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All Creatures Great and Small ???

It is interesting that the theists claim that their god created "all creatures great and small." This is an image of a deep sea creature called the humpback angler fish. It is one of the most gruesome, hideous looking, and downright terrifying creatures I have ever seen. It was in the most recent issue of Smithsonian magazine about the bioluminescence of ocean inhabitants. This strange fish has a "fishing pole" attached above it's eyes that moves up and down in front of it's formidable…

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Added by Ed on March 12, 2013 at 3:07pm — 10 Comments

Christians raping Christians: ChristianMingle.com

http://abcnews.go.com/US/christianmingle-date-rape-victims-sought-california-cops/story?id=18531150

I suppose it was only a matter of time before God dropped the dating ball and allowed one of it's devotees to fall victim to another one of it's devotees. ChristianMingle's  omnipotent, omniscient gawd seems to be suffering from a lapse of attention to matters here…

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Added by Ed on February 20, 2013 at 11:50am — No Comments

NBC and other networks seem to be afraid of Islam.

The "DJesus Uncrossed" skit on Saturday Night Live was a parody that depicted the Christian savior as one of Quentin Tarantino's latest blood and guts shoot um up stars. It definitely garnered a response from the 'holier than thou's' who didn't appreciate the humor. I wonder why the major networks lack the balls to mock the other religion's holy figures? Is the fallout really going to be any more elevated? It would be nice to see these broadcasting companies paint ALL the religions in a…

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Added by Ed on February 19, 2013 at 9:19pm — No Comments

Live Like A Heathen, Die Like A Saint.

It is interesting that a creature such as ourselves could walk upon this earth for seventy or eighty years and live a narcissistic, self absorbed, hedonistic lifestyle and not a give a damn about anything or anyone and then, at the very end of things, express repentance and seek that divine forgiveness that grants everlasting life in the hereafter. If this is how it could truly work in a world where the supernatural actually existed it seems like you're being a sacred scoundrel of sorts.…

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Added by Ed on January 5, 2013 at 2:48pm — No Comments

Al-jezeera buys Current TV

A half billion dollars later Al-jezeera is the new owner of Current TV.  This should level the playing ground some what here in the US. We now have another news source to counter the corporate propaganda spewed out by the likes of CNN, FOX, NBC, etc.

They are not to be taken lightly. Whether they have a specific agenda remains to be seen.

2012

  • Webby People's Choice Award for News and Politics in the online film…
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Added by Ed on January 3, 2013 at 9:08pm — No Comments

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

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