Saudi government can’t have women driving cars.

Saudi officials have blocked access to a particular web site that threatens the very fabric of society. Saudi authorities have blocked access within the country to the siteOct26driving.com, which supports Saudi women’s right to drive, in a move considered by the Arabic Network for Human Rights Information (ANHRI) to be a continuation of a repressive [Read More...]

Racism alive and well (and affecting education) in Alabama.

In Daphne, AL the local high school had its French teacher retire.  Fortunately for them they had a teacher who used to be a University professor in Arabic, so they decided to offer a course in the language. Little did they know that by teaching their kids a particular foreign language that the administration of [Read More...]

People drafting the Arab blasphemy law think prohibitions are not prohibitions.

It’s so hard sometimes to tell if someone is stupid and lying or if they’re just plain stupid. So member states of the Arab League are drafting a blasphemy law.  Here is how one official described the law: “The main feature of the draft is that it gives every state the right to put on [Read More...]

Faculty of Providence College demands apology to gay rights speaker John Corvino.

A couple weeks ago I wrote about how Providence College Provost Hugh Lena uninvited Dr. John Corvino from speaking at the school and embarrassed the college a little extra in the process.  It’s one thing when supporters of Corvino write to say you done goofed, but the faculty senate has actually passed a resolution denouncing [Read More...]

Jon Stewart rakes GOP over government shutdown.

This is beautiful. The Daily Show with Jon Stewart Get More: Daily Show Full Episodes,The Daily Show on Facebook For so many of the GOP’s talking points on the shutdown (that the ACA is a bill rather than a law, that it’s unconstitutional even after the SCOTUS upheld it) I can only quote Sam Harris: [Read More...]

Christoph Dollis gives us our daily dose of shutdown blues.

Yesterday I posted about how the GOP would be fired from Taco Bell and got this comment from Christoph Dollis: This post is nonsense. The members of congress were elected to exercise their best judgment, including when not to fund programs. Elections have consequences. They won – in the house. He’s right: the post sucked. [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: Pentatonix.

HOW HAVE I NEVER HEARD OF THIS ACAPELLA GROUP BEFORE YESTERDAY???? Seriously friends and fans, you have failed me – and I won’t soon forget it.  Anyway, here they are doing a compilation called The Wizard of Ahhhhhs: Here they are covering the Imagine Dragons song Radioactive: If you watch their other videos you get [Read More...]

Affordable Care Act vs. Obamacare.

Jimmy Kimmel is a genius.  Your regular, everyday voters are not. Their vote counts just as much as yours. The lesson we learn: branding is important, content is not. [Read more...]

Republicans would be fired from Taco Bell.

I just made this as my facebook status and thought I’d share: The Republicans right now are essentially saying “Subvert the established political process for which we signed up, or we won’t do our jobs.” In what other job can you get away with that? When I worked at Taco Bell, if I had said [Read More...]

WWII veterans ain’t got time for no barricade.

Yesterday was the day a group of World War II veterans generally visit the WWII memorial in Washington DC.  But because the memorial is classified as a national park it was shut down.  This is what greeted the veterans: For some perspective, this is a group of people who stormed the beach at Normandy, and [Read More...]

I was wrong – the Cosmological Argument makes perfect sense. Thanks “Atheist Killa”.

I used to think Scott Clifton, the man behind the youtube channel Theoretical Bullshit, was a genius without peer.  How could I have been so blind?  I mean, I watched Scott’s video rebutting William Lane Craig’s version of the Kalaam Cosmological Argument and thought it was great.  But that was my own tiny brain failing [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: we all need a hug right now.

The government’s shut down, we’re all depressed…so here’s the hug we all need. Unless you think hugs are falsely intimate power plays that are imposed on everybody you know (this is one of the shittiest, most cynical pieces I’ve ever read). Also, I made a snarky facebook status a few minutes ago: Our neighbors have [Read More...]

Father on Republicans’ idea of negotiation and compromise.

I’ve already put down my thoughts on the government shutdown and the GOP’s charade, but father tied up the word play in use by the Republicans nicely in this one paragraph: The thing about “compromise” and “negotiations” as used here is the effort to create a false equivalency between GOP hostage-taking and Democratic officials who [Read More...]

Hispanics leaving Catholicism.

Here’s some good news (that will make David Tamayo especially happy): Hispanics, which are traditionally a Catholic demographic, are leaving Catholicism.  The bad news is that many of them are just moving over to being Evangelicals.  On the whole, Hispanics are becoming less religious, but it’s certainly by inches.  See yon graph: The article talks [Read More...]


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