Reader Request 2: Why is Atheism Better … for US?

Much of this post is duplicated in the adjacent one, because I wanted to separate out the responses. Thinking about writing a book about how I'm handling the death of my Dad, I realized I was going to have to answer the question "Why is atheism better?" After all, if the title of your (might-be) book is "Saying Goodbye to Dan: An Atheist Deals With Death," you're pretty much obligated to attempt to differentiate yourself, and your named-in-the-title philosophy, from the traditional method of … [Read more...]

Reader Request 1: Why is Atheism Better … for YOU?

Much of this post is duplicated in the adjacent one, because I wanted to separate out the responses. Thinking about writing a book about how I'm handling the death of my Dad, I realized I was going to have to answer the question "Why is atheism better?" After all, if the title of your (might-be) book is "Saying Goodbye to Dan: An Atheist Deals With Death," you're pretty much obligated to attempt to differentiate yourself, and your named-in-the-title philosophy, from the traditional method of … [Read more...]

Hellfire and Dumbnation

Obama Leaves God Out of Thanksgiving Speech, Riles Critics Except he DOESN'T leave God out of the speech. … [Read more...]

Jesus Shines Beam of Light on Miracle Dog

Here's a story that is nothing short of a miracle. I know this because the story teaser appears today on the front page of ABCNews.com, and the article, not marked as a blog or commentary, even uses the phrase "nothing short of a miracle" to describe the rescue of the title-referenced dog. Not Photoshopped: Beam of Light Shines on Fallen Soldier’s Miracle Dog Argh. I agonize over stories of soldiers in Iraq and their families. Mainly because I think Iraq was a disaster for the U.S. for … [Read more...]

Warning!! Vicious Hate Crimes Described Herein!!

You may be shocked by the following account of dastardly hate crimes. You may be horrified. You may cry aloud "Merciful heavens! Is there no limit to the unmitigated perfidy!" Sweet Jesus give me strength, I can barely recount these abhorrent acts. Brace yourself for a disgustingly graphic description of assaults sure to leave even strong men prostrate, tearing their hair in horror at the wanton, inhuman nature of the merciless transgressions. I only dare do this after the fold, so that … [Read more...]

Anne McCaffrey Dead at 85

Well, heck. Author Anne McCaffrey is no longer among us. The creator of the Dragonriders of Pern series, and Helva, the Ship Who Sang, and so much else in an almost 60-year career, she died of a massive stroke on Monday, Nov. 21, at the age of 85. McCaffrey blazed trails for female writers in winning first-ever Hugo and Nebula awards for a woman. Her first Pern story, Weyr Search, won a Hugo in 1968 for best novella; her second Pern story, Dragonrider, took the 1969 Nebula award in the same … [Read more...]

Occupy Wall Street 2

En Tequila Es Verdad has the story, so I'll just flash the pertinent pic at you:     … [Read more...]

You Cain’t Hiiiiiide, Yore Slutty Eyes

(With apologies to the Eagles for the title) Saudi women with attractive eyes may be forced to cover even them up, if resolution is passed Women with attractive eyes may be forced to cover them up under Saudi Arabia's latest repressive measure, it was reported yesterday. The ultra-conservative Islamic state has said it has the right to stop women revealing 'tempting' eyes in public. A spokesperson for Saudi Arabia's Committee for the Promotion of Virtue and the Prevention of Vice, Sheikh … [Read more...]

Occupy Wall Street 1

I haven't said much about OWS so far, but oh man, am I in the protesters' corner. A couple of items: First: A newshound from the right wing Daily Caller attempted to report on those despicable protesters marring the peace of our beautiful Wall Street ... and was promptly beaten to the ground by cops. … [Read more...]

Did Comedian Tim Allen Kill His Father at Age 11? Um … No.

I've been interviewed more than once by airheads, so I know that what you say, or even the intent of what you say, doesn't always make it into the final printed story. And, yes, sometimes people in the spotlight say stuff they don't really believe. But here's a story in which comedian Tim Allen talks about God:     … [Read more...]