In his first speech to Pakistan’s constituent assembly, on August 11th 1947, the country’s president, Muhammad Ali Jinnah, made clear his belief that religious toleration should prevail in the country he had brought into being “You are free; you are free to go to your temples, you are free to go to your mosques or to any other place of worship in this state of Pakistan.” 63+ years later Muhammad Ali Jinnah’s vision is a distant memory. Where and how did it go so wrong? Religious intolerance anywhere by anyone is unacceptable, yet that’s where we find ourselves.
Palin lacks social awareness. Once again she goes on the air this time on the friendly confines of the Sean Hannity show to defend herself. This appearance plus her agreeing to be the keynote speaker at a pro-hunting convention in Reno on January 29th further cements her place as the preferred candidate of 20% of the Republican Party. She just doesn’t get it. To further back that up, a new ABC news poll showed that 79% of Americans (71% of Republicans) approved of The President’s speech while only 30% of Americans approved of Palin’s video. Mr. Huckabee, the nomination via the support of the conservative right are yours for the taking.
90% of the books I read are nonfiction because I find myself looking to be primarily educated and secondarily entertained. The downside is the learning process and experience can piss me off like getting stuck behind a shopper with 15 items in the 12 item or less line. Currently I am reading my third book, the excellent, “All the Devils are Here”, on the financial crisis and honestly it becomes harder and harder to feel like something can be done. Greed + logarithms + piss poor regulation + deceit + hubris + negligence = collapse. "Hell is empty And all the devils are here" - William Shakespeare, The Tempest
So Ricky Gervais is getting a lot of grief from inside of Hollywood as a result of his acidic biting jokes as host of the Golden Globe Awards. Hey Hollywood, quit taking yourself so seriously, you all laugh at the Palin, Cheney, and Bush jokes, but heaven forbid someone run some smack your way. Bravo Ricky.
Speaking of the Golden Globes, I was happy to see both Christian Bale and Natalie Portman walk off with awards. These two actors caught my attention when they were young stars; a 13 year old Bale as Jim in Spielberg’s Empire of the Sun, and 11 year old Portman in The Professional. Where and how do such young actors get the talent at that age? After watching True Grit, I can add 14 year old Hailee Steinfeld to that list.
Red Sox pitchers and catchers report in 28 days. Good because I have suddenly lost interest in football.