Over 100 GOP ex-lawmakers endorse Democrat opponent to Kansas Gov. Sam Brownback.

It's a hard knock life for Sam Brownback, the Tea Party governor of Kansas.  He's gotten to do everything the Tea Party has ever wanted: tax cuts on top of tax cuts (especially for the rich), spending cuts (especially with education), and pretty much everything else in the Tea Party playbook.  How's it working out?  As a resident of Kansas I can safely way not fucking very well: For one thing, there’s been no burst of new hiring in Kansas. As Barro noted, job growth in the state “has … [Read More...]


Head of NOM doesn’t like Obama’s executive order either.

Brian Brown, the head of the National Organization for Marriage (a hate group), doesn't care for Obama's executive order either, and he's got all kinds of doom-sayin' ready to go, almost all of which has no bearing on the actual executive order.  But it sure sounds scary.  Booooooooo!  (H/T to Joe My God): "The fact is that non-discrimination rules like the order issued by President Obama can become a weapon used to punish and harass individuals and groups who support marriage as the union … [Read More...]

Bryan Fischer is not happy about Obama’s equality order.

Bryan Fischer took to twitter to express his outrage about Obama's anti-discrimination order which prohibits companies that work for the federal government from discriminating against gay people.  Apparently if you don't let Christians discriminate against gay people, you're oppressing the … [Read More...]

Two Syrian women stoned to death for adultery.

In Syria two women have been stoned to death for "adultery."  Bear in mind, in one case adultery was "not being a virgin." In separate incidents in a span of 24 hours, the Islamic State of Iraq and Syria (ISIS) carried out executions against two woman in Syria, sentencing them to death by stoning … [Read More...]

John Oliver breaks down why America’s prison system sucks.

I love John Oliver's new show for its innovation and brilliance...but damn if it ain't depressing. … [Read More...]

Family Research Council not happy with Obama’s anti-discrimination order.

I'll just post the FRC's press release about the executive order Obama signed today forbidding companies who work for the federal government from discriminating against LGBT people.  My thoughts, as I read the release are in red: Today, President Obama issued an Executive Order mandating that all … [Read More...]

Pro-life nurse who refuses to dispense birth control sues family planning group for not hiring her.

This is the pinnacle of stupidity: In an email exchange with Chad Lindsey, the human resources director of TFHC, Hellwege was asked about her membership in the American Association of Pro-Life Obstetricians and Gynecologists, and asked her if her beliefs would prevent her from working there. … [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: wedding photos!

Hey all.  It's probably going to be a pretty light day around here (of course, once I start reading the news I might just post a dozen things).  I flew out Saturday morning, gave a talk Sunday, and flew back.  I'm a little tired.  But the Mid Ohio Atheists put on a great event and the talk went … [Read More...]

Infinite Punishment for Finite Crime Pt 2

The other day, I was mashing on the keyboard about how little (a common version of) Christianity makes sense to me. A fellow, Scott, took issue, and attempted to set us straight. … [Read More...]

Michael Sam receives Arthur Ashe Courage Award.

Michael Sam, the Rams defensive end who made waves by coming out as gay while playing D1 college football at Mizzou, received the Arthur Ashe Courage Award a couple nights ago.  His speech definitely, most certainly, did not make me cry, for I am tough.  So tough. It makes me so happy when … [Read More...]

Headed to Ohio.

Taking to the skies again today because tomorrow I’ll be giving a talk at the Mid Ohio Atheists annual picnic, which is always a load of fun.  Here are the deets as provided by Marisa Hills. Date: Sunday, July 20, 2014 Time: 12pm to 5pm (speakers start approx at 2pm) Location: Mohican … [Read More...]

BREAKING: Obama’s executive order protecting LGBT will NOT have religious exemptions!

Hell yes!  So Monday Obama will sign an executive order that forbids federal contracts going to companies that discriminate against LGBT people.  Religious groups, in the wake of the Hobby Lobby ruling, have been pressuring Obama to add an exemption for religious groups.  Essentially they want … [Read More...]

SCOTUS reinstates stay in Utah marriage equality case.

When Utah asked the 10th Circuit Court of Appeals to stay its ruling pending appeal, the Court declined.  So Utah asked the SCOTUS to stay the ruling and it obliged: The Supreme Court has issued an order allowing the state of Utah to continue denying legal recognition to the same-sex couples who … [Read More...]

Blogging mental illness: made the call.

Just did the intake call with a local clinic.  It was going well until we got to the questions about self-harm, at which point I was reminded of the first time I ever admitted to a doctor that I was having thoughts of self-harm.  I'm not having any such thoughts right now, but when asked if I had … [Read More...]