Wednesday, April 28, 2010

An Update On The Republican Master Plan

Folks who have followed this blog for a while know I have been writing about the Republican Master Plan and all of it's manifestations. It would seem that I am giving much grief to the party of Lincoln (Republicans loooove to remind us of that) but not today! No. Today I am writing about and celebrating the fruition of the Right's plan to provide free health care.

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

Services I Provide

I just added another page to the blog, Services I Provide (it's up at the top... go on sneak a look). This page highlights my complete lack of marketable skills and a strong desire to goof-off while getting paid for it. Enjoy!

Monday, April 26, 2010

A Tale of Two Countries

Here is a guest post by Godless Monster about his recent trip to Lebanon and the National Day of Prayer. This is a well written and thought out piece. Godless Monster has a number of pictures from his trip that are on his website. It's worth checking out.

Sometimes stepping outside of ones normal environment puts issues into a sharper focus…

On April 15th 2010 a hitherto unknown senior US District Judge (Barbara B. Crabb) from the Western District of Wisconsin ruled that the statute establishing the National Day of Prayer was unconstitutional as it is "an inherently religious exercise that serves no secular function". All hell is now breaking loose, and calls for the impeachment of the judge have come from every Bible thumping pundit in the nation. The Obama administration, in an ill-advised attempt to appease the far right, intends to support the concept of a National Day of Prayer. On April 22nd, the Justice Department filed an appeal to have the ruling overturned.

Sunday, April 25, 2010

News, News, News

I have two bits of news! One, is that my post Shoulda, Coulda, Woulda got into the latest edition of Carnival of the Godless, check it out! Second, is that my fellow blogger Godless Monster has just got back from Lebanon and will be doing a guest post tomorrow. He is an excellent thinker and writer.


Yes, you read the title of this post correctly... Boobquake. I didn't think it was possible but Blag Hag has been able to unite my love of Atheism with my love of that certain part of the female anatomy. On Monday the 19th Blag Hag reported that Hojatoleslam Kazem Sedighi led Tehran's Friday prayers and stated,
"Many women who do not dress modestly ... lead young men astray, corrupt their chastity and spread adultery in society, which (consequently) increases earthquakes."

Friday, April 23, 2010

One Fan's Repsonse

A Developmental Leap Forward For Will

I have to tell you all I'm not miserable today. It's true, my ranking on the Misery Index is fairly low. Why is this? What has happened? It's been school vacation week so I should be not non-miserable (got that?).  School vacation week is like a sprint from Monday-Thursday (I work all day on Friday so I have the day "off"). Maybe it's more like an obstacle course, I try to run the gauntlet and surmount the many challenges: dentist appointments, piano lessons, not traumatizing my children too much (more on that later). The reason why I'm less miserable than usual is that my eight year old boy reached a new developmental stage.

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Updating The Blog

In the spirit of self-narcissism (that's like double plus good narcissism) I have included an About Me page. I answer many of the pressing questions I'm sure you all have about the wonder that I am.

What? Didn't see your question.

Too bad!

Seriously, if you want your question answered mail me fifty dollars.

Or you can just comment or email me.

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

48 Hour Film Project Update

I've been busy. The 48 Hour Film Project for Boston is coming up pretty fast (April 30th-May 2nd). I have so far looked at 3 locations. They have been: Savin Hill, which would be great for a gritty gangster piece, the Stoughton Youth and Elder Commission, a good sized building with offices, kitchen, cafeteria, and what I call the Murder House, a beautiful house with all the trappings (working fireplaces, etc). Part of my strategy is to pick a location that can be used for a variety of genres (we won't know what genre we have to use until Friday night). I'm heavily leaning for the Murder House because I can picture a variety of stories taking place there.

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Atheists In The Military

I have a buddy (who is 21) that recently joined the Army and I've been doing some reflecting on the military and atheism.

Monday, April 19, 2010

Bearing Witness

I've had many, many discussions about Atheism with people both online and face to face. I have often found that facts get in the way to making my point. I am NOT advocating cheap rhetorical tricks to move people (even slightly) in my direction. What I am saying is that it is OK to be emotional. Fear keeps many people enslaved in Faith. It's fear that the floor beneath them will give way if they stop believing. Fear that they will lose their moral compass. Fear that the world won't make sense. Many Atheists are coldly analytical when they reach out to theists. This does not help to assuage the other person's existential fear. When I discuss my Atheism with a stranger I think of myself as Bearing Witness. 

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Me vs The Evil Overseers

I got out of work at 7am and drove to meet the wife and get the kids at her job. She is the Director of the Youth/Elder Commission for the nearby town. Me? Have I ever discussed my job?


Friday, April 16, 2010

National Day Of Reason

Have you heard about the Wisconsin judge who rightly stated that the National Day of Prayer violates the Establishment Clause of the Constitution? You know the Establishment Clause, that pesky First Amendment that states that the government can't establish a religion.


Thursday, April 15, 2010

A Patriot's Duty: Decatholicization

This is a copy of a letter to the Editor that I am sending to the Economist.

SIR- Who hasn't heard of the cases of child abuse perpetrated by priests? Who hasn't heard of how the highest echelons of the Catholic Church has been involved in protecting their vile underlings.

Wednesday, April 14, 2010

Obama Is The Anti-Christ

Obama is the Anti-Christ! I came to this conclusion today. With the help of the internet I finally put all the pieces of the puzzle together. Here they are:

Health Care for all, lowering the total number of nuclear weapons, and Financial Reform!
The Devil wants you to be healthy, safe, and affluent (not like that lovable YAWEH).

Tuesday, April 13, 2010

My Upcoming Trip To The Heart Of Darkness

I've been grinding my teeth a bit over the last 12 hours or so. Why? There is no major religious holiday coming up. From the past few posts the children seem to be doing well. What could be wrong?

Every once in a while I'll stop the smack talk and be serious, this is one of those moments. If I was going to some up my personal "Prime Directive" it would go something like this: Be more. Be more than your race, be more than your class, be more than your gender role, be more than your genes, be more than your history. Be more.

Sunday, April 11, 2010

Shoulda, Woulda, Coulda

I was on Atheist Nexus and answered the question, "What do you wish you had known in middle school?" All of my peers had reasonable, well adjusted responses.

I am neither of those things.

My response is today's post.

Ohhhhh... there are many points for review.

1. Don't be a pacifist. That Jesus/pacifism theology is going to get your ass kicked.

2. It's not a sin to want to have sex (and if it is then f*ck it... pun intended).

3. Don't waste time going to Church. The seats suck and there's no air conditioning in the summer and precious little heating in the winter.

4. That whole "thinking about sin is the same as doing the sin" thing is bullsh*t.

5. Did I mention the sex? Oh, I guess I did.

6. Praying is not going to help. Nada. Nil. Forget about it.

7. Reading comics or playing Dungeons and Dragons will not condemn my soul to everlasting Hellfire.

8. Gays are not damned.

9. Go to the gym, look presentable, and talk to girls (and not about comics or Dungeons and Dragons). This will help regarding points 2 and 5.

10. Does it go without saying? God is about as real as the Easter Bunny.

Well, I think that about covers it.

Wait, did I mention sex?

Friday, April 9, 2010

48 Hour Film Project Plans and Black Hole

I've been preparing for this year's 48 Hour Film Project. This is my third year running a team and I've decided to go for the nuclear option. What is this nuclear option, you may ask.

Thursday, April 8, 2010

Fiscal Policy or Not Raising An Idiot

My seven year old son just got an Easter card from his aunt who lives in Scotland. He opened it this morning and inside was a ten dollar bill.

"What's our fiscal policy?" I held up the bill.

He gave me the Daddy's talking crazy look.

"Fiscal," I said unfazed, "means money. What do we do with the money you are given?"

Wednesday, April 7, 2010

Weight-Loss or Why Easter is Evil

What? Are you accusing me of avoiding my weekly update concerning my weight loss?

Maybe you're right. Maybe you're wrong.

You see dealing with people like me can be... difficult (duh).

I have few useful or marketable skills. Yeah, I'm kinda smart, but my intelligence is focused on the avoidance of bodily harm and the avoidance of bodily harm (important enough principles to list twice).  One skill I am a Grand Master at is denial.

Tuesday, April 6, 2010

Azhar Usman's Faith Based Comedy 2

I saw Azhar Usman, a Muslim comedian  last Saturday. This is my second post from my exposure to his faith based shtick. Azhar related that he has an eight year old son and the boy is learning the Koran by heart. This is not unusual, many followers of Islam memorize the text.

Monday, April 5, 2010

C is for Crazy

I have to start this with, "I'm not making this up."

OK, today's post is the retelling of the first time my wife (then fiance) met my sister. I was brought up by and with "special people".  By special I mean insane. And when I mean insane I just don't mean the people in question are functional except in the one or two areas that they are quirky. Oh no. I'm talk'n full circle 360 degrees, 24 hours a day 7 days a week crazy.

My wife (Karen) is from one of those happy, healthy, well adjusted families that many consider an urban myth. I knew that the first meeting with my sister would be fraught with danger.

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Azhar Usman's Faith Based Comedy

I had an adventure last night. No, it didn't include pirates. I know there was a pirate craze going on with the whole Caribbean-Johnny Depp thing a while back but I never signed onto it. Rather, my non-pirate adventure involved me heading over to Wellesley College last night with good friends Paul Falcone and Laurie Holman. What was the lure you may ask? Azhar Usman, a Muslim comedian was performing and I was interested in catching his act both as a comedy writer and as an atheist. 

Thursday, April 1, 2010

The Third Decade or Ten Years of Sh*t

People who have older siblings are lucky. Older brothers and sisters can offer advice on what to do and/or demonstrate on what not to do. I have a sister two years older and that girl was a college education on what not to do. However, in terms of advice on what to expect out of life I was pretty much on my own.

A few of my friends have turned thirty recently and I would like to offer some advice to anyone about to enter their third decade: BEWARE! You see I am old, and have been in the fourth decade for a smidgen of time. Time enough to have noted what a train wreck one's thirties can be. Oh, it isn't just me either! I have talked to several forty-somethings and there is an agreement that the thirties are fraught (yes I said it, fraught!) with danger. Let's go over a few points...

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