Open Thread: Love & Kindness

The next few years are going to be a dark time. I like to think that I'm a generally optimistic person, but I've found precious little to be cheerful about in these past two weeks, and giving up on activism entirely is a thought that's crossed my mind. In the months to come, I feel as though we're all going to need reminders that there's goodness in the world and that it's worth defending.So, let's have a thread devoted to love and kindness. This is the place to share something that gives … [Read more...]

Searching for the Path Ahead

If you've been paying attention, you may have noticed that my blog output has been spotty since the election. Part of that was the expected emotional low I felt in the days immediately afterward, but I'm mostly past that. However, I have an admission to make. I'm stuck at a dilemma, and I don't see a way to move past it.Here's the problem I'm having: I don't know if I want to keep writing about politics. Truthfully, I don't see what the point is.I have no doubt that I could spend the … [Read more...]

What to Do Now

This is a guest post by my wife Elizabeth, who blogs and podcasts at Political Flavors. Follow her on Twitter at @MissCherryPi.I'm an optimist and so Trump's election came as a huge shock to me. I was so sure Hillary Clinton would be our next president I never even considered what this would feel like. On election night, family and friends who knew of my certainty in a Clinton victory texted me things like "I'm scared. Please reassure me." and I responded "Don't worry, everything's fine! It … [Read more...]

The Morning After

I was so, so wrong. I'm still numb. Disbelief.If there were anything that gave me even slim comfort on this awful day, it would be that all the polls got it just as wrong as I did. I don't feel that I did the wrong thing by relying on the best data we had. But it's clear that this was the worst polling failure in the history of politics. A lot of pollsters are going to have some serious explaining to do before I ever trust them again.I thought I knew my country. I was wrong. I thought … [Read more...]

Election 2016, Everybody Stop Freaking Out Edition

First things first: Vote. Vote. Vote. Vote for president. Vote in downballot races. Vote if you live in a swing state. Vote if you live in a safe state. Find your polling place. Make a plan for how and when you'll get there. Most of all, get out and vote. And after you've voted, if you have the time and the inclination, help others do it too: Phone bank. Knock doors. Help drive eligible voters to the polls.Have you done all that? Good. Now, here's what I have to say to liberals: For the love … [Read more...]

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...]

Hello World

I've had some big announcements brewing, and here's the biggest. This is my son:If you think you missed something, you didn't - we deliberately didn't post on blogs or social media about the pregnancy. He was born on September 7 at 6:21 PM. Mother and baby are both healthy and well.Posting may be sporadic for the next few weeks, obviously. I have some reposts ready to go, and I'll check in and answer comments as I have the time.And now that this little secret is out of the bag, … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: September 3

• Michele Bachmann says Christian conservatives will never win another election if Hillary Clinton wins this one. From her mouth to God's ears!• On Radiolab this week, "The Girl Who Doesn't Exist": Alecia Faith Pennington escaped a conservative-Christian/sovereign-citizen homeschool cult, but her parents deliberately never got her a birth certificate, a Social Security number, or any other ID. How do you prove to the world that you exist?• Humanity is solving … [Read more...]

Friday Night Music: Criminal

I've mostly focused on newer stuff rather than nostalgia for these music posts. But reading about President Obama's 2016 summer playlist put me in mind of this '90s classic from Fiona Apple (which is now just over 20 years old, yikes): … [Read more...]

Weekend Coffee: July 30

• Yes, the Green Party nominee Jill Stein is an anti-vaxer. Since Stein is an actual doctor, this is especially inexcusable. Note that Hillary Clinton is the only remaining presidential candidate who's pro-vaccine.• In very good news, a federal court strikes down North Carolina's brazenly racist voter ID law. They didn't even try to disguise what they were doing:As the court explains, North Carolina passed its omnibus voting bill, SL 2013-381, almost immediately after the … [Read more...]