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Voting in the California Primary? I am. Good thing I have some help.

I got my official voter info guide for the upcoming 2018 California Primary Election. Lotsa reading.

Fortunately I have help.

Nancy's great. She picks out all the biglyest, stronglyest most viable conservative christian candidates and issues. Nancy wants to make sure that my white, affluent, privileged lifestyle remains intact.

Thanks, Nancy!


Abdul-Jabbar: The NFLs plan to protect America from witches


(N.F.L.) insist on being the self-appointed guardians of America’s mythological vision of itself. Malt shops on every corner, Pat Boone crooning on the jukebox, and modestly dressed virgins sitting around with knees clamped together waiting to be asked to prom. This 1950s, Father Knows Best soundstage fantasy doesn’t stop with paternalistic and puritanical gender stereotypes, but also promotes simplistic notions about race and patriotism. The NFL’s anachronistic fancies aren’t just a misguided attempt to pander to what they think their traditionalist fans want, but also projects the hard-core conservative values of the mostly rich, white one-percenters who own the teams. We must live in their Disneyland – or else.

The country would be outraged if a team’s rules stated that if a black player was eating at a restaurant and a white player walked in, the black player would have to leave the restaurant. Yet, those are the rules for Saints’ cheerleaders, who must leave a restaurant they are eating at if a Saints player arrives. We would be equally outraged if a company demanded that office personnel address top executives only with “hello” and “you’re wonderful”. Yet the Saints’ cheerleaders are restricted to saying only “hello” and “great game” to players. Other restrictions about weight, makeup, body hair, tampon use and forbidding sweatpants in public make it seem as if the Saints watched The Handmaid’s Tale and thought, “They just don’t go far enough.” In other words, shut up and jiggle.

Molly Ringwald on John Hughes (New Yorker)

This is not the already-posted 4/6/18 Vanity Fair piece by Yohana Desta. This is Ms. Ringwald's piece in The New Yorker


How are we meant to feel about art that we both love and oppose? What if we are in the unusual position of having helped create it? Erasing history is a dangerous road when it comes to art—change is essential, but so, too, is remembering the past, in all of its transgression and barbarism, so that we may properly gauge how far we have come, and also how far we still need to go.

I added the bold to this.
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