Did Steve Harvey Let The 'Good Times' Cast Fall On Hard Times?

As the television industry adapts to the way people consume media, of the many shows to talk about a comeback has been Good Times from the late 70’s. This week the Inquisitr reported that the cast of Good Times made an appearance on the Steve Harvey Show, where the comedian was able to reminisce on the show and how influential is was to him growing up. Good Times was one of the many successful shows created by Norman Lear, who at the time was dominating television with Maude, Sanford And Son, The Jeffersons and All In The Family. When Steve Harvey asked Bern Nadette Stanis about a reunion show, she told him that they had a Kickstarter campaign but as the Inquisitr article shows, they fell extremely short of their goal of $1 million. Steve Harvey pictured at the AOL’s Build in New York City, September 4,2015 [Image by Pluvious/RTN/MediaPunch/IPX]The rules of a Kickstarter campaign are that if the goal isn’t reached, no funds are received and while Stanis said that they were talking to private investors for the show, it would have made perfect sense for Steve Harvey to reveal a surprise at the end of his show, saying that he would personally fund the project, but that didn’t happen. Instead, the surprises were Ja’net DuBois who played Willona Woods and Johnny Brown who played Nathan Bookman, as if they hadn’t shared the stage in decades. The “put on” however was likely for the audience, even though they were all together as early as last year, but there’s reason to believe they’ve been working on something currently, as Stanis has said that Black-ish creator Kenya Barris is developing the project, according to another article by Inquisitr. Black-ishcreator Kenya Barris, at microphone, Tracee Ellis Ross and Anthony Anderson accept the award for outstanding comedy series at the 47th NAACP Image Awards in Pasadena, Calif. Barris was motivated to write the comedy about an African-American family’s efforts to honor its heritage in part by the unreality of what he grew up watching on television. [Image by Phil McCarten/Invision | AP Photo]The IMDB page also shows a Good Times project as in development, but says very little. One of the things Steve Harvey brought up was the message the show put out, showing how united the family was. This appears to be the signature of creators like Norman Lear and Kenya Barris, both who have hands in putting that family united message out there through their sitcoms, where they place their characters in interesting environments, testing them to see how they overcome them. Now on #SteveHarvey: #WhereAreTheyNow week continues w/ Good Times cast reunion! #MustSee pic.twitter.com/RLNtghnumH — WTVR CBS 6 Richmond (@CBS6) May 11, 2016 But it would seem that Steve Harvey’s support has limits when it comes to financing the project, as he’s valued to be worth an estimated $100 million, the comedian’s financial support could save the project and have it ready to go in no time. Of course there’s also the case of whether the cast is easy to work with or not. It would be easy to assume that Steve Harvey’s support of the original show puts them in a trust-worthy position, but Jimmie Walker isn’t exactly known to have a good relationship with some people in the industry, especially with the late Ester Rolle who played his mother, and stage father played by John Amos, who left the show because of Walker. It’s said that Walker did not even attend Ester Rolle’s funeral when she passed. Of course with Steve Harvey being so involved in many different television projects; on his daytime show he features segments where he attempts to solve problems in relationships, which means he might have to play moderator between rivalries on the set? If it doesn’t come with a paycheck, he likely doesn’t want anything to do with it. Variety reported on the season 2 finale of Black-ish, where Barris pays tribute to Good Times with a dream sequence, where the cast for his show perform as the Norman Lear creation. The Good Times cast has also said they’ve reviewed many scripts over the years and have collectively agreed on the direction of the characters today, causing delays in going ahead with any effort to bring the show back in one form or another. As of this writing, there is no information on when the new Good Times project will be released. [Image by CBS Television via Wikimedia | Public Domain]

Ivanka Steals The Show: Trump's Daughter Was The Star On The Biggest Night Of Donald's Political Career

The final night of the 2016 Republican National Convention was supposed to be the shining moment of Donald Trump’s newfound political career. Trump was to give the speech that all the Republican delegates have been waiting for and accept the Republican nomination in the running for the president of the United States. Donald’s speech lasted an hour and 15 minutes, and the entire floor of the Quicken Loans Arena in Cleveland, Ohio, hung on nearly every word. There was applause following nearly every statement as Trump drove home that it was time to put “America First” while touching on a number of domestic issues. The speech was not as well received by those in the media, as many stated that it seemed as if Donald was running for dictator rather than the president. Even Bernie Sanders chimed in with a tweet of his own as he watched the speech unfold from home. Trump: “I alone can fix this.”
Is this guy running for president or dictator? #RNCwithBernie — Bernie Sanders (@BernieSanders) July 22, 2016 The phrase “fear mongering” was thrown around often last night by the media following Trump’s speech. The New York Times wrote, “With dark imagery and an almost angry tone, Mr. Trump portrayed the United States as a diminished and even humiliated nation, and offered himself as an all-powerful savior who could resurrect the country’s standing in the eyes of both enemies and law-abiding Americans.” I’m not here to tell which side of the line I stand on — you have the right to draw your own opinions and feelings of the speech. If you loved the speech like it seemed many on the convention floor did last night, then that’s your prerogative. And if you sided with many in the media, then that’s your right as an American as well. I’m here to talk about one thing: Ivanka Trump. Ivanka introduced her father on stage prior to his acceptance speech and proceeded to steal the show. Ivanka obviously painted a great picture of her father and tried to sway undecided voters into believing that Donald is the right man for the job, but she did it in a way that was composed, eloquent, and in her own words. Ivanka Trump steals the show at the Republican convention https://t.co/IMthyQwoKQ — TIME.com (@TIME) July 22, 2016 Elite Daily’s Alexandra Svokos called Ivanka’s speech “bewildering” because it was such a progressive speech, nearly the complete opposite of what Donald’s campaign has been about. Donald has been pushing national safety, preventing Muslims from entering America, building a wall along the Mexican border, and siding with the police while the Ivanka’s speech didn’t mention any of those rallying cries. Instead, Ivanka chose to focus on equal pay for women and child care, both of which are pushed heavily by the Democrats and not by Republicans. “Women are paid equally for the work that we do, and when a woman becomes a mother, she is supported, not shut out,” Ivanka said. “Women represent 46 percent of the total U.S. labor force, and 40 percent of American households have female primary breadwinners.” “In 2014, women made 83 cents for every dollar earned by a man. Single women without children earned 94 cents for each dollar earned by a man, whereas married mothers made only 77 cents. As researchers have noted, gender is no longer the factor creating the greatest wage discrepancy — motherhood is. As president, my father will change the labor laws that were put in place at a time in which women were not a significant part of the workforce, and he will focus on making quality childcare affordable and accessible for all.” Ivanka’s speech inspired some shocked remarks from experts on Twitter. I’m hearing equal pay, maternity leave and affordable child care — and I’m wondering if Ivanka knows she’s addressing the RNC, not the DNC. — Alex Wagner (@alexwagner) July 22, 2016 Based on her issue sets it sounds like Ivanka is actually encouraging folks to vote for Clinton. — Sam Seder (@SamSeder) July 22, 2016 As someone who doesn’t identify as Republican or Democrat, it was refreshing to hear Ivanka’s speech as she didn’t care about party lines, only about what she cared for as an American. In my humble opinion, Ivanka Trump completely outdid her father, Donald, on the biggest night of his political career, and it wasn’t close. [Photo by Alex Wong/Getty Images]

Can Choi Sooyoung Become A More Popular Korean Actress Than Bae Suzy For Being Professionally Trained?

Since starring in Architecture 101 as Yang Seon Yeon, Bae Su Ji — who is better known as Bae Suzy or just Suzy — has been considered the “nation’s first love,” as reported by DramaFever. From her first role as Go Hye Mi in Dream High back in 2011, Suzy has won numerous awards for her acting roles which includes a best new actress award and numerous popularity awards. Needless to say, the fact that Suzy is the first Hallyu star to win a trifecta of awards in K-pop, K-dramas, and K-movies might be one of the biggest reasons why the Korean entertainment industry keeps pushing her. Despite all the awards she’s won, Bae Suzy’s acceptance among K-drama fans is split in that fans are far more critical of her acting than accepting. There are other K-pop idols who are far more believable when they act compared to Suzy. T.O.P. of Big Bang is one example. Eunji of Apink is another. However, there is one K-pop idol who is suddenly getting a lot of attention for acting, Choi Sooyoung, who is better known simply as Sooyoung of Girls’ Generation. Can Sooyoung become a more popular Korean actress than Bae Suzy? The argument if Choi Sooyoung can surpass Bae Suzy may sound like sour grapes to Suzy’s most devoted fans, especially those who identify as Say A (official fan club of Miss A). To the K-drama fans who are able to keep a level head, the argument is viable and all anyone has to do is compare and contrast the two Hallyu stars. Starting with Bae Suzy, it is evident one of her strongest attributes is her visual appeal, one that was transferred over from her experience being the face of Miss A. Suzy’s visuals has landed her many modeling and commercial film (CF) contracts. This also opened the opportunity for her to do acting, starting with her first role in Dream High. Suzy was often praised for her “natural acting” and innocence. Uncontrollably Fond, also known as Lightly, Ardently, is constantly falling in viewership among Korean audiences. Many netizens blame Bae Suzy’s acting for its failing state. [Image via KBS]However, Bae Suzy’s acting would often be a point of criticism as her “natural acting” would not necessarily mean good acting according to many Korean and international netizens. As a matter of fact, it is Suzy’s acting that is recognized as the primary reason why her current K-drama, Uncontrollably Fond, is dramatically dropping in popularity, as reported by The Bit Bag. As an example of Suzy’s poor acting, netizens cite the part when Suzy’s character, No Eul, is drunk in a restaurant. If there is one positive to be said about Suzy’s acting, one can say it has improved. Choi Sooyoung, on the other hand, is really good when it comes to acting. Besides her prior experiences acting in numerous leads including Dating Agency: Cyrano, My Spring Days, and the currently airing 38 Revenue Collection Unit, Sooyoung is professionally trained and educated in acting. According to the Korea Times, Sooyoung graduated from Chung Ang University, receiving a diploma from their College of Arts. This is the same university and college that Yuri and popular Korean actress Park Shin Hye graduated from. Not only that, but all three graduated together as well. Choi Sooyoung plays Cheon Sung Hee, the female lead character in 38 Revenue Collection Unit, also known as Squad 38. [Image via OCN]Nevertheless, many Korean netizens and K-drama fans recognize the huge improvement in Sooyoung’s acting, which was already praised among them in previous dramas, in 38 Revenue Collection Unit. Sooyoung’s acting, along with the phenomenal acting of all the other cast members, the interesting plot, and fantastic direction, has made 38 Revenue Collection Unit very popular with a high viewership for a pay channel series. Let’s not forget that Choi Sooyoung is a member of the most popular K-pop girl group in the world today and possibly in K-pop history, Girls’ Generation. With those kind of connections, she’ll have enough promotions and support from SM Entertainment to possibly become bigger than Bae Suzy. However, Sooyoung perhaps lack not just in visuals but in celebrity gossip popularity as well. Suzy is currently dating Lee Min Ho, who is famous for his roles in Boys Over Flowers, City Hunters, and Gangnam Blues. Their relationship is always a topic for gossip, and recent rumors even reported that insiders claimed both Suzy and Min Ho broke up, though that was untrue. Ultimately, the argument of Choi Sooyoung surpassing Bae Suzy will be split between the industry and fans. As long as Suzy keeps garnering attention for her visual appeal, the Korean entertainment industry will always consider her as one of the best actresses out there despite what netizens may say. As for Sooyoung, every K-drama and movie fan can shout to the heavens that she’s the best, but her lack of visual appeal compared to Suzy means the Korean entertainment industry will not take her as seriously, especially when it comes down to money. Uncontrollably Fond airs on KBS on Wednesdays and Thursdays at 9:55 p.m. KST while 38 Revenue Collection Unit airs on OCN on Fridays and Saturdays at 11 p.m. KST. For those who do not have access to Korean channels, both shows can be viewed for free, with ads, on DramaFever pending region. 38 Revenue Collection Unit is also available on Viki. [Images via OCN and KBS]

Hillary Clinton's Middle Eastern Policies Have Been Disastrous For Muslims

Hillary Clinton’s Middle Eastern policies when she was secretary of State, along with her choices while the senator of New York, were not and have not been kind to places in the Middle East, where many of the world’s 1.6 billion Muslims live. Donald Trump is the candidate that gets repeatedly blasted for his bigotry and “hatred” for Muslims, but has he actually done anything to warrant such a lambasting? Sure, he hasn’t made a secret of the fact that he would like to temporarily ban Muslim immigration into the United States, but those are just words for now. One thing Trump hasn’t been directly responsible for are the deaths of hundreds of thousands of Muslims. Let’s take a look at what Mrs. Clinton has done for Muslims. She voted in favor of the Iraq war. According to IraqBodyCount.org, between 162,318 to 181,302 civilians have been killed due to violence since the 2003 Iraq invasion. A separate total which takes into account military personnel racks the total up to 251,000 people. “Iraq Body Count maintains the world’s largest public database of violent civilian deaths since the 2003 invasion, as well as separate running total which includes combatants.” Keep in mind that these numbers represent the country of Iraq only. The death toll in the Middle East as a whole is much higher. It was estimated in March of 2015 that as many as 1.3 million people have died as a result of the U.S.’s decision to invade Iraq, and according to a study done by Physicians of Social Responsibility, that number could more realistically be closer to 2 million. Pew Research Center found that the Middle Eastern and North African region of the world has a very concentrated population of Muslims. “However, the Middle East-North Africa region has the highest concentration Muslims of any region of the world: 93% of its approximately 341 million inhabitants are Muslim, compared with 30% in sub-Saharan Africa and 24% in the Asia-Pacific region.” This means that 93 percent of the population, where upwards of 1.3 million people have died due to the invasion of Iraq and war-like events that occurred thereafter, are Muslims. And Hillary Clinton voted in favor of the first event in the chain of events that has led to this overwhelming death toll. Secretary Clinton is responsible for what Libya and Syria have become in recent years, which is very poor indeed. According to Breitbart, the foreign policy-related decisions President Obama and Hillary Clinton made once Obama was elected paved the way for a supreme terror group to establish itself and rise to power. Taken on April 18, 2011, this street in Misrata, Libya, was once a bustling shopping scene, but now it lies in ruins. “Syria proved to be resistant to the Obama/Clinton calls for regime change. Instead of the quick overthrow that happened in Egypt, Assad, aided by the Russians and opposed by the U.S., held on – even as the United States was giving weapons to the so-called ‘rebels’ that would eventually find their way into the hands of Islamist groups. “This power vacuum in Syria created the conditions for ISIS to rise. In Iraq, the continued withdrawals that happened under Hillary Clinton’s watch created another power vacuum that led to ISIS gaining more land and resources.” The former secretary of State admitted as much to a journalist from The Atlantic back in 2014. “‘The failure to help build up a credible fighting force of the people who were the originators of the protests against Assad—there were Islamists, there were secularists, there was everything in the middle—the failure to do that left a big vacuum, which the jihadists have now filled,’ Clinton said.” Even progressive-friendly website U.S. Uncut published an article in which the writer basically admitted that a President Hillary Clinton might be as calamitous at foreign policy decision-making as a President Donald Trump. It was Clinton who pushed Obama to make the decision to overthrow Libya’s leader, Muammar Gaddafi, which in turn resulted in the “power vacuum” that was subsequently filled with Islamic terrorists. President Obama meets with Muammar Gaddafi in July 2009 for the G8 summit in L’Aquila, Italy. [Photo by Oli Scarff/Getty Images]“The 2011 NATO-led invasion of Libya that took place after Clinton’s visit has since allowed extremist groups to seize power in an unprecedented takeover of much of the country over the last five years.” Today, ISIS jihadists dominate the land of Libya, a land that is now in ruins thanks largely to a decision made by Hillary Clinton. How many innocent Muslims have died as a result of this decision? To give you an idea, Pew Research Center reported in 2009 that 95 percent of Libya’s population was Muslim. Another very negative consequence, not just for Muslims (although they have suffered the most for it at this point) but for the world, of Clinton’s weak foreign policy is ISIS becoming a powerful force in multiple Middle Eastern countries. Hillary’s attempt to get rid of Syrian leader Bashar al-Assad didn’t go as planned. She also talked Obama into arming Syrian forces who were at the time against Assad, but when the plan failed, ISIS jihadists began to take over these same militants, thus putting American weapons into the hands of the enemy. Syrian father and daughter rest as the await refuge on the ground at Bab Al-Salameh, a border crossing station located at the Syrian Turkish border. [Photo by Muhammed Muheisen/AP Images]In short, the plan to oust Assad led to the disaster that is now Syria, and ultimately led to the Syrian refugee crisis, which has caused reams of cultural integration problems throughout Europe. Is it worse to completely obliterate a region and its people due to faulty decision-making, or to have the desire to keep your people safe from savage extremists who grew to power under your rival’s thumb? Hillary Clinton’s Middle Eastern policies have been nothing short of completely devastating to the Muslims that make up the vast majority of the population there. How much more death and destruction will she cause to the remaining innocent Muslims of the world? She is to blame for the ruination of both Libya and Syria. Let’s not give her the chance to dig her claws into anyone else’s land, including the United States. Many people have said that Clinton got her chance to lead the nation in foreign policy during her time as secretary of State, and she failed miserably. What do you think? Would you trust her with your country? [Photo by Ahmed Al Husseini/AP Images]

My Love For Marilyn Monroe In 10 Quotes

I don’t remember the day, but I remember the moment I feel in love, in admiration with Marilyn Monroe. It was while I was watching Bus Stop. A movie about a singer in a country club who dreams of moving to Hollywood to become a star. Then she meets a cowboy – rough and handsome — who innocently and forcefully tries to take claim of her. Throughout the movie, the audience witnesses as Marilyn’s character struggles to free herself from his forceful obsessiveness (Spoiler: She freed herself from his roughness in the end). If you haven’t seen the movie, I highly advise you do. To me, it’s one of Marilyn’s finest, outside of The Misfits and Some Like It Hot. Bus Stop was the first movie Marilyn made under her newly formed production company. It was the pivot of Marilyn letting the world know she was more than her blonde hair and curves — that she had a brain — that she was business savvy. When Marilyn Monroe performed for thousands of soldiers in Korea https://t.co/GKR44Hw1SK #mashable — Bob Untz (@UntzUntzWubWub) August 21, 2016 Often, and to my ire, critics and historians describe Marilyn Monroe as a dumb blonde, vulnerable to own her demise. In my opinion, this just isn’t the case. She was smart enough to free herself from an abusive marriage (first marriage). Monroe worked hard to earn her rightful place in Hollywood, using both her mind, body, and instinct. Some may judge her for her ual prowess with married men who were either managers or producers, but the fifties were a different time for women. Thus, I chose not to judge and understand the circumstance. On the love front, Marilyn loved Yankee’s baseball legend Joe Dimaggio (her second husband). However, Dimaggio was rumored to be a traditional Italian and expected a traditional homemaker in Marilyn — but she was a star, never meant to be someone’s homemaker. Thus, he allegedly physically assaulted, demanding she did as he told. To remain sane, Marilyn had to leave (Rumor has it, they remained lovers, off and on). However, there’s no doubt in my mind that Dimaggio regretted how he treated Marilyn, as he spent the rest of his life mourning her death. Can you guess who got married to Marilyn Monroe today in 1954? Hint: He was a famous New York Yankees slugger. #TBT https://t.co/oJZCo5pYZ2 — Michelle Lin (@redwaveins) August 21, 2016 Marilyn was a woman who loved, and she loved deeply. “I’m selfish, impatient and a little insecure. I make mistakes, I am out of control and at times hard to handle, But if you can’t handle me at my worst, then you sure as hell don’t deserve me at my best.” Thus, it wasn’t a surprise that Marilyn feel in love with playwright Arthur Miller, who became her third husband. Sadly, this too turned into an empty marriage bed — with Miller allegedly regretting marrying the “dumb blonde,” – and woman who was possibly mentally ill. The movie The Misfits is rumored to be about Marilyn Monroe, and it is brutal. Miller wrote Roslyn, played by Marilyn as a vixen who was emotionally fragile and raging with uncontrollable fits — like in the scene when she lost it with the men trying to tame wild horses in the far-out country. “Horse killers! Killers! Murderers! You’re liars! All of you, liars! You’re only happy when you can see something die! Why don’t you kill yourself to be happy? You and your God’s country! Freedom! I pity you! You’re three dear, sweet, dead men!” #MarilynMonroe behind the scenes of The Misfits (1961). #starstudies #filmstudies #celebrity https://t.co/ZnNQlCuRJL pic.twitter.com/7HzVYuyAz1 — journalFFC (@journalFFC) August 21, 2016 Here’s another scene, transcribed by IMbd, that personifies the alleged perception of how Miller viewed his then-wife Marilyn — you know, seems easy to control due to her vulnerability, but turns out not so much. Clark Gable plays Gay in the film, and as mentioned, Roslyn is played by Marilyn. Gay: What makes you so sad? You’re the saddest girl I ever met. Roslyn: You’re the first man who’s ever said that. I’m usually told how happy I am. Gay: That’s because you make a man feel happy. [He tries to kiss her, but she demurs] Roslyn: I don’t feel that way about you, Gay. Gay: Don’t get discouraged girl, you might. However, as I said earlier, the critics, historians, and yes Arthur Miller, were wrong, wrong, wrong. Marilyn wasn’t a vixen, and she wasn’t a dumb blonde. Marilyn was a human being. Marilyn chose to play in Miller’s movie The Misfits because Marilyn saw the beauty in the ugly of the character and she respected her husband’s talent — even though she allegedly felt betrayed by him. Marilyn was nobody’s victim, she was the star, in control of her destiny. That’s’ why I love Marylin Monore. Here are 10 of my favorite Marilyn Monroe quotes from Brain Quotes. Success makes so many people hate you. I wish it weren’t that way. It would be wonderful to enjoy success without seeing envy in the eyes of those around you. I am good, but not an angel. I do sin, but I am not the devil. I am just a small girl in a big world trying to find someone to love. It’s better to be unhappy alone than unhappy with someone – so far. If a star or studio chief or any other great movie personages find themselves sitting among a lot of nobodies, they get frightened – as if somebody was trying to demote them. A strong man doesn’t have to be dominant toward a woman. He doesn’t match his strength against a woman weak with love for him. He matches it against the world. I have always had a talent for irritating women since I was fourteen. I think that uality is only attractive when it’s natural and spontaneous. Husbands are chiefly good as lovers when they are betraying their wives. I’ve never dropped anyone I believed in. Sometimes I think it would be easier to avoid old age, to die young, but then you’d never complete your life, would you? You’d never wholly know you. Marilyn on the set of 'The Misfits.' A denim jacket is always in style.#ageless #MarilynMonroe #style pic.twitter.com/ci274niZQF — Sweet Little-Fifty (@sweet_fifty) August 20, 2016 To me, Marilyn Monroe wrote the book on femininity and feminism. She loved hard; she fell in love with the wrong man at times, but she still loved deeply. The best thing about Marilyn is: Ms. Monroe didn’t regret a thing because she did it all on her terms. P.S. Watch HBO’s Love, Marilyn biography. [Photo by Keystone Features/Getty Images]

Mansplaining Science To A Doctor, Cycling To An Olympian

There’s something about the Olympics that brings out the armchair expert in all of us. *gymnast does a triple-double ultra-spin backflip-frontflip but takes a tiny step when she lands*
ME: [mouthful of Pringles] what a loser — Sage Boggs (@sageboggs) August 8, 2016 It’s so much fun. Suddenly, you have hard-and-fast opinions about obscure sports like water polo and equestrian and you find yourself arguing with the TV about half-point deductions in the diving. Most of us know that we’re just pretending though. Some people take it a little too far. And today in 'Men on the Internet' this helpful guy mansplains cycling to an Olympic athlete pic.twitter.com/39qwnXz6HR — Beggie Smalls (@beggie_smalls) August 8, 2016 I have to say — the invention of the word “mansplaining” was something of a relief to me. Finally, there was a word for that weird, creepy thing men do when they assume authority over you when they have none. “You wrote a book? I read a book once. It was green. The thing about writing books is…” According to Wikipedia, the word was born from an essay called “Men Explain Things To Me” by Rebecca Solnit. In it, she tells an anecdote where she was at a party when a man, on hearing that she wrote books about the photographer Eadweard Muybridge, told her that she really should read this wonderful new book on Muybridge that he had just read and proceeded to tell her all about this Muybridge guy. Yes. You guessed it. It was her book he’d read. "So that's when I told her the first lesson in bicycling is to keep your bike steady…whether fast or slow" pic.twitter.com/GE4wWtKDsu — Beggie Smalls (@beggie_smalls) August 20, 2016 The behavior has been around since men could grunt, but it wasn’t until there was a word for it that we could stop being polite. And it’s important that we’re not polite. As Solnit points out, if left unchecked, it means that the voices of the over-confident and under-educated bully the educated ones into self-doubt and silence. In effect, it means stupid wins. The latest victim of the mansplaining phenomena is Dr. Jill Stein. Jill Stein is an incredibly impressive woman. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard University, graduated from Harvard Medical School, practiced internal medicine at Beth Israel Hospital for 25 years and taught medicine at Harvard Medical School. She’s written several books reviewing and aggregating information from scientific studies on medicine, health, and the environment. She’s extremely well-read and quick-witted and even Einstein would be impressed at how she can tweet the most complex of arguments in 140 characters. She truly is a woman for the moment. You’d be a fool to fight her on anything, really. Her grip on foreign affairs is formidable and the truth bombs she keeps throwing in her interviews on Fox and at the Townhall on CNN have even the most jaded of journalists running for cover. But you’d especially be a fool to fight her on her home-turf of science and medicine. And yet, that is what is happening. In a coordinated attack initiated by Robert Naiman, Policy Director of Just Foreign Policy, in this email leaked to Counterpunch, the memo stated the following. “If you have a lot of Facebook friends, you may have recently noticed a high level of activity on your Facebook feed by Jill Stein acolytes. If so, you may find the following links useful to throw them off their game. No warranty, express or implied. You don’t have to prove that Jill Stein is an anti-science conspiracy theorist. You just have to say, ‘There are unanswered questions about whether Jill Stein is an anti-science conspiracy theorist.’” Done. In one swift movement, the mansplaining attack dogs of the progressive movement were set upon Dr. Jill Stein and her supporters, armed with a swathe of clickbait headlines leading to some scantily-facted attack editorials. It’s a genius move, really. For a conflicted progressive who’s secretly worried about Trump, throwing even a tiny bit of shade on Jill’s immaculate record will put a wobble on their thing for her. And science is the perfect divide-and-conquer issue amongst progressives too, as progressives are mostly either intellectuals or hippies, but rarely both. It splits them right down the middle. But here’s the thing — Dr. Jill Stein is a doctor. You can tell because her name is Dr. Jill Stein. Isn’t that neat? So, that should be that. She’s a doctor. Of medicine. An esteemed published one. A Harvard magna cum laude graduate. In no universe should this smear stick. Except, of course, in the mansplaining universe. No amount of diplomas or letters after her name can deter Mr. Mansplain (cue superhero music) from ‘splaining science to a woman of science! He read a book once! It was green. Let him expound on you vociferously while you edge closer to the bar, or the door, or both. You must know about this green book. I think you’ll find it very interesting Miss… what was your name again? Oh, doctor. Well, you should find it very interesting then… The problem is though, this is their ivory tower. Remember, this is the intelligentsia. These are people who pride themselves on critical reading, hard data, peer reviews, and thorough research, right? But to show such a gross lack of interest in finding any evidence at all to support their assertion that Jill Stein is anti-science belies their purported fondness for the scientific method. To be so gullible as to be taken in by a completely baseless scare campaign and not even show enough cynicism to do a quick Google search before posting — well, it’s all a bit awkward. I hardly like to even point it out to them, poor things. It’s just… embarrassing. Imagine when they work it out! Dear Lord, the cognitive dissonance is going to be horrendous. So, don’t expect any mea culpas any time soon, hey? To truly grok how meekly they submitted to manipulation will take the kind of soul-searching humility not often seen in the high-brow intellectual crowd. But send them scuttling for evidence and they will be forced to watch Dr. Jill in action, and once they’ve seen her mercilessly dismantle yet another hack talking-head with her scythe-like intelligence, they might just have to change their minds about her. [Photo by Stephan Savoia/AP]

Hillary Clinton's Biggest Problem Is Dishonesty Not Pneumonia

Yesterday, the world looked on aghast when Hillary Clinton was lead from the 9/11 memorial ceremony in Manhattan. Clinton was helped to a waiting secret service automobile, and video emerged that appeared to show Clinton’s knees buckling and her having to be helped into the vehicle by aides and agents. In recent weeks, Clinton’s presidential opponent Donald Trump questioned whether or not Clinton was well enough to become commander-in-chief. As reported by BBC News, the role of a U.S. president is tough. Not only does the president have a political role, he or she is also the de-facto head of state. Clinton turns 69-years-old next month, and many believe that she could be hiding health issues from the American people. Long hours and tough decisions await Clinton should she win the presidential race, and the people she represents expect their president to be healthy and fit enough to be the leader of the free world. People around the world are concerned for Clinton’s health and have every sympathy for the current presidential frontrunner. That said, the Telegraph claims that while the American people would not want to see a sickly candidate gain the keys to the White House, it is Clinton’s lack of transparency about the issue that will hurt her in the longer term. Shortly after Clinton took ill, we were told that she was suffering from the heat. Clinton then made an appearance outside her daughter’s New York apartment to tell the assembled media that she was “feeling great.” A close up of Hillary Clinton's collapse shows her foot dragging and unresponsive suggesting lack of consciousness https://t.co/2RIsuDzB9X — WikiLeaks (@wikileaks) September 11, 2016 Just hours later, we were informed that Clinton was suffering from pneumonia, a condition that was diagnosed several days earlier. This, the Telegraph claims, means that Clinton lied and was caught out by her own deception. “The string of deceptions surrounding Clinton’s health is reminiscent of her email problems, the Lewinsky affair, and a host of other challenges that the Clinton family has obfuscated its way through. Keen-eyed observers sensed there was something wrong when Mrs Clinton kept coughing in speeches and interviews. At first she laughed that off, called it a conspiracy theory. “Then she admitted that she had allergies – nothing serious. Then came the fall on 9/11. Suddenly she admitted that she had pneumonia. So this story isn’t just about health. It’s about integrity.” Clinton’s biggest problem is not her illness — it is her apparent lack of ability to be straight with people, an accusation that Donald Trump has thrown at Clinton on numerous occasions. With the presidential race entering the final straight, it is probably fair to say that Clinton and her team would be keen to suppress any sign of weakness in an effort to avoid hurting Clinton’s numbers. Instead, Clinton decided to keep her illness secret and carried on with her engagements. Sadly for Clinton, that decision may well come back to haunt her on polling day. Humpty Dumpty had a great fall & all the King's horses & all the king's men said Humpty was doing just fine https://t.co/TSPbdAlPEy — Dinesh D'Souza (@DineshDSouza) September 11, 2016 One should not underestimate the importance that voters put on having a president who is fit and well enough to do what is arguably the most difficult job on the planet. Had Clinton been open about her pneumonia and taken a few days away from campaigning to recover, she may well have suffered a dip in her ratings. Sadly for the Clinton camp, they are now in a damage control situation, where both Clinton’s health and her integrity are in question once again. According to the New York Times, Mrs. Clinton’s doctor released a statement saying that Clinton was “rehydrated and recovering nicely.” “Secretary Clinton has been experiencing a cough related to allergies. On Friday morning, after a prolonged cough, Mrs. Clinton was given a diagnosis of pneumonia. “She was put on antibiotics, and advised to rest and modify her schedule. At this morning’s event, she became overheated and dehydrated.” Clearly, Clinton made the decision to carry on with her gruelling campaigning and was anxious not to lose further ground to Donald Trump. Clinton’s lead in the polls has been narrowing in recent weeks, so Clinton would not have wanted to lose valuable campaign time. By making the choices she did, the Telegraph argues that Clinton played into Trump’s hands. Now, Clinton has to overcome the questions about her health, lost campaign time, and been caught misleading the media and the American people. Many will now feel that Clinton has handed Trump the November election on a plate. It will require the sort of spin that may have been common on TV’s The West Wing, but rarely happens in real life, to see Clinton emerge from this fiasco unscathed. Democrats t hold emergency meeting to ‘consider replacing presidential candidate Hillary Clinton following collapse’ https://t.co/BBaQVmy5jy — FashionConscBtc (@FashionConscBtc) September 12, 2016 The irony is that Donald Trump does not even have to make any political capital from Clinton’s health scare. He can simply sit back and smile because Clinton has done her own campaign more damage than any opponent could ever have done. We simply have to wait and see how quickly Clinton’s health recovers, and it is likely that it will be faster than the damage to her reputation. UK tabloid the Sun is even claiming that the Democrats are to hold an emergency meeting to consider replacing Clinton. In this crazy presidential race, we may even see Bernie Sanders step in to replace Clinton. [Photo by Andrew Harnik/AP Images]

Dallas Cowboys: Why Team Must Stick With Dak Prescott Over Tony Romo

Tony Romo, when healthy, is an elite quarterback. However, a new era has arrived in Dallas in the form of rookie Dak Prescott. At this point in his career, he doesn’t have the same superstar ability as Romo does, but he is the right man for the job, even when Romo comes back from his injury. Prescott, a fifth-round pick in the 2016 NFL Draft, has led Dallas to a 5-1 record. But, make no mistake; he has had a lot of help from the league’s best offensive line, and one of the league’s best running backs in fellow rookie Ezekiel Elliot. The key for Prescott is that he doesn’t make mistakes. It shows in his Total QBR of 82.8, which leads all of football. NFL Total QBR Leaders, according to ESPN: Dak Prescott – 82.8 Matt Ryan – 82.0 Ben Roethlisberger – 73.9 Phillip Rivers – 73.8 Aaron Rodgers – 73.2 While he may not have the same play-making ability as Romo quite yet, Prescott doesn’t have to do too much in order for the Cowboys to win games. They can afford to set up the pass with the run, and when you don’t turn the ball over much, you tend to win more than you lose. Prescott led the NFL in Total QBR entering Week 8. He’s earned the starting job in Dallas.
[Image by Matt Ludtke/AP Images] He has thrown just one interception and has fumbled three times while completing nearly 70 percent of his passes. Prescott has shown his ability to impact the game with his arm and his feet. He has seven passing touchdowns to go with three of the rushing variety. Dallas hasn’t made him do too much, and that’s why they look like one of the best teams in the NFC. The Cowboys would be better served by continuing to start Prescott over Romo for a couple reasons. Most of all, it would allow the team to have the continuity they’ve had over the first half of the season. Allows the Team to Maintain Continuity As the old saying goes, “if it ain’t broke, don’t fix it.” Romo may be the most talented quarterback right now, but Prescott has the team believing they can be successful with him under center. Going back to Romo once he’s healthy could throw a wrench into those plans. While the team trusts Romo based on his past, Prescott has changed some people’s minds in that locker room. Even when Tony Romo is healthy, he should not be Dallas’ starting quarterback for their own sake.
[Image by Ron Jenkins/AP Images] The team is going to want to continue rolling the way they have and likely wouldn’t be in favor of replacing the signal caller that has led them to a great first half. Of course, there is also always the possibility Romo gets hurt again and ruin the team’s momentum. Romo Could Get Hurt Again After being injury prone over the last couple years, it has to be in the back of the Cowboys’ mind that Romo could go down again as soon as he comes back. That would be a disaster because then they would have to go back to Prescott after essentially telling him they trust Romo more than him. One more injury could destroy Romo’s trade value, which is something the Cowboys have to take into account now that Prescott has proven capable of running the offense. Romo Still Has Trade Value Despite his recent injury history, there are other teams who would love to get the last 2 or 3 good seasons Romo has left in him. There is a good chance the Cowboys could get a second or third round pick for Romo while continuing to start Prescott. A team like the 49ers could be interested in trading for Tony Romo in order to shore up their quarterback situation.
[Image by Marcio Jose Sanchez/AP Images] These are some of the teams that could be interested in trading for Romo. Chicago Bears San Francisco 49ers Denver Broncos Cleveland Browns Any team that feels they are a quarterback away from being competitive would be foolish not to take a chance on Romo in a trade. He has more value on another team, where his raw talent could elevate a team. Based on the playing style of the Cowboys, with a conservative, run-first offense, Romo’s talent would go to waste. Instead, they should stick with Prescott and allow him to develop into the potentially great quarterback he has shown he could become.