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The View from Mudsock Heights: A Brief Case for Smoke-Filled Rooms and Meaningful Political Conventions

By Dennis Powell | Feb 08, 2012 at 1:22 AM

It’s only January, but if you’re like me you’re already sick of the election which is still more than nine months away. Our political system is in permanent campaign mode. But we’re not selecting a president, we’re selecting a celebrity. It’s not something we can afford to do this time around.

The So-Called "Feminization of the Church" is Not the Problem for Men

By Amy Petery | Feb 07, 2012 at 1:20 AM

Droves of male students were flocking to a meeting on campus during my first year in seminary. I do not remember what it was called, but it had to do with why there aren’t more men in churches. I walked alongside one male friend who was all pumped up about the event; he was commenting about “effeminate” churches.

Make No Mistake; This Is A Dynasty

By Jason Kettinger | Feb 05, 2012 at 3:35 PM

Bill Belichick will coach in his fifth Super Bowl, the coach and quarterback Tom Brady linked like Hall & Oates, Laurel & Hardy, like peanut butter and jelly. They both know the forty-second edition is a black mark upon what is a nearly unimpeachable legacy. Montana. Bradshaw. Brady.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Let Us One Final Time Pay Homage to the Great Yellow God

By Dennis Powell | Feb 01, 2012 at 11:58 PM

Let us have a moment of silence for the Eastman Kodak Company. I'm serious. “The Great Yellow Father,” as it used to be called in the photography press (when there was a photography press), has filed for bankruptcy.

The Woods, Part VI: Trial in the Woods

By Jason Kettinger | Jan 28, 2012 at 3:12 PM

Connie had just finished shopping. It was a pleasant day, the sun was warm, the light was high, and she was in the sort of mood where catchy, summertime pop songs spring to mind. She would never see the two men ready to grab her when she looked up toward the other man who’d asked for help. Such a pleasant smile, she thought.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Another Consumer Tip from Crazyland -- Get Rid of All Those Boxes

By Dennis Powell | Jan 23, 2012 at 1:17 AM

If you’re like me, you have available to you a quick and easy way of increasing your living space by quite a bit. It’s this: throw away all those boxes.

RHEL 6 for the Clueless: the Mail Server

By Ed Hurst | Jan 20, 2012 at 12:38 AM

If you are running RHEL, you are already running a mail server. It's installed by default and setup to run. Of course, it only delivers mail locally, and only from sources within your own machine. Right now, there are no sources, so there is no mail. But the server is running.

The View from Mudsock Heights: Even Small Newspapers Can Do Great Reporting and Take Bold Stands

By Dennis Powell | Jan 09, 2012 at 10:58 AM

A retrospective section published a few weeks ago in the local weekly I write for reminded me of just how effective a small-town, non-daily newspaper can be. And it raised the possibility of my telling a story that ought to be heard far and wide. But you won’t find it without looking. It has to do with an heroic editor who uncovered an important story of the “Emperor’s New Clothes” variety and published it — even though it ultimately cost her her newspaper.

The Probably Pointless Iowa Caucus

By Jason Kettinger | Jan 03, 2012 at 12:50 AM

Sometimes we put too much stock in the Iowa Caucus. This caucus has its share of odd results after all, like Pat Robertson winning in 1988. Or we can ask Governors Huckabee and Dean how well their Iowa victories translated to national victory. But, this year will likely be different.

The View from Mudsock Heights: It’s Time to Stop the Bigoted Attacks on Left-Handed People

By Dennis Powell | Dec 30, 2011 at 11:02 AM

The headline was sad but not surprising: “The Health Risks of Being Left-Handed: Lefties Face Chance Of ADHD, Other Disorders; Brain Wiring Holds Clues.” The article, published in the prestigious Wall Street Journal, cites a “research” which claims that left-handed people — called “lefties” by epithet-flinging bigots in the right-handed majority — aren’t quite as good as right-handed people.

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