Will the Killing of Qasem Soleimani Start World War III?

For some, an eye for an eye begets justice. For others, an eye for an eye leaves the whole world blind.

Last night, the news flashed around the world that Qasem Soleimani, the head of Iran’s elite Quds military force was killed by a US airstrike in Baghdad.

I would love to shout and cheer that the big bad is dead. Our world can finally be at peace.

The truth is that I cannot. Though it is without a doubt that this man and the forces he led did some truly heinous acts, I fear that this assassination will start World War III.

Adding to the mess is our so-called President, who used the excuse of so-called “bone spurs” to get out of serving in Vietnam. He never served in the military (which is not entirely a bad thing). That being said, it would behoove him and us to listen to those who have served in the military. He is akin to a little boy playing with his plastic soldiers. The problem with that is that he is not playing with six-inch plastic toys, he is playing with people’s lives.

Only time will tell if World War III starts or this is just another scuffle. No matter the outcome, yesterday’s actions make me more than a little nervous.


Roseanne and The Conners Character Review: Roseanne Conner

*For the foreseeable future, some Character Review posts may not be published every Thursday as they have in the past.

*Warning: This post contains spoilers about the characters from the television series  Roseanne and The ConnersRead at your own risk if you have not watched the show.

There is something to be said about a well written, human character. They leap off the page and speak to us as if they were right in front of us, as flesh and blood human beings, instead of fictional creations.

In this series of weekly blog posts, I will examine character using the characters from Roseanne and The Conners to explore how writers can create fully dimensional, human characters that audiences and readers can relate to.

In the history of television, housewives have been portrayed as paragons of motherly and wifely virtue. Their houses and their appearances were magazine ready, their children are angels and their husbands came home to perfect families. Roseanne Conner (Roseanne Barr) broke that mold the moment she appeared on our television screens. She was brash, outspoken, far from modelesque and her family was imperfect.

Roseanne and her husband, Dan (John Goodman), have three kids. Becky (played by Alicia Goranson and then by Sarah Chalke), Darlene (Sara Gilbert), DJ (Michael Fishman) and Jerry Garcia Conner. In addition to her kids, Roseanne’s sister Jackie (Laurie Metcalf) is always stopping by.

The Conners are the average middle-class American family and Roseanne is the average middle-class American wife and mother. She and Dan are juggling their kids, their jobs, paying bills, keeping their marriage going, etc. Over the course of the original series, Roseanne has multiple jobs, a breast reduction, and a fourth child.

When the series returned, Roseanne was still Roseanne. But with a new twist. While dealing with knee pain, she has become addicted to the pain killers. It’s what kills her on-screen while her off-screen alter ego, Roseanne Barr became a persona non-grata after some rather unsavory comments made via her Twitter account.

To sum it up: in being real and representing real women, Roseanne Conner and the actor that played her changed the way that women are portrayed on television. Roseanne was imperfect, complicated and faced the same everyday situations that the viewers faced. It is that grounding in reality that makes her memorable and lovable.

Flashback Friday: My Lottery Dream Home (2015-Present)

Winning the lottery can be described as wishful thinking. We often say “I will do x when I win the lottery or I will buy y when I win the lottery”. But for a lucky few that do win a significant amount of money, it can be life changing.

My Lottery Dream Home has aired on HGTV since 2015. The premise of the show is that the home buyers have won a significant amount of money playing the lottery. With their winnings, they are looking to purchase a new home. Host David Bromstad takes the home buyers to three potential new homes. At the end of each episode, a decision is made as to which house they will buy.

Watching this show is akin to wishful thinking becoming a reality. It’s as if the viewer is living vicariously through that episode’s subjects. What makes this show so curious and compelling is the question as to which home the buyers will choose.

I recommend it.

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