Penn Jillette and Tommy Smothers

I watched this video just before turning in last night, and awoke with it still in my head:For those who are unfamiliar with the story of Jillette and Bible, you can come up to speed here; Jillette movingly describing his encounter with an Evangelical Christian fan who loved him enough to give him a Bible. Although he is a professed atheist, Jillette understood and appreciated what the fan had done.In both videos, Jillette's willingness to be naked in his uncertainty and … [Read more...]

Pope: Anglicans, Liturgy, Welcome! UPDATED

As I and others guessed yesterday, the announcements coming out of Rome and London today are big but not all that surprising. Damian Thompson has the first threadbare report:The Vatican has announced that Pope Benedict is setting up special provision for Anglicans, including married clergy, who want to convert to Rome together, preserving aspects of Anglican liturgy. They will be given their own pastoral supervision, according to this press release from the Vatican:“In this Apostolic C … [Read more...]

Obama: "Not talking…is ridiculous"

My readers have better memories than I do. Today, I got this in the mail from an reader who asks to be identified as "A Product of Pittsburgh Steelworkers":I had written to you before the election about how then Candidate Obama would no longer talk to a television station in Florida because he didn't like some of the questions they asked Joe Biden. See your article Obama: Yes to Iran, No to WFTV from October 2008.But even I would never have imagined that he would carry this over to an … [Read more...]

Did the IOC recognise a weak horse? UPDATES

Okay, so Chicago did not get the Olympics.I was certain Obama was going to Copenhagen because it was a done deal, and he'd get a little glory for bringing the Games to his home city, and show everyone how much the world loved him.I was wrong.But this is a big story -and a bit of an embarrassment for the president- for one reason, and one reason only: the excessive, slobbering press created gigantic expectation. Listening to CNN this morning, you thought this was a "done" deal, the IOC was … [Read more...]

Evil & Formation -UPDATED

One of those days where there is too much to read, and all of it wounds either the psyche or the spirit, or one's sense of safety. Bear with me, if you will; I find I'm battling some sort of virus, thingy, which does not help.There are no conclusions I can draw, in any of these links, that you cannot draw yourself.But, overriding all of it is a startlingly strong sense of evil, galloping our way, in battalions.Let's begin on the purely material: This is a shocking graph.But no matter … [Read more...]

Brilliant Artists are Privileged

Now, this is a curious thing. The Rhetoritician makes the valid point that Hollywood wishes to excuse men like Roman Polanski from their wrongdoing, but will work to destroy men like Mark Foley for theirs.Recalling Orwell's Animal Farm The Rhetoritician entitles his piece Some are more Equal than Others.Looking at pictures from U2's big concert in DC last night, I am seeing a pattern emerge.I am a fan -a big fan- of U2's music. I still think Achtung Baby and Zooropa are two of the best … [Read more...]

Wild Horses couldn't take me away…

Actually it didn't need wild horses to drag me away from the blog, this weekend. The usual family obligations managed that, but Wild Horses can't drag me away from this terrific recording of Susan Boyle singing the Rolling Stone's classic. It's goose-bump-inducingly lovely. Color me impressed.Deacon Greg says it's the first cut from Susan Boyle's new album. Can't wait to hear more. Outside of Chris Daughtry's first album, I haven't purchased anything from artists discovered on these … [Read more...]

Equality of Opportunity or of Outcome?

Let's look some more at this piece by Jillian Bandes, on Obama's new "Chief Diversity Officer," Mark Lloyd.I was a bit snarky yesterday when I wrote of this newly-created office:Does it seem to you that the Obama administration makes up titles and offices the way Bluto made up new names for Animal House Pledges?“You’ll be…the Chief Diversity Officer!”“Why?”“Why the hell not?”It certainly does seem that the Obama administration is interested in creating a million little bureaucracies … [Read more...]

American Stonehenge

We're behind on our reading around here and came across this very interesting piece in Wired Magazine about an erection of engraved monoliths, raised in northeastern Georgia:Built to survive the apocalypse, the Georgia Guidestones are not merely instructions for the future—the massive granite slabs also function as a clock, calendar, and compass.. . .the monument is a mystery—nobody knows exactly who commissioned it or why. The only clues to its origin are on a nearby plaque on the gro … [Read more...]

Obama as the Joker

For reasons that baffle me, a big deal is being made over someone photoshopping the president's face into a representation of The Joker from the The Dark Knight. The LA Weekly, eager to play the racism card says "the only thing missing is the noose."Whaaa?Now, I can see if someone had taken a picture of President Obama and photoshopped whiteface for spite and without context, (or, for that matter, blackface as done here to Michael Steele) then one might have a credible case for crying … [Read more...]


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