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Political discourse.

Something in this op-ed from Ross Douthat, on the trouble with any political entity latching onto the culture of the past — in this case the “alt right” and Jane Austen and the obvious attempts at reclaiming standardized gender norms — caught my eye. This is an idea with a powerful hold on the libera

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  Where orthodoxy is optional, orthodoxy will sooner or later be proscribed. Day 1 in Cab School. When will Obama speak up, like John Quincy Adams did? The Beer Hall Putsch beings here: Nazis in Portland. Canada bars diplomats from using cardboard Justin Trudeau figures. Churchill never said it, even if he meant it. If

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Now would be a good time for the NEA to fund a “Piss Christ” revival. A work that is conspicuously absent from the USA Today’s round-up of great works aided with NEA grant funding. In a USA Today series off the heals of a series of graphs showing various rural states beating out Cali and […]

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If I’m understanding this “Benedict Option” correctly… and as we are Looking for other “Benedict Option” parallels — basically other sub-cultures…  the idea of sub cultures it the ideal here and the reason this whole thing falls flat to me… The desire to withdraw from a

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What has actually happened with the collapse of a “Religious Right“… some commenters disagree. Debating Middlebury. Finnegan’s Wake.  The movie. Quoting Beyonce and “Cultural Appropriation“.  (Stick to country music then?) Graveyards and anti-commemeration. On Steve King’s tweet.

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I.  Remember him?  Another term is beginning to crop up — one I’m reluctant to utter. It makes me think back to a lone protester, waving a nine-foot-long banner on a Palmer street corner during the Obama years. A Lyndon La Rouche, fan he proudly advertised that affiliation along with his bigger message. The man [̷

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Actually the line I’m thrown out by is… “If you did this to Andrew Jackson 200 years ago, he’d call you out on the street…” Mention Andrew Jackson on a Saturday Night Live sketch? He does have a point.  Andrew Jackson killed a man, didn’t he? So.  When is Trump going to make his f

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One observation about Donald Trump and that there accusation that Obama had been wire-tapping him… … as per the revelations made by wikileaks release dump… It does show a concern for civil liberties, on down to the lay person  or lay political protester level, doesn’t it?  Theoretically… Bore

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Why is this popping up… … when I skip through the “Washington Monthly” website? Shouldn’t it appear when I skip through, oh, The National Review?

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  I suppose the challenge comes in trying to make this message, the message of this sign, something of not a reality.  It’s a sign that, at the time it made news near the beginning of the Obama Administration begged the question “Is this… Pro Obama, or anti-Obama?”  It seemed to be readable in bot

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Where Sasquatch roams. Why Steve Beshear is the Democratic Response to Trump’s address. Social Justice College… The Social Life of Food. Monafart and Russian Blackmail. Combodian authoritarian government uses Trump as example in demands for Press to “Respect the State”. working the crowds, government

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I ponder why I’ve never thought one way or the other about above ground pools. On her first show after the election, Samantha Bee, the comedic equivalent of a Facebook “share if you agree” post, said, “America has done the diplomatic equivalent of installing an above-ground pool. Even in the best case scenario a

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Alan Colmes passed away last weekend. He presided over a strange corner of politics — the token liberal on Fox News, the “Fill in the Blank” that Roger Ailes had drawn up for the line-up to figure a “Hannity and Blank” Show. As oft derided by the electoral left, he did have a rather engaging [&

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David Frum’s cover article for The Atlantic as per gauging the signs for Authoritarianism. White House Correspondence Dinner snubbed.  I hate to say it due to the man in question, but that’s one good he’s done. Conan O’brien doesn’t do political, except when he does:  in Mexico. Jan Chapman:

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I’m against this new Major League Baseball rule change. Le Pen poised for victory, winning over female French Trump admirers. 10 Senate seats wavering about in 2018. Proceed in the comments for varying political ramifications on that “.6 percent of the population” (transgendered). Why The Trumps ended up i

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Bill Maher does some victory lap in bringing on Milo Yiannopoulos, though he’s largely denounced for mainstreaming him by having him on his program.  (I note the cartoon in an alt weekly which has Bill Maher slapping Milo’s hand and saying “You Go Bro!”)  The theory lies in the “sunlight expo

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I like the libertarian magazine Reason’s claim right about here.  “Of course, Libertarians are leading the fight against Trump“. To be sure, this is a look over at a British publication and a slight lack of nuance on American politics — And to be sure, the “Great Libertarian” or libertar

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Saw the piece of sticker slogan. “Pizza Gate is Real”. Is this a medium for fake news? Is this sincere or ironic? If the former, does it do more harm to the cause than good?  If latter, does it do more good to the cause than harm?

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I remember early in the Obama Administration, sitting through conservative punditry that took it as a given that the whole Obama Administration is failing, that the news media failed to “vet” him and now we have — a complete nincompoop and disaster.  It was something where the very act of proposing polici

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What did Flynn do and when did he do it? Playboy brings back Nudity. PCing that book you’re reading. Kurt Nimmo breaks with Alex Jones on Trump. What?  No Jeff Gannon? Time to model the opposition after the Hell’s Angels? Stephen Colbert moves to the late night ratings’ leader. Does the Hemline — ec

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“Liberals are fond of that famous quote from Voltaire.  ‘I disapprove of what you say, but I will defend to the death your right to say it.’  Now the thing is… your anti-fascists… don’t really buy into that one.” So heard on flicking briefly across the radio dial… had to be

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One observation as what is considered the “Left” moves about in copying the “playbook” of the “Tea Party Right” as at the dawn of the Trump Administration as at the dawn of the Obama Administration. And as we see some of the same basic tropes — some disruptions at town halls, Republ

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“For me, being a 49ers fan, Joe Montana will always be the greatest.  But I’d definitely put Tom Brady in the top 2 or 3.” Granted, it is the case that if someone comes around and wins ten superbowls straight for some other team not the Patriots, someone will be saying “For me, being a […]

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Americans Now Evenly Divided on Impeaching Trump. Oh, the poll is probably something that in terms of elections and campaigns is better is Democratic years than Republican years. It is worth pondering the current stark division on Capital Hill.  Jeff Sessions in by party-line vote, more or less — Joe Manchin was the

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Trying to maneuver through the meaning of the Superbowl ads, I have this thought — as I watched a handful of games at the end of the season and a smattering of the playoffs… … and only the last quarter and overtime of the Super Big Game… The ad for the NFL was a groaner.  […]

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Neil Gosurch quotes Kissinger in Yearbook.  Edgy. The Quebecer Mosque killer is exactly the religion you think he is, with exactly the political leanings. San Bernardino Deputy Threatens to ‘Create’ Charges Against Man Videotaping Him. The Anarchists’ case for for violence… and denying Milo a spot a

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Thoughts as I’m watching Ellen DeGeneres make a political point with use of the movie Finding Dory,  and asked the question.   Shall I take political cues from the didactic teachings of children’s entertainment?  Or, plenty of items floating out there whose “message”, if you pair it down to such,

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Interesting concept and retort being tossed out there… we see it as the sidebar “And here’s what the (concerted effort to get the perspective copy and so this is the thematic story being thumped out there we keep seeing) Trump supporters in forgotten red America are saying” news items … the Pro

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Four Decades of riding the Trans-Siberian Railroad.  Etc. How Vasili Alexandrovich Arkhipov stopped World War III. The Dakota pipeline is on!!! Not letting Putin get away with a joke about Russian sex workers… because, you know… No mention of Jews in White House’s Holocaust Remembrance Day tribute. Donald

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Donald J. Trump —-    Republican — 62,980,160   45.94% Hillary Clinton  —- Democratic — 65,845,063  48.03% Gary Johnson  —— Libertarian —- 4,488,931  3.27% Dr. Jill Stein  — Green —  1,457,050  1.06% Write-ins  — 1,126,145  0.82% Evan McMullin  R

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