Tuesday, January 26, 2016

The Kardashians

A few months ago, when I was fed up with the ridiculous slurs and insulting memes regarding the Kardashians, I decided to actually watch the show to see what all of this hate drama is about.

I am still watching reruns and trying to keep up with current shows when I have time. Obviously, many more people love them than hate them (I can find reruns nearly every day), or they would not be on television as much as they are, or in magazines, or in newspapers, or online newspapers, or tabloids, on entertainment TV shows, or - well, you get the point.

Here's why I continue to watch their shows.

There is very little "wrong" with the Kardashian family, unless you call being rich wrong, which apparently most people do not or they wouldn't continually allow filthy rich politicians to run the country.

As you may (or may not) know, I study psychology. I am fascinated by it. The Kardashian family is one of the most loyal, unconditionally loving families I have ever had the pleasure to watch in action.

As Scott (Kourtney's beau and father of her 3 children) continues to struggle with addiction, and even though Kourtney finally gave him the boot, the family has been amazingly supportive for this young man. Meanwhile, Kourtney is a wonderful mother, raising three children while remaining active in their many business ventures.

Then there's Bruce, now Caitlyn Jenner, and the transition that the whole family was forced to make - which they did with grace. He is still embraced with unconditional love from the family.

More recently we have witnessed the drama with Khloe's almost ex-husband Lamar, and the crisis he brought upon himself. And yet, Khloe dropped everything to be by his side in the beginning, which included the most critical hours of his recovery or possible demise. I was amazed and impressed by her devotion to a man who had disrespected her so badly.

As for Kim, you may not approve of her photos in magazines, but she is a savvy business lady and she is classy. Not only that, but almost every famous person who has met her has only positively wonderful things to say about her. She is caring but firm, which is why I feel she is usually the spokesperson for the family, although Khloe has been stepping up in that role recently, which is great. I think we will continue to see great things from both of them.

Then we have the charming Rob, who has been through so much the past couple of years, during which time the family respected his privacy and stood by him. This month, we have seen a new Rob who is allowing photos to be taken and is looking slimmed down and as charming as ever. Good for you Rob!

Having said all of that, I am not a huge fan of Kris Jenner, although I do admire the way she has provided for her girls and inspired them to take advantage of opportunities to be savvy business women. She is a smart business woman. Who can imagine the suffering she has endured over losing Bruce? And it's not just personal suffering, the media has added more than their fair share of torment.

My verdict is still out on Kendall and Kylie as I know the least about them, but so far, I think they are behaving as one would expect of two beautiful, famous young girls who are making their own financial way in the world, even though they could sit back and live off the money of the family. I can't wait to see what they do next.

So what is the problem exactly?

Why do so many people hate the Kardashians?

Is it pure jealousy?

I believe that could be a small part of it. Most families are not that loyal. If you humiliate the family, then you're out-a-here, at least in small town America. Not so with the Kardashians.

Is it because people mistakenly believe that they are filthy rich without working for their own money? That could be true since so many people form opinions without bothering with facts.

Whatever the reason that conservative America (on Facebook) feels compelled to judge and despise them, it is without merit.

I am interested to see how they handle the after effects of the new OJ movie. I fully expect to see them react with the same grace they have shown throughout their past problems with the family and with the public.

Meanwhile, I'll keep watching as time allows, to see if I can find any behaviors or attitudes worthy of the scorn of conservative America. Somehow, I doubt that will happen.

This is a well-adjusted, loving family making the best of every moment of every day, and doing it quite well.

Dare I say it? Yes, I will.

I like the Kardashians!

Tuesday, January 19, 2016


I watched the debate last night and today heard some good news. More than 10 million viewers tuned in to watch the Democratic Debate last night and it was a substantial debate.

So many of us are refreshed as we #feelthebern and many democrats and independents are desperately hoping that Bernie Sanders can pull out enough voters to win not only the democratic primary, but also the presidency.

Unfortunately, the media is making even his smallest gains into seemingly much larger accomplishments than they actually are.

Even with small strides and plenty of media coverage, most Americans are not ready for a president Sanders.

Many political analysts have said that Sanders is not going to become our next president - for many reasons. A major consideration is that an extremist such as Sanders is not going to motivate enough people to get out and vote.

Meanwhile, we will just have to wait and see what happens, but I, for one, tend to agree with the predictions.

the Republican party has in recent years morphed into something even more sinister: an anti-intellectualist, openly racist, dangerously xenophobic, hyper-violent would-be junta — and the Dems, for all their faults, are right now the only thing standing in the way of Republican rule. They’ve got a lot of warts, but if you argue that the Democrats are the same as the Republicans, you’re a fool. Worse than a fool.
Read the rest of the story at  The Daily Banter.

Monday, January 11, 2016

Free Audio Books

Sometimes you want to read but you are just too tired to hold the dang book. Many people use Audible, which is a premium service that provides a free trial. If you want the most current titles, that is where you need to go.

Fortunately, there are a few sites that offer free audio books for your iphone, ipad and computer.

Most of these books are available in the free domain, meaning there is no copyright keeping you from downloading a free copy of the book, or a free audio version of the book.

Remember, current trending authors are not going to be in this group.

However, if you like classics, historical texts and enjoy discovering new books from the past, then you might just like to take a look at the list of providers.

About.com has compiled a list of nine... you can see them here.

Saturday, January 09, 2016

Obama wept

A few days ago our President wept as he spoke of the massacre of children at Sandy Hook Elementary in 2012.

If you are one who speaks of this event in mockery, I feel sorry for you and because of you I feel even sorrier for our nation. For it is people like you who have caused the apathy in America.

NO one is coming for your guns. However, below is the educated interpretation of the 2nd Amendment as interpreted by our Supreme Court.

 Violence Policy Center

If you are one of the people who says that more laws will not keep guns away from criminals, I would like to remind you that
most gun deaths and injuries occur as unjustifiable homicides and suicides.

For the sake of argument, let's say the government is plotting to eventually take all guns away from us.

Get real. If that happens, the military will win.

Many of you think that our service men and women would not comply with these orders, but even if that were the case, the UN would be called upon to enforce the new laws and those who resist will either be imprisoned or killed if they try to stop the process.

Instead of worrying about a scenario that I have no control over, I prefer to do something about the number of gun deaths in this country.

Thank you, President Obama, for enforcing stricter gun laws.

Obama didn't just get weepy, Podair and others say. He introduced something new to American public life on three levels: spiritual, political and presidential.
He showed the 'power of powerlessness'

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