Posts in category "Politics"

The State of the Union

Dad. You didn’t watch this¹ tonight. You didn’t listen to Chris Matthews and The Rachel Maddow Show and whoever else is on MSNBC. You didn’t listen to the endless chatter and patter and clatter that is the 24 hour news cycle, driving me crazy. At least the blessing was at least you listened to the... Read more »

No Indictment. No Justice For Michael Brown. No Words.

I am so angry. Sad. No, furious. I thought maybe, maybe they would at least let this go to trial. But after the first ten words out of the prosecutor’s mouth (Was he? He sounded like a defense lawyer for Darren Wilson, honestly.) I knew. No. This wasn’t going to go the right way. And... Read more »

The Sacraments Of Democracy

It’s been a minute since I was doing the organized religion thing, but as I understand it, the sacraments of any religion are the MUST dos. I was raised Lutheran, so we only had two. Baptism and Communion.¹ They’re the things that God told us to do — the visible/tangible manifestations of him on earth.... Read more »

It's Independence Day

Everyone’s waxing poetic and politic about the 4th. Independence day, as it were. I have a lot of thoughts about this country — how I love it enough to criticize it, for instance. And how I support the troops by wanting them all home as soon as possible — i.e., now. The other day, when... Read more »

Why The Hobby Lobby Verdict Is A Huge Deal

Let me start by saying that I am no constitutional lawyer. I have not pored over the ruling or fully over Justice Bader’s bad ass dissent. I am a layperson with an opinion, just like everyone else. And you know what they say about opinions. They’re like ______s, everyone’s got one. But I just saw... Read more »

10 Things I Think Would Be Cooler Than Getting A George Lucas Museum In Chicago

So. Star Wars. George Lucas. Pretty huge part of pop culture and the American movie landscape. Archetypes abound. Special effects. The advent of movie marketing and action figures and tie-ins. Darth and Stormtroopers and Luke and Han and Leia and C3PO and R2D2 and the Ewoks. Lightsabers and plot twists and the Death Star. So... Read more »

Let's Talk Leggings!!

Since I’ve been a little M.I.A., I sort of missed that whole legging/yoga pant blow-up. It’s happening all over, but if you missed the memo, here in Chicago/land, the buzz has been all about Haven Middle School in Evanston banning girls from wearing leggings and yoga pants — because it would be distracting to the... Read more »

Duck Dynasty, Free Speech, and Mental Illness

Duck Dynasty. For someone who has watched a lot of and will watch reality TV at the drop of a hat, I have no place judging anyone who watches this show. I watched the first season of Tila Tequila’s Shot of Love — and we all know where she’s ended up. I was in for... Read more »

Never Forget: Why 9/11/2001 Is Unforgettable For Me

“Never Forget.” I’ll say right out of the gate, this post might not be what you’re hoping for. Even on that fateful day, I was not in the same headspace as the rest of America. I was coming off the worst summer of my life (thus far), and couldn’t see why people were freaking the... Read more »

Ariel Castro Killed Himself And I'm Not Happy

This wasn’t the post I thought would be leading off the day today. Instead, I wrote this uplifting post about how your kids might end up alcoholics despite your best efforts, in response to a post about one woman’s hope to keep her daughters from turning out like Vodka Samm. But by the end of... Read more »