This Week in Misogyny is Doing the Stride of Pride

Because why are we still calling it a walk of shame anyway? Oh right, because people are terrible. Let’s see just how terrible people were this week! (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny is Doing the Stride of Pride

This Week in Misogyny Has Leadership Skills

So many people were truly terrible this week, but we’ve got a few awesome people to try to balance them out. And if you somehow missed the worst Photoshop ever, you’re gonna love this week’s TWiM! (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny Has Leadership Skills

Friday News Bites: Cathy McMorris Rodgers Remains Willfully Ignorant + Strange-But-True Stories

Friends, I lived in Spokane, Washington for seven years, where Cathy McMorris Rodgers kept getting reelected, while the Democratic party seemed to merely wring their hands and would run ineffectual candidates against her. After her barrage of campaign ads, we would then get her “surveys” in the mail asking what our “concerns” were, all with very leading GOP-talking points as potential answers. OH BELIEVE ME, I filled in that comments section. And isn’t it lovely how, despite having a son with special needs, she felt it fine to vote against the re-authorization of the State Children’s Health Insurance Program. I’m not sure what she expected people without her government-paid insurance to do if they were in the same situation.

In sum: Well, of course I’m not surprised that she didn’t fact-check her State of the Union response.

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This Week in Misogyny: New Year, Same Old Shit

Welcome to 2014! Things don’t seem to be much better here in the future, do they? (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny: New Year, Same Old Shit

From My Emergency Government Shutdown Bunker

Even though it sounds melodramatic, I feel like sometimes we are living life under siege. This feeling is much stronger now that the House Republicans have shut down our country’s government because they are displeased with the Affordable Care Act, aka “Obamacare.” Read More From My Emergency Government Shutdown Bunker

Midweek News: Good News, Bad News

I’m going to try a new format this week: bad news, good news. Hopefully we’ll all feel a bit more cheerful at the end of it. Read More Midweek News: Good News, Bad News

The Definition of Insanity

For anyone who doesn’t known someone in 12-step recovery or who doesn’t have a folk-wisdom-spouting Bubbe (or Nona or Grammy or Nana, etc.), “the definition of insanity is doing the same thing and expecting a different result.” This perhaps-overused aphorism has so many useful applications, I won’t bore you with too many. (Let’s just say in our house, it applies to everything from why I don’t keep Reese’s Peanut Butter Cups in the house, to our current search for an alarm clock guaranteed to wake a 17-year-old boy.) Read More The Definition of Insanity