Appalling results from a small study of college men highlight a public safety emergency


First, let’s be clear — this is a single study from a single location with a tiny sample size. I mention this not as a criticism of the study, but because it’s something I’ve been repeating over and over to try to reassure myself that maybe the world isn’t as horrible as this study seems [Read More...]

Show me the one lost in the stars


What war and peacemaking have in common. A strong, smart, sensual woman. Some “essential oils” smell pretty, but please don’t expect them to do more than smell pretty. The pastor who bragged about assaulting a child at his church was probably lying. [Read more...]

Sunday WTF?

“On the way, at a place where they spent the night, the Lord met Moses and tried to kill him.” [Read more...]

Beyond these bars there are things you can’t see


K-cups are a menace. From his bunker in the mountains of Colorado, Steve Carlton has no comment on Curt Schilling’s theory that right-wing conspiracy talk bars one from the Hall of Fame. A long list of nights in which it will be cloudy in Chester County. And RIP to Andrae Crouch. [Read more...]

Rich people have been pretending to be stupid for so long that they’ve actually become stupid


This study from the Pew Research Center demonstrates that a majority of America’s wealthiest residents are appallingly lacking in not just compassion, but facts, education, intelligence and curiosity. Or, to put it more directly, this study shows that a majority of the wealthiest Americans are ignorant, stupid and dull. The wealthy are not simply hard-hearted. They’re thick-headed. [Read more...]

Left Behind Classic Fridays, No. 15: ‘Hard to get a cab’

Forget the billions of missing children, what readers really want to know is whether taxis and shuttles are still functioning at the airport.

The early chapters of “Left Behind” read like a cross between a disaster movie and a parody of bad local TV news. “… and no one knows what happened to all the children or who might be next. Now let’s head out to the highways with Hank Hanneman in the KRW Traffic Center. Hank, what does today’s apocalyptic carnage mean for rush-hour travelers?” [Read more...]

You could weep for a falling star


The kids are better than all right. America still struggling with that nation-building thing. Armed vigilantes harassing fewer New Yorkers in recent weeks, improving public safety. Gatekeepers race to punish slight variation from official tribal slogan. There’s a Chinese robot on the moon. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (1.8)

Haroon Moghul, “Interview With a Muslim” Q: Charlie Hebdo. Muslims go in, shoot up the place, yell Allahu Akbar. A: I’m a humorist. I’m a satirist. I’m a journalist. I’m a writer. It’s terrible. Q: Have you condemned the attack? A: I’m sorry, what? Q: Do you as a Muslim condemn this attack? A: Well [Read More...]

A spray can scrawl on the cemetery wall

Cardinal Burke

If you’re gonna plagiarize, don’t plagiarize from far-right Bircher conspiracy theorists. A healthy country would have more colleges than prisons and jails. Demoted bishop says women’s libbers are ruining church for boys and that really tangles his lace. Plus the Sounds of Sodomy (and Rum & the Lash). [Read more...]

Please forgive me for the actions of extremists I have never met who commit acts of violence that I have never advocated


I denounce this attack by a white, male Baptist, and I state unequivocally that we white male Baptists do not all believe in this kind of violent extremism. I beg you all not to condemn all of us for the actions of this lone member of our community, although of course I will understand if you decide that you must do so and will humbly accept whatever restrictions on our full participation in society that you see fit to impose. That’s only fair. [Read more...]