When you, dear reader, see that italic line at the end of a brief obit saying ‘a fuller obit will follow,’ that line is actually pronounced, 'Some poor so and so like Bruce or me is sitting, sweating, rapidly becoming more alcoholic by the minute, tearing his or her graying hair out, trying to get that full obit online in a matter of minutes.’
—  Margalit Fox (with Bruce Weber), New York Times obituary writers 
Powerless Casts Natalie Morales as Iconic Justice League Character

Powerless is currently debuting as we speak (I’ll be watching it after it airs) but one of the biggest news about the show came shortly before the series premier.  Former Newsroom and Parks and Rec actress, Natalie Morales has apparently been cast as a major Justice Leaguer in an upcoming episode.

No word if it’s multiple episodes, if she’ll become a recurring or staring character, or if it’s a one off but Morales will be playing the Brazilian heatwave herself, Fire.

The character will apparently be called Green Fury, much to the character’s chagrin. 

The character is known for her feisty personality and her limited inhibitions.  She’s often remembered for her pairing with best friend Ice, and the duo were a major staple of the 90′s Justice League series that also featured Guy Gardner, Blue Beetle (Ted Kord), Booster Gold, Bloodwynd (J’onn J’onzz), and others.

And with a straight face, you’re going to tell students that America is so star-spangled awesome, that we’re the only ones in the world that have freedom? Canada has freedom, Japan has freedom, the UK, France, Italy, Germany, Spain, Australia, and Belgium has freedom. 207 sovereign states in the world, 180 of them have freedom. Yeah you, uh, sorority girl, just in case you accidentally wander into a voting booth one day, there’s some things you should know and one of them is, there is absolutely no evidence to support the statement that we’re the greatest country in the world. We’re seventh in literacy, twenty-seventh in math, twenty-second in science, forty-ninth in life expectancy, one hundred and seventy eighth in infant mortality, third in median household income, number four in labor force, and number four in exports. We lead the world in only three categories: number of incarcerated citizens per capita, number of adults who believe angels are real, and defense spending, where we spend more than the twenty six countries combined, twenty five of whom are allies. Now, none of this is the fault of a twenty-year-old college student, but you nonetheless are a member of the worst, period-generation-period-ever-period. So, when you ask what makes us the greatest country in the world, I don’t know what the fuck you’re talking about.

It sure used to be. We stood up for what was right. We fought for moral reasons; we passed laws, struck down laws for moral reasons. We waged wars on poverty not on poor people. We sacrificed, we cared about our neighbors, we put our money where our mouths were and we never beat our chest, we built great big things, we made ungodly technological advances, explored the universe, cured diseases and we cultivated the worlds greatest artists and the worlds greatest economy. We reached for the stars Acted like men. We aspired to intelligence, we didn’t belittle it, it didn’t make us feel inferior. We didn’t identify ourselves by who we voted for in the last election and we didn’t scare so easy. We were able to be all these things and do all these things because great men, men who were revered, informed us. The first step in solving any problem is recognizing there is one. America is not the greatest country in the world anymore.

—  Will McAvoy (Newsroom)
She was in Peshawar for four months. The Green Zone for a year before that. Her guys were filing stories from caves. She comes home, she wants to be an EP again, have a normal life, and there’s nothing for her at CNN, nothing for her at ABC. She’s exhausted. Not like at the end of a long day. She’s mentally and physically exhausted. She hasn’t had four hours’ sleep in two years. She’s been shot at in three different countries. And she’s been to way too many funerals for a girl her age.
She wants to come home.
They don’t have a job for her in Atlanta, DC, or New York.
Mackenzie– line up any 10 people, eight of them will tell you she’s the best EP in the business and the other two will be stupid!
—  Charlie Skinner

Alright, so my fuse has (obviously) been a little short in these last few days, and I recognize that this right here is a comparatively little deal and I may just be shouting into the internet void, but here:

I LOATHE this television clip.  I see it shared everywhere as the ‘best 3 minutes on television’, and I’m sick and tired of it.  I mean, don’t get me wrong; I’m all for a take-down of American exceptionalism.  I think the whole premise is arrogant to say the least.  If he could deliver that take-down without being ridiculously sexist and condescending towards the nervous college student who’s actually standing up and participating in the political process, that would be great.  If he could also not accuse millennials of being the worst generation in the history of this country when our competition includes generations of slave owners, that would be cool too.  But really, I don’t have a problem with that

I do have a problem, though, with what he says next.  Because when was America EVER the greatest country in the world?  Was it when we forced the native population from their land?  When our elites owned other people?  Was it in the 40s, when we interned US citizens in camps and dropped Atomic Bombs?  Was it in the 50s, when black people still lived under the threat of Jim Crow?  Was it the 60s and Nixon, the Seventies and Vietnam, the 80s and Ronald Reagan?  We have NEVER been completely perfect, NEVER been singularly moral, NEVER been wholly exceptional as a nation.  We always “beat our chest” and “scared so easy”, and the men who have run this country have never been pure

THIS KIND OF MINDSET IS DANGEROUS.  It idolizes a past that doesn’t exist and demonizes legitimate progress that has been made towards equal rights.  It says ‘yeah ok, maybe we let women vote and gay people exist.  That’s pretty cool.  But we’re not the best anymore, so let’s roll it all back and be GREAT again!’  I’m pretty sure I’ve heard that somewhere recently, and so far it hasn’t ended well