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

 

cognitivedissonance:

squashed:

theheritagefoundation:

— Abraham Lincoln. Wise man.

Abraham Lincoln was a wise man—which is probably why he never spouted that sort of propaganda. These words were actually written by William John Henry Boetcker, who served as director of the anti-union Citizens’ Industrial Alliance.

Heritage, you really need to do your research on these things. (You really are from The Heritage Foundation, right? You’re not just trolling me?) Surely that must have struck you as a bit too convenient? It would be like me being able to attribute a quote about the importance of allowing the top-brackets of the Bush tax cuts to expire to either Ghandi or Reagan.

In the interest of either not further duping your more gullible readers or playing this prank out to its fullest, could you modify the image to attribute the quote to “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter”?

Edit: Rather than editing the image as I suggested, The Heritage Foundation has quietly taken it down. However, the image has since been reblogged by a whole lot of conservatives, so I’m going to leave this correction here.

BURN! Don’t you hate when facts get in the way of a good story?

cognitivedissonance:

squashed:

theheritagefoundation:

— Abraham Lincoln. Wise man.

Abraham Lincoln was a wise man—which is probably why he never spouted that sort of propaganda. These words were actually written by William John Henry Boetcker, who served as director of the anti-union Citizens’ Industrial Alliance.

Heritage, you really need to do your research on these things. (You really are from The Heritage Foundation, right? You’re not just trolling me?) Surely that must have struck you as a bit too convenient? It would be like me being able to attribute a quote about the importance of allowing the top-brackets of the Bush tax cuts to expire to either Ghandi or Reagan.

In the interest of either not further duping your more gullible readers or playing this prank out to its fullest, could you modify the image to attribute the quote to “Abraham Lincoln, Vampire Hunter”?

Edit: Rather than editing the image as I suggested, The Heritage Foundation has quietly taken it down. However, the image has since been reblogged by a whole lot of conservatives, so I’m going to leave this correction here.

BURN! Don’t you hate when facts get in the way of a good story?

If any man tells you he loves America, yet hates labor, he is a liar. If any man tells you he trusts America, yet fears labor, he is a fool. All that harms labor is treason to America.

Abraham Lincoln (via azspot)

THIS.

These capitalists generally act harmoniously and in concert, to fleece the people.

Abraham Lincoln, from his first speech as an Illinois state legislator, 1837 (via forrestonfire)

(Source: guerrillatech)

Labor is prior to, and independent of, capital. Capital is only the fruit of labor, and could never have existed if labor had not first existed. Labor is the superior of capital, and deserves much the higher consideration.

Abraham Lincoln (via anticapitalist)

Important

(Source: anticapitalist)

fuckyeahdrugpolicy:

“Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and makes crimes out of things that are not crimes.” — Abraham Lincoln

fuckyeahdrugpolicy:

“Prohibition goes beyond the bounds of reason in that it attempts to control a man’s appetite by legislation and makes crimes out of things that are not crimes.” — Abraham Lincoln

I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money-power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the Republic is destroyed.

 Abraham Lincoln, more or less predicting the future. (via cognitivedissonance)

I am approached with the most opposite opinions and advice, and that by religious men, who are equally certain that they represent the Divine will. I am sure that either the one or the other class is mistaken in that belief, and perhaps in some respects both. I hope it will not be irreverent for me to say that if it is probable that God would reveal his will to others, on a point so connected with my duty, it might be supposed he would reveal it directly to me; for, unless I am more deceived in myself than I often am, it is my earnest desire to know the will of Providence in this matter. And if I can learn what it is I will do it! These are not, however, the days of miracles, and I suppose it will be granted that I am not to expect a direct revelation. I must study the plain physical facts of the case, ascertain what is possible and learn what appears to be wise and right.

Abraham Lincoln
September 13, 1862

Lincoln, just one of our Atheist presidents.

(via hatefulatheist)

"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money-power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the republic is destroyed" -Abraham Lincoln

"I see in the near future a crisis approaching that unnerves me and causes me to tremble for the safety of my country. Corporations have been enthroned, an era of corruption in high places will follow, and the money-power of the country will endeavor to prolong its reign by working upon the prejudices of the people until the wealth is aggregated in a few hands and the republic is destroyed" -Abraham Lincoln

(Source: deepwithfuture)