HOLY CRAP NEW COMET!!! A new comet has been discovered that is predicted to blaze incredibly brilliantly in the skies during late 2013. With a perihelion passage of less than two million kilometres from the Sun on 28 November 2013, current predictions are of an object that will dazzle the eye at up to magnitude [Read More...]

Bishop says voting Democrat could cost you salvation.

One other reason I’m going to hell.  I collect them like Pokemon. The Roman Catholic Bishop of Springfield, Illinois, is warning that the Democratic Party has endorsed “intrinsic evils” and consequently, voters who back Democratic candidates have put their eternal salvation at risk. In the Catholic Times, the official newspaper of the Springfield diocese, Bishop [Read More...]

God doesn’t want your kids in school

DrB-   It turns out, that if you live in Virginia, god might want your kids to remain uneducated. Some Virginia children might not be getting any education because of the state’s religious exemption from mandatory school attendance, according to a recent University of Virginia study. It’s on the rise, parents choosing to take their [Read More...]

The Wizard of Speed and Time

Back in a land long-forgotten, an era known as “the 80s,” my mother rented a VHS (think old school DVD) for the family called The Wizard of Speed and Time.  It quickly became my favorite movie of all-time and remains so to this day. It was made by a special effects artist named Mike Jittlov [Read More...]

Maher rips into swing voters.

Admittedly, I’m not a huge fan of Bill Maher.  My opposition to religion arises from my dedication to reason as the arbiter of truth, and Maher has a number of opinions that take an epic two-flush monster shit all over reason’s kitchen before laughing their way out of the house (alternative medicine, anyone?). That being [Read More...]

Texas school expanding corporal punishment.

What do places more governed by the ancient tenets of America’s favorite religion look like? Well, like ancient eras worming their way into this one. But when two teenage girls there reportedly suffered bruises after being paddled by male assistant principals, some parents complained. They weren’t upset about the punishment itself, but instead that the [Read More...]

Slate publishes a ghastly article on freedom of speech.

Eric Posner has an article in Slate accusing the United States of overvaluing freedom of speech. Americans need to learn that the rest of the world—and not just Muslims—see no sense in the First Amendment. Even other Western nations take a more circumspect position on freedom of expression than we do, realizing that often free [Read More...]

Manager of art exhibit needs a new job.

In Grand Rapids Greg Gilmore owns and runs an art show.  I wonder why, since he doesn’t seem to get the meaning of art.  One of the pieces at the art show this year was an effigy of Saddam Hussein hanging inside a bird cage. This is how Gilmore reacted. Greg Gilmore told 24 Hour [Read More...]

Blasphemy in Russia may soon be punishable by jail time.

Russian lawmakers are trying to make blasphemy a punishable crime. Russian lawmakers are calling for jail sentences of up to three years for anyone guilty of offending religious feelings, in a move that could further tighten the bonds between President Vladimir Putin and the resurgent Orthodox Church. Why are they doing this? “All these actions [Read More...]

We need more than 2 parties.

DrB-   I got to thinking, what would the election look like if instead of a list of candidates and parties, the ballot was just a listing of candidates positions on various topics? I recognize this would likely make voting more difficult, and next to impossible to determine clear/fair language for issues, but I think [Read More...]

The JT signal.

Someone on facebook noticed I got tagged in threads with arguments a lot as a means to summon me to the conversation.  That prompted him to make this image, which cracks me the hell up. Sadly, I must ignore most online arguments.  There simply isn’t enough time to combat every crime against rationality, and certainly [Read More...]

Prayer killing people across the pond.

Even in more atheistic Britain, prayer is killing. Dangerous cases of faith leaders who tell people with HIV to stop taking their life-saving drugs have been identified by African-led community groups in a number of locations across England. Seven groups said there were instances of people being told by faith leaders they had been “healed” [Read More...]

Romney throws tantrum so he can bus in supporters.

I’m feeling cynical this morning, so how thumping on Mitt Romney‘s presidential campaign? Mitt Romney packed the audience for a Univision forum earlier this week, BuzzFeed’s McKay Coppins reports, busing in local supporters “after exhausting the few conservative groups on campus.” The campaign threatened to “reschedule” the event if organizers did not allow the “rowdy [Read More...]

Tuesday conversation: lurkers.

I won’t divulge my blog’s traffic numbers, but they’re high.  Not PZ Myers, Ed Brayton, or Hemant Mehta high, but high.  Yet, the number of comments I get is much lower than even lower-traffic blogs. Why do you think that is?  If you’re a lurker, do you lurk all the blogs you read? I should [Read More...]