The Lower Quote, As If You Didn't Know, Is By Richard Dawkins, Son.

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Denyse and Her Crappy Links

Denyse O'Leary - *sigh* It's just tiring to keep beating her and her crummy linked articles into the ground, time and time again. Today it's just business as usual with her citing Mustafa Akyol's silly argument against atheists and, again, the bus sign campaign.

I find it amusing now that writers/god-believers just come out of the fucking woodwork to spout their gumball philosophy about what they think atheists are about. This Akyol fella winds up his piece - in response to the bus-sign saying, "There's probably no God, so stop worrying and enjoy your life" - with this gem:
One thing that might strengthen the atheist argument to "stop worrying" is that religious belief brings not just good news but also sobering responsibility. But then again, we have to ask whether man is happier when he feels free from responsibility or when he takes on responsibilities that he willingly fulfills. I would place my bet on the latter. Therefore, I have to turn down the kind suggestion to "stop worrying and enjoy life" that atheists are spreading around. If I were an atheist, I would rather sit down, reflect about the meaninglessness and the inevitable tragic end of all my existence, and descend pessimistically into nihilism. I am rather happy because I am convinced that life has a meaning and death is not the end and that there is a God.
That's right, we atheists have absolutely no responsibilities whatsoever. None. We just do whatever the fuck we want, whenever we want, regardless of what our spouses or children need, our friends require, our jobs demand, our societies ask...none of that shit matters to us atheists! We're free, man!

What a douchebag.

My favorite bit, obviously, is the last two sentences. Yes, if he were and atheist, he'd just sit in front of a mirror and watch himself decay into the worm food he will ultimately become, he would throw his life away into the trash-heap of this meaningless world. But no, he is not an atheist, for he - noble believer - is happy because he has convinced himself that he will live on after he dies and hang with Sky-Daddy, evidence be damned!

So listen up, kiddies, because the moral of the story is that understanding those different from you is too much work, so make up traits you believe they have and then just delude yourself into a haze of happiness and life will be just fine...just fine...juuussst fiiiinnnee....

(hat-tip to CC)

When "Moron" Just Doesn't Cut It....

Dinesh just doesn't get it. He writes one of his typical whiny little dribbles about the atheist bus sign campaign and how he just doesn't understand its purpose:
What is striking about these slogans is the philosophy behind them. There is no claim here that God fails to satisfy some criterion of scientific validation. We hear nothing about how evolution has undermined the traditional “argument from design.” There’s not even a whisper about how science is based on reason while Christianity is based on faith.

Instead, we are given the simple assertion that there is probably no God, followed by the counsel to go ahead and enjoy life....
Yes, because explaining how evolution has undermined the evidence for any gods and that the scientific evidence for any gods is lacking and that reason is much preferable over blind faith, that all fits just snugly on a fucking bus sign, you stupid fucking moron.

Dinesh D'Souza - religious philosophy for the lobotomized.

I Have a Small Part to Play....


Julie Morand. Terrorist. Al Qaeda.

There, I feel better. Just trying to help out the cause.

Tuesday, November 25, 2008

My Letter to the Canadian Blog Awards

To Whom It May Concern:

While looking over the nominees for the best Canadian Sci/Tech blog, I noticed that three are by the same person: Denyse O'Leary. She has "Post-Darwinist", "Mindful Hack", and "Colliding Universes" all up for this award. I would like to know who nominates blogs for recognition and how they come to be in a particular category. Ms. O'Leary self-identifies as a "Toronto-based journalist; grandmother; Roman Catholic Christian" (from her site) and in no way represents science or technology in any sort of accurate manner. Her disregard for evidence-based inquiry and rational discourse should disqualify her from this category - science is all about honest debate, intellectual discussion, and at least a cursory familiarity with the subject matter in question. Ms. O'Leary has been taken to task for her lack of said qualities in so many blog posts by actual scientists that it would be pointless to cite as any 12 second google search would bring up dozens of entries.

The fact that not one, but three of her sites are in contention for any sort of award with "science" in the title makes me weep for the state of science writing in Canada. There are so many great sites from this country (for example: Jeffrey Shallit of Recursivity, Larry Moran of Sandwalk or T. Ryan Gregory at Genomicron) but you would never know it by looking at your nominees. In all honesty, it is embarrassing and the quicker an actual qualified scientist gets to look over the blogs up for awards and insert them into the correct category, the better.

Michael McCarron

Sunday, November 23, 2008

Damn the Aardvark and His Memes....

He's gotten me again. King Aardvark has tagged me with a "5 things" meme which I haven't been smacked with in a while (so it's actually sorta flattering).

Right, to the questions!

1. 5 things I was doing 10 years ago: Hmmm...1998...I would have been 1. just home from Japan, 2. getting a job again, 3. adjusting to reverse culture shock, 4. floundering around looking for a girlfriend, and 5. trying WAY too hard to be cool.

2. 5 things on my to do list today: 1. work at 11. 2. go to second job for 2pm. 3. catch up on my charts. 4. don't eat shitty food. and 5. clean the kitchen. All very boring, I know. Apologies all around.

3. 5 snacks I love: popcorn, Chris Brothers hot pepperoni, Xtreme Cheddar flavor Goldfish crackers, Two-bite brownies (which are actually only one bite for a fella like me) and guacamole with nacho chips.

4. 5 things I would do if I were a millionaire: Laugh all fucking day long, every day. Drive a nice, but not flashy, car. Be a professional student. Volunteer at a school. Buy my wife a decent engagement ring to replace the shitty one she has (which was all I could/can afford).

5. 5 places I have lived: Halifax, Nova Scotia at home. Halifax in an apartment. Kagoshima, Japan in an apartment. East of Toronto in an apartment. East of Toronto in a house.

6. 5 jobs I've had: Counter-help at a fast-food fish place. Pump-monkey at a gas station. Counselor at a group home. English teacher in Japan. Massage therapist at a physiotherapy clinic.

Thursday, November 20, 2008

And For Chuck Norris - A Roundhouse Kick to the Argument

Chuck Chuck Chuck...what are we going to do with you? I think you've been stunt-punched in the face one too many times. Mr. Texas-Ranger has written a post over at Townhall that gets civil rights all wrong and thick-headed religious tyranny all up in your grill.

Chuck starts by stating some bad things that anti-prop 8 folks have been doing - and admittedly, they're sorta bad. Norris, however, seems to be unable to comprehend why people who have just had their basic rights trampled (one might say "roundhouse kicked") might be pissed beyond belief and not going to take it anymore.

Of course, Colt throws out a softball right off the bat with this comment on the vote:
First, there's the obvious inability of the minority to accept the will of the majority.
Yes, the tyranny of the majority. Ever heard of it, Chucky? There are some things that the majority just aren't qualified to rule on, and civil rights for minorities is one of them. Remember my recent post on interracial marriages? Didn't get to it, eh? Right....

I have to show this entire paragraph because it's just too stupid:
What's surprising (or maybe not so) is that even though 70 percent of African-Americans voted in favor of Proposition 8, protests against black churches are virtually nonexistent. And everyone knows exactly why: Such actions would be viewed as racist. Yet these opponents of Prop. 8 can protest vehemently and shout obscenities in front of Mormon temples without ever being accused of religious bigotry. There's a clear double standard in our society. Where are the hate-crime cops when religious conservatives need them?
Um, Chuck? The protests are mainly at Mormon temples because they, to a large extent, bankrolled the Prop 8 victory. Get your facts straight, Punchy.

The next paragraph is a complete clusterfuck. Mr. Kicks equates the passing of prop 8 and the stripping of equal rights from a minority group to the election of Barack Obama. Chuck's all, "well, my guy didn't win the election but you don't see me out in the streets, threatening people." No, because by Obama winning, no one was forcibly divorced from a loving relationship, you ignorant douchebag. Did Chuck drop out of grade four to pursue martial arts? Jesus.

There's so much in this letter to talk about. Norris next says he agrees with Chuck Colson who said:
"This is an outrage. What hypocrisy from those who spend all of their time preaching tolerance to the rest of us! How dare they threaten and attack political opponents? We live in a democratic country, not a banana republic ruled by thugs."
Well Chuck-n-Chucker, see, when those of us who are generally tolerant get walked the fuck over by religious theocrats who use faux outrage and ridiculous Oh we're such victims! tactics, we tolerant peeps get pretty pissed. As an aside, Colson's bit about a "banana republic" makes no sense, and the religious are the thugs. Look it up, Chucks.

Oooo...the big finale. Can you wait? I can't:
The truth is that the great majority of Prop. 8 advocates are not bigots or hatemongers. They are American citizens who are following 5,000 years of human history and the belief of every major people and religion: Marriage is a sacred union between a man and a woman. Their pro-Prop. 8 votes weren't intended to deprive any group of its rights; they were safeguarding their honest convictions regarding the boundaries of marriage.(my bold)
I'm going to need a word that means REEEAAALLY REEEEAAAALLLY STUPID. My vocabulary is getting limited because The Stupid, It Burns
Chuck Norris is a moron who can't understand basic communicative language. Pay attention, Chuck: voting "yes" on prop 8 was exactly intended to deprive rights to gays and lesbians. That was its purpose. What a tremendous asshole. Maybe try slinging your bullshit on a movie set because it's not gonna fly around here, ActorBoy.

You know, there's really not any point to debating Chuck Norris. It's just like trying to talk to my cat - he may seem like he's listening to what I say, but then he just starts licking his balls and looking at me like I'm the asshole for being in the same room.

Catholic Bishop Launching "Stay Stupid!" Campaign

Patrick O'Donoghue, the Bishop of Lancaster,says that them uppity book-learnin' type o' Catholics need to quit asking so many damn questions because they're screwing up the surprise for the stupid Catholics.

O'Donoghue thinks that folks going to university has led to, "sickness in the Church and wider society", as well as, "...a fragmented society that marginalizes God, with many people mistakenly thinking they can live happy and productive lives without him."

I can relate to ol' Pat. I know that because of my university education and atheism/secularism, my life is void of all meaning (excluding my wife, daughter, family, friends, hobbies, job, books, good movies, campfires, guitar...) and I am constantly an emotional mess (excluding 98% of my actual life) who would really be better off dead (which is entirely untrue).

Apparently, the educated are "corrupting" the faith of the non-university-educated public. Heavens. Those bastards are...*gasp* TEACHING! the uneducated about why what the Church says is bullshit! We have to stop this.

Bishop O'Donoghue (which, incidentally, is the most Irish name since Seamus O'Blarnystone) then collapsed into the fetal position and slowly rocked back and forth whilst repeatedly rubbing a worn-smooth worry stone, quietly saying, "Santa's real...I don't care what you fuckers say...Santa's real...there's not too many kids...reindeer CAN fly...he works all year....he does...."

Skeptic's Circle #100 - Orac Sci-Fi!

Oh yeah, baby. That's right. The Centennial Edition of the Skeptic's Circle is up over at the host and administrator's place, Respectful Insolence. It's a great theme and there looks to be a ton of interesting submissions to plow through over the snowy weekend.

Curl up with your favorite laptop by the fire with a hot mug of cocoa and enjoy the latest offerings from the best part of the blogosphere.

Wednesday, November 19, 2008

Gay Marriage - An Opinion

Picture: Richard and Mildred Loving are in their bedroom. They are newly pregnant and newly married. The couple sleep soundly after a long week's events. Suddenly, at about two o'clock in the morning, police crash through their door and rouse them. The couple are arrested and, after processing and a short trial, are sentenced to a year in prison - suspended on the condition that they leave the state and stay out for at least 25 years.

They had been banished. No family contact, no friends.

The judge in the case said the following:
Almighty God created the races, white, black, yellow, Malay, and red and placed them on separate continents, and but for the interference with his arrangement there would be no cause for such marriages...The fact that he separated the races shows that he did not intend the races to mix.
The Lovings were arrested because they were an interracial couple living in Virgina. The year this event took place was 1958. The law was changed to allow interracial couples in Virginia, after an extended court battle ending at the U.S. Supreme Court, in 1967. In case you think racism and its language is a thing of the long-ago past, South Carolina and Alabama did not change their constitutions to remove the miscegenation language until 2000.

Everyone get that? 2000. Under the 14th amendment of the U.S. constitution, not allowing interracial couples was unconstitutional. In case you're unaware of the pertinent section of that particular amendment, take a gander:
Amendment 14, section 1 - All persons born or naturalized in the United States, and subject to the jurisdiction thereof, are citizens of the United States and of the State wherein they reside. No State shall make or enforce any law which shall abridge the privileges or immunities of citizens of the United States; nor shall any State deprive any person of life, liberty, or property, without due process of law; nor deny to any person within its jurisdiction the equal protection of the laws.
Ok, moving on to my actual point for this piece. I'm still pissed about the passing of Proposition 8 in California and several other states passing ridiculous, archaic, religiously motivated, retarded, homophobic propositions. I get very tired (although not as tired as gay couples in these states, admittedly) of religious assholes strutting around thinking everyone should be like them. Get a load of what former Republican douchebag Mike Huckabee said in a TV appearance on The View this year:
But when we're talking about a redefinition of an institution (marriage), that's different than individual civil rights. We're never going to convince each other...But here is the difference. Bull Connor was hosing people down in the streets of Alabama. John Lewis got his skull cracked on the Selma bridge.
Right, comparing gay marriage to civil rights for Blacks is not valid because Blacks have had violent opposition. No one has ever been violent to a gay person, right Mike? Ever hear the phrase, "queer bashing", Mike? I didn't think so, you dogmatic, uninformed, head-in-the-sand, moron.

Another dumbass is Newt Gingrich. He was on The O'Reilly Factor - that bastion of rational thought and equality - and said the following:
I think there is a gay and secular fascism in this country that wants to impose its will on the rest of us, is prepared to use violence, to use harassment. I think it is prepared to use the government if it can get control of it. I think that it is a very dangerous threat to anybody who believes in traditional religion...when the radicals lost the vote in California, they are determined to impose their will on this country no matter what the popular opinion, no matter what the law of the land. (ref.
An amazing display of mirroring. If I may: fascism - a political philosophy, movement, or regime (as that of the Fascisti) that exalts nation and often race above the individual and that stands for a centralized autocratic government headed by a dictatorial leader, severe economic and social regimentation, and forcible suppression of opposition. Hmmm...that remind anyone of "traditional" religion? I mean, damn, if you go by "traditional" Christianity, those gay folks are an "abomination" and should be killed (Lev. 20:13). Oh, and don't be bitching to me that I'm using the Old Testament, and the New Testament is so much better because Romans 1:31-32 spits out the old "queers should die", too. Get over yourself.

I think my favorite bit is from the Mormon church, and is, oddly enough, Huckabee's position as well. Their view is that if you're a huge fag, that's fine! Thing is, all sex outside of marriage is a "sin", and gays shouldn't be allowed to get married, soooooo no sex for you ever! You can be a giant queer, gay, faggy, ass-loving, fashionista, cocksucker wannabe, but just don't act on your murder-worthy desires. Keep them all bottled up and get on your knees (HA!) and pray.

Huckabee said in an interview with Tim Russert in 2007:
Tim, understand, when a Christian speaks of sin, a Christian says all of us are sinners. I'm a sinner, everybody's a sinner. What one's sin is, means it's missing the mark. It's missing the bull's eye, the perfect point. I miss it every day; we all do. The perfection of God is seen in a marriage in which one man, one woman live together as a couple committed to each other as life partners. Now, even married couples don't do that perfectly, so sin is not some act of equating people with being murderers or rapists...

MR. RUSSERT: But when you say aberrant or unnatural, do you believe you're born gay or you choose to be gay?

GOV. HUCKABEE: I don't know whether people are born that way. People who are gay say that they're born that way. But one thing I know, that the behavior one practices is a choice....
Ok, everyone is a "sinner". So why not allow everyone to marry a person of their choosing? This is the problem with the religious assholes and the glaring hypocrisy of people like Gingrich: If your god has a problem with two men or two women getting married, let him/her/it deal with it. "Oh no no no no no no no...we can't do that. We have to control them queers." And just as an aside, does anyone find it funny that Huckabee uses the term "life partner"? Hilarious.

He doesn't know if gay people are born "that way"? Did Mike Huckabee choose to be straight? I certainly didn't. I just started to notice girls boobs and asses at some point and thought, "That stuff would be fun to play with." Never thought too much about another dude's cock. That pretty much makes me straight. However - and this is most important - no one should ever, EVER confuse my or anyone else's preference for women or men with our entitlement to basic civil rights.

The stupid Mormon church's letter regarding the gay marriage revocation in California had this paragraph:
The church's teaching and position on this moral issue are unequivocal. Marriage between a man and a woman is ordained of God and the formation of families is central to the Creator's plan for His children...Our best efforts are required to preserve the sacred institution of marriage. ref.
See what I mean about religious assholes thinking everyone should be like them? See how Gingrich's quote about "gay people imposing their will on everyone, regardless of popular opinion or the law" is just shockingly, mind-numbingly meat-headed in the face of reality? Who gives a hill of newt-shit what the Mormon church's god thinks about marriage? Seriously. When straight people can get divorce papers from a fucking kiosk in UTAH, just how sacred an institution is it, really? Gays should have at least the same right to get hitched as anyone else.

Mildred Loving said it best herself before her death:
I am still not a political person, but I am proud that Richard’s and my name is on a court case that can help reinforce the love, the commitment, the fairness, and the family that so many people, black or white, young or old, gay or straight, seek in life. I support the freedom to marry for all. That’s what Loving, and loving, are all about.

Monday, November 17, 2008

I Came to a Tuning Fork in the Road...

...and I took the road less traveled.

Man, I was going to do this great post on Traditional Chinese Medicine, but then Yau Man Chan over at SkepticBlog did a damn two-part thing that was better than anything I could spew forth in my vile little foul-mouthed, chuckle-headed way.

But now I'm thinking that you, my adoring six readers, tune in (that's a joke you'll get in about ten seconds when you get to the next paragraph) to hear my sillyass, profanity-laced rants and Yau Man, as cool as he is, just can't match me in the "motherfucker" department. So there. We shall begin....

The clinic I work at got a brochure from a company called Eastern Currents, which sells and promotes stupid bullshit like Acutonics. Do me a favor and just pop over to that link and look at the picture.

Back? Ok, so that was a chick with a couple of tuning forks on her sternum. Why does she have tuning forks on her sternum, Mike? Well, that's a good question. I assume it's the musical equivalent of putting a book under your pillow the night before an exam, hoping against all hope that the knowledge just seeps through your porous fucking skull, allowing you to stave off expulsion and familial shame for another week. She's probably trying to be Quincy Jones and wants the quick way to her production fortune, but she's the not-so-proud possessor of the musical talent of a drunken William Hung.

So get yourself to the link on the left where it says "Acutonics". Get a load of the world-class bullshit that's being slung in this very professional looking journal:
These tuning forks represent a natural harmonic series based on the orbital properties of the Earth, Moon, Sun and planets. Their rich resonance and vibration connects with and supports the body's natural frequencies. It brings us into alignment with the cycles of the Cosmos known since antiquity as the Music of the Spheres.
Wow. That sort of mumbo-jumbo would make the Dalai Lama slice his drive. Big hitter, the Lama.

Not on their fancy website, but in their catalog is a more in-depth explanation of many tuning fork sets. If I may, please let me tell you about the "Sedna Set":
Named after an Inuit sea goddess, nothing about Sedna is usual. She expands and challenges our ideas and assumptions about the nature of the cosmos we live in. She represents non-duality, superconductivity, and super-creativity. Sedna provides us with access into the deep layers of the personal and collective unconscious, and universal intelligences.

The Middle Sedna Fork is specially manufactured to accept an Acutonics Blue Topaz Gem Tip.
Did that tell you anything about how many of these useless forks you get or what they supposedly do? Nope. Because, really, when you're dropping $285.95 on fucking tuning forks (plus an extra $169.95 for the Blue Topaz Gem Tip - used to induce relaxation, decrease tension, aid digestion, fortify nerves, and enhance the creative process - whatever the fuck that means), why do you need to ask so many questions, Poindexter? Just hit the fork on the special pad (extra money, of course) and let the noise fill your Dick-Chakra with loving Chub-Energy*

So we're all clear that these people are delusional whack-jobs, allow me to reproduce completely without any permission of any kind, the paragraph from the catalog that explains what Acutonics is trying to do:
The Acutonics Healing System is an integrated system of healing and education that is rooted in the wisdom traditions of Oriental Medicine. This energy-based, non-invasive system applies precision calibrated tuning forks directly to specific acupuncture and acupressure points to access the body's Meridian and Chakra energy.
Got that? Great. I have just one request: Please, someone, anyone, show me actual concrete proof that any "acupuncture/acupressure points" exist and have a predictable, reliable physiological or anatomical effect on people. That's it. Anyone? Didn't think so. So my advice to anybody hawking this stupid horse-shit is to keep selling to dumbasses and those who are, through no fault of their own, ignorant of how their bodies work, because if I hear you spouting this pointless, mindless, mental-wind-chime, piffle, you're going to get a fucking earful of bad-word-laden smack down that no little Vaccaria plant seed will keep out.

More to come when I get some sleep.

* If Chub-Energy lasts for longer than four hours, please consult your homeopathic or naturopathic doctor for a slow, passionate, expensive handjob.

*Update: Orac descends like a hawk on the mouse of tuning fork "medicine" in one of his patented Friday Dose of Woo posts.

Sunday, November 16, 2008

I Get Mail

I stumbled upon a blog you wrote about "Jesus didn't tap" clothing and the string following.

I noticed you paid homage to Isaac Newton (a believer) , Albert Einstein (a believer), and Charles Darwin (not neccessarily religous after 1851 - but wrote "The Origion of the Species" to establish a 'level' to races of the world. Yes, a racist and a hypocrite.) These people only existed because you were told they existed. Why then do you believe what was written in a book about them? Books of the New Testament were written during the rise of Jesus' church by His apostles. Not 50 years later (most of His apostles were dead by then, and all but John died a martyr's death.)

I really am not e-mailing to argue what you obviously wanted to end (the blog, i mean), what bothered me is that in your biography you paid homage to people who believed in God!

In addition, I personally think Charles Darwin, in his quest to prove his racist views, mislead generations and his writing is some of the most inaccurate information ever published and placed on a school desk.

My name is Eron and, if this information interests you, I would love to discuss theology and the merits of following Christ. I do not intend to "recruit" you or anyone else, but I would love to argue.

I hope this letter finds you well.
Yes, well. I'm well. I'd be even better if people would do a little bit of homework before they email me with stupid shit.

Isaac Newton was a believer, yes, but he didn't let that influence him when he, you know, invented fucking physics. The fact that he was a believer is what we in the rational world like to refer to as a non sequitur. The author also references Albert Einstein as a believer, but if he kept up with recent discoveries he might have noticed this little gem of a quote:
The word god is for me nothing more than the expression and product of human weakness, the Bible a collection of honourable, but still primitive legends which are nevertheless pretty childish.
Did you get that? "Childish". I agree.

Oh yes, would the stupidity be complete if Eron didn't bring up that Darwin was a "racist"? No, I suppose it wouldn't be. I love it when Christians get all up in Darwin's face about his non-existent racism when their bible is all about owning other people. Listen, do me a fucking favor and read this - yes, all of it - then come back and say what you want, K? K.

Did you really say this - "These people only existed because you were told they existed." - to me? Are you fucking retarded? Did your great great grandfather exist? Because you would have only heard tales of him, which is the same exact thing. So did he or not? Holy shit, get a grip.

And then we get to the goddamn bible. A book that, while I was reading it, I thought to myself, "Am I reading the Christian holy book or did it just turn into fucking Shrek?" (look at 22:28) Yeah, let's use that as our guide.

Eron, you couldn't ever "recruit" me and what you have to say does not interest me in the slightest. You obviously are too far gone into the rabbit hole of religious belief and I'm sure that you think the Kool Aid tastes great, so enjoy it.

Please don't come back. Oh, and for the record, being nailed to a fucking cross counts as tapping in my book.

Tuesday, November 11, 2008

Good Article

Check out this article by Chris Hedges over at Truthdig about illiterate America. It's interesting (although I'd like to know where Hedges got his numbers from) and this quote:
The most essential skill in political theater and the consumer culture is artifice. Those who are best at artifice succeed. Those who have not mastered the art of artifice fail. In an age of images and entertainment, in an age of instant emotional gratification, we do not seek or want honesty. We ask to be indulged and entertained by clichés, stereotypes and mythic narratives that tell us we can be whomever we want to be, that we live in the greatest country on Earth, that we are endowed with superior moral and physical qualities and that our glorious future is preordained, either because of our attributes as Americans or because we are blessed by God or both.
...reminds me of another, somewhat more straight-forward quote from a famous George Carlin (R.I.P.) routine:
If honestly were suddenly introduced into American life, the whole system would collapse! No one would know what to do! Honesty would fuck this country up!
Yeah, sort of hits close to home, eh?

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Monkey Brawl!, that's "Monks" Brawl

And man, that's even better than monkeys. Hard to believe, but yes, monks from two different groups brawled like goddamn high school ping-pong rivals over the weekend because...well...because of ridiculous bullshit.

What? You were expecting a monk brawl over something intelligent?

In a nutshell, Armenian Orthodox monks wanted to do some silly march and Greek Orthodox monks wanted one of their fellas to participate. The Greeks thought that if the Armenians did the march alone, then they (the Greeks) would lose their right to some fucking clubhouse that Jesus got his ass kicked in once.

This is hilarious:
Six Christian sects divide control of the ancient church. They regularly fight over turf and influence, and Israeli police are occasionally forced to intervene.
Ok, so replace "Christian sects" with "street gangs" - funny stuff! If you want a stellar example of how fucking moronic these asshats are, just read this phenomenal quote:
The Israeli government has long wanted to build a fire exit in the church, which regularly fills with thousands of pilgrims and has only one main door, but the sects cannot agree where the exit will be built.
Do you think we could maybe arrange a road gig for Great White? I'm just sayin'.

Friday, November 07, 2008

Good On Her (and good luck to her)

Melissa Etheridge is refusing to pay all of her taxes, saying she'll keep the $500,000 state taxes she hands over because she's "not a full citizen" after the passing of the retarded amendment, Proposition 8, this past Tuesday.

Like the article says, she needs a really good tax lawyer, regular lawyer, and any other high-priced legal-types to help her because this will likely end up with her in some hot water. I can't see her being thrown in jail, but you never know. Hopefully the thousands of other gay folks there - ideally high profile folks - will support her and do the same.

They're mad as hell and not going to take it anymore, and they're right, which, as Bill HIcks said, "gives it the force, that extra oomph".

Thursday, November 06, 2008

Agent 99 - Skeptic!

Oh yeah, baby. The 99th Skeptic's Circle is up over at Ferret's Cage. Go get your fill of the skeptical goodness that's not in candy form.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008


Fucking intolerant, bigoted, douchebag Mormon, asshole Templeton, religious, backward, archaic, homophobes.

And yes, I'm psyched that Obama won, but I'm really pissed that Prop. 8 passed in California - even though I'm Canadian and not gay. Short and sweet, for the moment, soon to be long-winded and keyboard-hostile.

Tuesday, November 04, 2008


Thank fuck.