The first screening of the film version of “Les Miserables” went really well. According to Roger Friedman, the film received a standing ovation and cheers. The stars of the film include Hugh Jackman as Jean Valjean; Russell Crowe as Javer, Anne Hathaway as Fantine and Samantha Barks. Among the supporter cast are Aaron Tveit, Amanda Seyfried and Eddie Redmayne. Hugh Jackman and Anne Hathaway could walk away with golden statuettes at the Oscar awards. “Les Miserables” has all the signs of being a success at the box office and Oscar Awards.
“Les Miserables” Gets Standing Ovation at First Screening, Stars Hugh Jackman, Russell Crowe and Anne Hathaway Shine
For anyone who thinks Rep. Alan Grayson will be quiet when he returns to Congress, they have another thing coming. Here’s the incoming Congressman with a Walmart worker, Lisa Lopez, who went on strike, with his help:
WKMG: U.S. Rep.-elect Alan Grayson (D-Fla.) joined a Walmart worker as she walked off her job in St. Cloud as part of a nationwide protest against the country’s largest employer.
Grayson joined Walmart associate Lisa Lopez on Thanksgiving night to protest what employees says is the store’s retaliation against workers who speak out for better job conditions. On “Black Friday,” Grayson also joined a walkout at a Walmart in Orlando.
Union-backed groups OUR Walmart and Making Change at Wal-Mart, along with watchdog group Corporate Action Network, are calling on the retailer to end what they call retaliation against employees who speak out for better pay, fair schedules and affordable health care.
— ForRespect (@ForRespect) November 23, 2012
JESUS TAKE THE WHEEL: Shenika Allsup was arrested Thursday after she attacked a man with a serving fork during Thanksgiving dinner at a home in the 1100 block of Madison Street in Annapolis, Md. According to MyFoxDC, police say several people were having dinner when an argument erupted and Shenika Allsup stabbed the man in the neck with a serving fork used to serve turkey. He was transported to Anne Arundel Medical Center with non-life-threatening injuries. Shenika Allsup faces several assault charges.
University of Texas at Austin Professor Robert Jensen Calls Thanksgiving a “White Supremacist Holiday”
University of Texas at Austin journalism professor Robert Jensen calls Thanksgiving a “white-supremacist holiday.” His opinion piece, “No Thanks for Thanksgiving“ appeared on George Soros-connected website Alternet on Wednesday. In his article, Jensen wrote how Native Americans suffered because of the “European invasion of the Americas.” He went compared the Founding Fathers to Nazi Germany, asking “how does a country deal with the fact that some of its most revered historical figures had certain moral values and political views virtually identical to Nazis?”
Robert Jensen claims Thanksgiving is “at the heart of U.S. myth-building. “But in the United States, this reluctance to acknowledge our original sin — the genocide of indigenous people — is of special importance today,” he explained.
Jensen claims that “not only is the thought of such a change in this white-supremacist holiday impossible to imagine, but the very mention of the idea sends most Americans into apoplectic fits — which speaks volumes about our historical hypocrisy and its relation to the contemporary politics of empire in the United States.”
Wow, this is pretty deep and I don’t believe for a minute that when most Americans think Thanksgiving, white supremacist comes to mind.
Oh, no, not another Bush mulling a White House run. It seems that Jeb Bush, former Florida governor and brother of former U.S. president George W. Bush, is said to be mulling a run for the White House in 2016. Okay, so he’s a far better politician than his brother, but do we really need another Bush in the White House so quickly? Nah.
New York Times: “Mr. Bush is said by friends to be weighing financial and family considerations — between so many years in office and the recession his wealth took a dip, they said, and he has been working hard to restore it — as well as the complicated place within the Republican Party of the Bush brand.”
“After Mitt Romney’s defeat by a Democratic coalition built around overwhelming support from Hispanics and other fast-growing demographic groups, many Republicans are looking for a candidate who can help make the party more inclusive without ceding conservative principles — and no one is the subject of more speculation at this point than Mr. Bush.”
“To his supporters, Mr. Bush is the man for the moment. His wife, Columba, was born and raised in Mexico. He speaks Spanish and favors overhauling the immigration system in a way that would provide a route to citizenship for people already in the country illegally but otherwise law-abiding.”
Jeb Bush left the governorship with a high approval rating and I have no doubt he would be a far better president than his brother, but the stench of George W. Bush’s presidency is still permeating all over the place.