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Monthly Archive: September 2011

Sep 30 2011

Happy Blasphemy Rights Day

Nobody throw any stones until I blow this whistle…

Sep 30 2011

What to do with an infant with breathing difficulties

Oops. Prosecutors claimed Shannon Hickman never sought prenatal care when she was pregnant with David, who was born two months early at his grandmother’s home and died less than nine hours later when he had trouble breathing. He was born with a bacterial infection and underdeveloped lungs. Medical experts for the prosecution testified that the …

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Sep 29 2011

What misogynists call outspoken women

It’s about time. Rebecca has pointed out the activities of her more obsessed and malevolent haters. I’ve been following one particular clump of them, at intervals, all this time – yes they’re still at it. Would you believe it? I’ve now amassed a following of obsessive creeps who have seemingly devoted their lives to hounding …

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Sep 29 2011

It was torture

Amnesty International Ireland commissioned a new report on the abuse of children in Irish institutions run by the state and the church, and it was released on Monday. I shall now read that report. Colm O’Gorman, Executive Director of Amnesty International Ireland, said: “The abuse of tens of thousands of Irish children is perhaps the …

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Sep 28 2011

The direction of benefits

Chapter 6 of Janet Heimlich’s terrific book Breaking Their Will: shedding light on religious child mistreatment is titled “An Obsession with Child Obedience.” The final paragraph of the chapter says: While there is nothing wrong with encouraging children to honor their parents, scriptures and religious concepts that promote child obedience offer an unbalanced and unhealthy …

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Sep 28 2011

The land of the pure

That “God” person must be one crazy primate, given the twisted frantic obsessiveness with which its fans fret about Purity in the Female. Being in a room with a boy who’s not part of your family is considered damaging to the girl’s purity. Purity becomes a minefield and the only way to avoid it is, …

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Sep 28 2011

Always be careful not to alienate the mainstream

A great piece by Glen Greenwald on the disdain of Normal “progressives” for the Wall Street protests. Some of this anti-protest posturing is just the all-too-familiar New-Republic-ish eagerness to prove one’s own Seriousness by castigating anyone to the left of, say, Dianne Feinstein or John Kerry; for such individuals, multi-term, pro-Iraq-War Democratic Senator-plutocrats define the …

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Sep 27 2011

Everywhere is porous

Saudi Arabia is so lovingly protective of women. One might think they are so lovingly protective that it is smothering, but still, it’s a nice gesture. Isn’t it?

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Sep 27 2011

And I was like “Wo, there’s some bullshit happening.”

And now – here’s some bullshit that happened somewhere today.  

Sep 26 2011

In the hubris of power

Again the pope says all “faiths” have to team up to resist the idea that government should be independent of religion. “The most urgent thing for ecumenicalism is, namely, that we can’t allow the push of secularism to force us, almost without noticing, to lose sight of the major similarities that make us Christians, and …

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