Mental illness and gun control laws.

Hooray!  Here’s one of those potentially drama-inducing posts that sucks to write!  Wheeeeeeee! A lot of people who are pro-gun post anecdotes of folks who have successfully defended themselves or foiled a robbery with a gun. According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, a gun in the home is 11 times more likely [Read More...]

Testing a psychic

DrB-   I’m a big fan of James Randi, and his work in exposing the fraud that is psychics and every form of woo. This talk show host takes an mighty fine approach as well. It’s not English, but you’ll get the idea.   You can find me on twitter, @DrDavidBurger [Read more...]

Last day in Arkansas. :(

It’s been a wonderful time here with my family.  I get to see my parents so seldom, and I get to see my brother even less.  Getting to spend so much time with our family united was the best present a guy could’ve asked for.  Thank all of you for putting up with intermittent days [Read More...]

Not the response you were looking for.

An official petition to the White House to construct a Death Star got the requisite number of votes to necessitate a response.  The White House opened thusly: The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons: The construction [Read More...]

Michele Bachman and the House Intelligence Committee

Anne here – If you haven’t already signed it, I’d like to issue a WWJTD activism alert for the petition by the People for the American Way to remove Michele Bachmann the House Intelligence Committee. There are any number of reasons for doing this, but primary among them is that she has never met a [Read More...]

Erik Rush: Obama killed Keith Ratliff.

On January 3, police found youtube gun enthusiast Keith Ratliff shot in the head in his home.  The police don’t know what happened yet, but WND columnist Erik Rush has blown the case wide open. Although I have no proof, my inclination is to suspect that the Obama administration or one of its surrogates is [Read More...]

Anti-gay preacher withdraws from the inauguration.

Anti-gay preacher Louie Giglio has withdrawn his acceptance to say the prayer at Obama’s inauguration.  Good.  Sarah Posner says about what I’d say on it. In it, the pastor essentially places the blame on the gays, saying he is withdrawing because his prayer would “be dwarfed by those seeking to make their agenda the focal [Read More...]

Bill Blankshaen: gays are like pedophiles.

Bill Blankshaen has a post up comparing homosexuality to pedophilia.  Apparently two adults deciding who to consensually love is indistinguishable, in his mind, from adults who want to be allowed to have sex with kids who have yet to reach puberty. Oh boy. No one’s being harmed. Not really. They can’t help it. Not really. [Read More...]

How to deal with the crazy.

I followed a link on Ed Brayton’s blog that took me to this video by the perpetually error-prone Dick Morris.  Yes, the video is full of fail, so it self-selects for people who don’t exactly have a rock-solid grip grip on reality as likely to be visiting the site…which is why it was the comments [Read More...]

School already lost money in a settlement over Jesus picture.

Remember that Ohio middle school principal who insists the picture of Jesus he has hanging up is legal (and who is ready to piss away education dollars on his ill-formed legal opinion)?  It turns out that a case has already been settled over that exact same picture. There really is no debate about the nature [Read More...]

Here’s some incoherent ramblings.

Uuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuuugh…paaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaain…… Tried to brush my teeth this morning.  That felt the opposite of good. Fortunately, the dentist gave me some pretty groovy drugs and I just took the opportunity to ingest one for breakfast (which is the most important meal of the day).  Yum. What sucks is I have several submissions for the “This Needs [Read More...]

The Week in Review: Law and Atheism, 1/10/13

Although it isn’t legal news, necessarily, it is related to activism: let’s celebrate that Malala Yousafzai has been released from the hospital in Birmingham, England, pending another round of surgery, which should take place several weeks from now. Word is that her family will not be returning to Pakistan. Since the Taliban has vowed to [Read More...]

American Atheists giving away piles of scholarship cash.

American Atheists is giving away three scholarships. The Founders’ Scholarships grant a first-place award of $2,000 and runner-up award of $1,000 to atheist students going to college. The awards are given every year at the American Atheists National Convention. The Founders’ Scholarship program was founded by Life Members Barbara J. Baldock, Dr. Phillip Butler, Rice [Read More...]

PZ and I are going to live forever.

A new study has shown that expressing your anger leads to longer life.  Booyah! A new study shows that expressing anger is good for your health. Researchers at the University of Jena, in Germany, found that getting your anger out and being hot-tempered is actually helpful in extending one’s lifespan. See you at the turn [Read More...]


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