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VETERANS IN AMERICA

This afternoon I will record the narration for ‘Veterans in America.’ The film is to be shown at the grand opening of the National Veterans Memorial and Museum in Columbus, OH at the end of this month. Also, the film will be used as a starting point for a longer, 4-part documentary miniseries for PBS on the veterans’ experience.

I’m very grateful to be involved in this tribute to America’s veteran community.

Today was exhausting…but for interesting reasons. I’ve done considerable narrative work over the years – over 1000 v/o, several audio books including my own, numerous other documentaries. The nuances of a narrator on this specific project placed my acting instincts, my v/o experience and my personal history in conflict.

Imagine the difference between a traditional news reporter and a news commentator. One strives for objectivity; the other embraces his personal points of view. This text resonated with the veteran and the actor in me. Surrendering to that inclination would be personally satisfying yet professionally off purpose, for this mission.

I am as old as I have ever been; I have less stamina, diminished ability to concentrate for hours on end. Fortunately I had a very savvy and supportive director in NYC on the phone patch. He valued my concerns and my grammatical instincts. I trusted him and together, we recorded a track that is respectful and effective – without Tucker’s own editorial passion for present veteran needs and past inequitable treatment in our society.

POWER

You know, living in modern times means that we get to look behind the curtain. Because of our media, we see the machinery; we’re woke to the okaydoke. Regardless, those in power are confidently transparent with their greed. And we passively watch them pick our pockets, like marks at a carny…

So information is NOT power…it is the coin of our realm. Truth is power. And truth is malleable, now more than ever before. Power flows to those that manipulate truth to their advantage.

INJUDICIOUS

We have an expression in the military: Conduct unbecoming an officer.

I believe that I have just witnessed temperament unbecoming a judge. Unbefitting someone required to exhibit and maintain objectivity as a fundamental job requirement.

Man. The proliferation of evidence just…oozing into our consciousness about the person Brett Kavanaugh WAS as a teenager, college student, political activist and jurist…is confronting. Terms such as “dick” and “douchebag” do come to mind.

I don’t question his ideological bona fides; I’d imagine they warm the cockles of conservative hearts. But just…The Guy Himself! He seems SUCH a flaming bag of shit left on our national doorstep…doncha think? 

I feel pity for his family. This husband and father revealed to the nation as so flawed a human being. Flawed as a young man…but now a grown man. And clearly, self-evidently, HE IS WHO HE IS!

So Republicans, be prepared to sleep in your political bed…ridden with lice. And you must know it! Many of us believe there are more worthy SCOTUS candidates with far less evident baggage, worthy of consideration. Let us now engage their qualifications. And please! Send this embarrassment back to his overachieved prior posting. And also let the process commence to determine whether or not he is still worthy of even THAT.

Yeah Brett. This process “is just destroying your life.” Dude. Gotta believe, somewhere inside, you’ve been cringing, flinching from this reckoning for all your adult life. I agree. What goes around, comes around.

No.  No way.  I don’t care what the pundits say.  That footage from his testimony on Thursday will play over and over and over…and it is defining!  When he said that “We have destroyed him”…

Well, he has been destroyed…but hardly by us.  Possibly by his conduct as a younger man; we’ll see.  But most certainly destroyed by his conduct as a witness and nominee for the Supreme Court.  Unless we live in BizarroLand…;)

You just know he wanted to be a cool kid and he wanted to be regarded as a cool kid…by the kids that actually were cool.  Understandable     Experts infer that Dr. Ford’s vocal presentation, her physical manner suggests maturation that was thwarted…probably by a trauma in her younger days.  What of our boy, Brett?  Who did he become under questioning?  Did he not also revert to the values and hubris of a teenage wannabe?  His testimony was theater…and so revealing.

The Supremes know him for a pretender.  Especially Thomas.  Gotta wonder where his loyalties lie, in this regard.  😉  But I think, FBI inquiries notwithstanding, Brett stepped on his dick last week.  And every Senatorial vote for confirmation must own that Senator’s ethical surrender.  So a lot of political souls are hostage to this candidacy…and Self Interest generally rules.

Looking forward to next weeks vote.