Archives for April, 2009

Olbermann on Fire

Keith Olbermann delivered a nice smackdown of empty-headed Minnesota representative Michelle Bachmann on last night’s Countdown:

Deferred Maintenance

You might have noticed that the overlords have updated my blog template. That was very nice of them! Alas, it does mean that some maintenance is required over on the sidebar. I’m not likely to get to that for a day or two, so you will just have to put up with a distorted view…

The More Things Change…

Browsing through S. T. Joshi’s book Atheism: A Reader (Prometheus Books, 2000) I came across an excerpt from H. L. Mencken’s writing from the Scopes’ trial. It contained the following quote: Once more, alas, I find myself unable to follow the best Liberal thought. What the World‘s contention amounts to, at bottom, is simply the…

Here’s Uncommon Descent’s Barry Arrington holding forth on on the bleak conclusions he believes follow logically from atheism:

In the spirit of ending the week with lighter fare, don’t miss this article, from Slate, extolling the considerable talents of action star Jason Statham. He is one of those actors who, even when he is in bad movies (as he often is) , always comes off looking good.

Bunting on Atheism

The article by Julian Baggini disucssed in yesterday’s blog post was a reply of sorts to this article by Madeleine Bunting. She starts with some encouraging words: This is Holy Week. It started yesterday with Palm Sunday and continues through Holy Thursday, Good Friday and culminates this Sunday with Easter Day. One can no longer…

The Teabaggers in a Nutshell

I was going to write something up about those miserable teabagging dimwits, but I can not improve on the eloquent summary of Comrade PhysioProf. My longstanding no profanity rule prevents me from quoting any of it, alas, so you will just have to follow the link.

Baggini on Atheism

Via P.Z. Myers I came across this article by Julian Baggini. Baggini is the editor of The Philosopher’s Magazine and the author of Atheism: A Very Short Introduction. The essay is rather weird. It begins with the standard brain-dead boiler-plate about how Dawkins et al are just too darn mean in their attacks against religion:

Ricky Jay Has a New Show

Happy news from the Boston Globe: Let’s just say that in these days of digital shock and computerized awe, Jay dazzles us the old-fashioned way: with his hands. He last appeared in Boston eight years ago in the Mamet-directed off-Broadway hit “Ricky Jay and His 52 Assistants.” On Friday Jay brings his new theatrical work,…

So Much for Self-Reliance

Glenn Beck is not happy with the Obama administration: Glenn Beck is so outraged by President Obama’s immigration plan that he was forced to ask on his show Thursday, “President Obama, why don’t you just set us on fire?” In his “The One Thing” segment Thursday (that was picked up and hammered by Media Matters),…

A Post of Pure Self-Indulgence

I have not been blogging much lately, a state of affairs likely to persist until the end of the semester at the start of May. This is partly a consequence of blogger burn-out; I just flat haven’t felt like blogging. Mainly, though, it is because this semester has been an unusually busy and stressful one.…

Chocolate Improves Your Math

Regular blogging will not resume until the end of the semester, but I couldn’t resist emerging from my hidey hole to call attention to this article, from The Times of India: Bad at maths? Gorge on chocolates before you attempt your next examination. A new study has revealed that eating chocolate could improve the brain’s…