Saturday, October 3rd, 2015 | Uncategorized | 13 Comments
A record 94,610,000 Americans were not in the American labor force last month — an increase of 579,000 from August — and the labor force participation rate reached its lowest point in 38 years, with 62.4 percent of the U.S. population either holding a job or actively seeking one.
Yeah, I’ve pretty much given up. And pace John, I don’t blame this on Obama. At the end of this month, I’m going to be 60 so I don’t like my chances of finding something new any time soon.
So I’m working my way through what the old man left me when he died. All it has to do is last me another two years. Then I can officially go into “semi-retirement” and we’ll see what we’ll see.
Friday, October 2nd, 2015 | Uncategorized | 58 Comments
Get used to it and be ready. Take the hit if you have to (there are way worse ways to die). Because this is going to happen more and more often:
A gunman singled out Christians, telling them they would see God in “one second,” during a rampage at an Oregon college Thursday that left at least nine innocent people dead and several more wounded, survivors and authorities said.
“[He started] asking people one by one what their religion was. ‘Are you a Christian?’ he would ask them, and if you’re a Christian, stand up. And they would stand up and he said, ‘Good, because you’re a Christian, you are going to see God in just about one second.’ And then he shot and killed them,” Stacy Boylen, whose daughter was wounded at Umpqua Community College in Roseburg, Ore., told CNN.
Wednesday, September 30th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 22 Comments
So far, Justin Welby’s desperate and, well, kind of pathetic attempt to remain an Important World Religious FigureTM seems to be on track:
AS RSVPs go, the Primates’ first responses to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s invitation to meet next January vary from the enthusiastic to the heavily caveated. The reaction in the Northern hemisphere has so far been positive.
Despite the Archbishop’s unexpected decision to invite a representative of the Anglican Church in North America (ACNA), the Episcopal Church confirmed that the Rt Revd Michael Curry, who is due to succeed Dr Katharine Jefferts Schori as Presiding Bishop, would attend.
Even though the ACNA Archbishop will only be there for a day before the actual meeting even starts.
The Primate of the Anglican Church of Canada, the Most Revd Archbishop Fred Hiltz, welcomed the meeting as “a good thing”. Speaking on Tuesday, he described the decision to invite ACNA — it is understood that the representative will be present for one day, before the formal meeting gets under way — as “an opportunity for some conversation, in the ultimate hope that we might be able to find a way forward towards reconciliation”.
Some North Americans are cheesed that ACNA even got that.
US bishops also welcomed the Archbishop’s initiative, despite reservations. “I hope that all will be in attendance, and participate fully,” the Bishop of Vermont, the Rt Revd Thomas C. Ely, said. “It is not clear to me the reasoning behind inviting other guests who are not Primates of the Anglican Communion to this meeting, especially since this is the first meeting of the Primates in quite some time.”
The Most Revd Eliud Wabukala, Primate of Kenya, doesn’t think that much of anything is going to happen.
A pastoral letter issued by the Most Revd Eliud Wabukala, the Kenyan Primate and GAFCON chairman, this week, was less than sanguine about the state of the Communion, which had become, he suggested, “a source of weakness, as Churches which have rejected the truth as Anglicans have received it spread false teaching, yet continue to enjoy full communion with the Archbishop of Canterbury”.
While Fred’s not down with the whole “looser Communion” idea.
“I am uneasy with the notion that the Communion could be reshaped into a group of churches that all have some kind of relationship with Canterbury but not one another,” [Hiltz] said. “It flies in the face of our historic understanding of the Communion.”
So did giving a pointy hat and hooked stick to a homosexual, Fred. But here we are.
The irony is that an approach like this might have worked in 2003. Part of the problem, aside from the obvious, in making Robbie an Episcopal bishop is that by the rules of Anglicanism, he automatically became an Anglican bishop as well.
Free Anglican provinces from having to accept Robbie as anything at all and maybe a lot of the ensuing trouble doesn’t become as much of an issue as it became.
Mind you, I said “might have.” Because the logical contradiction would still be there. Churches that preach A and churches that preach Not A would still be in theoretical “communion” with one another. And what communion hath light with darkness?
Saturday, September 26th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 116 Comments
Speaker John A. Boehner, an Ohio barkeeper’s son who rode a conservative wave to one of the highest positions in government, said Friday he would relinquish his gavel and resign from Congress, undone by the very Republicans who swept him into power.
Fond of saying “I’m a regular guy with a big job,” Mr. Boehner struggled almost from the moment he became speaker in 2011 to manage the challenges of divided government while holding together his fractious and increasingly conservative Republican members.
The tension has spilled over into the race for the Republican presidential nomination, in which several candidates have openly derided Republican leaders in Congress like Mr. Boehner. The loud and potent voices in the House largely reflect the steady shift of power in the Republican Party base from places like Mr. Boehner’s suburban Cincinnati district to areas that are largely Southern, rural and white.
There you go.
In recent weeks, there have been stories all over the Internet about how Boehner’s Speakership was under threat from conservative Republicans. So I’m guessing that the threat was real.
It was repeatedly pointed out that even if this threat had been pushed through, Boehner could have attracted enough Republican votes along with enough Democratic votes to keep the Big Gavel. But what would he have gained?
A Speakership in which Republicans detested him while Democrats basically controlled him? It’s not too tough to see why Boehner decided to call it a day.
Wednesday, September 23rd, 2015 | Uncategorized | 72 Comments
Who or what killed the Anglican Communion? James Pike? Women’s ordination? John Shelby Spong? Gene Robinson? Same-sex “marriage?” Rowan Williams? All of the above? Giles Fraser suggests an interesting new candidate. The Internet:
In the end, it was probably Tim Berners-Lee that did for the Anglican communion. And yet he may also be exactly the right person to show the church how to put itself back together again. But more of that in a moment. The archbishop of Canterbury has just announced a final throw of the dice to keep the family together. He plans a looser structure – not quite a divorce, but “sleeping in separate bedrooms”. It’s the right way forward. But it doesn’t go far enough.
How did the Internet do that? Essentially, it killed the Anglican spin machine.
But when the soldiers finally withdrew from the empire and the colonial civil service shrank back to Westminster, so local Anglican churches began to develop in their own independent ways, each adopting local custom and absorbing the values of the surrounding culture. Over the decades, as congregations swelled, few people noticed that the Anglican family was drifting further apart. Until, that is, the C of E nearly appointed a gay bishop in 2003. And then all hell broke loose – with English conservatives, fearing they were about to lose the gay argument back home, cleverly re-inventing the C of E as part of the worldwide communion in which they form a natural majority.
But it was the world wide web that finally did for global ecclesiastical solidarity. Through the web, different churches could finally experience each other’s theology first hand. We could read their sermons and church pronouncements. And they could read ours. And we didn’t like what we saw. Western liberals saw anti-gay bigotry. African conservatives saw an abandonment of the traditional gospel. We had become strangers to each other. No, worse than that: we realised we were fighting on very different sides. And, however hard they tried (and Rowan Williams really did) the men in mitres could not put Humpty together again.
I agree with Fraser here; in fact, I’ve believed this for over a decade. Anglicans used to be able to explain away guys like Pike or Spong or innovations like women’s ordination.
That’s just Pike or Spong. Individual weirdo bishops with no influence on the national church. Hell, most of us Episcopal bishops think Jim and Jack are whack jobs. As far as women’s ordination is concerned, that involves no change whatsoever in our fundamental doctrine, we’re still just as Christian as you are.
Along comes the Internet and instantly Anglicans all over the world know that they’re being lied to. Anglican web sites like Stand Firm started springing up all over the place. Other sites, like this one, began covering the Anglican controversy full-time. Then there was Binky’s original site, the greatest Anglican news aggregator of all time, where all these sites came together, shared links and learned from one another.
And, in both posts and comments, they started asking questions that Lambeth Palace, Church House or Church Center couldn’t answer without giving the game away. And eventually, the cherry on the banana split, if you like, they revealed two things that Big Anglicanism desperately needed to keep secret.
Western liberal Anglican scorn and contempt for the Third World. And, no matter their insistent comments about “local context,” the crystal-clear and unshakeable resolve that the Western liberal view would eventually have to prevail.
Which is why none of the following is ever going to happen.
But just as Berners-Lee’s great invention opened the church up to its own divisions, so it can provide a model for a more robust ecclesiology. For the great breakthrough that Berners-Lee made at Cern in 1989 was the creation of hypertext, connections that share information horizontally, between users, without having to pass through some central command and control. It was the ultimate Reformation, not just (as it were) the abolition of the pope – but the abolition of the whole need for a hierarchical and centralised authority. This is how the church should develop – locally based, and with a crisscrossing network of national and international connections where solidarity is helpful and required. Yes, a bit like the letters of St Paul, but not so bossy.
I’m a bit of a Trotskyist when it comes to the Reformation: I believe in continual revolution. But the hypertext church – connected horizontally, not vertically – is not some future possibility. It is a present reality. Most of us in parishes just get on with our work, forming alliances, independent of the rows going on up in Lambeth Palace. In truth, they don’t impinge on us all that much. The problem is not with the church on the ground. The problem is with the long, fictional notion of authority by which we are all supposed to be connected. And the archbishop himself knows it too: it’s not our links to him that make us a family, it’s our partnership in the gospel.
Forget it. You and I don’t speak the same language any more. Terms like “God,” “Jesus Christ” and “Holy Spirit” don’t mean the same thing to you that they mean to me. Since 2003, the Internet’s made that abundantly clear.
Humpty-Dumpty and all that, G.
Tuesday, September 22nd, 2015 | Uncategorized | 22 Comments
This is the reason (well, one of them) why we don’t like you:
Dear City council of Munich,
I am writing this letter to bring to your attention something that I and many Muslims believe is unfair and requires attention.
I would like to inform you that the Oktoberfest is an Intolerant and Anti-Islamic event. We tried to ignore the event, but there too many Un-Islamic acts done at the Oktoberfest. Such as alcohol consumption, public nudity etc.
We understand that the Oktoberfest is a yearly German tradition, but we, Muslims, can not tolerate this Un-Islamic event, because it offends us and all Muslims on the earth.
We are requesting the immediate cancellation of the upcoming Oktoberfest event.
We also believe that the Oktoberfest might also offend all the Muslim refugees coming from Syria, Iraq, Afghanistan. The cancellation of the Oktoberfest event will help refugees not to forget their Islamic history. Thank you for your attention to this matter.
Monday, September 21st, 2015 | Uncategorized | 13 Comments
I guess every Christian has churches that he’d like to visit some time before he dies. You know, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, St. Peter’s Basilica, Westminster Abbey, places like that. Me, I want to worship here at least once.
Saturday, September 19th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 25 Comments
Legendary MCJ commenter Dale Matson inadvertently suggests an intriguing possibility:
“…but if he is wise [Welby] will at least up the ante and invite ACNA in full status…” He is not able to do this. If he did, I guarantee TEC and the ACoC would not attend.
What if he did? What if Justin Welby, in order to entice GAFCON to attend his meeting, decided to invite Foley Beach as a full participant rather than as a partial one? After all, by the sound of things, this is just an informal get-together designed to find out ways Anglican churches can relate to one another going forward.
The fact that Welby invited Beach at all to a gathering of Anglican primates means that the North Americans couldn’t attend since Beach’s invitation would effectively render Beach a de facto Anglican primate. Sort of, at this point.
Ballgame. Thanks for playing.
Thursday, September 17th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 36 Comments
GAFCON sounds dubious about Justin Welby’s January, 2016 Primates Meeting idea:
The Archbishop of Canterbury’s call for a meeting of Primates in January 2016 shows that he has recognised the deep concerns of faithful church leaders around the world, including those belonging to the GAFCON movement who represent the majority of the global Communion’s membership.
Not to put too fine a point on it but Dr. Williams also “recognised the deep concerns” of Christian Anglicans. What he chose to do about those “deep concerns” is why I can’t make myself care about the “Anglican tradition” any more.
GAFCON began with the first Global Anglican Future Conference in 2008 as an initiative to restore the integrity of Anglican faith and order as the Communion descended into deepening crisis.
We are now a global family standing together to restore the Bible to the heart of the Anglican Communion with a strength and unity that comes from our common confession of the Lord Jesus Christ, not merely from historic institutional structures.
It is on this basis that the GAFCON Primates will prayerfully consider their response to the Archbishop of Canterbury’s letter. They recognize that the crisis in the Communion is not primarily a problem of relationships and cultural context, but of false teaching which continues without repentance or discipline.
Get this through your heads right now. “Repentance or discipline” of the Americans and the Canadians isn’t going to happen at this meeting.
Consistent with this position, they have previously advised the Archbishop of Canterbury that they would not attend any meeting at which The Episcopal Church of the United States or the Anglican Church of Canada were represented, nor would they attend any meeting from which the Anglican Church in North America was excluded.
So we’re not guaranteeing that we’ll be there although we might.
It is therefore of some encouragement that the Archbishop of Canterbury has opened the door of this meeting to the Primate of the Anglican Church in North America, Archbishop Foley Beach.
The fact that Beach has been invited in a reduced role might pose a problem.
He has already been recognized as a fellow primate of the Anglican Communion by Primates representing GAFCON and the Anglican Global South at his installation in Atlanta last October and he is a full member of the GAFCON Primates Council.
Like that means jack to TEO or the AOoC.
In the end, our confidence is not in any structural reorganisation, useful though it may be,
You catch that, Lambeth Palace?
but in the saving grace of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ and in the abiding truth of the Bible. That is what empowers us and this is the assurance we bring to our broken world.
If this meeting actually happens, it won’t be the Anglican Meeting That Changes EverythingTM because we’re way past that. The best you can say about it is that it will be the Final Recognition Of What’s Been Right In Front Of Your Face For Years.
Thursday, September 17th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 36 Comments
From the looks of it, Justin Welby has officially thrown in the towel:
The archbishop of Canterbury is proposing to effectively dissolve the fractious and bitterly divided worldwide Anglican communion and replace it with a much looser grouping.
Justin Welby has summoned all the 38 leaders of the national churches of the Anglican communion to a meeting in Canterbury next January, where he will propose that the communion be reorganised as a group of churches that are all linked to Canterbury but no longer necessarily to each other.
Which is basically the situation we have right now.
He believes that the communion – notionally the third largest Christian body in the world with 80 million members, after the Roman Catholic and the Orthodox churches – has become impossible to hold together due to arguments over power and sexuality and has, for the past 20 years, been completely dysfunctional.
Gee. Wonder why he thinks that?
Welby believes that his proposal will allow him to maintain relations with the liberal churches of north America, which recognise and encourage gay marriage, and the African churches, led by Kenya, Uganda and Nigeria, who are agitating for the recriminalisation of all homosexual activity in their countries. Both will be able to call themselves “Anglican” but there will no longer be any pretence that this involves a common discipline or doctrine.
Instead, they may be able to cooperate on matters such as climate change and inter-religious violence, which are desperately important to many of the poorer churches. As well as the obvious religious tensions in the Middle East, 200 churches in south India were burned to the ground by Hindu extremists last year. These issues seem more urgent to the archbishop than the interminable wrangling about sexuality.
Which they do right now. Along with Catholics, Orthodox, other Protestants, Jews, Zoroastrians, Muslims and any other religion interested in such problems. Oh and TEO and AOoC? If this meeting happens, ACNA will be there.
In his most controversial proposal, Welby will ask the American conservative grouping ACNA, which has been locked in bitter lawsuits over church property with the mainstream liberal American Anglican church grouping, TEC, to attend the meeting in January, but not as a full member.
Which suggests that the current state of Anglicanism will be permanently institutionalized. Which also means that the “Anglican tradition” no longer has any significant meaning whatsoever.
Suggesting what? Who knows? If I’m GAFCON, I insist, minimum, that the price of my participating in this meeting is that ACNA, the Continuers and anybody else who claims an “Anglican” pedigree receives “official” recognition by the Archbishop of Canterbury. Whether or not TEO or the AOoC bitches about it.
Otherwise, what’s the point of officially enshrining what everyone already knows?
I see two problems with this situation. Why would any Christian tradition want to have any connection whatsoever, however theoretical, to any other “Christian” tradition whose beliefs completely contradict their own?
And this one’s for you, GAFCON. What possible benefit is there in having on “official” relationship with Canterbury if Canterbury has “official relationships” with “churches” that you consider to be hopelessly heretical?
Man up. Cut the damned cord.
Thanks to Richard M for the heads-up.
UPDATE: They’re not happy at Jim’s so this idea may have something going for it.
Monday, September 14th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 39 Comments
Damian G. directs the Editorial attention to a recent missive from Andrew Amanda Leigh Bullard (referenced below) at the Piskie Peace Creeps web site dealing with The Single Most Important Social Justice Issue Of All Eternity And No, I’m Actually Not Talking About Homosexuality This Time, Thank You Very Much:
When I ask you to name a place of violence, where does your mind go? Is it to Charleston, the Middle East, schoolyards full of bullies or prisons? These jump to mind because the word ‘violence’ is often reduced to a direct physical assault on a persons’ flesh.
Insert “but” here.
Yet in my experience, violence can also occur spiritually and mentally, with words replacing guns and knives as implements of destruction. I’ve heard of an ancient torture called “the death of a thousand paper cuts”.
Which, last I checked, actually involved paper.
I feel we should also consider the torturous agony of those who are currently buried under the weight of a million words. Therefore, while all of the places I mentioned, and many more, have been tainted by the stain of violence against the body, mind and soul; I want to draw your attention to one that is a bit closer to home. The most violent place in my experience is one that I cannot escape from if I am to function in society.
Oh my dear Loud, what might such a horrifying place be?
DUM, DUM, DUM, DUMMMMMMMMMM!!
That place is the public restroom.
You see, I am bigender. That means that I was made in the image of God as a person who is simultaneously a woman and a man.
Yeah, kid. Sure you were.
Just as we cannot divide Jesus’ humanity from his divinity, in a similar way it is impossible to divide my masculinity and my femininity. Because of this I face erasure from the moment I reach a restroom door.
Oh sweet mother of…
Sometimes the violence is more explicit. I took the follow pictures at a bus station while I was moving across the country. In the expectation that a men’s room has no place for women, and the women’s room has no place for men I was told that my existence as a person who is simultaneously a woman and a man is something wrong, something weird, and something for which I could be denied the ability to go pee.
When I got done having prostate cancer surgery in 2007, one of the problems I had to deal with for about the next year was incontinence. Downside: you don’t get to wear your underwear. Upside: you have to wear Depends so you don’t need to wash them, you just need to throw them out when you’re done with them.
But how do you buy them? If you’re me, you take them to checkout with your head held high and, well, pay for them. And if anybody says anything to you or makes a joke, you just say something along the lines of, “I just came off cancer surgery. It happens. Is there anything else that you’d like to know?”
Seems to me that that’s the best way to deal with the bathroom situation, Andy-Ammy. Unless, of course, that you don’t actually believe that you’re…. whatever.
Thursday, September 10th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 61 Comments
I officially give up. Something named
Malcolm Peter Brian Telescope Adrian Umbrella Stand Jasper Wednesday (pops mouth twice) Stoatgobbler John Raw Vegetable (whinnying) Arthur Norman Michael (blows squeaker) Featherstone Smith (whistle) Northcott Edwards Harris (fires pistol, then ‘whoop’) Mason (chuff-chuff-chuff-chuff) Frampton Jones Fruitbat Gilbert (sings) ‘We’ll keep a welcome in the’ (three shots) Williams If I Could Walk That Way Jenkins (squeaker) Tiger-Drawers Pratt Thompson (sings) ‘Raindrops Keep Falling On My Head’ Darcy Carter (horn) Pussycat (sings) ‘Don’t Sleep In The Subway’ Barton Mainwaring (hoot, ‘whoop’) Smith Andrew Amanda Leigh-Bullard from the Episcopal Diocese of Western Massachusetts recently sent Jim’s fine establishment the following message:
In 2009 General Convention passed a resolution that encouraged the entire Episcopal Church to create forms that allowed people to use their preferred name, pronouns and gender identity. Yet despite being active in youth ministry since 2012 I have yet to encounter a form that fulfills this mandate. The forms I encounter act as though the gender binary, the arbitrary division of people into “male” and “female” is something that can be taken for granted.
Darn them all to heck.
But it cannot, for God does not work in binary categories, but blesses us with the fullness of creation. The God who split the day and the night is the same God who gives us the liminal periods of dawn and dusk with their glorious richness of color and light. The God who in Genesis made them “male and female” is also the Creator of people who are intersex, transgender, agender, bigender and many others.
These are not idle thoughts, or indicative of an overactive imagination.
They are so.
In 2013 GLSEN’s completed a school climate survey of LGBT youth between the ages of 13 and 21. They found that 55.2% of students experienced harassment based on gender identity and 74.1% were harassed because of their perceived sexual identity. This bears repeating, MOST LGBT students experienced harassment based on their gender and NEARLY THREE QUARTERS based on their perceived orientation.
When we add this to a news cycle full of people linking faith to hate, the questions of safety that the letters “M/F” raise are perfectly reasonable to an LGBTQ youth seeking a spiritual community. They are simultaneously horrifying to we who strive for God’s justice because of the pervasive trauma they reflect. These questions of safety, of welcome, of belonging are but the surface of the harm we cause when our forms fail to honor the dignity of every person’s identity. Through simple inaction we widen the gap between our resources and the spiritual needs of those we are called to be in community with.
Quick question. What do you do with someone whose “perceived sexual identity” involves sexual intercourse with little children? There, I said it.
If “gender identity” is all over the place, “dawn and dusk with their glorious richness of color and light” and all that, than why is one “perceived sexual identity” celebrated while another is savagely condemned? Seems all kinds of hypocritical to me.
You have to answer that question, Andy-Ammy. I don’t.
Monday, September 7th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 21 Comments
WHY COULDN’T IT HAVE BEEN ME?!!
A Jim Beam warehouse in Kentucky was struck by lightning releasing 800,000 gallons of bourbon into a nearby lake. Then, the lake was hit by a ‘firenado’ setting the inflammable liquid alight.
The firenado was caused when a bolt of lighting hit the ground setting a fire which was in the path of a tornado, which sucked up the flames, creating a terrifying spiraling inferno.
On the other hand, Webster Groves doesn’t have a lake but if we did, this would make a kickass finale to our local July 4th fireworks display. “Come one, come all!! See the amazing Flaming Tower of Bourbon!!”
Saturday, September 5th, 2015 | Uncategorized | 36 Comments
Here are two more examples of why many of us just can’t make ourselves give a crap any more. For reasons known only to God, this is considered legitimate news:
Taylor Swift has found herself embroiled in fresh race-related controversy after the video for her song Wildest Dreams was accused of having racist overtones.
The Joseph Kahn-directed video, which was revealed at Sunday’s MTV video music awards and has already been viewed more than 14m times on YouTube, has been accused of portraying an “African colonial fantasy” due to its largely white cast, despite being filmed in an undisclosed location in Africa.
It sees Swift, with her trademark blonde hair dyed dark, on a 1950s film set opposite the fictional movie’s leading man, played by the actor Scott Eastwood. It also features wild animals including giraffes, lions and zebras – all proceeds from the video are being donated to the African Parks Foundation of America.
The backlash from bloggers and social media users has seen the video likened to outdated storylines that romanticised European rule over Africa. Madeleine Davies, a writer on the feminist blog Jezebel, described it as Old Hollywood meets Out of Africa. “It’s all passion and desire while on location (isn’t it funny how wild things get in Africa?), but once back in Hollywood and shooting on a soundstage, our poor lovelorn colonisers just can’t get it together,” she wrote.
And Lauren Duca, of the Huffington Post, added: “Instead of the cultural appropriation that has become almost status quo in today’s pop music, Swift has opted for the bolder option of actually just embodying the political exploitation of a region and its people.”
The video’s at the link if you want to watch it. But why is anyone surprised, wonders CNN’s John Blake, since all white people are always racist all of the time?
No one is ever a racist, judging by the parade of apologies from celebrities, politicians and even police officers caught acting in apparently racially offensive ways. But here’s a thought: What if a white person called out for such behavior instead said, “What I did was racist, and there’s no other excuse. I was wrong.”
Is the American public ready for that? Has any public figure ever successfully made such an admission?
“I’d be relieved if anyone would admit that, but I’m not holding my breath,” says Brit Bennett, an African-American journalist and author who writes about race. “People get more upset at being called a racist than the injustice of racism.”
Guess it’s time to get my Confederate flags back out. If I’m a going to be considered a “racist,” bitches, I’m doing it full-throttle.
Perhaps it’s time to rewrite script, some say. If you get accused of being a racist, skip the instant denials and do a little “self-interrogation,” says Mark Naison, a civil rights activist and author of “White Boy: A Memoir.” If it’s true, publicly own your racism.
Naison is a white man who says he’s done that — and the process has been liberating. He has stricken the phrase, “I am not a racist,” from his vocabulary.
In order to get laid, apparently.
Naison, the civil rights activist, says he took a similar step years ago when he confessed his racism to his then-girlfriend.
He says he was in a relationship with the woman, who was black, in the mid-1960s when he came across an essay she had written for a college course. He was shocked as he read it — because it was so well-written.
He says he confessed his racism to his girlfriend and they went on to have a six-year relationship. Today, he makes that practice of ruthless self-interrogation a habit. He asks his black friends and colleagues to confront him if they hear or see him acting in a racist way.
Yeah, sure you do. What’s amazing to me is that this woman actually stuck around this cringing, suck-up douchebag for six years.
Thursday, September 3rd, 2015 | Uncategorized | 46 Comments
Got a double for you today. Halle Berry is a fine actress and, let’s be honest, smokin’ hot. But most actors are hypocritical dumbasses and Ms. Berry is no exception:
Actress Halle Berry joined Democrat lawmakers at the California state Capitol on Monday to lend support to a sweeping new climate change bill under consideration during the final two weeks of the legislative session.
SB 350 would require California to cut its gasoline use by 50 percent by 2030, would require 50 percent of the state’s electricity to come from renewable energy sources like wind and solar, and would also require newly constructed buildings to be 50 percent more energy efficient.
“Climate change is the most important public health issue of our time, and I’m proud to be able to lend my voice to this important cause,” Berry said in a statement. “I’m here first and foremost as a mother who has concerns about the environment we are going to leave our children and future generations.”
Halle? I assume that you’ve gotten rid of all your gas-fueled cars and replaced them with all-electric cars who only get their juice from wind or solar power sources. I also assume that your lawn care service only uses electric mowers who get their power the same way. And I guess you’re no longer going to hop on a big jet and fly halfway around the world to some European film festival since “climate change is the most important public health issue of our time” and stuff.
As Glenn Reynolds always says, I’ll believe that climate change is a genuine crisis when the people who claim that it is start acting like it.
Moving on. A little bit south of where I live, just across the Meramec River, is Jefferson County, Missouri. JeffCo, as we refer to it around here, is known locally for its many fine meth labs. Which is why I REALLY don’t like this kid’s chances.
Almost 200 high school students in Missouri walked out of their classes to protest one a transgender student in senior year being allowed in the girls’ bathroom.
Members of the Hillsboro High School in Hillsboro, Missouri, ditched two hours of lessons to object to “Lila” Perry, a 17-year-old senior, being granted access to female bathrooms.
Perry, who started identifying as transgender earlier this year, was using the female facilities to change for gym classes, which upset many other girls at the school.
They objected that Perry, who has not had any gender reassignment therapy, is still biologically male, Fox News reported.
Perry, who wears a wig, makeup and skirts to school, used to use a unisex facilities meant for staff – but decided for this academic year she wanted to be allowed in the girls’ bathrooms.
She said: ‘I’m not going to expose myself. I’m not a pervert. I’m a transgender woman. I’m a girl.
Get back to me when you get your junk hacked off, son. Big ups to Daniel Muller.
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