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Starting at 8:30 until I can’t stand it anymore, I’ll be live-blogging big Debate 2016 showdown between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump. Watch for the bullet “FactCheck” when I drop down and check something I find important.

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8:32 p.m. • Incense is burning and the scene is set. I just heard Hugh Hewitt say something elitist about “coastal elites” and I nearly threw up before the debate had even begun.

8:34 • Brian Williams saying that the “audience will be taken out of the equation” by being asked not to applaud. Good luck with that.

8:55 • What was the thought bubble above Bill Clinton’s head when he greeted Melania Trump? “Hey girl, hey.”

8:58 • It came out recently that Lester Holt is a registered Republican, despite what Trump claimed. Not information I needed nor wanted to know. But again: if you’re gonna work the refs at least be right.

9:01 • We’re told it won’t begin until 9:03:30. Trump is applying his final coat of orange foundation. Fair warning: if I get close to blowing chunks I’m gonna log off and go watch Friends on Netflix.

9:05 • Here we go. Hillary looking fetching in red and Donald once again wearing his best Jos. A. Bank suit.

9:06 • First thought: Trump is working his resting bitch face.

9:09 • U.S. jobs are not “fleeing the country.” rating: BULLCRAP.

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9:10 • Trump is right about Carrier moving jobs to Mexico. Totally sucks and he’s right to shine a light on it.

9:13 • Why does Trump keep sniffing? This is as bad as Little Marco reaching for the water bottle.

9:18 • This is an important thought below.

9:19 • I’m assuming Trump is talking about Solyndra, but the U.S. solar-loan program has actually turned positive.

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It’s 9:31 and I’m turning off this debate. I’ve never seen a person with so much disdain for common courtesy and the reverence of this process than Donald Trump. All he’s doing is shouting down Hillary Clinton and we can’t have a substantive conversation about policy with that type of attitude.

I will not give my time to this egomaniac.  Instead, I’m going to reprint the Huffington Post’s disclaimer at the end of all of its Trump-related posts and go to bed.

Note to our readers: Donald Trump is a serial liarrampant xenophoberacistmisogynistbirther and bully who has repeatedly pledged to ban all Muslims — 1.6 billion members of an entire religion — from entering the U.S.

 


 

Joss Whedon (Avengers), returned to twitter after a creative time-out with “Save the Day,” a Super PAC focused like a laser on getting people registered to vote and in the booth on Election Day.

He brought together some of his favorite peeps to film the above video—and even promises that Mark Ruffalo will strip down as a reward for denying Donald Trump the presidency.

A carrot and a stick, right?

Behind the scenes of "Important" with @markruffalo and #josswhedon for savetheday.vote

A post shared by Save The Day Vote (@savethedayvote) on

 

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I don’t watch The Voice at all—I’m more in the AGT and American Idol camp—but this performance by Wé McDonald is a reminder of how powerful music is. Her vocal is this husky warm hug that got everybody turned around with tongues wagging to sign her to their team.

I might start watching just for her, but then I’d have to tolerate Miley Cyrus, and I’m not in the business of doing that. No, thank you.

You can buy “Feelin’ Good” on iTunes here.

Next week: pop songstress Olivia Cella opens up about “Battle Scars” and what it was like shooting a video with Sam Pottorff.

 

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Because a passerby saw someone in dispair. Because someone needed help. Because you should never give up on the world coming together for someone in need.

That’s the story behind Fidencio Sanchez, the 89-year-old popsicle man in Chicago’s Little Village. Starting with a goal of $3,000, the GoFundMe page raised nearly $400,000 toward his retirement.

With all the bad karma flying around this election season, this is a nice reminder of the goodness and kindness of strangers. ❏

 

That’s a wrap guys. We’ll see you back here next Thursday at 2 p.m.


Will Pollock is an Atlanta-based freelance multimedia journalist focusing on retail, real estate, travel, politics and human interest. He is the author of two books (Pizza for Good & Leaving Triscuit), with more on the way. Sign up for the mailing list, follow on TwitterFacebook and Instagram—and check out the book links below.

Make sure to comment often—cranky loves company.

 

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