Is American Evangelicalism Old, Sick, and Weak?

That’s what Dr. Russell Moore says in What a Stupid Bumper Sticker Can Tell Us About American Christianity. That’s a strong claim, and off the top of my head, I can’t say I wholeheartedly agree. Still, I agree with his overall point. Before I get into that, here’s the specific bumper sticker that triggered Moore to write the article: ““If Jesus Had a Gun, He’d Still Be Alive Today.” There are many reasons this bumper sticker could bother a Christian, but I’ll let Moore explain why it bugged him Continue reading ‘Is American Evangelicalism Old, Sick, and Weak?’

2017 NFL: Week 14

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Information Filtering Breakdown: An Analysis of the New York Times Coverage of Clinton’s Emails

Columbia Journalism Review recently did an extensive analysis of the New York Times 2016 election coverage, naming the piece, Don’t Blame the Election on Fake News. Blame it on the Media (by David Rothschild and Duncan Watts). The article is long and I only skimmed it, but vox has a shorter breakdown. I was going to post this in the “Journal on the Trump Era” thread, where Mitchell and I argued about whether the filters worked sufficiently during the 2016 election, but I thought the post and subsequent discussion might bog down the thread. Hence, this new thread.

I’m going to post some key points listed in the vox article. Continue reading ‘Information Filtering Breakdown: An Analysis of the New York Times Coverage of Clinton’s Emails’

2017 NFL: Week 13

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2017 NFL: Week 12

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Serial Podcast, Season 2

The second season is about Private Bowe Bergdahl, who left his post, which lead to some deaths of soldiers who went looking for him. I’m going to use this thread to take notes, and I welcome any comments and discussion.

Quick Thoughts on Episode 1

1. My initial impression after the first episode–I’m going to be blunt and harsh, here: Continue reading ‘Serial Podcast, Season 2’

2017 NFL: Week 11

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Discussion of the Pence Rule

For those of you who don’t know, Mike Pence, the VPOTUS, supposedly has a rule where he doesn’t eat alone with a woman who is not his wife. To discuss this topic in this thread, I’m going to respond to tweets about this subject. To start off, I’m going to respond to a tweet expressing vindication of the Pence Rule: Continue reading ‘Discussion of the Pence Rule’

2017 NFL: Week 10

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S-Town (podcast)

Chris recommended that I listen to S-Town, a true crime podcast–at least that’s my understanding. I’m going to write some thoughts/notes about it here. I listened to the first episode, and I think Mitchell would find this interesting, and Don could, too.

In the first episode, a reporter, Brian Reed, tells about an email he got from a guy named John from a small town in Alabama (what John refers to as “Shit town”). John’s writing to talk about crimes committed and covered up in his town. He’s fed up with it. Anyway, this correspondence goes on for a while, and eventually the reporter talks on the phone with John. Here are some thoughts on John and Episode 1: Continue reading ‘S-Town (podcast)’

The Hateful Eight (2015)


The Hateful Eight (2015)
Samuel L. Jackson, Kurt Russell, Jennifer Jason Leigh, Walton Goggins, Damian Bilchir, Tim Roth, Michael Madsen, Bruce Dern. Written and directed by Quentin Tarantino. Continue reading ‘The Hateful Eight (2015)’

2017 NFL Week 9

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Frontline: Putin’s Revenge, Part 1 and 2

PBS’s Frontline has a documentary on Putin and the Russian interference in the 2016 election. I don’t part 2 has come out yet, but I’m interested in discussing this, if you guys watch it.
On the website, there are also separate interviews with several experts and former government officials as well. Here’s the link.

5Qs: Halloween Edition

I thought we might have done one of these, but I did a search and nothing turned up. So…

1. Favorite trick-or-treat candy?
2. Best costume you ever wore?
3. Best costume you’ve seen?
4. Scariest real-life story you’ve been involved in (on Halloween or not)?
5. Scariest movie

Examining the Uranium One Story

Don’t know anything about the Uranium One story? Here are some links: Continue reading ‘Examining the Uranium One Story’

2017 NFL Week 8

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2017 NFL: Week 7

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Will Massive Tax Cuts Lead to a Business Boom That Will Replace Lost Government Revenue?

This is a key principle for Republicans. Cut taxes and the economic activity will increase, if not explode. What about the loss of government revenue from these tax cuts? Don’t worry, conservatives say, the economic boom that results from the tax cuts will be so large that it will cover most, if not all of the lost revenue from taxes. My understanding is that this idea has little merit, and there’s an interesting story from NPR’s Planet Money podcast that reinforces this. The podcast is about the Governor Brownback’s attempt to implement tax cuts based on this principle in Kansas.

Short answer: it didn’t work. Indeed, The Atlantic has an article with Kansas Republicans warning that the GOP tax plan for the federal government, based on a similar principle, won’t work either.

Here are two interesting things I got out of the article. Continue reading ‘Will Massive Tax Cuts Lead to a Business Boom That Will Replace Lost Government Revenue?’

NFL 2017: Week 6


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I Would Really Like to Know (Part 2)

They say the point
demons guard is
an ocean grave
for all the brave.
Was it you who said
How long?
How long?
How long
to the Point of Know Return?