Daily Archives: April 5, 2021

New Randy Rainbow Video: TED and LINDSEY! – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody

The joke about politics and politicians is that the promises that are made on the campaign trail doesn’t always translate into action when the winner takes office. But I would hope that at the very least, he or she tries to turn those promises into reality.

Randy Rainbow released his new video earlier today.

Titled TED and LINDSEY! – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody, Rainbow uses the song Kansas City from the Rodgers and Hammerstein musical Oklahoma! as the basis for the video. If I were to judge some Republican members of Congress on a scale of 1-10, (1 being somewhat decent and 10 being the worst of the worst), both Ted Cruz and Lindsey Graham would score an 11. They are hypocritical bullshitters who are more concerned with saving their own skins and kissing you know who’s ass rather than doing the job the voters hired them to do.

I can only hope, that at some point in the future, their constituents replace them with someone who puts their constituents first.

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My Grandparent’s War Review

The past has much to teach us, if we are willing to listen.

The new four part miniseries, My Grandparent’s War premiered last night on PBS. This four part series follows four prominent British actors as they learn about what their grandparents went through during World War II. In the first episode, Helena Bonham Carter explores wartime experiences of her paternal grandmother Helen Violet Bonham Carter and her maternal grandfather Eduardo Propper de Callejón. The next three episodes tell the family histories of Mark Rylance, Carey Mulligan, and Kristin Scott Thomas.

I truly enjoyed the program. If nothing else, it was just a reminder that that more things change, the more they stay the same. The generation that lived through and survived World War II will soon be gone from this Earth. It is therefore, incumbent upon us to hear their stories in whatever form we can.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely.

My Grandparent’s War airs on Sunday night at 8PM on PBS.

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Think Like a Feminist: The Philosophy Behind the Revolution Book Review

Someone wise once told me that when we know the reasons behind our actions, they have more meaning.

Think Like a Feminist: The Philosophy Behind the Revolution, by Carol Hay, was published last fall. Taking the reader through 200 years of feminist history, Hay walks through the various topics that exist within the movement and how we can talk through the more difficult issues that have not been dealt with.

If I were to recommend a book on modern feminism to someone, this book would be it. Simply and intelligently written, it is a down to earth presentation of everything that the movement represents without being too political or getting in the reader’s face.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely.

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Atlantic Crossing Review

A mother’s love for her children and a royal’s love of their country is one and the same.

The new PBS/Masterpiece historical drama, Atlantic Crossing, premiered last night. Based on a true story, it starts in 1939. Martha, the Crown Princess of Norway (Sofia Helin) is touring the United States with her husband, Olav, the Crown Prince of Norway (Tobias Santelmann). One of the events on their itinerary is having lunch with the President and First Lady, Franklin Delano and Eleanor Roosevelt (Kyle MacLachlan and Harriet Sansom Harris). FDR seems to be taken by the Princess.

A year later, Martha’s idyllic life ends World War II explodes and the Germans invade Norway. While her husband and father-in-law stay protect the nation, Martha and her children first escape to her native Sweden before traveling to the United States. Taking refuge within the walls of the White house, she start to advocate for her native land. This advocacy could be damaging in two equally important areas: her marriage and the tenuous world politics of the era.

The first episode is absolutely brilliant. Helin is perfectly cast as Martha, who could have easily been a shrinking violet, relying on the men around her. But she is smart, tough, and passionate. I wasn’t sure about the casting of MacLachlan and Sansom Harris (who also played the same role in the Netflix series Hollywood) as FDR and Eleanor. But upon seeing the full scene, the spiritual representations of these giants of American history seem to be so far pretty good.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

Atlantic Crossing airs on PBS Sunday night at 9PM.

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