Category Archives: politics

It makes you drink

The presidential election cycle slowed down enough this past month or so to allow news organizations to trumpet the fact that Belgian beverage maker InBev is purchasing Anheuser-Busch, the makers of that most American of beers, Budweiser. A hue and cry came from trailer parks all over this country, not only because another American company was being snapped up by a foreign conglomerate, but because most people know next to nothing about Belgium. Seriously, could you find Belgium on a map of Europe? Did you…

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Is it November yet?

For all that this presidential election gets talked up as being so historic, and for all that it has generated an unprecedented level of enthusiasm (at least for as far back as my own memory stretches), I seem to get more and more tired of it by the day. It was kind of a given that once Obama got the nomination he’d start moving to the centre, but I guess I allowed myself to get caught up in that whole "he’s not that kind of…

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Sick of it all

I had hoped that the NHL would schedule the start of the Red Wings-Stars series for tonight because it would give the Stars little time to recover from that grueling four-overtime game on Sunday. Now I’m wishing they’d scheduled any game for tonight so I wouldn’t be stuck watching more primary coverage tonight. I know that I don’t have to watch, but this is my normal news-listening time, and for the sake of being able to converse knowledgably with my students about this stuff, I…

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Primary Concern

I was hoping for a distraction from the craziness of Ohio having such a hotly-contested Democratic primary, but this wasn’t what I had in mind. Believe me, the last thing I needed after coming home from the hospital after Dad died was to walk by our mailbox and see a full-page flyer from Clinton’s campaign sticking out of it. I had thought that the Republican and Democratic primaries were the only things on the ballot today, but there were a couple of funding issues on…

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If it’s a Tuesday night, I can’t get work done

Unless there’s been a Red Wings game on, each of my past Tuesday nights has been spent with coverage of the major party primaries on the television behind me. Even though I don’t particularly care too much who the Democratic and Republican nominees might end up being, there is still something about the process that captivates me. I kind of need to keep up on this stuff, not only because it does ultimately affect me deeply, but because some of my students have a passing…

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