The amazing hotness of Rob Delaney

I hardly watch any scripted TV shows. And I’ve been (rightly) accused of being ignorant of pop culture outside of NFL football, tennis, and the intersection of politics and mainstream news. Having said that, it’s quite possible that comedian Rob Delaney is an international sex symbol and I just missed it. But, I recently discovered his hotness, and wow, it is everything.

First things first. The comedian Rob Delaney is not to be confused with the baseball player by the same name. Secondly, Delaney has been massively promoting a TV show called “Catastrophe,” which is entering its second season. The promos for this show is how I noticed him — in Entertainment Weekly and on Slate.

Rob Delaney, 39, is tall, dark-haired, and screams sex. He isn’t clean-shaven or buttoned-up or overly polished like so many “sexy guys.” Rather, he looks like the random hot guy you might pass walking down the street. The one your thoughts can’t quite give up — even hours later. His perfectly-lustful hairy chest deserves its own Twitter account. And judging by what I’ve read about him, he seems like a funny, unassuming guy.

I find it completely random how pop culture deems some guys “sex symbols.” Delaney hasn’t appeared on the cover People’s Sexist Man Alive magazine (yet) — but he’s way hotter than many of the cover boys. Here’s to my fervent hope that Delaney is the next big thing.

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Bernie only has one problem: Mathematics

2f9ca116e0dbf5c5c4701a72f1bafeb30f5cdc3fIn the 2016 race for the Democratic nomination for president, Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders really only has one problem: Mathematics.

As the dust settles on Super Tuesday, two mathematical points that will eventually doom Sanders have become crystal clear. First, the insurgent presidential candidate has almost no support among Black voters, and very limited support among Latinos. Secondly, because of the proportional allocation of delegates in the Democratic primary, Hillary Clinton has already built an insurmountable lead.

As it pertains to people of color, Sanders doesn’t need to win Black and Latino voters, he just needs to keep the margins respectable. As it turns out, that’s easier said than done. On Super Tuesday, Clinton received more than 70% of the Black vote in every state. Every state. In Arkansas and Alabama, she received more than 90% of the Black vote. These aren’t wins; these are epic blowouts. In Texas, Clinton beat Sanders among Latino voters by 40 points! When you consider how many Latino voters there are in Texas, any double-digit win among them usually signals an electoral rout. (Clinton won Texas, 65% – 33%.)

No matter how much Sanders claims to be leading a “political revolution,” no one can win the Democratic nomination while performing so poorly among people of color. Moreover, Sanders’s inability to keep the margins closer truly calls into question his entire candidacy.

By contrast, Clinton either wins the White vote (as she did in Massachusetts) or she keeps the margins respectable (as she’s done in all the Southern states).

Demographics alone would eventually sink any chance Sanders has to win the nomination. However, he also has a very unforgiving delegate math problem.

In terms of pledged delegates, Clinton now leads 596-399. A candidate needs 2,383 delegates to win the nomination, but since delegates are awarded proportionally, even a modest deficit is hard to overcome. In fact, if Clinton narrowly lost every state from here on out — she would still win enough delegates to clinch the nomination. Because of the proportional allocation process, Sanders would need to defeat Clinton by huge margins — similar to how she has beaten him in the South.

But here’s the real problem: there are a ton of states remaining on the calendar that favor Clinton. Louisiana, Mississippi, Maryland, Michigan, North Carolina, Ohio, Florida, Illinois, New York and Pennsylvania have yet to vote. Almost all of these states have high concentrations of Black and/or Latino voters. If Clinton just breaks even among these states, she easily wins the nomination. And if her performance up to now is any guide, many of these states will be blowout wins for her.

No matter how you look at it, Team Sanders has a serious math problem that will eventually end its bid for the presidency. You could argue that these math problems have already ended Sanders’s bid for the presidency. No matter what Bernie Sanders says in the days ahead — nothing he can do from this point forward will add up to a win.

POLITICS

Why does Bernie Sanders keep disrespecting President Obama?

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As his “political revolution” rolls along, Sen. Bernie Sanders continues to disrespect President Obama. Unfortunately, this is not a new theme for the democratic socialist. Keep in mind, in 2011, Sanders revealed that he thought Obama should face a primary challenger prior to his re-election.

Just today, Politico ran an alarming story, “Bernie Sanders questions Obama’s leadership.” And on CNN, Atlanta Mayor Kasim Reed pointed out how “dismissive” Sanders has been of the president’s record.

 

Time and time again, Sanders rails against the “Democratic establishment,” but it’s important to remember that the Democratic establishment currently controls the White House. And every time Sanders paints with his broad brush, he dismisses the accomplishments of the 44th president — a Democratic president.

The president’s accomplishments are too many to list: the Affordable Care Act, the rescuing of the automobile industry, the killing of Osama bin Laden, the immigration executive action, etc. And when you consider the level of Republican obstruction and racism that Obama has faced, the president’s successes are even more stunning.

Bernie Sanders never bothered to join the Democratic Party. He has never raised money for the Democratic Party. He has rarely even lifted a finger to help elect Democrats. And now, he dismisses President Obama’s achievements. Why would Democrats want such a person as its standard-bearer in 2016?

POLITICS

Hillary’s historic achievement that no one is talking about

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Earlier today, Hillary Rodham Clinton cemented her place in American history, when she became the first woman to win the Iowa presidential caucus. In 2008, Clinton became the first woman to ever win a presidential primary, when she came from behind to defeat Barack Obama in New Hampshire.

While the chattering class continues to debate coin flips and margins of victory, Clinton’s historic achievement has almost gone completely unmentioned in the press. That’s a shame. And the reason it’s a shame has nothing to do with Clinton herself.

It’s a sad commentary that it took America until 2016 for a woman to win the Iowa caucuses. In fact, most people are stunned to learn that Clinton is the first woman to win in Iowa and New Hampshire. In the span of just 8 years, one woman has embodied the entire achievement of women in elective presidential politics. When you consider that our country is mostly women, and that the electorate is mostly women, it’s truly stunning that so few females have experienced electoral success.

It’s important to remember: Not only has no woman ever won the presidency; no woman has ever even come close.

The fact that it took this long to reach this achievement is an indictment on us all. The fact that media is ignoring this achievement is a slap in the face to all American women.

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“Obviously, a major malfunction.”

Commander Francis R. Scobee. Pilot Micheal J. Smith. Mission Specialist Ronald McNair. Mission Specialist Ellison Onizuka. Mission Specialist Judith Resnik. Payload Specialist Gregory Jarvis. Payload Specialist and Teacher Christa McAuliffe.

The heroic crew of Mission STS-51-L knew all about the risks. They knew that space flight was not completely safe. They knew that, despite all of NASA’s preparations, once their vehicle left its launch pad — they could encounter any number of dangers. They knew that agreeing to undertake this mission could mean the last time they saw their families. Certainly, the crew was unaware of the circumstances. They never knew the severity of the ice accumulation; they never knew about the infamous “O-rings,” either. But as for the risks…they knew.

Challenger

It was the rest of us who were in for a rude awakening when Challenger exploded shortly after liftoff on January 28, 1986.

In the 30 years since that day, we’ve experienced triumphs, and even more tragedy: Discovery’s return to space. The Mars rover landings. The loss of Columbia on re-entry. But still, Challenger stands alone as a definitive moment in time for anyone who experienced January 28, 1986.

It wasn’t just that the orbiter exploded in flight — it was how the orbiter exploded in flight. Challenger was carrying an American school teacher (McAliffe), and the entire country had become wrapped up in her story — exploring space as a way of advancing children’s interest in the Universe. Many American classrooms took a break from lessons to watch the Challenger launch live on TV. Justifiably, NASA had built up the event as a historic first; and the entire country was eagerly looking on. Though the morning was wickedly cold, the atmosphere at the launch pad and around the country was pure magic. A teacher in space!

With America’s children watching, a faulty O-ring allowed fire to escape the left rocket-booster, which ignited the external fuel tank and destroyed the orbiter. The entire flight lasted just 73 seconds. Just like that, seven American heroes were lost. Just like that, the innocence of a generation was wiped out.

As a child of the 80s, I remember it like it was yesterday. I remember seeing the explosion, yet hoping beyond hope that the astronauts would somehow be saved. I’m still haunted by the thought of another “major malfunction” every time I see the launch of a rocket or space vehicle. Thirty years later, I still wonder about the crew’s final thoughts before their sudden end.

There are thousands of astronauts, but a certain generation will forever be enchanted by a mere seven: the men and women who were aboard Challenger on its 10th and final flight. May their courage and grace live on forever.

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