It took all of five minutes…

Every once in awhile I’ll check out one of the thousands of outrageously stupid right-wing links that are shared and believed without question by friends or family daily on social media. It should be funny, but it isn’t. It’s batshit insane, is what it is. And sad, and frustrating. People are so entrenched in this brainwashed mindset that they’ll believe anything that confirms their own … Continue reading It took all of five minutes…

My racist aunt

My mom’s older sister was a wonderful, kind woman who loved to laugh and always found joy in “the little things” as she liked to say, amidst the constant, debilitating pain she suffered at the hands of an insidiously severe form of rheumatoid arthritis for decades. In 1993, when I was sixteen, I travelled from Oklahoma to my hometown in Michigan to stay with my … Continue reading My racist aunt

Desensitized

I often wonder, when someone speaks very casually about a deer they shot and gutted, or some farm animal they castrated, or anything of that nature, How can they do that? When I was a kid, I had a pet mouse named Charlie who escaped and started fucking shit up all over the house. My parents were like “screw this” and set traps, which I … Continue reading Desensitized

Artists don’t owe you anything

I recently watched a YouTube vid in which an obnoxious metalhead rants and raves about how horrible Darkthrone’s latter day punk and nwobhm-infused records are. He seems genuinely angered by the band’s decision not to craft albums suited to his specific tastes. The thing is, artists are under no obligation to please fans. If they’re not pleasing themselves and following their respective muses, they aren’t … Continue reading Artists don’t owe you anything

There’s nothing wrong with Kanye West’s Trump love

Let me get this out of the way now: I’m not a fan of Donald Trump’s. I didn’t like him before he ran for office and I didn’t vote for him… Kanye West is his own man, though. If he wants to praise Donald Trump, that doesn’t mean he’s going insane or having a mental breakdown. What he is having is an opinion. Everyone’s entitled … Continue reading There’s nothing wrong with Kanye West’s Trump love

Filter yourself

Witnessed some “kids” getting chastised by a new manager at work yesterday. One of them had dropped an f-bomb, and she told them “Guys, there’s a lady present. Please don’t use that type of language.” It was very quaint and old-fashioned, and these dudes of course thought this was the most outrageous thing they’d ever heard. I didn’t. I thought it was something they needed … Continue reading Filter yourself

Liberals and conservatives: why we need both

Imagine a world without stodgy old uptight republicans trying to legislate everyone’s morality based on their own perceptions of right and wrong. Sounds awesome, right? But would all of that unchecked liberalism result in a Star Trek: the next generation style utopian society, or would people soon be marrying cats and walking around naked in Whole Foods with no one to stop them because a)it’s … Continue reading Liberals and conservatives: why we need both

Pick your battles

You know the routine; someone tweets something controversial, outrage ensues, and apologies are demanded in order to maintain decorum. Everyone’s walking on eggshells, afraid of saying something that will offend even the most marginal but vocal group of people. It’s a witch hunt, essentially, and people are pointing fingers and shouting “wiiiiitch!” at anyone saying anything that sounds strange or improper to them, lest they … Continue reading Pick your battles

Loss of dignity with age

My dad was in the ER this morning for a severe kidney infection. I sat and watched this ex-firefighter, Vietnam veteran archetype of masculinity lie under a thin white hospital blanket, the monitor he was connected to beeping away in the background, and I marveled at how frail and helpless he looked. It made me sad. And it reminded me that I’m already experiencing the … Continue reading Loss of dignity with age

Another legend has left us.

Fast Eddie Clarke, the last surviving member of (arguably)the definitive Motörhead lineup and the founder of Fastway has died. The Ramones are dead. Motörhead is dead. The beastie boys, for all practical purposes, are dead. Prince is dead. David Bowie is dead. Ronnie James Dio is dead. Malcom Young is dead. Jeff Hanneman is dead. Everybody’s gonna die. But the body of work they’ve left … Continue reading Another legend has left us.