A fourth of July examination of patriotism through the songs of iconic American artists

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“Take Me Home, Country Roads” — John Denver (1971)

Almost heaven, West Virginia
Blue ridge mountains, Shenandoah river
Life is old there, older than the trees
Younger than the mountains, blowing like a breeze

The American great outdoors are under attack by its own Government.

Despite America’s tradition of celebrating and protecting its natural parks and forests, the US Government now actively denies the existence of climate change.

The 45th US President put American citizens and resources in imminent peril when he pulled out of the Paris Climate Accord and dismantled US climate policy.

READ: The Atlantic

“American Girl” — Tom Petty (1976)

After all it was a great big world
With lots of places to run to
And if she had to die tryin’
She had one little promise she was gonna…

Spoiler Alert!

about “This is Us” on NBC

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Contains Spoilers about “This Is Us” Season 1 Finale

The Origins of The Necklace

Remember back in Episode 2 when Rebecca told Jack that he was a better parent than her — when he’s sober? But that he was never sober and he was basically going to ruin everyone’s lives?

Well, Jack takes constructive criticism better than any man I’ve ever encountered. He not only decides to stop drinking cold turkey, he also brings home a beautiful, unique gift to demonstrate his commitment.

It’s a delicate lunar pendant, in the shape of a waning crescent moon.

Scandal” and the post-election universe

about “Scandal” on ABC


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Since Kerry Washington’s big beautiful baby belly pushed (get it? a maternity joke!) Scandal’s” S6 premiere to the midseason, I’ve been wondering how our favorite politically fuckedupsidedown universe would handle itself in the era of the Orange Foolius.

The season premiere of “Scandal” revealed that while some things about this show will never change — that song still plays anytime Fitz and Liv are on screen together (woof) — there are a few new metaphors to play with now that real America is being run by Cheetolini.

And oh, what fun it is. …

Try these “Gilmore Girls” arguments instead of fighting about politics.

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Twenty-Sixteen. The Year of Infinite Suck. The Year of Perpetual Darkness. The year we lost Prince, and Bowie, and Snape, and Leonard, and Gene, and Elie, and Anton, and The Greatest. The EU lost the UK. A lot of us lost a horrific 16 month election cycle. Here in America, 11 months into the Year of Relentless Torpor, we’re ready to lose our fucking minds.

Just 👏 In 👏 Time 👏 For 👏 Thanksgiving.

At least there’s the “Gilmore Girls” revival — November 25th on Netflix!

As family members from across the political spectrum gather around for what will likely be one of the most contentious Thanksgivings in modern memory, allow me to share one of the many gifts from my cornucopia of coping mechanisms. …

Who your favorite “Gilmore Girls” characters would have voted for in 2016.

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What was 2016 all about if not politicizing the things we hold dear? Let’s explore the partisan preferences of our beloved Gilmores and their friends, neighbors, and love interests.

Dean Forrester

Dean was a sweet guy while he was “the perfect first boyfriend” to Rory in his teen years, but he probably peaked at Stars Hollow High. We know that Dean grew up in a house where his mom cooked family dinner every single night, and he thought that was “really nice.” Until, that is, the economy pushed her into the workplace, transcribing medical records part time. We know Dean’s a bit of a jock, playing high school hockey and pick up softball games. We know he married his high school sweetheart before he could legally drink a beer and that he dropped out of community college. And we know that he’s STILL working at — you guessed it — D0ose’s Market, when we return to Stars Hollow for ‘A Year In The Life.’ …

1. The very first scene

This guy in the elevator is super scared and that makes me super scared.

2. The silhouette behind the clothesline


3. It found Barb

What the shit was that?

4. R-U-N

Homemade ouija boards are never a good idea.

5. Nancy goes Upside Down

At least she had a flashlight.

6. When Eleven touched it.

Not gonna lie, I screamed a little.

Our hard-hitting investigation.

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Rory has her doubts, but we think there’s more to consider here.

“A Year In The Life,” the much anticipated 4-part Netflix reboot of “Gilmore Girls” finally has release date. November 25th, 2016. Black Friday. It’s going to be a magical weekend, with built in binge-watching snacks in the form of Thanksgiving leftovers.

Mark your calendars, yo.

Annnnd, we now have our first look at the Gilmores since we left them nine years ago. In Netflix’s announcement video, Lorelai and Rory are parked around the kitchen table, snacking on Pop Tarts (duh), and Lorelai wonders out loud, “Do you think Amy Schumer would like me?”

We want to know the answer. Let’s review the evidence together, shall we? …

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Freaking us out right into our hearts.

1. When she inhaled those fries

Fries before guys with guns

2. When she scared all the boys with her body


3. When her non-verbal communication was on point


4. When she levitated Star Wars toys just because she was bored

Still trying to perfect this skill myself

5. When she had her “She’s All That” moment

Pretty? Pretty okay.

6. When she channeled the slaying powers of Beyonce to get revenge on a bully

Stars in her eyes
She fights for the power, keeping time..
Six inch heels, she walked in the club like nobody’s business
Goddamn, she murdered everybody and I was her witness

7. When her superpowers were too much for 80s technology



She’s perfect and I am dead.

9. When that bully didn’t listen the first time so she had to take it up a level


10. When she became one of the guys

11. When she sacrificed herself for her friends

I’ll never recover. Team 11 forever.

Originally published on July 22, 2016.


Ashley McAtee

I write about Culture & Entertainment. Ask me about my #feminist agenda.

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