Contrasting Cartoons

DrB- Just two quick cartoons, first…we’re just that pale blue dot, suspended in a sunbeam. The entirety of our knowledge is just a spec. Second, oddly enough, one of my examples that would persuade me towards a specific religion: If aliens visited and had remarkably similar stories about religious figures or texts, this would prove [Read More...]

Chick-Fil-A wants to have its wedding cake and ban it too.

Remember yesterday when I said I’d believe Chick-Fil-A would change its practices only after I heard it from Dan Cathy’s mouth? (Others said it too.) There was a reason for that. President Dan Cathy tweeted a photo this week from a Chick-fil-A backed fundraiser for a group once described as antigay by an investigation of [Read More...]

John Corvino’s new series on the gay marriage arguments.

Skepticon veteran John Corvino is one of the most brilliant and likable people defending the civil rights of LGBT individuals.  He has just released a series of nine videos addressing the arguments against gay marriage with his trademark brevity and wit.  I’ll post one of them on this post so you can get a taste.  [Read More...]

Sam Harris’ article and support for the idea that Islam is barbaric.

Yesterday Sam Harris posted an article titled On the Freedom to Offend an Imaginary God.  It tackles the recent outbursts by Muslims over a crappy internet video.  Stuff like this is why Harris remains one of my atheistic heroes (even if his position on profiling is wrong). The contagion of moral cowardice followed its usual [Read More...]

Happy anniversary of DADT!

Today is the one year anniversary of the death of Don’t Ask, Don’t Tell. Somehow we’ve survived the end of military cohesiveness.  The army has endured the death of recruiting.   There was also the mass exodus of troops that we were assured would take place. From the vantage point of the present, it is [Read More...]

JT Eberhard interviews Tisha Unarmed

Christina here… I recorded this video of JT and Tisha back in.. February I think? I finally got off my lazy butt and finished editing it enough to throw it on Youtube. They talk about some serious issues: depression, god, handling setbacks in your life – it’s totally worth watching. Enjoy! If you skip to [Read More...]

Do tax cuts actually stimulate the economy?

DrB- Standard line for Romney this campaign season, is that he’ll create jobs via some mystery process. He hasn’t outlined it just yet, or ever, but in short it involves lots of tax cuts. Presumably, this will create jobs.  But….does it? Lucky for us, there’s a new study out by the Congressional Research Service. In [Read More...]

Romney: money can buy happiness.

Oh Romney, the things you say when you’re being honest. Mitt continued, “Sucks you guys are poor!” My expert analysis: fuck this guy. (via Andrew Sullivan) [Read more...]

Prayer is neglect without the shame.

Another child has died because prayer doesn’t work. Two faith healers who shunned modern medicine let their 16-year-old son die in agony rather than take him to hospital. Russell and Brandi Bellew chose to ‘pray away’ their son’s burst appendix instead of getting him emergency help. Their son, Austin Sprout, suffered with excruciating appendicitis for [Read More...]

Pawlenty wins the race to the first life raft.

Tim Pawlenty has left his position as co-chair of Mitt Romney’s presidential campaign. Former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty will take over one of K Street’s most prestigious jobs as CEO of the Financial Services Roundtable. The group announced Thursday morning that the former GOP candidate for president would replace long-time CEO Steve Bartlett, who is [Read More...]

Tisha Unarmed on Inside Edition +me.

Christina here… On Monday Tisha (my friend who was born without arms) and I spent the day with the film crew of Inside Edition. Tomorrow Tisha will be on the show, and I will make a brief appearance!   Here’s a sneak preview.   Update: Well, they removed the sneak preview video. Damn! Enjoy! Learn more [Read More...]

Ironyyyyyy beyond power of speech.

This exists. Her vote counts just as much as yours. Also, I hope she’s a freshman, otherwise her college has failed her. [Read more...]

Need clicks quick: good news and bad news.

If you need to get caught up on the Chase Community Giving saga, click here. Good news: Camp Quest is safely into $20k range.  Go team! Bad news:  the Secular Student Alliance has fallen to 47th place, one spot out of $50k range.  If they don’t make up the votes in the next few hours, [Read More...]

Progress planet interviewed me.

Progress Planet did an interview with me that got posted the other day.  In it I talk about how I got my start in blogging and how my blog came to be.  Also, when asked what keeps people from coexisting peacefully, I place the blame squarely on ignorance and irrationality and point the finger straight [Read More...]