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Schwarzenegger admits habit of keeping secrets, including multiple affairs - CNN.com

Schwarzenegger admits habit of keeping secrets, including multiple affairs - CNN.com | 'Murica's And Everythin' In Between | Scoop.it

This article talks about Arnold Schwarzenegger and how he has hidden many things from his wife throughout their relationship. One of the main things that Schwarzenegger hid from his wife has been his multiple affairs. When he was confronted about having these affairs he would always deny being involved with the alleged women because “it always had worked”. Instead of respecting his wife and not being involved in affairs, he tried to sneak around his wife with multiple women. Arnold Schwarzenegger is a lot like Tom Buchanan. Tom Buchanan is married to Daisy at the beginning of the book, but we learn shortly after the start of the novel that Tom is having an affair with Myrtle Wilson. Instead of being loyal to his wife, like Arnold, he decided to cheat on her to have a more attractive lover. He does not only deny that he is having an affair, he also discriminates against women by having his affair and being a sexist. Although Arnold Schwarzenegger is not a sexist, he still objectifies women by having affairs with multiple women. He treats women like they are objects that he simply obtains and does not actually have a passion for. Although Tom Buchanan does not have the magnitude of affairs that Arnold, he still objectifies women by treating them like one of his many objects that can be bought by his large fortune. Tom also broke Myrtle’s nose at a party when she kept repeating his wife’s name. Myrtle doesn’t really get mad because of the huge money disparity between them. If Myrtle left Tom she would have to go back to her husband George and she would never be rich. Arnold Schwarzenegger also had a child with his long time housekeeper. Nine months after the end of the affair she gave birth to a boy. In both of these cases, the men use their superior wealthy status to keep the women quiet.

 

I think this article is completely accurate in the sense that men use their wealth to get what they want and in this instance, it's for the women to keep quiet.  But, when confronted, their wives eventually leave them as in Arnold's case.  These men then find that the only thing they care about more than money is gone.  We see that with Tom and end the end he decides it's better for him to keep Daisy then to sneak around with other women.  Not only does the affair make the man look trashy and unfaithful, but some have even seen their fortunes decrease due to the unfairness treated to their wives.  Without love, men go into depression.  We see that with Jay Gatsby and even Wilson.  Wilson resorts to murder and lets his anger get the best of him, but Gatsby pays a final price even though he is emotionally dead.  Men need love and when they take advantage of it, they lose the only thing that matters.


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Below My Feet

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“Keep the Earth below my feet, for all my sweat my blood runs deep, let me learn from where I have been.” These famous words sang by Marcus Mumford, front man for the band Mumford and Sons completely describes Nick Carraway in a sentence. “Below My Feet,” off of Mumford and Sons’ new album “Babel” tells a story of a person trying to stay afloat in this very interesting and trial stricken world we live in. As we look at the story of Gatsby, we see that Carraway is trying to escape an event in his life and has moved out to New York. Throughout the story Nick is the staple who is keeping his friends on the ground. He is in essence keeping the Earth below his feet. Carraway is given the job of narrating but more accurately, moderating. Throughout Tom and Daisy’s affair to Gatsby misfortune and even Nick’s relationship with Jordan Baker, he has to keep the group together. If Marcus Mumford told you that his inspiration for “Below My Feet” was “The Great Gatsby” I might just have to believe him. As humans, we all go through these battles. I was sitting in the car with my best friend listening to another band titled Blink-182. As we listened to the music, we found this same connection between humans. All of us just want to keep our Earth below our feet.

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Help Me, I'm Trapped in the American Dream

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The American Dream has turned from a reality to a dream to a reality to a dream. You can thank the Democrats for that. Throughout our nation’s history, citizens of the United States of ‘Murica have birthed an opinion, a Manifest Destiny, that we should be given immense wealth and luxury. We have coined this falsehood “The American Dream.” My American Dream looks something like this. I grow up in a Christian home that reads the Bible, I go to church every Sunday and of course, I play baseball and football. After that eventful childhood, I attend a state college that isn’t as stupid as Ball State and succeeds at sports, but doesn’t have a coach named Tom Crean. I attend the University of Kentucky. I graduate with a law degree as any young ‘Murican who grew up in Kentucky should. This degree helps to lessen the confidence of my other cousins who failed to study and instead drank themselves to the level of farmer. I then get elected to the senate as a youngin’ and cut my hair somewhat like Ryan Seacrest. After gaining a large support radius of attractive young women and the young men who follow after those women, I adopt a plethora of stupid ideas and throw them into legislation and try to pass it. Because of my hairstyle and 10th grade speech class, I am elected as the President of the United States at age 43. I then lie time and time again promising change and more wealth to an already spoiled rotten country. I gain their trust, but throw it aside because the White House has a great basketball court. Oh, did I mention that the Secret Service pays for my golf outings? At the end of my four years, a wise business man comes along and decides to challenge me. I choose to ignore the injustice I’ve done to the American people and bash the crap out of this man. The American people think my hairstyle is better than his successes in the marketplace and in the political realm. It is the week before my re-election. I may have potentially brain-washed America. My name is John Perkins. I’m a professional imitator and this is my American Dream.

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Sandy and Gatsby

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When Hurricane Sandy hit the east coast I bet you that a literary connection to “The Great Gatsby” was the farthest thing from Northerners minds.  I bet that if you were able to go into the mind of Jay Gatsby that he would be thinking the very same thing.  Throughout these past few weeks in the United States we have seen New York go from one of the busiest cities in the world to one of the most desolate and disaster stricken locations in the world.  Basically New York went from First to Worst, all in a matter of a day even.  Jay Gatsby felt the same thing.  He had gone from one of the richest men in the world, who had successfully wooed his love, to the most distraught, creepy and eventually dead man.  Gatsby’s life turned completely upside down, but I want to talk about the aftermath.  Depending on the way you look at it, there are similarities and differences in the way both of these disasters were handled.  For New Yorkers you could make the case that they too didn’t have anyone to turn to after the disaster.  FEMA promised several hundred generators which magically disappeared when the disaster struck. In the same way, Gatsby had several hundred friends who magically disappeared when he passed away.  On the flipside, New Yorkers have family.  They have a family who loves them and has helped in this recovery process.  That is the opposite for Gatsby.  The only family member who came for him was his father.  All in all, Gatsby faced the biggest hurricane of his life, a hurricane that eventually took it.  And New Yorkers? Well, they have a bright road ahead of them.

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The Jazz Age and Doug Perkins

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The man in the picture is someone who means a great deal to myself. Born in the Jazz Age, Douglas Rice Perkins began a journey on Earth that would directly impact my life today. So I want to do something different. I want to give you a glimpse into the life of a man who lived in the Jazz Age. Grandpa was born in Kentucky and grew up in the good ol' South or as he would say, over yonder. Grandpa was a man of adventure and mystery. At the age of 13 he packed up his bags and his fiddle and hitchhiked to Chicago. He traveled around the Windy City playing his fiddle and he became quite the little star on all of the big stations including WGN. It wasn't too long before Grandpa's father caught up with him and dragged him back to Kentucky. Age the age of 16 Grandpa tried again this time moving South. He found himself along the Mississippi River working a riverboat during the summer. Again he was dragged back to Kentucky by his father. Around this time, the Great Depression began to take it's toll. After, Grandpa enlisted in the military and fought in WWII on Iwo Jima. He survived the war and began his long-time career as a Dean's milk-truck driver. After retiring, Grandpa settled down in Glasgow, Kentucky where my two uncles, my dad, and my aunt were born. He became a life guard for the rest of his life before passing away last year. The Jazz Age had an incredible impact on this man's life. From his musical talent as a member of SPEBSQA (The Society for the Preservation and Encouragement of Barber Shop Singing Quartets in America) to his talent as a fiddle player, Grandpa had a true love for the change of musical style. He was also considered one of the most classy dressed men of his time. Grandpa looked good on the outside and inside, and I sure do miss him.
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When can I Censor?

When can I Censor? | 'Murica's And Everythin' In Between | Scoop.it

As I began to think about what the Right to Read truly means to Americans, I decided to consult one of the most trusted "American" dictionaries available. I wanted to dig deeper and find what the definition of "Censorship" holds. According to the Merriam-Webster dictionary, Censorship is "to examine in order to suppress or delete anything considered objectionable." To the average reader this definition seems pretty straight forward. I want to go deeper. I love how the definition highlights the phrase, "To examine in order to suppress or delete." From the get-go we see that censorship is a narrow-minded action. It is examining an issue in order to do away with the said issue. Imagine that you own a dog and a cat. As an owner and caretaker, it is your right to discern what is best for that creature. Let's say you decide that you are going to feed your cat dog food and feed your dog cat food. Is that morally correct? I don't have an answer. Is it my right to say? Not at all. Is it your right to choose for the dog? Yes. As an owner of that animal, you have control of its life and what it will eat. As Americans, can we unanimously agree on the decision to feed your cat dog food and vice versa? Probably not.  Therefore, by law, as a parent it is your right to determine what your son or daughter can read.  You can not determine what anyone else should or should not read.  That is where I draw the line.

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Matt Guillot's comment, October 29, 2012 12:05 PM
Breathtaking analysis John. The comparison that you draw between pets and human beings is questionable but suprisingly works in this situation. You have earned my following.