A solo drive to a holiday weekend


Some Friday links for the unfortunate few who may be reading this at work today, including: remembering a catastrophe; an old joke, nicely updated; the DOJ fights for pregnant teachers; the song of the hyrax; an apocryphal Christmas; the immeasurable suckitude of payday lenders; and the witness of Dolly Parton. [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 13: ‘The Lex Luthor Factor’


After the Rapture in “Left Behind,” Buck Williams once, fleetingly, muses about the potential “perpetrators” of the mass disappearances in which more than two billion people around the world suddenly vanish. Then he forgets about it. But this bewildering, horrific event seems so much like the work of a supervillain that one would expect some would-be supervillains to at least try to piggy-back on the disappearances by making ransom demands. [Read more...]

Lifting up the lowly and bringing down the powerful from their thrones


Who is Jesus? What did he do? What did he teach? Why was he arrested and tortured and killed? And how is it possible that wasn’t the end of his story? Those are the questions, long after that first Christmas in Bethlehem, that the Gospel writer was trying to answer. And right off the bat, in the very first chapter of Luke, we are given a summary of “all that Jesus began to do and to teach.” [Read more...]

I’ve got a feelin’ this year’s for me and you


Good tidings of great joy, which shall be to all people. All people — including the shepherds and Shane and Kirsty and Jack and Ennis and Anne and Tom and Terry and the biker with the Volga boatman mustache. Here’s hoping it’s a busy night for Marley and the other ghosts. [Read more...]

Build a kingdom with a cattle prod

"America is awesome. We are awesome." The subject of this Fox News panel was torture. (Click pick for link to story.)

Have some links, because “We are AWESOME!” Featuring: Renegade librarians; the Muslim/liberal conspiracy; the Daesh/Plumber conspiracy; America’s favorite Bible verse/anti-masturbation mantra; a jury of one’s peers; a NOM nativity; and the History Channel goes Full Scofield. [Read more...]

Accept it that soon we’ll be drenched to the bone

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If it’s almost 2015, then that means within just four years — during the current term of U.S. senators elected last month — replicants will roam the streets of a rain-soaked dystopian Los Angeles (“Blade Runner”), the most popular TV show in the world will be “The Running Man,” and an electromagnetic pulse will turn the Pacific Northwest into a militarized police state patrolled by flying drones (“Dark Angel”). [Read more...]

Charlatans in leisure suits saw dollars dancing in their heads


Some Monday catch-up links, including: Happy Hanukkah, from Woody Guthrie; St, Louis officials both support and condemn false testimony; former Abu Ghraib guard getting a Christmas present this week; and some highlights from an Internet forum for clueless racist morons and/or our bravest noblest bestest heroes. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (12.22)

Willie James Jennings and Radley Balko on law and order; Kathryn Joyce on Bob Jones and GRACE; Addison Hodges Hart on the difference between biblicism and the Bible; and Sen. Elizabeth Warren puts the fear of God into Citigroup. [Read more...]

‘Well done, everyone. We’re halfway out of the dark.’

“On every world, wherever people are, in the deepest part of the winter, at the exact mid-point, everybody stops and turns and hugs. …” [Read more...]

Paul’s Nativity, Linus, and what Christmas is all about, Charlie Brown


“Sure, Charlie Brown. I can tell you what Christmas is all about. Lights, please. ‘Let the same mind be in you that was in Christ Jesus, who, though he was in the form of God, emptied himself …’” [Read more...]