Archive | December, 2010

Kicked out of Eden and onto Wall Street

December 27, 2010

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Here’s a sure-fire recipe for curling lips and snarky quips: Say “original sin.” Listen to the pins drop. Watch the smiles fall. Feel the psychological freeze as minds meet and hum with cold harmony: “Don’t tell me you believe our prehistoric ancestors opted to play God and, thus, soured and shriveled humanity!”

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Do we see curses as blessings and blessings as curses?

December 23, 2010

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Wilt in the desert while strolling through a meadow; feel drought in the lake; bear tedium while riding the wild surf. NASCAR is snail-paced. The ocean is too wet and there’s lint in my mansion and I can’t dig a ditch because gold clogs the ground …

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The really secret gun smoking in all those WikiLeaks leaks

December 14, 2010

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Eben Harrell drops an irony on WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange: “Little is known about his life: he has refused to confirm his age in interviews or give a fixed address.” Come-come, Julian. Tell us about yourself. Your organization is blasting a thumb-drive full of 250,000 confidential State Department cables across the internet, possibly damaging US relations while revealing no genuine scandals (if anything, we see our foreign service officers earning every cent of their measly government paychecks).

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Billy Graham’s Wisdom

December 10, 2010

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“I don’t want to see religious bigotry in any form. It would disturb me if there was a wedding between the religious fundamentalists and the political right. The hard right has no interest in religion except to manipulate it.” — From Parade, 1981

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Bad Theology + Slipshod Thinking = Unmitigated Disaster

December 4, 2010

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Does anyone hear the ominous background music? A window-shopping couple smiles; a mother pushes a baby carriage; a child plays in a sandbox. Everyone’s happy. But the slow drumroll and dissonant cellos betray the inexorable menace …

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