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Brief Update

I’ve gotten several facebook emails from readers wondering why I haven’t been posting over the last few days.  I’m on a sort of working vacation, probably until this thursday, and hope to resume regular posting over the weekend.  In the meantime, here are some of my older posts that newer readers may have missed.  Enjoy! … Continue reading

Praying Pilot Kills 16 Passengers

PALERMO (Reuters) – A Tunisian pilot who paused to pray instead of taking emergency measures before crash-landing his plane, killing 16 people, has been sentenced to 10 years in jail by an Italian court along with his co-pilot. There isn’t really a lot to say about this.  The pilot of the Hudson River crash acted. … Continue reading

Portrait of a Vagina Clown Car as a 40 Year Old Woman

The Vagina Clown Car Movement* is making the news again.  On NPR, there’s a story highlighting several people involved in the effort to turn otherwise normal vaginas into Clown Cars for Jesus.   Kelly Swanson is a 40 year old woman with seven children… and she wants more, despite the fact that they’re fending off … Continue reading

Atheism and Agnosticism

Check out this great blog post by Shaunphilly (See my blogroll.)  Shaun does a great job of explaining the popular misconceptions of both of these words.  It’s short, elegant, accurate, and well worth a read. Agnosticism is not some fence position between atheism and theism. It is not some place where you can sit and … Continue reading

Sex is Grrrrrrrrrreat!

After reviewing the last few posts I’ve made, it’s occurred to me that I’ve been harping an awful lot on the bad things involved with sex like overpopulation, AIDS, and getting sent to hell for performing abortions.  Today, I’m going to highlight some of the really good things about sex. Actually, to be fair, I … Continue reading

France Speaks Out Against the Pope

While I’m on about birth control, a recent article on MSNBC reports that France, a traditionally Catholic country, is pissed at the pope.   France “expresses its very strong concern about the consequences of the statements by Benedict XVI,” French Foreign Ministry spokesman Eric Chevallier said. Furthermore,  “While it is not up to us to … Continue reading

Successful Farming, or Why Birth Control is Awesome

Over the course of several blogs and several weeks, I’ve frequently referenced our human bias with regard to ourselves.  It’s admittedly a very hard thing for us to remove ourselves from our own perspective, but I want to offer another exercise to do just that.  I hope it will demonstrate just how strongly we hold … Continue reading

10,000

I suppose it isn’t that great a milestone in the Land of Blog, but I’ve hit ten thousand page-views as of today, and I’d just like to say thanks to everyone who’s reading, and particularly to those who take the time to respond — whether they agree or disagree.

This Isn’t an Argument!

If you’ve never seen this sketch before, it’s a classic of the Monty Python library.  Unlike so much of what is passed as comedy on television today, this particular bit of cinematic history can help us learn something.  The skit illustrates quite a few things that happen when argument is reduced to absurdity by tactics … Continue reading

Atheism and Me

Today is a day for atheists to stand up and stand out, and so it seems fitting for me to tell you a little bit about myself.  I’m not going to tell you a lot of personal details because I am in the unfortunate position of relying on the business of a great many theists … Continue reading

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