Not all pastors are nutjobs (and other NPR Ombudsman observations)

Not all pastors are nutjobs (and other NPR Ombudsman observations)

Jul 12

In this week’s write-up of the email she gets, Elizabeth Jensen responds to listeners’ concerns about coverage of same-sex marriage. You just gotta love NPR, they’re probably the only media outlet getting dinged for not covering Christians who support same-sex marriage. Two listeners wrote, calling the network out for painting all Christians in the fundigelical corner. One of...

The “Rural Electification” of the 21st Century

The “Rural Electification” of the 21st Century

Jul 11

Conservative pundits and villagers like George Will are, by and large, idiots. Will made a comment years ago, where he said the one thing the federal government did right was Rural Electrification. Bringing electricity into areas outside America’s cities was an infrastructure task only an institution the size of the federal government could handle. Even a “small government”...

.@JohnBelforLA is the man of integrity @DavidVitter never will be #LAgov

.@JohnBelforLA is the man of integrity @DavidVitter never will be #LAgov

Jul 11

Meet John Bel Edwards. He’s a state representative from Amite, Louisiana, and is the person in the best position to block US Senator David “Do you know who I am” Vitter’s run for governor of Louisiana. Take three minutes of your time and visualize what Louisiana would be like with a governor who wasn’t a #sociopath, looking only for personal gain. Take three minutes...

SportsNOLA article on @BMHSCrusaders by @KenTrahan

SportsNOLA article on @BMHSCrusaders by @KenTrahan

Jul 08

Good article previewing Brother Martin High School’s upcoming football season. There was one line, though, that was a bit cringe-worthy, when Trahan offered some background on the Crusader football program: Brother Martin won the 1971 state championship in a 23-0 whitewash of Catholic League rival St. Augustine for the 4A title. OK, so, just to make sure I wasn’t being overly...

Are #essenceproblems really just #whitepeopleproblems?

Are #essenceproblems really just #whitepeopleproblems?

Jul 07

You hear it every year: Essence people don’t go out Essence people don’t spend money in New Orleans Fourth of July weekend is so slow in New Orleans, in spite of the Essence Festival The griping usually comes from folks in the tourism/restaurant/hospitality/service industries, as well as the musicians who gig around town. Thing is, the complaints are true, but don’t blame the...

Why I listen to what @rembert has to say

Why I listen to what @rembert has to say

Jul 06

There are a number of good reasons why folks should pay attention to Rembert Browne. He’s a good, thoughtful writer. He’s young (28), just a year older than my firstborn. When he took to Grantland to Explain the ’90s, he talked about a program on Nickelodeon that my boys obsessed over, “Legends of the Hidden Temple“. I listen to what Rembert says, because my younger...

Confederate flag – background history

Confederate flag – background history

Jul 06

Good video presentation from Al Jazeera America on the background of the use of the Army of Northern Virginia’s battle flag after the Civil War. An in-depth look at the Confederate flagHow the Confederate battle flag has been used throughout history Posted by Inside Story on Al Jazeera America on Monday, July 6,...

Owners of “Christian Bakery” are Christianist Liars

Owners of “Christian Bakery” are Christianist Liars

Jul 04

A bakery in Portland, OR, that refused to make a wedding cake for a lesbian couple in 2013 is being fined $135K for discrimination: Aaron and Melissa Klein, the owners of Sweet Cakes by Melissa bakery were ordered to pay $60,000 in damages to Laurel Bowman-Cryer and $75,000 in damages to Rachel Bowman-Cryer for emotional suffering. Naturally, the Kleins feel that their religious beliefs are...