I’ll be brief, because someone like James O’Keefe doesn’t deserve too many words. He calls himself a provocateur, but I think that’s being a little generous, because the only thing he seems capable of provoking is facepalms from his former sugardaddies. There are a lot of lessons swirling around little Jimmy’s latest aborted effort to prove something he’s yet been able to prove, which is really anybody’s guess, though I think it’s that he wants to prove that the left is as bereft of integrity as the right. Who knows. Of all of those lessons, there is one lesson that I’ve not heard manyRead More →

  Twenty-six years ago, Anita Hill testified before the Senate Judicial Committee about her experience with Clarence Thomas, who was undergoing an contentious nomination process for the Supreme Court. One one side, Thomas was being held up as a victim of a “high-tech lynching” due to the fact that he was a black man being nominated to an all-white Court to replace Thurgood Marshall, the Supreme Court’s first black American judge. On the other side were women who argued that, once again, men could do as they please to women in the workplace without consequence. During her testimony, Anita Hill was grilled incessantly by anRead More →

  WebVan, eToys, Mase, Kaiser Chiefs, M. Night Shyamlan, Alex Pettyfer…. What do those six things have in common, aside from the fact that maybe you’ve never heard of them, or, if you have heard of them, barely remember them (except for maybe that M. guy in the middle)? That’s what they all have in common. Those are all names of things that are supposed to be as ubiquitous in yoru daily conversations as, say, Leonardo DiCaprio, or Sam Cooke, or Google. Okay, so maybe not that ubiquitous, but still, they were supposed to be names you didn’t have to wrack your brain to remember.Read More →

  No, the title isn’t an ironic, clever play on words regarding this piece’s content. I honestly want to do something a little different. Sometimes we just need to take a break from all the shit that brings us down and talk about something completely unrelated to politics. So, I want to introduce you (in case you weren’t already aware) to two musicians who don’t get the amount of attention they deserve. Both of these guys have been around awhile, but I only recently “discovered” them. The first guy is Har Mar Superstar. He’s from Minneapolis, and I found it incredibly difficult to find aRead More →

    Here’s a picture taken in March, 2016 that shows trump being so impressed with how bigly a lowly volunteer took a coffee order that he was invited to sit in on a national security advisory meeting. The coffee boy is the young one. It’s also likely that the White House didn’t call him a coffee boy, but a covfefe boy, which might make sense without making any sense at all.Read More →

  Yesterday, I praised Republican Senator Jeff Flake of Arizona for his “principled” speech denouncing donald trump. In a near-18-minute speech, Jeff Flake laid out a solid case for why Republicans should also denounce trump, and what their silence and complicity will mean for our posterity. I was ready to believe that perhaps, in light of Bob Corker’s and John McCain’s tepid courage, perhaps the GOP was about the turn the corner on the long nightmare of the donald trump presidency. But then Jeff Flake rushed off to make the rounds of the daily punditry and quickly proved that Republicans are dishonest, cynical assholes whoRead More →

  Arizona Republican Senator Jeff Flake announced today that he is going to retire at the end of his term rather than seek donald trump’s support in a re-election bid. Here’s his announcement: It’s a little long at around 18 minutes, so here are a few highlights transcribed: There are times when we must risk our careers in favor of our principles. It is time for our complicity and our accommodation for the unacceptable to end. I have children and grandchildren to answer to, and so, Mr. President, I will not be complicit and silent. When the next generation asks us, why didn’t you doRead More →

CNN has a new ad. It’s a nice ad. It’s about truth. You can watch it here. CNN produced this ad, one might guess, in response to the constant attacks on the media by trump and members of his administration, and members of the mumbling mob that make up his base. CNN wants us to know that facts matter. I want CNN to remember how they behaved between June Whatever-the-fuck-day-it-was-when-the-orange-goblin-descended-the-yellow-escalator, 2015 and November 8, 2016. I want CNN to remember the hours upon hours that they aired an empty podium as they all waited breathlessly for trump to show up and say something wacky. OfRead More →

We can’t ever truly look into the conscience of a person and know what they’re honestly feeling. We can only surmise those feelings through their words and their deeds. Someone may be genuinely concerned about homelessness, but if they do nothing and say nothing about it, and instead all we hear from them are complaints about panhandlers, then we are correct in assuming that someone is apathetic at best toward the plight of the homeless, and hostile at worst. It is not up to us to ignore their words and deeds and assume they feel something other than what they demonstrate; it is up toRead More →

  First, let’s get the obvious shit out of the way. Yes, the Russians most likely ensured that trump won the presidency. Yes, the GOP engages in voter suppression to make sure they continue to win. Yes, gerrymandering is real. Yes the GOP has a much more successfully entrenched media empire than the left. Now, let’s get the nagging questions about those truths out of the way, too. There was no way in hell trump should have ever been even close to getting more than 10 million popular votes at all. The GOP’s blatantly anti-democratic actions should have most Americans irate and ready to throwRead More →