Too hot to blog

It's way too hot out for sustained thoughts, so here are a handful of unsustained ones … Russell Moore is dean of the School of Theology at Southern Baptist Theological Seminary in Louisville, Ky. For now, he is, anyway. Southern's president, Al Mohler, has a history of purging professors who stray from his conservative party [Read More...]

Song on the End of the World

Czeslaw Milosz would have turned 99 years old today. Song on the End of the World On the day the world ends A bee circles a clover, A Fisherman mends a glimmering net. Happy porpoises jump in the sea, By the rainspout young sparrows are playing And the snake is gold-skinned as it should always [Read More...]

Question & Answers

Suzy Khimm of Mother Jones reads a new study by British economist James Rockey and finds his some of his conclusions "perplexing." Rockey writes: It would seem that the better educated, if anything, are less accurate in how they perceive their ideology. Higher levels of education are associated with being less likely to believe oneself [Read More...]

Well, no, not really

Taegan Goddard reports: President Obama has relieved Gen. Stanley McChrystal of his command over remarks made to Rolling Stone magazine. Well, no, not really. Gen. Stanley McChrystal lost his command because he had lost the map. Those remarks showed that he seemed to think he outranked the democratically elected civilian government it was his job [Read More...]

Big shoes

Manute Bol was tall. Taller than that. Whatever it is you picture when you read the word "tall" doesn't quite capture how tall he was. Just look at that picture there to the right. That's not some Iverson-sized guard he's defending there, that's Patrick Ewing. Patrick Ewing is 7-feet tall. Manute Bol was more than [Read More...]

Neighborhoods

NPR's David Greene had a good piece of reporting on Wednesday from Osh, Kyrgyzstan, on the aftermath of ethnic violence there that has left as many as 200 dead: "Calm Returns, Fear Remains, in Kyrgyzstan's South." This is a place I know little about and a conflict I do not understand, except slightly by analogy, [Read More...]

Sex & Money, part 3

I worked myself into a bind on the question of usury and interest because I was reading the Bible wrong. I was approaching it wrong, asking the wrong questions and therefore coming away with the wrong answers. "What does the rulebook say about this?" I asked. And then, having asked that question in that way, [Read More...]

Upright Citizens Brigade

Via Grist: http://www.ucbcomedy.com/videos/embed/23691f9f95fce8fca3b49a14619493ae [Read more...]


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