I EDUCATE. YOU INDOCTRINATE. THEY BRAINWASH. If Joshua Davey had kept his scholarship, would that constitute a state establishment of Christianity? Here, let me quote Dalia Lithwick: "The case was brought by Joshua Davey after a university scholarship he'd been given by the state of Washington was rescinded when he declared that one of his two majors would be in 'pastoral ministries' at a Christian college in Kirkland, Wash. Washington is one of 37 states with broader prohibitions on public … [Read more...]

IRAQIS VS. TERRORISM linkmania, for those four readers who don't read InstaPundit. … [Read more...]

ESTABLISHMENT CLAUS: That's what I'd do, if I were a bratty Christian and/or libertarian student who wanted to take the piss--set up some kind of Santa display in whatever passed for the local public square, and label him Establishment Claus. I'm anti-civic Deism, and anti-Santa Claus as generic symbol of the Winter Shopping Festival rather than actual Christian saint, so it would be fun to see the fireworks that would ensue. You could make Est. Claus more or less Christian depending on the … [Read more...]

I COMPLAIN A LOT about Saint Matthew's Cathedral, my usual church. But Advent seems to have brought out the best in the 5:30 homilist (yes, I am that lazy), who I think is Msgr. Jameson--? The past two Sundays have brought us really good homilies. The first Sunday of Advent we were reminded that Advent shouldn't just be a kind of seasonal costume parade, where we all pretend like Jesus is coming for the first time, make-believe. Advent should be an opportunity to relive the coming of Christ by … [Read more...]

COMICS LIKE WHAT YOU LIKE: I get a lot of people asking me, essentially, What's a nice girl like you doing in a semi-comics blog like this? This is because people generally think of comics (a medium) as superheroes (a genre--even a subgenre); see below for more on that. So I figured what I'd do is go through the really fun/powerful comics I own and tell you what they're like, and if they're like what you like, maybe you should check them out! Adding the visual storytelling really does change the … [Read more...]

ORIGIN STORIES: How do people get into comics? That's the question that was on my mind after reading Journalista!'s rant/essay about (what he views as) the rotten state of the industry. Because ultimately, that's what I think J! is calling for--more people with more kinds of tastes shaping the industry. And when I think about it that way, Dirk's pessimism or somewhat desperate edge seems pretty persuasive to me, even though I agree with Sean Collins (if it was him?) that hosts of awesome … [Read more...]

THAT'S THE WAY THE KAISER BLOGROLLS: Adding Deeds (working for the Coalition Provisional Authority in Iraq), Iraq the Model, Letter from Gotham, The Rat. Subtracting somewhat randomly. … [Read more...]