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Jack Shifflett
Missoula, Montana
He was an odd little man who, sadly, never quite reached his potential.
Interests: politics, history, current events, philosophy, theology, social and cultural commentary, sports, music, poetry, hiking, traveling, microbrews, spider solitaire
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Nice try, James and Bunni, but I am sworn to secrecy about Dissenting Commenter. The Little Red Blog protects its sources, such as they are.
Toggle Commented Aug 2, 2015 on All Shall Have Trophies! at The Little Red Blog
Thanks, Terry. Of all the various categories in which America leads the world, "Locking people up" is one of which we should be ashamed. I repeat my recent citation of a quote from Jon Langford--Americans are "the most frightened people on earth".
Thanks for your kind comments, ME. I believe that, in the original text of Genesis, Adam was busy watching a football game and therefore he didn't notice when the serpent approached Eve; either that, or he was out playing golf. But perhaps Adam's "liturgical failure" in Eden was mean to prefigure all the failures of male priests ever since.
Oh yeah--I'm just learning now about President Obama's announcement. As for optimism-- I'd say impeachment is all but a certainty after the new Congress takes office. (Also, happy birthday, James!).
Toggle Commented Dec 17, 2014 on Defining Miracles Down at The Little Red Blog
Ann: I'm sorry I'm late getting to your post; I rarely check Facebook anymore, so I wasn't aware you were writing here again. In any case, you do sound happy, and that's great to hear. I have some questions: first, why did your car hit a deer? Had the deer offended it in some way? Are you concerned that, in France, your rental car might decide to sideswipe a Black Madonna or two? Finally, since when does Rachel Maddow tell people to watch your blog? That's very impressive; I didn't even realize the two of you knew each other.
Thank you, Rev. Markle. I could not have put it better myself.
Toggle Commented Oct 14, 2014 on A Beautiful Lie? at The Little Red Blog
Thanks, Ann. You were definitely underpaid monetarily, but hopefully there were other compensations of which Erick Erickson knoweth not. I think I recently posted a quote from Karl Marx to the effect that, under capitalism, the more distasteful and unpleasant the work, the lower the wages. This must explain why men (mostly) who play games for a living (professional sports, that is) are paid outrageous amounts, while men and women who clean and scrub and lift heavy and often unpleasant burdens are paid a pittance. Elizabeth Stoker Bruenig has also written about Erickson's comments (don't tell Cheryl): http://elizabethstokerbruenig.com/2014/09/06/minimum-wage-failure-at-life/
Toggle Commented Sep 7, 2014 on Failing At Life at The Little Red Blog
Ann: You know who else thinks Obama needs to work harder? Dick Cheney, that's who. http://news.msn.com/us/obama-taking-less-vacation-but-too-much-for-some How's that for some chutzpah, coming from Mr. "I shot my best friend in the face (but I did not shoot the deputy)"?
I doubt it.
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2014 on The Gift Of Doubt at The Little Red Blog
Taking your points in order: (1) I will not argue this point with a graduate of Yale Divinity School; plus, I'm an atheist, so I certainly won't disagree that "religion is mostly about humans". (2) Are you presuming to speak for God? Maybe She really doesn't like science--I hear most girls don't. (3) You must know some very smart people. Finally--I think they're actually Venn diagrams, though I could be wrong (though it would be a first).
Toggle Commented Aug 23, 2014 on The Big Story? at The Little Red Blog
Ann: thanks for taking the time to comment. I can't remember if you and I discussed the book STAY, but Jennifer Michael Hecht deserves all the credit in the world for grappling with the issue.
Toggle Commented Aug 18, 2014 on Not Enough Stigma? at The Little Red Blog
Well, of course--you are busy and distracted with many things. I'm glad to be of some use.
Toggle Commented Aug 5, 2014 on Expert Analysis at The Little Red Blog
Rev. Markle: yes, leave it to a Yale-educated priest to get right to the Greek roots of things. I gratefully accept your helpful addition/correction to my post; I just wanted to suggest that material giving is not the only way in which we can (or ought to be) be charitable.
Toggle Commented Jun 11, 2014 on On Being Charitable at The Little Red Blog
Ann: thanks for the feedback. You're surely right about the need to forgive ourselves and move on. My experience with shame has been that, since for me it doesn't seem tied to or based on specific things I've done, I've never been sure of what I'm ashamed of (existing? taking up space in the world?) or for what I need to forgive myself. I've earned plenty of guilt over the years as well, for things I've done and things I've left undone; but with that I at least know why. Shame for me seems to predate guilt and even predate memory--maybe it's Original Sin after all? Like you, these days I put less stock in digging around in the past and more stock in coping with (and enjoying) the present--but the shame seems to stick with me.
Toggle Commented May 25, 2014 on Shame Redux at The Little Red Blog
Rev. Markle: There were in fact a number of homesteading acts, including here in Montana. I relied on Wikipedia for the "40 acres and a mule" history, and since it confirmed what I already thought I knew, I decided to trust it. In any case, Ben Stein is still an idiot.
Ann--why do I think that you and I have discussed this whole "faith/works" business before? In any case, I've had an interesting e-dialogue with Pascal-Emmanuel Gobry, which I will be posting sometime soon. And by the way, the Barbara Ehrenreich book just got better and better; I loved it.
Ann--Living With a Wild God is worth purchasing, by all means; I'm finishing it up today so that I can move on to Terry Eagleton's "Reason, Faith, and Revolution". I hope you're enjoying your final weeks in Crossville, and I hope the move to Buffalo goes well--I'll be happy to help in any way I can when you get there. I'll be in Buffalo from June 17 until July 13, so we should have ample opportunity to discuss wild gods and whatever else...
Toggle Commented May 16, 2014 on Books In Brief at The Little Red Blog
Thank you, RedQueensRace, for your helpful feedback, which I'll relay, along with your book suggestion, to the good people at Crisis Magazine.
Toggle Commented May 6, 2014 on A Brief Survey About Sex at The Little Red Blog
Ann: you're welcome, and thanks for your comments. I hope you have a joyous Easter...
Toggle Commented Apr 19, 2014 on Good Friday at The Little Red Blog
Thank you, Ann...
Toggle Commented Apr 12, 2014 on Shame Eats The Soul at The Little Red Blog
Congratulations, of course--you have so much to look forward to once you're back in Buffalo and living the leisurely life of a retiree! Writing, sketching, thinking, traveling, relaxing, being with old friends: much to do. [Also, I should mention that friends of mine here in Missoula have a 2013 Honda Fit (their's is teal) and they seem quite happy with it.]
Ann--thanks for the comment(s), and for taking time to read my blog when I suspect you're pretty busy. I'm looking forward to seeing you in Buffalo in July, when we can discuss epistemology at great length...or not.
Toggle Commented Apr 4, 2014 on Melancholy Truths at The Little Red Blog
RedQueensRace: I do remember Mort Downey Jr. I'll have to look for "Evocateur"...thanks for the tip.
Toggle Commented Mar 13, 2014 on Rush Limbaugh, Dumbass at The Little Red Blog