This picture is going around the intertubes with comments about how it’s photographic evidence that Steve Shives and I are conspiring to destroy atheism.

I was there at that get-together, it is true, however, not shown in the picture is the ten or so women who were also there, and who artfully slid away out of frame when it was taken. As usual, it’s the women who are doing the work of building up or tearing down, and a couple of guys loafing on the couch get all the credit.


  1. Nogbert says

    If your female companions are working to neutralise the portion of the allegedly sceptical community that thought it would be a good idea to align themselves with the religious nutters at the last election then all power to them says I.

  2. says

    Note also: strange decorative balls in the useless metal bowl on the table will probably play a role somehow in the coup.

  3. says

    I had to google Steve Shives, and then I could sorta figure out your meaning here. He’s an A+ vlogger who gets a lot of trolling from Sargon and such, for those as puzzled as I was. I also wondered about the balls.

  4. Pete Newell says

    So people think that you (or your more able associates) are able to destroy a mode of belief. Remind me again why these people are willing if not eager to piss you (or them) off?
    Cognitive dissonance: not just for breakfast anymore.

  5. Akira MacKenzie says

    The fact that they are off camera only proves that they didn’t want to be seen! You were in D.C. taking your orders from your mistresses Crooked Hillary, Pochantas Warren, and the re-animated, disembodied brains of Andrea Dworkin and Catherine MacKinnon, weren’t you… WEREN’T YOU!?!?!?!?


  6. birgerjohansson says

    I also managed to stay out of the picture. In fact, I was so discreet no one noticed I was in town!
    This level of sinister cunning surely proves I am the #1 evil plotter. .

  7. petesh says

    Are those not fleeing women at the top right? But, more important, what’s this You Staying Young book under the table, and why didn’t it work?

  8. robro says

    Blame it on the women, PZ…just like a man. You know they were just off to fix samwiches for you guys.

    Hope that book was stolen. It’s “You Staying Young: The Owner’s Manual for Looking Good and Feeling Great” by Michael F. Rozen AND! Mehmet Oz. Only $16 on Amazon.

    That’s the original cover. The new edition’s cover has their picture in hospital scrubs with their names and credentials (MD) more prominently displayed. Do no harm, but it’s ok to trade on your professional status.

  9. says

    ugh, roizen & oz are really milking that cow:

    (nowhere near a complete list)
    “You Staying Young: The Owner’s Manual for Looking Good and Feeling Great”
    “YOU: The Owner’s Manual for Teens: A Guide to a Healthy Body and Happy Life”
    “YOU: Losing Weight: The Owner’s Manual to Simple and Healthy Weight Loss”
    “You, on a Diet: The Owner’s Manual for Waist Management”
    “YOU: Being Beautiful: The Owner’s Manual to Inner and Outer Beauty”
    “YOU: Raising Your Child: The Owner’s Manual from First Breath to First Grade”
    “YOU: The Smart Patient: An Insider’s Handbook for Getting the Best Treatment”
    “You: On a Walk”
    “You: Breathing Easy: Guided Stretch”
    “YOU: Stress Less: The Owner’s Manual for Regaining Balance in Your Life”
    “YOU: The Owner’s Manual: An Insider’s Guide to the Body That Will Make You Healthier and Younger”
    “YOU: The Owner’s Manual, Updated and Expanded Edition: An Insider’s Guide to the Body that Will Make You Healthier and Younger”

    “roizen & oz” is an obvious translation of “rinse & repeat” …

  10. says

    The apartment was a rental, stocked with lots of hokey art and stupid coffee table books. Apparently nobody actually lives there, they just rent it out to visitors.

  11. birgerjohansson says

    OMG! Alex Jones is on to you all!
    Just check “Dispatches from the culture wars” by Ed Brayton.

  12. =8)-DX says

    @cervantes #3
    “A+ vlogger” Sheesh, nobody uses A+ any more (and Steve Shives had little to do with it), it’s “SJW” now, keep up! Anyhow Steve makes mostly low-key atheisty YouToube content and occasionaly asks people not to be bigots and he also blocks bigots on twitter, both of which his detractors consider an attack on Freeze Peach and the End of Western Civilisation As We Know It.


  13. rietpluim says

    the End of Western Civilisation As We Know It

    Now that would be a great idea.