Tabling and the Subway dream.

This morning I’m tabling with the KU atheist group SOMA.  It’s Carl Sagan’s birthday tomorrow and we’re handing out candy (with information about the group).  Michaelyn’s tongue is blue, so I’m wagering she dug into the nerds when nobody was looking… They also put a hat on me… After we’re done, Michaelyn and I are [Read More...]

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Doug Phillips resigns from Vision Forum Ministries over extra-marital affair…but his marriage is still sacred.

Doug Phillips, megapastor of Vision Forum Ministries, loves marriage.  He really wants to protect its sanctity.  It’s between one man and one woman not, say, one man and two women.  He also doesn’t like the idea of marriage equality.  He even thinks Sarah Palin is too pro-gay.  He thinks allowing same-sex people to marry violates [Read More...]

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Your morning happiness: babies with rubber bands.

Thank (or blame) my mother for this one. [Read more...]

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Old video: Hilary Clinton defends abortion against pointed question – and goes ham.

This video is from over three years ago, but I just saw it today. For those who don’t know, “going ham” is a term gamers often use, with “ham” being an acronym for “hard as a motherfucker”.  That is what Hilary Clinton did when Christopher Smith (R-NJ) asked her if the Obama administration’s definition of [Read More...]

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Dad on the sticky tentacles of government.

This interaction took place between me and my dad this morning: He linked me to a piece in my hometown newspaper down in Bumblefuck, Arkansas and boy, was he ever not kidding.  Here’s the article. And here’s the comment my dad left: This is the dumbest pile of drivel I have read in a long [Read More...]

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Skepticon 6 nearly funded, just needs a little more.

Got this from Lauren with the Skepticon team. We are so unbelievably close to fully funding Skepticon 6. In order to finish payments on the event, we only need to raise $3,000 before next week. Now, any other community or organization would look at this situation and assume that it is insurmountable. Not us. We here [Read More...]

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Your morning happiness: Sagan, black holes, and faith in us.

I’ve been meaning to post a pic of Amanda Knief’s dog, Sagan, as the morning happiness for a while.  Today is that day.  Here she is right after she got groomed with bows in her hair.  :) And here’s a vid my brother sent me.  It’s a recent Symphony of Science song about black holes: [Read More...]

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Taoiseach Enda Kenny Defies the Church Again

First he delivered a blistering reprimand to the Catholic Church over the Cloyne Report. Then he offered a heartfelt apology to the women incarcerated and forced to labor as slaves in Ireland’s Magdalene Laundries. (Full text is of the 19 minute apology is here.) (The church, of course, has yet to apologize.) Now he’s publicly [Read More...]

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Leave Orson Scott Card alone! *tears*

Maurine Proctor, columnist for the Mormon Meridian Magazine is very upset that Orson Scott Card (author of Ender’s Game and brazenly opposed to all things gay, the very definition of a proud bigot) is being treated like a proud bigot. Instead it has been an opportunity for much of the press to malign him and [Read More...]

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Captain Picard talks morality.

I saw this on reddit this morning and couldn’t help but pass it along.  If given the choice which fictional character to listen to on morality, you could listen to the one who decided to genocide an entire planet through the painful means of drowning when, even if genocide were moral, there were more merciful [Read More...]

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Texas legislators attempting to make “so help me god” mandatory again.

Two Congressmen in Texas are buckling down and focusing on real legislation.  In this case, it’s attempting to make the “so help me god” part of the Air Force honor code mandatory once more: Two Texas Congressmen are teaming up to reinstate a religious phrase in an Air Force Academy honor code that was recently [Read More...]

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Illinois Rep. Dwight Kay wonders why we’re so occupied with human rights instead of scripture.

So gay marriage is coming to Illinois.  One of the legislators who fought against it was Dwight Kay, who is miffed about all this “human rights” stuff he’s been hearing. Illinois state Rep. Dwight Kay (R-Glen Carbon) on Tuesday complained that supporters of same-sex marriage frequently spoke about human rights but neglected the Biblical scriptures. [Read More...]

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Pretty much nobody reacting properly to gospel singer’s leaked gay sex tape.

There are some situations where pretty much everybody pisses me off.  This is one of them. You may have heard the hullabaloo over gospel singer Kevin Terry’s leaked sex tape…where he is performing oral sex on a man (I watched the vid on youtube and it’s clear this is not Terry’s first crack at giving [Read More...]

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I suspect there’s no way this is legal. There’s certainly no way it’s ethical.

Someone sent me this photo the other day. At first glance it’s nothing out of the ordinary.  But cast your eyes to the two signs by the road.  One designates the church as a place to vote.  The one next to it instructs people how to vote. I looked around but couldn’t find any relevant [Read More...]

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