France To Ban Burqa-Like Veils

EuroNews.net writes: A law banning the wearing of a full Islamic veil in public in France has been adopted by the lower house of parliament. The ruling UMP and the New Centre party voted for the ban on the burqa or niqab while the Socialists, Communists and Greens abstained. The law goes to the upper house in [Read More...]

FOX News’s Judge Andrew Napolitano: Bush And Cheney Should Be Indicted (And Lambasts Obama Too)

A great interview with Ralph Nader: Napolitano’s new book, in which he discusses all these issues, is Lies the Government Told You: Myth, Power, and Deception in American History. Thanks to Aram for the link. Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

New Hitchens Interview

But not a word about his illness. It is a series of rapid fire questions and answers on a range of topics, with little elaboration. Here are a few interesting bits: Several chapters are devoted to your Trotskyist youth. What attracted you to the left? The name. It was the left opposition to Stalinism, capitalism, [Read More...]

How Palin Might Win A Presidential Nomination

John Ellis lays out a scary scenario: As the Republican avalanche of 2010 builds — and I saw a poll the other day of a Democratic-leaning state Senate district on Long Island where the “right track” (8%)/”wrong direction” (83%) was unlike anything I had ever seen — Palin has smartly positioned herself as the champion [Read More...]

Penn Jillette On Magic, Atheism, And Libertarianism

A really enjoyable video, especially for his remarks on magic, other magicians, and why magic on TV isn’t real magic. And I really appreciated his stress on the importance of having “out” atheists to identify with. In his case he discusses being joyed, inspired, loved, and comforted by having famous atheists like Martin Mull, Randy [Read More...]

Real America

Back in 2008, The Daily Show explored “real America” so those of us who don’t live there could learn from it. The Daily Show With Jon Stewart Mon – Thurs 11p / 10c <td style='padding:2px 1px 0px 5px;' colspan='2'Understanding Real America in Wasilla www.thedailyshow.com Daily Show Full Episodes Political Humor Tea Party Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

A Dictatorship Of Relativism?

BBC Radio 4 analyzes the pope’s catchphrase, “a dictatorship of relativism”, used for describing the secular West.  Here’s the program description: The idea that no one has a monopoly on the truth seems to be fixed in the modern Western psyche. But it’s an idea that is under attack. Pope Benedict claims that we are [Read More...]

Oil Spills Onto 1st Amendment, Making It Unreadable, Invalid

Anderson Cooper reports: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

If Atheists Acted Like Politically Conservative Christians

So well done: Your Thoughts? [Read more...]

New Australian Prime Minister, Julia Gillard Affirms Her Non-Belief, Will Not Patronize Believers

I love what she has to say and do not know why anyone, religious or irreligious, would prefer a faith panderer to this, even if the faithful politician was at least somewhat sincere: She says does not go through religious rituals for the sake of appearance. “I am not going to pretend a faith I [Read More...]