Some political images I liked.

I thought these were grand.  Enjoy! [Read more...]

Joe the Plumber: the Democrats are racist!

Joe the Plumber put up a tweet the other day accusing the Democrats of racism (in which he used an image from the site of conservative writer Kevin Jackson).  Yes, a die-hard Republican accused someone else of racism. Samuel “Joe The Plumber” Wurzelbacher, the conservative activist and failed Ohio congressional candidate who rose to prominence [Read More...]

Ted Cruz fails to identify the problem.

This is just a quick thought on an article I just read where Ted Cruz tries to lay the blame for the failure of the GOP’s shutdown at the feet of Senate Republicans: Sen. Ted Cruz (R-TX) on Friday laid the blame for the unsuccessful defund Obamacare effort squarely on Senate Republicans in his keynote [Read More...]

Laws that prohibit you from discriminating are not intolerant – looking at you, Catholic Church.

Cardinal Cormac Murphy-O’Connor is worried: he’s concerned that laws might keep the Catholic Church from interacting with society in England: “The Church has a part to play within public life and increasingly should play it, speaking about church affairs and affairs of the nation – making a contribution not from a position of power, but [Read More...]

The religion of peace has vigilantes in London.

A student in London has become one more person in a string of victims of Islamic vigilantes. Francesco Hounye, 22, who lives in Florida, was beaten savagely by the men who surrounded him, who kicked and punched him before smashing the bottle of beer into his face. Hounye was taken to hospital with deep slash wounds [Read More...]

A room of people who were human before they succumbed to Islam.

This video was taken from an Islamic peace conference in Norway: Here we have a speaker who first laments that people think Muslims are homophobic, subjugate women, and support barbarous punishments…and then goes on to insist that all normal Muslims adopt these positions. With the help of the audience the speaker attempts to emancipate Islam [Read More...]

Morning happiness: I’m back and baby art.

Hey all!  I’m back from Minnesota (Thursday/Friday) where I gave the mental illness talk for the third time.  This time I was not nearly as zoned out afterward, so that’s a good thing.  Then Saturday we drove to the wedding of Branden Christen and Tara Schlotz…now Christen – which was officiated by the always affable [Read More...]

Morning happiness: dawg don’t need no airplane.

I’m about to head for the airport to speak in Minneapolis tonight.  These dogs would need a plane: I once read a biography of Muhammad Ali which told a story of him being on a flight and not wearing his seatbelt.  When the flight attendant asked him to put his seatbelt on, Ali exclaimed, “Superman [Read More...]

Speaking in Minneapolis tomorrow!

Tomorrow morning I’m headed to Minneapolis to give my most popular talk: Skepticism and Mental Illness.  The talk will be from 7-9pm on Thursday, Oct 24 in Folwell Hall room #108.  We’re going to Stub & Herbs afterward for general carousing. This will mark the third time I’ve given this talk.  Each time it reminds [Read More...]

Game streaming event to raise money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma society.

Hey gang.  Foundation Beyond Belief is doing their annual Light the Night event to raise money for the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society.  They’ve asked me to organize a day of streaming to raise money for the event and I eagerly accepted.  I want every gamer who’s willing to help.  So here’s what’s gonna go down: [Read More...]

Polish priest, in part, blames the victims of child-raping priests.

So this happened: Archbishop Jozef Michalik, head of Poland’s influential Episcopate, was commenting this month on revelations about Polish pedophile priests. A child from a troubled family, Michalik told reporters, “seeks closeness with others and may get lost and may get the other person involved, too.” Yes, because each one of the multitude of victims [Read More...]

Study finds religious people more likely to lie for financial gain.

In a study that wasn’t just a cursory glance at megapastors or the Catholic Church, researchers have found that those who claim religion is very important in their lives are more likely to lie for financial gain. What’s new in this study by University of Regina economist Jason Childs is its breakdown of the personality traits of [Read More...]

I condemn the atheist who assaulted the preacher.

A few years ago there was a joke circulating that I heard from a few different religious people (and saw reposted on facebook quite a bit): A United States Marine was attending some college courses between assignments. He had completed missions in Iraq and Afghanistan . One of the courses had a professor who was an avowed [Read More...]

Your morning happiness: cuteness dump.

Found a lot of adorable this morning.  Here it is in all its glory: [Read more...]