Dec 22, 2015
commented on Lindsey Graham Drops Out of GOP Nom Race
I have lots of things against Graham, and his personal relationships aren't one of those things.
BUT, I'm amazed that given the homophobia and hate in the GOP that so little has been made of such an obviously closeted candidate?
Jul 28, 2015
commented on Video: Seattle Police Jail Elderly Military Veteran for "Walking in Seattle While Black"
Given the volume of documented blatant misuse of power by police in this country, I expect the conversation will change from "what are my rights when stopped" to "how do 'stand my ground' use of force rules apply to police interactions".
This harrassment of an elderly veteran is just ridiculous, and if police forces want to retain respect of the badge, they need to weed out the psychos among their ranks PRONTO.
Jan 14, 2015
commented on Last Days: The Week in Review
Thanks for the mention, David, and I think your revisions make an important distinction for your readers.
I don't share your assumption, sadly, that most deplore the barbarity of the terrorists. Many on the left in the U.S. have disparaged Charlie Hedbo for perceived racism, and the right opposes the extremes of free (non-commercial) speech.
OpEd hacks on the right such as the NYT's David Brooks made hay quite quickly, comparing the murders to the silencing / boycott of conservative voices on U.S. campuses.
There is a rush to frame the debate. I would urge you, if you allege racism on the part of the magazine, to write more in-depth on the subject, as context is needed for something as complex as political / social humor in translation.
Same goes for labeling the publication as "perverse". Many (not me) would apply that label to your colleague Mr. Savage's advice column.
As to the author's quotation marks around "satire", I feel that whoever these dead cartoonists were, they were committed to their publication, their ideas, and their craft. A shitty mailman is still a mailman, and so on, and deserving at least of a simple professional title sans "ersatz" editorialization.
Jan 14, 2015
commented on Crybaby Cops, Relative Bloodshed, and a Whole New Year!
Speaking of assaults, that was a neatly timed / placed kick at the fresh smoking corpses at Charlie Hebdo. Lucky for you that "the Stranger" is always a bastion of uncontroversial good taste.
A mental exercise for you: Jon Stewart and his writing staff are executed by a radical faction of Log Cabin Republicans for his effeminate impression of Lindsey Graham. Does the American Left Media join the likes of David Brooks in condemning homophobia in late night TV?
This was a shallow and callous cheap shot on an issue you should care deeply about, Mr. Schmader.
Oct 9, 2013
commented on Outrage Queens
Man, I would really like to slap the smug off that Ted Cruz asshole's face these days. I thought the GOP '12 crop of presidential candidates was a late flowering of right-wing crazy, but it seems in retrospect to have been the springtime buds of a forest of idiocracy.
At least with Rove and Cheney, you got the feeling there was a mastermind at work. Evil, but still... brilliantly so. This Tea Party crew has gone past denying scientific principles such as global warming and evolution, moving on to denying core principles of government, economics, and cause and effect.
I have lost hours and hours just taking in the scope of idiocy available on the internet, and hate-reading the tide of popular ignorant opinion out there. We seem to be a nation of racist trolls at this point. Michelle Bachmann seems to be welcoming the End Days in anticipation of her heavenly reward -- I'm anticipating a more secular apocalypse and not sure if this country even deserves to be saved.
Oct 2, 2013
commented on Ted Cruz, Smarmy Dick, Handed His Ass on Fox News Sunday
I try to resist judging people by their appearances, but Cruz does always seem to be doing an impression of Bill Murray's most self-satified flatulators.
And he seems like a prime example of this word which does not exist in English: Backpfeifengesicht (German): A face badly in need of a fist.
Aug 21, 2013
commented on SL Letter of the Day: That Dick Has Sailed
@5 is right, and why didn't Dan mention / question this? Just go back to some foreplay to get his equipment back in the mood... if that doesn't work, then you might have a broader problem.