U.S. President Donald Trump has rejected a UN arms trade treaty that was approved by his predecessor Barack Obama and is currently waiting in the Senate for ratification. “The UN will soon receive a formal notice that America is rejecting this treaty,” Trump said on Friday, addressing the National Rifle Association (NRA), a pro-gun group, […]
CNN Reporter Richard Quest is for the first time opening up about his sexuality.
The Journalist says that he is gay and will continue to advocate for legalization of same-sex unions in countries like Kenya.
“I am obviously going to be advancing an agenda that says there should be at least the decriminalization of same sexual activity. It is straight forward, I am not gonna mess around with that one. That is obviously my belief,” he says.
Quest says he lives in London and New York because the two cities recognize the rights of gay people.
“They are both cities that people in this country can admire, would aspire to be in and would look forward to visiting. There is a reason why I live in those cities.”
He adds: “There is a reason why those cities attract the talent and wherever because we can live our lives as we wish. We can love who we wish.”
“In New York and London, there is nobody telling us that is wrong… that is not correct; that is against the law.”
He however states that those opposed to his sexual orientation have a right to do so and he respects that.
“I do not for a moment, doubt the sincerity of those people who are against me on this issue. And I can respect their point of view, I merely say that in this day and age, if you want to succeed, if you want Kenya to be a thriving, vibrant modern economy, you are going to look at this in a different way and ask yourself what is it about these very successful places that we need to at least try to attract,” he says.
“That is the way you do it. You let people live their lives, love who they want, and the way they want”
ARE THOSE SENATORS GOING TO ACTUALLY KEEP PRETENDING that they do not know what “Boofed” (have you Boofed yet?) or “The Devil’s Triangle” or FFFFFFFFourth of July” or “The Renate Alumnus” stood for to a bunch of arrogant, privileged, alcohol and sex obsessed, misogynistic, high school boys from the 80s? Those very terms, drawn from their year books and calendars, scream out a narrative of the lives of those kids during that time. We may be many things these days, we bickering, partisan, drama-addicted, petty citizens of the US, but have we completely lost the ability to deduce the slang of teenage idiots and call it what it is?
It took me about two minutes to recognize the sexual terminology and what some boy’s club named after a young woman really was; (“the Renata Alumnus”). My friends and I were nothing like those lost boys, but we had our foolish brand of ignorant slang and sexual miscomprehension as well. We were idiots too. But we would never have hesitated to dive into action and physically confront any boy who tried to force a girl to do anything at all she did not want to do.
I do not often expend my energy on arguments on these pages. But when I see United States Senators standing around laughing, all giddy and cruel because they think they’re “winning,” I have something to say about it. If those pompous asses went home tonight without realizing that the most profoundly important and powerful event they have ever witnessed in their entire life was a shakily courageous woman with a quiet, trembling voice, speaking her bravest, most accurate recall of the very worst, most painful experience of her entire life, then those Senators need to fall to their knees and beg the God they say they believe in for forgiveness. And then resign. Because they are not serving the human beings of this nation. They don’t even serve the poor constituents who believe in them. They serve only themselves.
I am not speaking up with an opinion. Opinions are next to nothing. We are nauseous with clever opinions here on fb. I am speaking from something real, something holy, something innate to us as human beings — the sacred ability to listen and witness and discern truth and sincerity when we hear them. However quiet and trembling the words may be spoken, we receive them and we know. We Know. Who cares what political party you align with? That has nothing to do with any of this. Are we going to wake up and be actual human beings again? Or will we continue as arguing imbeciles watching everything going to hell around us and blaming each other as the ship goes down?
What if that had been your daughter or your mother so bravely voicing her nightmarish memories? Something she had never told you about because she was too devastated and soul-shattered to do so? Would you listen with your heart and soul? Wouldn’t you be shaken to your core and want every other human being to not only listen, but to humbly SIT with the experience and live with it until there was some acceptance of the truth?
During this disjointed, pretend-hearing today, this disrespectful, unholy circus of interruptions and posturing and false purpose, did you notice that only one person, just one, never took part in any of that bullshit? That singular person was Christine Blasey Ford, who six years ago broke her silence about her childhood assault while going through therapy with her husband. Her therapist has the notes of those sessions. By telling us about that, Christine gave something to the entire world today. To you and me and everyone who believes her and even those who do not. She gave us a vision of what real love is. What real honor is. What courage and civic responsibility are. She gave us an opportunity to find our own soul and to listen to and honor it. Do we have enough soul left in us to do that? ~ ©Michael Tomlinson.All Rights Reserved
There was once a man. He was a role model and black hero. He epitomized the typical American Dad in his various TV,stage and movie roles. Today, he is just a shell of his former self. How are the mighty fallen!
Dr. William H. Cosby was a black Hollywood powerhouse some decades ago. He featured in beautiful, uplifting TV series and movies. He garnered many laurels that he epitomized the Quintisential American father worth emulating. His The Cosby Show was an all-time favourite cross the globe. He was an icon, an alter ego and a force to reckon with. He brought positive vibe to the black American community. Everything he touched turned to gold. His books were bestsellers and every magazine he featured on the covers sold out
So, what went wrong? Apparently behind the veneer of goodness lay a demonic spirit in a beautiful human form! When the first allegation surfaced, many people felt that an opportunistic, greedy, wasted talent was on a prowl to extort and tarnish the name of a great man. But it took a voice for others to come out and speak out. More than sixty women came out and told their stories.
Obviously, Bill Cosby was a sexual predator preying especially on the vulnerable that looked up to him to wield his influence in assisting them achieve their dreams in the turbulent world of showbiz. Instead of helping them achieve a bright future, he waylaid them with drugs and effectively ended their future before it even began.
Despite the rhetorics of his lawyers, Bill Cosby’s day of reckoning arrived yesterday when he was sentenced to jail. The judge was miffed for Cosby’s show of indifference without showing remorse. Perhaps his delusional mind told him he was untouchable
Justice was proven to be blind as no one is above the law irrespective of fame, power and influence . You do the crime, you do the time. Bill Cosby is a disgraced comedian and has since been stripped of his various doctoral degrees and various accolades accorded him in his hey days.
It is hoped that as his feeble and pathetic self walked in handcuffs to spend his first night in the gulag, all those women abused by him would finally find closure. Many have suffered Post Traumatic Stress Syndrome (PTSD),failed in their professions, and others failed in relationships or even live in fear and other related neuro-stressful situation. Justice, after all is better served delayed than not served at all.
With this victory for the MeToo Movement and what is going on with the Kavannaugh Hearing, it is hoped that men and women who have been sexually abused should never be cowed or ashamed to find their voices and speak out. By speaking out the narrative is changed. By not speaking out, the predator feels invincible and will keep on preying on other hapless and voiceless victims. Wielding one’s power to take undue advantage over others is the worst kind of inhumanity from a human to another human.
Thankfully, lady justice never slumbers. Albeit blind, she is fair and just. And her wheels, no matter how slow are never to rusty to move in the right direction.
©William Warigon 2018
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Hollywood has lost a legend.
And Sally Field has lost a true love.
Burt Reynolds died on Thursday of a heart attack, passing away at his home in Jupiter, Florida.
The legendary actor was 82 years old.
Upon learning of his death, a number of entertainment industry heavyweights have expressed their sympathy and their sorrow (scroll down), but one name stands out from all the rest right now.
Sally Field met Reynolds on the set of the 1977 smash hit comedy, Smokey and the Bandit.
The actress and the actor would date for five years… while also co-starring in several more films, including Smokey and the Bandit II, The End and Hooper.
Although they split for good in 1982, Reynolds recounted the romance over 30 years later in an interview with Vanity Fair, referring to Field as “the love of my life.”
And it’s clear now that Reyonds was never far from the two-time Oscar winner’s heart, either.
“There are times in your life that are so indelible, they never fade away,” Field said in a statement this afternoon, adding of Reynolds:
“They stay alive, even forty years later. My years with Burt never leave my mind. He will be in my history and my heart, for as long as I live. Rest, Buddy.”
Reynolds’ manager, Erik Kritzer, confirmed the passing of this big screen icon, while his niece, Nancy Lee Hess, said the following on Thursday:
“My uncle was not just a movie icon; he was a generous, passionate and sensitive man who was dedicated to his family, friends, fans and acting students.
“He has had health issues, however, this was totally unexpected. He was tough. Anyone who breaks their tailbone on a river and finishes the movie is tough. And that’s who he was.
“My uncle was looking forward to working with Quentin Tarantino (in Once Upon a Time in Hollywood) and the amazing cast that was assembled.”
In recent years, Reynolds used a cane while out in public. His last appearance in front of a big crowd took place at the 2017 Tribeca Film Festival.
In the wake of his passing, nearly everyone across Hollywood chimed in with a story about Reynolds or with a few thoughts about the highly-respected actor. To wit:
Arnold Schwarzenegger: Burt Reynolds was one of my heroes. He was a trailblazer. He showed the way to transition from being an athlete to being the highest paid actor, and he always inspired me. He also had a great sense of humor – check out his Tonight Show clips. My thoughts are with his family.
Reba McEntire: My good friend has started a new journey. Rest in my peace my friend. I’ll never forget the wonderful times we spent together.
Sylvester Stallone: A sad day, my friend BURT REYNOLDS Has passed away. I remember him back in 1979, he always reminded me that I should’ve cast him as Colonel Trautman in FIRST BLOOD , I said that’s impossible, because you’re too expensive and too famous, and probably tougher than Rambo ! He laughed , He had a great sense of humor and I enjoyed his company so much… RIP Buddy
Goldie Hawn: There is only One Burt Reynolds. One! I loved our time our laughs and fun. Now your angels will giggle at your silly jokes as they hold you lightly as you rest dear one.
Kevin Bacon: Im 19. I get a few lines in a movie. The megastar on set was really nice and cool to this punk actor(me) for no reason. The director called me before the movie came out to tell me I had hit the cutting room floor. But I never forgot that Star. Thanks Burt. RIP.
Paul Wesley: Burt Reynolds was one of the kindest and most generous people I have ever worked with. He took me under his wing when I was first starting out as an actor and offered friendship, advice and guidance. I’ll never forget how much that meant to me.
Michael Chiklis: I owe my career, at least in part, to the great Burt Reynolds. Heartbroken to learn of his passing. He was one of a kind. A fun loving, charismatic talent who did many good deeds quietly, without personal expectation but rather out of the kindness of his extraordinary heart. RIP.
May Burt Reynolds rest in peace.