Posts Tagged Analysis

Quick Hit: White men are afraid, very afraid

Frank Schaeffer, former conservative Christian and right-wing idealogue, has come a long way, baby. In a recent essay for AlterNet, he describes the terror experienced by white men in power in America. And then he calls them out on their bullshit.

He begins:

The American political process is being hijacked by a reckless, whining dangerous gang of psychologically damaged white men who are far-right ideologues. I used to be one of them. It’s time to tell the truth about our white male problem.

He concludes:

The real problem we face is not economics or gun ownership or what happens to Planned Parenthood, but how we can reintegrate a few hurting marginalized white males in Congress and their most ardent delusional supporters into ...

Frank Schaeffer, former conservative Christian and right-wing idealogue, has come a long way, baby. In a recent essay for AlterNet, he describes the terror experienced by white men in power in America. And then he ...

‘It’s not a traditional America anymore.’

Some of us might have well considered the first term of the first African American President was a dream. A sweet dream that would come to end as we were all loss in the deluge of insider baseball talk between pundits, strategists, and pollsters. Watching last nights acceptance speech, I’d wondered in the back of Obama’s mind, he’d wondered too if  this sweet dream of his first four years would extend to another four. A break and and a swell to a rise, President Obama nod’s to his 2004 speech:

America, I believe we can build on the progress we’ve made and continue to fight for new jobs and new opportunity and new security for the middle class. I believe we ...

Some of us might have well considered the first term of the first African American President was a dream. A sweet dream that would come to end as we were all loss in the deluge of insider ...

Quick hit: The last presidential emcee battle

So the biggest fallout from the last presidential debate of 2012 might be the most awesome MC diss made by head of state to an opposing candidate. Followed by the best commander-in-chief mansplaining I’ve ever seen in the history of evers:

And the interenets responded with the kind of gumption and American ingenuity that I’d expect.

Perhaps Ann’s round up of responses best captures our collective reactions to the tit for tat between Romney and Obama in this last face off as we head into the final stretch of the forever presidential race.

So the biggest fallout from the last presidential debate of 2012 might be the most awesome MC diss made by head of state to an opposing candidate. Followed by the best commander-in-chief mansplaining I’ve ever seen in ...

‘If you are against hate, LIKE this page.’

More than a week after the tragic shooting and deaths of American Sikhs in Oak Creek, mainstream media coverage has waned. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, my hometown paper, has done a chunk of the major lifting in coverage, attempting to provide profiles of lives of the victims. However, where mainstream media fails, the internet rises to fill the void. There’s a Facebook page dedicated to the memory of the victims. A powerful marker that our national conversation around this tragedy has failed to make the human connection, that the deaths of  American Sikhs are deserving of our deepest empathy, worthy of national mourning.

Naunihal Singh flags a key issue:

Sadly, the media has ignored the universal elements of this ...

More than a week after the tragic shooting and deaths of American Sikhs in Oak Creek, mainstream media coverage has waned. The Milwaukee Journal-Sentinel, my hometown paper, has done a chunk of the major lifting in ...

Are gender-reveal parties necessarily retrograde?

So, people are talking about gender reveal parties.

Have you heard of these? They are almost exactly what they sound like: parties where the sex — not gender, despite the name — of a forthcoming baby is revealed, often to the expecting mother or couple at the same time it is made known to guests. This can be orchestrated in a number of sneaky and elaborate ways: by party planners armed with creative themes and inventive decor, by doctors and lab technicians complicit enough to seal ultrasound results, and by discrete bakers who whip up dual performance pastries whose gender-neutral shells mask tell-all interiors in shades of pink or blue.

TIME thinks they’re the “hottest new thing”, natch, ...

So, people are talking about gender reveal parties.

Have you heard of these? They are almost exactly what they sound like: parties where the sex — not gender, despite the name — of a forthcoming ...

Lizzie Procter lives! Young women and hysteria

Generally, I’m not in the business of debunking inane articles by folks who seemingly keep their notoriety alive by pissing off feminists. It’s a rather tedious and thankless job, especially given that there are more important and interesting feminist issues to tackle. But somehow I feel compelled to suspend my usual position on inanity to take up Caitlin Flanagan’s recent op-ed in the New York Times.

Flanagan addresses the phenomenon of mass hysteria amongst teenage girls, and deduces from it that adolescence is a difficult time for young women. Groundbreaking stuff, indeed. Alas, there’s more. She determines through an astute research regimen of googling and pondering followed more pondering and googling that what hysterical young women really need is protection from ...

Generally, I’m not in the business of debunking inane articles by folks who seemingly keep their notoriety alive by pissing off feminists. It’s a rather tedious and thankless job, especially given that there are more important and ...

President Obama officially starts campaigning with the State of the Union

There was a moment during last night’s State of the Union address where I thought of the Jay Z line, “I guess I got my swagger back! Truth.

With last night’s State of the Union, President Obama showed that he does indeed have his campaign swagger back. The president has had to sit through EIGHTEEN (!) Republican presidential debates where the GOP contenders lied and called him names like the “food stamp president” and last night was his first chance to really rebut directly and forcefully.

President Obama spoke with a level confidence and command I haven’t seen in a long while. It seems that this speech marks the official start to his 2012 re-election campaign. ...

There was a moment during last night’s State of the Union address where I thought of the Jay Z line, “I guess I got my swagger back! Truth.

With last night’s State of ...

Mitt Romney attack movie is devastating

Newt Gingrich’s SuperPAC “Winning Our Future” has put up a 30 minute long attack movie which focuses on Mitt Romney’s record as CEO of Bain Capital. The movie titled, “When Mitt Romney Came To Town” is a slickly produced film which reminds me of the now infamous swift boat ad from 2004 which severely crippled John Kerry’s campaign. But it is important to note that this ad is not “swift boating.”

As The Nation’s Ari Berman correctly points out, any attacks on Mitt Romney’s record at Bain are fair game.

Will the film tell the full story about Bain Capital? Doubtful. There’s more gray than black and white to most stories. Bain is a very good at ...

Newt Gingrich’s SuperPAC “Winning Our Future” has put up a 30 minute long attack movie which focuses on Mitt Romney’s record as CEO of Bain Capital. The movie titled, “When Mitt Romney Came To Town” ...

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