Daily Show writer says ‘The Anti-Christ Handbook’ is ‘hilarious’ and ‘devastating’


Daniel Radosh, staff writer for The Daily Show with Jon Stewart: “Blogger Fred Clark has written one of the most effective (and hilarious) critiques of Left Behind, a page-by-page dissection of the first book that has taken him … years. The level of detail gives Clark space to build a devastating case.” [Read more...]

Bullies have always been intersectional, even before that was a word

Intersectionality is not just a nice idea, but a necessary one: We have to be intersectional because the bullies are. They always have been. Bullies and oppressors and Pharaohs have never allowed themselves to be held back by an either/or, zero-sum framework. But they’ve always been very good at exploiting that idea to pit their various victims against one another. [Read more...]

Tickle my ear and I’ll pay for your show

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The Second Coming is not supposed to be a revenge-fantasy sequel for fans disappointed with the first story. The faux-pious gasbaggery of apple-tossers. One of the Duggars reminds us that her One True God sleeps, dreaming, in the sunken city of R’lyeh. Live long and prosper. [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 22: ‘Buck deplanes’


“I know what you’re thinking: Millions of people worldwide have disappeared. Every child and infant on the planet is gone. Death and destruction litter the landscape. So how will the passengers on Rayford Steele’s plane being able to collect their checked baggage?” [Read more...]

Of pocket lint and ‘political correctness’

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There are two morals to this story. First, of course, is that the charging dock on a cellphone can get clogged with pocket lint. If yours starts to get a bit unreliable, shine a flashlight in there and poke around a bit — gently — with a toothpick or the end of a paper clip. That should take care of that for you. [Read more...]

Good news for your customers is good news for your business


This isn’t how our CEO will react to this happy news for Bob and for 700,000 more of our customers. Our CEO, like most CEOs, has lost the ability to think of our customers as people with jobs and budgets. So he won’t be thinking, “Woohoo! 700,000 of our customers just got a raise!” He’ll be thinking, “Ohnoes! Wage increases in the retail sector could lead to higher labor costs — I must oppose this!” And he won’t hesitate to try to screw over 700,000 — or 7 million, or 70 million — of our customers if that’s what it takes to oppose the slightest possibility of the potential of the shadow of maybe a slight increase in labor costs. [Read more...]

Celebrate World Pistachio Day!


In the spirit of World Pistachio Day, I invite you to mark the occasion with my own clumsily transparent attempt at crass commercialism in support of something tasty and nutritious. What goes better with pistachios than your very own eBook copy of “The Anti-Christ Handbook”? [Read more...]

Republicans saying Republican things (2.25)


Republicans tell us what they think about establishing an official religion, about welfare, immigration, bisexuals, evolution, black people, and, of course, rape. One also has a theory about how cancer works, while another has a question about vaginas. [Read more...]