(Putting aside the conversation, she rocks the gray streak in her hair.)
Tulsi Gabbard, House (D-HI) is first female combat veteran to run for potus. [Icymi Gabbard is categorized as woc. Gabbard's father is Samoan and European descent, Catholic. Gabbard's mother is of German descent, Hindu.] Summary of convo [Spoiler (click to open)]
First talks about Puerto Rico Governor, she recently visited. She’s never seen a protest like it. It’s more than the leaked messages, also about the longstanding corruption. Exacerbated by hurricane but that wasn’t the beginning. She doesn’t think they’ll back down until he’s gone. Mam says she was impressed with Tulsi debate performance. Brings up her July 4th email about “taking patriotism back”. Tulsi talks about how divided we are, talks about her deployment working beside service members from different backgrounds, races, religions, etc. Thinks Racist in Chief is tearing us apart, his brand of patriotism isn’t real patriotism.
Joy brings up her visit on Bill Maher show, mentions some far right people like KKK David Duke who likes her. Tulsi replies that Duke shouldn’t get any oxygen. What she’s seen on her town halls, from all parties, the cost of war and ending the wasteful regime changing comes up. Tulsi doesn’t feel she’s an isolationist. She says people with mindset that …if we’re not bombing other nations, implementing crippling sanctions, that it makes us isolationists and that we turned our backs on them… Not her belief. She believes we need to end wasteful wars that take money out of schools and other domestic infrastructure. Joy brings up old quotes, Tulsi says she doesn’t want to talk about what other people are saying. Reverts focus on her foreign policy that, including Iraq, where she served, that decision to go to war wasn’t made in best interest of American people or Iraqi people. Sunny wants to know if Tr/mp is inciting violence against the Squad. Tulsi says he’s inciting violence and racism against the whole country. He wants people to love “him”, or leave. Thinks that’s dangerous.
Mam brings up next debate, Tulsi will be with Kamala and Biden, does Tulsi expect more confrontation and will she call it out again. Tulsi says it’s fair to say that voters deserve to see policy differences between candidates, but personal attacks are underhanded. Yes she feels Kamala did that, says Kamala position, when reviewed post mortem, was the same as Biden. Reverts again to her military record (16 yrs 2 tours), plus the committees she serves on now (Foreign Affairs, Foreign Services, Homeland Security) gives her more experience than most candidates combined, contrasts that against Tr/mp complete inexperience and how that hurts us. Sunny brings up undocumented immigrants getting healthcare. Tulsi says it’s the wrong question to ask, delves into an overhaul of immigration policy that brings out the undocumented from the shadows so they don’t face those scenarios. She talks about, stop reacting to the crisis of the moment, versus solving the problem.
Hot Topic Vamos Puerto Rico Governor
He’s agreed to not run for re-election but won’t step down. Protests continue. Short version, men who do bad things aren’t accepting consequences for their actions, thanks to the Tr/mp phenomenon, they’re digging in and believe they can ride it out. Plot summary, Whoopi thinks the women of Puerto Rico who have been marginalized and treated or spoken about in sexist and misogynistic ways should (peacefully) march on in there and carry him out. The other hosts say things too. It’s universal venting and they all pretty much agree.
Hot Topic Racist Regime Gaslighting America
Plays clips. Blah di blah blah blah.
You Know You’re a Racist When… Whoop goes off. These f/ckers need to go. Pence, Goebbels aka Stephen Miller (who quit his spray-on-hair), did the Sunday news shows to whine Stop Picking on Racist White Men for Being Racist White Men. Joy has lots of jabs and insulting nicknames in this segment. Sunny points out Racist in Chief thinks that criticizing policies = hating America. Mam talks about infighting again. Some progressives are claiming that moderate Democrats are also racist, and she thinks that’s incendiary. Politically, Tr/mp needs someone to fight with so he exaggerated the Squad as his target.
Hot Topic Kevin Smith and Ben Affleck Made Up
Icymi, once upon a time, Ben Affleck was in 8 films made by Kevin Smith. Then they were estranged. When Kevin was talking to EW reporter, it was suggested he ask Affleck to be in the Jay and Silent Bob Reboot. Kevin pondered, then sent Ben a text. Ben replied back, and agreed. Now they’re friends again.
Flash forward to this Hot Topic. Joy = Italian Alzheimers is we forget everything except a grudge. Mostly the hosts talk about how men get over things more easily than women, women tend to remember and hold on to everything (hello Katy and Taylor lol). Mam says Kevin Smith films were her jam and she’s thrilled this has worked out. Whoopi says she knew all about Kevin’s movies, but had no idea that he and Ben were estranged all this time.
Link to Kevin’s IG photo https://www.instagram.com/p/B0GjjFZAFjY/
His write up says [Spoiler (click to open)] MY BOYFRIEND’S BACK! When the trailer for @jayandsilentbob Reboot dropped (link in my bio), folks found out a few of our secrets - one of the biggest being that @benaffleck is back as Holden McNeil! The co-creator of #bluntmanandchronic and friend of #jayandsilentbob plays a crucial role in the Reboot and his scene is one of the best bits of cinema I’ve ever been involved with: it’s absolutely magical and life-affirming and all the things I really care about now, post-heart attack. But when we started shooting the movie, the scene didn’t exist. This scene - and more importantly, my reunion with a guy who I’ve missed terribly for nearly a decade - only happened because of @kevinmccarthytv. Kev interviewed Ben for his @netflix movie #triplefrontier and kicked off by asking Ben “Did they call you for Reboot yet?” And Ben said no, but he was available. So producer @jordanmonsanto said “Call Ben.” I told her “That’s just some nice shit to say at a junket. He wasn’t serious.” A week later, Jordan, @jaymewes and @jenschwalbach we’re all pressing me to reach out to Ben, so I finally did. I was scared to be rejected, but I texted him “To paraphrase the sad old King Osric in CONAN THE BARBARIAN? ‘There comes a time when the jewels cease to sparkle, when the gold loses its luster, when the throne room becomes a prison, and all that is left is a director’s love for the people he used to make pretend with.’” And after a long beat of wondering how he’d receive this, my estranged friend wrote back as only he could: “Of course you still liken yourself to a king,” he joked. And then “Would be a pleasure to see you again, Old Man.” So naturally, weepy me - who breaks down emotionally during comic book flicks - was a blubbery mess. Not only did we score an amazing scene for the flick, but I also got my friend back - all because of entertainment journalism. Thank you, #kevinmccarthytv - your #viewaskew themed opening question not only allowed me to make an 8 page sequel to #chasingamy in the middle of #JayAndSilentBobReboot, it also brought back a massive missing piece of my heart. #KevinSmith #benaffleck #JasonMewes #reunited #comiccon #holdenmcneil
Ontd do you hold grudges? Have you thought someone was gone from your life when really you were overthinking it and it could've been fine a lot sooner?
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