For certain personal reasons, I’ve spent a lot of time recently thinking about and resolving what I can do to be better. How can I be more aware of others? How can I be more considerate? How can I be more thoughtful? What can I do to practice more kindness, listen more closely, live with more empathy, give others more love?

This has to do with the fleeting nature of time; the fact that life is fragile, precious and short, even to those who live a long time. It has to do with what David Foster Wallace called “the […]

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Her husband was in Reno, Nevada, Thursday at the University of Nevada trying to put the Silver State in the Democrat’s win column on November 8.

While Virginia’s Washington Senator Tim Kaine, a former city councilman, mayor, Lt. Gov. and governor, was campaigning out west, his wife Anne Holton was campaigning in the Midwest, in Delaware, Ohio, where polls show Ohioians are waffling between Clinton-Kaine and the Republican ticket of New York billionaire and reality TV star Donald Trump and his super conservative ticketmate, Indiana Gov. Mike Pence.

Mrs. Kaine told a small group in the county seat of Ohio’s […]

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Junior Skittles : Like Father, Like Son

On September 22, 2016 By

When Donald  Trump Jr.  breezily compared Syrian refugees to a bowl of Skittles, it revealed once again the Trump Culture so coldly detached from today’s bloodily inhuman  conflicts. At 38, “Skittles” Trump, as he shall now be known,   is  the dauphin who someday will inherit billions from Daddy’s purse and sees no reason to cast himself today as a worry wart over other people’s hardship.

As news sources begin taking a closer look at him, they are finding copious evidence that he has become the poster figure for right-wing militants, racists and other  radical groups  that  joined his father to […]

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There’s probably only one political entity in our dear state that despises the Ohio Republican Party more than the Ohio Democratic Party, and that would be the Libertarian Party of Ohio. Yes, thanks to a variety of new regulations and obstacles created by Ohio’s GOP — as covered here on Plunderbund and elsewhere — the Libertarian Party of Ohio is technically not even a recognized political party anymore. This assault on the LPO began in 2013 when the Ohio State Senate fast tracked S.B. 193, dubbed the “John Kasich Re-Election Protection Act” by Libertarians, a law that completely restructured Ohio’s rules regarding a minor political party’s status. […]

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On a conference call with reporters Wednesday, Ohio Senator Sherrod Brown said his outrage of the week is Ohio Attorney General Mike DeWine’s challenge of President Barack Obama’s proposal to strengthen overtime laws.

Ohio’s AG joined officials from 21 states to sue the U.S. Department of Labor Tuesday over a new rule that would make about 4 million higher-earning workers eligible for overtime pay. The lawsuit came the same day that the U.S. Chamber of Commerce and more than 50 other business groups filed a legal challenge against the regulation, the AP reported.

U.S. Secretary of Labor Thomas Perez said […]

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In case you don’t spend your day refreshing Twitter, you missed a pretty hilarious side show in the 2016 race for President.

It all starts with a story that broke overnight about  an interview with the Chair of Donald Trump’s Mahoning County operation, who shared some pretty deplorable thoughts about racism… read it for yourself, but here are some fun highlights:

Miller was quickly ousted by the campaign, which is currently struggling to court African-American voters. Replacing her is Tracey Winbush, an African-American talk show host and former Kasich supporter. As soon as campaign reporters began adding Winbush to their Twitter […]

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A week ago Friday, Ohio’s 69th and now term-limited governor was sitting in the Oval Office in the White House with a few other business and political leaders seating in close proximity. The group’s topic was the Trans Pacific Partnership [TPP] and why the controversial trade agreement should be passed by Congress before the next president takes over next January 20th.

Maybe, when he closed his eyes, John Kasich dreamed that the power players in attendance, including billionaire and former three-time mayor of New York City Michael Bloomberg, Hank Paulson, the former Secretary of the Treasury for President George W. […]

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On one hand, Ohio Gov. John Kasich probably knows and sincerely believes that a Donald Trump presidency would be an unprecedented disaster for the United States. He’s said as much, often enough. On the other hand, Kasich’s unslaked thirst for the highest office of power compels him to hope the Trump candidacy is as much a disaster for the Republican Party as he’s been claiming it will be.

He pines for this, of course, because he wants to be the Grand Old Party’s savior, eyeing his chance to challenge the inevitably vulnerable incumbency of Hillary Clinton in 2020. As much as I […]

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Pence: I Want To Be Cheney-2

On September 19, 2016 By

Did it surprise you to learn that Indiana Gov. Mike Pence, the Republican Veep candidate, wants to be Dick Cheney-2?

C’mon.  Even in jest, the times are too  serious to attach such idiocy to the snow-topped Republican who is proud of his reputation as a man of deep religious conviction.

But there he was on ABC’s “This week” as Cheney-2 by telling the audience,  “I frankly hold Dick Cheney in really high regard in his role as vice president and as an American”  and hopeful of being his role  model. I wonder if anybody reminded him that Cheney was not […]

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It’s been a horrendous year  for the national media ever since it grabbed a deranged tiger by the tail as the alleged Republican presidential candidate. Nor were many of the network gurus prepared to accept America’s first woman presidential candidate. I mean, a country as big as ours that Donald Trump, whose rap sheet would traverse Lake Erie, wants to make great again by keeping a mere unqualified “crooked”  female out of the Oval Office?

Ah, but the network execs were saying at the outset that Trump was an audience builder, a marketable quantity when they defended cutting away from […]

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The world isn’t flat and President  Obama is not a usurper.

We’ve known about the flatness thing since our kindergarten days.

But it wasn’t until Friday Sept. 16, 2016 that we  were informed by Donald Trump that the president was an American citizen in good standing. In a deplorable 27-second statement, the deplorable Republican candidate said  Barack  Obama was born in the United States. PERIOD.

Period? As the deplorable candidate explained  , he wants to get back to making America great again. For starters, he should get out of town.

Until yesterday, Trump had suckered his fans into  believing that […]

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