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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Hate mail on the Baxter County nativity.

Dessa Blackthorn, the plaintiff in the AHA’s suit against my hometown for, frankly, discriminating against its non-Christian citizens, has been kind enough to forward me some of her hate mail (if you want to see the type of stuff she’s getting in public, check out Paul Theresa Jaques, the legend).  First up is Sue Snider: [Read More…]

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KKK erects white pride billboard in my hometown’s sister city.

Oh, Arkansas.  I’m sometimes asked how I write about the most terrible goings-on in the USA every day without letting it make me cynical.  The answer is twofold: 1.  I was already cynical.  Ha! 2.  I was raised in Bumblefuck, Arkansas.  The rest of the country struggles to keep up with the amount of religion-driven [Read More…]

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Three Florida counties nix a public service so they don’t have to provide it to gay people.

Three counties in Florida are doing away with civil marriage ceremonies performed by the county in order to avoid marrying people of the same sex: In response to the likelihood that a federal judge will rule that a lift on the state’s gay marriage ban will apply to all Florida counties, three Jacksonville-area counties have [Read More…]

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