Smart people saying smart things (8.30)

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Glenn Greenwald on “journalists” against journalism. Jeet Heer and Sarah Posner on Donald Trump. Eric Foner on pseudo-politics and psycho-politics. And a Martin Luther King Jr. speech that revisionist fantasists like to pretend doesn’t exist because they’re too busy attributing out-of-context W.E.B. DuBois quotes to Margaret Sanger so they can play-act like they’re Bonhoeffer fighting Hitler. [Read more...]

Je suis Bat Boy

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The anthrax attacks of 2001 killed five people, starting with the photo editor of a satirical supermarket tabloid. That happened. A terror attack here in the U.S. — in Boca Raton — targeted and killed a visual artist working for a satirical newspaper. And then, three weeks later, the Patriot Act was signed into law. [Read more...]

The Magic School Bus and the Satanic Panic that ate Christianity

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The hallmark of white evangelical discipleship is feigned outrage. Evangelicalism in America takes its cue from the Catholic rite of baptism: “Do you renounce Satan and all his works?” We do. We just have no idea what all Satan’s works might look like. So we make stuff up and then renounce that. [Read more...]

‘Around the Web’

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Look at a newspaper from 100 years ago and you’ll realize that lurid freak-shows and quack remedies have always helped to fund the business of journalism. Whatever value real reporting and real journalism has had to offer, it’s always been propped up, in part, by snake-oil and side-boobery. [Read more...]

So let the judgment fall on me

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So, OK, I missed the Emmys — did Tatiana Maslany win for lead actress or supporting actress? Or both? (Plus some other links and stuff.) [Read more...]

You want much more than I’m giving

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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

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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

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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...]


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