Assholes and the Umbrella of Safety

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Retired NBA star Charles Barkley said something recently, something probably reported with the intention of shocking readers, but actually fairly tame, all things considered. Here: When asked about a report that Seattle Seahawks quarterback Russell Wilson isn’t seen as “black enough” by some of his teammates, the NBA Hall of Famer went on a rant about how “unintelligent” black people believe they have to hold successful African-Americans back.“For some reason we are brainwashed to think, if … [Read more...]

The Other Side of ‘Poor Robin Williams’

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Some part of this is probably gonna make you uncomfortable, but I'm gonna just toss it out here anyway:Robin Williams died today, of an apparent suicide. It’s strange how much it affects me. Years back when I was on vacation and Stephen Jay Gould died, I called home crying. That guy MATTERED to me. He was one of my people, a smart man and a scientist. The world was a colder, dumber, less interesting place when he died.And now Robin Williams is gone.On Facebook, a lot of people are p … [Read more...]

Please Don’t Plan to Picket Fred Phelps’ Funeral

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Word is that Fred Phelps Sr., the founder of Westboro Baptist Church, is dying.His estranged son Nathan Phelps, reported on Facebook:I've learned that my father, Fred Phelps, Sr., pastor of the "God Hates Fags" Westboro Baptist Church, was ex-communicated from the "church" back in August of 2013. He is now on the edge of death at Midland Hospice house in Topeka, Kansas.I'm not sure how I feel about this. Terribly ironic that his devotion to his god ends this way. Destroyed by the … [Read more...]

Grieving Mother Mistreated by Heartless Atheists

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Here's this article: Atheists Fight With Grieving Mom Over Roadside Crosses.Son dies in a auto accident at the age of 19, grief-stricken mother erects a memorial of crosses and flowers on city property, humanist group asks city council to disallow it.Good call? Bad call? Commenting on Facebook, Sinis Tergrin weighs in: I think it's pretty mean spirited to target a grieving mother. What kind of person complains about this based on the "separation of church and state"?? I thought we in … [Read more...]

Feeling the Pain of the Rich and Famous

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Apparently actor Philip Seymour Hoffman died. He ROCKED "Capote," but hell, I liked him as far back as "Boogie Nights."There seems to be some doubt about his death:Yep, dead: Philip Seymour Hoffman found dead with needle in armNope, alive: Philip Seymour Hoffman Death Hoax... but his Wikipedia page lists him as deceased, so I'm going with that.Considering it a "teachable moment," I said something unflattering about Whitney Houston back when she died of an overdose: "Whitney, … [Read more...]

Killing People, With Kindness

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Watch this video of a 94-year-old man in an epic 65-meter footrace last year.Would it sadden you to know the winner, European masters athletics champion Emiel Pauwels, is now dead? And that he deliberately ended his own life a week or so ago?95-year-old ‘Belgian Bolt’ holds big party before ending life by euthanasia In his hometown of Bruges he held a big party with friends and family two days before his death – and even downed two glasses of champagne for the occasion.Pauwels lo … [Read more...]


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