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That’s O. Henry, Professional Oracle, to you sir

[ 9 ] April 23, 2014 |

Call it a modern day version of “The Ransom of Red Chief,” if you must.

Fox News and its resident God-botherers would have you believe that it was the fact that the child sang a spiritual that led to his release, but just listen to that boy sing.

It ain’t his angelic voice that earned him his freedom.

SEK’s Game of Thrones Recap

[ 214 ] April 21, 2014 |


You can read my full recap here, but just in case you want to know where I come down on the episode’s most controversial issue:

Speaking of still being alive, Jaime Lannister is, and he’s a man, and he has needs. In a reversal of the Jaime-is-becoming-a-better-human-being plot, here we have a sex-starved Jaime raping his sister over the body of their dead child — in other words, we have a return to the incestuous relations that make King’s Landing the city we love to hate.

As for whether it’s a rape, director Alex Graves told Alan Sepinwall that “it becomes consensual by the end, because anything for them ultimately results in a turn-on, especially a power struggle.” Which means, yes, it’s rape.

So, there’s that out of the way…

Lawyers, Guns & Money podcast: Game of Thrones, Season 4, Episode 3: “Breaker of Chains”

[ 11 ] April 21, 2014 |

SEK & Steven Attewell on the new episode of Game of Thrones. Enjoy!

Audio available here.

Purchase Steven Attewell’s Race for the Iron Throne: Political and Historical Analysis of “A Game of Thrones” at that link. You know you want to!

So this new FDA proposal is environmentally unfriendly and raises the price of beer?

[ 40 ] April 20, 2014 |

In that case, why

not support it?

Oklahoma’s war on science is going exactly according to plan…

[ 75 ] April 18, 2014 |

…unless, of course, you believe students who complete a sophomore biology course are supposed to know less about evolutionary theory after taking Biology I than they did before.

In America, even the air is racist

[ 6 ] April 17, 2014 |

It turns out that the quality of the air you breathe might be related to the color of your skin — even after adjusting for income.

Great job, air!

Ask Steven Attewell anything!

[ 34 ] April 16, 2014 |

He’s got an AMA over there on that reddit thing, and you’re more than welcome to join in the festivities.

It’s not like he’s announced his intentions in public, repeatedly

[ 250 ] April 16, 2014 |

An Oklahoma school district just approved a four-year elective called the “Museum of the Bible Curriculum.” It was created by the noted educational theorist — Hobby Lobby President Steve Green — who hopes that learning about the Bible in an “objective” fashion in a “secular program of education” will be mandatory in Oklahoma sometime in the very near future.

“I told you that if I couldn’t bring it in the front door, I was going to sneak it through the back,” Green might as well have said.

Evidence that someone affiliated with the Tea Party has an actual sense of humor

[ 26 ] April 14, 2014 |

Granted, it’s the sort of stuff most of us outgrew in middle school, but that’s better than the absolute lack they typically sport.

Some days I’m glad I got out of the teaching gig…

[ 261 ] April 14, 2014 |

…for example, when I learn about a high school principal who receives a video of bullies tormenting a teen and proceeds to contact the police because of “a wiretapping incident.”

Priorities, people, it’s important to have them.

Lawyers, Guns & Money podcast – Game of Thrones, Season Four, Episode Two – “The Lion and the Rose”

[ 10 ] April 14, 2014 |

In which Steven Attewell and I discuss how boring tonight’s episode of Game of Thrones was:

Listen to the audio here.

Game of Thrones, “The Lion and the Rose” recap by Yours Truly…

[ 88 ] April 13, 2014 |

Can be read here.

I’ll refrain from saying anything lest some of you bastards are unlucky enough not to live on the East Coast. Hey — wait a minute!

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