Russell Pangborn's Blog (9)

My Thursday Night

After solving the last clue of the Mayan puzzle and fighting Xecotcovach the Demon-bird servitor of Alom, or as he is known to his friends "Face-Gouger" to a standstill I reached for the lever. The clock was ticking down from 10 seconds. It was just two seconds before the apocalypse when I pulled it with all my strength and averted the end of the world.

You're welcome!

Added by Russell Pangborn on December 21, 2012 at 9:40am — No Comments

Don't Say This When Entering The United States

When going through airport security on my way to Washington I was asked the purpose of my visit.  I hesitated and said it was to visit the historic sites.  That was true, but I would never have come to Washington just to go sight seeing this year. My visit was solely inspired by the Reason Rally.

That reply felt a bit wimpy - this visitor should be proudly proclaiming Reason Rally support at every avenue.  But,there is a little survival instinct.  The worst that could happen…


Added by Russell Pangborn on March 26, 2012 at 1:55pm — 5 Comments

An Historic Event

I'm in awe. Great speakers.. looked to the right - looked to the left and saw like minded people. The Reason Rally was an historic event and I was there.

I'm not as inspired by this blackberry playbook.  I deleted my last blog on Thursday and had to repeat it. Then accidentally said I liked my own blog and sent out one or more requests.  Can't wait to use a real keyboard and mouse tomorrow.

Added by Russell Pangborn on March 24, 2012 at 4:59pm — 5 Comments

It's For a Bunch of Atheists

This morning I noticed a stage being set up at the Mall in Washington and excitedly wondered - Is that for us? I asked one of the workers what was going on and he told me this was for a bunch of Atheists. Darn... My hope was to hear the classier name - The Reason Rally.  My daughter asked me about this trip to Washington and I told her about the assault on the scientific method and reason and the need to separate church and state - and she got it. 

Part of my family is…


Added by Russell Pangborn on March 22, 2012 at 7:59pm — 2 Comments

They Have Guns Down There

My 88 year old mother phoned me and asked me not to attend the reason rally.  She said not to go because they have guns down there. Of course we have guns up here in Canada, but she is correct about there being a lot more south of our border and a more pro gun culture.

I told her not to worry. Getting shot at is not something I consciously seek out.  People are getting shot up here in Canada as well.  I still remember the story in a Toronto paper about a New York grandmother getting…


Added by Russell Pangborn on March 18, 2012 at 6:13pm — 10 Comments

Taking the Plunge into the Rally

Well I booked the flight, booked a room, and made a tee shirt online that says "A Canadian who supports the Reason Rally and Tolerance".  I hope the shirt gets done and delivered in time as promised by the web site.

Spending the money to come alone from Toronto to a strange city and standing with a bunch of strangers may use up my idealistic quotient for the next few years.

I will not argue with or try to change the mind of any religious protesters if they show up. I…


Added by Russell Pangborn on March 14, 2012 at 6:32pm — 6 Comments

Attending the Reason Rally


As a Canadian stand with Americans that want to show their country and the world that there are a lot of moral, friendly people who do not accept religion and believe that good government can come from non religious people as well as religious people.

Help form a political constituency - because standing alone we get forced to accept backwards encroachments in education and social policy.

Make a principled stand and put my money where my mouth is.  My wife is very…


Added by Russell Pangborn on March 8, 2012 at 9:04pm — 3 Comments

Remembering Madalyn Murray O'Hair

The prominent names well known to this community like Dawkins and Hitchens are preceded by Madalyn Murray O'Hair. I wonder if she is as well known to the younger atheists.


It takes some courage to confront the majority like Dawkins and Hitchens have -  was it tougher to be an outspoken atheist in the 1960's?

Today after going through my deceased father's letters (he died in 1994) I saw some correspondence and magazines from an organization he belonged run by Madalyn Murray…


Added by Russell Pangborn on March 2, 2012 at 5:44pm — 3 Comments

Can We Have Political Power That Rivals the Extremely Religious

Just read the story of Jonestown and the mass suicide and murder involving over 900 people and over 200 children.  A lot of stuff bothers me about that story

The political power wielded by a small group in San Francisco to strong arm people trying to expose problems with Jim Jones is scary and…


Added by Russell Pangborn on December 28, 2011 at 11:59am — 3 Comments



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