a no thank you helping of a blog post

It’s about 5 AM and I have to be at church in the next 45 minutes for a service so I don’t have too much time to blog.  The church I work for celebrates its vigil in sort of a sunrise service slot. It’s goofy but it’s how they do it. So I have an Easter Vigil ahead of me, then a brunch and then another service.

After that we grab the casserole I prepared to bake yesterday (Ravio-sagna… low cal, low fat recipe from Devine Alexander’s I Can’t Believe It’s Not Fattening Cookbook) and head off for the annual Hatch Easter Egg Hunt.

Bookmarks from yesterday

The Tea Party and Ayn Rand’s Atlas Shrugged | Megan Gibson | Comment is free | guardian.co.uk

“Yes, Rand was a staunch advocate of capitalism and limited government. She was also a staunch advocate of abortion rights and sexual hedonism, and an atheist to boot, which her conservative admirers have largely ignored.”


It’s Easter. So what real harm can one little cross do, after all? | David Mitchell | Comment is free | The Observer

Warning this could be offensive to fundamentalist Xtians.

“In the first draft of the sketch, Cock Jesus was his final attempt to shock (it never appeared in the broadcast version for reasons of budget, taste and decency). It’s a statue of Jesus, he explains, “made out of the amputated cocks of dead Anglican vicars whose bodies I’ve been illegally exhuming for the last six weeks!” “Ooh, I do love angry art,” coos the presenter as she moves on to the next contestant to advise on a quick way of doing clouds.”


Amis on Hitchens: ‘He’s one of the most terrifying rhetoricians the world has seen’ | Books | The Observer

One quote out of many I highlighted:

“Here are some indecorous quotes from the The Quotable Hitchens. “Ronald Reagan is doing to the country what he can no longer do to his wife.” On the Chaucerian summoner-pardoner Jerry Falwell: “If you gave Falwell an enema, he’d be buried in a matchbox.” On the political entrepreneur George Galloway: “Unkind nature, which could have made a perfectly good butt out of his face, has spoiled the whole effect by taking an asshole and studding it with ill-brushed fangs.” The critic DW Harding wrote a famous essay called “Regulated Hatred”. It was a study of Jane Austen. We grant that hatred is a stimulant; but it should not become an intoxicant.”


Terry Jones Is Jailed Over Planned Protest at Dearborn Mosque – NYTimes.com

I am finding myself very conflicted about this one. In the end I think I come down on the side of free speech however repugnant.


Sewers, Swaps and Bachus – NYTimes.com

Bachus is chair of the House Financial Services Committee. This article is a bit dense explanation of his weird connection to financing in the past.


Of Donald, Dunces and Dogma – NYTimes.com

Charles Blow wades in to the Donald Trump debacle.


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