I'm going to preface this with an quick update/newsflash...whatever you want to call it. I'm preparing the head off to Cambridge for a week, starting this Saturday, and when I get back from there next Saturday, I start class two days later. So...I'm busy getting all my ducks in a row, and hence...less blogging. I might have one more post in me before I head out, but then it'll be dry here for a week. I would like to post the Rick Warren questions here so we can all answer them, and I realize… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on August 21, 2008 at 8:57am —
[Cross-posted on Artificial Habitat
The Vatican owes me another irony meter.
Here are a couple of occurances that will be familiar to those who have encountered Catholics in online discussions:
1) They often (always?) claim that any criticism of their superstitious crap by 'intolerant secular bigots' represents a concerted attempt to deny Catholics their freedom of religion.
2) Any comments to the… Continue
Added by Andrew on August 21, 2008 at 6:00am —
Wednesday, 20 August, 2008 22:29
Nilknarf Daily Haiku
trust, often assumed,
for granted? No, better is....
doing it yourself.
Long night, short sleep.
Finally got to bed at 23:00 the first time, but I was up and down until 022:00.
And then up again until 04:00.
So, start the day, what the hell.
But about 08:30, I thought that maybe I could go to sleep... and I did, and slept until noon.
Lana had similar… Continue
Added by Douglas Franklin on August 20, 2008 at 11:43pm —
The world in general is pretty amazing and I think as adults we sometimes loose sight of this. Life just kicks us in the ass at some point and, for some of us, that curiosity and amazement flickers out. In a past show I alluded to this in a rant about how people might be a little happier in day to day life if they would stop worrying about the sudden stop at the end and just appreciate how amazing our little blue/green ball is.
In the spirit of that rant I’ve decided to start a new… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on August 20, 2008 at 10:23pm —
First off, let me say that I've never been a church-goer. I'm not an ex-Christian at all. I was raised irreligious so the following only illustrates my ignorance on this matter.
Recently I had a client who was talking about having bible study tonight. I nod my head and go "Mmm...hmm" (I drive senior citizens around; doctors appointments, grocery shopping, etc). This post is not about my client. It's about bible study.
What popped into my head is the blatant contradictions… Continue
Added by Larro on August 20, 2008 at 7:09pm —
So now we know (and are shocked, I'm sure, to learn) that the "bigfoot" "carcass" was actually a monkey suit on ice.
It's not the hoax that's really the story here, though; it's that the hoaxters seemed to believe they'd be able to get away with it.
One of the two men in the fraud is a sheriff, and damned well should have known what kind of forensic analysis his "corpse" would be put to. But both of these backwoods yokels seemed to be caught unawares by how quickly their… Continue
Added by warreno on August 20, 2008 at 3:05pm —
Honestly, I can't believe that being a credible Atheist means that I have to know more about religion than the entire damn congregations and clergies of the local Baptist, Lutheran, and Catholic churches combined. Not that this is a difficult challenge. Of course I'm grateful for the people who put up the Dark Bible, among many websites, to give me the down-and-dirty about the Scriptures, so that when I'm getting proselytized or just having a "rational" discussion about my beliefs, I can cut… Continue
Added by HotMess on August 20, 2008 at 1:06pm —
by Dale McGowan, author/editor, Parenting Beyond Belief
[Back to Part 1
We’d had the conversation before, but this time a new dawning crossed Laney’s face.
“Sweetie, what is it?” I asked.
She began the deep, aching cry that accompanies her saddest realizations, and… Continue
Added by Dale McGowan on August 20, 2008 at 10:30am —
I've added the Atheist Nexus full blog RSS to AideRSS
. This will allow you to see the best posts that are blogged within the A|N blog system. You can also see at one go the most popular ones.
(Sorry, the blog eats the script so I can't put them here. Visit the link above)
I've already done this a few weeks ago but didn't mention it because the system was failing. It has since been solved (… Continue
Added by Db0 on August 20, 2008 at 5:30am —
Isn't it obvious?
It's because no one in white America wants to vote for a nigger.
Added by warreno on August 20, 2008 at 2:49am —
Well, this is the third day of my bicycle-camping trip. I'm using a F5 Enduro Hi-Racer recumbent with Jandd Mountaineering panniers. The bike is performing really well. I don't have the speedometer on the bike, but a speedtrap I passed by had me clocked at 22mph.
I've been using my old Thermarest camping mattress, but I'm also using a LuxuryLite Backpacker Cot. Wow. The cot is uber-comfy. Combined with the Thermarest, It is actually more comfortable than a lot of beds I have slept… Continue
Added by Brian on August 19, 2008 at 7:53pm —
Added by Larro on August 19, 2008 at 7:30pm —
Tuesday, 19 August, 2008 18:26
Nilknarf Daily Haiku
Yes, the sleep will come;
but not when you expect it...
not when you need it.
Dammit, Denver doug has died.
There are many tributes to him online today, and I'll send you to Michael at Bunt Sign, which is the last one that I read.
I don't think that I'll read any more... I don't handle grief that well lately.
Hardly any sleep last night, so this will be short, because I want… Continue
Added by Douglas Franklin on August 19, 2008 at 6:29pm —
Honour Killing is generally defined as the murder of a female member of a family by the family, when they (and maybe the wider community) believe her to have brought dishonor upon them. A woman can be targeted commonly for: refusing an arranged marriage, being the victim of a sexual assault, seeking a divorce—even from an abusive husband—or committing adultery. Basically, these killings result from the perception that defense of the "family honor" justifies killing a woman whose behavior… Continue
Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on August 19, 2008 at 4:53pm —
I am what you would call an atheist. I have no belief in any "god" and I am perfectly happy with that. My children are freethinkers, but they are discovering how hard that concept is for others to accept. Can you imagine what it must feel like to have another child tell you emphatically that you are going to burn in hell if you don't "accept Jesus"? Both of my kids have found out exactly that. I bought a couple of books for them to read from Amazon a little while ago, so they could get an idea… Continue
Added by Natalie on August 19, 2008 at 4:20pm —
The other day we went to the theatre and saw two people with the Flying Spaghetti Monster on their shirts...funny thing was they weren't even together. I asked them if they could show my son their shirts and they were thrilled. He was hailed as a "fellow Pastafarian", much to his delight. My kids understand the ridiculousness in believing in any gods. Children have not a clue as to the true meanings behind the passages in the bible, no matter how much you drill it into their heads. Children are… Continue
Added by Natalie on August 19, 2008 at 4:00pm —
Catholic league president Bill Donohue probably hates you. Unless, of course, you are Bill Donohue.
The Catholic League, despite the name, doesn’t particularly reflect the views of the catholic church in general due to the barking lunacy of this Donohue character. He’s vicious, angry and more or less anti-everything, aside from his own dogma, which makes him a turd in a lot of peoples laundry.
I first became aware of this vacuous chode a while back when he called for the… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on August 19, 2008 at 3:41pm —
Stumbling around the web, I came across a page at lukeprog.com titled The Arrogance of Atheism
. I almost moved on, but then I saw the subtitle: Why I’m an atheist, not an agnostic. Luke writes a page that is simple and concise, yet totally makes sense. I contacted him and asked him if I could share it with you. He said sure, so here it is in its entirety:
The Arrogance… Continue
Added by Neece on August 19, 2008 at 1:09pm —
I have a lot of problems with China. Their pollution, they're human rights violations, the fact that they hold our purse strings. Overall, China hasn't been doing a whole lot lately to thrill me, and no amount of Olympic Games is going to change that. I can't suddenly respect the host when I come over for dinner and I can clearly see the pancake make-up his wife is wearing to cover up the abuse.
I am also not thrilled with their censorship. It's bad. It's bad in any decent,… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on August 19, 2008 at 9:39am —
Reading this right-wing article I was struck with the notion that it only seems that public officials seem to be the only target for this Canon 915.
Link to article: Will Denver Catholic Archbishop finally enforce Canon 915?
So I was wandering, why not the flock. If it were the case to hold back Communion because of somebodies involvement with abortion then why not all the women, and those who supported… Continue
Added by Larro on August 19, 2008 at 6:01am —