Category Archives: Culture

Those Dangerous Anti-Vaccine Conservatives!

I wasn’t quite sure what was going on the other day when I logged into my social media accounts and was immediately overwhelmed with scores of impassioned posts on the typically unexciting topic of vaccinations. Everyone was talking about it, and most of the rhetoric seemed to come in the form of angry parent-shaming, with…

It’s Time for the Flat Tax

Here’s a bulletin: President Obama wants wealthy Americans to pay higher taxes. I know: What else is new? The proposed increase is part of the president’s budget he just sent to Congress, a budget that at least in part tries to deal with income inequality by taking more from the so-called rich and giving their…

Super Bowl Mania – I Just Don’t Get It

Don’t hate me but I really don’t get the mania that surrounds the Super Bowl.  Yes, I get the money aspect.  I know there’s plenty of money thrown around in Vegas; I know the cost of 30 second commercials during the Super Bowl.  Even in Seattle, our driver got hundred dollar tips last year at the…

US to France: “You’ve Got a Friend”

Really? I was horrified and perplexed when I saw the video of James Taylor singing “You’ve Got a Friend” recently.  Instead of sending a high-ranking official to the Paris March earlier this month condemning the Islamist jihadists’ attack on and murder of employees at Charlie Hebdo, John Kerry schleps aging James Taylor over to Paris…

Success of American Sniper Stokes Anti-Military Derangement

American Sniper

This morning on MSNBC’s Morning Joe, reporter Ayman Mohyeldin was on the panel to discuss the runaway success of the film American Sniper. “If you don’t know anything about Chris Kyle… if you don’t know this is a true story, this is a great movie,” said Mohyeldin. After detailing some of the elements that made…

Sexism of Women Waiting to Use a Public Toilet? You’re Kiddin’, Right?

When I heard about Soraya Chemaly’s article, recently published in Time magazine, entitled “The Everyday Sexism of Women Waiting in Public Toilet Lines,” I really thought it was a joke. Nope.  She’s absolutely serious.  She believes long lines for women’s restrooms are the result of a history that favors men’s bodies.  This is laughable.  She…

What if Marilyn Monroe And Albert Einstein Made a Baby …

How’s this for a newsflash: “Rapid progress in genetics is making ‘designer babies’ more likely and society needs to be prepared, leading scientists have told the BBC.” The subject has long been the stuff of science fiction, and it’s still way off in the future (if it happens at all), but one doctor, a pioneer…

The Vindication of ‘Drill, Baby, Drill’

drill baby drill

Back in 2008, Americans began hearing the phrase “Drill, baby, drill” thrown around in Republican circles. It was a simple message that proposed the simple solution of increased domestic drilling to deal with some of our nation’s energy problems, like high gas prices and our reliance on foreign oil. Michael Steele, who was the RNC…