I search the world over for my angel in black

John Ehrlichman explains just what the Nixon administration intended when it launched the “War on Drugs.” It wasn’t about drugs. It was about hippies and black people. Plus: John Paul 2 was never “neoliberal;” wrong turns on the “Romans Road;” African Proverbs and old Cherokee stories; and Phyllis Schlafly is still not dead. [Read more…]

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Life is a maze and love is a riddle

OK, I finally figured out what song that creepy “Always Submit to the Church Administration” ditty reminds me of, and it’s not Frente! after all. Plus: The need for a new Twain; an honest discussion of witch hunts; and the true story of the Lone Ranger. [Read more…]

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American-style socialism (Do you wish to continue this transaction?)

The new law was a Good Thing. From now on, banks could no longer charge you ATM fees without telling you about them beforehand. They were still allowed to take $2 out of your account every time you wanted to check your balance or just to get access to $20 of your own money, but they had to tell you they were doing it. In America, in the 1990s, this is what constituted “socialism.” [Read more…]

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By Grabthar’s hammer, by the suns of Worvan …

RIP Alan Rickman. Now I will never get my wish that he would one day be hired by Apple as the new voice of Siri. Also: Laws about “natural-born” citizenship seem at least racist-adjacent; the velocity of Republican Bircherization; and a video re-enactment of the proceedings of the Anglican Communion.
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State lotteries and truth in advertising

State lotteries are exempt from truth-in-advertising laws. And this, I think, offers some promise for changing the politics of state lotteries. This is a way of taking them on without prompting a defensive response from either entrenched constituency — the Losers or the Free-loaders. We don’t attack the lotteries themselves, we attack their exemption from truth-in-advertising laws. [Read more…]

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Hell and soteriology Part 1: Bill O’Reilly’s accidental insight

Candida Moss does not euphemize or equivocate about what the text says that Jesus said or that Jesus said this as a direct assertion of fact. Jesus said that if you don’t give away your wealth to help the poor, then you will go to Hell. Period. As Keith wrote, Bill O’Reilly’s reaction was typical of “almost all readers of this story … surely that’s not what he really meant.” [Read more…]

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Boycotting the Once-ler

So like everyone else, you’ve been buying Thneeds from the Once-ler for years without ever hesitating to think about it. After all, a Thneed’s a Fine-Something-That-All-People-Need! It’s a shirt. It’s a sock. It’s a glove. It’s a hat. But it has other uses. Yes, far beyond that. … But then one day you read an [Read More…]

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Banks behaving badly

Cora Currier: “Banks Colluding with Insurers to Rip Off Homeowners, Lawsuit Alleges“ A federal judge in Miami on Tuesday opened the door to a class action against Wells Fargo. More than 20,000 Florida homeowners can now sue Wells Fargo and an insurance company, QBE, for allegedly overcharging for insurance. More than $50 million in insurance [Read More…]

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