Book Review Love from a Fellow FTBer

Al Stefanelli of A Voice of Reason says some flattering (and totally true) stuff about my book, Red Neck, Blue Collar, Atheist: Simple Thoughts About Reason, Gods & Faith. Packed into twenty-five chapters is the wisdom of a lifetime and proves you do not have to be a great thinker to think great things. The foreword begins not with a treatise on astrophysics, molecular biology or archaeology. It starts with, “My dog died,” and flows into life in the Eastern Sierra’s of California, … [Read more...]

That Swooshing Noise? Oh, That’s the GOP Sliding to the Left

A GOP pollster who served George W. Bush in the 2004 election, Jan van Lohuizen, fired out a confidential memo telling Republican operatives it's time to run like hell from the anti-gay-marriage rhetoric. … [Read more...]

My Wonderful, Fabulous Life, or, Why You Should (Should Not) Envy Me

Atheism is not all I do. It's sort of my curse that most things interest me. Used to be, EVERYTHING interested me, but I've gotten more conservative in my old age. The uncool part of the condition is that it's been hard to focus on any one thing, and actually make a good living at it. The cool part is, it's been (is being) a fun ride. One of my things is adventuring. Doing stuff for the fun of it. I would actually like to make a living at it, and have been working, at a glacial pace, to develop … [Read more...]

Kuwait Votes to Murder Blasphemers

This would qualify as a Monty Python skit if it wasn't real. (Warning: Fairly shocking pic below the fold.) Kuwait’s parliament approved a law that calls for the death penalty for insulting the Prophet Muhammad, his wives and relatives, in a sign of the growing sway of Islamists who triumphed in elections this year. Amnesty International describes the thing as “a massive step backwards” for Kuwait.  Jeez, you think? Under the law, any Muslim who, through any form of expression, insults … [Read more...]

Short Stack #13

[Apology in advance: Some of these may be repeats.] Jesus praying to God is the same as masturbation. ______________________ New Superstitions for the Modern Age: If your oatmeal has black specks in it, and if you eat the black specks, you will sicken and die. Eight-year-olds, take note. ______________________ Why, yes, you're right. It IS a "mute" point. Probably best to say no more about it. … [Read more...]

Interview With The Blue Collar Atheist

Sometimes you read something you wrote or said sometime back, and you go "Damn! That was me? This is some really good stuff!" That was my reaction to this post on my old site, shortly after the publication of my book. Anyway, I'm reposting it. ------------------------------ What’s the book about? … [Read more...]

Fanboy Does ‘The Avengers’

Went to the midnight showing of The Avengers last night. I've been saying for a couple of years that someone figured out something, about the time of the first Spider-Man movie. Something about how to do a REALLY GOOD superhero movie. The whatever-it-was came to perfection by the time the second Spider-Man came out, the one with Doc Ock, making it the screaming best superhero movie ever-evarrrr. But then the first Iron Man hit the screen. Blew. Me. The. Fuck. Away. Topped Spidey 2. The … [Read more...]

God Without Spellcheck 2

Thanks to Barry Andrew for the heads-up on the following image: From their website: "The North Georgia Falcons are a homeschool football team with high school and middle school players. We play football in the Glory For Christ football league, which is made up of Christian School teams and Homeschool teams." The lead post at the Glory for Christ Football League site — "Our purpose in life is to give glory to God!" — is at the moment a large ad for the concussion-preventing Guardian … [Read more...]

In Case You Missed It …

This is the piece that appeared in the Albany Times Union newspaper this last Saturday, in the Voices of Faith column on the Faith & Values page. (Interestingly, it used to be the Religion page, and I suspect the change reflects some sort of sea change in understanding that "values" can come from someplace other than religion. Which is progress, and which I attribute directly to newly-vocal atheists making that very point.) The two other main stories on the page were "Pope orders crackdown … [Read more...]