Friday Night Music: Spirits

I'm digging this song by the Strumbellas, a Canadian band that describes themselves as variously as "FolkPop, RockGrass, AltCountry". I heard it on the radio and had to check out the rest of the album, and I wasn't disappointed. The video even has an offbeat Halloween feel:What have you been listening to lately? … [Read more...]

Scott Adams Can’t See the Elephant

In the past, I've mocked the privileged obliviousness of Scott Adams, Dilbert cartoonist and Man Who Knows One Thing. I have to revisit Adams, because in this election, he's come out of the closet as a Donald Trump fan.As Ben Dolnick hilariously outlines, this makes sense because they're kindred spirits in many ways. Like Trump, Adams has a pronounced narcissistic streak and an extremely high regard for his own talents. (Remember the sockpuppet incident?) He also shares Trump's belief that … [Read more...]

The Trumpist Rejection of Democracy

As the election careens to a close, Donald Trump is clinging tightly to denial, surrounding himself with worshipful crowds and blasting out e-mails about how his victory is imminent. But in quieter moments, it seems even he's getting a glimmer of the truth that he's headed for a landslide loss.We can tell that he knows this, because to salve his ego, he's been making a preemptive excuse: the election is going to be stolen from him through mass voter fraud. On the campaign trail in recent … [Read more...]

Hillary Clinton’s Silent Majority

With the 2016 presidential election less than a month away, Hillary Clinton has a commanding lead in the polls and in most swing states. In fact, she's been consistently in the lead this entire campaign. Barring some almost unimaginable last-minute change in the race, she's set to become the next president.Especially since decision day is so near, you'd think the media would find it worthwhile to delve into her base of support. Who's voting for Clinton and and why? What are their hopes and … [Read more...]

Women Deserve Equal Rights, Not Chivalry

Donald Trump's boasting about his ability to "grab [women] by the pussy" has opened the floodgates.Since those remarks came to light, corroborating stories are popping up all over. In a 2005 interview with Howard Stern, Trump chortled about how, at beauty pageants he owned, he would barge into the contestants' dressing rooms in the hope of seeing them naked. Five women in the Miss Teen USA pageant have confirmed that he did this to them - yes, peeping on teenagers.Other women have also … [Read more...]

When Should a President Prosecute Their Predecessor?

The standout moment at Sunday's debate had to be Donald Trump's thuggish threat to jail Hillary Clinton:"If I win," Donald Trump threatened Hillary Clinton during Sunday night's debate, "I am going to instruct my attorney general to get a special prosecutor to look into your situation... People have been, their lives have been destroyed for doing one fifth of what you have done. And it's a disgrace.""You know," Clinton later responded, "It's just awfully good that someone with the … [Read more...]

All the Kingdoms of the World

By now, you've heard, we've arrived at a new low in an election season that's seen no shortage of them. In 2005, Donald Trump was caught on a hot mic backstage at Access Hollywood, bragging about his ability to sexually assault women and get away with it, and we've just heard the tape:"I've got to use some Tic Tacs, just in case I start kissing her," Trump says. "You know I'm automatically attracted to beautiful [women] — I just start kissing them. It's like a magnet. Just kiss. I don't e … [Read more...]

Make Catholicism Cool Again

I've written about the decline of Catholicism and the church's attempts to stay relevant. The latest such attempt is playing out in Brooklyn, as you can see in this puff piece:The two Franciscan friars, complete with floor-length robes, stood behind the bar outside the 100-year-old church taking cash and slinging cans of Coors and Lime-A-Ritas in Greenpoint, Brooklyn.The diocese of Brooklyn called in the friars to revitalize the Holy Family Slovak Church in Greenpoint, which was on … [Read more...]

20 Things I’ll Teach My Son

Ever since my son was conceived, I've been thinking about what I want to teach him, about life and about the kind of person he should strive to be. It's going to be a while before he's old enough to absorb any kind of major life lessons, but that makes it more important to start coming up with ideas now, so I won't be unprepared when the time comes.I'm not going to list basic principles like the Golden Rule, because those go without saying. In this post, I'd like to collect the ideas that … [Read more...]

Roy Moore’s Final Act

Good news from Alabama: disgraced Christian theocrat Roy Moore has been booted out of his judicial seat. The state Court of the Judiciary suspended Moore without pay for the rest of his term, removing him from office in all but name.This is the final act of a drama that began last year, when Moore attempted to provoke a constitutional crisis by ordering state courts to ignore a federal court decision in favor of same-sex marriage. He called it an "unlawful opinion[] issued without … [Read more...]