‘It’s going to become a resident-owned community’

Kudos to Rachel Stark of The Oregonian for following up on an important story four years later: “Loss lingers for former residents of Thunderbird Mobile Club, four years after Wilsonville (Ore.) park closed.” The last residents of the Thunderbird Mobile Club in Wilsonville can all trace a chaotic chapter in their lives to February 2007, [Read More…]

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Smart people saying smart things

Jeff Madrick: “How Austerity Is Killing Europe“ The European Union has become a vicious circle of burgeoning debt leading to radical austerity measures, which in turn further weaken economic conditions and result in calls for still more damaging cuts in government spending and higher taxes. The European debt crisis began with Greece, and that nation [Read More…]

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Civil liberties for (powerful) individuals

If you want to protect individual liberty, then you need to protect civil liberties. Those are not the same thing. I think Corey Robin shouldn’t allow them to be used interchangeably in this piece, “Ron Paul has two problems: one is his, the other is ours“: Ron Paul has two problems. One is his and [Read More…]

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Taking down the tree

The lights are down, the tree is gone, and the needles have been vacuumed off the living room floor. Busy day. Between trips to the attic, I watched the Broncos-Steelers game. After complaining about Tim Tebow’s ostentatious disregard for Matthew 6:5-6, it was odd rooting for him. But a rule is a rule, and I [Read More…]

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Sunday favorites

1 Corinthians 15:41 There is one glory of the sun, and another glory of the moon, and another glory of the stars; indeed, star differs from star in glory. [Read more…]

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Housekeeping — about tags

The WordPress platform I’m using here allows me to “tag” posts with keywords, thereby creating category indices for each tag. Unfortunately, I wasn’t using WordPress for the first eight years of this blog and so those older posts aren’t tagged. Plus it’s taken me a while to get the hang of how best to use [Read More…]

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‘The Avengers,’ ‘Blink,’ Superman and the problem of evil

OK, let’s step aside from politics and religion (mostly) for a moment and talk about comic book superheroes and Doctor Who. Because we can. Like most people who are fans of comics and/or Joss Whedon, I’m geekily excited about the Avengers movie coming out this summer. I was never more than an occasional reader of [Read More…]

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What’s the Gospel in Seven Words?

I’m enjoying the Christian Century’s ongoing “What’s the Gospel in Seven Words?” feature. Some of the responses are whimsical, such as Martin Marty’s “God, through Jesus Christ, welcomes you anyhow” or Mary Karr’s “We are The Church of Infinite Chances.” Others attempt more theological precision, such as Walter Brueggemann’s “Israel’s God’s bodied love continues world-making,” [Read More…]

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