Skip to main content


(cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School)

In the middle of his novel, Claudius the God, the sequel to I, Claudius, writer Robert Graves interrupts his narrative about the Roman Emperor to tell the story of a friend of Claudius’, the son of a Jewish royal family whose career had more ups and downs than an epileptic yo-yo.  He is mentioned very briefly in the Book of Acts, but like the rest of his dysfunctional family, there is so much more to his life than that.  He was the rock star of the House of Herod:  Herod Agrippa I.

Continue Reading

More gossip from the world of comics.

The other day I posted about how this week's issue of ALL-NEW X-MEN revealed that the character of Iceman was gay.  I found it interesting, but since I don't really know much about Iceman and have read X-MEN only infrequently, it didn't seem to me like a grossly uncharacteristic retcon.  It didn't make me angry.

This, however, bugs the heck out of me:

What Has DC Comics Done to Lois Lane?

More comment below:

Continue Reading

For years, both fans and writers have been seeing the X-MEN as a metaphor for being gay.  Perhaps the best-known bit was from the second X-Men movie in which Bobby Drake, (alias Iceman) admits to his family that he is a mutant, and his concerned but clueless parents ask, "Have you tried NOT being a mutant?"

This week's big news in the world of comics is the revelation that Bobby is gay, too.  He is not the first Marvel character to come out of the closet like this, (Northstar from ALPHA FLIGHT was first, and I plan to do a diary on him fairly soon), but Bobby Drake was one of the founding members of the X-Men, a member of the first class of students at Charles Xavier's School for the Not Quite Fitting In.

(cont'd...)

Continue Reading

So I watched the new trailer for the Batman v. Superman:  Grim and Grimmer,  and it made me think of something I wrote on another site a couple months ago on a subject that's bugged me for a long time.

Yeah, I'm heading out towards Cranky Old Fan territory.  Follow at your own risk:

Continue Reading

(Cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School)

If, like me, you are a child of the ‘70s, you might recall an athletic form of exhibitionism from that era called Streaking.  It was one of that decade’s contributions to Western Civilization, like Disco, Pet Rocks, “Whip Inflation Now!” Buttons and the Bicentennial Minute; and it involved young male college students dashing across a public space while buck naked.  I’m not exactly sure what the point of this was, unless maybe to encourage young female college students to do the same

One might not expect the Bible to have anything to say about this type of behavior, but there is a venerable tradition among Bible pedagogues like myself of trying to make Holy Writ seem hip and relevant by seizing on some popular trend and purporting to find mention of it Scriptures.  This doesn’t always work, but sometimes it’s interesting.  At least to other pedagogues.

Now, granted Streaking has not been trendy since the Ford administration; but being out-of-date has never stopped me before.  With that in mind, let’s take a look at the story of the Bible’s Streaker.

Continue Reading

I came across a quote by G.K. Chesterton recently that I think has some bearing on the latest fad for "Religious Freedom" Laws giving businesses the right to discriminate -- sorry, to Uphold Their Deeply-Held Religious Convictions.  He said that just because you have the right to do a thing, doesn't mean that it is the right thing to do.

I suspect that he was paraphrasing a quote from St. Paul, which I remember learning as "All things are Lawful, but not all things are helpful."

Wait, what does St. Paul have to do with anything?  Didn't he hate gays?  Well, the people who hate gays ceratinly like to quote him, but he devoted much more of his writing to the subject of Christian Liberty.

Continue Reading

(Cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School)

The Book of Genesis can be regarded as one long genealogy with narrative interruptions.  True, the stories take up the bulk of the book, but the passages listing the generations from Adam through the sons of Jacob provide the framework for those stories.

I’ve always found the genealogical lists in Genesis of one patriarch begetting the next to be the most boring parts, and I tend to skim over them; but there are a couple places where we get more than a name and an antediluvian lifespan; we get a brief, tantalizing comment raises even more questions than it answers.

That is what we get with the great-grandfather of Noah, Enoch:  the man who Walked with God.

Continue Reading

Wed Mar 11, 2015 at 07:56 AM PDT

RTW and Intrusive Government

by quarkstomper

We all know that Wisconsin's new "Right-2-Work" law is bad for Unions.  Even the law's supporters admit that.  As far as they're concerned, this is a feature, not a bug.  But its proponents are so gleeful about squeezing the Unions that no one is really talking about how the law goes about doing this.  It's not just the Unions who are being curtailed.

(cont'd) ...

Continue Reading

I just went out to move the car and I heard something on the radio that had me shouting at it.  The radio, not the car.  It was about Wisconsin's inevitable "Right To Work Free Of Union Oppression Gosh We're So Oppressed" law.  The piece  started with some quotes from the bill's supporters that were not just opinions one could disagree with, but out and out falsehoods.

One should never drive while angry, especially when the streets are sloppy with snow, as they are here this morning, so I kept my temper by promising to vent about it online.

Continue Reading

I knew I had another "Right to Work" cartoon buried in my files somewhere.  Here it is:

Right to Work: Setting the Record Straight

Discuss

(cross-posted from The Ones You Didn't Hear in Sunday School)

The Book of Daniel is a patchwork of material, and I can well believe the scholars who hold that it is a compilation of stories rather than the work of a single author.  The first half is composed of short stories about the prophet Daniel and his friends, and the last half, a series of prophetic and surreal visions.  Even in the earlier, narrative portion of the book, every chapter is different.  It starts out in Hebrew; then switches to Aramaic in chapter 2; then in chapter 3 it forgets about the title character and tells a story about these other guys.

And then there’s chapter 4.  In the fourth chapter of Daniel, King Nebuchadnezzar himself gets to tell his own story.  And what a story it is.

Continue Reading

With the Republican-controlled Legislature poised to inflict a "Right-To-Work" law on our state and our Governor saying, "Oh what the heck, twist my arm", I remembered a cartoon I drew a couple years back and had set aside.  It does not perhaps speak directly to the current situation, but it does address something that has long annoyed me; the claim by the Right that Unions are "Socialist" and "Un-American".

Unions and the Free Market

Discuss
You can add a private note to this diary when hotlisting it:
Are you sure you want to remove this diary from your hotlist?
Are you sure you want to remove your recommendation? You can only recommend a diary once, so you will not be able to re-recommend it afterwards.

RSS

Subscribe or Donate to support Daily Kos.

Click here for the mobile view of the site