I genuinely cannot think of a holiday I care less about than Flag Day; it seems like a really base kind of tribalism to me. I’m perfectly happy to respect Veterans’ Day or Memorial Day or the Fourth of July, but it’s seriously a piece of cloth. That people will apparently attack you for standing on . . . but somehow… » 4/23/15 10:07pm Thursday 10:07pm

You’re only partially correct. The article is pretty horrifying. What happened specifically to this kid is that the prosecution kept fucking up (and eventually lost the witness). So you’re supposed to get a trial in six months or be eligible for dismissal - but, if the prosecution asks for, say, a one-week extension… » 4/23/15 3:07pm Thursday 3:07pm

It’s cracking me up that just stepping on one grossed you out. During the tenure at my janitorial jobs, I handled so very many of the things. Sometimes with gloves on, sometimes without gloves when the used condoms were in surprising places that I didn’t think I needed gloves for. Way farthest from the grossest thing… » 4/23/15 12:29am Thursday 12:29am

My comfort is that, while basically nobody knows very much about the family history, we are pretty sure everyone got here too late to own slaves in the US and too early to have served under the Kaiser or the Nazis in their home countries. So that’s probably the worst of the atrocities I could be up for.
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The one thing that makes me feel bad for him is that he does seem to have come from a family that was, like, 100% fuckups in one way or another. Thieves, abusers, and just plain crazy. Like, his uncle has actually gone on television and called them all losers, in part because they committed identity theft against his… » 4/22/15 4:19pm Wednesday 4:19pm

The only argument I’ve ever heard for GMO labeling that I found even semi-convincing was from someone who wanted to be able to try to avoid buying products specifically from Monsanto, whose business practices she objected to. It wouldn’t be super effective, since Monsanto also does produce some non-GM stuff (and also… » 4/22/15 11:47am Wednesday 11:47am

I read all of Dianetics and I was genuinely horrified by the idea of anyone saying, “Oh, yeah, this is totally an ideology that will help me.” This was in part because its claims make very little sense and in part because of how misogynistic they are. It repeatedly claims that one’s emotional troubles as an adult are… » 4/20/15 8:46pm Monday 8:46pm

In other news, Kara Brown thinks it’s fucking hilarious to make fun of a mass shooting where fifteen human beings ended up dead in a piece she writes about milk - then expects her readers to believe her outrage is genuine in a different shooting.
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I’m very confused about the rationale the Peace Corps had for ending your service. Is it because they terminate the service of everyone who enters into a criminal case? Is it because they felt the nature of your charges put you at further risk? » 4/20/15 1:32pm Monday 1:32pm

I had genuinely no idea that Frederick’s had physical stores. My teenaged older brother somehow got on the mailing list for them, and if I was the first one to get the mail, I would look at every page and puzzle over the pictures of women modeling gloves who were literally only wearing gloves.
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