— OH, HAVE WE, Rep. Austin Scott (R-Tifton)? Because I personally haven’t, and I actually live and shop for groceries in a neighborhood where a lot of people rely on SNAP to feed their families! It sounds to me like you’re using second-or-third-hand anecdotal hearsay to perpetuate the Myth of the Welfare Queen, which you wealthy white men so looooove to harp on because it basically lets you all say the n-word in the media without getting in trouble. And even if you HAVE witnessed this yourself, which you haven’t, since when has a SNAP card supposed to be a person’s only form of currency? For all you know that roll of hundred dollar bills is that person’s entire life savings, you heartless fucking asshole. (via peachtreekeen)
— Elsie de Wolfe (via sircle)
my uncle phil decorates his 18-wheeler every year for christmas. this year’s tribute to the baby jesus is positively clark griswoldian in scope. now i really want a hannukah truck! and amelia has THEOLOGICAL PROOF why this should be so: “18 is a sacred number is Judaism! (There are numerical assignations to letters, and the equivalent of ‘Life’ (chai, like ‘l’chaim!’) is 18! So basically what I’m saying is that all 18-wheelers are Jewish.”
"It stands as the archetype of its kind, a reminder that cookies are designed as consciously as buildings, and sometimes better."—nyt architecture critic Paul Goldberger, on the occasion of the oreo cookie’s 75th anniversary, as mentioned in this piece.
The film flirts with becoming radicalized here—could the Griswolds join the proletariat? Will the plot, laden as it is with the markings of the upper-class, improbably culminate in a searing indictment of late ’80s capitalism?
Nope! Instead Clark gives an impassioned speech about how employees depend on their bonuses so they can do things like buy pools. His boss is incredibly moved by the plight of these people of comfortable means, and in a fit of pay-us ex machina he not only reinstates bonuses, he ups them by 20 percent."
"national lampoon’s christmas vacation" depicts totally classist, bourgeois crisis, and i wrote about it for the billfold. i also calculated how much his lights would have cost to run.
bonus jump suit points to editor mike dang for getting an image of todd and margo in there. (also, i adapted this from a piece i read at scene missing magazine last month.)
In fact, Justice Ruth Bader Ginsburg is 200 percent funnier than court stenographers would have you believe, researchers say."
One more legend to acknowledge today: the great Shirley Chisholm, was born on this day in 1924 in Brooklyn, New York. The congresswoman is shown on November 6, 1968, the day after she became the first Black woman elected to Congress. Photo: AP.