Tony Perkins in “Psycho”

I learned something new yesterday about the shameless little man who runs the Family Research Council: Tony Perkins does not love anyone who is suffering from mental illness. It’s possible that Perkins does not even know anyone who is suffering from mental illness or, at least, that he thinks he doesn’t know any such person. [Read More…]

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Without warrant

I want to write today about an immensely important topic, the Fourth Amendment to the U.S. Constitution and the vital, inviolable rights it guarantees. The Fourth Amendment, in its entirety, reads: The right of the people to be secure in their persons, houses, papers, and effects, against unreasonable searches and seizures, shall not be violated, [Read More…]

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The barrel of a gun

The United States has a massive nuclear arsenal and the best-equipped, best-trained military the world has ever seen. It is an awesome, fearsome machine that can rain down inexorable death from the heavens. But that’s not why I drive on the right side of the road. I drive on the right side of the road [Read More…]

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TFWOT

(Thursday flame-war open thread) The stupidest thing I’ve read/heard all week was __________________. The stupidest thing I’ve ever read/heard was ________________. [Read more…]

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Bachelor chow

One other thing I could use a bit of help with, and which therefore strikes me as good open-thread fodder in my absence, has to do with my upcoming change of address. Slacktivist World Headquarters will be relocating in April. I’m leaving this lovely one-bedroom apartment here in Everybody’s Hometown and will be moving into [Read More…]

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Uncommon Book of Prayer

No. 37, a prayer of St. Andy. This is a brilliant song. Whatever else it may be, it is also explicitly a prayer. I was trying to imagine what an appropriate response might be to such a prayer, which led me to wonder if this isn’t also, unwittingly perhaps, a Christmas song. [Read more…]

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Queue me

OK, so I’m headed to the Northeast Kingdom for the next week and will be mostly away from the Web. The last time I did this, more than a year ago, I posted a series of open threads asking for book/music/movie recommendations. I’m still working my way through those suggestions, but that’s no reason not [Read More…]

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The weight of words

Looking ahead to the possibility of a general election campaign against Barack Obama, John McCain tried out some attack lines last night. They need work. Referring to Obama’s mantra of “hope,” McCain said this: “Hope, my friends, is a powerful thing. I can attest to that better than many, for I have seen men’s hopes [Read More…]

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