• RIP Wes Craven. He wasn’t the only Wheaton College graduate to give us nightmares, but his were a lot more fun.
• Joel Duff tries to make sense of yet another horrifically false statement from the Institute for Creation Research: “Jesus quoted from Genesis about as much as all the other books of the Old Testament combined. Roughly half of Christ’s references to Scripture were quotation from Genesis.”
That’s not even close to being true.
• “Ohio Republicans are freaking out about the Denali name change.” And in doing so they’re proving they don’t actually care much about, like, history or facts.
Allow me to propose a compromise: Let’s have GMC rename this SUV the “Yukon McKinley” and just call it even.
Also too: If any of your friends or coworkers are spreading the urban legend that Denali is “the Kenyan word for ‘Black Power,'” then, yep, they’re really, really racist. And really, really dumb. No reason to play “stupid or evil?” — the answer in their case is both.But then you’d probably figured that out about them already from their “Make America Great Again” hats. (Thx Loki for that last link.)
• We made it through August and through what Al Aronowitz called the “August Blues”:
August is the month when wars start. It’s when the water dries up and the spirit begins to wither. Insomniacs pull down their shades and lock themselves in their rooms in August. Lifelong friends have fist fights. People feel like they’re going to burst. Sometimes they do. …
August sometimes lasts until the sound of the ram’s horn. People move in September. School starts. Somehow the pulse revives. People begin to think about lighting fires for winter. Finally, August lets go like the leaves from the trees. And the weirdness ends.