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Monday, December 22nd, 2014 | Uncategorized | 17 Comments

As you probably know by now, the Church of England just named its first female bishop, one Libby Lane (she’ll be a suffragan at Stockport).  I’m countin’ the days until Lane sends out her first message to Stockport and signs it “+Libby.”  I’ll be SO proud and yes, as a matter of fact, the emphasis on “so” there was sarcasm.  How did you know?

For the record, I also hate it when male Anglican bishops do that.  We used to have an Episcopal bishop here named William Jones who signed all his messages “+Bill.”  Drove me up the wall then and I still hate the practice today.

Granted, you and I both know that you’re “bishops” in the same way that certain Pentecostal ministers who have adopted that title for themselves are “bishops” but I really don’t feel like eating that particular salamander right about now.  I know you people don’t want to be carried into churches on gestatorial chairs or anything like that but try treating the position with just a little dignity.

Anyway, one Hannah Martin thinks that while Lane’s appointment is great, the C of E mustn’t stop there:

Many of my generation have watched this slow change with a mixture of frustration and embarrassment as the church has made itself seem increasingly irrelevant. And yet the church is where I have found home, community, family and a life-changing faith.

Why was that?  Lenin Jesus, of course, you big sillyhead.

For me, Jesus was the definition of progressive – preaching that the “last shall be first” and “blessed are the peacemakers”. He stood alongside women, sex workers and lepers, and changed many of the ways in which we understand society. As a reflection, the church must be progressive and radical in its practice and preaching.

Whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa, whoa.  Back it up, H. Slow WAY the hell down.  What did you just say?

Jesus…stood alongside…sex workers.

You haven’t been a Christian for very long, have you, Hannah?  And I’m guessing you’re C of E.  Because if you’d been at this a while, you would have realized that Jesus “stood alongside” those “sex workers” in order to convince them to repent of their sins and to, well, you know, stop being sex workers.  You know, what with it being a sin and stuff.

Hannah?  At your parish, they probably don’t even read or just mumble that “go and sin no more” part.  Same with all he times Jesus used the word “repent.”  But what other issues gravely concerned Our Lord and Savior?  How about the obvious?

We cannot continue with business as usual if the world is to avoid catastrophic climate change, so the church must respond quickly to campaigns such as Bright Now, taking decisive action and divesting itself of its £60m investment in fossil fuel companies. At the moment, the church’s response to the call has been to say that it will study it until late 2015 – a period slightly longer than Jesus’s entire public ministry. Desmond Tutu, the Church of Sweden and the World Council of Churches have already clearly outlined both the theological and moral case for disinvestment, and the church must act accordingly.

Cuz Jesus was ALL ABOUT the fossil fuels.  Pretty much why He came into the world.  Which they didn’t have any of back then but you gotta read between the lines.

The church needs to call out scapegoating and stereotyping of migrant and refugee communities wherever these are seen, be it on posters or Newsnight. Jesus was a migrant – part of a displaced family who needed sanctuary – and traditionally many churches have been welcoming towards migrant populations.

Really?  You’re actually going there, Hannah?

We need to move towards reclaiming the liberating qualities of the Bible, which promotes feminism, gender and racial equality for marginalised communities. When we do this we will become the truly non-patriarchal and anti-oppressive voice that Jesus had: one that saw women and men as equal, and celebrated diversity. Initially the church must prioritise the voices of women and of the LGBT community, redressing the balance and providing a model for other faith communities around the world.

Anything else?

We cannot be a progressive force for good unless we challenge the system. The current government has forced thousands into food poverty because of a neoliberal ideology of growth for the 1%. It is not enough to provide food banks, although these are greatly needed. The church must challenge the policies of austerity and see them for what they are: a systematic dismantling of the welfare state that damages the most vulnerable. We must stand with groups such as UK Uncut and Disabled People Against the Cuts who are offering workable alternatives to these policies.

None of which is mentioned in the Bible.  Oh, and we should like hate Israel and stuff.

In the same way that we would condemn the violence against Christians in Iran or the Central African Republic, we must condemn the violence against Palestine by Israel. The church must sign up to the Kairos document, written by Christians in Palestine, which asks Christians worldwide to stand against injustice and apartheid, to work for peace in the region and to reconsider theologies that justify crimes against humanity.

Yeah, of course it does, Hannah.  Actually, what Kairos basically wants is the destruction of the state of Israel so it’s a non-starter, at least among people who can still think.

COMPARISON

Saturday, December 20th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 22 Comments

Point:

The [Episcopal Church’s] Office of Research has compiled the self-reported statistical tables for provinces and dioceses for the last reporting year (2013). In October IRD reported on overall declines in attendance and membership in the Episcopal Church, but the updated statistical tables provide much more detailed information on baptisms, marriages, confirmations and parish closures. (2012 statistical tables can be found here as a basis of comparison)

The report reveals that in U.S. dioceses, baptisms are down five percent from 27,140 in 2012 to 25,822 in 2013. Similarly, marriages are down four percent from 10,366 to 9,933 (the denomination has seen a 40 percent decline in children baptized since 2003 and a 46 percent decline in marriages over the same period). The losses are not evenly distributed, with some dioceses performing worse than others: in the Diocese of Northern Michigan, where an ordained Buddhist was elected (and later failed to gain consent from other dioceses) to be bishop in 2009, zero children were confirmed in 2013.

Episcopal “renewing” dioceses in San Joaquin and Fort Worth are also continuing to struggle: Fort Worth closed five parishes in 2013 (from 22 to 17), with San Joaquin closing two (21 to 19). Pittsburgh added one new parish (36 to 37). Other dioceses closing parishes include Maryland (4) and Massachusetts (3), with most of the dioceses in Northeastern Province 1 seeing the closure of at least one parish.

Despite continuing to claim over 70 parishes and 28,000 members following the Episcopal Diocese of South Carolina (DioSC) and the vast majority of its parishes ending their affiliation with the Episcopal Church, the renewing Episcopal Church in South Carolina (ECSC) has posted updated information on baptisms and weddings, showing a drop from 388 children’s baptisms in 2012 to only 135 in 2013. South Carolina reported 170 children and 143 adults confirmed in 2012, dropping to 54 children and 37 adults in 2013.

A new “fast facts” summary sheet reveals that over 45 percent of Episcopal parishes have either no priest (12.3 percent) or only a part time or unpaid priest (33.2 percent). Just over a third of Episcopal parishes have one full-time priest (34.9 percent) while less than 20 percent have multiple priests (19.7 percent). Median Average Sunday Worship Attendance has dropped from 64 persons in 2012 to 61 persons in 2013.

Forty percent of parishes have reported membership declines of 10 percent or greater during the past 10 years, while 52 percent report a decline of 10 percent or greater in attendance over the same period.

Counterpoint:

It’s a Sunday evening at Redeemer Presbyterian Church, and the pews are full. Redeemer is a conservative Evangelical Christian congregation, but the parishioners don’t fit the easy Bible Belt stereotypes. They are a cross-section of yuppie Manhattanites—doctors, bankers, lawyers, artists, actors, and designers, some of them older, most of them in their twenties or thirties. The peppy Christian-pop anthems, performed by Broadway-caliber singers and working jazz professionals, seem to go by in double time, the faster the better to get to the main event, the weekly sermon, delivered by pastor Tim Keller.

Although relatively few secular New Yorkers know about it—Keller prefers to keep Redeemer mostly under the media radar, in part for fear of generating hostile publicity—an Evangelical Christian megachurch is growing in the heart of Manhattan. In the late eighties, Keller came here on what at the time seemed close to a theological suicide mission—to create a strictly conservative Christian church in the heart of Sodom. Today, Redeemer Presbyterian holds five Sunday services at three packed rented venues (in the morning, there are services at the Ethical Culture Society auditorium at 64th Street and Central Park West and at Hunter College’s capacious, 2,000-seat auditorium on 69th Street, between Park and Lexington; in the evening, there’s another service at Hunter and two at the First Baptist Church at 79th Street and Broadway). On any given Sunday, some 5,000 Manhattanites and fellow travelers hear Keller preach in person, and roughly 25,000 download his sermons every week from the church’s sophisticated website, redeemer.com. Late last year, Redeemer closed the deal on a permanent home at 150 West 83rd Street. What is now a defunct four-story parking garage is, in two years, set to become a $50 million modern worship center. The project is believed to be the first significant new church to be built in Manhattan since St. Peter’s went up, more than 30 years ago, next to what used to be known as the Citigroup Center.

PRO-CHOICE

Thursday, December 18th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 40 Comments

Welcome to Gene Robinson’s worst nightmare:

When Eve Tushnet converted to Catholicism in 1998, she thought she might be the world’s first celibate Catholic lesbian.

Having grown up in a liberal, upper Northwest Washington home before moving on to Yale University, the then-19-year-old knew no other gay Catholics who embraced the church’s ban on sex outside heterosexual marriage. Her decision to abstain made her an outlier.

“Everyone I knew totally rejected it,” she said of the church’s teaching on gay sexuality.

Today, Tushnet is a leader in a small but growing movement of celibate gay Christians who find it easier than before to be out of the closet in their traditional churches because they’re celibate. She is busy speaking at conservative Christian conferences with other celibate Catholics and Protestants and is the most well-known of 20 bloggers who post on spiritualfriendship.org, a site for celibate gay and lesbian Christians that draws thousands of visitors each month.

Celibacy “allows you to give yourself more freely to God,” said Tushnet (rhymes with RUSH-net), a 36-year-old writer and resident of Petworth in the District. The focus of celibacy, she says, should be not on the absence of sex but on deepening friendships and other relationships, a lesson valuable even for people in heterosexual marriages.

Read the whole thing.

Let’s put it this way.  If Robbie had had the courage of Tushnet or any of the other folks mentioned in this article, I’d still be an Episcopalian today because the Current Unpleasantness would never have happened.

DELICATE FLOWERS

Wednesday, December 17th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 72 Comments

The following essay by one William Desmond, a third-year student at Harvard Law School as well as an editor of the Harvard Law Review, is either the most infuriating thing I’ve ever read or the most unintentionally hilarious.  I can’t figure out which.  Seems Des would like Harvard Law to delay whatever exams he’s scheduled to take.  Why?  Ferguson, natch:

Over the last week, much has been said about law students’ petitioning for exam extensions in light of the circumstances surrounding the deaths of Michael Brown and Eric Garner at the hands of police officers. Students at Harvard Law School, Columbia Law School, Georgetown University Law Center and several other schools requested that their administrations allow extensions on final exams for students who have been confronting the aftermath of the recent failed grand jury indictments of the officers who killed the unarmed black men.

Des already knows how people are going to react.

In response, opponents of exam extensions have declared that to grant these requests would be a disservice to the students. Law students, they argue, must learn how to engage critically with the law in the face of intense adversity. Drawing comparisons to events surrounding the Civil Rights Movement and other times of intense turmoil, these opponents portray today’s law students as coddled millennials using traumatic events as an excuse for their inability to focus on a three-hour exam. In essence, law students are being told to grow up and learn how to focus amidst stress and anxiety—like “real” lawyers must do.

They’re all wrong, of course.

Speaking as one of those law students, I can say that this response is misguided: Our request for exam extensions is not being made from a position of weakness, but rather from one of strength and critical awareness.

How’s that, Des?  Because in the last couple of months, the single most traumatic events in the entire recorded history of humanity have occurred.

Although over the last few weeks many law students have experienced moments of total despair, minutes of inconsolable tears and hours of utter confusion, many of these same students have also spent days in action—days of protesting, of organizing meetings, of drafting emails and letters, and of starting conversations long overdue. We have been synthesizing decades of police interactions, dissecting problems centuries old, and exposing the hypocrisy of silence.

Yeah, sure you were.  And doing lots and lots of high-grade ganja from the sound of it.  Out: the dog ate my homework.  In: I was so upset by this country’s refusal to frankly face the effects of slavery that I couldn’t possibly study, never mind do any homework.

I have seen the psychological trauma brought on by disillusionment with our justice system send some law students into a period of depression. After all, every death of an unarmed youth at the hands of law enforcement is a tragedy. The hesitancy to recognize the validity of these psychic effects demonstrates that, in addition to conversations on race, gender and class, our nation is starving for a genuine discussion about mental health. But to reduce our calls for exam extensions to mere cries for help exhibits a failure to understand the powerful images of die-ins and the booming chants of protestors disrupting the continuation of business as usual in cities across the country.

You’re just embarrassing yourself, kid.  Hey shut up, we’re not spoiled children.  We’re…you know…prophetic and crap.

Where some commentators see weakness or sensitivity, perhaps they should instead see strength—the strength to know when our cups of endurance have run over and when the time for patience has ended. Perhaps they should instead see courage—the courage to look our peers in the eyes and uncomfortably ask them to bear these burdens of racism and classism that we have together inherited from generations past. We have taken many exams before, but never have we done this. We are scared, but no longer will we be spectators to injustice.

Des?  I’ve got a real life rule.  When you have to tell others to perceive you as strong and courageous, you’re nothing more than a particularly sniveling, gutless little douchebag.  Oh, and attention furniture companies and stores.  Want to make a boatload of money?  Stock up on fainting couches because guys (?) like Des are going to need one once he starts his law practice.

Our focus and critical thinking are at an all-time peak while the importance of our textbooks is at a low. It is not that law students are incapable of handling their exams. It is that we are unwilling to remove ourselves, even for a few days, from this national conversation.

Uh huh.

As future practitioners, professors, judges and policymakers, we have all been trained not only in the faithful application of the law but also in the critical examination of its effectiveness. And by our analysis, responsible members of the legal community can no longer defend our criminal justice system as exemplifying fair process when that system so frequently produces the same unjust result—life drained from an unarmed black body by a barrage of government-issued bullets.

If I ever had to do a nickel for some crime and Des was my lawyer, I guarantee this snowflake will be waiting at the gate when I get out in order to inform me that he was suing my ass into the ground for causing him emotional distress because I was guilty.

TRIAL SEPARATION

Tuesday, December 16th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 46 Comments

Kurt Schlichter imagines the future.

AND NOW…IDIOTS

Sunday, December 14th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 28 Comments

Here’s why some of us refer to it as the Gaystapo:

Canada’s next chapter on going godless is gearing up for a nasty fight. It’s a David versus Goliath match over a proposed law school. For now, “David” is Trinity Western University, a Christian school funded solely by donations and unsubsidized tuition fees of its 4,000 students.

TWU is the financial and spiritual love child of thousands of evangelical Christians in Canada. The Globe and Mail Educational Survey has consistently given TWU a grade of A+ for its quality. Students and alumni of TWU range from former Members of Parliament, a former coach for the Vancouver Canucks, and many corporate, and non-profit innovators around the world. TWU’s published goal is to now “found a law school focused on law as public service, encouraging students to satisfy unmet needs for legal services and promote social justice.”

And Canada can’t possibly allow that to happen, says Clayton Ruby.

Enter Goliath: Law societies in Ontario, Nova Scotia, and the civil rights lawyer, Clayton Ruby are in court battles to shut the school down as discriminatory. The five-page belief and behavioral covenant at TWU aspires to have students limit sexual activity to the Biblical definition of marriage; “between a man and a woman.” Mr. Ruby approached B.C.’s gay community and found a plaintiff, Mr. Trevor Loke. “Mr. Loke had never heard of TWU, but when he heard there was a law school that was off limits to him in any meaningful way, that was an anathema, it was hateful,” Mr. Ruby told a Context TV debate.

No, no, no, no, certainly not.  We’re not talking about freedom of religion here, says the ambulance-chasing douchebag.

“Within the confines of religion, the most inane nonsense can be believed and practiced and passed on to one’s children. That’s freedom of religion, have a nice time.

Who am I kidding?  Of course we are.

But when you go to the government and say I want your approval for this, I want tax status for this, then it’s beyond mere freedom of religion, there has to be a primacy for the right to equality,” Mr. Ruby said.

So.  A law school that doesn’t exist yet shouldn’t be allowed exist at all simply because of the beliefs of the school which would like to form it.

How does Ruby know how TWU will teach Canadian law?  Easy; he doesn’t but you know what bigots those Christians are.  In essence, Trinity Western is being punished for crimes it hasn’t committed and may never commit at all.

FOR THAT SPECIAL SOMEONE

Saturday, December 13th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 23 Comments

Who thinks that refilling ice cube trays is JUST too damned much work:

These food-safe, stainless steel blocks contain a non-toxic gel safely sealed inside each cube. Keep them in the freezer to drop into your drinks for instant cooling. An included two-piece freezing tray is designed to allow easy transfer of the cubes from the freezer to glass without having to touch them. Each cube is 1” squared.

I saw these at the market here the other day and naturally bought a set of four for less than Amazon charges.  It’ll probably be a stocking-stuffer for my sister.

LOCAL INDUSTRY

Saturday, December 13th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 21 Comments

People in other parts of the country might be shocked by the headline to this story.  People who live in or who have ever lived in St. Louis County, Missouri have a three-word reaction to it.  Business as usual:

Ferguson, Missouri, which is recovering from riots following the August shooting death of an unarmed black teenager by a white policeman, plans to close a budget gap by boosting revenue from public-safety fines and tapping reserves.

The strategy by the St. Louis suburb, which suffered a second round of violent protests last month after a grand jury refused to indict the police officer, may risk worsening community relations with increased citations and weakening its credit standing by reducing a rainy-day fund.

To close a projected deficit for fiscal 2014, which ended June 30, the municipality will deplete a $10 million capital-projects reserve, Jeffrey Blume, Ferguson’s finance director, said in a telephone interview. For the current year, the city is budgeting for higher receipts from police-issued tickets.

“There are a number of things going on in 2014 and one is a revenue shortfall that we anticipate making up in 2015,” Blume said. “There’s about a million-dollar increase in public-safety fines to make up the difference.”

Revenue from violations, which already represents the city’s second-largest source of cash after sales taxes, will rise to 15.7 percent of receipts in fiscal 2015, from a projected 11.8 percent this year, he said. In 2013, fines brought in $2.2 million, or 11.8 percent of the city’s $18.62 million in annual revenue, according to budget documents.

One of the things that I love about this place is its resolute refusal to go metroplex.  As a result, there are 90 some-odd municipalities here.

One of them, Florissant, is almost as old as the City of St. Louis itself.  Railroad towns like Kirkwood and Webster Groves date back well over a century.  But many of them are barely bigger than the neighborhood you live in.

And we like it that way.  To paraphrase Sun Tzu, the phrase on the St. Louis County seal should read, “Keep your friends close but your government closer.”  We like the fact that if we, say, want to get a pothole in front of our house fixed, all we have to do is visit our next-door neighbor who also constitutes our town’s “street department.”

Granted, sometimes it doesn’t work out so well.  St. Louis County essentially has two county-wide library systems, this one and this one.  The County’s Library Wars would be too complex an issue to go into right now.  If you live in a town without a business, never mind a business district, you’ve got to raise money somehow.

So if you’re from out of state, be careful driving through here.

MCJ MEMO

Saturday, December 13th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 2 Comments

Bill?  I think I’ve got our comment spam deluge under control.  One of the problems with the WordPress version running here is that it allows comments on pictures.  One of my pictures seemed to be a particular problem so I removed it from its post, deleted it and things seem to have gotten back to more-or-less normal.  But it’s something we’ll both have to keep an eye on.

UPDATE:  So far, I think we’ve solved it, big man.

CONGRATULATIONS

Thursday, December 11th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 43 Comments

UPDATE: Link fixedAnd this monstrosity passed but Boehner needed 57 Democratic votes for it to happen.  If this man is reelected Speaker of the House next year, the game is officially over

If you placed a wager on when the Republicans would squander their 2014 election massacre of the Democrats and you bet the under, you can officially take next year off:

Election results in November that emboldened the House Republican majority and delivered the U.S. Senate majority to the GOP be damned, House Speaker John Boehner is desperately turning to the Democrats to pass his omnibus bill that enables President Barack Obama’s executive amnesty.

The full bill, the text of which was publicly introduced at about 8:20 p.m. on Tuesday after congressional leaders missed several self-set deadlines throughout the day, is 1,603 pages long. That means it will be impossible for any member of the House or Senate to read the entire bill before voting on it this week. 

Now that it’s finally here, the text shows the bill is more 1,600 pages and funds Obama’s executive amnesty and costs taxpayers $1.1 trillion. It also splits Department of Homeland Security (DHS) funding off from the rest of government until Feb. 27 at least, at which time Republican establishment leaders are expected to fund all of Obama’s amnesty for the rest of the year. That plan to not actually fight Obama’s amnesty on must-pass legislation was confirmed by House Homeland Security Committee chairman Mike McCaul on Tuesday, who said leadership is planning to split the amnesty fight off then into a separate authorization bill even he conceded would be easily vetoed by Obama.

Sen. Rand Paul (R-KY), a likely 2016 presidential candidate and the frontrunner in some early polls, says he’ll be voting against this “abomination” of a bill–and urged all Republicans to oppose it. 

“I’ll vote no to any kind of 2,000-page bill that I’m given at the last minute that we don’t have time to read. It’s an abomination, nobody should support a Congress that stuffs all the spending into one bill, nobody reads it, there are no reforms, no amendments, and it really is probably why Congress has about a 10% approval rate because this is not doing our job,” Paul said on Laura Ingraham’s radio program on Tuesday.

Barely over a month.  Kind of impressive, really.

FACE, PALM, YOU KNOW THE DRILL

Wednesday, December 10th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 46 Comments

This is you.

Not only has your wife Nadine moved out of the house, filed for and been granted a divorce, she has already met someone new, she is already engaged and she already plans to marry him next spring.

Later on, you run into an old friend of yours, someone you haven’t seen in years, and the two of you decide to have lunch and catch up.  He asks you how you and Nadine are doing these days.  You reply that while your marriage is in a rough stretch these days, you have every confidence that you and Nadine will patch things up.

Justin Welby, if you need him:

In a lengthy interview in The Times of London, Archbishop of Canterbury Justin Welby predicted that the Anglican Communion might not hold together because of strong disagreements on the ordination of women as bishops and full rights for LGBT people.

What gave it away, Your Grace?

Welby said that although individual churches remain “strong, resilient and thriving,” the differences among them remain profound.

Say it with me.

YA THINK?!!

“I think, realistically, we‘ve got to say that despite all efforts there is a possibility that we will not hold together, or not hold together for a while,” he said. “I could see circumstances in which there could be people moving apart and then coming back together, depending on what else happens.”

But there’s always the vitally-important, no, essential link to Canterbury to consider.

Welby said that some churches, particularly in Africa, may find it difficult to remain in a single global Anglican Communion. But he insisted, “It would take a long time for the latent underlying link of Canterbury to cease to be an important factor in the way people looked at life and the Communion.”

Newsflash, Your Grace: as far as a great many former Anglicans are concerned, that ship sailed six years ago when Rowan Williams gamed the Lambeth Conference.

But its authority is being challenged by a global network of conservative Anglican churches known as the Fellowship of Confessing Anglicans, which was formed in 2008. The fellowship is made up of leaders in African, Asian, Australian, South American and some North American churches.

I wish somebody would go around to as many American and Canadian Catholic, Orthodox and traditionalist Protestant churches as possible and ask the congregants how many of them started out as Anglicans.  I think that the answer would suggest that, contra 1054 and 1517, some church splits do not happen all at once.

NOTRE DAME?

Monday, December 8th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 66 Comments

Seriously.  Just go ahead and officially secularize.  You know you want to:

Next semester, Notre Dame will offer a class that aims to help students acknowledge and understand their so-called “white privilege” and – as a result of their “personal transformation” – find ways to “disrupt … oppression,” a description of the class states.

“The goal for each participant is personal transformation: to leave the class… more aware of injustices and better equipped with tools to disrupt personal, institutional, and worldwide systems of oppression,” according to a description of the six week, one-credit sociology course titled “White Privilege Seminar.”

You’re such a racist that you don’t even know what a racist you are, you racist.

Its class description argues “people consciously and unconsciously simultaneously participate in and are affected by systems of oppression. However, since these behaviors can be learned, they can be unlearned.”

Anyone who completes this Episcopal Organization wet dream course gets to spend four days of Maoist reeducation in beautiful Louisville, Kentucky on the university’s dime.

The “White Privilege” seminar is billed as a “preparatory class” for its students, who will receive university funding to attend the White Privilege Conference, a four-day event set for March in Louisville, Kentucky.

And what say we all chip in and buy this kid a clue?

And Bradley points out that paying for students to attend the White Privilege Conference could present a conflict of interest for Notre Dame, a Catholic university, considering that the conference itself is a harsh critic of Christian values.

A workshop titled “The Roots of Racism in Christian Hegemony” took place at the last conference, with the intent to “dig beneath the surface of Christianity’s benign reputation to examine how it undermines our interpersonal relationships, weakens our communities and promotes injustice.”

“As a Catholic university, Notre Dame should strive to do the best it can, through education and campus life, to promote the Catholic faith and educate the hearts and minds of students in light of the Catholic intellectual tradition,” Bradley said. “The attacks against Christianity and heterosexuality at the White Privilege Conference seem to share little or no common ground with the synthesis of faith and reason that is central to Notre Dame’s mission as a Catholic university.”

Because thinking Notre Dame is still Christian is no way to go through life, son.

ME WANT!!

Saturday, December 6th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 33 Comments

In some ways, it’s actually kind of cool not owning a car.  Saves you a ton of money if you don’t have enough of that coming in, which I don’t.  Considering the way America has been basically been designed around and for the automobile, it’s the ultimate counter-cultural move.

And hey, who wouldn’t get the most incredible charge out of the smug self-superiority you can flash at your über-environmentalist brother/sister/family member/friend when you sit through their “climate change” lecture before casually asking them if they’ve sold their greenhouse gas spewing car yet?

Cuz YOU have.  Ballgame.  Thanks for playing.

Granted, it has its drawbacks.  It’s not easy to make yourself walk to the market when it’s 97 above or ten below and you’re down to your last roll of T-paper.  And if your entire world consists of two markets and a pharmacy, life can get boring really fast.

Which is why, if this thing or anything like it ever hits the market, I am SO buying one.

MIKE SAM?

Friday, December 5th, 2014 | Uncategorized | 16 Comments

Letting yourself get photographed kissing your boyfriend after you got drafted by the Rams was bad optics but survivable; defensive linemen should never be seen kissing anybody, including their moms.  But whining will really kill your chances.

Earth to Mikey: you weren’t that great.  I saw your senior year.  You were an absolute felon against Florida but Florida sucked that year.  Auburn completely shut you down in the SEC title game and Okie State almost did in the Cotton Bowl.

And that’s who you’re going to be facing every single week in the show, big man,

You had a decent pre-season here but Ethan Westbrooks basically outplayed you for the chance to be an alternate on one of the best front-fours in the NFL.

So here’s what you do.  See if you can hook up in Canada for a few years.   Bulk up, work on your game, win a Grey Cup or two and then take another run at it.

HEADS UP

Tuesday, December 2nd, 2014 | Uncategorized | 114 Comments

Although America’s Professional News MediaTM hasn’t been particularly interested in it, you might want to keep an eye on this story.  Because my hometown may just make national and worldwide news yet again:

Zemir Begic, 32, was found unconscious with apparent injuries to his head, abdomen, face and mouth in the 4200 block of Itaska at 1:15 a.m. Police say Begic was taken to a local hospital where he was pronounced deceased.

According to police, Begic was in his vehicle when “several juveniles” approached his car and began damaging it. When Begic exited his vehicle the teenagers yelled and struck him with hammers.

Following the assault, the teenagers fled the scene on foot. A 15 and 16-year-old were located a short time later and placed in the custody of juvenile authorities.

The investigation is ongoing.

Was this attack racially-motivated?  Probably, considering the speed with which local officials vehemently denied it.

One teen was charged with murder, two more were held and a fourth was sought Monday as officials spent another day trying to quell speculation that the bludgeoning death of a Bosnian immigrant was racially motivated.

“There is no evidence that this was a crime occasioned by the race or ethnicity of the victim,” Mayor Francis Slay declared in a formal statement. He added, “Speculation that this attack had anything to do with the Ferguson protests is absolutely unfounded.”

Me, I blame Missouri’s inexcusably-nonexistent hammer control laws.  There are no database checks, no waiting periods, nothing.  If any of you ever wanted to buy a hammer, all you’d have to do is to fly into Missouri, visit a hardware store and take your hammer home with you.  And since Missouri also doesn’t have any concealed hammer carry laws, you can carry your hammer anywhere around here that you care to go.

You have a bunch of black kids and a Hispanic kid who just happened to have hammers on them and who just happened to beat a white Bosnian to death with those hammers which they just happened to have on them.  Yeah, I can’t see any racial motivation whatsoever in this attack.  Racist.

Why is this a problem, Chris?  I’m not entirely sure why this is but the St. Louis area is home to the largest Bosnian immigrant community in the United States.

So it’s not too hard to imagine some local Bosnian kid getting liquored up one night, seeing a black guy riding through his neighborhood and thinking, “Hey, if they can kill one of ours…”

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