Commentary

December 9th, 2017

When Gods Collide

Our more adamant Christian friends defensively remind us that “Jesus is the reason for the season.” Then they load their kids up in the SUV and take them to the mall to see Santa. “It’s tradition,” they say. It certainly is. In religious studies there’s a word for this. It’s called henotheism. You’ve heard of …

December 8th, 2017

Diversity Our Greatest Strength Against GOP

A Republican congressman says “diversity” is not a strength. He says it’s “common sense.” Well, what do you expect from a white, middle aged man from the mid-west? Actually, all of evolutionary science says the opposite. The only thing to survive a nuclear war will be cockroaches (and possibly my student debt), and that’s because …

December 8th, 2017

Diversity is Our Greatest Strength Against Republicans

A Republican congressman says “diversity” is not a strength. He says it’s “common sense.” Well, what do you expect from a white, middle aged man from the mid-west? Actually, all of evolutionary science says the opposite. The only thing to survive a nuclear war will be cockroaches (and possibly my my student debt,) and that’s …

December 8th, 2017

Give Peace A Chance. Again

John Lennon wasn’t my hero. I was too young for the Beatles; they “retired” in 1970. I heard their music over the years, but it didn’t resonate. The Beatle who died 37 years ago today was an enigma to a teenage boy growing up as a musician. Instead of wallowing in excess, he married this …

December 8th, 2017

What’s Wrong With Democrats is Also What’s Right With Democrats

There’s an old saying in politics – Democrats fall in love, Republicans fall in line. And it’s never been truer. All of my left-leaning friends, people who normally agree about everything, are deeply divided over the Al Franken resignation. Facebook and other social media platforms were a veritable blood bath yesterday as Democrats passionately argued …

December 7th, 2017

Democrats Take The High Road, After All Else Fails

An Alabaman church is comparing Roy Moore’s accusers to the Romans and going on to compare Moore’s plight to the guy for whom after they named their church. Here’s the problem with that logic; JC didn’t fondle 14 year-olds. And to quote a t-shirt from the 70’s, “Jesus is coming, and boy is he pissed!” …

December 7th, 2017

Al Franken, Bill Clinton, and the End of Silent Complicity

Al Franken left all of us Democrats in an untenable and unseemly position — to have to again and again attempt to make distinctions between the relative severity of various forms of sexual misconduct. “Well yeah, that was bad, but this other thing’s worse…” I for one am sick of differentiating between forced kissing, unwelcome …

December 6th, 2017

What’s at Stake in the Gay Cake Case

Today the US Supreme Court is hearing arguments pro and con about a Colorado baker’s alleged right to refuse to make a wedding cake for a same-sex couple. LGBT advocates and allies argue that no American can legally be discriminated against for their innate, inherent qualities, like race, gender, height, or sexual orientation. You can …

December 6th, 2017

When Moore Wins, Blame Franken

We are not an incredibly sophisticated country. By that I mean we live in the literal, where nuance goes to die. Where Americans deny the existence of time because the hands of a clock move with a grace and subtlety that escapes their lazy gaze. Where a Donald Trump can wrap his vitriolic hate in …

December 5th, 2017

Will The Real GOP Please Stand Up?

Note: I’m burying the lead, but follow me. With all of the talk of obstruction and the legal maneuvering it will take to end this Faustian nightmare, one thing to remember is Roy Moore. Just two weeks ago, McConnell and Co denounced Moore as a predator. They actually said “predator.” They discussed how they would …

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