Canteloupe Listeria Outbreak Most Deadly in a Decade (AP)
Health Insurers Push Premiums Sharply Higher (NYT)
Web Page Authentication Services Hacked (
NC Governor: Suspend Congressional Elections So They Can Fix the Economy (
Energy Department Approves $1 Billion in Solar Loan Guarantees (The Hill)
Report Details Abuses in
Andy Rooney Retires (LA Times)
‘Uniboob’ Case Reminder to Choose Plastic Surgeon Carefully (MSNBC)
Houston Cops Ate Suspect’s Pot Brownies While On Duty (Findlaw)
What Employers Can and Can’t Fire You for Saying on Facebook (Findlaw)
Census: 131,729 Gay Couples Report Married (AP)
EEOC Sues Company for Firing 600-Pound Worker (
Google Criticized for ‘Is My Son Gay?’ App (CBS NY)
FBI Documents: Even Those Cleared of Crimes May Remain on Terror Watch List (NYT)
On-Star Reverses Course on Driver Data Policy (Time)
Wednesday, September 28, 2011
Canteloupe Listeria Outbreak Most Deadly in a Decade (AP)
Tuesday, September 27, 2011
Facebook Creates Its Own PAC in Washington (The Hill)
Grandmother Killed Child to Spite Father (
Obama Heckled: ‘[You’re] the Antichrist’ (Politico)
Romney Meets Privately with Donald Trump (The Hill)
Wednesday, September 21, 2011
Obama: “No shortcut” for Palestinians (NY Times)
Moody’s Lowers Ratings on Three Big Banks (NY Times)
ROTC Back at Harvard after 40 Years (
Shutdown Fight Looms Over Disaster Aid (The Hill)
Tuesday, September 20, 2011
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Expires (CNS News)
Rivera Sets New Record with 602nd Save (NY Times)
Wednesday Is Anti-Trust Day in
Some Hotel “Safes” Opened by 00000 Code (
Monday, September 19, 2011
Headlight Flashing Tests FL Law as Free Speech (
Poll: Obama Favorability Lowest Ever (CBS News)
Dental Survey Data (
Wendy’s Remakes Its Burgers (USA Today)
Netflix Apologizes for Mishandling Changes (
Obama Claims Re-election Likely (Talking Points Memo)
Obama’s Twitter Plan Backfires (Atlanta Journal-Constitution)
Friday, September 16, 2011
Religion and Inequality Go Hand in Hand (Christianity Today)
Bloomberg Predicts Riots If Jobs Don’t Show Up (NY Daily News)
McAfee: Heidi Klum Most Dangerous Online Search (Today Show)
Obama Agrees to Sell Arms to
Obama to Sign Patent System Overhaul (The Hill)
Obama’s a Flop in States He Flipped in 2008 (Wash Times)
Pre-Born to “Speak” through Live Ultrasounds on Capitol Hill (Christian Post)
Postal Service Faces Grim “New Reality” (The Hill)
Thursday, September 15, 2011
Islamists Emerge in Force in New
Tight Standards Make Mortgates Tough to Get (
Wednesday, September 14, 2011
Twin Defeats Spark Democractic Fears (Politico)
Credit Card Debt Is on the Rise Again (Smart Money)
PA Judge Declares Obamacare’s Individual Mandate Unconstitutional (Philly Inquirer)
Bieber Wears Women’s Jeans (Yahoo)
Mom Beats Up Daughter’s Bully (
State Dept. Names Worst Religious Freedom Violator Nations (Christianity Today)
Tuesday, September 13, 2011
Study: Men Paid More, Jerks Paid More (
(NY Post 09/13/11)
Meetup.com Inspired by 9/11 (Meetup)
Android App Teaches How to Roll a Joint (
CDC to fight HIV with comic books (Politico)
Monday, August 15, 2011
I remember reading a story last year about people in urban areas deliberately living off of the food they can find in dumpsters, not because they can’t afford better, but because it’s a sort of game and environmental exercise to them. Now, according to this fascinating story in the New York Times today, it seems people have recently started scavenging food from public places, such as fruit trees in parks or streets. Well, with all the vacant/foreclosed homes, there are a lot of unharvested vegetables and fruit, and some people are now taking to taking them from such private properties as well. So the question is whether any of this constitutes theft. The banks certainly wouldn’t permit it, but that might be for liability or paperwork reasons. It is private property, meaning that it is trespassing to pick it, and at least not their own. What might a cop do if he caught you in this situation? Isn’t it dumb to let it just go to waste? How might the principle of gleaning in the Bible be relevant here, if it is?
Tuesday, July 26, 2011
If Jesus was crucified and resurrected around 33 AD, even the earliest dates proposed for authorship of the Synoptic Gospels (Matthew, Mark, and Luke) are two or three decades later (or more). Now, given the vital importance of these events and the immense centrality of these three accounts of the life of Jesus to Christians throughout history, it’s natural to ask why they waited so long to write their accounts. Waiting obviously invites the criticism that the events are less reliably recorded, and waiting seems to put things at the mercy of memories which dim over time. Even presuming the Christian belief that the Holy Spirit inspired the writers to be inerrant, doesn’t it still seem like a bizarre delay just from the perspective of how useful those texts could have been to the very early church during those decades? So why do you think God and the disciples waited so long to write the Gospels?
Monday, July 25, 2011
Everyone (I presume) has heard people refer to their digital device as a “crackberry.” This is meant to be a joke that disproves the reality, but when so many other smartphone users laugh a bit uncomfortably, the joke may be a little too apropos. According to a story in the New York Post today, several studies including a new one have revealed that people react to social media and Internet deprivation in ways very similar to how drug addicts respond to detox. I’ve been saying for years (following Marie Winn’s excellent book The Plug-In Drug) that technology like television is widely misunderstood for being primarily a matter of content rather than form. Social conservatives often lament the vulgarity of what’s on television, but almost no one ever laments the medium itself and its developmental impact on children and addiction-like use by adults. The question is whether we should start thinking of non-drug things in the same way we think about drugs. And in answering that question, it’s always useful to remember that at one time in history, cocaine and heroin were both legally available in some form to any customer. So, just because we don’t regulate something at the moment, that doesn’t mean later generations won’t think us fools for our blindness on such a matter.
~Do you ever use technology and then feel regret about it afterwards?
~Do you ever feel like you can’t stop using it or don’t really understand why you do use it so frequently?
~Is drunkenness a good paradigm for technology use? Is dependence?
~How careful should we be about new technology, especially when it seems to so suddenly become ubiquitous and seamlessly integrated into our lives?
~Is Twitter a drug? Is texting? Is facebook?
~Is the parallel with drugs strong enough to justify clear moral pronouncements?
~Are people being harmed in such a way that laws might even be passed for control…even beyond things like “don’t text and drive?”
~Is it only the action of texting that matters or is texting itself an intoxicant aside from its distraction effects?
~Does the fact that drugs cost a lot of money whereas much of modern technology is free affect your answers?
~Does the fact that drugs have direct and adverse biological effects compared to technology affect your answers?
Addicts caught in the net (NY Post)
Wednesday, July 20, 2011
Note: Before reading the following arguments, please understand that they are not what I believe. On Wednesdays, I deliberately argue for wrong ideas, challenging my listeners to call and defend the obvious right answer, which is usually far harder than one would expect. This is a summary of what Wacky Andrew will be arguing, not a representation of what real Andrew believes.
~Ask a homosexual what he thinks. For that matter, ask anyone who simply supports gays what they think.
~Ask someone who’s had an abortion what she thinks. For that matter, ask anyone who just supports the right to get one what they think.
~Ask someone who’s gotten a divorce what they think.
~Is it loving to tell someone they go to hell if they don’t think like you do?
~Wasn’t it Christians who waged war against the Muslims…because they were Muslims?
~Wasn’t it Irish Christians who waged war against other Irish Christians…because they were other Christians?
~Wasn’t it Spanish Christians who tortured all sorts of people…for being something besides what they were?
~Isn’t the core idea of Christianity that God hates you because you are a sinner?
~If hell is an eternal unending and excruciating torture, what would you label a God who ordains that if not hateful?
Can Christians escape ‘hate’ label? (CP)
Tuesday, July 19, 2011
Since the show is currently off the air, the only way to have something like a discussion is via this blog (or facebook). So, as I'm continuing to post topics, thoughts, and send out the email...I'm hoping you guys will accept this format in temporary lieu of a call-in show and have an online discussion to which I'll of course contribute. Deal? =)
The Bible tells us to be content in all things, right? But when you read the Bible, does it seem to you as if most of the great heroes of the faith wander around continually satisfied with everything as if Pollyanna really were the noblest of saints? Jesus is regularly furious with the religious leaders of His day. Paul isn’t shy at expressing his contempt for those who try to jeopardize what he’s done in preaching. And David, a man who is said to be after God’s own heart, expresses such depths of angst in the Psalms that it would be downright idiotic to call him satisfied, at least at those times. So are there times or circumstances in which it is acceptable to be dissatisfied? Are there objects of frustration that even obligate us to be dissatisfied with them? And if so, how are we as Christians to distinguish either the targets of our dissatisfaction or the expressive form of our reactions to those irritants from those of the people we all were before becoming Christian? In other words, if dissatisfaction per se isn’t the issue, how does Christian dissatisfaction differ from the non-Christian kind?