By the way

Another fucking derecho, and this one is huge. (Although not as powerful as the last one.) It’s basically a land hurricane, and it’s the same kind of storm that knocked all the power out in several parts of the country a few weeks ago. So bring in the patio furniture and hunker down if it’s heading near you.

Oh, and if I stop blogging, my power’s out.

Tonight on Virtually Speaking

Virtually Speaking with Jay Ackroyd – Thurs July 26 – 6pm pacific/9pm eastern
Economist and Co-Founder of The Center for Economic and Policy Research, Dean Baker talks with Jay about his book, The End of Loser Liberalism, in the context of way too much loser liberalism in our poltical discourse. Listen live and later on Blog Talk Radio

Reading the Bible

Slacktivist’s Fred Clark talks about how some conservatives are just willfully wrong when interpreting the Bible. Sometimes I forget there are some rational, thoughtful Christians who aren’t afraid of science:

One of my pet-peeve misconceptions is the notion that an illiterately literal reading of Genesis 1-11 is somehow an expression of “conservative” theology.

It isn’t.

Of course this “literal” belief in the six-day creation of a young earth isn’t liberal theology either. It’s just bad theology. Not orthodox, not conservative or liberal, justwrong — just a weirdly misleading way to read this text.

Bad theology and wrong theology shouldn’t be blithely equated with conservative theology. Yes, Al Mohler is a young-earth creationist and he’s right-wing politically. But just because he’s a political conservative doesn’t mean that his disrespectful abuse of Genesis is also “conservative.” His disrespectful abuse of this scripture is only just that — the disrespectful abuse of scripture.

That’s partly why I like this engaging short video on “Science and Genesis” (via here)– because it refuses to play this game of calling modern, illiterate literalism “conservative.” The video features a bunch of fairly conservative Protestant theologians treating the text with respect. This ain’t liberal theology, and it’s not some kind of radical new cutting-edge approach to the text.

This is how Christians read the Bible. The actual Bible — not the make-believe one of the make-believe “conservatives.”

Voter ID law a huge threat in PA

In case you’ve wondered how much damage voter suppression laws might do to Democratic candidates:

The number of Pennsylvanians who might not have the photo identification necessary to vote this November has more than doubled: at least 1,636,168 registered voters, or 20 percent of Pennsylvania voters, may not have valid PennDOT-issued ID, according to new data obtained by City Paper. In Philadelphia, an enormous 437,237 people, or 43 percent of city voters, may not possess the valid PennDOT ID necessary to vote under the state’s controversial new law…

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