Monday, June 27, 2016
Gobsmacked: Nazi Golf Balls For the Greatest Par Three In the World
In case you missed it: As the world reeled from the U.K.'s Brexit vote, Trump went to Scotland to tell a dazed audience that the collapse of the European economy would be great for his new golf course there, the suites at its hotel are fabulous, and the new sprinklers on the course are "incredible," especially at holes 4, 9, 10 and 11. As he spoke, he was surrounded by swastika-themed golf balls, which, all things considered, made perfect sense.
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Wednesday, June 22, 2016
Elegy For the Arctic
Fires are raging, ice is melting. In a bid to save the singular "purity and fragility" of the rapidly-melting Arctic ice - and in support of eight million voices calling for its protection - Greenpeace has released a video of renowned Italian pianist Ludovico Einaudi performing on a floating platform before Norway's Wahlenbergbreen glacier, cracking and groaning even as he plays - a haunting reminder of what's at stake.
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Monday, June 20, 2016
Shame: Congress Votes For More Thoughts and Prayers and Killings
Really, America? Astoundingly, the spineless, scum-sucking, NRA-bought Senate GOPers again blocked gun control bills universally supported by the public, thus valiantly standing up for the principle of doing nothing in the face of daily senseless slaughter. As advocates vow to keep fighting, a new game lets you try to stop the carnage with Thoughts and Prayers. Or just vote the fuckers out.
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With Grace and Love
A glad moment to recognize that vast numbers of Americans continue to offer an outpouring of grace and love in the wake of brutal Orlando. They are the "angels" and thousands more who turned up at a weekend funeral to drown out a few Westboro weirdos and ensure mourners could "grieve in peace." And the 50,000 who gathered at a Lake Eola vigil to vow love wins and sing "Rise Up." Perhaps, this time, we will.
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Sunday, June 19, 2016
The Greatest Experience
After a wrenching week of hate and blood, we mark Father's Day with the sublimely ridiculous Cheerio Challenge, the Daddest thing ever. Created by the blog Life of Dad, it aims at sharing, showcasing and celebrating "the greatest experience a man will ever know" with dads doing what's vital - ie: being present. Proof that, whatever comes, planet keeps on spinning. Hug your dads, kids, friends, neighbors, and we'll endure.
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Friday, June 17, 2016
Oh Say Can You Friggin' Believe: Impossibly Awful Man-Child Cheeto Jesus Implodes As America Sneers, Weeps, Creates #AskTheGays Hashtag
After Drumpf hit a new low post-Orlando he's done a slow loutish fall off a well-deserved cliff: Numbers plummeting, "ideas" disintegrating, and fans, say reports from the barbarous front, ever more unhinged. Terrifying, yes. But much of America has embraced the surreal spectacle for its entertainment value. Hence the beers - Dumb Donald, Short Fingered Stout - the parodies and nicknames - Cheeto Jesus - the rants by even GOPers on "his utter dipshittery," and the sweet revenge of #AskTheGays.
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Thursday, June 16, 2016
Shattering the Moral Compass
During the Democrats' 15-hour filibuster in a desperate bid for Congress to vote on gun control, there were 48 shootings across America that killed 12 and injured 36. Today, Chicago saw nine more shootings, with 3 dead, 6 injured. They included an employee killed outside an elementary school; detectives "worked quickly to remove the body before school let out." At this point, we got numbers, but no words.
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Wednesday, June 15, 2016
The Bullets In His Gun
Along with the crowds turning up worldwide in love and support after Orlando, social media has been a potent voice of protest. The hashtag #IAmOmarMateen, born of a striking series of photos, has called to accountability those craven public figures who fed the hateful flames. "You weren't the gunman, but you're the culture that built him," says one post. "You're the bullets in his gun."
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Tuesday, June 14, 2016
Yeah, Sure, Let's Give Away Friggin' Assault Rifles As Raffle Prizes 'Cause One Mass Shooting A Day Just Isn't Enough
Aaaargh. The blood was barely dry on the Pulse bathroom walls when gun-loving husband, father, Christian, "unapologetic conservative" and Tennessee Rep. Andy Holt announced he'll give away two AR-15s - the assault rifle from all our favorite mass killings - at his upcoming Hog Fest and Turkey Shoot (featuring, yes!, shooting) because he's sick of liberals attacking his right to self-defense. Coincidentally, Samantha Bee is likewise sick of asshats like him. Her meltdown is glorious to behold.
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Monday, June 13, 2016
Moments of Silence As Abomination
One more horrific time. Again, victims are named, vigils are held, empty speeches are made, a blood-soaked NRA falls silent. After too many grievous candles and too many hollow silences, a sliver of grace from John Oliver - "That terrorist dipshit is vastly outnumbered" - and a call to action from one furious lawmaker: "I will not attend one more "Moment of Silence" on the Floor. Our silence does not honor the victims, it mocks them."
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