Thank you. Just … thank you.

You people are amazing. Thank you so much. I was away from the computer for much of today and returned to be overwhelmed and overcome by your generosity. I was also working on the next post here, but since it’s about porpoise-costume sex and the Golden Rule, I’ll let that wait until the morning and [Read More...]

Thank you. And, also, please.

I want to express my deep gratitude to everyone who has contributed to this site through the tip-jar button there on the right. Your kindness and generosity has meant a great deal, and often has made the difference for me and my family over the year since this blog, unexpectantly, became my main job. Thank [Read More...]

‘I don’t think the common person is getting it’

Today’s jaw-dropping must-read is by Maeve Reston of the Los Angeles Times, “Donors arrive at Hamptons fundraisers with advice for Mitt Romney.” The line of Range Rovers, BMWs, Porsche roadsters and one gleaming cherry red Ferrari began queuing outside of Revlon Chairman Ronald Perelman’s estate off Montauk Highway long before Romney arrived, as campaign aides [Read More...]

Permission granted, officially


Thinking a bit more about “Maybe God is a better person than you think,” I was struck by the sadness of that situation. It must be an awful thing to believe that God will not allow you to be as loving, merciful and generous as you wish you could be. It must be an awful [Read More...]

Misogyny isn’t new; consent shouldn’t be confusing

Helen Lewis at the New Statesmen shows us “What online harassment looks like.” It’s an awful, potentially triggering, collection of “Obscene images, hate sites, and a game where people are invited to beat you up.” This is disturbing and disturbed. It’s hateful, hate-filled stuff posted by boys who simply hate women. These boys hate women [Read More...]

Sunday favorites

Ecclesiastes 9:7 Go, eat your bread with enjoyment, and drink your wine with a merry heart; for God has long ago approved what you do. [Read more...]

Maybe God is a better person than you think

Jesus Creed serves up a guest post by Jeff Cook on one of my least favorite topics: “apologetics” and those awful show-debates between Christians and new atheists. I love dialogue, I do not love this approach to “debate.” It turns the conversation into a matter of winning and pushes participants away from their complementary quest [Read More...]

Is God free to decide to cherish a gum thief?

Derek Flood offers a mini-sermon on “Sin and Chewing Gum“: Yesterday, I was walking through Dolores Park and heard a street preacher, saying “If you’ve ever stolen a stick of gum, then you are guilty of sin! If you’ve ever looked at Facebook at work, then you’ve stolen from your employer, and that’s sin!” Of [Read More...]

The poor and the needy are selfish and greedy …


“Companies steal close to 10 billion dollars annually in unpaid overtime.” “It takes an emotional toll, it takes a mental toll, it takes a physical toll.” “College students are facing a roughly $20 billion increase in the cost of their federal loans.” “When you hear a politician promising to exempt the retired and near retired [Read More...]

That email from me isn’t from me


Apologies to everyone who received an email from me last night. My account was apparently hacked. Please don’t click the link in that email. It seems to be for some tape-worm pills or some such other weight loss scheme, but my guess is there’s some nasty malware-type virus-y business as well. I’ve done what I [Read More...]