PA House passes bill that would allow for “In God We Trust” on public schools.

Ok, this sucks.  This bill has passed: The House on Monday passed a bill expressly allowing – but not requiring – school districts in Pennsylvania to post the words “In God We Trust” on school buildings. The bill, approved by a 172-24 vote, now goes to the state Senate for consideration. Erik Arneson, a spokesman [Read More…]

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GOP politician running in heavy Latino district changes his name to Cesar Chavez and his affiliation to Democrat.

Oh Scott Fistler…if only shameless pandering were a sport. What are my principles?  They’re whatever gets me elected.  Which kind of undermines the definition of “principles” but…um…have you heard my name is Cesar Chavez? The bright side is that this demonstrates, to an extent, that Republicans are aware that their policies on immigration hurt them [Read More…]

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Christian youth group quotes Adolph Hitler on billboard.

Thanks to Hemant for posting this. Life Savers Ministries recently put up a billboard in Auburn: Take a moment to let the irony of a group calling themselves “life savers” quoting one of the greatest mass murderers in history sink in. But maybe they were just saying that bad people are out there looking to [Read More…]

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US Ambassador takes oath of office on a digital copy of the Constitution.

Michael Stone over at Progressive Secular Humanist flagged this article.  Suzi Levine, our new Ambassador to Switzerland and Liechtenstein did not take her oath of office on a bible, but rather on a copy of the Constitution opened in an e-reader: In a peculiar “sign-of-the-times” moment last Friday, Suzi LeVine was sworn in as the [Read More…]

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John Oliver profiles Tony Abbott, Austrailia’s President of the United States.

John Oliver…so glad this man has his own show now.  He’s owning it. For a moment I thought to myself “Man, I’m glad it’s not just the US that is besieged with religious bigots in positions of power,” but I realized that I don’t want this type of person in positions of power anywhere. [Read more…]

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Matt Dillahunty hands Sye Ten Bruggencate the beating for which he begged.

Ordinarily I don’t enjoy watching a professional in anything stomp the shit out of somebody of significantly lesser talent who only got a shot at the title because they made enough noise.  But because Sye Ten Bruggencate is such a loathsome person, I really enjoyed watching Matt Dillahunty slap him around: From his first argument [Read More…]

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Your morning happiness: arkansas phone and wisdom on a cafe sign.

On the way home yesterday driving through some of the…lesser metropolitan parts of Arkansas, we stopped for gas and saw this: Michaelyn gave it a try and concluded it worked less well than those new fangled tin can phones: But here’s some real morning happiness.  Yesterday on twitter I saw someone tweet this sign.  I [Read More…]

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John Oliver on net neutrality.

Ok, gonna post this before we get on the road.  I get asked a lot to explain net neutrality, and this is one of the best explanations I’ve heard: Watch the vid, then click here and make noise. If you want a glimpse at who is responsible for this?  Look at your local internet/cable provider: [Read more…]

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Your morning happiness: check out mah raaaaaaaaaang.

Totally settled on a wedding ring.    Couldn’t keep this clip from playing in my head: Here’s the actual ring, all Doctor Who to match the wedding. We spent yesterday shopping for decorations (and will do the same for part of today).  We’re also trying to find my oddly-shaped body a suit that looks like [Read More…]

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Anti-gay baker ordered by judge to serve gay customers and report for anti-discrimination training.

Had to post this before hitting the road.  Consider it a kind of morning happiness.  In Colorado, at least, they’re not giving people exemptions to discrimination laws because Jesus makes them moral enough.  Jack Philips is a baker who refused to serve a gay couple getting married (in Massachusetts, the reception was in CO).  They [Read More…]

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Find me a wedding ring!

Ok, Michaelyn and I are driving 2.5 hours to the big city today on the hunt for wedding rings (squeee!).  We’ll visit my brother and watch the LCS today before heading out to stores.   But stores suck and they’re so unoriginal.  Here’s where you come in. We’re having a Doctor Who themed wedding.  We don’t [Read More…]

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National Organization For Marriage receives record fine in Maine for election fraud.

The National Organization For Marriage (which is a strangely named organization since it seeks to prevent marriages) were naughty boys in Maine when they were trying to get a gay marriage ban on the ballot.  And now they will pay the hefty price for it: NOM contributed more than $2 million to the $3 million [Read More…]

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SC pastor blackmails foreign students at Cathedral Bible College into slavery-like conditions.

There’s quite a bit of research showing that people are more likely to trust a Christian in the United States.  Many odious people, many of them Christian, have figured out they can capitalize on this: The president of a South Carolina Bible college was charged last week with essentially treating foreign students as slaves by [Read More…]

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Never mind…apparently *I* am responsible for Elliot Rodger’s massacre.

Did I say that mental illness was responsible for Elliot Rodger’s rampage?  I’m sorry.  What I should’ve said was that atheism and its activists are responsible, at least according to a piece published today on the Charisma website, Tom Snyder and Ted Baehr of Movieguide: Where did this young murderer get his narcissistic views about [Read More…]

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