The Purple and Blue People of Texas

Someone in Scotland was asking me, "We have all heard that Texas is a Minority Majority state, and that it is going purple then why are you still having problems with theocratic legislation?" (Paraphrasing it was a while ago) First this: people in Scotland know many more details about our state's politics than we do about theirs. Just to give you an idea about how people in other countries watch Texas not just for the buffoonery, but also out of genuine concern for the people doomed to ignorance … [Read more...]

Debatable

I used to get a lot of challenges from anonymous internet nobodies wanting to debate me; not just to argue with me online, but to "call me out" in some public forum where they thought they could 'win' me.  I'll already argue with pretty much anyone as long as there is some indication that that person is being somewhat sincere and not just a troll out to waste my time. So how do you weed out the trolls?  I came up with this rule that I wouldn't debate anyone who nominates his or her self.  I'll on … [Read more...]

More Good News from SCOTUS for Pro-Choice Advocates

Good News for Pro-Choice Texans and the rest of states affected by Draconian abortion clinic regulations. The Supreme Court has granted a stay to allow Texas's 18 remaining clinics to stay open until it decides whether it will hear testimony on how Texas HB2 puts an undue burden on the ability to obtain a safe, legal abortion. In some of the poorest parts of the state like the border with Mexico, there is no abortion clinic open within half a day's drive.The fight to keep abortion access … [Read more...]

Battle Journal: The Great Shushing of Atheist Feminists on Youtube Continues

One of the few atheist feminists on youtube Steve Shives posted a joke about that today:The name "Steve" comes from the Greek word meaning "5th or 6th most popular non-misogynist YouTube atheist." ‪#‎LittleKnownFact‬ Aron is gratified that Steve considers him an exception to the rule.  I responded:(few edits for clarity)The weird thing is how popular anti-feminism is with a lot of  youtube atheists. I've watched this pattern even with people I respect on other matters. It seemed to or … [Read more...]

Comparing Secular Conferences

I've been booked for a different conference or convention or similar function almost every month for the last few years, and sometimes a couple in the same month.  Of the bigger, better ones repeated annually, I'd say the most 'posh' would be the American Humanist Association, particularly regarding their elegant banquets and choice of lavish hotels.  I've attended two of their national conventions, (in New Orleans and San Diego) but they never invited me to speak.  That's how posh they are!  Not … [Read more...]

Fox: South Carolina Attack on Faith not Race

When are the major media outlets going to call Dylann Storm Roof a terrorist for killing and terrorizing nine Black people?Fox News is appropriating this terrorist hate crime against a historic Black community church as an "attack on faith" instead.“Extraordinarily, they called it a hate crime,” Fox News host Steve Doocy noted. “Some people look at it because it was a white guy apparently and a black church. But you made a great point just a moment ago about the hostility toward Chris … [Read more...]

Josh Duggar Redeemed?

CN Child MolestationI didn't want to weigh in too quickly on the molestation confession by Josh Duggar of TLC's "19 and Counting", but now the police report is available. Libby Anne of Love, Joy , Feminism has a good list of things that are not quite right about the way the Duggar family handled the problem. The response of course was to lean heavily on their god.Back 12 years ago our family went through one of the most difficult times of our lives," Jim Bob, 49, and Michelle, 48, said in … [Read more...]

‘scientist’?

Someone I don't know tweeted this to me:Hello my friend Aron. What is your opinion about this short conversation between a Christian & a scientist: http://justpaste.it/Christ ?Not even an hour later, that person (called Bieber) posted "still waiting", as if I must be aware of the tweet, but that am perhaps intimidated or otherwise hesitant to respond.  I guess they think I live on Twitter and that I don't do or see anything else. I rarely even check it, because Twitter is NOT the place t … [Read more...]

Both Parties are the Same! #1 FLPCB HHSC 15-03 , also known as Conscience Protection for Private Child-Placing Agencies

Voter turnout during the US midterm elections was pathetic. There was a definite lack of critical thinking and due diligence evidenced by opposing Republicans, Libertarians, and apathetic liberals in the "Freethought" movement, who repeated the soul sucking canards "Both Parties are the Same" and "It's a Broken System" during the mid term elections. Aron and I tried to encourage people to vote, but were met with an onslaught of sanctimonious people acting as if not voting was more … [Read more...]

My take on the Abrahamic triad

This is just my opinion, but when I listen to Muslims explaining their religion to each other, I get the impression that Islam is hateful and violent, but that it's also pretty stupid; "full of shit", as my dad would say -because none of it can be justified or shown to be true, and what little they do know can't really imply what they say it does.The same thing goes for Christians.  When I listen to Christians discussing their religion, I get the impression that they're hateful too, but … [Read more...]


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