• The Book of Mormon: The smug laughter of people who don't recognize their own irrational beliefs
    I saw the musical The Book of Mormon yesterday. I was disappointed. I knew it would be anti-Mormon and filled with prepubescent potty and sexual humor, so that wasn't what bothered me. What bothered me was that it wasn't clever, that it didn't attack genuine societal ills at home or in Africa, that it was too gay camp, and that the actors all […]
  • The Bookworm Beat 5-23-15 - the illustrated edition and open thread
    I haven't been keeping track, but it's entirely possible that this is the biggest and best illustrated edition I've ever published. Many thanks to Caped Crusader, Earl Aagaard, Wolf Howling, and EFK (you know who you are) for their stellar contributions to his post: (View images)
  • Queering the Ring
    Businesses have been harassed and attacked for not wanting to support Gay Weddings. Florists, bakers, and photographers are being told they must supply services not only for events they have a moral problem with, but expression of pure belief. So, if a business provides services, such as selling a custom wedding ring, to a same-sex couple, then that ought to […]
  • The Bookworm Beat 5-22-15 - the "no more doctors, please!" edition and open thread
    My post title notwithstanding, I am well, I have been well, and I expect that I will continue to be well. It's just that I've spent between five and fifteen hours every week for the last few weeks in doctors' offices thanks to my mother and my kids, all of whom are well, but who needed a variety of maintenance appointments. I'm all doctor […]
  • The Bookworm Beat 5-22-15 - the illustrated edition and open thread
    Many thanks to all the friends, especially Caped Crusader, who sent me these fine cartoons and posters: (Read more.)
  • Persecuting the Cake
    While in America a court has ruled that a business can refuse a message they disagree with, even if that message is pro-same sex marriage, cake bakers in Northern Ireland weren't so lucky.