Texas legislator has introduced a bill that says Texas can ignore the courts.

So the 5th Circuit is about to rule on whether or not Texas’ gay marriage ban is constitutional.  It’s up in the air how it will go.  The 5th Circuit is pretty conservative, but lots of conservatives have ruled that gay marriage bans defy the Constitution. Either way, a state legislator in Texas has introduced [Read More…]

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Islamic militant group Boko Haram commits its bloodiest massacre to date.

It’s not just cartoonists: This week, Boko Haram, the Islamist terror group based in northern Nigeria, launched a massive attack on the town of Baga, killing dozens, according to Reuters. Other initial reports put the number of dead in the hundreds or thousands. The attack is the latest in the group’s increasingly bloody campaign to establish an Islamic state in [Read More…]

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Taylor Swift is turning your children gay.

I knew she was up to something: Larry Tomczak is now suggesting children are learning ‘homosexuality is a beautiful way of life’ because of the many pro-gay messages on television. Well, they’re learning that love is beautiful…because it is.  They’re also learning that being gay is acceptable…because it is. He suggests people like Ellen DeGeneres [Read More…]

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There are mainstream figures who really aren’t convinced Charlie Hebdo’s cartoonists didn’t deserve to die.

Terry Firma over at the Friendly Atheist blog has a collection of comments from people who are not insignificant essentially saying the journalists at Charlie Hebdo who were shot for drawing cartoons of Muhammad were not entirely blameless.  To quote his warning of caution from atop his post: [Caution: This post contains brain-crunching sentiments like “They asked [Read More…]

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Baxter county faces a long list of documented abuse of power and discrimination in lawsuit.

Here’s a copy of the lawsuit filed against Baxter County, Arkansas (the courthouse of which resides in my hometown of Mountain Home) with regard to the local nativity.   And here are many of the relevant facts: 1.  The display has been put up every year by local attorney Rick Spender.  Save for one Santa, [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: giant panda’s first snow day!

Greetings everybody! I’m back in my office, so let’s get back into the swing of things with some snow-themed happiness like most of you are experiencing right now. As the year’s first blanket of snow coated the Washington, D.C. area today, giant panda Bao Bao spent much of the morning playing in it for the [Read More…]

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Your Evening Happiness – Stunning art, and a husky

Nature, gravity (I know thats redundant), and some simple video editing….. This vid was fucking mesmerizing! I now want to try this the next time I’m in a place with lots of rocks!   And some fuzziness is always needed for some smiles! Rock stacking is risky business! Purple [Read more…]

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Heading home.

It’s been a lovely vacation, but today we make the long trek back to Kansas.    Will see you all tomorrow! [Read more…]

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Father’s take on the community’s reaction to the nativity lawsuit in my hometown.

My father wrote up his thoughts on the behavior of many of the locals with regards to the AHA’s lawsuit against Baxter County for discriminating against non-Christians: I find myself bemused by the number of timeless—or timeworn, as the case may be—-themes I see being played out in our little local nativity on the square [Read More…]

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Islamic militants commit mass murder at headquarters of French satirical magazine Charlie Hebno.

A group of gunmen opened fire yesterday at the headquarters of a French magazine called Charlie Hebno: Four of the magazine’s well-known cartoonists, including its editor, were among those killed, as well as two police officers. A major police operation is under way to find three gunmen who fled by car. President Francois Hollande said [Read More…]

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Religion of Peace

Ten French humor writers and cartoonists and other magazine staffers were murdered in their offices, along with two police officers, by a trio of adherents to Islam, the “religion of peace,” Their crime? They had dared to make and publish a cartoon of Mohammed. According to the BBC, at least seven others were wounded. Killing the [Read More…]

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Tom Cotton wonders why we don’t have an embassy in a country where we already have one.

The minute I come down for vacation Arkansas appears determined to convince me to never return.  This time it’s newly elected Senator Tom Cotton who, in an interview with Hugh Hewitt, criticized Obama’s foreign policy: In Monday’s broadcast of “The Hugh Hewitt Show,” Sen-elect Tom Cotton (R-AR) explained to fill-in host Lanhee Chen why President [Read More…]

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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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