Housekeeping — about tags

The WordPress platform I’m using here allows me to “tag” posts with keywords, thereby creating category indices for each tag. Unfortunately, I wasn’t using WordPress for the first eight years of this blog and so those older posts aren’t tagged. Plus it’s taken me a while to get the hang of how best to use [Read More…]

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‘The Avengers,’ ‘Blink,’ Superman and the problem of evil

OK, let’s step aside from politics and religion (mostly) for a moment and talk about comic book superheroes and Doctor Who. Because we can. Like most people who are fans of comics and/or Joss Whedon, I’m geekily excited about the Avengers movie coming out this summer. I was never more than an occasional reader of [Read More…]

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What’s the Gospel in Seven Words?

I’m enjoying the Christian Century’s ongoing “What’s the Gospel in Seven Words?” feature. Some of the responses are whimsical, such as Martin Marty’s “God, through Jesus Christ, welcomes you anyhow” or Mary Karr’s “We are The Church of Infinite Chances.” Others attempt more theological precision, such as Walter Brueggemann’s “Israel’s God’s bodied love continues world-making,” [Read More…]

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Voluntary, intentional statements vs. misstatements

Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s epic brain-freeze during a Republican primary debate is often referred to as a “gaffe.” That’s a strange word that gets used strangely — it gets applied to simple misstatements and unintentional double-negatives, to brain-freezes like Perry’s, and to slightly off attempts to praise local culture — such as when a candidate [Read More…]

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Romney, Santorum, Paul, Perry silent on Gingrich’s racism

So here’s what Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich said yesterday in New Hampshire: I will go to the NAACP convention, and tell the African-American community why they should demand paychecks instead of food stamps. For a self-proclaimed “historian,” this is appalling ignorance. Or, at least, ignorance would be the most charitable possible interpretation. But it [Read More…]

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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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