Author Archives: Trish Ponder

Bob Dylan Should Record Jimmy Fallon’s New “Times They Are A-Changin'”

Jimmy Fallon’s version is better than the original. The lyrics, as posted on YouTube, follow. read more »

It’s Not Your Imagination — Gas Prices Are Higher Under Trump

Take a look at this graph from AAA and you might think, “Yes, the price of gas seems high but it’s not the highest it’s been lately. Look how high it was in June of 2015! And how about September of 2017? Thanks Obama!”

Hold on. While it’s true that the price at the pump always goes up in the summer, look at each of the past Januaries. Now are you feeling worried? You probably should be.

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Never-Trumpers? We Don’t Need Them

Start the new year a little smarter, and reset your perspective to normal. This video will also show that Never-Trumpers are not our best representatives, progressive Democrats always were and still are.

The Obamas Wish Us a Happy Thanksgiving


Pensito Review also wishes you a Happy Thanksgiving, with this reminder that not everyone in government is like the current occupant.

Judd Apatow Wasn’t Talking About Al Franken But He Should Have Been

frankenI couldn’t click fast enough when I saw tweets about Sen. Al Franken and a claim he forced himself on a woman during a USO tour 11 years ago. That’s because I always liked Al Franken, back to the days of appearances on Letterman, then Saturday Night Live, and then the U.S. Senate. His book, “Al Franken: Giant of the Senate” was both inspirational and entertaining, and gave me hope for Washington, since Franken talked about how personal relationships get built (except in the case of Ted Cruz, of course) that cross party lines and lead to better legislation.

When I read talk radio host’s Leeann Tweeden’s account word by word, I came away feeling unconvinced that Franken did something clearly egregious, let alone wildly awful and out of character. It sounded like an incident Franken might have cited in his book, where he talked at length about the “dehumorizing machine” that Republicans ran his works of satire through during his first Senate campaign. Franken said that some of the material they trotted out as proof of his unfitness for office was indeed in terrible taste, while some was just plain bad. But some was funny, or at least it was in context, and during the times it was produced.

Still, I was concerned. Not just that Tweeden’s version of events was accurate but that Franken would be disgraced even if they weren’t.

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These FOX News Christians Agree: If They’re Going to be Killed in a Mass Shooting, They’d Like to be Shot in Church

OK, but watch Brian Kilmeades’s eyes at the 13-second mark, when Ainsley Earhardt begins holding forth about all the upsides of being killed in a mass shooting at church.

The Time for Prayer is Over; The Time for Sanity in Gun Regulations is Here


Eminem Flips Off Trump Supporters and Draws a Line in the Sand at BET Hip Hop Awards

Think you don’t love Eminem? Think again. The Michigan rapper laid it all out at the 2017 BET Hip Hop Awards: If you support Trump, well, you can’t play with Marshall Mathers anymore.

A Good Guy on Guns


David Ehrlich is right on this one.

The Best Answer Yet to Trump’s “S.O.B Athletes” Slur

Dale Hansen is a Dallas sportscaster, which makes him an unlikely champion of protest rights, but he does have a history of being on the right side. His recent commentary is an exquisite combination of disdain (noting that his foot hurt too while he served in the military, a reference to Donald Trump’s Vietnam deferments for a bone spur) and solemnity.

It’s an ill wind that blows no good, and Hansen’s response to Trump, along with many others, might show that if nothing else, Trump is affording us an opportunity to display our better selves as we oppose him.