October 30, 2018

Smart things that smart people would be smart to read, from: George Washington, Jackie Robinson, Julia Ioffe, Jill Lepore, and James Baldwin. Read more

October 29, 2018

“The commandments — You shall not commit adultery; You shall not murder; You shall not steal; You shall not covet; and any other commandment — are summed up in this word, ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’ Love does no wrong to a neighbor; therefore, love is the fulfilling of the law.” Read more

October 29, 2018

“You can’t change a subculture without making it aware that it IS a subculture.” Admittedly, prank-calling local “Christian bookstores” wasn’t the best way to go about that. But it was funny. Read more

October 28, 2018

“The gunman represented the monsters who will always be with us. Anyone who emboldened, angered, or egged him on represents the worst in social leadership. HIAS has represented the best.” Read more

October 26, 2018

When you “judge” others, you should also judge yourself by the same standards. You might as well — because the standard you use to judge others is the same standard everybody else is therefore going to apply to you. Read more

October 26, 2018

Buck Williams is a Very Bad journalist. And also something of a Very Bad person. Read more

October 24, 2018

Catholic voters in Pennsylvania may no longer view clergy abuse as a liberal-media witch-hunt. If the blame for abuse shifts to where it belongs — on the abusers and the bishops who shielded them — then it will be harder for those bishops to instruct laypeople to obediently vote the way they’re told. Plus: RIP Eugene Peterson, RIP Pat Robertson’s followers, and a Doris Day number for Anton LaVey. Read more

October 23, 2018

Richard Beck has me revisiting some bloody hymns. “I know these blood-themed hymns are currently out of favor,” he writes. “They are theologically ‘problematic’ for many.” Well, yes. But the biggest problem with some of them is that they’re not a much bigger problem. Let’s look at my favorite of the bunch — “Power in the Blood.” This is such a well-known and well-loved hymn that Michael Gerson and George W. Bush worked into into a classic dog-whistle for Bush’s… Read more

October 23, 2018

Back on nightshift for a few weeks doing “inventory prep” at the Big Box. We are counting everything. Everything must be counted! Read more

October 22, 2018

The spotted lanternfly is pretty. I’ve noticed this every time I’ve killed one, which is quite a bit lately from here in southeastern Pennsylvania, inside the quarantine zone for these exotic invasive pests. Read more

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