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Monthly Archives: September 2015

To Understand Donald Trump, You Have to Understand Howard Stern

September 7, 2015, 1:48 am

Elias Isquith compared Donald Trump to Huey Long and George Wallace. Ross Douthat compared Trump to Franklin Roosevelt. Way too many people have compared Trump to Silvio Berlusconi. But the most illuminating comparative figure has barely been mentioned, and that’s a shame, not least because it’s the one figure that Trump actually knows personally, and might consciously be trying to emulate: Howard Stern. Don’t expect Trump to admit this; after all, Stern won’t cop to his own influences either. A […]

George Packer’s “The Populists” Is Wrong

September 4, 2015, 1:03 am

For the last year-and-a-half, this blog has been, to the best of my knowledge, one of the only spaces to consistently discuss the nation’s current non-partisan populism. Sure, you can find lots of places that atomize or advocate for progressive values or the TEA Party, but far too rarely do you hear: Americans of all parties are fed up with the wealthiest one percent and the elite decision makers. Americans want to throw all the bums out, not just the […]

But Today is Dar’s First Day of School, Yay

September 2, 2015, 9:13 am

Today is Dar’s first day of school! Yay!! Last week we took Dar to get a haircut. We bit the bullet: the gorgeous curls aren’t coming back and we needed something less 70s supergroup-touring and more manageable. We had to plan the haircut like a military operation, squeezed in during the one hour of the week where neither me nor wifey was at or doing work. You see, one of us holds down his arms, the other holds his head […]