I've just started reading "It's My Party Too"
by Christine Todd Whitman, in which she laments the overtaking of the Republican party by what she calls 'social fundamentalists." You and I know them as batshit crazy far-Right Christian evangelical fundamentalists. Like Christians like to separate 'real' Christians from 'fake' Christians, Whitman seems to think the GOP has been taken over by 'fake' Republicans and that a… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on September 5, 2008 at 2:06pm —
I created the RIAS group here on AN, and wanted a good picture for it. i wanted that represented RI, but a plain picture of the capital building or maybe a quahog wasn't going to cut it.
I've always like the RI state flag. 13 stars on a white field. An anchor for our sea-faring tradition. The word in the banner gives me a like pause, though.
It's "HOPE". Hope is good. When you are unable to change things, hope can keep you optimistic. It can give a sense of the future and… Continue
Added by Wubby on September 5, 2008 at 1:00pm —
It's easy to forget what's going on elsewhere as we embroil ourselves in stuff that touches our emotional lives closer to home. The Big Picture
is an excellent photo-blog. These pictures aren't political. They show the good and the bad; the happy and the sad; progress and decline. We can't forget that our nation is intimately involved with the life and death of ordinary Iraqi people. That's truly the big picture.…
Added by AtheistJoy on September 5, 2008 at 10:50am —
I'm dead center in politics. Seriously. I'm dead center because I love facts. Both parties love to stretch the truth and sometimes even make things up. I get very angry at everyone during elections because of this. I simply don't understand why everyone can't simply tell the truth and let the people make up their own minds based on the best factual evidence available.
Yes, yes, I am living in a complete state of denial. Go ahead, make fun of me. I'm completely aware that it will… Continue
Added by AtheistJoy on September 5, 2008 at 8:01am —
[Back to Part 1
I knew my kids would feel violated, angry, and afraid. Their own attitudes toward dissent are being tested and formed. So we did what we do. We talked it through.
I told them our sign had been taken from the yard. (At this point we hadn't found it again.) Erin's reaction was utter disbelief.
"Really?" she said. "Really?"
Added by Dale McGowan on September 5, 2008 at 7:59am —
Thursday, 04 September, 2008 17:08
Nilknarf Daily Haiku
we use strength wisely;
and we can't afford not to....
else it turns on us.
Color me pink - tickled pink!
But first... the rest of the story from yesterday:
When they were putting the dressings on my puncture sites, I was able to see the clock... 18:00! Where had the time gone?
Drugs... wonderful things in the right hands.
Contrary to what is supposed to… Continue
Added by Douglas Franklin on September 4, 2008 at 5:52pm —
I've created a group on AN for the Rhode Island Atheist Society. I've also invited a couple members from the group to check AN out. The site seems to be getting bigger and bigger. It looks real good, I can say that. And much less cluttered/bugging than MySpace. Even better than FB, which seems to have been taken over by apps.
Added by Wubby on September 4, 2008 at 12:54pm —
For those who believe in God, most of the big questions are answered. But for those of us who can't readily accept the God formula, the big answers don't remain stone-written. We adjust to new conditions and discoveries. We are pliable. Love need not be a command or faith a dictum. I am my own God. We are here to unlearn the teachings of the church, state, and our educational system. We are here to drink beer. We are here to kill war. We are here to laugh at the odds and live our lives so well… Continue
Added by Lib La Mar ~ PãЯãÐ۞X ®ø†† on September 4, 2008 at 9:50am —
Oh, what one stumbles upon in the early hours whilst slowly extricating oneself from the peaceful void of slumber over a cup of coffee.
Check out Clifford Goldstein's 'Faith Attack' on Liberty Magazine Online. First off, the language used referring to atheists and atheism is clearly chosen very carefully to invoke the popular 'militant' image of atheists among Christians. Usually, when I come across this sort of rhetoric, I can safely dismiss the whole article as alarmist drivel.… Continue
Added by IsThatLatin on September 4, 2008 at 9:02am —
Humans have flawed systems of perception and attention. It is little wonder that many of the leaders in the skeptical / freethought movement are current or former magicians (e.g., James Randi, Penn Jillette & Teller, Richard Wiseman, D.J. Grothe, etc.), because magicians capitalize on the vulnerabilities of human perception and attention.
There are several examples of ways our senses can be fooled, but optical illusions are perhaps the easiest to display on the… Continue
Added by NH Baritone on September 4, 2008 at 7:12am —
Wednesday, 03 September, 2008 22:35
Nilknarf Daily Haiku
we use strength wisely;
and we can't afford not to....
else it turns on us.
Interesting day, yes.
I got to sleep about midnight, set the alarm for 06:00; got up at 06:15, at breakfast, did the dishes, waited for the call.
Lynn called about 08:15, I was on for 13:00.
So it was clear liquids for the rest of the time at home, and in fact until about 18:30,… Continue
Added by Douglas Franklin on September 3, 2008 at 11:26pm —
I just got done watching the movie "Death Sentence" with Kevin Bacon and a full on cast of people too desperate for money to pass up the script. Oh, and John Goodman too.
I have to start off by saying that I'm pretty sure Hollywood was experimenting here. "This time" the executive says "We'll be pairing Fox News watching 60+ city dwelling executives with a group of various 14 year olds. Some of these 14 year olds probably play too many FPS's, others have heard so many stupid myths… Continue
Added by Parallax on September 3, 2008 at 10:56pm —
Dale and Leilani Neumann of Wausau Wisconsin have been charged with 2nd degree reckless homicide for letting their 11 year old daughter die of diabetes while they prayed for her recovery rather than seeking medical care.
Their family’s attorney is fighting the case saying that the courts, if the charges are allowed to continue, will “become entangled in constitutionally protected religious matters.” because the charges “…unconstitutionally infringe on their right to freely… Continue
Added by Terry Osburn-Sharff on September 3, 2008 at 10:41pm —
My blog is called Dubiosity
, and you can find it at dubiosity.net
On it, you'll find my writings about various topics, like atheism, religion, science, politics, medicine, space, and whatever else I find interesting.
Added by Bevans on September 3, 2008 at 10:00pm —
For the first time since jumping off the fence I have been tempted... at www.spiritualhumanism.org apparently you can be ordained as a member of the Spiritual Humanist clergy with only one requisite, agreeing to the following statement Religion must be based on Reason
Spiritual Humanism defines itself as a religion based on the ability of human beings to solve the problems of society using logic and science. Furthermore, the site goes on to explain how Spiritual Humanism… Continue
Added by Rosa on September 3, 2008 at 7:00pm —
Added by Hessenroots on September 3, 2008 at 2:59pm —
I'm terribly sick of the religious "oppressed minority" complaining about the fact that their beliefs are under cultural assault. First of all, they're not under assault at all: this country is overwhelmingly Christian, and the right-wing "moral majority" has shown an impressive lack of morals in their total takeover of every branch of the federal government. Second, they should be under assault; they're archaic. Look that word up before you attempt to debate that fact. But that's not what this… Continue
Added by Lib La Mar ~ PãЯãÐ۞X ®ø†† on September 3, 2008 at 12:45pm —
Though we later may walk
In a valley in a shadow of death
What should we logically fear?
Perhaps the complacent urge for a deity
To make us whole and guide us through
To fulfil an image that is cloudy at best
Where was the help previously
When appeals went unheard?
Huge effort expended in devotion
For nothing in return
Grimly clinging, predetermined
To prop up an image that is cloudy at best
Resigned rigid, predetermined
Added by Lib La Mar ~ PãЯãÐ۞X ®ø†† on September 3, 2008 at 12:43pm —
In trying to identify what we believe, and the possible limits to the This Paradox of Perception can and will exposes the confusion of understanding the term's consciousness, perception, and unconscious, with lucidity, reality, and awareness. Now we will look at how this misunderstanding imbeds a false sense of certainty of what is and is not real. In other words we have our current view of what is that we compare with our perfect view of how it should be, or could have been. We deal with… Continue
Added by Lib La Mar ~ PãЯãÐ۞X ®ø†† on September 3, 2008 at 12:42pm —
Palin speaking before her church (assembly of god church
; IE dominionists
) proclaiming the Alaska pipeline as "gods work" and the war in Iraq as "task from god".
90% of this is 'woo' and, honestly I find it a little boring but I don't think we need politicians in any seat of power thinking that war is tasked by… Continue
Added by Hessenroots on September 3, 2008 at 11:30am —