The List: Things to do other than hear Marjorie Taylor Greene speak

If you’re in quite the quandary about what to do when the questionable congresswoman appears at a weekend ‘Back the Blue’ rally, we’ve got some quality ideas to quickly free you from your quagmire

Andy Downing
Columbus Alive
Rep. Marjorie Taylor Greene, R-Ga., wears a "Trump Won" face mask as she arrives on the floor of the House to take her oath of office on opening day of the 117th Congress at the U.S. Capitol in Washington, Sunday, Jan. 3, 2021.

UPDATE: The rally has been postponed by organizers.The Dispatch has more here.

Earlier this week, Georgia congresswoman Marjorie Taylor Greene announced on Twitter that she would be visiting Columbus on Saturday to speak at a “Back the Blue” rally organized in support of Nicholas Reardon, the police officer who shot and killed 16-year-old Ma’Khia Bryant

In recent times, some publications have fallen back on simply describing Greene as “controversial” without delving further into her words and actions, which are numerous. For starters, the congresswoman is a longtime QAnon booster who has recorded videos in which she made racist, anti-Muslim statements. She’s also a conspiracy theorist who has called 9/11 a hoax, said the Clintons were guilty of murder and that former president Barack Obama was a secret Muslim. This in addition to making a social media post suggesting that the California wildfires had been started by a Jewish space laser.

And this is before getting into some of her actual policy positions, which include being dangerously anti-mask, anti-transgender (she even hung a transphobic sign in the halls of the Capitol complex) and, um, anti-matching bone marrow donors with cancer patients. (Greene was one of only two House Republicans to vote against the Transplant Act.)

Even Greene’s appearance at a “Back the Blue” rally is thick with irony, since she was one of the cheerleaders of the Stop the Steal movement (witness the above photo), which led to the January insurrection at the U.S. Capitol where five people died, including a Capitol police officer.

More:The inevitability and dire consequences of 'Stop the Steal'

More:The List: Six reasons QAnon is a load of crap

And did we mention she’s been a longtime booster of QAnon?

Needless to say, there’s no need to turn up on Saturday to listen to a congresswoman who has repeatedly spread dangerous disinformation, especially one who has no connection to Columbus or any reason for being in the city outside of a desire to troll her way into more of the spotlight. (Frankly, similar things could be said of some of the other scheduled speakers, including one attention-desperate Ohio senatorial candidate.)

Here are just a handful of the ways you could better spend your time this weekend.

Listen to “The Q Files”

Last May, I spent some time searching for the Lincoln funeral train with podcast co-hosts Lori Gum and Shane McClelland, and other episodes have explored topics such as stigmata, the UFO experiences of minorities and the Hinsdale House. Get hip here.

Watch “The Queen’s Gambit”

If you didn’t already binge this in quarantine, now could be the time.

Spend time in quiet contemplation

Sure, there’s been a lot of time for that the past 13 months, but much of that time has been undercut by a steady sense of dread. With spring returning, and a COVID vaccine now widely available, unplugging and allowing yourself to get lost in your own head isn’t quite as dire a proposition as it might have been late last year.

Read up on Marble Cliff Quarry Metro Park

Currently under construction and expected to open in the fall, the newest Metro Park has already been generating excitement in outlets like Columbus Navigator, which previewed the space here.

Learn how to quilt

Confession: I haven’t actually watched the video, but judging by the comments this is a good jumping off point.

Experiment with a new quinoa recipe

Here are 30 ways to eat quinoa via Bon Appetit. (I can vouch for the quinoa tabbouleh, which is a perfect side dish for these hot, humid early spring days.)

Read Questlove’s Mo Meta Blues

The Roots drummer explores his own biography via music, and the way the two are often entwined. (At one point he writes about how specific memories, such as burning himself on the radiator, are forever linked to particular songs.)

Quite literally anything else

Fill out random online quizzes. Spend quality time with family. Get in the car and head out on a quest. Quickly tidy up your house or apartment. Read the Quran, or a book of famous quotes, or the liner notes to Queen’s A Night at the Opera. Really, do anything, anything else. It’s impossible to quantify just how much better you’ll feel if you do so.