A Knee Jerk Reaction to Trump’s First Two Months

March 23, 2017

There’s definitely a danger in drawing too many conclusions from the first two months of a new presidential administration. The sample size is incredibly small, with virtually no time to work with Congress on crafting any kind of meaningful legislation. Most cabinet members have only been on the job for a few weeks, so it’s largely unfair to judge their performance yet. Still, between Supreme Court nominations, executive orders and cabinet…

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Trump Farted

Bill and Hillary Clinton and George W. Bush entertained by David Blaine
March 7, 2017

When I took a couple of journalists to task last year, shortly before the election, I didn’t expect it to become a theme.  Neither did I expect to find myself with any common ground with Donald Trump regarding the media.  While he accuses them of being liars, dishonest, and purveyors of fake news in his repetitious fashion, I like to think that I’m more civilized and understanding of their task….

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The Women’s March in Washington

January 23, 2017

I got to participate in the Women’s March in Washington D.C., on January 21st, 2017. I figured it was a once in a lifetime event; I hope it was a once in a lifetime event. Being able to be a part of the march was quite moving though. The people spoke and hopefully some people listened. It is yet to be seen how much of an impact there may be. Regardless,…

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Worried About Trump’s Presidential Power? Blame Obama.

January 20, 2017

The coming peaceful transition of power from the previous administration to the next is rapidly approaching, and it’s still difficult to know what to expect from the incoming administration. Much like the contradictory (and often confused) rhetoric from the president-elect during the campaign, there are some reasons for cautious optimism for libertarians from Trump’s cabinet nominees, and also reason for concern about presidential power. Regardless, one thing that is certain is that…

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Whitelash? An Alternative Theory on Trump’s Win

December 1, 2016

It’s been a few weeks since the election, and a few interesting narratives have seemed to pop up surrounding what, exactly, happened. I thought it might be interesting to dig into a few of them, and add a few more thoughts that I’ve had since the election. Note: The majority of data used below comes from CNN exit polls along with the Wikipedia articles on the results of the 2012 and…

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Quick Take: Planned Parenthood Donations in Mike Pence’s Name

November 15, 2016

Apparently the hot new thing to protest the upcoming presidential administration is to donate to Planned Parenthood in Mike Pence’s name. Why? Because Planned Parenthood sends certifications to the donor’s address to thank them for their donation, so those certificates are getting sent to Mike Pence’s address.  And Pence holds anti-abortion views and believes federal funds should be cut off to organizations such as Planned Parenthood. It’s clever. People get to…

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Some Thoughts About Processing What Just Happened

November 14, 2016

Well … that just happened. Unlike a lot of other folks, I wasn’t primed for Election Day to be some sort of Democratic blowout, but this was just beyond shocking. I didn’t think a Trump win was that outside the realm of possibility, but these results are rather decisive.  Though the final results have yet to be tallied, Donald Trump might top over 300 Electoral Votes, though it looks like…

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2016 Election: The Aftermath

November 10, 2016

Wow. It somehow seems fitting that in an election that has been unconventional in every way, it ends with a tremendous upset. If a lifelong Democrat who is on the record as being anti-gun, pro-choice and openly disdainful of members of the military can win the Republican nomination, why can’t that same person win the presidency by doing everything “wrong” and seemingly insulting every non-white, non-male group of people? It doesn’t…

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Why Liberals Shouldn’t Vote for Hillary Clinton (But Should Consider Gary Johnson)

November 1, 2016

With the Trump campaign seemingly self-destructing before our eyes, it doesn’t seem necessary to sell a ticket of two successful Republican governors to conservatives looking for a better option. However, it might surprise people to know that polling has shown that the Gary Johnson campaign pulls support fairly evenly from Trump and Clinton. It shouldn’t be a surprise, though, as there are a number of liberal issues where Clinton is actually pretty conservative and where Gary…

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A Journalistic Crisis

October 12, 2016

I drive around listening to NPR, like the good little brainwashed semi-millennial/semi-Gen-X college grad that I am.  On a recent trip, I was listening to the Diane Rehm show.  For those unfamiliar, Diane Rehm is the godmother of talk radio, particularly in the Washington, D.C. area.  She’s been the host of her show—a roundtable panel discussion on the radio, which she moderates with an iron fist—for decades, and it is…

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