When the Twin Towers fell on September 11th, 2001, those who were lucky enough the survive the falling of the towers ran from the towers with everything they had. While they ran from the smoldering ashes, the first responders ran toward the smoldering ashes. One of those first responders died today.
Detective Luis Alvarez passed away today at the young age of 53. He spent three months after 9/11 searching for survivors in the rubble. A few weeks ago, Detective Alvarez was among the first responders who testified with Jon Stewart to remind Congress of their responsibility to extend the September 11th Victim Compensation Fund.
Detective Alvarez is a hero in every sense of the word. A hero is defined (at least in my book), as someone who acts in the interests of others. Putting everything else on hold (his health included), he was one of many who acted in the interest of the city and the survivors.
Those of us above a certain age remember 9/11 and the awful days after the destruction the Twin Towers. While many of us were in shock and not sure how to deal, the first responders jumped in without a second thought.
Eighteen years later, the September 11th Victims Compensation Fund that is supposed to provide financial support to the victims, the first responders and the families is potentially going to be reduced. The problem is that the number of claims are increasing as the money available might be decreased.
From my perspective, there should be not even a shadow of a doubt that the fund should be kept going. It does not matter which political party (if any) one subscribes to. But Congress seems to have forgotten that. Why does it take Jon Stewart to remind our elected officials (whom we, the voters hired to represent us) that these men and women deserve this money?
Let’s face it, the news can be dull at moment. But comedy has a way of elevating the news by making us laugh and making us think.
The Daily Show premiered in 1996 on Comedy Central and has been a staple of the channel since then. Originally hosted by Craig Kilborn, then by Jon Stewart and currently by Trevor Noah, The Daily Show is is part news program and part stand up comedy routine.
The thing that I love about The Daily Show is that it speaks to the viewer who is bored or turned off by traditional news outlets, but still wants to be in the know about what is happening in the world.
There is one woman’s name on the lips of the world these past two days: Caitlyn Jenner.
Formerly Bruce Jenner, the Gold medal winner in the 1976 Montreal Olympics in the men’s decathlon and patriarch of a certain untalented television family who shall not be named, she revealed her new identity to world via the latest issue of Vanity Fair magazine.
The media pounced on the story like a vultures descending on the carcass of a recently deceased cow.
Comedian and Daily Show host Jon Stewart, as he usually does, hit the nail on the head.
As Bruce, he was assigned the usual positive qualities attached to a male: strong, intelligent and capable. As Caitlyn, she is assigned the usual positive qualities attached to a female: beautiful, pretty and attractive. In other words, as a man, he was judged by his abilities and his intelligence. As a woman, she is being judged by her looks.
Putting aside the fact that Caitlyn is now the public face of LGBT community, what Caitlyn represents is the double sided reality that women face today. While we have come very far in what is essentially a short time, we are still being judged by our looks.