Michaelyn and the bare essentials.

Patheos was experiencing problems today.  Early this morning I got an email from them asking all bloggers if we could stay off our blogs until 5pm.  I cursed the heavens and reluctantly took almost an entire day off.  :) Anyway, the reason I’m writing this post is because I have friends who worry about sending [Read More...]

Gun groups to hold “Guns Save Lives Day” on the anniversary of the Newton shooting.

Several gun rights groups (or maybe I should call them anti-restriction groups, since I believe in the right to bear arms but believe in a healthy array of checks and restrictions…I also want nothing to do with the NRA and their kind) have decided we need a “Guns Save Lives Day”.  Ok, fine.  The day [Read More...]

McCain rediscovers his backbone: tells Fox News that GOP shutdown the government.

I don’t agree with McCain about how the White House has handled the shutdown.  I think the White House is doing precisely what it should be doing: refusing to reward the GOP for taking America’s economy hostage in order to undermine the democratic process.  However, I do like McCain reverting to the straight shooter (who [Read More...]

Maddow goes hard on Russian anti-gay laws and the Republicans who support them.

Rachel Maddow is a beautiful woman. Visit NBCNews.com for breaking news, world news, and news about the economy [Read more...]

Jon Stewart: Republicans need to own shutdown.

Jon hits the GOP on trying to ditch the responsibility for the shutdown they orchestrated. Yup. [Read more...]

Your morning happiness: pug with arthritis.

This pug has arthritis, but still wants to go on walks.  So its owners bought it a stroller. [Read more...]

The GOP makes “a good faith effort” to save their image.

I loathe John Boehner. It’s a common tactic when negotiating the price of anything to lowball them.  Say a person wants $200 for a sofa and you only want to pay $150.  You don’t start by offering $150, you start by offering $100 and then let them negotiate you up to what you wanted to [Read More...]

Catch a livestream of Freethought Florida for $12!

The Humanists of Florida are allowing people to livestream the Freethought Florida Conference on November 2-3.  There are a lot of solid speakers in the lineup like Dave Silverman, Seth Andrews, Dale McGowan, Darrel Ray, Nate Phelps, Sarah Morehead, James Randi, and Dan Fincke.  I’m especially happy to see Dan Fincke getting some more speaking [Read More...]

Michaelyn (and maybe I) will be on the radio tonight.

When Michaelyn gets done with class today we’ll accompany Skepticon rep Micah Weiss to Kansas City.  There’s some confusion about whether they want me and Michaelyn to talk about Reasonfest or just Michaelyn, but at the very least half of our household will be on KKFI at 7pm CST.  :)  You can listen by following [Read More...]

Let the GOP re-write of shutdown history begin.

First thing: every time I read something that has leaked out of John Boehner’s brain a little more contempt is cultivated in my mind.  Yesterday was no exception: “It is our hope that this will be a constructive meeting and that the president finally recognizes Americans expect their leaders to be able to sit down [Read More...]

Four on trial in France for brutal exorcism.

By this point surely not even the faithful can deny that people can do inhuman things to others on account of their religious beliefs.  If not, here’s another example: Four former members of the Seventh Day Adventists, a US-based Protestant church, went on trial in France Monday for the kidnapping and torture of a 19-year-old [Read More...]

Well that’s flattering…

I’ve always felt my strength as a writer/communicator is my lack of any discernible genius.  I’m serious about that.  I’m just smart enough to mostly understand what the super smart people are saying, but still average Joe enough to argue concisely in common language.  That’s what I suspect anyway… So when the Madison Freethought Festival [Read More...]

Joseph Atwill has not proven that Jesus was made up by the Romans.

A lot of people are sending me this article talking about Joseph Atwill’s upcoming presentation of his claim that Rome invented Jesus: American Biblical scholar Joseph Atwill will be appearing before the British public for the first time in London on the 19th of October to present a controversial new discovery: ancient confessions recently uncovered [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: big happiness dump.

Here’s all the happy you can handle.  Seriously, today’s post is a god damn ray of sunshine.  For starters, here’s a bunch of baby ducks who all fucking love this dog: And if the recent assault of depressing news gets you down, take heart, we’ll probably be alright: And here’s a classic, but a goodie: [Read More...]