Ladies? Don’t give it up, for Trump

lysistrataI wrote this for The Hill.

Oh, hell, no.

downloadYears ago, the California National Guard paid hundreds of thousands of dollars in roughly 10,000 enlistment bonuses that the Pentagon now wants repaid by the soldiers who received them.

The bonuses start at about $15,000, and date back to the early 2000s.

Unfortunately, that money is, for the most part, long spent and now those soldiers who risked their lives in combat are being asked to come up with sizable cash.

Me? I’d say wipe it off the books. Some of that is my tax money and I’m happy to take a hit, though I want to know who was asleep at the switch when this happened and I want them held accountable.

Those soldiers signed up in good faith, then went to war and came home and put down payments on houses, on cars. Basically:


You can read more here or here. Lawmakers aren’t happy but whether that will mean we’ll leave those veterans alone is another thing entirely.

And thanks, Leftover, for sending the links.


Tell all your friends.


Jack T. Chick is dead

screenshot-2016-10-24-19-48-20Back when I was knocking doors for Jesus, I used to hand out Chick comics that showed the world ending in the worst way imaginable. He engaged in a particular brand of fear-mongering — as, by extension, did I — and this says he’s dead.

I’m trying to imagine what it’s like for Bro. Jack to meet a God who’s an African American Catholic lesbian with big meaty arms that she throws open to receive him.

And thanks, Mike the Heathen, for passing this along.

There’s been a slip in our quality control

0719_trump_evangelicals_cog-1000x667A new PRRI/Brookings poll says that white evangelicals are more willing to overlook immoral acts than they have been in the past. In 2011, just 30 percent of white evangelicals said that an elected official who commits an immoral act in his/her personal life can “still behave ethically and fulfill their duties in their public and professional life.”

This season? It’s 72 percent.

Any guesses on why the shift? I have a theory, but it doesn’t go much deeper than “they’re ignorant.”

And thanks, Jac, for the link.


Why haters hate

kierkegaardKierkegaard has an explanation for bullies and trolls, and he had it in 1847.