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“It is What it is”-How POTUS Responds to Covid-19

Difficult times often reveal who a person is. How they respond to the crisis unfolding in front of them speaks volumes.

Since Covid-19 made itself a little too comfortable in the United States earlier this year, the economy has gone down the drain and over 150,00 Americans have lost their lives.

And what is the response of POTUS to this double calamity?

“is what it is” 

If doesn’t piss you off, I don’t what to say. Not only is this man incompetent, he doesn’t give two sh*ts about the country. He only cares about number one.

Over the last three years, he has given us plenty of reasons to question if he can do the job the American voters hired him to do. If one was to list the reasons why he is incapable, this statement would be in the top five, if not number one.

P.S. If you have not seen the Jonathan Swan interview, I highly recommend that you do so. It is an SNL skit in the making.

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Joe Biden’s VP Pick & the Political Mistake That Was Sarah Palin

When it comes a Presidential election, the choice of Vice President can make or break one’s campaign.

Back in 2008, the late Senator John McCain chose former Alaska Governor Sarah Palin as his running mate for that year’s Presidential election. While we may never know if it was that decision that cost him the Presidency, we do know that this woman became a political joke.

Saturday Night Live had a field day that year. Tina Fey playing Palin was comedy gold.

As this year’s Presidential election comes closer with every day, Democratic nominee Joe Biden is under pressure to choose his running mate. After promising to choose a woman, there has been speculation about who his VP will be.

I would love to say that race does not play a role in his choice. The choice should be based on experience, who is the best person for the job, and professional chemistry. But race, unfortunately, does play a role.

For me, as a voter, I would not be surprised if he chose Kamala Harris or Stacey Abrams. If he wants to be President as badly as he says he does, he needs to prove that his administration and policies will be inclusive and respectful.

The last thing he or the Democratic party needs is a reboot of the political mistake that was Sarah Palin.

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Is You Know Who Afraid of Barack Obama?

I don’t know about anyone else, but I have vivid memories of the classmate who bullied me in junior high school. Through intimidation and coercion, this classmate used their perceived power to make me feel small and powerless. Looking back, I suspect that she may have had underlying issues that could only be released by being a bully.

For many (myself included), it is obvious that you know who is a bully. Like any bully, he has a weakness, which causes him to lash out even more. That weakness is named Barack Obama. In the past, the former President has been silent in regards to the actions of his predecessor. But in two graduation speeches last week, President Obama spoke in not so vague terms about this administration’s lack of reaction to Covid-19.

As expected, the reaction from you know who was extremely critical and not unlike a creature trapped in a corner, lashing out.

My guess is that he is afraid of Obama. Obama both as President and a human being is everything you know who is not. Not that he was perfect as President, but Obama is ten times better in the role than you know who will ever be.

I miss Obama.

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Throwback Thursday-Late Night with Seth Meyers (2014-Present)

When it comes to late-night television, viewers have a choice of what to watch.

Late Night with Seth Meyers has been on the air since 2014. Hosted by SNL alum Seth Meyers, the show follows the standard format of the genre: a monologue going over the news of the day, interviews with celebrities and a performance by a music group or a comic.

What I like about this program is that Meyers and his producing team have broken out the mold. The show has a political and cultural edge that is both relevant, topical and extremely funny.

I recommend it.

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Flashback Friday-The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon (2014-Present)

For a late-night talk show to succeed, it has to do more than making the audience laugh. It has to give the audience a sense of comfort before they go to bed.

In 2014, comic and SNL alum Jimmy Fallon inherited the mantle of host of The Tonight Show. Renamed The Tonight Show Starring Jimmy Fallon, Fallon is the sixth host in a storied line of legendary late-night TV hosts. Following the standard format of opening with a monologue with perhaps a skit and a series of celebrity interviews, this program continues the legacy that started in 1954.

Though I am rarely awake when this program airs, I find myself enjoying it when I am awake. As a host, Fallon comes off as personable, friendly and entertaining.

I recommend it.

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Adam Sandler’s Tribute to Chris Farley was Perfection

No one knows you like your friends. On the same token, no one misses you when your gone more than your friends.

Last night, Adam Sandler hosted Saturday Night Live. It was the first time he had stepped onto the SNL stage since the mid 90’s.

Towards the end of the episode, Sandler paid tribute to his late friend and colleague, Chris Farley.

The song was as beautiful and sentimental as it was heart-wrenching.

Farley was more than a comedic genius and the comedy heir to the late John Belushi. He had a heart of gold and a honest desire to make people laugh. There was a joy to his performances that radiated from the stage to the audience.

My favorite Chris Farley sketch is Matt Foley: Van Down By The River.

RIP Chris, thanks for the laugh and thank you Adam for the memories.

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Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State Comedy Review

Comedy has a way of allowing the audience to expel their anxieties about the world around them via laughter.

In New York City’s Minetta Lane Theater, SNL alumni Colin Quinn is talking about the state of politics in this country as only he can in his one man comedy show, Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State.

I was excited to see this comedy show because politics has always been rife for comedic satire and Quinn, having been on SNL, is a master of political satire. Unfortunately, my expectations did not meet with reality. While Quinn has his reputation as a comedian for a reason, the show is funny, but uneven at best.

Do I recommend it? Maybe.

Colin Quinn: Red State Blue State is playing at the Minetta Lane Theater in NYC until March 3rd, 2019. Check the website for showtimes and tickets. 

 

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Flashback Friday-Long Island Medium (2011-Present)

After a loved one passes away, many of us question if they are truly gone or if they are still around us in some fashion.

Theresa Caputo, the star of the TLC show Long Island Medium answers those questions for her clients in every episode.  In her Long Island home and her community, she is able to communicate a message from a loved one who has passed away to their still living relatives and friends.

There are two perspectives on Long Island Medium. The first perspective is that communicating messages from the other world is a con game and Ms. Caputo knows how to play the game like a professional. The second perspective brings out the emotion in both the viewers and those who she gives readings too, giving them some relief that those who have passed on are at peace and still watching over us.

I recommend it.

P.S.

Saturday Night Live satirized Long Island Medium several years ago. It was hilarious.

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Pete Davidson’s Cry For Help Is A Cry For Help From All Of Us

We have a serious mental health problem in this country.

Earlier this year, we lost both Kate Spade and Anthony Bourdain to mental illness. Over the weekend, we nearly lost another one to mental illness, Saturday Night Live star, Pete Davidson.

Thankfully, he was reached before he could do anything drastic or permanent.

When one commits or attempts to commit suicide, it is not an act that not done in a bubble. It the culmination of days, weeks, months or even years of emotional and mental anguish.

His struggles with mental illness and addiction have been well documented. As someone who also lives with mental illness, I completely understand the daily struggle that sometimes leads to suicide.

His cry for help is much more than one person’s struggles with mental illness. It is the cry for everyone who struggles with mental illness. I hope that he gets the help that he needs and I hope that every one of us who lives with mental illness gets the same help.

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Really? Thoughts On The “ID Card” And Ivanka Finally Growing A Pair

The news coming out of Washington D.C. these days is coming out so fast, it feels like one’s head is spinning.

At a rally in Florida earlier this week, you know who made it perfectly clear that he is out of touch with everyday Americans, despite his snake oil salesman shpiel that claims otherwise.

I honestly don’t know whether to laugh or cry. Of course he doesn’t know anything about buying groceries, why would he? First as a “billionaire” and then unfortunately as President, he has no need to buy groceries directly. He has staff who does that for him. While I have to concur that some stores may ask for ID when a customer pays via a credit card, many stores may not ask to see the customer’s ID. When speaking to reporters, Sarah Huckabee Sanders claimed that he was referring to the purchase of alcohol. While it is true that customers who buy alcohol are carded, you know who did not say anything about alcohol. He just said groceries.

While this was going on, Ivanka Trump actually admitted that she disagreed with two of her father’s hot button policies: the separation of families at the border and the claim that the media is the enemy of the people.

Nice of her to say so, but her speaking up now is too little, too late. Where has she been all of these months? Not just a mother, but as a human being, how could she have been immune to the children crying for their parents and the parents begging to at least know that their children are safe and healthy?

History is often the greatest judge of character. Generations from now, when our descendants learn about what we are doing in 2018, they will ask why. I hope we can answer them.

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