Marion Barry. Pam’s House Blend puts the story in perspective: Our divine “moral compass” and declarant of “civil war” on same-sex marriage was arrested and charged last night in DC for stalking a woman in Anacostia Park. How much are you willing to bet the religious fanatics won’t be circulating a referendum petition to remove the morally corrupt and divorced 4 times Barry from office? Oh the hypocrisy keeps growing, and it’s only been a week since “sanctity of marriage” Sanford f**ked around… Read more

He first laments that this “tiny, tiny fraction” of the nation dominates the news but then laments (without any evidence of either fact or causation) that “Whenever a nation embraces this so-called ‘lifestyle’, it ends up on  the garbage heap of history.” Who knew a tiny, tiny fraction of people loving according to their natural inclinations, living openly and proudly embracing their actual identities and loves publicly, and being able to share their health benefits with each other could destroy… Read more

Since philosophical posts don’t age quickly, it’s not too late to catch up on some of my thought pieces featured on the blog the last week and a half.  Here’s a handy compendium if you’re looking to make sure you didn’t miss anything: First of course, there is the most sustained discussion in the blog’s history: The “Shane Series,” which I hope you take the time to see all the way through: Objections to Religious Moderates and Intellecuals 1 Objections… Read more

We grow up with both so much mythologization and heroicizing of our founders and, in recent decades, a whole lot of necessary demythologizing and lamentations of our national failures, that is hard to simply appreciate what a novel and brilliant experiment it was to really found and design a nation based on a philosophy—and a remarkably impressive one, with logical implications which have led us slowly but seemingly inexorably towards our own continual perfection and away from our heinous original… Read more

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 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

From June 26, 2009 Via Jerry Coyne Read more

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

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

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

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