Friday’s Links: Volume 1

Friday LinksI’m going to ‘borrow’ (aka ‘steal’) an idea from my friend Doug and start a regular feature here on my blog called ‘Friday Links.’ Every Friday I will post a set of links to sites I visit, things I find interesting, etc. etc. etc.

Volume 1 of Friday Links is a themed set. I will share with you my daily ‘make me angry and disgusted with ignorance’ sites – also known as Secular Movement blogs.

1. Blag Hag

Written by Jen McCreight this blog gives a feminist point of view of the secular movement sprinkled with a dose of the daily life of a Biologist grad student.

2. Friendly Atheist

Written by Hemant Mehta, this blog covers the world of the secular movement with a ‘friendlier’ voice than some blogs. But don’t be fooled – he is not an apologist in any way.

3. Joe. My. God

This blog covers everything with a specific focus on LGBT issues and entertainment.

4. Pharyngula

Written by PZ Myers, a biology professor from the University of Minnesota, this blog covers the secular movement and reports on all things Biology. He also has a near-unhealthy fascination with cephalopods.

5. Unreasonable Faith

Written by several authors, this blog reports on religion, science and skepticism. It is a good source for all things in the secular movement.

6: What Would JT Do?

I just started reading this blog in the last few days but so far I’m enjoying it. It’s sub-title is ‘Fighting religion tooth & claw’ so I think you can figure out what it’s all about.

It doesn’t seem like a long list but all of these sites post news and articles several times a day – Joe of Joe.My.God. sometimes posts several times an hour. So, I feel that I keep pretty well informed. Sometimes too well informed, to be honest. It can be rather depressing but most of these blogs realize that humor is needed and are written with a personal touch.

Disappointed…

So, how did the House Elections turn out?

AAAAAAAAAAAAAAARRRRRRRRRRGH!

Captain Picard is Disappointed

Okay, maybe I can be happy about my home state’s new governor….

Teabagger Bully
Paul Lepage - Governor of Maine

The Man in Black is Pissed

Thanks to all the ignorant, racist and homophobic morons for ruining another two years of my life. You do realize you just re-elected the same fools who got us in the mess, right? Assholes, all of you.

Sounds reasonable to me

Copied from the Atheist Ireland website

We, at the World Atheist Conference: “Gods and Politics”, held in Copenhagen from 18 to 20 June 2010, hereby declare as follows:

  • We recognize the unlimited right to freedom of conscience, religion and belief, and that freedom to practice one’s religion should be limited only by the need to respect the rights of others.
  • We submit that public policy should be informed by evidence and reason, not by dogma.
  • We assert the need for a society based on democracy, human rights and the rule of law. History has shown that the most successful societies are the most secular.
  • We assert that the only equitable system of government in a democratic society is based on secularism: state neutrality in matters of religion or belief, favoring none and discriminating against none.
  • We assert that private conduct, which respects the rights of others should not be the subject of legal sanction or government concern.
  • We affirm the right of believers and non-believers alike to participate in public life and their right to equality of treatment in the democratic process.
  • We affirm the right to freedom of expression for all, subject to limitations only as prescribed in international law – laws which all governments should respect and enforce. We reject all blasphemy laws and restrictions on the right to criticize religion or nonreligious life stances.
  • We assert the principle of one law for all, with no special treatment for minority communities, and no jurisdiction for religious courts for the settlement of civil matters or family disputes.
  • We reject all discrimination in employment (other than for religious leaders) and the provision of social services on the grounds of race, religion or belief, gender, class, caste or sexual orientation.
  • We reject any special consideration for religion in politics and public life, and oppose charitable, tax-free status and state grants for the promotion of any religion as inimical to the interests of non-believers and those of other faiths.  We oppose state funding for faith schools.
  • We support the right to secular education, and assert the need for education in critical thinking and the distinction between faith and reason as a guide to knowledge, and in the diversity of religious beliefs. We support the spirit of free inquiry and the teaching of science free from religious interference, and are opposed to indoctrination, religious or otherwise.

Adopted by the conference, Copenhagen, 20 June 2010.

Please circulate this as widely as you can among people and groups who advocate a secular society.

Remember These Quotes as ‘Silly’ (aka Election) Season Begins

My friend, Doug, sent me the following quotes, WITH sources. Read on!:

As we hurtle headlong into the silly season, a high colonic for the mind is in order. There is going to be a lot of back-and-forth between the candidates regarding who said what and when. Feast, in that context, upon this small collection:

These quotes, and about a thousand others equally as preposterous, can be found in a new book by Bruce Miller and Diana Maio titled ‘Take Them At Their Words.’ The next time our valiant conservative leadership bemoans the “corruption and fall of the nation,” remember that, by and large, these be-moaners are the clowns who have been running the circus for the last several years.

A few are also up for re-election in 2004. Bear that in mind.
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“Victory means exit strategy, and it’s important for the President to explain to us what the exit strategy is.”
George W. Bush, discussing Kosovo, Houston Chronicle, 04-09-99
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“I said on my program, if, if the Americans go in and overthrow Saddam Hussein and it’s clean, he has nothing, I will apologize to the nation, and I will not trust the Bush administration again.”
Bill O’Reilley, on ABC’s Good Morning America, 03-18-03
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“I tell people don’t kill all the liberals. Leave enough so we can have two on every campus – living fossils – so we will never forget what these people stood for.”
Rush Limbaugh, Denver Post, 12-29-95
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“If the Supreme Court says that you have the right to consensual gay sex within your home, then you have the right to bigamy, you have the right to polygamy, you have the right to incest, you have the right
to adultery. You have the right to anything. All of those things are antithetical to a healthy, stable, traditional family and that’s sort of where we are in today’s world, unfortunately. It all comes from, I
would argue, the right to privacy that doesn’t exist, in my opinion, in the United States Constitution.”
Senator Rick Santorum (R-PA), Associated Press, 04-22-03
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“I would warn Orlando that you’re right in the way of some serious hurricanes, and I don’t think I’d be waving those flags in God’s face if I were you. This is not a message of hate; this is a message of
redemption. But a condition like this will bring about the destruction of your nation. It’ll bring about terrorist bombs; it’ll bring earthquakes, tornadoes and possibly a meteor.”
Pat Robertson, speaking of organizers putting rainbow flags up around Orlando to support sexual diversity, Washington Post, 06-10-98. For the record, Orlando remains undestroyed by meteors.
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“Environmentalists are a socialist group of individuals that are the tool of the Democrat Party. I’m proud to say that they are my enemy. They are not Americans, never have been Americans, never will be
Americans.”
Rep. Don Young (R-AK), Alaska Public Radio, 08-19-96
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“When you strip it all away, Jerry Garcia destroyed his life on drugs. And yet he’s being honored, like some godlike figure. Our priorities are out of whack, folks.”
Rush (currently under investigation for drug use) Limbaugh, on the death of Jerry Garcia, 08-20-95.
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“I don’t understand how poor people think.”
George W. Bush, confiding in the Rev. Jim Wallis, New York Times, 08-26-03
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“Get rid of the guy. Impeach him, censure him, assassinate him.”
Rep. James Hansen (R-UT), talking about President Clinton, as reported by journalist Steve Miner of KSUB radio who overheard his conversation, 11-01-98
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“We’re going to keep building the party until we’re hunting Democrats with dogs.”
Senator Phil Gramm (R-TX), Mother Jones, 08-95
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“My only regret with Timothy McVeigh is he did not go to the New York Times building.”
Ann Coulter, New York Observer, 08-26-02
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“Homosexuals want to come into churches and disrupt church services and throw blood all around and try to give people AIDS and spit in the face of ministers.”
Pat Robertson again, The 700 Club, 01-18-95
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“And there is, I am certain, among the Iraqi people a respect for the care and the precision that went into the bombing campaign.”
Donald Rumsfeld, defenselink.mil, 04-09-03
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“Emotional appeals about working families trying to get by on $4.25 an hour are hard to resist. Fortunately, such families do not exist.”
Rep. Tom DeLay (R-TX), House Majority Whip, during a debate on increasing the minimum wage, Congressional Record, H3706, 04-23-96
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“Chelsea is a Clinton. She bears the taint; and though not prosecutable in law, in custom and nature the taint cannot be ignored. All the great despotisms of the past – I’m not arguing for despotism as
a principle, but they sure knew how to deal with potential trouble – recognized that the families of objectionable citizens were a continuing threat. In Stalin’s penal code it was a crime to be the wife
or child of an ‘enemy of the people.’ The Nazis used the same principle, which they called Sippenhaft, ‘clan liability.’ In Imperial China, enemies of the state were punished ‘to the ninth degree’: that is, everyone in the offender’s own generation would be killed and everyone related via four generations up, to the great-great-grandparents, and four generations down, to the great-great-grandchildren, would also be killed.”
John Derbyshire, National Review, 02-15-01
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“I know this is painful for the ladies to hear, but if you get married, you have accepted the headship of a man, your husband. Christ is the head of the household and the husband is the head of the wife,
and that’s the way it is, period.”
Pat Robertson again, The 700 Club, 01-08-92
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“Probably nothing.”
Jeb Bush, during his losing 1994 bid for Florida Governor, when asked what he would do for black people, quoted by Salon on 10-05-02
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“The homosexual blitzkrieg has been better planned and executed than Hitler’s.”
Rep. William Dannemeyer (R-CA), The New Republic, 08-01-94
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“When lawlessness is abroad in the land, the same thing will happen here that happened in Nazi Germany. Many of those people involved in Adolph Hitler were Satanists. Many of them were
homosexuals. The two things seem to go together.”
Pat Robertson again, The 700 Club, 01-21-93
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“Why is this man in the White House? The majority of Americans did not vote for him. Why is he there? And I tell you this morning that he’s in the White House because God put him there for a time such as
this.”
Lt. General William G. Boykin, Deputy Undersecretary of Defense, New York Times, 10-17-03
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“We need to execute people like John Walker in order to physically intimidate liberals, by making them realize that they can be killed, too. Otherwise, they will turn out to be outright traitors.”
Ann Coulter, at the Conservative Political Action Conference, 02-26-02
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“I don’t want to abolish government. I simply want to reduce it to the size where I can drag it into the bathroom and drown it in the bathtub.”
Grover Norquist, President of Americans for Tax Reform, NPR Morning Edition, 05-25-01
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“I don’t agree that you need an enormous number of American troops. Saddam’s army is down to one-third than it was before, and I think it would be a cakewalk.”
Kenneth Adelman, Defense Policy Board, to Wolf Blitzer on CNN, 12-06-01
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“The fact of the matter is that this (increased American casualties) is a sign of the success of our operation, not its failure.”
Ralph Reed, GOP strategist, on MSNBC’s program ‘Hardball,’ 10-28-03
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“There are some who feel that, you know, the conditions are such that they can attack us there. My answer is, bring ’em on. We have the force necessary to deal with the situation.”
George W. Bush, Chicago Tribune, 07-03-03
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“The truth is that for reasons that have a lot to do with the U.S. government bureaucracy, we settled on the one issue that everyone could agree on, which was weapons of mass destruction as the core reason.”
Paul Wolfowitz, quoted by Tim Russert on ‘Meet The Press, NBC, 06-01-03
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“Quit looking at the symbols. Get out and get a job. Quit shooting each other. Quit having illegitimate babies.”
State Rep. John Graham Altman (R-SC), addressing African-American concerns about the ‘symbol’ of the Confederate Flag, New York Times, 01-24-97
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“Two things made this country great: White men & Christianity. The degree these two have diminished is in direct proportion to the corruption and fall of the nation. Every problem that has arisen (sic) can be directly traced back to our departure from God’s Law and the disenfranchisement of White men.”
State Rep. Don Davis (R-NC), emailed to every member of the North Carolina House and Senate, reported by the Fayetteville Observer, 08-22-01
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“NOW is saying that in order to be a woman, you’ve got to be a lesbian.”
Pat Robertson again, The 700 Club, 12-03-97
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“My biggest fear is going to be going to the funeral of some young Iowa man or woman who dies in this conflict and having their mother or father come up to me and ask whether or not their son or daughter died for America, or died to save Bill Clinton’s presidency. I don’t know what I would say to those grieving parents. For that reason I believe the President must resign immediately.”
Rep. Jim Nussle (R-IA), Congressional Record, H11963, 12-18-98
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“Why should we hear about body bags and deaths and how many, what day it’s gonna happen? It’s not relevant. So why should I waste my beautiful mind on something like that?”
Barbara Bush, said on ‘Good Morning America’ the day before the Iraq war started, New York Times, 01-13-03
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“I’m the commander – see, I don’t need to explain – I don’t need to explain why I say things. That’s the interesting thing about being the President. Maybe somebody needs to explain to me why they say
something, but I don’t feel like I owe anybody an explanation.”
George W. Bush, Washington Post, 11-19-02
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