MORNING HAPPINESS: Dog found the best pillow ever.

I want a tubby cat who lets me use it as a pillow: Yesterday was a solid day of progress with my voice students.  Working with my private voice students has been such a fulfilling experience. But most of all it reminds me of how much Pearl, my first voice teacher, taught me. It also [Read More...]

Atheism and Stalin

Unless you’ve been living under an atheistic rock, you’ve probably encountered assertions from theists, such as “tens of millions of people were murdered in the name of atheism“, or “atheism is the cause for a hundred million deaths.” I’m going to analyze and address it here, but mostly it’s for another project that I’d like to [Read More...]

FAITH: Matt Dillahunty in the role of god.

So, I wanted to blog more about the news today, but I’ll be honest: I just spent the last 40 minutes watching one of Matt Dillahunty’s talks from the Unholy Trinity Tour.  He gives this talk from the perspective of god and, holy crap, I laughed throughout: I’m now off to give voice lessons. Maybe [Read More...]

Walgreens is selling homeopathic ASTHMA medicine.

Hi everyone! This is Christina! The other day my husband was having an asthma attack and he could not get a prescription for an Albuterol inhaler, so he asked the pharmacist if there was anything over-the-counter that he could get. The pharmacist showed him AsthmaCare, and he bought it (For $22.00). Here’s a picture I [Read More...]

FAITH: Pastor Corey L. Kennard rails on doctors for relying on verifiable facts and clinical data.

Pastor Corey L. Kennard is the Manager of Spiritual Care for the St. John Hospital and Medical Center.  So he works in a hospital, but his degree is a Master of Arts in Christian Ministry from Ashland Theological Seminary.  In short, he’s not a doctor.  But he has a blog in the New York Times [Read More...]

GAY RIGHTS: Family values in Ireland.

On May 22nd Ireland will vote on whether or not to legalize gay marriage.  This commercial calls on LGBT people and allies to bring their family to the polls: My parents are LGBT rights activists.  I could not be more proud of them for that.  My brother came out, much later than you’d expect someone [Read More...]

MORNING HAPPINESS: Not so fast, kid.

A thief! View post on Some of the comments on that image are hilarious: And so began the sordid tale of Bugs Bunny and Elmer Fudd… Also, that rooster saw the whole thing and didn’t lift a talon.  I wonder if it’s the rooster from yesterday… Today is voice lessons, so I’ll be cutting [Read More...]

GAY RIGHTS: Indiana has hired a PR firm to rebuild the state’s image.

After trying to make it legal for Christian businesses to discriminate against LGBT clientele went, to put it lightly, poorly, the state has hired a PR firm to help rebuild its image: The state of Indiana has hired a global public relations firm to help rebuild its image in the wake of national criticism that [Read More...]

PERSONAL: Happy birthday, Hitch.

Yesterday was Christopher Hitchens’ birthday.  I miss him.  Here’s a cartoon: Abraham is held up as an example in Sunday school to children.  He was the good guy because when god told him to murder his son he acquiesced.  The irony is that he could not have failed a moral test any more.  The right [Read More...]

FAITH: Texas couple starves their toddler to remove demons and flee after failing to raise him from the dead.

A Texas couple has fled to Mexico after raising their starved toddler from the grave didn’t work out: A Texas couple fled to Mexico after a failed attempt to raise a starved toddler from the dead, police said. Officers received an anonymous tip March 26 that the 2-year-old boy had died nearly a week earlier [Read More...]

FAITH & HIGH SCHOOL: A depressing science test.

An Ohio student posted this test to reddit after his science teacher showed it to him: Unless the teacher is going for ten total points out of twenty question, I’m amazed these answers are worth half a point (including the one the student left blank). But it paints a picture of one of the primary [Read More...]

You guys are wonderful.

Hey all.  Just a quick post to remind you how much I love you, and how you reminded me in two posts yesterday. In Gabrielle’s post she said some unpopular things (some of which I disagree with, and have told her so).  Those who commented did so assuming the best, arguing calmly and reasonably.  In doing [Read More...]

FAITH: Does Wal-Mart have a policy in place allowing pharmacists to refuse to fill prescriptions for religious reasons?

When taking their oath as a healthcare professional, some people mentally put an asterisk next to it that allows them to deny people healthcare if their religion dictates they must.  Six states have specific laws allowing for this in the case of pharmacists (Arizona, Arkansas, Georgia, Idaho, Mississippi, South Dakota), which led to a Wal-Mart pharmacist [Read More...]

Am I just a “bigoted asshole”?

CLARIFICATION about my last post   In my post about the American Atheists Convention 2015, I made a comment about one of the workshops in which I said that I was against feminism. The original excerpt of that is: “For roughly half the workshop, the speakers were just spreading feminist shit.  I have my reasoning [Read More...]