Tag: Celebrity

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https://www.bbc.com/news/uk-49145664 I run into this over and over….now the “Duchess of Sussex” has chosen a world based gang of “activists” (that’s always positive, too) for featuring in a Vogue magazine issue (somehow AOC got left out). The main virtue to belong is to be shaking things up and some of what they are doing is […]

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@douglasleblanc shared the celebrity electoral college video in his post, Do not mess with Debra Messing.  Well, our benevolent progressive “celebrities” have graced us with their appearance in a new video.  This one taking aim at the house of representatives.  And this time they’ve brought out the big guns: Sally Field and Steve Buschimi. Preview […]

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Do you have time to check out another podcast? Feel free to listen in as I touch on different issues of the day and hopefully help to think through the issues. Then, check out the latest episode of Thinking It Through with Jerome Danner. It is on iTunes, Stitcher, and Soundcloud as well. Preview Open

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It’s Not All About You

 

494px-Michelangelo_Caravaggio_065As babies, we all start life as profound narcissists: other people — particularly Mom & Dad — exist only for our benefits. As we mature, however, we slowly learn that the world is not about us. Our siblings, we realize, are just as much entitled to our parents’ love; our parents, in turn, have their own lives, which began before ours; our friends have families as central to their existence as ours are; as we reach adulthood, we realize that billions upon billions of people live long, meaningful, lives without ever having ever given us a second’s thought.

Unfortunately, such thinking is not inevitable and, in certain professions, gets in the way of things. As Dan Drezner points out in his Washington Post column today on the controversy over when (or if) the US Senate should release its report on CIA torture and rendition during the Bush Administration, the delusion that the world turns on your word is easy to find among the members (current and former) of the upper chamber:

I’m going to go out on a limb and suggest that if Dianne Feinstein, Lindsey Graham, and the director of Human Rights Watch all think the report is necessary to prevent the United States from committing the same egregious mistakes in the future, then that countermands the magical thinking needed to accept the worst-case scenarios regarding its publication.

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Let’s face it, we knew Wendy Davis was going down in flame. From almost the start her words could only charitably be considered poorly chosen, as frequently it would sound as if she used them like a panicked man with shotgun in a zombie movie, firing wildly and hoping something hits. She fares just about as well […]

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Genius and Suffering

 

Why are human beings never content? No matter how much civilization advances, no matter how affluent and secure we become, no matter how much knowledge and opportunity we amass, it’s never enough. Why? Because we know there’s more to be had. We know it can be better. The very thing that enables us to conquer the natural world — imagination — also robs us of an animal’s simple focus. 

Why are persons with extraordinary minds so often miserable when alone, even if they are genuinely joyful and amiable among others? Because they are forever taunted by their own vivid dreams and nightmares, by bold hopes, and by a thousand “What if…?” scenarios for every lost opportunity. Simply put, their appreciation of what is flounders beneath a relentless shadow of what could be.

America’s Funniest Home Presidency

 

Obama-Gorilla-FistbumpWith just a little over two years left, Barack Obama is already in the post presidency. The President who strong armed his way into early copies of “Game of Thrones” sees a Red Wedding on the horizon for his party.

November is coming and Obama is quitting. 

As much as electorally vulnerable Democrats are doing to separate themselves from a toxic President with barely 40 percent approval, they and voters need to realize he’s separating himself from them just as much.