Listen To Kanye and 6 Other Resolutions Obama Needs To Regain His Mojo

Published: mic (December 31, 2013)

In the final press conference before 2014, President Obama refused to acknowledge that 2013 was the worst year of his presidency. While it wouldn’t be realistic to expect a president to admit that he’s dropped the proverbial ball, one can only hope that Obama isn’t buying his own spin. If he truly wants 2014 to be the “breakthrough year” that he promised, he only needs to make and abide by these seven New Year’s resolutions.  read more

Watch the North Pole Lose More Than Half Its Ice in 40 Seconds

Published: mic (December 23, 2013)

Millions of people have been tricked into believing a terrible myth that’s endangering Santa Claus’ very livelihood. Those doing the tricking stand to make a lot of money from this fiction and promote it in the most devious and unscrupulous ways imaginable.

I refer, of course, to the movement that denies global warming, and see nothing wrong with rapidly melting polar ice caps.

We can start with those who are guilty of cherry picking — the logical fallacy in which they only include evidence that supports their opinion and ignore the larger body of relevant work that contradicts their conclusions. For example, while you can distort the scientific record if you only study temperature increases over random decades, Slate recently compared the misleading data peddled by deniers like the Daily Mail‘s David Rose with the findings supported by the majority of the scientific community. read more

Netflix Mitt Romney Documentary Shows Never-Before Seen Human Side

Published: mic (December 19, 2013)

The official trailer for Mitt, a new documentary chronicling former Governor Mitt Romney’s six-year campaign for the American presidency, is utterly tantalizing. It is a rare, up-close look at the erstwhile candidate in his natural habitat of campaign rallies, debate stages, and awkward photo ops.

In it, the Mitt displays an astounding amount of surprise upon realizing that he is going to lose the 2012 election, despite the vast majority of independent polls at the time indicating his impending defeat. He reveals having not put any forethought into writing a concession speech and, in a tense moment, realizes he does not even have the president’s phone number. read more

Brian Boitano Gay: Queue the South Park Ballad!

Published: mic (December 19, 2013)

By coming out as gay shortly after being appointed to the U.S. delegation to the 2014 Sochi Winter Olympic Games, male figure skating champion Brian Boitano is not only standing up to the oppressive homophobic policies enforced today by host country Russia. He is also putting Trey Parker and Matt Stone to shame.

Think about it: If you’re like me, South Park: Bigger, Louder, & Uncut was the “Movie To See” when you were in high school. Even after it left theaters, it was the smartest, most hilariously subversive and iconoclastic gross-out comedy we’d seen in a long time. One of its key selling points, however, were the show-stopping musical numbers, such as the rousing pre-battle ballad, “What Would Brian Boitano Do?” read more

10 Reasons Christmas Kicks Ass — By a Jew

Published: mic (December 16, 2013)

In the name of full disclosure: I am Jewish, and I love Christmas.

It’s pretty hard not to. How can you not feel all warm and fuzzy inside during a holiday that encourages people to spend time with their loved ones, embrace a whole canon of fascinating holiday folk lore, and create beautiful works of art?

That’s why I always find it so strange to hear that annual complaint about a “war on Christmas.” Yes, the holiday has been secularized to a large degree, but it’s not like that prevent religious Christians from celebrating in their preferred way. So long as they’re allowed to maintain their traditions, what is so terrible about expanding the yuletide cheer to those who might otherwise miss it? read more

Forget TIME Magazine — Pope Francis is This Liberal Infidel’s Person Of the Year

Published: mic (December 11, 2013)

Even as Pope Francis is honored as TIME Magazine’s Person of the Year on Wednesday, we should remember how conservatives like Rush Limbaugh and Fox News editor Adam Shaw have denounced the perceived liberal love for the new pontiff. While the individual leftists who have praised specific papal policies can speak for themselves, I figured it was time for a much broader statement on why liberal infidels (like me), who do not believe in a religion should deeply admire the Catholic leader. read more

If Nelson Mandela Was a “Terrorist” As Some Claim, Then So Was George Washington

Published: mic (December 9, 2013)

Back in the 1980s, Ronald Reagan, Dick Cheney, and other paladins of the American right labeled Nelson Mandela a terrorist.

While mainstream conservatives tend to renounce this characterization today, it still has currency in more ideologically zealous circles. Indeed, some people on Twitter are already tweeting away reiterations of the infamous “terrorist” designation. To be sure, much of this incendiary rhetoric is driven by the most craven kind of attention-seeking. At the same time, there is always the risk that some might be persuaded by this venomous misinformation. read more

Why Conservatives Will Deeply Regret Coining the Term “Obamacare”

Published: mic (December 4, 2013)

One day, in the not too distant future, conservatives will deeply regret their decision to use “Obamacare” as an epithet for the Affordable Care Act (ACA).

This isn’t to say that the tactic isn’t working right now. Although polls have consistently shown that an overwhelming majority of Americans supports the ACA’s key provisions of the ACA, those same studies found a significant drop in approval once the ACA became labeled “Obamacare.” Even comedian Jimmy Kimmel demonstrated the effectiveness of the scare label’s when he interviewed Americans who opposed “Obamacare” and supported the “Affordable Care Act” without realizing that they were the same thing. read more