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VOTE GODDAMN IT!

I'd like to talk to my more conservative/centrist friends. Namely: what does it mean to be a conservative and specifically a Republican. I've been doing a bit of hunting and fact gathering, as well as searching my memory for the good ole fashion values my school system taught while I was growing up, and I…

Blog · Essay · Nonfiction
Pick Your Side

"You're either with US or against US," has been a popular phrase for longer than most of us care to remember. And why not? It's short, catchy, and readily fools you into thinking the speaker has completely summed up the issues at hand. I first encountered the above variant of the phrase (with the word…

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I Hate Monopoly

Monopoly is a terrible game. I know this opinion is becoming much more popular of late, but I think it bears repeating: Monopoly is a terrible game. Yet for some reason, I played an absurd amount of Monopoly when I was a kid, in after school clubs (glorified daycare), at friends' houses, with any family…

Blog · Essay · LGBTQ · Nonfiction
On Voltron and the LGBTQ+ Community.

I recently finished watching season seven of the new Voltron series on Netflix. Overall, I liked it; it's a far cry from the heavily merchandised cartoon in the 1980's. The cast is interesting, the plot is engaging, and the writing is pretty tight. Overall, I think the show is an excellent example of what media…

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Bad Neighbors

There was a moment near the end of "Won't You Be My Neighbor?", a surprisingly good documentary about Fred Rogers, that really struck me. Near the end of the movie, during Mr. Rogers' funeral, they show footage of protestors at the funeral holding signs claiming, "God Hates Fags!" and "Fred Rogers Will Burn In Hell!"…

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Sir Spamalot

I recently had to go through my spam folder to look for a misplaced forum registration confirmation and came across a pretty startling email. The general format of the email is the person says they know my password is [some password I used in the past] and they know my secret. The mysterious person then…