Best Things of 2015

Written by Lotus on Saturday, 19 of December , 2015 at 10:24 am

It’s been a crazy year, but a lot of cool stuff happened.  Here’s a list of my favorite things, discoveries and moments of 2015.

“Charlie Work” episode of It’s Always Sunny in Philadelphia (Season 10)

This episode showcased the genius of Charlie Day and the other actors and writers of It’s Always Sunny.  To be honest, all the episodes this year were good, but since this one is centered around Charlie it has to be my favorite.  The 11th season of the show premieres on January 6, 2016.

Political Punks Podcast

Artist Brett Smith and I started a podcast!  We’ve had some great guests, including Greg Gutfeld, Chuck Dixon, Terry Schappert and Thaddeus McCotter.  We also have more fun interviews lined up for 2016. Check out past episodes at and be sure to subscribe on iTunes or Stitcher.  My February column explains the political punks philosophy and graphic.  You can buy the shirt and other gear here.


Disturbed covers Simon and Garfunkel’s “The Sound of Silence”

I only discovered this song a week or two ago and I swear I’ve already listened to it 100 times.

Books by Friends

I featured many of them in my column on books to give for Christmas.  Check them out here.

Whole 30

I recently discovered the Whole 30 movement.  I haven’t done my 30 day detox yet, but I’ve been slowly preparing for it by eating more whole (get it?) foods and cutting out sugar.  What I like about this way of eating is that you don’t have to worry about measuring anything… and you can have bacon and homemade mayo. What I don’t like (and why I haven’t started the detox yet) is that I will probably have to cut out my morning Diet Coke.  I’ve been following #Whole30 on Twitter to see other people’s experiences and recipes.  The program’s book also has some great recipes.

Dog Selfies

Dog Selfie Collage

Gooey Butter Cake

The greatest thing to come out of St. Louis.  The Ann and Allen Baking Company delivers this moist, buttery concoction directly to you.  They have several amazing flavors, but traditional and Amaretto are my favorite.  Order here. Let me know if you need my address.

Be Brilliant Bags

I love using this bag when I travel.  It has pockets for all your tech stuff (laptop, iPad, phone), as well as room for your purse contents.  It also has a compartment on the bottom for an extra pair of shoes.  My tip: You can also fit an umbrella in there.  My favorite color is rose gold.  Remember, metallics are neutrals!  Buy it here.

Bruce Campbell is So Hot Right Now

In my mind he’s always hot, but in 2015 he was everywhere.  His iconic character returned in the Starz show, Ash vs. Evil Dead.  He played Ronald Reagan on FX’s Fargo.  One person described that episode as Bruce Campbell fanfic written by me.  If only I was that clever.  He also continued to make the conference circuit.  Fingers crossed I can finally meet him in 2016.

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Peg Leg Vintage Goods

I discovered this store right as Mad Men was ending.  Looking at the photos has been the methadone I needed to get through the withdrawal.  (Side note: The perfect final episode of Mad Men also helped.)  Peg Leg has great vintage furniture, but some of the best finds are the knick knacks and smaller items.  Also, if you see a pair of chairs you like, buy them. Pairs don’t last long.  The owners are really nice and willing to make deals.  Check them out here.


This year I managed to get in two trips to Palm Beach, two to Rehoboth Beach, one to Los Angeles, and a couple to Arizona.  Here are recommendations from each place.

Palm Beach

  • Four Seasons Palm Beach.  If you can’t stay there the entire trip, at least buy a one-day beach pass (under $200).  It includes a one-hour massage at their spa and cabana service at their pool or beachfront.
  • Tate’s Comics, Boynton Beach. I’m not into comics, but the art gallery upstairs was really cool.
  • Buccan. Try the pork belly empanadas and watermelon cocktail.
  • Second-hand stores.  What other city has Louboutins at their Goodwill???

Rehoboth Beach

  • Kilwin’s. Try the drinking chocolate served in a small espresso-type cup. Richer than hot chocolate and the perfect way to end the day.
  • The Avenue Spa and Apothecary. The spa services are great.  They also have a hotel above.  It’s a little noisy for me in-season since it’s on the main drag, but perfect for a winter or fall trip.

Los Angeles

  • Drive down Sunset Blvd. You get the feel of being in LA without having to navigate through the crowds.
  • Canter’s Deli. It’s been featured in Mad Men and Curb Your Enthusiasm, but none of that matters.  The food (and bakery) is awesome.
  • Fly into Burbank, not LAX.


  • Any art festival in Tucson.
  • Culver’s. I realize this is a chain, but the only time I get to go there is when I’m in Arizona.
  • Drive from Flagstaff to Phoenix.  You’ll see snow-capped mountains, lush forests and the desert in three hours or less.
  • Old Town Scottsdale.  Go to Twice to shop for high-end accessories, The Sugar Bowl for ice cream, and any of the souvenir stores for classic southwest kitsch.

There are a couple days left, so I may add a few more things I forgot or some other cool stuff that happens!

Hat tip to Kevin Glass for the idea of a “Best of” list.

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The Dukes

Written by Lotus on Wednesday, 8 of October , 2008 at 4:11 pm

Yesterday I had the pleasure of speaking with Robert Davi, the amazing actor who has been in EVERYTHING.  We talked about politics and his movie, The Dukes, which has already won numerous awards at the Rome Film Festival, Monte Carlo Film Festival, among many others.  In addition to playing the lead role (Danny DePasquale — no relation — HA!) Robert Davi wrote, produced and directed The Dukes.  In the next few weeks I’ll have a column/review of the movie.  Until then, check out the synopsis and preview here.  The movie opens on November 14.

From IMDB:

The Dukes,(Chazz Palminteri and Robert Davi) a Doo Wop group, were on top of the world at 17, now are struggling for survival in 2008. Their manager (Peter Bogdanovich) is desperately trying to get them work but is met with failure at every turn. Finally pushed to the extreme, they pull a heist only a fool would attempt, which leaves them even more desperate. When all seems lost, they find themselves. Underneath the laughter, “The Dukes” is a film that explores the intricacies of re-defining yourself; not only dealing with lost fame but applies to anyone whoever found themselves at the bottom of the mountain looking up where they once were; and how, in changing times, to hold onto your true self.

The Dukes

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Vote for Carey!

Written by Lotus on Friday, 26 of September , 2008 at 7:53 pm

Click here and vote for my cousin Carey in Maixm’s Hottest Cheerleader contest. 


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ACU Launches “Come Clean” Campaign

Written by Lotus on Monday, 2 of June , 2008 at 12:11 pm

The American Conservative Union recently launched its “Come Clean” Campaign:

ACU is taking the lead in pointing out what they say and what they mean are two different things and calling on them to “Come Clean.”

We are going to point out what they really mean, what their real agenda is for the American people and expose them when the truth is found. And, we need YOUR HELP NOW to get it done.

Liberal activists and leaders are raising millions to attack our values, we must fight back, now.  We need a grassroots army to rise up and take them on.

Click here to check out their first video of Rep. Maxine Waters telling gas companies that her goal is “socializing” the energy industry. 



[Text on screen]
Another Chapter from: The Liberal Congressional Playbook May 2008
Led by Maxine Waters
Member, Congressional Progressive Caucus
Member, Democratic National Committee
Chair, of the “Out of Iraq” Congressional Caucus
Chair, Congressional Black Caucus, 1997-1998

JOHN HOFMEISTER (Shell Oil President): I can guarantee to the American people, because of the inaction of the United States Congress ever increasing prices, unless the demand comes down and the five dollars will look like a very low price in the years to come if we are prohibited from finding new reserves, new opportunities to increase supplies.

MAXINE WATERS (D-CA): And guess what this liberal will be all about? This liberal will be all about would be about … basically taking over … and the government running all of your companies.

[Text on screen]
socializing =socialist
Tell the Liberal Congressional Leadership to “Come Clean” with the truth
Stop the Liberals Now

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ACU Asks: Why Do You Want to Be President?

Written by Lotus on Wednesday, 12 of December , 2007 at 9:31 pm

My esteemed American Conservative Union has posted its questionnaire to the Presidential candidates.  My favorite question is “Why Do You Want to Be President?”  And I’m not just saying that because it’s the only question I submitted that made it through to the finals.

Click here to read the rest of the questionnaire.

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