Is that the sound of the other shoe?

More people are crying today. A madman went into a Sikh temple in Wisconsin and killed six people before being killed by police. I’m sure more facts will come out later as once again we struggle to understand how someone could even conceive of doing something like this. The fact that this happened in a ...

Shame on you, Rep. McNulty

Well, I got absolutely nothing done after trivia tonight. Rather, I spent the last 100 minutes watching the #coleg tag on Twitter with a growing sense of horror. It was already a shit night, thanks to voters in North Carolina. But somehow, the disaster in the Colorado legislature is even worse than that. We had a ...

Everyone’s a Hero

Everyone’s a hero in their own wayYou and you and mostly me and you. — Captain Hammer Stephen Marche wrote a column about the utter meaninglessness of the word ‘hero’ as currently used in America: We Are All Heroes. The stinger at the end sums the whole thing up nicely: If people living up to ...

Republicans Attack the Obama Administration…. on science?

If you haven’t read this yet, prepare to have your brain melted. This letter caused me a lot of incoherent sputtering this morning. First, I’d like to address the specific claims made by Senators Inhofe and Vitter and Congressman Issa, then I’d like to say a few words about the main premise of the letter ...

Another reason to love the Dropkick Murphys

I already love the Dropkick Murphys to a ridiculous degree – they’re right up there with Flogging Molly as one of my favorite bands. And now they just released one of the songs from their upcoming album in support of the Union protesters in Wisconsin. You can listen to it on their website: Take ‘Em ...

What I’ve been doing lately…

It’s been a busy week… couple of weeks… month… well, from about January on. But I’ve been doing things with my time, at least. For example, today I went to Denver, CO’s Rally for the American Dream. With 3000 of my fellow Coloradoans – including my husband and my parents – I was in good ...

Senator Bennet’s Reply to My Concern About the TSA

Dear Rachael: Thank you for contacting me regarding the new Transportation Security Administration (TSA) security procedures for airline passengers. I appreciate hearing from you. I am committed to ensuring that TSA has the resources it needs to keep our airports secure. We face serious threats to our airport security and must ensure law enforcement has ...

Addendum to the TSA Post

Just a quick one, but I think this is very worth reading: TSA Enhanced Pat Downs: the Screener’s Point of View The basic point is, some TSA employees are incredibly unhappy with this situation as well. Which I’m not surprised about; I don’t think most employees of the TSA are there because they get their ...

TSA – "Total Sexual Assault" 1

The more I hear about the TSA porno scanners and their crotch-grabbing “enhanced pat downs,” the more nervous I am about flying out to England in December. Because you know what? I am not okay with a wage slave in a booth looking at a ghostly image of me in my altogether. I am not ...

Happy Voting Day 1

I can’t begin to tell you how happy I am that it’s election day. You know why? Because that means this will hopefully be the last day that Robert Ramirez, Grover Norquist, and some lady named Cynthia who claims to be from Arvada robocall me multiple times in the space of 24 hours and urge ...