The stupidity of David Brooks

David Brooks worries about dogs and cats living together: Christianity is in decline in the United States. The share of Americans who describe themselves as Christians and attend church is dropping. Evangelical voters make up a smaller share of the electorate. Members of the millennial generation are detaching themselves from religious institutions in droves. Christianity’s… More The stupidity of David Brooks

Singles 7/3

I caught the patriotic/party bug and praised a Keith Urban song. Moronic title, dumb hook, excellent arrangement, though. A good week overall: love the Staples album, admire Janet’s modest return (as if she were a good friend who quietly eased into a crowded room), danced on my own to Welsh singer Gwenno’s thumper. Click on… More Singles 7/3

Never forget

I missed this story when Politico published it in January — I tend to avoid what Charles Pierce calls Tiger Beat on the Potomac. For many of us who remember the dark period after the second Bush inaugural, his brother’s meddling in the Terri Schiavo case represented the nadir of movement conservatism. Michael Kruse’s splendid… More Never forget

Screenings #3

What I watched this week. At this point My Man Godfrey is my drunk dial option, called up at a second’s notice when I want to watch William Powell’s poised, beautiful amble, Carole Lombard playing an airhead without telegraphing her superiority, and the screen’s great bullfrog Eugene Pallette croaking and glowering. MR. BULLOCK: I’ve lost… More Screenings #3

The mysteries of Pittsburgh: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

Me and Earl and the Dying Girl is the only movie I’ve seen where the young male hero admits that the death of a sick muse inspired a garbage work of art. The project is a film, steeped in Godard and Truffaut and Coppola, exhibited to the audience in American Gothic friezes indebted to Wes… More The mysteries of Pittsburgh: Me and Earl and the Dying Girl

For the “Change We Can Believe In” file

Progress of a sort: Miami-Dade County commissioners have passed a new ordinance that alters the county’s regulations for possession of marijuana. Instead of issuing criminal charges, officers’ will now have the discretion to give a civil citation if the carrier is using the 20 grams of pot for personal use. Those cases would involve a… More For the “Change We Can Believe In” file

Just a thought

Reading Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen and Marco Rubio’s response to the announcement that an American embassy’s a-comin’ to what JFK called Cuber, and watching her interviewed, I wondered why if Cuba was a known terrorist state and state supporter of terrorism the reporters couldn’t calmly ask why the United States granted residency to terrorist Orlando Bosch… More Just a thought

Fairness, etc

“Republicans say they’ll get you as far as your employer’s door, while Democrats want to walk inside with you” is the fairest thing any liberal’s written about a Republican since Eisenhower died, and Paul Waldman‘s dissection of the details in the president’s executive decision to raise the income necessary to quality for overtime hours is… More Fairness, etc