A recovering attorney in W. Mass who is to the left of Noam Chomsky, politically speaking.

On Why Is America Turning To Shit?

Yasmin Nair is an (inter)national treasure. I can't think of another essay in recent memory that has more forcefully made the point that most of the supposedly eco-friendly acts the privileged of our planet engage in are nothing more than burghers' prayers, and just as effectual. True environmentalism is coterminous with social justice.

Posted on October 30, 2013 at 4:36 pm 2

On Is My Phone Real?

Better than yesterday? Or a thumb on the scales of Tom Scocca's weather review? I'm assuming your public editor will weigh in on this.

Posted on September 19, 2013 at 10:15 am 0

On Channing Tatum Causes Reflection On The Rapid Approach Of Death

I forced myself to watch both 1) that Korean man dancing (pretty good!) and 2) Honey Boo Boo (bad and sad) just so I could keep up with the kids these days. I'm 41, and I'm too old for that, really. P.S. Please send the gay version of Alex Balk to the Berkshires immediately.

Posted on September 21, 2012 at 11:02 pm 0

On Women: Always Gabbing About Dating, Updating Facebook

If I had just glanced at the Chill Chatter coloration and design, I would have assumed it was some kind of maxi-pad support community.

Posted on July 9, 2012 at 7:29 pm 2

On Old People Snatching Up The Few Things They Don't Already Have

"Starting a company" is the new "investing in tulip bulbs."

Posted on June 27, 2012 at 6:07 pm 0

On Richard Florida's House o' Lies

Does it even need to be said that Richard Florida is not to be taken seriously on the subject of city-/society-planning? At least show us the courtesy of naming yourself "Richard Maine."

Posted on June 21, 2012 at 6:16 pm 2

On When A Medieval Knight Could Marry Another Medieval Knight

For more on this, there's John Boswell's "The Marriage of Likeness: Same-Sex Unions in Pre-Modern Europe."

Posted on May 9, 2012 at 4:55 am 0

On Obama Still Hates Gay Marriage, No Matter What You Want to Think

@turd_sandwich Yes, because that's something that literally takes a stroke of Obama's pen to put into effect. The DOJ and Labor departments apparently have already done the administrative work that the executive order would require. I've said this over at AmericaBlog Gay, but it's pretty clear--from this White House's actions--that they view LGBT citizens as a liability except when we want to fight their wars or have our checkbooks with us. All that means is that it's our job to force them to care about our causes, which is what's happening with this backlash.

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 2:47 pm 0

On Obama Still Hates Gay Marriage, No Matter What You Want to Think

@La Cieca Yes. Marriage is a creature of state law. I would accept Obama's continuing "evolution" on marriage in exchange for the ENDA executive order.

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 11:58 am 0

On Obama Still Hates Gay Marriage, No Matter What You Want to Think

As far as this administration goes, there is never going to be a right time for advancing LGBT civil rights. They wanted to do DADT repeal in 2011, which means it wouldn't have happened. That's why it's important to keep the pressure on this White House, despite how "unpragmatic" that may seem to some. We have to insist on our rights, or nothing will change.

Posted on May 8, 2012 at 11:25 am 2