Category Archives: Sundry flakes

Taking the bait

Some people are taking Farhad Manjoo’s slow-day op-ed exscrecence more seriously than I did. Sometimes a piece of writing so perfectly distills a cultural moment and mood that it deserves to be given outsized attention. That’s very much the case … Continue reading

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Subliminal religion in politics

“Chase religious ideas out one door and they inevitably come in another — because the human mind naturally rebels against a worldview as incomplete, as manifestly threadbare, as pure materialism.” Ross Douthat * * * I used to say “I’m … Continue reading

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Joe Biden and the Crackers

I had vaguely registered some backlash against Joe Biden’s comments about James Eastland and Herman Talmadge, and I couldn’t help but wonder (1) was there some malapropism in Biden’s comments that wasn’t being reported and (2) is there anything at … Continue reading

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Making it up on our own

Over the Christmas holiday 1969-70, I attended Inter-Varsity Christian Fellowship’s “Urbana 70” Missionary Conference, along with, as I recall, 10,000 or so other young people. Two episodes at the conference stood out in my memory these 50 years later. One … Continue reading

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Potpourri 2/22/19

United Methodist schism; the state of news media today; Amazon GTFO as the progressives urged; and two people get their joint taxes done. Continue reading

Posted in Journalism, Moralistic therapeutic deism, progressivism, Protestantism, Sexualia, Sundry flakes

Potpourri 1/16/19

  1 When I’m looking for guidance in my life I always turn to a Dow 30 company … P&G (Gillette) for my relationship with women. Goldman Sachs for child rearing. Chevron for a mid-life crisis. Walgreen’s for spiritual insights. … Continue reading

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Clippings, 1/4/19

1 A reminder that not all “Evangelical” Trump supporters are merely self-described Evangelicals who do not actually go to church: You and other white evangelical leaders have strongly supported President Trump. What about him exemplifies Christianity and earns him your … Continue reading

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“Paul, what do you mean???”

What’s next on the grim avengers’ list? Continue reading

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Clippings, 12/12/18

No commentary of my own; just smart commentary by others. Continue reading

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Two clips, 12/11/18

Sincere blasphemy or false flag? More. Continue reading

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