Saturday salmagundi

Saturday salmagundi November 17, 2012

• Scot McKnight gets a look at Norm Jeune’s Theologian Trading Cards and find them to be just as cool as they sound. (For his — and my — admittedly odd value for “cool.”)

• Sarah Laskow of Grist commends scrapple as a food sustainability advocates should embrace. She quotes one Pennsylvania chef comparing scrapple to polenta. (What’s the difference between scrapple and polenta? About $7 a serving on most menus.)

• Here’s a cool invention: a generator that converts urine into hydrogen to produce electricity. Who invented this? NASA? CERN? Bell Labs? Nah. It was four teen-age girls in Nigeria.

“It is most, most well-deserved,” Phil Niekro said in a statement. “And I’m super proud of him.”

• Michelle Dean’s “A Lament for Witches” had me lamenting her neglect of Ms. Rosenberg.

• Clowns vs. White Supremacists, Round 2. Clowns remain undefeated.

• Caleb Wilde shares the “Top 20 Pop Songs Requested at Funerals in 2012.” I might request that first one — but only the Sid Vicious version, not the Sinatra one.

• Susie Madrak has a terrific round-up of links and phone numbers for anyone looking to help the recovery in New York, New Jersey and other places affected by Hurricane Sandy.

Phyllis and Del, a love story.

• Dan Savage says that The Liar Tony Perkins is, you know, a liar.

Robert Murray is an awful human being.

• Here’s yet another blogger who volunteered this election season in Pennsylvania’s 6th District: Carol Kuniholm of Words Half Heard.

• They were created by man. They rebelled. They evolved. Some are programmed to think they are human. There are many copies. And they have a plan.

• Georgia’s Republican state senators prepare to fight against Nicolae Carpathia and his nefarious one-world government:

President Obama is using a Cold War-era mind-control technique known as “Delphi” to coerce Americans into accepting his plan for a United Nations-run communist dictatorship in which suburbanites will be forcibly relocated to cities. That’s according to a four-hour briefing delivered to Republican state senators at the Georgia state Capitol last month.

• Baptist pastor Robert Jeffress says that the Georgia lawmakers’ claims that Obama has mind-controlling Antichrist powers is just silly. “President Obama is not the Antichrist,” Jeffress said. “But what I am saying is this: the course he is choosing to lead our nation is paving the way for the future reign of the Antichrist.”

(Thanks for the tip, Tony. And yes, I’ll take that bait.)

• The “vote fraud” myth was intended as a fig leaf for voter suppression — actual in-person voter fraud doesn’t really exist. But after the Fox News and talk-radio machine spent months beating the drum about this menace, some of their followers came to believe it — with disastrous results.

• On the positive side,  Haskell County, Oklahoma, managed to spell “Sabbath” correctly on their Ten Commandments monument. On the negative side, Haskell County apparently doesn’t like Lutherans or Catholics — choosing a sectarian monument that numbers the commandments in a way that excludes those Christians.

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