December 7, 2018

Laura is upset. She watched the Politics and Hollywood segment, and it upset her. She watched it at her parents’ home, in Florida. That didn’t help.  Click through to read more! Read more

December 6, 2018

Yesterday, Ross Douthat published an opinion piece in the New York Times titled Why We Miss the Wasps. His byline: “Their more meritocratic, diverse and secular successors rule us neither as wisely nor as well.” The entire piece is bizarre. Douthat’s basic argument is that we—the American people—long for a past period when a White Anglo-Saxon Protestant (WASP) elite ruled our country with “noblesse oblige,” displaying nobility, generosity, and wise, sound leadership. Click through to read more! Read more

December 5, 2018

Froehle’s certainly right about one thing—his accidental meme got people talking. And all of these adaptions, criticisms, and re-adaptions are just part of that broader conversation.  Click here to read more! Read more

December 4, 2018

If Philando Castile’s death showed that second amendment rights are for white people, Roberson and Bradford’s deaths suggest that a black person is not allowed to be “a good guy with a gun”—at least in the eyes of police. Click through to read more! Read more

December 3, 2018

Last night, NPR was on in the kitchen while I washed up after supper. I proceeded to reorganize my Tupperware and mop the floor, because I didn’t want to leave the room—I was riveted. On Little War on the Prairie, producers of This American Life told a story I had heard snippets of before, but with a level of detail that made me feel like I was there. It was the story of the expulsion of the Dakota Indians from Minnesota.  Click through to read more! Read more

December 2, 2018

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 read more! Read more

December 1, 2018

Saturday Link Love is a 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

November 30, 2018

Does Jody have no one from the U.S. government that she can go to about this? She’s an ambassador for the United States. She doesn’t have to just let this happen! (Also, just in general, playing fast and loose with other people’s ambassadors is typically frowned on.) Click through to read more! Read more

November 29, 2018

For all the Right’s adulation of the Pledge of Allegiance—which they insist our schoolchildren must recite daily—there was no Pledge of Allegiance until 1892. The Found Fathers never recited the Pledge of Allegiance. Beyond this, the words “Under God” were not added to the Pledge of Allegiance until 1954, during the Cold War.  Click through to read more! Read more

November 28, 2018

Creating fairy tales about transparent evils everyone agreed on (they didn’t) allows Americans to brush off actual evils today because not everyone sees them for the evils they are—true evils, the claim seems to be, were never complicated. If things look complicated today, there must be more to the story.  Click through to read more! Read more

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