Handball, Popcorn and Jesus

I played handball when I was younger. I never got very good at it, but the game still left an impression on me. My best memory of it was something surprising that happened one day after I’d been playing for a few months, something that had nothing at all to do with handball. … [Read more...]

You Sleigh Me

In fond memory of cooler days, here's a pic from back when I drove sleighs and haywagons for a living. That's me on the driver's seat. Up front are my coal black Percheron draft horses, Esther and Jim, both close to a ton in weight. Running alongside is my German shepherd best friend, Ranger the Valiant Warrior. This was the early 1990s, and I was already happily godless.   … [Read more...]

Oh, Shit! — or — Why Things Are Always So Fucked Up

I’ve thought for many years about why “otherwise intelligent” people can believe or say certain things that are demonstrably false. I mean, there are people who can look and sound as smart as anyone you know, but who don’t “get” certain things. Who WON'T get certain things. For instance, you can know someone who is a fantastic organizer or salesman, someone who can get rich in running a business, handing every detail easily, but who can’t accept global warming, or evolution ... … [Read more...]

Making the Rounds: Should Women Be Spanked?

There's a newspaper clipping making the rounds today. It's all over Facebook, and I've found it in a number of other webby places. No, it's not this one. It's that other one — below. I couldn't find out anything specific about the clipping (I'm only assuming it's authentic), but the New York Mirror newspaper was published between 1924 and 1963. … [Read more...]

UnJeeped Comrade Conveys Thanks

Former "desert warrior" Chris Clarke expressed a hasty thanks today as he jetted off to the Caribbean trailing large-denomination bills and a mysterious white powder. Thanks to the generosity of all those who donated, Chris was at last able to ditch the desert schtick and buy an island resort, which he is converting into what he referred to as "a safe haven for women struggling with a pole-dancing addiction." But seriously: For those late on the scene, Chris Clarke, blogger, writer, feminist, … [Read more...]

YOUR Thoughts and Feelings Are Nothing. Wrong. Bad.

Whew. I just stumbled across a link to an Answers in Genesis page, and oh boy, it’s ugly. In an article posted June 6, 2012, Tim Challies asks and answers the question, What Kind of God Would Condemn People to Eternal Torment? The beginning lays out the question, but in a way that’s almost comical in its intensity: … [Read more...]

Desert Warrior Seeks Millionaire. Sort Of.

I doubt he would ask for help. In fact, presented with this piece, I expect to hear from him, and I’m about half convinced he will be annoyed or embarrassed and ask me to take down the post. (And then, crap, I will have to decide whether to honor his wishes in what really is a personal matter, or ... you know, help him against his will.) But ... I have this friend. He’s a distant friend, an Internet friend, someone I’ve met in person only once. But he’s a Friend, with a capital-F, … [Read more...]

On The Bright Side …

Yes, this is a commercial. Still. … [Read more...]

God Weighs In on ‘God Particle’ Discovery

“I wish people would stop bringing Me into it.” So complained God, the supernatural superbeing and all-powerful deity of the Bible, in an exclusive interview today with FreethoughtBlogs’ Blue Collar Atheist. We sat in a small café in Schenectady, New York. On the day after Rolf Heuer, director of European physics research center CERN, announced the likely discovery of the Higgs Boson, God appeared in a blinding flash at roughly 9:17 a.m. (all the clocks stopped, as did most of the … [Read more...]

I Saw Angels! Hovering! Over Flight 93! Crash Site! Angels!

Yes, former FBI agent employee, you saw ANGELS. A former police officer who retired from the FBI due to post-traumatic stress disorder linked to her role in the aftermath of the Sept. 11 terror attacks has written a book about seeing legions of angels guarding the Pennsylvania site where a hijacked airliner crashed. Officer Lillie Leonardi, who arrived at the Flight 93 scene about 3 hours after the crash — and this is the plane that didn't crash into a building on Sept. 11, 2001, but into a … [Read more...]