Friday News Bites: #BlackLivesMatter, #AliveWhileBlack + More

Though I have a few other news stories of note that I will cover in a separate post, the past two weeks have been all about reading up on Michael Brown and Eric Garner’s deaths and the abysmal stats and stories from around our country that clearly say these two men are not isolated cases. If these links have been covered elsewhere, fine. Look again. Keep looking and listening so that we might incrementally stop the systemic racism people experience every day. I don’t know anyone who expects change overnight, but that’s still no excuse to pretend that it doesn’t exist. Let’s get started.

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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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Forget the Other Housewives: It’s All About “Mob Wives”

We’ve seen real housewives, desperate housewives, and basketball wives, but nothing, nothing, can prepare you for Mob Wives.

It may be on VH1, home of the worst reality shows of all time, but Mob Wives makes up for all the Flavor of Love and Celebrity Rehabs combined. Featuring four Staten Island women – Drita D’Avanzo, Carla Facciolo, Karen Gravano, and Renee Graziano – with various connections to “the lifestyle,” Mob Wives is not for the faint of heart; fights start at the drop of a hat, expletives are dropped with the greatest of ease, and you never know who’s going to wind up in prison. Yes, it’s as intense – and entertaining – as it sounds.  Read More Forget the Other Housewives: It’s All About “Mob Wives”