could have been disguised by re-routing monies. Company may have routed the scheme through telephone lines with a maze of complex telecommunications' systems equipped with call-forwarding and voice mail systems, and numerous postal and commercial mail boxes..........and perhaps money-transfer systems that operate in ethnic enclaves and places like NYC's Diamond District.

Investigators may discover numerous falsified official documents.

Drug monies could have been disguised by re-routing through a network of domestic and international bank accounts using counterfeit checks.....opening commercial bank accounts in the name of bogus businesses and wire-transferring and/or depositing gov't checks into those accounts.

Phony checks could have had invalid bank routing numbers, forged endorsements, or been drawn on the proceeds of other counterfeit checks deposited in other bank accounts. Before banks discovered the fraud, the funds might have been transferred out of the accounts……probably offshore----leaving banks unable to recoup their losses.

State and federal tax authorities could have been swindled. In an international scheme with offshore ties, co-conspirators or subsets of them, might have obtained hundreds of taxpayer identification numbers for phantom citizens with worldwide addresses, and used the information to evade US taxes and banking laws.

In a classic fraud, co-conspirators might keep two (or more) sets of books. Methods may have included limited-recourse loans to artificially inflate "asset value," to fraudulently borrow real money based on “assets” that didn’t really exist.

ACTIONABLE OFFENSES MIGHT INCLUDE:
(1) Encouraging the filing of false documents;
(2) Rigging legislation to benefit a special interest.
(3) Forcing taxpayers to underwrite crimes against the state without their knowledge or consent (constitutes the crime of second degree coercion of taxpayers, and should beprosecuted at once);
(4) Not reporting crimes against the state (aiding and abetting).

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We should provide Fox and Beck with this info..........

FOX CONTACT PAGE http://www.foxnews.com/story/0,2933,77538,00.html

GLENN WEB SITE http://www.glennbeck.com/content/program/contact/

EMAIL me@glennbeck.com

70 posted on 12/18/2009 8:45:43 AM PST by Liz
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To: 1776 Reborn
"Tampons = Beaver Dams"

LOL
Make note of the response(s), eh? LOL!!!!
Never make the Evangelicals Top 10, you do know that I hope. :o)

Hey, aren'tchu supposed to be away from the keyboard?

71 posted on 12/18/2009 8:47:50 AM PST by Landru (Forget the pebble Grasshopper, just leave.)
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To: Condor51
Holder has to be the number one target of Barry's criminal organization (when Repubs takover). Have Holder in front of every committee, sub-committee, and sub-sub-committee -- testifying under oath 24/7/365. Then just catch him in one little 'discrepancy' in his testimony. And if he refuses to appear, have the House Sergeant of Arms drag him in handcuffed and shackled.

Mmmmmm...........love that scenario.

72 posted on 12/18/2009 8:53:13 AM PST by Liz
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To: Landru

Yeah, Thought I was going to have to gone the road but plans were changed.

Avitar is 2 1/2 hours long! Better take a stadium cushion
and a 50 lbs bag of popcorn. lol


73 posted on 12/18/2009 9:00:43 AM PST by 1776 Reborn
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To: Landru

Yeah, Thought I was going to have to(go on)the road but plans were changed.

Long week!


74 posted on 12/18/2009 9:08:40 AM PST by 1776 Reborn
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To: Liz; Condor51
"Holder has to be the number one target of Barry's criminal organization (when Repubs takover). Have Holder in front of every committee, sub-committee, and sub-sub-committee -- testifying under oath 24/7/365. Then just catch him in one little 'discrepancy' in his testimony. And if he refuses to appear, have the House Sergeant of Arms drag him in handcuffed and shackled."

AMEN in 2010.
The filthy scoundrel will squeal like a Cupie Doll if only squeezed properly, that's a fact.
Hoping *someone* learned something from Clintingula, his imps & harpies and how to fall a wall.

"Mmmmmm...love that scenario."

Yesssssssssss! ;^)

75 posted on 12/18/2009 9:33:57 AM PST by Landru (Forget the pebble Grasshopper, just leave.)
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To: 1776 Reborn
"Yeah, Thought I was going to have to gone the road but plans were changed."

Lucky you.
I've an ex-pal >{spit} who did road work for years. Difference between that one & you is when you return? It's to the beautiful surrounds of SC & the wonderful climate. ~eh?

"Avitar is 2 1/2 hours long! Better take a stadium cushion and a 50 lbs bag of popcorn."

And you know that, how?

Thing is a 2.5 hour film when compared to say LOTRs is short. As for a cushion? I'll sit in my 130# bride's lap. She'll look like a wheat stalk penny after a while. LOL
And even a popcorn lover like moi couldn't eat 50#s of the stuff if I had 6 months to do it. LOL

BTW.
We're not seeing that film 'til I've read what others, here, have to say about it. Even then it'll depend entirely on who's giving the review.
Just a FYI. :^)

76 posted on 12/18/2009 9:43:17 AM PST by Landru (Forget the pebble Grasshopper, just leave.)
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To: Landru
“We're not seeing that film ‘til I've read what others, here, have to say about it. Even then it'll depend entirely on who's giving the review.”

I thought you and your better half were going to see it this afternoon? I don't think I could sit on my butt in front of my adoring fans for 2.5 hours. lol

77 posted on 12/18/2009 9:51:07 AM PST by 1776 Reborn
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To: 1776 Reborn
"I thought you and your better half were going to see it this afternoon?"

No-no, you misunderstood what I said, or, I wasn't clear [enough].
Was going to a matinee, and surely not on opening day when even the matinees are likely to be crowded also with gawd knows who.
I'm rarely the first to do --or buy-- anything first, not until I've had time to peruse feedback. Been screwed enough times not being the first has become SOP.

"I don't think I could sit on my butt in front of my adoring fans for 2.5 hours."

Yea, it'd be a helluva lot easier if I could take a few Churchills & a bottle of fine cognac with. LOL

78 posted on 12/18/2009 10:16:18 AM PST by Landru (Forget the pebble Grasshopper, just leave.)
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To: Landru
It looks like the movie is being well received, at least from the technical level. My wife wants to see the newClooney movie, “Up in the Air” which is only 110 min and has been reviewed pretty high.(Not that seeing Clooney in anything is plus for me, but at least he isn't Hugh Grant.) The new Sherlock movie might be worthwhile too but she hasn't pushed to see that one yet.
79 posted on 12/18/2009 10:33:49 AM PST by 1776 Reborn
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To: 1776 Reborn
"It looks like the movie is being well received, at least from the technical level."

Yea, received by the shills.
I'll wait to hear what others, like myself, have to say.

"My wife wants to see the newClooney movie, “Up in the Air” which is only 110 min and has been reviewed pretty high.(Not that seeing Clooney in anything is plus for me, but at least he isn't Hugh Grant.)"

Hugh or no Hugh, Looney's out for us. Period. That means anything Loony ever.
That is how this home rewards Hollyweird's flakes.

"The new Sherlock movie might be worthwhile too but she hasn't pushed to see that one yet."

Big fans of Arthur Conan Doyle; however, we spoke of this film after seeing the trailers. My bride & I both agreed the Basil Rathbone - Nigel Bruce films would be awfully hard to top.

Moreover knowing Hollyweird, as we do?
We were unanimous guessing the Hollyweird flakes will butcher the characters Holmes, Watson, Mrs Hudson etc to a point where those who remember the novels and classic B&W films will be left wondering WTF we just viewed & feeling pick pocketed. Just as we have for 9 of every 10 motion pictures we've seen over the past umpteen years. It's a 'fool me once', thing.

Besides that a new Sherlock Holmes, even if excellent, is just as easily viewed on our home entertainment system as opposed to a visual extravaganza such as what Avatar's being promoted.

80 posted on 12/18/2009 1:20:24 PM PST by Landru (Forget the pebble Grasshopper, just leave.)
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To: Landru
I wonder if there are plans for Avitar to be shown in Imax theaters? I would think that would be an awesome experience if they would.

The Sherlock Holmes movie could be pretty good with Robert Downey, Jr., but as you said, there is no need to catch it at a theater unless the wife says otherwise. lol

81 posted on 12/19/2009 2:26:29 AM PST by 1776 Reborn
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