Eric Cantor – An ignorant view

Disclaimer: In no way do I think that I am completely ignorant, but I do feel that I need to have a point of view about issues and this is what this blog is about.

Today’s top news story on Google is Eric Cantor, and his surprising defeat in the Virginia primaries last week. Just spent the last hour reading and watching all about this and here is my take.

It all goes back to entitlement and this country’s belief that we are entitled to whatever we think we are entitled to. Mr Cantor never even gave a second thought that he might not win the primary, it couldn’t happen.

Or that is what he was told, because he was too busy hob-nobbing in Washington than to be concerned with this inconvenience known as the democratic process. He was too busy dealing with bigger issues as he worked his way up higher and higher in the Republican party, while his opponent in Virginia, a local college professor, was talking to the people in their district. What a radical idea….ask the people that live in the area that you represent what their views are….that’s so crazy….it might just work.

Many times I read where Cantor spent more on steak dinner parties than his opponent, Dave Brat, did on his entire campaign. Guess money does not always win, but you can ask the Miami Heat about that. Being the majority leader in the House of Representatives takes a lot of dealing with national issues, which leaves very little time for dealing with local ones.

I say it is about time that the voters actually had a say in things, as odd as that might sound. It seems to me that change is feared so voters just keep voting along party lines, not really sure of all the issues (an ignorant view, self included), but this time enough was enough.

Read a lot about possible reasons that he lost, his immigration reform views, his being Jewish, that democrats decided to vote republican this primary and just voted against Cantor just to get him out, his 43% approval rate among fellow Republicans, but to me it came down to another politician losing touch with what he was originally elected to do and losing touch with the people that originally elected him.

I did run across this commentary from Mike Huckabee that pretty much sums it all up to me

http://www.mikehuckabee.com/mike-huckabee-news?ID=4ee9f2af-5e20-4eaf-b954-a2bc7e344d64

One last little tidbit of useless information. Dave Brat’s upcoming opponent in the election, Jack Trammell who is also a college professor, is in the middle of writing a novel about vampires. I’m sure something will be said about that….

Tony Awards – An ignorant view

Disclaimer: In no way do I think that I am completely ignorant, but I do feel that I need to have a point of view about issues and this is what this blog is about.

Top story today is the Tony awards. Never been to a Broadway play, don’t know if I ever will. I do know that it amazes me that these actors and actresses have to get up on stage every night for weeks/months at a time and perform for an audience that will be quick to judge any miscue. I must admit that the list of celebrities that either won or were at the Tony’s was pretty impressive

Hugh Jackman (host), Neil Patrick Harris, Will Ferrell, Clint Eastwood, Denzel Washington (never knew he was acting on Broadway and was nominated for a Tony), Sting, etc..

So rather than say something to embarrass myself, just figured I would post the list of winners and for what it is worth, congratulate them all

Best Musical: “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love and Murder”

Best Leading Actress in a Musical: Jessie Mueller, “Beautiful – The Carole King Musical”

Best Leading Actor in a Play: Bryan Cranston, “All the Way”

Best Leading Actress in a Play: Audra McDonald, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”

Best Featured Actor in a Play: Mark Rylance, “Twelfth Night”

Best Featured Actress in a Musical: Lena Hall, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

Best Leading Actor in a Musical: Neil Patrick Harris, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

Best Play: “All the Way”

Best Revival of a Play: “A Raisin in the Sun”

Best Revival of a Musical: “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

Best Lighting Design of a Play: Natasha Katz, “The Glass Menagerie”

Best Lighting Design of a Musical: Kevin Adams, “Hedwig and the Angry Inch”

Best Costume Design of a Play: Jenny Tiramani, “Twelfth Night”

Best Costume Design of a Musical: Linda Cho, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”

Best Featured Actress in a Play: Sophie Okonedo, “A Raisin in the Sun”

Best Choreography: Warren Carlyle, “After Midnight”

Best Featured Actor in a Musical: James Monroe Iglehart, “Aladdin”

Best Score: Jason Robert Brown, “The Bridges of Madison County”

Best Director of a Play: Kenny Leon, “A Raisin in the Sun”

Best Book of a Musical: Robert L. Freedman, “A Gentleman’s Guide to Love & Murder”

Best Orchestrations: Jason Robert Brown, “The Bridges of Madison County”

Best Scenic Design of a Play: Beowulf Boritt, “Act One”

Best Scenic Design of a Musical: Christopher Barreca, “Rocky”

Best Sound Design of a Play: Steve Canyon Kennedy, “Lady Day at Emerson’s Bar & Grill”

Best Sound Design of a Musical: Brian Ronan, “Beautiful: The Carole King Musical”

Special Tony Award for Lifetime Achievement in the Theater: Costume designer Jane Greenwood

Isabelle Stevenson Award: Rosie O’Donnell

Belmont Stakes – An Ignorant View

Disclaimer: In no way do I think that I am completely ignorant, but I do feel that I need to have a point of view about issues and this is what this blog is about.

Belmont Stakes, third jewel in the historic triple crown or horse racing, was won by….Tonalist…not California Chrome.  As most people know, California Chrome had won the Kentucky Derby and Preakness in the past month or so and was possibly the first horse that would win the triple crown since the late 70’s, but it wasn’t meant to be.

I personally did not watch the race yesterday, but just watched a video of it and although I know nothing about horse racing, California Chrome looked like he was struggling the whole race, and yet he still stayed up at the front of the pack and even made a run for it at the end, more than anyone can ask from this amazing creature, right?

Apparently not, one of the co-owners of California Chrome went on a rant after the race saying that it is not fair that the horses that all came in ahead of his horse did not race in the Preakness and Kentucky Derby and that it wasn’t fair. Sounds like a sore loser to me. 6 weeks ago no one had ever heard of Steve Coburn, and now he is going to go down in the books as that cry baby owner of California Chrome.

Show some class, tip your hat to the other horses, go on and brag about your wonderful horse and all that he has accomplished, enjoy yourself and become a spokesman for horse racing to get young fans interested in it again, but quit whining for God’s sake. The rules did not suddenly change as far as who is eligible to run in the Belmont Stakes, it has not changed for 100 years as far as I can tell, the truth is that the Triple Crown is something that is extremely difficult to achieve. If they limited the field only to horses that compete in all 3 races, I can almost guarantee you that it would become a more regular occurrence which would NOT be good for the sport.

Just one man’s opinion

Vladimir Putin – Ignorant View

Disclaimer: In no way do I think that I am completely ignorant, but I do feel that I need to have a point of view about issues and this is what this blog is about.

Today’s top story on Google’s list was Vladimir Putin, actually it was Los Angeles Kings but I do not consider myself ignorant on sports so I passed on it. Just checked after doing my 1 hour of reading and Putin wasn’t even on the list anymore…hmmm

All of the stories centered around the celebration in Normandy, France for D-Day and the possible stories concerning Putin meeting with the new Ukrainian leader as well as having a brief conversation with President Obama. Still trying to figure out why he was listed as the top story as I did not really get much out of my readings other than his being there made everyone uneasy, regardless of what they are saying.

Actually Hilary Clinton said it best when she said that dealing with him was like dealing with the schoolyard bully, that is what he seems like to me. Of course I never met the guy and pretty sure I never will, but he has that aura about him that says “Don’t %$&* With Me!”

Good things were being reported from the meetings as it seems that all concerned agreed that they needed to stop the fighting and bloodshed in Ukraine immediately, that coming from both sides…or all sides as it were.

Wish I could have gotten more out of it but as I mentioned before, this is my goal. To take the top story as listed on Google, read about the issue for 1 hour and then write my thoughts. Ignorance is not stupidity, it is about not having the information. Tired of being ignorant on issues. Feedback is welcome….

ECB – 2

Still the top story on Google news. Spent another hour reading about it and it does not seem like anything has changed as far as the information getting out.

What I am not seeing is how this is going to affect the people of Europe, you know, the actual consumer. All the stories talk about loans for businesses and spiking the economy, but as of yet I have only seen one article that actually talked to a “normal” person. The unemployed are excited, businesses are excited, but what about the family that works and saves and is planning a retirement? If the banks are forced to NOT hold on to their money, where is the safety in it for those families? Why would you keep savings in a bank at this point? Many are saying that they will simply take their money from the bank and invest in insurance policies, several mentioned mattresses as well.

Also just read that European banks might be looking at putting their money in the US Federal Reserve where they will receive a 0.25% interest rate, same story also says that Fed has deposits of over $3 Trillion currently, with 50% of that being foreign money. Seems we have a little hoarding problem ourselves, huh?

Bowe Bergdahl – An ignorant view – part II

Disclaimer: In no way do I think that I am completely ignorant, but I do feel that I need to have a point of view about issues and this is what this blog is about. Not trying to offend anyone, just picking one current news story at a time and expressing my OPINION.

When I came up with the idea for this blog, it was was to take the top story from Google News for each day, allow myself 1 hour to read up on it and form an opinion, wasn’t really thinking about the possibility of the same story being number 1 for more than a day, but here goes.

Spent the last hour reading about Sgt Bergdahl’s release and really see nothing different than I did yesterday. The only thing that stands out now is the political bull crap that is going on about this. As usual, party lines are drawn and let the name calling begin. Just so sick of it.

As far as this all being done without congressional approval, former Bush aides have come out and said that Bush probably would have done the same thing, act first and look for forgiveness later. What is the point of having laws if any administration can just break them and call it their privilege to do so? Also not sure I understand why Obama administration is saying that they do not feel that they did anything wrong or broke any laws, but are calling members of congress and apologizing to them for not letting them know before it happened. Why apologize if you did nothing wrong? And I thought I was wishy-washy!

Not that this is not an important story, but not really sure what else the media is going to come up with other than talking to everyone who has ever come in contact with Sgt Bergdahl, as I understand it the Republicans are making it real easy for media to get in touch with all of them. Pathetic.

My opinion, bring Sgt Bergdahl back to the states, let him reunite with his family and friends, but then the military needs to get to what really happened, without media being involved. If military clears him, then we all need to let him get back to trying to lead a normal life, it seems like that is going to be hard enough to do in and of itself

Please leave a comment, my goal is to be better informed and to me the best way to do that is to learn from other people