January 1, 2015 — Email Jubilee


Matt Inman in right — Email is a Monster. And lately the monster has been winning. I need a reset, a fresh start, a blank slate. I need an empty inbox. And I’m pretty sure I’m not alone in this. What I need — what many of us need, I’m guessing — is a Jubilee. We need a new start for the new year. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (12.28)

Michelle Conlin on how even black cops are made to fear the police; Ta-Nehisi Coates on the true agents of violence by police; Brittney Cooper and George Orwell on the enduring white fear of black rage. [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

Philippians is one of the earliest books of the New Testament, so what we have here from the Apostle Paul is probably the earliest version of the Nativity story. [Read more...]

A solo drive to a holiday weekend


Some Friday links for the unfortunate few who may be reading this at work today, including: remembering a catastrophe; an old joke, nicely updated; the DOJ fights for pregnant teachers; the song of the hyrax; an apocryphal Christmas; the immeasurable suckitude of payday lenders; and the witness of Dolly Parton. [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 13: ‘The Lex Luthor Factor’


After the Rapture in “Left Behind,” Buck Williams once, fleetingly, muses about the potential “perpetrators” of the mass disappearances in which more than two billion people around the world suddenly vanish. Then he forgets about it. But this bewildering, horrific event seems so much like the work of a supervillain that one would expect some would-be supervillains to at least try to piggy-back on the disappearances by making ransom demands. [Read more...]

Lifting up the lowly and bringing down the powerful from their thrones


Who is Jesus? What did he do? What did he teach? Why was he arrested and tortured and killed? And how is it possible that wasn’t the end of his story? Those are the questions, long after that first Christmas in Bethlehem, that the Gospel writer was trying to answer. And right off the bat, in the very first chapter of Luke, we are given a summary of “all that Jesus began to do and to teach.” [Read more...]

I’ve got a feelin’ this year’s for me and you


Good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. All people — including the shepherds and Shane and Kirsty and Jack and Ennis and Anne and Tom and Terry and the biker with the Volga boatman mustache. Here’s hoping it’s a busy night for Marley and the other ghosts. [Read more...]

Build a kingdom with a cattle prod

"America is awesome. We are awesome." The subject of this Fox News panel was torture. (Click pick for link to story.)

Have some links, because “We are AWESOME!” Featuring: Renegade librarians; the Muslim/liberal conspiracy; the Daesh/Plumber conspiracy; America’s favorite Bible verse/anti-masturbation mantra; a jury of one’s peers; a NOM nativity; and the History Channel goes Full Scofield. [Read more...]