love thy neighbor and happy valentine's day from the trump administration

The ladies catch up discussing the amazing, unprecedented, Trump press conference, where we got a taste of just how insane this President really may be. We highlight our favorite moments, but then move onto the holiday of the week, Valentine’s Day. We give a preview of some of the Valentines that likely came out of the Trump administration, but then move on to talking about love. While Valentine’s Day is typically about intimate love, we broaden the scope to communal love. Given our country is divided between “us and them” we thought it would be a good time to discuss why and the implications of such. Then we close out with Laurie selling out for Hate Thy Neighbor a Vice series that explores the hate in our country.

tom brady and lady gaga and kellyanne, oh my

What can we say, Kellyanne Conway is the gift that keeps giving. After we catch up on Super Bowl 51 and the best Half Time Show in modern history, we discuss Kellyanne’s new unethical, possibly illegal, comments about Ivanka Trump getting dumped by Nordstrom. Given Ivanka will need to rebrand to fit with the Trump family new equity, we try to be helpful and offer up some new taglines. Then we move on to one of Crimson’s biggest pet-peeves; whiny bitches who always play the victim. While this is typically reserved for middle schoolers and teens, the New York Times perfectly articulates how the Trump Administration has brought it to the White House. Then the ladies sell out for the only thing that has benefited from the Trump Administration, Saturday Night Live. If you haven’t seen their Kellyanne Conway skits, they are a must, including the latest one from this weekend. We are totally on board with women taking over SNL by portraying this insane administration!

the alternative crimsonian and a baby hippo

After an exhausting couple of weeks in Trump country, the ladies try to focus on one of the most disturbing things to come out of the administration, the idea of alternative facts. But first, they catch up and talk about the Woman’s March and the adorable new baby hippo at the Cincinnati Zoo. After acknowledging the amazingly horrid Inauguration outfit that Kellyanne Conway wore, we discuss her next biggest contribution to the world, #alternativefacts. And in hopes to keep things light, Laurie and Crimson present their own alternative facts. We finish up with a good ole’ sell out for Canada!

the “f” word; feminism and why we should all be feminist

First we catch up, with Laurie telling us about her fun times with estate planning and Crimson marks her 20th day without buying anything materialistic. Take that corporate America! Then we move on to this week’s discussion about feminism. Given there are thousands of women across the globe uniting together to march for equality, we thought what better time to discuss feminism. We define it, shoot down some myths, and then have a lengthy discussion about why it may have a bad reputation with younger women. We then review the principles behind the 1/21/17 Womens March, in hopes to circumvent the potential misinformation about its purpose of the march and the motivations behind those attending. We close out by selling out for Mr. Robot, an USA original series that is a dramatic interpretation of many progressives frustrations with capitalism.

how to laugh in america

By Laurie Sharp-Page

Well 2017 has done what we have all been anxiously anticipating, it has finally shown up.

I spent the majority of 2016 bitching about what a shit-tastic year it had been, challenges at work, home and with family. Deaths and births, parties and fights, it was a year alike so many others, but different in its complexity. It ended, for me, in just as complex of a manner - confused and unclear, we have headed into the much anticipated 2017.

Like many Americans I have spent everyday recently, eyes on the news, wondering anxiously about what the world will look in the coming years, months, weeks, days. Unwittingly I have found my response to be more and more disengaged, laughing at the absurdity of it all, distancing myself from the reality that all signs seem to point to regression.

Coping skills come in all different styles, my prefered coping skill is humor, but there is a catch. The thing I have noticed with my own coping style is that sometimes, coping through humor becomes coping through dissociation. Recently, I was reading a fantastic HuffPost article about what the real cost of repealing Obamacare is - I was unaware (because I still retain some level of naivete and optimism regarding the government, somehow) that defunding Obamacare is going to cost us a fuck-ton of money. So on top of the already sunk time and financial costs of the ongoing war on Health Care access in America, we now are embarking on additional costs to reverse a program, that while not perfect, has been lifesaving for many americans.

I couldn’t help but laugh out loud as I was reading this article, it sends such a clear and unfortunate message, there is no money or priority to help the American public with something as essential as health care, but there is money to undo (instead of improve) a program - an action that will ultimately cause significant strain (if not distress) for many American families. I laughed because of fucking course - this is America, another example of how fucked the priorities of those asshats in Washington are.

As I was laughing I continued scrolling through the article, which screenshotted several dozen tweets from a diverse range of Americans BEGGING for their health care to not be taken away. Quickly my laughter subsided and the bowling ball pit of anxiety and uncertainty returned to my stomach.

I would have been more content to stay reveling in the absurdity and not focused on the real individual pain this is going to cause my fellow citizens. However I needed to be pulled back in, reminded that this isn’t just an exercise in petty bullshittery, this is the future of our country.

I don’t know what is going to happen in the future, believe me if I did I would have a much fancier office, but what I do know is that we all have to fight the urge - individually and collectively, to not check out. To live with our values on our sleeves, to speak our truth and to trust in the goodness of each other, even when we can’t trust those elected to represent us.

This is perhaps the most challenging call to duty we have ever faced, perseverance is going to difficult in a climate of helplessness and hopelessness. I hope we can keep laughing, but stay engaged, to the challenge the future and progress towards a better America.