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Archives for July, 2011

This looks like a really good rule. Do not allow others to molest children, expose all molesters to authorities, they are the worst garbage to infest any society. Maybe it was on that set of tablets Moses smashed — it’s certainly a more useful law than the ones about how to cook goats or what…

Texas cynicism

Anybody know if this story is true or just an amusing joke? I like it either way. In a small Texas town, (Mt. Vernon ) Drummond’s bar began construction on a new building to increase their business.. The local Baptist church started a campaign to block the bar from opening with petitions and prayers. Work…

Anti-clerical sentiment in Ireland

Excellent news: the tide is rising against the Vatican in Ireland. More people are speaking out, the newspapers are publishing pictures of the pope labeled “persona non grata”, there’s a simmering resentment everywhere. It’s leading to comments like this one, which sees a secular Ireland coexisting with religious sentiment, but no longer with the long…

Various godless/critical thinking organizations are doing a good thing: they are expanding their sphere of interest into the high schools, and there are now new resources available to students. If you’re interested in learning more about what you can do to be a secular activist in your high school, you can contact JT Eberhard at…

Scum of the earth. Parts of Michele Bachmann’s district contain the most smug, pious, conservative rat-buggering jerks on the planet (like Marcus Bachmann and his anti-gay “clinic”, for instance). And the symptoms are beginning to show: the Anoka-Hennepin school district, part of Bachmann’s domain, home of the Elmer Gantry-wannabe Bradley Dean, is also the epicenter…

Episode CCXXXIII: Ocean dreaming

Sometimes, you just need some whale songs to get you through the day. (Last edition of TET; Current totals: 12,811 entries with 1,450,309 comments.)

Pat Buchanan go home

It’s sad. The terrorism in Norway was by a right wing nationalist extremist of the pale-skinned, Christian variety, and it’s like we broke our home-grown right-wingers’ small, feeble, crumbly hearts with that news. But have no fear! They are dogged and single-minded, and they will find a way to blame the desired targets of retribution…

Here’s a perfectly appropriate prayer to start a NASCAR race: he thanks God for GM performance technology, and Ford, and motor oil, and Goodyear tires…he must be hoping for a little kickback from auto suppliers. Aww, it’s funny, anyway.

Dang, I missed Father’s Day

It’s not just Catholics

Is this like some bizarre religion-wide side-effect or something? Because Catholicism and Buddhism seem like such wildly different faiths, but here we go again, chronic incidents of child rape by priests…Buddhist priests. And like the Catholic side of the story, they’ve got some of these priests dead to rights, with DNA/paternity tests and admissions and…