Christopher Hitchens, 1949-2011

My own opinion is enough for me, and I claim the right to have it defended against any consensus, any majority, anywhere, any place, any time. And anyone who disagrees with this can pick a number, get in line and kiss my ass. — Christopher Hitchens Critic, essayist and compulsive contrarian Christopher Hitchens has died. [Read More…]

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Humans in uniform and what will winter bring?

Time magazine has named “The Protester” its “Person of the Year” for 2011. That seems like the right choice to me. “In 2011, protesters didn’t just voice their complaints,” Time’s cover story says, “they changed the world.” And they’re still changing it. That’s what makes this a good choice for the story of the year. [Read More…]

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‘Resident Alien’ bishop supports rights of immigrants in Alabama

William H. Willimon may be best known as the co-author, with Stanley Hauerwas, of Resident Aliens: Life in the Christian Colony. Love it or hate it (I loved it, mostly), that’s a book that requires readers to contend with what it has to say. The main point there being, roughly, that Christianity took a wrong [Read More…]

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More banana bread links

Old links, like old bananas, shouldn’t be allowed to go to waste. So when I find myself with a surplus of unused links and bookmarks, I try to mash them up and make something delicious. George Clooney, a movie star, is heading for the stage, where the Academy Award-winner will star in: … the West [Read More…]

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Screenwriters: No, back issues of The Smalltown Gazette from the 1930s are not archived online

Via Matt Yglesias I learn that the complete archives of Vogue magazine are now online. Those who can afford it — the subscription apparently costs $1,575 a year — can access “every single page from every issue dating back to the magazine’s American debut in 1892.” I mention this in the hopes that TV writers [Read More…]

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Running errands

It’s kind of a hectic Tuesday, with some holiday errands further delaying an already late Tribulation Force post (it’s coming). But here’s a few brief items in the meantime … Rick Perry’s ad rated “False” by PolitiFact So, can kids pray and openly celebrate Christmas in school? Absolutely, we conclude, though public school officials are [Read More…]

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Rebuilding the table

Luke 14:15-24 Someone gave a great dinner and invited many. At the time for the dinner he sent his slave to say to those who had been invited, “Come; for everything is ready now.” But they all alike began to make excuses. The first said to him, “I have bought a piece of land, and [Read More…]

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Walter Cronkite and a familiar story

Jim Burroway of Box Turtle Bulletin shares a story about the late CBS newsman Walter Cronkite. I’d never heard this story before, yet it’s familiar to me and, I suspect, familiar too to many others like me. On Dec. 11, 1973: Mark Segal of the Philadelphia-based Gay Raiders posed as a reporter for the Camden [Read More…]

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