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Don't you hate it when you lose your magical feral powers because you slept with a prostitute?

Feeling: ColdSore

2016-05-26

I read the Epic of Gilgamesh. It's a shame that being a hero doesn't mean doing good works, but just being strong, but beating the crap out of monsters does make for an exciting story.

As much as I prefer Bernie Sanders' policies, a lot of the reason he's losing isn't because the government is entirely corrupt, but because he truly isn't as popular as Hillary Clinton.

What would cause three students to gang up and shove a metal coat hanger into another boy's rectum? What would prevent the other students from stopping them? Why wouldn't the administration do anything to prevent it? If you guessed rampant racism, you're correct.

Skip the canned foods and just give soup kitchens money instead.

Ammon Bundy, the guy who ruined a bird sanctuary because he hates the government, is now in prison and trying to file a lawsuit because the prison isn't respecting his Constitutional rights. In addition to not being allowed to wear the special underwear his religion requires him to wear, they're also violating his second amendment right to carry a gun... in prison.

Honest Trailers does Wreck-It-Ralph.

Christian minister, Christopher Alan Hogge, is on his way to jail for possession of child pornography.

A long talk with David Silverman and Paul Provenza about atheism.


Everything old is wrong again

Feeling: ColdSore

2016-05-25

I read the Epistle to the Hebrews. I was not impressed.

It seems, as Al Gore's speaking voice becomes more interesting, it increases our ability to combat global climate change.

When I think, religious believers aren't stupid, they were just presented with a story as a child to forced to believe it, and it's very hard to see past the story when everyone else around you keeps saying it's true, and there are lots of dishonest professional arguers using the story to enforce their political agenda, and our own physiology is working against logic, and so forth. But then I'm faced with people like Father Luis Roldan Patino, who thinks sprinkling holy water on potholes will work just as well as praying for rain, which also totally works.

Meet your new favorite snowy owl, Baltimore.

In England and Wales, the non-religious demographic is now larger than all of the various Christian denominations combined.

Getting everyone's salary out in the open at work is a good way to get collective bargaining power.


Once upon a time, a little girl lived in the big woods of Wisconsin.

Feeling: Happy

2016-05-24

I finished The Legend of Sleepy Hollow, which was full of colorful imagery and a lot of words unknown to me. Actually, I've finished several books in the past two months, and I have to say, older literature seems to use a much wider variety of words. And while a fair amount of them are archaic, many still could be used by a modern speaker, just one with a large vocabulary. I wonder if anyone has performed a study on the trends for the quantity of unique words used in popular works over the years? If it is as it seems, that a published work had a broader vocabulary, what was the reason? Certainly there were fewer literate people a century ago, so was it was more stylish to use obscure words? Do publishers today purposely limit the complexity of an author's manuscript in order to reach a broader market? Even books written for younger audiences--like Anne of Green Gables, which is only about 100 years old--had me looking up a word every few pages.

I installed a copy of Windows 2 in DOSBox to see what it was like. While the interface is certainly more attractive than DOS, the slowness and lack of useful software really explains why so few people bothered to buy it. Windows 3 wasn't too much better OS-wise, but at least it had a pretty large collection of applications to boast.

Christian pastors Jason Kennedy and Zubin Parakh were both arrested after offering to pay an under-aged girl for sex, a girl who happened to be working for the police.

Why you should get a mutt instead of an inbred pure-bred dog.

When atheists point out that religion is often the catalyst for horrible wars, genocides, and various other atrocities, religious people often claiming that there have been atheist leaders who have done terrible things as well, as if that helps their position.

When do Christians win arguments? When they don't invite the competition.

Remember Harold Camping, the guy who predicted Judgment Day on May 21, 2011, and again pretty much every year after that? Well, even though he died in 2013, his cult followers are still coming up with new dates for the end of the world. Maybe they should watch this video on the top ten reasons why Jesus hasn't returned.

Christians are still trespassing in Target to protest their bathroom policy because they believe they're being persecuted by transgendered people.


Nolite te bastardes carborundorum

Feeling: Happy

2016-05-23

I finished reading The Handmaid's Tale over the weekend.

The Disney musical, Beauty and the Beast, was pretty good. All the movie's songs (even "Human Again") as well as several others, and beautiful sets, costumes, and effects, but the Fox Theater really needs to do something about their audio. Don't they realize that a crowd full of children makes a lot of noise? I ended up not being able to hear a large portion of the dialogue (not a huge loss since I know the script very well, but still!).

Some new news about black holes from Janna Levin.

Liberty University had a star-studded graduation commencement speech including Mel "if you get raped by a pack of niggers, it will be your fault!" Gibson, comedian Vince Vaughn (whose films the students aren't allowed to even watch), a sports ball player, and a duck hunter. You'll notice they didn't have any of their famous graduates speaking, this is probably because the school boasts the fourth highest unemployed graduate rate in the country! Kind of reminds me of Trinity Academy which reserves the right to expel any student, not only if they're gay, but even if they have a gay family member!

John Oliver gives some problematic news about calling 911.

For years, Father Tony Anatrella has been the go-to therapist where young Catholic men are sent when their parents and pastors are concerned they may be gay, and for years, Father Anatrella has spoken out against homosexuality and same-sex marriage. You already know where this is going, don't you? Now, several of the gay men who have been in Anatrella's care have been coming forward saying that, while they were receiving "counsel" from Anatrella, he was having sex with them.

Aron Ra gives a talk about Humanism in Canada.


Be my guest

Feeling: Happy

2016-05-20

Going to a Disney version of the Beauty and the Beast musical tonight!

Roe v. Wade was a monumental Supreme Court ruling that which interpreted the Constitution in a way that guarantees the right to abortion in all 50 states, while also letting the states create laws around the process as they saw fit. The Republicans of Oklahoma saw fit to make abortion entirely illegal. Naturally, the bill they passed is unenforceable, and if the Governor signs it into law, the state will be sued, will lose, will repeal to the Supreme Court, and hope that the current Court, with its many Catholics, will change their minds. Without Scalia there, it seems unlikely that they'll even hear the case, and instead just waste millions of the state's tax dollars.

Glenn Beck (he still exists?) it telling Whole Foods to prosecute the Liberal hippie Christian pastor who tried to sue the company after concocting a story about how they wrote "fags" on the cake he ordered. According to Beck, the only way Liberals will learn to stop waving false flags is to punish them so severely they'll be too afraid to do it. This is sort of ironic considering that Beck is currently being sued for accusing a man of terrorism without any evidence. As Ed Brayton points out, I'm sure the guy suing Beck appreciates the good advice.

I have no problem with sex as a service industry and think we should remove all laws preventing it as they are based on indefensible moral arguments. Take, for example, Hookers For Jesus, a religious group that wants to not only outlaw all acts of sex for money, but also believes that all women who have sex for money, even those who actively seek it out and enjoy it, are being enslaved.

Republican Kenneth Havard tried to pass a law banning strippers who are too old or too fat. He later claimed it was a joke, though not too many people found it amusing. That's not nearly as bad as Republican Paul Ryan has been touting the importance of getting more money in the hands of the working class, so when a bill came along to guarantee overtime pay to employees who work over 40 hours, did he vote for it? Of course not!

Despite really wanting to force public school children to sing hymns, this Ohio school will no longer force choir students to sing the Lord's Prayer.

Have any Trans people made problems in public restrooms? No. But Conservatives sure have been beating up a lot of innocent women.

Christians love to tout their superior morality, so why do we always see them in headlines full of corruption, theft, and rape?


Nothing there but steers and queers

Feeling: Happy

2016-05-19

In a proposed bill to eliminate all federal agencies, Texans inadvertently write, "Homosexuality is a chosen behavior... shared by the majority of Texans."

Airport security doesn't work, it's purely for show, and even the airports know it. The Department of Homeland Security did a test where undercover agents tried to sneak weapons on board planes in their carry-on luggage and succeeded 95% of the time. TSA also cannot cite a single instance where they successfully thwarted a terrorist. Worst of all, by disenfranchising travelers so much, they're causing more people to drive, which actually increases the number of travel deaths each year.

After his world tour of China, Morocco, Spain, and Albania, Luke Cooke was finally extradited back to the USA where he will serve 11 years for molesting children when he was a youth pastor.

Kodi Maybir, a Christian music producer, was sentenced to 42 years after being found guilty of murdering his girlfriend's disabled 11-year-old boy.


It's pick a new title day!

Feeling: Happy

2016-05-18

Samantha Bee reminds the world that American religious Conservatives have a long history of racism, sexism, and bigotry.

British Conservatives: "We're going to make sure only adults view Internet porn in the UK by enforcing mandatory age checks!"
People Who Use the Internet: "How?"
British Conservatives: "We don't know, but to religious zealots, it sounds like we're doing something useful!"

Yes, you can criticize religion without needing a theology degree.

Meet the Christian woman who is looking so hard for a sign from God, she finds one in her baby's poop. Then, meet the Christian man who, after burning his daughter's shirt because it was "Satanic," believed he needed to make a sacrifice to God to appease him. Rather than kill himself or his son, he decided to follow the bible's message and sacrifice the family dog.


It's garbage day!

Feeling: Happy

2016-05-17

I watched a documentary on one of the world's most difficult ultramarathons. It takes place along about 130 miles of unmarked trails in the Tennessee mountains. For a racer to finish, they have to run the equivalent of up and down Mt. Everest twice in 60 hours, only then can they claim to have finished the Barkley Marathons.

That moment when oil spills are so common, they don't even make headlines.

The New Yorker goes full The Onion.

Make sure you get your videogame power ups in the right spot.

If you're trying to get on the Republican ticket for Congress, it's probably best that when you post screenshots of your computer on social media, you first close the porn sites.

Why are the Japanese so into tentacle porn? Blame the Americans.

Jesus can't stop killing in Mr. Deity.

The Christian preacher who tried to sue Whole Foods for selling him a cake with bigoted message on it finally admits he made the whole thing up.

How to deal with the argument that the Universe can't have been an accident.


Next time I just go to Ohio!

Feeling: Happy

2016-05-16

I made a chart about who wrote the New Testament.

Last April was the hottest April in history. Want to know when the hottest March was? Last March. Want to know when the hottest February was? Last February. But global warming doesn't exist.

Billy Joel's, "For the Longest Time," parodied as, "Entropic Time," with a music video played entirely backwards.

Back in 2008, Republican Sally Kern said that homosexuals are more dangerous to America than terrorists. As she ends her final year in the House, she explains that her bigotry remains strong!

Honest Trailers covers the original Doom.

Republicans trying to squirm their way out of answering the question, "should a transgendered man be forced to use the ladies room even when they have a full beard?"

Veritasium talks about survivor bias.

Texas passed a law requiring all public schools with 10,000 or more students to record their school board meetings and make them available to the public, which has only given separation of church and state advocates recorded evidence to begin a lawsuit on the 50+ districts that hold illegal prayers.

Smashing Pumpkins front man Billy Corgan is now an ignorant conspiracy theorist who loves Donald Trump, thinks white people are being discriminated against, doesn't care much for artists using their medium to promote social justice issues, and hates that people freak out when he uses the n-word in public.


Red mottled tongue probably isn't healthy

Feeling: Happy

2016-05-13

If you get arrested for selling heroin Pennsylvania Judge Anthony M. Mariani has got you covered. Just read a book written by Ben Carson about Jesus, tell all your friends about Jesus, and tell the judge what you learned about Jesus, and you won't have to serve time! Of course, if you aren't will to preach Christianity, you can always go to jail for 5-10 years.

If you're pregnant ans seeking information, nobody will lie to you like the Christians. If you're wondering if transgendered people should be allowed to share a restroom with you, nobody will lie to you like the Christians.

Republicans may refer to the country's Judeo-Christian heritage, but that doesn't stop people from spray painting "Jesus Saves" on a Jewish synagogue.

Teen girls talking about hashtags is scary enough, but it becomes horrifying in slow motion.

Heidi Cruz, wife of Ted Cruz, explained that her husband's failed presidential run was God doing things on his own time, just like how he did... with slavery.

Richard Simone led police on a high speed chase before finally pulling over. With several officers pointing their guns at him, Simone exited his truck, dropped to his knees, and laid flat on his stomach. Police then swarmed him and proceeded to beat the helpless man senseless. Yes, high speed chases endanger innocent lives, yes, Simone broke the law and deserves jail time, but there is no excuse for police officers violently attacking a prone unarmed man.

The March of Reason, part 3.


Coughing less, throat more sore. How does that work?

Feeling: Happy

2016-05-12

I finished reading the book Hyperion yesterday. While I found the book to be decent, then ending was atrocious.

The Christians at the Spence Dream Center are not doctors, but they feel their belief in God gives them the wisdom to tell clinically depressed people to quit taking all mood stabilizers. Of course, a real doctor will tell you that this is extremely dangerous, even potentially fatal. But even after one of their "patients" slit his throat shortly after being told to not take his medication, they still haven't learned to leave medication to the real doctors.

The pistol used to murder Trayvon Martin is being auctioned off by the killer, George Zimmerman, who says he will use some of the money to fight against Black Lives Matter protesters.

In order to create a lesson about Christian obedience, pastor David Perry starved his dog for two days.

Trust Betty White to teach you about online password safety.

Reza Aslan is a Muslim apologist who promotes the idea of Islam being a religion of peace and equality. One of his key points is that the most Islamic country in the world, Indonesia, is a country of sexual equality. Of course, the evidence disagrees with him entirely. Aside from having their clothing and career choices chosen for them by the Muslim government, the country believe Islam requires that they cut off the external portion of their female children's genitalia, and the majority of Indonesian women have undergone such mutilation.

Dinosaurs walking past an adult human to see the size comparison.

If you're going to promote gender equality in the workplace, you should expect some backlash from your company... unless you're a while male.

Michelle Branch sings her latest song, "Goodbye, Ted Cruz."


Ruby Tuesday is followed by Emerald Wednesday

Feeling: Happy

2016-05-11

People are willing to increase taxes in order to pay for what their public school students need. No, not new books. A mainframe computer? Don't be ridiculous. A world-class chemistry laboratory is nice, but not quite what we're looking for. Sure, additional teachers would be great, but let's get real here. What is really going to build our children a brighter future is a -second- $60,000,000 football stadium. And by future, I mean permanent brain damage.

John Oliver stresses the importance of scientific studies.

NASA identifies another 1,284 exoplanets, 9 of which are in the habitable zone!

After Reverend Kenneth Kaucheck was found guilty of sexual misconduct with a sixteen-year-old girl, and was kicked out of the Catholic Archdiocese of Detroit, he landed on his feet as the head of the Gianna House Pregnancy and Parenting where he counsels pregnant teenagers.

Best super hero movie evah!

People who think they're really good at videogames usually have never seen someone who is really good at videogames.

Yes, a Canadian teen did try matching constellations to existing Mayan cities, but no, he did not find a new city because of it.

Have you ever seen one of those "mail us 10$ and receive good fortune" scam letters, and thought to yourself, who is stupid enough to mail them money? Well, according to the Justice Department, before they were shut down for fraud, one company made $180 million doing it!

The March of Reason, part 2.


Remember remember the tenth of Mayvember.

Feeling: Happy

2016-05-10

The Arab Spring was supposed to end government corruption in Muslim nations, but all it did was put a new form of corruption in power. Egypt now has a government that will arrest you if you criticize it.

The Brits know you can't force someone to hand over their passwords. Let's see if the Americans can figure it out after the extradition.

As the polar icecaps melt, and the oceans continue to rise, small islands are being lost.

A quick news recap for the cicadas.

Ted Cruz dropped out of the Republican race demonstrating that American Republicans just don't care enough about religion anymore to elect a zealot, and for good reason; we're talking about a group of people who think transvestites using public bathrooms is more dangerous than ISIS. One of Cruz's biggest disciples boosters, Glenn Beck, had a bit of a meltdown prophesying doom and gloom!

The sales pitch for the Ark Encounter needs a bit of work. They're trying to impress upon its visitors that the Ark wasn't a fun place with a smiling Noah with cute fuzzy animals, it is a monument to the deliberate and systematic extermination of millions, so bring the kids!


M in the P

Feeling: Happy

2016-05-09

I read the Epistle to the Philippians. I was not impressed.

I've updated the latest NES Hacker cheat package. The new one uses No-Intro naming conventions which I find superior to the GoodNES standard.

This makes me moist.

With the defeat of Ted Cruz, American Conservatives have shown that their interest in Christianity isn't nearly as strong as their greed and hatred.

If someone is claiming that Islam is a dangerous religion, how do you prove to him, and the people who agree with him, that it is a religion of peace? Apparently, by murdering him.

Poor pastor Jack Schapp, just can't get a break. The Christian mega-church leader is already in jail for statutory rape, but now he's facing additional charges for investment fraud! He has it far worse than Reverend Corey MeGill Brown who was just taking church donations and depositing them directly into his secret personal account.

Seattle's City Council wisely voted against giving up city land to create another sports arena (like any private corporation, arena builders should be expected to purchase their own land), but because the women on the council were the ones who voted against it, horrific sexism is the result.

Why do Jehovah's Witnesses tell their gifted women to avoid academic pursuits?

If you're a well-educated Italian economist, don't do math on a plane, or you will be accused of being a terrorist!


Revenge of the Sixth!

Feeling: Happy

2016-05-06

I read the Second Epistle to the Thessalonians. I was not impressed.

Jimmy Kimmel's response to Sarah Palin's "documentary" about climate change.

Want to see how Jehovah's Witnesses indoctrinate children about same-sex marriage? It's quite awful.

Vaughn Ohlman is a Christian leader who organized an event called "Get Them Married," which was a way for Christian parents to arrange marriages for their children, without their consent, even as young as 13! Unfortunately for Ohlman (and fortunately for the children), he had to cancel his event.

When reading Mean Tweets to women becomes more than just mean.

Using fighting game terminology to explain evolution.


May the fifth be with you?

Feeling: Happy

2016-05-05

I read the First Epistle to the Thessalonians. I was not impressed.

If a student wants to enter a graduate program at a respected university to become a doctor, does the university have an obligation to reject that student if the student brazenly admits that they will assuredly violate the doctor's code of ethics? Todd Starnes of Fox News doesn't think so, in fact, he believes that University is at fault for trying only wanting to graduate ethical students!

A more effective way of debating with people on the street.

Republican Tila Hubrecht explains that getting pregnant from a rapist is God giving you a silver lining!

Matt Dillahunty covers numerology in the bible.


May the fourth be with you

Feeling: Happy

2016-05-04

I read the Second Epistle of John and the Third Epistle of John. I was not impressed.

I also finished reading a child psychology book called Real Boys: Rescuing Our Sons From the Myths of Boyhood. I was pretty good.

Isn't odd how people who are convinced that immigration will ruin the economy for the entire nation refuse to believe that centuries of unbridled pollution can affect the climate?

You've seen those, "Shit People Say" videos? Well, here's a long breakdown of "Shoot Christians Say!"

Over the years, more and more preachers have come out at homosexual, helping various churches usher in a new age of pro-LGBT religion. Bringing up the rear is Islam, where more adherents think homosexual sex is wrong than think abortion is wrong! Thankfully, there are people like Nur Warsame, a Muslim imam who has the courage to publicly out himself.

Interestingly, the term "Caucasian" has a history that's also very racist.

It's not enough for Christians to prevent their employees from having access to birth control, they also want to be allowed to fire them for using it.

Some interesting facts about the game Doom.


Strange

Feeling: Happy

2016-05-03

I read the First Epistle of John. I was not impressed.

If I could boil down the Fifth Amendment to the US Constitution, I would say that it represents the principle that it's better to let a criminal go free than to lock up an innocent person. This principle exists to protect citizens from corrupt or over zealous law enforcement who have authority over them. It makes it so that police can't lock you up because they don't like you or because they think you're a criminal, they have to actually demonstrate that you've done something illegal. Furthermore, you don't have to volunteer evidence, they have to already have it. For example, lets say you detail all your most intimate moments of your life in a hidden diary. Suddenly, police arrive at your door believing you've done something illegal, and, having been told you keep a diary, demand to read it in hopes you've written down evidence of the crime. You know you're innocent, and you would be devastated to have your most personal moments read by the entire precinct, who would no doubt blab to everyone in your community. You refuse to tell them, and they throw you in a dank cell until you agree to hand over your diary. They have no idea if you committed the crime or not, they're just guessing, and they want to invade your privacy to satisfy their guessing, and they're willing to abuse you, an innocent person, until you submit! Is that justice? But let's say that, instead of hiding your diary, you keep it on your dresser, but rather than write in plain English, you've encoded your writing to be a series of numbers that only you can decipher. The police demand to know how you've encoded your diary so they may read it in hopes of finding you guilty of a crime. You refuse to tell them, and they throw you in jail until you do. Is this justice? It's certainly very similar to the first scenario, right? According to a judge in Pennsylvania, the first example is protected by the Fifth Amendment, the second one is not. The judge maintains that, until a man offers up the password to his encrypted hard drives, he will be held in jail forever. The judge justifies indefinite incarceration saying that he has committed the "crime" of refusing to cooperate with an investigation, but his refusal is to prevent self-incrimination, which is the whole point of the Fifth Amendment, otherwise, police could say that everyone who pleads the Fifth is refusing to cooperate with an investigation. The reality is, law enforcement has no evidence of a crime, and even though the charges are despicable, anyone can conjure up despicable charges. There is a similar case now involving a woman whose phone is encrypted with a biometric password. She has to place her thumb on her phone to unlock it. A judge has ruled that police are allowed to violently force her thumb onto her phone so that they may search through it. They need to do this because otherwise they have no evidence of a crime.

Donkey Kong, IRL.

People believe some crazy things when it comes to the powerful dangerous magical body of a woman.

When cereal manufacturers took out all their non-GMO ingredients, all the vitamins had to be removed as well.

YouTube comments are usually a wretched hive of scum and racism, but wait until you read Fox News comments!

Millennials know they suck.

Politicians are trying to remove or extend the statute of limitations for child sexual abuse, but one group in particular doesn't like the idea. Can you guess who? It's the Catholic League! According to them, nobody is doing more to prevent child molestation than the church, and these politicians only want to make all pedophiles go to jail because they're anti-Catholic!

You probably didn't know this, but Prince died from chemtrails.


Wake up and smell the hummus!

Feeling: Happy

2016-05-02

Had the fam over for dinner on Sunday. Talked a lot of politics and science over chicken, vegetables, hummus, and tea. Good times!

I read the Epistle to the Ephesians. I was not impressed.

It's not that uncommon for groups responsible for atrocities to want to distance themselves from them. The US is ashamed of a century of slavery, Germany is ashamed of the Jewish Holocaust, etc. But there is a difference between being ashamed of something and denying that something ever happened. For example, there are many people who claim that the Holocaust never happened. These people refuse to learn from the mistakes of their ancestors and their ignorance makes them problematic. Naturally, these claims should be ridiculed, because they are ridiculous, and no respectable organization would ever hand a microphone to someone who espouses such beliefs. Cue the Wall Street Journal, which printed a full page ad from a group denying the existence of the Armenian genocide.

Why you shouldn't trust Pokémon Daycare.

A mob of Muslims murdered another Bangladeshi man by hacking him to death with machetes, just as Muhammad would want.

Part one of the March of Reason series.

There is a fun Twitter hashtag trending right now called, #TheBibleHasTaughtMe, and it's yielding some interesting results.

Americans can't identify a Sikh.

What's the deal with people named McCarthy and being crazy. Tajuan McCarty was hired by the US military to tell soldiers that the only way to stop rape is to have everyone convert to her religion.


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