I Think I Have Something in My Eye – American Exceptionalism Edition

The crowd at Fenway Park backs up an autistic national anthem singer on disability awareness day: Which brings to mind the reason why Mo Cheeks should have a job in the NBA forever:

Our Betters Aren’t Better Anymore

At The American Interest, Walter Russel Mead takes an extended look at why our leaders–cultural, financial, and political–suck so bad. Naturally, this part caught my eye: The religion gap between the elite and the rest of the country is a big part of the problem — and in more ways than one.  I can’t help … Read more

Mainline Protestants Not Protesting Very Much Anymore

As Jesus said, “Take up your cross and follow me, unless it’s uncomfortable or inconvenient, in which case just do whatever, dude“: On May 10, Presbyterians in Minneapolis became the needed 87th local presbytery to vote for deleting the denomination’s expectation for ministers and elders of “fidelity within the covenant of marriage between a man … Read more

More 40 Year Old Things That I Am Better Than

That Amtrak post got me thinking—now that I’m later-middle-aged (ahem), I want to know where I stand in relation to some more of my peers. So here are some more 40 year old things that I am better than: Greenpeace – You can spend any amount of time with me and not walk away with … Read more

40 Year Old Things That I Am Better Than

Hey, Amtrak and I turn 40 in the same week. And I’ve made it this far without a dime of government funding, thank you very much.

Meanwhile, on Another Blog…

My blogging buddy Jen at Conversion Diary is doing a series of posts that walk through the Lord’s Prayer word-by-word, and she was kind enough to ask me to do the post on the word “heaven” (the second “heaven,” not the first; the “as it is in heaven” heaven). So drop by her place and … Read more

"Where Are These Angels?"

I think I’ve posted this video before, but it’s worth posting again: Heck, I’d like to have it playing on a loop in my house. Justin Taylor used it on his blog to make the point that it’s easy to criticize if you don’t have to come up with something better yourself. Of course, the … Read more

Happy Mother’s Day

For all the moms out there, including my own soon-to-be baby mama, thanks for all the good times.

An Education Fable

(Via Instapundit) What if we ran grocery stores the same way we run public education? Residents of each county would pay taxes on their properties. Nearly half of those tax revenues would then be spent by government officials to build and operate supermarkets. Each family would be assigned to a particular supermarket according to its … Read more

May Ennui Be With You

Just in time for Star Wars Day (unless time has any meaning other than the maddening accumulation of sorrow), it’s Star Wars as a French art film. (Via Conversion Diary)

Pandora Does Comedy Now, Just in Time for All the “Dead Osama” Jokes

On top of all the music goodness, Pandora now does comedy too! I am more excited than I’ve been since I found that onion ring in my french fries. Go now and load up on Brian Regan. Thank me later.


(I dunno; it just seems like it demands an exclamation point.) It’s not creationism, and it’s not Darwinian evolution. It’s an amalgam called “theistic evolution” or “BioLogos,” a term coined by proponent and head of the NIH Francis Collins (who also jokingly referred to it as “Crevolution[!]” [it just needs that exclamation point – j]). … Read more

Rebuilding Alabama

Via Reason’s Hit & Run, here’s a post from the History News Network on how Alabama is pulling itself up by its own bootstraps: Although most of the relief effort starts with individuals who weigh in on their own, churches are playing a key role in coordinating it. I don’t know if a more secular … Read more

A Christian Response to the Killing of Osama bin Laden. Or, How Long Is It Appropriate to Chant “USA! USA!”

You wanna quote scripture? I can quote scripture: Let those who love the LORD hate evil, for he guards the lives of his faithful ones and delivers them from the hand of the wicked.Psalm 97:10 Christians have an obligation to view human life as God does (a much more complicated proposition than some would have … Read more

Church Urban Legends

(Via Justin Taylor)Well, shoot, some of those great stories and illustrations that your pastor uses in the pulpit aren’t necessarily exactly true. Trevin Wax has a rundown, including: 2. The high priest tied a rope around his ankle so that others could drag him out of the Holy of Holies in case God struck him … Read more

From the Department of Internal Contradictions

An atheist commenter once scolded me for using the phrase “evangelical atheist.” His point was that evangelism was something only the religious did. (I’d look up the post, but that would take up time that could be better spent eating the rest of the Teddy Grahams. They beckon to me from the pantry.) Anyhoo, it … Read more

The American Street Erupts

Remember all those people who were dancing in the street in the Middle East after 9/11? Yeah, me too.

Thoughts in the Aftermath of the Alabama Tornadoes

It’s a bizarre experience, driving down a familiar road where everything looks like it does on every other day, then rounding the corner and seeing a town that looks like it was just attacked by an alien armada. That’s what we have here in central Alabama: the part of the Michael Bay movie you never … Read more