POLITICS: Colorado has made so much money from recreational marijuana they literally have to give some back.

The warnings from conservatives were loud and constant.  It would be the end of the world!  It would mean moral and economic destruction!  What is Colorado thinking?  Crime will go up!  Even Colorado Gov. John Hickenlooper predicted disaster when Colorado decided to legalize recreational pot: “I think our entire state will pay the price,” Hickenlooper said. “Colorado [Read More…]

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GAMING & GAY RIGHTS: League of Legends tournament that limited number of trans players reverses decision.

As many of you know I’m a huge proponent of getting women into gaming.  The day a woman breaks into the professional League of Legends scene I will have acquired one of my new favorite teams (unless she plays for Counter Logic Gaming, in which case they’ll just continue to be my favorite team). That’s [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Five co-stars recreate Saved By The Bell on Jimmy Fallon.

Ok, I admit it: when I was a kid I watched a lot of Saved By The Bell.  Seeing this clip brought a huge smile to my face.  I hope it does the same for you.   [Read more…]

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GAY RIGHTS & LAW: Roy Moore tells Alabama judges they can ignore federal judge’s ruling.

The roads here are too treacherous for driving, so no voice lessons for me this weeks.  This leaves more time for blogging! After flirting with defying his superiors, Roy Moore has just told all of Alabama’s lower judges they can ignore the federal ruling striking down the state’s gay marriage ban: Alabama’s chief justice is [Read More…]

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RANDOM: Dashboard cameras catch yesterday’s plane crash in the Taipei River.

My new approach to blogging allows me to indulge my fascination with plane crashes/investigations.  Yesterday TransAsia fligth #GE235 crashed into the Taipei River shortly after take off.  The last transmission the flight tower heard was “Mayday!  Engine flame out.” The crash was actually caught be dashboard cameras in two different cars.  In this one, the [Read More…]

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FAITH & GAY RIGHTS: The story of James Stone is complex, and even sadder than I originally thought.

(In order to understand what’s going on here, you’ll need to read my article from yesterday) I’ve spoken with Jay Hoskins, James’ husband, and the first thing that needs to be said is that DallasVoice.com failed mightily as a news source.  I hate saying this as they’re a pro-LGBT organization, but we must first hold allegiance [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: You see dis belly? Rub dis belly!

I want to rub that belly so baaaaad: Ok, it’s Wednesday which is voice lesson day for me.  Ordinarily I compensate by keeping my posts shorter than usual.  However, I’m getting a slow start today because I spent the morning talking with Jay Hoskins, the surviving husband of the gay man who had his fellowship [Read More…]

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EVENTS: The Texas Secular Convention is coming up.

The Texas Secular Convention is coming up Feb. 27-March 1 and it looks freaking excellent. There will be some kick ass speakers like Ron Lindsay (CFI), Annie Laurie Gaylor (FFRF), David Smalley (Dogma Debate & Atheist Audiobooks), Amanda Knief (American Atheists), Matt Dillahunty (Host, The Atheist Experience), Barry Lynn (Americans United), and Daniel Moran who occasionally [Read More…]

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PERSONAL: My wife is a beautiful nerd.

In terms of what I’m attracted to, I’m a total sapiosexual: I love brains more than any zombie.  If a woman teaches me something new, I’m hers.  But I also like nerdy women in appearance.  Michaelyn hates her glasses, but I love women in glasses (especially her). And honestly long, tall, and sexy isn’t really [Read More…]

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GAY RIGHTS, LAW, & POLITICS: Alabama asks SCOTUS for a stay on gay marriage ruling.

Oh the Republican leadership in Alabama is not happy about the 11th Circuit doing the judicial equivalent of telling them to stop wasting the court’s time trying to delay a federal judge’s ruling which struck down the state’s gay marriage ban.  Gov. Bentley, who called Judge Granade’s decision “judicial tyranny” said: “I am disappointed by [Read More…]

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POLITICS: GOP Senator hates regulation, wouldn’t require restaurant employees to wash their hands.

Senator Tom Tillis was doing a Q&A at the Bipartisan Policy Center yesterday when he expressed his disdain for government regulation in business by saying he wouldn’t mind if restaurants didn’t make their employees wash their hands after using the bathroom so long as they put up a sign saying the restaurant didn’t have such [Read More…]

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FAITH: FOX News worried about Christianphobia among thinkers.

FOX is worried that academics might want Christians to die (rather than the tendency of people to think myths are just myths): I can’t find the cited study anywhere, and of course FOX doesn’t cite it.  Does anybody know to what they’re referring? Ironically, they then invite a representative of a religion with a dark [Read More…]

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FAITH & GAY RIGHTS: Church in my hometown cancels funeral of a gay man. [UPDATED]

Everybody has been sharing this story with me: After a gay man from Mountain Home, Ark. died last week, local churches refused to allow the family to have a funeral in their churches. The local firehouse, which was built by the man’s father, refused to open its doors for fellowship after the funeral as is [Read More…]

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BREAKING: 11th Circuit denies Alabama’s request for a stay extension.

Alabama has said it would fight marriage equality to the bitter end.  The 11th Circuit just made it clear that the bitter end was today. Yes, yes…activist judges and all that.  One can only wonder how many judges have to make the same ruling before they’re no longer “activists.”  Because as it stands right now, [Read More…]

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