Spiderman creator Stan Lee says Peter Parker should be straight and white, not because straight whites are better than everyone else, but because Peter Parker has always been straight and white. But Spiderman isn't history, it's myth, and origin myths, especially, can be rewritten and reinterpreted. A culture with 11 Spiderman origin myths might well be a richer one.
Charlotte, NC authorities determine that a fire consuming Briar Creek Baptist Church, a mostly black church, was an arson. Briar Creek Pastor Mannix Kinsey has already said he forgives the arsonist, and that "buildings...can be built over"; I hope he's not just saying that because he thinks it's what he's supposed to say, because I'd prefer to believe folks can be that secure in their faith.
New York Times warns against Greece leaving the EU and abandoning the Euro, because it might be painful. Greece has endured six-plus years of rather severe pain already, but I guess that doesn't count for the "liberal" media, especially now that the good citizens of Greece elected an actual leftist to be Prime Minister.
Texas Pastor Rick Scarborough now says that of course he didn't literally mean he'd set himself on fire if the Supreme Court ruled in favor of gay marriage. No, he was merely referencing an obscure spiritual called "Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego" oh never mind this explanation is already boring me. Anyway, I knew he didn't have the guts to do it. So let's never speak of him again.
The inimitable Sen. Jim Inhofe (E-OK) says his gay friends also disapprove of the Supreme Court's recent gay marriage decision. What would the plaint of a gay Friend of Inhofe sound like? Of course we don't deserve the deepest and most intimate emotional connection love gives us -- not until electroshock treatments turn us straight? Mr. Inhofe also describes the Roberts Court as a "very liberal court," which I guess means he's waiting for a President Scott Walker to replace the Court's four nominal liberals with rabid raccoons.
Finally, the Straight Dope takes up the matter of whether car alarms actually protect cars (versus whether they just annoy neighbors). I hear them often enough it no longer even occurs to me that a car's actually getting jacked when I hear it, but that might just be me. Anyway, it seems like having a variety of anti-theft mechanisms -- which may or may not include car alarms -- might be the way to go.