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You Have the Right Duty to Remain Silent

Posted by on Apr 11, 2016 in Culture War, Homepage, Humanity, Humor, Political Correctness, Questioning Authority, Racism, Worldviews | 7 comments

There once was a time in this country when “political correctness” was something that only people on the Right complained about: “Why do the Redskins have to change their team’s name?”; “Wait, ‘colored’ is all of a sudden off limits?”; “So now we can’t say ‘midget’ anymore?” No, you can’t. And you’d better not opt for “People McNuggets” either. . . . (That, by the way, is a case in point: I seriously debated whether or not to include that line above because it is potentially offensive to little people (I think that’s what we’re supposed to call them now). But the thing is, it’s also funny. Come on, admit it. It got a snicker out of you at least, perhaps even a chortle.) But the PC issue is no longer ruffling the feathers of conservatives only, but people on...

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Podcast #9: Cops, Calvary Chapel, Hell, and Football

Posted by on Sep 28, 2014 in Catholic Church, Football, God, Hell, Homepage, Humor, Podcasts, Pop Culture, Racism, Sports | 0 comments

In this episode of Drunk Ex-Pastors, Jason presents Christian with a gift that he needs but will never use; the discussion turns to whether or not the police force attracts people who were picked on in school and therefore need to take out their frustrations on the powerless and weak; we discuss the recent controversy surrounding the lawsuit against our former church, Calvary Chapel, by two of its now-deceased founding pastor’s children; we answer a Twitter follower’s question about whether Jesus and Paul thought hell was a real place of eternal torment; and lastly, Jason exhibits his laser-sharp understanding of how to win at football (besides just shooting lots of homeruns, which is obvious). Listen to Podcast #9: Cops, Calvary Chapel, Hell, and...

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Racism: For Whites Only?

Posted by on Sep 26, 2014 in America, Culture War, Homepage, Power, Protest, Questioning Authority, Racism | 14 comments

In Drunk Ex-Pastors podcast #8, one of the topics we discuss is racism. Jason brings up a quote from the first season of MTV’s The Real World  where Kevin Powell (a black cast member) is accused of racism and in response says, “Black people cannot be racist. We don’t have the power to control. . . .” At first hearing, I dismissed Kevin’s statement as ignorant. After all, racism, to me (a white male), means considering someone to be inferior in some way simply because of their race. While this is a  valid definition of racism, it’s not the only  definition of racism and not even the main  definition. A quick search through the various definitions of racism will show that racism also  has to do with the exercise of power. The first definition for “racism” on is...

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Podcast #8: The One Where We Use the N-Word

Posted by on Sep 22, 2014 in Alcohol, Food, Homepage, Homosexuality, Humor, Justin Bieber, Movies, Podcasts, Politics, Pop Culture, Power, Racism, Sex, Women | 5 comments

In this episode of Drunk Ex-Pastors, Christian gives me a very special gift (hint: it’s small, sings like a little Canadian boy, and you put it in your mouth); we take feedback from a female listener who is frustrated by her former time in the church when all her “sisters in Christ” thought she wanted to steal their husbands; we delve into the issue of language and labels, focusing on whether and when it’s OK to use “the N-word” as well as whether jokingly labeling stuff “gay” or “retarded” is a retarded, gay thing to do; I bitch about my culinary needs never being met, while we hoist a poignant shot which Christian saved for the very end of the show. Listen to Podcast #8: The One Where We Use the...

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Just a Bunch of Random Crap

Posted by on Aug 28, 2014 in Beauty, Homepage, Music, Racism, Random Crap, Smoking, Sports, Technology, Women | 0 comments

OK, a few random points. . . . This evening your humble Drunk Ex-Pastors will record our fourth podcast. We have gotten suggestions from a handful of you about topics you’d like to hear us address, but there’s always room for more (and if we don’t get to your question or issue this week, we will eventually, I promise). Just go over to the podcast page and click the link beneath the main image and submit an audio recording telling us what’s on your mind). Have you ever noticed that when girls hang out together in a group, they always choose friends with a similar body-type? Seriously, you never see a super athletic-looking girl cruising around with an overweight or  a skin-and-bones girl. It’s like some unwritten code, where if one of them goes through a drastic change in weight...

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Extremism, Flowers, and the Powers that Be

Posted by on Aug 19, 2014 in America, Anarchy, Culture War, Homepage, Politics, Pop Culture, Power, Protest, Questioning Authority, Racism, Rebellion, Worldviews, Xenophobia | 15 comments

If you take a strong position on some issue, or on cultural/political matters in general, it is easy to label those on the other side as “extremists” or “reactionaries” (while failing to see that they might be passing the exact same judgment on you). For example, I remember when the O.J. Simpson verdict was about to be read, the police in Los Angeles were out in full force, decked out in riot gear, ready for the worst. But when the jury decided to acquit, the cops breathed a sigh of relief, packed up their tear gas and rubber bullets, and went home. Being very evangelical and somewhat racist at the time, I said, “Hey, wait! Why aren’t the police going to stay out and deal with the inevitable white-people riots and looting and whathaveyou? Oh, that’s right: white people don’t...

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Police and Wannabe Soldiers

Posted by on Aug 18, 2014 in America, Culture War, Homepage, Power, Protest, Questioning Authority, Racism, Rebellion | 0 comments

Piggybacking on our latest podcast, I thought I’d post this clip from John Oliver’s HBO show, Last Week Tonight. In it he addresses the shooting of Michael Brown and chides the Ferguson Police Department and mayor’s office both for their deplorable handling of the situation, but also for ridiculous weapon-envy: “The police are troublingly dressed like they’re about to launch an assault on Fallujah. . . . The police are NOT soldiers, so why, in. . . Ferguson, are they wearing f***ing camo? They are northwest of St. Louis, not northwest of the Amazon! If they want to blend in with their surroundings, they should be dressed as a Dollar Store.” You can stream or download the podcast below.    ...

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Podcast #2

Posted by on Aug 17, 2014 in America, Culture, Culture War, God, Homepage, Humor, Justin Bieber, Movies, Podcasts, Politics, Pop Culture, Power, Questioning Authority, Racism, TV | 2 comments

Our second podcast is now available for download. In this episode, Christian and I discuss the shooting of Michael Brown, the unarmed black teen who was shot in the back and head by a white police in Ferguson, MO, last week; we explore the issue of whether people on the right are more ideologically driven than those on the left, who tend to be more pragmatic; we roll up our religious sleeves and dig into the nuts and bolts of the Rapture and its accompanying apocalyptic doomsday prophecies (during which hilarity cannot but ensue); and I complain about Hollywood’s over-sensationalizing of bathroom murders, while Christian moans about pushy salespeople and how they not only make him feel heartless but also cause him to publicly lament his years and years of poor...

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Podcast #1

Posted by on Aug 13, 2014 in America, Culture War, God, Homepage, Humor, Isis, Justin Bieber, Max Weber, Podcasts, Pop Culture, Questioning Authority, Racism, Work | 4 comments

As promised, the first of Heavy for the Vintage’s weekly podcasts is available for download (you can download or stream here as well as over at the Podcast page). In this episode, co-host Christian and I discuss the American attitude toward work and compare it to that of other cultures; we talk about the horrific actions of the Islamic group Isis and attempt to distinguish fact from fiction regarding the worldwide persecution of Christians; Christian vents about how pissed off he gets at airports; I bemoan how beholden humans are to machines as well as explain why most traffic laws don’t apply to me. And we accuse one another of racism like eleven...

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Psst! Slaves? We’re Calling It Even….

Posted by on Mar 4, 2014 in Culture, Culture War, Homepage, Jason, Movies, Politics, Pop Culture, Racism | 18 comments

OK, howsabout a little test, shall we? The other day a well-known political pundit offered the following remarks about this year’s Oscar winner for Best Picture, Twelve Years a Slave : “There’s no way that movie was not going to win!… There was no way — it didn’t matter if it’s good or bad; I haven’t seen it — it had the magic word in the title: Slave.” My question for you readers is this: Concerning the opinion that this film has absolutely no merit (despite this person not having seen it), but that it was awarded the Academy’s highest honor simply because it has the word “slave” in it and thus addresses issues important to black people, which is more likely, that this view was expressed by a left-leaning person or a right-leaning person? Is not the answer obviously the latter? (You...

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