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Are Colleen McCullough’s Accomplishments Enough?
31 Jan 2015

Are Colleen McCullough’s Accomplishments Enough?

Beloved author Colleen McCullough, best known for The Thorn Birds, a book that sold 30 million copies worldwide, just received an obituary all but ignoring her many successes and the fact that  she was a Neuroscientist at Yale.  The Australian offered this in their opening paragraph: “…Plain of feature, and certainly overweight, she was, nevertheless, a woman of wit and warmth. In one interview, she...

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Is Governor Jerry Brown a Successful Leader?
27 Jan 2015

Is Governor Jerry Brown a Successful Leader?

Would you call Governor Jerry Brown a successful leader?  California’s tax rates are high. Is the sticker shock worth it? When Brown re-took office in the midst of fiscal crisis, we were asked to bear “temporary” higher taxes on the promise that he would balance the budget.  How much of a chance would you be willing to take on such a message? Clearly, Brown has...

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26 Jan 2015

Governor Jerry Brown Beyond Left and Right Hype

Depending upon whom you ask, California Governor Jerry Brown has either saved the Golden State from sure ruin or deserves an “F” rating as a “tax and spend” liberal who has chased away businesses, raised taxes egregiously and masked massive unfunded pension liability behind a new budget surplus in the billions.  Who is right? Having lived in the state for 25 years, my evidence is...

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24 Jan 2015

Maddie and Tae Show Us How To Fly!

Teen sensations Maddie and Tae scored a #1 single last year with their brilliant, funny and feminist “Girl In A Country Song.” Their new single, “Fly” is so lovely, the tears were rolling before I heard half the lyrics. “Fly” is a sweet anthem of encouragement in challenging times.  If you’re taking on something new that has you freaked or if the day’s struggle just...

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18 Jan 2015

Miss Betty White Still Amazing at 93!

Miss Betty White celebrated her 93rd birthday yesterday and got a sweet surprise from the entire cast and crew of her show, Hot in Cleveland. I’ve had the pleasure of working with this hilarious, uber-talented lady and no one is more deserving of an outpouring of affection. Enjoy the video celebration, then read about my own encounter with Miss Betty! No one can underestimate the value of a kind...

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U.S. Absence in Paris – Is There Shame to Go Around?
14 Jan 2015

U.S. Absence in Paris – Is There Shame to Go Around?

CNN’s chief Washington correspondent Jake Tapper penned a blistering editorial chastising President Obama, Secretary of State Kerry, Attorney General Holder and other senior White House officials for their absence from last Sunday’s Unity rally in Paris.  The White House has admitted that their lack of attendance was a mistake and apologized repeatedly, which did nothing to assuage Jake Tapper’s disappointment at our lack of participation....

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Golden Globes Find Their Humanity
13 Jan 2015

Golden Globes Find Their Humanity

Forget the glitz of the Golden Globes. What emerged from Sunday’s telecast were some moving moments dedicated to diversity, community and unity. Led by Tina Fey and Amy Poehler, this was not business as usual. Jerry Doyle and I discuss a few of the best moments, where those winning awards offered reminders that acceptance of those different than ourselves matters. As an aside, it was...

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12 Jan 2015

Tina Fey and Amy Poehler Kick Ass at the Golden Globes

    Tina Fey and Amy Poehler skewered power players and stereotypes alike in their swan song as Golden Globe hosts Sunday evening.  They killed in their opening monologue, a biting soufflé that was as droll as it was unsparing. They ripped SONY: Fey: “Tonight we celebrate all the television shows we know and love …and all the movies that North Korea was okay with.”...

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08 Jan 2015

Phylicia Rashad’s Defiant Defense of Bill Cosby

How many women does it take to equal the weight of one man? To date, two dozen women have publically accused Bill Cosby of sexual assault with the allegations spanning a 40-year period. These rumors have surfaced previously on a number of occasions, but not until male comic Hannibal Buress mentioned them in his act did this pick up steam in the mainstream press. In...

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Kaley Cuoco’s “I’m Not a Feminist” Comments: Why the Backlash Matters
04 Jan 2015

Kaley Cuoco’s “I’m Not a Feminist” Comments: Why the Backlash Matters

By now, Big Bang Theory actress Kaley Cuoco’s comments that she is not a feminist have gone viral.  The online backlash was so fierce that Cuoco has walked back her original statements.  Pundits who miss no opportunity to perpetuate feminism’s negative branding have chastised those who criticized Ms. Cuoco for daring to part from “the tribe.”  Yet finger-pointing is less important than understanding both what...

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