It’s a Marvel comic book, Saturday matinee fairy tale, boy

FloodGeology

Some Monday morning linkage, including: Why the burning of a black church isn’t “news;” Canadian indie-rock vs. giant robots; white riots, creationists, and a story about some whip-smart Kenyan kids that will make you smile. [Read more...]

Celebrating the feast day of Mark Twain

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Today we meditate on awful thoughts and awful words and we take up wickedness again. And if we can think of anything else, we’ll do that too. Because as long as we’re in, and in for good, we might as well go the whole hog. [Read more...]

Sunday favorites

“What do mortals get from all the toil and strain with which they toil under the sun? For all their days are full of pain, and their work is a vexation; even at night their minds do not rest. This also is vanity.” [Read more...]

‘Amnesty’ and amnesia on immigration from Sooners and Southern Baptists

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Sen. Tom Coburn is not allowed to lecture anyone about “illegal” immigration. And Sooners are, by definition, pompous hypocrites whenever they decide to bloviate about “the rule of law.” It’s simply ridiculous and merits only ridicule in response. Sen. Coburn is either woefully ignorant about “where he comes from” or else his talk of “the rule of law” is something he believes only applies to other people. Either way, he is a silly, silly man, even by congressional standards. [Read more...]

And you’ll only drink milk from a Christian cow

LaHayeBattle

Some links for Buy Nothing Day, including: another bit of false prophecy from Tim LaHaye; an anti-Semitic muppet highlights problems in the Orthodox Church; saving Christmas from Kirk Cameron; and more. [Read more...]

Happy Thanksgiving

It’s been a brain-frying, blog-neglecting couple of days here what with the snow, the “Black Friday” prep at the retail job, and all the trimmings, but we shouldn’t let Thanksgiving pass by without pausing to enjoy some holiday traditions. [Read more...]

Radio Raheem is still dead: A Ferguson reader

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Responses and reflections from Syreeta McFadden, Leonard Pitts, Ezra Klein, Chauncey DeVega, Zandar, Jamelle Bouie and more, plus links to all the grand jury evidence released so far. [Read more...]

The lie of ‘the Black Problem’ is not just immoral, it’s illogical

FearOf

In a sane universe, or a moral one, it would not be not reasonable to claim that the mere presence of an unarmed dark-skinned person was a basis to fear for one’s life. In a sane world, such fear would be regarded, rather, as the very definition of racial prejudice. In a reasonable world, the claim that a lethal response was necessary due to the presence of an unarmed black man would be rightly understood as a confirmation of racial prejudice — as a confession of it. [Read more...]


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