The Sly Accusation of Islamophobia

I think we're all making a big mistake in defining "Islamophobia" as "hates Muslims."OF COURSE it's wrong to hate people. But it's not wrong to have serious reservations about a religion, a philosophy or a culture. It's not wrong to judge IDEAS, and to find them wanting.Because there really are inferior cultures and beliefs, cultures that deserve to be hated and stamped out. I grew up in one of them -- a racist Southern culture which insisted that skin color should be the decider for … [Read more...]

Reason Riders Barbecue

Press Release from Reason Riders Chapter President Brian "Bishop" Christian:--------------------------------The Reason Riders Atheist Motorcycle Group Chapter 1 in Buckeye, Arizona is holding their first Rally on Sunday, November 15. It's a BBQ Meet and Greet to introduce the sitting Officers to prospective new members and to honor the group’s special guest The Green Knights MMC Chapter 28 out of Luke AFB.The Reason Riders will be providing free BBQ hamburgers and hotdogs cooked by “ … [Read more...]


Mona Lisa tears

There's a storm of media coverage happening, lots of talking heads talking. I'm waiting for information to accumulate, hoping to get some sense of the big picture.I do see the assholes are already blaming Obama for ... whatever. I'm sure there'll be plenty more of that tomorrow.But my initial reaction is ... Damn. Just damn. … [Read more...]

Starbucks, Part Deux: Chasing the Red Dot

Watch the video.The cats are you and I. The guy holding the laser is the media. The red dot is the Starbucks coffee cup story.I'm going to call them Red Dot Stories from now on.They don't mean anything. They're not significant in any way. And yet we still leap excitedly to follow and talk about them. Just like cats, we allow ourselves to be jerked around by that irresistible fascination with the red dot. … [Read more...]

Beta Culture: Beyond Veterans Day

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I confess to mixed feelings about November 11.I have a number of fairly conservative friends, and you can count on Veterans Day to kick off a massed booming v0lley of flag-wavery -- heartfelt prayers, cheers, and best wishes for the men and women in uniform, those gallant, selfless warriors willing to give their lives for our freedom.I can never join in with such fervent abandon. I mean, I GET Veterans Day. But still, considering some of the things the U.S. military has done ... mixed … [Read more...]

Starbucks Cups: Yeah, Get Angry … Suckah!


And so the annual "War on Christmas" begins -- the viral claptrap that comes out every year like Christmas lights, earlier and earlier. Here's this year's volley.A number of articles from mainstream news sites -- New York Times, Washington Post, Time Magazine, New York Daily News -- say "some Christians" or "Christian evangelists" take exception to Starbucks' new plain red cups ... but they never actually name the "some Christians" they're talking about. Is it the Catholic Church in all its … [Read more...]