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"I have come here to chew bubblegum and kick ass. And I’m all out of bubblegum."

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posted 9 / 11 / 2014
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The Common Core Commotion

"The logic of education reform always points to more education reform. With experts having shown they didn’t really know how to improve education on a broad scale, and with state school officials having proved themselves in many cases to be cheats and bunco artists, the solution was clear to every educationist: State school officials should get together with experts to come up with a new reform. Except this time it would work."

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posted 9 / 8 / 2014
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Skepticism is blind to itself | Wondering Fair

Yep:

The larger point here is not the fundraising methodology of an increasingly fringe personality. It is that no one – nil, not a single person – can escape religion. Even hardcore atheists end up with religious zeal. It is quite easy to avoid organized, official religion of course. Just don’t show up at church. But no one is able to not believe. Those who profess to be able to are just subscribing to an alternative set of beliefs. They are rejecting certain dogmas on the basis of their own unproven assumptions. They are deconstructing other people’s faith while remaining blind to their own faith.

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posted 9 / 8 / 2014
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Remy: What Are the Chances (An IRS Love Song) - LIVE

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The Osteens’ Donald Sterling Moment
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posted 9 / 4 / 2014
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As bad or worse.

As bad or worse.

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posted 9 / 3 / 2014
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Stream it before it drops: Chris Thile And Edgar Meyer, 'Bass & Mandolin'
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Heh.

Heh.

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posted 8 / 29 / 2014
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I imagine a future in the church when the call to chastity would no longer sound like a dreary sentence to lifelong loneliness for a gay Christian like me. I imagine Christian communities in which friendships are celebrated and honored—where it’s normal for families to live near or with single people; where it’s expected that celibate gay people would form significant attachments to other single people, families, and pastors; where it’s standard practice for friends to spend holidays together or share vacations; where it’s not out of the ordinary for friends to consider staying put, resisting the allure of constant mobility, for the sake of their friendships. I imagine a church where genuine love isn’t located exclusively or even primarily in marriage, but where marriage and friendship and other bonds of affection are all seen as different forms of the same love we all are called to pursue.

By shifting our practice of friendship to a more committed, honored form of love, we can witness—above all—to a kingdom in which the ties between spiritual siblings are the strongest ties of all. Marriage, Jesus tells us, will be entirely transformed in the future, barely recognizable to those who know it in its present form (Matt. 22:30). Bonds of biology, likewise, are relativized in Jesus’ world (Mark 3:31–35). But the loves that unite Christians to each other across marital, racial, and familial lines are loves that will last. More than that, they are loves that witness that Christ’s love is available to all. Not everyone can be a parent or a spouse, but anyone and everyone can be a friend.

Why Can’t Men Be Friends? | Wesley Hill (via ayjay)
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posted 8 / 29 / 2014
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posted 8 / 27 / 2014
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7 Reasons Why the Current Marriage Debate Is Nothing Like the Debate on Interracial Marriage
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posted 8 / 27 / 2014
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sinfulfolk:

"When I got my library card, that’s when my life began." — Rita Mae Brown. 

sinfulfolk:

"When I got my library card, that’s when my life began." — Rita Mae Brown. 

(Source: literatureismyutopia)

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posted 8 / 27 / 2014
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Dana Loesch: “Poverty is a choice.”

Never heard of this lady before, but she nails it.

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posted 8 / 27 / 2014
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Jesse Jackson debates Ben Carson

Jackson is apparently incapable of uttering a coherent sentence—and when he does manage to dribble out something grammatically correct, it’s race-bating demagoguery. How pathetic and embarrassing to have this man as a spokesman and supposed authority on racial issues.

Ugh.

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posted 8 / 26 / 2014
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