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Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker Kathy_A: "Who was your favorite elementary school teacher?"Oh wow, I loved (almost) all of my elementary school teachers — and my principal, and his secretary, and the recess monitors, and the lunch crew, and the janitors, and the school nurse, and my speech therapist, and the room moms. Show More Summary

Alabama Senate election open thread

On Tuesday night, something momentous happened: The people of Alabama elected a Democratic senator for the first time in over 25 years. By the tiniest of margins -- 49.9 percent to 48.4 percent -- voters picked Doug Jones over disgraced judge and accused child molester Roy Moore. So there's a lot to discuss there. Read more ?

I Guess We're Going to War with Iran Soon

"Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the UN, will present 'irrefutable evidence' that Iran has violated the Iran deal, according to her office." https://t.co/QWJe5Imba1 — Melissa McEwan (@Shakestweetz) December 14, 2017.@USUN Ambassador...Show More Summary

Paul Ryan Might Leave Congress at End of Term

In recent interviews with three dozen people who know Ryan, not a single person believed he will stay in Congress past 2018 https://t.co/I0cF46U3Tm pic.twitter.com/gKjB5WrepL — POLITICO (@politico) December 14, 2017 Two things:1. Why?The...Show More Summary

Daily Dose of Cute

There is no filter on this photo. Her eyes are really that blue. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.

Can You Guess Which Theocracy In Asia is Banning Condom Ads On Prime-Time TV?

The answer, it may surprise you to hear, is not in the Middle East, but is India. This week, the right-wing, Hindu nationalist Indian government, led by Prime Minister Narendra Modi, banned condom ads on prime time television in India between 6 a.m. and 10 p.m. on accounts of these adverts being ‘indecent.’ The last […]

We Resist: Day 329

One of the difficulties in resisting the Trump administration, the Republican Congressional majority, and Republican state legislatures (plus the occasional non-Republican who obliges us to resist their nonsense, too, like we don't have...Show More Summary

Today in Rape Culture

[Content Note: Rape culture; descriptions of sexual harassment and/or assault; rape apologia.]A bunch of new allegations late yesterday and this morning...Salma Hayek in the New York Times: Harvey Weinstein Is My Monster, Too. I was so excited to work with him and that company. Show More Summary

Trump Is Our Greatest Threat to National Security

That Donald Trump is the greatest threat to the United States' national security is hardly a new idea. He was a threat, if not the biggest, even before he was president — back when he was merely a candidate, standing at a podium andShow More Summary

Net Neutrality: Today Is (Probably) the Day

I've been banging on about FCC Chair Ajit Pai and his crusade to destroy Net Neutrality for literally the entire year, and now the moment of reckoning has arrived: Today is the day when the FCC is scheduled to vote on Net Neutrality....Show More Summary

An Observation

I'm pretty goddamn sick of dudes on social media going on about "no one cares" about Donald Trump being a sex abuser and how "no one" is calling for him to resign.First of all, there are lots of people who care, lots of people who have...Show More Summary

Today in Rape Culture

[Content Note: Sexual harassment and assault.]On Monday, I wrote about Chef Mario Batali "stepping away" from his businesses after allegations of sexual harassment. On Tuesday, I mentioned in comments that New York restaurateur Ken Friedman had also been accused of sexual harassment. Show More Summary

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker catvoncat: When you hand-write something, do you use cursive, print, or a combination?Depends on what it is. If I'm writing something personal to another person, like a note or an inscription, I'll use cursive. If I'm writing any kind of list, especially if someone else may need to consult it, I'll use print. Show More Summary

The Wednesday Blogaround

This blogaround brought to you by polka dots.Recommended Reading:Tressie McMillan Cottom: Trust Black Women?Pam Merritt: Things Said While Standing on My Beloved SoapboxSarah Kendzior: Alabama Proves That Appealing to Trump Voters Is...Show More Summary

The What Happened Book Club

This is the ninth installment of the What Happened Book Club, where we are doing a chapter a week.That pace will hopefully allow people who need time to procure the book a better chance to catch up, and let us deal with the book in manageable...Show More Summary

Thank you for believing in us

A few weeks ago, we came to you with some really scary news: Feministing was one big fundraising push from shutting down. We asked our readers if you would consider investing in our sustainability by becoming monthly supporters, allowing us to raise enough money to commit to staying open in 2018. And gosh, did you […]

Republicans Attack Team Mueller as Corrupted by Bias

[Content Note: Disablist language.]Republicans are slavering at an opportunity to try to discredit Special Counsel Robert Mueller's team, because his investigators are human beings, some of whom have a very common opinion of Donald Trump:Two...Show More Summary

Doug Jones Won!

In a remarkable result last night, Democrat Doug Jones bested Republican Roy Moore in the Alabama special election to fill Jeff Sessions' vacated seat. It was a close one — so close, in fact, that Moore is threatened to demand a recount before the results are certified. Show More Summary

Question of the Day

Suggested by Shaker Sue Kerr: Have you ever visited Pittsburgh?I have! And I like it very much! Yinz have yourselves a very nice town there.

Alabama Senate Special Election Open Thread

I have no idea how this thing is going to go tonight, including how late it's going to go, which depends a lot on how close it is. Or not close.There isn't much left to say. It's all just crossed fingers at this point. But just in case anyone needs it, here's a thread for discussion, as I know lots of us will be biting our fingernails as we watch the results come in.

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