Daily Archives: May 29, 2018

The Hellfire Club Book Review

Politics has always been a dirty game.

In the new novel, The Hellfire Club, by respected journalist Jake Tapper, Charlie Marder has spent his professional life up to this point in the world of academia. But then his local congressman suddenly dies and through family connections, Charlie is suddenly thrust in the world of politics with his wife, Margaret. As Charlie and Margaret get used to the world of Washington D.C. in the 1950’s, they discover how dirty politics can be. Especially when their morals and their lives become endangered.

Blending real historical figures of the era with fictional characters, Tapper tells the story of political intrigue, back room deals and secrets that are kept from the voting public. While I couldn’t quite hook into the narrative, it was still a decent read and proof that regardless of the time period, politics, is still politics.

I recommend it.

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Thoughts On The Roseanne Cancellation

Comedy is supposed to push boundaries. But at the same time, certain boundaries should never be crossed.

Roseanne was the juggernaut of the Spring 2018 television season. The reboot was a hit, reminding viewers why they kept returning to the Conner family every week.

Then Roseanne Barr, the show’s namesake star, opened her big mouth. Or rather, she let her latest tweet do the talking. Because of that tweet about Obama adviser Valerie Jarrett, Roseanne has been cancelled.

As much as I thoroughly enjoyed the new season, cancellation was the only reaction that made sense. A slap on the wrist would have not been enough. What makes me angry is that everyone who worked on the show, both in front of the camera and behind the camera, is out of a job.  They should not be punished for Barr’s mistake.

Like all controversies, this too shall fade from the public conciousness.

But what will not fade is the fact that you know who, who has made both racist and sexist comments in the past still has his job, while others are out of a job.

 

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