Anti-justice? Wow.

Television and radio host Glenn Beck has, as Steve Benen puts it "doubled down" on his opposition to Christian churches that speak of "social justice." Yesterday, Beck told his radio listeners to "look for the words 'social justice' or 'economic justice' on your church Web site. … If you find [them], run as fast as [Read More...]

Rumor-panic, defined

So I’m reading Satanic Panic: The Creation of a Contemporary Legend, by Jeffrey S. Victor. Excellent stuff. And I come across this paragraph: In order to avoid vague notions of what constitutes a “rumor-panic,” in my research I defined a “rumor-panic” as a collective stress reaction in response to a belief in stories about immediately [Read More...]

Things I don’t much care for

* Traffic lights that have the same timing patterns at 3 a.m. as they have at 5 p.m. * Lamar Alexander's decision that it was more politically beneficial to lie about the effects of health care reform on skyrocketing insurance premiums than it would be to, you know, actually try to do something about skyrocketing [Read More...]

She is on her way

Another world is not only possible, she is on her way. On a quiet day, I can hear her breathing. — Arundhati Roy From Minnesota, “Residents work to purchase their own mobile home park“: Owner Bill Halverstadt decided to give the residents who live in the 14-acre Meadowview Manor park the opportunity to buy it [Read More...]

501(c)(3) free speech

Throughout the 1990s I worked for religious nonprofits. Those groups were doubly blessed by the IRS. As religious organizations, they didn't pay taxes. And as 501(c)(3) charities, they were able to solicit tax-deductible donations. Those privileges didn't come without some corresponding stipulations and qualifications. The very same religious status that protected us from entanglement with [Read More...]

All are responsible

Snowfall in America brings with it, inevitably, a blizzard of "jokes" about the alleged absurdity of global warming. All of these jokes have two things in common: 1) they mention Al Gore, and 2) they're not actually funny. Being funny isn't the point of these jokes, so it's not surprising that they fail to achieve [Read More...]

About the weather

The good thing about zero visibility is it keeps you from driving faster than you should on unplowed roads. I get home this morning and I get about two-thirds of the driveway shoveled and I'm clammy-sweaty and I start to remember all those articles we've been running in the paper about the dangers of dropping [Read More...]

Second verse, same as the first

OK, that could have been clearer. Let me take another run at the same idea a bit less elliptically. I see the parallel between Jackie Robinson and Barack Obama as much closer than all that heady post-election talk of a "post-racial America" seemed to suggest. Robinson — who wore No. 42 with the Brooklyn Dodgers [Read More...]