That rug really tied the room together

When a New Jersey school board member posts Facebook diatribes railing against immigrants and saying “America needs to get rid of people like you,” the main problem isn’t that she’s being “offensive.” The main problem is that she’s forcefully declaring that she is unwilling and unable to serve the students and families in the school district. Also: A “top evangelical school;” biblical dudehood; killing a neighborhood for profit; and “Mercy Ministries” is neither merciful nor a ministry. [Read more…]

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Hand me down my walkin shoes

Jay Sekulow and Pat Robertson are among the many prominent anti-abortion Christians in the “pro-life movement” who never got the memo about the Standard Answer. They agree with Donald Trump’s first answer — women should be punished. Also: Another manufactured-home community buys their land; the Bible has a trajectory; religious liberty for racist landlords; and What Would Fred Rogers Do? [Read more…]

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I want to take a breath that’s true

The land beneath 69 manufactured homes in Santa Barbara is being sold to a developer who wants to build condos. Those homeowners could lose everything. But it doesn’t have to work that way. Plus: The audacious dishonesty of anti-abortion amicus briefs; more on the Driscoll-Trump parallels; and white evangelicals embracing the herb. [Read more…]

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Warren Buffett: Slumlord and scurvy little spider

When Warren Buffett first moved into the manufactured home business, it seemed like his much-touted philosophy of investing for value would be a boon to the industry that provides so much of America’s affordable housing stock. His reputation as an investor who sought out quality goods and services, growing his fortune with their success, suggested he would focus on the beneficial aspects of factory-built homes, leading away from the unsustainable predatory practices and value-less rent-seeking that have plagued the business. But that didn’t happen. Buffett’s “value” talk, it turns out, is pure shinola. And he’s raised value-less rent-seeking to an art form. [Read more…]

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Down at the stadium they’re waiting for the end of the age

Some links for a soggy Wednesday: Two stories about the two options the future holds for manufactured home-owners. Mabel Williams lived a remarkable American life. A terrific video on why Philly tawks the way it does. There’s no such thing as a humble young-Earth creationist. [Read more…]

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7 things @ 2 o’clock (8.22)

Good news for manufactured-home owners in California and New Hampshire. Want to buy a house for $1? The “Bible Prophecy Blog” is not a blog and it is not about Bible prophecy. I apparently graduated from the third most beautiful Christian university. Another “no duh” study explains why that Lexus just cut you off in traffic. The one-man NAFTA Superhighway. [Read more…]

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Scenes from the class war

The same old story from two more manufactured-home neighborhoods; lecturing the poor while cutting food stamps and Meals on Wheels; “deficit reduction” turns out to be job-reduction for 1.5 million Americans; taxpayers subsidize low wages at Walmart; Ben Bernanke reminds lucky rich kids that they’re lucky. [Read more…]

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Social Security benefits should be going up, not the land-rent for seniors

“Residents of the Greenbriar Village development say owner Equity LifeStyle Properties has been unjustly increasing their land rents, and there’s nothing they can do about it. Equity is the largest manufactured home community company in the United States and in some cases has increased land rents more than 100 percent in a year, said Randy Schaffer, the president of the Greenbriar homeowners association.” [Read more…]

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