An index for the 99%: 12 items of Christmas with the family will cost you $79.81

The Consumerist reports on an annual holiday tradition from PNC Financial: According to the folks at PNC Financial, who have spent decades tracking the ups and downs of the gifts rattled off in the seemingly endless tune, the total cost of realizing the full “12 Days of Christmas” has crossed the $100,000 mark for the [Read More…]

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Richard Land to Newt Gingrich: Strike a pose

Richard Land has published an open letter trying to convince Newt Gingrich to give a “Checkers speech” on his checkered marital history. The Southern Baptist ethics czar urges Gingrich to: … pick a pro-family venue and give a speech (not an interview) addressing your martial history once and for all. It should be clear that [Read More…]

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‘Sighs too deep for words’

The previous post is mostly a joke, and a joke mostly directed at myself. Re-reading a bit of Brother Lawrence in 25 Books Every Christian Should Read was another reminder that prayers of gratitude or intercession aren’t often my first thoughts or the first words on my lips — particularly when I’m driving. (I do [Read More…]

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Achieving spiritual efficiency through prayer macros

Tony Jones posted a provocative poll on the subject of prayer. The question was “Why do you pray?” and the poll allowed for only two possible answers: 1) Prayer changes me; and 2) Prayer changes God. (Results here.) I’d like to get at this question from a different angle by sharing with you my own [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Cosma Shalizi: “Dives, Lazarus and Alice“ The larger point is that while what is technologically efficient depends on facts of nature, what is economically efficient is a function of our social arrangements, of who owns how much of what. Economic efficiency may be a good tool, but it is perverse to serve your own tools, [Read More…]

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Leftover links

Kevin Drum: “The Real Story Behind Black Friday.” The phrase originally was a snarky dig at customers by retailers, and so of course it started here in Philadelphia. “Thanksgiving: Busting the tryptophan myth wide open.” The American Chemical Society says we feel groggy from over-eating, but not from the tryptophan in turkey. I’m sure the [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

James 5:1-6 Come now, you rich people, weep and wail for the miseries that are coming to you. Your riches have rotted, and your clothes are moth-eaten. Your gold and silver have rusted, and their rust will be evidence against you, and it will eat your flesh like fire. You have laid up treasure for [Read More…]

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Fake authenticity and pretending not to use hair products

I’ve consulted with an expert — a licensed professional with decades of experience in crafting the hair of men who can afford to pay top dollar for such services — and she says this New York Times profile of Mitt Romney’s hairstylist is ridiculous. Mr. de Magistris, who gave Mr. Romney a $70 trim three [Read More…]

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