Denmark Charges Man Under Blasphemy Law

I got this email from CFI and had to look at the calendar and make sure it was 2017, not 1817. Denmark, of all countries, has charged a man under a still-existing (why? For crying out loud, why?) blasphemy law for burning a copy of the Quran. … [Read more...]

PA Ten Commandments Case Settles

One of the two major cases involving Ten Commandments monuments at public schools in Pennsylvania that have led to FFRF lawsuits in recent years has been settled, with the plaintiffs getting what they want, including their legal fees paid. … [Read more...]

Trump Campaign Aimed Propaganda at Own Candidate

Politico has a story citing half a dozen sources in the Trump campaign talking about the ways they had to manipulate their own candidate to keep him from sending out too many childish tweets that hurt him. It all came down to soothing his gigantic and fragile ego. … [Read more...]

Could the End of the Gerrymander Be In Sight?

This term the Supreme Court is going to hear a very important case involving partisan gerrymandering that, for the first time, has a real chance of getting the court to intervene in redistricting cases involving partisan, rather than racial, gerrymandering. … [Read more...]

Trump and the History of ‘Enemy of the People’

Donald Trump is once again showing his true blue authoritarian stripes by declaring the media the "enemy of the American people." Amanda Erickson of the Washington Post reveals the deeply disturbing history of that phrase. It goes back originally to the Emperor Niro. More recent history: … [Read more...]

Memo: Keep Trump’s Intel Briefings Short, Simple

I know this is a bit old now, but you may have noticed I've been a bit busy staying alive and stuff. Mother Jones reports on a leaked memo that instructs our intelligence services to keep Trump's Presidential Daily Briefing as short and simple as possible. … [Read more...]

Neil Carter on the Old Testament Atrocities

Neil Carter writes about the slaughter of the Canaanites in the Bible and how that played a pivotal role in his leaving Christianity. It echoes very much my own thoughts, though the key trigger for me was the slaughter of the Midianites in Numbers 31. … [Read more...]

My Hospital Roommate

From Thursday evening until Sunday afternoon, my roommate in the hospital was very nice, very funny old guy named Jack. He had undergone surgery for bladder cancer but was relentlessly upbeat and cracking jokes constantly. We poked fun at each other a lot and cracked up the nurses and techs. But this also involves religion... … [Read more...]

My Latest Adventures in Medicine

So as I said a couple days ago, I'm in the hospital and will be here at least through Monday and perhaps quite a bit longer, depending on what they find. We're finally going to get to the bottom of these intersecting health problems that have plagued me for the last couple years. … [Read more...]

Stop Calling it Treason. Whatever It Is.

Carlton F.W. Larson, a professor of law at the University of California at Davis who is writing a book about treason, has an op-ed in the Washington Post explaining why all those accusations of treason you've been hearing and perhaps making are completely wrong. Almost no matter what it is, it isn't treason. … [Read more...]

Ted Nugent Open to Running for Senate

You knew I couldn't leave this story alone, even if I'm in the hospital, right? Ted Nugent says that he's open to the possibility of running for the Senate against Debbie Stabenow in 2018. He would immediately become the chair of the Senate Lack of Intelligence Committee. … [Read more...]

Can We Please Stop With the Atheist Adoration of Bill Maher Now?

It's been a long time since I could stomach watching Bill Maher and his show with Milo Yiannopoulos on Friday night is a textbook example why. I think it's long past time that the atheist community stop pretending that he's a great guy just because he doesn't believe in God. … [Read more...]