The Bizarro World of the 2016 religious conservative

Bizarro world Code

Any fan of Superman (or Sienfeld or Buffy, for that matter) is familiar with Bizarro World — where everything is “weirdly inverted or opposite to expectations.” Although the 2016 presidential election has been the most bizarre election in American history, perhaps even stranger is the way in which we have seen an entire political party (one with […]

Maine’s medical marijuana laws changed my life

Twenty-five years ago, my life was altered by the onset of Fibromyalgia, a mysterious and poorly understood condition characterized by chronic widespread musculoskeletal pain, unrelenting fatigue, non-restorative sleep, cognitive difficulties, and a host of bizarre neurological complaints. Like many living with chronic pain or illness, I see my life in two sections – life before […]

Do we really want Trump to set the tone for the next four years?


One of the most important components of the presidency is to set the tone for the nation. Over the past few days, the DNC has largely been about love, unity, and inclusion, whereas the RNC served to stoke fear, anger, and divisiveness. Our children are watching this election. Regardless of what you may think about […]

When your child’s introduction to American politics is Donald Trump

Ashley L. Conti | BDN

“Dad, who do you think would make a better president: Kanye or Drake?” These words came out of my child’s mouth. Granted, I believe it was somewhat facetious, but this was the moment when I realized that Trump is the turd in America’s presidential punchbowl. It’s ruined. Soiled. There is no going back. My children are […]

Scared Straight 2.0: Horror stories to warn kids that the internet never forgets


This week, a Bangor High School senior received a great deal of attention due to the quote he chose to accompany his yearbook photo. Unfortunately, his quote wasn’t exactly inspirational — it was a Hitler quote. Call it what you want — free speech, a tasteless prank, or anti-Semitism — this one simple act will negatively impact him for […]

Viral post by ‘hero dad’ about Target’s bathroom policy is a parenting FAIL


Over the past week, hundreds of thousands have pledged to boycott Target over their inclusive bathroom policy, which welcomes transgender folks to use the restroom or fitting rooms that correspond with their gender identity. On April 21, a father by the name of Izzy Avraham made a defiant public post on Facebook that went viral […]

Why a married father of three cares about trans equality


Unless you’ve been living under a rock, you are aware that the North Carolina legislature and Pat McCrory recently rushed through HB2, a hateful bill disguised as a “public safety” initiative that eliminates municipal nondiscrimination protections for LGBT people, and blocks transgender folks from using public restrooms that are consistent with their gender identity. This […]

Educating LePage: Transgender 101


Displaying once again his lack of any self-awareness whatsoever, Governor Paul Le Page said on Thursday that he’s “tired of s***shows.” Us too, Governor. LePage named himself the State Education Commissioner on Thursday, after withdrawing his nomination of William Beardsley for education commissioner. Beardsley would have faced strong opposition from Democrats in the Joint Standing Committee […]