Guest: Barry Casselman, The Prairie Editor.........we will look at the state of US politics..............and other stories........
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“Chappaquiddick” refers to a scandal that in hindsight is stunning that it didn’t end Kennedy’s political career – or put him in jail. Let’s say you’re a fan of Kennedy for everything but this episode. Still, on a boozy summer night – the same weekend that Neil Armstrong walked on the moon – a married but philandering Teddy drove his car off the Chappaquiddick bridge with Mary Jo Kopechne (astute performance by Kate Mara, she’s excellent), a young secretary who’d worked for his late brother Bobby, at his side.Were they screwing, or just driving around, drinking, having a grand time? No one knows. But the car went into the water and turned upside down. Teddy escaped and did not try to save Mary Jo. He returned to the party house where he and friends had been whooping it up, found two of his sycophants (Ed Helms and Jim Gaffigan), brought them back to the scene of the accident. By then, Mary Jo had certainly died. They never reported the accident. Instead, they created massive coverup that presaged Watergate. The car and Mary Jo were discovered the next morning by a passersby. Curran peels the coverup like an orange, and it’s beautiful to watch. Clarke portrays Teddy so ambiguously you almost can’t tell if he’s calculating, stupid, just a lost man child. The result is you can’t take your eyes off of him. Teddy’s scenes with his father – Joe Kennedy after a stroke, wheelchair bound, wordless perfection from Bruce Dern – are riveting.The Kennedys will not be happy. They may try to kill this film. (In 40 years no one has even tried to tell this story accurately.) Allen will have to present quite a PR front and solid distribution. This isn’t a tabloid story. Curran is damn serious. If Mary Jo as #MeToo victim takes off, the movie will click. This really happened. Ted Kennedy – using his brothers’ assassinations for sympathy – convinced the world that he just didn’t know what happened to this beautiful, smart young woman. “Chappaquiddick” is quite stunning.Release date is April 6th. More to come, oh yes, when we get closer…
"Ask about universal health care and he shakes his head. Four smart presidents -- Truman, Johnson, Nixon and Clinton -- tried and failed. That one can wait. Reform of Social Security and other entitlements? Too big, too woolly, too risky. If the president wants to propose big changes to entitlements, he can lead the charge."So don't expect a lot to happen from this Democrat Congress, unless you think that the minimum wage is the defining issue of our time.
"Cuban Prisoner of conscience JUAN CARLOS HERRERA ACOSTA sewed his mouth shut Tuesday afternoon, December 26, at the maximum security Prison of Kilo 8, located in the province of Camagüey."Who is this man?:
"Juan Carlos Herrera Acosta was condemned to serve 20 years in prison during the March-April 2003, wave of repression in Cuba, and is presently confined in the same compound with dangerous convicts condemned to death and to life imprisonment."Where is Cindy Sheehan and the Hollywood crowd? Why are they barking about GITMO?
Mexicans sent home $26.1 billion from January to November 2017, according to figures released Tuesday by the central bank of Mexico. That's the most ever recorded and better than the $24.1 billion sent in 2016 over the same period.This is why so many of us want to force Mexico to reform itself. It won't happen until Mexicans hold their government accountable and responsible for the nation's well being.