Feb 282015

We played our last Upward game this afternoon, and yes, it was Crazy Hair Day again.


Hey, what’s tougher-looking than a mohawk with a bald spot?

Can’t say enough about how important this ministry is to me, and how it blesses me many times over the amount of commitment it requires. I wish my assistant coach had been here for the photo too, but he had an out-of-town Scholar’s Bowl tournament.

This is my third mohawk. I need a new do for next season.

 Posted by at 9:43 pm
Feb 152015

Well, Alabama was in the national news all week.

Gay marriage is legal here now, despite the continuing efforts of our buffoon Chief Justice. I’ve said pretty much all I have to say about gay marriage here and here. I’ve had it settled to myself for decades—intellectually, morally, emotionally, spiritually—and I hope this divisive and destructive page really is finally turning. To my friends who still can’t see it my way:  please consider everything facing our world—all of the issues that could potentially respond positively to your energies—and ask yourself whether this is a hill worth dying on.

In other news, about a mile down the street a Madison police officer body-slammed a thin man from India who was here visiting his new grandson. He needed spinal surgery and is still partially paralyzed. I was mostly giving the officer the benefit of the doubt until I saw the video, which unambiguously shows senseless brutality. He’s been fired and charged with third-degree assault, which is a misdemeanor. I think the video shows malicious intent to injure the man, and that the officer should be charged with a felony. A federal investigation continues.

This paragraph was going to be about the winter storm that’s going to wallop us early tomorrow morning, but they’ve backed off to a winter weather advisory since I started the post. We might tumble all the way down to cold rain.

 Posted by at 3:29 pm
Feb 092015

On February 9, 2015, committed gay couples married in Alabama for the first time. I hope we will look back on this date as the moment we began to feel this page turn in earnest. I hope outspoken conservative leaders recognize the harm in continued resistance, and realize that if they can’t agree, they should […]

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Feb 062015

Mr. President, the Crusades ended over 700 years ago. Furthermore, their causes, effects, and methods generate intelligent disagreement and discussion. Reasonable people can defend polemic territory all over the ideological map. ISIS is lighting people on fire now. ISIS is cutting people’s heads off now. ISIS is stoning women to death now. It is unambiguously […]

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Jan 282015

Remember when our esteemed president released five senior Taliban leaders in exchange for one soldier (who almost certainly deserted) and the promise that the released Taliban would behave themselves? Remember that he did so unilaterally, ignoring a law requiring him to give Congress 30 days’ notice before releasing anyone from Guantanamo? Remember the released POW’s […]

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