commented on A Theory of White Native Americans
One theory on why white and black Americans both claim native ancestry is that native ancestry was more acceptable (in the romanticized view of the West) than black or white ancestry for each group. So, some white Americans with a black ancestor would claim native blood to excuse their darker skin tone, and some black Americans with a white ancestor would claim native blood to excuse their straighter hair.
commented on Why Do Sports Need an Extra Bullshit Narrative Layered on Top?
America loves an underdog story. Sports figure in our stories because they pit one competitor against another, one team against another- the background stories of family tragedy or personal loss just help us to identify the underdog, so we can root for him. It's as much about sports as it is arts and our collective culture. I mean, who do you want to win the Little Indy, Paul? A bunch of rich college kids on the best bikes money can buy, or a small, scrappy band of local stonecutters' kids? That's art, and it's sports.
commented on When Do the Indictments Come Down?
Fun Fact: Right before he was elevated to Archbishop in LA, Mahoney was the Bishop of my diocese. He laid hands on my head when I was confirmed, never knowing what an atheist feminist killjoy I would become.
commented on Pastor Mark Driscoll Might Give You an iPad if You Praise His Book on Amazon
I hope Driscoll also consulted with the church's attorney, to make sure that this contest complies with state law, in each of the states where entries originate. Also the laws of each country from which entries are made. He could end up sued by multiple state attorneys general for contest fraud. Gosh, that would be a shame.