Sen. James Inhofe, climate change denier, the Bible only proves you don't understand words.

Senator James InhofeJust the other morning, I ran across this article from ThinkProgress:

Inhofe: God Says Global Warming Is a Hoax

That article links to a short clip from an interview Inhofe gave to one Vic Eliason at Voice of Christian Youth America to promote his book The Greatest Hoax:

“Well actually the Genesis 8:22 that I use in there is that “as long as the earth remains there will be springtime and harvest, cold and heat, winter and summer, day and night.” My point is, God’s still up there. The arrogance of people to think that we, human beings, would be able to change what He is doing in the climate is to me outrageous.”

Jimmy, Jimmy, Jimmy. Tsk. Tsk. Tsk. Continue reading

Nota Bene #115: RIP No. 32

“If you’re really pro-life, do me a favor—don’t lock arms and block medical clinics. If you’re so pro-life, lock arms and block cemeteries.” Who said it? Continue reading

Nota Bene #105: The Illustrated Dick

“When all you are becomes defined as the amount of information traceable to you, what are we then? What have we become, in a world where there is no separation, no door, no filter beyond which we can say, ‘No. This is my personal space. Not yours. Here I am alone with my thoughts and free of any outside influence or control. This, you cannot have.’ I don’t know, but I don’t want to find out.” Who said it? Continue reading

Sundays with Uncle-God Momma: Eve was framed

Adam rested contentedly in the Garden. If we take The Book of Genesis at its word, all was perfect and pure. Opposites existed. There was, after all, a female companion for Adam named Eve, but they produced neither concern nor complication for the various named beasts and naked progenitors of human kind. At least not until the serpent came along…

The serpent, “who was more crafty than any of the wild animals the lord God had made,” practiced his deceit with the cunning of Socrates. “Did God really say, ‘You must not eat from any tree in the garden’?” he asked, leading poor Eve towards our collective doom. Only two trees—one mostly ignored—were forbidden with the pain of death. The serpent persuaded Eve that she would not die; instead, he told her, “Your eyes will be opened, and you will be like God, knowing good and evil.”

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Nota Bene #85: Beer Votes and Rock Quotes

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Tournament of Rock – Legends: the Janis Joplin pod

Results: This was one of those pods where the seed never had a chance. It was nip and tuck the whole way, and in the end ZZ Top eased away for a narrow victory. The numbers: ZZ Top 39%; Pearl Jam 30%; Genesis 16%; #11 Oasis 7%; Garbage 7%; Sheryl Crow 2%. The lil’ ol’ band from Tejas advances to the Great 48.

Our tournament to determine the greatest band of all time now moves to the Budokan region, where one of the most dynamic female rock vocalists in history defends against a pack of competitors that seems guaranteed to spark outrage among the voters. Let the conniptions commence. Continue reading

Tournament of Rock – Legends: the Oasis pod

Results: Order is restored, at least for the moment. After a run of three straight upsets, Jimi Hendrix struck a decisive blow for the top seeds, handily defeating a pod headed by The Pretenders. The numbers: #5 Jimi Hendrix 44%; The Pretenders 30%; Foo Fighters 9%; The Eagles 7%; Joy Division 5%; Journey 5%. Jimi moves on the the Great 48.

Our search for the greatest band of all time now slides over to the Hollywood Bowl region and a pod where we frankly have no idea what’s going to happen. It’s headed by #11 seed Oasis, one of the greatest bands of Britpop, but they face a very stiff pool of challengers. Continue reading

Tournament of Rock – Legends: the Peter Gabriel pod

Results: Not only was our last match the closest we’ve seen so far, it also featured some of the most contentious commentary from our voters. In the end, The Smiths/Morrissey pulled away for a narrow victory and now advance to the Great 48. The numbers: The Smiths/Morrissey 31%; Brian Eno 25%; Blur/Damon Albarn 16%; Rick Springfield 13%; The Jam/Style Council/Paul Weller 13%; The Stone Roses 3%.

Next up in our tournament to name the greatest band of all time, from the Fillmore region, is a talented pack of undeniable rockers headed by an art rock legend.

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TunesDay: that new old sound

If you pay attention to my music entries, you may have noticed a recurrent theme. It seems a lot of the bands I hear these days, many of which I really like, remind me of bands from the past. Like The Mary Onettes:

I recently tripped across one such example, Sweden’s The Mary Onettes. They can’t seem to make up their minds whether they want to be The Church, Echo & the Bunnymen, or maybe something along the Joy Division/New Order continuum.

And The Flaws:

In a nutshell, The Flaws are [Joy Division] meets The Killers with a smattering of Johnny Marr. Continue reading

New theory says the End Times are really upon us

It started when our friend fikshun sent along an amusing item a few days ago. His job apparently requires him to spend inordinate amounts of time surfing the Web in search of trans-weird culturalisms, and somewhere along the line he found this:

Website Lets You Send a Post-Rapture E-Mail to Friends ‘Left Behind’

If millions of Christians suddenly disappear from the face of the Earth as the opening act for Armageddon, Threat Level thinks most nonbelievers will be too busy freaking the hell out to check their e-mail. But if they do log in, now they can be treated to some post-Rapture needling from their missing friends and loved ones, courtesy of web startup YouveBeenLeftBehind.com. Continue reading