Drink A Few Glasses Of Wine And Yell At BuzzFeed

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This originally appeared on my Tumblr in January of 2014. BuzzFeed has neither sued me nor hired me as a result of this article. BuzzFeed staff writer Peggy Wang did not respond to requests for comment because why would anyone respond to an angry diatribe about a list article? A friend of mine sent me a link to a Buzz Feed “DIY” list article about menswear, presumably because she thought my blood pressure wasn’t high enough. I won’t link to this list… Read More

Liberalism, According to Maher

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Like all intellectual titans throughout history, Bill Maher has responded to his critics by coiling into a ball and whining that everyone who disagrees with him is a Nazi. “I’m the liberal in this debate,” he insists, excessively. After years of broadcasting his howling misogyny and racism, Maher has rightly earned a reputation for being a bigot. He’s in the news again for saying that Muslims have crazier, more violent tendencies than their faith-based counterparts. “They will fucking kill you,” the comedian told his audience last… Read More

Henry Kissinger at the Free Library

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UPDATE: Tonight was good. After correcting a typo on my leaflet — yes, on each piece of the few hundred or so pieces of paper — I set up next to the entrance and started passing them out to people coming in to the library. It reminded me of my canvassing days except I was relieved to tell people that I wrote this rap myself. After a while I met Queena Bass, who has run for mayor multiple times since 1999 on… Read More

Cough It Up

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Philadelphia smokes cigarettes. A lot of cigarettes. It holds the distinction of being the smokin’-est of America’s ten biggest cities. As of 2012, one in four adults in Philadelphia are smokers. And yesterday, Gov. Tom Corbett deputized that legion of smokers as official benefactors of the city’s failed school district. In what WHYY’s Newsworks called a “tremendous victory” for Philadelphia schools, the state senate approved funding for a measure passed by the city council in 2013 when Mayor Michael Nutter… Read More

Have You Been Spreading Lies About the HPV Vaccine?

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Over the holidays I was out at a bar with some old friends when one of them mentioned that Gardasil, the vaccine for the Human Papilloma Virus, was making women seriously ill.  As is sometimes the case with arguments that break out in bars, the ensuing exchange with my friend about vaccines ended when he either attempted to slap me across the face or just very furtively instructed me to talk to the hand.  For my part, it was too… Read More