Anne the legal analyst locking horns with local elementary school on separation case.

Contributor to this blog, Anne Orsi, is doing some activism in Northwest Arkansas.  Here’s the back story. A longtime holiday show, beloved by children, inadvertently sparked a controversy in Little Rock over the separation of church and state. It happened when some teachers at Terry Elementary school sent letters home offering to shuttle first and [Read More...]

It would be comedy if they weren’t so serious.

Want to see what happens when you toss confidence into a cauldron with a couple of dipshits and stir? Laugh it up.  These guys don’t have the first clue how we’ve determined the age of the earth and to the pretty precise extent we’ve done it, but they’re sure laughing at scientists.  Of course, right [Read More...]

Franklin Graham: Economist

Steven here… Franklin Graham has recently said something horrible. Big surprise right? When asked how to fix America after all the awful things Obama has done, he said: “Maybe God will have to bring our nation down to our knees—to where you just have a complete economic collapse. And maybe at that point, maybe people [Read More...]

Tuesday conversation: Chrono Trigger or Final Fantasy VI?

Ah, the golden age of RPGs! Which ones were your favorites?  Which ones did you play non-stop? For me it was Chrono Trigger, Final Fantasy IV (FF2 in the States), Final Fantasy VI, Earthbound, Secret of Mana, Lufia 1 (and, through emulators, later Lufia 2), Shining Force (and, through emulators, later Shining Force 2), Phantasy [Read More...]

New bill could give law enforcement access to your emails.

It will surprise some that this bill comes from the Democrats, but it does not surprise me. CNET has learned that Patrick Leahy, the influential Democratic chairman of the Senate Judiciary committee, has dramatically reshaped his legislation in response to law enforcement concerns. A vote on his bill, which now authorizes warrantless access to Americans’ [Read More...]

Marco Rubio: not qualified.

Marco Rubio, all around bigot and one of the leading candidates to get the Republican nomination to run for the Oval Office in 2016, just announced that he is completely unqualified for any job involving a desk.  Or at least, he would have in a country where large swaths of the population didn’t consider being [Read More...]

Petition to the White House: sanction Uganda.

The Uganda parliament has promised to pass a measure before Christmas that could mean the death penalty for gay people. There is a petition to the White House running, the type that guarantees a response from the White House if it hits 25,000 signatures.  The petition requests severe sanctions on Uganda if they pass this [Read More...]

Mail: trapped by mental illness.

I’m behind on answering emails, so there will be a lot of that today.  Some of them will find their way onto the blog.  The first comes from Hank (name changed). I’ve been following your blog since I saw your talk at [my school]. When I saw the video of your talk at Skepticon 4, [Read More...]

It’s not Obama’s fault you’re a jerk.

Bitter, party of one? Hallelujah, amen, and praise Jesus.  Give it to your church and feel fucking smug. It seems almost as absurd as believing in Jesus to think that this will convince someone that Obama is a bad president instead of convincing them that the person who left this is an asshole and that [Read More...]

Pat Robertson: the gift that keeps on giving.

Pat Robertson is onto our Grinchly plans. Although, to be completely fair, I do want Pat Robertson to be miserable.  Robertson talks about presents and music and all kinds of happy things, and then points a gnarled finger straight at us and accuses us of wanting to take it away.  It’s perfectly implied how we [Read More...]

Shining Force 3 and game reviews: Borderlands 2, Torchlight 2, Walking Dead, Portal 2.

Not a lot of heavy lifting on the blog today.  I’m still running a fever and didn’t sleep well and Michaelyn had dentistry work done and is all numb.  So how about some lighter fair like game reviews?  First, I’ve managed to find the English-translated roms for Shining Force III!!!  Why is this so awesome?  [Read More...]

Vlad Chituc misses the mark badly.

The ever dishonest Vlad Chituc has a post up over at Chris Stedman’s blog in response to Zach Alexander’s review of Stedman’s book, in which the bulk of Zach’s post goes unnoticed and the main point goes sailing over Vlad’s head.  But this paragraph in it stuck out to me and really illustrates the problem [Read More...]

Anti-gay lawyer for the Alliance Defending Freedom arrested on child pornography charges.

I know some of you read that title and think “JT is being sensationalist!”  No, I’m not, it’s just that satire is dead. The Alliance Defending Freedom (formerly the Alliance Defense Fund) is a group which, ironically, works very hard to limit the freedom of gay people by preventing them from marrying.  It was founded [Read More...]

My talk from Reason in the Rock: The Consequences of Unreason.

My talk from Reason at the Rock is up!  Here ya go! Reason in the Rock was an absolutely amazing event.  It was a tribute to what community groups are capable. [Read more...]