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Monthly Archive: October 2009

Oct 31 2009

Hooray for Halloween

Have fun and be safe tonight, peeps, whatever hijinks you’re getting up to. And for your Halloweeny pleasure, I offer this delightful exercise in fundamentalist delusion, in case you haven’t already caught wind of it from Ed Brayton’s blog. It’s the kind of thing you simply cannot enhance with further comment, so I won’t. (Though …

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Oct 31 2009

From the mailbag: two for the “unclear on the concept” folder

We often post our wackiest theist emails for your entertainment. But sometimes we get stuff that’s just strange all down the line, as in, Did they realize who they were sending this to? And we also sometimes get earnest emails from non-theists, where they need a little help on understanding a thing or two. Here’s …

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Oct 28 2009

Gosh, when you put it like that, it kinda sounds stupid!

Hat tip to one of our fine Irish viewers, Fergus Russell, for this amusing story. It transpires that some dimwit named Joe Coleman, who thinks of himself as “a visionary of our Blessed Mother and a spiritual healer under the energy of the Holy Spirit” — which is an awfully big mouthful to say in …

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Oct 28 2009

Continuing AETV issues

So we’ve been getting another round of complaints that last Sunday’s show, the second in the expensively refurbished Access Austin studios, looked and sounded like ass. Hang in there, gang, is all I can say. I suspect these are just teething problems with the new equipment and we’ll get up to steam before too many …

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Oct 28 2009

The difficulty in peddling an inferior product

A news item today talks about efforts by Christian evangelists to boost their witnessing in such New England states as Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and Massachusetts, an area of the country that has become even more secular than the Pacific Northwest. Reportedly, up to 22% of New England residents claim no religious faith of any …

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Oct 21 2009

AETV audio FUBAR

A number of people have been emailing us complaining of a massive audio dropout in the latest AETV podcast, lasting, by some accounts, as long as 15 minutes. Just a note to say we are aware of this, and apologize humbly, deeply, and with abject humility. Frank has committed ritual seppuku. Personally I have no …

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Oct 21 2009

Can beliefs be inconsistent?

Last night I listened to the podcast of last week’s show with Matt and Don. I am looking forward to being back in the “other” studio again, but not next weekend as scheduled, since I have plans to fly to Pennsylvania. One of the responses to the callers caught my attention. Matt and Don, beginning …

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Oct 15 2009

The Bible Code

I think it was Don who once described an apologetic method of debate as something along the lines of coming into a room, dropping a huge pile of feces on the floor, and then leaving the skeptics to sort out the mess. We were recently hit by such an apologist on our AE TV list …

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Oct 13 2009

What’s So Good About Being Wrong?

If you’re like me, you couldn’t wait to see that six-mile plume of debris kicked up on the pole of the moon recently when the NASA rovers dove into the surface of our most famous natural satellite. And, if you’re like me, you were totally disappointed by what you saw on NASA channel, or, I’m …

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Oct 08 2009

Can You Spot the Strawman in this Picture?

Who didn’t love Highlights as a kid? It was probably the only positive thing about visiting the dentist that I can recall. Everybody’s favorite thing was the Hidden Pictures—but only if the images weren’t already circled. Well, today, I’m giving you an adult atheist version of Highlights Hidden Pictures. In this morning’s Austin American-Statesman was …

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