General Commentary

The United States of Tinseltown

The United States of Tinseltown

I'm going to start this off by saying I'm an admitted Hollywood Liberal. I live in LA, I work in television, I voted Democratic in the last few elections, and I someday hope to own a plug-in vehicle. So often on TV and in social media, I hear people (often on the conservative side) say that "Hollywood" is not part

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Caveat Emptor!

Caveat Emptor!

Between alienating hurricane survivors and insulting the solemnity of a 9/11 moment of silence, it has become clear this week that Donald Trump lacks a certain empathy necessary to his position. Combined with his white supremacy support, his Muslim ban, and his DACA position, it is increasingly difficult to overlook the moral deficiencies in Trump's White House. The larger problem

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TrumpRussia: Where Are We Now?

TrumpRussia: Where Are We Now?

"TrumpRussia" encompasses alleged ties between Russia and Donald Trump and his surrogates, along with Russia's interference in our 2016 election. By now, most Americans are familiar with TrumpRussia, whether or not they think that it's "Fake News." Spoiler alert: it's NOT Fake News. The TrumpRussia scandal is incredibly complex and allegedly involves real estate deals, global finance, money laundering, organized

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GLITTER IN THE AIR

GLITTER IN THE AIR

I, like most people over the age of 30, have not watched the MTV video music awards in years. This past Sunday was no different. I did, however, tune in to see Pink win her Lifetime achievement award. Pink, in my opinion, is one of the most important artists to emerge from the early 2000s. Her music is infectious, but

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A Libertarian’s Perspective on Trump

A Libertarian’s Perspective on Trump

I am a libertarian. Libertarians believe in freedom; in voluntary association; that, because government is society's only mandatory institution (has power over all within its jurisdiction; may initiate force to impose its will), its only permissible function is to protect negative rights (freedoms; liberty); and that positive rights (the so-called right to be given other people's product) do not exist.

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IM READY FOR FOOTBALL AND JUSTICE

IM READY FOR FOOTBALL AND JUSTICE

Like many Americans, I love football. I grew up watching football with my uncle. I became a huge New Orleans Saints fan, and am still (and always will be) a flag-flying member of Who Dat Nation. This season, however, I am reluctant to continue watching as feverishly as I always have due to the blackballing of Colin Kaepernick. After taking

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Spider-Man Ethics

Spider-Man Ethics

I've always loved Spider-Man. I mean, what's not to love? He's strong, brave, selfless, and he's got one of the cooler superhero outfits ever created. But my favorite part about Spider-Man isn't the webs or the wall crawling, or the sweet super-villains. It's Ben Parker; good old Uncle Ben. He's been my hero from the start because he has the

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FROM THE FRONTLINE

FROM THE FRONTLINE

Today, participants in the 118-mile-long March to Confront White Supremacy made a previously unscheduled stop at the Loudon County office of Representative Barbara Comstock to demand that Rep. Comstock publicly oppose the end of DACA, the deferred action program for immigrants who came to the United States, and to Section 287(g), which deputizes local law enforcement agencies to enforce federal

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Impeaching Trump is All about Bob

Impeaching Trump is All about Bob

Day after day, we are bombarded by reports of more and more ties between Russia and Donald Trump and his cabal. It seems that EVERYONE on Team Trump "coincidentally" has ties to Russia, whether it's Trump "consigliere" Michael Cohen's negotiations for Trump Tower Moscow during the campaign, Paul Manafort's spider web of connections with Kremlin-linked oligarchs and mobsters, Donald Trump,

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All The Fake News Fit To Print

All The Fake News Fit To Print

This weekend we suffered a tragedy in Charlottesville with KKK and American White Supremacists walking under a Nazi flag. The tragedy though was repeated when InfoWars went on the race baiting offensive claiming Jewish actors were part of the protest to make it look like Nazis were in Charlottesville. (InfoWars Video) The presence of David Duke confirms what we already

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Slamming The Slammers

Slamming The Slammers

Can there be anything more disheartening than listening to yet one more rendition of "back when I was a lad"? Memory persists though. Too many years observing the human condition provides the mind with fodder for commentary. The trick is to remember the bad, along with all of the good. So having entered this strange territory they call mid-life, I

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Heads Up America

Heads Up America

I spent twelve hours today caring for critically ill people. Sure I glanced at the news a time or two but there was no time for an actual look. The look came after work. And now it's 10:46pm on August 15, 2017 and I have finally consumed all of the news I need to settle my brain for the night.

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Frontlines of Freedom

Frontlines of Freedom

As a young, new, teacher when 9/11 happened, I had to somehow calm, reassure, and focus students who were scared, shocked, and crying. At the time, I was only a few years older than they, and feeling many of the same things. Over my career, I have had to take upon this role several times for school shootings, shootings in

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Better Than Nothing

Better Than Nothing

It happened in a parking lot. It's a story you've heard before. As I walked out of the bookstore and into the familiar chill of January in Ohio, I saw him watching me. I wasn't frightened; the neighborhood might not be the greatest, but I had lived there for thirteen years, long enough to know the difference between danger and

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The Best Medicine for the Bully in the White House

The Best Medicine for the Bully in the White House

In the wake of Saturday's white nationalist rally in Charlottesville, Va., Donald Trump offered watered-down criticisms of his neo-Nazi supporters. Facing a violent hate-inspired crisis and a vile act of domestic terrorism, Americans expected at least a modicum of compassion and strength from Trump in response. Trump's reluctance to speak out against his racist brethren prompted a forceful national reaction

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Bronzed Bullshit

Bronzed Bullshit

I saw an interesting new stat this morning. According to an NPR/PBS/Marist poll, 62 percent of Americans want confederate statues to remain due to their historical significance, while only 27 percent want them removed. To explain why I find this particular poll interesting, I first have to let you into my world a bit. I consider myself a rhetorician, a

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Pardon Me, but There’s No Excuse for Arpaio

Pardon Me, but There’s No Excuse for Arpaio

Yesterday, the moon's shadow raced across Middle America, aweing millions who gazed skyward at the eclipse. Today, a less-inspiring darkness will descend upon Phoenix, Ariz. as Donald Trump and a few thousand paid actors cum supporters occupy the Phoenix Convention Center. As his approval ratings plummet, and every week is his "worst week ever," Trump continues to rely on 'ego

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Finding Hope in the Heartland

Finding Hope in the Heartland

On November 8, 2016, I, along with 63 million other Americans, entered the voting booth and cast my vote for Donald J. Trump. I want you to know that my decision to vote for Trump was the culmination of months of debating whether I could even bring myself to vote for either candidate. I, like a lot of Americans, found

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The Top 5 Lies of Trump’s Stolen Presidency

The Top 5 Lies of Trump’s Stolen Presidency

George Costanza from the hit TV Show Seinfeld, once told Jerry, "Remember, it is not a lie if you believe it". Donald Trump's surrogates must live by Costanza's statement because they are constantly trying to push a false narrative on every talk show across the country. Meet the Press host Chuck Todd calls these statements falsehoods, they are not falsehoods,

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Nuts with Nukes

Nuts with Nukes

Donald Trump neither is fit to be president, nor qualified to issue an order for a nuclear first strike. His inability to seek counsel, weigh consequences, or consider the well-being of 325 million Americans not only handicap Trump's capacities for office, but also dynamically endanger the health and safety of every American - civilian and military alike. On Tuesday afternoon,

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