How the Oscars Got It Wrong*

The lead characters of the Green Book looking back from a rearview mirror

* Or what the Oscars shows us about the insufferable self-congratulatory white people who desperately want credit for fighting bigotry without actually doing anything in any meaningful way whatsoever One thinks of how interesting it must be to be Donald Trump, the only president I can recall of who had not just one, but two

The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit – Part 3: High Societal Stakes

We have a narcissistic president who bullies as if he knows no other way to behave. By virtue of the office Trump holds, that behavior now involves all of us Americans, whether we like it or not. As observers, we can end up encouraging bullying behavior by joining in, by supporting the bully, or by

Climate of Emergency

A satellite image of a storm front wearing a MAGA hat

The United States faces an enormous emergency, but you will not find it at the border. Now, President Trump, of all people, has paved the way to finally tackling that crisis. Maybe something positive can come out of all of this. During the government shutdown of December 2018 – January 2019, with Trump finding himself

The Schoolyard Bully Pulpit – Part 2: The Media Misses the Boat

A pleased looking Donald Trump next to the dictionary definition of Bully

We’ve gone over the case for Trump as narcissistic bully. Now what? Now we need to start talking about it, beginning with how the media is not talking about it. The media has called Trump a narcissist or a bully before, but they don’t actually analyze Trump’s behavior using those terms. Instead, they keep falling

Torchlight Needs Diversity

This editorial was one of the first editorials Torchlight published.  With our return, we thought it important to make this statement again. Torchlight emerged from a video game webcomic’s forums, so our population of writers is basically what you would expect: mostly nerdy white guys who work in IT and have free time to dedicate

The DACA Rollback is Indefensible

The pragmatic arguments against President Trump’s rollback of the DACA program have been laid out at length. There is the fact that many beneficiaries of the program, colloquially known as Dreamers, have, for all intents and purposes, no ties or knowledge of their countries of origin. They may not even speak the language: buying one

Now Is The Time For Politics

As with every mass shooting in America, only more so, the cry went up last Wednesday following the attack on Congressional Republican members at a practice for a charity baseball game: Disgusting. Not a day for politics. https://t.co/Kv3H9kshNY — John Whitbeck (@JohnWhitbeck) June 14, 2017 (Whitbeck is the chair of the Republican Party in Virginia.)

NATO Doesn’t Exist to Win Wars; It Exists to Prevent Them

My personal Memorial Day tradition is fairly low-key. There’s a small veterans’ memorial in my town, and it happens to be on a route that I walk regularly, so when I pass by it on Memorial Day I take a few minutes to pause, read over some of the names engraved on the stones, and