1.11.16 – Bowie, Golden Globes, and Mark Tapson

I was planning to go right to politics out of the gate, but was so struck by the news of David Bowie’s death that I had to discuss that first. Starting with entertainment and culture then led right to last night’s Golden Globes. If you haven’t had a chance to watch Ricky Gervais’ opening monologue, you must – there’s enough there to offend just about everyone. During the second half, Mark Tapson was my guest and he was (as always) a perfect guest.

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Mark and I discussed two articles he’d recently written:

  1. Is Gratitude Selfish? – a social justice warrior wrote an article in the NY Times stating that the recently-passed holiday season’s sense of gratefulness “signaled an ‘onanistic’ degree of self-centeredness.”
  2. The community Cost of NOT Reading ‘Huck Finn’ – a school in Pennsylvania has pulled “Huck Finn” from its curriculum because of the potential feelings of its students. Having just heard the word “nigger” DOZENS of times in Quentin Tarantino’s “Hateful Eight” on Saturday night and a predisposition against the pearl-clutching whining of safe-spacers, Tapson’s opinion of this school’s actions is particularly refreshing.

Other topics:

  1. The Thin White Duke: RIP
  2. The Golden Globes: winners and losers
  3. Bernie Sanders goes after Bill Clinton for his affairs, but doesn’t really attack Hillary over her involvements in and around them
  4. Despite Sanders’ narrative, the income category of “1%er” is very VERY fluid. Most Americans will be in the top 10% of income earners at some point in their lives and those in the top 1% are almost always in that category for only a year.

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