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Monthly Archive: November 2011

Nov 27 2011

Pepper Spraying at Walmart

You see, this is why we can’t have nice things cheap crap made by underpaid and abused sweatshop workers in unsafe working conditions in China.

Nov 26 2011

Roy Moore Runs for Old Seat

Apparently not satisfied with being little more than an afterthought while running for governor and president, Judge Roy Moore is now planning to run for his old seat on the Alabama Supreme Court again. The Washington Post reports:

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Nov 26 2011

JT on Mental Illness

At Skepticon last weekend, JT Eberhard gave a very brave speech about mental illness. It was brave because he suffers from one of the most common forms of mental illness himself, anorexia. You wouldn’t know it now, given how buff the guy is, but as he explains, this is a form of anorexia as well. …

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Nov 26 2011

Dumbass Quote of the Day

You gotta give Mitt Romney credit for his ability to emulate utter stupidity. When he panders, he doesn’t just dip his toe in it, he dives in head first and splashes around. This may be one of the most idiotic statements ever made in politics (and imagine the competition for that award):

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Nov 26 2011

The Worst Song Ever Made

I had a conversation last week with my best friend that included discussion of one of life’s most important questions: What is the worst song ever recorded? We came up with three songs that certainly belong in the bottom ten — “Kokomo” by the Beach Boys, “My Heart Will Go On” by Celine Dion and …

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Nov 26 2011

Brother Sam on Speaking in Tongues

One of the cool things at Skepticon was a performance by Brother Sam, an “atheist evangelist” who put on a fake revival meeting. It was very funny and very accurate, which I can say because I’ve attended a few of them in my day. Here’s a clip from the show:

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Nov 25 2011

Religious Lobbying Rampant in Washington

The Pew Forum released a new study that shows religious organizations spend nearly $400 million a year on lobbying legislators in Washington, a massive increase over the last 40 years.

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Nov 25 2011

Obama to Cave on Contraception?

Reproductive Health Reality Check reports that President Obama may well cave in to the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops soon and withdraw regulations that are part of the health care reform bill requiring insurance companies to provide birth control without a co-pay.

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Nov 25 2011

Can We Stop the JFK Worship?

I’ve said for years that Democrats — and even some Republicans — treat John F. Kennedy the same way most Republicans treat Ronald Reagan. They’ve turned him into a mythical figure that bears little resemblance to the real thing. Here’s a perfect example from a former Democratic legislator:

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Nov 25 2011

Ingersoll’s Thanksgiving Proclamation

In 1897, Robert Ingersoll delivered what he called a sermon, later reprinted as his Thanksgiving declaration. I’m going to reproduce a small part of it below, but you can find the full address here.

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Nov 25 2011

Santorum: SSM Will End Society

The Republican candidates all got together — minus Mitt Romney — for a “debate” sponsored by a couple of religious right whacko groups this weekend. I’m sure you’ll be surprised to hear that The Gay took center stage. Santorum says that if we don’t stop same-sex marriage, the whole country is doomed.

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Nov 25 2011

WND’s Cosmic Numerological Nonsense

The Worldnutdaily is promoting the work of a lunatic named Tom Horn, who claims that in 2012 either the world will end or the Antichrist will appear. Or both. Or something else. And it’s all made perfectly obvious when you run a bunch of symbols through his secret bullshit decoder ring.

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Nov 25 2011

The Power of Money

The Boston Review has an interview with Larry Lessig, the Harvard law professor who is leading a crusade against the corrupting influence of big money on politics. Much of what he has to say is important and compelling. Like this:

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Nov 25 2011

Vegas, Day Three

Thanksgiving was my last full day in Vegas; I fly back to Chicago on Friday night. I slept in late, getting up around noon, after a very late night playing poker. Breakfast/lunch at Spago in the Forum Shops, where I had an excellent goulash served over spaetzle. Then back to the poker room for an …

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Nov 24 2011

Happy Thanksgiving

Happy Thanksgiving to all my readers. I hope you all have a great day with your families or wherever you are and whatever you’re doing. I’m actually in Vegas alone today, but that’s fine with me. I’m having a blast. I know this is kind of cliche, but I also want to offer an open …

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