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I'm a community college professor with 194 children and a kick-ass minivan.
Interests: Irish literature & history, censorship and its discontents, Pierre Bourdieu, trying to find time for a nap.
Recent Activity
Lithwick is important on the Sessions nomination. He'll be confirmed, because the modern GOP is opposed to letting black people vote, and his whole job today was to not say that out loud, and the whole historical point of the... Continue reading
Posted Jan 11, 2017 at Whiskey Fire
So this is now a thing, From Russia with Pee. I'm cautious about reports that cannot be corroborated, because I'm a Trained Scholar, etc. And there is, yes, far more substantially damning-if-true stuff in the document than the urinating prostitute... Continue reading
Posted Jan 10, 2017 at Whiskey Fire
There have been a few things published about what the Sir Lout Administration means as regards higher education policy. But as it happens, nobody knows. We knew a lot about what Clinton wanted to do, but basically all we know... Continue reading
Posted Dec 14, 2016 at Whiskey Fire
One of the blessings of not paying attention to bloggy shite has been not knowing anymore what internetty sewage has plummeted from Glenn Reynold's poop sluice. But now I'm back and so I risked a peek at the motherfucker's prattling... Continue reading
Posted Dec 5, 2016 at Whiskey Fire
Here's what kills me. At a certain moment this last fall, I promised my 12-year-old daughter that a person who bragged about groping a woman without her permission could never become the president of the United States. Fuck. Continue reading
Posted Dec 1, 2016 at Whiskey Fire
Among the most predictable events of the next two years is a terrorist, or "terrorist," attack on a Trump property somewhere in the world, perhaps even in America. The intention behind this attack will be the destruction of American democracy.... Continue reading
Posted Nov 27, 2016 at Whiskey Fire
Some Marinus van der Lubbe will no doubt be located.
Toggle Commented Nov 28, 2016 on Do the Collapse at Whiskey Fire
Just to point out something fundamental. The Electoral College does the following: It provides a structural advantage to rural states with majority white populations. It elects the president, completely irrespective of the outcome of the popular vote. Both of these... Continue reading
Posted Nov 25, 2016 at Whiskey Fire
Go fuck a wall socket.
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2016 on Whale at Whiskey Fire
Yeah, that was a big part of why I stopped.... it's just gross. But in this case the madness outside the boat came after me.
Toggle Commented Nov 25, 2016 on Whale at Whiskey Fire
I grew up in NYC in the 1970s, and any whale in the Hudson back then would have surely developed evil superpowers from the toxic sludge and have mutated into an enigmatic quasi-villain character from the animated The Tick series... Continue reading
Posted Nov 23, 2016 at Whiskey Fire
Everything systemic and substantial and strong seems like it will last forever, until precisely the moment it all goes to shit. This is as true for ice sheets as it is for nation states. So what would it take for... Continue reading
Posted Nov 22, 2016 at Whiskey Fire
On "Participation Trophies" My stepdaughter is in her mid-twenties. She never got a "participation trophy." When she was a kid, she didn't really fit in -- oh boy, do I have stories. Turns out, gay kids had it rough. My... Continue reading
Posted Nov 20, 2016 at Whiskey Fire
There are things that break your heart, things you don't see coming, and you can't even explain exactly why your gut got punched. This just makes me sad. The latest visual manifestation of Trump's America comes from Adam Yauch Park,... Continue reading
Posted Nov 18, 2016 at Whiskey Fire
The President-elect of the United States of America bragged about his ability to grope women's genitals without their permission. That is a sentence that is true. Continue reading
Posted Nov 17, 2016 at Whiskey Fire
So I guess we're getting the band back together. The GOP has all branches of government, except for a SC that is for the moment balanced, but won't be for long, because of a principle that would have not at... Continue reading
Posted Nov 16, 2016 at Whiskey Fire
So you made no mistakes? A comment like this one wouldn't perhaps come across as problematic to someone like, say, my wife?
Woo-hoo Tehanu!
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2016 on Your Favorite Democracy Sucks at Whiskey Fire
'Course we remember. Your post reminds me that so many of us work jobs that are absolutely vital for civilization to exist, and all we get is shit for it, really. Nurses, teachers, damn, postal workers... if you were a Real American, you'd be out there trying to screw over poor people with for-shit mortgage scams! At least soldiers get lip-service thanks, even if most of them are in material terms just as fucked as the rest of us.
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2016 on Your Favorite Democracy Sucks at Whiskey Fire
Ha! Hang tough, amiga!
Toggle Commented Nov 16, 2016 on Your Favorite Democracy Sucks at Whiskey Fire
Thanks! We'll have at least one representative, anyway; I'll probably go.
Last night MollyI, who has been taking this shite harder than I have, because (1) she is a nicer person than I am, and (2) because she knows from being a highly competent woman getting shafted from jobs for which... Continue reading
Posted Nov 14, 2016 at Whiskey Fire
Well, fucknobble. A lot of ink and other fluids have already been spilled over the reasons we now have to put up with this shite, but clearly it is mostly because I got busy with work and stopped updating. Whoopsie... Continue reading
Posted Nov 13, 2016 at Whiskey Fire
So Antonin Scalia is dead, and fuck him, that ancient unpleasant angry-assed bigot. And there's this: So... GOP TO BLACK VOTERS: THE BLACK PRESIDENT IS NOT ALLOWED TO NAME THE REPLACEMENT FOR A SUPREME COURT JUSTICE WHO VOTED TO MAKE... Continue reading
Posted Feb 13, 2016 at Whiskey Fire
Here is some ripe poop from the WaPo. Headline: Conspiracy theories aren’t just for conservatives It's gonna suck... subhed: Who doesn’t love a good conspiracy theory? Liberals, that’s who. It's gonna suck so very hard. Here are quotes. They are... Continue reading
Posted Feb 7, 2016 at Whiskey Fire