Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 32: ‘Keep an eye on the Jews’

Billions suddenly vanish, including every child and infant on the planet, but the Big Story, Steve Plank says, is that some Jews are coming to New York City.

The remainder of Steve Plank’s e-mail — three pages long — has nothing to do with the disappearance of more than a billion people, including every child and infant on the planet. Instead, Buck’s editor speculates about what he sees as the really important stories — stories about Jews, international bankers, the U.N., and international Jewish bankers at the U.N. Plank suspects that those Jewy Jews are up to something. [Read more...]

Keep it loose, keep it tight


I have this Amos Lee song stuck in my head, so now I’m trying to get it stuck in yours. Plus: The specific wrongness of John Hagee; Scott Walker’s Cheese Shop Sketch; Intelligent Falling; and the fear that unites KJV-only fundies with their “inerrantist” cousins. [Read more...]

Happy cornbread anniversary


Franklin Graham rails against the X-Men as an “attempt to indoctrinate our young people” into greater acceptance of those who are different. That’s not wrong, it just doesn’t mean what he thinks it does. Plus: The history of a song that made history, a maister-wonk on R+L=J, the benefits of abstinence-only sex ed, and a top-notch addition to Patheos’ team. [Read more...]

Bradley Cooper’s amazing performance as a sociopath killer


I finally saw that big Oscar-nominated Bradley Cooper flick — the one where he played a gun-crazed sociopath killer. What does it say about us, as a people and as a society, that we treat remorseless killers who live for violence as heroes? That’s an important question and an important conversation. But my main take-away from the film was the strength of Cooper’s performance as an actor. This wasn’t a mere portrayal, but a transformation. [Read more...]

Sunday WTF?


“When they came to the threshing-floor of Nacon, Uzzah reached out his hand to the ark of God and took hold of it, for the oxen shook it. The anger of the Lord was kindled against Uzzah; and God struck him there because he reached out his hand to the ark; and he died there beside the ark of God. ” [Read more...]

This day is not imagination’s child


Texas Republican slaps down right-wing nonsense: “I am horrified that I have to choose between the possibility that my governor actually believes this stuff and the possibility that my governor doesn’t have the backbone to stand up to those who do. I’m not sure which is worse.” Plus: Privatized red-lining, Wanksy to the rescue, Bill Lindsey, Mallory Ortberg, and the 10,000th (10 millionth?) example of so-called pro-lifers demonstrating that they’re more concerned with controlling women that whatever else it is they claim to be concerned about. [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 31: ‘Scream 2 morality’


The lesson, I suppose, is that our heroes are allowed to be selfish because they are our heroes. Other people, like poor Chris Smith, are not. So just like the peripheral characters who die for their “sins” in a slasher movie, we know that Smith is doomed. The next time we see him we can expect he’ll be dead, another bloodied corpse in the woods of Camp Crystal Lake. [Read more...]

The earth spins on and on and so much news is bad

This stuff really puts the invasive in exotic invasive. (Wikimedia photo by O. Pichard.)

Something the size of a mustard seed can produce a nasty invasive weed … or a hilariously inept piece of graphic design. Also: Residency incentives; civilian courts prove capable; “5 Christian Books I WIsh I’d Never Read;” and the archetype the gatekeepers require us to describe as a historical person. [Read more...]