The “U Mad Bro?” Conundrum

How Can We Hold Accountable Those Who Lack Shame? I’ve talked about my childhood experiences with bullies pretty often on this blog; especially about how it felt like any attempt to battle them proved futile. Ignoring them didn’t work, fighting back didn’t work, even when I “won,” they seemed to only take it as aContinue reading “The “U Mad Bro?” Conundrum”

My Unpopular Opinion: Social Distancing Contributed To The Capitol

COVID Restrictions Nearly Led Me Down A Dark Path, How Many Others Got Caught In That Trap? Back in August, I published my most popular blog entry on here, about how I nearly got sucked into the QAnon wormhole that clearly millions of other Americans, including at least two members of Congress, have gotten lostContinue reading “My Unpopular Opinion: Social Distancing Contributed To The Capitol”

A Nation Is Liberated From It’s Tormentor. Now What?

He Can’t Hurt Us Anymore, But The Trauma Will Last For A Long Time. Let’s Do Something Good With It He’s gone. He can’t hurt us anymore. Donald Trump is no longer the President of the United States. He is permanently banned from Twitter. He no longer has any power to yield over those heContinue reading “A Nation Is Liberated From It’s Tormentor. Now What?”

White Privilege Nearly Toppled The United States Government

No One Except A White-Dominated, Conservative-Aligned Movement Could’ve Gotten This Far I know what you’re probably thinking. You probably had an Andrew Sullivan-type reaction to this headline; an eye-roll; a grunt; a “why does everything have to be about race?” I’m sure you have some reaction in there about how “wokeness” is the problem andContinue reading “White Privilege Nearly Toppled The United States Government”

We Absolutely Tried To Tell You

Treating Trumpism With Kid Gloves Has Brought The Country To The Brink The day after Joe Biden was finally projected to be the winner of the presidential election in November, I looked around at some of my former Trump friends’ social media sites to see what their reactions would be. Some of it was schadenfreudeContinue reading “We Absolutely Tried To Tell You”

How Christmas Makes Me Understand Modern American Conservatism

Much Like Conservatives, I Get Irrationally Angry And Scared When People Don’t Share My Traditions When I was younger, I had a weird annual ritual. I would keep a mental note of how many neighbors decorated their houses for Christmas, and kept that note ready to see if they did it next year. I rememberContinue reading “How Christmas Makes Me Understand Modern American Conservatism”

1876, Or Why This Is The Last Election Democrats Will Be Allowed To Win

It May Sound Hysterical, But There’s A Flaw In Our System That Will Allow Republicans To Steal The Next One Imagine This Scenario: A Democrat wins 51 percent of the popular vote – a seven or eight million popular vote margin – and 270+ Electoral Votes, but the Republican candidate claims fraud in three states,Continue reading “1876, Or Why This Is The Last Election Democrats Will Be Allowed To Win”

There Are Limits To What ‘Leadership’ Can Do

We All Wish The President Took COVID Seriously, But Ultimately It Matters Who Listens Anyway German Chancellor Angela Merkel is getting the viral treatment on Twitter again. A video of her desperately pleading with the German people to adhere to COVID guidelines has made its rounds this week. In the video, she apologizes to theContinue reading “There Are Limits To What ‘Leadership’ Can Do”

The Urban-Rural Divide Is A Product Of Imagination And Misplaced Fear

Leftists Don’t Hate Or Look Down On Rural Americans, But The Right Is Happy To Exploit That Idea When I was growing up in Queens, my mom’s best friend had three nieces who were all close to my age. We all went to the same elementary school and we lived six blocks apart. We hungContinue reading “The Urban-Rural Divide Is A Product Of Imagination And Misplaced Fear”

No, You Can’t Have Time To Grieve

I’m Sorry Your Feelings Are Hurt, Be Have A Country In Crisis That Needs Tending To “Facts Don’t Care About Your Feelings” is a quote made famous by conservative wunderkid Ben Shapiro years ago when he insisted on referring to transgender individuals by the gender they were assigned at birth, not what they identify with.Continue reading “No, You Can’t Have Time To Grieve”