Don’t you know I’m loco?

Jon Acuff on “How to make sure someone steals your kid’s lunch money.” What I was getting at here, but shorter and funnier.

Raymond Raines is now 28 years old and he was never punished for praying in a grade-school cafeteria.

Good to see: Rachel Marie Stone defends science at Christianity Today, writing “Love Your Neighbor. Get Your Vaccines.”

Not-So Good to see: Christianity Today reports on health-care funding for poor women in Texas. They seem to be against it. But they make a strong case: Christians are Good, and Planned Parenthood is Evil. Health care for poor women comes from PP, not from Christians. Therefore health care for poor women is evil. QED.

Uh-oh. What if you’re a poor woman in Texas, but the good Christians just cut your Planned Parenthood funding — how will you “Love Your Neighbor and Get Your Vaccines“?

William D. Lindsey shares a parable from Timothy B. Tyson. A true story from North Carolina, 1941.

The Parents Television Council says there has been a 2,700-percent “year-over-year increase in the amount of pixelated and/or blurred nudity on prime time broadcast TV.” And, they say, there has been a 2,409-percent increase in “the use of bleeped profanity” in recent years. They are, as always, outraged. And they should be. So let’s all demand that prime-time broadcasters stop bleeping profanity and stop pixelating nudity. For the children.

Ooh, this is fun. I second Milla, Jolie, Weaver and Hamilton. And I would like to also nominate Pam Grier, please. And Uma.

This is why giraffes get so much more done than I ever will.

Bruce Garrett wrote what I thought was the best response to the shooting last week at the Family Research Council. It’s four sentences. Go read them.

Paterson v. Barlow is the work of astonishing bigotry — bigotry now shaping elections here in Pennsylvania.

Pennsylvania voters, please read this, soon, or you may not get to be Pennsylvania voters.

“Under the most rudimentary, basic scientific examination, the theory of evolution has never stood up to scientific scrutiny.” Would you be surprised if I told you that the person who said that was an elected official — a law-maker, a person entrusted with the making of law?

No? That would not surprise you? Well, what if I told you that the person who said that was a Republican elected official from Kentucky? Still not surprised? Me either.

Six criteria that, if met, would justify using the word “demonic.” And the heresy that meets all six.

David Brin writes about the evolution of humans:

It enabled us to rise so high that our abilities and numbers may threaten the whole planet. Or else — if we choose — empower us to save the Earth, and heal it and tend and manage it.

And that, ladies and gentlemen, is the story of Noah in two sentences.

Juan Cole highlights the “Top Five Worst Planks in GOP Platform.” Only five?

Sometimes people give tribal answers to pollsters, saying what they think will score a point for their team rather than what they really think. I very much hope that’s the case here. I hope that 52 percent of Republicans aren’t that stupid, and are just lying to score points for their tribe.

Franklin Graham thinks we’re witnessing “the terrible downward spiral of our nation’s moral standards” and that everything has gotten worse since the Golden Age of our lost innocence. I say it’s 2012, and that we now have the capacity and the will to stimulate squid chromatophores with Cypress Hill’s “Insane in the Membrane.”

And I say that proves there has never been a more glorious time to be alive.

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  • pinksponge

    I’d like to add Gina Torres, Lucy Liu, Carrie-Anne Moss, Gina Carano, and Cynthia Rothrock to the roster of Expendabelles.

  • http://blog.trenchcoatsoft.com Ross

    You have to remember: to a hard-right pro-lifer, the woman having an abortion is not a person. SHe’s a prop. Abortion is about an Evil Murdering Doctor, a Baby and maybe a Stork. The woman isn’t a real person, so clearly “lethal force” doesn’t refer to her. 

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    In a series of ‘snapshots’ of the current economic state of affairs, one chart is particularly telling – the distribution of household income.

    It is the starkest, most visible indicator that in a very real sense, the middle class was probably one-third larger in the 1970s.

  • PJ Evans

    People either are more likely to give up, or are more likely to believe in get-rich-quick methods as the way to success.

    Sometimes both in one household – which tends to result in the household breaking up.

  • Wingedwyrm

    The sad thing about it is that there is a way to treat both the embryo and the woman as human beings each in their own right.  It would still yeild disagreement on whether or not abortion should be legal.  But, it would also yeild, to the pro-life croud, a different methodology of how to respond to women who are considering abortion.

    If a pro-choice person sees the woman as a person in her own right, then her decisions are being made as a human being, with human motivations.  That would lead to addressing societal and economic pressures that motivate abortion above and beyond simply attacking the decision as selfishness.

    There must be people on the pro-life side of this debate who do see the complexity in that, but are afraid to discuss the thought for fear of being declared not pro-life enough.

  • Donalbain

     I’m sorry that you were offended by my support for candidates who think you should be put in prison. I am sorry that you are offended by my support for policies that deny you the right to visit your partner in hospital. I am sorry that you are offended by my support for groups that advocate that you should be put to death.

    Yeah.. the problem is the gay friends. Fucking douchenozzle piece of shit.

  • http://loosviews.livejournal.com BringTheNoise

    Two picks for villains: Ronda Rousey (from Strikeforce) and Kharma/Awesome Kong (from WWE/TNA).

  • banancat

     We don’t have a comment of the week or anything like that at this site, but I feel the need to recognize your comments in some way.  You get a million internets.

  • banancat

     

    If a pro-choice person sees the woman as a person in her own right,
    then her decisions are being made as a human being, with human
    motivations.  That would lead to addressing societal and economic
    pressures that motivate abortion above and beyond simply attacking the
    decision as selfishness.

    There must be people on the pro-life side of this debate who do see
    the complexity in that, but are afraid to discuss the thought for fear
    of being declared not pro-life enough.

    So basically these “pro-life” people are just like pro-choice people, except they still want to take the choice away from women and they want to give an alleged person legal rights to use another person’s body?

    There are tons of people who want to reduce the need for abortion, or at least improve life for for everyone which would reduce abortions as a result.  And those people are overwhelmingly pro-choice.

  • Kiba

    Well, considering that the French are responsible for Le Pétomane, who used to play La Marseillaise through an ocarina hooked up to his anus…

    Now that’s a mental image if there ever was one. @. @

    And to add to the list of  old books (16th century) with lots of crude humor: Gargantua and Pantagruel by Rabelais.

  • http://dpolicar.livejournal.com/ Dave

     (grin) Thanks! I hereby bequeath 999,998 internets to deserving others, reserving one as a spare.

  • AnonymousSam

    That explains why a lot of them seem unable to understand that women’s autonomy can lead them to have abortions all on their own, without pressure from anyone else.

  • http://apocalypsereview.wordpress.com/ Invisible Neutrino

    In addition, I think the divergence of economic fortunes is actually the driver of marriage breakdown, rather than any kind of “moral permissiveness” effect. When couples fall on hard times, the unfortunate side effect is likely to be arguments over money, especially if one member is more likely than the other to be a bit less diligent about tracking his or her spending.

    The increasing tendency to economic insecurity may also be the driver of the ever more vicious divorce disputes that seem to litter the anecdotal landscape of “men’s rights activists”. Their interpretation may be wrong, but the anedcotes themselves are perfectly valid pieces of information to fit into the matrix of analyzing relative economic security.

  • Wingedwyrm

    I’m not arguing that the position is right.  I’m arguing that the position A. most likely exists.  B. if it does, is more reasonable than the pro-life argument/position that we’re seeing and therefore allows for an actual conversation rather than the pro-life side shouting, and C. if it does exist is surpressed by a pro-life community that, to the vast majority of visible expression, is hostile to any deviation.

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Patrick-McGraw/100001988854074 Patrick McGraw

     

    Let us all weep tears of blood for Timothy Dalrymple!

    “Haemolacria” is one of my favorite words (along with “lament,” “defenestration,” and “antidisestablishmentarianism”), and “Bloody Tears” is one of my favorite pieces of music: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=RCV96w7Khf8&feature=related

    Not that this has anything to do with the thread.

  • http://profiles.google.com/stargarrett Bruce Garrett

    Wow…thank you Fred!

  • http://www.facebook.com/rachelmarie.stone Rachel Marie LaMothe Stone

    Fred…Fact is, I, Rachel Marie Stone (defender of vaccines) am a big fan of publicly-funded healthcare. See this piece I wrote for God’s Politics/Sojourners: http://sojo.net/blogs/2012/06/29/one-deadly-infection-two-healthy-babies-and-three-broken-legs-or-how-government-hea


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