In a world dominated by magical thinking, superstition and misinformation, give yourself the benefit of doubt. This is one skeptic's view of the Universe; natural wonders and supernatural blunders.

"Tell people there’s an invisible man in the sky who created the universe, and the vast majority believe you. Tell them the paint is wet, and they have to touch it to be sure."

-George Carlin

“If people are good only because they fear punishment, and hope for reward, then we are a sorry lot indeed”.

-Albert Einstein

“Skeptical scrutiny is the means, in both science and religion, by which deep thoughts can be winnowed from deep nonsense.”

-Carl Sagan

The person who is certain, and who claims divine warrant for his certainty, belongs now to the infancy of our species. It may be a long farewell, but it has begun and, like all farewells, should not be protracted.

-Christopher Hitchens

 

Less glory is more liberty. When the drum is silent, reason sometimes speaks.

Albert Pike, Morals and Dogma

An avidity to punish is always dangerous to liberty. It leads men to stretch, to misinterpret, and to misapply even the best of laws. He that would make his own liberty secure, must guard even his enemy from oppression; for if he violates this duty, he establishes a precedent that will reach to himself.

Thomas Paine

Especially liberty of thought, speech and autonomy. Your freedom to make money is highly regarded though.

Especially liberty of thought, speech and autonomy. Your freedom to make money is highly regarded though.

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

“Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home—but not for housing. They are strong for labor—but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights. They favor minimum wage—the smaller the minimum wage the better.
They endorse educational opportunity for all—but they won’t spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine—for people who can afford them. They consider electrical power a great blessing—but only when the private power companies get their rake-off. They think American standard of living is a fine thing—so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people. And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.”
― Harry S. Truman

truth-has-a-liberal-bias:

“Republicans approve of the American farmer, but they are willing to help him go broke. They stand four-square for the American home—but not for housing. They are strong for labor—but they are stronger for restricting labor’s rights. They favor minimum wage—the smaller the minimum wage the better.

They endorse educational opportunity for all—but they won’t spend money for teachers or for schools. They think modern medical care and hospitals are fine—for people who can afford them. They consider electrical power a great blessing—but only when the private power companies get their rake-off. They think American standard of living is a fine thing—so long as it doesn’t spread to all the people. And they admire of Government of the United States so much that they would like to buy it.”

Harry S. Truman

The GOP Candidates Want Never-Ending War on Terror | Peter Beinart

theamericanbear:

[At the foreign poilcy debate this week, the candidates] simply declared that because there is a threat, America remains at war. Sure, there’s a terrorist threat and there always will be, even if Al Qaeda itself goes out of business. But if that’s all it takes for the United States to be at war, the United States will never be a peacetime nation again, which means we’ll never be able to regain the civil liberties we enjoyed before 9/11, or tame a defense and homeland security budget that has grown so massively in the last decade.

We’ve been through this before. The idea that America was fighting a “Cold War” against “global communism” when in fact we were engaged in a power struggle with a calcifying Soviet Union and a series of left-wing Third World movements over which it had little influence distorted American foreign and domestic policy for decades. But at least the “Cold War” was an oxymoron—it suggested a state of tension that did not result in the taking up of arms. “War on terror,” which suggests active military conflict, is even worse. Travel around America today. Do we look like a nation at war? The small segment of the American population that serves in the military is still fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq. But the rest of the nation has utterly lost interest. And when those two wars mercifully end—as they likely will no matter who is president in the next few years—America will be a peacetime nation again. At some level, the leading Republican presidential candidates understand that. They would never dream of suggesting that America’s “war on terror” requires higher taxes, a draft or anything else that would burden the ordinary American. And yet they keep using the language of war to insulate America’s defense budget from serious scrutiny and to suggest that people accused of terrorism don’t deserve basic protections under the law.

As George Orwell famously noted, bad public policy often hides behind dishonest language. Nations that truly are permanently at war generally go bankrupt or become police states or both. Nations whose leaders pretend they are permanently at war when they are actually not simply suffer a profound distortion of their national priorities. In the United States today, that is bad enough.

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Oh, this.

“If by a “Liberal” they mean someone who looks ahead and not behind, someone who welcomes new ideas without rigid reactions, someone who cares about the welfare of the people-their health, their housing, their schools, their jobs, their civil rights and their civil liberties-someone who believes we can break through the stalemate and suspicions that grip us in our policies abroad, if that is what they mean by a “Liberal”, then I’m proud to say I’m a “Liberal.”

John F. Kennedy (via rivitpunk)

I don’t know why liberal is such a dirty word. Considering its etymology, it’s link to the word ‘liberty’ - conceptually and linguistically - considering all the work ‘liberals’ do to defend civil liberties, why aren’t more liberals loud and proud about their affiliation?

(via waxpolitical)

Liberal is a dirty word because the right (media personalities, corporate and political interest) have spent a great deal of time and energy demonizing it; equating it with soviet communism. Jon Stewart did a great segment the other night on the irony of conservative’s bitching about persecution with a classic montage reel of countless book and tv examples the word “liberal” being used as not only dirty, but downright scary. Photobucket Pictures, Images and Photos (DEMONIC -Ann Coulture)

We’ve got to rethink this question of war and come to the conclusion that war cannot be accepted, no matter what the reasons given, or the excuse: liberty, democracy; this, that. War is by definition the indiscriminate killing of huge numbers of people for ends that are uncertain. Think about means and ends, and apply it to war. The means are horrible, certainly. The ends, uncertain. That alone should make you hesitate.

cognitivedissonance:

ekstatics:

Ron Paul (R) on legalising Heroin. At Republican Presidential debate for 2012.

It’s for liberty’s sake.

Republicans have a split personality that he exposes in this exchange. They want less government and more government at the same time.

(Source: ekstatics)

goodreasonnews:

itsjustsummer:

inothernews:

afternoonsnoozebutton:

Last year, NPR received less federal funding than Liberty University (a small Christian school in VA that banned student Democrats for being anti-Christian, has a rule that students of different gender on campus can hug for no more than 3 seconds, and has a dinosaur in its museum labeled as [no joke] 3000 years old)
(Salon)

I’d laugh if I wasn’t already crying.

man….. I have nothing to say….

Which Republicans are voting to defund this? My guess is none at all.

So.very.angry.

goodreasonnews:

itsjustsummer:

inothernews:

afternoonsnoozebutton:

Last year, NPR received less federal funding than Liberty University (a small Christian school in VA that banned student Democrats for being anti-Christian, has a rule that students of different gender on campus can hug for no more than 3 seconds, and has a dinosaur in its museum labeled as [no joke] 3000 years old)

(Salon)

I’d laugh if I wasn’t already crying.

man….. I have nothing to say….

Which Republicans are voting to defund this? My guess is none at all.

So.very.angry.

‎”As Mankind becomes more liberal, they will be more apt to allow that all those who conduct themselves as worthy members of the community are equally entitled to the protections of civil government. I hope ever to see America among the foremost nations of justice and liberality.”

George Washington