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I hate politics. The other people on my bus would probably be surprised to hear that, given how every morning they have to listen to me rant about how our weak-spined representatives can’t even stand up to the cosmetic surgery lobby, and every afternoon they have to listen to me rant about how Jane Hamsher [...]

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Writing in Time, author Bruce Feiler argues that President Obama should be taking political lessons from Old Testament hero Moses. He calls attention to the following three teachings: (1) “Sell the milk and honey” In other words, no matter how bleak things look, remind everyone that you were promised by a disembodied voice speaking to [...]

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Global warming skeptics have latched onto the recent paucity of hurricanes as disevidence for Al Gore’s climate change thesis. Predictions of global warming include increased tropical storm activity, they argue, so the lack of such storms casts doubt on the “warming” hypothesis. It turns out, though, there’s a simpler explanation for the quiet seas: Yahweh: [...]

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What Religion Is Your Parachute?

I have always found England sort of confusing. First, they speak a language that’s superficially similar to English, but which is supplemented with all sorts of nonsense words like “cheerio” and “muggle” and “Westminster Abbey.” Second, people over there keep calling me “governor,” even though I finished in like 300th place, behind even Gary Coleman [...]

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We’ve got a real snoozer of a mayoral election going on in Seattle right now. No one likes the incumbent, who is nonetheless pretty much a shoo-in to be re-elected. His token challengers are fighting over issues like “let’s build an expensive, useless streetcar system to compete with our expensive, useless bus system,” and “maybe [...]

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It’s not just tea-partiers and Obamaniacs and birthers and astroturfies and soylent greens and death panels who are trying to hijack the health care reform process. Now religious groups are getting involved: A coalition of Christian, Jewish and Muslim leaders has launched a national campaign for health care reform, calling it a “fundamental religious issue,” [...]

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I’m sure that (like me) you set a special alarm and woke up bright and early so that you could read the Pope’s new encyclical CARITAS IN VERITATE (“Who cares whether all this stuff is true?”) And then (like me) I’m sure you found it interminably long and incomprehensibly boring. Nonetheless, it’s easy to pick [...]

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Sanford and King

I’m sure you’ve heard the saga of Governor Mark Sanford, whose adulterous Argentinian tryst briefly dominated headlines last week until displaced by the untimely death of OxiClean pitchman Billy Mays. But now, with every TV network seemingly devoted to showing Hercules Hook ads and Vince Offer interviews, you might have missed the news that Sanford [...]

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Join my Amish

Polluters of the world! If you’re looking for a religious excuse to dump untreated sewage onto your neighbors’ properties, look no farther than the Swartzentruber Amish: The septic fight began in late 2006 when the executive director of the Cambria County Sewage Enforcement Agency, Deborah Sedlmeyer, found that human waste at the schoolhouse, where 18 [...]

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It’s a terrible job market for new college graduates. Lots of companies aren’t hiring at all this year. Many companies that are hiring have seen their reputations tarnished recently. And not everyone is self-motivated enough to follow Seth Godin’s advice. That explains why a surprising number of college students are looking for (government / religious) [...]

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