Watch: Republican Candidate John Kasich Is Fed Up With His Party’s Hate Speech (VIDEO)


At least one member of the GOP seems to be very well aware of the Republican party’s descent into something bordering on Nazism.

Republican presidential candidate John Kasich just released an ad that has to be seen to be believed. It’s based on the famous “First they came for…” quote, attributed to German Pastor Martin Niemöller.

The original statement by Niemoller speaks of the conditions in Nazi Germany, prior to the Second World War.

First they came for the Socialists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Socialist.

Then they came for the Trade Unionists, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Trade Unionist.

Then they came for the Jews, and I did not speak out—
Because I was not a Jew.

Then they came for me—and there was no one left to speak for me.

The ad, which was released on Tuesday, features Col. Tom Moe, a retired Air Force serviceman, and former Vietnam prisoner of war. As the video begins, Col. Moe says “I would like anyone who is listening to consider some thoughts.”

He then goes on to paraphrase the words of Pastor Niemoller.

Watch the video below

Last month Kasich slammed his fellow candidates at a campaign rally in his hometown of Westerville, Ohio.

During his speech he asked, “What’s happened to our party? What’s happened to the conservative movement?”

He told his supporters in no uncertain terms that he is at the end of his rope when it comes to his fellow conservatives.

“I’ve about had it with these people,” he said. “I want you to know I’m fed up. I’m sick and tired of listening to this nonsense and I’m going to have to call it like it is in this race.”

Kasich asked, “Do you know how crazy this election is? We got one candidate that says we ought to abolish Medicaid and Medicare. You ever heard of anything so crazy as that?”

Speaking of Ben Carson’s flat tax proposal, he said, “We got one person saying we ought to have a 10 percent flat tax that will drive up the deficit in this country by trillions of dollars.” He went to ask, “Why don’t we have no taxes? Just get rid of them all, and then a chicken in every pot on top of it,” bringing the Hoover era, and the corresponding Great Depression, to mind.

“We got one guy who says we ought to take 10 or 11 million people … we’re gonna pick them up and we’re gonna take them to the border and scream at them to get out of our country? That’s just crazy,” he said.

After lamenting the descent of his party into complete stupidity and craziness, he remarked to the audience,

“You know, folks, we better be careful that we don’t turn this country over to somebody who’s not capable of running it. Because if we turn this country over to somebody with wild ideas that thinks they can scream and bluster or operate their way to success, it’s my kids who are going to be at risk and your kids and your grandchildren and all of us. So why don’t we grow up?”

Here’s an excerpt from the speech, via NowThis Politics on Facebook.

White U.S. Senator Says Terrorists ‘Look More Like Me’



Senator Sherrod Brown (D-OH) remains devoted to receiving Syrian refugees and feels they aren’t nearly as big a threat to the United States as another group of people.

“Normally, they look more like me than they look like Middle Easterners,” Brown told Ohio’s WAKR radio. “They are generally white males, who have shot up people in movie theaters and schools.”

Listen below to the full interview with Brown:

White men account for more mass murder cases than radical Islamists in the U.S., according to a Duke Study released in June. Shortly after the shootings in Charleston, S.C. where a white-supremacist entered a black church and killed nine people, a handful of senators pushed for hearings on domestic terrorism.

Out of 750,000 refugees resettled in the U.S., none have tried to commit a terrorist attack on American soil. Two Iraqis and one Uzbek were convicted of trying to plan activities in their native countries.

After a Syrian passport was found at the scene of the Paris attacks though, American governorsrallied to block Syrian refugees — even though a top EU official said that all the attackers identified were European passport holders and the Syrian passport was likely fake.

This Is Why White Supremacists Opened Fire On Peaceful Black Lives Matter Protestors


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No matter how hateful it often appears, one has to admit that there are many things to be thankful for as an American. The population is not yet being controlled by religious fanatics, some Americans can access medical care, three-quarters of the nation’s children do not go to bed hungry every night, and racist law enforcement officers are only shooting at unarmed African Americans. Maybe African Americans, and groups such as Black Lives Matter, should be especially grateful this Thanksgiving that even though they are inordinately targeted by racially-motivated law enforcement, their Constitution still allows them to peaceably protest the rash of police shootings.

After the events in Ferguson Missouri, it became evident that people of color exercising that basic 1st Amendment “right” to protest is no guarantee they will not get shot. If they protest in Minneapolis Minnesota over another officer-involved shooting, it is not just racists cops to fear, but armed white supremacists likely manifesting the effects of generational indoctrination of racial animus.

On Monday in Minneapolis, a group of white supremacists opened fire on Black Lives Matter protesters assembled in protest of another officer-involved shooting of an African American witnesses say was handcuffed. Five of the protesters were shot and sustained injuries; injuries that law enforcement curiously stressed were “not life-threatening.” Reports in local media announced that the three white male suspects were reported to be “wearing masks and bulletproof vests;” likely an updated version of the KKK’s historic bed-sheet-and-hood uniform.

There is a misconception that it is only the South that supports blatant racism, and although it has been the case since the Civil Rights movement and desegregation, a joint project involving a Virginia Commonwealth University (VCU) professor and VCU Libraries shows how the Ku Klux Klan successfully spread its special brand of racial animus towards African Americans nationwide. The result of the project, besides demonstrating the breadth and scope of the Klan’s influence in creating a nation of hateful racists, is a clever little map showing that the “second Klan” spread across all fifty states as opposed to “Reconstruction and Civil Rights Klan” mostly concentrated in the Deep South. The “second Klan” thrived between 1915 and 1940 and African Americans today are feeling the effects in every state in the Union, not just the former Confederacy.

The project shows that unlike the first KKK of Reconstruction and the third Klan of the civil rights era, the second Klan was far more widespread and infected roughly 8 million avidly racist Americans. A digital technologies web applications analyst, Shariq Torres, oversaw creation of the map revealed why no American should be surprised that racial animus toward African Americans is still thriving in all fifty states and spreading into the next generation; regardless of the nation electing Barack Obama twice as President. Torres said,

A lot of times today, talk of racism says this region is bad or that region is bad. No, all of it is bad. And this map shows that. Even after the KKK “disbanded” all those people were still in the community. They became cops, they became judges, they became lawyers, they became teachers. They were all throughout the community. I see it as a very striking example of the sort of institutionalized racism that remains in the country today. This organization’s ideas were so mainstream that people were fine with it. That trickles down to everything else – housing inspectors, cops, policymakers, everything.”

Torres is absolutely right according to sociologists who have noted that since racial animus is a learned trait, it is nearly certain that a majority of those 8 million Americans who became judges, lawyers, politicians and cops produced offspring they programmed to hate of people of color. It is that inculcated racial hatred that Republicans have used to great advantage to keep their base in line and themselves in control.

President Lyndon Johnson once told his press secretary, Bill Moyers, that he understood exactly why inciting racial animus was a successful tool his opponents used to fleece Americans; a tool 21st Century Republicans are using successfully because they are reaping the benefits of over a hundred years of the Klan’s racist conditioning. Johnson said,

”I’ll tell you what’s at the bottom of it. If you can convince the lowest white man that he’s better than the best colored man, he won’t notice you’re picking his pocket. Hell, give him somebody to look down on, and he’ll even empty his pockets for you.” The next time someone wonders why Republican voters reliably vote against their best self-interests, Lyndon Johnson knew the answer 50 years ago because he lived through the Klan’s infectious spread across America.

After white supremacists were finished shooting Black Lives Matter protesters, the president of the Minneapolis chapter of the NAACP Nekima Levy-Pounds said, “I am obviously appalled that white supremacists would open fire on nonviolent, peaceful protesters.” It is telling that Levy-Pounds did not say surprised, just appalled. Another Black Lives Matter protester, Jie Wronski-Riley said he heard what sounded like firecrackers and thought, “surely they’re not shooting human beings.” When the two young black men standing on either side of him were hit and he heard the cries of more wounded people on the ground, “I really understood the danger we were in and what had happened.” Wronski-Riley likely understood in real terms why he was there protesting in the first place; white racists with guns, cops or otherwise, lust to shoot human beings who are African American and peaceably protesting.

Despite all of this country’s problems, no one should be as extraordinarily grateful on Thanksgiving than white folks. Because although they may earn poverty wages, lack access to healthcare and education, risk losing their Social Security pensions, and probably go to bed hungry a few nights a week, at least their race prevents them from being gunned down discriminately. It is something that very few, if any African Americans can say and they can thank the Klan for that unenviable distinction.


Putin Says Russia Ready to Cooperate With U.S. Coalition on ISIS

Russian President Vladimir Putin Meets French President Francois Hollande

MOSCOW, RUSSIA – NOVEMBER,26: Russian President Vladimir Putin (R) and French President Francois Hollande (L) attend a joint press conference in the Kremlin on November 26, 2015 in Moscow, Russia. Hollande is having a one-day trip to Moscow. (Photo by Sasha Mordovets/Getty Images)


The announcement came after a meeting with French President Francois Hollande

(BEIRUT) — Russian President Vladimir Putin says Russia is ready to cooperate with the U.S.-led coalition fighting the Islamic State group.

Putin said after talks with French President Francois Hollande that Russia is open to closer cooperation with both France and the U.S.-led coalition on selecting IS targets.

At the same time, he lashed out at the U.S. over the downing of a Russian warplane by Turkey, saying the U.S. should have prevented its coalition ally Turkey from making such a move.

He said that Russia will hold “serious consultations” with the U.S. over the incident.

Associated Press

10 things you need to know today: November 26, 2015

AP Photo/Richard Drew


1. Turkey releases tapes to show it warned pilots before downing Russian bomber jet
Turkey released audiotapes Thursday that it said proved that before it shot down a Russian SU-24 bomber it warned the pilots several times to change course, as they were approaching Turkish airspace. Turkey insists it issued several warnings before its warplanes shot at the Russian aircraft Tuesday. With tensions rising between the two nations, Russia, which argues its jet never left Syrian skies, began holding up Turkish goods at its border, citing a possible terrorist threat.

Source: The Washington Post, The Associated Press

2. Chicago releases more videos of officer fatally shooting black teen
Chicago officials released four more police dashcam videos Wednesdayshowing white police officer Jason Van Dyke shooting Laquan McDonald, a black teenager, 16 times on a city street in 2014. The city has now released videos from five of the eight police vehicles that were at the scene. One of the new videos, which were all unexpectedly without audio, came from the squad car that carried Van Dyke, who was charged with murder this week. Protesters marched Wednesdayexpressing anger over police handling of the case and demanding reform.

Source: Chicago Tribune

3. U.S. military blames deadly Afghan hospital strike on human error
A U.S.-led October airstrike on a Doctors Without Borders hospital in Kunduz, Afghanistan, was the result of “human error,” compounded by technical problems, Gen. John Campbell, the top NATO and U.S. commander in Afghanistan, said Wednesday. The intended target was a Taliban command center nearby. The personnel most closely involved in the strike, which killed at least 30 staff members and patients, have been suspended until the case is resolved.

Source: CNN

4. Obama assures Americans Thanksgiving travel is safe
President Obama assured Americans that they were safe as nearly 46.9 million people in the nation set out to travel over the long Thanksgiving weekend. Thanksgiving is the busiest U.S. travel holiday of the year. Authorities have increased security at airports in response to the deadly Paris attacks two weeks ago. New York City is deploying a record number of police officers for the Macy’s Thanksgiving Day parade, which is expecting record crowds. “We are taking every possible step to keep our homeland safe,” Obama said.

Source: Reuters

5. Pope condemns using religion to radicalize young people
Pope Francis on Thursday condemned the radicalization of young people “in the name of religion to sow discord and fear” as he met with religious leaders in Kenya at the start of a three-country Africa tour. Francis called Islamist extremist attacks that have killed thousands in Kenya since 2013 “barbarous.” He urged Muslim and Christian leaders to engage in dialogue while remaining vigilant against terrorists trying to “tear at the very fabric of our societies.”

Source: The Washington Post, NBC News

6. 2015 is the hottest year on record
The World Meteorological Organization announced Wednesday that 2015 is the hottest year on record. NOAA’s chief climate monitor, Deke Arndt, said something “game-changing massive” would have to happen in December “for it not to be a record.” 2015 saw temperatures soar worldwide as a result of a strong El Niño and man-made global warming, with the planet likely having warmed by 1 degree Celsius, an alarming climate change milestone that has been blamed for extreme weather worldwide.

Source: The Associated Press

7. FSU releases depositions on handling of sexual assault allegations
Florida State University on Wednesday released two key officials’ depositions taken as part of a lawsuit by Erica Kinsman, who says the school did not properly investigate when she accused former FSU star quarterback Jameis Winston of raping her in December 2012. Winston was not charged and has countersued. Head coach Jimbo Fisher said he was not aware of the school policy on reporting such allegations. An ex-director of FSU’s victim advocate program said 20 sexual assault allegations were made against FSU football players in nine years.

Source: USA Today, The Associated Press

8. Ex-boxing champion killed in Atlanta robbery
Former world cruiserweight boxing champion O’Neil Bell was killed Wednesday during a robbery in Atlanta. Police said Bell, 40, was getting off a public bus with another person when two men robbed them. After an argument one of the robbers shot Bell in the chest. He died at the scene. The thieves stole the bag of the second victim — who was shot in the hip — and fled. Bell, who was from Jamaica, held four titles over his 13-year career, including the WBA, WBC, and IBF. He retired with a 27-4-1 record.

Source: The Associated Press, New York Daily News

9. West Point bans pillow fights after injuries
West Point on Wednesday banned pillow fights after one on Aug. 20left two dozen freshman cadets with concussions. Six others had other injuries. Pillow fights are a tradition at the U.S. Military Academy, helping new cadets build camaraderie as they start a tough first year. Some of the injured may have been hit with pillowcases stuffed with hard objects. The school’s superintendent, Lt. Gen. Robert L. Caslen Jr., said he would “send a clear message that this kind of behavior will not be tolerated.”

Source: The New York Times

10. Casey Kasem’s children sue stepmom over late radio host’s care
Three of the late radio host Casey Kasem’s children and his brother filed a wrongful death lawsuit Wednesday against his widow. The lawsuit says Jean Kasem neglected the longtime American Top 40 host’s medical care in his final months, and hastened his death in June 2014 at age 82. Jean Kasem’s attorney did not immediately comment, but a former attorney for the widow said Kasem’s daughter Kerri, who won control over her father’s care in a court fight, sped up his death to cash in on a $2 million insurance policy.

Source: Los Angeles Times

Armed Hate Group In Texas Is Publishing Names And Addresses Of Muslims


An armed hate group has been terrorizing Muslims outside of Texas mosques even more than usual since the Paris attacks, but now the leader of the group has taken it even further and listed the addresses of dozens of local Muslims and “Muslim sympathizer(s)” to Facebook.

On Saturday, approximately a dozen right-wing extremists had gathered outside the Islamic Center of Irving mosque during afternoon prayers, citing the attacks in Paris, which these people in Texas had nothing to do with, as their motivation.

The group claimed that they were there to protest Syrian refugees being brought to America.

The leader of the hate-rally “protest” designed to intimidate Muslims, David Wright III, took his hate and Islamophobia a step further on Tuesday by publishing a list of names and addresses to his group’s Facebook page.

The group, who calls themselves the “Bureau on American Islamic Relations,” claims that those listed “stood up for Sharia tribunals.”

Sharia Law, much like the religious-right, believe women should have less rights than men, vehemently oppose gay rights, and states that a nation should be ruled by religion. Sound familiar?

At least some of the names on Wright’s list were of people who had previously asked the Irving City Council not to support the “American Laws for American Courts” bill which forbid Texas judges from using foreign laws in their rulings.

On Monday, the Dallas Morning News published an editorial decrying the protest stating, “We all should collectively pray for peace — in whatever house of worship we choose — and leave our guns at home.”

The Anti-Defamation League, one of America’s largest and most influential Jewish and civil rights groups has spoken out about the protest, stating that people in the United States should have a right to practice their religion as they choose. The Dallas chapter wrote in a statement:

“The Anti-Defamation League (ADL) expresses serious concern at the anti-Muslim protest held in Irving, TX, on November 21. According to news reports, a number of protesters showed up at an Irving mosque with weapons, hateful signs and false allegations about attempts to create Islamic courts with the desire to supersede American law. As Americans we are fortunate to have the rights to free speech and to freely assembly; we also have the right to worship as we please and should not have to worry about individuals engaging in threatening behaviors outside our houses of worship.”

A counter-rally is planned for Saturday outside the Irving Islamic Center, to protest the hate group and over 100 people have already signed up to attend.

Many have blamed the mainstreaming of Islamophobia to presidential candidates such as Donald Trump, who’s hate-spewing rhetoric to win over uneducated voters is putting the many Muslim Americans in danger.



Video Of Laquan McDonald Shooting Sat In Secret… Cover Up… Reporter Who Forced Video’s Release Barred From News Event… Cop Emptied Pistol And Reloaded… Contradicts Police Narrative… Burger King Security Camera Footage Mysteriously Missing… MORE QUESTIONS: 4 New Videos Released… No Audio… Obama: I’m ‘Deeply Disturbed’… More Protests…

17 YEARS OLD, 16 SHOTS… HORROR… Modern-Day Lynching… Officer Had History Of Citizen Complaints… Chicago Tribune: ‘What Does It Take To Flag A Problem Cop?’… 99% Of Complaints Lodged Against Chicago Police In 2015 Went Nowhere… A Department Rotten To Its Core… Long History Of Failing To Hold Officers Accountable… RECALL RAHM: What Happens When A Mayor Ignores Half Of The City… The Other Laquan McDonalds: 109 Chicago Police Bullets Killed 19 Men Last Year…

Wow, Seth Meyers just stripped down Donald Trump’s lies and Islamophobia so clearly even your racist uncle will get it now

Wow, Seth Meyers just stripped down Donald Trump's lies and Islamophobia so clearly even your racist uncle will get it now

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“When confronted about his lies, he doubles down,” Meyers says, before answering back with reality

“Late Night” host Seth Meyers was on fire Tuesday night when he lit up Donald Trump for spending the weekend lying to justify his racism and Islamophobia.

Trump swears that he saw Muslims in New Jersey celebrating on 9/11, a claim that Meyers says has been universally debunked. “But even when he was confronted about the lie by George Stephanopoulos, Trump stood his ground,” Meyers said. He then ran the clip of Trump doubling down saying that he saw it with his own eyes.

“But let’s remember Trump also said he met Vladimir Putin when they were on the same episode of ’60 Minutes’ even though they filmed their segments thousands of miles apart. So, Trump’s understanding about how TV works is not entirely trustworthy.”

Meyers said it would be like Trump claiming he knew the Dallas Cowboys really well because just that weekend they played a game in his living room.

Trump even quoted a Washington Post report that alleged that “these people” were celebrating in the streets, however, the reporters who wrote the story have now come out saying that 1.) they never said hundreds or thousands of people were celebrating and 2.) the reporter could never verify the report.

Of course, Trump doesn’t care about any of that. “When confronted about his lies, he doubles down,” Meyers said. “And much like the KFC Double Down, each one is getting harder to digest. Because, Washington Post article or not, Trump claimed to have seen these events with his own eyes.”

Trump then started tweeting out this blatantly racist chart with false crime statistics.
Trump's Fake Racist Chart

“The chart falsely claimed that the percentage of whites killed by blacks is 81 percent when, in fact, it’s actually 15 percent according to the FBI,” Meyers said. “And I know from watching Dateline that the remaining 85 percent of whites are killed by husbands with boats.” The source for the chart as you can see on the bottom says “Crime Statistics Bureau of San Francisco” which isn’t even real. “The second problem is that it came originally from a Twitter account that used neo-Nazi images anddescribed Hitler as ‘…the Austrian chap with the little mustache.’ Which is, of course, how Hitler described himself on his Tinder profile.”

Trump then quadrupled down on Fox News’ “O’Reilly Factor.” “When your defense is you didn’t tweet it, you retweeted it, you’re beyond doubling down,” Meyers said. “But if you’re waiting for Trump to apologize for anything he’s said, don’t hold your breath.” Apparently, the last thing he apologized for was too many years ago to remember. “He probably forgot, because he has too many things to remember that didn’t happen.”

How to talk to your family about politics this Thanksgiving

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With the arrival of the holidays each year, political Web sites looking to wring a last few clicks out of people waiting at airports dutifully put together “how to talk about [CONTROVERSIAL POLITICAL ISSUE] with your [CRASS UNCLE/SNOTTY NIECE] at Thanksgiving” articles.

We are a political Web site.

We would like a last few clicks.

And so here is our offering.

1. Your obnoxious uncle speaks approvingly of something you think is racist. Maybe about Syrian refugees, for example.

It is very much the case that there are explicitly racist people out there in the world. It is also the case that many more people hold beliefs or attitudes that are tinged to some degree with racist undertones.

What bears mentioning in this context is that language is itself a constraint that is simply how humans approximate how they feel about the world. There are few sentences that can entirely convey a complex message, so we do our best. We use language and its limitations to get our points across with the understanding that we can never truly know one another any more than we can know what it would be like to be a rabbit. How you look at and assess the world is necessarily different than how I do, and you could never use our word-count-limited English language to fully express your consciousness.

So maybe that’s part of the problem: you’re misunderstanding.

Or, also: I am an uncle, and I think it is funny to annoy my nieces and nephews. So maybe your uncle is intentionally riling you up because he thinks it is funny. Sounds like it worked! So maybe chill out and have some pie.

2. Your niece is insisting that you simply don’t understand Bernie Sanders’s arguments.

The neat thing about college students (which we’re just going to assume your niece is) is that when you’re in college, it doesn’t matter where the school ranks on the U.S. News and World Report index. Any college which features 1) dormitories and 2) aggressively thought-provoking freshman philosophy professors will create a bumper crop of self-confident young people ready to challenge everything they have ever known — and who are more than willing to assume that their elders are ignoramuses, even if they don’t say so explicitly. If they go to Yale or if they go to DeAnza, it doesn’t matter. They have gotten their first taste of intellectual and personal freedom, and it’s intoxicating. For so long, their parents and those idiots at their high schools kept them constrained to standardized tests or to their bedrooms. No longer.It is time to be heard!

So your niece comes home from college, busting at the seams. She’s been studying socialism, so she gets Bernie in a way you don’t. Hillary Clinton is old news, and Bernie Sanders will address income inequality and finally crack down on Citizens United (which was decided when she was 13).

The appropriate way to deal with this is simple: Express non-sarcastic appreciation for her enthusiasm and engage with her political arguments in a mature and sensible way. If she makes a good point, tell her so. If she’s misunderstanding something in your view, tell her that. She is an adult and you are an adult, and adults are able to engage in nuanced and respectful conversations, particularly in social situations. And at the end of the day, even if you agree vehemently on everything, your votes cancel each other out anyway so it doesn’t matter. Besides, you probably live in one of the 45 states that will make no difference in the 2016 general election, so don’t get all excited about it. Who cares.

3. Your grandmother uses a derogatory term for gay people.

If you are having a conversation with your grandmother at the dinner table, I will assume she is aged somewhere between 40 and 90. If she is 40, she and your mother or father wasted very little time in moving around the board in the ol’ Game of Life. But she was also born in 1975, only a few years after Stonewall. She grew up watching Eddie Murphy telling horrible homophobic jokes on HBO specials. Slurs about gay people were just everyday slurs.

Not that our present society is free of that. There’s not a black/white split on attitudes about gay people, but a scale of gray transitioning between the two. We’re closer to end of the scale opposite where the country was 40 years ago, but this is still an ongoing evolution in how America looks at a group to which it used to try very hard to pay no attention. (If your grandmother is older than 40, which the odds are very good she is, this is even more true.)

There are two little tricks to how the world works that you only realize as you grow older. The first is that you at some point suddenly realize that all of the damage that’s been done to your body over the years is permanent: All the little scars and chipped teeth and whatever are long-term irreparable damage that you will carry with you until the moment you die. It’s a weird thing, that moment, like stepping over the top of a ladder and climbing down the other side. Perhaps that moment came as you were reading this! If so, sorry.

The other is that as you deteriorate, the world keeps roiling and changing around you. You are blessed with wisdom over time, yes, but that wisdom is exclusively about history. You will be presented with some new band or book or movie that is so obviously idiotic that you cannot believe that anyone would ever enjoy it, and then it will become very popular and you will feel like an out-of-touch idiot. Eventually, you may grow to appreciate aspects of that band or book or movie, may even legitimately like it. But that’s learned. That’s adaptation. It’s your old chipped and scarred worldview trying to find its place in unfamiliar environs. And I can assure you, with a barely stifled chuckle, that it will happen to you.

So. Maybe your grandmother used the slur because she has always used that slur and it’s never occurred to her that it is a slur. Or maybe she sincerely hates gay people, because she has always hated gay people. Lots of people hold opinions that are different than yours and which you find unappealing — perhaps are even objectively unappealing. But the point of a society is that we figure out a way to live with one another despite constantly finding each other unappealing. In this case, of course, the person you find unappealing is the person who gave birth to the person who gave birth to you, so it’s worth spending a little extra time to be kind and thoughtful in how you deal with your grandmother, accepting that she might never come to see the world your way even as you gently try. Maybe your way is to your grandmother what Five Seconds of Summer is to me: inscrutable and dumb and not worth my time. But maybe, even as she worries about the ache in her hip or as she looks into a mirror and sees more wrinkles than she has years, maybe she’ll try once again to understand this new thing that the world has presented to her.

She is old and wise enough to know that sometimes, it’s worth adapting. One hopes you are, too.

4. Your husband Donald is running for president and he won’t stop talking about his great rally in Columbus on Monday and what total losers the media are.

I mean, divorce, I guess?

Philip Bump


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