Purity in Mississippi

From the LA Times:Marie Barnard was delighted when, after decades of silence on the topic, Mississippi passed a law requiring school districts to teach sex education. But the lesson involving the Peppermint Pattie wasn't what she had in mind for her sons.The curricula adopted by the school district in Oxford called on students to unwrap a piece of chocolate, pass it around class and observe how dirty it became."They're using the Peppermint Pattie to show that a girl is no longer … [Read more...]

Paleo Pat Pines for Powerful Putin

Self proclaimed paleo-conservative Pat Buchanan loves him an anti-gay, bear-back ridin', judo flippin', ex-KGB operative named Vlad. It's just about the most absurd thing imaginable, and it's all under the title "Which Side is God on Now?In his Kremlin defense of Russia's annexation of Crimea, Vladimir Putin, even before he began listing the battles where Russian blood had been shed on Crimean soil, spoke of an older deeper bond.Crimea, said Putin, "is the location of ancient Khersones, … [Read more...]

You Can’t Keep a Bad Man Down

Richard Bartholomew reports on the return of an old friend. Rick Joyner, dominionist preacher in charge of MorningStar Ministries, is having a little get together, and guess who one of the speakers is ...Mike Warnke – “I’ve known Mike for many years. When I first heard him speak, I thought he was the funniest man I had ever heard. We need humor, and we’ll need more of it as these times unfold. Yet we also need the other great devotion Mike has—saving the lost and delivering those who are in … [Read more...]

Bob Cargill on the Holy Grail

A pair of historians recently claimed that a chalice in a Spanish church is really the Holy Grail. Here's The Guardian:The two historians – León University medieval history lecturer Margarita Torres and art historian José Manuel Ortega del Rio – identified it as the grail in their book, Kings of the Grail, published last week.They said two Egyptian parchments they found in 2011 at Cairo's University of al-Azhar set them on a three-year investigation.Their studies led them to ident … [Read more...]

The Oceanic Feeling

From Terry Firma, I find out that Barbara Ehrenreich has a new memoir coming out. Ehrenreich is the author of the wonderfully skeptical book Bright Sided, where she takes on various popular versions of New Thought and "positive thinking." But this new memoir, Living With a Wild God, sounds a bit odd.On the surface, the book is about certain dissociative experiences Ehrenreich experienced in her youth. That could be interesting. Ehrenreich's experiences with cancer led her to analyses the … [Read more...]