Wingnut: Trump Inspired Me to Embrace 9/11 Trutherism

Gary Heavin, the owner of Curves gyms for women and Jenny Craig as well, financed a ridiculous paranoid film about the persecution of Christians and he has now also embraced 9/11 trutherism. He "credits" that to Donald Trump, but don't worry he's just asking questions. … [Read more...]

Trump Gets Friends to Vouch for His ‘University’ Scam

Facing two class action lawsuits and a civil prosecution in New York over his fake "university," Donald Trump decided to get a few pals to record a video talking about how great it was for them. Without revealing his relationships with those people. … [Read more...]

Trump Offers Baffling Answer About Attacks on Judge

After his vicious attack on the judge hearing the legal challenge to his fraudulent Trump "University," including repeatedly pointing out that the judge is Mexican, as though that were in any way relevant, Donald Trump offered this absolutely bizarre answer to a question about it: … [Read more...]

Beck: Pedophilia the Next Stop on the LGBT Express

Glenn Beck offers the classic slippery slope argument that gay rights ---> trans rights ---> pedophile rights. He offers no analysis for this, just a "guarantee" that it's going to happen. Because what do you need to make such an argument other than pure speculation? … [Read more...]

A Reply to Recent Anti-Philosophy Nonsense

Philosophy is definitely not my strong suit, but several of my good friends are philosophy teachers. I have a lot of respect for them and for the field of study. So it irritates me when influential people like Bill Nye, Neil de Grasse Tyson and Peter Boghossian issue ignorant dismissals of philosophy, or certain fields of it. Here's a video that answers Nye's recent comments about it: … [Read more...]

You Must Watch ‘Call Me Lucky’

I just finished watching Call Me Lucky, a documentary about legendary comedian Barry Crimmins that was directed by his friend Bob Goldthwait. I cannot possibly recommend it highly enough. I know it's a cliche, but you will laugh and you will cry. And if you don't cry, your heart must have turned to stone. At times, it's nothing short of devastating. … [Read more...]

The Best Albums of the 1980s

I am a child of the 80s. I entered high school in 1981, and for some reason I got to thinking recently about the music I loved then and love now. So I thought I'd throw this out there and ask what you all think are the greatest albums of that decade. I'll list some of my own, in no particular order. … [Read more...]

A New Blog Network is Born: The Orbit

What do you get when you take a bunch of bloggers from Freethought Blogs, a couple from Patheos and a couple from Skepchick, then mix in some blogs that have been independent and a few brand new bloggers? You get The Orbit, a brand new atheism and social justice blog network. … [Read more...]

They Killed Scalia! It’s the Only Logical Explanation!

The Washington Post has a copy of the incident report from the county sheriff who responded to the call about Justice Scalia's death and it makes those claiming that Scalia was murdered look even more ridiculous than they already do. So do the statements of the justice's physician. … [Read more...]

Umberto Eco Has Died

This weekend the literary world lost two giants: Harper Lee, author of To Kill a Mockingbird, and Umberto Eco, author of The Name of the Rose and Foucault's Pendulum, among many other books. It is Eco's death that affects me more strongly because I was a big fan of his work, both fiction and non-fiction. … [Read more...]

Lila Rose Has No Idea What ‘Judicial Activism’ Is

Forced birth crusader Lila Rose is hopping mad about the indictment of two people behind those libelous and dishonest videos about Planned Parenthood and, predictably, is spouting nonsensical arguments about it. She seems to think this is an example of "judicial activism and tyranny." … [Read more...]

Wallnau Exposes ‘Secret’ Liberal Plot

Lance Wallnau, an advocate of Seven Mountains dominionism, went on Gordon Klingenschmitt's little internet show and exposed a "secret" plot to advance a liberal agenda by building organizations that advocate for liberal policies and criticize the right wing. He apparently thinks this is rather newsworthy. … [Read more...]