05 April 2018
Smart. Capable. Funny.
I wanted to write a post today, but nothing immediately came to mind. So I decided that I would just leave it unless something struck me.
Then I logged on to Twitter. Now, Twitter is famous these days for being full of Internet trolls, reactionary eejits, and otherwise annoying people. And we all know they do exist. My secret is to either not follow them in the first place, and/or to ignore them. I find that Twitter provides a way to learn a lot about the world and our fellow humans in a good way as well, and decided that for Three on Thursday, I'd share Three People to Follow on Twitter. As I was preparing to write, I realized that there were also three consistent words I would use to describe these individuals, and that served as the title for this post.
1. Caroline O. (@RVAwonk) - she is someone who can present very detailed, involved information in a completely understandable fashion. Her primary focus is public policy, and what Congress and the Eejit in Chief are doing. Her analysis of various facets of the Russian involvement in our 2016 elections was, and continues to be, truly amazing and deeply informative.
2. Chelsea Clinton (@ChelseaClinton) - you likely know her as the daughter of Bill and Hillary Clinton, but she is an advocate for many causes and groups, as well as an author. I have included her on this list, because I find her graciousness (even if tongue-in-cheek) to be admirable. As you can imagine, she gets a lot of negative and hurtful things hurled at her. But she *always* responds in the best way! For instance, on more than one occasion, someone has tweeted to her: "You and your family are the worst kind of trash, and your parents ruined America," or something much worse. Her response is nearly always something like, "Thanks, Joe [or whomever] for sharing your opinion. Have a wonderful day!" I LOVE this. You know it makes Joe even more irritated, but it could never be proven to be hateful.
3. Quinn Cummings (@quinncy) - do you remember a movie from years ago called "The Goodbye Girl," starring Marsha Mason and Richard Dreyfus, and based on a Neil Simon work? Well, this person was the young girl who played Marsha Mason's daughter. She has grown up to be a writer, comedian, and her tweets are spot on. My favorite thing is her list of names for members of the press, Congress, and administration, particularly the current Press Secretary, whom she calls "Lesser Clampett." I also like "Kremlin Barbie," it makes me laugh every time. OK, maybe it's not nice, but she is clearly very smart and has some really great insights.
Lest you think I'm some kind of liberal snowflake (I prefer "snow particle" thank you very much), I can assure you that I also follow accounts that do not fall into that category, and plenty that are just plain silly and make me laugh. But the three listed above are thoughtful, articulate, women, who are not having any of your foolishness, and I think that is an admirable quality.