15 Feb 2011

SD bill: Murdering abortion providers would become “justifiable homicide”

From HB 1171, submitted to the South Dakota House of Representatives on February 9, 2011 (underlined text would be added to existing law): FOR AN ACT ENTITLED, An Act to expand the definition of justifiable homicide to provide for the protection of certain unborn children. BE IT ENACTED BY THE

02 Feb 2011

Happy Groundhog’s Day! Let’s have a party!

I wanted to share this article, 10 reasons to throw a Groundhog Day party from the Seattle Times. 10. There’s no easier theme party: Just show the 1993 Bill Murray movie “Groundhog Day” (on mute if you want to actually talk to your guests), and you’re there. 9. The ground

17 Dec 2010

Census data and race

A friend of mine pointed me to this spiffy tool made avavilable by the New York Times. It graphs the racial information sampled by the Census Bureau between 2005 and 2009 for every county and census block (depending on your scale) in the United States. The races listed are White,

22 Nov 2010

Protest invasive airport security? You might be a terrorist.

I read something in this morning’s Seattle Times that I found disturbing. The article is Security protest could disrupt Thanksgiving travel and the part in question is: “Just one or two recalcitrant passengers at an airport is all it takes to cause huge delays,” said Paul Ruden, a spokesman for

16 Nov 2010

My answer to intrusive airport security: kilts!

I’ve flown in kilts: when you are a guy and have to sit for several hours, they are far more comfortable than pants. I’ve never worn them “properly” when flying, though. I think it is time to change that policy. If some minimum-wage federal clerk wants to fondle the boys,

03 Nov 2010

By and large, I’m happy with Washington State

Update by Lurleen: Dino Rossi conceded, so Patty Murray keeps her seat in the U.S. Senator.  To those finding her deficient on certain issues, now is the time to call her office and let her know why you voted for her and what specific legislation you would like her to

22 Oct 2010

Washington Supreme Court Justices say that “certain minority groups … have a crime problem.”

And yet we keep electing these SOBs back to the bench. From the Seattle Times: State Supreme Court justices Richard Sanders and James Johnson stunned some participants at a recent court meeting when they said African Americans are overrepresented in the prison population because they commit a disproportionate number of

14 Oct 2010

Bishop Gene Robinson’s video for the It Gets Better Project

The Right Reverand Gene Robinson is the Episcopal Bishop of New Hamshire and is the first openly gay, non-celibate person to become a bishop in any Christian denomination. His election to the episcopacy in 2003 sparked a schism in the Episcopal Church and much controversy in the Anglican Communion over

13 Oct 2010

Bishop Long stiffs someone other than young male church members

From CNN: Eddie Long, the controversial Georgia bishop, has been sued for defaulting on a property loan in Georgia. A lawsuit on Monday asked DeKalb County State Court in the Atlanta area to order Long and others to pay off the $1.9 million debt in 10 days or be obligated

30 Sep 2010

Happy Damned Blasphemy Day!

From the Center For Inquiry: International Blasphemy Rights Day takes place every September 30th, to commemorate the publishing of the Jyllands-Posten Muhammad cartoons. The purpose of this event is to set a particular day as a day to support free speech, support the right to criticize and satirize religion, and