Get Real: Losing the Love of God

Note for new readers: I lost my Dad, Dan Farris, a few months back. I’ve been thinking a lot about that, and what it’s doing to me. I keep a digital recorder with me all the time, and I record thoughts and impressions about the process and the milestones. Here is one such thought. I relate it for the same reason I wrote my book, Red Neck, Blue Collar, Atheist — we have plenty of books and speakers to tell… Read more

Evil Chic: You Know You Want It

Seriously, this is a good cause: Evil Little Shirts. The proceeds will support a very poised and bright young woman, Jessica Ahlquist, who spearheaded the recent fight to remove the unconstitutional Christian prayer banner from her high school. Ed and PZ say it better than me. But hey, even if you knew nothing else about it, you know you want a shirt that says this:       Read more

The Ashes of a Cowboy

I’m sitting here waiting for the USPS. My Dad’s ashes are coming in the mail today. I was sort of happy-excited about it all morning, but now I’m thinking “Oh, crap. Here comes a solid reminder that I’ll never be able to hear his warm voice again, or have him invite me in for a slash of apricot brandy.” That welcoming, wise – and yes, sometimes damned annoying – presence is gone from my life. He won’t BE THERE for… Read more

The Brassican Heresy

Warning: The following post is long, and may contain insults to French people. And Christians. And probably frogs. ______________________________ I’d like to propose to you a daring hypothesis. You may be surprised by it. You may be stunned. You might even be shocked. Because this is such a daring idea, some of you reading this right now may actually be horrified. There’s even the possibility – distant, but real, so I have to warn you – that one or more… Read more

Announcing: Save The Christians!™

My atheist brothers and sisters, I have seen the light. At last I understand the true threat. And I need your help. Last week in South Carolina,  former House Speaker and current GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich laid into the media for its ugly inclination against Christians. (more…) Read more

Damn, My Co-Bloggers Are Good!

From Crommunist: THIS is worth reading: Shuffling feet: a black man’s view on Schroedinger’s Rapist Read more

Remembering MLK

This first video always brings me to tears. The second one, made for the film “Freedom Writers,” is just fun. (more…) Read more

Israeli Women: Accomplished … and Unclean

Generally, I’ve kept my mouth shut about Israel. Honestly, I haven’t taken the time to really delve into the country’s history, or its politics. My hands-off-ness grows out of that – I know I’m not well-enough informed to hold strong opinions about it all. I’m sure there are some larger issues I don’t understand. Still, there have been news stories over the years that have sometimes made it difficult for me to feel friendly toward the country. Mostly, I like… Read more

The Angry Atheist Podcast, With Special Guest: Me

Today Daniel Fincke of Camels With Hammers introduced me to Reap Paden, of ReapSowRadio and The Angry Atheist. With about 15 minutes advanced notice, I was suddenly on the air being interviewed. If you listen past my uhs and y’knows, we have a fairly wide-ranging and — I think — interesting discussion. Reap’s a good interviewer, and someone I’m glad I’ve met at last. I enjoyed the experience so much, it felt like we talked for only about 15 minutes…. Read more

Homeopathic Emergency Room

Stay til the bar scene. God, I love British humor. Read more