Nov 23 2012

Lincoln is profoundly human

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Lincoln centers on the political maneuverings surrounding the passage of the 13th Amendment to the Constitution. Lincoln is portrayed as a real politician who was willing to play the political game in order to get what he wants. Human beings who support good causes are still human beings. Even an idea so pure and profound as “liberty for the captives” in the hands of politicians, even Abraham Lincoln, must be accomplished through bribery, deception, and compromise.

Lincoln is populated with flawed people who are keenly aware they are living in historic times. Lincoln is concerned with getting the amendment passed. Tommy Lee Jones’ sardonic Congressman Thaddeus Stevens is concerned with the message the amendment communicates. He tries to hold true to his ideal of equality, but ends up misrepresenting his true beliefs in order to appeal to less radical Republican factions who want assurances that free does not really mean equal. They fear that free slaves might one day get the vote. Others are concerned with ending the war and vote based on whether they think passing the amendment will hasten or delay its end. And each considers how his actions and beliefs will be perceived by his constituents. Continue reading


Dec 5 2009

Tiger’s Transgressions: Why Do Men Cheat?

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Tiger’s Transgressions isn’t a movie yet but I’ll bet somebody at the  Lifetime or Oxygen channels  is probably working on a script. After allegations of multiple affairs became public, golf icon Tiger Woods stood in front of a press conference and said, “I have let my family down and I regret those transgressions with all of my heart. I have not been true to my values and the behavior my family deserves. I am not without faults and I am far short of perfect. I am dealing with my behavior and personal failings.”

Tiger Woods is just the latest celebrity linked to controversial extra-marital affairs. Here are 7 more peccadilloes of the rich and famous:

  • David Letterman apologized on his TV talk show for embarrassing his staff and hurting his wife after having an affair with a staffer.
  • Mel Gibson’s wife of 28 years divorced him and 6 months later he had a child with another woman.
  • Brad Pitt hooked up with Angelina Jolie while still married to Jennifer Aniston.
  • Bill Clinton denied his affair with Monica Lewinsky saying “I did not have sex with that woman.”
  • Hugh Grant was caught with a less-than-model-beautiful prostitute while married to Liz Hurley.
  • Jimmy Swaggart lost his TV ministry and let down thousands of followers when his visits to prostitutes was discovered.
  • JFK had an affair with Marilyn Monroe. Continue reading