American sprinter defies Russia’s anti gay laws.

This made my day: A top American distance runner dedicated the silver medal he won at the track and field World Championships in Moscow to his gay and lesbian friends, becoming the first athlete to openly defy Russia’s new anti-gay law that outlaws “homosexual propaganda.” Good for him. [Read more...]

Speaking of gaming posts: LoL support highlights from the last few days.

I’ve been playing a bit of support in my ranked games lately.  My curse has, sadly, been very much alive.  I’ve not been winning despite some fairly solid play for the most part.  Anyway, here are some Nami bubbles and some of dem pro flays with Thresh: Watch live video from jteberhard on TwitchTV Watch [Read More...]

More “miracles”: Virgin Mary appears on a cross. Children still starve. Thanks god!

There’s been an avalanche of stories lately of people believing completely mundane occurrences are miracles.  Have we learned our lesson?  Of course not!  Here’s a cross atop the Church of the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary in Providence, Rhode Island: This may appear as a corroded cross to you, but it’s actually a miracle [Read More...]

My philosophy on blogging (and why I won’t stop doing posts about gaming).

I recently got a comment on one of my gaming posts from Denis Robert: I like you JT, but these gamer posts are getting really tiresome. Can’t you start a specific gamer blog for these things? I mean, it’s real inside baseball stuff that is of no interest to most of your readers. I’m sure [Read More...]

USA Today opposes religious exemptions to healthcare laws.

The USA Today editorial board has come out against allowing religious exemptions to healthcare laws.  I’m always torn when someone says something better than me.  On the one hand I’m elated to get to experience their expertise…on the other, I want to kick myself for not thinking of it first.  This is one of those [Read More...]

Crisis pregnancy center in VA caught on tape lying to patients.

Crisis pregnancy centers are a lie from start.  They put up billboards with messages like “Pregnant?  You have options” with the assumption being that they can help with an abortion.  In reality they exist to talk women not only out of abortions but out of using any form of birth control – and they are [Read More...]

Wonder of wonders: “miracle” priest wasn’t an angel.

Recently a priest showed up at a car wreck, prayed, and then it was reported that he “vanished”.  It was hailed as a miracle and even reported as a miracle.  In a fit of deep sorrow spurred by the realization that people can be that desperate, I wrote of the “miracle” priest: There was a [Read More...]

Aggregate of studies confirms that with greater intelligence a person is less likely to believe in god.

Just gonna leave this here: Religious people are less intelligent than non-believers, according to a new review of 63 scientific studies stretching back over decades. A team led by Miron Zuckerman of the University of Rochester found “a reliable negative relation between intelligence and religiosity” in 53 out of 63 studies And this: The studies [Read More...]

Beat the Heat fundraiser was an enormous success! You guys rule!

Remember that Beat the Heat fundraiser where the Northeast Mississippi Secular Humanist Association was raising money to buy air conditioning units for needy families (because, let’s face it, Mississippi is muggy enough in the summer to make a swamp look dry).  They wanted to replicate the success of the previous year when they were able [Read More...]

Rick Santorum: the term “middle class” is Marxist.

Oh Rick Santorum.  Here he is telling a room of people how the term “middle class” is Marxism talk. What Santorum apparently fails to realize is that the term “middle class” is a term used to describe people with a certain amount of money, not to describe a caste to which a person is assigned [Read More...]

Judge uses her power to apply her religious beliefs to another woman’s son.

A separated couple in Tennessee was in a dispute over what the last name of their son should be.  Unable to agree, the issue went before a local judge who ruled that the parents must also change the first name of their son, Messiah.  This was done not in accordance with any law prohibiting the [Read More...]

Muslim preacher in custody in connection with acid attack.

I saw a story in my reader the other day about two 18 year-old British women who were volunteering as teachers in Zanzibar who were violently attacked.  Two people on a motorcycle road by and threw acid in their faces. Why didn’t I write about it at the time?  Because the police had no leads. [Read More...]

Posts going up a little later today.

Good news: I’m making friends already.  A local friend helped me move when my box arrived. Bad news:  He’s moving today and I’m going to be a good friend/person and return the favor.  This means posts will go up a little later.  Be brave. [Read more...]

More miracles: tree in California weeping A) God’s tears? B) Divine love? C) Excrement?

It’s kind of funny how the meaning of words can change over time.  Whenever I hear the word “miracle” lately, I don’t think “an act of god”.  Instead I think “oh, some more people are overlooking a simple explanation” or “somebody’s declaring they have proof of magic after less than a second of investigation.”  Or, [Read More...]


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