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To Call Last Night’s Debate a Shit Show is an Understatement

The purpose of a Presidential debate is simple. It allows both candidates to present themselves to the public. They are asked a series of questions that allows them to talk about their views and policies. At the end of the night, the voter may or may not be swayed in a specific direction, but they have at least heard the necessary information.

Last night was supposed to be the first Presidential debate. Thought calling it a shit show is an understatement, Jake Tapper put it best.

“That was a hot mess inside a dumpster fire inside a train wreck,”

This was not a debate. It was verbal fisticuffs.

Though Biden was not perfect, I have to hand it to him. Other people might have jumped across the stage and let their fists do the talking. But he remained as calm as he could have been, given the circumstances.

His opponent on the other hand, was another story, The color of his face is either the result of spending hours in a tanning bed or putting on an entire case of bronzer. He proved once more than he has the temperament and maturity of schoolyard bully who refuses to see beyond number one.

If there was one answer that spoke volumes, it was his answer to the question about hate and white nationalist groups. The fact that he would not condemn them publicly is just another reason to vote for the Democratic ticket.

I’m not an undecided voter, anyone who reads this blog regularly knows that I made up my mind a long time ago. If one of the goals of last night was to convince the undecided voter, the arrow did not even get close to the target.

I hope and pray that in November, this country comes to its senses and votes this clown (as Biden put it) out of office for good.

#BidenHarris2020

P.S. Saturday Night Live is starting their new season this weekend. They more than enough material to work with.

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Rest in Revolution, RBG

Activism is not always done standing on a soapbox with a microphone in one’s hand. It can be done working quietly behind the scenes.

Ruth Bader Ginsburg passed away on Friday. Born and raised in a Jewish family in Brooklyn, she came of age in an era when most women quietly settled in marriage and motherhood. She could have followed the pack, but chose another life. That life led her to become only the second women to join the United States Supreme Court. Serving nearly three decades, she was a feminist and icon in every sense of the word.

I can’t think of any other Supreme Court Justice who has deified on Saturday Night Live. Kate McKinnon is perfection.

Her passing represents more than her physical death. The question comes up of who should replace her. If precedent has anything to say, whomever fills her seat will not be named until after November. But, given the current state of American politics, I would not be surprised if there was already a list of potential replacements waiting in the wings.

In the words of our mutual ancestors, may her memory be a blessing and an inspiration to fight for equality.

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I Approve of the Biden/Harris Ticket

When it comes to Presidential elections, the choice of Vice President is almost as important as the President.

History was made in the United States today. Kamala Harris was announced as Joe Biden’s choice for Vice President.

Unlike the current Vice President, Harris represents America in 2020. She has the experience, the work ethic, and the vision needed for the job. Fingers crossed, she and Biden will win and return this country to a state of semi-normalcy.

P.S.

The best part is that Maya Rudolph will be back on SNL this fall.

#BidenHarris2020

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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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