Author: Mitch Hall

If 2016 Candidates were Game of Thrones Characters

HBO’s most successful show ever, Game of Thrones, recently wrapped up it’s fifth season in a finale episode that set an all-time piracy record within the span of just eight hours. Thrones, based off of A Song of Ice and Fire by George R.R. Martin, has rapidly become a pop culture phenomenon. Aside from captivating global audiences young and old, the show consistently makes headlines for its controversial scenes, some of which have even commanded the attention of national politicians. Despite the sensitive material, viewers likely keep coming back to Thrones because of Martin’s wildly entertaining and complex characters....

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Lessons from CPAC: How the GOP Can Capture the Youth Vote

This past weekend, I joined the hordes of conservative students from around the country who made the political pilgrimage to the annual Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington National Harbor. This year’s conference hosted a record number of attendees–nearly 12,000–and surprisingly, a significant portion of the activists, speakers, and general guests were millennials. According to the straw poll results and analysis, essentially half of the individuals who participated in the poll were between the ages of 18-25, and 42% of respondents were university students. Given the erroneous–yet widespread–notion that the conservative movement excludes all individuals who aren’t old,...

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The Road to 2016: A GOP Charade?

It’s been a few months since Republicans regained control of Congress in a series of truly impressive midterm victories across the country. With President Obama’s second term passing the half-way mark, all eyes are turned toward the impending presidential election in 2016, and Republicans have a golden opportunity to transition their recent successes–as well as Obama’s recent failures–into a viable bid for the White House. Although it can be done, the GOP’s track record of chaos and spectacle during recent election cycles doesn’t provide much support for such wishful thinking. A quick Google search of “GOP presidential candidates for...

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Hacking & Hypocrisy

Last week, anonymous hackers targeted Sony Pictures Entertainment and exposed private email conversations between the company’s Co-Chairman, Amy Pascal, and a producer named Scott Rudin. The incident immediately garnered national attention, although it wasn’t because of the gross invasion of privacy by anonymous hackers; indeed, most of the outrage has been directed toward the content of the stolen emails. According to various media sources, the emails were written before a breakfast with President Obama, hosted by head of Dreamworks Animation and major Democratic donor Jeffrey Katzenberg. Included in the exchange between Pascal and Rudin were complaints about attending the...

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Cursing for a Cause?

The leaders of the modern feminist movement have a bit of a history of using vulgar tactics to garner attention for their causes. At the 2012 Republican National Committee (RNC) Convention, for instance, the female-based “anti-war” group Code Pink protested the GOP’s notorious “war on women” by harassing attendants while dressed in massive, life-sized vagina costumes. In a different, more hilarious fit, MSNBC’s Melissa Harris-Perry displayed a home-made pair of tampon earrings on air in a rather perverse display that somehow promoted women’s rights. Last week, however, the social activist t-shirt company FCKH8 (classy name, I know) took the...

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