When Christians try to “help” gay teens.

The “don’t say gay” bill in Tennessee died last year, but it has now resurfaced with provisions that would require teachers and counselors to out LGBT teens to their parents. The general assembly recognizes that certain subjects are particularly sensitive and are, therefore, best explained and discussed within the home. Because of its complex societal, [Read More...]

Can’t a Christian just be cruel on the down low?

Last week, a picture got popular on reddit.  It seems a table of 20 (most likely a large post-church gathering which, I can tell you after years of working restaurants, is the most sure way to get a lousy tip) didn’t like the auto-gratuity of 18% for large groups getting added to the bill.  So [Read More...]

I’m a big bad columnist. w00t!

American Atheist magazine has published my first article, The Power of Coming Out.  To get a digital subscription to the magazine, all you have to do is become a member of American Atheists.  Easy, right?  Here’s an excerpt. Realize that part of the reason it is so hard for you is that generations before you [Read More...]

Wayne LaPierre misses the point.

The NRA’s executive VP has been trotting out this argument that we don’t need background checks for firearms purchases because criminals will just get guns anyway – as if that’s a good reason to make it easier on them. He tried it while testifying to congress yesterday, saying you’ll never get criminals to go through [Read More...]

Who could’ve known that?

So…a guy who had sex with a thirteen year old girl won’t be going to jail.  Why?  Because he didn’t know it was against the law.  Seriously. A muslim who raped a 13-year-old girl he groomed on Facebook has been spared a prison sentence after a judge heard he went to an Islamic faith school [Read More...]

What’s your Space Jam?

I thought you could use some inspiration. Not cool, Robert Frost. [Read more...]

A Rainbow in the Kentucky Mountains

I don’t know if I’m going to be able to give a good legal roundup for a couple of weeks – I’ve been having trouble with my right hand, and what I thought was arthritis behaving badly has turned out to be a couple of gnarled tendons that are going to have to get cut [Read More...]

The GOP has some real problems with racism.

The Log Cabin Republicans are a mystery to me.  They support a group that positively despises them and want to make their lives less happy.  The Hispanic Buzzword Leadership Network is kind of in the same vein.  It’s a group of racial minorities supporting the party that regularly attempts to discourage minority voters and has [Read More...]

LaPierre: it’s all or nothing on gun control.

Wayne LaPierre is keeping up with the insights on how to reduce gun violence. There’s no point in pursuing universal background checks for firearms purchases, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre plans to tell the Senate tomorrow, because bad guys will get guns anway. Yes, we won’t stop all criminals from getting guns, so [Read More...]

Foster Freiss is going to keep investing in Rick Santorum.

Foster Friess is a very rich man.  No big, he earned it.  However, I’m at an utter loss for how somebody so completely clueless can get that rich. Friess was a big donor to Rick Santorum during the Republican primaries this last election, and boy, does he ever want Santorum again in 2016. Friess jumped [Read More...]

Ethics in Illinois.

After all the fallout with Rod Blagojevich, it’s probably a good thing that the state of Illinois has an Ethics Commission.  It’s also a good thing for those of us who appreciate irony like, say, a former commissioner for the Ethics Committee getting popped for violating ethics laws. A former member of the Illinois Executive [Read More...]

Not impressed with the Boy Scouts of America.

It’s been rolling around the internet that the Boy Scouts of America are ending their ban on homosexuals participating in the scouts.  While that’s true, I’m not that impressed. Boy Scouts of America is considering ending a longstanding national ban on gay youth and adult members and leaving policies on sexual orientation to its local [Read More...]

Tuesday conversation: League of Legends.

Ah, it’s good to be back at home and writing regularly (which means the regular posts will go back to being, y’know, regular). Over the break, my brother convinced me to try League of Legends.  It’s a lot of fun, but the people who play it have a high tendency to use the asshole-enabling property [Read More...]

Britain may launch advertising campaign about how much Britain sucks.

Bulgaria and Romania just lifted their laws prohibiting their citizens from moving to particular other EU nations, like Britain.  Nations that have their shit mostly together, like the United Kingdom, are now facing a possible influx of *gasp* immigrants.  The question is how to deal with this, and the UK may have found the answer.  [Read More...]