'It's not a lie if you believe it'

So says Seinfeld’s George Costanza. But whether or not he really believed that is hard to say. It’s often hard to say whether or not the speaker really believes what they’re saying when they’re saying something that isn’t true. Yesterday we discussed a currently circulating political falsehood, trying to discern whether it was repeated as [Read More...]

Is Rick Perry a 'sucker,' or was he just lying?

Here’s a good catch by Kevin Drum, by one of his readers in Iowa, and then by the Des Moines Register: “Rick Perry Gets Suckered by an Urban Legend.” From Kevin’s reader: I was at the Iowa State Fair today and caught Rick Perry’s speech. He started talking about this stupid new regulation that would [Read More...]

Job Seekers Open Thread

. Job seekers: Let us know where you are and what you’re looking for. Everybody: Skim through and see if you know something, or know someone, or know someone who knows someone, who might help out one of our job seekers. For twice the fun, you might also want to check out the jobs threads [Read More...]

Sunday favorites

Romans 12: 9-21 Let love be genuine; hate what is evil, hold fast to what is good; love one another with mutual affection; outdo one another in showing honor. Do not lag in zeal, be ardent in spirit, serve the Lord. Rejoice in hope, be patient in suffering, persevere in prayer. Contribute to the needs [Read More...]

Useless inventions

Somewhere out there, the next Thomas Edison is perspiring toward some great new invention — some ingeniusly clever New Thing that will prove to be indispensably useful and will launch the next great industry, creating thousands of rewarding, decent jobs for the future. While we’re waiting for her to do that, the rest of us [Read More...]

The greatest degeneration

I’m a big fan of these homefront propaganda posters produced by the U.S. government during World War II. There’s a peppy, can-do spirit about them. The posters convey what folks back then might have called “moxie.” And they presumed that the people reading them would share that spirit. The assumption was that Americans were full [Read More...]

A bit of housekeeping

You may have noticed I’ve started indexing the Left Behind posts in their new home here at Patheos. That should make it easier for anyone wanting to start at the beginning and read through them in order. (It should also make it easier to adapt those posts into some sort of e-book or some such, [Read More...]

On the road to Weehawken

Or consider the role and duty of a ferry boat captain. Her job is to pilot a ferry boat from Point A to Point B and back again according to schedule while ensuring the safety of her passengers. That is her primary responsibility. It’s what she was hired to do and what she is paid [Read More...]