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Rating the Superhunks

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Republican presidential primary edition. Ezra Klein thinks Chris Christie is the only real threat to Obama’s reelection, but it seems to me that Romney is the real powerhouse—if the evangelicals can decide that Mormons are all right. I think Glenn Beck has done a lot to move this particular ball forward.

Also, it’s really hard to take seriously any ranking that doesn’t recognize Sarah Palin as the out-of-the-gate frontrunner.

‘Social Justice’ Is Just a Code Word for Utah-Style Communofascism

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“I’m begging you, your right to religion and freedom to exercise religion and read all of the passages of the Bible as you want to read them and as your church wants to preach them . . . are going to come under the ropes in the next year. If it lasts that long it will be the next year. I beg you, look for the words ‘social justice’ or ‘economic justice’ on your church Web site. If you find it, run as fast as you can. Social justice and economic justice, they are code words. Now, am I advising people to leave their church? Yes!”

Via Tim, who worries the nation may be falling into a kind of crypto-mania,* I see Glenn Beck has broken out his decoder ring to discover that “social justice” is a secret code word for Communofascism. First Thoughts writes that this can be understood as specifically anti-Catholic, but it seems to me it actually cuts against nearly every variety of Christianity (and essentially all religion) outside a very narrow strain of prosperity theology. Does Beck really think that his church, The Church of Latter-Day Saints, rejects any notion of “social justice”? Among other things, every female member of the church above the age of 18 is a member of the Relief Society, whose motto—taken from the Books of Corinthians and Moroni—is “Charity never faileth…”

UPDATE: I suppose we shouldn’t overlook the possibility that Beck’s commitment to his religion may be less than heartfelt.

When Stossel asked Beck why he decided to become a Mormon, Beck replied:

“I apologize, but guys will understand this. My wife is, like, hot, and she wouldn’t have sex with me until we got married. And she wouldn’t marry me unless we had a religion.”

Beck’s wife, Tania, confirmed it to Stossel: “He’s not joking.”

In fairness in the video clip at the link he is much less flip.

Still OoT But With Unexpected Hotel Wifi Links

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* Ripped from the pages of Infinite Jest, a playable version of Eschaton. (via)

* Via Pete Lit, federal government to use its immense buying power to benefit society.

By altering how it awards $500 billion in contracts each year, the government would disqualify more companies with labor, environmental or other violations and give an edge to companies that offer better levels of pay, health coverage, pensions and other benefits, the officials said.

This looks to me like perhaps a first case of the end-runs Obama will have to make around our broken legislative institutions if he hopes to avoid a failed presidency. Another good sign: the final embrace of sidecar reconciliation to finish the job on health care.

* Of course, that headline in the New York Times gets it wrong, as Steve Benen has been desperately trying to explain to anyone who will listen: Democrats don’t need to pass health care via reconciliation because health care already passed through the regular order. Regardless, the Republicans are promising a full-on freakout if reconciliation is used; what might they do?

* “Pentagon fesses up to 800 pages’ worth of potentially illegal spying, including peace groups and Planned Parenthood.” Hey, thanks for admitting it! Of course we won’t prosecute you; you were just protecting the homeland!

* Eliza Dushku to ruin another Joss Whedon production.

* The pornography of infinity: China Miéville on J.G. Ballard.

* J.D. Salinger v. Raiders of the Lost Ark.

* Wikipedia’s list of landings on other planets. Did the Soviets think there was life on Venus? They certainly seem to have thought there was something there. Via Boing Boing.

* Secret origins of the cellar door line from Donnie Darko.

* FantasySCOTUS.

* Really good reading of the U.K. version of The Office that focuses on Gervais’s critique of celebrity culture to explain, among other things, how David Brent could possibly have won a promotion on a 5-2 vote of the company board or been hired by a consulting firm—as well as why the U.S. version, in dropping this thematic angle, will always be intrinsically inferior.

* If I were a Brigham Young student, here’s the process I would have to undertake to grow my beloved beard.

* Students at the University of Mississippi want Admiral Akbar as their new mascot. I wholeheartedly endorse this effort.

* Also Via MeFi: Personal pop-culture rules. “No Robin Williams” and “anything involving dinosaurs” are two I think I follow.

* And Matt Yglesias selfishly takes a stand against one of our most-beloved cultural institutions. No special rights for late-in-the-alphabet people!

Democracy in Action

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A new poll shows Hillary Clinton with only a one-point lead over Barack Obama in New Hampshire, down from a high of 20, while another shows him up by three. (Still another poll has Obama up by eight in Iowa.) Meanwhile, on the other side of the fence, Huckabee continues to reveal that he’s more than a little bit of a douche in an article to be published this week in the New York Times Sunday Magazine that asks the immortal question “Don’t Mormons believe that Jesus and the devil are brothers?”

Incidentally, Mormons also believe Gandalf is taller than Dumbledore and that Superman could beat the Flash in a race. It’s really crucial that these differences get laid out before the election.

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December 12, 2007 at 4:24 pm

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