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Best Books of 2020

  1. Hearts, Strings, and other Breakable Things by Jacqueline Firkins: This modern adaptation of Jane Austen’s 1814 novel Mansfield Park is one of the best professionally published fanfictions I’ve read in a long time.
  2. Too Much and Never Enough: How My Family Created the World’s Most Dangerous Man by Mary Trump: You Know Who’s only niece, Mary Trump tells her uncle’s story as only a close family member can.
  3. Joe Biden: The Life, the Run, and What Matters Now, by Evan Osnos: This biography tells the President-elect’s story from a human perspective, giving the reader an insight that the news headlines cannot.
  4. Bronte’s Mistress, by Finola Austin: Austin delves into the myth of the affair between Branwell Bronte and Lydia Robinson, his older and married employer. Giving voice to Branwell, his youngest sister Anne and Mrs. Robinson specifically, she introduces the reader to the woman behind the rumor.
  5. Rage, by Bob Woodward: Legendary journalist Bob Woodward takes the reader into the current Presidential administration and the chaos created by you know who.
  6. The Light in Hidden Places by Sharon Cameron: Cameron’s book follows the story of Stefania Podgorska, a Polish-Catholic teenage girl who saved thirteen Jews during World War II.
  7. Jagged Little Pill: The reader is taken into the world of the hit musical, Jagged Little Pill: The Musical.
  8. Pretending: A Novel, by Holly Bourne: April believes that she is damaged goods, romantically speaking. When she creates an alter ego named Gretel, the results are surprising.
  9. A Star is Bored: A Novel, by Byron Lane: Lane, a former assistant to the late actress and writer Carrie Fisher, spins his time working for her into a hilarious and entertaining novel.
  10. Hatemonger: Stephen Miller, Donald Trump, and the White Nationalist Agenda, by Jean Guerrero: This insightful and frankly scary book tells the story of Presidential aide Stephen Miller.

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Pat Robertson, Geraldo Rivera, and The NY Post Tell You Know Who to Give it up

We all know that you know who is a sore loser. It’s one thing if one is playing a board game or joining friends for a casual game of football or basketball. It is another thing entirely to hold a country hostage.

Back in November, no one was surprised that you know who took an adult temper tantrum. Claiming that he, not Joe Biden was the winner, the lie that there was massive voter fraud spread like wildfire across the country.

Now it appears that even some of his most staunch supporters are telling him to cool it. Pat Robertson, Geraldo Rivera, and the NY Post have advised you know who to concede.

It’s nice to see that at least some people are opening their eyes.

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We all know that Biden won. The accusations of voter fraud are at best baseless and at worst, goes against what it means to be an American. We don’t have to like or even agree with the results of any political election. But at the end of the day, we have to move on. We cannot let this fraudulent idea destroy the United States. If we do, everything we have worked for, voted for, and died for means nothing.

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Just Sign the Dam Stimulus Bill Already

These days, it would be obvious to anyone who is not living under a rock that the United States is the middle of a economic and health crisis that has implications to change this nation for generations to come.

After months of partisan disagreements, Congress has finally agreed on a stimulus package. Though the $600 check that Americans will soon be receiving will not go very far, it is still better than nothing. The final step is the President’s signature.

Instead of just signing the bill and sending Americans the help we desperately need, you know who threw a bomb into the process (as he is wont to do). Demanding that the amount be raised to $2000, he refused to sign the bill and sent it back to Congress.

In theory, I agree with the increase (a once in a lifetime event that will likely never happen again). However, given the extreme time crunch (and the threat of once again shutting down the government), it is imperative that the bill be signed.

But I doubt that you know understands or genuinely cares about the American people.

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Marco Rubio & Lindsey Graham are Hypocrites

The definition of a hypocrite is as follows:

A person who acts in contradiction to his or her stated beliefs or feelings.

For months, Senators Marco Rubio and Lindsey Graham have been downplayed the Covid-19 virus. Now that the vaccine is here, they eagerly got in line for the booster shots.

There are millions of front line workers who need to be vaccinated to do their jobs and save American lives. These are the people who should be at the front of the line. The rest of us, especially those who downplay or deny the virus can wait a little bit. I would go as far to say that if you believe that it is complete hoax or it is nothing more than a bad flu, you should be at the back of line. That person (if their beliefs are genuine), might also refuse to take the vaccine, believing it to be unnecessary.

The fact that they jumped the line tells me that they are hypocrites. If the Senators genuinely believed their own rhetoric, not getting the vaccine would be an obvious choice. But because they got it, that tells me that they know it is real and they know how dangerous it is.

I am going to end this post with the following tweet, because it simply says it all.

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$600? Really Congress?

At some point in the future, the Covid-19 virus will be a thing of the past. But that does not mean that the economic and financial side effects will also fade into the background.

After months of back and forth, the second stimulus bill is finally on the way to being passed. Among the terms of the bill, Americans will receive a check for $600.

Now granted, there will also be another $300 added to the unemployment checks. But $600 is still pitiful, regardless of how the news is spun.

There are millions of Americans who are either just barely treading the financial waters or they have drowned completely. $600, if they’re lucky may only be good for a month or two.

What bothers me more than anything else is that the only reason the bill passed both houses is that Christmas is coming up at the end of the week. If there was no deadline, who knows how long we would have had to wait?

I wish that, for once, those in the halls of power would remember who they are responsible to and who pays their salaries. But until that day comes, the partisan b*llshit and the constant back and forth will continue on.

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POTUS Suggested a Military Coup to Stay in Office

If nothing else, the United States is supposed to be the land of freedom and democracy. We are bound to disagree on many topics. which is perfectly fine. But the consensus that the laws and norms we hold dear are not dependent upon who is in office.

According to news reports, a group of unscrupulous advisors (Michael Flynn among them) and you know who, suggested a military coup to prevent the Biden Administration from taking office in January.

Politically, the time between a Presidential election and the inauguration of a new President is a lame duck period. Most outgoing Presidential administrations during this time normally continue to do their jobs while preparing for their successors.

But this administration, as we have learned over the last four years, is unique for the wrong reasons. With all legal avenues exhausted, the bloodsuckers around him are putting forth ideas that are un-American, anti-democratic, and immoral.

There is only one solution to end this madness. Politicians at every level of government and the average citizen must come together and say enough is enough. The problem is that there are many in this country who genuinely believe that the election was stolen and/or rigged. Until we say as a nation to stop, this nonsense will continue.

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I Can’t Disagree With Tom Cruise

For months, we have been warned that Covid-19 is a dangerous airborne disease. As of today, 309,000 Americans have lost their lives.

On the set of Mission: Impossible 7, star Tom Cruise reemed out two crew members for ignoring the social distancing measures.

Warning: the audio contains bleeped out expletives.

To be completely honest, he is not the reason that I go out to the movie theater (when they were open). The last movie of his that I saw was A Few Good Men.

All of that aside, I can’t disagree with him. There are thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of people whose salaries come from the making of movies and television shows. Frankly, given the current economic climate, those of us who are still employed and earning a decent salary should not be looking a gift horse in the mouth. If keeping that job and that paycheck means abiding by the recommendations, I would rather make those adjustments than be out of work.

Some of those responding to the recording said that Cruise could have made his point without cursing. Honestly, if I was in his shoes, I would have dropped a few f-bombs of my own.

If we are to defeat this virus and return to a state of semi-normalcy, we need to take it seriously. Unfortunately, there are some people who have to learn the hard way.

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New Randy Rainbow Video: RUDOLPH THE LEAKY LAWYER – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody

From the outside looking in, the law profession is a noble one. But then I see the commercials for law firms on television and I have to wonder if they are as legit as they promise to be.

One could say the same for former NYC Mayor Rudy Giuliani. Once upon a time, he was respected lawyer and politician. These days, the man is a punchline waiting to be written.

Randy Rainbow released his latest video today. Entitled RUDOLPH THE LEAKY LAWYER – A Randy Rainbow Song Parody, the song is based on the beloved Christmas song Rudolph the Red-Nosed Reindeer.

He could have gone down in history as the NYC Mayor who cleaned up Times Square and led us through the darkness of 9/11. But instead, he will be remembered as a bloviated fool who nearly destroyed the American democracy to protect the fragile ego of you know who.

Thank you, Randy, I needed to laugh.

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Bye Bye, Bill Barr

When someone is looking for a job, one of the most important pieces of the puzzle is to do research on the company they are applying to. If, for any reason, there is a high rate of turnover, it is usually a sign that something is not right.

Four years ago, when you know who unfortunately won the election, he claimed that he had the ability to hire “the best people” for the myriad of positions that needed filling. But yet, many of those who have worked for him have either resigned or have been publicly fired.

The latest among these former White House staffers is Attorney General Bill Barr. Yesterday, he announced that as of next week, he would be resigning from his position.

This man has been nothing but a lapdog and a stooge for you know who. When the results of the Russia investigation were finally released, Barr did all he could to subvert the truth. It is only as of late that he appeared to grow a conscious in regards to the results of the Presidential election last month.

History has a way of judging our action in ways that few things can. We can only guess how future generations will look upon our present. That being said, I have a feeling that the political perception of the last few years will not be a positive one.

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Rage Book Review

Journalism at its core, is supposed to be non-partisan and non-political. But sometimes, those who work in that industry have no choice but to be partisan and political. Especially when the future is at stake.

The new book by respected journalist Bob Woodward, Rage, was released back in the fall. The follow up to his 2019 book, Fear: Trump in the White House, the reader is taken into a world and a presidency that few have ever seen. Using 17 on the record interviews as the back bone of the narrative, the man he portrays on the page is arrogant, in denial, and believes that he knows it all.

Reading this book, I thought I had a good idea of the man whom we unfortunately refer to as President. I could feel a chill down my back as I delved into the story. Between his inability to stop the destruction that Covid-19 is wreaking on us and the delusional idea that he will have another 4 years in office, it was as if I was reading a fictional political thriller.

The one thing I was struck by is that not everyone who works or worked in the administration is either related to him or got the job by becoming a brownnoser. There were and still are many who genuinely believe in the work they are doing because they understand the importance of this country and the constitution.

Do I recommend it? Absolutely.

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