Re: that fucking wall

Anthony Bourdain wrote: "Americans love Mexican food. We consume nachos, tacos, burritos, tortas, enchiladas, tamales and anything resembling Mexican in enormous quantities. We love Mexican beverages, happily knocking back huge amounts of tequila, mezcal, and Mexican beer every year. We love Mexican people—we sure employ a lot of them. Despite our ridiculously hypocritical attitudes towards…

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Who to blame

A conversation on FaceBook (modified for clarity)   J: Except many people didn't vote because they were mad about Bernie. K: Then, they gave their votes to Trump because they didn't vote against him. They are as responsible for his election as the people who actively chose him. J: I agree. But this graphic forgets…

Conversation with 20-something

Them: If someone's entire ideology is based around the idea that people like me and people of color have to be violently expunged from existence, even a violent response is self defense. To say otherwise is gaslighting. Ergo: bash the fash. Me: What do your peers say is the reason they don't vote? Them: "if…

Charlottesville

It's been a strange time at our house. I'm training for my new position and working 8-4:30 M-F. Being off work on the weekends is really weird for me. Last weekend, we went to Kerr Lake with a couple of friends who have a house there. When we came back, we found out about the…

Reading this and that

I have not met Omid Safi, but he lives near me.  He teaches at UNC-CH so he's just down the road.  It was surprising to me to find his essays about Islam on the Religion News website  and realize that this writer is actually a neighbor of sorts.  Today, he wrote about the standing protests…