John Oliver on the payday loan industry.

Still waiting for this guy to do something that isn’t bursting with excellence. [Read more…]

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Tennessee Governor declares day of prayer over students.

Tennessee’s Governor, Bill Haslem, has declared a day of prayer over students in Tennessee.  This day was yesterday, when volunteers were urged to go to campuses and pray in order to help education in the state.  Unsurprisingly, today education in the state is exactly the same.  So education wasn’t helped, which I would tell the people [Read More…]

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Mary’s Diner may start the praying in public discount back up (includes poll that needs crushing).

Lately the internet has been abuzz with the story of the North Carolina diner that was offering people a 15% discount for praying in public.  I say “was” because the Freedom From Religion Foundation pointed out to them that this was discrimination.  You can’t charge people more based on their religious position.  It’s against the law, [Read More…]

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Our first glimpse at the Palin channel is the definition of incoherent.

Oh man!  The Palin channel is Sarah Palin unchained…as in unchained from people scripting her every move, and it’s GLORIOUS!  Well, it’s as glorious as the prospect that she could’ve been vice president is depressing.  Behold, word salad unlike any you’ve ever experienced: Netflix?  $8 per month.  The Palin channel?  $10 per month.  This speaks [Read More…]

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The Buddy Pope…Catholic Church has officially killed satire.

I was pointed toward this tweet from the Religion News Service this morning: While Catholics protested the movie Dogma, it seems they’re taking some cues from it now: Satire is dead.  Get your Buddy Pope keychains!  Now who’s up for a miracle? Getting married to another man?  Get ready to burn in hell, buddy.  Don’t [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: Children of Eden.

Your morning happiness today is a performance of the musical Children of Eden.  Stephen Schwartz is among the most famous composers in musical theater, noted for the blockbuster hit musicals Pippin, Godspell, Wicked, and others. Children of Eden, I think, is one of his best, but it’s flown under the radar over the years. It’s [Read More…]

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Larry Doesn’t Get Science Pt 6 – Kinds of Creatures

This is part of a series: [Index]. Part 6 – Evolving into different kinds. Larry thinks this doesn’t happen. [Read more…]

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20 short arguments against god’s existence.

This video by Hemant made me smile.  My favorite was “no game of hide and seek lasts this long.” As for “god would smite me right now,” nooooo…that’s too easy for atheists such as we.  We don’t get out that painlessly.  We have to listen to shitty arguments for god’s existence for the rest of [Read More…]

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A WWJTD advice column?

I got an email from somebody I trust deeply last night that read: I was thinking given the relationship you have with the readers that a regular advice column might be a good move. To me it sounds pretentious for a guy who’s about to be 33 with no real expertise in much doling out [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: best game of fetch ever.

This dog doesn’t fuck around when it comes to playing fetch. [Read more…]

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Because he was gay, Tampa church renegs on promise to bury a man.

A church scheduled to bury a gay man called his mother, literally at the wake, 24 hours before he was to be buried to say they couldn’t inter him because he was gay: Pastor T.W. Jenkins of Tampa, Florida’s New Hope Missionary Baptist Church called Julie Atwood less than 24 hours before her 42-year old son, [Read More…]

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Liberia’s president and church leaders blame gays for Ebola outbreak.

While the CDC and all the world’s leading scientists have yet to track down the source of the Ebola outbreak, religious leaders in Liberia have apparently succeeded: the source is god, and we should keep worshiping him because he’s only killing people at random because somewhere in the world men are getting other men off. [Read More…]

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Federal judge upholds lower court’s ruling: New Jersey can’t submit teens to ex-gay “therapy.”

This is a big win.  New Jersey remains the second state that prohibits religious people from abusing gay people (specifically teens in New Jersey) under the guise of trying to help them.  Judge Wolfson even referred to the practice as pseudoscience in his ruling: “Surely it is undisputed that a state has the power to [Read More…]

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Jaclyn Glenn on S.E. Cupp’s claim that conservative atheists are better.

Gajillions of people sent me the video clip of S.E. Cupp claiming conservative atheists are better.  I would rebut it, but Jaclyn owns it: [Read more…]

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