The Best/Worst of Obamacare Propaganda

Selling the president's health care law, one shareable brainfart at a time.


Organizing for Action

Pajama Boy

This onesie-clad king of Obamacare propaganda first appeared with his hot chocolate in a December 2013 tweet from Organizing for Action, but has cropped up elsewhere in more formal attire as part of a campaign nagging parents to nag their children about getting health insurance (only after they finally leave mom and dad's plan at the tender age of 26, thanks to an early provision of the president's health care plan). The bespectacled millennial has been hailed as the lovechild of MSNBC hosts Rachel Maddow and Chris Hayes. Rush Limbaugh asked if Pajama Boy was "the new Julia." All of which means that as propaganda, Pajama Boy was a resounding success. As Nick Gillespie wrote, the image:

is widely talked about and has effectively won the internet for at least a few days. And it creates a whole host of carriers for its essential message via parody, satire, screeds, and more. Some of the parodies and rewrites are genuinely funny and some are not (the ones that reek of conservative insecurity about sexual identity strike me as their own form of unfortunate expression). But they all ultimately do what the spot's creators wanted: They get people talking about health insurance.

Next up, Brosurance.

Thanks, Obamacare!


These ads, hosted at doyougotinsurance.com, are so ridiculous that they prompted Mother Jones to run an article informing readers that the campaign was, in fact, "real." A team effort by the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative (CCHI) and ProgressNow Colorado Education, the series focuses heavily on sports injuries, sex, drinking—and various combinations of the three. The primary takeaway from the ads is that you should sign up for your taxpayer subsidized health insurance now so that you can engage in borderline risky behaviors later.

This one is part of the #brosurance category, but don't worry: there's something for the ladies as well…

Next up, Hosurance.

Thanks, Obamacare!


Like its male counterparts, this ad really captures the lingo the kids these days are using, what with OMG and the super-trendy hot to trot. While these don't have their own hashtag, the obvious choice is #hosurance. Other distaff-focused ads include roller derby gurls and some gals sipping wine while sitting on yoga balls, happily insured in preparation for the disasters everyone can see coming.

Next up, singing Oregonians.

Live Long Oregon

While describing the slow motion trainwreck of Oregon's health care exchange, Peter Suderman includes this tidbit: 

[Despite clear signs of technical failure] State officials had pressed on anyway, spending $9 million on a twee advertising campaign featuring folk singer Laura Gibson—a contract that was expanded to $21 million in October, even as the glitches multiplied.

The ads were pulled when it became apparent the whole exchange was going to be a bust, but not before we all suffered through lyrics rhyming "stay-at-home dad" with "indie rock band."

Next up, 8 Tips to Drive Your Man Wild in Bed With Obamacare!


Cosmopolitan Advertorials

At least the previous entries on the list are direct about their intentions. Far more insidious are the series of stories that appeared in Cosmo touting Obamacare. As Mark Hemingway explains in his great magazine feature on Obamacare propaganda (which covers most of the other monstrosities in this slideshow as well): 

It might seem odd that Joanna Coles, editor in chief of Cosmopolitan, was invited to the White House for lunch. After all, why would the most powerful person in the world bother meeting with the editor of a publication that specializes in hot summer sex tricks and the year's most dangerous diet? Particularly on May 2, 2014, when just about every important political journalist was in town for the White House Correspondents Dinner, the annual gala where pols and press rub shoulders and bond over bottomless booze.

But Coles had a big favor coming to her. In 2013, she publicly pledged her magazine's ad space and editorial content to help promote the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act, better known as Obamacare. There are now more than 100 references to Obamacare on Cosmo's website, almost all of them glowing.

Next up, Doge.

The U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (for real)

HHS Does Doge

Then there's HealthCare.gov's take on the doge Internet meme. To explain what the heck is going on in this U.S. Department of Health and Human Services–sponsored campaign, let's turn to the Christian Science Monitor. Because why not?:

This mimics Doge, a meme on Tumblr in which introspective-looking Shiba Inus are depicted with a dog-brain-level interior monologue, such as, "Wow. Who am I? Such unsure. So much mystery."…

That would work if it did not come across like George Will quoting Arcade Fire. On Twitter, the immediate early consensus about the Doge meme and HHS was simple: "make it stop."

HHS "used the recently revived, three-year-old meme to flog Obamacare on Wednesday, which hopefully means that by Thursday, we'll all sort of silently agree it's over," writes New York Magazine's Adam Martin.

Next up, whatever horrifying examples you put in the comments section that we missed. 

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  1. Maybe it’s somewhere, but you left out the part from the print version where Sebilius strong-arms organizations that she regulates to pitch O-care.
    Why she hasn’t been investigated for conflict of interest is a mystery to me.

    1. Somehow, I doubt it’s really a mystery to you.

      1. It’s a mystery to me why you say this.

        1. To be honest, Ted’s right.
          Obo is in no way familiar with that document called “The Constitution” and also doesn’t give a shit.
          So long as he gets to swing his dick around, why, nothing else matters!

  2. One of my faves is White House propagandist Linda Douglas lying to the American People in a video where she proclaims that liars are saying that people won’t be able to keep their insurance, then she shows a video of Obama at an AARP meeting exclaiming that “if you like your insurance, you can keep your insurance.” Oh, how we all know that isn’t true. You can practically see horns coming from Linda’s head and smell the odor of sulphur.

    1. Some of the Obumbles apologists, after the lie was revealed, did chide us by saying that it was ridiculous to believe that lie, therefore Obumbles was not to blame, we were.

      It is the rationale of the con artist; that suckers deserve to be taken. I find myself half agreeing….who believed that shit? That is even worse than believing a professional race-baiter/grievance monger would usher in a post-racial america.

  3. Yay! New Thread!

    *snarky comment*

    Look guys, I’m FOE! I win! Yaaaaaay!

    1. I knew FoE, Rooskie.

      FoE was a friend of mine.

      And you, Rooskie, are no FoE.

      *spits on ground*

    2. Don’t lock eyes with ’em. Puts ’em on edge…

  4. You can only win if you do your fellow man a service.

    No slide show!

    And does an ad accomplish its goal when it causes the consumer to talk about its content and not the product? Yes, when the product is Obamacare.

    1. Your very existence is a service to man.


      Boom de BOOM!

      1. M-O-O-N

        That spells Fist of Etiquette.

        1. I eat the sun and drink the sky and they both go with me when I die.

  5. As ridiculous and outrageous as this crap is, I’d like more investigation into why the government is “advertising” any law in the first place. They don’t, for example, let people know that smoking crack will land you in prison, or tout your so-called freedom of speech.

    1. (cough)

      WHAT?!? PRISON?

      (sound of glass shattering, sweeping)

      1. “The More You Know ….”

    1. That is fucking genius.

      Plz read bill b4 u pass next time

      1. Dog smarter than dems

        1. Yeah Man!
          An de bears shit in the woods!
          An’ the Pope?!? Yeah Man He’s a
          Frickin’ CATHOLICAHOLIC,
          Am’s a-tellin’ ya!
          TRUST me now!

  6. A team effort by the Colorado Consumer Health Initiative and ProgressNow Colorado Education

    Apparently, the hard core Obama butt lickers at Colorado College were heavily involved in this little propaganda effort.

    I don’t know anybody dumb enough to send their kid to CC. I would be very surprised if any of the people I was friends with sent their kids there.

    1. But they’re ADULTS when they go to CC, so…no.

      Wait. What?

      Oh sorry – 26 is the new 18.

      My bad. Never mind….

    2. WAY too masculine to be featured in an ad by progtard Colorado College alum. Pajama boy+scruffy beard+knit cap is more their style.

  7. I mentioned this elsewhere, but do PJ guy’s eyebrows look painted on to anyone else?

    1. They had to use a lot of makeup to cover up the bruises from people constantly punching him in the face.

    2. I always think it’s that Big Bang Theory guy.

    3. When I imagine prog “men”, I envision PJ “guy”.

  8. do PJ guy’s eyebrows look painted on to anyone else?

    He’s probably never even heard of Groucho Marx.

    1. Groucho: “Dollars! Like in ‘taxes’!”

      Zeppo: “Ah, yes! Dallas, Texas!”

      1. “How *he* got in my pajamas, ….”

    2. Of course he’s heard of Groucho Marx, it’s what he watches on his 16mm home movie projector. It’s Game of Thrones and House of Cards that he’s never heard of – has he mentioned to you that he doesn’t own a television?

      1. Jerryskids|7.6.14 @ 1:38PM|#
        “Of course he’s heard of Groucho Marx”…
        That’s ME, not PJ guy.

  9. Jesse Walker, if you’re reading: that all caps parody of the obamacare exchange won the internet for a few days. I think another one is in order.

  10. But since P Brooks invited it… Articles from CC’s alternative news magazine (because the catalyst isn’t proggie enough!) the Cipher!

    1. The C Word aka ‘Crazy’

      I have never been a fan of polemics, diatribes or other types of eloquent and well-punctuated tantrums.However, there comes a time when the straw breaks the camel’s back.For me, that straw was a word. Just one word.

      There have been movements launched against the “B word,”the “N word” and many other offensive labels, but we seem to have neglected one important term.This word is not gendered or racially charged. It’s a normal, harmless word when used to explain a party last night or a bad case of bed head, but it’s a demeaning, harmful word when used to describe a person suffering from mental health problems. The word is “crazy,” and it’s amazing how this word affects our concept of mental health.

      Looking back, I want to scream at myself for accepting that nomenclature.By accepting “craziness,” I was invalidating my own illness and giving in to the shame of feeling unwell, the shame of being anxious, of being depressed.Oh, no, not depressed.No one ever wants to say, hey, I’m depressed.It has such bad connotations, made clear by the wide range of ignorant reactions, from poorly concealed cringes to pep talks about how it’s all a problem of attitude.Um no, it’s actually a chemical imbalance in my brain, thankyouverymuch. It’s the perpetual feeling of being alone in a crowded room, the feeling of hiding a shameful batch of emotions that seem unacceptable.

      1. No one ever wants to say, hey, I’m depressed.

        Pull yourself together, pussy.

        No one wants to say it because the entire ideology surrounding depression falls apart when someone talks about it in the first person. When you talk neutrally about a “depressed subject”, and describe it clinically, you can almost make it sound reasonable. But when someone breaks the clinical fourth wall and talks about it in the first person, the spell is broken and people want to say, “Pull yourself together, pussy.”

        1. As someone with depression, I’ll say that I hate people who hide behind their diagnosis..es? Diagnosi?

          Anyway, yeah. There are medications, there’s talk therapy.

          And the way to end the stigma (because there is one) is to have a sense of humor about it, but also not be a whiny bitch about things. If someone called me crazy, I’d go, “Well, yeah, a little bit. Aren’t we all?”

          1. Or just laugh and respond “And you are not?”

            Sanity really is the exception.

            Anyway, what Fluffy said.

        2. Depression is a legitimate condition, but 1. I’m doubtful that it’s her main problem..the symptoms she describes are not depression, and 2. you still have to take ownership of what you think and do to overcome it.

          1. One of the main problems with people understanding psychiatric disease results from how some clinical conditions have the same name as a common emotion. The best example of this is “depression”. We all say we feel “depressed” sometimes, but this is far from the actual illness dubbed “Depression.”

            The conflation of this word leads to some of the most ardent, yet inappropriately targeted, criticism of mental health care. “Don’t pathologize my mood!” is an oft-heard complaint, or “people should be allowed to feel down, they shouldn’t be medicated for it!”

            The actual illness of Depression can be very severe and is nothing like you feeling bad because of situational issues. I’ve seen people brought to our ER that haven’t been able to get out of bed for weeks, others who can’t eat or sleep, because of Depression. That is a bona fide disease state which requires intervention, and is not a simple case of feeling low.

            And yes, too many people are put on antidepressants inappropriately — but the blame for that lies with internal medicine/family practice docs, who are responsible for over 80% of antidepressant prescriptions.

            Perhaps if Depression had a different name — say, “C. Anacreon’s Disease”, we wouldn’t see this issue as much. No one who forgot where they put their keys would believe they have Alzheimer’s, but imagine if we called Alzheimer’s “Forgetful.”

            1. Bring back melancholia! Not only does it sound better, but no one uses the term in every day conversation.

              The conflation of this word leads to some of the most ardent, yet inappropriately targeted, criticism of mental health care. “Don’t pathologize my mood!” is an oft-heard complaint, or “people should be allowed to feel down, they shouldn’t be medicated for it!”

              I think there’s a flip side to this which is a shit load of people who want to make themselves out to be victims or don’t want to take responsibility for their actions claim to be ‘clinically depressed’ even though they have never gotten any sort of diagnosis or actively bring their sadness on themselves.

              If you treat other people like shit and then they don’t want to be around you so you become really sad, that’s not depression. If you never get any exercise so you feel down because of your sedentary lifestyle, that is not depression. Yet I’ve seen people do both of these things and then claim that they are suffering from ‘depression.’ This allows people to claim that bad decisions on their part are the consequences of a disease and in so doing avoid taking responsibility for their actions.

            2. I nominate E. Henry Thripshaw’s Disease for the new name of clinical depression.

              1. +1 problem with words

            3. I’ve noticed the inappropriate usage of depression too, and I agree it partially stems from people equating it with normal human emotions. I had depression throughout most of my late teens to mid 20s, but I’ve felt sad too so it’s easy for me to tell the difference. For most people, they just assume depressed people are whiny attention seekers..which some of them probably are, but it’s more than that. If I were to try to explain depression to someone I wouldn’t emphasize the feeling so much as the lack of feeling. You’re no longer interested in anything or feel enjoyment. Everything is work.

      2. “It’s the perpetual feeling of being alone in a crowded room, the feeling of hiding a shameful batch of emotions that seem unacceptable.”

        That’s not even depression. It sounds like social anxiety, if anything. It also sounds like she doesn’t want to take any responsibility for anything she does or thinks. With that mindset she’s well on her way to becoming a crazy cat lady, but as long as she’s ok with that. I guess that’s all that matters.

        1. Also, by not owning it, people like this perpetuate the stigma around mental illness in our cultural.

          Well, them and assholes like Elliot Rogers. God, I fucking hate that prick. Him and Loughner.

      3. I have to question this argument that everyone who says they’re depressed has a chemical imbalance in the brain. There are certainly people with serious mental illnesses, but a lot of people who claim to be mentally ill are either a) going through a tough time in their life which will pass or b) bring their supposed mental illness on themselves.

        I knew a creepy motherfucker in college who everyone hated because he was terrifying and seemed like a rapist. That guy had a serious mental collapse which was entirely of his own doing because he drove people away through his own actions. Claiming he’s ‘mentally ill’ is missing the point. He behaved violently and his supposed depression was the direct result of the danger he willingly put other people in.

        1. They’re not entirely sure about the biology of depression, and it seems different for different people.

          There’s the MAOI hypothesis which is the main one, but there’s also thoughts on sleep affecting it, and different antidepressents work for different people….

          So, biologically, it’s a crapshoot.

          And yeah, violence is, to my thinking, not generally linked. Hell, statistically, people with mental illness are more likely to be victims than perpetrators.

          1. Im no doctor, but if the biology is different for different people, then its probably different conditions.

          2. I think you mean monoamine hypothesis.

        2. If someone college age had a “breakdown” it is more likely that was what is often called the “first break” of schizophrenia. Schizophrenia most often does not manifest until the ages between 18 and 21. Most likely that was the case with Eliot Rodgers as well.

          1. This guy did not have schizophrenia. Break down was the wrong word. He was never institutionalized and, to my knowledge, didn’t even drop out of school or anything.

            People would come back from a party at like 1 A.M and wouldn’t even be loud, and he’d come out of his room to scream at and threaten them. This was not a schizophrenic reaction, it was the reaction of someone who was pissed no one wanted to spend time with a psycho and took it out on the people who actually had friends.

            1. You’re right, that sounds more like a Personality Disorder.

        3. “I have to question this argument that everyone who says they’re depressed has a chemical imbalance in the brain.”

          Don’t be an asshole. You made your point, the stupid hyperbole isn’t necessary.

      4. “Looking back, I want to scream at myself for accepting that nomenclature.”

        Go for it! You *are* crazy, after all!

  11. Actually, this Catalyst article may be the most hilarious thing ever, given the whole “rape culture” thing on CC’s campus…

    The Need for a UN Rapid Reaction Force

    Part of the reason the UN was created was to put an end to such atrocities, yet this organization has failed to do so over the past 60 years. This failure is largely due to the UN’s slow response to crises. On average, it takes four to six months to deploy a UN peacekeeping force, virtually ensuring that violent conflict and mass atrocities escalate and spread.

    The UN’s inefficiency is due to structural issues in the process of initiating UN peacekeeping missions. The UN must create a new force for each mission, a process former UN Secretary-General Koffi Annan has compared to a fire chief that must create a new fire brigade for each fire.

    Thus, the UN must create a permanent rapid reaction force called the United Nations Emergency Peacekeeping Service (UNEPS). UNEPS would be composed of 20,000 to 30,000 personnel with a diverse range of skills. This would include soldiers, negotiators, civilian police, aid workers, doctors, translators, and other roles crucial to providing stability and ensuring safety for civilians.

    1. UNEPS should be equipped with tanks, armored personnel carriers, and attack helicopters. Although it might seem strange that an organization dedicated to peace would carry so much firepower, a problem with previous peacekeeping missions was the fact that they were under-equipped. For example, Dutch peacekeepers at Srebrenica did not have the weaponry to counter Serbian armor and artillery during the Balkan conflict. As a result, Dutch soldiers stood by and watched helplessly as thousands of Bosnian Muslims were raped, tortured, and killed.

      UNEPS would be very beneficial in stopping atrocities. First, it could prevent conflicts from escalating by deploying in the early stages. Second, UNEPS would speed up the decision making process of the UN Security Council, a decision that would otherwise be hampered by the concern for an adequate number of troops. Third, if warning signs are apparent, UNEPS could be deployed preventatively in order to stop conflicts before they begin. Finally, atrocities might be diminished if those who were capable of committing them knew that a sizable force could be quickly deployed to stop them. While UNEPS is by no means a complete solution, it is a step toward living up to the goal of “never again” that the international community claims to hold in such high esteem.

    2. I love it! UNEPS is unified INEPT. Describes UN peacekeeping perfectly.

  12. Racism at Colorado College

    Here’s the truth: At Colorado College, I’ve never been discriminated against, treated differently or even felt mildly uncomfortable because of my race.

    Yet, this isn’t because CC is the paradisiacal “camp college” that we want to believe it is, a post-racial haven for progressive intellectuals where diversity is embraced. If CC was this place, then your response to my statement might be, “Of course you haven’t experienced racism?not here!” But let’s be real. The reason my declaration is true is because I look white, not because CC has achieved the harmonious racial utopia that we advertise on our brochures.

    1. Here’s another truth: I’m half Mexican, on my mother’s side, though you wouldn’t know it if you saw me. I pass. I pass spectacularly into the homogeneity of whiteness on our campus and I reap all the privilege of being a white-looking student. However, I strongly identify with my Mexican roots?at home, I listen to my relatives speak in Spanish on the phone, my mom and I dance to mariachis and we make tamales during Christmas. I don’t question my cultural authenticity. But part of navigating my racial identity at CC has been realizing that it’s only a walk in the park due to my skin color; I have the ability to engage in my cultural heritage conscientiously. Even though I and another minority student look the same on paper to the Financial Aid office, the discrepancies between my experience and theirs is likely enormous?namely, I don’t encounter any form of racism here. That’s not a surprise, but it’s problematic because there are students of color on this campus who struggle every day with their experiences at CC, which are often determined, warped and characterized entirely by their race.

      Sorry I have to spread this over so many posts. College kids are wordy little shits.

      1. Confirmation bias FTW. He’s treated well by others, but that’s only because they don’t realize he’s half Mexican.

      2. If he embraces his Mexican roots, does he also embrace the open rampant bigotry of Mexico? Mexicans are extremely conscious about race and skin color and especially about one’s degree of ‘indian-ness’.

      3. Here’s another truth: I’m half Mexican, on my mother’s side, though you wouldn’t know it if you saw me. I pass. I pass spectacularly into the homogeneity of whiteness on our campus and I reap all the privilege of being a white-looking student

        Here’s another truth: if you started dressing up like a cholo, speaking pidgin Spanish and began every class discussion with “As a chicano man,” the white people that you’re fitting in with wouldn’t ostracize you. In fact, they’d go out of their way to kiss your ass and try to be friends so they could get some SWPL status cred for slumming with an Authentic Ethnic Person for a couple years.

    2. This is not a new problem, and it’s not one that will be fixed by a single article or action. It does, however, demand all of our immediate and indefinite attention. I stand behind every honest faculty member and student who has said it, many times over, before me: The students of color at CC have been systematically marginalized and are forced to encounter daily racist microaggressions. What’s more, even after they have continued to reiterate their experiences to the institution, their voices has fallen onto seemingly deaf ears.

      1. The reference to how his application and “other minority students” look on paper to administrators suggests he proudly used his heritage to get an affirmative-action entry into this college, and perhaps now he might even feel guilty about it when he goes to the Latino Club and people ask him why he’s there. And to justify even more that he belongs as a “minority”, he posted this screed.

      2. The students of color at CC have been systematically marginalized and are forced to encounter daily racist microaggressions.

        Here’s the dirty little secret this douche doesn’t realize–most of the students of color of real academic achievement aren’t at CC. They’re down the road at the Air Force Academy, or up in Golden at the School of Mines. CC’s are largely affirmative action admits who were King and Queen Shit of Turd Mountain at their majority-minority schools, but find out how shitty their high school education actually was the minute they start freshman year and are completely unprepared the expectations.

  13. The horrible racism that Colorado College students face!

    HS: What has been your experience with race at CC?

    BT: Let’s see?the other day I overheard a conversation in Benji’s that “all the black kids hang out together.” Have you ever asked why that is? Imagine being the only one at lunch who can’t relate to skiing that weekend or going to your friends’ cabin in the woods ? you would feel like an outsider and that’s what it’s like. I’m lucky?I have friends who care about minority issues, but I also have friends who don’t know anything. It’s heartbreaking that at an elite liberal arts college there are people who honestly believe racism is over. The truth is, it’s somebody’s lived reality every day and, as we stand now, it absolutely sucks for minorities on this campus.

    HS: What are some of those daily experiences?

    BT: You can see people’s thoughts when they walk by like, “Oh, there’s a black person.” Or how everyone mistakes one [minority] person for another, I mean there’s not a lot of us on this campus, the least you could do is learn our names. Also one thing that really turned me off to house parties forever was seventh block of my freshman year. I went out to a house party with a friend and we were dancing with a bunch of these guys for a while when one guy says to me, “Oh, you’re really nice, but I’m not attracted to black girls.” It was so incredibly racist.

    1. HS: What has been your experience as a student of color at CC?

      AB: I’m skeptical and saddened by the racial relationships on campus. I’m Mexican American and my family is Chamorro, from Guam. I’m one of the only Pacific Islanders on campus. My first year was really hard because I was having trouble understanding: Why am I here? Especially when I was in classes?I couldn’t form my thoughts or write as well as my peers?I felt so behind. At the time, I didn’t understand institutional or structural racism and I thought these inequalities were normal so I didn’t question it. My first sociology course blasted me out of the water and changed what I wanted for myself, my family and my community.

      My problem with race on campus right now: OMIS, which is now being called the Butler Center, caters to the white majority population here, but Students of color don’t need to cater to the majority population. We bring so much to this campus and we don’t get much back. There are already so few resources for diversity of any kind, not only racial. These OMIS groups are safe spaces for minority students and if other people want to come and learn, cool. But I’m not going to be encouraging SOMOS leaders to say at the campus activities fair: “You don’t have to be Latino/a to join!” Instead, we should just say, “We celebrate Latino/a culture; we empower each other and learn.”

      1. Actually, the above is kind of sad. This person didn’t see it as racism until she took a sociology class aka an academic got their claws in to her.

        1. Actually, I think it’s sad that they used run-down buildings as a shorthand to indicate they’re talking about black people. I think they’re microaggressing…

    2. LOL!

      So their evidence of racism is:

      1. “I can read the minds of others when they walk near me.”

      2. “Not everyone on campus knows my name.”

      3. “Not every guy on campus wants to fuck me.”


      1. 1. “I can read the minds of others when they walk near me.”

        Well, they are magical negroes…

    3. Let’s see?the other day I overheard a conversation in Benji’s that “all the black kids hang out together.”

      Black people segregating themselves is proof that white people are racist.

      I went out to a house party with a friend and we were dancing with a bunch of these guys for a while when one guy says to me, “Oh, you’re really nice, but I’m not attracted to black girls.”

      That’s really fucking shitty for someone to say, but it’s one dude. Apparently one guy speaks for the entirety of the college’s white population. Gee, claiming that one person speaks for a whole racial group – that’s almost racist or something.

      1. I think not being attracted to someone of a certain race isn’t racist, per se.

        I’ve met white girls who were super in to black guys, and no one would think that that is racist. The opposite should hold true.

        1. I didn’t say it’s racist not to be attracted to black people. You can’t really help who you find attractive.

          I said it’s shitty to explicitly tell someone ‘I am not attracted to you because of your race.’ There are ways to let someone down that are much more polite than that.

          1. Meh,

            Maybe the guy that said that thought it would be less personally insulting than saying “I’m not attracted to you”.

            1. Don’t feel bad…it’s not because you’re black…

              …it’s because you’re butt ugly!

              Feel better?

  14. Eh, one last thing from my former college, because they are dumb, and should be laughed at:

    The plant-based lifestyle that Roll promotes is not about weight loss, counting carbs, or fat and protein, but is instead about forming a relationship between your own body, mind, and the earth that is sustainable, pure, and healing.

    In a world where heart disease prevails and overconsumption devastates natural resources, Roll wants people to know that the solution for human health is also the solution for environmental sustainability and animal cruelty.

    Roll also has a spiritual message, but not the religious kind of spiritual or even the ‘hippie in the woods with peyote’ kind of spiritual. The kind of spiritual experience that Roll speaks of is more about an alignment of self-love and love of your environment.

    The clean fuel of nature powers the meditative purity that comes with harmony of mind, body, and trail on a long. It’s a spiritual experience when an athlete doesn’t have to track nutrient ratios because they trust the earth to feed them a balanced array of medicine.

    After hearing Roll’s lecture, I looked around at the audience and hoped that they were as inspired as I was. There were middle-aged runners in spandex, vegans with headbands and dreadlocks, and student athletes who perhaps were not yet aboard the plant-based train.

    1. Ah, the cherry on top:

      The message that I hope each person took away from Roll’s talk was how powerful it can be to choose yourself as a tool in the solution for our planet and personal well-being, fit with an engine and premium fuel.

      At the end of the week, I looked back on Roll’s lecture for inspiration as I faced my 20th birthday. I began one of his two-hour podcasts on my phone, laced up, and ran. You have the ability to take part in a paradigm shift in society by embracing yourself and your environment, and Rich Roll is one of many figures who live as proof of that.

      1. Uh oh, the paradigms are shifting, it’s going to be a bumpy ride!

    2. “Eh, one last thing from my former college, …”

      Hey Goldwater, are you sure that was a college and not some other sort of ‘institution’?

  15. Don’t ever try to out derp me fools! I LIVED THERE FOR FOUR YEARS!

    *drops mic*

  16. Thanks to ObamaCare, you too can act like a total whore, douche-bag, or moron. Because now all the non-whores, non-douches, and non-morons will be forced to subsidize your behavior! Thanks, Obama!

  17. Holy shit. In all my excitement, I missed where people at my school interviewed a Fem-Gen Professor. This woman is a black hole of derp:

    Can I just say that it’s problematic that faculty of color are almost always asked to communicate a solution-based narrative about race. I don’t know what you need to do! You know, I don’t ask my gay friends how NOT to be a heterosexist, because I know that long bodies of literature, speeches and manifestos have been in existence decades, and I could go find them myself if I wanted to. I’m teaching a black feminist theory course this block, and these women have been saying almost the same thing since the 1890s. I mean, go do your homework! It’s not the same kind of expectation on both sides. I don’t know what white folks need to do; I mean white folks need to stop acting like black folks haven’t already been telling them this for decades! Sometimes I wonder if some academics have ever read Martin Luther King or Du Bois or all these people they claim to admire and appreciate.

    1. It’s purposeful and strategic to keep us preoccupied with this. I can’t do the work I do for the public, my communities who don’t have access to this space, and I can’t do the work in my classrooms if I’m taking all my time and energy to keep white people from being racist. You know how time-consuming that is? This is why faculty of color write texts like “Presumed Incompetent” and “The Imperial University,” because the kinds of work we are expected to do is not recognized, nor is it appreciated in the ways we need it to be. The minute we raise a critique we are often pinned as ungrateful or ignorant to the ways in which the entire academy is racist. Sometimes I wonder if some people really do want to know how not to be racist. If you are racist in 2014, it’s because you want to be.

      1. And yes, this does not stand up to logic. You’re only racist if you want to be…

        But not being leftist is racist.

        And even if you are, microagressions are racist.

        And microaggressions are in the mind of the beholder.

        And down the rabbit hole Alice falls…

    2. “We” have read MLK Jr… he told us to judge people by the content of their character, not the color of their skin… that’s why some of us treat others as individuals and don’t like things such as affirmative ac–


    3. This woman is a black hole of derp


  18. Mthese women have been saying almost the same thing since the 1890s.

    And yet, the world continues to rotate. The sun rises and sets as it always has.

    1. Revoling around the WHITE MAN, P brooks.

      Seriously, I hate that they send me fundraising emails. The only way that they get a dime is if it’s heavily earmarked.

      The poli sci department had something like that. An alum who left money for lunches to be bought for students once a semester. Apparently, the school HATES when people direct their donations.

  19. “Oh, you’re really nice, but I’m not attracted to black FAT girls.”

    Sometimes, the little voice in my head slips the leash, too.

  20. Sometimes I wonder if some people really do want to know how not to be racist.

    “Sometimes, I wonder if some people are just pigheaded idiots who cling to antiquated definitions of words in use for centuries. Where’s Humpty Dumpty when you need him?”

  21. Somewhere on my desk is an invitation to a CC cruise on the Zambeze River, or some such psychological torment. Being eaten by crocodiles would be a welcome release.

  22. Is it me or does this seem just a little desperate.

    1. Jonathan Chait? Desperate? Bah!

      1. Oh shit, I didn’t even notice who wrote it. I should’ve known. An acquaintance had it on teh facebook.

    2. I like that Obama has simultaneously succeeded in all his goals while being unable to achieve anything because of Rethuglican obstructionism.

      Also, if his success in four goals resulted in the worst long term employment since the Great Depression, the lowest labor force participation since the 1970s, and, contrary to left-wing claims, has resulted in income inequality increasing more than under any other president, then ti seems that this is a bit of a Pyrrhic victory.

      1. There is enormous room left to debate whether Obama’s agenda in all these areas qualifies as good or bad, but “ineffectual” seems as though it should be ruled out at this point.

        Who are we to judge whether what he’s done is good or bad?? All I know is that he did something.

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