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From the You-Can’t-Make-This-Stuff-Up Dept.—headline, 28 December 2011: Police storm Church of the Nativity to break up brawling priests That’s the Church of the Nativity, in Bethlehem. Not Pennsylvania—the Holy Land. It seems the Armenians wanted to use Spic and Span, but the Greeks insisted on Murphy Oil Soap. Neither of which works as well or as […]

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There’s nothing like an execution—especially the execution of someone who is probably not guilty of the crime he was charged with—to give the lie to the claim that America is a “Christian nation.” There’s no need to belabor the point. We don’t turn the other cheek; we don’t trust Samaritans, good or otherwise; we certainly don’t […]

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Joe Conason is not only a well-informed and savvy guy, he’s also a stylish writer who can be wickedly funny at times. Along with the rest of the world, he wrote about Karl Rove’s “retirement.” (If you think that conniving SOB is leaving politics for good, I’ve got a surge I’d like to sell you.) […]

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Happy Feast of the Assumption! We all make ’em, so let’s celebrate ’em (even if they sometimes make an ass of you and me).

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On December 31, I thought about resolving to be even lazier in 2007 than I was in 2006, but I never got around to it.

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Noting the rise in anti-Arab racism and bigotry against Muslims in the US, Juan Cole dug deep in the Quran on Thursday to bust up the “clash of civilizations” meme. The Muslims are pretty much like us Christians and Jews, don’t you see? One commenter does see, and doesn’t like what he sees: Give me a […]

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Muslims in many locales are protesting and burning things because of some cartoons printed in a Danish newspaper. Wikipedia describes the origin of the controversy: The drawings, including a depiction of Muhammad with a bomb inside or under his turban, accompanied an article on self-censorship and freedom of speech. Flemming Rose, the cultural editor of […]

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  • Proverbs for Paranoids, 3: If they can get you asking the wrong questions, they don't have to worry about answers.
    Gravity’s Rainbow

    ‘Is it about a bicycle?’ he asked.
    The Third Policeman