The Midwestern Crank

Judges 3:12-24: Fat Man Stabbed in the Sh*tter

Judges 3:12-24 tells of an extremely obese Moabite king killed by an Israeli warrior. The Israeli gained access to the king’s inner chamber through trickery and… killed him in the bathroom.

We’re told the king “was a very fat man.” So fat that when he was stabbed with an 18-inch sword, “the hilt also went in after the blade, and the fat closed over the blade.”… Read the rest

On Wendell Berry’s “Blessed are the Peacemakers”

I just wrapped up Blessed are the Peacemakers by Wendell Berry. It offers an interesting perspective on its namesake Bible verse, Matthew 5:9. When we’re “blessed” as peacemakers, are we granted material blessings or blessed with good health? Berry argues no.… Read the rest

Just because you *can* doesn’t mean you *should*

From the “you have every right to be a douche but probably shouldn’t” department:

The Missouri House Committee on General Laws heard testimony Wednesday on bills designed to outlaw discrimination based on sexual orientation or gender identity.

The idea that Missouri law should treat all citizens equally was apparently too much for Calzone, who testified against the legislation.Read the rest