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Letter From The Editress: The U.S. Supreme Court & Marriage Equality

A Letter From The Editress: I’ve been trying all day to find the right words to meaningfully express how I feel about today’s historic U.S. Supreme Court decisions on DOMA and Prop 8. This morning, I was one of the hundreds (thousands?) of people standing outside the Supreme Court building anxiously awaiting the verdict. The … Continue reading

Right-Wing Food: You Are What You Eat

via Lauren Kelly, Alternet, Salon [Editress’ Note: You can only vote for politicians once every few years. You can vote with your wallet every single day.   Make change happen.]  — 1. Chick-fil-A It won’t be news to many readers that Chick-fil-A’s owner is deeply entrenched in conservative politics and social issues. The chain has … Continue reading

See You Next Year!

The Brandt Standard will return Monday, January 2, 2012. Happy New Year,  from your Editress-in-Chief.

Occupy EVERY Street

Don’t Quit, 99%.  Get Louder. Occupy Every Street. United States Alabama Occupy Auburn Occupy Birmingham Occupy Huntsville Occupy Mobile Occupy Tuscaloosa Alaska Occupy Alaska Occupy Anchorage Arizona Occupy Arizona Occupy Flagstaff Occupy Phoenix Occupy Prescott Occupy Sedona Occupy Tempe Occupy Tucson Occupy Yuma Arkansas Occupy Arkansas Occupy Fayetteville Occupy Little Rock California Occupy Arcata Occupy … Continue reading

‘Arrested Development’ Announces Spinoff AND Movie

[Editress’ Note: Normally I wouldn’t mention something like this, but it’s one of my all-time favorite shows. Seriously, you should watch it.] At a panel at the New Yorker Festival featuring a conversation with the cast of the much loved and missed television series “Arrested Development,” the show’s creator, Mitch Hurwitz, provided updated information on … Continue reading

How A Lobbyist Helps A Bill Become A Law

[Editress’ Note: published for my friend, the remarkable Mr. Michael Cassidy] Is it wise for the City of Rockford to contract with Mike Cassidy and McGuireWoods, the firm for which he works, to lobby on behalf of Rockford in Springfield? The cost is $10,000 a month, and aldermen voted 13 to 1 Monday to pay … Continue reading

Remember The Good Ol’ Days?

Troy Davis Executed In Georgia

[Editress’ Note: “The law says ‘reasonable doubt,’ but I think a defendant’s entitled to the shadow of a doubt.” -Atticus Finch, To Kill A Mockingbird] Despite evidence that threw into question the veracity of Troy Davis’ conviction, pleas from a former president and the Pope, and even a last-minute review by the US Supreme Court on … Continue reading

Ten Years Later, We Remember September 11, 2001

I was in high school, on my way to class that morning, in the backseat of a friend’s powder blue Geo Prism. While listening to Mancow’s Morning Madhouse, we heard a report that a plane had hit the World Trade Center. My two friends in the car were having an argument concerneing their thoughts on … Continue reading


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