FAITH: Pope approves of spanking so long as you don’t demean the child.

Pope Happy dropped some more wisdom recently.  This time he’s said it’s ok to spank your kids so long as you “do it with dignity” and don’t “demean them.” Pope Francis has stirred up a hornet’s nest with remarks in which he said it’s OK for parents to spank children, so long as they do [Read More…]

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POLITICS: On the GOP voting against the Senate Veteran Bill.

The Republicans have voted against pretty much every bill that would support veterans to have hit the floor of Congress, the most recent being the Senate Veteran Bill.  One of my veteran friends recently posted this to facebook: That awkward moment when Republicans nearly unanimously vote down a Veteran support bill that would have streamlined [Read More…]

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FAITH & LAW: New Jersey pledge case dismissed.

I see from Hemant’s blog that a judge has just dismissed the AHA’s suit in New Jersey challenging the presence of “under god” in the pledge of allegiance. I wrote last September of a seventeen year old girl, Samantha Brown, who joined as a defendant in the case saying that if the phrase “under god” [Read More…]

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POLITICS: House votes for the 56th time to repeal the Affordable Care Act.

The party of financial accountability, the party that abhors waste, just used government time and resources to vote for the 56th time to repeal the Affordable Care Act: The House of Representatives on Tuesday voted for the 56th time to repeal or undermine the Affordable Care Act. The vote was largely symbolic, because the measure is unlikely [Read More…]

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FAITH & GAY RIGHTS: Pope travels to Slovakia to support anti-gay legislation.

The Pope recently visited Slovakia in order to promote their new set of anti-gay laws which would cause the government to not even recognize gay couples, and prohibit gay people from adopting children: Pope Francis gave his blessing on Wednesday to a referendum that would ban marriage and adoption rights for same-sex couples in Slovakia, [Read More…]

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POLITICS: WV lawmaker says a baby can be a positive byproduct of rape.

West Virginia lawmaker Brian Kurcaba, a Republican, was defending a bill passed by the WV House that would ban abortions after 20 weeks in all circumstances, when he said something incredibly insensitive.  He said that in the case of a rape resulting in a pregnancy, yeah rape is horrible, but look on the bright side – [Read More…]

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FAITH & POLITICS: National Prayer Breakfast sucks, but Obama gave a nod to atheists/separation of church & state.

I think the National Prayer Breakfast is a terrible idea.  If the President won’t meet openly with atheists, he shouldn’t do it with other religious leaders.  However, Obama did say some decent things at the breakfast yesterday.  Obama reminded Christians their hands are not entirely clean: “Unless we get on our high horse and think [Read More…]

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MENTAL ILLNESS: First meeting with a new therapist today.

Today I meet with my new therapist for the first time.  I’ve forgotten his name, so we’ll call him Harold. I’m not particularly excited.  I’ve been eating the last few months and hating myself for it, but at least I’ve been eating.  That’s a step.  I don’t know…I’m just tired and not terribly optimistic.  I [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Guess who owns which tracks.

There are two sets of tracks here.  One was the owner’s,the other the dog’s.  Can you figure you which is which? [Read more…]

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Probability and Perspectives

Hement Mehta posted a rebuttal to the Fine-Tuning argument today. He spoke one line that stuck out in my mind. Paraphrasing, this argument is usually something like “If the conditions of the universe weren’t right for life, we wouldn’t be here to talk about it.” I agree, but I think it’s a point that will [Read More…]

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FAITH: Why @MrOzAtheist is so angry at god.

I have to scoot off early, I’m afraid.  I’ve been volunteering to vet people for the Hotline Project with Recovering From Religion and today I have three calls to make in a row (they usually last about 45 minutes apiece).  It’s all for a good cause, but dammit if it isn’t time consuming. I’ll leave [Read More…]

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GAMING: My brother and I holding the line by kiting forever.

For those unfamiliar with gaming vernacular, “kiting” refers to stringing someone along who’s trying to kill you by running just far enough away to avoid damage.  Here my brother and I were playing Heroes of the Storm with the hosts of the Game Theory Podcast.  We’re trying to hold one of the shrines on the [Read More…]

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SCIENCE & POLITICS: United States should have a vaccination policy like Mississippi’s.

It’s often joked that if Obama came out in support of oxygen Republicans everywhere would asphyxiate.  With the recent battle over whether or not vaccinations are good/necessary (they are both), that joke looks increasingly like prophecy.  The President has said vaccinations should be mandatory, presumably because measles sucks.  Now many conservatives seem to be all [Read More…]

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RELIGION & HIGH SCHOOL: Muslims demand a teacher be fired for showing Charlie Hebdo cartoons.

Muslim protesters are demanding a teacher in Washington state be fired after showing some of the cartoons featuring Mohammad to a class in a discussion of current events: A group of Somali Americans gathered outside the Refugee Women’s Alliance(ReWA) on Martin Luther King, Jr. Way to demand the resignation of a teacher who showed the cartoons to [Read More…]

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