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Governor Christie Bans Gay Conversion Therapy For Minors

http://www.northjersey.com/news/state/NJ_governor_to_sign_ban_on_gay_conversion_therapy.html

I believe Christie's legislation is the first of it's type passed in the U.S. I am sure many New Jersey teens are breathing a welcome sigh of relief. Conversion therapy needs to go on the dusty shelf right next to shock treatments. 

Added by Ed on August 20, 2013 at 3:34am — 4 Comments

Nice people say the stupidest shit.

Went to a local annual motorcycle event yesterday to take in the sights and sounds. Wonderfully cool for August BTW. I was talking to a couple fellows from 'off' and we were discussing the local rides that are great for motorcycling. Then I warned them about one particular road that has a habit of devouring riders who can't cope with it's demanding off camber turns and such. I mentioned that each year usually one or more riders become a fatality on this particular route. One of them…

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Added by Ed on August 17, 2013 at 8:49am — 11 Comments

What's in a name, you say?

After disagreeing with the biological father (they were seperated) about which last name her newborn son would adopt a Tennessee woman proceeded to plead her case to a child support magistrate. The magistrate took note of the child's intended first name (Messiah) and informed the mother that she would not authorize the child adopting this particular name because there was only one person who should rightfully be bestowed with that name - Jesus Christ.

The woman has contacted legal…

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Added by Ed on August 14, 2013 at 9:59am — 8 Comments

Baptist Church Bus Crash

Church deacon Jeff Leffew said  in a Sunday news conference, after the ill-fated church bus returned from church camp but wrecked close to home killing three and injuring numerous others, "We're going to have a long road, but God is good."

Huh? Good?

The needle on the cognitive dissonance meter must be pegged right now...…

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Added by Ed on July 30, 2013 at 10:20am — 4 Comments

Titan Arum Blooms!!

The link is to a live feed at the US Botanical Gardens in Washington DC. They call it the corpse flower because of the unbelievable stench it generates during the short bloom period.

This plant blooms rarely and is one of the largest blooms in the world. It currently is almost 8 feet high! Mother Earth & evolution provide us with breathtaking flora & fauna....

http://www.ustream.tv/channel/us-capitol…

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Added by Ed on July 19, 2013 at 9:17pm — 4 Comments

Arkansas License Plate

While sitting in the parking lot of a local grocery store waiting on my wife I had a vehicle pass by with an interesting state license plate. Here in Arkansas, as in other states I'm sure, you can get personalized plates or plates of a specific theme if you cough up the extra moolah. This particular plate had a picture of the Little Rock state capitol with the emboldened words next to it: In GOD WE TRUST. I thought this represented a very specific violation of church and…

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Added by Ed on June 1, 2013 at 12:12am — 6 Comments

Oh, he's a christian.

So I am shopping on the phone to find a local certified mechanic to install a new engine in my wife's truck.  It was recommended to call a specific mechanic shop about fifty miles away. After talking to the shop owner's wife for about ten minutes because he was tied up with customers she finally said something to the effect that "we don't like to take new customers as we stay busy with our existing clientele."  I commented I thought this was an odd business philosophy. She then proceeded to…

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Added by Ed on April 20, 2013 at 9:00am — 18 Comments

National Pi Day

Today was national pi day (3.14). Did you have your piece?

Added by Ed on March 14, 2013 at 7:54pm — No Comments

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.

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  • 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

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