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Sunday, August 31, 2014

Marilyn Monroe: It's My Life: Living Life to the Fullest

This post was originally posted at The New Democrat 

Marilyn Monroe is not known for saying a lot of intelligent things. Not saying she was dumb or anything because I believe the opposite is true but how she presented herself in a lot of ways gave a lot of people the impression that she was a less than an intelligent person. Who may of had more than just depression issues, but she did have the ability to put things exactly as they should be put. Like when it came to life and her point in this photo is poetic and perfect.

That your life is your life and only yours and of course we all have people who care about us and want the best for us and all of that and that none of us live in a vacuum. But at the end of the day our lives are exactly that and we and only we are responsible for all of the decisions that we make and have to live with all of the consequences of all of the decisions that we make and if we only live our lives to fit and be cool. And not to stand out and never live as individuals and always as members of groups, then we aren't living our lives, but we are living in order to please others and just to fit in.

I wrote a couple of blogs last week talking about that I believe that people have the right to make their own beds in life and then are responsible for living in their own beds that they make for themselves. And I meant a lot of that from a liberal political point of view and I meant every word of that. But this can also be used as a way of looking at life as well that we all have the right to make our own beds. So the beds we make for ourselves better be beds that are comfortable for us and beds that make us happy.

Doing what we want to do even if others do not approve of the beds that we make for ourselves. People shouldn't be afraid to standout in life especially if they are happy and are productive with what. They are doing and are good caring people and so forth. Just because how they live, think or speak may be different from whatever the so-called popular will. At the time thinks different of how we are living our own lives.

Life has followers and leaders, people who follow the leaders and people who lead the followers. And that is generally how life works out with people who set trends. People who follow trends and people who may seem different but aren't necessarily bad people. Or unproductive people, but good successful people who are simply different from how the establishment lives, speaks and thinks. But at the end of the day the followers, leaders, rebels and establishment all have at least one thing in common. That they all are responsible for their own decisions in life and are held accountable for them. 

Friday, August 29, 2014

William Shanley: Video: The Made-For-TV Election Starring Martin Sheen

This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

Comparing the presidential election of 1980 to the presidential election of 2012 is like comparing today's culture and lifestyles of that of the 1950s. Or NFL football from the 1970s to the NFL of today, two completely different eras. And even though TV and especially TV news is no longer as dominant medium as it was back in the late 1970s and 1980, it is still crucial today and politicians still need to do well on it to be successful. Especially is they hope to be President of the United States.

TV and videos we can see off the internet either off of YouTube or even videos we upload ourselves from our own laptops are the closest thing that we have to seeing someone in person. You can see what someone looks like and how they are feeling and doing simply by how they present themselves on TV. And even though the internet and even social networks are a huge factor in how we get our news, TV is still critical in how we are presented as people.

Wednesday, August 27, 2014

David Von Pein: Video: NBC’s Meet The Press: U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy From October, 1960

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David Von Pein: Video: NBC’s Meet The Press: U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy From October, 1960

The early 1960s was one of the hottest periods of the Cold War (no pun intended) and spending the first ten minutes of Meet The Press talking about China and other communist activities in Asia should be no surprise to anyone familiar with this period. Senator Kennedy who is a political hero of mine and perhaps my number one political hero and a big reason why I am a New Democrat. But he sounded on the defensive on the issue of Asia and China’s influence in Southeast Asia. And seem to want to move past that issue by saying that “Richard Nixon and I agree on this issue”.

Tuesday, August 26, 2014

NBC: Video: U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy on the Jack Paar Show in 1960

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NBC: Video: U.S. Senator John F. Kennedy on the Jack Paar Show in 1960

Jack Kennedy running for president in 1960 because he thought it was the most important job in the world. And that if he was going to be able to do the most for his country, serving in Congress even both in the House and Senate that he did for a total of fourteen-years in Congress was not going to be good enough. That he needed to be President of the United States and that America needed to be an example in the world when it came to freedom and take the lead in showing the dangerous effects of communism.

There are more reasons why Jack Kennedy ran for president in 1960. He thought the country was starting to fall behind Russia in some key areas like with exploring outer space and perhaps in technology and influence in the world. And that the Eisenhower Administration had felt satisfied with how things were going in the country, which is how Senator Kennedy felt. And that America needed to get moving again and he believed he was the person to get America moving again.

Monday, August 25, 2014

Any Given Sunday: Video: Al Pacino, The Game of Inches

This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

Al Pacino from Any Given Sunday playing Miami Sharks head coach Tony Damato, which I believe was the name of his character. Explaining to his football team that life isn't just a game of inches, but football is as well. And that every inch and every play is important and can end up being the difference between losing a game and winning the game. And the most important games are where each play in the game are that much more important. "What if  I only made that tackle, or made that block, or made that catch, saw that defender before I threw the ball and get it picked off".

Life and football perhaps especially is a game of inches and plays. Not one inch, or one play, but you add them all up and they become crucial. And the bigger the game is, or the situation in life, the better you have to play and the fewer plays you are able to take off. Because every mistake and come back and bite you in the ass and leave asking a bunch of what ifs. Which is why you have to play every play like it is not just important, but crucial. The difference between winning and advancing and losing and going home. And that was Tony Damato's message in this scene.

Saturday, August 23, 2014

C-SPAN: Video: Bill Clinton & Bill Maher 1995 Political Correspondents Dinner

This post was originally posted at The New Democrat on Blogger

To write a blog about 1995 or even a satire about it I really have to go deep into my memory bank to remember what I think about that year. I was only nineteen at the time for most of that year. President Bill Clinton and Bill Maher touched on Vice President Al Gore's reinventing government program that looked to save money in the Federal budget by making programs work better and consolidation. The OJ Simpson murder trial of course was big and if you watched anything on cable news that year, you would think that was the only story that year.

House Republicans wanted to gut PBS which the President touched on by saying that "PBS could only afford to send Jim Leher and not Robert McNeil because of the budget cuts". They were the co-hosts of the PBS NewsHour in the 1970s, 80s, and 90s. The 1996 presidential campaign was already going on with Bob Dole the Leader of the Senate already the GOP frontrunner for president. And the Leader proposing to move Congress's Senate sessions up to New Hampshire and Iowa so Leader Dole wouldn't have to fly back to Washington as much.

I could go into the government shutdown that happened in the fall of 1995, the Oklahoma City bombing that happened in April 1995, but those things happened after this dinner and the people who performed that night performed before those events happened, so I'm not going to go into that. But just the first few months of 1995 with a brand new Republican Congress the first one since 1953 and House Republicans donating their lives to passing their Contract For America, you knew this was going to be a fascinating year.

42nd President of the United States

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Caney Ment: HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher- New Rule, Crazy Left

Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat

The Democratic Party has its crazy left, its called Occupy Wall Street and all of the New Left McGovernite groups that support their causes and values including all of the media organizations. Like The Nation, Salon, AlterNet, TruthOut, Media Matters and you could go on indefinitely. And to a certain extent except for the political correctness and self-esteem movement and perhaps the nanny state from this faction on the Left, Bill Maher is part of this faction as well.

The anti-government Tea Party Right wants to eliminate everything that the Federal Government does relating to the economy since the Progressive Era of the early 20th Century. The pro-big government McGovernite New Left wants government to do practically everything for people even tell them what they can eat and drink and what light bulbs they can have. How they can spend their money in general and how we can talk to each other, what media and ideas are acceptable, how we get our own media, what we can call our sports teams.

The Tea Party Right wants to eliminate the parts of the Constitution they don't like. Like how we elect our members of Congress so fewer people who disagree with them and have popular support get elected. The New Left wants to throw out the Constitution all together, or at least for the most part and perhaps the Federal Republic and our federalist system. And replace it with a unitary superstate where Uncle Sam and his nephews and nieces know better and know what is best even for tens of millions of Americans they don't even know exist.

The Democrats have their nuts and escaped mental patients as well and they are even visible in Congress. The difference is the Republican Tea Party escaped mental patients are more visible and vocal because they are better funded. Because they aren't anti-wealth, anti-money, anti-business, anti-private enterprise unlike the McGovernites on the New Left and are able to get their message out for the media to see, hear and report it. And the Democratic Party does a better job of keeping their mental patients locked in the closet where they belong so the media can't take them serious as commentators and experts. 
Caney Ment: HBO's Real Time With Bill Maher- New Rule, Crazy Left

Thursday, August 7, 2014

HSN: The List With Colleen Lopez

Source: HSN Colleen Lopez-
Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat Plus

At Colleen Lopez’s best, not saying she’s as attractive as Raquel Welch. But when she where’s here hair a certain way she reminds me of Raquel Welch. As a beautiful, adorable sexy women who also has more than just great looks. The lets say short-haired, but not butch tomboy dykish lesbian look, but where the hair goes down to the women’s shoulders or so, when Colleen wears her hair like that, she’s beautiful and very cute, but in a sweet grownup sexy way. Not like a little baby-faced cutie little girl who several HSN hosts look like right now. In some ways Colleen reminds me of the gorgeous Deidre Hall on Days of Our Lives. But not as pretty or as cute as Deidre, but with similar qualities. Tall, curvy, great body, beautiful and very cute. I just like Deidre more, but Colleen is a very attractive women.
HSN: The List With Colleen Lopez