Pseudoscience, Eugenie Scott, NCSE, and the Journal Nature

Anne here … The eminent science journal Nature devoted its May 15, 2013, editorial to applauding the work of the National Center for Science Education and its retiring director, Eugenie Scott. Critics of mainstream science frequently dispute evolution or climate change. Whatever their target, a common tactic is to challenge how well mainstream scientists accept these [Read More...]

Gage Pulliam: Oklahoma’s Defender of Separation of Church and State

Anne here … The Freedom From Religion Foundation does more than write letters and file lawsuits. Last Monday the Muldrow, Oklahoma public schools confirmed that it has permanently removed Ten Commandment plaques from all of its classrooms. Theocratic parents, of course, complain that after allowing the signs to stay up for twenty years, taking them [Read More...]

Slow news day. Let’s play video games!

The news is pretty dry today.  Good!  Less news equals less bad news which equals more happy in JT land. Let’s celebrate!  I’m going to knock off early and play some League of Legends for a bit.  Then tonight from 9pm EDT to 1am EDT I’ll be streaming more league of legends showing people who [Read More...]

Happy anniversary mom and dad!

My liberal, heathen, godless parents, who clearly have no family values, celebrated their 38th wedding anniversary on Wednesday.  There was never any god keeping them together, just mutual affection.  They have produced two kids who view them as their best friends.  Both my brother and I have always called mom and dad first when we’re [Read More...]

Orchestral version of the Moon Theme from Ducktales.

I think much of the music written for older video games is some of the most wonderful and complex music ever composed.  One of my all time favorites is the Moon Theme from the NES version of Ducktales.  It’s one of my go-to ditties when I want to smile.  And today I found an orchestral [Read More...]

When your prayers are only ever answered by mortals, it’s time to stop asking god.

Saw another prayer request on Mark Shea’s blog that I thought begged for comment. My reader who has been suffering from profound depression has a treatment option open to her, but will need resources to do it, particularly childcare every day for three weeks from 8 to 5.  FWIW, I’ve suggested she start a Kickstarter [Read More...]

The tightrope walk of recovery.

Minus only a couple bad days with food over the last year, I’ve been about as recovered as any anorexic could ever hope to be.  When we hear someone say “recovered” we tend to think that they’re are back to normal with their illness far behind them.  I wish that’s what I meant, but sadly [Read More...]

High school student who sued Rankin reveals herself.

The high school student who brought a suit against Rankin High School to stop mandatory religious assemblies put on by a local church (Mississippi, what can you do?) has abandoned her anonymity in an essay for the American Humanist.  In a twist, she is a Christian (her co-plaintiff is an atheist).  Like I’ve always said, [Read More...]

Pat Robertson marriage counseling: men sometimes cheat – go make the house nice.

Oh, Pat Robertson. Someone asked her for advice on how to forgive her cheating husband.  Here’s comes the failure bomb: You see, if you’d have just kept the house nicer, he wouldn’t have cheated.  You have nobody to blame but yourself. The irony?  She’ll probably be thankful for that advice. [Read more...]

Behold! One of Anna L. Pierre’s signs.

So, remember when Anna L. Pierre said she was endorsed by Jesus Christ in her bid to be mayor of Miami? She said she knew Jesus endorsed her because of three signs which she said she wouldn’t discuss publicly. Well, I just read one of them: Pierre had told the Miami Herald Jesus came to [Read More...]

Charges dropped against Kiera Wilmot.

Earlier this month I wrote a letter to a high school in Florida where a young student (who had a good academic record and sterling behavioral record) attempted a science experiment on her own, had it go wrong, and was expelled and criminally charged for it.  Those charges have now been dropped. The Florida teenager [Read More...]

Mark Shea: the Catholic Church is awesome for not doing anything to Keith O’Brien.

My favorite whipping boy, Mark Shea, has a post up about disgraced Cardinal Keith O’Brien, who resigned over groping men in his charge, including teenage boys.  Apparently O’Brien leaving his post of his own accord shows how awesome the Catholic Church is: Vatican announcement: Disgraced Cardinal O’Brien leaving Scotland for “penance and prayer”… Memo for [Read More...]

Katelyn Campbell’s high school continues to try and silence her.

Last month I wrote about a high school student who called the ACLU and vociferously opposed the principal of George Washington High School when a preaching, abstinence-only speaker was invited to speak at the school.  Katelyn Campbell is still bound for prestigious Wellesley College, even though principal Aulenbacher threatened to badmouth her to them. However, [Read More...]

Well, the votes are in for mayor of Miami.

Anna L. Pierre, who said that Jesus had endorsed her to run for mayor of Miami, came away with 56% of the vote. Wait…not 56% of the vote…she just got 56 votes.  Total. Of course, you won’t hear her say “Gosh, I guess I read too much into naturally occurring phenomenon and wrongly interpreted it [Read More...]