Let’s meet a woman. Let’s say this woman’s name is … Marcy.

Let’s say Marcy is an accomplished sniper, with multiple successful deployments in both Iraq and Afghanistan.

Marcy woke up this morning at the same standard time as everyone else. There were schedules and protocols to be followed, and anyone who lagged behind was at grounds for suspension and withdrawal of food rights.

Marcy went into the mess hall, expecting to eat the cafeteria glop, only to find her C.O and several of her fellow officers gathered around.

“Got some bad news for you,” her C.O said. “There’s … no good way to tell you this. Pack your bags. You’re going home.”

“What?” Marcy asked. “Why? Am I – am I being discharged? I’m not ready to retire.”

“You’re not … being discharged,” her C.O said. “You just … can’t serve anymore.”

“What? Why not?”

Her C.O looked at her for a long time before bringing himself to answer.

“Because the President just said you can’t,” her C.O told her.



And for hundreds, if not thousands of trans people, Marcy isn’t a story. Marcy is their life now.



But His Emails!

But her emails! cried out voters who didn’t even realize the depths to which they were being sexist

But her emails! cried out Republicans who were determined to keep a woman out of office.

But her emails! cried out the campaign of a crooked con man and his dirty underlings.

Then his son drops emails with incriminating evidence and what do they have to say?


Life Lessons From My Father (And Others)

  1. If a job is worth doing, it’s worth doing it right. (What this says about jobs not worth doing is unclear.)
  2. Always keep a tool handy.
  3. Always keep a med kit handy.
  4. Pay what you owe.
  5. Be willing to lend a hand, but don’t let others take advantage of you.
  6. Sometimes, you have to go through several people to hear the criticisms you really need to hear.
  7. Never accept anything blindly. Always ask follow up questions.
  8. Be thankful for what you have.
  9. But you can work to have more, if you really want it, and are willing to put in the time and effort.
  10. Just because someone is a minority doesn’t automatically mean they’re a good person, or that they’ll get along with other minorities.
  11. I am worth something.
  12. If you see something that looks like abuse, call it out.
  13. Tell someone if you’re having problems. Don’t bottle it up inside.
  14. It’s good to cry.




(Editor’s Note: early draft versions of this were published by mistake because of technical difficulties, and there’s no political writing this week on account of personal troubles.)