GOPers Over the Line … Again (and again)

A “Halloween-themed email” from the Loudoun County, Va., Republican Committee featured an image of “a ghoulish-looking President Obama with a bullet hole through his head.” “Apparently, some individuals have interpreted an image of Barack Obama that appeared within the email as intending to portray the President as a victim of a violent crime.  Nothing could be further from the truth. We deeply and sincerely apologize to the President and anyone who viewed the image if that was the impression that… Read more

Dealing With Fear — Part 2: Coming Out as an Atheist

There are several fear issues related to coming out as an atheist. Beyond the more personal, internal fears any person in the midst of graduating out of belief might feel – “What if God is real and sends me to Hell for doubting? If I give up believing in God and Heaven, doesn’t that mean I’ll never see my granddad again?” – there are some real-world fears worth thinking about. Fears that would spring to mind for any new atheist… Read more

Happy Halloween!

Full sympathies after the jump: (more…) Read more

The Horrors of Fall

I have a notoriously sucky sense of direction. I still can’t help but point and laugh. Family’s Corn Maze ‘Fun’ Ends In 911 Rescue Couple Lost in Apple Orchard Calls 911               Read more

A Different Kind of Prayer

This is probably old-verging-on-ancient. But it’s new to me:                                       Read more

Seven Billion Peeps: Thank You Jesus — and Oh, Shit!

[ Still feeling like hell, but I couldn’t keep away … ] Here’s a personal reaction to a recent bit of news: (And look at this BBC Where Do You Fit In? calculator. ) When I was born, there were 2.6 billion humans on the planet. Today there are 2.6 TIMES more.  World population is expected to tip over 7 billion in the next few days. Speaking as an environmentalist (someone who cares about the ecosystem of Planet Earth), and… Read more

Sick Day

Ugh. Persistent sore throat. Headache. Tired and achy. I had hoped to finish the short series on dealing with fear, with a post on dealing with the fears attendant on being an atheist. But it ain’t happening today. Back soon, I expect. Read more

Sick Day

Ugh. Persistent sore throat. Headache. Tired and achy. I had hoped to finish the short series on dealing with fear, with a post on dealing with the fears attendant on being an atheist. But it ain’t happening today. Back soon, I expect. Read more

Dealing With Fear: Side Note Side Note

The previous post came out of an answer to a comment by anthonyallen on Dealing With Fear — Part 1: Everyday Life. This post comes out of an aside to THAT answer, and actually has nothing at all to do with fear. It’s all a bit meta, I guess, but I hope worth reading. (more…) Read more

Dealing With Fear: Side Note

One of my readers, “anthonyallen” has submitted a couple of good comments on two other posts, The 30,000 and Dealing With Fear — Part 1: Everyday Life. Dealing With Fear was even written to address his first comment on The 30,000. But the reply I wrote to his second comment (which was long and also about dealing with fears), I thought I’d include as yet another post of its own. He inspired some thoughts that were, to me, well worth… Read more