Marc Valdez

Mark Valdez writes the blog Marc Valdez Weblog: A Dilettante's Uneven Progress - Sacramento area community musical theater (esp. DMTC in Davis), liberal political riffs, Kylie Minogue, Australiana, SW meteorology, hurricanes, and general weirdness.

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Donald Trump Owes His Soul To Vladimir Putin

Jul 25, 2016

Donald Trump owes lots of money to the Russians, which helps explain why he is willing to sacrifice NATO unity and Eastern European independence to Vladimir Putin:

Trump’s campaign rhetoric is the “biggest dream of everyone in the Kremlin,” Tina Khidasheli, defense minister of Georgia, a U.S. ally, told The Post. “It’s scary, it’s...

Oldest Reason In The World

Jul 25, 2016

The reason Hillary chose Tim Kaine for VP is the oldest reason in the world: he helps with the election map. The entire Atlantic seaboard from PA to FL is up for grabs. If Hillary can 'run the board' there, she can win the election in a landslide.I wou...

Frickin’ Seat Belts

Jul 25, 2016

I notice the older I get, the less inclined I am to use seat belts. I don't know whether it's because of "been there, done that," or from reading too many exhortations by Friedrich Nietzsche to "live dangerously," or whether I've lost faith with Kapow!...

"Bells Are Ringing" – Davis Shakespeare Ensemble – 07/23/16

Jul 24, 2016
"Bells Are Ringing" – Davis Shakespeare Ensemble – 07/23/16

What an excellent, excellent show! Best I've seen in years. Gia Battista was superb as Ella, and Ian Hopps as well for Jeff.I sat next to Ron Cisneros, who explained that he had been in the show in Los Angeles in 1967. Steve Isaacson explained he ha...

"James and the Giant Peach" – Yolo Stage Company – 07/23/16

Jul 24, 2016
"James and the Giant Peach" – Yolo Stage Company – 07/23/16

I was invited by the Piazzas to see their daughter Mia in this show.It was a fun show. Interesting to hear the kids try out their British accents.Particularly liked Ayva Rose Loveridge as Grasshopper, Tim Fischer as Sponge, Chantele Holt as Earthworm,...

"Ghostbusters" Remake

Jul 23, 2016

I saw the trailer for the "Ghostbusters" remake several months ago, and liked it, but didn't think about actually going until I heard about the attacks on Leslie Jones by charming conservative golden boy Milo Yiannopoulos for the crime of being a black...

Pleased With The Republican Convention

Jul 22, 2016

By and large, I'm pretty pleased with this year's Republican convention. What has worried me this year about Donald Trump is the possibility that he might somehow rehabilitate the Republican brand enough to genuinely go for the gold. Didn't happen. ...

Buffalo Wings, Preferably

Jul 22, 2016

There are times on Bella's walks when you don't know exactly what you should do. Tonight, on Broadway, there was a wheelchair in the middle of the sidewalk. In front of the wheelchair, a man sprawled unconscious on the sidewalk. In the daytime, I mi...

No Dark Matter Detected

Jul 21, 2016

I'm of the opinion Dark Matter doesn't exist. News like this brightens my day:

It’s official: Scientists with the Large Underground Xenon dark-matter detector have combed through 20 months of pristine data and found, buried deep in the measurements ... nothing out of the ordinary.

The findings, presented at the Identification of Dark Matter conference...

Trump Choreographed Cruz’s Humiliation

Jul 20, 2016

The Don sabotages Ted at the convention:

In other words, he simply didn’t say anything at that particular point in the speech that would logically inspire a spontaneous stomping protest of outrage. On the other hand, if you had read the speech ahead of time and were planning to boo Cruz off the stage,...

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