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James Cameron: You Can Thank George W. Bush for ‘Avatar’

Odd as it sounds, the most successful film of all time—Avatar—was inspired by George W. Bush (at least in part).

So says James Cameron, whose 3D sci-fi epic crossed the $2 billion worldwide mark in late January, besting the previous record holder, his own Titanic, which topped out at $1.8 billion.

Interviewed on Movie Geeks United, the powerhouse director discusses the theme of imperialism in Avatar.

CAPTION: "It's going to carry on I think for some time," James (above) tells us of industrial development destroying world cultures, "at least until we're all one homogenous society wearing blue jeans and eating McDonald's."

"It's going to carry on for some time," James (above) tells us of industrial development destroying world cultures, "at least until we're all one homogenous society wearing blue jeans and eating McDonald's."

“I was writing the film in early ’05—I had written the treatment way back earlier—and the story didn’t change much from the treatment. But I think some of the influences were the fact that we were at the peak of the fighting in the Iraq War,” he tells hosts Jamey DuVall and Jerry Dennis.

“I was reacting to the fact that I was infuriated by us going into Iraq in the first place. There was plenty of literature and information around that there was no WMD before we went in, and the whole thing was a big pack of lies—which ultimately Continue reading

Programming Highlights; March 16, 2010

Tune in to some great content from today on BlogTalkRadio.
*Please note that all show times are listed in EST time.
Today’s Programming Highlights:

karl-rove-for-christieAt 11 AM Karl Rove, former Deputy Chief of Staff and Senior Advisor to President George W. Bush, joins African American Conservatives to discuss his new book, Courage and Consequence.



interior-lady-for-christieAt 6 PM Celebrated interior designer Sandra Espinet joins World Footprints to talk about the cultural influences to her work which has been featured on the HGTV show Celebrity Holiday Homes.



cloud-dude-for-christieAt 8 PM Celebrity medium and author John Holland talks about his books Power of the Soul, Psychic Navigator, Born Knowing, and his latest release, The Spirit Whisperer with Spiritman Joseph.



jackie-collins-for-christieAt 9 PM Dr. Blogstein welcomes bestselling author Jackie Collins to talk about her latest book, plus actress Anya Monzikova of Iron Man 2 and rapper Christiaan Van Vuuren.



big-head-dude-for-christieAlso at 9 PM The Career Catalyst welcomes Dr. Mark Goulston, bestselling author of Get Out of Your Own Way, to talk about how to get through to anyone and how to overcome self-defeating behavior.



coach-for-christieAlso at 9 PM Bottom Line welcomes former National Championship Coach Nolan Richardson, formerly of the University of Arkansas, to talk about his college coaching experience, what to look for in a winner, and who his favorite is to cut down the nets in Indy.



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Free at Last! Bush Grants Jailed Border Patrol Agents Ignacio Ramos and Jose Compean Clemency

Looks like Santa Claus came to Monica Ramos after all – if three weeks late.

Just hours ago – in his last act of clemency before leaving office tomorrow – George W. Bush commuted the sentences of Monica’s husband, Ignacio Ramos, and Jose Compean, the former Border Patrol agents jailed last January for the nonfatal shooting of a now-convicted Mexican drug smuggler.

That means Ignacio and Jose, who are currently at the Federal Correction Institution in Phoenix, Ariz., and who have been serving sentences of more that a decade each, get to leave the big house on March 20 – albeit under supervised release.

Together again soon! Monica with Ignacio in January 2007.

Together again soon! Monica with Ignacio in January 2007.

Still, Monica can rest a bit easier now, knowing that her hubby is just eight weeks away from return- ing to their El Paso, Tex., abode.

And tonight at 9pm ET on No Compromises Radio, her dad, Joe Loya, will drop in to discuss the family’s reaction to the heartening news.

Last week on the show, Monica recounted how, when she got back to El Paso on Jan. 3 after a holiday visit with Ignacio, the house had been vandalized – and worse.

“It’s not been a happy New Year, that’s for sure. [We] got home to find out my house had been broken into… A VCR is missing, they stole about 50 of my children’s movies, they stole a BB gun and cell phone…a lot of vandalism,” she said.

“But what was really hard was, that when we got here, the gas was turned on.  So it was very intentional that someone was trying to hurt us. My son was the first one to arrive.  He opened the door to find that the gas was on.”

To tune into Monica’s dad tonight on No Compromises Radio, click here.

To hear Monica’s January 12  interview on the show, click here.

To read more about Ignacio and Jose’s case, click here.

Slate.com Editor-in-Chief Jacob Weisberg on Bush

Jacob Weisberg, Editor-in-Chief of Slate, an award-winning site “offering analysis and commentary about politics, news, and culture.”

Weisberg joins hosts Eric Olsen and Shaun Daily on BlogTalkRadio Today to discuss his newest book entitled The Bush Tragedy.

Weisberg was previously Slate’s chief political correspondent, and has written for New Republic, Newsweek, and New York Magazine, to name a few.  Weisberg has authored several books on politics including In Defense of Government, The Road to Chadville, about the 2000 election, and the Bushisms series.

The discussion gets underway here.