November 17, 2013

Fifteen Acts of Kindness in honor of Emma Grace

I have to admit that this week has really buoyed my spirit after watching Batkid. You know what? I really love people, I do. You move outside of Washington DC and a certain socio-economic class, and you find people who will happily come out by the thousands to support a five-year-old be a superhero for a day. Or for a teenager to be inspired by another to come up with acts of kindness to do in her name. Can you imagine any of the people (including the hosts of the shows) below doing something like that? What is it about that Beltway that makes people lose their humanity, their concern for fellow man?

It's ironic, of course, because the whole point of getting elected is supposed to be "public service", but listen to these jokers and ask yourself just who are they serving. Because it's quite clearly not us.

ABC's "This Week" — Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Gov. Scott Walker, R-Wis.; Roundtable: Rep. Adam Kinzinger, R-Ill., PBS “NewsHour” co-host and managing editor Gwen Ifill, former Obama White House senior adviser and ABC News contributor David Plouffe, ABC News political analyst Matthew Dowd, former Vermont Gov. Howard Dean, and Wall Street Journal foreign affairs columnist Bret Stephens. ABC News Chief National Correspondent Byron Pitts, JFK nephew Patrick Kennedy and documentary filmmaker Ken Burns. Founder of security contractor Blackwater USA Erik Prince

NBC's "Meet the Press" — Rep. Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif.; Sen. Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H. NBC Special Correspondent Tom Brokaw; Washington Post columnist Kathleen Parker; Republican Strategist Mike Murphy; and host of MSNBC’s “Hardball,” Chris Matthews.

CBS' "Face the Nation" — Luci Baines Johnson Turpin; journalists Hugh Aynesworth and Mike Cochran; Dr. Ronald Jones, among those who attended to President John F. Kennedy after the president was shot in Dallas. Panel: Douglas Brinkley, Thurston Clarke, and Larry Sabato. And we'll joined by Harvard University's David Gergen and Peggy Noonan of the Wall Street Journal.

MSNBC's "UP with Steve Kornacki" -- Robert MacNeil, Fmr. NBC News White House correspondent; Harris Wofford, White House aide to Pres. Kennedy, Fmr. U.S. Senator, (D-PA); Walter Mears, Associated Press; Shirley Franklin, Fmr. Atlanta Mayor, recipient, JFK Profile in Courage Award; Kerry Kennedy, president, Robert F. Kennedy Center for Justice & Human Rights; Jane Hall, journalism professor, American University's School of Communication; David Nasaw, author, “The Patriarch”; Michael Steele, MSNBC Political Analyst, Fmr. RNC Chairman; Philip Shenon, reporter & author, “A Cruel and Shocking Act: The Secret History of the Kennedy Assassination”.

MSNBC's "Melissa Harris-Perry" -- Tanya Fields, founder of The Blk ProjeK; Tanner Colby, author of “Some of My Best Friends Are Black”; Adam Serwer, Reporter at; Derrick Pitts, Chief Astronomer and Planetarium Director at The Franklin Institute in Philadelphia; Wesley Harris, Associate Provost for Faculty Equity at MIT / Professor of Aeronautics and Astronautics; Nina Khrushcheva, Associate Professor of International Affairs at the New School; Gordon Chang, Columnist at Forbes and author of “The Coming Collapse of China”; Charlie Sennott, Founding Editor & Co-Founder of GlobalPost; Rula Jebreal, MSNBC Contributor/Foreign Policy Analyst for Newsweek.

MSNBC's "Disrupt with Karen Finney" -- Capt. Mark Kelly, Husband of Rep. Giffords; Bob Shrum, Democratic Strategist; Nia-Malika Henderson, Washington Post; Peter Edelman, Georgetown University Law School; Perry Bacon,; Jennifer Martinez, DREAM Activist.

CNN's "State of the Union" — Israel Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu; Sen. John Barrasso, R-Wyo.; Rep. James Clyburn, D-S.C. Panel: Crossfire Host Van Jones, CNN Commentator Ross Douthat and Amy Walter from the Cook Political Report.

CNN's "Fareed Zakaria GPS" -- Stephen Flynn, founding director of the Center for Resilient Studies at Northeastern University, and Pulitzer Prize winning journalist Laurie Garrett; New York Times columnist Nicholas Kristof and The Council on Foreign Relations’ Elizabeth Economy; Pulitzer Prize-winning writer, biographer, and historian Robert Caro.

CNN's "Reliable Sources" -- Guest host: George Washington University's Director of Media and Public Affairs Frank Sesno. former CBS reporter Terence Smith, Politco's Dylan Byers, NY1's Errol Louis and the Chicago Sun Times' Washington Bureau Chief Lynn Sweet, Philippe Cousteau, New York Time's Andrew Rivken, Washington Post movie critic Ann Hornaday, Esquire's Chris Jones.

"Fox News Sunday" — Liz Cheney, Republican candidate for Senate in Wyoming; Ben Nelson, CEO of the National Association of Insurance Commissioners; Karen Ignagni, president and CEO of America's Insurance Plans; Kathleen Kennedy Townsend and Patrick Kennedy. Panel: Brit Hume, Bob Woodward, George Will, Judy Woodruff.

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