Here is the latest from the Hopeless Romantics Department: I just watched a movie for the umpteenth time, which I continue to enjoy, despite many viewings. This feel-good film provides a happy end to a nasty business: Washington politics. I am taking a Dave, a movie from 1993. Of course, this could happen in real life—the conspiracy bit, not the happy ending. But, for a few moments, one can imagine a better world…if you just do not switch to the news!
Anyone with a love of intellectual humour will find two English sitcoms very entertaining. This is television writing and acting at its very best. I am not sure whether or not these are available outside the United Kingdom, but anyone with a brain and sense of humour should seek them. I am talking about Yes, Minister and Yes, Prime Minister. Although they are about the British political system, one can interpolate to any politics. This must be seen to be believed and appreciated.
Or, rather, a sad commentary on the United States...
The following excellent and entertaining piece by Hadley, who is always excellent and entertaining, reveals (like we didn’t already know!) the absurdity, biases, and evil of people (pundits, columnists, politicians, idiots, etc.).
Want to become angry (angrier)? Or maybe you think Bill Kristol is a genius...
Ana continues to be one of the best writers on US politics. Too bad she has to strut her stuff in a British newspaper. Then again, that’s where more intelligent readers can be found.
Here’s a great line about Republican turkeys from Gail Collin’s column:
“It’s not easy leading a political movement that believes the federal government is at the core of all our problems while depending heavily on the votes of citizens who get both their retirement money and health care from the federal government.”
And, heres’s a quote from a true American hero/patriot/politician:
“Democrats keep talking about our refusal to compromise. They don’t realize our compromise is defunding Obamacare. ... Our endgame is to leave the whole thing shut down until the President defunds Obamacare. And if he does not defund Obamacare, we leave the whole thing shut down.”
How can one believe in a country “led” by such idiots?
And, then there’s this piece in Salon about Repulican success:
7 signs America has regressed — to the 19th century
Workers aren't unionized, and some pols are now advocating child labor.
I'm not the only one to feel that the U.S. has gone back in time...
A view into the abyss from outside and inside...
I noticed this very disturbing headline:
“4 in 5 in US face near-poverty, no work”
I have noticed decline each time I have visited the United States over the past decades, but did not realize that things had reached such a low point. Poverty is the United States, a country touted as the Land of milk and honey and the dream destination of many unwitting foreigners, is more disturbing than what I observe in Asia. In most countries, people are not fooled into believing what are basically lies. I often wondered how anyone could expect a nation to prosper that turned manufacturing jobs into fast food jobs. Someone must make money to buy all those burgers, tacos, and pizza.
One constantly hears about supremacy and “We’re Number 1”, but it seems that the country leads only in growing income inequality. People are suffering, because too many got rich by moving jobs overseas.
Although someone has noticed, nothing will change...
"Obama Says Income Gap Is Fraying U.S. Social Fabric"
...because Republicans and lobbyists will do everything to thwart him.
After I drafted the above, I watched the movie, The Candidate. This was supposed to be a comedy, but I found too much reality to make my laugh. The parody was based upon sad realities of the American system, making this film a tragedy...
I keep noticing headlines about “President Hillary Clinton”. My only thought is: Imagine how rabid the rightwing looneys will become, if that comes to pass. I can hear the Fox News idiots raging...
Prior to writing novels, the author enjoyed a multifaceted career: from decorated combat aviator to advertising professional to global communications director of a major consumer brand. He has traveled the world and met sports, film and television stars, political leaders, and royalty. He graduated from Middlebury College, is married, lives in Germany, and has two grown children.