AM radio works better and more reliably than Twitter Spaces. And DeSantis’s message was definitely from the pre-war heyday of AM radio.
Republicans in 2018: “We need these tax cuts for the richest Americans to stimulate the economy! They’ll pay for themselves!” Republicans in 2023: “Look at how much budget deficit we have! We must cut Medicaid! We can’t afford it!”
Josh Hawley is the man Tucker Carlson thinks about when he laments the loss of testosterone. Other than himself, of course.
Hey, Florida, instead of removing literature from shelves because a snowflakey parent complains–thereby having that single parent prevent not just their child from reading the material but preventing all children from reading it–maybe advise the parent to instruct their individual child to not read it. One parent should not have the power to make an entire school ignorant.
How many times as a guest at someone’s house, did you look through that person’s album (or later CD) collection and make a determination about that person’s character? What’s the modern equivalent? Scrolling through one’s playlist?
Donald Trump won the GOP over by telling white conservatives it’s okay to be racist assholes. Ron DeSantis wants to win by saying it’s okay to be a troll. He won’t be successful because it’s not stirring imagery.
Conservatives: It’s tyranny to take my gun away if someone files a sworn report claiming I threatened them, but you can remove a book that has a gay character from a school library because a hypersensitive parent who didn’t read it is told to be offended.
Conservative white men fear trans women because they’re afraid they’ll find a trans woman attractive. They fear they’ll be surprised when they’re with their latest mistresses (or sex workers). It’s the same reason they debase gay men.
Someone who claimed to be “fiscally responsible” bought a half-used Chapstick for $100,000. And if she didn’t use personal funds for the transaction, she’ll find herself in more FEC problems. (Buying something with campaign funds to benefit yourself is called self-dealing.)
Laszo Hanyecz, one of the original engineers for Bitcoin, became the first person to use the cryptocurrency in a commercial transaction a year after creating it. In 2010, he used Bitcoin to buy two Papa John’s “pizzas.” Ten thousand Bitcoin, to be exact. Today, those two dough-based food equivalents would be worth more than a quarter billion dollars.
Stewart Rhodes will spend the next 18 years sleeping with one eye open.
No tribute to Tina Turner can successfully encapsulate how she was inspirational to so many people as a talented, successful Black woman who succeeded on her own after surviving an abusive relationship. Rest in peace, Ms. Turner.
One time, I mistook a small, localized earthquake with an obese couple who lived in the apartment below mine having an aggressively amorous night. Tim Scott’s entry into the presidential race made less of a wave than that.
Ken Paxton facing a modicum of justice at the hands of the Texas GOP shows that even Republicans get sick of loudmouthed assholes in their ranks. They just don’t do it frequently enough.
This week marks a decennial anniversary of my father’s death, who passed away when I was a teenager. The moment is etched in my mind, and the time following is barely a blur. Like, years following.
I’ve got to admit, seeing all the thoughtful gifts her students (or more accurately, students’ parents) gave my wife at the end of the school year makes me feel bad that I only got one teacher a gift: I brought my favorite high school English teacher two bottles of scotch on the last day of school, a gift for which I, as a student, would have been expelled for possessing on school grounds, had a teacher caught me.
I’m not a snob: I’ll put American cheese on a burger. I’d prefer a mild cheddar or a colby jack with the standard LTM (Lettuce, tomato and mayo for the people who never worked in a restaurant) plus mustard. Maybe a horseradish cheddar. Swiss? Only paired with mushrooms. But my favorite is blue cheese, with bacon.
Signs that summer is here: lightning bugs in the yard, the ice cream stand opening at the corner, and the sound of lawnmowers way too early in the morning.
This Memorial Day, as you grill the burgers or enjoy a beverage, remember those who made the ultimate sacrifice, those who served with them, and their families. It need not be overt, but regardless of your political view, it’s their sacrifice that lets us argue about how wrong you are.