Nothing can stop The Duke of Earl

Tea partiers tend to revere the U.S. Constitution in much the same way that many American evangelicals revere the Bible, which is to say they read it without comprehension, looking only for ammunition that can be used against their enemies. And since neither text was written for such a purpose, this so-called reverence is an [Read More...]

October 30

Hey, so, the Slacktivixen and I will be attending Jon Stewart's "Rally to Restore Sanity" on Oct. 30 on the National Mall in Washington. Which means, of course, that we will also be attending Stephen Colbert's "March to Keep Fear Alive" on Oct. 30 on the National Mall in Washington. In case you've missed the [Read More...]

Jackie at the crossroads

So you're sitting around with a group of friends talking, the conversation skipping cheerfully from one topic to another, turning eventually, somehow, to a discussion of the best and worst public restrooms you've each encountered. Your friend Jackie says that she is terrified of the bathrooms at the airport. Because of the spiders. Most of [Read More...]

I do not trust this Associated Press poll

"Who do you trust?" the Associated Press asks in an annual poll. It's a silly poll and every year it produces a silly article. This year's silly article was written by Alan Fram and Jennifer Agiesta: "AP-NCC Poll: Not much trust in major institutions." This article is always fundamentally askew because it always finds and [Read More...]


The reaction to Christine O'Donnell's upset win in the Republican Senate primary in Delaware has tended to blur several factors that need to be kept distinct. O'Donnell is described as both "extreme" and "unelectable" — two things that are related, but separate. Each also contains more than one idea and it may be helpful to [Read More...]

That e-mail from me is not from me

Do not open any e-mail you receive from Fred Clark. Someone or something, or something set loose by someone, has wormed its/their way into my hotmail e-mail account and is sending [No subject] messages to everyone in my contact list and to readers of this blog. I am not sending these and I do not [Read More...]

Book-burning is a Bad Thing

  I'll have a bit more to say about this after my home computer gets off the disabled list. For now, though, let me just note that you shouldn't be allowed to be a book-burning bigot while going by the name Terry Jones. Or Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Terry Gilliam, Eric Idle or Michael Palin. [Read More...]

The Scandal of the Evangelical Mosk

The end of last week brought two depressing online phenomena. The first was the "mosk" business on Facebook and the second was my Google news alert for "evangelical," which turned up a few dozen variations of the same story/column/post about Glenn Beck. If you missed the "mosk" thing, it turns out that there's a high [Read More...]