Meanwhile, in a secret base beneath the Walmart …

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On Monday, Walmart abruptly shut down five of its stores for at least six months due to “problems with plumbing.” But no plumbers have been hired and no plumbing permits have been requested at any of the five locations. This is probably just crude garden-variety worker intimidation and union-busting. But what if it’s something else entirely? [Read more...]

A fireside chat with Abraham Lincoln on the eve of emancipation

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“You come to me as God’s ministers, and you are positive that you know exactly what God’s will is. You tell me that slavery is a sin; but other’s of God’s ministers say the opposite – which am I to believe?” [Read more...]

Warren Buffett: Slumlord and scurvy little spider

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When Warren Buffett first moved into the manufactured home business, it seemed like his much-touted philosophy of investing for value would be a boon to the industry that provides so much of America’s affordable housing stock. His reputation as an investor who sought out quality goods and services, growing his fortune with their success, suggested he would focus on the beneficial aspects of factory-built homes, leading away from the unsustainable predatory practices and value-less rent-seeking that have plagued the business. But that didn’t happen. Buffett’s “value” talk, it turns out, is pure shinola. And he’s raised value-less rent-seeking to an art form. [Read more...]

Setting half the trends we know

Two of these guys are still acting.

When somebody claims to be just like Dietrich Bonhoeffer, that’s usually a big clue that they’re nothing like Dietrich Bonhoeffer. Also: A premillennial dispensationalist “Bible prophecy scholar” explains how Psalm 83 disproves the nuclear deal with Iran; the deadliest enemy force; the undifferentiated “we” strikes again; and an excuse to revisit Brian Ritchie’s bass solo on “Please Do Not Go.” [Read more...]

I see you darkly through a glass again

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It really took a lot of work to imagine that a law mandating and subsidizing health insurance wouldn’t increase the number of people who have health insurance. Plus: Batgirl, Philomena Cunk, Rick Santorum, subsidizing sprawl, and why pop songs should be about more than one thing. [Read more...]

What’s the deal with this ‘Sunday WTF’?

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I’m sure that some people will perceive my focus on these passages as an “attack” on the Bible. But I’m not attacking it, I’m just quoting it — accurately. Those who wish to “defend” the Bible from being quoted accurately need to recognize that it cannot be the Bible itself that they’re defending. [Read more...]

Sunday WTF?

“Ehud came to him, while he was sitting alone in his cool roof-chamber, and said, ‘I have a message from God for you.’ So he rose from his seat. Then Ehud reached with his left hand, took the sword from his right thigh, and thrust it into Eglon’s belly; the hilt also went in after the blade, and the fat closed over the blade, for he did not draw the sword out of his belly; and the dirt came out.” [Read more...]

Lazy Saturday open thread

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Got distracted. Talk amongst yourselves. (Shouldn’t Matt’s hair be a bit redder?) [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 28: ‘Shackled’

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Here is a young man without faith, without hope. He is convinced the world is meaningless — there is no God, death is absolute, life is absurd and love is a delusion. Then the fateful day arrives. In the twinkling of an eye, his teammates and opponents vanish. He is confronted with stark, incontrovertible proof of the existence of God. Life, he realizes, does have meaning — there is a basis for faith, hope and love. And so he kills himself. [Read more...]

5 reasons I’m looking forward to ‘Daredevil’ (and 5 reasons I’m worried)

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OK, allow me to geek out for a bit here, because the new “Daredevil” series debuts tomorrow on Netflix. I’m a big fan of Daredevil, so I’m really looking forward to this. But I’m also worried about it — because I’m a big fan of Daredevil. [Read more...]


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