Great Use of Celebrity Power with Matt Damon and Ben Affleck

I often suggest to non-profits that they need to get some celebrity endorsement. People love celebrities. Celebrities love good causes. This is a great way to mix them together.

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Charlotte’s Web Characters As Singing Superheroes and Villains

I recently attended the 3rd Annual 90-Second Newbury film festival in San Francisco. My personal favorite was this musical rendition of Charlotte’s Web to the Spiderman theme. 

The event was wonderful, the films were fun and the hosts funny, but my favorite part was looking over at a couple of kids who made one of the films proudly raising their hands when asked if they had read another one of the Newbury winners. The festival is a program of the KidLit Foundation, an Illinois literacy nonprofit.  It was hosted by authors James Kennedy and recent Newbery winner  Katherine Applegate. 

The next stop on the film Festival tour is Tacoma and Portland Washington on March 1 and 2 where they will show another 2014 90-Second Newbury winner.  The Olde Tobacco Shoppe.  The plot? A five-year-old boy smokes some “magic tobacco,” has a bunch of hallucinations about sailing on a pirate ship and finding treasure. Hmmm, interesting choice out of Washington State.

 

 

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Gowdy: “No poetry for you!” GOP’s Older Brother to Dem’s Prodigal Son.

Rep. Trey Gowdy (R-S.C.) on Sunday said Democrats are pushing poetry as an alternative to holding a job.

– By Megan R. Wilson The Hill, ‘Democrats pushing poetry over jobs?“

David Atkins, writing at Hullabloo, analyzes Gowdy’s response to the report by the Congressional Budget Office (CBO) on how people will respond to the Affordable Care Act in their work life.

Atkin’s piece is titled “Republicans do not understand what it means to be human”  and it’s stellar. Here is an insightful paragraph.

It is not an inaccurate or extreme statement to declare that ideological Republicans do not understand what it means to be human. They view human beings as economic units to be plugged at their lowest possible price into a maximally efficient market that provides the greatest possible returns on investment to the wealthy few, with any resulting human resentment and misery dulled by humility before a pleasure-fearing angry God promising rewards to the obedient in the hereafter. It is a dark, meager, shriveled and cramped vision of humanity.

Read the whole piece it is excellent.

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