When I Talk About Race I Feel Like a Phony: The Problem of Being White & Talking About Racism

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Many black leaders have been bitterly disappointed that President Obama has not shown more leadership in the arena of race. They might have a point. It’s not as though he hasn’t had the opportunity. From Travon Martin, to Ferguson, to Charleston, the opportunity for a President to actually do something with regard to the issue of [Read More...]

Public Jesus: Beyond the Politics of Anxiety

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Editors’ Note: This article is part of the Patheos Public Square on Politics in the Pulpit. Read other perspectives here.   Talking politics in the local church is tricky. One statement that flies in the face of a parishioner’s strong belief and that could be the end of the conversation, the end of your influence, and quite possibly the end [Read More...]

It’s a Bizarre Time to be Living on the Border of Kansas and Missouri

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I live in Kansas City, where the line between Kansas and Missouri is somewhat obscured. Kansas Citians cheer for the same sports teams, we shop and eat on both sides of the border. Personally, I’ve lived on the Kansas and Missouri sides of the city, and have planted churches in the suburbs of each state. The Kansas [Read More...]

Logical Fallacy of the Day: Ad Hominem Argument

In an effort to become a better writer, I’m trying to think critically about the way I construct my arguments. Ultimately the stronger argument will not always win; sophistry often wins out over logic. Still I want to write and speak with integrity and let the chips fall where they may in terms of the [Read More...]

An 8-year-old boy was among the dead…

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Two improvised explosive devices were detonated near the finish line of the Boston Marathon yesterday. Three people were killed, and  over 175 were wounded and sought medical attention at local hospitals. Pictures now emerging from the scene paint a gruesome picture of limbs blown off, blood-soaked sidewalks, people screaming in pain and fear, and stumbling [Read More...]

The Fix’s List of Best Presidential Biographies

The Fix‘s Chris Natalie Jennings and Sean Sullivan made a call to readers to submit their favorite presidential biography. Then they compiled a list containing the best one or two biographies on all 43 U.S. presidents. How fun would it be to start with Washington and read one biography on each president through Obama? I think [Read More...]

Nate Silver Goes Off on Politico – The Best Post-Election Interview I’ve Heard Comes From ESPN

I’ve never even heard of the BS Report with Bill Simmons from ESPN radio. I have no idea how he got Nate Silver to open up like he did (they are both sports numbers guys and talk like they are friends), but this interview was amazing. For one thing, Silver went off about Politico, (without [Read More...]

The Best or Worst Pollsters in the 2012 Election – How did Nate Silver Do It?

Nate Silver has gotten a lot of press for his near perfect election night predictions. In 2008 Silver gained popularity and influence after he called 49 out of 50 states. Many pundits were predicting that Silver would crash and burn in 2012. Instead, he outperformed his 2008 predictions and now that Florida has been called [Read More...]

Predictions For 2016 Election: Shrieking White-Hot Sphere Of Pure Rage (R) v. Magical Ark of Broken Promises (D)

The Onion News never disappoints. This is a seriously hilarious video. Take two minutes and enjoy. “This thing is young, it’s exciting, it feeds off fear and terror.” You’ve got to watch the crawler at the bottom. One comment reads, “Second term secured, Obama shows Americans cool sword he’s had for awhile.” God bless the [Read More...]

Reliving the Funniest Moments of the Campaign – Surely it’s not too soon to laugh at this whole thing?

CNN made a pretty good highlight/low-light reel from the election that serves as an effective Friday Funny. Somebody needs to put together a reel from just Joe Biden alone, but until then, enjoy this: [Read more...]


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