Monthly Archives: July 2009

Apparently semi-coherent anti-gay bigotry does pay off!

Former Miss California USA Carrie Prejean may have lost her crown, but she’s still Conservatism’s #2 Sweetheart (#1, of course, is soon-to-be former Alaska governor Sarah “I’m Quitting because I’m not a Quitter” Palin).  Prejean has signed a book deal … Continue reading

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Will “In God We Trust” be set in stone?

Not if the Freedom from Religion Foundation has anything to do with it.  FFRF is suing to prevent Congress from engraving the national motto “In God We Trust” as well as the Pledge of Allegiance–which includes the words “under God”–in … Continue reading

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Dragon*Con Skeptrack schedule available

If you’re going to Dragon*Con this year–and we are–you’ll be pleased to know the Skeptics Track schedule is now available.  Yay!  The usual caveats apply: it’s preliminary and subject to change. It’s a great line-up, too!  In no particular order: … Continue reading

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A total eclipse…of reason

Well, the upcoming solar eclipse (visible in Asia) will be accompanied by the usual superstitious blither-blather. Hopefully there won’t be any harmful consequences associated with astrological predictions and other dire portents.

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Robert Wright takes on the “New Atheists” (including me!), Part Deux

As I reported last week, Robert Wright (The Evolution of God), whom we interviewed in episode #58 of the podcast, published an essay at Huffington Post titled “Why the ‘New Atheists’ are Right-Wing on Foreign Policy.”  I posted a critique … Continue reading

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If God can’t keep you out of trouble…

…maybe invoking His Name four times in your apology can bail you out of trouble.  South Carolina governor Mark Sanford, in a lot of hot water over his intercontinental affair with an Argentinian-woman-who’s-not-his-wife, is playing the God card in a … Continue reading

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Podcast #60 – 40th anniv. of Apollo 11 with Seth Shostak

We celebrate the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11!  On July 20, 1969 astronauts Neil Armstrong and Buzz Aldrin became the first human beings to set foot on another world.  Our special guest this time is Seth Shostak, senior astronomer with … Continue reading

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Colbert mocks TX

And what’s not to mock?  Not only is Texas governor Rick Perry determined to have a Creationist wingnut as chair of the state’s Board of Education, but the state is also considering guidelines that will teach that the “foundations of … Continue reading

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LRO images Apollo sites

As hard as it is to believe, in the four decades since the six Apollo missions landed on the moon, nobody has had the capability to actually take pictures of the landing sites from orbit.  None of our telescopes–not even … Continue reading

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Podcast #59 – Bill Maher Stand-up Tour

David gives us a report on Bill Maher’s stand-up tour; specifically, Maher’s recent appearance at the Cobb Energy Performing Arts Centre in Atlanta. We also give listeners a heads-up on several upcoming events, including: Atheist Alliance International 2009 Convention (Oct … Continue reading

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