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James M. Martin replied to James M. Martin's discussion John Gielgud Once Played Every Role in a Movie Version of Shakespeare's "The Tempest," But This is Something Else Again
"I suspect we are talking about the same film. There was a very recent one with Helen Mirren cast as Prosper, but Gielgud was not in it. Also, I do not recall nudity, tough there may have been some in the Tempest with Gielgud. The title of the…"
11 hours ago
James M. Martin replied to Brian Edward Croner's discussion Intelligent But Makes an Exception for Religion in the group ORIGINS: UNIVERSE, LIFE, HUMANKIND, AND DARWIN
"Pascal was an arsehole. But then, in his age, he could not be expected to show the courage of a Nietzsche, or for that matter, that of a Voltaire. He had a failure of nerve is all. Perhaps all hope of an afterlife had faded only after his time.…"
11 hours ago
John Aultman replied to James M. Martin's discussion Question for All Who Read This Posting
"I dusted of my copy of the Qur'an and found the following: Surat Al-Hijr (15:43-45) Hell is the promised place for all these, with seven gaes, each gate having it's allotted share of them.  Surat Az-Zumar (39:71)And those who…"
Jul 11
Luara replied to James M. Martin's discussion Question for All Who Read This Posting
"That's easy, don't be a virgin ;)"
Jul 11
Future replied to James M. Martin's discussion Question for All Who Read This Posting
"Maybe it's what they do to try and persuade Allah to not make them a rape toy in the afterlife."
Jul 11
Luara replied to James M. Martin's discussion Question for All Who Read This Posting
"People have studied failed Islamic suicide bombers in prison.  As I remember, the women have different motivations from the men.  They have been traumatized, for example a rape victim who's now a social outcast - and they are trying…"
Jul 11
James M. Martin commented on Claire Donnelly's group LGBTQI atheists, nontheists, and friends
"@Jim G. I suspect the media made up the alphabet thing and that someone added the letter Q because they knew some of us do not identify completely with the other letters. Some of us initially disliked appropriation of the word "gay"…"
Jul 11
Future replied to James M. Martin's discussion Question for All Who Read This Posting
"I always scratch my head when I hear about another suicide bomber, and it's a female. I would love to know what she is expecting from the afterlife."
Jul 11

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George Will and the IRS: Conservative Ideology Blinds Pundit to the IRS's Biggest Problem: Underfunding Their Watchdog Operations

Posted on May 2, 2014 at 10:37am 2 Comments

It is a talking point on Fox and at the conservative caucuses that the IRS should be abolished or replaced with a more equitable taxing system such as ad valorem, no matter that institution of the latter would result in many if not most of us sleeping on discount off-brand mattresses while the Koch Cabal buys the major mattress factories (if they do not already own them). My interest in George Will as a spokesman for the Cabal (my word for the 1% owning 40% or more of the wealth) was dormant…


Meeting William S. Burroughs

Posted on January 19, 2014 at 10:00am 0 Comments

A friend took me to a dinner at the home of a Manhattan dowager who turned out to be the agent there for the paintings of Brion Gysin, Burroughs' co-conspirator in magickal displacement of time and space known as the cut-up (slicing pages of a manuscript in half or quarters, then, John Cage-like, rearranging the pieces in such a way that they create in a kind of Flash Gordonesque, Hegelian manner, new messages, some actually predicting future events. I had long been fascinated by Burroughs,…


On Euhemerism, Yesterday & Today: Jesus, Elvis, and Antinous: Is Bieber Next?

Posted on July 23, 2013 at 11:30pm 3 Comments

While studying the occult for about a decade prior to becoming an agnostic, I read H. P. Blavatsky, Manly P. Hall, and, most valuably, Gerald Massey.  Blavatsky and Massey were sober critics of Christianity; the former became famous for saying "there is no religion higher than the truth," and the latter explored the death and resurrection myths that went into the making of the myth-in-chief: Jesus.  Blavatsky pointed out the similarity of the name, Krishna, to the name Christ, and Massey…


Something is Rotten -- Very Rotten -- in the State of Texas

Posted on July 12, 2013 at 10:30am 1 Comment

I've always maintained that so-called pro-life advocates for the unborn have little science to back up their cockamamie theories concerning abortion and rely, in most cases, on religious intolerance, bigotry, and slavish devotion to dogma. All three of the solar phallic monotheisms, the Abrahamaic faiths, preach male dominance and female submission, paternalistic hegemony that by now should be consigned to the dust heap of history. Allowing a woman to have total control over her bodily…


Debunking the Beatification and (Carefully, if Illogically) Planned Canonization of Pope John Paul II

Posted on July 5, 2013 at 4:24pm 9 Comments

Not long ago, I argued a contract case before an appeals court after losing in a bench trial (trial to judge, as opposed to jury).  We were suing a couple who basically swindled my client, a builder.  At some point disagreements between the parties developed, and the purchaser-defendants began to request add-ons and upgrades in order to exceed their loan guarantee.  The contract made the purchasers responsible to apply for a loan once…


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At 2:32pm on July 16, 2014, Patricia said…

Thanks for the request James. Gladly accepted.

At 10:48am on June 3, 2013, Lord Ainsworth said…

Self-expression is individuality, and our individuality is our self, which ought to be our chief concern.

At 12:04pm on April 21, 2013, Lord Ainsworth said…

I appreciate your comment.

Hope you're doing well.

At 9:44pm on March 7, 2013, Deepak Gupta said…

Thanks for the comments James.

Good to know about Osteen, the #1 Fraud in America today. Can we call Chopra #2? Pun intended.

At 12:16pm on October 16, 2012, Joan Denoo said…

I appreciate and value your comments and thoughts. Thank you for friendship.  

At 12:24pm on March 22, 2012, Sentient Biped said…

James, in case you are interested in discussions on this topic:

Justice For All

Justice For All

Atheists have our own ideas about what is just and what is unjust.  This group will explore the elusive concept of justice.  Topics include racial injustice, death penalty, imprisonment, crime, and other aspects of justice in modern society and in history.  Without gods, what is the basis for justice?  What do humanists and others say about justice?  What do you think about current controversies and cases regarding justice or injustice?

At 7:43pm on March 8, 2012, Aria Royce said…

I just posted my question up for duscussion. 


I'd be honored if you answered this. Thank you

At 7:41pm on March 8, 2012, Aria Royce said…

Can I ask you a question, privately? I added you as a friend. Please accept so I can message you. I think you are a great mind. I would like to know what you think about a simple question

At 5:35pm on February 10, 2012, Lilium Baden said…

I wanted to thank you. Your blog about the super bowl brought me to this wonderful site. Seriously, you have my gratitude.

At 8:55pm on January 18, 2012, Steph S. said…

I wish you a good week!


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