Petition the Veep: Stop Evil-lution in Schools!

Ooh, sign me up!A petition addressed to VP-elect Mike Pence asks for (drum roll, clash of cymbals!) ...A NATIONWIDE MORATORIUM ON THE TEACHING OF EVOLUTION IN SCHOOLS(A "moratorium." Just until we can figure out, you know, whether it's really true or not.)They're looking for (drum roll again, even louder clash of cymbals)>>> OMG!! ONE THOUSAND SIGNATURES!!! <<<—You know, a stunning tidal wave of deep passionate concern from Americans.Some absolutely v … [Read more...]

Well … Wow.

President Trump, with A GOP Senate and House, in Washington DC.Yes, I'm joking about the game of Clue, and what looks like the murder of America.I suppose I should feel worse, but ... I already think civilization is coming to an end. I thought it would be in about 2030, but it looks like things are speeding up. One wonders if those women who ask the police for protection from abusive husbands feel one small moment of satisfaction -- "See? I TOLD them he'd come here and kill me!" -- in … [Read more...]

What’s That Sound? Oh, Shofars. Cool. Now Everything Will Be Better.

Someday I'm going to write a long, detailed piece about something I call "the 180-degrees-opposite thing." Religion is mostly based on it. Once you become an atheist, you see it everywhere.For instance: Rather than "Yeah, it's sad, but people die. They just stop existing." it's "Oh no, death is just the beginning! We live on! We live on FOREVER! In paradise! With all our loved ones!"Yeah, like that -- 180 degrees opposite reality.So here's this:  Sound the Shofars in the Nation's … [Read more...]

Surprise! —Trump Supporter Dishonesty

I saw this on Facebook.I replied to it: 1) Nobody is "rigging" an election. If that were possible, don't you think the Democrats would CONTROL Congress? (Also, "the fix" is not in for the Clintons. If the fix was in, they never would have impeached Bill Clinton.)2) The FBI is not "reopening an investigation into Clinton." The messages were neither sent by nor received by Clinton, did not appear on any computers used by Clinton, did not involve Clinton, and contained no classified … [Read more...]

15 Years After

I live only a 2.5-hour drive from New York City. When 9/11 happened, I was working for the local newspaper, and we stayed up half the night putting together the 9/12 newspaper, covering all the known details of the event. I still have a copy of that next day's newspaper as one of my prized personal mementos.There was a surge of locals rushing to New York immediately after the event. To assist with the rescue work. To make sure friends and relatives were okay. To just go and look at the … [Read more...]

The Horrible French vs. One Poor, Delicate Muslim Beachgoer

A constant for those of us on the left is our "rage against the machine" vibe. When it comes to the power of government or the rights of the individual, we're totally tuned in to those individual rights.When a story floats across our attention about a kid sent home from school for wearing "inappropriate clothing" -- a provocative blouse, for instance, or a t-shirt with a comically dirty picture on it -- we're right there swinging, often screaming that the teacher should be fired, or the … [Read more...]