A Rainbow in the Kentucky Mountains

I don’t know if I’m going to be able to give a good legal roundup for a couple of weeks – I’ve been having trouble with my right hand, and what I thought was arthritis behaving badly has turned out to be a couple of gnarled tendons that are going to have to get cut [Read More...]

The GOP has some real problems with racism.

The Log Cabin Republicans are a mystery to me.  They support a group that positively despises them and want to make their lives less happy.  The Hispanic Buzzword Leadership Network is kind of in the same vein.  It’s a group of racial minorities supporting the party that regularly attempts to discourage minority voters and has [Read More...]

LaPierre: it’s all or nothing on gun control.

Wayne LaPierre is keeping up with the insights on how to reduce gun violence. There’s no point in pursuing universal background checks for firearms purchases, National Rifle Association Executive Vice President Wayne LaPierre plans to tell the Senate tomorrow, because bad guys will get guns anway. Yes, we won’t stop all criminals from getting guns, so [Read More...]

Foster Freiss is going to keep investing in Rick Santorum.

Foster Friess is a very rich man.  No big, he earned it.  However, I’m at an utter loss for how somebody so completely clueless can get that rich. Friess was a big donor to Rick Santorum during the Republican primaries this last election, and boy, does he ever want Santorum again in 2016. Friess jumped [Read More...]

Ethics in Illinois.

After all the fallout with Rod Blagojevich, it’s probably a good thing that the state of Illinois has an Ethics Commission.  It’s also a good thing for those of us who appreciate irony like, say, a former commissioner for the Ethics Committee getting popped for violating ethics laws. A former member of the Illinois Executive [Read More...]

Not impressed with the Boy Scouts of America.

It’s been rolling around the internet that the Boy Scouts of America are ending their ban on homosexuals participating in the scouts.  While that’s true, I’m not that impressed. Boy Scouts of America is considering ending a longstanding national ban on gay youth and adult members and leaving policies on sexual orientation to its local [Read More...]

Tuesday conversation: League of Legends.

Ah, it’s good to be back at home and writing regularly (which means the regular posts will go back to being, y’know, regular). Over the break, my brother convinced me to try League of Legends.  It’s a lot of fun, but the people who play it have a high tendency to use the asshole-enabling property [Read More...]

Britain may launch advertising campaign about how much Britain sucks.

Bulgaria and Romania just lifted their laws prohibiting their citizens from moving to particular other EU nations, like Britain.  Nations that have their shit mostly together, like the United Kingdom, are now facing a possible influx of *gasp* immigrants.  The question is how to deal with this, and the UK may have found the answer.  [Read More...]

Rick Joyner has trustworthy revelations.

Rick Joyner, self-proclaimed prophet, has a dark message for America: the government is not going to implement sensible gun regulations, as has been proposed by, well, almost everybody.  No, the government is going to take away all the guns which, according to Joyner, will lead to a “second American revolution”.  Joyner is kind of like [Read More...]

Music break.

I’m a bit of a sapiophile (sapiophile?  sapiosexual?).  So it just makes me melt when my fiancee teaches me something new (which she does a lot).  However, when she teaches me something new in my own field of expertise…that’s kind of humbling and endearing at the same time. She sent me this singer, Fabio Armiliato, [Read More...]

If you’re good at something, never do it for free.

You know the two industries that continue to thrive during an economic downturn?  They are education (people picking up skills to get employed) and entertainment.  People want to be entertained.  It’s why more people are outraged about Manti Te’o’s faux girlfriend than about drone strikes killing innocent people.  Lesson?  Make your activism entertaining if you [Read More...]

Death and ritual.

Every week, fellow Patheos writers Dan Fincke and Libby Anne are posting one of those deep questions for other bloggers to answer.  I didn’t respond to their post last week on civic responsibility because I was busy (and also because I didn’t have anything deep to say).  I still don’t have anything particularly deep to [Read More...]

Prayer as an either/or.

I’m often told by the people trying to assure me that prayer works that god doesn’t like to be tested (which makes prayer seem silly in the first place).  This is a roundabout way, in my eyes, of saying you can’t just pray and let god fix our problems.  You have to pray while actually [Read More...]

More love for Dave Silverman.

Dave Silverman’s voicemail is just a big pile of epic.  While it takes work and intellect to learn about how the universe works, his voicemails are sterling examples of how any dumbass can have faith. Yeah, I’ll remember this phone call.  I’ll remember it every time a Christian tells me that their religion makes people [Read More...]