American Atheists is asking for help from relatives of victims of 9/11.

This is kind of uncomfortable to write.  American Atheists sent me an email this morning saying they were in urgent need of non-believers who had relatives die in the 9/11 attacks.  They wouldn’t say what for.  I emailed them back to say I was uncomfortable helping since those wounds never tend to heal and I [Read More...]

The magic of the wilderness.

“The sun, with all those planets revolving around it and dependent on it, can still ripen a bunch of grapes as if it had nothing else in the universe to do.” ~ Galileo Every day since being in Arkansas I have gone for a walk or a hike in the woods.  My family’s land is [Read More...]

Skepticon documentary!

At Skepticon last year, while I wasn’t getting engaged (Michaelyn and I set a date for the wedding just yesterday :D), I did some interviews for a documentary about Skepticon; the beast I helped create.  The trailer for this doc has recently been released and uses some of the audio from one of my interviews: [Read More...]

Obama vs. Obama on government surveillance.

Behold: the guy I voted for in the last election. I feel so fucking dirty.  I don’t think Romney would’ve done anything different…but…fuck. [Read more...]

Obama administration forced to do the right thing with Plan B.

Back in May, the Obama DoJ decided to fight the FDA (who would technically be their client) and a judge who ruled that plan B emergency contraceptive should be available with no age limits.  The Obama DoJ appealed, but has now elected to drop the appeal. The decision comes after a federal judge in April [Read More...]

Mayor gives her town to Jesus because humanity just ain’t good enough.

Hemant reports on the mayor of a city in Mexico making a speech in which she gives the city to Jesus.  Here’s what she said: “I, Margarita Alicia Arellanes Cervantes, deliver the city of Monterrey, Nuevo León to our Lord Jesus Christ. For his kingdom of peace and blessings to be established, I open the [Read More...]

Valedictorian gives Christians in the audience a chance to announce their lack of empathy. The crowd complies.

You’ve probably seen this video by now.  It’s of a high school valedictorian who, prohibited from praying in his talk, made the defiant gesture of tearing up his talk while at the podium and appealing to the majority with the lord’s prayer. When I first watched this, something about it bugged me (and not just [Read More...]

My prosthetic leg is made of Lego bricks

Christina here… As promised last week, here is a video of me making a prosthetic leg out of Lego bricks! I can even almost sort of kind of maybe a little walk on it. Enjoy, my pretties! Learn more about Christina and follow her @ziztur.     [Read more...]

Mike Huckabee’s right to not see gay people is being breached!

Mike Huckabee was talking on his show the other day about how all the things the anti-gay crowd had feared are starting to come true.  They feared the loss of rights for good, wholesome Christians and now it’s actually happening. His example?  If Huckabee turns to particular channels of his own accord, he can see [Read More...]

I never thought I’d see the day that I’d cheer for Sony.

Ok, I’m not a fan of Sony.  Remember the rootkit debacle back in 2005-2007?  Essentially using CDs from Sony would install hidden software on your computer that made it vulnerable to malware.  At worst, it could cause your CD drive to be useless until you formatted your hard drive (all your lovely files?  Bye bye). [Read More...]

A fishy claim by the JREF.

Let me start off by saying that The Amaz!ng Meeting is a pretty shmancy event.  I’ve never been able to afford to go, but the stories I hear from others paint it as a rockin’ good time. That being said, it has one of the highest price tags attached to it of any skeptic conference, [Read More...]

Mental illness in another person we all admire.

You will not find a more perspicacious, able, and kind person in the atheist movement than Amanda Knief of American Atheists.  Combine that with a heavy dose of humility and you have pretty much the most admirable person in the biz. I’ve asked Amanda if I could share her facebook status from the other day [Read More...]

How I feel watching Game of Thrones.

Michaelyn has gotten me hooked on Game of Thrones.  Our dates nowadays consist of getting me caught up (I just finished the first season). This is pretty much how I feel watching it: CollegeHumor’s Favorite Funny Videos [Read more...]

Bryan Fischer: Jesus holds the atoms together.

Bryan Fischer has faith, and he has lots of it.  He don’t need no science. Science doesn’t know?  Fuck!  It must be a guy who rose from the dead! Hemant says someone needs to get Fischer a Nobel Prize.  I say someone needs to get him access to fucking Google.  We’ve known since the 1970s [Read More...]