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Breast Cancer PSA upsetting people says CNN

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Breast Cancer PSA

Originally uploaded by Jon Haynes Photography

I post tit displays from time to time, so here is one that has an element of public service, a tiny one since CNN is involved.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/09/24 at 08:31

I cried during the memorial for Ted Kennedy

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Yes I remember vividly the weekend of Nov 22, 1963 beginning around 1 PM on Nov 22, a Friday. I was living in Ste. Foy QC then and working for IBM Canada Ltd. But I didn’t think that much about the death of Ted Kennedy. Until I heard that CNN was televising the complete memorial event without commercial interruptions. Yes, I had a few drinks while sitting and viewing the event. But it didn’t take long before my eyes filled with tears as my mind was sucked in to all those events around the Kennedys.

Most of what was said during the memorial were recollections of a very vivid character who left deep impressions of friendship with so many people, on the political left and the right. The depth of his relations with his second wife, Vickie, surprised and touched me a lot. John McCain showed how ungraceful a character he really is, while Orrin Hatch couldn’t have been more endearing. I was moved by almost every eulogizer, even with Joe Biden‘s contribution.

There were many references to Kennedy’s passion about Health Care Reform in the US. Yes the event had a strong pro-reform coloration.

However, I feel the cold light of a new day and feel that I must copy in words that set a quite different tone about some of Kennedy’s political discourse in the past:

It is nice and good that Kennedy was able to restore a sense of decorum and gentlemanly behavior when it came to a whole host of other legislative battles, but when it came to the Bork nomination, his sense of propriety, decorum, and fair play were sorely lacking. Those who wonder how American political debate became so coarse, so unrefined, and so demagogic, ought to look at Kennedy’s speech on Bork as a catalyst for the national descent into a prolonged political shouting match.

Click on this link to read the Opinionater in the NY Times about this very negative part of Kennedy’s political record.

But the whole picture of Ted Kennedy is completed by this story and final opinion from David Frum, a fair minded right wing pundit:

Then came 9/11. Among the murdered was the brave and brilliant Barbara Olson. Ted asked some friends to help with the deluge of messages of condolence, and my wife Danielle volunteered for the job. Among the letters: a lengthy handwritten note by the senator so elegant and decent, so eloquent and (fascinatingly) written in so beautiful a hand as to revolutionize one’s opinion of the man who wrote it. It did not dishonor by ignoring or denying the political differences between the two families. It fully acknowledged them – and through them expressed a deeper human awareness of shared mortality, pain, and grief. Not all chapters of his life revealed it equally, but the senator was a big soul, and in his last years, he lived his bigness fully … Rest in peace, leader of the liberals.

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2009/08/29 at 06:09

The essential inanity of celebrity gossip

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I have always wondered, and will continue to, about the IT that drives celebrity gossip. IMHO after reading press reports and viewing too many videos there is precious little IT in any of this stuff.

A wide variety of sources, CNN, Huffington Post, et al, continue the yada yada about the squalid inanities of ordinary looking women, who happen to be actresses, like Jennifer A.

Consider this image of a very ordinary looking (IMHO) woman:

Jennifer Aniston Breaks Silence About Brad & Angelina - Angelina Jolie, Brad Pitt, Jennifer Aniston _

WTF is going here? Why do they continue to obsess about her views re Brangelina?

Get over it and move on already!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/11/12 at 06:59

Why do I read and view video about Sarah Palin?

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Tina Fey as Sarah Palin

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Via CNN’s Cafferty File, Andrew in an email about la Palin gives me a succinct and understandable explanation about what catches my attention these days:

However, when the incompetent are supremely self-confident, full of certitude, and absent of insight, it’s absolutely compelling.

She just doesn’t blink as she girl talks with awkward syntax, ill-formed spinning, brash prevarication with a touch of plain misstatementing.

I hate to say it but the crash scene sense of the whole Palin shtick drags me back to new performances of this too shallow mind striving to establish her creds for high political office. Each of her performances confirms the evident silliness of the whole thing that was exposed by Tina Fey‘s portrayal of Palin on SNL!

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Written by BobG in Dalian & Vancouver

2008/11/12 at 05:07