Remembering a President

Yesterday evening, George Herbert Walker Bush was laid to rest in the U.S. Capitol. Media outlets across the political spectrum are praising our 41st President as one of the most under-appreciated commanders-in-chief in recent history. The Wall Street Journal highlighted his reputation as a remarkably decent, gentle leader and his status as the last President... Continue Reading →

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A Story of Gender Inclusion

Every year, the Student Council at my high school, Harriton, puts on a fundraiser called Mr. Harriton. The event is essentially a beauty pageant, but with a twist: as a satire of America's traditional beauty pageants and their misogynistic connotations, male students compete in a dance and talent competition in place of scantily clad women. I... Continue Reading →

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The Enduring Genius of the iPhone

Over the past year or so, I have begun to embrace my inner technology geek. I now regularly check tech-oriented websites like The Verge and Wired. I follow YouTube channels devoted to drop-testing $800 phones. I look up predictions regarding the rumored bells and whistles of tech giants’ future devices. In all of this tech... Continue Reading →

#MeToo Comes to the Supreme Court

In 1991, the U.S. Senate reopened its hearings on President Bush's nominee for the Supreme Court, Clarence Thomas, after a private FBI interview leaked to the press. The interviewee: Anita Hill, a lawyer and former employee of Thomas's. Hill testified to the Senate panel that Thomas had sexually harassed her in the early 1980s while... Continue Reading →

Dissent Is Patriotism.

On August 26th, 2016, at the third game of the 49ers' preseason, then-quarterback Colin Kaepernick chose not to stand for the national anthem. In an interview after the game, Kaepernick explained his decision: "I am not going to stand up to show pride in a flag for a country that oppresses black people and people... Continue Reading →

Is This the Downfall of President Trump?

Today was a good day for America. For Donald Trump and company? Not so much. In what was possibly the worst single day in an administration bursting with scandals, two of Trump's former longtime advisers went to court to receive criminal charges or convictions. A jury in Virginia found Paul Manafort Jr., Trump's original campaign manager, guilty on eight of eighteen total counts of tax and bank fraud that are likely to carry a prison sentence of seven to ten years.

Freedom of Religion

June 4th's Supreme Court decision in the Masterpiece Cakeshop case is a disgrace. The Court ruled 7-2 in favor of shop owner Jack Phillips, who refused to bake a wedding cake for David Mullins and Charlie Craig in 2012. Justice Anthony Kennedy penned the majority opinion, joined by Justices Kagan, Roberts, Breyer, Alito, Gorsuch and... Continue Reading →

Avengers: Infinity War

  I feel morally obligated to warn you, dear reader, that below there lies a nest of spoilers regarding Avengers: Infinity War, but chances are you have already seen this movie. It did, after all, make a record $258 million in its opening weekend and has already crossed $1 billion at the international box office.... Continue Reading →

The Greatest Show on Earth

Last week, HBO released the trailer for the second season of Westworld, the hit science-fiction series whose first season broke records for the network and captured the attention of millions of viewers, including me. I first watched Westworld on a flight to Germany last summer. I didn’t know much about the show going in, but... Continue Reading →

‘Black Panther’ Is a Good Movie with Great Purpose

In its opening weekend, Marvel Studios’ Black Panther instantly became the highest-grossing February release in history, the 5th-biggest opening weekend of all time, the highest-grossing movie with an black director, and the highest-grossing movie with a predominantly black cast. Those last two are particularly important. Hollywood has long shied away from casting minority actors and... Continue Reading →

The Oscars Are Broken

On the night of Sunday, March 4th, one of nine films will be crowned Best Picture of 2018 at the 90th Academy Awards. It’s a tight race — many pundits say it’s one of the toughest to call in years. The problem? Not many of the nominees are very good, and even fewer are truly... Continue Reading →

Fox News’s Poor Choice of Words

Fox News headline reads “Sex scandal boomerang: is the left ready for a Bill Clinton reckoning?” Maybe it is time to talk about the allegations against Bill. But that’s not what bothers me about that headline. It’s their choice of words—“sex scandal.” The firestorm unleashed by the Harvey Weinstein revelations and the #MeToo movement is... Continue Reading →

Health Care is a Human Right

A couple years ago, I had a brief stint in the emergency room of the Philadelphia children's hospital. It wasn't anything serious; they sent me on my way after awhile with a dose of antibiotic and an Elmo band-aid (not my idea) on my arm. But what was staggering, when it arrived in the mail a few... Continue Reading →

Mike Pence and Institutional Racism

In the maelstrom of despicable, outlandish, and destructive things Trump has said and continues to say, I think some of his scarier sentiments have gone largely unnoticed. One that rattled me especially came in one of the Republican debates: Trump's declaration regarding immigration that "Here we speak English," which I consider the perfect representation of his blatant... Continue Reading →

The Problem with Punishment

From our earliest years, we are taught that actions have consequences. It's a simple idea, and it makes sense, particularly to a growing mind still learning the way the world works. Good deeds are rewarded, and bad deeds result in punishment. It provides both a motivation and a basic framework for morality. I lived most... Continue Reading →

Fault

I want to clarify something: my view of Hillary Clinton has not changed one bit in recent months. I still think she is a fantastic leader and would have made a stellar president. However, that does not prevent me from acknowledging her flaws as a candidate or recognizing how those flaws led to her defeat.... Continue Reading →

How to Move Forward

The way I see it, Hillary Clinton can be described in the most basic sense like this: terrific leader, bad candidate. And I don't say this to disparage her; she is one of the most driven and resilient figures in American government, past and present. But I think that defeat in an election with so much at stake... Continue Reading →

Moonlight

Just watched Barry Jenkins' Moonlight. Absolutely superb. I was skeptical since I adored La La Land, but I see now that this wasn't another case of a movie with important subject matter beating out the artistic masterpiece of the year (e.g. last year's Spotlight, which tells a profound and necessary story, but isn't nearly as elegant as Mad... Continue Reading →

The Sly Genius of the Republican Party

Throughout his campaign and during his first two months as president, Donald Trump has cemented his position as the embodiment of the manipulative, immoral side of American  politics. He demonizes the press, appoints woefully unprepared Cabinet members (Betsy DeVos being the prime example), and takes vacations that cost the people—HIS people—$3 million dollars each week.... Continue Reading →

Trump’s Troublesome Travels

I read that Trump costs taxpayers $3 million every time he takes a trip to Florida to play golf. I won't go into the utter immorality of a president using his/her people's money for WEEKLY vacations (because, frankly, anyone with half a moral compass should understand that) but I will try to break that statistic down. Let's... Continue Reading →

Who Let Trump Win?

In just over a week, Trump has started on the road to turn America into (even more of an) impenetrable fortress housing the fear and hate of straight, white, Christian men. We can march—and he will not care. We can protest—and he will not budge. Our objective now must be to push him out of office... Continue Reading →

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