Your morning happiness: the Wrinkle family.

I give you a family of Wrinkles:   Today’s kind of sad: it’s my last day at home.  My family lives far enough away that this is really the only time each year I get to spend significant time with them.  The good news is that the Razorbacks won all their games over the holidays, [Read More...]

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My thoughts on Avicenna’s plagiarism and the reaction of commenters everywhere.

After being off the grid for a bit due to vacation with the family I’ve been having to do some catch up.  I just came across the latest to do in the atheist movement: the ousting of Avicenna Last from Freethought blogs. Hemant broke the story, with help from many occupants of the Slymepit forum, [Read More...]

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Hate mail on the Baxter County nativity.

Dessa Blackthorn, the plaintiff in the AHA’s suit against my hometown for, frankly, discriminating against its non-Christian citizens, has been kind enough to forward me some of her hate mail (if you want to see the type of stuff she’s getting in public, check out Paul Theresa Jaques, the legend).  First up is Sue Snider: [Read More...]

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KKK erects white pride billboard in my hometown’s sister city.

Oh, Arkansas.  I’m sometimes asked how I write about the most terrible goings-on in the USA every day without letting it make me cynical.  The answer is twofold: 1.  I was already cynical.  Ha! 2.  I was raised in Bumblefuck, Arkansas.  The rest of the country struggles to keep up with the amount of religion-driven [Read More...]

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Three Florida counties nix a public service so they don’t have to provide it to gay people.

Three counties in Florida are doing away with civil marriage ceremonies performed by the county in order to avoid marrying people of the same sex: In response to the likelihood that a federal judge will rule that a lift on the state’s gay marriage ban will apply to all Florida counties, three Jacksonville-area counties have [Read More...]

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Your morning happiness: doge ram.

I saw this on top of /r/aww this morning and it made me all kinds of happy. Thanks for putting up with a bit of a dormant blog whilst I’ve been enjoying the vacation with my family.  We’re having a blast down here.  All our sportsball teams are winning, we’re playing loads of Cards Against [Read More...]

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More on the Baxter County nativity lawsuit: the legend of Paul Theresa Jaques.

Got ourselves another winner in the comments of the local paper establishing why people are reticent to challenge religious privilege in the South. The guy says that if somebody doesn’t like Christians getting access to government land that’s denied to everybody else, they should leave.  That’s kind of like the bully telling the person whose [Read More...]

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Logic: Reversing the Polarity

There’s a type of argument that’s always bugged me. Some examples are: Evidence for a god? It’s all around you. If God didn’t exist, we wouldn’t exist! That hurricane was God’s wrath because we’re allowing people to happily live their lives in freedom [they probably wouldn't put it that way] Bob was a drug addict, [Read More...]

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HAPPY NEW YEAR!

Welcome to 2015!  Have a glorious day off!  If you watch football, I hope you root for the SEC with my family.  :D Here is how we rang in the New Year down here in Arkansas: [Read more...]

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I’m glad I saw the new Hobbit movie, but it was the weakest of the three.

Sorry I’ve not blogged today.  I’ve been spending the entire day chilling with the family.  So you get blogs about what I’m doing instead of what I’m reading about online.  If you don’t like spoilers, now is the time to stop reading. We just saw the new Hobbit movie with the family. I’m glad I [Read More...]

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Letters to the editor about the nativity: Stephen J. Lemmons.

Today’s last letter to the editor is from Stephen J. Lemmons: To Appignani Humanist Legal Center: I, a lone individual, Christian, am filing my complaint with you because someone is interfering with my Christmas holidays. This is rubbish.  The AHA has never filed suit against anybody for celebrating Christmas and never will.  If it interferes [Read More...]

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Letters to the editor on the nativity: James Crawford.

Our next offering in the local paper’s opinion section comes from James Crawford: Do you ever wonder why Humanists like Dessa Blackthorn get so upset over manger scenes… You mean the Dessa Blackthorn who’s in the comments section of previous articles saying she likes the manger scene? …while Christians mostly stand idly by when others [Read More...]

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Letters to the editor about the nativity: Diane Border.

There are three letters in the local paper today about the nativity.  All of them are bursting with as much ignorance as confidence.  That seems like a good way to occupy my time on the blog today.  The first comes from Diane Border. Ms. Blackthorn should study the Constitution. Should every judge who has made [Read More...]

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Man who didn’t board crashed airplane thanks the same god who didn’t bother to save everybody else.

Another major airliner crashed two nights ago and they’ve yet to find the wreckage.  And while no-shows are common for most flights, one man who got too sick to board the doomed airliner was sure that in this one case it was god protecting him (a god who didn’t appear to care about the other [Read More...]

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