In Saudi Arabia, words speak louder than actions.

The government of Saudi Arabia decried the terrorist attack on Charlie Hebdo, where a group of Muslim were once again so incensed by cartoons that they caused physical damage in the world, in this case in the form of murdering cartoonists, as a “cowardly attack.”  Awesome.  That’s a step.  But without action it’s empty words. [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: koala on a sink.

It’s the weekend!  Here’s a picture of a koala on a sink. [Read more…]

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State of the Community

(Guest post from Kathleen Johnson, Vice President of American Atheists) Since the mid 1990s, I have been a happy part of the movement toward free and unfettered civil rights for the atheist/freethought/secular/skeptic/(insert your preferred adjective here) community, first as a member of American Atheists, then as the founder and first president of the Military Association [Read More…]

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“Authentication.”

Yesterday 212 college atheist/skeptic groups were sent an email that would’ve been intimidating if the authors were, well, intimidating.  The subject of the email was “Authentication,” perhaps in an effort meant to command respect but shrieks of begging for attention.  Here’s the email in all its glory. I hereby declare- you to be – – [Read More…]

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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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