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Monthly Archives: November 2008
How Would Jesus Drive?: A Man Punishes a Woman for Not Driving Like a Christian—By Running Her Off the Road. I Wonder What Alvin Plantinga Would Say About This
An odd traffic news story today from San Antonio: A speeding pickup rear-ended a woman’s sedan on the South Side on Friday morning and sheriff’s officials say the driver said it was Jesus’ will because the other motorist was not … Continue reading
before the night’s glittering black curtain the Father of dung beatles moves the moon ——————– What was I trying to do with this tiny poem? For one thing, I was trying to think about the things that … Continue reading
Money quote: [W]ith Milk (Focus Features), the story of martyred gay rights activist Harvey Milk, Gus Van Sant and screenwriter Dustin Lance Black pull off something very close to magic. They make a film that’s both historically precise (allowing for … Continue reading
The MONSTEROUS plays an enormous role in literature and the human imagination—from the Book of Revelation and Dante’s Inferno to Nosferatu and Mad Monster Party. It also plays a large role in politics—as in the demonizing, by the far right, of Barack … Continue reading
This brilliant idea comes from Tom Ackerman via Andrew Sullivan’s blog: Yesterday I called a woman’s spouse her boyfriend. She says, correcting me, “He’s my husband,” “Oh,” I say, “I no longer recognize marriage.” The impact is obvious. I tried … Continue reading
Sean Penn may be headed for a “best actor” Oscar for his performance in Milk. Roger Ebert also praises Penn’s performance, and gives the film four stars. Money quote: Sean Penn never tries to show Harvey Milk as a hero, … Continue reading
Women, Gays, and “the desert religions”: Richard Rodriguez Tells Salon.com That He’s Working on a Book about Western Monotheism
Money quote: Well, I’m working right now in the Middle East on monotheistic religions because I’m very worried about the direction of religion. Ever since Sept. 11, when I heard that prayer being spoken at the moment the planes hit … Continue reading
Today, Salon.com posted an interview with Richard Rodriguez on gay marriage. Money quote: [I]t’s one thing for the churches to insist on their right to define the sacrament of marriage for their own members. But it’s quite another for them to … Continue reading
On November 20th, a meteor broke through earth’s atmosphere over Edmonton, Canada:
Here’s Jayne Mansfield in 1957 (at age 24) talking about her desire to be taken seriously as an actress: And below is a brief documentary on her death. Jayne Mansfield, in addition to her acting, played the violin. After Jayne’s death, her ex-husband had an … Continue reading
Paleontologist Dan Phelps visits Ken Ham’s creationist museum in Kentucky and offers his take here. Money quote: Most homeschoolers are already teaching their children creationism, so the museum may at worst strengthen the message the kids are getting at home. … Continue reading
Obamageddon Cancelled: Rush Limbaugh’s and Sean Hannity’s Chicken Little Hysteria Act Over What an Obama Cabinet Would Look Like Proves Utterly Divorced from Reality
All through 2008, the far-right cried like Chicken Little about Obama being a secret Muslim, communist, and terrorist, and in their racism insinuated that he’d appoint a cabinet full of scary names (to conservatives) like Jesse Jackson and Al Sharpton. … Continue reading
Watching the clip below, I couldn’t help but think of the bindings and loosings in Blake’s poetry, and one line especially (from his poem, “Infant Sorrow”): Into the dangerous world I lept. Anyway, it’s a bit nervy to watch, but also … Continue reading
Ron Brownstein today: As George W. Bush’s presidency winds down, the Republican Party’s greatest problem is that it doesn’t appear to be reaching much of anybody who isn’t already watching Fox News. Bush leaves behind a party that looks less … Continue reading
A single cell organism that, when it moves, makes track lines identical to those found fossilized in precambrian strata suggests that the multi-cellular “Cambrian Explosion” really was quite the explosion indeed. Discovery Channel News explains: Until about 550 million years ago, there … Continue reading
Sarah Palin “pardons” a Thanksgiving turkey, then steps forward for some press questions holding a cup of hot coffee. Prepare to be mildly grossed out: It might make for an amusing YouTube to video one’s reaction to watching “Two Turkeys, One … Continue reading
Turkey with, eh, Gravy?: Sarah Palin Does a Thanksgiving Interview with Turkeys Being Slaughtered Directly Behind Her!
Caution: In males the clip below may stir castration anxiety. As governor of Alaska (2008), Sarah Palin had just “pardoned” one Thanksgiving turkey, then stepped forward to take a few press questions, apparently oblivious to the other turkeys being slaughtered over her shoulder: