This Election Needs to End So America Can Heal


On October 14, 2016, I posted a series of stream-of-consciousness tweets about how the presidential campaign season was making me feel. The words just fell out of my fingers and onto my keyboard.

To put things in context, this series of tweets was written about a week after the Trump Tape had been released. There was a little over three weeks left until Election Day arrived, and I’d been weighed down by the multitude of insults and threats that Donald Trump had been spewing.

Later, I discovered that I wasn’t the only one who felt emotionally drained by what the Republican nominee for president had been saying. I came across tweets, blog posts, articles, and a speech by First Lady Michelle Obama, that expressed what I had been feeling.

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The Trump Tape was the Tip of the Iceberg


On October 8, 2016, a video was released that has since been referred to as the “Trump Tape”. It showed Donald Trump saying things about women that have been described as “lewd” by some. Donald Trump was describing sexual assault in a gleeful, boasting, manner.

The Trump Tape was just the tip of the iceberg. Despite Donald Trump’s insistence that he respects women – he has long a history of disrespecting women (and underage girls). His words and actions are those of a sexual predator – not a president.

This blog contains a video that includes the Trump Tape, as well as information about the other allegations of sexual assault or rape that several women have made about Donald Trump, details about his upcoming rape case, and other examples where Donald Trump has been physically or verbally a...

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America’s Ugliest Election Ever


The American election cycle is long and arduous. It’s difficult to say when the election season officially starts because there are some politicians that start campaigning for office the day after an election has been concluded.

This time around, the first politician to officially announce that he was running for president was Rand Paul, on April 7, 2015. Election Day is November 8, 2016.

It is not unheard of for politicians to “sling mud” at their opponents. Unfortunately, America’s ugliest election ever is causing harm to people who are survivors of sexual assault, survivors of rape, and survivors of domestic abuse. I shared some of my thoughts about this on Twitter, and am expanding upon those thoughts here.

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Reporters Covering Trump’s Campaign Warn of Violence Ahead


This election cycle is the most volatile one I’ve ever seen, and might be the worst one in the history of the United States of America. While it is normal for presidential candidates to express dislike for their opponent’s policies, it is unheard of for presidential candidates to incite their followers to engage in violence. That’s exactly what Donald Trump has been doing.

In this blog, I’ve collected up reports from news articles, videos, and tweets from reporters that show Trump supporters engaging in either physical or verbal violence (or encouraging others to engage in it). I’ve included tweets and/or videos of things that Donald Trump has said that encourage violence. There is also a video of a Trump supporter at a Mike Pence rally who says she wants “a revolution”.

Warning: If you are already completely stressed out over this election – this blog post may not be the healthiest choice for you to view. I’ll let you decide that for yourself. Personally, I noticed my anxiety rising as I was putting this blog together.

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Ohio Votes Early – Presidential Election 2016


Ohio is among the states that allows people to cast their vote early. According to WLWT News, early voting in Ohio began on Wednesday, October 11, 2016. WLWT reported: Voters began camping outside of the Board of Elections building around 8:30 p.m. Tuesday night in hopes of being among the first to cast a ballot.

Ohio is considered to be a “battleground state“. CBS News reports: Ohio voters have chosen the winner in every election since 1964.

In this blog, I have more information about early voting, some background on Ohio’s Republican party, a quick look at what has been reported about Ohio’s early voting, and plenty of tweets from early voters.

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Iowa Votes Early – Presidential Election 2016


Iowa is among the states that allow voters to vote early for the presidential election of 2016.  Voters in Iowa could cast their vote for president starting on September 29, 2016.  Iowa allows early voting and no-excuse absentee voting.

The New York Times reported on October 11, 2016, that early voting could determine who won the 2016 presidential campaign before November.  In this blog, I have more information about early voting in Iowa and tweets from people who cast their vote for President of the United States early.

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I Live-Tweeted the Vice Presidential Debate – 2016


The one and only Vice Presidential debate took place on October 4, 2016 at Longwood University in Farmville, Virginia. Bloomberg TV live streamed it on Twitter, and that made it very easy for me to watch.

I decided to live-tweet the Vice Presidential debate mostly because I could. My Twitter account is private, so I have included screenshots of those tweets in this blog. My tweeted commentary includes questions that were asked, the answers given by the candidates (or non-answers) and my opinions as things went on.

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Fact-Checking the First Presidential Debate – 2016


I watched the first presidential debate of 2016 on Twitter, where it was live streamed. The debate was held on September 26, 2016, and was between Democratic nominee Hillary Clinton and Republican nominee Donald Trump. Lester Holt was the moderator. The debate was held at Hofstra University, which is located in Hempstead, New York.

Some of what was said were things that I knew to be true, and other things were said that I knew to be false. This is due to the hours I’ve spent reading news articles and doing fact-checking. The debate was 90 minutes long, and moved too fast for me to fact-check as it was happening. So, I’m fact-checking it here in this blog.

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Twitter Haiku: Still Counting the Pollen


This year, I decided to document my struggle through the fall pollen season in the form of haiku. If you’re going to complain about your health – you might as well do it in a creative way.

I also wanted to share how bad my allergies were due to the fall pollen season and give people a glimpse into what it is like to be me. This year’s fall pollen season started August 9, 2016, and it continued through September 30, 2016. That’s a total of 53 days of being sick, in a row, with no end in sight.

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My Thoughts About the First Presidential Debate – 2016


September 26, 2016, was the first presidential debate of this political cycle. I started writing  this blog just a few days later. By now, you’ve probably seen a whole bunch of blogs that discuss the debate, and I would understand if you reached your limit on them before finding this blog post.

The reason I wanted to write this blog was to have a place to put my thoughts about the first presidential debate of 2016. I do a little bit of fact-checking in this blog.  (More detailed fact-checking will appear in my next blog post about the debate.)


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