BLOGS


  • Remembering An American-Style Onscreen War Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com   The other day, I walked across much of Manhattan Island on the street where I grew up. Once upon a time, in a space of just four blocks along that very street there were four movie theaters (no small wonder in the 1950s). Only The Paris Theater, somewhat the worse for wear, still ...
  • Rebuilding A Last-Century Military To Fight Last-Century Wars Trump’s Military Nostalgia (or Victory at Sea All Over Again) Cross-posted with TomDispatch.com If you are an American male of a certain age ― Donald Trump’s age, to be exact ― you are likely to have vivid memories of Victory at Sea, the Emmy award-winning NBC documentary series about the U.S. Navy in World War II that ...
  • China Is Catching Up To America As A Global Innovator – And We’re To Blame Since his inauguration, President Trump has continued to bash China for it’s unfair trade practices. He’s threatened to instruct the U.S. Trade Representative to bring cases against China domestically and at the World Trade Organization, to instruct the Treasury Secretary to label China a currency manipulator, and to slap tariffs on Chinese goods. Whether right or ...
  • Frightbart The home page of Breitbart.com, the quasi-official voice of Steve Bannon’s White House, is a virtual stew of menace, a pit of monsters, an unending onslaught of apocalyptic horsemen rearing up at full gallop, coming straight at you, drawing closer…. But what the Breitbart reader is not being warned against is poisoned water, eviction, a ...
  • Forecast: Yum! 8 Snow Day Treats To Bake With Kids After the kids tire of sledding, bring the fun into the kitchen with these easy baking recipes. 1. Snickerdoodles Snickerdoodles are sweet, buttery sugar cookies lightly dusted with cinnamon. With their whimsical name, crackly tops, perfectly crisp edges and soft centers, I don’t know anyone who can resist them. Kids love to form the squishy dough into balls and ...
  • Donald, Walter And The Not Terrible, Horrible, No Good, Very Bad TV News Everyone knows TV political journalism failed us during the 2016 campaign. Everyone knows TV news was clueless about Trump voters and blue states swinging red. Everyone knows anchors let lying candidates roll them. Everyone knows TV coverage hyped the horserace and gave issues the cold shoulder. Everyone knows cable news’s default frame for covering controversy is ...
  • Everyone Will Be Covered (Except For 24 Million) Today was the first reality-check for the Republican goal of health insurance reform since the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was passed. The breathtaking numbers from the Congressional Budget Office just proved what many of us have been saying all along ― this is the first time in the past seven years that Republicans ...
  • In Defense Of Liberty, Equality, And A Tolerant America Many know me as the host and Executive Producer of Bravo’s Top Chef. Or, they know me as the founder of the Endometriosis Foundation of America.  But few know me as Padma, an immigrant. I was four years old when I came here and joined my mother, a nurse who’d left me back in India ...
  • Straight Girls Explain Having Lesbian Fantasies function onPlayerReadyVidible(e){'undefined'!=typeof HPTrack&&HPTrack.Vid.Vidible_track(e)}!function(e,i){if(e.vdb_Player){if('object'==typeof commercial_video){var a='',o='m.fwsitesection='+commercial_video.site_and_category;if(a+=o,commercial_video;a+=c}e.setAttribute('vdb_params',a)}i(e.vdb_Player)}else{var t=arguments.callee;setTimeout(function(){t(e,i)},0)}}(document.getElementById('vidible_1'),onPlayerReadyVidible); Equality and representation have taken incredible leaps forward in recent years to upend the idea of a single straight line about sexuality. It’s becoming incredibly clear that sexuality isn’t a spectrum but a mosaic of experience. This image of a spectrum where things are either “this” or “that” is ...
  • An Indefensible Silence On Domestic Abuse In The Undocumented Community Recently in an El Paso, Texas courthouse, Irvin Gonzalez was waiting for a hearing on her request for a protective order. A 31-year-old transgender woman, Gonzalez was nervous about seeing her abusive ex-boyfriend. A caseworker from a women’s shelter, who had driven her to the courthouse, told her that he might not show up and that ...
  • Nationalism Is Unchristian There is in the Old Testament a lot of concern about a promised land and how to get to that land. The Jewish community continues to declare that all of the land in Israel is their land. The early Christians were told that their’s were “a chosen nation.” In the New Testament, “nation” was given ...
  • Hotels With Over-The-Top Poolside Experiences For Condé Nast Traveler, by Paul Rubio. From foot-washing attendants to cabanas with verandas, here are our favorite poolside experiences and amenities from around the globe. See our list of the best resorts in the U.S. 1. Faena Hotel Miami Beach, Florida Pool life is the good life at this posh Miami Beach resort, where attendants cater to guests’ ...
  • Stranger Fruit But Familiar Story A new documentary came out over the weekend at the South by Southwest festival that contains previously unreported video from a convenience store which if authentic and unedited has raised a lot of attention on new aspects of Michael Brown’s death at the hands of police that the public, and possibly the grand jurors, weren’t ...
  • What You Wish Your High School Self Had Known This article was originally published on Unwritten. You’re fifteen years old. Oh, honey just wait till you meet him! You know, the one that’ll sweep you off your feet, or so you think. He’ll tell you not to eat the second piece of cheesecake or even a first because it’s not what he would do.  Don’t worry, though, he’ll change his ...
  • 5 Things Every Teen Should Know About Depression If you’re over 12 and under 20, you already know: it’s not easy being a teen. And if you’re a teenager today, it’s actually harder than ever. Sure, there’s the age-old struggle of dealing with hormones, homework, friends and parents, but as a young person today, that’s just the tip of the iceberg. You’re facing ...
  • News Roundup for March 13, 2017 There’s really no nice way for us to tell you this… the news isn’t getting any better. 1. President Trump faces a deadline to produce wiretapping evidence. As the claim was made without evidence, chances are slim he’ll cough something up. More here. 2. Protests occurred in Ferguson over new footage from the convenience store showing Michael ...
  • I Didn’t Have Kids To Become a Sitcom Mom I didn’t have kids so I could yell at them to pick up toys, and books, and to put on their shoes before the school bus comes. I didn’t have kids so I could be a rule enforcer; a disciplinarian; a giver of timeouts. I had kids to build blanket forts with, to hug, to read to, ...
  • Mixing Glitter And Protest To Support LGBTQ Rights By Anya M. Galli Robertson, University of Maryland On Ash Wednesday, March 1, a number of churches and Christian groups in the U.S. blended purple glitter into the blessed ashes before applying them to the foreheads of Christians to mark the beginning of Lent. The use of glitter was intended as a display of solidarity with the ...
  • Will Ben Carson Roll Over For Trump And Break His Oath To The Senate? It’s sure looking that way. Late last week The Washington Post reported a set of inhumane Trump administration cuts to programs that would hurt families and especially kids by deeply slashing the budget for the U.S Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD). This signals that Secretary Ben Carson intends to roll over at Trump’s request ...
  • The GOP Health Bill Is An Assault On People Of Color The American Health Care Act is a rich person’s bonanza. Under the plan proposed by House Republicans, each of the nation’s 400 richest families will save $7 million per year, as part of a tax giveaway. The plan offers no benefits at all to those who earn $200,000 or less a year. And the burden from ...