You want much more than I’m giving

one_of_the

Superlatives are the worst. Mike Warnke is making a comeback. It’s cruel to take teenagers to D.C. to make them lobby on behalf of “abstinence only” sex education. Bryan Fischer’s delusional persecution fantasy is kind of true in Daytona Beach, but those Christians were fined for helping poor people, so Fischer & Co. don’t care. [Read more...]

7 @ 9: Why I’d be a bad time-traveler

Penwell

The unintentional usefulness of wind-sock punditry. Sherlock met the woman at the well and how I failed to prevent the Black Death. Peter Enns on “inerrancy” as a tiny, late-arriving slice of Christianity. Bad moments in education. They are coming for your birth control. Without a healthy local press, local politicians can get away with anything. [Read more...]

Celebrating Krauthammer’s credibility problem

Krauthammer

Charles Krauthammer, April 22, 2003: “Hans Blix had five months to find weapons. He found nothing. We’ve had five weeks. Come back to me in five months. If we haven’t found any, we will have a credibility problem.” As of today, it has been five months 23 times over. [Read more...]

Perversely insisting you like the unlikable doesn’t make someone else a liar

Screenshot 2013-11-06 at 5.27.32 PM

Here’s the “Gotcha” moment then: Ah, but what about people who liked getting screwed over by their old plans? They liked being ripped off, but they’re no longer allowed to be ripped off in quite that same way — therefore Obama was lying when he said “If you like your plan, you will be able to keep it.” [Read more...]

Versus and clobber verses: ‘It’s an almost impossible situation’

10thchapter

But the next word Peter says is “but.” “The Bible says one thing, but …” That’s terrifying for folks like poor Doug Anderson. They revere the Bible as their authority, their lifeline and lifeblood. And so, for them, if “the Bible says” we must never say “but.” If “it is unlawful” then it is unlawful no matter what else the Bible says about a whole theology of welcoming and loving people. [Read more...]

‘Reportedly’ is your friend for unverified imaginary girlfriends

Do you really think she'll pull through?

It doesn’t have to be that exact word, of course, but some such indicator has to be included so that readers know what they’re reading. They need to be told the truth about whether they’re being told This Is What Happened or they’re being told This Is What We’ve Heard Happened, which is not at all the same thing. [Read more...]

Do we have a superstitious belief in widespread superstition?

Floor13

If it turns out that, in fact, that tens of millions of your potential customers do have a superstitious dread of the number 13, then renumbering the floors or the units of your business would be a rational business decision. But it might also be that this widespread dread of the number 13 is, itself, a baseless and irrational belief. [Read more...]

‘Reality is harsh to the feet of shadows’

virtualreality

“On the biggest political story of the year, the conservative media just got its ass handed to it by the mainstream media. And movement conservatives, who believe the MSM is more biased and less rigorous than their alternatives, have no way to explain how their trusted outlets got it wrong, while the New York Times got it right. Hint: The Times hired the most rigorous forecaster it could find. It ought to be an eye-opening moment.” [Read more...]


CLOSE | X

HIDE | X