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Race and gender and religion

America is a very religious country, and has been for a long time.  Regardless of broad cultural revolutions and trends in the culture wars, about the same number of people say religion is “very important” in their lives today as 35 years ago. Other measure of religiosity shift, as Gallup points out.  ”Self-reported church or…

So much not to like

The AP reports a dude went to the headquarters of hate group based in Washington, DC, and shot a security guard: Federal authorities say Floyd Lee Corkins II told a guard at the Family Research Council, “I don’t like your politics” before shooting him in the arm. The guard and others helped subdue Corkins, who was…

The horror of Horowitz

Many cruel things can be said about the mendacity of David Horowitz. Few of them were not already said by the brilliant Michael Bérubé, but he-of-the-accents doesn’t seem to blog any more, while D. Ho. remains as prolific as ever in his search for Reds in the Ivory Tower.  RightWingWatch observes Horowitz first suggesting that…

Slipping the surly bonds

“High Flight” Oh! I have slipped the surly bonds of Earth And danced the skies on laughter-silvered wings; Sunward I’ve climbed, and joined the tumbling mirth of sun-split clouds, — and done a hundred things You have not dreamed of — wheeled and soared and swung High in the sunlit silence. Hov’ring there, I’ve chased…

Home to roost

Shorter Martin Cothran, spokesman for Kentucky’s Focus on the Family affiliate: Is Romney chicken on the same-sex marriage issue?: Mitt Romney doesn’t deserve conservative support because didn’t eat a chicken sandwich to demonstrate his anti-gay bigotry. But really, here’s Cothran’s argument: Maybe someone could explain to me why the people who stood in line yesterday to…

A conservative columnist writes at Townhall: Bloomberg to New Mothers: You Really Should Be Breastfeeding, You Know: Apparently, carrying a baby for nine months just isn’t hard enough. Don’t you think new mothers deserve a lecture about how to feed their baby…..just hours after they endure hard labor and are still in the hospital? New York…

Woodwinds and strings

There’s a tale told about grandparents who refused to take the grandkids to see a classical orchestra perform.  Asked why, they explained that it was a bad influence.  Too much sax and violins. I was reminded of that joke by fantasy author George R. R. Martin’s reply to those concerned about the graphic sex in his…

Called out

Shorter David Klinghoffer, Disco. ‘tute scrivener: We Called Out Darwinist Critic Carl Zimmer, He Folded, and Now He’s a Darwinist Hero: We called out Carl Zimmer, he kicked our asses, and now we’re butthurt about it. Klinghoffer is peeved that when knowledgeable people are asked to abandon standard tools of scientific discourse in exchange from an…

Lucy and the football

Shorter David Klinghoffer, Disco. ‘tute scrivener, We Called Out Darwinist Critic Carl Zimmer, and He Folded: Why won’t anyone play my game? Klinghoffer is upset that no one will come to the Disco. blog, let Disco. staff ban any outside comment, and debate the merits of the book which several Disco. staffers wrote and which Disco.…

Just imagine

As Steve Benen notes at Rachel Maddow’s blog, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker draws his governing lessons from interesting sources: Just imagine.  Then imagine that Noah had to build his ark in a capitalist market economy, and had to be able to turn a profit on the deal simply in order to start construction.  He might…