God bless Chelsea Clinton. Just when we were getting a little fed up with the Republican National Convention’s hold on the news cycle, she swooped with exactly the pick-me-up we needed: a “throwback Thursday” post full of glorious vintage photos of her mother. Show More Summary
Rumors of Roger Ailes’ ouster as chairman and CEO of Fox News have been circulating for days, but his resignation on Thursday still felt like a momentous event. The 20-year veteran of America’s most-watched cable news network, whoseShow More Summary
Instead of doing Questions of the Day during the conventions, I'm going to be posting Convention Threads, since the big speeches happen in the evenings, and I thought we might all want a place to discuss.OMGGGGG IT'S THE LAST NIGHT OF...Show More Summary
Sheryl Crow: "Woman in the White House"
Twitter vows to do better with online abuse after Leslie Jones deletes her account as a result of racist and sexist harassment on the platform. A woman has started a social experiment site where people of color can post things they need and white people can post things they can offer. It’s called Reparations. logs […]
Given the misogyny and racism on display at the Republican National Convention right now, it is somewhat surprising to see governing bodies still interested in presenting forward-looking, inclusive ideas. On Wednesday, Bristol University professor Sarah Childs presented a report called “The Good Parliament” to the House of Commons. Show More Summary
[Content Note: Reference to violence.]This piece by The Daily Beast's John Avlon is incredible: Scenes from Cleveland's Republican Trumpocalypse.Instead of optimism there is moral exhaustion. The few Congressmen who decided to arrive have the look of spectators at a hanging. Show More Summary
In a recent trend piece in the New York Post, reporter Doree Lewak writes about the ostensibly growing phenomenon of parents going wild while their kids are off at summer camp. Lewak presents us with a series of micro-portraits of modern-day...Show More Summary
This was a couple of days ago, and I meant to post it when it first happened, and then it fell completely out of my head. I was going to share it because it's funny, and it is, but what reminded me about it was Donald Trump's terrifying lack of foreign policy knowledge and diplomatic skills. Show More Summary
The DC and NYC chapters of Black Youth Project 100, Million Hoodies Movement for Justice, and Black Lives Matter shut down the National Fraternal Order of Police and the Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association yesterday. Black Youth Project 100 (BYP100) and Million Hoodies locked down the NYC Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association (PBA) to call attention to the lack […]
Stacks of cuteness. As always, please feel welcome and encouraged to share pix of the fuzzy, feathered, or scaled members of your family in comments.
Lots of inappropriate things happened on the third night of the Republican National Convention. Crowds booed Ted Cruz and berated his wife Heidi, who had to be escorted from her seat by security. Conservative radio show host Laura Ingraham threw up what looked a lot like a Nazi salute after her speech. Trump air-kissed his running mate, Mike Pence.
Donald Trump is unfit to be president in every conceivable way. It's taken as read among decent, knowledgeable people that he would be a disaster for the country and for the world, because of his profound ignorance, impetuous recklessness, and disastrous temperament. Show More Summary
[Content Note: Police brutality; racism; disablism.]The good news: The man who was shot, Charles Kinsey, will survive. He was shot in the leg, and he is getting medical attention, and he will physically recover.And now for the rest of...Show More Summary
[Content Note: Bigotry.]HOO BOY that was quite a day of YET EVEN MORE turgid garbage!I again did some live-tweeting of the primetime trash parade, and I've Storified those tweets for anyone who wants to read them.I also wrote quite a...Show More Summary
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The Republican National Convention hasn’t been the friendliest place for women. Chris Christie gave a speech in which he practically salivated at the thought of locking Hillary Clinton in jail. Merchandise abounds bearing sexist slogans...Show More Summary
Is speaking at a national political convention a prestigious gig? Because the list of the celebrities who will appear at the Democratic National Convention next week has started to trickle out and … there are a lot of randos on it! Debra Messing. Show More Summary
Third Eye Blind: "Semi-Charmed Life" "Third Eye Blind Rebukes GOP Stances at Concert Tied to RNC." @LWhiteGRLprob good — Third Eye Blind (@ThirdEyeBlind) July 20, 2016
Maybe it's just me who's feeling two minutes away from crawling into a cannon and firing myself directly into the sun, since I've been totally immersed in dumpster fire that is the Republican Convention for three days straight now, but just in case it's not just me, here are some pictures to remind us what next week will look like. Show More Summary