The President of Rich Christian White Men

I'm going to make two predictions. First, Rick Perry is going to be the GOP presidential candidate. No question. With that in mind, picture this: Tall handsome Christian conservative "just folks" white guy with ultra-photogenic hair vs. skinny, nappy-headed, big-eared black guy who turned out not to be the savior of the world. … [Read more...]

Farkity Farking Fark

Slightly annoying Fark headline:         If that's too small to read, it says "Columnist attempts to debunk 10 myths about atheists, manages to prove 9 of them are true." Got my back hair up for a minute or so, and I rushed over to read the article. Then I remembered "Oh. Fark headline. It's humor." … [Read more...]

Clint Eastwood: Gays? Marry?

Clint Eastwood wins major Decent Guy points, despite (these days, anyway) being a registered Republican. I googled “Clint Eastwood Quotes” and most of the lists contain movie lines like “Go ahead. Make my day.” and “...You've got to ask yourself one question — Do I feel lucky? Well, do ya, punk?” ... which are not really Clint Eastwood quotes, but script-writer quotes, or movie-character quotes. The REAL stuff is so much better: "These people who are making a big deal out of … [Read more...]

When Coyotes Danced

It was hot, the day the coyotes danced. It was about 1990, and I was ranch-sitting at a friend's ranch in Bishop, California. The owner was up in the mountains all summer, but there were cattle at the ranch, and somebody needed to be there to look after them. In this particular case, ranch-sitting was a minimalist job. The cattle were out in a pasture with plenty of water and grass, and cattle don’t need much more than that. Really, all I had to do was walk the pastures once a day and make … [Read more...]

Short Takes from Facebook 1

Suddenly I *GET* zombie movies. Zombies are religious people. Atheists and rationalists are the normal ones.  The horror of the metaphorical “zombie takeover” is what you experience when you wake up from religion and discover that everybody around you is still a zombie. AND THEY WANT YOUR BRAIN. … [Read more...]

Short Takes from Facebook 2

In answer to an FBF's (Facebook Friend) question: What is your current Philosophy of Life? … [Read more...]

Ha. Good One.

Cure Faith lists "7 reasons why becoming an atheist sucks." Best part is here: 7. You dumb. You have to admit you were horribly deluded. You might just have to dissect your lost faith inside and out, and maybe start a blog to lure others into the bleak reality you have discovered. What's worse is that all the faithful are exposed as the infected they have always been. Like waking from your stupor amongst the flesh eating zombie hoard, you are not in a better place! … [Read more...]

Name Dropping: Carl Buell Rocks! And I Know Him!

I have a good friend who paints dinosaurs. (And other critters.) This is not "just some guy" who does it in his spare time, but a serious natural history illustrator who has worked for museums all over the world, whose paintings have, just within the past year or so, opened exhibits in Beijing; Paris; Pisa, Italy; and Washington, D.C. He's had illustrations in four of science writer Carl Zimmer's books, including a fantastic cover illustration for a book coming in Fall of 2012. … [Read more...]

Ten Thousand Years of Speed Bumps

I've said many times that the cost of religion is something none of us can estimate. Even those of us willing to come out and say we don't believe it, and perhaps even actively dislike it, usually don't see it as very damaging. But ask yourself, anytime a person gets in the news as opposing some aspect of medical science, who is it likely to be? And what source are they using for their opposition? Right. Religious people, and the Bible. … [Read more...]


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...]