Dismal theology-related tweet of the day

This tweet is a nice pointer to the poverty of evangelicals’ lives.

Without Jesus the only things Pious Albert can think to do are …

  1. Figure-out for himself what his life is good for, or …

  2. Pull the covers over his head and go to sleep.

But! Jesus saves him from those grim choices — and from burning for eternity! Yay!

This is so pathetic I’d probably feel sorry for Mohler if he weren’t so ridiculous. After all, billions — billions — of people live satisfying lives that they consider meaningful and, believe it or not, sleep at night, too. This is a good pointer, also, to the shoebox-sized world of the Evangelical Right — they don’t know about those billions of people who have satisfying lives without Jesus; they think everybody else on earth is as screwed-up as they are. They actually believe that.

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More bad theater

Donald Trump just completed remarks addressing the situation with Iran and — What do you know? — it was little more than a poorly-delivered stump speech.

No mention of an imminent attack

In the days following the Soleimani hit, administration spokespeople recurred frequently to the claim of an imminent threat. Well … Ok. Though Soleimani was an officer of a sovereign state with which we are not at war, I’m just fine with attacking him if it saves American lives. But the administration has stopped talking about the imminent threat, and has never produced any evidence of a planned attack then afoot. Nothing. The updated rationale for killing an officer of a sovereign state appears to be that he was … a really bad dude.

I have to believe the hit — and all its nerve-wracking consequences — was never about short-circuiting a threat; it was theater meant to be a distraction from Trump’s impeachment woes.

Lies for the uninformed

For some reason, The Donald digressed into an attack upon the Obama administration and that money conveyed to Iran in cash, approximately $1.7-billion. That was Iran’s money, paid to the United States for arms that were never delivered; the 1979 hostage seizure interrupted the deal. Again: It was Iran’s money, frozen by the Carter administration in consequence of events. Surely, Trump has been told this. He simply keeps repeating the lie because he knows that FOX viewers will never be caught dead reading the New York Times or watching CNN or paying attention to any news outlet that might educate them.

And, besides, giving our enemy a big pile of cash is exactly the sort of thing you’d expect a nigra moozlim librul(!!) to do; it plays well to the bigotry and racism of Trump’s base.

Bah.

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Unhinged tweet of the day

This is a declaration by Donald Trump that the Congress has nothing to say about making war — an assertion of king-like power.

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There go the Methodists

The United Methodists have announced plans to split over the issue of same-sex marriage.

Leaders of the United Methodist Church, the second-largest Protestant domination in the nation, announced on Friday a plan that would formally split the church after years of division over same-sex marriage.

Under the plan, which would sunder a denomination with 13 million members worldwide, a new ‚Äútraditionalist Methodist‚ÄĚ denomination would be created, and would continue to ban same-sex marriage as well as the ordination of gay and lesbian clergy.

Ho-hum. It’s been clear for a long time that there is no middle ground on the issue of gay marriage and all of the major denominations would inevitably split over it. Even the Southern Baptists, the most resolutely backward-looking and simpleminded of the major denominations, will eventually have to confront the irreconcilable differences.

Good. The more divided and fractured the Pious are, the less easily they can organize to do harm to those who do no harm to them.

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Unremarked consequences

We’ve all heard that the Trump tariffs are hurting farmers et. al., but there are other, less dramatic consequences that are annoying and unremarked.

Dawn and I have repainted the entire interior of the house over the past couple of years, one room or hallway a vacation-week at a time. With each room, I’ve replaced the cheap white plastic wall-plates that cover the switches and outlets with white ceramic plates. It’s an aesthetic thing, I suppose. The white ceramic doesn’t discolor with time, and simply has a nicer, cleaner, more substantial look; they please my eye, and that’s all the excuse I need.

We finished the last hallway during the Christmas break; two single-toggle plates, and one triple-toggle plate, and we’re done. What do you know? The outlet (no pun intended) I’ve been buying them from doesn’t have the single-toggle plates in stock, and doesn’t know when they will.

At this time, due to the tariff situation, the manufacturer has found the need to move the production of these plate to a new location. Due to this change, we do no have a time frame at this moment for when they will be back in stock.

We are working to find another source but at this time do not have anything concrete available.

Granted, a couple of rogue wall-plates that don’t match the rest of the house isn’t a Big Deal in the grand scheme of things — but it sure as hell is annoying, especially when it’s the direct consequence of the First Felon’s half-baked tariff wars.

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