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Monthly Archive: November 2007

Nov 30 2007

Our stupid nation: a jeremiad

Not surprising, perhaps, but still sad. I will never understand why people so eagerly embrace fantasy while flushing reality down the nearest commode as fast as they can. [jeremiad] The American Century is definitely over. In the 21st century, expect precious few great achievements from these shores. We’ll be an intellectual third world country, as …

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Nov 30 2007

Pope makes feeble, flailing attack on atheism

Pope Ratzo today issued an encyclical — a scholarly sounding term evidently used at the Vatican as a synonym for “overlong, ill-founded rant” — in which he purports to respond to the “new atheism” by drawing an oddly-reasoned equivalency between atheism and Marxism, and shoring up the theistic position with such empty, Hallmark-card platitudes as …

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Nov 29 2007

Teddy-bear teacher gets 15 days, then deportation

Well, at least they’re not going to flog the skin off her back. I guess that’s what passes for “progress” and “human rights” in the Islamic world.

Nov 29 2007

TEA’s science curriculum director forced to resign for promoting science

This is beyond appalling. Remember the talk given here in Austin by Barbara Forrest back at the beginning of the month? It turns out that creationist sympathizers in the Texas Education Agency (rapidly becoming a grossly misnamed entity) have forced the resignation of their science curriculum director, Chris Comer, for forwarding an email promoting that …

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Nov 27 2007

Two headlines

Via a friend living in Tennessee, these two stories showed up in the same paper on the same day. Story number one: Testing for STDs offends parents Juvenile detention facility insists policy protects children’s health For some parents, the testing is the usurpation of their authority and obligation to make sound decisions concerning their children’s …

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Nov 26 2007

Expelled trailer

Here we go, it’s the first full length trailer for Expelled and now it appears to be an even bigger mountain of crap than it looked like before. I am so looking forward to seeing this movie with fellow ACA members. I’m not kidding. I hope you folks will join me. In just the first …

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Nov 26 2007

What the hell is wrong with Muslims anyway?

No religion in the world seems to lend itself to organized mob psychopathy more than the “religion of peace.” When they aren’t flogging women for being impure enough to allow themselves to be gang-raped, they’re doing even crazier shit. The latest tempest in a teapot has erupted over a British schoolteacher in the Sudan letting …

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Nov 25 2007

And another morally superior Christian goes down in disgrace…

Okay okay, the snark in the headline may have been overkill, since I do believe the whole discussion with Rhology about the presumed necessity of theism as a prerequisite for morality has reached its end. But it never ceases to fascinate me, that the people in our society who most frequently suffer humiliation and public …

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Nov 21 2007

New study shows right/wrong distinctions in infants

Apropos to the current round of discussions we’ve been having with Rhology, news has appeared today announcing the result of a new study suggesting that even 6 month old babies can distinguish fundamental differences between good and bad social behaviors, and choose all by their little selves the better option. Babies as young as 6 …

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Nov 21 2007

Gasp! Maybe we aren’t moral!

Apparently we scored this rating due to repeated mentions of the words “hell,” “death,” “sex,” “crap,” “shit,” and “porn.” That’s it. No more discussing the Old Testament around here!

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