A deal with the devil: embracing complicity, abandoning principle

David Brooks’ column, like Eliot Cohen’s before it, produced a hearty round of somber head-nodding from the International Brotherhood of Very Serious People. This was, they all agreed, undeniably true. We must not be tempted to make a deal with the devil. And then, 12 hours later, they all applauded as one of their own made exactly such a deal. [Read more…]

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Cast-off

The cast is off and the Slacktivixen is back at work with a full complement of untorn tendons. The doctor says they’ve healed nicely and that it seems surgery won’t be necessary. Thank you, again, to all of you whose generosity and support made it possible for her to take all those weeks off of work. You’re amazing and we’re so grateful to all of you. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

“Your princes are rebels and companions of thieves. Everyone loves a bribe and runs after gifts. They do not defend the orphan, and the widow’s cause does not come before them.” [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 118: ‘An interlude, ending with a hug’

The logical sequel to this series of books would be L&J’s Inferno — a journey through Hell in which the authors could savor the anguish and eternal torment of everyone who disagreed with them in this life: the scientists and seminarians; the humanists and humanitarians; the Catholics, Jews, Muslims, atheists, Episcopalians and mid-trib advocates; the thousands who die every day in poverty without ever having heard or accepted the innovations of Adventist eschatology that might have saved their immortal souls. All of these have committed the sin of blasphemy against the teachings of LaHaye, and so all receive their punishments. [Read more…]

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Jumping away from conclusions is a Bad Thing

It’s all inscrutable and unknowable and mysterious, they say. You cannot read minds or look into the hearts of others to see their intent. So you can never prove they’re cheating. Now pay up, because their six aces beats your two pair. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

“But the people refused to listen to the voice of Samuel; they said, ‘No! but we are determined to have a king over us, so that we also may be like other nations.'” [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 117: ‘A Very Bad Reporter’

We’ve all seen bad movies in which the plot doesn’t make sense because they haven’t provided a valid reason why the heroes don’t just go to the police. This is that movie. Except here it’s worse because the hero is a policeman and he won’t even go to himself. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (1.19.17)

David Dark on James Lawson, being awesome. Willie James Jennings on the “tormented deployment” of a deformed idea of “reconciliation.” Nikole Hannah-Jones on segregationism in 21st-century America. Kristin Du Mez on “Donald Trump and Militant Evangelical Masculinity.” [Read more…]

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