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Are You Still Following News of the Russia Probe?

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Did this guy somehow collude with Russia? I don’t know, but something’s off …

On April 24, I started a two-post series in which I discussed my overall view of the Russia probe that is currently dominating headlines in the United States. While I said I felt that the probe was a distraction (in terms of its focus), I felt there needed to be an investigation in order to finish vetting Donald Trump and some of his cohorts.

Now, while I might disagree with this probe’s focus, it has turned up some interesting events I could not ignore or refrain from sharing. Also, there have been some recent developments in regards to how this entire probe and suspicions are being reported.

Let this post serve as a type of time capsule so anyone can look back at this with an enhanced perspective (and possible laugh at some of the events, like Sean Spicer hiding behind the bushes so he couldn’t talk to the press after Comey’s firing). This post will be updated with current developments and to fill out everything I missed.

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Famous Sayings: #84 — ‘Cat Got Your Tongue?’

October 21, 2017

Why aren’t you saying anything? What, has the cat got your tongue?

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This cat might not have your tongue, but he has your attention. Image by Bonbon via Flickr. Some rights reserved.

Sorry for the lateness, but here is this week’s famous saying. It’s something familiar to me and I believe it was something one of my father’s friends said to me when I was a child.

Whenever I would go somewhere new, I tended to be quiet. It would take my a while to talk to new people and even then, they’d have to tell me to speak up. I was so shy, that I would check to see if any other kids (likely me sister) wanted a snack, too, if the adults asked if wanted some.

With that said, I guess it’s pretty obvious what the meaning is.

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The Rift on the Left: The Internal Politics of the Democratic Party

This was not a good look.

Now it is time to address the internal politics of the Democratic Party.  If you manage to get through this post, it might make you mad. You might be mad at me for dredging all this up again. Or you will be mad because you’re being reminded of things that got you hot in the first place. Or I might make you mad because I’m telling you about things you didn’t know and wish you hadn’t.

Overall, there are some truly worrying things happening in the Democratic National Committee and within the party on a national level. Unfortunately, I will have to look at the last presidential election because it exposed the party’s current problems. However, there are more problems that have been developing for decades. I do not trace the latter in this post, but they are apparent.

This post is big because in it is a complex topic and I will be looking at six areas that pertain to the DNC and Democratic Party at large. I will start with the unity tour.

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Computer & Blog Update (October 17, 2017)

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Here’s another impromptu blog update.

Right now, I am doing a sort of backup for my computer. Since the thing is dying, there’s not point in doing a normal one anymore. What I’m doing is copying my most important files unto my backup hard drive so I can move those copies to my new computer (once I’m able to purchase it).

This process is taking so long, though, so I’m behind schedule this week. I just don’t want to overheat this computer while working on multiple things at once, but we’ll see.

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Famous Sayings: #83 — ‘The Buck Stops Here’

October 14, 2017

When a decision has to be made, the buck stops here.

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U.S. President Harry S. Truman made the phrase “The buck stops here” famous. However, the phrase didn’t originate with him. It was also derived from another famous saying.

I thought of this phrase because a variation of it was used nearly five years ago during a presidential debate in the United States. But as it turned out, this famous saying was derived from another, which also gave rise to a slang term. That means this post is kind of a 3-for-1.

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The Rift on the Left: Some Hard Truths About Hillary Clinton

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Hillary Clinton is also a lightning rod of emotion, both good and bad. How fair is that and how much can be attributed to her?

Hillary Clinton is also a lightning rod of emotion, both good and bad. How fair is that and how much can be attributed to her?

In the previous post in this series, I talked about Bernie Sanders, what I thought of his candidacy, and why the Democratic Party establishment (and a portion of the voting public) detests him. That is part of the puzzle of what ails the left. Another part of the puzzle is the mixed reaction to Hillary Clinton.

If you are still a supporter of Hillary Clinton this post will be tough for you to read (but please read this post in full before commenting). And to be honest, this isn’t an easy post for me to write. It has not been easy to criticize Barack Obama, either, but there are valid criticisms of him, too.

If any part of those post angers those who read it and I lose followers because of what I have to say, so be it. That can’t be helped, because we all need to be honest about HRC’s candidacy regardless. And we need to do an honest evaluation before we can even begin to talk about unity on the left.

If you manage to read everything I have laid out here, you might think I am being mean-spirited or that this post is one-sided, but that’s not what I want to do. If anything, this is tough love. Because Clinton was the Democratic nominee, we need to get to the heart of her campaign’s flaws and understand the anger surrounding her loss.

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The Rift on the Left: The Bernie Sanders Effect

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Sen. Bernie Sanders is a source of hope and disdain, depending on whom you ask (on the left). Why is that so? There are a least a few obvious reasons.

How did Bernie Sanders become a factor in the 2016 election and what were the long-term effects of his candidacy?

To be quite honest, I never really heard of Bernie Sanders until a few years ago. That should tell you how little I paid attention to politics.

Yet from 2010-2012, I could only find one person who consistently praised Sanders. I thought, “What makes this Senator so special?” without bothering to do much research on him. At the time I was preoccupied with life in general and trying to finish up school.

By the time 2016 rolled around, I began to know more about this independent Senator from Vermont. And it became clear why he had a growing following. But he was running as a Democrat and going up against the eventual Democratic nominee. The odds were stacked against him and I never really expected him to win.

However:

As the primary went on, Sanders was closing the initial gap between him and Clinton. At the same time, the race on the Democratic side was getting more contentious. Naturally, there was bickering as the Clinton and Sanders factions were getting louder.

The acrimony between the factions increased as Sanders supporters accused the DNC of collusion and vote-rigging and they were being chided for various reasons. I will get into these accusations in subsequent posts, but I address part of the anger here.

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SaM Blog Update (October 9, 2017)

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This is a blog update I wish I didn’t have to give. Sadly, I have a bit of bad new to share with y’all. Starting this week, I will have to slow down my operations on this blog. That does not mean I won’t be online, but there will be fewer posts after a while.

This computer of mine is dying, and I will need to do less with it until I can get a new one. Also, I might not be able to use Microsoft Office next month. The latter has been vital to my career as a student, as an Internet user, and professionally speaking.

Before we get into my schedule, let me tell you a little story.

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Famous Sayings: #82 — ‘Brave New World’

October 7, 2017

O brave new world, with such people in it!

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Aldous Huxley was an English writer who wrote the dystopian novel Brave New World (published in 1932). Photo by thierry ehrmann via Flickr. (Some Rights Reserved.)

Can you guess why I decided to go with the phrase “Brand New World” this week? As usual, I have a theme. But let’s just jump into the origin.


The Origin of the Phrase ‘Brave New World’

The phrase “brave new world” comes from Aldous Huxley’s 1932 novel of the same name. There are other references to Shakespeare in Brave New World, but the title is the most important one.

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The Rift on the Left: We Have to Revisit the 2016 Presidential Election

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Finally! After months of research, I can now present my in-depth breakdown of the 2016 presidential election. In keeping with the overall theme of this series, this post will cover a lot of the narratives an immediate fallout.

Originally, I wanted to take a look at the highlights I can remember from the past election, beginning in the spring of 2015. However, I thought about it and realized that I needed to simplify things for myself by separating the overall themes and making a timeline later, for my own purposes. I still ended up putting some extra work in.

Unfortunately, it’s hard for me to summarize the election without going through all the important highlights (and there are so many to mention). Therefore, I am skipping to the end and pointing out some things I feel are important.

That said I cannot get into the aftermath without first looking at the important issues leading up to the 2016 presidential race and discussing the three most important players in the race. And after that, I want to discuss the following narratives that came out of this election.

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What I’m Reading Right Now (October 4, 2017)

This year, I decided to purchase two books by author Thomas Frank: What’s the Matter with Kansas (2004) and Listen, Liberal (2016). I finished the first and I just started reading the second. I want to finish that one as quickly as possible, but I am just taken aback by what I’ve read so far.

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