Impeachment: American Crime Story Review

Back in the late 1990’s, the impeachment trial of then President Bill Clinton was everywhere. His affair with Monica Lewinsky and the scandal that followed could not be ignored. One would have to be either living under a rock or under a certain age to at least not catch a whiff of what was coming from Washington DC.

The third season of the FX series, American Crime Story, focuses on the whirlwind that surrounded the Clinton administration following the rumor that he had an extramarital affair with Lewinsky, who was then an intern in her early 20’s. Clive Owen plays the former President. The four main female players are Lewinsky (Beanie Feldstein), Hillary Clinton (Edie Falco), Linda Tripp (Sarah Paulson), and Paula Jones (Annaleigh Ashford).

What I like about this series is that it takes the sexism that was part and parcel of this this entire affair and turns it on its head. Nowadays, Clinton has been politically lionized in some circles for what he did while in office. But it is easy to forget that his reputation was that of a hound dog who was not above forgetting his marriage vows. The focus is not on him, but the women around them. Depending on the sources, Lewinsky (who is one of the producers of this season), Clinton, Tripp, and Jones are either mocked, ignored, or vilified for their behavior during this period. Instead of being portrayed as 2D stereotypes, these women are fully rounded characters and finally allowed to tell this story from their perspective.

The cast is fantastic. Owens disappears under a prosthetic nose and a southern accent. Feldstein gives her character the breadth and depth that she finally deserves after being a punchline for twenty plus years. Paulson’s Tripp is sort of an anti-hero. The viewer may not agree with the decisions she made, but we learn more of her than the headlines portrayed back then. For their parts, Falco and Ashford are equally good, trying to hold their own in a world that does not do them justice.

Do I recommend it? Yes.

Impeachment: American Crime Story airs on FX on Tuesday night at 10PM.

Shame On You, Susan Collins

There is a special place in hell for women who don’t support other women, especially when it comes to allegations of sexual assault.

Senator Susan Collins voted to proceed with the confirmation of Brett Kavanaugh to join the Supreme Court. The result is that her opponent has received a tidy sum from voters in donations.

The message coming from the Senate is clear. The voice of the American woman does not matter. Her experience does not matter, especially when it comes to rape and/or sexual assault. While the woman has to live for the rest of her life with the emotional trauma that comes with sexual assault, the man is free and clear to move on with his life as if nothing happened.

The law of the land is innocent until proven guilty, as Mitch McConnell pointed out. However, the accusations against Judge Kavanaugh are severe enough to create questions of his ability to be impartial and non-partisan.

I started writing this post yesterday. As of this morning, Judge Kavanaugh is the newest member of the Supreme Court.

What is done cannot be undone. However, the midterms are coming. American voters will have their say when it comes to who will representing them in Washington.  While only time will tell how the makeup of the Senate will change, I have a feeling that some Senators may find themselves out of a job.

 

Randy Rainbow Live Review

Most days, what’s going on in American politics is enough to make one’s head turn. But with you know who in office, my head feels like it has twisted so far that it may come off my body completely.

That is satirist and performer Randy Rainbow comes and stops the head spinning, if only temporarily. While he has been making uploading videos to YouTube for quite a while, his name and work exploded into the public consciousness during the 2016 Presidential Election.

Last night, he played the first of two shows at the Gramercy Theater in New York City.

Singing a medley of his songs while clips of his videos played in the background, what the viewer sees on the computer screen is what the audience experiences in a live performance. Sharp as a tack, funny as h*ll and pulling no punches, Randy Rainbow provides the comedic relief we all know as we try to digest that craziness coming out of Washington D.C.

This man is a political genius. He had the audience (myself included) in stitches throughout the entire show. While we were laughing, we were being relieved (if only in the short-term) of the stress and agita that has become part of being an American in 2018. It was one of the best concerts, I’ve been to in a long time.

Do I recommend the concert? Absolutely.

Randy Rainbow Live will be playing at various locations throughout the US until the end of the year. Check the website for venues and tickets. 

 

New Randy Rainbow Video-Randy Rainbow Interviews Betsy DeVos!

Logically, it would make sense that the person chosen for the position of Education Secretary has professional experience as an educator in some capacity. That would make sense, but there seems to be a lack of sense coming out of Washington D.C. these days.

On Friday, Randy Rainbow released his newest video highlighting once again that Betsy DeVos is completely unqualified for her position.

While it is not his traditional musical number, the biting satire that has become one of his trademarks happily remains.

I know it’s been said before, but our children are our future. Without a basic education, they will not be able to succeed as adults. The problem is that the woman who is leading America’s educational system may screw up our kid’s future before it has even begun.

 

Flashback Friday-United 93 (2006)

Among the heartache and tragedy that is September 11th, stories of heroism shine through the darkness. One of those stories is the passengers on United Airlines Flight 93.

The 2006 film, United 93, is the story of their heroism as they fought against their hijackers. While they lost their lives in Shanksville, Pennsylvania, they saved countless others in Washington D.C. by preventing the terrorists from reaching their intended destination. With a cast that includes David Alan Basche playing real life hero Todd Beamer,  the film is told in real-time from the moment the passengers get on the plane, until it crashes, killing everyone aboard.

If there was ever a 9/11 movie that keeps the tension tight until the credits roll while breaking the hearts of the audience, this film is it.

I recommend it.

John Kelly and the “Compromise” That Would Have Prevented the Civil War

It’s no secret that the Trump Presidency has been a hot mess since day 1. When General John Kelly became Chief of Staff earlier this year, there seemed to be a promise of  being the “adult in the room”.

That promise, if it ever truly existed, has not exactly come to pass. Kelly has just become another Trump crony repeating the “alternative facts” that has become a hallmark of the current administration.

The latest “alternative fact” coming from Washington D.C. is that The Civil War could have been prevented if the North and the South had simply compromised. I’m not an expert on that period, but I know enough to know that compromising was not an option. I could go further, but I will let Samantha Bee take over from here.

So much for being the adult in the room.

Sean Spicer Should Be Fired

It’s no secret to anyone who has kept their eye on Washington DC since the inauguration in January that it has not been a smooth transition from the Obama administration to the Trump administration. Not that the first few months of any Presidential administration is smooth, but this transition seems to be rougher than the previous administrations.

The latest gaffe coming out of The White House is Sean Spicer’s comments comparing the gassing of innocent Syrian civilians to the murders of Jews and others by the Nazis during World War II.

Sean Spicer should be fired. Not only are his comments rude, insensitive, historically inaccurate, but they were also uttered on Passover, of all days.

While both acts are reprehensible and should force anyone with a heart and a brain to reel in shame, horror and disgust, the fact that Mr. Spicer downplayed the Holocaust and fact that innocent civilians were killed by chemical weapons is more than enough of a reason that he should be fired.

Next time (if there is a next time), I suggest that whomever writes his speeches does their homework before coming to the podium.

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