Walking the dog

Making the rounds of the neighborhood with the Yorkie-poo, I've met many of our neighbors. The odd thing about meeting in this way is that the humans don't exchange names, just the names of our respective dogs. As a result, I've come to know many people on the block only as "Gumbo's family" or "Hercules' [Read More...]

Which sect, Newt?

There's speculation that former House Speaker Newt Gingrich is considering a run for president. Based on his recent speeches and interviews, though, it seems he has a different office in mind. Newt Gingrich wants to be pope. Gingrich's latest slogan is a condemnation of "Obama's secular socialist machine." The word "socialist" there is a deliberate [Read More...]


Not in Our Town has launched a new Web site/resource that's worth exploring and bookmarking so that you can go back to it on those days when you need to be re-minded of stories like this one: "If you bite one, you bite us all." Hearing that story again 15 years later still provokes the [Read More...]

YNATKC, part 3,798

You're not allowed to kill civilians. That's not just a rule or a guideline or a rule of thumb, for God's sake, it's the law. It's U.S. law and it's international law and also, just for good measure, it's international law that has been signed and ratified and appended again onto U.S. law. You're not [Read More...]

Tomorrow, and tomorrow, and tomorrow

Nothing worth doing is completed in our lifetime; therefore, we are saved by hope. Nothing true or beautiful or good makes complete sense in any immediate context of history;? therefore, we are saved by faith.? Nothing we do, however virtuous, can be accomplished alone; therefore, we are saved by love.– Reinhold Niebuhr This is my [Read More...]

Schaeffer on Tim LaHutari

Frank Schaeffer has a long item at the Huffington Post — reworked from an excerpt from his new book — on "The Evangelical 'Mainstream' Insanity Behind the Michigan 'End Times' Mania." Or, in other words, how the World's Worst Books helped to shape the crazy/stupid of the anti-American Hutari militia. Frank Schaeffer is growing increasingly [Read More...]

Atari jamboree

This is utterly beside the point, but part of my reaction to the story yesterday of an anti-American domestic terrorist militia outfit calling itself Hutaree had to do with what struck me as the inappropriateness of that made-up name itself. The initial reports I heard all pronounced the word HUTT-ah-REE — which is what seems [Read More...]

The Hutaree Tribulation Force

Teresa Nielsen Hayden goes comprehensive, with everything you might possibly want to know about the Hutaree militia bust. There's not much left to add to that, but let me weigh in on one aspect of this story that falls in my bailiwick: the Hutarifarianites' apocalyptic, End-Times-prophecy obsession with the Antichrist. Chip Berlet discussed this aspect [Read More...]