Category: Progressives

USMNT Capt. Michael Bradley: "isn't a moral bone in Trump's body"

USMNT Capt. Michael Bradley: "isn't a moral bone in Trump's body"
Lots of sports figures, from all around the world, are speaking up right now about racial inequality and police brutality in the United States. Former Chicago Bears and current University of Illinois head coach Lovie Smith sounded off about systemic racism in our society while appearing on a talk show yesterday. This weekend saw another round of Americans and non-American soccer players showing solidarity with the Black Lives Matter movement in the German Bundesliga. New Orleans Saints quarterback Drew Brees initially made a statement that showed total ignorance in regards to why Colin Kaepernick on other NFL players have taken a knee during the national anthem, but he took the time to educate himself on the issues, and now he gets it...

Trump Still Expected to Win Re-Election, Despite Coronavirus Chaos

Trump Still Expected to Win Re-Election, Despite Coronavirus Chaos

It's what some social scientists call the "rally around the flag" effect. In times of crisis, the leader sees a bump in their approval ratings, regardless of how that ruler is actually performing at his/her job. There are many different ways to try and explain this phenomenon, but at least partially, the simplest explanation is the best.

In times of great uncertainty and high anxiety, like what we're living through right now with the coronavirus pandemic, people like to believe that whomever is in charge is extremely competent- it's a lot easier to sleep at night with such a belief. Also, that some of the approval is just a misguided, distorted version of sympathy. It's basically, "hey, I'm glad I don't have to work on cleaning up this mess- good luck with that."

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NBA All-Star Week: Celebs, Parties and Great Philanthropy

NBA All-Star Week: Celebs, Parties and Great Philanthropy
NBA All-Star week, returning to Chicago for the first time since 1988, is about a whole lot more than an exhibition game and it’s periphery events. The week leading into the NBA showcase event consists of parties, events and something that publicists now like to refer to as “activations.” Despite my status as an “influencer,” I still don’t know what an “activation” really is, but I do know that a lot of these events are for great causes. Yes, there are a lot of celebrities at these events, and basketball royalty everywhere you turn, and that gets all the attention, but there’s a deeper meaning to it all too. Let’s run through some of the NBA All-Star events coming to Chicago this week and what causes they support...
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Bernie Sanders Surge Lead Story as Iowa Caucus Approaches

Bernie Sanders Surge Lead Story as Iowa Caucus Approaches

The day after the NFL season ends with the Super Bowl, primary voting season begins with the Iowa Caucus. One winner-take-all, cutthroat competition that captivates Americans nation wide replaces another. The Iowa Caucus, a two rounds of voting exercise which is not a secret ballot, takes place in all 99 of the state's counties at 1,678 different precinct locations, some of which even include people's homes.

In what was felt like the longest presidential campaign ever, its arrival conveys to us that election night in November isn't actually all that far off. The Democratic field, so overwhelmingly large that it's served as comedic fodder, is now whittled down. While a decently high number of candidates officially remain in the competition, we're really just down to the core four (former Vice President Joe Biden, South Bend Mayor Pete Buttigieg, Massachusetts Senator Elizabeth Warren, Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders) and late entry/former New York City Mayor Michael Bloomberg.

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MLK Day, Dr. King Ideals Honored by Northwestern and Maryland Hoops

MLK Day, Dr. King Ideals Honored by Northwestern and Maryland Hoops

Martin Luther King day was yesterday, but tonight brought a poignant and admirable tribute to the man, what he stood for and the meaning of the holiday. The Northwestern Wildcats hosted the #17 Maryland Terrapins tonight in Evanston, with both teams wearing a warm-up shirt that honored MLK and his ideals.

It was a shirt that the players had a hand in designing too, as the end result was composed of words that came to mind when the players thought of America’s greatest crusader for social justice, and the legacy he left behind. The collaborative effort came together largely because both schools have Under Armor as their sportswear partner, as UA CEO Kevin Plank is a Maryland alum.

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Elizabeth Warren Now Establishing Front-Runner Level Momentum

Elizabeth Warren Now Establishing Front-Runner Level Momentum
As Henry David Thoreau once said "one is not born into the world to do everything, but to do something." And right now, Senator Elizabeth Warren, a woman with a plan for everything, has assumed the role of front-runner within the Democratic party. She didn't have the greatest debate performance, last night, but she did have the most speaking time, a change from the September debate, when she was third in words spoken behind Joe Biden and Cory Booker. Last night, she edged out Biden in total words spoken: 3,695-3,064. More importantly, the general tone and theme of the night was everyone vs Elizabeth Warren- a situation that makes her seem like the front-runner...
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Joe Biden or Elizabeth Warren: Better Chance of Winning the Nomination?

Joe Biden or Elizabeth Warren: Better Chance of Winning the Nomination?

We're still more than a year away from the 2020 Presidential election, but we've already defined what will move the single issue voters on the left time around- winning.

In the words of Sir Winston Churchill: "victory at all costs, victory in spite of all terror, victory however long and hard the road may be" over incumbent President Donald Trump. So how does the Democratic party get there? Well, first and foremost (and this goes for all parties and political persuasions by the way), they must shed any belief in the term "electability." 2016 showed us just how meaningless that term is nowadays. 

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Sociopolitical and Cultural Insights from Joe Bob Briggs (Exclusive)

Sociopolitical and Cultural Insights from Joe Bob Briggs (Exclusive)
We currently live in, arguably, the most divisive political climate since the Civil War. There aren't many people who are talking about peace, love and togetherness in America right now, but one comedian and nationally syndicated "drive-in movie critic," known for his sardonic takes on B-movies, is. John Bloom, better known by his alter ego, "Joe Bob Briggs," performed his hit show "Joe Bob Briggs: How Rednecks Saved Hollywood” at the Cinepocalypse Film Festival earlier this month at the Music Box Theatre. We took in the showing, and had an exclusive interview with the Little Rock native beforehand. Here were some of the more notable quotables, regarding the current political climate, from our interview with Joe Bob Briggs...

Senator J. William Fulbright Was a Complicated Contradiction in Ideals

Senator J. William Fulbright Was a Complicated Contradiction in Ideals

FAYETTEVILLE- Slavery is America's original sin, and ever since 1776, race has consequentially been the most divisive issue in the nation. As one might expect, even the greatest of American heroes have found themselves on the wrong side of history when it comes to issues of race.

The late Senator J. William Fulbright is no exception. His legacy is one just as complicated as those belonging to the slave-owning founding fathers. He was every bit as paradoxical as Thomas Jefferson, an individual who coined the phrase "all men are created equal" while also having a slave as his mistress.

This past weekend, as a Fulbright alumnus, I attended the Fulbright Program's conference "Building Bridges Through Exchange" at the University of Arkansas in Fayetteville. During the event, I led a world cafe (audio here) on the current state of journalism.

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The Patriotic Dissenter is Proud to Announce His New Book for Sale!

The Patriotic Dissenter is Proud to Announce His New Book for Sale!
The Blogger here at The Patriotic Dissenter has authored a new book! No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets: Lessons Learned From a Life in the Sports Media Industry You can get it on Amazon right here in paperback! And in E-book format as well! In “No, I Can’t Get You Free Tickets” Paul M.... Read more »