A meteorologist in Northern Michigan was recently fired from his television station after 33 years for refusing to get vaccinated against COVID-19. Predictably, his response was to spew forth the same verbal excrement that so many of his persuasion have been spewing ever since this all began:
Freedom liberty tyranny my body my choice! Liberty freedom my body tyranny my choice! Freedom my body! Tyranny! Liberty my choice! Freedom! My body! Tyranny! Liberty!
As if to underscore the spirit behind this line of thinking, he used his departure message on Facebook to assert that since he had concluded that he…
A little over a week ago we lost Stosh, our beloved 15-year-old dog whose loyal and gentle presence was at the center of so many fond family memories over the past decade and a half.
He was my parents’ dog, but more than that, he was a family dog in every sense of the term. He simply wanted to be with all of his people all the time and he showed a fondness for all those whom he considered part of his pack. That fondness, needless to say, was returned many times over by many people who knew him.
I’ll eventually sound like a broken record but if that’s what’s required to underscore this urgent point, I’m fine with it:
Republicans understand that a majority of the voting public does not support their regressive ideas (to the extent that they even have any, beyond their cult worship of a flabby, spray-tanned, leather-skinned, 70-something sociopath), that demographic trends in key places are moving quickly against them, and that the clout they currently enjoy is largely owed to an antiquated, broken electoral system that is grotesquely rigged in their favor. …
Last month when I took a trip to Colorado and New Mexico to hike to the top of those states’ respective highest points, the absolutely ferocious winds at the summit of each of them conveyed a vivid message to me without a single spoken word, but also in no uncertain terms: You’re not supposed to spend a lot of time here, so don’t.
And I didn’t. I took my obligatory photos and, less than a half hour later in each instance, began my descent.
Speaking of photos: Don’t let the one above fool you. Despite the deep-blue, cloudless sky, totally…
A couple months ago, when the U.S. Census Bureau announced which states would be gaining and losing congressional seats based upon the results of the 2020 census, pundits from across the spectrum predictably weighed in en masse with pronouncements of what it all meant.
The most common implied theme (if not explicitly stated): It’s good if your state gained seats — and bad if it lost them.
I won’t spend much time talking about the political angle of this. I fully agree it’s bad that the Republican Party, which supports domestic terrorism and has no business holding power anywhere in…
A little over three years ago, I was in Las Vegas for a work conference, during which time I opted to take a couple extra days to rent a car and drive up to Southern Utah for some hiking.
The destination was Zion National Park, where I’d never been. From each person who had, and whom I had told of my plans, the response was nearly universal: “Oh my God, you have to do the Angels Landing hike! It is absolutely epic and no trip to Zion is complete without it!”
Here’s what the Republican Party’s strategy for voter suppression looks like in the year 2021:
Recently I’ve seen a collection of headlines about how “America’s superstar cities are in trouble” because the pandemic has required so many people to do their jobs remotely, which means that a substantial portion of the nation’s workforce can now essentially live wherever they want, in many cases leaving behind pricey coastal metropolises.
I fail to see how that’s ultimately a bad thing for anyone, or anywhere.
For decades now, Republicans have operated by a single cynical strategy that has powered them to electoral success on so many more occasions than it ever should have. That strategy goes something like this:
Taegan Goddard’s Political Wire, which I follow religiously in order to get my up-to-the-minute news, has some especially worrying and appalling headlines this Presidents Day morning (not to say that they’re usually encouraging in this day and age):