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It’s Hollywood’s favorite season of the year: award season. During this time of year, stars get dressed up in the hopes of picking up awards for the previous year’s efforts and getting a platform to speak their minds on topics unrelated to their work. And this year’s Oscars will be no different.

What was once a somewhat enjoyable waste of a couple of hours has become a painful several hours where people who pretend to be other people for millions of dollars get to tell people what and how to think. Like college, but without beer.

Let’s take a look at the Oscars, shall we?

The Academy Awards/Oscars

What the Left believes it means – an awards show where actors are rewarded for their efforts and show how much they care about different issues

What it really means – a waste of several hours that could be done in a few minutes

Really, folks. Do we need several hours of famous people wearing expensive clothes talking about subjects they don’t know a fig about but care deeply about all the same? Let’s remember the bulk of these people said a corrupt Hillary Clinton or an old Bernie Sanders were viable alternatives to Donald Trump. And we’re going to take their advice on how to battle global climate change, income inequality, and Donald Trump? I wouldn’t trust them to tell me the benefits of breathing let alone how to feel about any issue.

And really, the movies being honored are secondary to the pageantry on display. And by pageantry, I mean expressions of sheer avarice. Even the losers take home a goodie bag worth at least as much as my house. And after the awards ceremony, there are the after-parties where wealth, celebrity, and alcohol flow more freely than they did at Chelsea Clinton’s wedding. And that’s just Hillary.

I am a film buff, so I appreciate good storytelling, photography, and acting. And I know there are some very talented actors plying their trades on films that deserve recognition. What I’m saying is we could show appreciation and save time and money in the process. I’m a solutions-oriented guy, and here’s a little something I came up with to make the Oscars more enjoyable.

1) Make the Oscars, coverage and all, two hours long, tops. With all of the production numbers, speeches, and such, the show is longer than a Ken Burns documentary, only less boring. I can do the same ceremony in less time than it takes to watch most movies being nominated, and it starts with better time management. Give the Oscars two hours, and call it a night.

2) No politics, ever. Let’s face it. Actors know as much about the world as their publicists let them know. Having them lecture me about politics instead of thanking people who helped them along the way tells me two things. One, they’re not worthy of listening to because they’re usually uninformed. Two, they’re thankless bastards, and who wants to listen to people like that? Cut out the politics, and just say thank you.

3) Limit the speeches and introductions to 2 minutes. Again, time management comes in handy. When you know you have a time limit, you learn the economy of words. Plus, it cuts down on the awkward banter between presenters introducing the next category. Seriously, are we to believe the duo of Pauly Shore and Helen Murren has anything in common aside from being carbon based lifeforms? Of course, the question of how this would be enforced is brought up. Easy. Shock collars.

4) Move the location of the Oscars from Hollywood to the Midwest. It’s easy to have lavish parties and extravagant awards shows in Hollywood. But try having one in Middle America. Hollywood stars typically don’t even know places like Duluth, MN, Des Moines, IA, or Branson, MO, exist, but why not give them a chance to experience it firsthand? And considering these places are far away from where celebrities are treated like gods, the stars would either not bother showing up or spending as little time in town as possible. In other words, it’s a win-win.

5) Give awards to movies people have actually seen. I can count on one hand the number of Best Picture nominated movies I’ve seen in the theater. Why? Because the movies that typically get nominated don’t interest me usually. To some, this would make me a philistine or an uncouth barbarian. To me, it makes me a bit more discerning in my movie choices. If you make a movie about man’s inhumanity to man against the backdrop of a Kansas town dealing with transgender issues and a love triangle with a British man, a Southern girl, and a transgendered teacher who is dying of cancer, and you can make it interesting to me, I’ll go. If you expect me to go to said movie just because of the subject matter, I’ll pass and watch something more my speed. That’s the reason the new “Ghostbusters” movie sucked. Instead of giving the audience an interesting story, the movie gave us “because they’re all girls now” as a reason to watch it. Make the nominated movies interesting or better known, and we might be willing to watch the Oscars more regularly.

6) More cage fighting.

Well, looks like I’ll be avoiding the Oscars again this year. Hollywood, you know my number. Have your people call my people and we can do lunch.

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And On the Other Side…

The Democratic National Convention is over, and I can officially say they surpassed the Republican National Convention…in the amount of clusterfuckery on display. Between the Wikileaks DNC email scandal breaking just as the convention was about to start, the silencing of Bernie Sanders supporters, and the fake, forced unity shoved down our throats, the DNC made the RNC look like a house cleaned by people with OCD.

Looking at both conventions, I saw a lot of unforced errors (which doesn’t exactly fill me with confidence in either major party candidate). Having said that, the unforced errors at the DNC were more along the lines of having time to fix them, but deciding not to. It’s not like Wikileaks waited until the last day of the convention to spring the email scandal on the world. The DNC knew about it, and still managed to screw up.

Case in point, Debbie Wasserman Schultz. Once the email scandal struck, she stepped down as DNC Chair…and was granted an honorary position with the Hillary Clinton campaign. The fact it’s honorary doesn’t change the fact a scandal-ridden politician gave a spot to another scandal-ridden politician who just happens to have been exposed as greasing the wheels for the first scandal-ridden politician.

That’s a lot of scandal being ridden there, kids.

Oh, but it gets better! The DNC decided to replace Wasserman Schultz in the short term with Martha Fudge…who was also exposed in the Wikileaks release. Then, Donna Brazille was called in to head up the DNC until January 2017. Having watched Ms. Brazille on television for a number of years, that’s like replacing a rusted out Yugo with a rusted out Pinto with really touchy bumpers. In either case, it’s not going to end well.

From there, the convention turned the clusterfuckery to 11 (because it’s one higher) and did as much as they could to pretend everything was fine. But once you get past the false front the Democrats tried to put up, you see a lot of problems. I’m not a Bernie Sanders fan by any stretch of the imagination, but the way the DNC treated these potential voters was nothing short of authoritarian. Not only were Sanders delegates harassed and forced to hold their tongues in opposition to Hillary Clinton, they watched their candidate being hamstrung by the DNC during the nomination process and utterly humiliated by speaker after speaker. The whole “Don’t Boo, Vote” phrase? Utter backhand to the Sanders supporters. Having vocal Sanders supporter Sarah Silverman lambasting the Sanders supporters by saying, “You’re being ridiculous”? Another backhand.

But the ultimate knife twist? Having Sanders be the one to move that Hillary be the Democrat nominee. It was a stunning visual, but given what happened prior to that, it was a punch in the gut to see him be humiliated like that. I can’t say whether he was forced, coerced, bribed, or did it of his own free will, but given what Wikileaks released, it would be hard for me to believe it was anything but a means to embarrass Sanders for daring to be a possible Presidential option.

And remember, folks, the Democrats are the ones who believe in diversity, as long as it’s the diversity they want.

And, it only gets worse from here. Attempts to humanize Hillary Clinton were unconvincing because, well, they were trying to humanize Hillary. Bill Clinton’s speech, in particular, was a long trip down memory lane, and it focused a lot on what (but not so much who) Bill did in his political career. Then, there was Barack Obama’s speech. The speech had more “I” references than a narcissistic needle maker.

Then…there was Hillary’s speech. Put simply, she let Donald Trump dominate her speech. Although she did try to put out a more optimistic view, it was obvious Trump bought up property in her head and built a luxury hotel.

But even that wasn’t the worst part.

The key to the sheer ineptitude of the DNC lies with their attempts to appear patriotic. First, there was a distinct lack of flags on the DNC stage. Although some hearty conventioneers broke out Old Glory (which, I;m sure, was completely spontaneous), the lack of flags didn’t go unnoticed. Also, thanks to some members of Twitter, it came out the DNC handed out sheets with chants to drown out Sanders supporters still in attendance.

But the cherry on top of the shitstorm sundae was the fact the DNC needed to put the Pledge of Allegiance…on a TelePrompter.

Congratulations, Democrats. You’ve managed to make the RNC look good.

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A Unified Front

This week, Democrats have a chance to show the world how well they could avoid looking like the Republicans did at their national convention last week. And going on 3 days later, they accomplished the exact opposite. As much of a clusterfuck the RNC was, the DNC managed to surpass them.

And it starts with unity.

Going into the DNC this week, it was assumed they would try to portray the Democrats as a unified party. And until the doors opened on Monday, it worked. Once the Democrats tried to do something, though, the unity went out the window, thus ruining the chances of actual unity.

Of course, the DNC being exposed as a bunch of Hillary panty-sniffers by Wikileaks didn’t help matters any. I don’t often agree with Bernie Sanders, but I agree with the fact he got a raw deal from the people who allegedly lead the Democrat Party. And they would have gotten away with it if it hadn’t been for that pesky Wikileaks!

Actually, a Scooby Doo villain of the week would have been a lot smarter than the DNC. In the current era of computer usage, nothing is ever completely private. But the Democrats apparently used the same IT people Hillary did because their emails were just as vulnerable and just as damning.

And remember, kids, the Democrats say they’re the smart ones.

But let’s go back to Bernie Sanders for a moment. Like him or not, he represented a lot of people, people who were delegates at the DNC and deserved to be heard. What happened? The DNC did everything they could to silence the Sanders supporters. To the Hillary supporters, the Sanders supporters were subhuman and should just fall in behind Hillary like good little drones in spite of being told their opinions didn’t matter.

And these folks think Donald Trump’s followers are cult-like?

The Democrats’ allies in the media are doing everything they can to try to shape the narrative that the DNC is the epicenter of unity. But it’s all a front to hide the fact the DNC isn’t unified by any reasonable stretch of the imagination. There are clear divisions that won’t be healed by forcing Sanders supporters to heel to a fundamentally flawed candidate who changes positions on topics like Cher changes costumes during concerts, or like Cher changes body parts.

And that discord is reflected outside of the DNC. The cameras may not be on the protesters, but they’re there, and they’re not happy.

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The GOOPS

The Republican National Convention in Cleveland is over, and people are still talking about it, but not in a good way. From the coverage and commentary throughout the week, the Republican Party has made an already seemingly bad situation into a metaphysical certainty of bad decisions that make Kanye West look like Ben Franklin.

Okay, I’m kidding. It really wasn’t that bad. I mean, the Democrats have their chance to match the pure suckitude of the RNC soon when they will have to push a Hillary Clinton/Tim Kaine candidate down the throats of the delegates, all while pandering to Black Lives Matter and the Bernie Sanders supporters. Oh, and field questions stemming from Wikileaks finding out the DNC actively tried to undercut Sanders’ campaign. And as Bill Clinton can tell you, Democrats suck best.

That’s not to say the RNC is out of the woods. Donald Trump’s campaign or the Republican National Committee or both made a number of high-profile mistakes that could come back to bite them. Ranging from Melania Trump’s alleged plagiarism from a 2008 Michelle Obama speech to the prime time Ted Cruz speech where he failed to publicly endorse Trump (depending on who you talk to in the Trump campaign) to Donald Trump’s acceptance speech that was darker than George Hamilton at the heart of a black hole while listening to a Sylvia Plath book on CD read by Crispin Glover, it was not the best way to put the GOP’s best foot forward.

At this point, it’s too late to hit the reset button and start the 2016 RNC over because, unfortunately, it’s not like an old school Nintendo. What can be done going forward, however, may erase the memories of how bad the visuals were. Here is a short list of suggestions I have.

1) Do some serious vetting of the campaign staff from top to bottom. Believe me, the Democrats have already started, so the GOP needs to find a way to respond to the worst of what the Dems have planned. Saying “you’re a loser” isn’t going to work.

2) Start figuring out how to strike Hillary where it hurts. Although the email scandal and Benghazi are red meat to voters like me, most people don’t care. What they do care about is easy-to-understand soundbites. Oh, and celebrities.

3) Figure out a way to bring back people turned off by the candidate. Hillary Clinton is beatable, but it’s not good to take a victory in November for granted. Like it or not, Trump has been shedding conservative voters like Julius Caesar shed blood on the steps of the Roman Senate. But it’s not too late to find a way to put Band Aids on the wounds, and the first step is to call a truce and stick to it.

Oh, and to any Democrats reading this, this should also be a concern for you. My best advice for helping Hillary in 2016 is simple: stop being Hillary.

4) Play up Trump’s “fuzzy side.” It’s hard to characterize a man as the second coming of Adolf Hitler (believe me, this is actually a thing right now) if the visuals coming from the campaign counteract it. Visual stimulation in today’s society is hard to overcome, and Trump’s campaign need him to start kissing babies and shaking hands. And you don’t want to get those mixed up, kids.

5) Ignore the fringe players on the Left. Trump’s Twitter war with Elizabeth Warren is entertaining to watch, but it’s counterproductive. Warren isn’t going to stop being the turd in the punch bowl. After so many times of seeing her pop up, maybe it’s time to stop entertaining her online rants and move on to other topics.

The other option would be to hire someone to respond to her with more scathing retorts than “Pocahontas” or “Loser Warren.” As someone with a track record of making scathing retorts, I’d be willing to do it. Call me, maybe?

I’m sure there are more, but these should be good for now.

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Betrayed

Yesterday afternoon millions of voters were betrayed. Bernie Sanders, the advocate for Democratic Socialism, showed his true colors. He endorsed Hillary Clinton for President, unifying the Democratic Party.

Bernie Sanders was never for the average man. He was never for removing corporate control of political parties and candidates. If he was truly for these things he would have never endorsed Clinton. She stands at the apex of everything Bernie Sanders claimed he was against.

No Bernie Sanders is a true loyal rank and file Democrat. And when the party bosses told him to end his campaign and support Hillary Clinton. That is exactly what he did. And at that moment millions of young and old minds alike were shattered. The illusion of Social Democracy came crashing down snuffing out the Bern and leaving nothing but cold ashes.

Now there are millions of voters who liked what Bernie Sanders was saying. And there was some truth to his message. Politics as usual is not what “We the People” want any more. That is why non-traditional candidates have gained such a following in recent years. Even on the other side of the Atlantic, we saw it in the Brexit vote.

For the Sanders supporters who were betrayed yesterday. There are aspects of his message with Donald Trump. Not sugar coated in the lies of Socialism. But honest changes to bring our government back to the people where it belongs.

Hillary Clinton is not the answer. We all know where a Clinton White House leads and she is not her husband. She caters to special interests attempting to please everyone all of the time. And she thinks you are not smart enough to know that cannot be done. She is bought and payed for by Wall Street and international interests. She has violated so many laws. Voting for her would be a betrayal of the worst kind.

Come on over to Donald Trump. He’s rough on the edges like a thorny rose bush. But without the thorns we wouldn’t have the roses. You wont get everything that Bernie Sanders was preaching. Donald Trump isn’t supporting the Socialist message. But he is supporting a better future for America. And he does want politics to return to the hands of “We the people.”

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We the People, in Cleveland

Both major parties will have their conventions this month and formally name their party’s nominees. For the Democrats, this will most likely be Hillary Clinton. And for the Republicans, the presumptive nominee is Donald Trump.

On the Democratic side, Clinton’s only rival, Bernie Sanders has not yet endorsed her. And his followers are young, strong, and dislike Clinton. Bernie could drop the “D” and run as an independent candidate. Voting for or even endorsing Hillary Clinton will only prove that Bernie’s “revolution” was a lie to sway voters.

With the Republican side, there is the faction that wants to destroy itself and the party by denying Donald Trump his well earned nomination. These #neverTrump’ers as they call themselves want the GOP to fail. All so they can save face and say “I told you so.” They are really out for themselves and not the party, the people of the United States, or the voters.

Keep in mind that we have a republic. It’s not just our Congressmen and Senators that are to represent our interests as “we the people.” No, our delegates are also are duly elected representatives at the party level. They too are to represent the people who elected them. And the people of the Republican Party of the United States have clearly stated that they want Donald Trump to be the GOP nominee for President.

This notion of “freeing” the delegates is just as unethical as your congressman going to Washington and voting against everything you believe in. This would be a terrible mistake to allow the delegates to become unbound at the convention. Just ask King George III about how “we the people” felt about not being properly represented.

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Next Stop … the Conventions

The primaries nation-wide are now over. On the Democratic side, Hillary Clinton is the presumptive nominee. And on the Republican side, Donald Trump is still the presumptive nominee.

Hillary Clinton’s win over Bernie Sanders is mainly through the Democratic superdelegates. A measure enacted to insure that the DNC’s favorite wins the nomination. Bernie Sanders will continue to take the fight all the way to the convention. And may yet do a 3rd party run if he doesn’t get the nomination in July.

Donald Trump’s win comes as no surprise. He has been the favorite candidate of the people since he announced his presidential bid. And he is also the only Republican candidate still running.

Both of the presumptive nominees must face their party’s conventions in July. There their fates will be decided upon. Both presumptive nominees should have pledged delegates based on the results from the caucus and primaries. And both will have to face those delegates that are not pledged as well.

With the Republican Convention. We have the lost campaigns calling for the delegates to vote however they want. Without regards to the pledged rules. Or in some cases, those planning to change those rules at the convention. They falsely believe that if Donald Trump gets the nomination it will be the end of the Republican Party. They are wrong. If he doesn’t get it, the GOP will die.

At the Democratic Convention. The pledged delegates are very close. It will be the superdelegates who decide the fate of their party. Clinton or Sanders. Neither one will be able to defeat Donald Trump in November. But the fate of the Democratic party also hinges on its nominee named in July.

Sanders will go 3rd party if he doesn’t get the nomination. This actually is a good thing for the GOP as it will split the Democratic vote in November. Making an even easier win for Donald Trump.

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Crossroads

Right now, there is a candidate for President few party members like, but is the presumptive candidate for said party. This candidate has been accused of being out of touch with the grassroots, too extremist, and utterly unlikable. Of course, this candidate’s supporters say if we don’t vote for the candidate, the candidate from the other major party is going to win and do far worse things, so voters should hold their noses and vote for the candidate.

Of course, opponents to this candidate are holding out for someone they feel is better, someone closer to their ideals of what a President should be. They are being told to stop holding out for their candidate and line up behind the presumptive candidate to preserve party unity.

The aforementioned candidates are…Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders, respectively. Although, these same sentiments are being used by Donald Trump supporters to get Republicans and conservatives to climb aboard the Trump Train.

If Clinton and Trump are using the same rhetoric to force unity within their respective parties, how different can they actually be?

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Party Foul

With Ted Cruz and John Kasich dropping out of the Republican race, the GOP finds itself with Donald Trump as its standard bearer. Now, comes the fun part: uniting the party behind the candidate.

Easier said than done, given the sheer amount of vitriol coming from most of the candidates on the Republican side. Now, the ante is being upped by the Trump Trainers, with Mike Huckabuck…I mean Huckabee, telling Republicans who don’t support Trump to leave the GOP.

Oh, and Mike? That sound you heard was thousands of Republicans heading for the doors.

On the other side of the aisle, Democrats are faced with a similar situation. The tensions between Hillary Clinton and Bernie Sanders are running higher than a Denver pothead on April 20th. Or Tuesday, for that matter. As Clinton seems to be closing in on the Democratic nomination, she is finding it hard to attract Sanders supporters. And why not? She’s only a untrustworthy, calculating, and shrill harpy whose successes can be written on a portion of a Post-It Note and still leave plenty of room for a grocery list.

Put another way, the two major parties have trouble on their hands, and it’s here in River City. That starts with T and that rhymes with D and that stands for douchebaggery. That’s right, kids. Both major parties are treating their party members who don’t support the candidate or presumptive candidate as the case may be like Bill Clinton treats female interns.

I can understand the desire for the two major parties to have their party members coalesce behind their nominees, but it not a given. Just like respect, support must be earned, and out of the three candidates from the two major parties, none of them have earned my support, and there are many more of us out there who feel the same way. Should our voices be silenced or disregarded because we’re not behind the party’s nominee? Maybe, just maybe, there is a reason for our hesitation.

Maybe, just maybe, we’re waiting for the candidates to give us a reason to vote for them. And, no, “Because the other party’s candidate is worse” isn’t good enough. A crap sandwich is a crap sandwich no matter what color plate it’s served on. I’ve gotten to the point where I want to vote for something and someone rather than against something or someone. The problem with voting for the lesser of two evils is you still wind up with evil.

I think I speak for a number of people, Democrats, Republicans, and Independents, when I say if the two major parties want our votes, they’re going to have to earn them, and it’s not going to happen if they continue to take us for granted.

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#neverTrump is the new Occupy Wallstreet

#NeverTrump is not a grass roots movement. It was started by political insiders that have a lot to loose during an anti-establishment administration. Like the fraudulent “Occupy Wall street” crusade before it. These insiders have duped a number of otherwise good Republicans into following their narrative like sheep.

We are just a few weeks away from the Republican State Convention in Iowa. And if you are a follower of this so-called movement. Then I have the following to say to you.

Wake the <blank> up.
Donald Trump is going to be the GOP nominee. He is now running unopposed in the remaining primaries. It was stated at the beginning of this presidential contest that ANY of the 1 potential nominees would be better than Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders. And that ANY included Donald Trump.

Many of the insiders that started the #neverTrump insanity are changing their voter registrations to “No Party”. If you feel the same way then please by all means get of the GOP.

If you are a #neverTrump follower and a delegate to the state or National Convention. Please resign now. Turn in your credentials so we may replace you with someone who will support the party nominee.

Donald Trump has his faults. I have no illusions on this fact. But he is better than what we have had in the last two terms of Obama. And he is better than having Hillary Clinton or Bernie Sanders in the White House for the next 4 years.

I know that Donald Trump doesn’t have the best conservative record and isn’t the best conservative candidate. But we cannot win on that ticket right now. Our society has drifted too far from the principles. We need to shift it back, but it will take time. Donald Trump is just the first stage of that plan.

He has had my vote since the Iowa Caucus. And he will have my vote in November. Will he have yours?

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