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Monthly Archive: December 2011

Dec 20 2011

Take A Number

If you don’t like what I have to say: take a number, get in line and kiss my ass.–Christopher Hitchens He was cynical and venomous, and famously uncouth; He refused the path to heaven—ah, but now he knows the truth! I can only hope he saw the light, before he had to pass —Take a …

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Dec 19 2011

Why Brother Smoggy Is A Christian (A Guest Post)

I am delighted to share with you a guest post by friend of good people everywhere Smoggy Batzrubble, beloved of all, member of the Order of the Molly on Pharyngula. Smoggy did send this to PZ for his “Why I am an atheist” series, but since that gives it a less than 1% chance of …

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Dec 19 2011

Theist Tropes We Can Do Without

Hey, it’s only fair. We’ve got a ton of the tropes we atheists can’t stand; can we put ourselves in the other person’s sandals for a bit and list some of the tropes that go the other way? In this, I’m going to accept any that apply to any religion, cos otherwise we’d have hundreds …

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Dec 17 2011

Thirteen Hours…

Thirteen hours on the road, and I feel like someone has jammed a red-hot poker through my right scapula. But now Cuttleson is home. Cuttledaughter has been home for a couple of weeks. Yeah, I have a ton of grading to do, but life is good. Do I have to turn in my “angry atheist” …

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Dec 16 2011

Atheist Tropes We Can Do Without

What with the death of Christopher Hitchens on the front page of pretty much every news outlet in the world, the comments are full of people’s opinions about atheism and atheists. In the spirit of Shakesville, asking the question “Which film trope needs to go away forever?” (somebody quoted me there, which is how I …

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Dec 16 2011

For Hitch

A reminder of the sort of thinking he so eloquently battled. When Hitch was first diagnosed, a writer who doesn’t deserve mention by name in this post (you can click to find out who, but it really doesn’t matter) said that God was being kind, offering a lingering and painful death to give him time …

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Dec 15 2011

…So He Cut Off Her Fingers.

I know, don’t give away the whole thing in the title. I don’t care; I am too angry. Yesterday, I wrote of the success of Bulgarian women; part of their success, you may recall, was attributed to the absence of institutionalized (read: religious) structures supporting discrimination. There was discrimination, of course, but also optimism that …

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Dec 15 2011

Proof Of God?

Over at Debunking Christianity, John Loftus answers a question. Specifically, the question of “what would it take for you, an atheist, to believe in god?”, and the objection that in reality, our answers are all lip service, that we are closed-minded and unwilling to budge. You can go take a look at his answer, but …

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Dec 15 2011

What, No Second Date?

Come back with me, babe, to my villa in France It’s romantic as hell, and I might get the chance To get in your—wait! What I mean is, to dance With my lovely American girl There’s a pool on the roof; I’ve got flowers, and wine, And the view from the bedroom is frankly divine …

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Dec 14 2011

Headline Muse, 12/14

In the government, business, and school, Though the prejudice sometimes is cruel, If you want something done Who’s your pick? Who’s the one? In Bulgaria, smart women rule. Headline: Do women rule Bulgaria? In my experience, Bulgarian women are one of the more powerful forces of nature. The people who got things done–whatever was needed–while …

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