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Shutting the Rubber Rooms.

Ed. Note: I’m guest-blogging at The American Prospect this week. This post is cross-posted from TAPPED.

Yesterday, New York City finally shuttered its notorious “rubber rooms,” the Kafkaesque solution devised by officials to deal with teachers who were deemed unfit to remain in classrooms but, armed with tenure, were essentially unfireable. Suspended [...]

The Nouveau Poor.

Report: Growing Ranks Of Nouveau Poor Facing Discrimination From Old Poor

h/t Josie Raymond.

The Sims Just Did This Totally Racist Thing.

So, I think everyone knows that I’m a big fan of the Sims. Though the third iteration of the game has had its problems, I still spend more money than I should adding on to it. Against my own better judgment, I just bought the most recent expansion pack. It created a [...]

Your Monday Random-Ass Roundup: Start Snitching.

As a blogger who lives so far outside the Beltway that I can see Cuba from my condo, there’s little chance that any e-mail I’ve sent on a super-secret listserve would garner much attention. Which is too bad for the rest of you because, wow, I’ve said some pretty awful things about Thembi.

However, Dave [...]


The desire to not speak ill of the newly deceased is an honorable one, but the positioning of Robert Byrd‘s Klan membership as some youthful mistake that he hadn’t fully considered and later abandoned is pretty grating. He wasn’t some tertiary member of his Klan chapter; he was its leader. He was [...]

Bully for Adam Serwer; Adam Serwer Is Wrong.

So that high-yellow motherfucker Adam Serwer, a fantastic blogger and good friend, is getting his own bloggy digs over at The American Prospect. To which we say: congrats. This is a good look, and he deserves it.


This dude is dead wrong on one of the most important issues [...]

Friday Random Ten: Forever, Michael.

With today marking the anniversary of Michael Jackson’s untimely death, we decided to go digging through the crates – also, through YouTube and iTunes – for an appropriate way to commemorate the occasion.

We weren’t looking for any songs on “Off the Wall” or “Thriller.” And, ugh, certainly nothing from “Invincible.”

No, we were looking [...]