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“The church is a sort of hospital for men’s souls and as full of quackery as the hospital for their bodies.” ~Henry David Thoreau, “Walden,” published this day in 1854 ***

And the Bible Says …

“No man ever believes that the Bible means what it says; he is always convinced that it says what he means.” ~George Bernard Shaw, born this day in 1856 ***

Now, We Know You Must Have Some Good Ideas…

LEND US A HAND? Lester & Charlie are researching for a new book called Rising Stars, and we’re looking for a few good men and women who started their careers in arts or entertainment and it led to progressive activism. Here are a few examples: *A USO girl who left the chorus line to help … Continue reading

Protected: Lend Us a Hand?

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Bloody Mary

Big business has a big mouth these days, but what comes out isn’t always pleasant. Chick-fil-A hates gays. Hobby Lobby has its panties in a knot over contraception. Taco Bell fires managers for hiring too many Mexicans. It doesn’t seem to end. Then we read about the firestorm surrounding Mary’s Gourmet Diner, a restaurant in … Continue reading

The Week in Politics

MAKING HISTORY Everything you need to know about last week’s politics for this week’s cocktail party. History was made and celebrated this week and we’re going to tell you the important parts. First, there was panic this week in Los Angeles, causing residents to flood 911 switchboards in record-setting numbers. It was due to a … Continue reading

A Nazi Grows in Alabama

These days, does anyone care if a quote is taken out of context? Not really, it seems. Certainly not the media that this week ran with the headline “Gwyneth Paltrow thinks water has feelings!” when the actress/lifestyle guru attempted to paraphrase the work of a Japanese author she admires. Other, more damaging examples: Barack Obama‚Äôs … Continue reading

Ellen the De Generate

If, like us, you are the beneficiary of a primary Catholic school education, you may have some interesting memories of all the things you got from those nuns. Like raps on the knuckles. Curt, abbreviated classes in “science.” Lessons for boys in how to pee without using your hands! Once, as punishment for giving the … Continue reading

How to Rebrand the KKK

Racists in America never seem to tire of trying to outdo one another. The ink was barely dry on the story of the white supremacist — whose alleged shooting rampage at two Jewish institutions in Kansas was followed by a cry of “Heil Hitler!” — when we were treated to the psycho rants of everyone’s … Continue reading

The Second Coming of Homeless Jesus

A couple of weeks ago, we told you about some of the unbelievably heartless ways some American communities have been dealing with homeless people: from making it illegal to give them blankets on cold nights to letting cops knock the free, church-donated hot dogs out of their cold, near-dead and greedy hands. (Really!) The stories … Continue reading

The Worst Little Town in America

Have you ever wondered how corrupt a place would have to be to compel an awesome power to swoop in and just wipe it off the face of the earth? No, this is not a review of “Noah.” We’re talking about the tiny rural city of Hampton, Florida in the heart of conservative America. As … Continue reading

Steaks, Guns and God

Aeons ago, when your faithful, intrepid reporters Lester & Charlie were wee lads, we asked the nuns in charge of us at school: Does God have a sense of humor? Those nuns, not ones to be out-sassed by sassy toddlers, were prepared with an answer. After the obligatory, “Of course he does. He made you, … Continue reading