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Political Discourse at the Diner

The other day I was in a favorite local haunt having a conversation with two guys I see often in town. Both are Republican. A year and a half ago, when we’d have a conversation about politics, they’d pounce on my points before they were out of my mouth. President Trump is the be-all, end-all. He is the answer. Wait – where’s my caps lock key? — make that the ANSWER. But this week, we had a shift in our dynamic. I like talking to these guys, so I almost always welcome the discourse, face to face, no hiding...

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Make America White Again

When a man opened fire in a Louisiana movie theater during a showing of Trainwreck a few years ago, Amy Schumer joined the fight for stricter gun laws. Even though the murderer didn’t invoke her name, the actor/comedian was horrified that this tragedy occurred during a movie she was in. She was disturbed at the association. Contrast that with our President’s reaction to David Duke’s words about Saturday’s alt-right and neo-Nazi rally in Charlottesville, Virginia: “We are going to fulfill the promises of Donald Trump. That’s what we believed in. That’s why we voted for Donald Trump, because he said he’s going to take our country back.” Not only has Trump ignored that disgusting shout out, he couldn’t even bring himself to call out white supremacists or the Ku Klux Klan in his remarks following the violence. Instead, he decries violence “on many sides” and proceeds to inform us of all the jobs he’s created. As a nice flourish, he made sure we knew that racial tension was around before he took office. Read: This is not my fault. I don’t consider it a priority. I didn’t cause it. And hey, we have lots to be happy about – jobs! As sick as I am of this tedious man, I am getting more and more outraged at the people who put him in office. Stop calling us racists. That’s...

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On O’Reilly, My Rage Spills Over

Last year shortly after New Year’s Day I was in the gym, doing some stretching. A long-time gym member, a guy in his 60s, came over and kissed me on the lips and said “Happy New Year.” It was abrupt. Caught me off guard. And it was unwelcome. If you asked him about it right now, he would probably say I liked it. You know why? I was ready to object in the moment and then I cowered. I felt like a weakling, but something in me wanted to just forget it and keep the peace. I see this guy almost every time I go to the gym. Fast forward to last week. Yes, just six days ago. I was lifting weights and we got into a light conversation. He works in a service job, so I posed a scenario to him about how he would handle a certain situation with a customer. “Simple,” he said while leering at my chest. “Show me your tits and you’ll get anything you want.” If you know me at all, if you’ve read anything I’ve ever written, you’re saying, wow, here’s the part where the mighty Nancy cuts him off at the knees. But you’re going to be disappointed because I cowered again. I was so taken aback I was rendered speechless. He took his swagger to the next weight machine while...

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Somebody Tell the Broad to Shut Up

Bret Baier opens a Fox News presidential debate by, essentially, setting up Donald Trump as the outsider who won’t pledge his allegiance to the Republican Party and rule out a third-party run. It is an unforgettable moment, almost scathing in its shock value. No one is about to reach for the remote after that. What a tone it sets. Hours after the conclusion of the debate, when most in the Northeast are fast asleep, Trump expends some energy Tweeting about what a dick Baier is. And what a lightweight. The next day, he remarks it must have been a...

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Here’s What Your Readers Really Need, Jeff

No one could argue that Jeff Bezos has it going on when it comes to business sense and enormous vision. According to a recent article in The Washington Post – which he is about to own – he built from “a start-up in 1995 to an Internet colossus with $61 billion in sales last year.” It’s only logical that Bezos wants to apply what he’s learned to this new venture in the media landscape. “We’ve had three big ideas at Amazon that we’ve stuck with for 18 years, and they’re the reason we’re successful: Put the customer first....

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