January 2010 Blog Posts (185)

Back in Houston

I resigned my Library job with TWU in mid-December after my boss and I reached an impasse over what constituted reasonable work expectations for a Librarian I, Cataloger. She absolutely slammed me in my annual performance review with no advanced warning or counseling or anything. She then set up basically impossible conditions, and it was very clear that she was trying to run me off and was setting traps to get me fired. I tried to talk things out with her but failed every time, because her… Continue

Added by Aggiememenon on January 5, 2010 at 6:23pm — No Comments

Atheist Ireland Publishes 25 Blasphemous Quotes (including some from Jesus!)



If I lived in Ireland right now, I couldn't legally say St. Patrick was responsible for a horrible crime: inflicting Christianity on the Emerald Isle. Image from Wikipedia.



Below is a… Continue

Added by IAmTheBlog on January 5, 2010 at 12:30pm — 1 Comment

Something that has been bothering me

A few months ago, I accidentally came across a photo posted on a forum site. The picture was of a 8 week old kitten being impaled by a woman's high-heel stiletto. I kept seeing the picture in my head weeks afterward. I read some where that in order to get these images to stop, I had to get some sort of closure. What I really wanted to know, was if the makers of the video and the woman had any sort of punishment.

I found out. The woman, had none really. She lived in China where there are no… Continue

Added by Hekate Moon on January 5, 2010 at 12:10am — 8 Comments

The Ministry of Self defeating laws - Muslim style

The BBC report (1) that there were scores of Khalwat raids in Malaysia on New Year's day.

Khalwat (2)? A Sharia law against 'close proximity' by unmarried couples that is supposed to remove any suspicion of impropriety. There is a maximum two year jail sentence and fine if found guilty of being in a secluded or confined space together before marriage.



Whilst this is an oppressive intrusion into people's private lives, from my atheistic and laissez faire point of view, it isn't… Continue

Added by Ian on January 4, 2010 at 12:54pm — No Comments

The Wisdom of Laine Hanson

Not that long ago, I watched a somewhat entertaining movie entitled The Contender. Said movie posits the death of the currently seated Vice President of the United States and proposes a bold replacement: a well-qualified woman who is also an atheist. Said woman is one Laine Hanson, played credibly by Joan Allen. Her character is made purposefully controversial and while I do not agree with all her positions, I find her attitude about the relationship or lack thereof between religion and… Continue

Added by Loren Miller on January 4, 2010 at 7:55am — 1 Comment

Even in prison you can't get away from them...

I’ve had a couple of friend who worked as prison guards.



Mostly they work at the “State” level but also one who works on the Federal level. Reading this news article just made me laugh.



A convicted rapist is an atheist. He's also open about it. At least the guy is straight forward about being an atheist.



You get a lot of prisoners who “find God” as a way to buy favor and make themselves look good to various groups and the parole boards.



If only my… Continue

Added by Rick on January 4, 2010 at 7:47am — 4 Comments

Ray comfort "apologizes" then thanks atheists for his fame ? Did I read that right?

The latest Ray Comfort video here seems like Ray Comfort and his idiot sidekick Kirk Cameron are basically telling atheists that his obvious lie and pretend apology about the banana thing and subsequent attention from Atheists debunking it has made them rich and famous. Seriously, is that supposed to be a "gotcha, atheists! We used trickery and managed to fool you into making our book a number 1 best seller, outselling even your hero Dawkins book all thanks to lying, then watching you all… Continue

Added by ryan cameron on January 3, 2010 at 10:49pm — 9 Comments

Makes perfect sense...!

Sure, Tiger Woods should turn christian so that he will not be so all alone in being unfaithful to his wife. Seems lately that the christians have cornered a pretty good market on this issue.


http://rawstory.com/2009//01/brit-hume-tiger-woods-must-become-christian/

Added by John Guerra on January 3, 2010 at 9:10pm — No Comments

Blood Moon Chapter 3 Rewritten

Blood Moon Chapter 3 rewritten

I was dissatisfied with the existing chapters, the story wasn’t bad but the writing was terrible so I rewrote them



A man ran though the burnt out remains of a house. His hair brown, his skin tan, his cloths covered in dry blood. “Yemima! Illean!” The man called but no one answered. The man stopped in the middle of the remains he beheld a burned and dismembered corpse of a woman.… Continue

Added by Lone Wolf on January 3, 2010 at 4:30pm — No Comments

Is feeling antsy..

... after the one they were lusting after, slipped and broke their wrist and is moving away to be back with foster parents.

Nuts. :-(

Update: some good news. :-)

Bad but not terrible. Their wrist was reset under sedation, will be put in a cast and a later splint. Should take about a month to heal.

f/r to post comments.

Added by Richard Healy on January 3, 2010 at 2:00pm — No Comments

Atheism at Christmas. What's your take on it?

Having celebrated the Christmas period at home, I just wondered how many other atheists also celebrate this time of year as well. I certainly don't follow the christian beliefs of " Christmas ", but i do take the opportunity to enjoy one of the few times of year when people are not working or in school, to be with my family or friends and kick back and relax. Do you think if more christian's took the holidays of Christmas / Easter etc as purely a time to enjoy family and friends without… Continue

Added by Matty Hanlon on January 3, 2010 at 11:13am — 1 Comment

Irish Action against blasphemy law

An Irish atheists group started a campaign against a new law on blasphemy, starting January 1st.

The new Irish law makes it possible to fine all forms of blasphemy with 25.000 Euro.



So far only Christians who felt itself offended could appeal to the law. The action group has put 25 quotations, which can be considered by supporters of several religions as blasphemy, on its Internet site.



There are amongst… Continue

Added by Piet Wester on January 3, 2010 at 7:24am — 1 Comment

Challenging the new blasphemy laws in Ireland.

There are a number of newspaper reports on an Irish website deliberately posting 25 statements that contravene the new blasphemy laws to protect religions from criticisms - they obviously need it to protect their faith! Here are a few (oh so dangerous)... Alex



1. Jesus Christ, when asked if he was the son of God, in Matthew 26:64: “Thou hast said: nevertheless I say unto you, Hereafter shall ye see the Son of man sitting on the right hand of power, and coming in the clouds of… Continue

Added by Alex McCullie on January 3, 2010 at 5:18am — 1 Comment

"Why do we care?" - from Atheist Climber blog

From Atheist Climber blog



Logic. Reason. Rationality.



These are the 3 tools I use on a daily basis to make sense of the world. Without these tools, the world decays into a mess of suppositions and superstitions.



This means that whenever I look at the world, I have a lifetime's worth of knowledge by which I can make assessments on what is… Continue

Added by Martin Pribble on January 2, 2010 at 11:06pm — No Comments

The Wisdom of Frank Zappa

I was just perusing positiveatheism.org when I came upon the following. I always knew (especially from his testimony on Capitol Hill regarding the "suggestive lyrics" foofaraw that Zappa was intelligent and well-spoken, but this just about says it all regarding the whole god and religion kick:



The whole foundation of Christianity is based on the idea that intellectualism is the work of the Devil. Remember the apple on the tree? Okay, it was the Tree of Knowledge. "You eat this… Continue

Added by Loren Miller on January 2, 2010 at 6:30pm — 17 Comments

Mondo Diablo Episode 233: Theatre of the Slightly Sinister; with your host G.E. Marshall





This week, while I recover, Francois will step in with a tale somewhat well-calculated to keep you somewhere close to the edge of your seat.



Playlist



Slightly Sinister1

Danny Kaye * I Paid my Income Tax Today

Enturbulator 009 * One of Us

Slightly Sinister 2

The LeeVees * How do you Spell Chanukkah?

Kahli Bahlu * How Can I Tell My Guru?

Slightly Sinister… Continue

Added by Rev Hellbound Alleee on January 2, 2010 at 2:38pm — No Comments

Keith Green Popped My YouTube Cherry on My Hot4Jesus blog

I've been blogging at Hot-For-Jesus Former Fundie for over 2 years... and never once have I embedded a YouTube link. I took pride in that fact. I thrive on writing original content and only use and abuse pics of Jesus and Hot Jesus Look-Alikes.



This last month, while hanging out with a fellow Former hardcore christian, we found ourselves tipsy and surfing the web for old-school Contemporary Christian Music… Continue

Added by Christine Vyrnon on January 2, 2010 at 11:28am — 2 Comments

My entry in the NPR - This I Believe Project

I Hold Nothing More Sacred



Cognitive dissonance is inevitable when it comes to divining the nature of reality and truth.



Most religious people can reconcile solipsism - the sense that reality only exists in the mind - because, at the end of the day, they view this world as something of a sham - a virtual reality of sorts - with some other, more 'valid' existence awaiting their earthly death. There, all mystery will be unveiled, all secrets revealed, all aspirations… Continue

Added by Howard S. Dunn on January 1, 2010 at 10:54pm — 2 Comments

The Irish-English Conflict: Another reason why the U.S. needs a Separation of Church and State.

Another look at recent history around the world where religion and politics collided is proof the US should do more to promote the Separation of Church and State. This time I examine the Irish-English conflict.

More @ WoodyBass.com

Added by Woody Bass on January 1, 2010 at 7:00pm — 5 Comments

I did it with my mind ... (a true story)

Over a decade ago, I was living in Seattle where the winter is mild and can't really kill you - but the lack of sunshine will make you want to kill yourself. So, one winter, almost two decades ago, a fellow artist and I decided to hitchhike to Tempe Arizona (where another friend's wonderful parents would put us up) and sell custom, hand-painted T-shirts on the campus of Arizona State University. (That part actually paid for our trip, believe it or not. But that is another… Continue

Added by Howard S. Dunn on January 1, 2010 at 2:02pm — 3 Comments

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