Another Homegrown Terrorist, This Time in Tennessee

Police: Man Shot Church­go­ers Over Lib­er­al Views Knoxville, Tennessee—An unem­ployed man accused of open­ing fire with a shot­gun and killing two peo­ple at a Uni­tar­i­an church appar­ent­ly tar­get­ed the con­gre­ga­tion out of hatred for its sup­port of lib­er­al social poli­cies, police said Mon­day. That makes a lot of sense. This whack­job is unhap­py because he lost […]

ToTD: Fran Lebowitz

Take away a man’s actu­al sense of manhood–which is con­ven­tion­al­ly based on the abil­i­ty to work, to earn mon­ey, to be self-suf­­fi­­cient, to pro­vide for children–and you’ve got to give them some­thing else. And they did. This hideous reli­gion that’s all over the country–these huge church-malls–that’s what sub­sti­tutes for these lost towns. But that’s not a […]

TotD: Thomas Szasz on Language

Reli­gion and the jar­gon of the helping/hindering pro­fes­sions are com­prised large­ly of lit­er­al­ized metaphors. That is why they are the per­fect tools for legit­imiz­ing and ille­git­imiz­ing ideas, behav­iors, and per­sons. Ordi­nary lan­guage com­bines all of these qual­i­ties. It can be used lit­er­al­ly and pre­cise­ly, to con­vey mean­ing; metaphor­i­cal­ly or poet­i­cal­ly, to move peo­ple; or ‘reli­gious­ly,’ […]

The Songs

I real­ly appre­ci­ate the sug­ges­tions :-) I end­ed up with most­ly patri­ot­ic songs, as every­body had at least heard most of those before. I threw in some clas­sic Girl Scout songs but the girls hat­ed those—except the gross camp songs. And leader #1 had appar­ent­ly decreed last week (when I was out due to a […]

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