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“A Small, Nice Event”

May 4th, 2011

Can’t Good News Just be Good News? After a day of national unity, when I felt those stirrings of pride and patriotic appreciation, it helps to check in, reality-wise, with my right wing brother. After the news about bin Laden broke, I needled him: “How’s that for a president who sympathizes with the jihadis and wants to [...]

Passover’s Forgotten Plague

April 22nd, 2011

My Uncle Takes his Seder to Eleven Earlier this week, my family gathered for the Passover Seder. The table was strewn with symbolic everything—wine, herbs, matzoh, the whole deal. One of the most memorable parts of the Seder is the bit about the ten plagues, when God rained down terror on the Egyptians for refusing [...]

Fools, Bitches and Scum

January 25th, 2011

Is my brother really crazy, or just a jerk? Name-calling is never defensible. So how do I get away with calling my brother crazy? I could say that he started it (and that would be true enough). But honestly, this blog is not about his principled beliefs on (most) issues. Over the years he has [...]

Her Crazy Right Wing Sister

January 20th, 2011

A reader writes in I started this blog because I knew that my brother and I are not unique. American politics has (re)arrived at a distressing point, and to those of us who can’t recall the 60s (for whatever reasons), it’s an alien terrain. Our first reader comment, from “Donna from the Mountains,” brings it [...]

I am Become a Liberal Fool, Again

December 23rd, 2010

Were the Democrats playing political games with the 9/11 First Responders bill? Taking note of the near-constant negative press the GOP was absorbing by blocking the bill, I sent my brother, I admit it, an antagonistic message. I guess his reply should have come as no surprise. ME: Do you have any idea how much [...]

Dealing with Relatives

December 18th, 2010

Every family has theirs My brother is not racist (thankfully), but this discussion at Feministe seems somewhat relevant.