Time Magazine has chosen the Pope as their Person of the Year, and as I wrote on my Facebook wall, the newsflash today is as follows:
"Countless Preachers at Tiny Little Southern Churches Scramble to Prepare their ‘Getcher Guns: The Age of the AntiChrist is Upon Us’ Sermons for this Sunday."
It’s not just the tiny little Southern (Baptist?) churches, though. A lot of Reformed-tradition churches are likely to be thinking the same thing, since many of them base their theology on the Westminster Confession, which explicitly states that the Pope is the Antichrist. And no, I’m not kidding.— josh barkey: How the Pope Got Me Fired as a High School Art Teacher
When I hear the cries for a higher, more reasonable minimum wage, I grow frustrated with the implicit assumption that we somehow deserve better, just because we’re Americans. When Obama goes off in his speeches about American exceptionalism, I do sometimes throw-up a little in my mouth. How could I not? I was raised in a country where hungry kids watched me through the restaurant windows as I ate, and begged me for my table-scraps when I came out. I was raised in a country where kids I played soccer against on Saturday rooted through my garbage pile on Thursday, looking for something they could use, sell, or maybe even eat.
But that doesn’t mean I believe that one economic injustice deserves another.— josh barkey: Minimum Wage — Heeyah!
For the first month since I released it the internets are reporting zero sales of my short story collection, so I thought I’d post another wee sample (LIMITED TIME ONLY! ABSOLUTELY FREE!) to see if I might tempt someone to pick up a copy (see sidebar) for some other someone, for Christmas. So without further ado…
THE APPLE AND THE OAK— josh barkey: The Apple and the Oak
Now, before you judge me to be a completely perverse person (Who thinks of suicide when asked about what it means to be a loving parent?!?), I’d just like to point out that A. To me one bit of evidence that really shows how much I love my son is that the only thing I can think of that could ever potentially drive me to such dark ends is to lose him, and B. I beat out the twenty-seven other entries and won the competition.
So there.— josh barkey: Josh Barkey’s Sick and Twisted Winning Contest Entry