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

 

Christianity neither is, nor ever was a part of the common law.

Thomas Jefferson, letter to Dr. Thomas Cooper, February 10, 1814

(Source: nobeliefs.com)

WATCH: Ted Cruz's Dad Calls For Christian Dominionism (Christian Talibanism)

The nut doesn’t fall far from the tree.

Turns out Rafael Cruz is a big time tea party Christian Dominionist preacher. Meaning the central pillar of his theology is man’s dominion over the earth, and over women, and Christian dominion over all areas of society. Basically the equivalent to Wahhabi or Taliban style Islam. It’s ideas like these in both religions which make holy war inevitable.

In July, several prominent Dominionist pastors at a ceremony in Iowa blessed and anointed Ted Cruz, rendering him, in their view, a “king” who would help usher in the kingdom of Christ. There goes that famous Christian humility.

He thinks Obama is a Marxist who wants to “destroy god” and should “go back to Kenya”, which is ironic in his native Cuban accent. (You know, since Obama was actually born hear, and the Sr. Cruz was not.) And he preaches the ahistorical nonsense that our declaration of independence and constitution were a divine revelations from God, making this a Christian (only) nation.

And the nonsense goes on and on…. only thing worse than his ideas is the certainty with which he preaches them. Check out this collection of videos of him in action. If you dare.

And I think it has to do with fear. I think it’s a group of people that are so afraid of change, and they’re so narrow-minded that some people — when they see change coming — get so threatened by change, they get angry and they get terrorized, and then they get vicious. I think that’s who these people are. They’re so afraid of change that they’re behaving miserably.

The press often talks about the Tea Party like they’re secularist movement that is interested mainly in promoting “fiscal conservatism”, a vague notion that never actually seems to make good on the promise to save taxpayer money. The reality is much different: The Tea Party is actually driven primarily by fundamentalist Christians whose penchant for magical thinking and belief that they’re being guided by divine forces makes it tough for them to see the real world as it is.

thebicker:

fozmeadows:

sandandglass:

Jason Jones talks to Gina Loudon, conservative analyst. 

oh my fucking god

you guys

THIS ISN’T SKETCH COMEDY

THIS IS AN ACTUAL FUCKING CONSERVATIVE BEING INTERVIEWED 

WHO SMILES AND SAYS “YES, THANKS” WHEN TOLD SHE’S BEING CONDESCENDING

AND WHO ACTUALLY BOASTS ABOUT REPUBLICANS NOT BEING ABLE TO UNDERSTAND THE THINGS THEY EXPLAIN

THIS IS THE MOST PERFECT GIFSET ENCAPSULATION OF POE’S LAW I HAVE EVER SEEN

I AM OFFICIALLY 1000% DONE WITH AMERICAN POLITICS

His breaking character here was amazing. The fact that she’s a conservative ANALYST - not just some random person they pulled off the street, but someone who considers it their JOB to know their shit, who’s written books and gone on a billion conservative TV and radio shows - that fact that she’s a professional Republican and can’t grasp the basic issues with our old healthcare system, it’s mind-boggling.

"The private system has worked really well for a long time" yeah minus the actual TENS OF MILLIONS of people who couldn’t get insurance before the Affordable Care Act, we were doing greeeeeeeeat with the "free market solution."


The problem with these folks is all the raging ignorance in positions of influence. Republicans have lost the plot. It’s not about understanding anything any more than MTV is about understanding music. It’s almost entirely about catchy slogans and a vague dream of the “real America”, all to perpetuate the party.

When they aren’t calling it a ‘slimdown’ they’re calling it the ‘Obama shutdown”. Isn’t propaganda fun??

(Source: sandandglass)

An analogy, why not.

Conservatives are supposed to be like the country’s immune system, attacking any pathogens that might get introduced in the process of progress. But the immune system has gone awry and the body is attacking itself to the point where organs are shutting down. What we have now is a country in anaphylactic shock.

This has been a rather confusing week, I know. I don’t think, ever, in the history of the Senate, have we had a 21-hour filibuster, and then the persons carrying out the filibuster voted for the issue they were filibustering. I don’t think that’s happened in the history of our country.

assholeofday:

Asshole of the Day for September 25, 2013: Ted Cruz
By The Daily Edge
By now you’ve probably heard about what John McCain has called Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s "extended oratory" against Obamacare on the Senate floor. 
"Technically what Ted Cruz did wasn’t a filibuster," reported Tea Party Cat, ”it was really a telethon.”
In truth, Cruz’s highly publicized speech was, indeed, a massive fundraiser for the Koch Brothers and their various front groups.
But Ted Cruz’s “oratory” went too far for many Republicans, including John McCain who made clear that he thinks the Texas Koch-sucker is a total asshole.
The biggest insult: Cruz’s comment comparing Obamacare supporters—plus anyone who values US democracy, the law and is willing to abide by a Supreme Court’s majority ruling—to Nazi appeasers.
"I resoundingly reject that allegation," said McCain. "(It) does… a great disservice to those brave Americans and those who stood up and said, ‘what’s happening in Europe cannot stand.’"
Not to mention only an asshole would compare those who allowed the Holocaust to happen with those who want to give your loved ones guaranteed medical coverage for their pre-existing conditions,
As soon as the theatrics were over, Cruz joined 99 other Senators in a unanimous vote to allow debate to continue.
Asshole.
Full story: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/25/john-mccain-ted-cruz_n_3989887.html

assholeofday:

Asshole of the Day for September 25, 2013: Ted Cruz

By The Daily Edge

By now you’ve probably heard about what John McCain has called Texas Senator Ted Cruz’s "extended oratory" against Obamacare on the Senate floor. 

"Technically what Ted Cruz did wasn’t a filibuster," reported Tea Party Cat, ”it was really a telethon.”

In truth, Cruz’s highly publicized speech was, indeed, a massive fundraiser for the Koch Brothers and their various front groups.

But Ted Cruz’s “oratory” went too far for many Republicans, including John McCain who made clear that he thinks the Texas Koch-sucker is a total asshole.

The biggest insult: Cruz’s comment comparing Obamacare supporters—plus anyone who values US democracy, the law and is willing to abide by a Supreme Court’s majority ruling—to Nazi appeasers.

"I resoundingly reject that allegation," said McCain. "(It) does… a great disservice to those brave Americans and those who stood up and said, ‘what’s happening in Europe cannot stand.’"

Not to mention only an asshole would compare those who allowed the Holocaust to happen with those who want to give your loved ones guaranteed medical coverage for their pre-existing conditions,

As soon as the theatrics were over, Cruz joined 99 other Senators in a unanimous vote to allow debate to continue.

Asshole.

Full story: http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2013/09/25/john-mccain-ted-cruz_n_3989887.html

Republican IRS agent says he instigated ‘Tea Party’ inquiries

abaldwin360:

WASHINGTON (Reuters, Raw Story) – A U.S. Internal Revenue Service manager, who described himself as a conservative Republican, told congressional investigators that he and a local colleague decided to give conservative groups the extra scrutiny that has prompted weeks of political controversy.

In an official interview transcript released on Sunday by Democratic Representative Elijah Cummings, the manager said he and an underling set aside “Tea Party” and “patriot” groups that had applied for tax-exempt status because the organizations appeared to pose a new precedent that could affect future IRS filings.

Cummings, top Democrat on the House of Representatives Oversight and Government Reform Committee conducting the probe, told CNN’s “State of the Union” program that the manager’s comments provided evidence that politics was not behind IRS actions that have fueled a month-long furor in Washington.

“He is a conservative Republican working for the IRS. I think this interview and these statements go a long way toward showing that the White House was not involved in this,” Cummings told CNN’s “State of the Union” program.

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If this turns out to be true, it may confirm a suspicion I’ve had since this whole IRS/Tea Party ordeal broke.

Maybe it wasn’t an organized effort on part of the GOP, but the Tea Party has definately become a thorn in the Republicans’ side, and maybe a few of them (republicans) decided to try and do something about them …