The temptation of disappointment

We really do mean it — sincerely, mostly — when we tell one another that we’re relieved, thank God, that the latest big storm turned out to sea. After days of nervously watching the news, we can all calm down again and get back to normal, back to our routines and our routine lives. We are relieved — mostly. But we’re also maybe just a tiny bit disappointed. … [Read more…]

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Every word of this is true, urgent, and necessary

“And unfortunately, there are people like that. And [Donald Trump] has lifted them up. He has given voice to their websites that used to have only 11,000 people — now have 11 million. He tweets and retweets their offensive, hateful, mean-spirited rhetoric.” Where is the lie? [Read more…]

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Shaving the intolerant barber (a continuing series)

So, yet again, we have encountered — in the wild and in full bloom — that rare and fragile flower, “Your tolerance must tolerate my intolerance.” This statement is not an argument. It’s not even a statement. It is, rather, as Lenore Beadsman describes it, “… a sort of joke. A what do you call it. An antinomy.” It’s Not Good when someone mistakes this joke for a substantial argument. [Read more…]

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A red traffic light: This election is about one idea

Donald Trump is not a single-issue candidate, he’s a single-idea candidate. That single idea is all that matters to him and all that animates him. To the extent that Trump has policy priorities or positions on issues, it’s all in service of that single idea. This is clarifying. [Read more…]

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Postcards from the culture wars (8.24)

“Lest we should see where we are,
Lost in a haunted wood,
Children afraid of the night
Who have never been happy or good.” [Read more…]

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Here’s what you do when an erratic bigot hijacks your party nomination

From Honolulu Civil Beat: “I want it understood by the general public and the media that the recent inflammatory comments made by candidate for Congress (CD2) Angela Kaaihue do not represent the views, values, or the sentiments of our Party and its members,” Fritz Rohlfing said in a statement issued late Friday. “Her vulgar, racially-bigoted, and religiously-intolerant descriptions of Democratic Party candidates are offensive, shameful, and unacceptable in public discourse.” [Read more…]

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Looking forward to happier times

The popular right-Reformed, anti-feminist Christian-gatekeeping website The Gospel Coalition ran a painfully earnest piece by a Very Nice White Lady struggling to come to grips with the spiritual challenge of “When God Sends Your White Daughter a Black Husband.” It did not go well. Also: Donald Trump under oath; the Clinton Rules; a Texas execution; and the Storehouse Theory of weather. [Read more…]

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Smart people saying smart things (7.2)

Sonia Sotomayor on lawless police; Ben Moberg on Orlando; Loretta Lynch on being seen; Alex Massie on the consequences of hateful rhetoric; and Carvell Wallace on the “Negro Motorist Green Book” and the meaning of home. [Read more…]

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