Around FtB

How was everyone’s Halloween? I had to work late and missed prime trick-or-treating time, so I had no kids stop by. Now I have these bags of candy that I’m sure not going to eat. I’ll dig into the goody bag of FtB, instead.

  • Stephanie Zvan was at CSICon, and she thinks they did a good job on social justice issues.

  • Kate Donovan revisits Harrison Bergeron and the ableist fallacy.

  • Brianne Bilyeu displays the post-Halloween aftermath. It’s not pretty.

  • Sikivu Hutchinson discusses the sport of Black Women Bashing. Don’t tell the Olympic committee.

  • Ophelia Benson has to remind us of the Montreal Massacre. I remember that, vividly: “I hate feminists!” has a peculiar resonance to those of us who followed events on that day.

  • Richard Carrier explains that the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife, which was all over the news a while back, is a forgery.

  • Ian Cromwell has a guest post from Jamie James on abortion. No punches are pulled.

  • Digital Cuttlefish discovers something amazing: the Romney Mega Prayer. Did you know that scientists have proven that group prayer works?

  • Dana Hunter can sew? What does that have to do with geology?

  • Greta Christina is getting better!

  • Jason Thibeault hosts an epic rap battle. Lincoln won, naturally.

  • Maryam Namazie tells us that her body isn’t obscene, veiling it is.

  • Natalie Reed finds that the trans community is broken. Every community is broken in its own special way; can we fix them?

  • Reasonable Doubts is all about the depraved babies. Sick, morally corrupt, evil babies.

  • Taslima Nasrin catalogs errors and contradictions in the Quran.


  1. Blondin says

    Where I live the houses are a little further apart and the driveways are long so little kids don’t trick or treat much in my neighbourhood. We sometimes get a few teenagers, though, so this year I had cans of sardines to hand out. I was really curious to see what reaction that would get but, as luck would have it, not a single trick-or-treater came to our door. Looks like I’ll be having sardines for lunch for a while.

  2. Reginald Selkirk says

    Richard Carrier explains that the Gospel of Jesus’ Wife, which was all over the news a while back, is a forgery.

    That much was a given. Carrier explains that most experts now believe it to be a modern forgery, as opposed to an ancient forgery.

  3. duane says

    Here’s how the megaprayer may work:

    Simply participating in the activity will probably motivate a few people who weren’t really all that enthused about either candidate to expend the extra effort to cast a ballot. The fact that they participated in the activity means they will cast a vote for the Romster.

    If a handful of people in a “tipping point” county in a state like Ohio fall for this, well, chik-chik-chik go the dominoes.


    PS: 3000 “likes” on facebook. Granted, it’s not 3000000, but you never know. A steel bar will bend under the weight of a fly.

  4. qwerty says

    And this is the time of year when we start hearing about “the war on Christmas.”

    So, I googled “war on Holloween” and got a few hits, but I’ve noticed that those who complain the loudest about the war on Christmas are those trying to end and any celebration of Holloween.

    We can’t have our children (it’s always about the children) dressing up as devils or witches. Also, those gay people seem to enjoy themselves way too much on this holiday; so, it must be evil.

    Pathetic when you can’t let your kids have a little fun pretending to be something else and getting a few goodies along with it.

  5. dancaban says

    While the wife and kids were out trick or treating I go to stay at home. The lit pumpkin was on the doorstep advertising we were friendly to visitors but no callers at all not one. Went outside as the family returned home only to find the pumpkins face had been stoved in!