You've got to be taught, before it's too late
Before you are six or seven or eight
To hate all the people your relatives hate
You've got to be carefully taught
From the musical South Pacific
Our three summer family reunions were terrific, especially for the kids, who have discovered or re-discovered no fewer than 50 cousins of various degrees of remove. Better yet, these cousins are good kids,… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on August 14, 2008 at 8:02am —
Last Sunday, I posted a rather annoyed and probably knee-jerk reaction to this whole Random House business of not publishing The Jewel of Medina for fear of reprisal from Islamic Fundamentalists. I have since refined my position a bit.
I still believe it's big-time trouble to allow religious extremists to threaten publishers/authors with violence whenever something they don't like might be printed. That's not going to change--it's a freedom of speech issue, and it's a freedom of/from… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on August 14, 2008 at 7:04am —
Yet more capitulation
This spinelessness is one of the shameful side effects of several centuries of mostly positive liberalism. Its high time for liberalists to seriously begin to address theocratic fascism in general, and islamofascism in particular - the very mention of the term
sends most liberal commentators and intellectuals scurrying… Continue
Added by Фелч Гроган on August 13, 2008 at 9:30pm —
This past weekend my wife and I were visiting my sister-in-law and our nephew had his toys out on the floor. He had like four Jawa BK toys (the eyes light up when you squeeze his belly). I was like "Man! I want one!" jokingly. Well, one of the Jawas belonged to our niece and she decided she wanted to give it to me (so sweet!). So there it sits.
Wait! Who's that next to my Jawa!?
This one is a gift from my mom… Continue
Added by Larro on August 13, 2008 at 5:02pm —
This is my first blog post here. I've been steaming about something lately, so I guess I will use this opportunity to get it out of my system.
I don't know about other people, but one thing that I absolutely HATE post deconversion is all the xians who want me to read their favorite books or go to certain lectures from supposedly renowned scientists on the truth of creationism, but don't care to look at the same topics from a different perspective than their own. I spent 28 years as a… Continue
Added by Daniel on August 13, 2008 at 1:59pm —
It seems that every day 3 polls come out and the people who refer to them talk about the results as if the poll is solid gold fact. And most people just accept it as truth. Well, it's not.
Don't believe everything you read or hear. People have agendas and numbers are easily warped and skewed.
That leads me to Reason and a new project I've volunteered for. If you've ever seen the Skeptics Annotated Bible, this is a project to make it even better. I love having resources and… Continue
Added by Neece on August 13, 2008 at 12:00pm —
The story of Doubting Thomas is a familiar one: that it is better to believe without evidence, that faith is a virtue. I recall some more biblical passages that promote this theme. Continue
Added by Maria on August 13, 2008 at 12:00pm —
My response to the faith-based point of view: "If behavior is controlled instead by circuits in the brain that follow the laws of chemistry, choice and value would be myths and the possibility of moral responsibility would evaporate. As the creationist advocate John West put it, "If human beings (and their beliefs) really are the mindless products of their material existence, then everything that gives meaning to human life--religion, morality, beauty--is revealed to be without objective… Continue
Added by Maria on August 13, 2008 at 12:00pm —
Someone stole a custom made bicycle that was owned by a Cerebral Palsy boy of 17. In it's place they left a 10 speed bike. The bike was recovered.
This is a comment from someone in the paper:
Whoever stole that bike should have their hands chopped off at the wrist. That's the punishment for stealing in some countries - I think we should have it here too. There would be a lot less recidivism - how are you going to pick something up to steal without hands???
I hope… Continue
Added by TinaFCD on August 13, 2008 at 11:05am —
"Growing pains" is a word-phrase that is used to describe the sometimes 'painful' phases we go through as we get a little older and a littler wiser. Babies have literal growing pains as their teeth come in. Teens have growing pains when they realize they aren't popular and they never will be. The key word here is 'growing,' really. That baby will eventually have teeth with which to gnaw on all sorts of yummy items, and he or she will be thankful for it. That teenager will hopefully manage to… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on August 13, 2008 at 8:26am —
Is there anyone here living near this area or that knows someone whom does that can confirm this or give any insight as to what, exactly, in the hell is going on?
Ark. city neighborhood under 24-hour curfew
Associated Press - August 10, 2008 8:34 PM ET
HELENA-WEST HELENA, Ark. (AP) - Helena-West Helena Mayor James Valley says he ordered a round-the-clock curfew and heavy… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on August 12, 2008 at 11:30pm —
[From the GameSpot forums. You can read the thread I posted this in here
Seriously, what is this? Militant atheists, eh? Where are they?
Here's a primer on… Continue
Added by Mark C. on August 12, 2008 at 9:37pm —
but a single pixel in space.
insignificant, or perfectly in place?
multiplying into megascopic reactions.
Little steps taken,
significant, or trite transactions?
I live on this pixel,
this pixel called, “Earth,”
and sometimes I wonder,
what it’s all worth.
Added by TJMorgan on August 12, 2008 at 8:00pm —
Why do we go to family reunions? Well, I don't anymore but, why do people have them? My family practically all live in the same town, we see each other enough, in my opinion. We all sit in our little cliques, talking about people in their little cliques. Does anyone have them in a church? This year ours is being held at my mom and sister's church. What the heck are all the kids going to do for entertainment?
Added by TinaFCD on August 12, 2008 at 7:32pm —
These are two things that will never change throughout my life.
There are a couple of rationale behind it.
1) When I get old and have dementia and there is the possibility that no one can speak for me, this will be kind of a "statement" for others to abide by. Like: "Don't feed me anything that comes from an animal" and "Don't send me to church".
I drive around senior citizens and disabled persons (it's my job...and I absolutely… Continue
Added by Larro on August 12, 2008 at 5:00pm —
Hey folks, gas prices are so much better then in the 1960's (adjusted, of course)! Doesn't that make you feel better? These guys seem to think you should think so:
A big surprise on gas: You may not believe it, but fuel is more affordable than it was during the early '60s.
Talk about a big, warm, fuzzy feeling inside, huh ?! Remember that next time it costs you upwards of $70 to… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on August 12, 2008 at 4:30pm —
I came across this article while doing my daily news trolling.
Prehistoric giant animals killed by man, not climate: study
The headline is fairly misleading and the content is somewhat fluffy. I'm trying to get my paws on the paper so I can give it a look but, as of this moment, the PNAS website doesn't yet have it available.
The research, theory and possible… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on August 12, 2008 at 12:08pm —
I'm heading back to school in.....5 days.
I'm looking forward to this because: I'll be getting away from the family once more.
I'm NOT looking forward to this because: I'll be 320 miles away from the love of my life for nearly 9-10 months.
Yes, I know I can come for visits, but it's not the same. I want to be here, with her, living with her, loving her, and all that sappy stuff. -sighs- She's willing to put up with me, so I guess I shouldn't… Continue
Added by Sage Hitek on August 12, 2008 at 12:00pm —
Public Service Announcement:
Thursday, August 14th, 2008, 8PM EST
From the show's promo: "Brother" Richard and Kym Membe are the founders of AtheistNexus.org. It's one the latest and hottest atheist communities on the web. They are appearing tonight to discuss whether or not we even need atheist community sites as well as providing us an awesome treat in hearing… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on August 12, 2008 at 9:07am —
Please add your two cents. I'd rather do a poll but this will have to do.
What does Atheism mean to you?
How would you symbolize it? How does being an atheist affect you and your life?
If you could pick on thing to represent atheism, what would it be and why?
Looking forward to LOTS of answers! Please comment!
Added by Neece on August 11, 2008 at 11:10pm —