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Monthly Archive: August 2011

Aug 30 2011

In which I am unimpressed with Hitchens

It’s just his latest effort in Slate — I’m not unimpressed with Hitchens the man at all. It’s just that I did not find his subject particularly interesting, since it’s a discussion about whether Rick Perry is actually sincere about his religious beliefs, or whether he’s only pandering to the rubes. I don’t care. Not …

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Aug 30 2011

What Steve Jobs did really well

Jobs is stepping down from his leadership role at Apple, as has been all over the news for the last several days, and I had to say that he’s someone I’ve really admired. Not just as a fully committed member of the Cult of Mac, but because I’ve really liked his style. Here’s a video …

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Aug 30 2011

Our baby is all growed up now!

skatje_kyle

Skatje, who is living far, far away in Wisconsin, has just turned 21. You know what that means? There’s no way we have to take her back … she’s all on her own now. We’ve managed to shoo three kids into independent adulthood, and I think we’re all done with that now. I usually try …

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Aug 30 2011

Michele Bachmann, professional ghoul

There she goes, claiming God sent Hurricane Irene. I don’t know how much God has to do to get the attention of the politicians. We’ve had an earthquake; we’ve had a hurricane. He said, ‘Are you going to start listening to me here?’ Listen to the American people because the American people are roaring right …

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Aug 30 2011

Sleaze and controversy from the American Freedom Association and Discovery Institute

Two years ago, a California science foundation gave permission to to the American Freedom Alliance (“freedom” is like “family” in these organizations; when you see it, you should be instantly suspicious) to show a movie in their IMAX theater. The film was titled “Darwin’s Dilemma: The Mystery of the Cambrian Fossil Record”, and it was …

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Aug 29 2011

Ray Comfort is a fraud

Ray Comfort is coming out with a new “documentary” called 180, which he claims has such a powerful, irrefutable argument against abortion that it will reverse pro-choice opinions within 30 seconds. Here’s his promo for it, in which he shows people becoming champions of pro-life mere seconds after hearing it. Uh, wait…what is the argument? …

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Aug 29 2011

“Prolonged detention”

Watch the doublespeak dribbling out of Obama’s mouth: he’s making up excuses for the extra-legal prolonged confinement of prisoners in Guantanamo Bay, all in the name of the Constitution. He’s sounding more like George W. Bush every day. This is all in the name of our profligate and pointless anti-terrorism policy. Fear is sown to …

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Aug 29 2011

I got a new t-shirt

lbtd

Now I have a Life Before the Dinosaurs t-shirt, and you probably don’t. So there. This is the science blog by a 7-year-old kid. One of the networks ought to snap him up, he’s good … I wonder if we should draft him for Freethought Blogs. (Also on Sb)

Aug 29 2011

Someone has taken the Coulter Challenge!

It only took five years. Remember, my Coulter Challenge was for someone to take any of Coulter’s paragraphs about evolution from her book Godless, and cogently defend its accuracy. It’s been surprising how few takers there have been: lots of wingnuts have praised the book and said it is wonderful, but no one has been …

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Aug 29 2011

My prayers go out to Detroit

You guys are about to be afflicted further. You’ve got a pack of idiots coming to town. Lou Engle and Rick Joyner will be working together in September to promote The Call: Detroit, Engle’s prayer rally on November 11. This shouldn’t come as a surprise, since both are closely involved in the New Apostolic Reformation, …

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