Trump’s insight into America’s vote count is rather remarkable

“If you count the legal votes, I easily win”

Trump’s outrage at the election is driven by a remarkable insight he has into the votes that have been cast.

Trump knows, for one, that if we count the legal votes, he wins. He also knows that millions of illegal votes have been cast. Furthermore, he knows that if we count those illegal votes, Biden will win.

And his supporters are understandably outraged by the injustice of it all.

I, for one, personally, don’t want to have a conversation about whether or not he’s right. …


Nostalgia for the good old days

My Facebook circle is about at 40% of what it used to be. I think the heyday for me was around 2013 when SCOTUS overturned DOMA. Seas of HRC red faces feeling very joyful and self satisfied by their clictivism.

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There was a time when I knew of two very specific people who weren’t on Facebook. I wanted them to be. I wanted to catch up on their lives. But that was it, just Angie Spears and Bridgette Whearty.

It’s possible that I’m a bad friend. Or that my radical leftist views have driven away more moderate or reasonable members…


Antifa and BLM take over: A Thought Experiment

Ok. White guys. Straight guys. Christian guys. We need to talk. Here’s a thought experiment.

Antifa and BLM join forces and overthrow Trump and hack into all the nukes and and burn the constitution and declare that we’re starting a new country.

Victory!

55 delegates are sent to the Second Constitutional Convention. Only the best and brightest Americans are selected. The best of our best.

It turns out that none of the 55 delegates are guys. 31 Black women, 17 Latina women, 4 Asian women, 2 American Indian women. And one person who says they’re biracial and nonbinary, neither a man…


Ruth Bader Ginsburg, Donald Trump, and Nuance

I did my graduate work at an Evangelical Christian school. A breathtaking, remarkable place by so many measures, deeply unlike whatever comes to mind when you hear of Evangelical Christian education. But a flawed and human organization as well, that would break my heart in a variety of ways.

Years after graduating I kept hearing from my LGBTQIA+ former-classmates that they felt like second-class citizens. And I ended up, somewhat foolishly, leading a push to get the school to add sexuality and gender identity to its bullying policy and non-discrimination policy regarding both students and faculty. My argument was that…


Voting third-party (or not voting at all) is anything but revolutionary, you clueless child

Capitalist commodification of revolutionary imagery

Look, I can probably out-radical-cred 98% of my peer group, maybe 99% of America. Medicaid for all? So 2012. I’m ready for single payer healthcare, universal basic income, and housing as a guaranteed right. You want gun control? I’m ready to abolish the second amendment. Overturn Citizen’s United. Publicly fund all forms of education, preschool through doctorates. Let’s ban fossil fuels effective immediately. Free childcare and stipends for parents raising young children. Reparations. Global citizenship. Amnesty for all undocumented Americans. Migration as a human right.

Anarchy? Let’s study that shit. Communism? Let’s fish out the beautiful ideas from the failed…


An open letter to Harry Potter’s author from the parent of a transgender fan

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My daughter is ten now. Old enough to have read your books and watched the movies. But not quite old enough to make sense out of why you’re working so hard to demonize the work and progress of her transgender community.

It’s hard to know how much of the world to expose her to. When I’m sheltering her too much. I want her to know that there are people in the world who dislike transgender people, especially transgender women. I want her to be prepared, informed…


Nations’ elite forces join together to face unprecedented threat

Facing credible threats to the very fabric of American society unseen in our country’s tender 244 history, President Trump has done what was previously only conceivable in books written by Tom Clancy or movies staring Steven Seagal. He has united America’s most elite fighting forces to join together, not unlike super robot Voltron, or the Mighty Morphin Power Ranger’s Megazord.

(LTR) Tom “Faulkner in a Flak Jacket” Clancy, Steven Seagal, Seattle Seahawk’s Sea Gal (unrelated to Steven) Voltron, Megazord

Tapping on the fearsome combined powers of the Coastguard, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Customs and Border Protection, Homeland Security, and, perhaps most terrifying, the shadowy forces of the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), Trump has turned America’s awesome wrath toward…


Trans people, people of color, and especially Black trans women have born an unjust amount of the weight of hatred and bigotry the rainbow umbrella covers

I think it was at pride two years ago, maybe three, when I first saw the above flag design: white, pink, blue, brown, black, jutting into the more familiar rainbow of red, orange, yellow, green, blue, and purple.

I was not immediately a fan. But I overheard some trans folks feeling positive about it, so I shrugged off my resistance. Today I wanted to check back in with my initial hesitancy.

As a parent, I had taught my kiddos that the (“regular,” old school) pride flag represents the “L,G,B,T” community. …


A dear friend of mine, a pastor, recently asked people on Facebook to share why they personally have left the church. This isn’t a new question, but I have a lot of thoughts about it that are new to me.

I was raised as an Evangelical Christian, attended an Evangelical college and grad school, and worked in the church professionally for around a decade. I, personally, don’t find the term “atheist” very useful to me, but I know that by most people’s definitions I would qualify these days.

So what happened to me?

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Stories of leaving

“The Christian ideal has not been tried…


The aftermath of the Evangelical life is filled with holy ghosts

“For ridding oneself of faith is like boiling seawater to retrieve the salt — something is gained but something is lost.”

Zadie Smith, White Teeth

I remember when my partner first introduced her closest friend as “Post-Christian.” While probably not the most salient identity marker for most Americans, it immediately told me much about Brenton. I hadn’t played with the term before, but after a pause I reached out to shake his hand, echoing that I was probably post-Christian as well.

Both of our partners were still Christian. Jaded, disobedient, exhausted, but capable of passing an evangelical litmus test…

Tucker FitzGerald

Father, partner, visual designer in Seattle. Deeply curious about justice and equality.

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