Make Neptune Great Again

You remember Steve Guttenberg in Season 2 of Veronica Mars? He played Woody Goodman, the millionaire with a dark secret who became mayor of Neptune. This is a story about Woody Goodman, but with a different dark secret. And it’s not really about Woody, or Neptune. It would make a heck of a TV show, but a lousy reality. [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 125: ‘Is the pope Catholic?’

The idea of a papal Antichrist endures because while premillennial dispensationalists insist that the book of Revelation has nothing to do with the Roman Empire of the time when it was written, they still have to account for why Rome plays such a prominent role in the Apocalypse. The idea also endures because many PMDs are the sort of American fundamentalists who really don’t like Catholics. [Read more…]

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I don’t know a dream that’s not been shattered

Wherein I’m not confident that the makers of “Kong: Skull Island” really understand the dynamics of ecology, evolution, or island biogeography. And speaking of insular dwarfism, here are some recent stories about the strange priorities and disastrous economic effects of anti-immigrant Trumpism. [Read more…]

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Have fun

It’s not quite the right word or the right category. The night had been difficult, unpleasant and uncomfortable — none of the things you’re signing up for if you’re looking for a night of fun. Pose an open-ended question in which I were asked to provide a description of that evening and I would never have reached for the word “fun.” Nor would Mick, or Charlie, or the nurse at Jeff. “Fun” seems reductive and dismissive, like some inconsequential amusement or time-killing diversion. [Read more…]

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On Satanic baby-killers: From TruNews and Full Frontal

Wacky fringe broadcaster Rick Wiles here is simply saying the quiet parts loud. He’s saying directly what the rest of white evangelical culture says indirectly — what that culture believes, and what it requires its members to believe. What Wiles offers is a distillation of that belief — the central, bedrock foundation of contemporary white evangelicalism — in its starkest form. [Read more…]

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How did a ‘heart for missions’ lead to contempt?

The “10/40 Window” used to be a big deal in mission conferences at white evangelical churches. Nowadays, white evangelicals seem to view these countries differently. The “10/40 Window” is the region from which white evangelicals want to ban refugees and immigrants. It’s the region white evangelicals want their chosen president to carpet bomb, invade, and steal oil from. [Read more…]

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Sunday favorites

“When you reap the harvest of your land, you shall not reap to the very edges of your field, or gather the gleanings of your harvest. You shall not strip your vineyard bare, or gather the fallen grapes of your vineyard; you shall leave them for the poor and the alien: I am the Lord your God.” [Read more…]

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‘Whole world is wonderin’ what’s wrong with the United States’

Here’s your Saturday protest anthem and open thread, courtesy of the Staple Singers: (And here’s a nice 2017 rendition from Rhiannon Giddens.) [Read more…]

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Ignorant jerks abusing ‘the poor will always be with you’ will always be with you

That’s what Jesus is saying. “The poor will always be with you” because you are disobedient, hardhearted, exploitative and devious. The presence of poverty is not some inevitable law of the universe, it’s the consequence of sin — your sin, the sin of the wealthy, not the sin of the poor. The fact that the poor are with us is a rebuke. It is evidence of our guilt and failure and wicked thinking. [Read more…]

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LBCF, No. 124: ‘Management material’

Global Weekly doesn’t seem to have published an issue since before the Rapture, and that was eight days ago. Buck fought for, and was awarded, the responsibility of writing the big cover story on the biggest news story of all time, but before writing a single sentence of it, he flew off to England to research a different story, one which he backed off of, brokering a deal to cover it up. Combine those with his dropping the ball on Nicolae’s big scoop and that’s three strikes. [Read more…]

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