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and this...


Trump told Mar-a-Lago patrons to expect 'Big' Iran action ..


A Turkish private jet firm says a rogue employee acted alone...




Why a painstakingly centrist drama was the source of so much conservative ire

n a 1960 article for Esquire that anticipated the election of John F Kennedy, Norman Mailer alluded to a “subterranean river that is the dream life of a nation.” He was probably referring to the hidden political passions of the left and right but in the age of Trump, middle of the roaders also have elusive dreams, some of which were dramatized for the past six years in the CBS TV series Madam Secretary which aired its series finale on December 8th.

For the most part, the mainstream press either ignored or condescended to the political drama which starred Tea Leoni as Secretary of State for the first five years. Keith Carradine played the President who appointed her until the show’s final season when his successor, Elizabeth McCord, became America’s first female President. In an affectionate farewell, Margaret Lyons of the New York Times nevertheless referred to Madame Secretary as “the least hip of shows,” and downplayed its political relevance.

Yet the “conservative” website MRC (whose slogan is “Exposing and Combatting Liberal Media Bias” and which Breitbart often links to) published three separate attack pieces about the show in the last few months beginning with the snarky exhortation “Liberals rejoice! Your dream of a Hillary Clinton presidency is finally coming true.” ...

Madam Secretary’s primary story arc in its final season revolved around election interference by Iran—which in real life has been the favorite bogeyman of neo-conservatives. Unlike Trump, McCord knows nothing of a foreign country’s meddling, was outraged when she found out, and cooperated unreservedly with Congressional investigations. There was an unsettling aftertaste of “both sides do it” in this convoluted formulation...


The right-wing media site MRC indignantly wrote, “Madam Secretary subscribes to the theory that fake videos not only spread lies but radicalize people into racists as well.” Yet I suspect the complaint obscures the actual reason that a painstakingly centrist drama was the source of so much libertarian ire. Madame Secretary’s real sin was that it portrayed an effective female President who oversaw an executive branch populated by earnest hardworking policy wonks who worked for the greater good of the United States. Most of the issues dramatized by the series will fade in relevance over time, but its sympathetic vision of the foreign service will live on via Netflix (which also offers all seven seasons of The West Wing). The show’s aspirational portrayal of government service is probably what triggers the rage of Trumpists—and what makes Madame Secretary, neo-liberal warts and all, a subterranean dream worth re-visiting.



"What Kind of Day Has It Been"

Note: "What Kind of Day Has It Been" is also the title of season finale episodes of the other Aaron Sorkin TV series Sports Night (season 1, episode 23), The West Wing (season 1, episode 22), and Studio 60 on the Sunset Strip (episode 22).


Aaron Sorkin explained in the dvd commentary of the series finale of The Newsroom where that quote came from.

Orson Bean

Orson Bean was a frequent guest and seemed to be one of Carson's favorites. Not sure what to make of the Johnny's politics or Orson's for that matter...

Orson Bean was born in Burlington, Vermont, the son of Marian Ainsworth (née Pollard) and George Frederick Burrows. His father was a founding member of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU), a fund-raiser for the Scottsboro Boys' defense, and a 20-year member of the campus police of Harvard College.[1] Among his other relatives is Calvin Coolidge, who was president of the United States at the time of his birth and was his third cousin twice removed.[2] Bean graduated from the Cambridge Rindge and Latin School; and between 1946 and the end of 1947, he served 18 months in the United States Army. While stationed in postwar Japan, he developed and refined a magic act during his off-duty hours...

In an interview on The Tonight Show with Johnny Carson in 1974, Bean recounted the source of his new name.[4] He credited its origin to a piano player named Val at "Hurley's Log Cabin", a restaurant and nightclub in Boston, Massachusetts, where he had once performed. According to Bean, every evening before he went on stage at the nightclub, Val would suggest to him a silly name to use when introducing himself to the audience. One night, for example, the piano player suggested "Roger Duck", but the young comedian got very few laughs after using that name in his performance.[4] On another night, however, the musician suggested "Orson Bean", and the comedian received a great response from the audience, a reaction so favorable that it resulted in a job offer that same evening from a local theatrical booking agent. Given his success on that occasion, Bean decided to keep using the odd-sounding but memorable name...

Although Bean was placed on the Hollywood blacklist for attending Communist Party meetings while dating a member, he continued to work through the 1950s and 60s.[2] He played the title character in the 1960 Twilight Zone episode "Mr. Bevis". In 1961, for the CBS anthology series The DuPont Show with June Allyson, he starred as John Monroe in "The Secret Life of James Thurber", based on the works of the American humorist James Thurber...

In 1965, he married actress and fashion designer Carolyn Maxwell with whom he had three children: Max, Susannah, and Ezekiel.[15] The couple divorced in 1981. Their daughter Susannah married conservative commentator Andrew Breitbart (died 2012) in 1997.



Apropos of nothing ..

and I'm sure this tactic was unique to Venezuela. Not against Evo Morales in Bolivia or other Central American governments...



Series Finale

I'll admit to giving up on the show after the first few episodes. So I just got around to watching the last couple of seasons on dvd. Aaron Sorkin's dvd commentary on the series finale kind of tied everything together.

Big thumbs up to the way the series evolved.

Trump's: "Home Alone 2: Lost in New York" meltdown..

Given the most recent Trump meltdown (over the CBC deleting his scene in Home Alone 2) here's a piece from The Hill ...

Wikipedia page for 'Home Alone 2' was edited to call Trump the film's first cast member to be impeached

BY ARIS FOLLEY - 12/22/19 10:49 AM EST

The Wikipedia page for “Home Alone 2: Lost in New York” was briefly altered earlier this week to note the impeachment of President Trump, who made a cameo in the 1992 film.

According the page’s revision history, an edit was added toward the top of the page on Friday, reading: “On December 18th, 2019 Donald Trump became the first cast member from Home Alone 2 to be impeached by the U.S. House of Representatives.”

The edit did not go unnoticed on social media.


Prior to his entrance into politics Trump had made several cameos in films as a celebrity real-estate mogul. He appeared in Home Alone 2 briefly to give directions to the film’s main character, Kevin McCallister, in the Plaza Hotel, which at the time was owned by Trump.

In an interview with The Hollywood Reporter in 2017, Matt Damon said Trump would allow films to be shot in his buildings as long as he got a part in the project.

“The deal was that if you wanted to shoot in one of his buildings, you had to write him in a part. [Director] Martin Brest had to write something in Scent of a Woman — and the whole crew was in on it,” he said.

“You have to waste an hour of your day with a bullshit shot: Donald Trump walks in and Al Pacino’s like, ‘Hello, Mr. Trump!’ — you had to call him by name — and then he exits,” he added. “You waste a little time so that you can get the permit, and then you can cut the scene out. But I guess in Home Alone 2 they left it in.”



Everything Wrong With Home Alone 2: Lost In New York

Trump Fires Back at Home Alone Snub: 'The Movie Will Never Be the Same'


This American Life

Alex in Wonderland




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