Don’t even speak of the beat menace


• Eventually -- perhaps a generation from now, perhaps two, but not much longer than that -- there will be a statue honoring Kate Kelly in Salt Lake City. People there will find it confusing. Either it will confuse them because the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints will have become more inclusive, and so the idea of excommunicating an advocate for women's ordination will seem strange, or else because the LDS won't have become more inclusive, and thus most people seeing the statue will h … [Read more...]

You’re my favorite waste of time

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NielsenTopTen's infographic "Just How Long Is a TV Marathon?" has been getting plenty of well-deserved attention and included many worthy shows.But there were some unfortunate omissions, some that were more regrettable, and a few that were downright unforgivable.In an effort to amend that, I offer the following: … [Read more...]

You’re dealing with all of us


This, I think, conveys one part of what I was getting at in this post yesterday and this one this morning:Don't mess with our family. … [Read more...]

Spring training, homework, fandom and evangelism


On Monday, Frank Robinson visited the Orioles spring training camp in Florida. That's a big deal. Frank Robinson is the kind of hall-of-famer that other hall-of-famers regard with awe. He was Rookie of the Year in 1956, NL MVP in 1961, and AL MVP in 1966, when he won the triple crown. He hit 586 home runs -- still enough to rank him No. 9 on the all-time list. And in 1975 he became the first black manager in the major leagues.Maybe you already knew all that or maybe you didn't. Maybe all … [Read more...]

I wave to the people but the wind just blows ‘em down


• Remember the sabbath day, to keep it holy. Now that they've neutralized unions, they're going after everything unions ever won -- including the five-day work week.• Scott Paeth, "Jesus Wants You Heavily Armed" I suppose, if we wished to take the passage strictly literally, we could interpret it in line with Jesus' follow-up statement. After his disciples pull out two swords, he declares, "That's enough!" Enough for what? Who knows! But I'd be perfectly happy with an interpretation that say … [Read more...]

‘Yikes, it sounds like you’ve had an epiphany’


So The Daily Show correspondent Jason Jones went to Russia. Really -- he didn't just stand in front of a green screen in their studio with stock footage of Red Square projected behind him, he actually, physically went to Russia and interviewed citizens there about that country's ugly new anti-gay legislation.The Daily Show website summarizes the segment this way: "Jason Jones questions Russian citizens about gay rights and finds their opinions compare favorably with American views -- of 40 … [Read more...]

Today’s Daily Blog of the Day: Whedonesque


The Whedonverse fandom is a happy, enthusiastic bunch, and Whedonesque is a nifty way to keep up with that little world.I may have mentioned this once or twice before, but I'm a huge fan of Buffy the Vampire Slayer. And Firefly. And Dr. Horrible. And I thought Cabin in the Woods was terrific.So, yes, I read Whedonesque -- an obsessive, frequently updated blog covering all things Joss Whedon.Some of you are now saying, "oooh!" and clicking that link. You know who you are. You're the … [Read more...]

Whovians and Whedonites, Niebuhr and Game of Thrones, plus other random geekery

The Small Council greets the new Hand of the King.

• I'm a big fan of essays that combine disparate fandoms -- like, for example, this piece by Philip Sandifer of TARDIS Eruditorum on Firefly and Serenity.• Or, in an even geekier vein, this essay by George Schmidt examining Eddard Stark and Tyrion Lannister through the lens of Reinhold Niebuhr's theology. Schmidt sees Ned Stark as too much of an idealist, while Tyrion, he says, is closer to Niebuhr's ironic realism.• Scott Paeth chimes in: I agree with Schmidt's analysis, though I still … [Read more...]