Freaky Friday — celebrating Epiphany

I posted this on Epiphany last year: “Epiphany: One of us.” And since I don’t think I can improve on that this year, I’ll just repeat an excerpt here — For an illustration of what we Christians celebrate on Epiphany, think of the movie Freaky Friday. Either one will do — the original with Jodie [Read More…]

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‘To intimidate or coerce a civilian population’

Melissa McEwan at Shakesville notes that this Bobby Joe Rogers, 41, of Tuscaloosa, Ala., was charged today with “one count of damaging a building by fire or explosive.” But he was not charged with terrorism. Why not? McEwan links to this AP story: “Authorities: Man charged in fire at Florida clinic says he was motivated [Read More…]

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Less mercury pollution is a Good Thing

Jess Zimmerman at Grist calls our attention to a photo archive showing “What America looked like before the EPA“: In 1972, the year-old EPA had photographers traverse the country to document the (often dire) state of the environment. This project, Documerica, was “the visual echo of the mission of the EPA,” according to one photographer. [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Lori Ventola: “Resolving to be Shameless“ You’ve written the same goals so many times, and failed at them just as often. Why do you keep doing it? Because you think you should. Something in your head says there’s something terribly wrong with you. Something that’s not wrong with everyone else. And it will be repaired, [Read More…]

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Numerous links by the numbers

Cracked: “8 Gratuitously Violent Horror Movie Scenes (from the Bible)” Juan Cole: “Top 10 Myths about the Arab Spring of 2011” Zompist: “10 policies supported by every Republican presidential candidate in 2012” (via AZspot) David Badash: “Top 10 ‘Don’t Ask Don’t Tell’ Repeal Lies That Never Came True” Think Progress: “Rick Santorum’s Top 10 Most [Read More…]

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Ron Paul, Pat Buchanan and Dr. Seuss

Kevin Drum discusses the matter of Ron Paul in an exchange with Daniel Larison. The back-and-forth began with Drum’s post “Crackpots Do Not Make Good Messengers,” which I’m going to quote at length because his whole point is that this list of complaints is not short: Ron Paul is not a charming oddball with a [Read More…]

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Duverger, Kushner, Bonhoeffer

A brief reminder: Duverger’s law. That’s how it works. Candidate A vs. Candidate B. Party A vs. Party B. Moral purity and moral perfection will not be on the ballot. Those seeking moral purity and moral perfection pleasure themselves by imagining that theirs is a superior ethical responsibility. But this is delusional — an embrace [Read More…]

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Three kinds of falsehoods: Innocence, interest and intrigue

If I make a false statement, your response — and your evaluation of me — will depend, in part, on the nature of the statement in question. I’m speaking here of false statements about matters of fact, instances in which the evidence all points to an undeniable conclusion — false statements that are falsifiable, that [Read More…]

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