SEPTEMBER 12, 2011 4:04AM

September 11, A Prose Poem

We can all recite this litany: Fire engulfing that panoptic view. Closely spaced columns losing resistance. A final shudder, then cascade, into dust.

Yet we can never know just where the failure began.

Like the woman standing ankle-deep in white dust and reading yesterday's newspaper, tries tRead full post »

You may have recently seen a billboard announcing "Judgment Day, May 21, 2011." You may have dismissed it as just-another-end-of-the-world-nutcase.

The billboard is only one of two thousand such billboards in the U.S. and its originator, 89 year-old Oakland-based radio preacher Harold Camping, is any… Read full post »

At the turn of the first millennium of what is commonly called the "Common Era" – despite its being "common" to only Europeans – Pope Sylvester II  (Gerbert d'Aurillac, 946 –1003) was commonly believed to be a sorcerer in league with the devil.

Why? Sylvester was proficient i… Read full post »

JULY 24, 2010 2:06PM

The Family Pacifier

A few weeks ago I babysat for a friend of mine. She has two little boys – ages five and two. It was a powerful return trip for me to the challenges of having small children.

While I was trying to simultaneously sweep cheerios off the floor and… Read full post »

The Tea Party recently found something else besides the Constitution that needs reinvention: the patriotic song. Apparently, our old standbys – the Star-Spangled Banner, America the Beautiful, and My Country 'Tis of Thee – don't cut it for these irrepressible mad hatters. Not even pop fav… Read full post »

Our parents always told us that television would be our ruin, making us go blind or turning our television-softened brains into blobs of oatmeal-like mush dribbling out our ears. But I doubt they dreamed that it would ruin us by keeping us awake with visions of environmental cataclysm dancing through… Read full post »

DECEMBER 18, 2009 2:31AM

Michelle Bachman prays and preys

 Here's what someone once said about the praying -- and preying -- of the likes of Michelle Bachman:

 "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites, for ye devour widows' houses, and for a pretence make long prayer: therefore ye shall receive the greater damnation." - Matthew 2… Read full post »

Thanks to the agency of God TV -- nestled appropriately between QVC and the Home Shopping Network -- I was alerted that soccer thug pentecostal  preacher Todd Bentley is back on the Elmer Gantry flock-fleecing trail after breaking the 7th, 8th, 9th and 10th commandments during his… Read full post »

trail salon version

The rumor mill has it that future former South Carolina governor Mark Sanford is trying to land a book deal. When the following correspondence mysteriously arrived in our inbox, it became clear that what he's shopping is a TV script. 

To: Mark Sanford

From: Errante Corazón, CreatRead full post »

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MAY 8, 2009 12:20PM

Alzheimer's: The horror that waits

Truer words were never spoken than the title of Maria Shriver's piece in yesterday's Huffington Post: Azheimer's: A Baby Boomer Epidemic.   At 65, the likelihood of developing Alzheimer's or some other dementia is 1 in 5, according to the Alzheimer's Association. At 85, it's… Read full post »

APRIL 17, 2009 10:02PM


The Palins. They simply won't go away. I'm waiting for the clan to appear on Jerry Springer. And really, I would hate for Sarah Palin to go away because I have yet to finish the last two essays in my "On a Clear Day You Can See Manchuria" series. I discovered… Read full post »

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APRIL 10, 2009 1:09PM

Dead Man Talking

"We tell ourselves stories in order to live... We look for the sermon in the suicide, for the social or moral lesson in the murder of five. We interpret what we see, select the most workable of the multiple choices…[impose] a narrative line upon disparate images… "  --   JoanRead full post »

What goes around, comes around, like they say, and often the sharpest arrows come from former allies. In an op-ed at Huffington Post, recovering right-wing evangelical and former fellow-traveler Frank Schaeffer lets fly with some colorful invective, calling the Republicrat party traitors, saboteurs,Read full post »

What goes around, comes around, like they say, and often the sharpest arrows come from former allies. In an op-ed at Huffington Post, recovering right-wing evangelical and former fellow-traveler Frank Schaeffer lets fly with some colorful invective, calling the Republicrat party traitors, saboteurs,Read full post »

MARCH 7, 2009 2:53AM

Let's do the Time Warp Again

Bob Cesca of Huffington Post triggered my flashback when he called the Republicrats' Rush to Limbaugh a "Rocky Horror Show."

What was eerie is how well the Clown Trinity of the Republicrat Party fit into the 70s cult classic of midnight movie fame, with Rush the Limbaugh as Riff Raff leadin… Read full post »

MARCH 4, 2009 5:14PM

Can You Say...I'm Sorry, Rush?

I was initially excited to discover I'm Sorry, Rush, the do-it-yourself apology-to-Rush-Limbaugh generator. But when I got there, I found it sadly limited. So for the more creative, I offer this fill-in-the-blanks apology. I'll start the ball rolling:

 Dear Leader Rush,

I'm sorry I called y… Read full post »

MARCH 4, 2009 12:03PM

Bring Ze Bucket

In Sunday School they taught me that "pride goeth before a fall." If this precept holds true, right wing Mufti Rush Limbaugh is headed for a plunge that will make Humpty Dumpty a mere folkloric footnote.

Boviating to CPAC's lesser Cyclopses, the right's Imperial Wizard resembled nothing so much as Mo… Read full post »

When school children refuse to cooperate unless everyone plays by their special and particular rules, when they kick dirt in one another's faces and scream, "I hope you die," we don't call them patriots. We call them brats. 

So what are we to do with the Republican Party? Send them to… Read full post »

Part IV: Slouching Toward Heritage USA – Kingdom Government

And what was it slouching toward Heritage USA to be born?

"The greatest revival, awakening, or move of God in America's history," Joyner tells us. "If it is allowed to go its course and to do the work it is being sentRead full post »

It's been some time since my last post. It was getting to a point where I started seeing C. Peter Wagner and his New Apostolic coven behind every door -- much like Illuminati conspiracy theorists. So instead of becoming a bore -- or more of one -- to my friends, I… Read full post »

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NOVEMBER 20, 2008 5:50PM

A Giving of Thanks

Thanksgiving at my house when I was growing up was no Norman-Rockwell picture of extended family getting together. My parents were not generally on speaking terms with their brothers and sisters and my grandparents were all dead.

My father, who was not a person of fine sentiments, not much of an… Read full post »

Part III: Apotheosis – Saint Sarah and the Deborah Anointing

While Reconstructionists are so absorbed in perfecting their doctrinal exactness that they need help from people with a more active turn of mind to actually be dangerous, Pentecostals are emotive people for whom the parting of the RedRead full post »

II. Theocracy Now - Christian Reconstructionism  

Sarah Palin's ascendancy marked growing fusion of two growing currents in American fundamentalism: Christian Reconstructionism and Kingdom as they converge on a shared destination: a theocracy ruled by a pre-enlightenment worldview that they… Read full post »

Part 1 – On a Clear Day You Can See Manchuria

"And what rough beast, its hour come round at last, Slouches towards Bethlehem to be born?" - W.B. Yeats, The Second Coming

As John McCain wandered, raving, in the Dover of his political oblivion,  the buzzRead full post »

McPalin 's newest supporters in the campaign's excavation of subterranean lows not seen in American politicking since Joe McCarthy:


"...not too thrilled with mccain least he's white." -- American National Socialist Workers Party Forum.