The Cult Of The Manly Man

Last month, The New Yorker ran a piece by Adam Gopnik titled No More Mr. Tough Guy. It addressed the public perception (and by “public”, I mean conservative bloggers and pundits) that President Obama is a wimp, a weak sister, an effeminate girly-man. Of course, supporters (and liberal/progressive critics) of the President will say it isn’t so, […]

God Loves Us Anyway

Like most of you, I’ve been watching the events unfolding in Ferguson, Mo over the past week and a half. I haven’t said much about it, in part because I didn’t know what to say. I keep hoping I’ll get up in the morning and see that tensions have de-escalated and the folks in that […]

Israel And The American Right

In the past month, Israel and Hamas have gone at each other hammer and tongs with Hamas getting the worst of it. Actually, that’s not true; the Palestinian people in Gaza have gotten the worst of it. Their homes have been destroyed, their family members killed, maimed and wounded, their country reduced to smoking rubble. […]

Defending Driscoll?

Recently, it has come to our attention that Mark Driscoll is a bullying asshole. That’s not really a revelation of startling proportions, is it? I mean, we already knew he was a bullying asshole. But now, we have  new information to reinforce that fact. If you don’t know what I’m talking about, a little over 10 […]

Don’t Make Me Do It!

I’ll be honest, I haven’t read Fifty Shades of Grey and I don’t really want to. However, my problems stem not so much from the subject matter as the inane writing and questionable origin of the franchise. For those of you who live under a rock haven’t heard of this series, Fifty Shades of Grey (henceforth shortened […]

Not Our Best Week

Last Friday, a friend posted the following on Facebook: “People of earth: This was not your best week. You can do better. Seriously.” He was right. It was not our best week. Hell, it wasn’t even our best day. Friday, July 18 2014, is a day that evil reigned. Last Friday, we woke up to the news […]

Not All Men?

In case you’re wondering, the title of today’s post refers to #NotAllMen, which is a response to #YesAllWomen. When I started reading the stories being shared, my initial reaction was indeed “Not all men are like that”. Now, though, I have a different reaction now: shock. Not shock that these things are actually happening, I […]

The He-Man Woman Haters Club…, On Steroids

Friday night, a young man named Eliot Rodger killed 7 people and injured 7 more in the Isla Vista community near the University of California, Santa Barbara. Rodger’s motive? To seek revenge on women, who he felt had sexually rejected him. The blogosphere is on  fire with posts about this tragedy and some of them are […]

Progressive Redneck?

In the very first article for The Progressive Redneck, I said that, while I am pretty progressive, I still have a few redneck tendencies. I also said that I’d go into detail about that in another post. Well, this is that post. This piece has been on the back burner for about a month now, percolating and coming together. […]

Maybe We’re Mad About The Wrong Thing

Every so often, I hear something that makes me say “Wait, what?” The latest episode of what I’m thinking about calling “The Spit-take Chronicles” was Sarah Palin’s comment that if she were in charge, our enemies “would know that waterboarding is how we baptize terrorists.” Seriously? Waterboarding, an “enhanced interrogation technique” that causes the victim to experience the sensation […]