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Here's A Thought with Charles Shaughnessy for Thursday 9 October, 2014 with my guest Valerie Azlynn!

Join me at 3 pm pst this Thursday, October 9th on Here's a Thought with Charles Shaughnessy on TradioV, when my special guest will be the delightful and talented Valerie Azlynn

Valerie was born in New London, Connecticut and was raised there.  She had open-heart surgery to repair an atrial septal defect at age 13.  She attended The Williams School and Waterford High School.  She moved to New York City at age 17 to pursue a career as an actress, building her resume by performing in the theater and singing with an opera copany in Manhattan, New York.  She later moved to Los Angeles.   

Valerie with her co-stars on Sullivan & Son

We will be discussing the changing movie business and ELECTION, WHAT ELECTION!?!

I say "Don't you dare wave the flag in my face and babble on about Freedom and Democracy if you aren't going to get out of bed to vote!!"

During this midterm election year, all 435 seats in the United States House of Representatives and 33 of the 100 seats in the United States Senate will be contested; along with 38 state and territorial governorships, 46 state legislatures (except LouisianaMississippiNew Jersey and Virginia),[1] four territorial legislatures and numerous state and local races.

Comments?  Questions?  Post in the comment section below and we may use yours on the show.

Thanks Thoughters . . .



  1. Looking forward to another great show. I really enjoy Valerie's work on Sullivan and Son and am so glad she will be your guest on Thursday.
    I absolutely agree with you on the voting issue. It amazes me how many people never make the effort to vote. They take this 'right' for granted. Coming from a place where I was not able to vote for awhile, I will never take this 'right to vote' for granted.
    My question is, Why do you think that most times, voter turn out is so low?
    I think that many times, people feel that it is not going to make a difference anyway, and nothing gets done in Congress! My response to that is, that things will never change if we don't vote the people out!
    Looking forward to Thursday's Here's A Thought! It will be interesting!

  2. looking forward to thurs happy see you back charles your so right about voting everyone should so this I think many don't trust the congress and so what's the point of doing it its the word trust you can't believe anymore this word that always sticks with me when remember that word you said many times on tv the nanny and days and it just sticks in my mine this I believe this of you wish i could feel this way about the government of this country hope one day i can believe again but i promise u charles i will vote thanks for listing i hope this will get through ! thnx again charles !

  3. Love the topic--very timely! My question: Why do people vote for candidates of a specific political party instead of voting for candidates as individuals? Too many people vote the straight ticket without thinking about the qualifications of the other candidate, contributing to the party strife we see today. In the interest of full disclosure, this question is being posted by someone who recently switched party affiliations from Republican to Independent because I vote for the best candidate regardless of party affiliation.

    1. Great question Karen! I agree! Too many vote for the party instead of the best candidate!

  4. Looking forward to it, and thanks to Sukkot I will be home this week(and next for Simchat Torah). I think there is low turnout for local and state elections, because it's not "promoted" the way POTUS elections are. That's sad, because it's the "lesser" political roles that are able to best represent the people. And as Sharon said, it feels like voting doesn't change anything, especially for Congressional and Presidential elections. People feel more powerless than ever, and are pretty disgusted.
    As a conservative Independent(and thinking of just joining the Libertarian Party), what I see is manipulation and machinations by the Good Ole Boys' Republican Stronghold. There are some great young conservative candidates out there, and the GOP Machine sends money to their opponent or pays for attack ads and robocalls. Can't have decent people coming in and messing up their trough, upsetting the gravy trains!!! I would assume(but don't know) that the same might be happening in the Democrat Party, with young, truly progressive candidates? It's becoming so disheartening, people WANT change(granted the people are divided 50/50 so changes will be fought on both sides), but we can't break through that cabal in Washington. We have ONE party...the Republocrats, who are all bought and paid for by the same lobbies and corporations. We back newcomers, but don't have the $$$ to fight the Washington Machine trying to sabotage things. Most people I know(both sides of the aisle) will still vote and hope, but believe the corruption is too deep and entrenched for us to fight it. Add that to fear tactics(again, BOTH sides), and the people who are voting, are voting based on lies.
    My question~ How do we get more political parties in there to help fight for us? Everyone I know is disgusted with the current two leviathans, but the Libertarian and Green Parties(and others) are not even given a seat at the table at debates.


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