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REVIEW of ‘The Interview’ – Fun Raunch! … and free speech run rampant

Never in my 58 years have I wandered out on Christmas day to go to a movie.

Bill Golden - The Interview

This year I decided to put on my Red, White and Blue suspenders and go out to support independent theater owners that took the risk of showing the movie called ‘The Interview‘, which has earned the ire of North Korea, a hacking group called the Guardians of Freedom, and from which corporate America ran away from as quickly as possible.

I chose to view this movie based simply upon the principle of embracing free speech … and poking back at those who would dictate to us what we should/should not see, read, think or be exposed to.

Our local independent theater, the Manassas Four which is owned and operated by Bunny Khorana, fancied itself up for the film’s Christmas debut.

Manassas Four Theater

And yes, people showed up. So many people showed up to see the movie that they moved its showing to the largest of the four theaters in the complex.

Manassas Four - The Interview Crowd

America came out to see this movie. The young, the old, and those of every hue … plus there seemed to be a healthy number of Koreans in the audience.

The Review 

Quick Review: Oy vey! Rude, crude, lewd and embarrassingly very funny.

The audience laughed … they/we laughed a lot. I noticed that women’s voices were often the loudest and most often to be heard laughing. Two of the film’s main characters were women and both used their bodies as weapons … on the soft minds of men and male weaknesses (which are legion!). Sexual innuendo on the level of young males overdosed on testosterone trying to gross each out was woven into every major scene of the movie … and there was a strong gay humor streak as well.

No one escaped insult or stereotyping. Yet I cannot help but believe that the audience walked away having laughed at itself.

We laughed not only at the fun poked at Kim — but NEVER was there a moment when the laughs were at the expense of Koreans or Asians — we also laughed at America. American media and corporate values were just as much poked and embraced for every laugh and gagline imaginable.

‘F’ Bombs: this movie was a continuous carpetbombing of that effing word.

At moments I felt embarrassed to have laughed so loud and so often because … this film is so rude, crude and lewd in a mischievous foul-mouthed American juvenile kind of way. I admit it: the laughing felt good … and I should have taken a rosary with me to keep count and to ask forgiveness for each smile that crossed my mind.

Supposedly this movie was ‘low budget’ but the videography and the acting and the scenes were all very well done. There was no cheese anywhere … except in the low brow humor.

God bless America and fresh popcorn. Go see the movie! Do it because we’re Americans and no one tells us what to do … except our moms … and that doesn’t always work out so well either.

So was the movie worth it? Was it worth the money that I spent?

On the way home I stopped off to get some milk for my coffee. Prominently displayed were some suggested unique Christmas gifts for those in search of something … anything … for those desperate … to spend some money on anything just so they could show that they remembered you … or whatever. If you would buy a Chia Willie then you need to get your willie to the theater and show that you really believe in America and free speech.

Chia Willie

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October 13th Senate Debate – Warner and Gillespie – Virginia Federal Senate Race

The People’s Debate
Senator Mark Warner and Ed Gillespie Accept People’s Debate Invitation
Statewide Broadcast on October 13

Mark Warner - Senator - Virginia - 2014

Sen Mark Warner (D), Incumbent

RICHMOND, Virginia – The League of Women Voters of Virginia and AARP Virginia are pleased to announce Senator Mark Warner has accepted the groups’ invitation to debate challenger Ed Gillespie during a statewide
television broadcast on October 13. Gillespie had accepted the invitation earlier.

The statewide-televised debate to be held at 7 p.m. on October 13 in Richmond. Media partners for the debate are WCVE-TV (PBS) and WTVR-TV CBS 6. The debate will be held at the WCVE-TV studio.

This unique debate, organized by The League of Women Voters of Virginia and AARP Virginia, will ask the candidates to go on record about issues important to all Virginians.

“We are excited to offer this forum to the voters of Virginia,” said Anne Sterling, president of the League of Women Voters. “The League is pleased to work with AARP, PBS and CBS on this event. Citizens have a right to learn where both U.S. Senate candidates stand on the issues and we thank each for accepting our invitation to debate live on television, in October.”

Ed Gillespie - Rep;ublican - 2014 Senate Campaign

Ed Gillespie (R), Senate Candidate

The four panelists for the debate will include one representative each from AARP, the League of Women Voters, WCVE-TV and WTVR-TV.

“Non-partisan voter engagement and education has been part of AARP’s mission to help Americans live their best lives for nearly 30 years,” Bill Kallio, State Director of ARRP, said. “We are proud to sponsor the People’s Debate because AARP informs voters about the candidates’ positions, giving them the ability to make an informed choice on Election Day.”

Richmond television stations WTVR-TV CBS 6 and WCVE-TV PBS are co-producing and distributing the debate to broadcasters statewide in order to make the forum available to voters across Virginia.

Follow news about the debate on Twitter with the hashtag #PeoplesDebate.

About LWV
The League of Women Voters of Virginia, a nonpartisan political organization, encourages informed and active participation in government, works to increase understanding of major public policy issues and influences public policy through education and advocacy. Formed 94 years ago from the movement that secured the right to vote for women, LWV has continued working for voters. Today we concentrate on voters rights, making sure every vote is counted and registering voters, high school and college students. The centerpiece of the League’s efforts remains to expand participation and give a voice to all Americans. . . We do these at all three levels of government, engaging in both broad educational efforts as well as advocacy. Our issues are grounded in our respected history of making democracy work for all citizens. LWV operates through more than 800 state and local Leagues, in all 50 states as well in DC, Puerto Rico, the Virgin Islands and Hong Kong. LWV does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates.

About AARP
AARP is a nonprofit, nonpartisan organization with a membership that helps people 50+ have independence, choice and control in ways that are beneficial and affordable to them and society as a whole. AARP does not endorse candidates for public office or make contributions to either political campaigns or candidates. We produce AARP The Magazine, the definitive voice for 50+ Americans and the world’s largest-circulation magazine with nearly 35 million readers; AARP Bulletin, the go-to news source for AARP’s millions of members and Americans 50+; and our website, AARP.org. AARP Foundation is an affiliated charity that provides security, protection, and empowerment to older persons in need with support from thousands of volunteers, donors, and sponsors. We have staffed offices in all 50 states, the District of Columbia, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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Debate – Congressional District 1 – Sep 18th – Manassas, Virginia – Congressman Rob Wittman (R)

2014 District 1 Candidates’ Forum ‏
September 18, 2014

Where

Wyndham Garden, 10800 Vandor Lane, Manassas, Va 20109
Moderator Dr. Stephen Farnsworth

Candidates

Congressman Rob Wittman (R)
Norman Mosher (D)
Gail Parker (I) Green Party

Forum: 7:45 PM — Open to the Public

Social 6:30 PM — OPTIONAL
Dinner 7:00 PM — OPTIONAL

* RESERVATIONS are required for dinner: $25 PWC-100 members ; $30 non-members/guests

* To make a reservation, contact: secretarycommitteeof100@gmail.com no later than NOON, Monday, September 15.

About Congressman Rob Wittman | About Norm Mosher (D) | About Gail Parker (I)

Congressman Rob WittmanAs a Member of the Republican Study Committee, he is a leader in the fight against massive government spending and has offered numerous amendments to cut spending. Rob serves on the House Armed Services Committee and the Committee on Natural Resources, where he is well-positioned to represent the needs of the First District. He has quickly earned a reputation for being an advocate for our men and women in uniform.

On the Armed Services Committee, Rob serves as the Chairman of the Readiness Subcommittee, and also serves on the Subcommittee on Seapower and Projection Forces. In addition, as Co-Chair of the Congressional Shipbuilding Caucus and Chairman of the Naval Academy Board of Visitors, he is a staunch advocate for a robust Naval fleet and a healthy domestic shipbuilding industry. Rob has also earned a reputation as a strong supporter of our veterans and is fighting for full concurrent receipt of veterans’ disability and retirement benefits and recently led the effort to ensure the cut to veterans COLAs was overturned.

A champion of the Chesapeake Bay, Rob serves on the House Natural Resources Committee, to which he brings his professional expertise in water quality, the environment, fisheries, and other natural resource issues. He is a leading voice for the Chesapeake Bay – for its economic, environmental, and recreational attributes – and has passed legislation increasing the accountability and effectiveness of Bay clean-up. He also Co-Chairs the House Chesapeake Bay Watershed Caucus to educate others in Congress about the Bay.

Congressman Rob Wittman

Prior to his election to Congress, Rob served most recently as Field Director for the Virginia Health Department’s Division of Shellfish Sanitation. Earlier, he worked for many years as an environmental health specialist for local health departments in Virginia’s Northern Neck and Middle Peninsula regions. He holds a Ph.D. in Public Policy and Administration from Virginia Commonwealth University, a Master of Public Health degree in Health Policy and Administration from the University of North Carolina, and a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from Virginia Tech.

Rob has served in several levels of government, from Town Council to the United States Congress. Rob won his first campaign for public office in 1986 when he was elected to the Montross Town Council, where he served for 10 years, four of them as Mayor. In 1995, Rob was elected to the Westmoreland County Board of Supervisors and was elected its Chairman in 2003. In 2005, voters in the 99th Legislative District elected Rob to the Virginia House of Delegates, where he served until he was elected to the United States House of Representatives in 2007. Rob’s wife, Kathryn, a teacher at Cople Elementary School in Hague, is a Westmoreland County native whom he met when he spent high school and college summer recesses working in a Leedstown tomato cannery and on a Reedville fishing boat in the Northern Neck. They live in Montross and have two children: a daughter, Devon, son-in-law Daniel Gooch, and son, Josh, and his wife, Tiffany. Rob and Kathryn are proud grandparents to three wonderful grandchildren, Morgan, Mark, and Macon.

Rob is an avid hunter and fisherman, and when possible, he enjoys spending time with his four yellow Labrador Retrievers.

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Chincoteague, Virginia sinking or the waters rising?

Chincoteague, Virginia (Reuters / read more)

The people of Chincoteague are engaged in a battle at the water’s edge against rising seas. All along U.S. shores, people, businesses and governments are confronting rising seas not as a future possibility. For them, the ocean’s rise is a troubling everyday reality. Reuters gathered more than 25 million hourly readings from National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration tide gauges at nearly 70 sites on the U.S. coast and compared them to flood thresholds documented by the National Weather Service. The analysis was then narrowed to include only the 25 gauges with data spanning at least five decades. During that period, the average number of days a year that tidal waters reached or exceeded NOAA flood thresholds increased at all but two sites and tripled at more than half of the locations.

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JOBS / #Telework / Reversing Trends? Bes

JOBS / #Telework / Reversing Trends? Best Buy calls it quit on ‘flexible work’ … http://wp.me/p1SbJI-cB

Best Buy has become the second major employer within the last week to throw its telework/telecommute employee program overboard.

I have several interpretations of what is happening.

#1 – This is not an indictment of telework/telecommute as a form of workplace participation. It is appropriate for some forms of work and not others.

#2 – Companies are getting leaner and meaner (hopefully ‘efficient’). These companies seem to believe that the ‘remotely connected workforce’ is disconnected from the reality of corporate culture (how we make money).

#3 – Organizations really can do much more these days with fewer people on the payroll.

When you are trying to do more with less it is hard to throw someone into the fight when they are not exactly there, physically present.

‘Hey you!’ has long been a useful policy in most industries and organizations: when something needs to get done then now is good … so who is available to get it done now?

A counterargument is that these organizations (Yahoo! and Best Buy) just need to manage their workforce better. I agree. However, I run a virtual company myself and have often found it difficult to get my remote telework/telecommute folks (12 out of 18) to appreciate the business challenges that we face: their life is usually a set of well defined tasks and ‘hey you!’ doesn’t work well at all.

Abandonment of the flexible workforce by two very large firms does not make a trend … but it should tell us something about where BIG business is going: doing more with less requires far more interaction than perhaps our current telework and telecommute approaches may be able to deliver when it comes to corporate teambuilding vice task teambuilding.

by Bill Golden
WGolden@USAJobZoo.com

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JOBS / $$ / March 1st Sequestration Cuts

JOBS / $$ / March 1st Sequestration Cuts … 800,000 civilian furloughs coming … this is going to hurt | USADefenseIndustryJobs.com – http://ow.ly/hTrNb … Bill Golden has a few thoughts on this topic.

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The Fiscal Cliff Aversion, Avoidance and New Arrears Act of 2013

Late at night on New Year Day of 2013, the House voted after much last minute handwringing to accept the Senate compromise bill to avoid the Fiscal Cliff.

Reality is that the cliff has not been averted, just the rough edges of it.

Along the way many bargaining chips were wasted to get very little.

On December 31st the national credit card hit its limit. Treasury Secretary Geithner says that he can move some things around to pay the bills through sometime in February. Our new Fiscal Cliff Avoidance Bill of January 1st 2013 now adds almost $400 billion per year in new national debt per the CBO’s analysis.

LAW OF UNINTENDED CONSEQUENCES

The Republicans now own Obama in the next round of negotiations over increasing the debt limit. That crisis hits within six weeks. As the Washington Post put it: “The bill avoids austerity but doesn’t tame dangers of national default, high unemployment or swelling debt.”

There is little to rejoice about in the Senate bill, now approved by the House, because it is fiscally irresponsible. It will cause much of the good that it has supposedly created to collapse in upon itself … not within years but within months.

The GOP itself has major issues and #1 among them is that its has allowed itself to be held hostage by the Tea Party mentality of talk a tough game without having any specifics. It has also allowed ideologues like Grover Norquist and the disciples of Arthur Laffer to warp the ability of the GOP to think in terms negotiating for the greater good of the country rather than the GOP just following unproven maxims that always seem to increase the debt rather than resolve it.

Back in the good ol’days of RINOs ruling the GOP, our national debt was relatively low and social policy moved forward in some sense of balance because people went to the negotiating table with the intent of getting a balanced deal of trading off benefits and finding bill payers, and cutting debt where possible — and we often did cut a lot of debt.

Back during the good ol’days of the 1950s/60s/70s/80s Dems and Reps were able to work together on many things that kept debt low or paid down the debt while accommodating social concerns.

However, what the GOP has going for it now is that it owns the House vote at the precise moment that President Obama will need agreement on a host of issues for which he does not have many bargaining chips to put on the table.

We will see the stock market’s view of this deal play out over the next week. Whether you love or hate Wall Street, the stock market is considered a fairly reliable indicator of which way the economy is going.

$400 billion of new debt per year has just got to scare investors worried that the nation’s #1 purchaser of services, goods and materials may not be able to pay its bills either on time or in some cases be able to pay them at all — forcing renegotiation.

We also have the FY2013 federal budget to complete. Our new federal year started in October and we still have no approved federal budgets. Those too must now be negotiated with many in the new Congress of a mind to to pare back spending to offset this Fiscal Cliff deal.

In our aversion to negotiating in good faith (both parties) we have avoided the Fiscal Cliff from arriving on January 1st, 2013. But in doing so we have merely bought breathing space of just 1-3 months before we must return to the negotiating table for what are perhaps even larger stakes.

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