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Arkansas legislative proposal to remove state's dual celebration of Lee & King

Little Rock, Ark. • Two Arkansas legislators said Wednesday it is inappropriate to honor Martin Luther King Jr. and the leader of the Confederate Army on the same day and proposed ending the state's decades-old tradition of honoring Robert E. Lee.

Arkansas is one of just three states to jointly celebrate King, the black civil-rights leader, and Lee, the white Confederate general, on the third Monday of January. Some have labeled the practice…

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Added by Ed on January 24, 2015 at 9:00am — 2 Comments

The Hive & The Honey Bee

Sometimes we can be surprised by the comments of an author when reading a book. I am currently reading a book first published in 1878 concerning the inner workings of a honeybee hive. The author, L.L. Langstroth, was one of the first individuals to propose using what is today the 'frame and box' method of housing honey bees; a movable comb hive, if you will.

In the book much discussion is presented about the impregnation of the queen and the ratio of drone to worker bee eggs that are…

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Added by Ed on January 17, 2015 at 8:30am — No Comments

Pabst Blue Ribbon to the rescue!

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/fla-atheist-places-festivus-pole-capitol-building-article-1.2046226

A "Festivus Pole" has been erected & warmly received at Tallahassee's capitol building for the 2nd straight year. Chaz Steven's likes keeping the religious displays in check. He has an upbeat cheery attitude about it all. And this is in…

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Added by Ed on December 15, 2014 at 9:33pm — 1 Comment

Finally, a cool billboard in Arkansas!

http://www.nydailynews.com/news/national/atheists-launch-anti-religion-billboards-bible-belt-article-1.2042909

My state of Arkansas, and Tennessee & Missouri were fortunate enough to be targeted for this season's Yuletide message! The Bible Belt needs all the help it can get. I am almost ready to drive the 125 miles one way to Fort Smith just to see…

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Added by Ed on December 15, 2014 at 8:21am — 2 Comments

Preacher housing allowance survives at appeals court.

The benefits of tax evasion enjoyed by the freeloading preachers, ministers, rabbis, & imans of the United States will continue after the 7th district Appeals Court overruled a previous finding that the "longstanding clergy housing allowance was unconstitutional." The Appeals Court once again brought up the issue that the plaintiff (FFRF) has no "standing" in the matter and therefore the case amounts to nothing but a grievance. Bullshit.…

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Added by Ed on November 16, 2014 at 10:31am — 12 Comments

Rosetta mission lander Philae is DOA for now.

The Rosetta spacecraft that successfully landed on the comet, known as 67P/Churyumov-Gerasimenko, was off the mark by one kilometer. Not bad when you consider the distance involved to get there. But now it sits on the comet in a location that doesn't allow the sun to recharge the solar array. Game over for now.…

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Added by Ed on November 15, 2014 at 10:15am — No Comments

Dynamic Duo returns from North Korea

Well the Obama administration managed to gain freedom for the two American bozos detained and in prison in North Korea. Bozo #1 was trying to spread the gospel of Jeebus and arrange for the overthrow of the current regime. I am sure the current Korean god/dictator was not amused.

After his arrival Bozo #2 tore up his visa and announced his desire to repatriate to North Korea. Huh? Seriously? 

I can only hope others around the world not judge the sanity of Americans by the dim…

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Added by Ed on November 9, 2014 at 5:00pm — 2 Comments

Arkansas Goes Conservative at Ballot Box

Let's see..... if you are a conservative in Arkansas you are very happy right now.

Republicans won the Governor's race, Senate race, and more.

Ballot Initiatives:

State wide liquor sales: defeated.

Keep Term Limits intact: defeated

Stricter measures required to get measures on ballot: Passed.

Minimum wage increase: Passed!!!!

We were one of four states that had minimum wage lower than federal limit.

I expect to see many legislative…

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Added by Ed on November 5, 2014 at 8:45am — 5 Comments

William James

Has anyone read "The Varieties of Religious Experience" (circa 1902) by William James?

If so, comments.

http://www.psywww.com/psyrelig/james/toc.htm

Added by Ed on November 2, 2014 at 9:47am — No Comments

Cool Vehicle Inspection!

http://i.imgur.com/ebwcs4P.jpg

Salvation comes in the strangest places.

Added by Ed on October 18, 2014 at 9:03am — 2 Comments

Death With Dignity -the Gillian Bennett story.

Deadatnoon.com is a website created by Gillian Bennett, 84, diagnosed with dementia (Alzheimer's) three years ago. Her disposition about choosing the right time to terminate is both admirable and sobering. I truly hope her blog can be an inspiration to others who feel it important to die with a morsel of dignity. 

Added by Ed on September 9, 2014 at 8:30am — No Comments

U.S. Air Force Does Away With Enlistment Oath Option.

Until October 30 of last year there was an option to omit the words "so help me God" from the enlistment oath required by recruits/re-enlisting veterans of the USAF. Now they have dropped this option and made it statutory to pay homage to a god during enlistment/re-enlistment.

http://america.aljazeera.com/articles/2014/9/5/atheist-airforceoath.html

Two steps forward, one step…

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Added by Ed on September 8, 2014 at 8:26am — 3 Comments

Atheist gives 'historic' invocation in Greece

Dan Courtney of Hamlin became the first atheist to deliver a secular opening invocation before the Greece (New York) Town Board.

http://www.democratandchronicle.com/story/news/2014/07/14/town-greece-dan-courtney-prayer-athiest/12650143/

Added by Ed on July 20, 2014 at 7:29am — No Comments

Arkansas Legislative Update

The signature submission deadline is over for legislative initiatives to be included in the fall ballot and the results:

1. Statewide sell of alcoholic beverages: well over the required 63,000 signatures were obtained.

2. Increase of mandatory minimum wage: same as 1. Arkansas is only one of four states that has a minimum wage below federal level and this legislation would increase it to a paltry $8.50/hr. Last raise was 8 years ago.

3. Medical marijuana initiative only…

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Added by Ed on July 8, 2014 at 7:40am — No Comments

The Catholic Hierarchy Continues To Crumble.

Well, well. The cleansing spread of toppling Catholic aristocracy has claimed it's latest victimArchbishop Jozef Wesolowski! He should be more than just defrocked.…

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Added by Ed on June 28, 2014 at 12:58pm — 4 Comments

Cosmos Television Series

I thought the latest Cosmos Series with Neal  DeGrasse Tyson was entertaining and successful. It was professionally done and I believe Tyson presented the material in a well thought out manner. Getting the viewer to understand the vastness of time and space in our universe helped reinforce the fact that our little orb called Earth is truly a fairly insignificant rock in the overall scope of things. His references to historical figures and their impact on our understanding of the cosmos and…

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Added by Ed on June 13, 2014 at 9:03am — 4 Comments

Atheist TV -coming soon!

American Atheists will be launching a TV channel in July that will be a 7 day a week/24 hour format:

 http://www.religionnews.com/2014/05/07/atheist-tv-coming-soon-television-near/

This is a long overdue event that hopefully will help further the exposure to the atheist cause in America. It is my sincerest hope that they do well.

Added by Ed on May 17, 2014 at 11:00am — 1 Comment

PBS Frontline expose "Secrets of the Vatican" rather shocking at times.

The recently broadcast documentary by Frontline on the inner workings of the Vatican in Rome was quite illuminating and, at times, shocking. Accusations of the Vatican Bank laundering large amounts of underworld money, homosexual activity among, not only the priests, but the highest ranked Vatican officials,  mishandling of the pedophilia scandal , and the continuing power struggle between Pope and Cardinals are all brought to light. I was especially shocked by the video evidence that…

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Added by Ed on February 28, 2014 at 6:04pm — 5 Comments

Afghan Granted Asylum Based on LACK OF BELIEF!

This is a wonderful development:

http://www.theguardian.com/uk-news/2014/jan/14/afghan-atheist-uk-asylum

Added by Ed on January 17, 2014 at 9:18am — No Comments

Arkansas Politics

Just spent an hour or so reviewing the legislative proposals/bills for the past year submitted by our esteemed elected politicians here in Arkansas. The state senator from my area is a real PITA. She managed to spearhead changing the abortion law to 4 months max after which it is a crime unless incest or rape is involved. Not happy with that she then submitted a bill to limit and severely control the application of morning after type chemical substances. Fortunately it…

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Added by Ed on December 31, 2013 at 8:59am — No Comments

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