Monthly Archive: October 2008

Oct 24 2008

The John McCain Sex Scandal: The Blowfish Blog

I have a new piece up on the Blowfish Blog. It’s about John McCain’s record on issues having to do with sex… and what it says about his trustworthiness as President, on any issue. It’s titled The John McCain Sex Scandal, and here’s the teaser: Sorry for the inflammatory headline. No, I’m not going to …

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Oct 23 2008

“The Most Vile, Radical Liberals in America”: Anti-Atheist Bigotry in the Senate Campaign

I suppose it was bound to happen. With the newly- galvanized atheist movement becoming increasingly visible and increasingly vocal, we were pretty much destined to become a political football, the subject of a fear- mongering campaign flyer depicting us as vile despoilers of the American Dream… and using an association with us to smear an …

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Oct 22 2008

The Eroticism of Exercise

Please note: This piece discusses my personal sex life, in a certain amount of detail. Family members and others who don’t want to read about that stuff will probably want to skip this one. This piece was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. I really wish I’d known about this years ago. If I had, …

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Oct 22 2008

Election Snippet: The “Real” America

Well, the main purpose for today’s election snippet is to show you a very funny clip from the Daily Show… which, as usual, is both laugh- out- loud funny and dead-on accurate. But first, a little introductory rant. I am so sick of this “real America” line I could spit. Sarah Palin has been trumpeting …

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Oct 21 2008

Support Our Marriage — Support the “No on 8″ Campaign

Today, I’m going to do something I normally don’t do. I’m going to use shameless emotional manipulation to persuade you to support a political cause. In California, there’s an initiative on the November ballot — Proposition 8 — that would ban same-sex marriage. In fact, it would amend the State Constitution to do so. In …

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Oct 20 2008

12 Step for Atheists: An Interview with “Get Up” Author Bucky Sinister

If you’re an atheist, and you have a problem with alcohol or other drugs, how do you get help? The most widespread, most easily- accessible help available to alcoholics and other addicts is 12 Step programs, originally and most famously Alcoholics Anonymous. But while 12 Step groups are open to people of any religious persuasion …

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Oct 20 2008

Election Snippet: John McCain and Corporate Lobbyists

Today’s election snippet: John McCain has worked hard to create an image of himself as an independent politician who isn’t connected with, or beholden to, the big- money, big-corporation special interests that are making American politics such a nightmare. He has said, “I’m the only one the special interests don’t give any money to.” This …

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Oct 18 2008

A Patchwork of Income: Making a Living as an Artist

I had this revelation recently about making a living as a writer. It came to me kind of absurdly late in my career, given how obvious it’s now seeming. And it’s occurred to me that, if it took me almost twenty years to figure this revelation out, there might be some other struggling writers and …

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Oct 16 2008

Brief Blog Semi-Break/Open Thread

I’m going out of town for a long weekend, leaving Thursday and coming back Sunday. Our neighbors are looking after our home and our cats while we’re gone, but I may or may not have reliable Internet access. If I do, I’ll do a blog post or two; but if you don’t see me until …

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Oct 15 2008

Tee Hee, You Said “Bonk”

This review was originally published on the Blowfish Blog. If ever a book was tailor- made for me to enjoy, this is it. I’m a huge science nerd. I’m a huge sex nerd. How could I not love a book called Bonk: The Curious Coupling of Science and Sex? Well, let me tell you how. …

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