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Monthly Archive: September 2012

Sep 30 2012

Blasphemy Day, Already?

Seems even more necessary this year. As I wrote before… Blasphemy Day is important. Not for offending people, but for celebrating the right to speak without fear that such an offense can land you in jail, or worse. Political speech often offends me, but the rough-and-tumble of open political debate is a good thing. When …

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Sep 29 2012

Long Overdue Repairs

There’s a hole in the wall, where the wind can get in And it’s been there for fifty-some years It’s down near the floor, where it hardly gets noticed Till a chase, when a mouse disappears When wintertime comes, we can feel the cold air And remember, that hole is the reason But then something …

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Sep 28 2012

Fasting And Praying… For Mitt?

If you’re feeling some frustration With the leaders of this nation Do your part to help them muddle through the mess Politicians think it’s funny Cos they really need your money But it looks as though they’re getting rather less Since Obama needs defeating, Let’s help Romney, by not eating As a show of faith, …

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Sep 27 2012

Science Fact > Science Fiction. Again.

After I posted today’s Headline Muse, the following leaped into my consciousness, unbidden: Though it promised us trips through the stars, Cryogenics, and yes, flying cars, Science fiction must bow To our science facts now… That’s the word from our robot on Mars. Science fiction is cool. It is. I remember reading about time travel, …

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Sep 27 2012

Headline Muse, 9/27

It’s a robot—not woman, nor man And it’s doing the best that it can Like its pictures, that showed Where the water once flowed, Making up an alluvial fan Headline: Streams Of Water Once Flowed On Mars: NASA Says Photos Prove It NASA’s Curiosity rover has found definitive proof that water once ran across the …

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Sep 27 2012

Ceremonial De-Deism

I turned on my engraver, and I scratched a bit of metal And repeated this procedure many times Now I’m looking at a little pile of atheistic money— Godless nickels, godless quarters, godless dimes If you want a godless penny, I’ve got some, but not too many And I don’t have any dollar coins so …

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Sep 26 2012

A Sign Of Impeccable Taste

Excellent coffee deserves an excellent mug, don’t you think? All I know is, I have one, and it makes my rooibos tea (coffee only at home–at work, rooibos tea; I am a creature of habit) taste wonderful.

Sep 26 2012

Yeah, But Fundamentalist Atheists Are Just As Bad!

The fundamental atheist—the fire-breathing kind— Is as radical an entity as any that you’ll find. He or she’s the mirror image of the faithful they despise Though they’ll claim they’re vastly different—just another of their lies An example of the power of the god-belief they lack? Though we changed the pledge to put in God, …

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Sep 25 2012

Hubble Does It Again

“In the beginning, God created The heavens and the earth”— A most myopic story of The universe’s birth The lenses on the Hubble Look through time as well as space The ancients might have spied with it Their vast Creator’s face The skies they saw were very small Those centuries ago We’ve traded in those …

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Sep 25 2012

Bacon Shortage Looms; Prices To Double Next Year

I can’t hear through the noise that I’m makin’ As the bones in my knees get to shakin’ It’s the worst news I’ve seen For Two Thousand Thirteen— We’ll be facing a shortage of bacon! We’ll pay more, or we’ll just do without But the shortage is real, there’s no doubt! The source of our …

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