Pictures say…a couple hundred words. But they’re good ones.

I’m still trying to get stirring and cognizant despite the illness raging throughout my body.  The first person to send me an intelligent design argument today is going to get an earful.

Maybe pictures will get me going…

The bible does not say to stop gay marriage.  It says you should kill them (Leviticus 20:13).  If you're not willing to do that, then stop using the bible to justify your discrimination, because you aren't even following it.

The bible does not say to stop gay marriage. It says you should kill them (Leviticus 20:13). If you’re not willing to do that, then stop using the bible to justify your discrimination, because you aren’t even following it.

I wonder when the media will start reporting that while Hostess was trying to cut Bakers pay by 8% & benefits by 32% the CEO gave himself a 300% raise (750,000 to 2,550,000).  9 Executives received 60% to over 100% raises WHILE filing their 2nd bankruptcy.  Meanwhile they stopped paying into the employees pension owing over 160 million dollars.  But yeah let's blame the 18,000 workers making less than $20 an hour for Hostess closing.

I wonder when the media will start reporting that while Hostess was trying to cut Bakers pay by 8% & benefits by 32% the CEO gave himself a 300% raise (750,000 to 2,550,000). 9 Executives received 60% to over 100% raises WHILE filing their 2nd bankruptcy. Meanwhile they stopped paying into the employees pension owing over 160 million dollars. But yeah let’s blame the 18,000 workers making less than $20 an hour for Hostess closing.

Highlights attacks on US embassies from the last decade before citing the irony that only now are Republicans getting outraged.

About JT Eberhard

When not defending the planet from inevitable apocalypse at the rotting hands of the undead, JT is a writer and public speaker about atheism, gay rights, and more. He spent two and a half years with the Secular Student Alliance as their first high school organizer. During that time he built the SSA’s high school program and oversaw the development of groups nationwide. JT is also the co-founder of the popular Skepticon conference and served as the events lead organizer during its first three years.

  • RuQu

    Stole and shared your embassy image with a link to your blog in general.

    Proper perspective would be a lovely thing.

  • Randomfactor

    In-between the 2008 and 2012 attacks, Republicans in Congress voted to CUT funding for embassy and diplomatic security.

  • baal

    #1 is a little dangerous. I wouldn’t taunt the homophobes on violence.

  • Parse

    Transcript of that last image:
    – 2002 – U.S. consulate in Karachi, Pakistan attacked: 10 Killed
    – 2004 – U.S. embassy Bombed in Uzbekistan: 2 Killed, 9 Injured
    – 2004 – Gunmen stormed U.S. consulate in Saudi Arabia: 8 Killed
    – 2006 – Armed men attacked U.S. embassy in Syria: 1 Killed
    – 2007 – Grenade launched into U.S. embassy in Athens
    – 2008 – Rioters set fire to U.S. embassy in Serbia
    – 2008 – Bombings at U.S. embassy in Yemen: 10 Killed
    (Circled) – 2012 – US embassy in Benghazi, Libya attacked: 4 Killed
    (Arrow drawn to the previous line) Republicans become outraged and suddenly concerned with the safety and security of Americans abroad. NOW they demand investigations.

  • Patrick

    Alright, I will give you an intelligent design question right over the plate:

    Is the multiverse/infinite-continuum -of-universes proposition the best counter-point to the argument that the universe has been fine-tuned for existence? Or are there other arguments that better demonstrate that the laws and constants were random without the need for a creator?

    • Rob

      The Weak Anthropic Principle is enough to counter any of their objections without invoking any need for the multiverse.

      • John Horstman

        Yup, we adapted to extant conditions (we call this evolution by natural selection :-P), not the other way around.

    • Zinc Avenger (Sarcasm Tags 3.0 Compliant)

      Have you ever noticed how amazingly fine tuned it is that puddles are found in puddle-shaped depressions after rain?

  • Gwynnyd

    Patrick, you are an idiot. The universe only LOOKS fine-tuned because we evolved the way we are inside its limits. Vacuum looks abnormal from the inside of a miles deep gravity well with atmosphere, too, even though there’s a lot more vacuum than atmosphere in the universe.

    You might also want to internalize that there is a HUGE difference between “random” and “undirected.” Only people who not understand evolution call it a “random” process.

    • Rob

      I have no problem with the “random” descriptor. Random does not mean evenly distributed, nor does it imply unpredictable for populations.

      • John Horstman

        It is a pretty tightly-bounded randomness, though. Only certain gene mutations can occur without killing the cell, only mutations in gametes have any chance of being passed on, only certain mutations result in a viable organism at all (i.e. some mutations will mean death no matter what the environment is) to be selected or not, and the selection itself is decidedly not random. The way the word “random” is generally used, and especially in this context, I would tend to agree that it’s an inappropriate descriptor.

        • John Horstman

          I should say the cells that form the precursors to gametogenesis, gametes, or stem cells; mutations in differentiated somatic cells are not passed on.

        • Artor

          Mutations are random, but the selection process is pretty demanding. Adapt or die.


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