Jedediah Bila

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Bila Thanksgivings

Oh, Thanksgiving. The memories. Never a dull moment. My top 5 over the years… 5) The year my friend and her boyfriend got into a giant fight and I ate my turkey in her bedroom closet with her Chihuahua, sitting

The Midterms Are Over — Now What?

Now that Republicans have celebrated a strong midterm election victory, many are asking, “What’s next?” What should they be doing? Where should the focus be? How do they turn a 2014 midterm victory into a 2016 presidential victory? I have
#BilaRants — Take 1

#BilaRants — Take 1

Let my rant begin. 1. Your sexy Halloween costume doesn’t offend me. Nor does the one you bought for your kid that looks like a cigarette. I’m not offended. I’m not outraged. And if you are, you might need therapy.

Manhattan’s Wednesday Reminders

I spent my morning on a West Village bench reading. Nearby I could hear a young woman talking to a friend about her boyfriend. “But I know there’s a good guy in there somewhere. He just needs to realize it.”

Next…

Even Ann Romney is tired of you talking about Mitt. The Los Angeles Times reports: On another matter that has been the subject of much political babbling lately — a potential third run for president by her husband — Ann

A Few Reminders for the GOP

The midterm elections are just around the corner, but I’m already looking ahead to 2016. Why? Because the GOP has a habit of screwing up presidential elections lately. It would be awesome if that didn’t happen again. So, a few

Outraged?

During the latter part of George W. Bush’s presidency, I had liberal friends who would sit on the edge of their seats waiting to have a knee-jerk reaction to everything he said and did. And I mean everything. The man

Listen Before You Speak

I sat in on a political science class in college for a few sessions. I wanted to try something different. I was buried (quite happily) in literature, art history, and film, but figured I’d give something brand new a shot.

Joan, You Had Me at First Joke

I was ten years old the first time I paid attention to Joan Rivers. I was sitting in my grandparents’ apartment stuffing my face with pasta marinara at the kitchen table. I heard a woman’s voice on the television behind

Politicians, Are You Paying Attention?

I recently found myself at an upstate New York dinner table with a bunch of independent voters–a mom, a dad, an aunt, a grandpa, two college students, and two twenty-something cousins. The topic of conversation turned to politics and I

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