The Occupy movement and resulting marches galvanized the country. But ultimately, was anything achieved? "What were we marching for, exactly?" asked many a supporter. On the day of the second big protest in Oakland, I was walking downtown and passed an older black man sitting on his porch, "Oh you don't want to go down there today. That's a big old mess down there." A mess indeed. Riot cops, helicopters, the anarchist brigade, and black clothing, but not black faces, dominated. I can only presume, considering the long economically depressed condition of West Oakland, that this man had no love for Wall Street bankers, but still, Occupy held no meaning for him.
December 17 is one of the few times that you'll see the deaths of sex workers mourned publicly and sincerely. For the rest of the year, sex workers who die at the hands of clients, police, or pimps are reduced to punchlines or object lessons in one morality or another. One thing that liberals and conservatives share, even in this very polarized era, is that both are much more comfortable speaking for dead whores than talking with live ones.
As you may have heard, Obama's headed back to the White House for a second term in January, which can only mean one thing: Muslim Kenyan Socialist Armageddon is nigh! Our Communist president is coming to take your guns, gay marry your children, and ban sunshine in schools, or so the latest wack e-mail conspiracies would have you believe.
Instead of merely rolling your eyes and deleting whatever crackpot forward your distant (or less distant) relatives and friends send to you, allow us to present to you a better way of dealing with the misinformation that assaults our inboxes.
Long ago, I poured a pint for a fellow who asked me to advise him about his love life. Or rather, his sex life. I began to give him the usual lines: Don't have an agenda, be a giver, etc. But then he said, "Nah. I just really want to fuck. I don't want to have to know their name. Just a really good ramming, you know?" I abruptly cut off lines of communication and gave him my friend Anya's business card (not her real name). Dominatrix extraordinaire, she would know just how to handle him. Thank god for the professionals.
Last night was a big success for liberals in our country, and not just for Big Bird fans and recreational pot users. Wisconsin got its first openly gay Senator, Tammy Baldwin; voters approved gay marriage (for the first time!) in Maine and Maryland, and Washington's referendum is likely to pass as well; similarly, an anti-gay amendment was defeated in Minnesota. New Hampshire became the first state to have an all-female Capitol delegation, and oh right -- Obama is in the White House for four more years. But let's talk about what really matters here: What celebrities are saying on social media.
We combed the Interwebz to bring you the most amusing, baffling, and entertaining election-related tidbits from those we've never met but are dear to our hearts.