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Still here

…for now.


Skepticism in daily life.

 - Dilbert by Scott Adams


A Can of Worms

This, at The Panda’s Thumb.

There are a lot of considerations that go into a custody decision. I’d be surprised if this were the only reason.  The story itself caught my eye because, surprise! I found myself in the same situation not that long ago, the difference being that since I had agreed to the homeschooling (even though I no longer do), a judge would most likely not side with my position.


This is the end, my only friend, the end.

It seems that, for some, believing in heaven (or the afterlife of your choice) doesn’t automatically mean you’re in a hurry to get there.  A study at the Dana-Faber Cancer Institute found that among 345 terminal cancer patients, those who prayed regularly were more than three times more likely to receive intensive life-prolonging care than those who relied least on religion. Continue reading This is the end, my only friend, the end.


Science vs. Crap

P.Z. Meyers over at Pharyngula has a wonderful example of how the wacky creationists, in their desperate effort to oppose real science, endorse the most bizarre (and dangerous) ideas.

But wait, this isn’t the funny part. That was the boring typical part. Here’s where I started laughing.

I would not offend the bought and sold fascists who regulate the health industry in America by offering medical advice,

Wait for it. You just know with a lead-up like that that what he is about to do is…offer medical advice.

Continue reading Science vs. Crap


Happy Birthday, Chuck!

Today is Darwin Day! Let’s all raise a pint (or your beverage of choice) in honor of the man who helped make modern biology what it is today. In fact, raise two, because this one is special: The 200th anniversary of his birth, and the 150th anniversary of the publishing of The Origin of Species. That makes 2009 Darwin fucking year. There are plenty of events througout the world, and frankly, too many to link to. I’m afraid I’d leave out some thing important. So in this case, Google is your friend. Quite a lot of colleges and universities have science lectures in honor of the day, and I think that learning (or teaching) something new about science would be a fabulous way to honor the man’s work.

Continue reading Happy Birthday, Chuck!


So you think you’ve got it bad?

Most people have heard of postsecret, the site that publishes anonymous confessions sent in by readers.

I just found another site, maybe you’ve seen it before, that has a different mission: tell the world how rotten your life is. It’s called F*** my life.
I just had to share this one:

Today, my girlfriend broke up with me and said I was not ‘Christian enough’ for her. Later I found out she had been cheating on me with my best friend. FML

I don’t think I can add any more to that.


A new face

Well, I updated the theme. Now all I have to do is find a more appropriate image and logo. The work never ends…


They’re baaaack…

Well, it looks like they’re at it again. Our friends in the Holy Roman Catholic Church have resumed the practice of granting plenary indulgences. What’s an indulgence, you ask? The Catholic Encyclopedia describes a plenary indulgence as

the remission of the entire temporal punishment due to sin so that no further expiation is required in Purgatory.

Continue reading They’re baaaack…



So, this blog is ostensibly about the horrors of fundamentalist xianity, and my intense lack thereof. But I’ve been debating whether I should include other topics, so as not to dilute the wackiness those theists give us. So, when I saw Dan Savage’s latest column, I was thrilled that I wouldn’t have to make that decision in order to post this:

And now… without further delay… the winning definition of “saddleback”… by a gaping margin… definition number 5: “Saddlebacking: the phenomenon of Christian teens engaging in unprotected anal sex in order to preserve their virginities.” After attending the Purity Ball, Heather and Bill saddlebacked all night because she’s saving herself for marriage.

Continue reading Saddlebacking.