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I Have Returned

This post is nothing more than a note to say I've returned. I've been back a couple of days, actually, but classes have officially started as well and that's been keeping me busy.

The King's College expedition was a success--while I was sure I'd have to find what I needed, to be honest, it was a bit of a crap shoot. However, out of 69 letters, I narrowed it down to 2 plus a few notes that were exactly what I was looking for (*relief*). It took me two days to read two letters, his… Continue

Added by IsThatLatin on September 2, 2008 at 7:58am — No Comments

Five Women Buried Alive in Honor Killing

Five women, three of which were teenagers, were shot then buried alive in the Baluchistan province of Pakistan, as punishment for the crime of wanting to choose their own husbands.

The women were killed by tribesmen for the dishonor they brought upon their family and tribe by rebelling against tradition and refusing to accept arranged marriages. This week a Pakistani lawmaker, Isar Ullah Zehri, defended the actions taken by the tribesmen, and outraged fellow lawmakers by asking the… Continue

Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on September 2, 2008 at 12:30am — 2 Comments

Monday, 01 September, 2008 22:23

Monday, 01 September, 2008 22:23

Nilknarf Daily Haiku

signs and confused minds

three hundred sixty degrees...

just pick the right one.

Damn, it got late fast tonight.

Pretty laid-back day, for one that started at 02:00....

I did get a nap, though, from about 11:00 until 13:00, and now it's late and I'm not sleepy at all.

Well, maybe a little bit....

Watching the storms, the systems are lining up now from Africa to… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on September 1, 2008 at 11:08pm — No Comments

Palinly Ridiculous

From the Eagle Forum Alaska 2006 Gubernatorial Candidate Questionnaire

11. Are you offended by the phrase “Under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance? Why or why not?

Sarah Palin: Not on your life. If it was good enough for the founding fathers, its good enough for me and I’ll fight in defense of our Pledge of Allegiance.


Someone has started a blog for… Continue

Added by AtheistJoy on September 1, 2008 at 2:55pm — 2 Comments

hello hello!

i am so happy to be here..i've been looking around and joining up with groups, and once i move into my new apartment and have full internet access again, i will be here a lot more!


Added by raequel aka systris on September 1, 2008 at 11:23am — 3 Comments

The Blasphemy Challenge.

I think The Blasphemy Challenge is a brilliant initiative for a number of reasons;

It plays a part in consciousness raising - making it obvious to the world that we infidels are numerous beyond popular speculation. I also think that the challenge might, over time, empower the idea that being religious is embarrasing, and we make no reservations when it comes to lashing out.

I think it might have an impact on the number of Atheists who make themselves known as such, and who… Continue

Added by Johnathan Botha on September 1, 2008 at 5:12am — 2 Comments

Well its all just metaphorical really...

One can't help but wonder if Christianity seems a slight bit forgetful when they so vehemently pronounce that the good book lives up to its ill-begotten name. There seems to be a chasm filled with ardent terror in Christian history leading up to our modern age, but do they remember? Have we heard any apologies? Were there any memorial ceremonies held for their victims?

I thought I might refresh our memories as to the tyranny of Christianity.

I wonder if they remember 1208,… Continue

Added by Johnathan Botha on September 1, 2008 at 4:26am — 3 Comments

"We will act as Americans, not partisans"

McCain orders GOP convention curtailed because of Gustav; Bush, Cheney cancel

ST. PAUL, Mn. - John McCain tore up the script for his Republican National Convention on Sunday, casting himself as above politics as Hurricane Gustav churned toward New Orleans. "We will act as Americans, not partisans", he declared.

There is still going to be a rather large… Continue

Added by Hessenroots on August 31, 2008 at 10:00pm — 6 Comments

Sunday, 31 August, 2008 18:34

Sunday, 31 August, 2008 18:34

Nilknarf Daily Haiku

signs and confused minds

three hundred sixty degrees...

just pick the right one.

Another pleasant day... nice wake-up, gentle sun... nice breakfast, just perfect weather early, although the heat/humidity went up later on....

I'm feeling strange, though, and I don't really know why; just a little disconnect between my mind and reality, and I have to use my intellect to decide which is… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on August 31, 2008 at 7:07pm — No Comments

Married to Christian Zionist

There are days (like today) when I just can't stand it. I want to wrap my bitter little hands around his throat for believing in such a murderous, sadistic concept. (Er...) How he can be so fucking idiotic and such a smart person at the same time? How do we live under the same fucking roof?

I just told him that Israel was was horrible and that the US is wrong to support Israel just because his precious Jebus might come back, and then I stormed out of the room. So, of course, he's mad… Continue

Added by AtheistJoy on August 31, 2008 at 1:00pm — 3 Comments

Dissent done right 1

sign60509 More than just about any other single value, I want my kids to get the importance of dissent. I want them to be willing to voice a reasoned minority opinion and to encourage the same in others.

When we moved to the red-state South, I knew (blue to the core as we are) that at some point we'd end up taking our lumps from one majority or another. No big brous-haha so far, just some minor fish-out-of-water moments: Laney having the occasional… Continue

Added by Dale McGowan on August 31, 2008 at 11:00am — 2 Comments


Reading up on news blog posts always leaves me upset lately.

Attacks against women, secularism, and nearly anyone with common sense abound everywhere. I know that ignorance is not bliss, but jeez, being constantly reminded that the world is full of such crazies sucks.

Added by Sha on August 31, 2008 at 12:03am — No Comments

Pre-emptive Strike on RNC protesters

Buckets of urine, slingshots, anti-bus weapons seized in raid on anti-RNC protesters

"Ramsey County sheriff's deputies found weapons and devices to disable buses - among other items - in searches in the Twin Cities last night and today.

Authorities said the items came from "key members of the RNC Welcoming Committee," a self-described anarchist group.

A few press releases… Continue

Added by Hessenroots on August 30, 2008 at 11:51pm — No Comments

Saturday, 30 August, 2008 22:33

Saturday, 30 August, 2008 22:33

Nilknarf Daily Haiku

Veracity replete

Common honest truth suppressed

Follow the money.

Really nice day, for various reasons, including the weather.

Lana came over about 18:00, she had been cleaning house today and was tired... we watched Across the Universe and it was excellent... just about every Beatles song that they made, I think.

We started watching Silver Streak but she was too tired to stay for… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on August 30, 2008 at 10:59pm — No Comments

"Theocratic Sect Prays for Real Armageddon"

I'm perhaps a little too worried about this, but I found it rather horrifying. I've heard of similar cults, but this is the first I've heard of this one. I know it's a long article, but read some of it, at least. I think it's good for us to be reminded of just how crazy people can get.

//Theocratic Sect Prays for Real Armageddon

By Casey Sanchez, Southern Poverty Law… Continue

Added by Lauren on August 30, 2008 at 3:51pm — 5 Comments


How curious that you're Brain,
and I happen to be Pinky.
Let's take over the world!
or let's ponder all things kinky...

Added by Rosa on August 30, 2008 at 1:30pm — 3 Comments

Phishing With God

I am sure we are all familiar with the vast array of scams on the internet but this, in particular, caught my eye.

When I opened my inbox this morning I was greeted with this:

Being an inquisitive sort, I went to visit their site and see what they are about. The first thing to strike me as odd was the lack of any link to tell you what this organization is about. They begin, immediately, asking for personal information without so much… Continue

Added by Rev. Mathew G. Thompson on August 30, 2008 at 8:00am — 5 Comments

Friday, 29 August, 2008 22:53

Friday, 29 August, 2008 22:53

Nilknarf Daily Haiku

in love, the birds sing;

with love, all the wrongs righted...

love is everything.

Nice day, in many ways.

To start off, I got eight straight hours of sleep.

Felt damned good when I got up, except for the bruised places... and I think that I might have a coupla cracked ribs, too.

The price you pay for being stupid, heh.

I really made the right… Continue

Added by Douglas Franklin on August 29, 2008 at 11:16pm — No Comments

Playtime with the westboro cultists!

Being as I live about 20 minutes from the Xcel Center I can't help but go to the Republican Convention next week. I've mentioned in the past that I hope to get some good audio to use for the show (I'll definitely have pictures if nothing else) and I plan to stick to that.

I've been poking around the web and making phone calls to find out who's going to be where and at what time. It seems 11am Monday, on the steps of the capital, is the place to be. A number of groups have coordinated… Continue

Added by Hessenroots on August 29, 2008 at 4:23pm — 2 Comments

McCain has angered me

As a feminist and as a Democrat I was so amazed by both Obama's and Hillary Clinton's historic campaigns. I voted for Obama, but I would have supported Clinton if she had won and definately look forward to the day that I see a woman president. With that said, I'll be proud to vote for Obama and Biden, especially because of their support for women's rights.

Well, this morning, we all learned that McCain's VP running mate will be a woman. An anti-choice woman. Both McCain and Sarah… Continue

Added by Shireen on August 29, 2008 at 12:53pm — 7 Comments

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