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Chris Christie gets Village Square points: Part 2



On election eve:

"Let me tell you, if you’re looking for the candidate that you agree with 100% of the time, then I want you to do something for me tonight: Go home and look in the mirror, because that’s the only person you agree with 100% of the time. But sometimes we make political candidates feel like that’s what you want. Like you want us to agree with you 100% of the time or you won’t vote for us. You know what happens then? If you make politicians believe that, you know what they’ll do, they’ll just lie to you. They’ll just look you in the eye and they’ll say ‘hm, I wonder what she wants to hear."’..



Chris Christie gets Village Square points: Part 1



Part 2 comes tomorrow.

From last night’s New Jersey gubernatorial victory speech:

We still fight, we still yell. But when we fight, we fight for those things that really matter in people’s lives. And while we may not always agree, we show up everywhere. We just don’t show up in the places that vote for us a lot, we show up in the places that vote for us a little. We don’t just show up in the places where we’re comfortable, we show up in the places where we’re uncomfortable.



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This Friday: Faith, Food, Friday “After the Trayvon Martin case,” featuring leader of Dream Defenders | Early bird meal prices through Tuesday



Ahmad AbuznaidThis Friday November 8th, FAITH, FOOD, FRIDAY, (“Improbable conversations for people of faith and no faith at all”) continues with “After the Trayvon Martin Case.” Our guest panelist is Ahmad Abuznaid, one of the founders of Dream Defenders, the organization that occupied Florida’s Capitol after the verdict in protest over Florida’s “Stand Your Ground” Law. This has been a topic that has driven lots of national passion… we’re delighted it’s finally in the capable hands of the “God Squad.”

To get more information or reserve your seat for this program click HERE. (Lunch is pizza, salad, cookies, lemonade, tea – and you’re always welcome to bring a bag brown lunch.) NOTE: The program is at Temple Israel. RSVP by Tuesday for the early bird lunch price.

Each program is from noon to 1pm and is free and open to the public. If you’d like to eat the hot lunch offered, it is available for $8 through the Tuesday ahead of the program ($10 after). For more information, you can email fff@tothevillagesquare.org or call 590-6646.

You can see “Faith, Food, Friday” dates and topics for the entire season and even RSVP for any of this year’s programs online HERE.



A bit of TJ for your Saturday night…



“Truth is great and will prevail if left to herself. She is the proper and sufficient antagonist to error, and has nothing to fear from the conflict, unless, by human interposition, disarmed of her natural weapons, free argument and debate; errors ceasing to be dangerous when it is permitted freely to contradict them.”

–Thomas Jefferson: Bill for Establishing Religious Freedom, 1779.



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“Caucus” this Sunday @ Challenger Center; humanizing rather than demonizing?



This coming Sunday, Tallahassee Film Festival is bringing Caucus to Tallahassee, 3:30 pm at the Challenger Center. Jump below the trailer for all the details.

Caucus – A New Film by AJ Schnack from AJ Schnack on Vimeo.

When: November 3, 2013 at 3:30 PM
Where: Challenger Learning Center IMAX, 200 S Duval St
Tickets are available online or at the show:
$10 – General admission
$8 – Students/seniors/active military (w/ valid ID)
$7 – TFF Members



“Caucus” this Sunday @ Challenger Center; humanizing rather than demonizing?



This coming Sunday, Tallahassee Film Festival is bringing Caucus to Tallahassee, 3:30 pm at the Challenger Center. Jump below the trailer for all the details.

Caucus – A New Film by AJ Schnack from AJ Schnack on Vimeo.

When: November 3, 2013 at 3:30 PM
Where: Challenger Learning Center IMAX, 200 S Duval St
Tickets are available online or at the show:
$10 – General admission
$8 – Students/seniors/active military (w/ valid ID)
$7 – TFF Members



“Caucus” this Sunday @ Challenger Center; humanizing rather than demonizing?



This coming Sunday, Tallahassee Film Festival is bringing Caucus to Tallahassee, 3:30 pm at the Challenger Center. Jump below the trailer for all the details.

Caucus – A New Film by AJ Schnack from AJ Schnack on Vimeo.

When: November 3, 2013 at 3:30 PM
Where: Challenger Learning Center IMAX, 200 S Duval St
Tickets are available online or at the show:
$10 – General admission
$8 – Students/seniors/active military (w/ valid ID)
$7 – TFF Members



Jeb on Hillary. Two old families feeling a little new right about now?



Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush shared a stage in September. Jeb Bush awarded Clinton the 2013 Liberty Metal (awarded by the National Constitution Center, which Bush chairs) at the event, honoring her commitment to civic engagement, particularly with women and girls. Apparently he took some grief for it, mortal enemies (rather than civic partners) that we’ve become. Here’s his comment at the time:

“While Secretary Clinton and I disagree on many issues, we certainly agree on the importance of civic engagement.”

This week former Governor Bush was interviewed by ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl about the experience:

Jonathan Karl: “What was that conversation like?”

Jeb Bush: “It was very friendly. Treating people fairly and with civility is not a bad thing. It would be good for our country if political leaders actually took that to heart.”



Jeb on Hillary. Two old families feeling a little new right about now?



Hillary Clinton and Jeb Bush shared a stage in September. Jeb Bush awarded Clinton the 2013 Liberty Metal (awarded by the National Constitution Center, which Bush chairs) at the event, honoring her commitment to civic engagement, particularly with women and girls. Apparently he took some grief for it, mortal enemies (rather than civic partners) that we’ve become. Here’s his comment at the time:

“While Secretary Clinton and I disagree on many issues, we certainly agree on the importance of civic engagement.”

This week former Governor Bush was interviewed by ABC News correspondent Jonathan Karl about the experience:

Jonathan Karl: “What was that conversation like?”

Jeb Bush: “It was very friendly. Treating people fairly and with civility is not a bad thing. It would be good for our country if political leaders actually took that to heart.”



Tuesday night (register now): Could you survive a month in poverty? A Virtual Experience of Life on the Edge



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The program is free and presented by the United Way of the Big Bend and the Village Square.Register online here.



The Great Gatsby curve: Working rich giving rise to the next generation of born rich and accelerating decrease in social mobility



Join us next Tuesday night for American Dream Lost?

plutocratsAs society’s grow more unequal, social mobility decreases – which, in turn, yields more economic inequality.

From Chrystia Freeland’s Plutocrats:

Membership in today’s “book of gold” [referring to the Venetian Book of Gold listing Venetian nobility and the ossified and stratified society it represented – ultimately undermining the economic success that created their nobility to begin with] is a degree from an elite university and those are increasingly the province of the global super-elite. Statistics have shown that graduating from college is more closely linked to having wealthy parents than it is to high test scores in high school.

Class matters more than going to class.

This intergenerational form of rent-seeking is the hardest to oppose… who can blame the 1% for seeking for their children what the 99% seeks to.