July 26, 2016

I’ll have more to say later—a lot more—about the candidates and narratives of this year’s election, but I wanted to take a moment to post an open thread for discussion of both conventions. I should have opened this thread last week—or perhaps a dedicated thread for the Republican Party convention—but better late than never. Click through to read more! Read more

July 25, 2016

I was going to post something about politics today, but then I realized that there is way too much about politics out there right now, and that politics is a dark and unhappy place. So instead, I’m going to write about parenting. Click through to read more! Read more

July 24, 2016

It’s time for another Lesbian Duplex thread! If you have a link or article or interesting thought that’s not relevant to an ongoing thread, you can share it here. If a conversation on another post has turned entirely off topic, you can bring it here also. Click through to enjoy! Read more

July 23, 2016

Saturday Link Love is a new feature where I collect and post links to various articles I’ve come upon over the past week. Feel free to share any interesting articles you’ve come along as well! The more the merrier. Click through to read more! Read more

July 22, 2016

The interview in which Donald Trump stated that, under a Trump presidency, the U.S. would not necessarily fulfill its NATO obligations has been discussed at length. What I have not seen widely examined is what that interview says about how Trump views civil liberties. This isn’t going to be pretty, but it desperately needs to be discussed. Click through to read more! Read more

July 22, 2016

But let me tell you what I am wondering. Peter says he is in love with Gwen and would marry her that Saturday if there wasn’t the whole previous divorce Bible issue at play here. But let me ask you this: When have Peter and Gwen ever had a conversation about something other than this case, Gordon, or Casey? When have they just hung out, as two people able to be at ease around each other? The answer is never. Click through to read more! Read more

July 21, 2016

The Republican Party platform’s section on marriage and the family rests on some really bad science—or rather, on a fundamental misunderstanding of how science works. It’s as though no one ever taught the platform’s authors the difference between correlation and causation. It’s an elementary mistake. It’s data science 101. Click through to read more! Read more

July 20, 2016

Holy shit, you guys, there’s a herd of hungry velociraptors coming straight for us! We need to all get in this fleet of trucks we’ve got here and drive us to safety as fast as we can! Click through to read more of this guest post! Read more

July 19, 2016

American immigration history is fascinating, as is the history of naturalization. I suspect most Americans have never heard of Takao Ozawa or Bhagat Singh Thind. I suspect most Americans know essentially nothing about the Treaty of Guadalupe Hidalgo, or about why Hispanics are considered white on surveys or in government statistics. I suspect most Americans don’t know that at one time you had to be white to become a naturalized citizen, or that the Immigration Act of 1924 chose to use the year 1890 as an anchor for its quota system because that year best allowed them to limit immigration from eastern and southern Europe, whose peoples were considered inferior. Click through to learn about these things and more! Read more

July 18, 2016

I can count on one hand the number of times I’ve been pulled over by police. The first time, it was late and I was tired, driving across the state to a friend’s house. I was weaving slightly, and I think the cop who pulled me over thought I was drunk. When he saw that I wasn’t—and he didn’t even breathalyze me—he let me go, urging me to be more careful. The second time, I didn’t come to a full stop at a stop sign. Again I was only given a warning, a reminder to be more careful. I can’t recall any other times I’ve been pulled over by police, and I’ve been driving for over ten years. And no, I’m not the world’s most cautious driver. I’m pretty normal. I’m also white. Click through to read more! Read more

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