PERSONAL: Cancer sucks.

I have one living grandparent and she's on her way out.  A few months ago she got a death sentence in the name of cancer and, talking to my parents who are helping to care for her, it's all the things you expect if you've watched someone die of cancer before (as I have, several times).  She's shrinking down to nothing, her memory is going.  Some days it looks like she'll die tomorrow, other days it seems like she'll make it a few more months.I'm driving down today to see her for what could po … [Read More...]

POLITICS & GAY RIGHTS: Arkansas about to pass an anti-gay law just like Indiana’s.

Last month the state of Arkansas passed a bill that forbid its municipalities from passing anti-discrimination ordinances that included LGBT people.  I know, party of small government, right?  Gov. Asa Hutchinson allowed the bill to become law without his signature, because that's totally different than signing it.  He must not be anti-gay, right?Fortunately, that bill will last about 10 seconds in court as the Supreme Court has already set a precedent by striking down an identical law in Co … [Read More...]


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CHARITY: Humanist family’s 10 year old daughter has a brain tumor. Let’s help with expenses.

I got an email the other day from a woman I met ages ago as a college student at a CFI convention.  In part it read: Heya, Heya, Just wanted to send this info along to you-- this little girl is the daughter of some Michigan CFI members- great family, really active in the group, and really wonderful … [Read More...]

FAITH & POLITICS: Arizona State Sen. Sylvia Allen would like a bill requiring mandatory church attendance.

Meet Arizona State Senator Sylvia Allen, who is known primarily for saying the earth is 6,000 years old:This person is responsible for making laws.The Arizona State Senate was discussing a concealed carry law the other day when Allen found a way to introduce the idea of mandatory church … [Read More...]

An Agnostic And Atheist Argue About Atheism And Agnosticism

We get into these little debates about atheism vs. agnosticism. They're annoying, but they seem to suck me right in. This rolled through my Facebook feed: I do see atheism as a religion, me. An active believe in the LACK of a god figure (or equivalent mysticism revolving around the origin of … [Read More...]

FAITH: Woman burns down yoga studio to “get rid of the devil’s temple.”

A Texas woman has burned down her yoga studio to "get rid of the devil's temple."A Texas woman explained her unusual mug shot after she was arrested and charged with setting fire to a yoga studio. “Most people can’t understand the smiling mug shot,” Nancy Duarte told KTVT-TVfrom jail. The 41-ye … [Read More...]

GAY RIGHTS: Billionaire CEO of Sales Force Marc Benioff pulls investments out of Indiana after right-to-discriminate bill is signed.

Today Indiana Governor Mike Pence signed a bill that will allow business owners to discriminate against their LGBT customers.  He says the bill does not allow that, which is completely wrong.  In fact, it's precisely what the bill was designed to do:“This bill is not about discrimination,” he sai … [Read More...]

MENTAL ILLNESS: I see affection as a competition.

It was a good therapy session this morning.  "Harold" pushes me hard to explore my underlying perception of the world which might play into my eating disorder.I realized today that I view affection as a competition, which probably goes back to high school when I received little of it from my … [Read More...]

PLANE CRASHES: Co-pilot deliberately crashed Germanwings plane.

The other day I did a write up about the crash of Germanwings flight 9525.  In the post I talked about how it appeared the pilots had some degree of control over the aircraft, which made it strange that they never issued a distress call of any kind.  Now we know why: the co-pilot deliberately c … [Read More...]

MORNING HAPPINESS: This is acceptable.

The pleases me. … [Read More...]

PERSONAL: My wife holding a brain.

Got this message from my wife who is in her lab:Boom:Is it weird that I find this incredibly, incredibly, stop-what-you're-doing-and-let's-make-out-right-now sexy?It's weird, isn't it?I'm weird, aren't I? … [Read More...]

FAITH & GAY RIGHTS: Missouri megachurch pastor urging congregation to vote to repeal anti-discrimination laws.

WHAT THE HELL IS WRONG WITH ME???Seriously, everywhere I live religious assholery seems to follow in my wake.  I'm cursed, I think.  First my home state of Arkansas has been overrun by theocrats wasting the state's money, now a megachurch in Springfield, MO, where I went to college, is urging th … [Read More...]

FAITH & POLITICS: Theocrats are in control in Arkansas.

My home state...I love it's lakes and its beautiful wilderness, but the people in it make me want to vomit blood.I was just looking at the ACLU of Arkansas' facebook page.  It turns out the 10 commandments bill wasn't the only piece of theocratic legislation to make it through yesterday:Bad … [Read More...]