Did you read The Handmaid’s Tale in high school as I did?
The dystopian work of fiction was horrifying to my teenage self but far-removed — nothing I could realistically see occurring in my lifetime.
Then Trump happened.
Now every event portrayed in the television adaptation that dropped yesterday on Hulu — only three episodes, quite frustrating for binge watchers like me — seems like a warning of things to come if we are not vigilant.
Women universally stripped of their rights to work and own property, then treated as property and debased. The LGBTQ community hanged for simply being. It is terrifying and dressed up as a return to traditional values.
I signed up for a free trial to Hulu just to watch this series. I think everyone should.
It’s that important.
Posted in Commentary, Entertainment, Life, Philosophy, Politics, Television
Tagged binge watching, books, commentary, dystopian, entertainment, Hulu, life, philosophy, politics, Television, The Handmaid's Tale, traditional values, Trump, women's rights
“The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.” — Teddy Roosevelt
— The Kansas City Star, 18 May 1918
Couldn’t have said it better, John.
Posted in History, Holiday, Humor, Politics
Tagged 140 characters, history, Holiday, inaugeration, Martin Luther King Jr Day, MLK Day, politics, presidential election, racism, Twitter
The Egg has seen an influx of new visitors this week —
A very sticky welcome!
And to those of you who are fellow US citizens…
Posted in Blog, History, Humor, Politics
Tagged blog, history, Humor, politics, The Sticky Egg, us presidential election, visitors, vote, voting, welcome
A television series about the first female player in Major League Baseball?
Of course it premieres in 2016, the first year we have a credible chance of electing a female president. No coincidence there.
But when I watched the pilot episode on demand, I was pleasantly surprised.
First of all, the show is filled with supporting actors that I love seeing on TV. Bob Balaban (Best in Show). Dan Lauria (The Wonder Years). Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Saved by The Bell…okay, Franklin & Bash). Mark Consuelos (Kelly Ripa’s husband).
And the star of Pitch, Kylie Bunbury, is up for the task. I like her. And I’m intrigued by her character’s story (and the pilot episode’s big twist).
I do worry, though, that the pilot was a bit too complete — how many stories are left to tell? I guess we’ll see if we stick around — wait for the baseball metaphor — for extra innings.
Had to do it.
Posted in Entertainment, Humor, Politics, Sports, Television
Tagged baseball, baseball player, Bob Balaban, Dan Lauria, entertainment, Humor, Kylie Bunbury, Mark Consuelos, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, MLB, pilot episode, plot twist, politics, presidential election, Sports, Television
I was catching up on my DVR shows and caught Joe Biden’s wife on Late Night with Seth Meyers.
Even if you didn’t know who she was, you knew wasn’t an actress as soon as she walked out on stage.
Look at that wave —
Now, that’s a campaign wave.
Posted in Celebrities, Entertainment, Humor, Politics, Television
Tagged campaign, celebrities, Dr Joan Biden, DVR, entertainment, Humor, Joe Biden, Late Show, politics, Seth Meyers, Television, wave
I have never followed an intense exercise routine.
I am a big believer in ‘all things in moderation’ — in both food and physical activity.
But I have recently been inspired to follow a new upper-body strength routine that I think could catch on around the globe:
Donald Trump Pinata Challenge
1. Buy pinata in likeness of annoyingly-ignorant businessman and Republican presidential candidate.
2. Get really big stick.
3. Beat the crap out of that thang, honing upper body strength while reducing frustrations with Trump and flawed political process.
4. Repeat 2-3 times each week.
Note: if you put candy in pinata per tradition, this could reduce positive outcomes of routine.
Posted in Business, Celebrities, Comedy, Exercise, Health, Humor, Life, Politics
Tagged Business, candy, celebrities, comedy, Donald Trump, exercise, Health, Humor, life, pinata, politics, upper body strength, workout
Everyone should have an opportunity to read the closing paragraph of the Supreme Court ruling–authored by Justice Anthony Kennedy–that has changed our country for the better.
Posted in Family, Friends, Life, Love, News, Politics, Relationships
Tagged Anthony Kennedy, family, friends, love, love wins, marriage equality, news, politics, Relationships, ruling change, same-sex marriage, SCOTUS, Supreme Court
If you’ve ever had the good fortune to travel to Ireland, you might assume (incorrectly) that people who live amongst such rustic countryside and rich history wouldn’t be very forward-thinking.
Turns out they have quite a few things to teach us back here in the USA.
Congratulations, Emerald Isle, on your historic approval of same-sex marriage — the first country to do so by a national vote.
Posted in History, Humor, News, Politics, Relationships, Travel
Tagged Emerald Isle, faith and begorrah, forward-thinking, gay marriage, good fortune, history, Humor, Ireland, national vote, news, politics, Relationships, rustic countryside, same-sex marriage, Travel, USA, vote