Memo to the NFL: Clean it up or Close it down


Two weeks ago before a video emerged of Baltimore Ravens player Ray Rice brutally hitting his wife in a hotel elevator, I gave my students an assignment as a writing prompt. “NFL Commissioner Roger Goodell has said if a player is accused of domestic abuse moving forward, the punishment Read more

What to do if You Just Got Laid Off or Fired


To me, other than the loss of a loved one, I cannot think of an event more disheartening, more unnerving, more earth-shattering than being laid off or fired from what provides you and your family with basic necessities--food, clothing, and shelter. It seems to me, as of late, that everyone I know Read more

Is Ghostbusters the Perfect Comedy? Quite Possibly.


When my colleagues recently organized a matinee viewing of the remastered re-release of the 1984 classic, Ghostbusters, to kickstart Labor Day weekend, I was all in. I've always loved the movie, Ghostbusters, but admitted that I hadn't seen it from beginning to end in over a decade. Sure, I'd seen clips here Read more

A (Video) Wake-Up Call


We’re all guilty of it at one time or another. Our favorite actor, sports star or politician finds himself or herself in a bad place. Perhaps it’s an affair that stuns, domestic abuse that horrifies or – worst of all – murder to another human being. We, the fans, Read more

Joan Rivers: An American Institution


“Think positive. Make a list. “One, I don’t live in Bosnia. Two, I never dated O. J.” I started to write a memorial for Joan Rivers and found the task more difficult than I expected it to be. Why? Celebrity deaths hurt, especially when we feel like we’ve known the Read more

Preserving the Phantom Set & Silent Film History


For those of us who grew up loving film, there are certain moments that are engrained in our minds from movies seen on the big and small screens during our youth. Remember ducking your head below the old theater seats when the raptors chased down children in a massive Read more

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Things Worth Dying For – Reflections on the 70th Anniversary of D-Day

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It’s tough to express feelings about D-Day as someone who was born over 40 years after June 6, 1944. Most historians refer to it as a turning point in western civilization. When I think of D-Day, I think of images. The opening scene of Saving Private Ryan. My visit to the eerily peaceful beach in spring 2010. But I also think of words – FDR’s D-Day prayer over the radio, General Eisenhower’s speech to his men, and more.

I’ve made it somewhat of a tradition here at The Wise Guise to commemorate D-Day with a reflective post. I’d urge you to read my best friend Jay Salato’s post from two years ago reflecting on the speech he had the opportunity to give at the commemorative ceremony at the U.S. Memorial Cemetery at Omaha Beach. Then, I’d urge you to re-visit my post from last year and listen to/read FDR’s prayer and Ike’s speech.

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This year, I want to share two more pieces of history that I’ve recently found to continue the impossible task of commemorating the courage and sacrifice of those men who charged Normandy Beach.

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Joseph’s Morning Mailbag: Donald Sterling, Ukraine, Movies, TV, & More!

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Life has been crazy lately. We are pregnant with our first baby, sold a house, bought a house, moved, and I’ve finished law school. So there’s a lot of topics I’ve wanted to blog about, but haven’t been able to. In order to catch up, I decided to bring back the mailbag style. Some of the questions below are from real friends and readers. Some of the names have been made up so I could talk about what I wanted to talk about. Other names and locations have been changed to protect the innocent and/or provide alliterative effect. Enjoy! (Shout out to Jeremy Wilson for the awesome new logo above!)

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Political Passport: 2016 Polling Update on Presidential Contenders

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The second year of President Obama’s second term has only just begun, marked by his 2014 State of the Union Address last week. But as I’ve discussed before on this blog, the jockeying to become the 45th President of the United States began the day after the 2012 election. And, in actuality, many Republicans and Democrats made decisions between 2008 and 2012 that began to set them up for potential runs in 2016.

While it is far too early to make any legitimate predictions about 2016, there are some recent developments and recent polls that can give us a big-picture overview of who could be the 45th President of the United States and next leader of the free world. There are also some recent political developments that could impact the 2014 mid-term elections and the 2016 presidential primary and general elections. I will discuss many of these details more in-depth as 2014 progresses, from gubernatorial races and immigration reform status in Congress to scandals and GOP efforts to claim a majority in the Senate.

For now, though, we look to 2016. One recent development is the Republican Party’s shrewd move to hold their 2016 Convention MUCH earlier than they have been held in the last few presidential election cycles. In order to avoid a long, drawn-out primary in which candidates beat up on each other and the eventual nominee, they are limiting the number of debates and ensuring their presidential ticket is set in stone heading into the dog days of summer. This is wise. Assuming Hillary is the eventual Democratic nominee without much legitimate competition, the GOP needs to rally around the eventual nominee with months to go before the general election. With the GOP having a mostly health internal battle for the future of the party, this early convention and conclusion to the primary is even more important.

So how much of a front-runner is Hillary right now? If not Hillary, then who? In the wide-open and very full GOP race, is anyone a clear front-runner? Two new polls out this week give us clues to answering these questions.

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Everything You Need to Know About 2014 State of the Union Speeches

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In this post, I share with you the highlights of President Obama’s 2014 State of the Union Address, along with Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers’, Sen. Mike Lee’s, and Sen. Rand Paul’s official responses. I present these excerpts pulled out because I feel that it’s really all you need to know about each one. I’m also providing the full video of each address in case you want to watch/hear the entire thing as it was delivered.

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25th Anniversary of Ronald Reagan’s Farewell Address to the Nation

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This week marks the 25th Anniversary of President Ronald Reagan’s Farewell Address to the Nation. A friend reminded me of this fact this week. Although I’d read most of the speech in excerpts before, I’d never watched President Reagan, “The Great Communicator” himself, deliver the speech. I’d read the words, recited some of them even… but I’d never heard him deliver them as he prepared to leave office.

On January 11, 1989, President Reagan delivered this speech from the Oval Office. It exemplifies so much of what made him such a popular President, invoked today by Republicans and President Obama alike. He’s become one of those iconic Presidents that members of both parties invoke for political gain. While he’s not the mythical hero that some have made him to be, watching, listening, or reading this speech will remind you of what made him such a transformative leader.

Some of the highlights from this speech:

And in all that time I won a nickname – “The Great Communicator.” But I never thought it was my style or the words I used that made a difference – it was the content. I wasn’t a great communicator, but I communicated great things, and they didn’t spring full bloom from my brow, they came from the heart of a great nation – from our experience, our wisdom, and our belief in the principles that have guided us for two centuries.

We’ve got to teach history based not on what’s in fashion but what’s important: Why the pilgrims came here, who Jimmy Doolittle was, and what those 30 seconds over Tokyo meant. You know, four years ago, on the 40th anniversary of D-Day. I read a letter from a young woman writing to her late father, who’d fought on Omaha Beach. Her name was Lisa Zanatta Henn, and she said, we will always remember, we will never forget what the boys of Normandy did. Well, let’s help her keep her word.

If we forget what we did, we won’t know who we are. I am warning of an eradication of that – of the American memory that could result, ultimately, in an erosion of the American spirit.

Let’s start with some basics – more attention to American history and a greater emphasis of civic ritual. And let me offer lesson No. 1 about America : All great change in America begins at the dinner table. So tomorrow night in the kitchen I hope the talking begins.

I’ve spoken of the shining city all my political life, but I don’t know if I ever quite communicated what I saw when I said it. But in my mind it was a tall, proud city built on rocks stronger than oceans, wind-swept, God-blessed, and teeming with people of all kinds living in harmony and peace; a city with free ports that hummed with commerce and creativity. And if there had to be city walls, the walls had doors and the doors were open to anyone with the will and the heart to get here. That’s how I saw it, and see it still.

That’s how I saw it, and see it still. How Stands the City?

And how stands the city on this winter night? More prosperous, more secure and happier than it was eight years ago. But more than that: after 200 years, two centuries, she still stands strong and true on the granite ridge, and her glow has held steady no matter what storm.

And she’s still a beacon, still a magnet for all who must have freedom, for all the Pilgrims from all the lost places who are hurtling through the darkness, toward home.

Here’s the full video of the farewell address.

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Jon Stewart Takes On the ObamaCare Launch

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When he’s good, he’s good. Jon Stewart has made two things clear during his long and hilarious run as host of The Daily Show:

(1) He leans left and is more sympathetic to liberal causes and the Democratic Party.

(2) He takes no prisoners and will call a spade a spade, hilariously attacking incompetence from politicians and policies across the political spectrum and from both parties.

Combined together, this means he often reserves some of his most scathing critiques for failures coming from liberals and the Democratic Party.

And the failed launch of the ObamaCare website is no exception. His takedown last night had me laughing until I cried. Enjoy!

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