Canada to Capistrano Beach

Hope she knows I only turned out half bad … “Canada vs. America,” Broken Social Scene “Canceled Check,” Beck “Candle in the Wind,” Elton John “Candlelight Song,” Violent Femmes “Candy,” The Astors “Candy,” Iggy Pop & Kate Pierson “Candy,” Morphine “Candy,” Steve Hindalong “Candy Everybody Wants,” 10,000 Maniacs “Candy Guru,” Chagall Guevara “Candy’s Room,” Bruce [Read More...]

Just for living in your American skin

I don’t understand the partisan response to the killing of Trayvon Martin. Yes, many liberals are upset that a child was gunned down with impunity. (It’s been more than a month now.) But they are not upset for partisan reasons or for “liberal” reasons or for Democratic Party reasons. They are upset because a child [Read More...]

Bishops out to silence victims

I wanted to post that story yesterday, about Texas Catholic schools sticking up for Jews and Muslims, before turning to this one. I don’t want anyone to misread this story as evidence that all Catholics are morally bankrupt, reprehensible people. That’s not the point of this story. The point of this story is that the [Read More...]

Just remember that you’re standing on a planet that’s evolving

“Tonight I think no poetry will serve” “He was a giant and his influence was felt across the music world.” “Violence against women is as American as apple pie.” “I don’t want this to happen to anybody else.” “Common to human experience, [Jürgen] Moltmann proposes, is the experience of godforsakenness.” “Moltmann’s theology is based on [Read More...]

Justices don’t understand insurance, health care, economics …

"non-cognitive elites"

The depressing news from the U.S. Supreme Court isn’t just that several of the more conservative justices seem willing to upend a century of legal precedent if it would score a win for their party. The depressing news is that these justices do not seem to understand the Affordable Care Act, the Emergency Medical Treatment [Read More...]

Sticking up for other people’s rights

Charles Kuffner points us to this encouraging story from Texas — “Catholic group urges TAPPS review.” TAPPS is the Texas Association of Private and Parochial Schools, which made national news earlier this year for waiting to get sued before agreeing to reschedule a state basketballl playoff game. TAPPS had scheduled a Jewish school to play [Read More...]

Don’t speak. Don’t speak.


“The only reason people wouldn’t have insurance is if they’re cheapskates? Really?” “Family health insurance premiums that would have taken a minimum wage worker 329 hours to earn in 1979 would have taken 2,079 hours in 2011.” “Nine employees covered by the federal health insurance plan.” Justice Antonin Scalia: less demand means higher prices. Wait [Read More...]

Smart people saying smart things

David Roberts: “Get the lead out: Have we already forgotten this lesson?“ The elimination of lead from gasoline is a paradigmatic triumph of American environmentalism. A danger to health was discovered by scientists. Public-health advocates and greens pushed and pushed for decades, often futilely, to get the government to take action. When EPA finally cranked [Read More...]

I mean to confound these bungers

“From your first cigarette to your last dyin’ day” “Rue, played by the adorable Amandla Sternberg, was described as having ‘dark brown skin and eyes’ – thus the ruination of the film at the hands of a dark-skinned, dark-eyed actress.” “Health care reform made lifetime limits illegal — which is why Violet’s family breathed easier [Read More...]

‘Drive a wedge between gays and blacks’

We get an unvarnished look at the National Organization for Marriage from internal strategy memos posted online as part of a court case in Maine. The documents include things like NOM’s, “Marriage: $20 Million Strategy for Victory.” Here, via Alvin McEwen of Holy Bullies and Headless Monsters, is one aspect of that “strategy for victory”: [Read More...]