Category Archive: Current Events

Jul 15 2013

On Trayvon Martin and the George Zimmerman Verdict — and What “Freethought” Does Not Fracking Well Mean

Please note: This blog post has a different comment policy from my usual one. It appears at the end of the post. Other people have written about the details of the George Zimmerman case, and the verdict, more clearly and eloquently than I can. This piece does a pretty good job, as does this, as …

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Jul 09 2013

“A distraction”

So, this happened. On my Facebook page, there’s a conversation about how female inmates in California prisons have been getting sterilized, without the proper approval process, and with the women being subjected to pressure and coercion. A commenter on my page (remaining nameless here, as people have a somewhat higher expectation of privacy on Facebook …

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Jun 27 2013

Celebrate Same-Sex Marriage… and Demand a New Voting Right Act

Yesterday was a happy, happy day. The Supreme Court struck two powerful blows for equality: forcing the Federal government to recognize same-sex marriages, and effectively overturning Prop 8 and alloweing same-sex marriage in California. Yay! But the day before yesterday was a fucking travesty. The Supreme Court struck down key provisions of the Voting Rights …

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Jun 26 2013

SCOTUS, Same-Sex Marriage, and Admitting When I’m Wrong

Since I’m a big proponent of admitting when you’re wrong, I feel that I should say this today: I was one of the people objecting to bringing same-sex marriage to SCOTUS. I was one of the people saying, “It’s too soon, this court sucks, we have to wait until we have a better court, this …

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Jun 26 2013

What the SCOTUS Ruling on DOMA and Prop 8 Means

Such good news to wake up to! DOMA has been (basically) overturned, Prop 8 has been (effectively) overturned! Same-sex marriage now recognized by the United States Federal government, and legal in California! So what does this mean? It’s a somewhat legally complicated decision in some ways, and the “standing” issue is particularly tricky to parse. …

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Jun 03 2013

Please Sign Petition Against Nigeria’s “Jail the Gays” Law

In case you haven’t heard: Nigeria has just passed a hideously draconian anti-gay law. it makes it illegal to register gay clubs or organizations. It makes it illegal to even speak in favor of gay rights — anyone who abets a gay person, witnesses a same sex marriage, or advocates for LGBT rights is in …

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May 21 2013

Help the VIctims of the Oklahoma Tornado: Foundation Beyond Belief

The Humanist Crisis Response program of the Foundation Beyond Belief is taking donations to help victims of the Oklahoma tornado. Your donations will be directed to Operation USA and Regional Food Bank of Oklahoma. Please help if you can. Thanks.

May 09 2013

Victim of Murder-for-Hire Plot a “bitch,” “cunt,” “slut,” who “probably deserved it”

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You can’t make this stuff up. And you wouldn’t want to. Via Public Shaming, which I found via FreakOutNation: Tim Lambesis, the lead singer and co-founder of the Christian heavy metal band As I Lay Dying, was arrested Wednesday for allegedly trying to hire a hit man to murder his estranged wife. Many of his …

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Apr 15 2013

Scattered Thoughts on the Boston Marathon Explosions

Comet and Houdini on my lap

I don’t know what to say or do about the Boston Marathon thing. But I’m feeling a pointless urge to say or do something. Here are a few scattered thoughts. Boston Red Cross is reporting that they have enough blood for now. If you’re not in the Boston area, donate blood anyway. It helps the …

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Feb 26 2013

Comedy Does Not Win a Free Pass: Seth MacFarlane at the Oscars


I am sick to death of the idea that “it’s just comedy” somehow gives you a free pass when you’re saying things that are racist and sexist. And I am sick to death of the idea that any transgression of social norms — no matter what those norms are, or why they exist — automatically …

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