I see you darkly through a glass again

Uninsured

It really took a lot of work to imagine that a law mandating and subsidizing health insurance wouldn’t increase the number of people who have health insurance. Plus: Batgirl, Philomena Cunk, Rick Santorum, subsidizing sprawl, and why pop songs should be about more than one thing. [Read more...]

The unicorns of the King James Bible

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The oldest English translations of the Bible have unicorns in them. The original Hebrew texts did not. So where did those King James Version unicorns come from? From translators’ best guess at the meaning of a word that still leaves us guessing. [Read more...]

NRA: The creationist satellite dish

Satellite's gone up to the skies. (Public domain photo by Petr Kratochvil)

“Bruce’s installing that crazy mini-satellite dish made him think of a verse he once heard or read about shouting the good news from the housetop. Matthew 10:27 said, ‘Whatever I tell you in the dark, speak in the light, and what you hear in the ear, preach on the housetops.’ … Wasn’t it just like Bruce to take the Bible literally?” [Read more...]

They don’t make Republicans like that anymore

This is the expression I imagine Teddy Roosevelt would have worn during the 2012 Republican primary debates.

Here’s a terrific bit of American history from Glenn Branch. In the February 1916 issue of National Geographic, the author of Life Histories of African Game Animals wrote about the evolution of “the primates” and of “the monkeys and anthropoid apes and finally the half-human predecessors of man himself.” This raised the ire of creationist preacher Theodore Graebner [Read More...]

It’s a Marvel comic book, Saturday matinee fairy tale, boy

FloodGeology

Some Monday morning linkage, including: Why the burning of a black church isn’t “news;” Canadian indie-rock vs. giant robots; white riots, creationists, and a story about some whip-smart Kenyan kids that will make you smile. [Read more...]

Phlebotinum, young-Earth creationism and the willing suspension of disbelief

USSEnterprise

This bargain — the exchange of phlebotinum for our willing suspension of disbelief — is conducted by countless storytellers in the realm of science fiction, fantasy, horror, comic books, action movies, detective stories, etc. And this same bargain is made, regularly, between young-Earth creationists and the fans of that genre of speculative fiction. Young-Earth creationism is all about phlebotinum. [Read more...]

Of ‘croco-ducks’ and the Zeno’s paradox shell-game of creationism

CrocsAndDinos

Unlike Kirk Cameron, the professional hucksters driving young-Earth creationism — the Ken Hams and Al Mohlers of the world — understand enough about evolution and common ancestry to recognize that the search for a croco-duck is nonsense. They offer a more sophisticated version of Cameron’s “transitional forms” argument — one that is less ignorant and far less honest. [Read more...]

Feel our souls wear out and our laces break

KateAndSon

Some Monday morning links, including: Joseph and the Appalling Totalitarian Despot revisited; our credit overlords tweak their formula; maternal mules; tearing the corporate veil; and grinning in the presence of mine enemies. [Read more...]


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