Mayor of Jackson, MS who said prayer would fix potholes releases PSA showing workers doing it.

Last year Tony Yarber, the mayor of Jackson, MS, was under pressure to fix the city’s, to put it nicely, shitty roads.  To much criticism, this is what Yarber posted to twitter at the time: Yes….I believe we can pray potholes away. Moses prayed and a sea opened up. #iseeya #itrustHim #prayerworks — Tony Yarber [Read More…]

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George Takei captures my thoughts on this election perfectly.

Takei and I are pretty much exactly on the same page: [Read more…]

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Roy Moore suspended from the bench, could be removed from office after hearing.

So…Alabama Supreme Court Chief Justice Roy Moore has been suspended from the bench for telling Alabama probate judges to defy the SCOTUS: An Alabama judicial oversight body on Friday filed a formal complaint against Roy S. Moore, the chief justice of the state’s Supreme Court, charging that he had “flagrantly disregarded and abused his authority” [Read More…]

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North Carolina will sue the federal government to keep their bathroom bill.

Last week the Justice Department sent a letter to Gov. Pat McCrory of North Carolina insisting that the state’s bathroom law (insisting that transgender people must use the bathroom of their biological sex) violated the Civil Rights Act.  They gave him until today to respond: It’s deadline day for North Carolina Gov. Pat McCrory. The [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: C’mon…open the gaaaaaate.

Good morning, everybody! View post on imgur.com One of the comments on that picture captures it perfectly: “Hey, would you mind opening the gate? I’ll tell you why, but after you open the gate.” [Read more…]

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US spent $1.4 billion dollars to curb HIV in Africa by promoting abstinence. Shock: it didn’t work.

Well, here’s the headline that did the best at catching my attention today: But we really did: In the past 12 years, the U.S. has spent more than $1.4 billion funding abstinence programs in Africa. They’re part of a larger program — called the President’s Emergency Plan for AIDS Relief — aimed at stopping the [Read More…]

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President of the SBC’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission: America is not a Christian nation.

Russell Moore, the president of the Southern Baptist Convention’s Ethics and Religious Liberty Commission recently posted a video to facebook titled “Is America A Christian Nation?” Plot twist: he concludes that it isn’t: “If what you mean by that, is that a nation in which most of the people profess to be Christians, then, certainly, [Read More…]

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Obama pushing for the first national monument to the LGBT rights movement.

New York’s Stonewall Inn was the site of the 1969 Stonewall riots, which many historians believed was the very first spark of the modern gay rights movement. Now President Obama plans to make the night club the first national monument honoring the history of LGBT people in the United States: New York’s iconic Stonewall Inn, [Read More…]

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CFI makes one of the best hires ever, picks up Lyz Liddell.

I worked under Lyz Liddell in my time with the SSA.  She is one of the most brilliant, hardest-working, kind, and fair-minded people I have ever encountered.  Any project involving her is a damn good investment. That group will be the Center For Inquiry and that project will be Openly Secular.  Via press release: The [Read More…]

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Update on the Jessieville, Arkansas story.

Hey guys, there are showings in the house today up til noon, so I’m trying to get the house spruced up and get out of it.  But here’s a real quick update on the Jessieville story. The school has responded to neither myself or the FFRF.  They have, however, taken down their facebook page entirely [Read More…]

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BREAKING: John Kasich drops out of the presidential race. Trump now unopposed for the nomination.

The Hill reports: John Kasich is suspending his bid for the White House, NBC News is reporting. He will make an announcement about his campaign at 5 p.m. on Wednesday in Columbus, Ohio, his campaign said. The Ohio governor had long been mathematically eliminated from securing enough delegates to win the nomination on first ballot. [Read More…]

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MORNING HAPPINESS: Kansas City Aquarium!

What a busy morning!  I gave a Skype voice lesson to an old friend wanting to learn to sing (we actually incorporated a condom into the lesson, which supports the claim I once made to my wife that I can make a voice lesson out of anything).  I’ve also been trying to stay on top [Read More…]

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Arkansas school planning to bus students to a local church during school hours for National Day of Prayer.

Well, the morning happiness post is going to have to wait.  I woke up to see this screenshot in a facebook group I’m in for Arkansas freethinkers: Um, voluntary or not, that’s not legal.  Like, not even close to legal.  I checked the Jessieville School District’s page myself and this entry is still there as [Read More…]

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Cruz drops out of the presidential race. Trump is going to be the GOP’s nominee.

Damn, I’ve been out of the house all day (pics tomorrow).  Hopefully somebody will decide to buy the house. I arrive back home to see that Trump absolutely crushed in Indiana: Though the real-estate mogul won’t secure the 1,237 delegates he needs to formally claim the nomination until June, his Indiana triumph makes it almost [Read More…]

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