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I'm watching this movie from the 50's called the Man in the Gray Flannel Suit...

It stars Gregory Peck, which should give all sorts of stature to this movie, at least in my book.

What is so interesting about this movie is the amount of stuff that piles on top of the Man in the Gray Flannel Suit.

It's that time for Beck's character in his life where you realize that this could go either way, It's that time when you stand up for something or just slip into the slipstream of time and let it all flow.

This is one of those 50's movies that reaches out and grabs you while entertaining you in a good way. No heavy messages just taking responsibility. And I guess that is why I love this movie and watch it every time if comes on TMC, which is about once a year.

I suggest anyone to watch this movie who wants to get a real feel about the 50's.

Show Boat...

there is a series on PBS about the birth and growth of Broadway as we know it now.

One of the turning points was the Ziegfeld presentation of Show Boat. The combination of Kern and Hammerstein music and Edna Ferber's epic novel captured the growth spurts of the US as our country came to deal with slavery and redemption and sin and sinners.

It was an overtly political story that disguised itself as a floating follies.

Why I bring it up tonight is I am thinking about how far our country has come. I can think of no other country in the world that took in anyone from anywhere and threw it all together and came up with a mess of this from Europe, some of that from Africa, a lot from the orient but most of all, it came from people who have defined who we are.

There is a lot to hate but there is so much more to love. On our worst days we are still a shining hope to people who are stuck in societies that are stratified and closed for the most part.

Our traditions are made as we go

And yet, we have come to this turning point for our country. It really is that important. Do we want to follow a path set out for the future or do we want to turn our back on what happened just four years ago? This is what I would call a defining moment for our nation.

The fact that the polls are so close tells me a lot of people are scared out there, scared that the only way to maintain their grip on their position on the totem pole is to look back and try to put some of this change that is coming at them fast and furiously and damp it down.

The problem with all this is the people who are calling to retrace our tracks are willing to push a whole bunch of people under the bus just so they can hold onto their little corner of our country.

On this show about Broadway, they commented that there was only polite applause from the audience on the opening night of Show Boat, they thought they had guessed wrong about the willingness of America to accept change. Well, I think there are a lot of people out there who embraced the change that happened in 2008 and don't know how to deal with it.

Which brings me to my point, thanks for making it this far...

The point is President Obama and the Democrats have to sell this message of hope and change for the future because change can be frightening to some who are scared of what could happen. What we have to do is convince people that staying where we are is not the way to embrace the 21st century. If we don't lead, the worst of the worst can come at us and I for one do not want to see those forces unleashed again. They almost destroyed the 20th century, we need not live that over again.

Vote for the future and not the past, vote for Obama and Biden in 2012...

The debate last night brought to mind an old joke my dad told me after I "came of Age"....

There were two Bulls, one older and one just now realizing his maleness, standing on a bluff overlooking the grazing land which was chuck full of cows...

The young one was obviously antsy as he looked down on all those potential sexual conquest and said to the older Bull, "Old man, let's run down there and fuck one of those cows down there..."

The older, wiser bull replied, "Go ahead, you run right down there and waste all that energy so you can F***only one of those cows before you get all tired out. Me. well, I'm gonna walk down and F*** as many as I like..."

Ryan is a young man in a hurry and far to enamored with himself to be trusted to be anywhere near the power of the American Presidency.

So, in the long run, the VP debate won't change the dynamics of the race because people ultimately vote for the president and not the VP. What the exchanges between the VP and the congressman revealed was Ryan has a shallow understanding of how government and the private sector should mesh. His insistence that trickle down theory is still the way to go even though it has proved disastrous for the US economy time and time again is, to me at least, a definition of insanity.

Vice President Biden laid out the Obama economic plan in an easy to understand way by just saying the role of government is to smooth the way for those who, through no fault of their own, have been traumatized by economic change that has swept away the nest eggs they thought were safe.

There is very a stark difference between the GOP government is always wrong and the the private sector is always right and the Democrats approach that government should be a player not in hindering capitalism but by trying to humanize what often turns into a brutal assault on the lives of those who got in the way.

My problem tonight was how Ryan claims he came from a humble background...

Comparing his being raised in a fairly affluent small town,Janesville, WI, within 50 or so miles from Madison, Milwaukee and Chicago with being born in what can only be called hardscrabble Scranton, PA is just ludicrous.

Joe is the son of a Blue collar family while Ryan's dad was a successful attorney.

Ryan as born and raised deep in the bosom of suburbia while Joe B. was born into a fading blue collar small town just northwest enough to not be in Philly or NYC's SMA. He did come of age in Allentown, the place Billy Joel wrote a song about how hard it was to live there when all the mills and shops disappeared.

Maybe someone could write a little ditty about the trails and tribulation of walking the mean streets of Janesville.

Cause I'm living here Janesville, WI
And all I do is watch the world go by.
Hunkering down In a nice colonial
Live is so hard I just don't know where to go
To the Tasty Freeze or Hardies, Hardies, Hardies...

Well they opened up a big new Wall mart
And I saluted them for being so smart
Cause I can see all the parents of the poor kids in town
As they greet me at the door with nary a frown.

After 4 years of Teabaggery rife with racism from before Obama even took the oath...

With not a peep of condemnation from the GOP.

How dare Ryan say they bent over backward to give president Obama a chance...

Thank God I am 55 so I make the cut with Romney's death date for SSI and Medicare...

Seriously, vouchers are not worth the paper they are written on.

Where would we be if we depended on the free market...
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