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Pulitzer Prize winning writer Connie Schultz on the damage wrought by media consolidation

Pulitzer Prize winning writer Connie Schultz on the damage wrought by media consolidation

Connie is a well-informed writer who hits the nail right on the head while addressing the FCC. Just ignore the sync problem with the vido and listen to five-minutes of an experienced reporter who illustrates the problem succinctly and eloquently.

April 15, 2007 | By | Reply More
Gentle “Miranda Warning” cards for religious moderates

Gentle “Miranda Warning” cards for religious moderates

 At this site we have often debated the extent to which non-Believers are harmed by the beliefs of religious moderates.  The main idea is that moderates are serving as human shields for whacked-out literalist fundamentalists.  Society would be hammering fundamentalists with enough widespread ridicule to make them political untouchables, except that religious moderates continue clinging […]

April 15, 2007 | By | 28 Replies More
New DNA evidence bolsters idea that modern birds are descendants of dinosaurs

New DNA evidence bolsters idea that modern birds are descendants of dinosaurs

This article from LiveScience shows what incredible things can be accomplished when scientists search hard to find even a bit of surviving soft tissue in a T-rex femur: An adolescent female Tyrannosaurus rex died 68 million years ago, but its bones still contain intact soft tissue, including the oldest preserved proteins ever found, scientists say. […]

April 15, 2007 | By | 11 Replies More
Punkin’s Demise

Punkin’s Demise

Our black cat died at sunset on Friday the thirteenth. Just then it started to rain. My real life often lends itself to overused literary metaphors. It was an assisted departure, as the nearly 23 year old cat was so clearly on her uncomfortable and imminent way out. The vet made a house call, and […]

April 13, 2007 | By | Reply More
Stop calling it “war”

Stop calling it “war”

For a long time now, I’ve been deeply frustrated and annoyed by the ongoing use of the term “war” to describe the situation in Iraq.  Pardon me, but the “war” in Iraq ended several years ago, when all of their troops surrendered.  What we have there now is a military occupation.  You might think this […]

April 13, 2007 | By | 63 Replies More
New rules regarding Iraq deployments are breaking the backs of our troops

New rules regarding Iraq deployments are breaking the backs of our troops

Paul Rieckhoff, who has already served in Iraq, describes the crushing burden of the newly instituted 15-month tours of U.S. soldiers of Iraq: The current force level in Iraq is unsustainable, and is breaking the back of our armed forces. Like so many other choices made by the Bush Administration during this war, extending Army tours […]

April 12, 2007 | By | 2 Replies More
Ouch!  I just got hit with drive-by religion!

Ouch! I just got hit with drive-by religion!

There I was, minding my own business, when WHAM! I was damned to hell. Thankfully, my salvation is being actively prayed for, so maybe, just maybe, I still have a chance. OK, well, perhaps “minding my own business” is a bit of truth-stretch. I was actually stirring a pot, just a little. Not sure why; […]

April 12, 2007 | By | 17 Replies More
McCain shoots self in foot

McCain shoots self in foot

Some people just don’t get it — that invading Iraq was a bad idea.  John McCain is one. Unfortunately, Hillary Clinton is another one, though she does at least have a plan to end the occupation. It really amazes me that such otherwise smart people still declare that invading Iraq was a good idea, given that all […]

April 12, 2007 | By | 10 Replies More
Mother yelling at her child that he must believe in God.

Mother yelling at her child that he must believe in God.

This one-minute video (which I found on Dispatches from the Culture Wars) raises dozens of questions (many of them having nothing to do with the subject being discussed between this mother and son). But this video also succinctly illustrates the way that mindless dogma can give wings to stupidity and cruelty. Are all conversations between […]

April 11, 2007 | By | 8 Replies More