Robert O'Brien Nominee: Frank Turek

I hate motivational speakers. Hate them with a disgust that borders on unhealthy. Tony Robbins is pretty much the definition of evil to me. I once got fired from a company for making fun of a motivational speaker they brought in to fire everyone up. The fact that I did it during his speech and seemingly robbed him of his hyperactive mojo probably had something to do with it, but he’s the one that asked the question. I just answered… Read more

George Will on Cheney’s New Book

George Will hit on an important feature of nearly all political memoirs in discussing Dick Cheney’s new book: WILL: Five hundred and sixty five pages and a simple apology would have been in order in some of them. Which is to say, the great fact of those eight years is we went to war—big war, costly war—under false pretenses. And…to write a memoir in which you say essentially nothing seriously went wrong…if I wrote a memoir of my last week,… Read more

George Will on Cheney's New Book

George Will hit on an important feature of nearly all political memoirs in discussing Dick Cheney’s new book: WILL: Five hundred and sixty five pages and a simple apology would have been in order in some of them. Which is to say, the great fact of those eight years is we went to war—big war, costly war—under false pretenses. And…to write a memoir in which you say essentially nothing seriously went wrong…if I wrote a memoir of my last week,… Read more

Pat Robertson Reminds Himself on Dominionism

Pat Robertson said on the 700 Club last week that he had no idea what a dominionist is. Right Wing Watch quotes Robertson himself from a 1984 speech: Now what do you do? What do all of us do? We get ready to take dominion! We get ready to take dominion! It is all going to be ours–I’m talking about all of it. Everything that you would say is a good part of the secular world. Every means of communication,… Read more

The Creationist Challenge

The text below is something posted often in the comments on the old blog in response to creationists challenging evolution. If you think evolution is false, please try to come up with a compelling explanation other than common descent for the evidence in the natural world. This focuses on one particular line of evidence for evolution, biostratigraphy. As you go up the geologic column, dated both relatively (in relation to younger strata above and older strata below) and absolutely (via… Read more

Welcome the New Blogs

As of this morning we are adding 9 more blogs to the network, so please do check them out. Here they are: Alethian Worldview is a counter-apologetics blog formerly known elsewhere as Evangelical Realism. This blog will feature lots of critiques of Christian apologetic arguments. Assassin Actual is the blog of an atheist Army officer stationed in Iraq. This blog will contain lots of first-person accounts of the war from a real life atheist in a foxhole. Almost Diamonds is… Read more

Atheist Billboard Hits Grand Rapids

The Center for Inquiry’s Living Without Religion campaign has reached Grand Rapids, Michigan, where a new billboard now displays this message: You don’t need God — to hope, to care, to love, to live. I like that. It’s a positive message, better than some of the alternatives I’ve seen in such campaigns. Below the fold, a picture of the billboard along with two friends, Jeff Seaver and Jennifer Beahan, who run the CFI Michigan chapter that I’ve long been involved… Read more

The Weird World of Michael Moriarty

Actor Michael Moriarty’s warped mind has belched forth another love letter to Sarah Palin that is breathtaking in its lunacy. Or have they become that nervous as a result of Sarah Palin’s possible entry into the Republican race? She is making The New World Order Establishment profoundly nervous. Hysterical actually. (more…) Read more

Bachmann Listens to God. And the People.

Michele Bachmann got into the act of blaming recent natural disasters on God sending us a message. This time it’s about spending. Or it might be. She doesn’t make that clear. In fact, she quite obviously changes her argument around right in the middle of it. Speaking at a campaign rally in Florida, Bachmann said: “I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He… Read more

CIA Censoring Soufan Book

If you don’t know who Ali Soufan is, you should. He is a former FBI interrogator who played a vital role in the war on terrorism before he became an even more vital opponent of the government’s torture regime. He’s trying to publish a book that reveals even more, but the CIA is preventing him from doing so — even with information that is already in the public domain. Glenn Greenwood has the details: He has written a book exposing… Read more

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