May, 2014

Almost back to good

Feeling: Happy

2014-05-30

Another child-raping scandal occurs in church, but this time it's not the Catholics keeping a child-molester out of jail, now we have the Calvinists to deal with. Nathan Morales has been accused to molesting children, and his superior, Grant Layman, confessed that he knew Morales was molesting children, but didn't report him to the authorities.

A Utah high school's new rule, if your yearbook photo contains a sleeveless shirt or low-cut blouse, the picture will be altered without your consent because, Jesus!

Christians can cry persecution all they want, but when was the last time you heard of a government official refusing to marry a couple because they were Christian? That never happens, but refusing to marry a couple because they don't believe in a god, that's not uncommon.

Thanks to anti-vaxers, we're seeing the worst measles of the past 14 years.

In an attempt to carry out the Abraham and Isaac human-sacrifice story from the bible, Kimberly Lee Lucas murdered a little girl. The preacher who taught Lucas the story of Abraham almost murdering his son is asking for prayers for the dead girl's family.

30 years later, a NASA probe that has been quietly orbiting the sun, has been reawakened.

Why are some churches employing non-compete clauses in the contracts for their preachers? If you leave or are fired from their church, you aren't allowed to work at any nearby churches! Because by not allowing preachers to preach, you're helping spread the word of God!

The Blasphemer's Bible is put on hold until after I get back from my honeymoon.


It gets better

Feeling: Happy

2014-05-29

It turns out my translation hack of Castlevania II: Simon's Quest, Simon's Redaction, was featured on one of my favorite game review shows, the Angry Video Game Nerd!

I love when Christians do things that are painfully lame, and they haven't the least idea how lame their lameness is. Case in point, a hymn about how great it is for women to wear long dresses.

The latest Celebrities Read Mean Tweets is pretty damn funny.

Emily's abortion video shows that it's not nearly as terrifying as anti-choice people make it out to be.

What would happen if you fell into lava? Not a pretty sight!

God gets more gold in The Blasphemer's Bible.


Wish this could be over and done with

Feeling: Okay

2014-05-28

A Massachusetts family tried suing the state to stop them from reciting the Pledge of Allegiance at public schools. The Pledge, which was created in 1892 as an advertising campaign to sell flags, began as a secular nationalistic oath, but in 1954, during the Cold War, the words "under God" were inserted by frightened Christians. Because of this addition, the pledge has become a religious oath, which should not be part of the secular American government. Unfortunately, the family lost their case because the judge said that saying an oath to someone else's religion didn't hurt them in anyway. Well, after the trial, Alan Silvia, a democrat who should know better, wrote an opinion piece about the ordeal. In his essay, he misrepresented the lawsuit saying the family was trying to ban the Pledge entirely (they were just trying to prevent schools from leading students in a prayer, which is already illegal), and if he had things his way, he would force people to recite the Pledge so they could be reminded just how free they are in the best democracy in the world! No, he did not see the irony of his statement.

Mehdi Ali Qamar, doctor living in Ohio, would often visit Pakistan to volunteer at hospitals. And even though Qamar is a Muslim, he wasn't the right kind of Muslim for Pakistani gunmen who shot him dead in front of his family.

Eleazar gets 32 virgin slaves in The Blasphemer's Bible.


It's hard to speak with both feet in my mouth

Feeling: Inept

2014-05-27

What happens when you give a gun to an angry young man with mental problems whose college experience didn't include all of the sex he saw in movies?

The kidnapped Nigerian girls have been found, but not yet rescued.

"Minorities are not going to run my city," is probably not what should said by a mayor when excluding all non-religious people from his city's public Memorial Day celebration, but Douglas Kindig isn't sorry that he's a bigot, he's sorry he got in trouble for being a bigot.

Reginald Wayne Miller, president of of Cathedral Bible College has been accused of something that most Christians haven't had the guts to publicly defend for a couple decades now, slavery!

The bible is full of terrible villains, but who is the worst? By far, the critics say, God.

God divvies up little girls as slaves and sacrifices in The Blasphemer's Bible.


Maybe then you'll find happiness

Feeling: Happy

2014-05-23

Got my wedding band ordered last night, and looking forward to a three-day weekend!

Daniel Dennett has had some pretty wonderful arguments and comebacks over the years.

Bacteria is everywhere, even in urine, which was once thought to be sterile.

The Earth's climate has had some pretty interesting changes throughout the years, but things are really getting crazy these days!

In the USA, you don't have to take an oath to God... ever.

More interesting NPR stories:

God is still really, really awful in The Blasphemer's Bible.


Bitten by the gaming bug again

Feeling: Happy

2014-05-22

In the US, churches are given preferential treatment above and beyond all other non-profits. They don't have to pay taxes, their workers can even skip out on personal property taxes, they don't have to disclose donors, and they don't even have to prove that they are helping anyone, and even though it's technically illegal, they often even make specific political endorsements. American Atheists tried to sue the IRS for not doing their job of cracking down on politically motivated churches, but a federal judge ruled that all of the special treatment churches get didn't equate to harm against American Atheists, because they themselves didn't try to obtain church status! I don't think the judge was too stupid to miss the point, I think he was too Christian to do the right thing. It doesn't help that the IRS will allow highly profitable television companies that don't perform any church duties to file as a church.

Other interesting NPR stories:

  • Ignorant crowd-sourcing is actually better at predicting the future than the CIA with insider-information.
  • After many years of trying to dodge responsibility Kerr-McGee has to cough up $5 billion to clean up their ecological messes.
  • Global climate change is already upon us, so we must act fast to limit it.

Why do we still have to deal with illegal public school graduation prayers?

Corporate loving politicians in the US government want to turn the Internet over to companies which will hurt individual access. On July 5th, Reset the Net!

What is the largest organism on the planet?


I need metal health

Feeling: Happy

2014-05-21

Same-sex marriage is now legal in Pennsylvania, and Michigan continues to disappoint.

Wheel of Fortune's Pat Sajak is actually a horrible science denier!

Dark Dungeons looks like it's going to be better than Mazes and Monsters.

Mohammad Masroor is a conservative Muslim imam who insists that women cover their faces in public, yet when he was accused of raping children, and the girls he raped covered their faces at the trial, he said the trial was unfair because he didn't get to face his accusers!

Tips for winning a religious debate from The Friendly Atheist.

A documentary on how Christianity developed the idea of Satan over the course of thousands of years to the modern devil.

The Lonely Island wants to know, When Will the Bass Drop?

What is gluten anyway?

Moses murders children The Blasphemer's Bible.


The word "venom" has an interesting etymology

Feeling: Happy

2014-05-20

Christian apologist, and professional liar, Dinesh D'Souza is expected to plead guilty on charges of campaign finance fraud.

Same-sex marriage is now legal in Oregon! Come on Michigan, get with the program!

Republican Charles van Zant doesn't want children to be taught the Common Core curriculum because it will turn them into homosexuals.

Want to guarantee a loss for the next presidential election, come out as an atheist.

A bunch of questions for Christians, ask by the Friendly Atheist.

Amazing things happen with 100 pounds of magnetic putty.

Ayaan Hirsi Ali has some amazing arguments and comebacks.

Rick Grimes vs Walter White in an Epic Rap Battle.


Why do I read the news? It always depresses me!

Feeling: Happy

2014-05-19

We finally have an officiant for our wedding! I've also started work on getting my wedding band made, Emily is getting her bridesmaids dresses finished, and then we will have all the big stuff taken care of!

Arctic ice is being lost at a record rate, and while the US government should be coming up with ways to help stop this global catastrophe, they're too busy requiring Cisco to add security vulnerabilities into their over-seas hardware, thereby injuring the company's foreign market. Also, the UK is looking to try and prevent Internet neutrality because, in their eyes, if you allow everyone to have equal access to the Internet, children will be abused.

What country best shares your parenting values? I'm most like Sweden and least like Yemen.

The record for largest dinosaur has been broken again with the this newly discovered titanosaur.

John Oliver gives an accurate climate change debate.

Believers tend to lie about how often they attend church depending on if they're speaking to a real person or clicking a button.

God is very bad at giving NFL draft advice or college program advice.

Super Mario Bros. as a Telltale game is almost as disturbing as if it had accurately depicted dinosaurs.

It's a little late, but here is a nice infographic of all of the biblical contradictions regarding the resurrection narrative.

God commands genocide (again) in The Blasphemer's Bible.


I'm back baby!

Feeling: Exhausted

2014-05-16

The trip was quite draining, but it bore fruit. Arizona is a beautiful place, lots of craggy mountains, wonderful cacti, and delicious Mexican food. However, I don't think I'd be able to get used to the dryness. Even with the lovely temperature, I'd have a hard time giving up my Great Lakes. Unfortunately, I didn't have any time to do anything other than drive around, hang out in the back of a warehouse, and loiter in the airport.

Gun nuts are degenerate scum of the earth.

Mayor Daniel Reiman, a Democrat who should know better, tried to force immigrants to say a Christian prayer prior to their naturalization process. When U.S. immigration explained that he can't withhold their citizenship unless they kowtow to his god, Reiman kicked them out of the city's town hall. So, the immigrants went to a different locale to perform the ceremony free from religious bigotry.

God commands genocide (again) in The Blasphemer's Bible.


You'll live to dance another day

Feeling: Happy

2014-05-12

Weekend was lots of fun. Saturday was more hectic wedding plans involving having to get our money back from our original dress/tux provider. We now have to start over again! However, we did finalize the location of the ceremony. I got some new clothes for the honeymoon, visited my mother for Mother's Day, and got a mild sunburn from riding with the top down all day. This morning was rather hectic though, I woke up to Emily retching in the bathroom. I had to take her to the hospital; several hours later we found that she doesn't have any obvious blood or organ problems. Good to know! I wonder if it's just from all the stress she's been under recently? Speaking of stress, I'm flying to Arizona tomorrow morning to do my first solo dealership training!

The new science education standards have been drafted for the US and they include teaching students that humans are causing global climate change. These new standards are backed up with decades of evidence and nearly every climate scientist is in agrees with the findings. However, evidence and experts do nothing to change the mind of Republican Matt Mead, governor of Wyoming. He accuses the scientists of not knowing how to do their jobs, and he should know because he has an extensive background in... law. Because of this, Mead will not allow Wyoming to adopt the new science standards, so kids in his state will grow up without an accurate understanding of reality. Mead's state, Wyoming, is huge producer of gas and oil, and is the largest producer of coal in the country, but somehow the irony is lost on him when he accuses climate scientists of "being political".

Humans tears looks amazing under the microscope.

Matt Bors has drawn some rather unsettling illustrations about US drone strikes.

Same-sex marriage is no longer illegal in Arkansas! What the hell, Michigan?

How do Christian football fans react when to a homosexual player? You can pretty much guess.

Remember kids, correlation does not imply causation.

Women, not so much in The Blasphemer's Bible.


Nostalgia is tangible

Feeling: Nostalgic

2014-05-09

Wedding plans still progressing. This weekend is going to be busy, but I'll still find time for Mother's Day!

Don't Google Street-View the neighborhood in which you grew up. There's nothing more depressing than seeing your elementary school playground as an abandoned wasteland with rusting slides and swings without seats.

If you have to imprision and torture someone who speaks out against your god, your god is pathetic.

With all the child-raping going on in Catholicism, people are leaving the pews in droves. The only thing the Vatican has to keep their numbers up is the increasing Latino population, which, thanks to Spanish invasions, is mostly Catholics. However, even the rapidly reproducing Latinos are starting to lose their faith.

Maxi pad commercials would be much more interesting if they stopped using blue water and swtiched to blood.

Know you're not dinosaurs and why you are what you eat.

Remember 1988?

We may not give them a thought beyond stinging us, but if bees continue to decline, we would seriously suffer!

A collection of comedians lampooning Noah's Ark.

Veritasium answers a bunch of viewer's questions.

Men must take their vows very seriously in The Blasphemer's Bible.


Green is not a creative color

Feeling: Happy

2014-05-08

The Christian organization "Liberty" Group is threatening to sue the Broward School District because a teacher wouldn't let a student read his bible during class, while he was supposed to be reading his class assignment. Is the best example of "Christian Persecution" they can come up with?

Bill Nye talks about learning astronomy from Carl Sagan.

What happens when you dump molten aluminum into an ant colony?

Why do you believe? Why do most people choose the religion of their culture? Why is that the correct religion?

What to say to men who hate feminists because they don't call for women to be drafted into the military.

How is it that birds can see things that we can't?

If we wanted to count up how many "things" there are in the universe, how would we go about doing that?

Jon Lajoie writes a catchy song about wanting it to be used in advertising.

God want ALL THE ANIMALS dead animals in The Blasphemer's Bible.


Let it go, the damage in your heart

Feeling: Happy

2014-05-07

What the hell is wrong with Republicans? Why can Steve Wiles run on a platform against same-sex marriage, and then we find out that he worked as a drag queen emcee for eight years? I know that being a drag queen doesn't mean you're gay, and I view drag queens as equals, but how did he work for eight years with people with alternate lifestyles and gain just a little bit of humility?

Despite all the recent evidence telling us that humans are the cause of the changing climate, none of the North Carolina Republicans believe it, and Kay Hagen in particular isn't worried because he thinks his god controls the climate. Maybe he should ask his god to turn on the AC? If you're interested in combatting the arguments of climate change deniers, take a look at this page.

After an analysis of Supreme Court Justices based on how they vote on matters of free speech, it turns out that some judges only like to vote in favor of the speech they agree with rather than free speech that affects everyone. Who are the judges that generally vote selfishly? Naturally, it's the same judges who predominately vote Conservative.

Here is a science-competent breakdown of Andrew Wakefield's fraudulent research that kicked off the recent antivax movement.

Clinical genetics researcher Wendy Chung gives a talk about what we have learned and what we still need to learn about autism.

Why were you circumcised? Mostly to keep you from masturbating.

Veritasium asks random people about how the Earth spins.

God wants even more dead animals in The Blasphemer's Bible.


Why are there so many Roman Catholics on the US Supreme Court?

Feeling: Annoyed

2014-05-06

Yesterday, the US Supreme Court ruled that sectarian religious prayers may be allowed at governmental functions allowing US government officials to endorse specific religions. You could argue that this ruling doesn't allow them to endorse one religion over another, but let's get real here, the majority of people in the country are Roman Catholic, and EVERY judge in favor of allowing the US government to endorse religion (Kennedy, Alito, Thomas, Scalia, and Roberts) is also Roman Catholic. So, you can pretty much guess which religion the US government will now be officially endorsing. If you think I'm paranoid, US officials are already making their motives clear saying that only Christians will be allowed to pray at government functions. I'd have to say that this satire article isn't nearly satire enough.

The National Climate Assessment has released their findings, and they agree with the other scientists. Global climate change is real, and we need to do something about it fast!

Hunter Pedersen, a fifth grader in New Jersey is now dead because Chad Olm wanted to show off his gun collection and accidentally shot the little boy in the head.

Simon's Cat goes crazy.

Lynxes getting into a standoff sounds pretty horrifying.

Underwater organisms in time-lapse is both beautiful and creepy.

Wouldn't it be amazing if the Arabs could return to their golden age of science?

Jesus wasn't that great of a carpenter.

God wants more dead animals in The Blasphemer's Bible.


Cider is delicious

Feeling: Happy

2014-05-05

Over the weekend, Emily and I talked to two potential celebrants for our wedding, but still have a couple more to see before we make our final decision. I was a little surprised at how wonderful they both were to talk to. Also, met with several people from Emily's family, which was more more painless than I was expecting. Also enjoyed hanging out at Danielle's birthday party!

"Purity" balls are when over-bearing Christian fathers force their daughters to pledge to remain chaste until their wedding night in a perverse ceremony where the father "weds" himself to his daughter with a ring and vows to protect her hymen (not in those words, of course). As anyone could predict, this border-line incestuous relationship doesn't work, as Conservative Christian parents have the highest level of teen pregnancies and sexually-transmitted infections. But the girls to get to wear nice dresses and take creepy pictures with their fathers.

Aran Ra gives a talk about The Ten Commandments.

Using a drone to fly through fireworks.

No one is asking you to apologize for your white-privilege, they just want you to be aware of it.

Headlines about women rewritten to tell the truth.

Why are Pennsylvania officials hiding atheist banners, while giving the spotlight to Christian banners?

Detroit Catholics know the best way to solve traffic problems, no it has nothing to do with repairing our deteriorating roads or consulting traffic engineers, but it does have everything to do with saying the rosary!

The Friendly Atheist talks about how easy it has become to be a saint.

An interesting trick of optics that allows you to see without glasses, albeit, not very well.

God tells Moses to do the things he's already doing in The Blasphemer's Bible.


Cider is delicious

Feeling: Happy

2014-05-05

Over the weekend, Emily and I talked to two potential celebrants for our wedding, but still have a couple more to see before we make our final decision. I was a little surprised at how wonderful they both were to talk to. Also, met with several people from Emily's family, which was more more painless than I was expecting. Also enjoyed hanging out at Danielle's birthday party!

"Purity" balls are when over-bearing Christian fathers force their daughters to pledge to remain chaste until their wedding night in a perverse ceremony where the father "weds" himself to his daughter with a ring and vows to protect her hymen (not in those words, of course). As anyone could predict, this border-line incestuous relationship doesn't work, as Conservative Christian parents have the highest level of teen pregnancies and sexually-transmitted infections. But the girls to get to wear nice dresses and take creepy pictures with their fathers.

Aran Ra gives a talk about The Ten Commandments.

Using a drone to fly through fireworks.

No one is asking you to apologize for your white-privilege, they just want you to be aware of it.

Headlines about women rewritten to tell the truth.

Why are Pennsylvania officials hiding atheist banners, while giving the spotlight to Christian banners?

Detroit Catholics know the best way to solve traffic problems, no it has nothing to do with repairing our deteriorating roads or consulting traffic engineers, but it does have everything to do with saying the rosary!

The Friendly Atheist talks about how easy it has become to be a saint.

An interesting trick of optics that allows you to see without glasses, albeit, not very well.

God tells Moses to do the things he's already doing in The Blasphemer's Bible.


Ready for the weekend!

Feeling: Happy

2014-05-02

Wedding invitations are almost done. Surprisingly, they've been the most complicated thing so far.

Remember Stacey Rambold? He's the 54-year-old teacher who raped one of his fourteen-year-old students who later comitted suicide out of shame. Remember G. Todd Baugh? He's the judge who sentenced Rambold to one month in prison because the 14-year-old student was just as much in control of the situation as Rambold? Well, the judge's awful ruling has been overturned, but still no word about any punishment for Baugh.

The state of Mississippi allows its store-owners to discriminate against homosexuals by refusing to serve them or even let them into their stores. This has led to store-owners who actually care about human rights placing stickers on their doors indicating that they will not discriminate against homosexuals. Buddy Smith, president of the Christian hate-group American Family Association is complaining that putting a sticker on a shop window indicating that you serve everyone equally means that you're bullying Christians!

Rebecca Watson talks about the 234 Nigerian girls who were kidnapped from their school.

Okalahoma Satanists have got their prototype statue ready for the front lawn of the state Capitol.

Republicans don't have a sense of humor when it comes to gay sex.

Veritasium talks about teaching people science through videos and the science behind gyroscopic precession.

Google cars are getting better at driving than most people I know.

A revised version of a terrible children's brainwashing Christian video.

Moses tries to sell himself to God in The Blasphemer's Bible.


And gives way to May

Feeling: Happy

2014-05-01

Birds so far that I have seen at my feeder: Sparrows, Chickadees, Northern Cardinal (female), White-Breasted Nuthatch, Red-Winged Blackbird (male), American Goldfinch (male and female).

Crisis Pregnancy Centers advertise as abortion clinics, but in reality, they are Christian-owned organizations that will lie to pregnant women to try and bully them out of an abortion. Google sold a bunch of ad space to these frauds, and when you search for abortion clinics, they often find their way to the top. Thankfully, the people at NARAL have pointed out to Google that these ads violate Google's terms of having accurate ads since, not only do the centers not provide abortions, but like all good Christians, they will lie through their teeth to convince pregnant women that abortion will ruin them for life. Once Google looked into this, they agreed with NARAL, and began removing the fraudulent Christian ads from searches relating to abortion. Naturally, Christians are crying persecution for no longer being allowed to lie to vulnerable women!

Supreme Court Justice Antonin Troll Scalia used one of his previous rulings to shoot down a case from the EPA, which is normal, but he actually ruled the opposite of what his previous ruling said, which is very embarrassing!

The Heartland Institute has a long history of lying to suit the needs of the corporations that pays its bills, from claiming that cigarettes don't cause cancer to saying that scientists can't agree on the cause of climate change. Now they're changing the words of the late George Carlin trying to make him sound like a Libertarian, even though he hated big corporations.

Definitely looking forward to NES Remix 2.

Police tracking is such a violation of citizens' right that even the police can't talk about it!

The Friendly Atheist addresses the question, how do you explain miracles to believers? And reminds Christians that they are not broken.

Moses is told he'll never reach the Promised Land in The Blasphemer's Bible.