Archive for August, 2007

Make money by commuting on your bicycle

| August 31, 2007 | 28 Replies
Make money by commuting on your bicycle

There are lots of reasons for you to be commuting by bicycle, but many of you who could cycle to work are still burning expensive gasoline to get there.  What’s it going to take to get you out of that expensive car and onto a high-precision, environment-friendly, health-enhancing bicycle?  How about some money?  Not just […]

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Remember, we all think dumb things.

| August 31, 2007 | 2 Replies
Remember, we all think dumb things.

Freethinkers, in their attempts to cast light on culture’s many logical foibles, can lose focus. Like the more traditional naysayers, who bemoan our times while looking foggily to those good-old-days that never existed, liberal critical thinkers can come to a similarly deluded doom-and-gloom conclusion. Of course, the evidence used by both camps differ completely- people […]

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They are brain-washing our soldiers!

| August 30, 2007 | 3 Replies
They are brain-washing our soldiers!

Who are “they”?  Well, high-level Pentagon officials, who are imposing fundamentalist Christianity on our soldiers.   The following excerpt is from a report by Truthout.org: On the heels of a scathing report issued by the Defense Department’s inspector general that took high-level Pentagon officials to task for allowing an evangelical Christian organization unfettered access to the Department […]

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Bush gets another bad grade

| August 30, 2007 | 6 Replies
Bush gets another bad grade

All summer, Bush has been insisting that we wait for official government reports on Iraq before we judge whether his surge strategy has worked or failed. Well, the GAO is reportedly on track to “conclude that at least 13 of the 18 benchmarks set to judge the Iraqi government’s performance in the political and security […]

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“I am not gay” cartoons

| August 30, 2007 | 1 Reply
“I am not gay” cartoons

Dedicated to the exploits and not-so-earnest protestations of Idaho Republican Senator Larry Craig, the cartoonists are having a field day. 

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When Mistakes Turn Tragic

| August 30, 2007 | 6 Replies
When Mistakes Turn Tragic

What happens when you forget to mention something important to your spouse? When you are running late or distracted, for any number of reasons? Bills get paid late because you forgot to ask him to mail them, Johnny misses soccer practice because you forgot to tell Dad he needed to be there by 5, nothing […]

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Conservative Conscience Redux

| August 30, 2007 | 6 Replies
Conservative Conscience Redux

According to this article, Barry Goldwater’s book, The Conscience of a Conservative, is being reissued. Timely reading? Depends on what audience at which this is aimed. I seriously doubt conservatives of the Rove/Norquist stripe will have much sympathy with Goldwater, who now seems admirable and even iconic compared to the dunces dancing to the tune […]

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Sick children left behind

| August 29, 2007 | 2 Replies
Sick children left behind

As Eliott Spitzer writes:   SCHIP is a program that provides health care to children whose families make too much to qualify for Medicaid, but not enough to afford private health insurance. It’s a program that provides medical care, including preventive medical care, to innocent children.  According to the Bush Administration, we shouldn’t offer it, because these […]

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What does evolution really have to do with religion? David Sloan Wilson argues that it’s time to find out.

| August 28, 2007 | 3 Replies
What does evolution really have to do with religion?  David Sloan Wilson argues that it’s time to find out.

The God Delusion, by Richard Dawkins, is a runaway bestseller.  Dawkins is a relentless one-man religion wrecking-crew.  He carries a sharp knife for the many arguments that religions are somehow useful or worthy. But isn’t religion sometimes good? Doesn’t religion sometimes heal the sick and feed the poor?  When it comes time to complement religion, Dawkins tends to […]

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