A big ball of wibbly wobbly … timey wimey … stuff

If I had a band-aid on my finger and you asked why, it’d be kind of cool if I could say, “I was bitten by a Magellanic penguin.” Study: Women paid less than men. Study: White juries more likely to convict black defendants. Study: Homophobia may reveal denial of own same-sex attraction. Study: Sunday news [Read More…]

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‘Sometimes even the strongest soldier falls’

The following note is posted on LevonHelm.com: Levon is in the final stages of his battle with cancer. Please send your prayers and love to him as he makes his way through this part of his journey. Dammit. Charlie Pierce has a lovely salute. And many more can be found on Twitter. That’s where I [Read More…]

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Richard Land apologizes, but scandal still dragging down Southern Baptist Convention

Richard Land, the public face of the Southern Baptist Convention, has finally remembered the first rule of holes. But it may be too late for either him or the SBC. The longtime “ethics” spokesman put himself and his entire denomination in a deep hole with his initial rant on the slaying of Trayvon Martin. Then [Read More…]

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How about a Bread for the World chapter at Rick Warren’s church?

So the simple idea here is to try to get a Bread for the World chapter revved up at Saddleback Church, the Southern California mega-church led by Rick Warren. This would be a Good Thing. It’s something that ought to happen. It would, I think, be a big help for Saddleback, its people and its [Read More…]

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… And I’m all out of bubblegum

“In science fiction, if somebody tells you that everything you know is a lie and that you need to follow him down the rabbit hole, he’s probably telling the truth. But in the real world? He’s trying to con you.” “What Happens to 3 out of 4 Girls After Leafing Through a Fashion Mag for [Read More…]

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De-legitimizing Christians outside the evangelical tribe

Timothy Noah again expresses his frustration with how the “New York Times Mislabels ‘Christians’” — using the word to apply exclusively to Republican members of the evangelical tribe: A 78-percent majority of Americans is Christian. Only about a third of them self-identify as evangelical, which is a very rough proxy for the Christian conservative minority [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Matt Stoller: “Corruption Responsible for 80% of Your Cell Phone Bill“ (via Susie) Americans continue to have a small number of expensive, poor quality cell phone providers. And how much does this cost you? Take your phone bill, and cut it by 80%. That’s how much you should be paying. You see, according to the [Read More…]

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April 16

16 April 1963 My Dear Fellow Clergymen: While confined here in the Birmingham city jail, I came across your recent statement calling my present activities “unwise and untimely.” Seldom do I pause to answer criticism of my work and ideas. If I sought to answer all the criticisms that cross my desk, my secretaries would [Read More…]

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