Heading down to Arkansas.

Hey everybody.  In about an hour Michaelyn and I will be driving down to Arkansas for the weekend.  We will be hanging with my family and putting potential caterers through the gauntlet before determining which one is truly worthy to serve our wedding.  It will be rigorous, I tell you. I’ll try to get a [Read More...]

Mass shooting in a Georgia town where every household must own at least one gun.

The town of Kennesaw, Georgia is the NRA’s wet dream: Kennesaw, near Atlanta, a quiet suburb unique in the U.S. for mandating every household own at least one gun. The law is not enforced, so the Kennesaw gun ownership rate hovers around 50 percent, according to its police chief. That’s still higher than the average rate [Read More...]

Ex-KKK leader was caught with a black male prostitute.

I was reading up this morning on the KKK leader who opened fire on a Kansas City Jewish retirement home and shouted “Heil Hitler” as he was being arrested.  Not exactly a winner.  And I came across something that made me double take: In the course of their investigation, authorities also learned the stunning details [Read More...]

Holy Blasphemy: The Religious Comedy of John Troutman’s The Gospel of Carol

Religious comedy plays for high stakes.  The potential for ruinous failure is astoundingly high, but to those lucky few who are able to fuse an appreciation for the humanity of religious impulses with jagged honesty about the myriad faults and horrors of religious thinking, a small measure of immortality is given.  Aristophanes, Voltaire, Tom Lehrer, [Read More...]

Hannity responds to Jon Stewart…Stewart takes his foot off the brakes.

The other day on the Daily Show Jon Stewart pointed out that Sean Hannity was being a bit of a hypocrite with the whole Cliven Bundy stand off.  Hannity took umbrage to that and fired back. That, as they say, was the wrong answer. The Daily Show Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show [Read More...]

Another religious predator.

I was grabbing dinner at Carl’s Jr. this evening.  At the table next to me a graduate student at BYU was telling an older man how he was pursuing a degree in psychology to better reach people for Jesus. Preying on the sick under the guise of altruism.  You’ve pretty much just summed up the [Read More...]

Great way to start the weekend.

Stephanie Guttormson, my old friend and Operations Director at the RDF, just happened to be on the same flight into SLC.  Swank.  Someone even swapped me seats so I could sit next to her. So we get to the hotel and the guy who gets our luggage could not look more like a Mormon.  Skinny, [Read More...]

Your morning grumble.

Why does the morning have to be so early? Why does sleeping in an empty bed away from my pineapple upside down cake (read: fiancee) have to suck so hard? Why does the TSA have to be so grumpy (probably because they were up earlier than I)? Why does airport food have to cost so [Read More...]

The sites where you should change your password on account of the Heartbleed bug.

I know this isn’t atheism or politics related, but it’s still important enough to blast.  A recently discovered bug that existed in some of the internet’s most popular sites (think facebook, youtube, etc.) allowed some people access to your email and passwords in the database of those sites.  No bueno. So you may need to [Read More...]

One more day to get into the Foundation Beyond Belief conference for a discount!

Foundation Beyond Belief, the nation’s largest humanist charitable organization, is holding its first national conference!  We’re talking about an organization lucky enough to have people like Dale McGowan, Hemant Mehta, Ed Brayton, Todd Steifel, and more.  If ever there was a group assembled of humanism’s best and brightest, this is it.  The conference is titled [Read More...]