The Beastly Counter-revolutionary Counter-Revelation

Revelation 13 In amazement the whole earth followed the beast. They worshipped the dragon, for he had given his authority to the beast, and they worshipped the beast, saying, ‘Who is like the beast, and who can fight against it?’ The beast was given a mouth uttering haughty and blasphemous words, and it was allowed [Read More...]

TF: Eli is the straight man, so he gets 60 percent

Tribulation Force, pp. 336-346 Buck and Tsion Ben-Judah are headed back to the Western Wall to talk to the Two Witnesses whom the authors identify, following one tradition, as Moses and Elijah. Yes, that Moses and Elijah. Most authors would balk at the difficulty of enlisting two such figures as characters in a novel. It’s [Read More...]

Evangelicals and the politics of spite

The headline is depressingly unsurprising: “Polling Evangelicals: Cut Aid to World’s Poor, Unemployed.” The combination of stupidity, selfishness and resentment for resentment’s sake here is an unholy abomination that makes me want to scream and throw things. And I would, if I thought screaming and throwing things would help get through to these folks, but [Read More...]

Sarah Silverman vs. Groupon

I'm a big fan of Sarah Silverman. Her jokes are mostly funny on their own, but her meta-joke — the shallow, self-centered, cruelly oblivious idiocy of her comic persona — is pure genius. That persona allows her comedy to address forbidden topics with forbidden candor, to be both dry and enthusiastic at the same time, [Read More...]

Honors English

So the older daughter is eligible for honors English next year. Bravo! I respond with enthusiasm and what I hope comes across as encouragement without too much pressure. "I'd have to do the summer reading." "You like summer reading." "Yeah, but there's like this 900-page book that she makes every class read." "War and Peace?" [Read More...]

I never should have left New Jersey

So, hey, speaking of William Lloyd Garrison (he said, quickly tossing up another post on something less contentious so as to ensure that there's a non-flamewar thread option available for those not eager to rehash perennial fights), here's the song that was stuck in my head this morning shoveling the driveway.   So the first [Read More...]

Anti-Missourian best-sellers

I've got a bit of a quibble with a recent tendency I've noticed having to do with the way things like book sales or Facebook fans are used as a measure of popularity. Specifically I want to explore whether these measures can really be used to indicate the relative or comparative popular support for opposite [Read More...]

The terror of knowing what this world is about

I got sideswiped and sidetracked this morning chipping around reading the blog posts and news items appearing in Google Reader. I was following my usual routine of opening the longer posts in separate tabs before going back to read them one by one. This video-rich music post from Amanda Marcotte wound up providing the soundtrack [Read More...]