Smart people saying smart things (12.17)

Kathryn Schulz on the Mann Gulph wildfire and so very much more; Ezra Klein on the torture report; W. Caleb McDaniel on the history of Eric Garner’s “enough;” Stephen Prothero on the culture wars as conservative performance pieces; and Andrea Powell on the American habit of locking up victims. [Read more...]

Felicia Day summarizes what I’m trying to say to right-wing white evangelicals

FeliciaDay

“I know it feels good to belong to a group, to feel righteous in belonging to a cause, but causing fear and pushing people away from gaming is not the way to go about doing it. Think through the repercussions of your actions and the people you are aligning yourself with.” [Read more...]

The case of the missing letter and the poisoning of the well

Warning: The denizens of urban coastal areas are trying to force Christianity to the margins of society.

Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry is not pleased with my forthright translation of his column at The Week. That’s understandable. After all, if he had wanted to be forthright, to own his words and his implications, and to make his nasty accusations directly and honestly, he would have done so himself. [Read more...]

Smart people saying smart things (10.5)

David Sheff, “If You Want to See Inequality in the US at its Worst, Visit an Impound Lot” When I reached the front of the line, I handed the clerk my credit card, on which she charged $472. I retrieved my car and drove home. I left behind the roomful of my fellow citizens, a [Read More...]

Smart people saying smart things (9.8)

Dahlia Lithwick on the exoneration of Antonin Scalia’s poster-child for the death penalty. Nancy Wilson on the book of Acts. Adam Kotsko on “political correctness” (i.e., what jerks call not being a jerk). Greg Boyd on religious pride. And Scott Woods on the American air we breathe. [Read more...]

So who is this Gary Cass guy?

Wanna-be genocidaire Gary Cass.

Gary Cass is the pro-violence, pro-death guy who wants to kill a billion human beings. The rest is just trivia and details. I mean, once you announce that you’re advocating violence and the death of 2.6 million American citizens, the rest of your résumé becomes pretty irrelevant. [Read more...]

American Exceptionalism: A simple test of national character

Amurkah

Here is a video showing how Norwegian people respond when they encounter a child who has been separated from his parents: Here is a video showing how Americans respond when they encounter children who have been separated from their parents: Any questions? [Read more...]

Liars for Jesus are the dungeon masters of the fantasy role-playing game of white evangelicalism

Harris

Ergun Caner got canned by Liberty University, where he was dean of the seminary, when it turned out that his claim to fame — being a former Jihadi zealot and an expert on Islam — wasn’t true. But while Caner was a bad liar, but a fun Dungeon Master, so he was quickly re-hired — as president of the Southern-Baptist affiliated Brewton-Parker College in Georgia. He wasn’t hired in spite of his troubles with the truth, but because of them. [Read more...]


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