Monthly Archive: April 2007

Apr 22 2007

Hovind loses appeal; wife will now be charged

Okay, I know this news is a couple of days old. But I’m hoping its repeated posting here is enough to convince the small army of Hovindites who’ve descended upon this comment thread that the game is over, the jig is up, your boy is toast, and any further attempts to defend Kent by trotting …

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Apr 20 2007

Words of comfort

As Pharyngula recently noted, Dinesh D’Souza has written a characteristically appalling opinion piece on the absence of atheists providing comfort to the bereaved Virginia students: “The atheist writer Richard Dawkins has observed that according to the findings of modern science, the universe has all the properties of a system that is utterly devoid of meaning. …

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Apr 19 2007

Where you find religion, you find killing

Lost amidst the media coverage of the VT shooter is this grim report from Turkey about an attack on a Christian publishing house, in which three people were tied up and had their throats cut. While Turkey is “officially” secular, it is only “secular” in that it is not an overt Islamist theocracy; sociopolitically, it …

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Apr 18 2007

Right-wing Fighting Keyboardists and their manly power fantasies

In the race to the bottom to see who can be the worst douchebag to comment self-servingly on the tragedy at Virginia Tech, I present the National Review‘s John Derbyshire, who seems to think that, had he been present at the campus when the shooter went on his rampage, he wouldn’t have been one of …

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Apr 17 2007

Scum of the earth Fred Phelps and gang to harangue VT funerals

Thru Americablog to Towleroad: Un-motherfucking-believable. Am I being Coulter-ish in wishing the VT gunman could have descended upon Westboro Baptist Church instead?

Apr 17 2007

Reality vs. fantasy: a visual metaphor

Via PZ, a YouTube clip of a martial arts “master” who seems to have watched too many Shaw Brothers wire-fu movies from the seventies, and who thinks he can vanquish all comers by the use of his “qi”. In the video on Pharyngula, you can see him goofily flapping his arms in the general direction …

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Apr 16 2007

Worst. Monday. Ever.

By now I’m sure a lot of you have heard about the lunatic armed rampage at Virginia Tech that has, as of this writing, claimed at least 31 lives. What will be nearly as hideous as these crimes is the fact that in the coming days, numerous groups — a number of which I imagine …

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Apr 15 2007

Atheist Experience #494: Bad creationist arguments

Russell lets creationist twaddle have it right between the eyes.

Apr 14 2007

Another tragedy brings out religious smarm

Here’s a story about the sinking of a cruise ship off the coast of Greece, in which almost all passengers and crew survived, and here’s the obligatory dumbass comment by some of said survivors: The couple says prayer is the reason why only two out of 1,600 people were reported missing. Guess those two were …

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Apr 13 2007

$176 million a year not enough to stamp out f*cking

Here’s one that’ll knock you over with a feather. A study commissioned by Congress has shown that abstinence-only sex education programs, on which our government currently spends $176 million of our tax dollars annually, have quite literally no effect at all on teens’ sexual behavior. The only thing defenders of the programs can say in …

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