overread

It’s a long article, but David Blight writes an interesting article about how 150 years later, America is still fighting a cultural war and grappling to learn the lessons of its own Civil War.  There are parts that I found difficult to follow, but the quote below is probably the best paragraph in the entire article.

American society seems to surge forward one moment, and then in the next sink back into polarization over race and ethnicity, over the advent of the nation’s first black president, over the rights of immigrants, over religious tolerance and birthright citizenship, over reproductive freedom, over the use of basic science to understand climate change, over the extent and protection of voting rights, over civil rights based on sexual preference, and over endless and incompatible claims of “liberty” about the possession and use of firearms, taxation, environmental protection, or the right to health insurance. Perhaps above all, America is a society riven by conflict over federalism, the never-ending debate over the proper relation of federal to state power, perhaps the most lasting a legacy of what many nineteenth century Americans called the “secession war” or simply “the rebellion.” In short, despite enormous changes of heart, head and law, Americans still struggle every day to discern and enact that society of equality that the Civil War at least made imaginable.

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overheard

The second bedroom and the bottom drawer, you never open!

I could never be anyone’s sponsor… because I would just say fuck it, you can stop drinking tomorrow!

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didnt get everything done this weekend?

I feel like the following someecard is the essence of adulthood…

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Straight Outta Golden Girls

You may or may not know that the movie Straight Outta Compton is being released this Friday in theaters nationwide.  If you haven’t seen the previews or the movie posters, the following won’t make any sense to you… but I found this on the internet and nearly died laughing.  LOVE the Golden Girls.

straight outta compton golden girls

Although, I think Sophia’s should be “Straight Outta Sicily”.

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life choices…

Did you make some good life choices this weekend?

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First GOP debate drinking game

Many of you are likely tuning in tonight for the first Republican primary Presidential debate.  Some of you are tuning in because you actually care to hear more from the 10 candidates selected by FOX News to participate in tonight’s debate.

Many more of your may be tuning in to see what (from a liberal standpoint) promises to be a comedic pot of gold sent directly from baby Jesus to your television screens.

For those of you planning to watch the debate for the latter reason, here is TIME’s official First Fox News Republican Debate Drinking Game.  You know it’s dangerous when TIME even warns you by saying “This one is going to hurt.”

Here is TIME’s guide to drinking watching the first Republican debate of the 2016 cycle.  Bear in mind this also includes instructions for the “pre-debate” debate with the candidates that didn’t make the cut.

  • Stir your swizzle stick the first time Lindsey Graham makes a joke.
  • Shoot some bourbon if he actually gets a moderator to smile.
  • Swear to never drink again if he tells more than five jokes, and one of them involves Obama’s Iran deal.
  • Sip if someone says “Oops.” Finish the drink if that someone is Rick Perry.
  • Finish your drink if Ted Cruz mentions his father’s underwear.
  • Bury the bottle cap in the back yard if anyone mocks Michelle Obama’s White House garden.
  • Drink a glass of water if Marco Rubio is spotted drinking water on stage.
  • Drink a bottle of anything whenever Bobby Jindal completes an entire answer without attacking Obama, Democrats or liberals.
  • Pour yourself a new drink each time Jim Gilmore makes a point. Drink them all at once if you suddenly realize you could vote for him.

Sip for each of the following:

  • Mike Huckabee rails on judges
  • Scott Walker says “Reagan”
  • Rick Santorum attacks Fox News debate selection rules
  • George Pataki brings up 9/11
  • Jeb Bush says “joy,” “joyful,” or “clown”
  • Someone mentions W
  • Someone mentions Monica
  • Someone mentions Romney in a negative way
  • Someone says Benghazi
  • Cruz praises Trump
  • Trump refers to himself in the 3rd person
  • Jeb calls himself “Veto Corleone”
  • Carson says he has no desire to be President
  • Rand namechecks an austrian economist
  • Rand criticizes a moderator
  • Christie says he ‘tells it like it is’
  • Cruz says ‘washington cartel’
  • Kasich gets angry
  • Perry makes an oops joke
  • Jeb Bush says 4%
  • Cruz mentions his father
  • Trump says “Huge,” “Best,” or “Great”
  • Anyone uses the word “rape” or “rapist”
  • Anyone mentions “Cecil the Lion”

Finish everything in the house if Chris Christie names his favored method of birth control.

For those of you who maybe don’t want to be completely hungover at work tomorrow, may I suggest Republican debate bingo?

GOP Debate Bingo Drinking Game

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jerk of the week

Partly because it’s been awhile since I’ve called out a politician for being an idiot, but Jeb Bush really stepped in it this week.

If you haven’t been paying attention to the news, there’s been a lot of controversy surrounding Planned Parenthood as secretly taped videos from the anti-abortion Center for Medical Progress have been released.  The videos have renewed calls for stripping Planned Parenthood of its federal funding (none of which goes toward abortions) which is around $500 million annually.

But Jeb Bush took things one step further yesterday when he said, in response to defunding Planned Parenthood,

You could take dollar for dollar – although I’m not sure we need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues – but if you took, dollar for dollar, there are many extraordinary fine organizations, community health organizations, that exist, federally sponsored organizations, to provide quality care for women on a variety of health issues.

I would argue that Mr Bush is correct – we don’t need half a billion dollars for women’s health issues.  We actually need more.

You know what else we maybe don’t need?  Maybe we don’t need to spend over half a trillion dollars on the defense budget – more than the next 8 countries combined.

I’m guessing this one might hurt him with women voters.

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