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Monthly Archive: September 2008

Sep 22 2008

Poe’d by Roger Ebert

I’ve oftimes stated what a fan I am of film critic Roger Ebert. He does what any good critic should do: present his ideas and opinions clearly so that you can understand exactly where he’s coming from even when you disagree with his review. Today, though, he’s pulled a lovely prank on us all, and …

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Sep 21 2008

Today on the show: Dominionism and Reconstructionism

Some links: Wikipedia’s Dominionism page Wikipedia’s Reconstructionism page The Creed of Christian Reconstructionism Article on “Joel’s Army” Invitation to a Stoning (Reason magazine) Gary North: The Year 2000 Problem: The Year the Earth Stands Still. (North is the son-in-law of RJ Rushdoony, the founder of Reconstructionism) A somewhat mocking article about Gary North and his …

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Sep 20 2008

Remember Tony Alamo?

I’ve let the blog lie fallow for several days, I know. I’ve been involved in — uh — other things, about which I will talk here as soon as I can. As it’s been several days, I thought what better subject to discuss in getting back in the swing of things than Tony Alamo (pronounced …

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Sep 15 2008

How I wish, how I wish you were here

You know you’re getting older, not only when all the favorite bands you grew up with are suddenly thought of as “classic rock,” but when their members start dying on you. Now we’ve lost Richard Wright of Pink Floyd. Major bummer. And all this time I’d been sure Keith Richards was the guy well and …

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Sep 14 2008

Post-Ike

We’ve gotten a couple of emails, from some overseas fans, asking if we’re all okay in the wake of Hurricane Ike. Thanks for your concern, and the short answer is: yes. In fact the storm avoided Austin entirely, except for a light shower that popped up at about 11:30 last night and went away just …

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Sep 13 2008

And the mail keeps coming…

The TV show gets fan letters at a volume I certainly never experienced in the years before the internets became the distribution channel it is today. When I was host up until early March of 2004, we had set up the address (tv [at] atheist-community [dot] org) already. But with the only people watching the …

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Sep 11 2008

Replaying an old speech

I’m not really fond of empty memorials. I actually think it’s kind of trite the way people rush to post their memories of 9/11/01 every year. On the one hand, I think it’s important to remember and respect the people who died; on the other hand, I think it’s been cheapened by some people who …

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Sep 11 2008

A grim reminder on a grim anniversary: it can happen here

Because people need to remember exactly what was at the root of the most horrific terrorist act of modern times: religious fundamentalism and zealotry. Here is the list of instructions that was found among the personal effects of 9/11 hijacker Mohamed Atta. Some salient excerpts: Keep in mind that, if you fall into hardship, how …

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Sep 10 2008

World still here, so far

Well, the Large Hadron Collider has been switched on, and as far as I can tell, we haven’t all been slurped into a black hole to Narnia or whatever alternate universe might await us at the end of one. It’s an amazingly ambitious experiment, and one that will certainly reshape a lot of what we …

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Sep 10 2008

We get email!

Here’s a delightful missive from someone who assures us he’s a “scientist”! I suspect he’s more likely to be a typical example of the McCain/Palin — oh, I’m sorry, I meant Palin/McCain — cheerleading squad. His subject line was “How misleading your are” (spelled just like that, yes), and he goes on to say, without …

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