Do NOT Adjust Your Sets…

… and it isn’t your bifocals.

There appears to be a bit of a problem with the new WordPress update in the sense that it isn’t playing well with some other things under the hood here.

So what you see here is temporary.

I don’t have the time at the moment to figure it out — I have a flight to catch and some actors to herd.  I will take some time in the next day or two to try and figure all of this out.

But in the meantime, this is what you have…


Things should be back to “normal” now.  The next WordPress update was supposed to be out today, but it hasn’t happened yet.

Inspection- Judas: Another Unintended Hero?

 It’s Easter time, when I always dedicate a column or two to theological matters related to Jesus. A few weeks ago we talked about Fred Phelps as an unintended hero. Here’s another…

by Ken Carman

 Am I possessed? Evil? Damned for even considering the possibility?
 As Easter closes in like a cross slowly being dragged to Calvary, I have been pondering Judas. Could Judas have been one of the heroes of the story, intentional or not? What does Judas have to tell us, or to add to the story? Before the “betrayal” the story is mostly sans Judas. After the “betrayal” he disappears, perhaps because in storytelling if our hero is to win the day keeping the villain around is simply bad form.
 But without Judas what do we have for a story? A somewhat controversial street preacher claiming to be many things, performing miracles: not actually unusual in those days. There were a few miracle-claiming messiah wannabes. If not for Judas would there even have been a movement called Christianity? Read more

Age of Ignorance

Fairgoers cheer for Sarah Palin while she appears on the Sean Hannity Show at the Iowa State Fair, August 12, 2011

Fairgoers cheer for Sarah Palin while she appears on the Sean Hannity Show at the Iowa State Fair, August 12, 2011

It took years of indifference and stupidity to make us as ignorant as we are today. Anyone who has taught college over the last forty years, as I have, can tell you how much less students coming out of high school know every year. At first it was shocking, but it no longer surprises any college instructor that the nice and eager young people enrolled in your classes have no ability to grasp most of the material being taught. Teaching American literature, as I have been doing, has become harder and harder in recent years, since the students read little literature before coming to college and often lack the most basic historical information about the period in which the novel or the poem was written, including what important ideas and issues occupied thinking people at the time.

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Ye Olde Scribe Presents the Art Gallery

Scribe’s companion was commenting on art at the special showing, “Look at the perspective! See the texture…”

YOS muttered, “Been better if the artist’s mother had dropped a toaster while it was toasting into the water on his first bath…”


“Isn’t that a myth?”

“No more than this creep being some ‘artist’ we should worship.”

“Oh, don’t be such a curmudgeon. Scribe! It’s all about the art, the pigments, the artist’s use of light, pigments…” Read more

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