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Exit the Gunman

The recent hyper-tragedy begs many questions, again, about gun regulation. How can a man like this be allowed to amass such a collection of guns? How can such a massive collection of guns walk casually passed the state-of-the-art hyper-vigilant security of a Las Vegas hotel? But I don’t think of these mass shootings are an issue of gun regulation anymore. They are the result of American culture and American exceptionalism. First, think of the awe, the loud whispers and shaking heads as we talk about the scale of this latest  tragedy. Think about its ubiquity across all media. Think of…


Did TV Save Us Only to Kill Us?

On Sept 26th, 1960, John F Kennedy and Richard participated in the first ever televised presidential debate. Before the debate, JFK was a senator from Massachusetts without much national recognition, and Nixon was incumbent two-term vice president under Dwight Eisenhower. Before the debate, JFK was young, unknown, and catholic, all of which arguably counted against him. As far as loony conspiracy theories go, some predicted that he would build an underground tunnel directly to the Vatican and would bow to the pope’s tuition. After the debate, JFK was the future president. It’s commonly accepted that television made JFK a star…


Florida Government Adds Fuel to Anti-LGBT fire.

It was only a month ago that 49 people were killed in the deadliest mass shooting in modern American history. Forty-nine people shot dead by a hate-filled man seeking to terrorize the LGBT community. Thoughts and Prayers While the reactions to this have been as varied as the different groups responding, Florida’s governor, Rick Scott, and attorney general, Pam Bondi, were right out front with heartfelt pleas for the country to pay attention to them. Bondi said that anyone who attacks anyone in our state will be “gone after” to the fullest extent of the law. Meanwhile Scott prayed to God and…




Why the two Party system is bullshit

American Political Parties are Broken American Political Parties are scrambling to keep kowtowing to their base… their ever-shifting, ever-narrowing base. Where does that leave the rest of us? Out in the cold… or a galaxy far far away where it will take light years for the regular voices to be heard. I was raised a republican. Now, I am neither a republican nor a democrat. I am an independent. Not one single candidate in either party sells me on their ability to actually run the USA as a civilized nation. Maybe we used to be civilized, but we aren’t civilized anymore. We are…


Why the Anti-PC Censorship Argument is Bullshit.

The use of political correctness as a busy-body boogeymen is certainly not a new thing, but it seems in the last few years outcries against political correctness as some sort of enemy of freedom have outgrown PC itself. People confuse censorship and free speech and want to blame political correctness when their free speech intersects with the free speech of a critic. TL:DR: That’s how free speech works and how PC functions. The real problem is this idea that political correctness is somehow responsible for the loss of free speech. The real antagonists to freedom is this battle cry of “pc run amok,” and…


John Oliver can even make an important discussion about food waste funny.

The other night John Oliver tackled food waste. He talked about wasteful eating habits and the culture that makes food seem like a status symbol, and the ability to shower ourselves with a mountain of french fries a sign of affluence. Americans throw away enough food to fill 730 football stadiums. We throw away a third of our food, 50%  more than fifty years ago. In 2013, more than 49 million people didn’t have enough food. John Oliver is maybe THE best person to take scary, painful, depressing, and downright disgusting but VERY IMPORTANT DISCUSSIONS THAT NEED TO BE HAD and…


White Isn’t a Thing: White Pride is Racism

Many of the people that insist neither they nor the confederate flag are racist are strong advocates–formally or informally–of white pride or white supremacy, and white pride is no different than racism. You can bear witness to these questions: Why is being proud of being white racist? How am I racist for white pride but that guy isn’t racist for his black pride or his hispanic pride? There are two important answers to this. “White” isn’t a thing. We have Italian heritage, St Patty’s day parades, German American social clubs, British pubs, French cuisine and French restaurants and French Fries, French bread, French…


Why the Confederate Flag is Bullshit

Ever since a racist young man killed nine members of an historic North Carolina church, the confederate flag has become an important debate, and we’ve been asking a lot of important questions. Is it racist? Should it be flown at a state capital? The debate and these events are important not merely because of the flag itself but the history and culture surrounding it and because of the responses these events and questions engender from proponents of the flag. There are some who assert that the Confederate flag is not racist and not offensive. That assertion is often back-pedalled to, “okay it’s not…