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

About That Call for Free Tampons

I didn’t weigh in on Jessica Valenti’s twitter call for subsidized tampons because, well, it was absurd. She then followed it up with a column in which she shared the following: We need to move beyond the stigma of “that

Sticks and Stones, Lois

It’s not every day that Lois Lerner calls you an asshole. I guess we got lucky today. The Hill reports: Former IRS official Lois Lerner cursed conservatives in emails released on Wednesday, leading House Republicans to intensify their push for

Annoying Politicians, Take 999,999

Politicians can be very annoying. Hillary Clinton is no exception. The Boston Globe reports the latest from Clinton at a conference in Boston: Clinton, widely discussed as a presidential front-runner in 2016, repeatedly decried what she portrayed as ideological extremism

My Questions for Hillary on Putin

Hillary Clinton is ready to share more thoughts on Vladimir Putin. The Hill reports: In a CNN interview scheduled to air on Sunday, the possible 2016 front-runner and former secretary of State said Russia “bears responsibility” for arming and supporting

Hillary Isn't 'Unbeatable,' But…

Marco Rubio is right: “Hillary Clinton is not unbeatable.” However, that doesn’t mean it would be easy to beat her. And Republicans shouldn’t assume that it would be. In 2012, many Republicans thought it would be easy to defeat Barack

When the Past Meets the Present

Today I got a few texts from a girl I used to hang out with in college. She wasn’t a best friend or anything, but I remember many lunches in the square, plenty of crazy talks in the gazebo late

On Hillary's 'Careful' Comment and the Big Picture

On C-SPAN Friday, Hillary Clinton revealed, “I am totally done with being really careful about what to say because somebody might think this instead of that, it just gets too exhausting and frustrating. And it just seems a whole lot

Just a Reminder…

With the release of Hillary Clinton’s new book, I see many Republicans in full-on anti-Hillary mode. That’s fine and to be expected. However, I’d like to offer a quick suggestion… Spend more time focusing on candidates and a platform that

The Power of Slogans

Yes We Can. Change We Can Believe In. Forward. Remember those? Sometimes slogans really do make a difference. And Democrats aren’t wasting any time this year. The Hill reports: House Democratic leaders plan to launch a 2014 version of the

Social Issues, Young Voters and the GOP

I have found that debate on social issues always brings out the ugly in some. That’s a shame, as they are important issues to be discussed and one should be able to do so without insulting people. Regardless, the trends

Gallup Offers Some Reminders

There are two important things to note via Gallup this week. 1) “One in four (25%) say they are satisfied with current direction of the country, while 74% express dissatisfaction.” As Gallup notes, that has been pretty consistent for the

Breaking Down Rick Santorum vs. Rand Paul

On last night’s Crossfire, Rick Santorum shared some thoughts about Rand Paul. CNN reports: Rick Santorum said Monday he doubts a Libertarian-leaning candidate, like Rand Paul, could be nominated to lead the Republican Party in a presidential election. Asked by

Welcome to the Cat Cafe

Anyone who knows me is well aware that animals are my life. If I could, I’d live on a farm (or in a jungle). I’d have a cow and a giraffe. Don’t even get me started on elephants. So, this

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