Talking trash (cans)

Oct. 20th, 2017 11:32 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

We need to talk about lids, people. Lids for trash cans, lids for totes, bins, and containers of all kinds. These things all come with lids. The lids are important. The lids are paid for. Take your lids.

LBCF, No. 156: ‘Martyr envy

Oct. 20th, 2017 11:39 am
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Posted by Fred Clark

The intended readers of Left Behind are waiting for the end of the world. Or for war. Either one would do. Either one would seem more meaningful than the headache and trivia of daily life that constitutes what they now think of as “discipleship.” And Left Behind lets them experience both, at least vicariously.

Local angle: News from here in Exton

Oct. 19th, 2017 09:00 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

My humble home town, a centerless slice of suburban sprawl, is taking pride in a native son who made it big with a critically acclaimed new dick joke. Alas, this doesn't nearly make up for our town's older, darker legacy.

John Henry and Universal Health Care

Oct. 17th, 2017 11:10 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

"Muscular Christianity" is rooted in fear -- specifically in fear of the physically stronger, and more numerous, working class. Muscular Christianity took that fear and responded by saying, "We'd better starting working out."
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Posted by Fred Clark

French, like many other vocal "conservatives," doesn't understand what consent means and doesn't understand it's moral significance. Specifically, he's deeply confused about the distinction between necessary and sufficient.
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Posted by Fred Clark

"Essentially what the dollar stores are betting on in a large way is that we are going to have a permanent underclass in America. It’s based on the concept that the jobs went away, and the jobs are never coming back."

LBCF, No. 155: ‘Super powers’

Oct. 13th, 2017 11:46 am
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Posted by Fred Clark

Nicolae’s super powers seem different from the book’s other supernatural events. It's one thing to make God a character, portraying God with divine powers. It's something else to suddenly tell us that the president of Romania can also work divine miracles.

Bye bye Miss American Pie

Oct. 13th, 2017 12:03 am
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Posted by Fred Clark

What might it be like, 2,000 years from now, for some future reader to try to make sense of "American Pie"? The culture that produced it would be long gone, along with all of the cultural referents it relies on to communicate.
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Posted by Fred Clark

Citizens Bank messed up and they say they’re taking “full responsibility” for that. But what they’re actually taking is $200 in pure profit. It's a very lucrative "mistake" -- I wonder how often they make it.

Everybody knows that the captain lied

Oct. 10th, 2017 10:36 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

The other big current story with an "everybody knows" angle involves Sen. Bob Corker of Tennessee, who has decided not to run for re-election. Corker seems to have found this liberating -- speaking with newfound bluntness and candor about the president nominated and elected to lead his own party.

Everybody knows the deal is rotten

Oct. 9th, 2017 09:37 pm
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Posted by Fred Clark

"Everybody knows" was a theme in two otherwise disparate stories in the news over this weekend -- one involving a sexually abusive Hollywood producer, the other involving a Republican senator's war of words with a Republican president.
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