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Flashback Friday-Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown (2013-2018)

Expanding one’s world by traveling outside of their home and comfort zone is often the way that many of us grow and change.

Starting in 2013, the late chef and author Anthony Bourdain took viewers around the world in his CNN show Anthony Bourdain: Parts Unknown.¬† Instead of hitting the usual tourist spots, viewers followed Bourdain as he visited parts of the world that don’t often receive a lot of fanfare. During these travels, he would immerse himself in the culture of the people he was visiting and joined them for a meal.

Sadly, Anthony Bourdain took his own life earlier this year. The final season premiered in September, remembering the man who brought the world into living rooms of his viewers. What I loved about this show was that it introduced viewers to people and cultures that they might have ever been introduced to otherwise. To me at least, it was a reminder that at the end of the day, we are all human beings.

I recommend it.

 

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Victims Of The Trump Temper Tantrum: Jeff Sessions And Jim Acosta

When one takes the mantle of political leadership, there are certain qualities that we expect this person to have. He or she is expected to be mature, level-headed, thoughtful, introspective and basically act like an adult.

After the results of the 2018 Midterm Elections were announced, you know who took an adult temper tantrum. As a result of this temper tantrum, Jeff Sessions is out of a job and CNN reporter Jim Acosta has lost his White House press credentials.

Since Sessions recused himself from the Russia investigation, his former boss put on a target on his back. Truth be told, I had a feeling that Jeff Sessions would be fired at some point, it was just a question of when rather than if. That point came last night.

For the most part, you know who has had it out for most media outlets since nearly the beginning of his time in office, if not sooner during the campaign. Jim Acosta was doing what every journalist does, making sure that those in power remember who is truly in charge. But he who shall not be named does not like those who do not kiss his feet and proclaim him to be the G-d he thinks he is.

We have two years until the 2020 Presidential election. In the next two years, I hope this country remembers what it stands for and why it was founded. Otherwise, the America that I know and love may turn into a thing of the past.

 

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A Democratic Mob? Let’s Talk About The Bombs Mailed To CNN, The Clintons, Obama And George Soros

In an effort to encourage Republican voters to vote in two weeks, the current resident of The White House described Democrats as a mob.

History tells us that there is a correlation between words and deeds, especially in politics.

The major headline of the day is that bombs were mailed to the New York City office of CNN, to the suburban New York homes of the Clinton’s and George Soros, and to the Washington DC home of Barack Obama.

Thankfully, no one was hurt or killed. The authorities were able to intercept the bombs before they could do any real damage.

We have a tradition in this country that allows different points of view (especially when it comes to politics) to be heard and respected with equal measure. That being said, it’s fine to disagree with someone when it comes to politics, it’s not acceptable to kill or destroy because of those political beliefs. What happened today speaks volumes about the current state of American politics and more importantly, it points to the person who is encouraging such acts.

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The Best Show On Television Your Not Watching: American Dynasties: The Kennedys

If America had an official royal family, the Kennedy family would be it.

They have it all: glamour, class, fame, beauty, power, tragedy, etc.

For the last two weeks, CNN has aired parts one and two of a miniseries entitled¬†American Dynasties: The Kennedys. It started with Joseph Kennedy, the family patriarch named as ambassador to the Court of St. James in the late 1930’s.

Narrated by Martin Sheen, the series contains intimate family home movies, interviews with journalists, historians, family members and those who are/were close to the Kennedy family.

I am thoroughly enjoying this series. It humanizes a family that many Americans put on a pedestal and allows the audience to see the subjects as fully formed human beings, instead of references in a history book.

I recommend it.

American Dynasties: The Kennedys airs Sunday nights at 9:00 on CNN. 

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