Archives for October 2013

How Belief in Satan Affects the World

Surveys show that a staggering percentage of Americans believe in a literal Satan, and even more believe in the idea of a sort of disembodied evil. Piercarlo Valdesolo at Scientific American looks at some psychological research on how those beliefs affect our views on other issues. … [Read more...]

Cheney’s Iraq War Rationalizations

Dick Cheney appeared on Bill O'Reilly's show on Fox News the other day and was asked to justify the Iraq war. After well over a million dollars spent, hundreds of thousands dead and millions of refugees created, what did we actually get out of it? His answer shows just how irrational we can be when justifying out choices. … [Read more...]

The Pathfinders Depart Uganda

Our four young Pathfinders' time at the Kasese Humanist Primary School in Uganda has come to an end and Conor Robinson, the leader of the entire project, writes about all they learned and experience in their weeks there. It's really quite an incredible story. … [Read more...]

Why the Right to Counsel is Not Enough

I've written many times about the pathetic excuse for a public defender system we have in this country, one in which justice is not even hypothetically possible, much less real on a practical level. The New Jersey Supreme Court has now said that as long as there is a warm-blooded person standing at the attorney's table, that's enough for justice to be done. … [Read more...]

Should You Court Your Friends?

Ann Friedman has a fascinating article in New York magazine about why it's smart to court your friends, to make a deliberate effort to "woo" the right kind of people -- which will change for each of us, of course -- into being our friends just as we would a romantic interest. Speaking of a friend who courted her in this sense, she says: … [Read more...]

Bradlee Dean: Trotsky Invented the Word ‘Racism’

Having lost his co-host and the entire staff of his ministry, Bradlee Dean now has his wife co-hosting his radio show. One thing that hasn't changed: His ignorant ranting and raving. On a recent show, he claimed that racism was invented by communists -- specifically Trotsky -- to silence their critics. … [Read more...]

FTB Now Has an Ad-Free Option

Thanks to Jason Thibeault and his programming acumen, we now have an ad-free option here at FTB. We've tried to keep the prices reasonable: $3 for 30 days, $8 for 90 days or $30 for an entire year. You can enjoy your favorite bloggers with no annoying ads in the way. You can sign up here. And if you detect any bugs or encounter any problems, you can report them here. … [Read more...]

Fischer: Soldiers Are Going to Kill Christians!

Bryan Fischer went on one of his typical unhinged rants on his radio show, claiming that Obama is prepping the military to kill Christians, fantasizing that troops may surround the hotel at the Values Voters Summit next year to attack the righteous. … [Read more...]

FRC Tells Fake George Washington Story

The Family Research Council is absolutely furious that the Air Force Academy would make the phrase "so help me God" optional in the oath cadets have to take. Ken Blackwell is making a ridiculous argument that includes passing on a fake story about George Washington that was debunked long ago. … [Read more...]

Loudon: Obamacare Already Causing Suicide!

Worldnetdaily columnist Gina Loudon offers up this inane screed about Obamacare, claiming that it's already causing suicides (with no evidence whatsoever, of course). And she seems to think that there's some huge risk that someone's private medical information will be released under the new law, which is simply absurd. … [Read more...]

Report: Judicial Elections Undermine Justice

The Center for American Progress has a new report on the unprecedented amount of money being spent in state judicial elections, especially by third party corporate groups. The unsurprising conclusion is that the influence of that money undermines justice for criminal defendants and civil plaintiffs. … [Read more...]

Hasn’t the National Review Learned Its Lesson Yet?

Having already had to fire two writers -- John Derbyshire and Robert Weissberg, both of which have close ties to white nationalist movements -- for their racially inflammatory writings, the National Review now has Jason Richwine, who says Hispanics are inherently less intelligent than whites, blogging for them. … [Read more...]