Daily Archives: March 5, 2018

Thoughts On Mary Poppins Returns Teaser Trailer

Mary Poppins is one of those movies. The 1964 movie starring Julie Andrews and Dick Van Dyke has been viewed and loved by multiple generations of movie-goers.

Building on the multi-generational love, Disney will be releasing the sequel to Mary Poppins, entitled Mary Poppins Returns, the end of this year.

The teaser trailer was released last night.

Stepping into the iconic role of the everyone’s favorite nanny is Emily Blunt, backed up by Lin-Manuel Miranda as Jack. What we know so far is that the sequel is set during the Depression. Jane and Michael Banks (Emily Mortimer and Ben Whishaw) are now adults dealing with a personal tragedy. It’s up to Mary to bring back joy and laughter back to the Banks family.

I have a feeling that this film will be one of those films that will define 2018. Mary Poppins is one of those characters that is beloved for many reasons. The only question is, how will the sequel fare compared to its beloved predecessor?

We’ll have to wait until December. Until then, the teaser trailer will have to do.

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New Randy Rainbow Video-“KIDS! A Randy Rainbow Song Parody”

Several weeks ago, 14 students and 3 teachers were murdered in a mass shooting at Marjory Stoneman Douglas High School in Parkland, Florida. At the outset, the response from the nation and our leaders seemed to be the same as it was for other mass shootings.

But something was different about this mass shooting. The surviving students, angry and grieving, were energized. Challenging the status quo, those in power and the NRA specifically, these kids are on the verge of making a breakthrough that adults have not been able to for far too long.

Randy Rainbow’s latest video, KIDS! A Randy Rainbow Song Parody is a satire of the song Kids from the musical Bye Bye Birdie, intermingled with an interview with NRA spokeswoman Dana Loesch.

These kids are going to change the world. We have two choices: fight the change that should have happened a long time ago or let our youth create the change that they are demanding for their future and our future.

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Our Damaged Democracy: We the People Must Act Book Review

Democracy, as an ideal is one thing. But for it to thrive and grow in a real world manner requires deeds, not words.

Joseph A. Califano Jr., spent his career in politics. Part of his career included working for former Presidents Lyndon B. Johnson and Jimmy Carter.

Earlier this year, Mr. Califano published a book entitled, Our Damaged Democracy: We the People Must Act. Pulling on his decades in the professional political arena, he explains why the American democracy is failing and what we, the voting public can and must do to fix the problem.

I think this one of the best books on politics I have read in a long time and a must read for any American citizen who feels powerless against those in power. While Mr. Califano speaks from the perspective of bipartisanship, he is not afraid to call out all politicians on both sides of the aisle (including you know who) to do what is right for the country and her citizens. But the one point that he makes several times over the course of the book is that for the American democracy to succeed and continue into the future, her citizens have to trust each other, even if they don’t see eye to eye on every issue.

I absolutely recommend it.

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