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Thursday, January 18, 2018

Foundation Interviews: Betty Garrett- On Meeting Senator Joseph McCarthy

Source: Foundation Interviews-
Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat

That must have been a meeting where you would want to have a camera and video rolling so you always have that memory with you and can always remember it accurately and share with everyone else. Actress Betty Garret, an actual Communist and a one-time member of the Communist Party USA in the 1940s and 1950s. Senator Joseph McCarthy, a right-wing demagogue what we would call today and perhaps back then a Nationalist as well as tribalist, fascist even. Who believed he and people who thought like him were the only true Americans and people who dissented from him like Communists, Socialists, and Liberals, were Un-American. And should be in jail or at least not allowed to speak out and express themselves politically and otherwise.

How would a meeting like that go? A Communist meeting a right-wing Nationalist-tribalist. The 1950s version of Governor George Wallace, or Donald Trump today. What would a Communist who is as Far-Left as you can get politically and believes all aspects of private ownership should be illegal and would work to eliminate all aspects of individualism including, freedom of religion in society ( if Betty Garrett was truly a hardcore Communist ) say to a Nationalist-fascist who believes people shouldn't even be allowed to believe in communism, let alone practice those politics and be a political activist. It must have been like President Richard Nixon going to China in 1971 or President Ronald Reagan negotiating with Russia over nuclear weapons reduction in the mid and late 1980s.

Betty Garrett I believe was right about Joe McCarthy at least in this aspect. That McCarthy didn't have any sense of morality in the sense that he had a mission and to hell with who he hurts along the way to try to accomplish that mission. Apparently including himself since a Republican Senate censored him over his activities during his tenure as Chairman of the Investigations Committee in 1953-54. McCarthy was full speed ahead to try to accomplish his mission which was to eliminate all Communists and perhaps Socialists in general from the U.S. Government and use that as a launching pad to run for President probably in 1960. We've had plenty of bad people who have served in Congress including racists and KKK members, but Joe McCarthy was certainly one of the worsts we've ever had.
Foundation Interviews: Betty Garrett- On Meeting Senator Joseph McCarthy

Thursday, January 11, 2018

BCP Theater: Featuring Marsha Mason & The Cast of Chapter Two!

Source: BCP Theater-
Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat

Not saying Chapter Two is one of my favorite movies, at least not yet. Maybe after I've seen it another 10-20 times which will probably happen, then maybe it will become one of my favorite movies. Chapter Two is certainly one of my favorite Marsha Mason movies as well as James Caan. And is certainly one of my favorite dramatic comedies. And this is exactly what it is. A movie with a lot of humor, with very funny people and not the just the two main players, but Joe Bologna and Valerie Harper as well. But also a  movie with serious drama with a man dealing with serious issues about not getting over the death of his first wife and not ready to move on from her, but not realizing that until he remarries a beautiful woman that he truly loves.

Dramatic comedy to me at least and speaking as a fan of Alfred Hitchcock who I at least believe is the master of both dramatic comedy but suspense comedy, is comedy about serious issues. If you look at the great sitcom M*A*S*H you see exactly what dramatic comedy is. People who find themselves in crazy but serious situations but then find a way to make fun of that as a way to let out how they feel about their situation, as well as a way to maintain their sanity. If you watch the movie Chapter Two, the first hour or so of the movie is all comedy and sarcasm about romance and romantic relationships that the four main characters have been involved in life. With the characters being very open and honest about their struggles and successes with their relationships.

The Joe Bologna character Leo essentially saying that he loves his wife, but he loves women more and can't be satisfied with just one woman. He loves being married, but he can't handle being settled down with just one woman. The George Schneider character (played by James Caan) not ready to move on from his first wife who is dead, but is pressured by his brother Leo to start dating again. Talking about his last few dates and how awful and flawed the women that he went out with were. And being very funny about those dates and the women he went out with.

The whole way that Jennie (played by Marsha Mason) and George get together is funny. Neither one sure they want to go out with the other, but are intrigued attracted enough with the other that they don't want to let the opportunity go and share a few funny and charming phone calls together before they finally set up a pre-date with each other. And spend 5-10 minutes together starting to get to know each other before deciding that they want to go out on a real date.

And then the drama, well depression really as far as George sets in and he goes into this deep mental shell. After it sets in that he's married again to a different woman  a beautiful adorable charming witty woman in Jennie and now has officially moved on from his dead wife and starts taking out his frustrations on his new wife. And the rest of the movie becomes about whether George and Jennie will stay together. Will George break out of his shell and bring his new beautiful wife into his life.

Chapter Two is a great movie for people who are fans of both drama and comedy, because you get the best of both worlds. very dramatic serious scenes involving very serious and honest people, who have a great way of expressing those feeling with very quick and smart humor. This is not a softball comedy about very ordinary or less than ordinary people who find themselves way in over their heads and as a result commit all sorts of screw ups. Or a heavy-hitting drama that can leave people crying half way into the movie because of how dramatic and depressing the movie is. But instead a movie about good honest people who find themselves going though rough times, but use smart humor as a way to express how they feel and get though those situations in life.
BCP Theater: Featuring Marsha Mason & The Cast of Chapter Two

Thursday, December 14, 2017

A Spoon Full of Paulo: Intimate Interview With Marsha Mason

Source: A Spoon Full of Paulo-
Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat

When I think of Marsha Mason I think of that smile and laugh. She's so freakin cute and silly, reminds me of Dyan Cannon at least in that sense. So, if I were talking to her I would do anything I could to get her to either laugh or smile so I could see her doing those things and then give her a big hug and yell out, "you're so cute! Because that is exactly what she is just flat out adorable and silly and at times like a little girl.

As far as Marsha Mason as an actress, she's very good if not great and very versatile. Love her in romantic comedies like the Goodbye Girl, but she's also great in dramatic roles like Heartbreak Ridge with Clint Eastwood, but Heartbreak Ridge is also a very funny movie as well. Its basically a action/comedy or at least dramatic/comedy dealing with serious issues obviously being about the U.S. Marine Core. And it also has very funny people in it including Clint, but Marsha, Mario Van Peebles and others.

She's an actress who I think was born for dramatic comedy and Chapter Two with James Cann is another example of that where that movie gets very cold and dramatic with the Jimmy Cann character, but she's so good in it in trying to bring back this widower that she just married out of his shell and getting him to open up to her and is pretty funny in how she expresses her honest anger at him for shutting her out mentally, because he's still stuck on his beautiful but dead wife.

Chapter Two that also had Valerie Harper and Joe Bologna, is a great funny look at romance in life and how early middle age Americans in New York deal with failed and failing marriages and trying to start over in life. A perfect role for Marsha because you get to see her great dramatic as well as comedic abilities in that movie. The same thing with Jimmy Cann as well. Who plays a great wiseass in that movie, at least when he's not depressed.

Marsha Mason is still this beautiful adorable actress, but has always been that good. But she's always been a great dramatic/comedic actress similar to Joan Collins, Elizabeth Taylor, Lana Turner, Ava Gardner, Raquel Welch. She's really this great and if you see this interview she see how silly and adorable she is and if I was interviewing her in this piece I would have swamped her with charm and humor as well, just to see those big adorable cheeks and to see her laugh and be silly. She's someone who is a lot of fun and great to look at, but one of the best actresses we seen in a long time.
A Spoon Full of Paulo: Intimate Interview With Marsha Mason

Thursday, December 7, 2017

Phyllis Schlafly Eagles: Phyllis and Fred Schlafly- On Good Morning America in 1978

Source: Phyllis Schlafly Eagles- ABC News Anchor David Hartman-
Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat

I don't want to make this piece about Roy Moore, but if I had to guess Roy Moore is a big fan and admirer of Fred and Phyllis Schlafly and their family. Man works and makes money, woman stays home and takes care of the kids at least during the day, but man is always in charge and woman is subservient to man. But similar to Ann Coulter Phyllis Schlafly didn't believe everything that she preached at least in the sense that it should cover her as well. She wrote I believe nine books. Had her own political newsletter, ran for public office several times. She was a working woman before she met and then married Fred Schlafly and then became a working woman again in the 1960s during the Counter Culture movement.

You could argue and I believe Phyllis Schlafly is the mother and founder of the Christian-Right wing of the Tea Party movement. People who are economically libertarian, who have blue-collar middle class populist backgrounds, but are so fundamentalist and hardcore with their religious beliefs that their religious beliefs are their politics. Again, the similarity with Roy Moore, Ann Coulter, Michele Bachmann, Sarah Palin. People who are so hardcore with their religious ideology which is what Christian Conservatism is, that they believe that everyone else should live under their religious and cultural values. Even through government force. That women shouldn't even be allowed to vote, let alone work and leave those activities to the men.

Phyllis Schlafly might have been a housewife in an official sense, but she was a right wing political activist who founded the Eagle Forum in the 1960s and spent the last fifty years or more of her life working and not staying home to raise her family. And yet she was the founder a political movement in the late 1960s and 1970s, that protested against the Counter Culture and women's movement of the 1960s and argued that women shouldn't work at all and stay home to raise their kids and be subservient to their husbands.
Phyllis Schlafly Eagles: Phyllis and Fred Schlafly- On Good Morning America in 1978

Thursday, November 30, 2017

Mob Video Vault: Spies Among Us- Communists in The United States

Source: Mob Video Vault-
Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat

I hate communism about as much anyone who is not on the Far-Right and not part of some right-wing fascist ideology like nationalism or theocracy, but I love the First Amendment, freedom of speech, and freedom of assembly, more than I hate communism. To paraphrase Ronald Reagan, America is great and big enough for all sorts of political philosophies and ideologies. From the great ideologies of liberalism and conservatism, that America has been built around. To the fringe and even dangerous ideologies if these people were to ever have real power in America like communism and nationalism.

What makes America great and exceptional, is our diversity and individualism. Not just our racial, ethnic, and cultural diversity, but our political diversity. That you can have Socialists like the Bernie Sanders of the world who believe the Federal Government should try to do practically everything for people and have all the tax revenue necessary to pay for all of that big centralized government. To Libertarians on the Right, who believe that government should do practically nothing for anybody. Other than law enforcement, national security and foreign affairs.

As Un-American as communism is with how collectivist, statist, anti-individualist a philosophy that it is, fascism is just as Un-American. When you have right-wing fascists and tribalist's that we have not just in America, but in Congress in the 1940s and 1950s, saying that not only communism is bad for America, but people who have communist and other socialist leanings and beliefs, should be in jail and not be allowed to work simply because they have Far-Left beliefs, you're being just as bad and more dangerous as the Communists. Because you're saying free speech and assembly is dangerous in America, even though it guaranteed by the U.S. Constitution. And that you should either believe and think like we do, or you should be put in jail or live in the underground of America.

But that is what we had in America in the 1940s and 1950s and had in Congress as well. First with the House Un-American Activities Committee investigation in the 1940s, which was as Un-American as the Communists that they were supposedly investigating. And then later the Senate Investigation Committee investigation led by Senator Joe McCarthy in 1953 and 54. Investigating supposed Communists in the U.S. Government.

Communists on the Far-Left and Christian-Theocrats and Nationalists on the Far-Right, only become a threat to America when they're actually in power. And have no checks on their power and can get away with anything. But short of that they're right to free speech and assembly, is just as strong as anyone else's. As it should be in America and why we are so exceptional because we allow everyone to believe what they believe and even campaign for it.
Mob Video Vault: Spies Among Us- Communists in America

Thursday, November 23, 2017

Crash Course: John Green- 1984 by George Orwell: Crash Course Literature

Source: Crash Course-
Source: This piece was originally posted at The Daily Review

Under George Orwell, 1984 is a dystopia where everything is in black and white and apparently rainbows don't exist. You can have black or white, water or skim milk, thats it and no other choices. A very depressing state where it's always dark with no light not even street lights or ever flashlights. Sounds like a world for only chronic depressives and bedwetting leftists who are only happy when they're sad. Up is down, water is dry, rocks are soft, fire is cold, ice is hot, Catholics are Muslim, facts don't even exist, let alone matter. Sort of sounds like Donald Trump's head and state of mind. I was going to leave any Trump jokes and personal jokes out of this on Thanksgiving, but I changed my mind.

Part of Orwell 1984 is about big government, big brother, even though George Orwell was a Socialist and at least shared the goals of Democratic Socialists, but didn't like communism. But he envisioned where everyone basically lived in a complete police state where Big Government always knew what everyone was doing and even talking to. See, in a communist state or a theocratic fascist state, there's no such thing as privacy even, let alone a right to privacy and everyone is subjected to the police state where freedom and individualism are not allowed or even exist.

Imagine doing time in a prison that is the size of a major country. Take North Korea, just to use as an example and you'll know what a police state is like. One gigantic national prison where everyone in society is doing hard time. Talk about raising your kids in prison and if watch those famous prison shows on cable, you'll know what I mean because they cover inmates who also have kids and women who've actually given birth in prison.

Orwell 1984 sounds like a great book for people who've swallowed jars of happy pills. Perhaps mistaking them from sleeping pills in an  attempt to commit suicide and now have just shot themselves in the foot twice. They go from being chronically depressed to being too happy and never being able to go to bed because they're so excited all the time about how awesome life is now for them and are given 1984 by a friend which brings them back down to earth from the Planet Galaxy or wherever. And now they're back in the state of mind where they were before about how much life sucks. If I'm ever too happy which as a realist that will be one hell of a goal to try to accomplish, like trying to swim across the Atlantic Ocean with one arm and one leg, I might actually read Orwell 1984 at some point. Or just move to North Korea to see what life is like in a police state.
Crash Course: John Green- 1984 By George Orwell: Crash Course Literature

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Daniel Mitchell: An Anniversary of Communism- 100 Years of Communism

Source: Daniel Mitchell-
Source: This piece was originally posted at The New Democrat Plus

Communism- where do I start and how to talk about this? How about what I hate about it and why it simply doesn’t work at least in the sense that it makes things better for society than that country was before. I guess you could start with the pure over centralization of it. This idea that if you give one government authority the power over everyone else in the country even in a huge country like China or Russia, or a midsize country like North Korea, or a small country like Cuba, even to serve the people that Communists claim they want to serve, that everything will better for everyone else. We have a 100 years of experience now to show that simply doesn’t work.

People can point to the People’s Republic of China all they want, but the Chinese economy didn’t take off until they brought in capitalism or what they call state capitalism and gave their people freedom to manage their own economic affairs and decide for themselves where to work, where to live, and to even be able to start their own companies or buy former state-owned companies in China. And yes, China is still a communist state at it relates to the lack of personal and political freedom there, or that they don’t have any private media and information in that country. But Marxist economics clearly failed in China. Pre-1980 China was a gigantic North Korea as far as their economy. One of the poorest countries in the world.

If you can stomach the lack of economic and personal freedom that results in a communist state, like you just ate three meals a days in jail or prison for a month straight and somehow managed to hold all of that garbage down (I hope your’e not eating right now) how about we get to how insulting of a political philosophy it is. According to Communists Karl Marx is God or their cult leader and everyone else are a bunch of morons who can barely spell their names and struggle just to tie their shoes or take two steps forward without tripping over their own feet. Communists believe the world is simply too complicated for the average person which is most of the people in any country regardless of the size and wealth of the country. And you need Big Government to make everyone’s personal and economic decisions for them.

With any other generation other than the Millennial Generation, I might be saying something like, “for the life of me, I don’t understand why Millennial’s seem to respect if not like Communists and communism and perhaps Socialists and socialism in general.” Especially if I was in a Jimmy Stewart dog gone it what’s going on with young people kind of mood. But we’re talking about a generation that doesn’t even respect history, let alone is knowledgable about it and believes that Hollywood wasn’t created until 2000. And perhaps has never even heard of the Soviet Union. And looks at everything that happened before they were born as, “so old school” and therefor not worth their time learning about.

We’re also talking about a generation that values pop culture and one’s style and attitude, over their substance and what they bring to the table as far as knowledge and professional qualifications. So they look up to people like Che Guevara, Fidel Castro, Socialists from the 1960s and 70s like Tom Hayden and many others, that were part of the New-Left movement then, because they were antiestablishment. Who smoked cigars, wore long hair, including beards, wore berets, and talked in this language that makes them sound like they’re high or something. So these people are considered cool or awesome to them, even if they’re responsible for murdering people even in the name of some violent revolution to take down what they see as a corrupt and racist system.

But for every American who grew up at least in some point during the Cold War and remembers hearing about the Soviet Union and Russians leaders like Mikhail Gorbachev and remember hearing about these things and people as kids, who were born before lets say 1980, Americans who weren’t part of the 1960s New-Left socialist movement know how bad communism is. And the horrible consequences that have come from this overly statist collectivist philosophy. That always puts the concerns of the regime and the ideas of Karl Marx, over what’s good for the people and the people themselves. That treats people like they’re mental patients or mentally retarded and living in institutions, because they’re not competent enough to make thee most basic of decisions for themselves.
Source: CRTV: Matt Kibbe- 100 Bloody Years of Communism