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Confession time here’s what I got…

December 31, 2016, 9:58 am

“…my fellow soldiers will tell you I’m a terrible shot.” – Aaron Burr, in the musical “Hamilton” I begin by expressing my deepest gratitude. First, I am today and on all days incredibly grateful to you, dear reader, for keeping up with my smatterings of blatherings here. It means more to me than I can say. Second, “look around, look around, at how lucky we are to be alive right now.” Lin-Manuel Miranda gave us that refrain in his musical
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In Defense of Pantsuit Nation

December 26, 2016, 4:56 pm

In recent news, Pantsuit Nation founder Libby Chamberlain decided to turn the site into a book. Some longtime members have made it very clear that they are bothered about this, and I absolutely respect anyone who opts out of the site. Here’s what I have more of a problem with: In a new Huffington Post piece titled “Pantsuit Nation is a Sham,” Harry Lewis excoriates site founder Libby Chamberlain for minimizing the experiences of persons of color (POC) and for
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Blair Was Bush’s Poodle. Trump is Putin’s _______?

December 16, 2016, 4:29 pm

Cross posted here. If there’s one word you want to avoid saying around Tony Blair, it’s “poodle.” Profanities won’t bother him. But when you’re walking through a dog park with Britain’s former Prime Minister, you don’t even want to casually remark, “hey, that lady has a nice poodle.” The word is quite triggering. This blog post is dedicated to one question: what kind of word can we come up with to trigger Trump this way? First, background for those of you who
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Against Liberal Preening, Windmill-Tilting, Heel-Digging, and Straw Men-Fighting

December 12, 2016, 7:30 am

A month later, and way too many of my leftist friends are still preening, tilting at windmills, digging in their heels, and fighting straw men. I’m talking about headlines like this and this and this and this. And the articles as well, wherein the author proudly declares how anti-racist he/she is, without remotely addressing the arguments of any halfway intelligent conservative. No, those last three words are not a contradiction. Or as Nicholas Kristof wisely put it yesterday, “Of course,
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What About the Conventions and the Presidential Debates?

December 2, 2016, 1:22 pm

Like you, I’ve been reading a lot of post-mortems on the election. One question that never gets answered, or even asked: why weren’t any of these post-mortems made after the conventions or after the three Clinton-Trump debates? It’s not like journalists didn’t have the air time, or the available pixel space online. I think we can all agree that the talking heads on MSNBC, CNN, and Fox News had a little extra time to kill. Why didn’t we hear, then,
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A Plan to Engage Online Prejudice During the Trump Era

November 20, 2016, 6:23 pm

(Also on medium.) Some people have blamed the astonishing election of Donald Trump to the Presidency on the over-stridence of broadly defined political correctness, like Robby Soave at Reason and Amanda Marcotte at Salon. In this, they basically agree with Jeff Greenfield, who in Politico blamed the election results on Democrats’ “wholesale embrace of identity politics,” with Yuval Levin, who wrote in Slate, “There’s a kind of descent into a really crude identity politics among some younger voices on the left
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Truth Ends Here. Trumpth Begins Now.

November 11, 2016, 8:45 am

On November 8, 2016, when a reality-TV star became the most powerful person in the world, reality ended. And not for any one reason, but for ten of them that most people don’t fully understand. Bye bye Truth, hello Trumpth. May I explain? (1) Big Data took a Big Hit on Tuesday. Big Data, and Long Tail economics, have completely reshaped most industries in America, particularly the advertising of every single product made by the Fortune 500. Corporations pay X
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Political Correctness After Trump Loses

November 7, 2016, 11:59 am

A year ago, I said that the real war on PC was coming. And it came, oh, how it came. We now know that America contains many more openly prejudiced people than anyone thought possible two years ago. And now, many smart people are wondering what we’re going to do with all the “deplorables.” Well, I have an idea, but you’re not going to like it. After Hillary Clinton is elected President, the temptation for her supporters will be to
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Hillary Clinton, the Populist Choice for President

November 4, 2016, 9:53 am

This blog officially endorses Hillary Clinton for President…not for any reason that you’ve read anywhere else. The first time I could vote in any Presidential election, I voted for Bill Clinton…mostly because I liked Hillary. Check out the photo from 1992 of me next to a “Hillary” sign. Now tell me any other time you’ve seen, in a random window, a sign for a spouse of a major-party candidate. “Michelle”? “Melania”? Hasn’t happened, has it? This time, I’m voting for Hillary
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The Republican Party is The Greatest Brand in the History of America.

October 28, 2016, 11:08 am

You heard me. Before 2016, I would have said America’s greatest brand was Coca-Cola. But this election cycle has changed my mind. Here’s what marketing gurus ought to do. Elect a president who sets off a civil war, wins it, and gets killed. Let simmer for 150 years. Presto: best brand ever. Donald Trump is going to win at least 20 states, probably 24. That is not a typo. Read it again. Here’s the snapshot from everyone’s favorite site today,
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