Full up like a landfill

That leaves the punk rockers, who know what it’s like to be outsiders.”

“A Republican state senator from Arkansas who is leading a legislative committee on the subject of giving guns to school teachers accidentally shot a teacher during an ‘active shooter’ drill earlier this year.”

“The only way I can see to consistently avoid the problem of assuming respondents actually care about the issue of interest as much as do poll commissioners is to expand the usual response format of ‘Yes, no, or don’t know’ to include the option ‘Don’t care.’

“Public health experts estimate that as many as 90 percent of Americans do it, and they want us to cut it out.”

“We have to stop assuming that the water available for future use is the same as in the past.”

“Deception is found to be virtuous in the story when it is used to interrupt the powerful.”

The Bible is not a book God wrote, it is a book that human beings wrote about God.”

“What if our calling is to imagine engaging the world so as to make the good things of the world better versions of themselves?”

“Just make sure you are hanging out regularly in a group where you are the minority when it comes to your beliefs.”

The truth cannot be that long.”

“I hope the tree will love the soil of the old world and no doubt when we have gone the tree will still be alive.”

Statute Forbidding Any One to Annoy or Unduly Injure the Freshmen. Each and every one attached to this university is forbidden to offend with insult, torment, harass, drench with water or urine, throw on or defile with dust or any filth, mock by whistling, cry at them with a terrifying voice, or dare to molest in any way whatsoever physically or severely, any, who are called freshmen. …”

“After losing his fortune, Norton took the unusual step of proclaiming himself Emperor of the United States in 1859.”

“The idea that all, or even most, or even a lot, of the stars you can see in the sky are already dead is simply wrong.”

Draw your own conclusions about gerbils, folks.” (via Ed Yong)

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  • Brad Ellison

    Hey, welcome to my neck of the woods, sort of! I bitterly curse the fact that I couldn’t afford to go to WorldCon this year. It’ll be a long time before it’s just a couple hours drive away again.

  • Brad Ellison

    The Quran was written by God. Transcribed by Muhammad from the revelations of the angel Gabriel, apparently dictated from a celestial source text.

    The Bible was written by men. Throughout the history of Christianity and of Judaism has there been the belief that, for instance, God dictated the Psalms to David, or that the book of Ruth was entirely transcribed by someone acting as God’s ammenuensis. The authorship of the Epistles has been much debated, but while people argue about what was actually written by Paul, no one’s claiming that Paul signed his name to a document written by the hand of the Almighty.

    Most branches of Christianity teach that the Bible is divinely inspired, to a greater or lesser degree, containing prophetic utterances and divine law, but we’ve always known it was written by men. Written, and translated, and edited by men, over the course of several thousand years.

  • BaseDeltaZero

    Wireless jammer?

  • Guest

    “Most branches of Christianity teach that the Bible is divinely inspired, to a greater or lesser degree, containing prophetic utterances and divine law, but we’ve always known it was written by men”

    That must be why, growing up in the American Midwest, I saw a million variations of the bumper sticker that shows a Bible with the slogan “God said it. I believe it. That settles it.”

  • There is (or used to be) a car dealership here in town that had a sign in their garage that said something to the effect that people should remove guns, whiskey and other valuables from their vehicles before leaving them for service.

  • I respectfully submit you have as much evidence for the divine origin of the Koran as for Joseph Smith’s angelically-bestowed golden plates of the Book of Mormon.

  • David S.

    My Kindle doesn’t leave my possession except in my house. I don’t think it’s unreasonable to demand that people keep their guns in a locked gun safe or in their physical possession. Yes, car thieves are going to go around into car trunks unmolested by other people; happens all the time, and nobody sees or at least nobody gets involved.

  • Brad Ellison

    To clarify, I’m not myself a Muslim, just contrasting the claims made by that religion about its scriptures with what Christianity claims about its own scriptures.