John McCain blasts Putin in Russian newspaper.

When I wrote about Vladimir Putin’s op ed in the New York Times, I said: I think it was largely disingenuous, since it’s kind of obvious that Syria (which houses a key Russian military base) is an area of great political importance for Russia.  It’s sad, because the reasons Putin gave for opposing America rattling [Read More...]

TheoreticalBS responds to Pascal’s Wager.

This guy is my new hero.  Like, this guy is David Tenant levels of awesome. What a magnificent line to describe god: “A being whose empathy is so easily trumped by his vanity.”  This guy makes me feel like I’m borrowing the English language. [Read more...]

State of Michigan claims the right to regulate sexual relationships.

A man is challenging the gay marriage ban in the state of Michigan.  So the state has responded…with this: “One of the paramount purposes of marriage in Michigan — and at least 37 other states that define marriage as a union between a man and a woman — is, and has always been, to regulate [Read More...]

More music: Just No Time At All.

Ok, getting into the news, but I woke up in a really good mood and this song popped into my head.  It’s Just No Time At All from the musical Pippin. I’ve never been a fan of the style of singing that focuses purely on making the best possible sound.  I think music becomes so [Read More...]

Christopher Lee sings.

I have bad news: your life was not complete before this moment. I also have good news: I have the medicine, and it’s this video clip. That song is now in your head for the rest of the day.  You’re welcome. The clip is from an Australian film called The Return of Captain Invincible and [Read More...]

Christian for-profit business owners must obey the same laws as everybody else. Will the discrimination ever stop?

In the wake of new legislation insisting that employers must provide healthcare to full-time employees, many business owners sought an exemption.  It wasn’t just that they believed they shouldn’t be bound by the same laws as everybody else.  No, they thought they shouldn’t be bound by the same laws as everybody else because their objections [Read More...]

Republicans willing to take away food stamps from 3.8 million Americans to save .0011% of the budget.

Republicans man…they repeatedly find new ways for the rich to pay fewer taxes.  But the poor (you know, the people who work for the rich people)?  Fuck those guys. New independent estimates Monday night show that as many as 3.8 million people would lose their food stamp benefits in 2014 under a House Republican plan [Read More...]

It doesn’t matter if god is watching – but it sure matters if people are watching.

There is an SSA group at Southeastern Oklahoma State University, the Southeastern Freethinkers.  They put up some posters at the beginning of the year to announce their club to new students: “Don’t believe in god?  You are not alone.”  100% true, 100% not a threat to anybody or anybody’s beliefs (unless you’re running around saying [Read More...]

Colbert, in one line, captures the silliness of the Miss America racism.

Fucking gold. [Read more...]

Blah.

I’ve been kind of down the last week after a slew of bad luck.  This really affects my writing.  I read all the same stories and have all the same thoughts.  But when I’m down I usually just wind up being a grumpy gills, whereas usually I at least find some humor in what’s going [Read More...]

Three siblings kicked out of an Arkansas public school on suspicion of having HIV.

And here’s one more story for the day to leave you good and angry and motivated to make the world a better place: The three siblings — two of whom have disabilities — are living with a foster family and attending the Pea Ridge Public School District. But school district officials recently found documentation that [Read More...]

A father’s devotion opens the doorway for his genius daughter.

It’s been a pretty depressing day in JT-land, so here’s a feel good story.  The impoverished father of a young girl (the father makes about $3.50 US per day) sold his family’s land to pay for her schooling in the hopes that she could ascend to the country’s middle class.  Young Sushma Verma applied herself [Read More...]

Rachel Alexander: projection at its finest, says the GOP is the intelligent party.

Rachel Alexander has an article up over at the Christian Post in which she bemoans the fact that the GOP, which she describes as the intelligent party, is suffering at the national level. Conservatism is too cerebral for many Americans. Consequently, the right has to try twice as hard as the left to gain support [Read More...]

Hawaii government nearly gave $1.5 million to a Catholic school.

Good job to State Senator Donna Mercado Kim, who scoured the state of Hawaii’s highly complex budget and found an attempt at a Constitutional violation: Legislators in Hawaii recently approved a state budget. As you can imagine, a $6 billion budget for a state of 1.4 million people can be a pretty complex thing. Some [Read More...]


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