Happy New Year! Wow, have these twelve months gone by quicker than a Rick Perry presidential run or what?! I guess it’s true what they say: Time flies when you can’t remember. Hence, what follows is my tippy-top Timmy picks for the past year, which I relate as part archival documentation, part suggestive recommendation, part award-winning compilation, and part Tom Cruise starring in Rogue Nation. So sans additional adieu, I give you the third annual
Best of TIM’s Best of 2016 (with pictures and everything)
And the winners are (in no particular order except alphabetical)… Continue reading
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Days after Donald Trump was named president-elect, Americans are spreading a message of unity with a simple symbol: a baby pacifier, otherwise known as a ‘binky’. The object may seem confusing to many in the U.S., but to those who lived in the United Kingdom during and after the Brexit vote of this summer, it’s a sight that is becoming increasingly familiar.
In June, millions voted for the U.K. to leave the European Union, and to the surprise of the media and others who decried such a repudiation of bureaucracy and globalism as the worse possible outcome, they won with 52 percent of the vote. But while some celebrated, others were left shocked and afraid the break would actually interrupt their agenda.
And they had a reason to be concerned. Continue reading
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So last week I waxed eloquent upon the upcoming presidential election, which is increasingly becoming a toss-up, as in “I’m about to toss-up my breakfast.” If you missed last week and wish to avoid being totally lost, you may peruse it here. Said post, as designed, sparked a short conversation with my first-time-voting progenic offspring regarding the purported leading and distressingly fingernails-on-a-chalkboard candidates seeking the aforementioned public office.
“All I know,” said Thing 2, “is that one wants to build a wall and the other really wants to be president,” which honestly sums up their campaigns rather nicely for someone who doesn’t pay attention and frankly didn’t see the need to care until we went to see Cabaret wherein the characters do little more than eat and drink and have sex willy-nilly until they end up in concentration camps. I do love a rollicking, feel-good musical. Continue reading
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Since the big and somewhat embarrassing presidential debates over these past couple of weeks, I’ve been inundated with an email asking my impressions on this country’s current entertaining and yet entirely nauseating presidential race. It went something like this direct quote:
I’m torn. I don’t know who to vote for in this presidential election, and the debates aren’t helping. Your blog seems to have a lot of words. What do you say?
Well firstly, let me say thank you for seeking out such wise counsel in such a time as this. You obviously have no friends or family and nothing better to do and I am resultantly humbled. My answer to you is thus:
You have a very funny name. Are you related to Rip? Continue reading
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- Tagged advice, commentary, culture, Donald Trump, election, Hillary Clinton, humor, national, news, opinion, political philosophy, politics, rhetoric, the number 6, voter guide
Dear Open Letter Writer,
While I appreciate the time and effort you put forth in stringing various words together into often complex sentences, and while I also appreciate you usually starting with a positive and complementary tone before going on some sort of impertinent rant, on behalf of literates everywhere I feel I must respectfully request that you refrain from future compositionary activity and stop writing open letters.
I fully understand that writing open letters is all the rage right now and fewer things have contributed to this tiresome trend greater than the marvel of the electronic interweb and its various addictive time-vacuuming social media outlets, but before you jump on the metaphorical exhibitionist bandwagon there are some things you should probably know. Continue reading
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