Thursday, November 20, 2014

Here's a Thought with Charles Shaughnessy for Thursday, November 20, 2014

Hey there my fellow Thoughters!!

As you know, I am in the play WHAT THE BUTLER SAW at The Mark Taper Forum here in Los Angeles.  The play officially opens on Sunday, November 23, 2014.  

Because of the play and the holiday schedule for TradioV, our return with a live show will be on December 4th.  

The entire schedule for the rest of 2014 will be as follows:  

We will be having LIVE shows for HERE'S A THOUGHT on:
Thursday, December 4th, 
Thursday December 11th and 
Thursday December 18th
all at 3 pm PT.

Not sure what the topics are yet or who the guests will be, but follow and subscribe to this blog and you will be the first to know!  

Thanks for all the support during this time! Thanks to Janne Nordvang for another great cartoon drawing!  Looking forward to some exciting topics and shows in December and the coming year!  

all my best,

Charlie




Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Thoughters are from all over the world!!

Hey everyone!  As you know, Charlie is hard at work in rehearsals of his play WHAT THE BUTLER SAW at the Mark Taper Forum here in Los Angeles.  The show goes into previews November 12 and runs through December 21, 2014. Click here for ticket information. 

I wanted to give you an update on our Kickstarter campaign.  

We haven't heard back from everyone that we sent surveys and messages to after the campaign finished.  If you are one of those people, especially if your name is not on here and you wanted us to use it, or you should be getting something from us and we haven't heard from you, PLEASE check your messages on your Kickstarter account or search your emails for "Kickstarter" as we may still need some information from you! Rewards will be sent out the end of this month. You can also leave a message in the comments section here.  

If you have a Twitter account/handle, and you donated and would like a "shout out on Twitter as being an original Thoughter, leave that in a message here in the comments section and we will also make your name a direct link here in the blog to your Twitter account.  Some of them already are! If people already gave us that info as part of their donation, we have linked you already so you can all follow all the other "Original Thoughters" and interact with Charlie & Me, and the rest of the people on Twitter before, during and after our shows!  

A special thanks to our cartoonist extraordinaire Janne Nordvang for all her amazing drawings!  She is pretty remarkable, don't you think?


Thanks to all of you who thoughtful people that support us in every way that you do! 

Best,
Twitter: @janelleglickman




We had donations come in from . . .
all over The United States
The United Kingdom
Canada
France
New Zealand
Italy
Australia
Germany
Norway
Switzerland
Brazil
Thailand


We want to personally thank and give a HUGE shout out to the following Thoughters!

Karin Adelman
Laurie Baker
Deanna Baron
Nadia Blu
Judith Bogdanove
Deidre Bonham
Steven Brant
Cindy Browning
Jeff Buterbaugh
Darlene Butler
Suzi Castellaw
Mariana Chamelette
Courtney Clark
Jillian Clements
Lissa Coffey
Frances Cox
Damon Dayoub
Rebecca-Lorraine Egan
Christine Eldridge
Lorraine Erlade
The Sibley family
Shirley Faust
Val Flaherty
Jerri Flewell-Smith
Eileen-Rita Folwell
Maree Folwell
Yasmin Frydenlund
Ralph Gorgoglione
Linda Grindel
Karen Guenther
Sharon Hallett
Gale Susan Hanley
Mary Harget-Hiduk
Mireille Harris
Barbara Heafey
Patricia Conklin Heath
Liz Herrington
Kathy Honeyman
Elaine Horowitz
Madeline Jarosch
Caroline Jepson
Deana Jones
Elana Kahn
Dayna Katlin
Penny Kemp
Roz Kern
Janet Kiley
Kerstin Krause
Stefan Krull
Marie LaBrosse
Valerie Laferty
Andrew Lenahan
Andrew Levi
Judith Lutz
Marlene MacMillin
Teresa Maly
Jude Marr
Theresa Martin
Shannon Meuse
Elizabeth Millman
Beth Millman
Myrthala Miranda-Guzman
Mary Murphy
Angela Murrell
Tom Nessinger
Angela Nixon
Janne Nordvang
Sidney Nugent
Anne Marta Holsvik Opsal
Tamara Page
David Palmer
Gerald Parshall
LeAnne Powell
Ploypairin Rattanachan
Laura Reilly
Sam Rieger
Russell Rieger
Nancy Robison
Annaliesa Rose
Anders Ross
Ketmany Saycocie
Tracy Schoolcraft
Sierra & Brianna Schoolcraft
Debbie Shergold
Meghann Sherman
Dana Ford Simon
JoAnn Skov
Deanna Lynn Sletten
Randi Spiegel
Ali Stangoe
Lee Ann Stewart
Jennifer Steyck
Susan Stolsig
Marianne Sturm
Ashley Taylor
Allison Thomsen
Josiane Zunino Vaulot
Jennifer Walker
Stacy Weiss
Nancy Wheeler
Dana Wilson

Monday, November 3, 2014

On the eve of the election . . . HERE'S A THOUGHT from Charles Shaughnessy

The Democrats are doing it again! Not so much shooting themselves in the foot as blowing their own brains out! 

Despite a self-described “obstructionist” Congress and a relentlessly personal and vicious campaign of vitriolic hate, this President has not only saved the country’s economy from utter disaster (it had already fallen off the cliff in 2007) but actually managed to substantially lower the deficit, claim a string of Stock Market records, lower joblessness to almost record lows, place millions of new Americans under HealthCare (whilst lowering it’s overall costs) lifted immoral restrictions on women and Gays from serving their country in the Armed Forces, fought for (and won)  Equality in Marriage for millions of Americans, exhibited cool and effective leadership abroad where he oversaw the elimination of Public Enemy number One, nudged Libya into removing a tyrant and navigated the most troubling and dangerous complexities of a wild-fire in the relentless, inter-nicine violence of the Middle East. All of this accomplished in the face of a steady fusillade of opposition and derision. It is significant that “Obamacare,” the avowed “wedge issue” for this election has been totally ignored by the GOP – remember Death Panels, bankrupt doctors, shuttered ERs ????

So what do the slate of Democratic candidates do in this vital Mid-Term cycle? Proudly stand by the man, the ideals and the toughness that has made the country healthier, richer, more secure, more “fair” than it was under eight years of GOP bungling?  No! Instead, they buy into the GOP generated culture of resentment, hate, greed and racism and distance themselves from the one man they should be lionizing as one of the most resilient and effective Presidents in decades.

By distancing themselves from President Obama, these pusillanimous, apologists have not only played into the GOP “worst President in History” myth, but opened the door to a legislature that has declared itself “honor-bound” to obstruct anything and everything on the President’s agenda. No more judges seated, no more meaningful legislation, no more federal budgets etc. etc. 


I shed no tears that we will see no Senator Grimes unseat Mitch McConnell, but it is a tragedy that she and her ilk have chosen to roll over and usher in what may be the darkest two years for this country.

I urge you to vote . . . It is the ONLY way to make a difference!

Those are my thoughts on this mid-term election.  What are yours?

Additional comments by Charlie: 

charles shaughnessy03 November, 2014 18:10 
charles shaughnessy03 November, 2014 18:17


Tuesday, October 14, 2014

I'm Charles Shaughnessy and Here's A Thought for Thursday, October 16, 2014

As you all know by now, I am starting rehearsals for "What the Butler Saw" at the Mark Taper Forum here in Los Angeles. We work a full, six day week so I will not be able to record "Here's A Thought" for the next few weeks. I will miss you all and will feel very frustrated at not being able to bring the show to you "live" during this critical election cycle, but, as they say, "that's showbiz!" 

In the meantime, I hope that you will read my blog on ABSENTEE MAIL-IN VOTING...HOW TO DO IT for your state in the United States.  Don't let 'time' or 'lack of knowledge' be your excuse! KNOWLEDGE is POWER and POWER is VOTING!

We will, instead, be streaming re-runs of our shows so far, beginning with the premier show when Martha Madison was my guest at the same time, Thursday from 3-4 pm pst on Tradiov.com/la  The topic I picked for that show was: "Has the conversation become very dumb in our culture or are there people who are really wanting to talk?" 


The shows cover so much ground each week that they with a second viewing, I hope you will learn something new!  In the meantime, I will do my best, as time allows, to keep up here on the Blogs with your questions and comments and keep you all up to date with rehearsals and how the play is going. Once we are "up and running" ( late November ) I will be able to return to my live shows at 3:00- 4:00 PT on Thursdays on TradioV.com on my way to the theatre!! 


In the meantime, all of you that sent in pledges to my Kickstarter, expect your rewards in the mail by the end of November!  I hope you will all be patient with me and that I will be able to connect with you all again then. Until then, stay engaged, think critically, connect the dots and stay a Thoughter!!   :-)    

All the best, Charlie.

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