Mark Steyn Comes Impassioned To Palin’s Defense

Steyn empathizes with Palin: suddenly you get the call from Washington. You know it’ll mean Secret Service, and speechwriters, and minders vetting your wardrobe. But nobody said it would mean a mainstream network comedy host doing statutory rape gags about your 14-year old daughter. You’ve got a special-needs kid and a son in Iraq and a daughter who’s given you your first grandchild in less than ideal circumstances. That would be enough for most of us. But the special-needs kid… Read more

Biden Trusts Palin Quit For Personal Reasons

Biden told Stephanopolous that when people reject higher office his own guess is often that it was primarily motivated by: what the state of their life was and the state of their family. And he also said Those who’ve been deeply involved in politics know at the end of the day that it is really and truly a personal deal…and personal family decisions have a real impact on people’s decisions. I don’t know what prompted her decision to not only… Read more

Jesus and Mo on “Atheist Fundamentalists”

From June 26, 2009 Via Jerry Coyne Read more

Buying A Twitter Following

Turns out that if you can’t get people interested in your Twitter updates, you can always get a 1000 followers for $87.  Essentially it looks like a way to turn Twitter into yet another opportunity to send you junk mail from advertisers.  (In addition to their attempt to destroy the entire point of Digg and make it, too, just another avenue for the already wealthier to buy more traffic regardless of quality.) Yes, just as it was with other social… Read more

Daily Hilarity: “That Mitchell and Webb Look”

Via Atheist Media Blog, who give credit to The Friendly Atheist and Pharyngula: Read more

Gay Rights and Persecution Around the World

Johann Hari celebrates the remarkable progress for gay rights, achieved through peaceful democratic pressure around the world in the 40 years since Stonewall.  But then he highlights some of the places where being gay means being murdered: Jamaica is Taliban Afghanistan for gay people. If caught, gays and lesbians face ten years’ hard labour – but they are more likely to be lynched. The cases documented by Dr Robert Carr of the University of the West Indies fill whole books…. Read more

Vatican Plans “Apostolic Visit” To American Nuns

What occasions such a visit? Church historians said that the Vatican usually ordered an apostolic visitation when a particular institution had gone seriously astray. And there is some resistance among those being offered a visit. Some sisters surmise that the Vatican and even some American bishops are trying to shift them back into living in convents, wearing habits or at least identifiable religious garb, ordering their schedules around daily prayers and working primarily in Roman Catholic institutions, like schools and… Read more

Black Pastor Would Not Even “Give A Smile In Obama’s Direction”

because Obama dares to support gays.  And this pastor (Ken Hutcherson)  has judged that Obama has no “black experience:” “But I guess we…have to ask, ‘Even though he is black because his father was, what is his “black experience”?’ He doesn’t have any. He was raised by a white mother and a white grandmother, so this man has about as much black experience as my Doberman Pinscher — and I guarantee [that] my Doberman Pinscher doesn’t have any,” he points out…. Read more

Daily Hilarity: “The Good Samaritan”

I just loved this: Read more

Heterosexuals Not Fit To Raise Children

In reply to degrading remarks by Maggie Gallagher about her “suspicion” of gay men who want to take children from their mothers and “get close to them,” Jim Burroway offers an hysterical satire which laments the danger heterosexuals pose to our children.  He cites this (true) insane story to make the point that bad parents come in all sexual orientations: Like this dilemma every parent faces. What do you do when your nine-year-old child is in the middle of a… Read more

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