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Ronan Farrow To MSNBC -- You Be The Judge


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There's nothing like a little controversy or hint of scandal when you are about to launch your new show. Joining the MSNBC family soon after the first of the year will be Ronan Farrow. But hopping into the pre-release publicity campaign are not just the star of the show but also Mia Farrow and Nancy Sinatra and a number of Ronan's Woody Allen/Frank Sinatra family members.

Don't know much about the young Mr. Farrow? Well, he's got a lot on his resume, and some that has yet to be verified. Let's start with the facts. His mom is Mia Farrow and his dad is... TBD. For the record, it's Woody Allen. To many, including his mom, it might be someone else. Someone with blue eyes and who Ronan looks amazingly like -- Frank Sinatra.

As you will see, the highly publicized question of his paternity is not whisked under the carpet. It's timed just perfectly to set up the expectations for the new MSNBC show. After this, wouldn't your curiosity be piqued?

But paternity aside, look at what this 25 year old has accomplished so far. According to Time Magazine:

Farrow started college at Bard at 11. He was their youngest graduate ever at 15. This gave Farrow ample time to graduate from Yale Law School at 21 and become a Rhodes scholar at 23.

From 2001 to 2009 Ronan was a UNICEF Spokesperson for Youth and has been a champion of Darfurian refugee issues.

He was a member of the Obama administration advising on NGO and humanitarian affairs in Afghanistan and Pakistan in 2009, and was appointed as Hillary Clinton’s special adviser for global youth issues in 2011.

So it looks like there could be a new star on the liberal news horizon. I kind of hope there is. Bright, young and articulate voices are needed to combat the overblown bellicose blather coming from Fox News and right-wing talk radio.

How long will it be before MSNBC starts it's full-blown promotions for Ronan's new show with a picture of him and Sinatra's voice singing "Start spreading the news..."

I mean, it's like publicity 101. Good luck Ronan. Whether it's Woody's or Frank's shoes you're going to be filling, they're gigantic and a lot will be expected from you.


Re-elected as Speaker, but John Boehner is in no way "Sinatra-era cool."


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Lisa Mascaro has a piece in today's L.A. Times, "John Boehner is battered but likely to retain speakership." The article is fine, informative, and goes into detail about his style and whether or not he'll continue in his role as Speaker of the House (he will, see below).

But I couldn't help but notice this sentence at the very end of the article:

Exhibiting a Sinatra-era cool, with his tailored suits, neatly barbered hair and smoke-filled office, Boehner is not easily rumpled by the raucous lawmakers he tries to lead.

Seriously? The Chairman of the Board? John Boehner just got re-elected as House Speaker but he was contested. (Eric Cantor got three votes, Colin Powell got one, and there were others.) At best, he's Chairman of the Bored.

Comparing The Boehner to Frank Sinatra is like comparing Tom DeLay to Bruce Springsteen. You must never do that again, Ms. Mascaro. 

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Please and thank you.

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UPDATE via an email alert from Politico: (corrected)

12 GOP lawmakers either opposed him, voted present or abstained. They include: Georgia Rep. Paul Broun, Michigan Rep. Justin Amash and Texas Rep. Louie Gohmert.

California Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D) got 192 votes for speaker.


PhotOh! President Obama parties like it's... 2008?


It was a very good year...

This is how President Obama signed the guestbook at Westminster Abbey today, May 24, 2011.


VIDEO: A gentle reminder to Whitestockers*


The House I Live In (1945)
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A young Frank Sinatra is in the studio with a full orchestra. He records a take of "If You Are But a Dream," then breaks for a smoke. From the studio, he steps into an alley where he sees nearly a dozen kids chasing one smaller boy. Frank stops them, asks why, and they tell him it's because of the boy's religion. So Frank asks them if they're Nazis and explains a few things about America, blood banks, World War II, and teamwork. Then he sings "The House I Live In" for them. Off the lads scamper, and the kid Frank's saved gives him a look of gratitude.

If only the extremists who insist upon a hostile takeover of America were more like the kids at the end of this clip.

H/t: 42bkdodgr, who reminds us that, since this was recorded in 1945, the word "Jap" is in it.

*Whitestock posts here and here.