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Thursday, June 30, 2005

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 New and exciting format!

I'm with Atrios: Nanovirus is now officially an online magazine, which enjoys all the benefits extended to other journalists. So don't call this a frickin' blog.

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Blogger Angie said...

You too???

I never too you for a follower!! LOL

7:30 PM  

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 The perfect gift for a wingnut

Admit it. We all know some. Obnoxious pathetic little chicken-shit fascists who support the Iraq war but who won't put their money where their mouth is and enlist. Here is the perfect gift for them: fake mud for their SUV. Now they can pretend to be off-roaders, too!

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 Who's weak on terror?

Heh:
When liberals saw the savagery of the 9/11 attack, they wanted to prepare an effective, nimble response combining military action with intelligence-gathering and law enforcement, as well as addressing the root causes of terrorism; conservatives saw the savagery of 9/11 and simply prepared to sell George W. Bush as a "war president."

Turns out they were pretty good at that. But fighting terror? These guys make Larry, Moe and Curly look like icons of competence.

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 Swear words

The Evangelical Atheist explains why if the majority can include their religion in government and law, the minority is harmed because their failure to do so is regarded as suspect:
In a court of law, you will also be asked to swear on a bible. It is the “default setting” for jurors and witnesses. A secular affirmation is available if requested, but it seldom is. This is partially because people don’t know it’s available. For witnesses and defendants, it’s often because a failure to swear on a bible is considered prejudicial to a jury that is almost always predominantly Christian. So, for atheists (and other non-Christians), the intellectual honesty of refusing to swear on a book you find meaningless could increase your chances of conviction. So much for fair and impartial. So much for equal protection. While there is no legal compulsion for a politician or a participant in our judicial system to swear on a bible or invoke the name of god, the fact that anyone is allowed to do so makes the system unfair to nonbelievers.

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 Dangerous incompetence

A quote to remember:
The incompetence at the highest levels of government in Washington has undermined the U.S. troops who have fought honorably and bravely in Iraq, which is why the troops are now stuck in a murderous quagmire. If a Democratic administration had conducted a war this incompetently, the Republicans in Congress would be dusting off their impeachment manuals.

Yup.

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 Legal guide for bloggers

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has posted a legal guide for web loggers.

The guide isn't intended to substitute for sound legal advice if you're challenged, rather, "the goal here is to give you a basic roadmap to the legal issues you may confront as a blogger, to let you know you have rights, and to encourage you to blog freely with the knowledge that your legitimate speech is protected."

The guide discusses issues like defamation, privacy, election law, reporters' privilege, and more. Check it out.

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 Today's quote: Edison

"So far as religion of the day is concerned, it is a damned fake... Religion is all bunk."
~ Thomas Edison

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 Ice cream for los Guantanameras

At the Guantanamo torture facility, it is all ice cream and candy bars in a tropical paradise!

(Click to enlarge)


So stop worrying. That makes everything okay!

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Wednesday, June 29, 2005

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 Today's quote: Wilde

"Truth, in matters of religion, is simply the opinion that has survived."
~ Oscar Wilde

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 Recap of Bush speech

In case you missed it, here is a quick recap of Bush's speech from last night:
9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, 9/11, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, terror, freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom, freedom, Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden, Saddam Hussein, Osama Bin Laden, mission, mission, mission, mission, mission, mission, mission, mission, mission, mission, mission.

That's five references to "September 11," 21 references to "freedom", 35 references to terror/terrorists, two references each to "Saddam Hussein" and "Osama Bin Laden," and eleven references to "mission."

References to "weapons of mass destruction": 0
References to "exit strategy": 0
References to "a mistake": 1 (setting a timetable for withdrawal)
References to "mission accomplished": 0

As Bush spoke:

(1) the White House advance team faked the applause. No wonder: even the red states seem to be experiencing some buyer's remorse, and

(2) The Pentagon said another 17 American soldiers are feared dead after a Chinook helicopter went down in Afghanistan, the military action that actually does have something to do with 9/11.

Thanks a lot, you fucking fascist dumbass chimp!

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Blogger vjack said...

I missed the speech on purpose. I have a fairly nice TV, and I knew I would end up destroying it if I had watched. Your summary was great because it summarizes virtually all the speeches given by this poor excuse for a human. The entire GOP platform seems to be about instilling fear in the American people. Fear which will drive them toward religion and lead them to give up basic freedoms. Bring on the theocracy.

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Tuesday, June 28, 2005

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 Murderous christian

Here are the words of a man who was elected the president of Christ Lutheran Church council after 30 years in church leadership:
"I told Mrs. Vian that I had a problem with sexual fantasies and I was going to tie her up and may that I might have to tie the kids up. And if she would cooperate with us — cooperate with me at that time. We went back. She was extremely nervous. I think she even smoked a cigarette. And we went back to one of the back areas of the porch, explained that I had done this before."

"So anyway, we went back to her bedroom. And I proceeded to tie the kids up and they started crying and got real upset, so I said, oh, this is not going work. So we moved them to the bathroom. She helped me. And then I tied the door shut. We put toys and blankets and odds and ends in there for the kids, to make them as comfortable as we could. We tied the — we tied one of the bathroom doors shut so they couldn’t open it, and we shoved — she went back to help me shove a bed up against the other bathroom door. And then I proceeded to tie her up. She got sick and threw up. I got her a glass of water, comforted her a little bit and then I went ahead and tied her up and put a bag over her head and strangled her."

~ Dennis Rader, the BTK Killer, who plead guilty to 10 counts of 1st degree murder.

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Blogger Angie said...

(sighs)

Yeah, funny how you don't see atheists in the news for killing huh?

Or raping.

Or molesting.

Or hell anything of any sick nature like that.

5:40 PM  

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 Today's quote: Clifford

"It is wrong always, everywhere and for everyone to believe anything upon insufficient evidence."
~ W. K. Clifford, The Ethics of Belief: An Anthology of Atheism and Rationalism

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Anonymous skinnydwarf said...

While I agree people should not believe things on insufficient evidence, why is it *wrong* in the moral sense? Maybe because of the harm it can lead to? But what about the comfort religion provides to some? Maybe the pain caused by religion outweighs this.

Maybe I answered my question.

3:47 PM  

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 GOP harrassment of scientists

Chris Mooney has a disturbing example of the growing incidents of GOP (in this case, Congressional) harrassment of scientists. Check it out.

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Blogger wjoelbrooks said...

And we must remember that it's not just limited to scientists--all academic are under the proverbial gun. Rick Santorum recently commented on the Catholic sex abuse scandal, saying, "Priests, like all of us, are affected by culture. When the culture is sick, every element in it becomes infected. While it is no excuse for this scandal, it is no surprise that Boston, a seat of academic, political and cultural liberalism in America, lies at the center of the storm."

Where will it stop???

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 Ex-Guantanamo inmate tells of Koran abuse

The final chapter of the Koran-flushing story has not yet been written:
A Russian citizen released last year from Guantanamo Bay prison said on Tuesday U.S. guards at the camp regularly threw copies of the Koran into toilets.

Earlier this month, the U.S. military described cases of "mishandling" of a Koran by U.S. personnel at the naval base in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, including splashing it with urine and kicking it.

"In Cuba, they used to take them (the Koran) and throw them, take them and throw them, into lavatories or elsewhere. It happened regularly and this was to provoke protests," Airat Vakhitov, told reporters.

"In the summer of 2003, there was a big hunger strike, which 300 people took part in, over the abuse of the Koran."

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Blogger Dave S. said...

I thought this was a godless blog. When did you suddenly develop a reverence for the Koran?

8:48 AM  
Blogger Nanovirus said...

(1) This is not a godless blog, but rather a humanist one. In fact, if you check out AtheistOnline.com, Nanovirus is categorized as "off topic". While I am personally an atheist, there are non-atheist humanists whose writings and actions have value. I try to include them here.

(2) I revere nothing. And I don't mean that in the Buddist sense.

(3) All religious viewpoints will be treated equally here, and I do mean ALL. I give as much credibility to Catholicism as I do to Islam, Wicca and the Flying Spaghetti Monster.

(4) The story in question was political, not religious. The Bush administration has a knack for lying badly and often.

Thanks for your inquiry.

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 95 Theses on the Religious Right

Philosopher Peter Ludlow (Michigan) writes:
The received view is that the conservative christians have taken over the Republican Party. I think the reverse happened. The right wing of the Republican Party has taken over the church. Nothing could be more clear to me. In a fit of revulsion, and with a nod to Marty Luther, I wrote up the following 95 theses on the religious right...

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Monday, June 27, 2005

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 Guantanamo: a hoax staged by Bush-hating liberal elitists

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 Lies, damn lies and the fools who believe them

It needed to be said:
"We’re making enemies faster than we can kill them."

You didn’t used to see such bumper stickers in a conservative town like Floyd where American flags fly from every light pole on holidays and adorn most pickup trucks on the road.

Now they seem to pop up everywhere.

"These colors don’t run…the rest of the world" proclaims another. My wife is fond of one that says "Born just fine the first time..."

If opposition to Bush’s lies-backed invasion of Iraq can appear openly in a traditional, flag-waving Blue Ridge mountain community like Floyd, you can be sure it runs rampant in other, larger places in America.

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 US general admits to secret air war

The American general who commanded allied air forces during the Iraq war appears to have admitted in a briefing to American and British officers that coalition aircraft waged a secret air war against Iraq from the middle of 2002, nine months before the invasion began.

Addressing a briefing on lessons learnt from the Iraq war Lieutenant-General Michael Moseley said that in 2002 and early 2003 allied aircraft flew 21,736 sorties, dropping more than 600 bombs on 391 "carefully selected targets" before the war officially started.

The nine months of allied raids "laid the foundations" for the allied victory, Moseley said. They ensured that allied forces did not have to start the war with a protracted bombardment of Iraqi positions.

If those raids exceeded the need to maintain security in the no-fly zones of southern and northern Iraq, they would leave President George W Bush and Tony Blair vulnerable to allegations that they had acted illegally.

Full story is here.

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 Today's quote: Lincoln

"The Bible is not my Book and Christianity is not my religion. I could never give assent to the long complicated statements of Christian dogma."
~ Abraham Lincoln

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 People blaming Bush, not Saddam

People are starting to get it: 49% Say Bush responsible for provoking Iraq War, 44% say Saddam Hussein.

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Sunday, June 26, 2005

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 Today's quote: Nietzsche

"Do not allow yourselves to be deceived: Great Minds are Skeptical."
~ Friedrich Nietzsche, 1890

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 Carnival of the godless #16

Check out all the godless heathenism over at Positive Liberty.

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Blogger Angie said...

You might want to double check your link. Each time I try to go there, it sends me to microsoft.com.

1:36 PM  
Blogger Nanovirus said...

Thanks Angie. The link is fixed now.

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Friday, June 24, 2005

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 Zeus is alive and well and living in Slovenia

Zeus is pissed:
LJUBLJANA (Reuters) - A man died after lightning struck a metal cross he was holding during a funeral in a village near Ljubljana, the Slovenian news agency STA reported Thursday.

It said the 62-year-old man died in hospital Wednesday evening, several hours after the incident in the village of Brezovica. Another person at the funeral was slightly injured.

While it is sad that this guy died, his dumbass move is worthy of a Darwin Award. Perhaps he was thinking that god would protect him?

Last year we had a violent thunderstorm that seemed to be localized directly above the three-story building where I work. It was about 5:00 pm and people were huddled by the doors watching lightning strike the parking lot and surrounding area. People were rightfully wary about trying to get to their cars.

After about five minutes, a woman in her late twenties blurted out: "I'm not afraid! God will protect me!" She stepped outside and opened her umbrella and proceeded to her car. I was flabbergasted by the complete dumbass-itude of that move. She was grounded in a half-inch of water holding a metal rod in a lightning storm.

Fortunately she made it unharmed to her car. Unfortunately she will probably use her stroke of luck as "evidence" of a supernatural deity that will personally protect her from all manner of nasty things. I expect one day I will see her and her car wrapped around a tree, bible in hand.

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Anonymous Bee_human said...

I agree with you. Some persons are stupid.

By the way, do you refer to french humanists anywhere in your blog ?

4:05 PM  
Blogger Nanovirus said...

Is there something distinctive about french humanists that deserves special mention?

11:33 AM  
Blogger Electro said...

People are stupid. she should be reminded that God gave her a brain to use. Oh I am back from China Had a great time, even went to Mass.

11:31 PM  
Anonymous bee_human said...

No, this is just a stupid question.

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 Today's quote: Mill

"'[T]he tyranny of the majority’ is now generally included among the evils against which society requires to be on its guard."
~ John Stuart Mill

[Ed. note: Depending on which poll you trust, the United States is between 75% and 85% Christian. That’s a pretty big majority.]

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Blogger M@ said...

Why is the tyrrany of the majority such a misunderstood concept?

I remember distinctly when I finally understood Mill's point. I was in an English History exam. I had just finished correcting the Hobbes quote on the exam, and then there was a quote by J.S. Mill. It was about four lines, but it encapsulated the whole idea perfectly.

All my academic career I had been learning that we live in a constitutional democracy, but until that moment, I did not understand what that meant. It was that pure democracy could not work; government by referendum would result in tyrrany, though it may be couched in the trappings of democracy.

Instead, we have to understand that certain things are above legislation -- those are the rights of the individual. Whether they are the possession of pedophiliac pornography (something with which I disagree most strongly) or the possession of a same-sex life partner (something that I support equally strongly), it is necessary for a body other than the voting populace to register its opinion.

It's what separates us from the animals: the ability to say that, despite the fact that I and many of my friends believe otherwise, we accept that every decision of the government won't go our way.

That's quite a step forward, you know.

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 Rove is right

White House spokesman Scott McClellan says that Karl Rove just meant that Democrats and Republicans had different philosophies when it comes to their reactions following 9/11. I absolutely agree:
Democrats
Believe capturing the person primarily responsible for the attack should be a top priority.

Republicans
It's been four years, and Osama bin Laden is still free, even though Bush's CIA chief says he knows where he is.

Democrats
Investigate the intelligence failures that led to 9/11.

Republicans
Do everything in their power to block the 9/11 Commission from doing its work.

Democrats
Propose creating the Department of Homeland Security.

Republicans
Push tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans.

Democrats
Believe we should have stayed the course in Afghanistan, not allowing the Taliban to resurge, the warlords to take power, and the opium trade to skyrocket.

Republicans
Ignore Afghanistan as the situation worsens.

Democrats
Believe that we should be honest with our troops about the reasons we go to war, give them everything they need to be safe, and make sure we go in with an exit plan.

Republicans
Manipulate intelligence to trump up reasons to go to war, don't give our troops the support they need, constantly mislead the public about the direction the war is going, and fail to make an exit plan. And turn Iraq into the ultimate terrorist training ground.

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Thursday, June 23, 2005

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 Jeb kicks off 2008 campaign by necro-humping Terri Schiavo

Jeb sez:
I can't begin to express how much I miss Terri. Sure, I never met her, or her husband, or the doctors who treated her, but that didn't stop me and Tom DeLay and Bill Frist from scrambling atop her doughy shell of a body, then using it as a pulpit from which to announce America's unconditional surrender to the Christian Taliban. Why, I can almost still feel her sweet autonomic twitching through the soles of… my… my Florsheim penny loafers. (Sobs.)....

[H]aving indulged in a kind of necrophilia-lite when Terri was merely brain-dead, my fear is that some folks might think I'm flip-flopping if I didn't keep humpin' away now that's she's lung-dead and heart-dead, too.

As such, today I have ordered a murder investigation be launched, with Terri's husband Michael Schiavo as the prime suspect. Because if you ask me, there's nothing quite so suspicious as a man who stands up for his wife's wishes – for fifteen long years – despite overwhelming opposition, vicious ad hominem attacks, and threats of physical violence. Which is why – facts and evidence be damned – we can and will try and convict that powerless, mustachioed nobody through the media, thereby enabling me to ride his sweetheart's corpse bareback – all the way to the 2008 Republican nomination!

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 Today's quote: Anonymous

"Perhaps atheists will spend a lot less time talking about god when we have our own meeting places on every other corner, when our organizations are tax-exempt, when our slogans are printed on your money, when we elect a president (or any other leader) who understands science, when those idiotic little fish disappear, when organ donor cards no longer have a blank space for religion, when holidays commemorate great ideas instead of mythological beings, when newspapers devote a weekly section to atheism, when people stop saying "God bless you" every time we sneeze, when we open a motel room drawer and find a copy of Stephen Hawking's "A Brief History Of Time", when pimple-faced kids stop coming to our houses on Saturday mornings to 'save' us, when...."
~ Anonymous

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Blogger Barbara said...

the holidays for great ideas is a great idea

3:44 PM  
Blogger Nanovirus said...

Agreed. We can start with a National Day of Reason.

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 What religion are you?

Go figure:

 1. Secular Humanism (100%)
 2. Unitarian Universalism (88%)
 3. Non-theist (86%)
...
26. Roman Catholic (7%) [The religion I was raised in]

What religion are you?

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Blogger Barbara said...

I am (1) 100% non-theist and (2) 100% secular humanist.

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 Is this progress?

Regarding the American gulag at Guantanamo, Caleb McDaniel asks why America has to look outside its own history to find examples of torture and injustice:
I do believe that we are, in many respects, better than we were. But I am fearful of our capacity to move backwards as well as forwards, to return like a dog to our own vomit. Why would we do that? Don't we truly want to be better than we were, and if we do, shouldn't it trouble us that reports from our detention centers suggest that our official policy on the treatment of prisoners is regressing instead of progressing? Progress, I am aware, is a loaded term, with conceptual liabilities all its own. But part of me craves the return of a certain usage of the word 'progress' in our political discourse. Usually, when you hear a government official say something like 'we're making progress in Iraq,' it's intended first and foremost as a spatial term: we've pushed back insurgents in this neighborhood, we've secured this city, we've pushed the borders of the Green Zone out a little farther. What I want to know is, are we making progress in time? Are we becoming better? If we cannot ask of our policies whether they are better than the practices of the gulag, let us ask of them: are they better than the practices of our great-great-grandparents, our great-grandparents, our grandparents, our parents? Will we be proud to report this policy to future generations? Or is that question, too, un-American?

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Wednesday, June 22, 2005

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 Contract that spawned Guantanamo prisons awarded to Halliburton during Cheney's tenure as CEO

We are living in a kleptocracy.

A contract awarded to a Halliburton subsidiary in June 2000 while Vice President Dick Cheney was still at the helm of the firm spawned the detention centers at Gitmo (Link).

The contract, which allocated funds for "emergency construction capabilities" at "worldwide locations," authorized the Defense Department to award Halliburton subsidiary Kellogg, Brown & Root any number of specific naval construction deals abroad.

Also note that the Defense Department announced on Thursday that Halliburton will build a new $30 million detention facility and security fence at the U.S. naval base at Guantanamo Bay, Cuba, where the United States is holding about 520 foreign terrorism suspects.

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Blogger Dave S. said...

Uh, so?

9:54 AM  
Blogger Nanovirus said...

Kleptocracy (sometimes Cleptocracy) (root: Klepto+cracy = rule by thieves) is a pejorative, informal term for a government so corrupt that no pretense of honesty remains. In a kleptocracy the mechanisms of government are almost entirely devoted to taxing the public at large in order to amass substantial personal fortunes for the rulers and their cronies (collectively, kleptocrats), or to keep said rulers in power.

9:59 AM  
Blogger Dave S. said...

I know the word. My point is that Halliburton can do the job. They'd likely get the contract even if you were the CEO. Are they supposed to not bid on these because their ex-CEO is VP?

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 Faith-based family planning

Family values in action:
A US court has convicted a man of killing nine of his children, many of whom he had fathered through incest.

Marcus Wesson, a 58-year-old religious zealot who ran his family like a cult, could face the death penalty.

He was arrested last year after police found nine bodies with identical bullet wounds at his home - a massacre that shocked the Californian town of Fresno.

Wesson's lawyers had argued that eight of the victims were shot dead by his daughter, who then killed herself.

The victims were between one and 25 years old.

The jury took two weeks to convict Wesson on all nine counts of murder.

It also found him guilty of 14 counts of raping and molesting seven of his daughters and nieces.

There must be a link between mental illness and the propensity to believe in the supernatural. I've never heard of a humanist murdering his own kids, have you?

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Blogger Electro said...

Yes acctualy a co-worker of mine in the Air Force while I was in Korea killed his two boys ages 7 and 4, He was very much a humanist. I will never forget that. oh and by the way if you consider abortion murder then there are plenty of cases.

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 Today's quote - Anonymous

"A cask of wine works more miracles than a church full of saints."
~ Italian Proverb

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 Bush: the Osama wanna-be

Bush: pro-terror at home, and pro-terror abroad:
The CIA believes the Iraq insurgency poses an international threat and may produce better-trained Islamic terrorists than the 1980s Afghanistan war that gave rise to Osama bin Laden and al Qaeda, a U.S. counterterrorism official said on Wednesday.

You can't deny that there are some amazing similarities between the two men.

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 Republicans blew billions in Iraq spending spree

You can't trust a Republican with your wallet. This is your tax dollars at work:
The United States wasted nearly $20 billion of Iraq's funds in a spending spree the final days before transferring power to the Iraqis nearly a year ago, a report said on Tuesday.

A report by Democratic Rep. Henry Waxman of California, said in the week before the hand-over on June 28, 2004, the U.S.-led Coalition Provisional Authority ordered the urgent delivery of more than $4 billion in Iraqi funds from the U.S. Federal Reserve in New York.

One single shipment amounted to $2.4 billion -- the largest movement of cash in the bank's history, said Waxman.

Most of these funds came from frozen and seized assets and from the Development Fund for Iraq, which succeeded the U.N.'s oil-for-food program. After the U.S. invasion, the U.N. directed this money should be used by the CPA for the benefit of the Iraqi people.

Cash was loaded onto giant pallets for shipment by plane to Iraq, and paid out to contractors who carried it away in duffel bags.

The report, released at a House of Representatives committee hearing, said despite the huge amount of money, there was little U.S. scrutiny in how these assets were managed.

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Tuesday, June 21, 2005

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 The meaning of today

Happy Summer Solstice! Read about the history of this human tradition here.

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 Today's quote: Napoleon

"Religion is excellent stuff for keeping common people quiet."
~ Napoleon Bonaparte

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 Torquemada considered for promotion

Torture people; get promoted:
Defense Secretary Donald H. Rumsfeld is considering new top command assignments that would possibly include promoting Lt. Gen. Ricardo S. Sanchez, the former American commander in Iraq during the Abu Ghraib prison abuse scandal, Pentagon and military officials say.

It's the new American way!

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Saturday, June 18, 2005

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 Today's quote: Smith

"Science is the great antidote to the poison of enthusiasm and superstition".
~ Adam Smith

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 Pair tie knot at humanist wedding

Society moves toward greater rationality and enlightenment:
Britain's first legally recognised humanist wedding has taken place in Edinburgh....

Karen Watts and Martin Reijns were united by a humanist celebrant after it was agreed that previous rules were restrictive and discriminatory.

Rules on the venues in which Scottish couples can marry had been relaxed, but services still had to be carried out by a minister of religion or registrar.

Humanist representatives have demanded the same changes in England and Wales.

Humanists believe that people can live ethical lives without religious beliefs.

Before the changes, anyone choosing a humanist wedding had to have a civil ceremony beforehand to legalise the marriage....

Ms Watts, a community development worker, said: "Neither of us are religious and it would have felt hypocritical to get married in a church. But at the same time we wanted something more meaningful than the legal civil ceremony."

Thanks to Brinstar for the link!

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Tuesday, June 14, 2005

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 Carnival of the Godless 15

Go check out the wonderful godlessness over at Nick Barlow's weblog.

The next COTG, number 16, will be held on Sunday, June 26, 2005 at Positive Liberty.

Submissions should be sent to cotg-submission@brentrasmussen.com. If you'd like to host a future COTG, please send your hosting request to cotg-host@brentrasmussen.com.

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Blogger Electro said...

I am getting really bored with your website. But I am off to China for 10 days so maybe you can have something good when I return

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Screw electro. I was getting worried when you didn't post for a few days there. Good to see you back.

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Hey. I couldn't find an email link on your site, so I'm posting this here because I think you'd be interested in the first legally recognised humanist wedding in Britain. Cheers.

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Thursday, June 09, 2005

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 Today's quote: Sagan

"I would love to believe that when I die I will live again, that some thinking, feeling, remembering part of me will continue. But as much as I want to believe that, and despite the ancient and worldwide cultural traditions that assert an afterlife, I know of nothing to suggest that it is more than wishful thinking."
~ Carl Sagan

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 The Chimpress visits Potemkin

Mrs. Dumbass visits a new potemkin village:
Upon Laura Bush’s recent trip to Egypt, it was planned that she, along with her host Mrs. Mubarak, would visit a USAID funded school in Alexandria. One week before the scheduled visit, the tattered school was painted anew, tidied up, and the sewage system was fixed. The dirty roads around the school were cleaned up and trees were miraculously planted all around the area. A sign in English was written to welcome the 2 first ladies.

Nevertheless, the Alexandria education officials didn’t like how the Om el Qura school kids looked like! The girls were poor and wore dirty school uniforms. Instead of cleaning them out and distributing clean clothes that would have definitely drew a huge smile on their faces, the officials decided to replaced the kids with new kids brought from a language school!
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Blogger wjoelbrooks said...

This is shameful and revealing. Is it any wonder that the U.S. usually acts like a spoiled bully in the world? As long as foreign officials kowtow and defer to U.S. "dignitaries," the U.S. has no need to believe it should act differently.

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Tuesday, June 07, 2005

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 Today's quote: Emerson

"If I should go out of church whenever I hear a false sentiment, I could never stay there five minutes."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

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Friday, June 03, 2005

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 Today's quote: Huxley

"Facts do not cease to exist because they are ignored."
~ Aldous Huxley

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Thursday, June 02, 2005

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 Take back women's right to vote

What the hell is wrong with Kansas? First they have the 21st century edition of the Scopes Monkey trial, now they have this. Dumbfucks.

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Blogger Angie said...

If she truly believes that, why is she working and not at home herself???

People like her should just crawl under a rock.

(grumbles)

I think I need to take up kickboxing to work out some of my frustrations with people on this planet.

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Anonymous manxome said...

And of course, we shouldn't expect to see her trying to get votes at events attended mostly by women, right?

11:10 PM  
Anonymous karena said...

Well, if women should not even be allowed to vote, how the hell does she justify women in politics at all? Ann Coulter said that once too, that she didn't agree with women voting.

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 School won't hire atheist

Today's anti-atheist discrimination brought to you by Schaumburg, Illinois.

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Blogger Electro said...

Maybe they just thought he was a fool and then he goes and epresents himself and proves it.

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 Today's quote: Pascal

"Men never do evil so completely and cheerfully as when they do it from religious conviction."
~ Blaise Pascal, 1670

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 The Nixon effect

Regarding "Deep Throat," the always poetic Rude Pundit nails it:
Nixon knows that his contempt for the truth has become de rigeur for this White House, and he knows that if he had been born into wealth... he would have gotten away with it. The apparatuses of cover-up would have been in place a long, long time before he ever stepped his shit-covered foot onto the Presidential Seal on the carpet in the Oval Office. And he knows... that if the media had been then the way it is now, there's no fuckin' way two nobody reporters with anonymous sources and hippie hair would have been believed.... They'd've sliced and diced Woodward and Bernstein until "traitor" was the only word that stuck.

[Nixon's] crimes are but pallid antecedents to the crimes that are going on now, crimes for which no one will ever be punished.

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 Red church blue church

According to The Rev. Dr. John Lentz, pastor of Forest Hill Presbyterian Church in Ohio:
A member of my church gave to me a copy of the Ohio Restoration Project. This project is led by so-called Christians who have a plan for Ohio. The project will target 2,000 pastors throughout the state to become "patriot pastors." These patriot pastors will be briefed on a specific political agenda and asked to submit names of their parishioners in order to increase a database to 300,000 names. These pastors will be asked to place voter guides in their church pews....

It is time for the citizens of Ohio to wake up. This group and those like it will stop at nothing in making America a theocracy shaped by one very limited interpretation of scripture.

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