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Monthly Archive: November 2011

Nov 30 2011

Burzynski The Bold (A Ballad)

Some folks would give up; Some folks would just quit, When they look for three decades, but only find shit. But some can make hay from a whole lot of zero… Like Dr Burzynski, the medical hero. Though his method is lacking empirical proof Looking less like a treatment and more like a spoof That …

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Nov 28 2011

The War On Christmas, Explained

So it’s Christmas—my Christmas—my secular day; The Supreme Court decided it must be that way. As a secular holiday, Christmas can stay, With department-store Santa Claus, there on display, Or with Rudolph, or some other TV cliché, And your photograph taken in front of the sleigh. If you want, you can use this occasion to …

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Nov 28 2011

It Being CyberMonday And All…

Just thought I’d let you in on a couple of things. First, by using the code CYBERMONDAY305 you can get 30% off the price of my book, which is still the perfect cephalopodmas gift for both dear friends and bitter enemies: It’s available in e-book and paperback, if you poke around a bit. Also, the …

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Nov 27 2011

Highly Sought Kiss Of Doom

The headline shows up in my internet reader: “Newt Gingrich endorsed by The Union MisLeader” One wonders, of course, why we care what they choose— Their record, of recent, predicts he’ll now lose. Two money quotes. First, they damn with faint praise: The New Hampshire Union Leader’s Sunday editorial says the former House speaker “is …

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Nov 26 2011

A Good Day For Atheists

Checking the news can be daunting sometimes. Recent stories have had atheist bad guys demanding the Pendleton Cross be removed, the Big Mountain Jesus be removed, the Cranston Rhode Island School Prayer be removed… why it is that these stories never lead with “atheists urge others to follow the law”? Anyway, it is the rare …

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Nov 25 2011

It’s Tough To Be Christian (When Christmastime Comes)

It’s tough to be Christian, when Christmastime comes, What with Santa, and reindeer, and elves, With other religions, or secular folks, And people who think for themselves The Christian religion has changed, over time, And it makes us all anxious as hell, When the season arrives, and it’s not just for us, But for other …

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Nov 24 2011

Feel Your Feelings…

Daniel, over at Camels With Hammers, writes about blaming people for their feelings as well as for their actions. If I were being serious, I’d mention that I have problems with his thesis, and think he’s simply factually wrong in places (the notion that feelings cause actions is by no means settled science, and at …

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Nov 24 2011

An Atheist Gives Thanks

So last week, I had the chance to thank, in person, the guy who saved my son’s life this year. Well, one of several people–this person was the head of the ambulance team. And I exaggerate (but not by much) to say “saved his life”, but hey, there was emergency care and a hospital stay, …

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Nov 23 2011

Semper Fi

Ok, so the last post was a bit depressing. And, frankly, the commentary on the vast majority of published versions of the Camp Pendleton Cross story have been depressing. Best commentary? The Marine Corps News. OF COURSE there are individuals there who honor their crosses over their constitution. But damned if there aren’t a whole …

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Nov 23 2011

The Camp Pendleton Cross

A group of Marines dragged a cross up a hill To honor the loss of their brothers In a land where we’re equal, according to law, Though some are more equal than others. The cross on the hill is a trivial thing, So “establishment” need not apply It isn’t religious—no need to remove it— Besides …

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