Back in 2015, in the aftermath of the South Carolina church shooting, Memphis’s City Council decided that it wanted to rid itself of statues celebrating terrorists and traitors. The city’s council voted to get rid of one such statue before being immediately overruled by the Tennessee Historical Commission. Sam Wilkinson talks about what happened next.
A Republican has finally identified the real problem with gun violence: insufficiently respectful teenagers.
Stephon Clark wasn’t armed. The Sacramento Police Department ended his life anyway.
Sam’s most useful recipe, with photos.
Although Andrew Sullivan and Katie Roiphe would never acknowledge it, maybe the Shitty Media Men list was created not as an affront to the concept of due process, but because due process has so often ended up protecting abusers rather than the abused.
Aly Raisman’s righteous anger at Larry Nassar was deserved. So to was her righteous anger at the system that aided and abetted him. But only one of those is going to get the attention that it deserves.
Moira Donegan has acknowledged having created the Shitty Media Men list. She should be lauded for doing so. Her detractors though? They deserve nothing of the sort.
Bernard Law – a man who invested considerable personal energy aiding and abetting the molestation of children – has died.
Tom Petty has passed away at 66.
Magdiel Sanchez had a very good reason for not following the orders that Oklahoma City Police were giving him. That reason did not save his life.
In properly describing Donald Trump as a white supremacist, Jemele Hill joined a crowd of people who have done precisely the same thing. The White House’s response to her having done it though? It was very different.
The inability to recognize another person’s humanity is how it is that Michael Bennett ended up being handcuffed on the ground, after having been threatened.
Netflix’s and Marvel’s The Defenders is underwhelming, underpowered, and unimpressive. And yet, it might one day not be.
You people are really disappointing both Joel Osteen and the authors of the Nashville Statement. You are going to need to fix that if you want to be back in their good graces.
Mitch Albom is very, very offended about these kids today, especially about how offended they get, but also because they do not want to die when they eat food, and also because they have safe sex, oh, and also because…
Kesha’s “Woman” is a furiously hot track, but does it rise to the level of Bop?
George Romero has died. His contributions, like his beloved monsters, have not.
Naked people in pornography and naked people in media are two very different types of naked people, implies Ross Douthat routinely.
Is Naughty By Nature’s “Feel Me Flow” a bop?
Let’s play another round of Bop Or Not, this time with the Fine Young Cannibals’ “Johnny Come Home.”
Surely the the Scissor Sisters’ “Lights” is the platonic ideal of a bop.
Some coaches want us to believe very much that they have nothing at all to do with what their players achieve, or don’t achieve, on the court.
Words are hard.
Ten years is a long time.
The editorial staff very generously gave me my own subblog! Time to ruin my reputation in a whole new space!
Scott Michael Greene is still alive. Which is odd if we believe what we are told about policing, danger, and fear.
Alfred Olango died after taking his hands out of his pockets at the request of officers who then shot him for doing so. He was unarmed.
Tulsa’s Eric Harris and Terrence Crutcher are dead. Charlotte’s Jonathan Ferrell and Keith Lamont Scott are dead. North Carolina’s William Ray is not.
Dee Dee Blancharde abused her daughter Gypsy for more than two decades. She did so with the sanction and encouragement of medical professionals. Predictably, Gypsy is being required to pay the price.
Charles Kinsey having survived his police-shooting might make its occurrence far harder to dismiss.
“Is it accurate that Coach Paterno quickly said to you, ‘I don’t want to hear about any of that kind of stuff, I have a football season to worry about?’” the man’s lawyer asked him in 2014.
“Specifically. Yes . . . I was shocked, disappointed, offended. I was insulted. . . I said, is that all you’re going to do? You’re not going to do anything else?”
Paterno, the man testified, just walked away.
Ross Douthat Should Do Something Else Instead
There is nothing more immodest than a young woman in a tuxedo. Apparently.
“I’m from Hell’s Kitchen!” says Daredevil. “Have I mentioned that about myself?”
“Only about 50,000 times,” says Elektra.
Donald Trump and Ted Cruz are awful.
When discussing inverted duck vaginas, maybe there’s a better operational term than corkscrewing? Also, Dr. Tyson is underinformed on animal sex.