Posted on Nov 20, 2018

My American Horror Story

Posted in Members Only, Society

When I first moved to America in the late 90’s (and then again in 2004) I remember listening to people’s horror stories about insane medical care costs. It was routine for people to face bankruptcy due to medical bills, despite having insurance. And then there were those without insurance who simply didn’t get treated and often died as a result. This was utterly alien to me. Coming from a...

Posted on Nov 17, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Autism Still Sucks

Posted in Culture, Members Only

If you search my name and the word “ableist” online, you will find a very angry blog post from 5 years ago about what a terrible person I am for picking on autistic people. Back in 2013, I saw a segment of some show or another about awesome autism is. During this segment, whoever was in charge thought it would be nice to showcase the amazingness of high functioning...

Posted on Nov 15, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Teaming Up With ‘Never Trumpers’ Is Unpopular But Mandatory

Posted in Members Only, Politics

It’s never easy taking an unpopular position. It’s especially difficult when the unpopularity of the position comes from your own side of the political debate. I’ve somehow managed to be in this tight spot on more than one occasion. It was this way during certain stages of the Obama years — certainly during the Summer of Snowden back in 2013 when most of the left was lined up in support of...

Posted on Nov 12, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Bernie Sanders Still Can’t Talk About Racism

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Photo: Jeff Mitchell/Getty Images Bernie Sanders lost the 2016 Democratic primary because black women – the Democratic Party’s most reliable voting bloc – voted overwhelmingly for Hillary Clinton during the early Southern primaries, giving her a delegate lead he could never overcome. Despite his support for the Civil Rights Movement in the 1960s, he has always struggled when talking about race, and over the last week, he has been speaking about the topic in...

Posted on Nov 07, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: Cable News Is Already Trying To Handcuff And Ball-Gag The House Dems

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(image via Reuters) You might be surprised to learn that I’ve always kinda’ liked former RNC chairman and current MSNBC analyst Michael Steele. He’s a Never-Trumper and a seemingly reasonable guy regardless of his former political affiliations. Despite running the RNC, Steele was the first national Republican to confess to and apologize for the Republican “Southern Strategy” — collectively defining the party’s race-baiting tactics since the passage of the...

Posted on Nov 02, 2018

We Have A Millennial Voting Problem

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This week, New York Magazine posted an article called “12 Young People on Why They Probably Won’t Vote,” that profiled a group of millennials under the age of 30 who have either never voted before, or are so fed up with politics that they won’t start now. Here are some of these millennials’ unbelievably lame excuses for neglecting their civic duty: “I’d rather have an informed nonvoter than an uninformed voter going...