Interlude, With Pack Mule

Sorry, all, about the recent paucity of posts. Among other things, I’ve been busy getting some stuff ready for an event – Mule Days, it’s called – happening in Bishop, California, where I used to live and where my Dad lived.I’m trying to get all the people who knew him to contribute stories, photos, etc., memories of his life that will go up on a couple of memorial-type web pages. This event will draw quite a few people into the area, some of which will be old friends or acquaintances of his, s … [Read more...]

Celebrate, We Must. Yes.

According to the Wikipedia article on PZ Myers, "Pharyngula.org was started on June 19, 2002."Surely that means there will be some sort of celebration — on or about June 19, 2012 — in honor of a full DECADE of delightful and curmudgeonly atheist blogging? (Few will remember that PZ's entire first year was devoted mostly to talk of squid sex.)I'm thinking backyard barbecue. Liquor should be involved. … [Read more...]

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, dealing wit … [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 God, his p … [Read more...]


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