Over the next few days I hope to post on a number of year end occasions and fetes. I am also working on 2 posts I hope give yoou something to talk about. The first is a posting on Intelligent Design and the misguided attempts to get it accepted through political means (next up, February is Black History and Intelligent Design Month).
The second post I hope to finalize is on the Bully Theologians, such as Al Mohler, who use Talk Radio tactics to dismiss those with honest differences of opinion.
A few End of Year Odds and Ends
As we end the year, the best rant by someone not named Rick (yeah sure) is Kieth Olbermann's "City of Louisiana" rant from September. Link. I only wish I had his prowess with a keyboard when I get pissed off at the inanity around me.
Also, NPR gives us the Year in Review from political cartoonists. link
Speaking of political cartoons, Tom Tomorrow gives his impression of the year in review in Part 1 and Part 2. I feel much the same way, sadly.
On a happier note, NPR's All Songs Considered, the only podcast I listen to religiously, gives us their lists of the year's best CDs, according to their listeners and contributors.
Many others chime in with their year end lists, including Dustin Bagby of Tampa, formerly a new York hipster, 3 Hive, Pitchfork, Stereogum and a local reviewer I respect, okay, another local guy I like.
In the next couple of days, I will contribute my favorite CDs to the end-of-2005 lists (it promises to be eclectic, with enough hip choices to keep up my cred and enough mainstream choices to maintain my image as an independent thinker).
Linda McGreevy, a former youth in the church I served in Virginia shares her Top 10 in the comments section. Feel free to share yours to or make comments, especially towards her warm feelings towards BEP.