I’m circling Deadlinepolooza, but I wanted to just say a couple of things regarding the Ezekiel Elliott suspension because I’ve seen some things said in social media.

Imagine the worst thing that’s ever happened to you. The most gut-wrenching, horrible thing that still occasionally visits your dreams and makes you wake up with tears streaming down your face.

Now imagine it festooned on someone’s t-shirt as you eat dinner at Chipotle. Imagine your friends talking about a similar incident and siding with the person or thing that caused your heartache.

Now think of the people touched by domestic violence. My point isn’t whether Elliott got the business from the NFL – he’s got a nice contract and a big smile and clearly, he’s gonna be OK.

But on average, 20 people per minute are abused by an intimate partner in the U.S. In her lifetime, 1 in three women will experience domestic abuse or rape by a partner. In his lifetime, 1 in 4 men will. And according to statistics from the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence, 1 in 4 women and 1 in 7 men experience severe physical intimate partner violence in their lifetime.

So the chances are someone in your Twitter feed, someone in your Facebook friends, someone who shops at your store has been a victim of domestic violence.

So yes, close your eyes, and imagine a world where the worst thing that ever happened to you is celebrated on clothing and social media.

The open your eyes and do some soul searching.


Dear Jonathan:

Thank you for responding to my emails to Senator Cruz, your boss. I try to call his offices, and Senator Cornyn’s, but nobody ever answers. In fact, Senator Cornyn’s office doesn’t even respond to emails, so I guess you guys are at least better at responding to constituents once they figure out how to reach you to say their piece.

I’m writing an open letter because I want everyone to see what I say this time. Also, I want to practice what I preached in my last post.

Because I feel like either you’ve never looked at a CBO report (probably intentionally, I mean, if my boss was Ted Cruz I’d probably need to not read these things either so I can do things like brush my hair and put on eyeliner – which require being able to look at myself in a mirror) or you think I have never looked at a CBO report.

So I’d like to go through some things you said in your response.

“Thank you for contacting Senator Cruz regarding the repeal and replacement of the Affordable Care Act. Input from fellow Texans significantly informs the Senator’s decision making.”

I’ve not seen evidence of this. For what it’s worth, Senator Cruz was elected by a small portion of the state because gerrymandering and low voter turnout (which are totally connected – it’s hard to convince people to go vote when it seems like even if their county is blue, the red of the rest of the state will drown out their vote).

Only 23 percent of Texans want Obamacare repealed immediately. Pretty much everyone else would like a good replacement plan voted in first, then a repeal (if you must repeal, but more on that later).

So no, it doesn’t seem like Senator Cruz is listening to us at all.  Continue reading →