Simply Happy: Sophia Loren & Brigitte Bardot- Mambo Italiano

Simply Happy_ Sophia Loren & Brigitte Bardo- Mambo Italiano

Source:Simply Happy– Mambo Italiano with Brigitte Bardot.

Source:The Daily View 

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Music : Mambo Italiano – Bette Midler – Sings Rosemary Clooney Songbook – 2003
(I do not own the rights for the music)”

Simply Happy_ Sophia Loren & Brigitte Bardo- Mambo Italiano

Source:GIFS– Sophia Loren’s Mambo Italiano.

From Simply Happy  

French Babydoll (as I call her) Brigitte Bardot was (at least) as adorable as woman could be. You put a list of the top Hollywood Babydoll’s of all-time together, you would be spending a lot of time on that and perhaps have too much free time to put together a list like that, but if you actually did that, Brigitte would be in the top 1%. Not the French Marilyn Monroe, because she was ever cuter and a better actress. But it’s Sophia Loren (The Italian Goddess, as I call her) who really makes this video work with that incredible voice and that great song with the great beat, with Brigitte looking as adorable as any woman could in the video.

If you watch the original version of Mambo Italiano with Sophia Loren, Sophia is doing all the work in the video. The singing, the dancing, looking absolutely hot as a summer day in Sicily and absolutely adorable with that sizzling baby face and incredible voice that gives every man who has probably ever heard or seen her the impression that they’ve died early and have been sent from Heaven, or that Sophia was sent down from Heaven and given a second chance at life to make men happy.

So in the Mambo Italiano video with Brigitte Bardot, you have this absolutely adorable French Babydoll who looks like she could still be in high school, (or junior high, or elementary school) dancing to the song of a Goddess who looks like she was just sent down from Heaven, in Sophia Loren, which obviously makes for a very attractive combination.

 

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CSPAN: Katherine Benton-Cohen- ‘Lectures In History: The Progressive Era’

Source:CSPAN– Theodore Roosevelt: at least arguably the father of the Progressive Movement in America, campaigning for President, perhaps in 1912.

Source:The Daily View 

“We visit Georgetown University for a class with professor Katherine Benton-Cohen. She explains how politicians and reform groups in the early 20th century attempted to improve social and economic conditions through trust busting, interstate regulation, and Prohibition. We also hear about the policies and campaigns of Theodore Roosevelt, the period’s most dominant political figure.”

Source:CSPAN– Catherine Benton-Cohen: Professor of History, Georgetown University.

Full lecture here:CSPAN

From CSPAN

Just on a personal note first, which is actually very important, because it’s why I’m writing this piece: I was watching this lecture on CSPAN last Wednesday night (what can I say: I’m a political history junky, who watches CSPAN) from Georgetown University History Professor Catherine Benton-Cohen and she was talking about the Progressive Era from a hundred plus years ago. And she made some very interesting points that I want to talk about in this piece about Progressive (the real Progressives, as I call them) and progressivism (the real progressivism, as I call it) that I’m going to get into in this piece.

Professor Cohen talking about people she would call Reformers (the people I call the Progressives) versus Revolutionaries. (People I call Socialists) When you’re talking and thinking about these two political factions, you’re talking basically talking about the Theodore Roosevelt’s of the world and his Progressive Republicans and Progressive Party. Versus the Eugene Debs (Look him up, if you’re not familiar and you’re interested in Socialists and socialism) Eugene Debs was a Socialist activist early in the 20th Century, who was also an antiwar activist and pacifist who ran for President multiple times for the Socialist Party back then.

Professor Cohen was arguing that the Progressives led by Teddy Roosevelt and others (the Reformers) were trying to fix and improve the economic system in America so it could work for more people. Whereas the Socialists led by Gene Debs and others (the Revolutionaries) wanted to tear down the American capitalist system, start over, and create something else, like a socialist state.

One way and perhaps even a humorous and perhaps insulting way (if you’re a Revolutionary) to look at the Reformer vs Revolutionary debate, is to think about a mechanic versus a rioter. The mechanic simply wants to fix what’s the wrong with the car or whatever he’s working on (or the person could be a she) if he can and perhaps even make the car better. The rioter says the car is no good and therefor needs to be destroyed and be replaced by a completely different car.

Well, there was a split in the Progressive Era or movement 100 years ago better Reformers and Revolutionaries with the Revolutionaries led by Debs and others believing that progressivism doesn’t go far enough and what the country needs instead is a socialist movement that eventually leads to America becoming a socialist state. Something that Socialists in and outside of the Democratic Party are still fighting for 100 years later. With the Reformers led by TR and others saying that what works well in America, works very well and what we need to do instead is create an America that works for more people, but within the American capitalist system of property rights, private enterprise, and opportunity.

I’ve been arguing for the last three ever years ever since I started this blog that Progressives and Socialists aren’t the same people with just two different labels. And that progressivism and socialism isn’t the same political philosophy isn’t the same political philosophy with two different names. That there are real differences in both even if share similar goals. Like a country with no poverty and bigotry. (To use as examples) And in the near future I will write a piece about how Progressives and Socialists are very different and I hope you’ll enjoy that as well.

Theodore Roosevelt: Proud To Be a Conservative?

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Source:Ben Norton– Teddy Roosevelt’s: definition of a Conservative?

Source:The Daily View 

What I get from this Teddy Roosevelt quote about being a Conservative, is that he intended to conserve private corporations and leave them place and even protect their rights, but in the interests of the people. That for-profit corporations aren’t there simply to make as much money for themselves at all costs and be able to do anything that they want at call costs, that what they’re doing has to benefit the people as well. That corporations are part of the American community and therefor have both rights and responsibilities to the country as well.

Teddy Roosevelt, wasn’t an Ayn Laissez Faire capitalist when it came to economic policy. And he wasn’t a Eugene Debs. ( one of the prominent Socialist in TR’s time ) either. Teddy Roosevelt, was a Progressive Republican ( I know that sounds funny today ) who believed in American capitalism, private enterprise, and individualism, but that those things should be for everyone. Not just people who are born to wealth and that everyone should have an opportunity to succeed in America and that government, including the Federal Government has a responsibility to see that everyone has a shot to make it in America.

Teddy Roosevelt, didn’t believe in high taxation ( at least not across the board ) and he didn’t believe that everyone should be guaranteed a middle class income. But he did believe everyone should have a good shot and opportunity to be successful in America. And that government had real responsibilities in seeing that everyone did have those opportunities. Like has it to the regulatory states to protect consumers and workers from predators. A public safety net for people who fall on hard times. A public infrastructure system so people can get around and so jobs can be created in this country. And believed that being a Conservative was about conserving our American values like capitalism, private enterprise, individualism, but that those things had to work for everyone, not just wealthy people.

“Theodore “Teddy” Roosevelt (October 27, 1858 January 6, 1919) was the 26th President of the United States. Well know for his famous quotes. He is well remembered for his energetic personality, range of interests and achievements, leadership of the Progressive Movement, model of masculinity, and his “cowboy” image. He was a leader of the Republican Party and founder of the short-lived Progressive (“Bull Moose”) Party of 1912. Before becoming President (19011909) he held offices at the municipal, state, and federal level of government. Roosevelt’s achievements as a naturalist, explorer, hunter, author, and soldier are as much a part of his fame as any office he held as a politician.”

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Source:Wiley Studios: ‘Wisdom of Theodore Roosevelt’– Some of Teddy Roosevelt’s quotes 

Frank Talk: Frank Colletta- Episode 1: ‘What Does It Mean To Be a Progressive?’

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Source:Frank Talk– Franklin Roosevelt and Theodore Roosevelt: two of our Progressive President’s.

Source:The New Democrat 

“Welcome to Frank Talk episode 1. Join me as we explore the Four Pillars of Progressive Thought and what it means to be a progressive-minded individual. Special thanks to Think Progress for their article entitled: “What it Means to Be a Progressive”, written by John Halpin. His work was integral to the creation of this educational video. Thanks is also given to the American Values Project for their work on, “Progressive Thinking: A Synthesis of Progressive Values and Beliefs and Positions”.

Source:Frank Talk

Source:Wikipedia

“Progressivism is the support for or advocacy for improvement of society by reform. As a philosophy it’s based on the idea of progress which asserts that advancement in science, technology, economic development and social technology, economic development and social organization are vital to the improvement of the human condition.”

I like Frank Colletta’s line about: “within every heart of a Conservative, you find hopes for a progressive tomorrow.” Which has always been one of the points about Progressive and progressivism, that it’s not partisan and in some cases it’s not ideological even.

And people need to understand that if they really want to know what it means to be a Progressive and what progressivism is actually about, especially with the Far-Left who are really Socialists and in some cases even Communists, who try to adopt Progressive and progressivism for themselves, because they’re afraid to be labeled as Socialists or Communists depending on how far to the left that actually are.

As far as Frank Colletta saying that progressivism is about fairness and equality: sure, but most mainstream political philosophies whether they’re right or left believe in some level of fairness ( or as I prefer justice ) and equality. Progressives, don’t have the monopoly on justice and equality.

The First Pillar: Freedom and Opportunity

Again, most mainstream political philosophies believe in some level of freedom and opportunity.

Where Progressives would differ from Conservative-Libertarians ( let’s say ) on the Right and Socialists as well on the Left, is that Progressives believe that government has a role in seeing that everyone had the ability and opportunity to live in freedom in America. Not just people who are born to wealth in America or people from a certain racial or ethnic background. Which is where Progressives would differ from Conservatives when it comes to freedom.

But Progressives differ from Socialists as well, because Socialists believe that opportunity doesn’t go far enough, because they believe that some people won’t take advantage of those opportunities and come up short.

Or some people will do so well and have so much freedom over others and that to Socialists is somehow unfair. Progressives, don’t believe in total economic equality in the sense that everyone has the same basic income and standard of living, but that everyone has the opportunity to achieve real freedom in America.

My short, but simple definition of a Progressive in a political sense: is someone who believes in progress through government action.

Progressive, is not another word for Socialist ( democratic or otherwise ) and Progressive is not another word for hippie or hipster: someone who is in on all the latest social trends and proud of that.

You don’t have to to hip, cool, or awesome to be a Progressive: you just have to believe in progress and that government has a limited, but real role in achieving progress and that everyone’s constitutional rights are protected and that everyone has a real shot at succeeding in America. That everyone is protected from predators and predatory behavior, foreign or domestic.

A Progressive is not someone who is necessarily in on all the latest social trends and backs them, or has a big government solution and tax increase to solve everyone’s problems for them and take care of them. Or someone who believes that freedom is dangerous and selfish.

Roosevelt House: Patricia O’Toole- The Moralist: ‘Woodrow Wilson and The World He Made’

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Source:Roosevelt House– A Patricia O’Toole book event for Woodrow Wilson

Source:The Daily View

“Roosevelt House as we welcome acclaimed historian Patricia O’Toole and mark the publication of her already acclaimed new book, The Moralist: Woodrow Wilson and the World He Made. O’Toole, the prize-winning biographer of Theodore Roosevelt and Henry Adams, will be in conversation with David Nasaw, the Arthur M. Schlesinger, Jr. Professor of History at CUNY Graduate Center and the author of The Patriarch: The Remarkable Life and Turbulent Times of Joseph P. Kennedy, among other books.

O’Toole and Nasaw will discuss the life and legacy of one of the most high-minded, consequential, and controversial U. S. presidents, and explore O’Toole’s argument that the Wilson presidency offers a cautionary tale about the perils of moral vanity and American overreach in foreign affairs. The speakers will also address the paradoxes that mark Wilson’s career: he was a progressive who enjoyed unprecedented success in leveling the economic playing field, but he was behind the times on racial equality and women’s suffrage. As a Southern boy during the Civil War, he knew the ravages of war, as president he refused to lead the country into World War I until he was convinced that Germany posed a direct threat to the United States. Once committed, he was an admirable commander-in-chief, yet he also presided over harsh suppression of political dissent, and, as president, the re-segregation of the federal government.

Welcoming remarks by Roosevelt House Director Harold Holzer.

Roosevelt House Public Policy Institute at Hunter College, May 15, 2018.”

Source:Roosevelt House

If you want to call Woodrow Wilson a Liberal or even a Liberal Democrat, that’s fine but should at leas know what those terms mean:

From Wikipedia

Liberal democracy is a liberal political ideology and a form of government in which representative democracy operates under the principles of classical liberalism. Also called Western democracy, it is characterised by elections between multiple distinct political parties, a separation of powersinto different branches of government, the rule of law in everyday life as part of an open society, a market economy with private property and the equal protection of human rights, civil rights, civil liberties and political freedoms for all people. To define the system in practice, liberal democracies often draw upon a constitution, either formally written or uncodified, to delineate the powers of government and enshrine the social contract. After a period of sustained expansion throughout the 20th century, liberal democracy became the predominant political system in the world.”

President Woodrow Wilson, was someone who believed in liberal democracy ( perhaps not for all like African-Americans, American-Indians, and women ) and all the liberal values ( except for qual justice and equal rights ) that come with liberal democracy. Like representative democracy, checks and balances, the rule of law, open society, a market economy, property rights, equal justice, equal rights, human rights, civil rights, civil liberties, political freedom for all people. ( Again, except for the groups that I mentioned ) Not exactly the values that so-called liberals ( closeted Socialists, in actuality ) tend to advocate for when they seem to be more interested in central government control over society on behalf of the people, as they would argue.

Woodrow Wilson is literally one of the architects of the liberal democratic order: a group of developed nations that see it as their role to defend and advocate for human rights and individual freedom around the world and speak out and act against nations and leaders that don’t believe in those liberal values and instead advocate for authoritarianism and central government control over the people. And that this coalition of democracies, both liberal and social work in coalition to protect themselves from authoritarians who are threats to their freedom and sovereignty and to help other countries who want democracy and freedom for themselves achieve those values as well.

Woodrow Wilson, was in power a 100 years ago and his politics of liberal democratic values, to go along with progressive economic values, along with being essentially a Neo-Confederate when it came to race relations and treatment of non-European-Americans in society, aren’t represented by anyone today. We still have Liberal Democrats. We still have Progressives. And we still have Neo-Confederates who are known as Nationalists today on the Right. But we don’t have a political faction or even individuals in America that you could call a Wilsonian who represents all of Woodrow Wilson’s politics, because it’s a 100 years later and and American politics is a lot different, but also when someone tends to be Center-Left ( let’s say ) on economic and foreign policy, they also tend to be liberal or progressive on social issues as well.

AZ Quotes: Theodore Roosevelt- ‘It Is Hard To Fail But It’s Worse To Have Never Tried To Succeed’

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Source:AZ Quotes– One of Theodore Roosevelt’s best quotes

Source:The Daily View 

Theodore Roosevelt: “It is hard to fail, but it is worse never to have tried to succeed.”

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Source:ONO Home– One of TR’s best quotes.

From ONO Home

In a world that is not dominated by the imperfect, but is a world of the imperfect where the perfect human being has yet to be born, we all make mistakes. But would we want it any other way?

What would you be like if you were perfect an incapable of making mistakes: wouldn’t life become boring for you? No point in ever trying to learn anything, because you already know everything. So of course we all fail and have even failed a lot, doesn’t make us failures necessarily, if we bothered to acknowledge those mistakes, learn from them and not repeat them again. Because now you know what doesn’t work and what works and unless you’re an idiot you’re going to do what works in the future instead.

Life regardless of where you live is a constant education. Even if you’ve graduated college or even graduates school and have a masters, your education process hasn’t stopped yet.

Now, you might decide to stop learning and think you already know everything and have all the answers, but it’s people like that you tend to fail the most and make the biggest mistakes, because they think they already know everything.

The only time the learning process stops for anyone is after we’re already dead, unless we’ve made to Heaven or Hell and then the learning process just continues. And if there are such places we can learn about what we’re missing. The only way to ever fail in life, is to try to succeed and perhaps not know everything and make bad mistakes from that. The only way not to fail is to not try at all and become guilty of not even trying.

Teddy Roosevelt, was the Progressive’s Progressive ( as I call him ) who was always moving forward and trying to get better and making life better for himself, people around him, and for society in general. Which is why this quote from him is so Teddy and represents almost everything that he ever stood for as a man. To always look forward and to be the best that anyone can be. For America to be the best country that we can be.

That there’s no such thing as a perfect society and Utopia, but that should never stop us form ever tying to accomplish that so we can make America as great as it can be. To always look for progress and try to achieve it to make the best country for ourself that we can possibly create. Which is what I get from this great Teddy Roosevelt quote.

 

Coleman Museum: Bull Moose Party- 1912 Campaign

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Source: Coleman Museum – Historian John M. Cooper.

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From the Coleman Museum

If you want to know why there was even a Bull Moose Party or Progressive Party in 1912, it’s because Theodore Roosevelt didn’t win the 2012 Republican nomination for President. It was Teddy Roosevelt’s narcissism and his ambition to become President of the United States again which is how we got the Progressive Party in 1912. The real Progressive-Left in America which has almost nothing to do with the so-called Progressive-Left of today which is really a Socialist-Left led by Senator Bernie Sanders, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and other Socialists in and outside of the Democratic Party today.

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Source: The Thresh Baker– Teddy Roosevelt’s Progressive Party

And what the Progressive Party was running on in 1912, is what became President Franklin Roosevelt’s ( Teddy Roosevelt’s cousin ) the American public safety net what us better known as the New Deal in the 1930s. Pension insurance what’s known as Social Security, which is for people who don’t have enough of a pension to retire.

Unemployment Insurance, minimum wage, social insurances for people who struggle to pay their bills or who find themselves unemployed.

Not looking to create a British or Scandinavia welfare state in America, but creating social insurance for people who truly need it who are too young to retire and who are physically and mentally still able to work.

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Source: Progressive Bull Moose Party– Progressives or Socialists?

The reason why Teddy Roosevelt, wasn’t elected President again in 1912 is because you had basically Republicans voting against Republicans. Republicans who are now in the Progressive Party, voting against President William Taft and Republicans who are still in the Republican Party, voting for Teddy Roosevelt.

Similar to why Hubert Humphrey doesn’t win the presidency in 1968 because you had Democrats voting against Democrats . With George Wallace running for President for the Independence Party with right-wing Dixiecrats voting against Hubert Humphrey. Republicans, were simply too divided and voting against each other in 1912 to put a Republican back in the White House.

Investigation Discovery: Jodi Arias- ‘The Missing Pieces’

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Source: Investigation Discovery– Convicted murderer Jodi Arias

Source: The New Democrat 

“Ten years later, people still talk about Jodi Arias and the murder of Travis Alexander. Through exclusive interviews with her former lawyer, a former cellmate, and a rapper who recorded a tribute to her, The Missing Pieces goes deeper into Arias’s story.”

From Investigation Discovery

If you look at Jodi Arias who was convicted of murdering her ex-boyfriend Travis Alexander in 2012, if you just look at her on the surface and seeing her for the first time physically, I think you would have a very difficult time believing she could even kill a mouse let alone a grown, healthy, strong, young man. She’s simply too damn cute to play the role of a murderer even fictionally, let alone in real-life. She comes off a a girl who is still in high school and perhaps even younger than that as far as her physical appearance, her voice, and personality.

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Source: Philo– Convicted murderer Jodi Arias

But perhaps the most successful murderers especially serial murderers, are the cutest people doing the murders. Or in Ted Bundy’s case, the handsomeness and most charming, because their victims would never expect them to kill a bug let alone another human being. The ultimate sneak attack which is how Jodi Arias murdered Travis Alexander at his home in 2008. I’m not arguing that she’s not guilty of at least killing Travis and I believe she probably murdered him, just saying that on her surface she looks like one of the last people who could ever kill anyone. But then you get to know her and learn about her personality, it’s not hard to believe that she could kill anyone.

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Source: Kevin Clark– Jodi Arias and Travis Alexander, when they were together

As far as her lawyer Kirk Nurmi, who came down with cancer from apparently defending Jodi and trying to keep her from the death penalty, I don’t want to make light of his situation. And I’m not making light here either, but even defense lawyers have a conscience and he must have had a pretty good idea that his client was probably guilty of this crime, but decided to defend her anyway. Even murderers have a constitutional right to an adequate defense, but unless the judge assigns you to the case, you don’t have to take it and you can always asked be to be removed from it and step down.

I don’t want to say lost soul here, but before Jodi Arias met Travis Alexander she really had no idea what she was going to do with her life. Unlike Travis who was a devout Mormon and was making his living as a public speaker and self-improvement speaker. We don’t know what happens to Jodi had she not had murdered Travis and perhaps Travis would’ve dumped her because she did seem to have possessive characteristics and could even be dangerous and violent. Maybe she moves on in life makes something positive of herself or finds another victim. We’ll never know.

 

David Winning: Exception To The Rule 1997- Featuring Kim Cattrall, Eric McCormack & Sean Young

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Source: IMDB– Exception To The Rule, 1997 poster

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“EXCEPTION TO THE RULE – Directed by David Winning. Kim Cattrall, Eric McCormack, Sean Young, William Devane.”

From David Winning

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Source:David Winning– Sean Young and Kim Cattrall: ain’t dey cute! 

To be completely honest with you: Kim Cattrall is really the only reason why I watched Exception to The Rule and why I’m at best a casual fan of it. I am a big fan of Sean Young and believe she’s beautiful, sexy, very adorable, and at times at least very funny as well, but I don’t believe this is her best role and movie. Her part is important especially at the end where she ends up killing The Leather N Denim Assassin. ( As I call Kim Cattrall )

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Source: Leather Beauties– Hollywood Goddess Kim Cattrall

But this movie is really about how the Eric McCormack and Carla Rainer ( played by Kim ) interact with each other. He’s married to Angela ( played by Sean Young ) and has an affair with a perspective client or friend of McCormick’s boss ( played by William DeVane ) and uses that as blackmail leverage to get this young successful lawyer to pay him or. Or threatens to tell his father in law and boss ( played by William DeVane ) about their affair and he holds firm and refuses to pay her.

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Source: David Winning– Hollywood Goddess Kim Cattrall

As you can imagine she doesn’t take that well and that is how the final scene of the movie develops where The Leather N Denim Assassin Carla Rainer ( played by Kim ) breaks in to this young couple’s home in an attempt to take Angela hostage in order to get her husband to pay ransom on her. There are good scenes before this moment like where Carla, gets rid of a man who she had a complicated history with by killing him and when he thinks she’s playing him off. A nasty murder where she literally runs him over and then blows up the car. She tried murdering Tim Bayer ( played by Eric McCormack ) by trying to run him down in broad daylight earlier in the movie. He attempts to pay her off and does so, which isn’t good enough for her which leads up to the last scene of the movie.

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Source: Famous Fix– Hollywood Goddess Kim Cattrall

Kim Cattrall is really the only reason I’m interested in this movie. She’s this red-hot adorable redhead, with a beautiful body and even a quick sarcastic wit in the movie and in some cases in the movie even comes off as likable in is beyond her goddess like physical appearance. Sean Young has a good scene in the movie as well playing an adorable hostage who manages to break away from her would be captures. But Kim breaking into the home to take Angela hostage, in this beautiful black biker leather jacket, and black denim Levi’s, black boots. This scene happening at night and she sort of looks like a thief breaking into a jewelry store or bank at nigh and the confrontation that she has with Tim ( Angela’s husband ) is the really the only reasons for me to watch this movie.

Inside Edition: Ali Rosen- ‘Legendary Chef and Traveler Anthony Bourdain Dies At 61’

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Source:Inside Edition– Legendary chef and traveler Anthony Bourdain.

Source:The New Democrat 

“Anthony Bourdain, an American chef and television personality, has been found dead of an apparent suicide. He was 61. His body was found in a French hotel room by close friend and chef Éric Ripert, according to CNN. The pair had been traveling together for the filming of Bourdain’s CNN show, “Parts Unknown.” As part of his Emmy Award-winning program, which premiered in 2013, Bourdain traveled the world, uncovering lesser-known cuisines.”

From Inside Edition

When I first heard about Anthony Bourdain’s show Parts Unknown coming to CNN in 2013 or 14, I thought this was another one of those so-called reality TV shows where the lead character is some loudmouth who makes an asshole out of himself ( to be frank ) in order to gain ratings. I’m not a fan of what’s called reality TV generally, except for what’s actually reality TV which are documentary programs even documentaries about Hollywood, so I was thinking Parts Unknown is not something I’m going to be interested in.

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Source: USA Today– Legendary chef and traveler Anthony Bourdain

But so-called reality TV is wasn’t Tony Bourdain’s show and what he wanted to communicate to people. He was a food and cultural documentarian who traveled the world to show people what other people eat and how they live. Who brought people together over good meals and got to learn about them by experiencing them, what they eat, the sites and sounds of their countries. And then he would show everyone else what he learned about Vietnam, Italy, Ecuador, Cuba, and wherever else he would travel to.

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Source: The Chive– One of Anthony Bourdain’s best quotes

In a country and world where we’re so divided mainly on political and cultural grounds and now unfortunately even by race, ethnicity, and class, Bourdain brought different together with food and cultural. And showed millions of Americans and people outside of America, that even with all of our differences that we can still share a great meal together, get to know each other and realize we’re not that strange from one another after all.

I’m not a cook and all I know about food and cooking is that food can taste really good, it can taste really bad, and generally somewhere in between, in less you what you’re doing or where to eat and have the resources to eat great food on a regular basis. But I know what I like and how to cook for myself and what I got from Bourdain was that not all good food has to taste alike and look alike. That good food comes in all different forms made from all different types of people in different countries.

The other thing that I got from Bourdain which I already knew, but hopefully now millions of other Americans and people outside of America hopefully also know, is that it isn’t okay to be yourself, but that being yourself is the only person you should be. Because you’re the only person you know really well. When you try to be someone other than yourself especially a famous celebrity that you look up to, all you’re doing is acting. And I realize some people do that for a living and even do it on so-called reality TV. But the non-reality actors are professional actors. And when everyone else tries to be someone other than them self, they’re not only not just actors, but now they’re amateurs and amateurs actors.

In a country and world where so many people especially young people feel the need to be like their favorite celebrity and in many cases reality star, Tony Bourdain taught so many people how to be themselves and why they should always be them self. He taught us about individualism and how to be an individual. I think Ayn Rand would’ve loved Anthony Bourdain even if was just for that reason. And if you don’t like yourself, maybe it’s because you have character issues, or you suffer from low self-esteem, which is something that perhaps Bourdain also had issues with.

But that we’re the only person we know really well and the only person where we always know what we’re thinking and what we know. And when we try to be someone other than ourself, we’re just pretending. Anthony Bourdain’s belief in individualism and his ability to bring different people together with food and culture, is what I’m going to miss about him.