Seriously?

Food Riots are bad for the economyLet Me Get This Straight

2/25/09

Ok – so I get that the Republicans need to be seen opposing the President because that is what their base wants and you can’t get elected unless you win your primaries. Of course, they also can’t afford to sound like complete lunatics or they won’t win the general election.  Which apparently explains the latest weirdness coming from the right wing of the Republican Party.  They have to be seen as opposing the stimulus even though they desperately want that money. Which, of course, makes them seem like hypocrites. Their compromise is apparently to take all but the unemployment money.  Keep in mind that the amount they are taking is in the billions and they are only rejecting, in the case of Louisiana’s Jindal, about 90 million that would have gone to about 25,000 people who are unemployed (~$3,600 per person).  (Sigh)  Aside from coming off as totally heartless, it is clear leading Republicans still don’t understand economics 101, which would explain how we got into this mess in the first place.  Aside from being the compassionate thing to do, providing a little bit of money directly to the unemployed and/or poor helps them afford things like food.  This is a good thing because it not only helps stimulate the economy; it also helps prevent increases in violence, which tends to increase when people can’t afford to feed themselves or their family. To simplify this, putting 90 million directly into the economy is good; causing food riots is bad. Because of this latest ruse of theirs we are now forced to look at the Republican party as hypocritical heartless idiots who are delusional to think that the desires of their small delusional base is somehow reflective of the will of the majority.  What a great way to win primary elections.  Not so great if you are actually trying to, you know, improve the lives of the average citizen.

Seriously?

Food Riots are bad for the economyLet Me Get This Straight

2/25/09

Ok – so I get that the Republicans need to be seen opposing the President because that is what their base wants and you can’t get elected unless you win your primaries. Of course, they also can’t afford to sound like complete lunatics or they won’t win the general election.  Which apparently explains the latest weirdness coming from the right wing of the Republican Party.  They have to be seen as opposing the stimulus even though they desperately want that money. Which, of course, makes them seem like hypocrites. Their compromise is apparently to take all but the unemployment money.  Keep in mind that the amount they are taking is in the billions and they are only rejecting, in the case of Louisiana’s Jindal, about 90 million that would have gone to about 25,000 people who are unemployed (~$3,600 per person).  (Sigh)  Aside from coming off as totally heartless, it is clear leading Republicans still don’t understand economics 101, which would explain how we got into this mess in the first place.  Aside from being the compassionate thing to do, providing a little bit of money directly to the unemployed and/or poor helps them afford things like food.  This is a good thing because it not only helps stimulate the economy; it also helps prevent increases in violence, which tends to increase when people can’t afford to feed themselves or their family. To simplify this, putting 90 million directly into the economy is good; causing food riots is bad. Because of this latest ruse of theirs we are now forced to look at the Republican party as hypocritical heartless idiots who are delusional to think that the desires of their small delusional base is somehow reflective of the will of the majority.  What a great way to win primary elections.  Not so great if you are actually trying to, you know, improve the lives of the average citizen.

Scooby Doo Skeptic

Scooby Doo teaches skepticism and having fun at the same timeScooby Doo Skepticism

2/20/09

I realize a lot of adults don’t enjoy this show – but seriously – it should be considered one of the great shows for teaching about healthy skepticism.  My son and I love this and one of the reasons is because, at the end of it all, there were no monsters.  Just some human who would have gotten away with some scam if it hadn’t been for those meddling kids.  The nice thing about the show is you get to play with your imagination, including pretending that ghosts and monsters are real.  But at the end, it is better to be a skeptic and not taken in by the shenanigans of the con artist.  So, for all you parents interested in teaching your kids to be skeptics, consider adding Scooby Doo to your library.

Can an Atheist Be President?

Can an Atheist Ever Be President?

2/7/09

This is the question John Stewart of the Daily Show asked his guest last night. It was a great interview – see clip below.

Comforting the Non-Religious

The greater the grief, the greater the loveComforting People Who Lack Faith

2/7/09

Today in my local paper, a McClatchy Newspaper, in their Faith and Accent section they had a column where they asked two different faith leaders questions about various religious issues.  Todays question was about how to comfort a grieving person who lacks faith.  The answers came from pastors of a Catholic Church and a Unity Church. They should have asked a Humanist Celebrant what we who lack faith need while grieving. Certainly, someone who lacks faith is knowledgeable about this subject then someone who believes.

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Making Darwin Day Fun

Riding on a Galapagos Tortoise is the highlight of Darwin DayHow to Celebrate Darwin Day
A Guide for Families

2/6/09

For several years now pro-science individuals have taken to celebrating Darwin’s Birthday.  This holiday is now known as Darwin Day.  The problem for families with children is that very few of the planned activities to celebrate Darwin Day are family friendly.  There are also no readily available suggestions on how we can integrate this celebration of Darwin’s work and science in general into our family’s lives.  So what is a pro-science family to do?  Well, here are a few suggestions on how you can make Darwin Day an annual holiday that your family will look forward to every year.

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If I Were President

Jackson being sworn in as PresidentIf I Were President

2/1/09

Like everyone else I was glued to my TV watching President Obama’s inauguration a couple of weeks ago.  And like everyone else in the secular community I was really amazed at the level of religion injected into the ceremony.  First off Rev. Warren’s invocation wasn’t just religious it was obscenely religious.  It was unnecessarily sectarian and really over the top with religious rhetoric.  Then, there was the fact the Justices included the words “so help me god” into the oaths when they aren’t part of the oath; it is just something that the oath taker traditionally adds on.  I did however enjoy the Benediction. And then of course, there was Lincoln’s bible. The whole thing got me thinking.  What would the inauguration of an atheist president look like?  We may never know, but I did think about what I would want if I were the one being sworn in.

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