Entries by Betty Cracker

That &#%$*@ Thing You Do!

I don’t know where everyone else is, and I’ve been avoiding politics lately because it makes me feel stabby. So let’s engage in an online Airing of Grievances. Or just have an open thread. Whatever works for you. As a conversational hare to set your virtual hounds a’baying, allow me to relate something my beloved […]

Open Thread

Two solemn boxer dogs contemplate a post-Thatcher world: Or maybe they’re just wishing IAMS would hurry up and invent butt-flavored kibble. Regarding Thatcher remembrances, our pal Sully credits Ms. Thatcher with rescuing Britain from a grim, monochromatic Ingsoc nightmare. My Rumproast colleague YAFB has a decidedly different take on the Iron Lady’s rule. As usual, […]

Race and Gender Politics During the Zombie Apocalypse

At first, I thought this article at Salon was an April Fool’s joke: But I guess it’s for real. Of course, every cultural product is fair game for critique — even TV shows about the zombie apocalypse — and the author makes some interesting points. On the other hand, it’s a TV show about the […]

He Is the NRA

The prosecutor released some documents in the Newtown mass shooting case, including a list of items recovered from the shooter’s home: Also recovered were a National Rifle Association certificate, seven of Lanza’s journals, drawings that he made and books, including an NRA guide to the basics of pistol shooting, authorities said. The NRA did not […]

Open Thread

Today is my dog’s fifth birthday: All Hail Queen Daisy! She is a complicated creature, loyal and sweet to human beings but scary and overbearing toward other animals. And an accomplished chicken terrorizer. To celebrate her birthday, I will prepare the traditional “bacon cake,” which is a blob of Alpo topped with canned gravy and […]

Planet Claire

So, Claire McCaskill announced her support for marriage equality this weekend. Brave move from a Senator in a red state? Craven bandwagon-jumping? McCaskill can be exasperatingly Blue Doggy, but I think she deserves credit for openly supporting marriage equality, even if she’s hardly the first Dem out of the gate. Consider that she would have […]