It’s Not All About Brangelina Today

brangelinaThe internet, gossip rags, and television are all abuzz about the breakup of Brad Pitt and Angelina Jolie today. But, once the OMG has passed, deep inside didn’t we all expect it?  To me it seemed inevitable: he seems way too laid back and she seems far too high strung for bradjentheir relationship to last forever.  I don’t feel sorry for them.  They had many years to figure their relationship and parenting styles out.  Sometimes relationships, especially those that began in the clandestine manner theirs did, while he was still married to Jennifer Aniston, just run their course and end.  The person I really feel sorry for is Jennifer Aniston’s new husband.  As if being the man she finally married after 11 years of her being the famously single former Mrs. Pitt and the never-ending Brad / Angelina/ Jennifer media hysteria wasn’t enough, now Brad’s single just over a year into their (if you believe the tabloids) already rocky marriage .  Let the reconciliation speculation begin…

But let’s move on.

There are a few other important things happening today, like:

It’s 49 days until the electionwww.usa.gov  wants  you to know these important things before you place your vote:

  1. Make sure you are registered to vote.  Check your voter status at: www.canivote.org. If you’re not registered go to www.vote.gov, select your state and get registered ASAP!
  2. Research the candidates, the League of Women Voters has a guide that can help give you tips on how to evaluate the candidates at www.lwv.org.  You can also find a guide on what to listen for when you are watching the debates.  There will be a lot to sort through in the 3 debates: all of us need to ignore the personal attacks, smoke screens, and non-answers, to hear the candidates real intentions and plans for the country moving forward.
  3. If you know you won’t be able to vote in person on November 8 2016, make sure you have registered to cast your ballot via mail.  To find out your state’s requirements for casting an absentee ballot, visit www.usa.gov/absentee-voting.
  4. Make sure you know your polling place and put it in your schedule like any other appointment.  Make sure you schedule ample time, as polling places could be crowded.  Also make sure you bring a form of government accepted ID.  If you don’t know your polling place, or want to review your state’s election day requirements, visit: www.usa.gov/election-day#item37327.

News has leaked that former Republican President(s) are voting Clinton

  • Kathleen Hartington Kennedy Townsend, the former Maryland lieutenant governor and daughter of the late Robert F. Kennedy posted a photo of herself with Former President George H.W. Bush with the caption, “The President told me he’s voting for Hillary!!”
  • Our 92 year old, 41st President reportedly made the statement at a private event held in Kennebunkport, Maine yesterday.  CNN says that according to sources close to Bush, he shared his plans with board members of the bipartisan Points of Light Foundation Monday.  So, I wonder if the rest of the Bush family is following suit.  Hmmm

Congress is working to protect Americans’ right to give negative Yelp reviews. The Senate has already passed a similar Bill, now the House of Representatives are voting on a Bill that guarantees companies can’t enforce clauses that attempt to intimidate customers’ with threats to sue if they post negative reviews to popular websites like http://www.yelp.com, http://www.amazon.com,  and http://www.tripadvisor.com.  Once passed, the two Bills will be reconciled and an agreed upon unified Bill will be presented to the President for his signature into Law.

  • Companies are hiding “non-disparagement” clauses in their terms of use agreements and penalizing customers if they post negative reviews of services received from those companies.  Example: “In California, Yelp is asking the state Supreme Court to overturn a lower court’s ruling that asked the company to remove some negative reviews of a law firm, saying it could set a precedent for the removal of other negative reviews and leave consumers with a skewed assessment of restaurants and other businesses. The firm has said the reviews are defamatory.”  (Source: www.cbsnews.com)
  • While the non-disparagement clauses are still legal, Yelp is trying to let users know about them. The company is now tagging some companies’ Yelp pages with a warning: “This business may be trying to abuse the legal system in an effort to stifle free speech, including issuing questionable legal threats against reviewers. As a reminder, reviewers who share their experiences have a First Amendment right to express their opinions on Yelp.” (Source: www.cbsnews.com)

While Hollywood, it’s stars, and the projects they produce are certainly important means of diverting us from the everyday stresses of life, there are so many more important things that we should be spending our time worrying about, like the rapidly approaching Presidential election, as well as the sometimes serious, sometimes whimsical things that make me go hmmm. 😉

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