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whoever the asshole who murdered those cops is sure changed the public discussion

didn't they?
Posted by arely staircase | Mon Dec 22, 2014, 01:53 PM (70 replies)

Obama now officially my pick for greatest president of my lifetime (born in 1968)

Immigration, Cuba, healthcare (imperfect as it is) LGBT rights put him in first..

Cuba sealed it.
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Dec 20, 2014, 04:05 PM (40 replies)

violent, misogynistic, and an absolutely brilliant masterpiece.

I listened to Dr. Dre's The Chronic today for the first time in decades. I had forgotten how incredible it is. I had also forgotten how violentl and sexist it is. I make no apologies for liking it because it isn't a conscious choice. It appeals to me sonically. It just does. What works of art do you find apealing despite a noxious message?
Posted by arely staircase | Fri Dec 12, 2014, 06:05 PM (21 replies)

Obama hating: Borowitz nails it!

Andy Borowitz

Thought for the week: For all the hating on Obama, we now have health insurance for millions who were not covered, a climate deal with China, an immigration plan that will keep millions of families together, and imminent detente with Iran. If only all Presidents could fail like that.

Posted by arely staircase | Mon Dec 8, 2014, 06:22 PM (23 replies)

Debunking the Jesus Debunkers

I first heard the claim that Jesus was a copycat of the Egyptian god Horus when I watched the so-called documentary Religulous. Horus supposedly walked on water, was born from a virgin, healed the sick, etc. Naturally, I was skeptical and tried doing some research but found only biased opinions that weren’t backed by much evidence. So what’s the deal?

As for the crucifixion and resurrection, the party involved wasn’t Horus but Osiris, as per the above. Except Osiris wasn’t crucified—Seth initially had him nailed into a coffin. And he wasn’t really resurrected, just revived long enough to be a sperm donor, after which he died again.

Then again, there really isn’t a canonical version of the Horus story. Browsing through the stelae, I find a variant in which the child Horus is stung to death by a scorpion, then restored to life by the god Thoth. So OK, are there points of similarity between Jesus and Horus? I’ll be big about it and say sure. Is one copied from the other? Get out.

But let’s not fixate on Horus. The real difference between Egyptian mythology and the story of Jesus is that the former is clearly a fable full of beings with super powers, whereas the latter is told in realistic terms with the occasional miracle thrown in. The simplest explanation for this is that the New Testament is largely about a real person, with embellishments added to impress the rubes or make a doctrinal point. I venture to say this was the working assumption among a sizable fraction of scholars for a long time, and many still hold to it. But I’d also say there’s a hardening realization that, setting aside obvious supernatural elements, we’ll never know which if any parts of the Gospel describe actual events and which are made up.


Posted by arely staircase | Mon Dec 8, 2014, 04:38 PM (191 replies)

President Obama, we have your back!

I have family, friends and students who will be personally affected by what our president will today on immigration. The GOP is determined to continue to define themselves as hateful obstructionists who don't care who the leave in the wake of destruction. President Obama and the Democrats are the good guys and we have their backs - because they have ours.

God Bless America.
Posted by arely staircase | Thu Nov 20, 2014, 07:29 AM (9 replies)

I wonder if Kassig refused to read ISIS propaganda statement before his murder.

That would explain its absence. Just speculation. But can you imagine the strength that would take, given what these hostages have been subjected to according to other hostages who have been released?
Posted by arely staircase | Mon Nov 17, 2014, 07:26 AM (4 replies)

Some people are obsessed with HRC

Karl Rove has been for years now. The thought of her candidacy drives him nuts. I had forgotten how much the Clintons get under the right people's skin. Go Hillary!
Posted by arely staircase | Sat Nov 15, 2014, 05:49 AM (74 replies)

Collection of Polling for the 2016 primary. Clinton waaaay out front in all polls.

Sanders 1%.


Posted by arely staircase | Thu Nov 13, 2014, 06:08 PM (10 replies)

here is some ACA irony for you.

I figure the success of the Kentucky exchange makes Turtle man less likely to genuinely screw with it, it also means Turtle Man's constituency gets to keep their subsidies even if the Supremes gut the subsidies in the red states with federally run exchanges.
Posted by arely staircase | Wed Nov 12, 2014, 06:30 PM (5 replies)
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