Each night I wait to get caught

Speaker of the House John Boehner is stepping down and resigning from Congress next month to take what surely has to be a better job. Any job would be a better job than trying to lead a governing party that hates the idea of governing. Plus: Theology in Chicago, style guides for the apocalypse, and NASA’s live-stream above the clouds. [Read more…]

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If nothing is sacred, then everything is for sale

“Sacred” does not mean that something “is beyond question.” It means that something is beyond price. To say that nothing is “sacred,” then, is to say that everything is for sale. This is not just a deeply cynical thing to say about the world, but a bitterly cynical thing to say about oneself. [Read more…]

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We dig our heels in and wonder who’s gonna win

“He was anti-abortion. … Rusty had an issue with feminine rights. He was opposed to women having a say in anything.” Or, in other words, the pattern continues. Also: Still calling bal tashhit on an illegal occupation; Operation Rescue liars make up quotes from RBG; and a fossil from the Garden of Eden. [Read more…]

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Should the dragons on ‘Game of Thrones’ have feathers?

Back in 1993, scientists hadn’t yet learned what they know today about feathered dinosaurs. So the filmmakers of “Jurassic World” had a choice. They could incorporate this new information and change the look of the dinosaurs from that of the first film, or they could opt for continuity in the sequel even though that means sticking with the misrepresentation of the velociraptors from the original “Jurassic Park.” They’re not the only storytellers struggling with this new scientific information. [Read more…]

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They don’t make Republicans like that anymore

Here’s a terrific bit of American history from Glenn Branch. In the February 1916 issue of National Geographic, the author of Life Histories of African Game Animals wrote about the evolution of “the primates” and of “the monkeys and anthropoid apes and finally the half-human predecessors of man himself.” This raised the ire of creationist preacher Theodore Graebner [Read More…]

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Of ‘croco-ducks’ and the Zeno’s paradox shell-game of creationism

Unlike Kirk Cameron, the professional hucksters driving young-Earth creationism — the Ken Hams and Al Mohlers of the world — understand enough about evolution and common ancestry to recognize that the search for a croco-duck is nonsense. They offer a more sophisticated version of Cameron’s “transitional forms” argument — one that is less ignorant and far less honest. [Read more…]

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Feel our souls wear out and our laces break

Some Monday morning links, including: Joseph and the Appalling Totalitarian Despot revisited; our credit overlords tweak their formula; maternal mules; tearing the corporate veil; and grinning in the presence of mine enemies. [Read more…]

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I see the skull beneath the skin

Pacifists still have to pay for bullets, but they’re allowed to discriminate against LGBT students. Profiles of two delusional nativists. Why some Christian colleges refuse to be trustworthy. Plus Johnny Cash proclaims woe unto the rich, Junia is a little less alone, dubious decor from Sears, and, oh, also too, the excerpt function on WordPress still isn’t working on my front page. [Read more…]

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