Peanut Gallery columns, in which I summarize the last month’s worth of online political discussion between me, my friends and annoying people who aren’t also friends, will be featured on the last Tuesday of every month. If you want a mention here, talk to me about politics.
Thursday, April 4, 12:38 a.m.: Adam P. from Winnipeg asks me how I feel about this. I tell him that proponents of a boycott of Israeli professors have a one-sided viewpoint and don’t appreciate what they’ll be missing out on if they take Israeli boycotts to their logical extreme.
Monday, April 8, 6:56 p.m.: I tweet how much I enjoyed ranking former MP Martha Hall Findlay (Willowdale) first and MP Justin Trudeau (Papineau) last when voting for leader of the Liberal Party of Canada. Some guy named Alim tells me to go to hell. I tell him to go to hell. As he is still tweeting this stuff at people he doesn’t like, I can say neither of us has gone to hell.
Friday, April 12, 10:43 a.m.: Ann Coulter is herself. Brian from Massachusetts and I briefly decide whether we should refer to her as a “bitch” (my idea) or a “sad, desperate huckster” (his idea).
Thursday, April 18, 1:24 p.m.: I ask if the Massachusetts National Guard plans to prevent the Westboro Baptist Church from crossing the state line to protest. Someone who may or may not be a church employee claims they’re already there. This happens.
Saturday, April 20, 7:08 p.m.: I get the impression from Twitter that people have been comparing Boston on lockdown to a “fascist police state” and ask others if they’ve seen this. I mention that my grandmother is very familiar with fascist police states. Alyssa from Illinois is intrigued and asks how to buy her memoir. (Here’s how.)
Wednesday, April 24, 1:16 p.m.: Daily Beast columnist Megan McArdle (a recent favorite) retweets my comment that “She’s so good at telling people why they’re wrong.” I can’t really tell if she recognized that this was a compliment. Others did, though.
Friday, April 26, 6:42 p.m.: I solicit opinions on Cass Sunstein, former administrator of the Office of Information and Regulatory Affairs (OIRA), as his new book interests me. Steve from Winnipeg advises me to read his previous book, Nudge. As of this writing, I have bought Simpler and I’m enjoying it, and I probably will buy Nudge soon.
Monday, April 29, 2:36 p.m.: This happens, I link to it and everyone reacts. (OK, not everyone, but a hell of a lot of people.) I’ll give a special mention to Pamela from Edmonton, who said a bunch of stuff about white privilege but ultimately didn’t really make a point. I also shut up Adrienne from Thunder Bay by breaking out the term “bona fide occupational qualification.”