Daily Archives: February 20, 2020

Mayor Bloomberg Took a Pounding Last Night

As the calendar moves us closer to the Presidential election in the fall, many of us will start to make decisions (if we have not done so already) as to which candidate we will vote for.

Former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg finally joined the Democratic candidates on the debate stage last night.

To say that he took a pounding is an understatement.

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Unlike the other candidates, who have spent months, if not years on the campaign trail, Mayor Bloomberg is a recent arrival who has basically bought his way into the Presidential campaign. Spending millions of dollars on ads is one thing, but it is not enough to prove to the voters that you are the candidate to represent the party and lead the ticket in the fall.

To his credit, he did put up a dam good fight. He is obviously smart, tough and not afraid of standing his ground. One does not build a billion dollar company, govern a major city like New York for more than a decade or rebuild after an event like 9/11 without being having a brain and a backbone.

However, it is his record as Mayor that is troublesome. I am also questioning that after nearly four years of you know who, if America really wants another billionaire President who has bought their way into office?

Only time will tell who wins the nomination. But I have a feeling that it won’t be Michael Bloomberg.

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Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman Book Review

Among certain people, the idea of a proper female is slim, conventionally attractive and compliant.

Lindy West is none of those things. She is also brilliant and not afraid to call out the b*llshit when she sees it.

In her 2016 book, Shrill: Notes from a Loud Woman, West lays it all on the line. She rubs some people the wrong way just for being herself. She is not a size 2, outspoken and unlike many people, says what we all are thinking.

I loved this book and I loved how authentic she is. When confronted by jokes or comments that are distasteful or rude, most of us adhere to the rules of politeness that we learned as children. But not Lindy West.

That is why I loved this book and I absolutely recommend it.

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Throwback Thursday-Contagion (2011)

The story of humanity is chock full of stories of virus outbreaks that kills hundreds, if not thousands.

In 2011, the movie Contagion hit theaters. In the film, a virus spreads around the world like wildfire. It’s a race against time to stop the virus and save as many lives as possible.

It’s often said that art imitates life. Though this film is nearly ten years old, life has imitated art as the coronavirus is making it’s way around the world in a similar fashion. As a thriller, this film is well done, even if looking back now, it hits a little too close to home.

I recommend it.

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