Posted on Jun 20, 2018

BREAKING: California Net Neutrality Bill Gutted in Committee

Posted in Culture, Media, Politics

In an appalling turn of events today, California’s net neutrality protection bill, SB-822, got gutted in committee. SB-822 would have been the most comprehensive attempt at net neutrality legislation yet passed, and had already cleared hurdles in the California State Senate. But this week, Los Angeles representative Miguel Santiago, who heads the Communications and Conveyance Committee, called for a vote on amendments to it, which passed with a bipartisan vote...

Posted on Jun 19, 2018

Kris Kobach Loses Voter Fraud Lawsuit, Is Ordered To Go Back To School

Posted in Politics

Last June, The New York Times described Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach as one of the most fearsome Republicans in the country. His attempts to crack down on fictional voter fraud problem in Kansas, and his appointment as Chairman of Donald Trump’s Commission for Electoral Integrity made him a force to be reckoned with in national politics. However, like most people affiliated with the president, he has fallen spectacularly by...

Posted on Jun 15, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: The Extraordinary Legacy Of Mister Rogers

Posted in Media, Members Only

I grew up watching Mister Rogers’ Neighborhood but didn’t quite understand how extraordinary both it and its host, Fred Rogers, were until I saw Morgan Neville’s Won’t You Be My Neighbor? Neville, who previously documented the 1968 debates between Gore Vidal and William F. Buckley in his film Best of Enemies, set his sights on a different kind of communicator, one less obsessed with scoring against his enemies than with teaching young...

Posted on Jun 12, 2018

The Great Robert De Niro Distraction

Posted in Media, Politics

It’s already been an insane week for the United States. Trump has insulted our allies at the G7, started a trade war with Canada, staged a pointless photo-op with Kim Jong Un, and the Supreme Court justice he appointed cast a deciding vote to begin rampant voter suppression in Ohio. If there was a period recently where I’ve felt more ashamed to be American, I cannot think of one....

Posted on Jun 08, 2018

The Case for Doug Jones For Vice President In 2020

Posted in Politics

Within a year, Democrats will declare their candidacies for President and there will be numerous debates about whether or not America is ready for another woman, (Elizabeth Warren, Kirsten Gillibrand), another African-American (Cory Booker), or both (Kamala Harris). Any four of them could wind up being the nominee, and I know many who feel that without a white, populist man at the top of the ticket, Democrats will lose....

Posted on Jun 06, 2018

Victory For California Democrats As They Survive Jungle Primary Scare

Posted in Politics

California’s jungle primary system, which allows the top two candidates to move to the general election regardless of party, threatened to crash the Blue Wave if too many Democratic congressional candidates split the vote and allowed Republicans to advance. Although the media is obsessed with the “Dems in Disarray” narrative, this time getting the word out about this system might have served a purpose, forcing Democrats to organize to avert...

Posted on Jun 05, 2018

MEMBERS ONLY: The Sad Downfall Of Seymour Hersh

Posted in Foreign Policy, Members Only, Politics

With his memoir Reporter being released today, Seymour Hersh finds himself once again in the news as journalists sing his praises. However, as they appraise his life’s work, they must take into account his dark side. Over the past decade Hersh has grown increasingly conspiratorial and untrustworthy in his reporting, adopting bizarre theories that threaten to seriously compromise his legacy and do not befit a person of his stature. ...

Posted on May 31, 2018

Right-Wing Snowflakes Want Samantha Bee Fired for Using the C-Word

Posted in Culture, Media, Politics

With the firing of Roseanne Barr for comparing Valerie Jarrett to an ape, Trump supporters have been looking for a left-leaning celebrity to bring down as retaliation, and after a few days of stirring up pointless outrage, they have settled on Samantha Bee, who called Ivanka Trump a "feckless c*nt" on her show Full Frontal last night....