December 8, 2013

"Under the Tuscan Sun" (2003)

The movie itself is pretty much something that no man wants to watch. But there's a couple of messages that screenwriter/director Audrey Wells snuck in there that I really love (and the pretty Italian men aren't too bad either). The one at the end of the movie about the train across the Alps came to mind when I heard some of my progressive friends bemoan how while President Obama's speech sounded real nice and progressive, the policies being proposed are the same old neo-liberal crap that doesn't help. It's okay. President Obama was never going to be the great progressive hope a lot of liberals tried to project on him. But we're talking progressive and populist concerns now. We're building that track, although the train that is capable of making span hasn't been made yet. But it will be. And unthinkably good things can happen when it does.

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ABC's "This Week" - Mandela roundtable: former U.S. Ambassador to South Africa Jendayi Frazer, former pollster for Nelson Mandela Stan Greenberg, Mandela biographer and former New York Times Johannesburg Bureau Chief Bill Keller, and Dr. Gay McDougall, former member of the Independent Electoral Commission of South Africa Sens. Dick Durbin, D-Ill., and Rob Portman, R-Ohio. Roundtable: ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, author and Georgetown University professor Michael Eric Dyson, and political odd couple James Carville and Mary Matalin.

NBC's "Meet the Press" - Jesse Jackson; Charles Ogletree, a law professor at Harvard University.

CBS' "Face the Nation" - Former Secretary of State James Baker; Randall Robinson, who led the anti-apartheid group TransAfrica; poet Maya Angelou. Panel: Gwen Ifill, host of "PBS Newshour," Lorraine Miller, Interim President of the NAACP, Michele Norris, NPR Host and Special Correspondent, Richard Stengel, former Time magazine editor and author of "Mandela's Way," Gayle King Co-Host of "CBS This Morning"

MSNBC's "UP with Steve Kornacki" -- Ann Lewis, fmr. Senior Advisor to Hillary Clinton; Ana Marie Cox, The Guardian; Benjy Sarlin, political reporter; Sahil Kapur, Talking Points Memo; Sister Simone Campbell, Executive Director, Network, a national Catholic social justice lobby; Fmr. Mayor Ray Flynn (Boston), fmr. U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.

MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" -- Tara Dowdell, Democratic Strategist; Jean Grae, Hip-Hop Artist; Susan Del Percio, Republican Strategist and MSNBC Contributor; Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY); Tanner Colby, Author of “Some of My Best Friends Are Black”; Mychal Denzel Smith, Blogger at / Fellow at; Suzy Khimm, National Report at MSNBC; Marcyliena Morgan, Executive Director of the Hip-Hop Archive; Walter Kimbrough, President of Dillard University; Robert Gibbs, Former White House Press Secretary / MSNBC Contributor; Amber Rose Johnson, Junior at Tufts University / Spoken Word Artist; Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA).

MSNBC's "Disrupt with Karen Finney" -- David Sirota, Author; Eric Boehlert, Media Matters for America; Dana Milbank, Washington Post; Kiki Mclean, Democratic Strategist; Lee Fang, The Nation; Jonathan Capehart, Washington Post.

CNN's "State of the Union" - Reps. Michael McCaul, R-Texas, and Adam Schiff, D-Calif. Economist Mark Zandi, Annie Lowrey of the New York Times and the American Enterprise Institute’s Kevin Hassett. Our panel DNC Communications Director Mo Elleithee, Former Ohio Secretary of State Ken Blackwell and USA Today’s Susan Page.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" -- A look at the life and legacy of Nelson Mandela. Former Fed chief Alan Greensspan. Former National Security Advisor Tom Donilon.

CNN's "Reliable Sources" -- The New York Times' Bill Keller, author of “Tree Shaker: The Story of Nelson Mandela,” American University’s Jane Hall, The Washington Post’s Paul Farhi & NPR’s Eric Deggans. Brian Koonz. Ryan Seacrest.

"Fox News Sunday" - Sen. Rand Paul, R-Ky.; Pik Botha, a former South African foreign minister. Roundtable: Brit Hume, Julie Pace, White House Correspondent for The Associated Press, George Will, Juan Williams.

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