Macho, Macho Messiah!

Stained glass at St John the Baptist's Anglica...

Stained glass at St John the Baptist’s Anglican Church  (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Just when you thought it was safe to go back into the water, so to speak. There is plenty of weird to go around in the far-right, Christian circles, and mostly not in the good way, but I think Jerry Boykin’s assertions about Christ may take the cake. He is, of course, not the first to make such statements. I once owned a book called the Lexicon of Stupidity, full of quotes from speakers who were not quite all there at the time they were speaking. There were at least a couple of quotes rejoicing Jesus’s manliness. It is too bad that people like this are missing several points. Continue reading

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You Get The Holiday Season You’ve Paid For

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Another Thanksgiving is almost here. As has been the norm for at least the past decade, and probably longer, the debate has turned up in volume whether or not retailers should be open on that day. Some will be excited at the notion of hitting those Holiday sales, others will be angry at the sacrosanct nature of the day being violated. For the next few weeks we will be treated to endless commercials juxtaposed against news items, blog posts, and editorials asking “have we gone too far?” Continue reading

ODing on Testosterone

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I promised at the beginning to the season that I would not turn HoA into a football blog. I am keeping that promise, at last today. I am not talking about records, or stats, or my love of the mighty Tennessee Titans. I am going to discuss a cultural problem that unfortunately rears its ugly head in the world of gridiron glory more than in most other places, and has done so very recently in the NFL. The problem is bullying, and it has come to light that it goes on between team mates even in the locker rooms of men who have reached the pinnacle of that sport, as demonstrated in the brouhaha between Miami players Jonathan Martin and Richie Incognito. Continue reading

The Skins We’re In

Actress Christina Hendricks at Chivas Regal Pr...

Actress Christina Hendricks at Chivas Regal Presents a Night on the Town with “Mad Men” – El Rey Theater, Los Angeles – Oct. 21, 2008 (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

(This is an older piece, one I wrote when I was still doing my blogging vis-a-vis my Facebook notes. I thought it was worth sharing and will be bringing some of these old “Meandering Thoughts” posts to Hand of Ananke)

“Eye of the beholder” is more than a very creepy movie with Ewan MacGregor and Ashley Judd. It is more than a simple little homily. It is, to my way of thinking, a fundamental truth. Whether it is art, music, our favorite locales or the sort of people we are attracted to no two of us are the same in these matters. There will be similarities, of course, such that the differences are irrelevant, but the differences are there. Yet I notice a certain moral import placed on our utterly subjective views on beauty, especially when it comes to attraction.

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Labor Rights and Cultural Wrongs

Fast Food Strike: Union Square, NYC 29.08.2013

Fast Food Strike: Union Square, NYC 29.08.2013 (Photo credit: The Eyes Of New York)

Another Labor Day has come and gone. No doubt many of you have enjoyed your parades and picnics. You have guzzled back your brews, making the emergency trip to the store, or restaurant, to pick up last-minute supplies, food, and beverages. While you did so, did it even once cross your mind that those people preparing and ringing out your purchases are the very folks this day is meant to honor? Somehow I very much doubt it, but for the first time in a long time, perhaps ever, we have the opportunity to change that. Continue reading

Who’s Really “For The Children?”

Happy Children Playing Kids

Happy Children Playing Kids (Photo credit: epSos.de)

My Facebook has been lit up lately with news of various politicians cutting back welfare, or denying it entirely for people who have committed this egregious act or that. Most often it is drug addicts who are the target, but I also see “bad parents” (whatever that means,) felons, and the very occasional lesser known groups (job hoppers once and a while are thrown under the bus.) Through all this one group is consistently neglected or downplayed through extreme verbal legerdemain. Too often those that count themselves as champions of “family values” (again, whatever that means) are willfully ignorant about what their preferred policies will do to children. Continue reading

Unpacking

Trash cans in row

Trash cans in row (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Life can be interesting sometimes. For reasons I won’t get into here I found myself in the position of losing all my worldly possessions save what I could carry. I won’t lie. It was traumatic at first. I will miss all those books, in particular my gamer books, which have provided me days, weeks, months, maybe even years of entertainment with friends,. That said, after about 24 hours my attitude changed. When I say it changed, I mean, it really changed. Continue reading