Google: “What is the EU” is the 2nd top search in the UK a day after most of their citizens voted to leave it.

And now I’m back to keeping up with the rest of the world.  I won’t lie, as time goes on there is a growing sense of ennui inside of me.  I used to think that atheists were more skeptical, more reasonable.  After all, they reached the more reasonable position about god’s existence, so wouldn’t that [Read More…]

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Appeals court upholds net neutrality.

A quick thing before I get cleaned up and hit the road, just because I saw it pop up in my new feed and I think it’s important: a federal appeals court upheld Obama’s directives on net neutrality this morning: A federal appeals court Tuesday upheld a White House-supported effort to make internet service providers [Read More…]

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McConnell: “It’s pretty obvious [Trump] doesn’t know a lot about the issues.”

It’s a rare occasion where I immediately agree with Mitch McConnell: In an interview with Bloomberg’s Masters of Politics podcast, McConnell said he hoped Republican presidential nominee Donald Trump would select a vice presidential candidate with a lot of experience to make up for his lack of policy expertise. “He needs someone highly experienced and [Read More…]

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Victory for the FFRF! Crosses come off police cars in Brewster County.

The sheriff in Brewster County, Texas fought this last year to put crosses on his county’s police cars — an obvious church/state violation.  The Freedom From Religion Foundation asked him nicely to not do that.  He did it anyway.  Now they had to ask not-so-nicely for those crosses to come off the cars.  The not-so-nicely [Read More…]

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Public schools in Kansas are shutting down, but Gov. Brownback just signed a bill limiting access welfare. Priorities.

Sam Brownback has signed a bill that will reduce the amount of time families can be on welfare: SB 402 will reduce the time frame a family can receive Temporary Assistance for Needy Families to 24 months from 36 months, unless a family gets a hardship exemption. It also reduces the lifetime limit in Kansas [Read More…]

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Mississippi’s “religious freedom” law applies to three very specific, Christian-based beliefs.

Mississippi, like a few other mostly Southern states, has passed a “religious freedom” bill which is really just a “let religious people slide around discrimination laws” bill. But Mississippi’s is different in a very relevant way: it stipulates that religious freedom, in this case, only applies to same-sex marriage, sex outside of marriage, and that [Read More…]

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Republicans trying to slip anti-gay provisions into the National Defense Authorization Act.

Like they do every year, Congress is working on passing the National Defense Authorization Act.  According to Wikipedia, “the authorization bill determines the agencies responsible for defense, establishes funding levels, and sets the policies under which money will be spent.”  It’s pretty straight forward. But some Republicans are trying to slip anti-gay bits into the [Read More…]

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Pennsylvania hitting the important issues: making sure public schools can post “In God We Trust.”

Pennsylvania has been dealing with a budget crisis for months that is still not resolved.  But apparently there are more important issues to tackle, like making sure schools can put up the words “In God We Trust”: The bill, also known as the National Motto Display Act, would allow public schools in Pennsylvania to display [Read More…]

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Cliven Bundy is suing Harry Reid and Barack Obama.

Cliven Bundy is suing various members of the federal government: Sen. Harry Reid, Reid’s son, Judge Gloria Navarro, and President Obama: Nevada rancher Cliven Bundy, jailed for his role in instigating an armed standoff with federal authorities in 2014, alleges a vast conspiracy to violate his civil rights in a federal lawsuit filed Tuesday. The [Read More…]

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Department of Justice to sue North Carolina over bathroom bill.

In response to North Carolina suing the DOJ, Loretta Lynch held a press conference yesterday to announce that the DOJ would be suing the state of North Carolina.  She pulled very, very few punches: To quote a part of her speech: “This is not the first time that we have seen discriminatory responses to historic moments [Read More…]

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