Sean Penn’s New Novel “Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff” Creates A World That Reflects United States of Now

All across the country, there are lies. There are deceit, craziness, madness and full-blown deception. There are politicians who fake their way into politics, and there are honest people downtrodden and beset by depression too much to continue their virtue. Many of these social problems get ignored, but in the case of Sean Penn, he harnesses all these elements to create his new novel, Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff.

What You May Want To Know About The Book Before Reading

Sean Penn understands the power of the arts to move people to action. He is a man who has used his platform in highlighting issues that go unnoticed. He’s also the actor who went out of his way to extend his help to various organizations, even risking his life to reach his aims. In his latest work Bob Honey Who Just Do Stuff, he lays out all his observations as a man who works both as an artist and a man who cares in relief efforts all over the world.

In the interview from Vogue, we learn that the inspiration behind the book could be hard to pinpoint, but it’s enough to say that without the kind of work that Sean Penn had done before, it would probably be hard for him to get the kind of material that he seducing created and churned out in his debut novel. There’s a lot to be said about the book, and how it’s got so many influences going through it, but Sean Penn said in the interview that the entire business of all these attributions could not have interested him less. He wanted people to read the book and let them the judge for themselves. He didn’t want to link his work with anyone out there, even if readers like Sarah Silverman attribute his style to Thomas Pynchon or Charles Bukowski.

 

 

The Splash

 

 

It is also said in a Rolling Stone feature about this debut novel of Sean Penn that he’s made an impact for the world to take notice in the freedom of his words. He’s able to make sure that he can ignite the conversation and let the message come across. The book also has the ambition to say everything that Sean Penn could perhaps not say in his movies, and the world that he has created in his debut novel is something that’s not that easy to replicate by others.

 

 

The book is also being described by Sean Penn himself as a snapshot of what the country looks like now, and how it is essential for writers to put this in a perspective that’s both fun and meaningful to do. Sean Penn understands this more than anyone else and is now enjoying the limelight of the success even without meaning to.

 

https://www.cbsnews.com/news/excerpt-sean-penns-bob-honey-who-just-do-stuff/

A defining moment for Lacey and Larkin

When U.S. District Judge Susan Bolton validated the pardon granted to Sheriff Joe Arpaio, it was a confirmation of some of the worst fears held by Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey. The pardon by the president had proved that for men who shared a similar ideology and had managed to get into power they were willing to do whatever it took despite it being unpopular to protect that ideology.

As a matter of law the validation by Judge Bolton meant that all sentences that would have been issued against Sheriff Joe Arpaio were effectively nullified and despite him ignoring the orders of a federal judge, he would face no consequences for these actions.

It would be interesting to note that this pardon was issued long before the sheriff was meant to be sentenced this was not your usual presidential pardon which is in most cases issued as the person is serving their sentence. This was thus an unusually pardon and one that on closer scrutiny would be viewed as a way of proving a point and supporting those that the president shared ideologies with especially on immigration.

The sheriff and the President had been brought together by the Birther movement a creation of Trump that looked to discredit President Obama alleging that he was not legitimately elected into office as he was not born in America.

The sheriff was a vocal supporter of this ideology and by so doing had found an ally in President Trump. The sheriff had in 2007 been sued in Melendres v. Arpaio’s lawsuit which was brought against the sheriff for racial profiling.

Based on the affidavits brought on as well as witness statements the presiding judge, District Judge G. Murray Snow found the sheriff guilty of various offenses and as such ordered that the department make various changes and the same be overseen by a court-appointed monitor.

The sheriff would in his usual style disregard this court direct ive and in the process disobey a federal court order. Read more: Phoenix New Times | Wikipedia and Michael Lacey | Twitter

Once this was brought to the attention of the court, another lawsuit would ensue. Already the first lawsuit had incurred the county of Maricopa more than 70 million dollars. The sheriff would this time be brought before District Judge Susan Bolton who after weighing all the evidence in the case determined that indeed the sheriff was guilty. But before she would pass any sentence as mandated by the law president Trump issued a pardon.

The sheriff had thus in essences gotten away with violating the terms of a court order a crime that the sheriff faced up to six months in jail for.

The jail term possibility had already been cast in doubt by most who knew how the judicial system worked and was thus further puzzled by the need for the president to issue a presidential pardon.

The sheriff was virtually a free man, but he had lost the mandate of the people to continue serving as there sheriff. The 85-year-old former sheriff now remains a strong supporter of Trump, but as for Lacey and Larkin, they continue to critic that pardon.

Learn more about Jim Larkin and Michael Lacey:

http://www.laceyandlarkinfronterafund.org/about-lacey-larkin-frontera-fund/michael-lacey/ and http://www.phillypurge.com/2017/06/23/jim-larkin-michael-lacey-make-the-list-of-civil-rights-protectors/

A Civic Organization for the People

Just about everyone in the world wants peace, unity, and love. Sometimes people get distracted by motives which most of the times influences negative results. There is hope because of civic organizations such as Avaaz. Avaaz is a “global web movement to bring people-powered politics to decision-making everywhere.” (www.avaaz.org). A group of top officials in diverse background decided to use their power and network for the benefit of the people. Avaaz was built by people in order to avoid government restrictions and limitations. They were created to be the voice for people that don’t have one and learn more about Avaaz.

Avaaz uses technology to spread awareness around the world. This online community has been able to save many lives and help others with their issues. Members use email, online polls and other creative ways using technology to spread the word. Avaaz doesn’t just find an issue to fight, they follow a strategy to all members can get involved in. They work together as a unit in order to stop corruption in the world and their Linkedin.

Currently, they have new campaigns active throughout the world. One important matter is saving one of Avaaz members who was arrested by the Turkey government due to her attending a meeting about human rights. Another important campaign is on stopping the Brazilian government from killing the Amazon. The world understands the importance of avoiding extinction in any kind of living being. Ending support for Burma’s Butchers is a campaign that over 1.2 million people have already signed and more information  click here.

Avaaz has many more issues that they are working on together as a group. They are always looking for new volunteers. They are “managed by a team of campaigners working from over 30 countries.” (www.wikipedia.com). It doesn’t matter where members are because they operate mostly online. Visit Avaaz.org today to learn more about this amazing organization.

References

https://avaaz.org/page/en/about/

Betsy DeVos Philanthropy at Its Best

Betsy DeVos has been in the public domain after she was selected by the president to become the secretary of education, a move that has been received with a lot of criticism but nonetheless does not undermine her contribution in education. DeVos has been under a lot of criticism as most people blame her for initiating education reforms that many consider not to have gone great. However, despite such criticisms, DeVos and family are known for their dedicated philanthropic activities. It is almost impossible to talk about them without mentioning their philanthropic work.Betsy and her family are involved in a lot of philanthropy work, which dates decade’s back. In fact, they are ranked among the top conservative funders in the recent decades. They are known to pour millions of dollars in different initiatives as well as support different courses.They have funded a variety of think tanks, leadership institutes; legal groups and others that they feel are worth. They are known for contributing money for both local, in this case Michigan, as well as national levels especially for political endeavors.

In fact, a recent survey revealed that Betsy’s family has given over 44 million dollars in form of donation to the state of Michigan alone. With this, they have been able to become influential at both state and national level.Betsy also has her own philanthropic activities that are separate from those of her family. Some of what she does include co-chairing the family foundation with her husband in Michigan at Grand Rapids, their home. She is passionate about what the foundation does key among its roles being to offer support for the choice of schools in Michigan. The foundation in fact supports schools such as the West Michigan aviation academy, which is a chartered school with an aviation theme. The DeVos founded this school in 2010. The family foundation is also known for supporting Christian schools, which are run by Potter’s house.

It also provides funding for the education freedom fund. This foundation is responsible for offering scholarships to needy students who cannot afford to attend private schools.The family foundation, which she co-chairs, has also been known to support the American Federation for children (AFC). It also supports the endeavors of foundations for excellence in education (FEE).She chairs the AFC that has a strong affiliation with the alliance for school choice. The Walton foundation has supported the alliance for school choice for decades as seen by the over 20 million in grants towards the organization’s endeavor.She also serves as the chair of the board fee which an education think tank is found by Jeb Bush, former governor of Florida. She serves with other directors including Condoleezza rice, Charles Schwab and Joel Klein. The board receives support from the Gates. Betsy is very passionate about matters on education.