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Charlie My Boy

So Much More Than Just a Dog
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There was no traffic at 3am. That’s good in one respect as I needed to get my dog to the Emergency Animal Hospital and it’s horrible in another respect in that I knew what would happen when we got there. There was a little more traffic at 4:30am, when I drove back to my house [&hellip
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It’s been a long, shitty week but at this point I’m feeling numb. A big chunk of time was taken up with shaking my head to the point of banging it into the wall over the horrific mass murder and hate crime in Orlando. ...
Or Do I Just Need a Breather Between Ragings?

Am I Tapped Out of Outrage?

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It’s been a long, shitty week but at this point I’m feeling numb. A big chunk of time was taken up with shaking my head to the point of banging it into the wall over the horrific mass murder and hate crime in Orlando. Then came the smaller and more personal crappy moments including waking [&hellip
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In the wake of this latest mass shooting we are already hearing versions of “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” This pithy expression may feel truthy and it fits nicely on a bumper ...
We really need good guys with gun policy reform.

The Good Guy With A Gun is Not The Answer

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In the wake of this latest mass shooting we are already hearing versions of “The only way to stop a bad guy with a gun is a good guy with a gun.” This pithy expression may feel truthy and it fits nicely on a bumper sticker, but it falls apart pretty quickly under even minor [&hellip
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Like many of you, I’ve been reading a lot about the violent mass killing in Orlando. I guess I’ve been trying to make sense of it but that is as pointless as trying to stop the tide; you can’t make sense of something ...
This Was An Attack On All Of Us

So Bright and Gay

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Like many of you, I’ve been reading a lot about the violent mass killing in Orlando. I guess I’ve been trying to make sense of it but that is as pointless as trying to stop the tide; you can’t make sense of something senseless. Immediately this tragedy has been taken by some as a chance [&hellip
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When I was a heinous teenager, I remember the fights I had with my mom when she annoyed the bejeezus out of me. She would start off saying “I’m sorry”, pause for a millisecond and say “No, I’m not sorry…”, and ...
20 Minutes of Action?!?!

I’m Not Sorry

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When I was a heinous teenager, I remember the fights I had with my mom when she annoyed the bejeezus out of me. She would start off saying “I’m sorry”, pause for a millisecond and say “No, I’m not sorry…”, and then finish up with whatever statement would most rile her emotionally charged, hormonal daughter. [&hellip
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On June 2nd the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced proposed new rules for Payday Loans, Vehicle Title Loans, and some High Cost Installment Loans. These types of loans are all characterized by a few ...
We can do better than what we have, and better than what’s being proposed.

Payday Lending Needs Better Regulation

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On June 2nd the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau (CFPB) announced proposed new rules for Payday Loans, Vehicle Title Loans, and some High Cost Installment Loans. These types of loans are all characterized by a few things: they’re generally very short term, payment is usually due by the borrower’s next payday, hence the name; they
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Have you heard that America is going to be made great again? I read that on a bumper sticker so it must be true. The good ol’ days will apparently be brought back though the good ol’ days Donald Trump wants to bring back ...
What Do We Stand For?

Winning ‘Muricans, Losing America

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Have you heard that America is going to be made great again? I read that on a bumper sticker so it must be true. The good ol’ days will apparently be brought back though the good ol’ days Donald Trump wants to bring back were the same that involved lynching, women in the kitchen, gay [&hellip
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During a group exercise at my recent grad school interview, we were asked to consider a post-apocalyptic scenario where there were 12 survivors but only enough arable land to support 8 people. We were to review brief ...
Do We Trust Either Of Them Anymore?

Which Came First: Hatred of Politicians or the Press?

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During a group exercise at my recent grad school interview, we were asked to consider a post-apocalyptic scenario where there were 12 survivors but only enough arable land to support 8 people. We were to review brief descriptions of the survivors and decide which would make the cut. The one thing that everyone in the [&hellip
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A few days ago our country observed Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for military personnel who gave their lives in service of our country, and in November we’ll have Veterans Day in honor of all who have served in our ...
Our Veterans deserve better

The VA is still Very Awful

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A few days ago our country observed Memorial Day, a day of remembrance for military personnel who gave their lives in service of our country, and in November we’ll have Veterans Day in honor of all who have served in our armed forces. These days are important, our veterans deserve recognition, and every day they [&hellip
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Read any news story or watch just 60 seconds of a Trump rally and it won’t take you long to realize that humans are just the worst. We are terrible. How are we in charge of all the other animals? We’re not the top of the ...
How Are We In Charge Of Anything More Serious Than Choosing Pizza Toppings?

Humans Are The Worst

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Read any news story or watch just 60 seconds of a Trump rally and it won’t take you long to realize that humans are just the worst. We are terrible. How are we in charge of all the other animals? We’re not the top of the food chain—we rank the same as anchovies and pigs—but [&hellip
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The International Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsuit convened today to reflect upon how the world still revolves around sexist asshats. On the one hand, it gives us a feeling of solidarity with our slandered and stultified ...
International House of Sexist Asshats

It’s A Small Sexist World After All

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The International Sisterhood of the Traveling Pantsuit convened today to reflect upon how the world still revolves around sexist asshats. On the one hand, it gives us a feeling of solidarity with our slandered and stultified sisters because we all deal with the fact that the betesticled among us truly do run this joint. On [&hellip
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This week in the category of necessary but probably hopeless legislation we have H.R. 5221. The “Preventing Tragedies Between Police and Communities Act of 2016” would require police departments around the country to use ...
There is legislation right now that could reduce deadly police encounters.

The Escalating Need For De-escalation

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This week in the category of necessary but probably hopeless legislation we have H.R. 5221. The “Preventing Tragedies Between Police and Communities Act of 2016” would require police departments around the country to use de-escalation training and techniques in order to continue to receive certain federal grant money. The bill is base
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I have the terrible habit of reading about history. So now that our country seems at a precipice of change, I thought it a good idea to read about how that has played out in the past. Here’s the thing, I get the whole ...
All just a little bit of history repeating...

Top 4 Signs You’re About to Elect a Dictator

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I have the terrible habit of reading about history. So now that our country seems at a precipice of change, I thought it a good idea to read about how that has played out in the past. Here’s the thing, I get the whole Godwin’s Law scenario, but I sometimes wonder if we’ve desensitized ourselves [&hellip
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Gather round and I’ll tell you the best kept secret in the history of time: everyone’s family is stone cold nuts. You may think you know some people whose families are boringly normal but you won’t have to dig too deep ...
Just Try To Keep The Fun in Dysfunction

Everyone’s Family is Nuts

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Gather round and I’ll tell you the best kept secret in the history of time: everyone’s family is stone cold nuts. You may think you know some people whose families are boringly normal but you won’t have to dig too deep to find out that is total crap. Seriously. Go talk to your friends and [&hellip
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