Author: Bailey Reutzel

Dissent; Why a Zine?

Is it just me? Things in this digital era seem flat. Dull, almost lifeless, locked inside a computer screen that we can’t touch or hear or smell or taste. Only see. You can only look. That “I love you” posted to my Facebook wall feels distant, unreachable, but not in the good way like seeing the summit of a mountain from the trailhead. No, unrealizable because it’s not… well… real. That selfie with friends posted to Instagram, that was the 35th picture we took, plus we spent half an hour deciding which filter looked best. I wasn’t even smiling because I...

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“Good Head”

Milo Yiannopoulos has gotten his just due after video was released of the gay British journalist (?) and former senior editor of Breitbart News condoning pedophilia. In case you haven’t already seen it: What strikes me most about this video isn’t that Yiannopoulos approves of pedophilia, but in the way he does it. When the host says, “I got lucky,” because he didn’t get touched by a priest during his time in Catholic schools, Yiannopoulos whines, “What do you mean you got lucky? You got unlucky?” And then later: “I’m grateful for Father Michael. I wouldn’t give nearly such good...

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Dumpster Fire

Pink pussyhats bob in the sea of people standing around in Denver’s Civic Center Park. There’s a march happening on the streets surrounding it. And while this is a moment, it seems too docile, too tame, too authorized to make an impact. At least to me, brash, aggressive, hot-tempered, wearing all black, the same “Ted Cruz is the Zodiac Killer” T-shirt I wore the night before shooting Jameson to the tune of yelling, screaming, pushing and shoving. Protesting, even 100,000 strong, feels (forgive me) fake. Fabricated. Manufactured. And it was. We were given permission to walk around in this playpen....

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The Confederate Flag is no longer a part of the Georgia Flag. And the decision to remove the symbol had nothing to do with heritage or history or political correctness or sensitivity. It had everything to do with economics. During the run-up to the Olympic Games in Atlanta during the 90s, Georgia’s flag came under scrutiny by both the NAACP and local business owners for it’s use of a large Confederate flag. The Metro Atlanta Chamber (MAC), industry groups and politicians in the state conceded. “Whether it’s right or wrong, heritage or not…from an economic perspective it was hurting...

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South Carolina

Who understands war? Our forefathers might be the only ones, holding muskets in trembling fingers at a target only a few hundred yards away. Explosions, blood, panic. I can sense it as I walk through an interactive tunnel in the Naval and Maritime Museum at Patriot’s Point in Charleston, South Carolina. As I walk through stepping on squares, panels on the wall light up showing various black and white photos of tanks and fighter jets. It’s accompanied by the sounds; the sounds are the worst. Pop. Pop. Pop. Zoom. Yelling. Boom. Pop. Pop. A veteran with post-traumatic stress disorder...

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North Carolina

“Most struggles are money struggles. Maybe that isn’t the root but that’s where it comes out,” says my cousin, Aaron Schnurbusch, who works at a crisis ministry in Asheville, North Carolina. He’s speaking to the homeless and addicted in the area, but his take seems oddly appropriate during this year’s presidential election. Supporters of Donald Trump (and the rest of the Republican candidates) are tired of seeing their hard-earned income going to a government that’s, in their minds, ineffectual and meddlesome. Bernie Sanders supporters, and to a certain extent Hillary Clinton advocates, are tired of the increasing amount of personal debt because there are people not paying their fair share. The target audience is the same, every time, the middle class or at least those that think they’re the middle class. Politicians don’t speak to the man that’s been sleeping in the crisis clinic waiting room all morning or the woman that comes there daily with three kids for free meals. They speak to the affluent and employed, those that aren’t barely living who can aspire to buy a TV or a car through tax cuts or go to college with reduced tuition. On Thursday, when I volunteered at the crisis ministry hanging donated clothes and stacking blankets, it was sunny and warm. By Saturday morning, the snow storm I had driven through from West Virginia hit Asheville hard. I had...

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