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A Parting Shot

Well christmas eve dinner at Mom's was pretty uneventful for the most part. There was one vigorous conversation about banning assault weapons. My brother-in-law is a retired army colonel and I'm a liberal gun owner who accepts restrictions on military style weapons availability. 

As we departed and embraced for the obligatory hugs my sister whispered in my ear "May god bless you." I considered it a cheap shot as she knows my position on theism is unwavering. My mind nearly wasn't…

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Added by Ed on December 25, 2012 at 12:53pm — 16 Comments

Born to be bad? The New Science of Morality

The January issue of Smithsonian magazine has an excellent article on the continuing discovery of information that supports our new awareness that "the elements that underpin morality- altruism, sympathy for others" are in place in humans at a very early age. The article explains that natural selection has had as much or more influence on our social behavior than other things such as perception. The survival and reproduction of our species being dependent on social competence as we moved…

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Added by Ed on December 25, 2012 at 11:10am — No Comments

Minimum Three And One Half Billion Dollars to fund NRA Proposal

Wayne LaPierre (NRA President) stated that the problem with "bad guys" shooting our school kids can only be properly addressed by having "good guys" with guns at our schools. His organization believes America should fund security personnel for ALL our schools.  Our country has just under 100,000 public schools throughout the US. If you can talk someone into accepting the role of school "good guy with gun" they will require a minimum of $35K a year. That is for ONE security person per school.…

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Added by Ed on December 22, 2012 at 9:57pm — 17 Comments

Obama at Newtown Memorial Service Sunday Nite

Couldn't listen to the President after 45 seconds. Here is a Harvard educated man who immediately starts his speech with references to the treasures laid up in heaven and that God will deliver us, blah blah. 

Why not comment on the very blatant absence of a benevolent protective god who saw no need to intervene in the heinous act. It's so much bullshit....

Will this country ever wake the phuck up?

Added by Ed on December 16, 2012 at 8:57pm — 1 Comment

John Stossel -Fox TV

Last night on Fox Business Channel John Stossel had a show covering god and religion. Michael Shermer and Lawrence Krauss (I think) were on the panel along with a couple theists. Shermer and the astrophysicist made several excellent points. Stossel is an agnostic and I thought the show was beneficial for atheists. The one main point that Stossel made for religion is that it is responsible for the majority of charitable actions towards those less fortunate in life and that theists…

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Added by Ed on December 14, 2012 at 9:22am — No Comments

Christian Mingle.com

I had this really perverse idea that it would be wickedly entertaining to visit this site and arrange a meeting with that compatible person that Gawd has been "keeping" just for you. You get to know them and then after a couple dates start asking those leading religious questions that ultimately makes them develop a sense of uneasiness and uncomfortable awareness. The different avenues of approach are limitless. Of course I realize this could be properly regarded as unethical as…

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Added by Ed on December 7, 2012 at 10:35pm — 28 Comments

The Baby Lab

Last night on CBS 60 Minutes one segment covered the research being conducted by a husband and wife couple at Yale University involving preverbal infants. Most of the test subjects were 3 to 6 months old. The study was trying to determine if any evidence existed that human beings at these young ages had any cognitive abilities regarding issues of morality. Surprisingly the results were that, indeed, even preverbal babies demonstrated choices involving right and wrong, good and bad, reward or…

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Added by Ed on November 19, 2012 at 9:03pm — 2 Comments

PBS Frontline - The Suicide Plan

Just watched this and it was very engrossing. Assisted termination of one's life remains a hush hush subject across our nation. If your mom  or dad asked for assistance would you help? Death with dignity should be an inalienable right the way I see it. Our current laws, minus Oregon & Washington, live up to the reputation of being an ass.

Added by Ed on November 14, 2012 at 10:21pm — 4 Comments

Seventh Inning Stretch

Used to be "Take Me out To The Ballgame" was the song of choice sang during the seventh inning stretch at America's ballparks. Since 9/11 many have added or changed the song to "God Bless America." The lyrics seem to be somewhat hollow in light of that incident though. "Stand beside her and guide her" as the 727's crash into the WTC buildings. It's pitiful that so many never stop and think about the fact that their sky fairy seemed to be mostly indifferent to the insanity that…

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Added by Ed on October 27, 2012 at 11:17pm — 2 Comments

Human being reaches 834 miles per hour in freefall.

Felix Baumgartner broke several long standing records in what must of been an unbelievable adrenaline rush. I watched it live, actually tape delayed 20 seconds in case of a tragic end, and it was an amazing feat.

He's says he retiring from the spectacular jumps and will instead pilot a search and rescue helicopter.…

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Added by Ed on October 14, 2012 at 9:57pm — 5 Comments

Popemobile

Why does one of the more powerful religious figures on the planet require a popemobile? That was a rhetorical question obviously. And it certainly has nothing to do with the fact that all popes are required to be old and decrepit before assuming that role and need help getting from their walker to inside the popemobile. The very being that created the vastness of the universe seems indifferent, uninterested, or probably, unable to stop a papal speeding bullet. Hell, even Superman can do…

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Added by Ed on October 12, 2012 at 12:46pm — 6 Comments

Taliban claims responsibility for attempted murder of 14 year old Pakistani girl.

Yesterday the Taliban carried out a 'hit' on a 14 year old Pakistani girl who has been vocal and outspoken on the Internet and in her local community about the rights of women to seek & receive an education. She survived but is in critical condition after being wounded in the head and neck. The Taliban said her behavior is blasphemous and must not be tolerated. And that upon her recovery and release from the hospital she will be targeted again. The misogynistic attitude of extreme Islam…

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Added by Ed on October 10, 2012 at 8:19pm — 21 Comments

Someone needs to tell Barack that nice guys don't do well in debates.

I believe Obama lost the debate last night. Not by a lot as the Pubs would have you think. While the content of his answers struck a chord with me I believe his delivery was a little reticent. Instead of playing a game of horse in basketball with Mitt the next debate, I think he would be better served to don some mixed martial arts gloves. 

Added by Ed on October 4, 2012 at 9:46pm — No Comments

Partied with a Baptist Preacher for the 1st time!

This past weekend a fellow atheist and I went to Harrison, Arkansas and picked about 600 pounds of St. Vincents wine grapes. They're a fairly new hybrid of vinifera and we were curious as to what kind of wine we could make from them. The guy who owns the small vineyard is a 60 year old non-practicing Catholic in poor health. We got to know more about him through the course of the day and discovered he has turned his property over to a friend who was able to alleviate some of his…

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Added by Ed on September 14, 2012 at 10:31pm — 2 Comments

Can you forget you're an atheist?

Everyday it seems that some how there is always an occurrence that reminds me of my atheism. Something on the news or the documentary channel or a statement made by someone I encounter triggers an unspoken realization that what was presented to me is in direct conflict with my atheism. It seems trivial at times and then again there are instances where I am hard pressed to keep my 'pie hole' shut.

Is this normal? Do others commonly make it through a day with no thoughts about their…

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Added by Ed on September 13, 2012 at 10:23pm — 2 Comments

Hand on the Bible

My dear mother thinks our country (United States) while losing it's traditions is somehow also losing what makes America great. I told her many traditions are founded on erroneous information and even fallacious. She doesn't like the fact that some individuals making an appearance in court to testify don't always place their hand on the bible. Why would someone feel inclined to believe that a book would somehow compel an individual to actually tell the gospel truth? It's a ludicrous…

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Added by Ed on August 22, 2012 at 12:06am — No Comments

Tapped- the crisis of Bottled Water

There is a 90 minute program called "Tapped" that is available for access through the Documentary Channel. It discusses the epidemic rise of discarded bottled water containers that are appearing everywhere in our environment. As of 2009 the United States alone consumed in excess of eighty million bottled water containers A DAY! It is extremely disheartening to see beaches and remote locations in the Pacific Ocean that are overrun with plastic. This plastic degrades and breaks into tiny…

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Added by Ed on June 7, 2012 at 1:48pm — No Comments

Do you support Israel?

Was in a grocery store today in Northern Arkansas and noticed a store employee stocking shelves. On his shirt was fastened a campaign style button that proclaimed "I support Israel." Being on a first name basis with this fellow I couldn't control my curiosity and asked what the significance of the button was. He said the United States is really screwing up by not supporting the country of Israel. I asked if the billions we already give them was not enough. He said the Obama administration…

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Added by Ed on June 6, 2012 at 3:06pm — 29 Comments

Suffering is therapeutic. Really?

I recently spent some time checking out various Xtian websites trying to get a grasp of how theists rationalize misfortune, tragedy, and suffering in their personal lives. According to most of these sites this is one of the biggest unanswered questions that believers in god(s) are faced with. Most say it is "not our place" to try and understand or question the motives of god. 

The Church of Christ (a Protestant American denomination) offers the following:

" 5. Some suffering…

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Added by Ed on April 21, 2012 at 10:49am — 7 Comments

Local Favoritism

Was in the grocery store yesterday and overheard a conversation. A woman affiliated with a local church was asking the meat department guy about the 10 percent discount afforded to churches. She was trying to verify if the discount was still in effect. Isn't it great that we let these churches collect monies tax free from their members and go to the local grocery store and get discounts on food. I'm jealous.

Added by Ed on April 5, 2012 at 10:39am — 6 Comments

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