Lani Seelinger

Lani is a freelance writer in Prague, Czech Republic. She spends most of her time dealing with politics, both in communist Czechoslovakia and otherwise. She’s from the great state of North Carolina, where she developed her great love of grits.

Young People Worldwide Face Huge Challenges, But We Can Find Solutions

ByLani Seelinger
Young people in the world have a lot of problems to contend with. No, I'm not talking about the Internet connection going down in the middle of the "Game of Thrones" finale (though that would be terrible) or you happening to be out of town on the…

How Other Candidates Make Jeb Bush Look More Presidential Than He Is

ByLani Seelinger
America is short of many things -- solutions to that whole ISIS problem, foreign language speakers, conservative comedians -- but Republican presidential candidates is definitely not one. On Monday, we got our 11th and 12th entrees into 2016's race,…

Is Teaching Women Self-Defense Really The Only Way To Prevent Rape?

ByLani Seelinger
The general attitude of Millennial women toward life in general can perhaps be summed up in the four little words that formed my now-adult cousin's childhood refrain: I do it myself! We're independent. We're empowered. We know what we want, and we…

How Bernie Sanders Will Change Your Mind About The Label 'Socialist'

ByLani Seelinger
Bernie Sanders is a democratic socialist. Before your mind goes straight to Stalin's Gulag and Iron Curtains, though, let's talk about what that means. In a number of different outlets, Bernie Sanders has come upon the suggestion -- which in many…

Hypocrisy And A Shift Left: Is The GOP Losing Moral High Ground?

ByLani Seelinger
Many of us are too young to remember when the Republicans wrested the morality argument out of the Democrats' reach, but we know how it happened. Sex. Intrigue. Interns. “I did not have sexual relations with that woman,” said in a deep, southern,…

A Country You've Probably Never Heard Of Has Better Sex Ed Than The US

ByLani Seelinger
We all remember our first time, for better or worse. If my experience was anything like yours... well, it probably wasn't the most confident you've ever been. I had no idea what I was doing, which isn't a feeling I like to have. I definitely would…

You Should Be Really Pissed Off Amtrak's Funding Was Cut By $1 Billion

ByLani Seelinger
On May 12, an Amtrak train derailed in Philadelphia on its way up to New York, killing eight people and leaving another 200 or so injured. There are many potential reactions to a tragedy like this, and many of them have become reality in the week…

Mike Huckabee Needs A New Strategy If He Wants To Win Over Millennials

ByLani Seelinger
Repeat Republican presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee, who recently announced his campaign for 2016, has one of the more clear-cut strategies out there. It's actually refreshing, for a change. In short, it boils down to three points: 1. He loves…

How The GOP Rejects Common Sense And Wants To Control Your Sex Life

ByLani Seelinger
Two of the main pillars of the Republican Party's platform nowadays are fiscal conservatism – i.e., less government spending – and the push to get rid of legal abortion entirely. You'd think, then, that a program that saves the government $6 for…

How Pope Francis Is Pissing Off Climate Change Deniers

ByLani Seelinger
When you think about the Pope, you know he's a person with an enormous amount of influence. There are a whole lot of Catholics in the world, 1.2 billion to be exact, and to them, he is God's representative on Earth. That's a pretty big segment of…

Why Homophobia Should Have No Place In The Supreme Court

ByLani Seelinger
As you've probably noticed, the Supreme Court heard the oral arguments on April 28 regarding the Obergefell v. Hodges case that could legalize same-sex marriage everywhere in America. During the proceedings, a spectator in the back stood up and…

Easier, Cheaper Access To Genetic Testing Is Groundbreaking And Scary

ByLani Seelinger
We've all been through it before – if not in real life, at least with Meredith Grey. She knew her chances of developing Alzheimer's were greater because her mother eventually succumbed to the disease, but did she want to find out whether she carried…

Why Water On Mars Is The Most Important Thing In The News Right Now

ByLani Seelinger
Last week, scientists analyzing the data from NASA's Curiosity rover, currently making its way across the surface of Mars, discovered liquid water exists on Mars. This is a huge deal, guys. This is big news. More important than Kim Kardashian's…

How Hillary Clinton Is Using Elizabeth Warren To Win The Presidency

ByLani Seelinger
The liberal side of the media has spent a lot of time and ink lamenting Hillary's lack of suitable competition, and for good reason. Current polls show her leading with a margin of more than 50 points over her nearest potential rival. Not exactly a…

No 'Change': Why Democrats Have Their Work Cut Out For Them In 2016

ByLani Seelinger
Once upon a time, a couple of presidential election cycles ago, the Democrats found themselves with three options. The first was a typical establishment candidate. Good ideas, better hair. He couldn't take the heat, so he got out of the kitchen…

Why Rand Paul Is Too Complicated And Hypocritical To Be President

ByLani Seelinger
Don't be fooled: Rand Paul is not the candidate you're looking for. Rand Paul bills himself as a flag bearer for America's favorite motto – liberty. And he's certainly got the pedigree for it – his father, Ron Paul, once ignited libertarian fervor…

I'm A Woman And It Matters To Me That Hillary Clinton Could Be President

ByLani Seelinger
When you're a girl growing up in America, once you get past the age of rainbows and unicorns, you start to hear a lot about the glass ceiling -- you learn what it is, where it is, whether it exists at all and if you can break it. Women are raised to…

Why S. Carolina Believes Only Straight White Men Deserve Equal Rights

ByLani Seelinger
South Carolina has done it again. The state that brought you the Civil War (or started it, at least) is now going to previously unimaginable lengths to defend their right to discriminate against gays and lesbians. They've filed an amicus brief with…

Why The Anti-Abortion Movement Is Out Of Touch With Reality

ByLani Seelinger
In Texas, the anti-choicers are trying to shut down a court system that desperate teenagers can use to get an abortion without their parents' consent. In Mississippi, they're working tirelessly to shut down the last remaining clinic that performs…

My Body, My Choice: Why We Have To Stop Making Sex A Moral Discussion

ByLani Seelinger
I'm lactose intolerant. Ice cream made me sick so many times that I hate it now. Even the smell of an ice cream shop is slightly sickening to me. I won't eat it, and if anyone invites me for an ice cream, I politely decline. I do like cake. I will…