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April 30, 2006

Two Presidents

Here is the Steve Bridges segment from the White House Correspondent's Dinner.
breaking news Bush trading places

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Oh not again! Someone claiming there is something to Astrology after all. I see that the smugly complacent Ophelia Benson is already having some fun with it. By the way if you haven't already ordered her new book Truth Matters now would be a good time.


The 9/11 Conspiracy: A Skeptic's View

No testimony is sufficient to establish a miracle unless the testimony be of such a kind that its falsehood would be more miraculous than the fact which it endeavors to establish... —David Hume, On Miracles

Daniel Dennett and others on being good with god

Limbaugh's mug shot. A few bucks and an expensive lawyer, it appears, bought Rush a sweetheart deal.

I'm the Law Bush run amok

April 29, 2006

Colbert 100 Bush 32

Stephen Colbert at the end of a scathing take down of all things Bush at last night's White House Correspondent's Dinner capped it with an audition video for the job of White House Press Secretary. Very funny stuff.

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Video of Bill Maher's audition for White House press secretary.

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Fitzgerald to Seek Indictment of Rove

Despite vehement denials by his attorney who said this week that Karl Rove is neither a "target" nor in danger of being indicted in the CIA leak case, the special counsel leading the investigation has already written up charges against Rove, and a grand jury is expected to vote on whether to indict the Deputy White House Chief of Staff sometime next week, sources knowledgeable about the probe said Friday afternoon.

What is God for? absolutely nothing, say it again.

New York— Bll Kristol neo-conservative commentator announced thursday night on the Colbert Report that he does not hit his wife. Bill's wife Susan has confirmed his account, "it isn't that he hasn't tried." she said, "he simply isn't quick enough. Float like a butterfly sting like a bee, I'll punch his lights out he raises his fist to me."

Philosophers in Society better in the U.S. than Britain.

April 28, 2006

Drinking the Kool-Aid®


A U.S. Christian group has grown tired of escalating gasoline prices and is set to stage a national prayer rally to lower the numbers at the pumps.

Various Christian clergy from around the country will convene around a Washington, D.C., gas station Thursday at noon to pray. For those who can't attend, a live Internet site and toll-free prayer line have been established.

In a release, the Pray Live group said many people are "overlooking the power of prayer when it comes to resolving this energy crisis."

Apart from sending a message to God, the rally had a message for humanity, said Wenda Royster, the group's founder.

"It is our hope that seeing and hearing some of the nation's most powerful preachers gathered around a gas station and the United States capital as a backdrop, will remind everyone who is really in charge of our world -- God," Royster said.

(tip to Ben)

Related: Copy "The God Who Wasn't There"

April 27, 2006

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Don't miss the latest edition of the Skeptics Circle I think we have a skeptic or two that reads this blog.

We've linked here before. It's always good for a laugh or two. (tip Mark)

Didn't get enough on the Evolution of the Eye check it out. The entire PBS series on evolution is worth your time. (tip to David)

The case against religion as a Dogmatic Institution

April 26, 2006

Neil Young / Impeach The President

Neil Young talking about his new album and the controversial track "Impeach The President" read more here in Neil Young Lets Loose a War Cry

"Let's impeach the president for lying / and leading our country into war," Young hollers, "abusing all the power that we gave him / and shipping all our money out the door . . . Let's impeach the president for spying / on citizens inside their own homes / breaking every law in the country / tapping our computers and telephones."

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Listen to Neil Young sing here or here

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Oh yes it's a Day in the Life

If you've never watched this clip of Frank Zappa on Crossfire you've missed a good one. It's and oldie but goodie (tip to ray)

Wanted Harry Bathwater is fantasizing, but it would make a hell of a trial. I'd certainly buy a ticket.

Chernobyl lest we forget.

Let's call the Israel lobby the Israel lobby

Molly Ivins agrees with me

One of the consistent deformities in American policy debate has been challenged by a couple of professors, and the reaction proves their point so neatly it's almost funny. . .

I don't know that I've ever felt intimidated by the knee-jerk "you're anti-Semitic" charge leveled at anyone who criticizes Israel, but I do know I have certainly heard it often enough to become tired of it.
And I wonder if that doesn't produce the same result: giving up on the discussion. . .

It's the sheer disproportion, the vehemence of the attacks on anyone perceived as criticizing Israel that makes them so odious. . .

It seems to me the root of the difficulty has been Israel's inability first to admit the Palestinians have been treated unfairly and, second, to figure out what to do about it. Now here goes a big fat generalization, but I think many Jews are so accustomed (by reality) to thinking of themselves as victims, it is especially difficult for them to admit they have victimized others.
But the Mearsheimer-Walt paper is not about the basic conflict, but its effect on American foreign policy, and it appears to me their arguments are unexceptional. Israel is the No. 1 recipient of American foreign aid, and it seems an easy case can be made that the United States has subjugated its own interests to those of Israel in the past.

Whether you agree or not, it is a discussion well worth having and one that should not be shut down before it can start by unfair accusations of "anti-Semitism." In a very equal sense, none of this is academic. The Israel lobby was overwhelmingly in favor of starting the war with Iraq and is now among the leading hawks on Iran.

Worth Noting

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April 25, 2006

Understanding Evolution

Some fascinating new discoveries that shed light on one of the most important elements of how evolution works. (tip to Kes)

Studies Find Elusive Key to Cell Fate in Embryo

For three billion years, life on earth consisted of single-celled organisms like bacteria or algae. Only 600 million years ago did evolution hit on a system for making multicellular organisms like animals and plants.

The key to the system is to give the cells that make up an organism a variety of different identities so that they can perform many different roles. . .

The nature of the system that assigns cells their various identities is a central mystery of animal existence, one that takes place at the earliest moments of life when the all-purpose cells of the early embryo are directed to follow different fates. Biologists at the Broad and Whitehead Institutes in Cambridge, Mass., have now delved deep into this process and uncovered what seems to be a crucial feature of how a cell's fate is determined, even though much remains to be understood.

They have discovered a striking new feature of the chromatin, the specialized protein molecules that protect and control the giant molecules of DNA that lie at the center of every chromosome.

The feature explains how embryonic cells are kept in a poised state so that all of the genome's many developmental programs are blocked, yet each is ready to be executed if the cell is assigned to that developmental path.

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The Emperor's New Clothes and the Fucking Blogger

Howard Zinn on how we keep getting fooled and what to do about it Removing America's Blinders

The Spirit of Truth the god story attracts some strange folk. (tip to Sam)

Bush fails to avoid the sheep (hat tip to Drew)

How low can it go 32

Mad Kane Shakes, Rattles and Rolls with a song parody, and a couple of limericks, or if you like there is an audio version

April 24, 2006

Evolution of the Eye

The eye, contrary to proponents of Intelligent Design is not irreducibly complex (tip to onegoodmove reader Agitated Monk


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60 Minutes Drumheller interview Josh talked to him and adds some interesting details to the story.

Drumheller's account is pretty probative evidence on the question of whether the White House politicized and cherry-picked the Iraq intelligence. So why didn't we hear about any of this in the reports of those Iraq intel commissions that have given the White House a clean bill of health on distorting the intel and misleading the country about what we knew about Iraq's alleged WMD programs?

Think about it. It's devastating evidence against their credibility on a slew of levels.

Did the Robb-Silverman Commission not hear about what Drumheller had to say? What about the Roberts Committee? I asked Drumheller just those questions when I spoke to him early this evening. He was quite clear. He was interviewed by the Robb-Silverman Commission. Three times apparently.

Did he tell them everything he revealed on tonight's 60 Minutes segment. Absolutely.

Pink performs Dear Mr. President (video)

Look, Ma, I'm a "secular whackjob"! PZ takes a so called progressive to task for being a perfect example for the adage, with friends like these. . .

It will never happen, but Olbermann - Oreilly The showdown in Chicago would be a treat to watch.

I don't really think this is a new Tom Freidman book but it would be a gas if it were.

April 23, 2006

The Atheist's Nightmare

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Bush Decides to Start Thinking

Scotty, Andy, and Josh, Oh, My! Mad Kane brings you up to date

Atheists and Atheism (tip to Kes) I do believe I see a screen shot from onegoodmove, ah we're in excellent company. A montage including clips from Brian Fleming and Richard Dawkins and Arthur Miller.

The Past is Over

Can you imagine a speech given by president Bush that would convince you that he has had a change of heart and could actually be the president of your dreams? It is all too easy to criticize our president and his administration. Life changing events (often of the extremely painful variety) force us to reevaluate our values and actions. What if something like this happened to our president. What if he were humbled in some way which caused a profound change in his outlook on life and his role as the leader of our country - turning the aggressive posturing of an all-attack-all-the-time leader into a gentler, wiser soul determined to demonstrate the power of honesty and vulnerability

Five students ages 7-10 gave it a go, and a professional impersonator read the speeches. You'll love listening to George Bush in the words of the kids. Go listen. (tip heretic)

April 22, 2006

Kim Jong-bush

Real Time with Bill Maher has some fun with the White House easter festivities.

A song of praise for our dear leader

Congress, Bush, and FEMA
people across our land
together have come to rebuild us,
and we join them hand in hand.

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April 21, 2006

A Brightly Burning Bush

From Don's book One State Two State Red State Blue State

All you Godless, atheistic heathens
Who worship the evolutionary rungs
How could you possibly doubt the Almighty?
When your own President speaks in tongues
But even the radical Left
Wouldn’t object
If shove ever came to push
If God spoke directly through Dubya
As a brightly burning Bush

Israel's 'Friends'

I recently received an email from a member of the Israel does no wrong crowd that within the first 10 words said "If two assholes write a pseudo-academic paper condemning Israel. . ." It's what I call a conversation stopper. To be fair he doesn't believe Israel does no wrong, but attempts to justify it with the others are worse argument, the Two wrongs make a right fallacy I attempted a couple of exchanges, but soon came to the conclusion that it was leading nowhere. I wrote to him that I no longer was interested in continuing the conversation with him. Little did I know that this particular member of the 'Israel Lobby' doesn't abide civil behavior. The spam began, daily links to stories he believed supported his view. I should have just flagged his continued mail as spam and moved on, but I didn't. I appealed to his sense of right and wrong, and discovered that his sense of what's civil is sorely lacking. His response to my request that he cease sending me emails. "publish a more balanced article and I will no longer need to do this." Another reader, sans vitriol points to this NPR piece on the topic, Paper on Israel Lobby Sparks Heated Debate, an interesting read. My spammer on the other hand is obviously not terribly sophisticated when is comes to trying to persuade someone they're wrong and he's right, but in listening to the NPR piece I can't say the 'grownups' are much better. NPR defines the conversation.

The key points of the paper can be summarized thus: U.S. support for Israel has been unwavering, but it is sometimes inconsistent with American interests.

The professors ask: Why has the United States been willing to set aside its own security to advance the interests of another state? Their answer is what they call "the unmatched power of the Israel lobby."

So what do these 'grownups' I speak of have to say about the substance of Mearsheimer and Walt's essay, they are not so different than my correspondent it's hard to get by their vitriol. Eliot Cohen says the article is anti-Semetic and follows that with a straw-man argument accusing the authors of impugning his loyalty to the United States, and making rational discussion difficult. Then there is Alan Dershowitz who compares the essay to The Protocols of Zion, a historic anti-Semitic slur. Good Alan, that will certainly lead to reasoned discourse. There are more reasonable voices represented, and the discussion is important enough to ignore the emotional outbursts of usual suspects. I like Micahel Scheur believe that Mearsheimer and Walt are basically right. Michael's article, Does Israel Conduct Covert Action in America? makes several important points. He writes,

For years – even decades – U.S. citizens have been the subject of a political action campaign designed and executed by Israel. Currently, Israel's campaign is part steady-as-she-goes and part improvisation to neutralize an unexpected and – for Israel – worrying development. So far, Israel's covert political action is succeeding hands down. Americans are gradually being indoctrinated to believe Islamists are today's Nazis and that there is no "Israeli lobby" in America. Simply put, Israel is conducting a brilliant covert political action campaign in the United States, a campaign any intelligence service in the world would rightly be proud of...

So at day's end, one can only say: Astoundingly well done, Israel, good for you! The impact of your covert political action activities in America are all that you could have hoped for: Truth is negated, dissent is suppressed, and opponents are intimidated and defamed, and all this is done by prominent U.S. citizens. The only competitor you have is the Saudi lobby, an organization just as damaging as yours to genuine U.S. national interests, a reality you and we would see if the bloodied but hopefully unbowed Mearsheimer-Walt team decides to analyze the corrupt and corrupting Saudi lobby.

I could suggest that these 'friends' of Israel re-examine their tactics, their ad-hominem, their straw-men and their vitriol should be discarded. I can suggest they change their tact, but I certainly won't be holding my breath.

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pay per view beatle! beatle! beatle!

dear sir or madam if you watch tv
there’s a famous dead guy that you oughtta see
said he’s bigger once than our lord christ
but he’s really dead now so you pay a price for pay per view beatle
pay per view beatle!

Even Hannity can't take a fundamentalist view if it doesn't agree with his own views.(video) (tip to Max)

What Muslims Hear at Friday Prayers

Is there really a clash of the cultures between Islam and the West? SPIEGEL documents Friday sermons from mosques around the world. As imams guide their congregations, they praise the delights of paradise, sow the seeds of doubt in government authority -- and sometimes preach hatred.

Mill's Liberalism

Mill insists that religion should be subject to the same criticism as any other system of thought, regardless of the offence caused. I think we can be confident that Mill would be disappointed by the progress made on this issue in the last century and a half, and by the regress of the last half decade. He certainly anticipated those who wanted to turn only "intemperate" expressions of religious criticism into crimes. Mill gave no ground, pointing out that serious offence is taken "whenever the attack is telling and powerful." There is no doubt where he would stand on the current debates on religious hatred, or on publication of the cartoons of Muhammad.

Ophellia as she often does rips the poor arguments the religious make about atheists. Be sure and read the linked to material.

April 20, 2006

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The Worst President In History "but the best since Bill Clinton."

Karl Rove falls off the roof and hurts himself Prelude to an Indictment? Jason Leopold makes the case Grand Jury Hears Evidence Against Rove

The grand jury session in federal court in Washington, DC, sources close to the case said, was the first time this year that Fitzgerald told the jurors that he would soon present them with a list of criminal charges he intends to file against Rove in hopes of having the grand jury return a multi-count indictment against Rove.

    In an interview Wednesday, Rove's attorney, Robert Luskin, confirmed that Rove remains a "subject" of Fitzgerald's two-year-old probe.

    "Mr. Rove is still a subject of the investigation," Luskin said. In a previous interview, Luskin asserted that Rove would not be indicted by Fitzgerald, but he was unwilling to make that prediction again Wednesday.

I'm O.K., You're Biased

Making the News Funnier

Wait -- Rob Corddry does things other than deliver fake news reports on "The Daily Show?"

It might be strange for fans of the actor/comedian/faux correspondent to see him as anything other than a dead-on impersonator of irony-deficient conservative twits (or, as he calls them, "John Stossel-like idiotic libertarian bores"). But the thirty-five-year-old Corddry displays surprising versatility in his new film Blackballed: The Bobby Dukes Story, a low-budget mockumentary about a legendary paintball champion who retired in disgrace at the height of his career and is attempting a comeback.

April 19, 2006

Bush Nixon on Secrecy

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I'm The Decider

I'm The Decider to the Beatles I am the Walrus.

I am me and Rummy's he, Iraq is free and we are all together
See the world run when Dick shoots his gun, see how I lie
I'm Lying...

Sitting on my own brain, waiting for the end of days
Corporation profits, Bloody oil money
I'm above the law and I'll decide what's right or wrong

I am the egg head, I'm the Commander, I'm the Decider
Koo-Koo-Kachoo . . .

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Mozart's Clarinet Concerto in A Major has been named Britain's most popular classical work in a Classic FM poll.

Mozart UK's favorite composer, and a related Classical Music Quiz

Sometimes you just have to link. Take part II of Abbas' Monday musing of How Brains Might Work, interesting in its own right, but it was this paragraph that jumped out at the chessplayer in me and has had me laughing all day. An amusing, where are they now segment, tucked in the middle of a serious work. Talk about a step down in the world for Deep Blue. One day you're on the world's stage, playing chess against the world champion and beating him, and the next day, a reservation clerk.

I also tried to explain what gives computers their programmable flexibility. (Did you know, for example, that Deep Blue, the computer which drove Kasparov to hair-pulling frustration and humiliation in chess, now takes reservations for United Airlines?)

Baghdad Street Battle Smacks of Open Civil War Now you might consider this bad news, but given the White House will spin this as a positive sign Iraqis expressing their opinions openly. A real improvement over the days when this sort of free speech was only heard in secret.

Snipers held rooftop positions as masked Sunni Arab insurgents said they were gearing up for another open street battle with pro-government Shiite militiamen in Baghdad's Adhamiya district on Tuesday.

The Arab Sunni stronghold is still feeling ripples from overnight clashes on Monday that appeared to be the closest yet to all-out sectarian fighting.

Reach Out And Bust Someone Satire by Don Davis


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April 18, 2006

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Senate Hearings on Bush, Now Carl Bernstein has his say. (tip Tiffany)

Say It's Not So

Faith the Two Legged Dog

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A Boston Globe Letter to the Editor (tip to Nellie)

Atheist: Thank [ ] for small favors
April 15, 2006

I READ with great interest that now Christians can eat a healthy diet by eating what Jesus would eat ('' Believers diet for soul and waistline," Spiritual Life, City & Region, April 8 ). I have somehow managed to do this for many years by reading up on secular nutrition.
But copying our historical leaders sounds clever. As an atheist, I decided to copy the ritual of nightly sleep promoted by the great intellectual and questioning minds of Mark Twain, Albert Einstein, Thomas Paine, Thomas Jefferson, Bertrand Russell, and Emma Goldman. Following in their paths, I lie down and close my eyes every night and it seems to work wonders for my well-being. I am grateful to these great thinkers who have shown me the value of nightly rejuvenation.

BARBARA SMITH, South Hamilton


The Bushisms just keep coming, thanks Dub. If he weren't the president, but instead the court jester his ratings would be through the roof.

I hear the voices, and I read the front page, and I know the speculation. But I'm the decider, and I decide what is best. And what's best is for Don Rumsfeld to remain as the secretary of defense.—George W. Bush

Immigrants in America Gwynne Dyer

It's not that native-born American high-school drop-outs "won't do those jobs." They just won't do them for five or eight dollars an hour -- or at least, a lot of them won't. Many poor Americans simply have no choice, however, and end up working long hours in miserable jobs for half the money that an unskilled French or German worker would earn for doing the same work.

April 17, 2006


" 9/11 9/11 Bush is using it as an excuse to erode our constitutional protections and you're falling for it"—Meadow Soprano

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A Pair Of Limericks For a Six-Pack Of Generals thanks Mad

'When it comes to facts, and explanations of facts, science is the only game in town'

"That's one of my favourite phrases in the book," says Daniel Dennett, his huge bearded frame snapping out of postprandial languor at the thought of it: "If you have to hoodwink your children to ensure that they confirm their faith when they are adults, your faith ought to go extinct." The 64-year-old Tufts University professor is amiable of aspect, but the reception he has had while in Britain promoting his new book, Breaking the Spell: religion as a natural phenomenon, has not been uniformly friendly. His development of the theory that religion has developed as an evolutionary "meme", a cultural replicator which may or may not have a benign effect on those who transmit it, has drawn attacks, not least in these pages, where John Gray accused him of "a relentless, simple-minded cleverness that precludes anything like profundity".

But Dennett has allies. In recent times he and other non- believers - what one might call a movement of "the New God-less" - have been girding their loins to do battle with the forces of increasingly intolerant and aggressive religions. If anyone doubts the need for combat, evidence is provided by the foothold gained in public discourse by "intelligent design", a dressed-up version of creationism hardly heard of a couple of years ago.

Neighbours: What's The Beef?

I'm not sure why I'm linking to this. Perhaps it's because it affirms the long term benefits of cooperation using the Prisoner's Dilemma. It could also be the introduction of Old Testament prophecies being fullfilled that pulled me along. The cultural reference to Bart Simpson, yes that too. It is just a well written piece on the going-ons in the neighborhood, not my neighborhood mind you, but not one so different from mine.

Theocons and Theocrats

2 Registered Sex Offenders Killed in Maine

April 16, 2006

Tony Knows Rick

One of Tony's captains is discovered to be a homosexual. In this scene he is discussing it with his shrink. Hmmm, I didn't know Tony Soprano followed Rick Santorum's career. You remember, if not here's the history, Dog Bites Man

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The Big Questions - Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman on the big questions. Video is from 1981 BBC Horizon program "The Pleasure of Finding Things Out." There is also a book The Pleasure of Finding Things Out Another of my favorite Feynman books is Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

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April 15, 2006

No Smoking


Teaching Methods - Richard Feynman

Richard Feynman on teaching methods. Video is from 1981 BBC Horizon program "The Pleasure of Finding Things Out." There is also a book The Pleasure of Finding Things Out Another of my favorite Feynman books is Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

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The Bible's All Wrong, Again
The surprising Gospel of Judas proves you just can't be too sure about all that God stuff by Mark Morford

If the Bible is the gold brick in the American spiritual sidewalk, then you simply have to ask: What is the relevance in the fact that Christ might not have been betrayed at all? That he may have orchestrated his own arrest? What does this say about his divine wisdom? About Bible stories as a whole? More importantly, how does the new and improved Judas story pinch the ass of our collective mythology? Does it or does it not kick out one of the shaky support beams of the modern Church? Shouldn't it?

Best Easter Ever animation (tip to

Don Davis with a tribute to William Sloane Coffin

If you haven't seen this outstanding video of Kenneth Miller discussing ID and Dover you're missing a gem it's nearly two hours long and worth every damn minute. It is from a speech he gave at Case Western. It is educational and it's amusing what more could you want. It is also available here in both Windows and Real streaming video.

Rumsfeld Likes Torture

April 14, 2006

On His Father's Lap

Richard Feynman on how his father taught him. Video is from 1981 BBC Interview. The interview is also the subject of Feynman's book The Pleasure of Finding Things Out Another of my favorite Feynman books is Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

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God on the Brain

Rudi Affolter and Gwen Tighe have both experienced strong religious visions. He is an atheist; she a Christian. He thought he had died; she thought she had given birth to Jesus. Both have temporal lobe epilepsy.
Like other forms of epilepsy, the condition causes fitting but it is also associated with religious hallucinations. Research into why people like Rudi and Gwen saw what they did has opened up a whole field of brain science: neurotheology.

You know what they say about great minds here and

The Lobby and the Bulldozer: Mearsheimer, Walt and Corrie

For several decades, to the present moment, Israel's treatment of Palestinian people has amounted to methodical and despicable violations of human rights. Yet criticism of those policies from anyone (including American Jews such as myself) routinely results in accusations of anti-Jewish bigotry.

Mark Fiore flash video on Bush as Special Agent Man

Robertson claimed evolutionists worship atheism (tip AgitatedMonk)

Mapping Religion in America tip to Mad Kane

April 13, 2006

William Sloane Coffin, Jr. Dead

Katrina vanden Heuvel remembers Reverend William Sloane Coffin, Jr: 1924-2006
"Clearly the trick in life is to die young as late as possible," Reverend William Sloane Coffin From his last book, Credo.

Reverend William Sloane Coffin died Wednesday at the age of 81.

Bill Coffin, as his friends knew him, was one of our greatest and most eloquent prophetic voices. For more than forty years, his passionate calls for peace, social justice, civil rights, and an end to nuclear insanity challenged this nation's conscience.
Here is a clip from an interview on CNN in 2004

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The War On Easter

The War on Easter continues. Brian has been spending some time with right-wing talk radio hosts. A recent exchange he recounted will have you smiling.

About a half-hour into the show, I had one of those dream moments: Watching a person confronted with the true nature of his god. It went something like this:

FLEMMING: God doesn't exist any more than the Easter Bunny, they're both-- CARLSON: --Hold on there! That's crazy. I can disprove the existence of the Easter Bunny. You can't disprove the existence of God.

FLEMMING: You can disprove the existence of the Easter Bunny?

CARLSON: Of course.


CARLSON: The Easter Bunny is said to do certain things. We can observe that these things are not happening. Therefore the Easter Bunny does not exist.

FLEMMING: Name one thing God does that I can observe.

Pause. From there it was anger and stammering and "But God doesn't exist in this dimension, blardy blar." I managed to get in, "Thank you for admitting that God doesn't do anything." Carlson then talked over every word I spoke until he went to commercial.

The Fight For Free Speech

Part Two of South Park's Cartoon Wars

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Paleontologists Find Species With Links to 'Lucy Skeleton'

Tim D. White, a paleontologist at the University of California, Berkeley, who was a leader of the team, and his colleagues said the 4.1-million-year-old fossils were anatomically intermediate between the earlier species Ardipithecus ramidus and the later species Australopithecus afarensis, the Lucy family. The newfound bones and teeth are the earliest remains of the most primitive Australopithecus, known as anamensis.

"This new discovery closes the gap between the fully blown australopithecines and earlier forms we call Ardipithecus," Dr. White said in a statement. "We now know where Australopithecus came from before four million years ago."

Oh no, more leaks Passover Shocker: Moses Selectively Leaked Ten Commandments We should have know, Bush says, "Moses and I go way back,I consider him a mentor, my own dad not so much. yep Moses and the big guy."

Now He Tells Us

On Monday, former Secretary of State Colin Powell told me that he and his department’s top experts never believed that Iraq posed an imminent nuclear threat, but that the president followed the misleading advice of Vice President Dick Cheney and the CIA in making the claim. Now he tells us.

MIT Fraternity Accused Of Robot Hazing

CAMBRIDGE, MA—Several members of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology chapter of the Theta Tau fraternity are in campus-police custody today following a brutal hazing incident in which one robot remains missing and two others are in critical condition with extensive circuitry and servo-motor injuries, sources revealed Monday.

The latest Skeptics Circle

Rules of the Game

Richard Feynman on trying to understand nature using chess as an anology. Video is from 1981 BBC Interview. (tip to onegoodmove reader inwit) The interview is also the subject of Feynman's book The Pleasure of Finding Things Out My favorite book by Richard is Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

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April 12, 2006

Late Night Fun

Two clips from late night televison. Scotty tap dancing around the issues on Jay Leno and Great Moments in Presidential Speeches on Letterman

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Mad Kane has been busy writing limericks these on nuclear weapons.

BYU and Free Speech

Kissing Hanks Ass (video) Didn't quite work for me I preferred the text only version better.

Christians sue for the right not to be tolerant.

Oh boy another free speech disucssion. I've always felt speech about choices individuals make, religion, choosing to be an atheist, a republican, or driving an SUV were all fair game, but those things that we are born with, race, gender, sexual orientation were off limits. (update: I didn't mean to imply that I think such speech should be banned, just that criticism of those things that aren't choices isn't legitimate and those engaging in such criticism should be socially ostracized. Further that laws against discriminatory practices based on such speech are appropriate.) One question that comes to mind in this case is does the christian faith really compel someone to speak out against homosexuality.

Malhotra says her Christian faith compels her to speak out against homosexuality. But the Georgia Institute of Technology, where she's a senior, bans speech that puts down others because of their sexual orientation.

Malhotra sees that as an unacceptable infringement on her right to religious expression. So she's demanding that Georgia Tech revoke its tolerance policy.

With her lawsuit, the 22-year-old student joins a growing campaign to force public schools, state colleges and private workplaces to eliminate policies protecting gays and lesbians from harassment. The religious right aims to overturn a broad range of common tolerance programs: diversity training that promotes acceptance of gays and lesbians, speech codes that ban harsh words against homosexuality, anti-discrimination policies that require college clubs to open their membership to all. . .

Others fear the banner of religious liberty could be used to justify all manner of harassment.

"What if a person felt their religious view was that African Americans shouldn't mingle with Caucasians, or that women shouldn't work?" asked Jon Davidson, legal director of the gay rights group Lambda Legal.

update: onegoodmove reader Sara points to this article by the I don't wanna be tolerant Ruth Malhotra, whose heros include, Michelle Malkin, Phyllis Schaffly, Star Parker, and Ann Coulter.

April 11, 2006

Good Leak, Bad Leak

Yes, George. This clip is from Yes, Prime Minister a 1980's British TV Comedy. There have been two recent leaks one favorable to the Prime Minister one not. The Prime Minister wants to quash the bad link, but not the good one. He calls the journalist in to his office to get him to retract a story, the journalist wants some evidence that what he wrote is not true and suggests the minutes from the meeting where the alleged statements were made. The minutes not yet written are quickly completed and released to the press. It all goes wrong in a most amusing way. The application of the Secrets Act is reminiscent of recent Bush Administration leakgate shenanigans and the dialogue about when its okay to release and when it is not is classic.

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Charlie Chaplin True then true now. Great satire (tip to Erik)

Presidential Scholars Scramble to Create New Categories for Bush

Avery Ant on Easter Flash Video

The Evolution of Clots

Intelligent Design is the logic of ignorance - complex life, such as the machinery of blood clotting, can be explained by Darwinism, says Steve Jones As I sat down to write this piece, I put on my glasses. They were designed by an intelligent optician to correct my eyesight, which, acute as it once was, is now - like that of most elderly academics - blurred at best. The lens has become less elastic with time and no longer focuses properly. My specs help, but soon I will need a stronger pair.

Getting Evolution Up To Speed

New evidence suggests humans are evolving more rapidly -- and more recently -- than most people thought possible. But for some radical evolutionists, Homo sapiens isn't morphing quickly enough. "People like to think of modern human biology, and especially mental biology, as being the result of selections that took place 100,000 years ago," said University of Chicago geneticist Bruce Lahn. "But our research shows that humans are still under selection, not just for things like disease resistance but for cognitive abilities."
Easter Eggs
A total of 666 DVDs will be hidden like "Easter eggs" in sanctuaries, church yards and other holy areas by Beyond Belief Media's national team of volunteers. The DVDs will be slipped into hymnals and other locations where they are likely to be discovered by unsuspecting worshippers.

April 10, 2006

Bush Pants Like A Dog

Guest Fighters

sam.jpgWashington DC — Republicans in an effort to compromise on immigration have offered a guest fighter program. Prospective immigrants would have to agree to fight in Iraq, or Iran if the president tires of his first war. Service would be for three years with the promise of citizenship upon their survival. George Bush when asked for a comment agreed the proposal had merit. I get it he said, " they fight em there so we don't have too, heh heh"

National Service

Now accepting applications from males, females, and friends of Rick Santorum with a strong desire to serve their country. Experience kneeling a plus.


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Universalist or relativist?

Are you U or non-U? By which I mean, are you a universalist or a relativist? Forget left and right; the defining political divide of the global era is between those who believe that some moral rights and freedoms ought to be universal and those who argue that each culture to its own. This new frontline of contemporary debate runs across issues as diverse as race, faith, multiculturalism, feminism, gay rights, freedom of speech and foreign policy. In each instance, the argument eventually comes down to whether you have a universalist or relativist view of the world.

Universalists argue that certain rights and protections - freedom of speech, democracy, the rule of law - are common or, at least, should be available to all people. Relativists maintain that different cultures have different values and that it's impossible to say that one system or idea is better than another and, moreover, it's racist to try.

Ode to the Leaker-in-Chief Mad Kane doing her thing.

Evolution's Molecular Advance (tip to Agitated Monk)

By reconstructing ancient genes from long-extinct animals, scientists have for the first time demonstrated the step-by-step progression of how evolution created a new piece of molecular machinery by reusing and modifying existing parts.

The researchers say the findings, published today in the journal Science, offer a counterargument to doubters of evolution who question how a progression of small changes could produce the intricate mechanisms found in living cells.

Dear Mr. President by the Indigo Girls via FRIDAY FISHWRAP

A bad week for fundie christians

A Mouse Trap that catches the little fellow without torturing him.

Is Your Entire Country on Crack

Richard Feynman - Ode on a Flower

Richard Feynman on the appreciation of nature. Video is from 1981 BBC Interview. The interview is also the subject of Feynman's book The Pleasure of Finding Things Out My favorite book by Richard is Surely You're Joking, Mr. Feynman!

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April 9, 2006

It's Time to Start Singing

For the youngsters out there here's the cultural knowledge necessary to really appreciate the cartoon. Country Joe MacDonald singing "I Feel Like I'm Fixin' To Die Rag at Woodstock


Cartoon Wars

" If we're still alive in the morning then we'll know we're not dead. "South Park covers the cartoon wars in two parts here is a short clip from the first, the second airs Wednesday. Family Guy is going to have a Muhammad character on his show. I love it a cartoon about cartoons. This is South Park at its best, discussing the important questions raised by the Danish Cartoon controversy and doing it in a humorous way. Does Comedy Central have any balls, we'll have the answer Wednesday. Someone has posted the entire first episode on YouTube you'll find it here

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John Kasich Is Nuts

Former Ohio Congressman and the Fox News Host of Heartland John Kasich has made up his mind about the Gospel of Judas he says "I'm not very skeptical, I'm completely skeptical, I don't believe it." He ranks the Gospel of Judas it right along side the Da Vinci Code, all part of a conspiracy to destroy Christianity, and he's going to twitch and get red in the face until it goes away. Watch as he discusses the issue with James Barratt from the National Geographic It's amusing, but also quite disturbing watching a Fox News Pundit having a psychotic episode. ( note: Judging from the comments some didn't realize I edited the video leaving out some of what Britt Minshall said, in order to save some bandwidth. I've replaced the video with a smaller size to keep the bandwidth down and yet include the entire video.

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April 8, 2006

New Rules - Bill Maher

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April 6, 2006

Leaker In Chief

John Kerry discusses the leaker in chief with Chris Matthews.

It proves that the buck doesn't stop anywhere in this administration. . . It also proves the president has a funny sense of having an investigation when he says, when we get to the bottom of it and I'll fire the person who authorized it, and if he indeed authorized it, kind of tricky. . .Evidently he's been looking for himself the past few years. . . It's about as serious as it gets!
Hey George look in the fucking mirror, see that guy, he's the worst president ever.
William Rivers Pitt on our leaker in chief. This is an excellent summary.
Media Matters has more

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Bush Okayed Leak

You remember Bush on television, "I want to know the truth. If anybody has got any information inside our administration or outside our administration, it would be helpful if they came forward with the information so we can find out whether or not these allegations are true and get on about the business." link Now we learned that not only did he know but personally authorized it. I'm trying to think of an appropriate adjective to describe him, but most I've considered so far I've already used to describe him in the past.

Papers: Cheney Aide Says Bush OK'd Leak

Vice President Dick Cheney's former top aide told prosecutors President Bush authorized the leak of sensitive intelligence information about Iraq, according to court papers filed by prosecutors in the CIA leak case.

Before his indictment, I. Lewis Libby testified to the grand jury investigating the CIA leak that Cheney told him to pass on information and that it was Bush who authorized the disclosure, the court papers say. According to the documents, the authorization led to the July 8, 2003, conversation between Libby and New York Times reporter Judith Miller.

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Frank has moved you'll find him here update your bookmarks, or bookmark for the very first time. There's always something of interest at Frank's Place.

A little bit of pure joy Al Franken on Ann Coulter

Mother pokes fun at religion; loses son (tip to Mark)

Her ten-year-old son, Kohl lived with her and her husband in Georgia.  Like she's done many times before, Bevilacqua put her son on a plane to New York to visit his father in Orleans County for Christmas.  However, this time she didn't get him back.
Bevilacqua said her son's father filed for full custody during his visit and a judge granted it without contacting her.  She flew to New York to fight the ruling, thinking it would be an easy fight since she's always had custody.  However, Bevilacqua walked out of the Orleans County Court stripped of just about all of her parental rights.  This after County Judge James Punch learned of her involvement in a satire performance group that pokes fun at religion, called the Church of the Sub-Genius.  Court transcripts back up her claims.
"I've read through the transcripts a million times and he just said it's obvious that I shouldn't have my son.  Obvious."

hmmm, interesting Bhagat Singh more here

Video of Tweety kissing Delay's Ass

April 5, 2006

Missing Link

A very important discovery, it will be interesting to see how the creationists react.
Here is an artists rendering of the Tiktaalik

Discovered: the missing link that solves a mystery of evolution

Scientists have made one of the most important fossil finds in history: a missing link between fish and land animals, showing how creatures first walked out of the water and on to dry land more than 375m years ago.

Palaeontologists have said that the find, a crocodile-like animal called the Tiktaalik roseae and described today in the journal Nature, could become an icon of evolution in action - like Archaeopteryx, the famous fossil that bridged the gap between reptiles and birds.

As such, it will be a blow to proponents of intelligent design, who claim that the many gaps in the fossil record show evidence of some higher power.

Richard Dawkins, the evolutionary biologist, said: "Our emergence on to the land is one of the more significant rites of passage in our evolutionary history, and Tiktaalik is an important link in the story."


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Windows on Apple Hardware

The Top Ten Differences Between Vietnam and Iraq by Don Davis

Delay Limericks from Mad Kane

Harvard Takes On the Israel Lobby

What was interesting about the paper was its authorship and the reaction it elicited from Israel's many U.S. supporters. Those supporters inadvertently proved Walt and Mearsheimer correct on at least one point: the Israel Lobby doesn't tolerate debate about the relationship between the United States and its favorite client state, and it's quick to accuse dissenters of having the vilest of intent.

The Case for Evolution, in Real Life via 3QD

Noting the role of the Royal Air Force in saving his country during the Battle of Britain, Winston Churchill observed that never had so many owed so much to so few. We owe a great deal — indeed, literally everything — to evolution, and yet never have so many said and written so much about something they understood so poorly. Not that evolution is all that difficult to understand. Rather, so many people have such strong feelings about it, often connected to so many regrettable stock phrases, that clear thought has often been obscured. This is especially unfortunate in today's intellectual — or, more to the point, anti-intellectual — climate, with the Bush administration persistently seeking to trump science with ideology.

At the bottom of much opposition to evolution, I suspect, lies a deeper anxiety, that of acknowledging our kinship with "lower" life forms.

Advertising Magic

Create your own commercial Chevy got more than they bargained for, and you can see some results at You Tube Nightline covered the story tonight and here is one of my favorites Chevy Coulter by The Witch Next Door who also did Chevy O'Reilly

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April 4, 2006

Benighted Religious Views

Trapped in the creationist briar patch

A response to the Bunting, Ruse, Dembski cabal by Daniel Dennett

I find it amusing that two Brits - Madeleine Bunting and Michael Ruse - have fallen for a version of one of the most famous scams in American folklore (Why the intelligent design lobby thanks God for Richard Dawkins, March 27). When Brer Rabbit gets caught by the fox, he pleads with him: "Oh, please, please, Brer Fox, whatever you do, don't throw me in that awful briar patch!" - where he ends up safe and sound after the fox does just that. When the American propagandist William Dembski writes tauntingly to Richard Dawkins, telling him to keep up the good work on behalf of intelligent design, Bunting and Ruse fall for it! "Oh golly, Brer Fox, your forthright assertion - that evolutionary biology disproves the idea of a creator God - jeopardises the teaching of biology in science class, since teaching that would violate the separation of church and state!" Right.

You also ought to soft-pedal physiology, since it declares virgin birth impossible, contrary to what many devout people believe. And you'd better start censoring the more inconvenient parts of geology, since they might be seen to disprove the widespread religious belief in the US that the world was created about 6,000 years ago. In America we have never banned teaching science that conflicts with benighted religious views and we never will, I solemnly hope. . .

Links With Your Coffee - Tuesday

The polls are looking good for Demoracts in the coming congressional races, and now we learn that Delay is pulling out before his evil seed spreads any further.

Fox News from our friends at Cracked via Swedes for Obama

The Selfish Gene 30 years on scroll down for audio. (tip to ChinaGreg)

There are billions of them roaming our planet, check em out up close and personal

What, Like The Flintstones

In the latest episode of the Sopranos an evangelical befriends Tony, prays for him, and gives him a lesson on dinosaurs. Tony's nephew Christopher provides a novel explanation as to why it couldn't possibly be true. In related news Shiite's claim Bush is controlled by religious fanatics

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April 3, 2006

Links With Your Coffee - Monday


The Mc Passion video

Immigration Blather
from Mad Kane and also a limerick on Dubs Drug program

Bush goes Powerloafing video

Another Liars War Letter Home mp3 by John Maclean is a very nice song. There's also a video 45MB here as well as the lyrics scroll down

Legalize Pot and Sing About Polygamy Avery Ant Flash video

one-minute mashup of Dr. Phil and Bill O'Reilly.

Franken - Coulter Debate via Brad Blog

Douglas Adams an old one but good one. Damn I miss him.

April 2, 2006

Bogus Science

The Seven Warning Signs of Bogus Science By ROBERT L. PARK

  1. The discoverer pitches the claim directly to the media.
  2. The discoverer says that a powerful establishment is trying to suppress his or her work
  3. The scientific effect involved is always at the very limit of detection.
  4. Evidence for a discovery is anecdotal
  5. The discoverer says a belief is credible because it has endured for centuries
  6. The discoverer has worked in isolation
  7. The discoverer must propose new laws of nature to explain an observation

Bill Maher Fox Fun

Bill Maher on the good news on the war from Faux News.

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April 1, 2006

The Charlie Sheen Conspiracy

Concerned writes in the comments of an unrelated post, a no no by the way, "why is completely avoiding the recent charlie sheen/alex jones 9/11 challenging on cnn's showbiz tonight?". Funny isn't it, a conspiracy cognoscenti is concerned because I'm not covering his favorite conspiracy, and implies that I have some nefarious purpose in not jumping on his bandwagon. It's been a while since I've reminded readers that I choose what to post here based on my interests not theirs. I know it leaves me open to petty criticism, but to them I say get your own damn blog and post whatever you want. You could also do a google on it and read what others write. I'm not your tool, get it. That said, I'm not totally insensitive to others interests.



George loses another card from his already less than full deck. Bill Maher on George's choice of Andy Card as the sacrificial lamb.

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Bill Maher On Oppressed Christians

" I know George Bush says Jesus changed his heart but, Dick Cheney changed it back." and what's with the "christians turning water into whining".

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