Still Too Large for an Insane Asylum

From the South Carolina news site, The State:South Carolina has 50 official state symbols — including a state heritage horse, a state migratory marine mammal and a state beverage — but it does not have a state fossil.Eight-year-old Olivia McConnell wants to change that.McConnell wants the state fossil of SC to be the Woolly Mammoth. I think you have to be eight to care about the state this-and-that, but it's still cute. We like to tell kids that they can always write to the law … [Read more...]

Go Home, Uri

Here to prove that no disaster is so bad that it can't be used for a little self promotion, Uri Geller is getting into the search for the Malaysian Airlines flight MH370:Psychic Uri Geller called in to help find Malaysia Airlines plane by "significant figure"Psychic spoon-bender Uri Geller today revealed he has been asked to help find the missing Malaysia Airlines aircraft.Almost a week after the flight MH370 disappeared with 239 people on board, the famous psychic has been asked … [Read more...]

The Culture of Divorce

Sick. 70% of body composed of finely aged mucus.Open thread. Discussion topic: conservative culture of marriage produces high divorce rats.Edit: divorce RATES. Dunno what divorce rats are. Must be the opposite of the doves you release at weddings.Here=s the evidence, a new study in the American Journal of Scoiology: Red States, Blue States, and Divorce: Understanding the Impact of Conservative Protestantism on Regional Variation in Divorce Rates:Unpacking these variations, … [Read more...]

Metaphor or Maybe Not

Our neighbor Terry Firma at Friendly Athiest posted this handy little guide to true Biblical hermeneutics:(you'd think the spell checker would recognize "hermeneutics" by now.)I really wish it were that simple. But in my experience, most folks aren't even that organized when approaching the Bible.More often than not in discussions of Biblical interpretation I find a confused mess. The speaker will pay lip service to some principle, like a "face value" reading of the text. … [Read more...]

Thank God I’m in Albany

'Tis our annual harvest festival here in America. A chance to enjoy the abundance before winter moves in. This year I have a house to celebrate in, which means I get to play host. I'll probably be off the grid for a few days as a result.Anyway, just to spite the folks who can't imagine being grateful without a God to be grateful too, what are you grateful for this year?I, personally, am glad that I live in Albany:"Post-Christian" is kind of an odd phrase. We're not the city … [Read more...]