Whatever Rick Perry suggests, do the opposite.

It’s hard to imagine a guy who can work is way up to office, to leader of the land, by essentially being as irresponsible about problems as possible.  Yet, Rick Perry has managed it, and he’s at it again. In his own statement, Perry acknowledged the problem of violence in the U.S. but said enacting [Read More...]

The Week in Review: Law and Atheism 1/17/2013

Reproductive Rights News Update This week, Pew Research Center released new polling data that seems to indicate that even among pro-life people, support  for reproductive rights is at an all-time high.  There seems to be more acceptance that abortions should be safe and legal when they do occur, even if these people would not choose [Read More...]

Sandy Hook truthers are awful people

Steven here… I’ve always had some sympathy for conspiracy theorists. I used to buy into a lot of these silly ideas about the government having secret contact with aliens and stuff. Even when I stopped believing in them, conspiracies like that were still interesting and exciting. And I have a measure of nostalgia looking back [Read More...]

American Atheists testing the “equal treatment” waters in Florida.

In Orange County, Florida, a group has been allowed to distribute bibles at public schools.  American Atheists has the right idea. Cranford, NJ-Orange County, Florida school leaders have given approval for members of World Changers of Florida to distribute Bibles by placing them on tables near student lunchrooms on Wednesday, January 16, 2013. David Silverman, [Read More...]

Zach Kopplin: still a little guy, even though he’s doing big things.

I was reading this article about Zach Kopplin, who is a one-man wrecking crew against creationism down in Louisiana.  Most of us know all the good things that Zach is doing, but this is the part that stood out to me. “This was a pivotal moment for me,” Kopplin told io9. “I had always been [Read More...]

Bill Stanley proposes a bill that would allow government officials to pray in their official capacity.

Bill Stanley, a state senator in Virginia, has decided to waste time and money by proposing an absurd bill. “We have to return prayer to the public forum,” Stanley said. “It’s long overdue.” “It’s time we (Virginia) take a stand and qualify in our Constitution that religious liberty is one of the most sacred of [Read More...]

A pretty lousy practice by the police.

Last week I was driving Michaelyn up to Springfield, MO from Arkansas when I saw a state trooper pull a u-turn behind me and come right up on my ass.  I pulled out my cell phone and set the audio recorder (just in case officer Friendly decided to be stupid), got my license and stuff [Read More...]

Jon Stewart on opponents of gun control.

Jon Stewart…take me now. The Daily Show with Jon StewartGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook The Daily Show with Jon StewartGet More: Daily Show Full Episodes,Political Humor & Satire Blog,The Daily Show on Facebook [Read more...]

Dad responds to Congressman Rick Crawford.

The other day, my father got an email from Arkansas Congressman Rick Crawford that read… “A well-regulated Militia, being necessary to the security of a free State, the right of the people to keep and bear Arms, shall not be infringed.” – Second Amendment, The Constitution of United States In the days and weeks following [Read More...]

Mental illness and gun control laws.

Hooray!  Here’s one of those potentially drama-inducing posts that sucks to write!  Wheeeeeeee! A lot of people who are pro-gun post anecdotes of folks who have successfully defended themselves or foiled a robbery with a gun. According to the Brady Campaign to Prevent Gun Violence, a gun in the home is 11 times more likely [Read More...]

Testing a psychic

DrB-   I’m a big fan of James Randi, and his work in exposing the fraud that is psychics and every form of woo. This talk show host takes an mighty fine approach as well. It’s not English, but you’ll get the idea.   You can find me on twitter, @DrDavidBurger [Read more...]

Last day in Arkansas. :(

It’s been a wonderful time here with my family.  I get to see my parents so seldom, and I get to see my brother even less.  Getting to spend so much time with our family united was the best present a guy could’ve asked for.  Thank all of you for putting up with intermittent days [Read More...]

Not the response you were looking for.

An official petition to the White House to construct a Death Star got the requisite number of votes to necessitate a response.  The White House opened thusly: The Administration shares your desire for job creation and a strong national defense, but a Death Star isn’t on the horizon. Here are a few reasons: The construction [Read More...]

Michele Bachman and the House Intelligence Committee

Anne here – If you haven’t already signed it, I’d like to issue a WWJTD activism alert for the petition by the People for the American Way to remove Michele Bachmann the House Intelligence Committee. There are any number of reasons for doing this, but primary among them is that she has never met a [Read More...]