Usually I try to post about books here, but it’s been a busy couple of weeks so I’ll be honest and say that I haven’t been reading that many books aside from the view that I’ve been sharing with my students in class.

There is an alternative news website that I’ve been trying to read regularly though and I thought I’d share that with you: The Intercept. The Intercept was founded generally to as a place for people to find more in-depth information since news organizations today seem to not only report just the top layer of deep stories, but also feed into the crazy. According to them, “The Intercept is dedicated to producing fearless, adversarial journalism. We believe journalism should bring transparency and accountability to powerful governmental and corporate institutions, and our journalists have the editorial freedom and legal support to pursue this mission.” It’s going back to the concept that journalists are supposed to be whistle-blowers to keep the government in check! And, of course, if you have heard of Glenn Greenwald, you’ll know that he’s quite the respected newsman and this is one of his projects.

What’s with Donald Trump’s long ties?

Some may call the long tie – quaint (OK, maybe just New Englanders). But, this one during the inauguration, seems to have jumped beyond even the quaint zone.

If you like your tie long, you would think a tie clip should help. But, no, Donald has a much more economical way – how about some scotch tape!




Apparently, Trump is continuing to use the scotch tape. Here (left below), he is walking with grandchildren across the White House lawn. And, no, he is not just limited to taping the tie down. How about taping them together.

If he can only issue and Executive Order banning windy days.

Interestingly, Trump did not always wear his tie long. As late as 2005, Trump is shown with tie at somewhat normal length.

Trump 1984                               2005 with Apprentice (4th season) winner Randal Pinkett

Recent news show the 45th President of the United States, Donald Trump, is a McDonald’s fan.

In fact, he actually did a commercial for McD, in 2002, with Grimace.

His endorsement commercials do not end there.

Pizza Hut – in 1995, with his 1st wife, Ivana.


VISA card

Of course, he is not above promoting his own brands.

Trump Collection – dress just like Trump

Trump Steak – eat just like Trump

Trump Home – sleep just like Trump

Trump The Game – play just like Trump

Trump also like to mingle with sports and athletes.

He owned the short-lived USFL Generals – with some high profiled player signings

With the Manning brothers

Wrestling with WWF

Is appointing Linda McMahon as administrator of the Small Business Administration, a payback for beating up and shaving Vince McMahon?

{tijuana} walls divide

February 4, 2017

Tijuana, Baja California, Mexico has always kind of had a bad reputation. It’s on the other side of the U.S.-Mexican border from San Diego. That bad reputation has started to change though because not only has Tijuana’s food scene really improved, have a fancy cultural center now, and the crime rate has dropped significantly. Despite all these positive changes on the Mexican side though, there’s still the huge eye sore everyone needs to pass by and look at whenever you’re in Tijuana – the U.S.-Mexican border wall. This wall is different looking in different parts of the border. Between San Diego and Tijuana, the “wall” is actually metal poles that are very thick and close together; and it literally goes into the ocean. I do appreciate how on the Mexican side the “wall” has been painted by graffiti (and other) artists, who often add inspiring messages like “También de este lado hay sueños”. There are dreams from this side too.

A dividing photo adventure: