Backroom affairs are old news at The White House

It's common knowledge that Donald Trump isn't the first President of the United States who couldn't keep it zipped. The only difference between then and now is that then it wasn't talked about in polite company or in the news. JFK was a rogue. Thomas Jefferson* practised equal rights in the bedroom. Franklin D. Roosevelt had a series of mistresses and was forgiven his dalliances. When Eleanor Roosevelt learned of her husband's love affairs, their marriage became a partnership of shared and mutual responsibility. But until recently little was known…

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Shame on the Saints and other NFL teams

We all know professional sports organizations are chauvinistic but what's shocking is how much they're still getting away with. An article in today's New York Times by Ken Belson reminded me of an earlier blog I posted about the disgraceful way the NFL treats its cheerleaders. Former New Orleans Saints' cheerleader Bailey Davis was recently fired for posting a picture of herself in a one-piece outfit in her private Instagram account that went against the cheerleader's rule book. Her breach of contract for such a minor infraction is typical of…

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It’s March madness time again

For the benefit of new readers I'm reposting my annual March Madness message. Please tell me I’m not the only person in the world who thought March Madness was about special annual retail sales—like Black Friday or Boxing Day. For weeks leading up to the big event and for the duration, I've been waiting for the flyers from my favourite retailers to arrive in my mailbox. With visions of bargain-priced sugar plums dancing in my head I couldn’t wait to hit the mall to stock up on half-price bras and…

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Samantha Irby tells it like it is and you may or may not like what that is

I've just finished reading a New York Times best-selling book by an incredible woman who's hysterically funny, articulate and smart. That being said, however, I've been debating whether or not to publish a review of her book because so many of my Boomerbroadcast readers might be offended by its content. So, I've decided to err on the side of openness and share my impression of "We are never meeting in real life" which I think is an amazing book by Samantha Irby. It's a memoir-style series of essays describing her…

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Airlines versus animals . . . what to do?

Commercial airlines are raising a stink about the legitimacy of 'companion' animals being allowed in the cabin during flights. Pets and other animals are required to fly cargo unless special dispensation for passengers with medical conditions allows them to accompany their owners in the cabin. It's become a touchy subject because so many people are abusing the privilege with negative consequences. Pets with bad manners are causing problems for flight crews and other passengers. Behaviours such as aggressiveness and soiling are marring the original good intentions of the policy. Pet…

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Just don’t ask me to bring hors d’oeuvres

You're having a pot luck? Great. What can I bring? Dessert? Salad? Veg? NOOOOO! Not an hors d'oeuvre! That's the one thing I hate to do most in the world—right up there with washing the inside of my kitchen cupboards. Even worse, because it requires planning, specialty shopping, fiddling and figuring out how to keep everything fresh/crisp/moist/whatever. And my creations are never as fresh/crisp/moist or as visually appealing as what everyone else in the world can do so much better. It's like the time my coworker tore apart and rewrapped…

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