This Week in Misogyny: The Rest of the News Was Pretty Horrible, Too

Y’all, it has been quite the week. We actually have a little bit of good news, but the rest is pretty bleak. Of course, the killings in Santa Barbara dominated the news (meriting a separate post), but here’s everything else that you might have missed. (As usual, trigger warnings for pretty much everything apply.) Read More This Week in Misogyny: The Rest of the News Was Pretty Horrible, Too

7 Questions for a Witty Gentleman: Subject N

Subject N insisted on being referred to as “Project Alpha” because he doesn’t like things in alphabetical order, but I do, so we’ll just go ahead and do both. Special thanks to Project Alpha/Subject N for answering these questions with absolutely no idea as to why he was being asked. He’s a good sport. Read More 7 Questions for a Witty Gentleman: Subject N

Civil Vandalism: A Manifesto

There are many ways in which I could be a better person. I could drop my laundry quarters into the coffee cups of the panhandlers outside my office. I could work to suppress my nervous reaction to sad or uncomfortable news, which is to giggle uncontrollably. Read More Civil Vandalism: A Manifesto

Keith Olbermann’s Final Countdown

I wish someone would just tell me how to feel about Olbermann’s sudden, contract-rending departure from MSNBC. Currently I’m torn between thinking the Hillary-demonizing, Assange-defending narcissist had it coming, and being genuinely saddened that lefties have lost the largest, shiniest jewel in their commentating crown. Read More Keith Olbermann’s Final Countdown

The Business of Hating and Being Hated

The saying “You can catch more flies with honey than vinegar” has gone out of vogue, mostly because flies don’t support haute couture habits, nor will they finance a 100-acre estate. If you want to be rich,  throw out the honey and the vinegar; invest in pepper spray. In America anyway, a good number of the wealthy and (in)famous scaled the economic pyramid because, not in spite of, their reputation as rabble-rousing malcontents, the mean boys and girls who are unafraid to inspire a little hatred and a lot of indigestion. Read More The Business of Hating and Being Hated

Political Round-up: Tragedies,Take-Backs and Terrible People

The single biggest new item this week was the shooting in Tucson, which so overshadowed, among other things, the first full work week of the 112th Congress, that most of today’s round-up items are directly or tangentially related to it. As in the wake of Columbine, both sides of the gun rights debate have proposed and are gearing up to debate new bills, while plenty of across-the-aisle sniping has ensured Sarah Palin and Glenn Beck remain ever-present in the news cycle. Read More Political Round-up: Tragedies,Take-Backs and Terrible People