The WYSIWYG Trump Presidency

Trump supporters have cited Trump’s transparency as one reason why they are so enthusiastic about him. They claim he is plain spoken and they know just where he stands on issues. The “lying media” cannot be believed when it comes to reporting on Trump according to his supporters. Facts mean nothing, and Trump himself famously boasted that he could shoot somebody and it wouldn’t affect his support. They are frustrated

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Redneck Royalty

The Pettys, the Earnhardts, and the Future of NASCAR Many Americans start to anticipate spring on February 2, when Punxsutawney Phil decides if the country will endure six more weeks of winter. For many southerners, however, contemplation of spring begins in earnest a few weeks later in February, on the Sunday that the Daytona 500 kicks off the NASCAR season. The Daytona 500, historically important in the stock car circuit,

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‘We’ve Got Movie Sign!’: A Film Geek’s Paean to Mystery Science Theater 3000

Consider the following snippet: “In the not too distant future…” Does that mean anything to you? Here’s a bit more: “In the not too distant future, somewhere in time and space…” By this point, you either know this line or you don’t. If you do recognize it, chances are you’re smiling. If you don’t know it, well, you should. The line comes from one permutation of the theme song of

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Going to the Mountains is Going Home

“Thousands of tired, nerve-shaken, over-civilized people are beginning to find out that going to the mountains is going home; that wildness is a necessity; and that mountain parks and reservations are useful not only as fountains of timber and irrigating rivers, but as fountains of life.” – John Muir, Our National Parks, 1901 It used to be that those who climbed Colorado fourteeners were often described as a “cult” of

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