Thursday, February 26, 2004

Camelot, Not
Lost amidst the hype surrounding the opening of Mel Gibson's The Passion of the Christ is the fact that like other big-budget blockbusters, this movie has its share of "official licensed products" that moviegoers can take home as a souvenir. You can buy lapel pins, "witnessing cards" in English and Aramaic--presumably for handing out to friends to encourage them to see the Savior having the living bejeezus (so to speak) stomped out of him--and coffee mugs with the cross on it. If your tastes run to jewelry, there's the crucifixion nail pendant. It's $12.99 for a small one, $16.99 for a bigger one, leather strap included to hang it around your neck. From San Francisco, Mark Morford quotes the late comedian Bill Hicks: "A lot of Christians wear crosses around their necks. Do you think when Jesus comes back he ever wants to see a f--in' cross? It's kind of like going up to Jackie Onassis with a rifle pendant on."

Recommended reading: If Bush has anything remotely resembling a saving grace, it's that what he says and does is so easy to make fun of, as Mark Engler does in a piece on TomPaine.com. It's got a great lead: "I haven't watched Thirteen Days recently, but I think it's safe to say that if George W. Bush were president during the Cuban Missile Crisis, we'd all be dead."

This morning on Best of the Blogs: Another War, Another Tale.

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