I'm writing a piece called "10,000 years of speed bumps," and I accidentally clicked the Publish button midway through it, and then kept writing.So if you were one of the 46 people who apparently read it ... ahem. I have no idea what you read, but it wasn't finished. Pretend you never saw it, and I'll post the completed piece soon. Sorry about that.(I'm just glad I didn't write a piece on Dick Cheney, and accidentally post it before I'd edited out the several dozen f-bombs.)  … [Read more...]

New Design

One of the cool things about WordPress, and CSS, is that the content of a web site is separate from the formatting instructions. Which means you can change the site layout in seconds, simply by dropping in a new format — called a "theme."You're seeing it here in FreeThought Blogs' airy new appearance. The left sidebar has vanished, and a few new things are happening on the right sidebar.One thing to notice is the tabbed boxes in the right column. Comments and Archives now share a box with R … [Read more...]

Here’s a Church I’d Go To

The New Welcome Baptist Church in Mobile, Alabama, is WAY more exciting than any church I ever went to! "The mayhem erupted when the Rev. Darryl Riley told minister of music Simone Moore that he was no longer needed and gave him a final paycheck, the Sheriff’s Office reported. "Moore disagreed with the amount of the check and an argument broke out, in which Moore wielded a Taser gun, according to the account given to deputies." The brawl spread among the godly congregation, and the music mi … [Read more...]

Erosion: Chardy At The End of His Life

[This is from a few years back.] It’s spring in the High Sierra, and I’m on vacation from New York. I’ve come back to walk old trails again, trails both of terrain and of memory, and I’m out doing one of my favorite things in the world – taking a dog for a hike out along Convict Creek. My dog-friends Ranger the Valiant Warrior and Tito the Mighty Hunter can’t be with me, but I do have Chardonnay along, a happy-airhead golden retriever. I stopped by to pick him up a short time before, and I was sh … [Read more...]

God-Goggles. Kinda Like Beer-Goggles, Only Whinier. (video)

New York Mayor Bloomberg successfully resisted pressure from religious groups, and held a secular remembrance for the families of 9/11 victims. Predictably, the godder reaction was outrage. Failing to invite them is the same as attacking them. According to Richard Land, who leads the public policy arm of the Southern Baptist Convention:Nobody was turning religious leaders away from the scene 10 years ago. Why are they being banned from the 10th anniversary? The only answer, pure and simple, is … [Read more...]

1.2 Trillion. Goddam. Dollars.

On the "that malignant fool George W. Bush" theme again: Think Progress has a piece titled "The $1.2 Trillion Trap: What America Gave Up For 10 Years Of War Since 9/11. … [Read more...]