Things We Learned in the Fire

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President-Elect Donald Trump. Never thought I’d have to write those four words in once sentence, but that was the verdict in the United States last night. A decisive victory for a man who has no experience in elected or appointed political office, and no military or diplomatic experience to speak of besides military school and running the Miss Universe pageant. The historic double-election of Barack Obama may be exceeded by the complete 180 degree turnaround the country committed to last night, but before we consider the future, let us first reconsider the past. What lessons can we take away from the 2016 election? Continue reading “Things We Learned in the Fire”

The Weekender: The Year Insanity Trumped History

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Seeing the election unfold south of the border, it’s hard to believe that you can be surprised anymore, but by spending one evening on Twitter last week, I found out that I still could be. Someone had tweeted that they had voted that day, and they were moved to tears because for the first time in their lifetime, they cast a vote for a major party nominee for president who happened to be female. That emotional honesty shared on social media put something in stark relief for me: we’ve been so obsessed with how this election has broken all conventions we haven’t taken the time to notice history being made right in front of us. Continue reading “The Weekender: The Year Insanity Trumped History”

The Weekender: 99 Problems But a Trump Ain’t One

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Conventional wisdom said that Indiana Governor and Donald Trump running mate Mike Pence won Tuesday’s Vice-Presidential debate. Despite the fact that moderator Elaine Quijano and Hillary Clinton VP pick Sen. Tim Kaine kept hitting Pence with things that Trump’s said and he constantly denied, Pence was deemed the victor because he looked smooth as silk while refusing to acknowledge the things his Presidential candidate has been caught on the record saying. In hindsight though, it would have been nice if Quijano and Kaine had focused on Pence’s own record as a politician, because in a great many not insignificant ways, Pence is a much worse candidate than Trump.
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Old Grey Mare She Ain’t What She Used to Be

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So this made a lot of news, and understandably so because it is hilarious as hell. Last week, at an event in Kissimmee, FL, Republican Presidential candidate (sigh) Donald Trump did his usual stump speech, but the news kept on coming long after he left the stage and supporters were filing out of the venue. One old guy, a member of the legion of over-45 set that Trump has attracted in large numbers, saw the media pen and thought he would give them a piece of his mind, and it went a little something like this… Continue reading “Old Grey Mare She Ain’t What She Used to Be”

GOP Convention Recap Day #1: Countdown to the Purge

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Donald Trump promised that no one could put on a show like he could, and if you were watching the first day of the Republican National Convention live from Cleveland, you had to admit, he was right. From C-list celebrity outrage, to political meltdowns, to outright plagiarism, there was something for everybody at the first full day of #GOPinCLE.  Continue reading “GOP Convention Recap Day #1: Countdown to the Purge”

The Weekender: Sometimes, Sarah Palin Says Something So Dumb…

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It’s been a banner year for Sarah Palin. The former Alaska Governor has retaken the political stage as one of the first “establishment” Republicans to jump aboard the Trump train, she welcomed her third grandchild, and she’s going to be getting her own People’s Court-style reality show. That’s nice, but candidly if the world were to forget Sarah Palin ever existed, we wouldn’t be missing anything (and I’m aware of the irony of saying that in the midst of a takedown piece so don’t bother pointing that out). But then, she had to attack Bill Nye. Continue reading “The Weekender: Sometimes, Sarah Palin Says Something So Dumb…”