Category: politics

Is it me or does the OK emoji look a little too 'white-power'-ish?

Is it me or does the OK emoji look a little too 'white-power'-ish?
Hey, who doesn’t love a good conspiracy theory, ammah right? My favorite rabbit hole is the “Did Paul McCartney get replaced after he died in a car crash” theory. (wait why did his hairline reverse directions around his crown?) Even after insomniatic binges of alarmingly persuasive YouTube videos, I’m very careful to avoid publicly proclaiming any out-of-the-box theory as... Read more »

I don't want to see 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' right now, and here's why

I don't want to see 'Won't You Be My Neighbor?' right now, and here's why
I don’t want to see the Mr. Rogers’ Neighborhood documentary, Won’t you be my neighbor? because I’m sure that Fred Rogers is going to tell me that kindness is a virtue, and I already know that. I strive to be kind, and I’m raising my son to be a kind man. Mr. Rogers would be preaching to... Read more »

Sorry, Roxane Gay, but I will not be abandoning the 'Roseanne' reboot with you

Sorry, Roxane Gay, but I will not be abandoning the 'Roseanne' reboot with you
Hey, Roxane. (That sounds pretty casual but I think Ms. Gay would be too formal. What’s the appropriate salutation when you are challenging the opinion of one of the most influential writers of the decade? What says, I respect your work, BUT…) I read and re-read your NYT times piece about your choice to abandon... Read more »
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Tina Fey, "sheet-caking," and the cumbersome political rage of white women

Tina Fey, "sheet-caking," and the cumbersome political rage of white women
By the time I watched it, it had already started to go viral: Tina Fey’s sheet-cake rant on SNL’s satirical newscast, “Weekend Update.” (If you haven’t seen it, you should probably watch it if you are going to give this post a fair listen: click here) Her satirical, sheet-cake-eating rant pleasantly gut-punched me in all... Read more »

The fate of the furious political post I'm always composing but may never write

The fate of the furious political post I'm always composing but may never write
The fate of the furious political post I’m always composing (it’s called, “How do I protect my young son from all of this Trump Bullshit?”) but may never write: grim. For if I actually wrote it and published it, a couple of things would probably happen. 1. Some friends, old and new, would probably hide me, unsubscribe,... Read more »

Hey, Internet, it's time to put these two phrases to rest

Hey, Internet, it's time to put these two phrases to rest
I know we all have a weekend to get to but real quick: I’d like to nominate two phrases that should be retired from the popular vernacular until further notice. These two phrases have served the web culture well, and should now step down so as to allow fresh, less played-out phrases to take the... Read more »
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"Excuse me, but I think there's a chance the people in the seats behind me might be human traffickers..."

"Excuse me, but I think there's a chance the people in the seats behind me might be human traffickers..."
I flew from Phoenix to Chicago last night. Shortly after takeoff, a young girl in the seat behind me began to cry. I knew exactly who it was. I’m always aware of my surroundings when I travel with adults with cognitive disabilities. Sometimes I need to step in and check the gawkers and the mockers.... Read more »

Wouldn't it be cool if baseball could inspire a GENUINE 'pro-life' movement?

Wouldn't it be cool if baseball could inspire a GENUINE 'pro-life' movement?
I took a couple of friends to Sloan Park yesterday to watch the Cubs tie the Brewers in a pre-season game. It was a lovely day of baseball, both on the field and on the Doppler radar. We got to sit closer to the field than we ever did in Chicago! Whaddaya know, professional baseball players... Read more »

I need to come clean about my experience with the Russians

I need to come clean about my experience with the Russians
This is no time for secrets and lies so here is my story: It was 1990. I was a young drunk backpacking my way across Europe, living off baguettes and listening to the Bangles Greatest Hits non-stop on my walkman. I didn’t waste good money on bad hotels – I just jumped on overnight train... Read more »
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Am I depressed about whatshisface, or just bored out of my mind?

Am I depressed about whatshisface, or just bored out of my mind?
Good Lord. I don’t know if I’m super depressed, or bored out of my gourd. On one hand, we have a participation trophy president being applauded for (finally) wearing a new tie as he proudly announces that he’s going to rescind the protections we have in place to protect Mother Nature/loved ones with pre-existing medical conditions/sacred... Read more »