November 21, 2014
November 21, 2014
November 20, 2014
In Ferguson, Missouri, citizens and activists prepare for injustice, while government and law enforcement prepare for outraged reaction to injustice. But what about preparing for the justice Ferguson, and America, really needs?
As it waits to hear whether the grand jury will indict officer Darren Wilson in the death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown, Ferguson is preparing for the worst: that the grand jury will decide not to indict Wilson, leading to more outrage and unrest in the streets of Ferguson. Continue Reading →
November 19, 2014
Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 19th from 11:05 to 12:34:
- White Privilege Is a Fact of American Life — And Bill O’Reilly Still Won’t Admit It – We need to confront this dividing line.
- Why You Find President Obama Attractive | Acumen | OZY – What’s not to like? A 6-foot-1-inch basketball player with an athletic build, easy smile and a serious sort of charisma. It’s hard to deny Barack Obama’s a good-looking guy. Unless you’re a Republican.
- Why You Find President Obama Attractive – What’s not to like? A 6-foot-1-inch basketball player with an athletic build, easy smile and a serious sort of charisma. It’s hard to deny Barack Obama’s a good-looking guy.
- ‘Type A’ personalities are overachieving monsters. Get out of my spin class and back to banking | Emma Brockes – Does anyone piss you off more than classist snobs who send back food, yell at the waiter and blame it on their personality? ‘Type A’ isn’t a type – it’s the ultimate humblebrag.
- First Same-Sex Marriage Licenses Issued In South Carolina – A judge has issued the first same-sex marriage licenses in South Carolina, ahead of a planned move by the state's attorney general to block such unions.
November 19, 2014
The goals of the post-Ferguson movement for justice must reach beyond whether the grand jury indicts officer Daren Wilson in the death of unarmed black teenager Michael Brown. Too much depends upon its success.
Over 100 days ago officer Darren Wilson shot and killed Michael Brown. In the aftermath, the streets of Ferguson resembled a war zone. Today, Ferguson is preparing for war again. As the city awaits the grand jury’s decision, citizens and law enforcement are arming and preparing for the worst.
In the days, weeks, and months to come, anger over the absence of justice must not overshadow the changes we must continue to fight for after the Ferguson grand jury makes its decision. Continue Reading →
November 17, 2014
Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 17th from 14:00 to 14:04:
- Report: South Urgently Needs an ‘Infrastructure of Opportunity’ – Five years after the Great Recession, the American South has emerged as a region divided. The great sweep of territory from the Potomac to the Rio Grande offers stark juxtapositions of bright hopes and deep distress and discontent. The South has both powerhouse cities, growing in jobs and population, and depressed towns and neighborhoods, where people seem stuck without prospect of upward mobility.
- Op-Ed Columnist: When Government Succeeds – There is a lot of good news that Republicans don’t want you to notice.
- Dolly Parton and her ‘lack of judgment’ – The fact that Dolly Parton has become such a beloved entertainer across so wide a spectrum of American audiences is a unique story. She is one of country music's brightest stars, but she is so much more. That big hair floating above her flamboyant outfits straining to contain those epic boobs, Dolly is a talent bursting at the seams. Dolly Parton is loved for many reasons, but most of all she is loved for her authenticity.
- Dropping Out: Why So Many College Kids Never Graduate – A new study reveals a grim future for students who have a stop-and-start college experience.
- The State of LGBT Equality in Africa – Homophobia thrives in most countries in Africa, making the continent an oppressive place to live for countless LGBT people.
- Michigan Claims 300 Same-Sex Marriages ‘Never Existed’ – The Sixth Circuit's decision upholding marriage bans is being cited as reason to ignore 300 same-sex couples who got marriage licenses.
- 3 Things You Can Do the Next Time Someone Says “You Can’t Do That” – You don’t have to take “no” for an answer, just find a way to get started.
- The Power of Empathy – Empathy and sympathy are vastly different. A clear empathic way to help those who are down with depression can make our communities stronger.
November 17, 2014
Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 13th through November 17th:
- The Two Types of “Black Church” and Why I Left the First One – … despite the differences in beliefs, bank statements and interpretations of the bible, all the black churches I encountered during my tenure as a resident musician were either severely disconnected from the political systems that surrounded it, traditionalist to the point of oppressive, devaluing women in the way their leadership structure was organized, obsessed with demonizing and degrading homosexuality or just way to deep and prophetic, speaking more words in tongues than English.
- Every Child is Equal – Do you know by looking at a child who they will turn out to be?
- Gay Marriage Issue Squarely Before High Court – Appeal by lesbian couple from Michigan puts gay marriage issue squarely before high court.
- People Want Flexible Work Hours – In the November/December issue of the Washington Monthly, Judith Warner of the Center for American Progress has a piece on the importance of passing national paid family leave legislation. Parents are more involved in their children's lives than ever but they've never had less time to tend to their families. The resulting stress is reducing female participation in the economy and is now reportedly becoming a big problem for men, as well.
- Op-Ed Columnist: Race, to the Finish – Let’s review how we got to this point where African-Americans vote so overwhelmingly Democratic and are suspicious of Republican motives.
November 14, 2014
November 13, 2014
Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 13th from 12:28 to 12:42:
- Pew: Republicans Don’t Really Care About “Getting Things Done” in Washington – Here's the latest from Pew. It's offered as a wee course correction for every pundit who somehow thinks the GOP leadership will be more motivated to work with President Obama this year than they were after the 2010 election. Survey says: screw that stuff. Let the eye poking begin.
- Here’s Who You Should Boycott as Long as This Racist Gov Is on Their Payroll – Former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour continues making racial slurs. Let’s stop giving money to the clients of his lobby firm.
- The Democrats Lost Big, but Obama Should Double Down – It’ll provoke a giant outcry from the GOP—but that’s part of the point.
- The GOP Senate: Worry! – From blocking nominees to launching pointless investigations to deregulating everything, the new Senate is poised to wreak havoc.
- The Value of Whiteness – A lawsuit is being waged against the “wrongful birth” of a black child.
- Why You Shouldn’t Marry for Money – Conservatives’ silver bullet is a joke.
- Michael Brown’s Parents Plan News Conference To Discuss New Autopsy Details – The parents of Michael Brown have scheduled a news conference for Thursday morning to discuss what they say is new information about a private autopsy performed on their son.
- Imagine Your Water Bill Shooting Up to $4,000: Inside One of Detroit’s Biggest Crises – Ricardo Russell’s monthly water bill averaged around $60 at his home on Detroit's west side. Then in January he opened an envelope from the Detroit Water Department claiming he had used $2,000 worth of water—in one month.
- Reza Aslan shatters GOP beliefs: Jesus from history was “the nightmare of Bill O’Reilly” – At an event, the scholar ponders the way the GOP has made Jesus into their icon.
- Federal contract workers strike for $15 and a union – Workers serving food, cleaning buildings, and working other low-wage jobs under federal contracts in Washington, DC, are striking again Thursday—and they're expanding their fight again.
November 12, 2014
Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 12th from 11:32 to 11:41:
- The 8-Hour Sleep Myth: How I Learned That Everything I Knew About Sleep Was Wrong – Apathy, anger and frustration at the negative tone of the campaigns resulted in the lowest percentage of voter participation since 1942.
- Editorial: The Worst Voter Turnout in 72 Years – Apathy, anger and frustration at the negative tone of the campaigns resulted in the lowest percentage of voter participation since 1942.
- What to Do About American Plutocracy – All is not lost. Change has happened in the past, against severe resistance, three times since the Civil War.
- Taking Note: The Plight of Gay Veterans – They don’t have access to the full array of benefits available to their colleagues.
- Republicans will use their Senate majority to melt the glaciers and flood the coasts – Welcome to the next two years. It'll be like the last four years, but now the Republican obstruction will be on steroids.
- I Was a Conservative Coward: How the Midterms Evoked My Shameful Past of Buying Into the Fox News Spin – Only one party is dedicated to promoting fear. Why the right will ultimately lose.
- More men need to take paternity leave — even if it hurts their careers – Paternity leave helps families and can hurt men's careers. This is exactly why more men need to do it
- Why the Right Keeps Winning and the Left Keeps Losing – Why does the Right keep winning in American politics, sometimes through electoral victories, sometimes by having the Democrats and others on the Left adopt what were traditionally right-wing policies and perspectives?
- Yet another one bites the dust: Judge rules for marriage equality in South Carolina – Marriage equality is coming to South Carolina after a federal district judge struck down the state's same-sex marriage ban.
November 11, 2014
Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 11th from 12:45 to 13:05:
- Republican Gets Electoral Comeuppance for Sleazy Slur on Black Voters – A Texas GOP candidate thought it was cute to suggest that a Democrat's supporters bling out on food stamps. It wasn't.
- California Man Blames Obama After Running Over, Killing Black Man with His Pickup – “Just because we got Obama for a president, these people think they are real special,” defendant said after his arrest.
- Our soldiers are killing themselves: One simple gun control rule could help military suicide problem – The military has a suicide epidemic. This Veterans Day, let's take a real look at how to honor service and solve it
- Exit Polls and the Extrapolation Mistake – But now that the data are coming in, we're seeing just how it was Republicans won. It wasn't because they did such a terrific job of persuading people to support their dynamic agenda for change, it was because their voters came to the polls and the Democrats' voters didn't.
- The Republicans’ Reckoning – The “party of ‘no’ ” has no agreement on what is yes.
- Can black people really stop white people from using the n-word? | Rebecca Carroll – Piers Morgan believes that if rappers cleaned up their language, white people would stop using racial slurs. But black people dont have that kind of power
- Prisons Are Destroying Communities and Making All of Us Less Safe – Isolation does not “rehabilitate” people. Disappearance does not deter harm. And prison does not keep us safe.
November 10, 2014
Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 10th from 14:01 to 14:12:
- Democrats Create An ALEC-Killer – Chastened by the conservative movement’s startling success at using national money to dominate state legislatures, liberal activists this week will ask top donors to support a plan to reverse the precipitous Democratic decline in state governments, where the party was trounced yet again on Tuesday.
- How State-Sponsored Lotteries Steal From the Poor to Give to the Rich – Last year, in the words of “Last Week Tonight” host John Oliver, “Americans basically spent more on the lottery than they spent on America.” And although lottery commercials would have you believe that proceeds go to charitable causes, the truth is a bit more complicated.
- Ferguson police’s other sin: Why grand jury must probe Brown shooting’s aftermath – As we wait to hear the grand jury's decision, one part of the horrific episode is getting way too little attention
- Video games are not making us more violent, study shows – Long-term research into homicide rates and depictions of violence in video games and movies shows no significant relationship
- Empathy Heroes: 5 People Who Changed the World By Taking Compassion to the Extreme – Teresa MacBain helps nontheists build church-like communities with social support and rituals that appeal to many religious adherents.
- Former Christian Minister: Why I Left Christianity and Started an Atheist Church – Teresa MacBain helps nontheists build church-like communities with social support and rituals that appeal to many religious adherents.
- Op-Ed Columnist: The Latest Frivolous Attack on Obamacare – Politics, not legal reasoning, is behind the assault on Obamacare that is now headed to the Supreme Court.
- Op-Ed Columnist: The Obama Opposition – Republicans would erase the accomplishments and the man.
- “It’s symbolic annihilation of history, and it’s done for a purpose. It really enforces white supremacy”: Edward Baptist on the lies we tell about slavery – Edward Baptist on horrifying truth that we memorialize Confederate soldiers and not Americans who died enslaved
- Michael Brown’s parents to testify before UN about Ferguson police violence – Lesley McSpadden and Michael Brown Sr allege in report that their sons killing violated torture rules and Ferguson police systematically target black people
November 10, 2014
Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 5th through November 10th:
- Study: Some aren’t signing up for health insurance because their politics get in the way – With the next Obamacare enrollment period set to open on Saturday, the Obama administration is hoping to get millions of people who sat on the sidelines last time to sign up for coverage through the law's health insurance marketplaces. But, the strong partisan politics surrounding the health-care law will keep some people from joining the markeplaces, new research suggests.
- How The Murder Of My Brother Forced Me To Finally Stand My Ground Against Gun Violence in America – Why does avarice trump the will of the people? Why are dead children not enough to spur action? Why are democrats and republicans unwilling to do the right thing, even as our kids run scared across bloodstained school playgrounds?
- The FBI Finally Ditches Its 80-Year-Old Definition of Rape – For nearly 80 years, U.S. officials have collected crime data from local, federal, and tribal law enforcement agencies in order to paint a statistical portrait of violent and property crimes reported across America. And for nearly 80 years, this Uniform Crime Reporting program has relied on the same old definition of rape: the “carnal knowledge of a female forcibly and against her will.”
- Kellogg’s Tony The Tiger Ad Touting Company’s Pro-Gay Achievements Angers Right Wing Group – Kellogg's sponsorship of Atlanta's Gay Pride March and outspoken support of the lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender (LGBT) community has incensed a national right-wing organization.
- Congrats, GOP: You just won control of Congress with a Democratic president – An open letter to Mitch McConnell, John Boehner, and their crew, from yours truly.
- You Broke It, You Won It – "To prevent Obama from becoming the hero who fixed Washington, McConnell decided to break it. And it worked." That's from Matt Yglesias in a post he published yesterday evening before the scope of the GOP victory became fully clear. This is succinct and it is correct.
- There is no GOP “mandate”: Not even Republicans know what their governing agenda is – Salon.com – So what’s the GOP’s big issue as they head into legislative supremacy? They don’t actually know.
November 7, 2014
The 2014 mid-term elections are over, and the inmates have taken over the asylum. Prepare for wingnuttery like you’ve never seen before.
Last Friday, I had a lot of fun poking at the nuttiest candidates on the ballot. Wednesday morning I woke up to a mind-numbing reality: they all won.
Never mind that soon-to-be Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell said the same thing earlier the same day.
Wingnuts spewed outrage all over Twitter that President didn’t just resign and hand in the White House keys.
President Obama just doesn't give a damn about last night's election, he's making that very clear.
— Katie Pavlich (@KatiePavlich) November 5, 2014
Dear American voters, President Obama just gave you the middle finger.
— Erick Erickson (@EWErickson) November 5, 2014
The reality is, Obama is going to do whatever he wants anyway. He will not be stopped, and I doubt very highly Republicans will arrest him.
— MATT DRUDGE (@DRUDGE) November 4, 2014
Plus, wingnut media has a message for Republicans: “You weren’t elected to govern!”
- Rush Limbaugh said that Republicans have a mandate to “Stop Barack Obama” and “were not elected to govern.”
- In a post-election Renew America column, Rev. Austin Miles called upon Republicans in Congress to “to get Obama out of office immediately” as their “first act” in office.
- Phyllis Schlafly told WorldNet Daily that the GOP Senate’s first priority should be blocking all of President Obama’s judicial nominees.
- Fox News’ talking heads were giddy about Congress impeaching Obama over executive action on immigration, before the voting even started.
- Fox News host Megyn Kelley fantasized that President Obama would “offend” Republicans into impeaching him.
- Fox News’ Chris Wallace predicted calls for impeachment over executive action on immigration.
- Birther columnist Lord Christopher Monckton hopes the new majority-Republican Congress will “find what in English we should call the cojones to do something about the birth certificate.” President Obama’s birth certificate, that is.
- Michael Savage said on his radio show that the GOP Congress must impeach President Obama before he “triggers an insurrection.”
November 5, 2014
Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 5th from 13:54 to 14:28:
- It Was a Great Night for Gun Reform – On a bleak night, advocates of tougher gun laws pretty much ran the table.
- The GOP’s Biggest Losers – Even as large expanses of America went “red” Tuesday night, there were a share of Republican flameouts—rising GOP stars who lost while the rest of the party was popping Champagne. Given that Republicans pulled off decisive wins in so many races that were supposed to turn out badly for them, the losses of a few overhyped GOP nominees look particularly embarrassing.
- People Voted for Republicans Last Night—That Doesn’t Mean They Like Them – Last night was not much more than a flailing, inchoate protest vote against the status quo.
- Op-Talk: Why Elections Make Us Miserable (for a Little While) – New research finds that our happiness takes a hit when our party loses, but we don’t necessarily get a bump when it wins. And this may have implications for how candidates woo us.
- Enjoy it while it lasts! GOP base is still white and aging – Yes, Democrats got hammered yesterday. But the demographics are undeniable, and the GOP's base still has no future.
- California’s Clear Message to Republicans: ‘Not Interested’ – California’s voters defied national trends.
November 5, 2014
In an otherwise dismal election, progressive populist victories on state ballot initiatives to raise the minimum wage reveal a way forward for Democrats who are paying attention.
Going into the 2014 mid-term election, the odds — and deep-pocketed billionaire donors — favored Republicans. Yet, one issue defied trends and conventional wisdom: increasing the minimum wage. After efforts to raise the federal minimum wage stalled, voters went over the heads of their own elected officials, and voted to raise wages themselves. Continue Reading →
November 4, 2014
Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for November 3rd through November 4th:
- For Many, Voting Rights Remain At Risk – Centuries later, despite constitutional amendments and congressional laws, many Americans now find that voting is viewed as a privilege instead of a right.
- It is all still about race: Obama hatred, the South and the truth about GOP wins – All the conventional wisdom you'll hear tonight is wrong: Republican gains are really proof of age-old ugliness
- Texas vote suppression debacle: Why GOP’s scheme is already working – Just as state Republicans hoped, its new photo ID law is keeping certain people from voting. Here's how bad it is
- Rich kids game the system by working for their dads – The easiest way to get your foot in the door is for your dad to hold it open for you.
- The stark difference between what poor babies and rich babies eat – What you eat in the first year of your life can affect what you crave for the rest of it.
- 5 Reasons This Year’s Midterm Elections Should Matter to Black Voters – Now is the time for African-American voters to show our collective strength at the ballot box. Of all the days to want to get involved, this is the day. Now’s the time to vote, and to take your friends and families with you to the polls. Here are five reasons why:
- Why These Midterms Are Not As Earth-Shattering As the Media Pretends – The GOP is not getting a mandate tonight.
- Christian right’s illegal ploy: Why they’re electioneering from the pulpit — and getting away with it – Conservatives worry about election integrity — except when "sacred" churches endorsing candidates come into play
- How Voter ID Laws Affect Women of Color – Headlines are telling a bleak story this election season, particularly for women of color.
- Jim Crow at the Polling Place – Just as our forefathers mostly reserved the franchise for white male property holders, the most popular voter suppression scheme today requires that eligible voters hold property. The property in question: a government-issued photo identity card.
November 3, 2014
Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for October 29th through November 3rd:
- The Republican faithful is comfortably dumb enough to worship at the bully pulpit | Jeb Lund – Chris Christie, Rick Scott and a bunch of old ladies walk into a museum on the eve of the US midterms. What happens next is everything wrong with the GOP
- Why Jesus Wouldn’t Cut It as a Pastor in Today’s Evangelical Megachurches – Jesus promoted empathy for everyone, while the actions of today's religious establishment undermine it.
- 10 Ridiculous T-Shirts for Gun Nuts That Will Make You Bang Your Head Against a Wall – Are these shirts funny, offensive, or just plain stupid?
- Why conservative Christians would have hated Jesus – Even as they profess to spread his word, fundamentalists are forgetting Jesus' most important message.
- Why Doesn’t a Cop Go to Jail for Shooting Mentally Ill Man 14 Times? – The Milwaukee police officer was fired, but the victim's family says that's not enough.
October 31, 2014
Every election year, the GOP comes up with a new crop of wingnut candidates for office. This one is no exception.
Todd Akin. Christine O’Donnell. Joe Miller. Sharron Angle. Back in 2010, they soared to new heights of wingnuttery. Will any of this elections nuttiest wingnuts become the next Todd Akin or Christine O’Donnell? It’s hard to say, because the GOP has tried to avoid minting more extreme right-wing candidates like those who flamed out in 2010. But if this list is any indication, Republicans haven’t entirely succeeded in that effort. Continue Reading →
October 29, 2014
Here are some of the people writing about some of the stuff I wish I had time to write about, for October 28th through October 29th:
- Why the Term ‘Biblical Marriage’ Is Misleading – While same-sex marriage is not endorsed in the Bible, neither is a loving, mutually agreed upon union of a man and woman.
- We must abandon Bill Cosby: A broken trust with women, black America – It is high time that we decide as a nation that the symbolic slaying (and perhaps the actual locking up) of some of our most beloved men is an entirely reasonable price to pay for creating a world safe for women and children, a world where we don’t accede to narratives that convince us yet again that predators are really “good guys.”
- A Tax Bonus for Black and Latino Men? – What if I told you that there is a policy change that is pretty much guaranteed to help low-income people of color struggling to get out of poverty, and that it has Democratic and Republican support even in today's super-polarized Congress? Sound too good to be true? Well that's what the Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) expansion is.
- America’s 10 Worst LGBT Work Insults – These are just 10 of the hundreds of comments made to this year's LGBT2020 research by U.S. respondents, who chose to write — in their own words — what is happening right now in their workplaces.
- Video Proof That Men Are Pigs – In this video titled “10 Hours of Walking in NYC as a Woman,” we get to bear witness to what it’s like for a young woman to get from A to B, and why sometimes a compliment feels like harassment.
- Black Freedom Fighters in Ferguson: Some of Us Are Queer – This week for #FergusonFridays we turn to two Black queer leaders, Ashley Yates and Larry Fellows III, who have been working on the front line in Ferguson, MO along with others from the start of the burgeoning movement.
- Empathy Deficit Disorder – Almost two-thirds of working Americans are living paycheck to paycheck. And they’re worried sick about whether their kids will ever make it. They need leaders who understand their plight instead of denying it.
- How our winner-take-all society makes us tougher on our kids – The rise of helicopter parents like Amy Chua, whose 2011 book "Battle Hymn of the Tiger Mother" brought attention to an increasingly popular parenting style emphasizing hard work and strict child rearing, could be less of a cultural phenomenon than a mere economic reality.
October 29, 2014
A riot in New Hampshire, and a likely acquittal in Ferguson, Missouri, underscore that blacks and whites still live in very different America’s, under very different rules. The comparison was inevitable, as the images of unrest in Ferguson were still fresh in the minds of Americans, when a riot of a different color broke out in Keene, New Hampshire last week. Continue Reading →