Three Reasons To Care

Pleasant Progressive1I’m not sure I have much to say about the botched gun votes last week that hasn’t already been said. Maureen Dowd wrote a nice piece about President Obama’s failures to engage Congress (yet again) and how he provided us with a lot of words but little action or influence. James Fallows wrote a great rant over at the Atlantic about how it was all a consequence of our failed filibuster reform attempt. Even The Onion came through with an article titled, “Jesus, This Week”—it is funny and sad and pretty accurate. Continue reading

How to Stop the Killing

curmudgeon logo2“Shame on you!”  That pretty much sums it up, doesn’t it?  Ninety percent of the American public supposedly supported the idea of background checks for all purchases of guns in this country, but the Senate can’t even get a bill to the floor for a vote.  Shame on you.  Really?  Shame on us. Continue reading


Pleasant Progressive1Tomorrow marks our annual celebration of Earth Day. Gaylord Nelson, a progressive Senator from Wisconsin, founded Earth Day in 1970 and it’s been a staple of the environmental movement ever since. As a kid, I remember planting trees and picking up trash on Earth Day. As an adult, I haven’t really been a consistent observer—it sneaks up on me each spring when I’m least expecting it. Continue reading

A Paradox

curmudgeon logo2A paradox, a paradox,

A most ingenious paradox…

The Pirates of Penzance, Gilbert and Sullivan

 I loves me a good classical reference.  Let’s take King Pyrrhus of Epirus.  Pyrrhus defeated the Roman armies in two great battles around 280 BC.  Unfortunately, he lost most of his friends and his best generals in the process and had no way to replenish his armies.  The Romans on the other hand, simply brought more legions from Rome.  Pyrrus is supposed to have said something on the order of “If we are victorious in one more battle with the Romans, we shall be utterly ruined.” Continue reading


Pleasant Progressive1Spring has officially arrived in D.C.—the cherry blossoms are blooming and the tourists are everywhere. As these out of town guests descend on the city to poke around the Tidal Basin and walk slowly down the Mall, tensions among city dwellers are running higher than normal. Continue reading

Conservative Knee Jerk Flu

curmudgeon logo2I would like to think of myself as a mostly intelligent human being with a mostly liberal bent.  When an issue arises I would like to think that I examine it with as little prejudice as possible, weighing the merits of all sides of the issue and arriving at a conclusion that is based on the information available, logic, and an understanding of the larger global situation in which the issue is embedded. Continue reading

Pass the Troll Doll

Pleasant Progressive1Sometimes my current work life feels like a strange alternate universe to my feminism-focused past. I still work on women and gender issues, but because of where I’m doing the work these days, I’m almost completely surrounded by younger white dudes. That’s right. I work with a few women, but the vast majority of my closest colleagues are young men in their twenties. If you’d told me a decade ago that after working at six different women’s organizations and taking on two advanced degrees in women’s issues, I’d find myself loving an office full of young dudes… well, I would’ve laughed in your face. But here I am… Continue reading

So This Horse Walks Into a Bar

curmudgeon logo2Have you seen the commercials – or perhaps they are public service spots – on TV about how it’s not cool to make fun of gays?  These have cropped up in recent weeks all over the tube.  These damn liberals want to take all the fun out of life.  If we can’t make fun of gays any more, who’s left?  They even took “Queer Eye for the Straight Guy” off TV, and I’m sure you will never see that word in a television show title ever again. Continue reading