July, 2010

Not exactly a slow news day

By · Friday, July 30th, 2010 · 21 Comments »

Okay folks, I’m just going to call this an open thread. There’s so much in the news: 1. TIME Magazine puts mutilated Afghan woman on the cover. I’m linking to the Jezebel article about it because Irin Carmon has the most thoughtful take I’ve seen. 2. Shirley Sherrod is going to sue Andrew Breitbart. Professor […]

A video that made me happy

By · Thursday, July 29th, 2010 · 5 Comments »

Maybe it will make you happy too:

Proof that American idioms are better than British idioms

By · Monday, July 26th, 2010 · 28 Comments »

First of all, I should start by saying that I’m very tired. I was up all night trying to find a good solution to stationery needs for the Secret Feminist Cabal (which, while terribly powerful and awe-inspiring, can’t afford to pay much). But my mood is good! Cheerful, even. Or maybe just punchy. At any […]

Thank you, Lord Saletan

By · Saturday, July 24th, 2010 · 6 Comments »

Dude is not exactly my favorite person, but he’s done a Good Thing. And now I don’t have to do it, which makes me happy because I’m in a bad mood anyway. Here’s the deal: one of the things that’s been annoying the living fuck out of me about the Sherrod business is the wingnut […]

Two posts on the Sherrod mess

By · Thursday, July 22nd, 2010 · 37 Comments »

Both well-written, both offering cogent summaries of key aspects of the case. Amy Davidson’s Two Minutes in Georgia, from the New Yorker blog, is superb: The most obvious aspect of the Shirley Sherrod affair is its shabbiness. How many minutes do you spare before deciding to destroy someone’s life? It would be nice if the […]

Memories…light the corners of my mind

By · Wednesday, July 21st, 2010 · 10 Comments »

Misty watercolor memories….. Planned Parenthood Federation of America President Cecile Richards’ Statement on Abortion Ban in New High-Risk Insurance Pools “Based on the Obama administration’s statement, we are deeply disappointed that the administration has voluntarily and unnecessarily decided to impose limits on private funds used to purchase health insurance coverage for abortion care in the […]

Women’s rights, 162 years later

By · Monday, July 19th, 2010 · 3 Comments »

Today is the anniversary of Seneca Falls. Two years ago I used this occasion to publish a review of how much progress women have made since 1848. Since the topic is still relevant (and since an html table, once made, should never be put to waste), I decided to republish it today. ******************************************************************** July 19, […]

Attention, Mr. Erskine Bowles

By · Monday, July 12th, 2010 · 11 Comments »

I’ve prepared this brief Q&A for your edification: How is the federal government’s “debt” like ordinary debt? It’s not. How is the federal deficit like a cancer? It’s not. Now shut the fuck up you goddamn lying moron twit.

Attention anyone who has emailed me or is expecting any kind of reply from me on anything

By · Monday, July 12th, 2010 · 1 Comment »

Sorry. Last week my email connection kept getting hosed, so everything got backed up. On top of the stuff that was already backed up because I’m so goddamn busy.


By · Friday, July 2nd, 2010 · 42 Comments »

Google News is full of Mel Gibson’s racist rant, in which he employed a racial slur as part of a tirade against his girlfriend: “You’re an embarrassment to me,” Mel tells her at one point. “You look like a f***ing pig in heat, and if you get raped by a pack of n***ers, it will […]