Monthly Archives: April 2011

Obama releases long form birth certificate

President Obama has finally released his long-form birth certificate, and it should come as no surprise to any thinking person that it shows he was born in the United States. How many “Birthers” will now publicly agree that they were … Continue reading

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Podcast #121 – Easter Schmeaster

It’s Easter!  Time to celebrate the return of spring and the goddess Eostre (I mean, Resurrection of Christ) or something.  It’s also time for our president to continue his embarrassing pandering to the Religious Right by instituting an annual White … Continue reading

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Obama to make Easter prayer breakfast an annual event

What happened to the crypto-Muslim (or crypto-atheist) that Obama’s detractors so loved to hate? For that matter, what happened to the change Obama promised those who voted for him? To be sure, there has been SOME change, but other things … Continue reading

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Paris, Oddly Enough (Part 9: From Temporary to Timeless)

The Eiffel Tower was completed in 1889 to mark the centennial of the French Revolution.  At 300 meters, it was the tallest building in the world (kicking the snot out of the previous record holder, the Washington Monument, which stands … Continue reading

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Paris, Oddly Enough (Part 8: Cinq Ans d’Amour)

On this day in 2006, I married the most beautiful, most intelligent woman in the world. That’s right–Allison has put up with me for FIVE YEARS (and that doesn’t count the three years before that when we were dating, co-habitating … Continue reading

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Paris, Oddly Enough (Part 7: French Muslims!)

By some estimates, 10% of France is Muslim.  It’s the second most practiced religion in the country, after Catholicism (which isn’t saying much, I guess, considering how secular French society is overall these days). France’s relationship with Islam is complicated. … Continue reading

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Paris, Oddly Enough (Part 6: Radically Off-Topic)

This post has nothing to do with Paris, and only a little to do with the French. Today marks the 150th anniversary of the beginning of the American Civil War.  It would take four long years before the Union would … Continue reading

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Paris, Oddly Enough (Part 5: Place de Greve)

The Hotel de Ville is not a hotel, but rather the City Hall of Paris.  The public square adjacent to it is called the Place de l’Hotel de Ville.  Catchy, huh? The Place de l’Hotel de Ville used to be … Continue reading

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Paris, Oddly Enough (Part 4: Oh the Ironies)

The oldest existing bridge in Paris is called, ironically, the Pont Neuf (“New Bridge”). The bridge took nearly 30 years to complete. It was started in 1578 by King Henry III (who, for his Protestant sympathies, was assassinated by a … Continue reading

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Paris, Oddly Enough (Part 3: Walking It Off)

In the Third Century, during the late Roman Era, the Bishop of Paris was a fellow named Dionysius.  Dionysius pissed off the local pagans (accounts vary: some say he denied the divinity of the Roman Emperor; others say the pagans … Continue reading

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