VP Debate Takeaway: the GOP Would Like You To Shut Up

I’m on vacation this week, so my irregular posting is even more irregular than usual. But apparently, instead of light holiday fare or scary Halloween movies, my family wanted to watch the Vice Presidential debate, of all things, so I tagged along, despite having no real interest. The Vice Presidency, as John “Cactus Jack” Garner  once remarked, isn’t worth a bucket of warm spit. But...

Not Just A Few Bad Apples

This story from North Carolina, about what a cop's inadvertently-left-on dashcam recorded, is both jaw-dropping and, sadly, unsurprising. And no, it's not yet another image of an improper arrest or a beat-down or pepper-spraying of peaceful protesters. It's just what three cops said to one another while sitting around on a normal patrol: According to the summary, “Moore began telling Piner...

John Oliver Pulls No Punches on the Police

Dear FSM, how did I miss this when it was first aired? I can’t believe I managed to miss what must have been hundreds of tweets with this link, just from the people I follow, but somehow I did. For anyone else who didn’t see it yet. This is the sound of a comedian realizing he has to be much more than that, and putting his audience on notice that they do, too. We do. All of us. Deeply...

War On Blacks

As sad as Robin Williams' succumbing to depression made me, the unfolding horror show in Ferguson, MO has made me even sadder - and sick at heart. Less than a week after the backwaters of the internet exploded with a ginned-up fear of a "war on whites" based on Alabama Congressman Mo Brooks' now-infamous assertion to FOX host Laura Ingraham, yet more evidence of a genuine, continuing war on...