Where Courageous stands?

This Wk Last Wk Title Distributor Weekend Gross Cumulative Gross Wks Out # of Theaters
1 3 Dolphin Tale Warner Bros. Pictures Distribution $13,912,400 $37,183,800 2 3515
2 2 Moneyball Columbia TriStar Motion Picture Group & Sony Pictures Releasing $12,031,600 $38,000,100 2 2993
3 1 The Lion King Walt Disney Studios Distribution $10,615,600 $79,209,800 3 2340
4 Courageous TriStar Pictures $9,063,150 $9,063,150 1 1161
5 50/50 Summit Entertainment, LLC $8,644,100 $8,644,100 1 2458

After one week, half the number of theaters and over 9 million brought in.

Seen it twice, with MBWITW and with my Boyz…We all liked it…


Playing Fast and Furious With the Facts

Justice (Department) is blind

“When did you first know about the program, officially called, I believe, ‘Fast and Furious’?” That question was asked of Attorney General Eric Holder in congressional testimony on May 3, 2011. Fast and Furious was an effort of the Arizona branch of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives to allow the straw purchase of American weapons that would then be transferred to Mexican drug cartels with the supposed purpose of tracking those weapons and taking down those cartels. The plan has been an unmitigated disaster, costing the lives of two American agents and possibly hundreds of Mexicans. Inquiring minds want to know why.

Holder answered that question in May, saying, “I’m not sure of the exact date but I probably heard about Fast and Furious for the first time over the last few weeks.” Later he told reporters, “The notion that this reaches into the upper levels of the Justice Department is something that at this point I don’t think is supported by the facts and I think once we examine it and once the facts are revealed we’ll see that’s not the case.”

The truth is that Holder was first briefed on the operation in July 2010. When CBS News asked about this discrepancy, “The Justice Department told CBS News that the officials in those emails were talking about a different case started before Eric Holder became Attorney General. And tonight they tell CBS News, Holder misunderstood that question from the committee — he did know about Fast and Furious — just not the details.” Also, he doesn’t always read his memos. Why he lied to reporters was left unanswered.

A July 5, 2010, memo to Holder specifically notes the “1,500 firearms that were then supplied to Mexican drug trafficking cartels.” Holder didn’t find that — or four other similar memos — worthy of his attention? Please. In fact, it appears that Holder perjured himself, and Justice is covering for him. Furthermore, last week’s Friday evening news dump revealed that there was extensive communication between the White House and the ATF on the matter. Maybe that’s why Barack Obama said Thursday that he has “complete confidence” in Holder.

The administration is circling the wagons, as well. CBS reporter Sharyl Attkisson claims that she took significant heat from Justice for daring to inquire. She said the White House and Justice Department “will tell you that I’m the only reporter — they told me — that is not reasonable. They say the Washington Post, the LA Times is reasonable, the New York Times is reasonable. I’m the only one who thinks this is a story, and they think I’m unfair and biased by pursuing it.” Not only that, but Attkisson also said that when she asked questions, “The DoJ woman was just yelling at me. The guy from the White House on Friday night literally screamed at me and cussed at me.”

The “other case” that Justice mentioned to CBS in passing was evidently a Bush administration effort called Operation Wide Receiver. Like Fast and Furious, Wide Receiver was indeed an operation to track smuggled guns headed to Mexico. The difference is that Wide Receiver failed on a technical level, whereas Fast and Furious seems to have been intentionally criminal. Once Wide Receiver efforts to actually track and stop them failed, the operation was canceled. Altogether 450 guns ended up in Mexico. In Fast and Furious, however, agents deliberately continued running more than 2,000 guns into Mexico — that was the plan, not a failure of tracking. The administration’s intent in Arizona, as well as Tampa, Indiana, Dallas, Houston and elsewhere, seems to have been bolstering the false claim that 90 percent of guns recovered in Mexico are American and, therefore, we need tougher gun laws.

We commend Rep. Darrell Issa (R-CA), chairman of the House Oversight & Government Reform Committee, for his efforts to get to the bottom of this scandal despite constant administration roadblocks. It would help if the media turned up the heat, too. Nobody died as a result of Watergate, and look what they did with that one.

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