In a world dominated by magical thinking, superstition and religion, give yourself the benefit of doubt. This is one skeptic's view of the Universe.

"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

 

Bill Maher | Oral Robbers

Virginia’s Attorney General Ken Cuccinelli is running for governor, and he intends to revive Virginia’s wonderful old “Crimes Against Nature” law, which made oral and anal sex between anyone — even a married couple — a felony that carries a one-year prison sentence. You might have heard his campaign slogan, “Virginia Is for Really Boring Lovers.” If enacted worldwide, experts estimate it would be at least three hundred years before Michael Douglas is eligible for parole.

Cuccinelli says it doesn’t do this, but he won’t rewrite it to say it doesn’t. So he’s not just Rick Santorum-style twisto, he’s also stubborn. Which is ironic; he’s against anal sex, and he’s a stick in the mud.

Cuccinelli claims that a recent US Court of Appeals decision that struck down Virginia’s sodomy law now “threatens to undo convictions of child predators that were obtained under this law.” See? He’s just trying to prevent child abuse!

But he’s not. The court that struck down the law said that Virginia could pass another law to criminalize sexual acts between a minor and an adult. But Cuccinelli (who sailed to the GOP nomination unopposed) wants to bring back the old law because he likes it.

In 2004, he blocked a bipartisan effort to fix the law so it would only apply to minors and rape. And he said, “My view is that homosexual acts—not homosexuality, but homosexual acts—are wrong. They’re intrinsically wrong. And I think in a natural law-based country it’s appropriate to have policies that reflect that…They don’t comport with natural law.”

But being anti-gay is no longer socially respectable, so the talking points of anti-gay politicians are starting to sound increasingly strange. It’s a great joy to watch them tie themselves in knots trying to be anti-gay while not actually sounding anti-gay. In a recent debate, Cuccinelli said his “personal beliefs about the personal challenge of homosexuality haven’t changed.” What? “Personal challenge of homosexuality?” What’s he talking about? Abs?

I think voters should realize something important: These issues are never settled. It’s like birth control and abortion and fire codes and the minimum wage and drinking beer: You think you’ve won these rights, but you haven’t. They’re never going to stop trying to take them away.

You have to vote for your right to party.

(Source: real-time-with-bill-maher-blog.com)

David Albo, Virginia Lawmaker, Says Wife Wouldn't Have Sex Because Of Transvaginal Ultrasound Bill

Virginia’s controversial transvaginal ultrasound bill hit one Republican lawmaker close to home. In the bedroom, to be precise. He said a fellow lawmaker’s television discussion of the bill cost him sex with his wife.

State Del. David Albo (R-Fairfax Station) was addressing the House of Delegates Friday when he described his failed seduction of his wife Tuesday night. Albo had driven home from Richmond following debate on the bill, which would have required women to have a transvaginal ultrasound procedure before receiving an abortion. (Gov. Bob McDonnell (R) announced this week that he and Republican lawmakers reached a deal to make the transvaginal procedure optional instead of mandated.)

Albo’s remarks — which he delivered with laughter — were aimed in particular at that TV-talking colleague, Del. David Englin (D-Alexandria), a leading opponent of the bill.

“Boy’s in bed, wife’s here, TV, poured some red wine,” Albo said of how he began the night.

Albo then attempted to play some “mood music” for his fellow lawmakers to help explain how he tried to entice his wife. House members were laughing as Albo received assistance from another lawmaker in putting on the music.

The next step in his seduction plan: He went to turn on the Redskins Channel to help put his wife in the mood for love. Apparently, his wife loves the Washington football team.

On the way to his Redskins seduction, Albo found a news channel that mentioned his name in the context of the ultrasound bill. On Rachel Maddow’s show on MSNBC, Englin was discussing the ultrasound bill.

Unfortunately for Albo, he and his wife stopped to watch the show — and his warm bed turned into a cold shower.

“The show’s over, and she looks at me and says, ‘I have to go to bed,’” Albo recounted to further laughter.

He then directly addressed a chuckling Englin.

“If the gentleman’s plan was to make sure there was one less Republican in the world, he did,” Albo said. “I expect an apology from him later in person on the House floor.”

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It’s funny that the congressman has to qualify that little story with that hint about “one less republican in the world”… because we all know that republicans have a baby every time they have sex.

underthemountainbunker:

[Above: The GOP’s uterus inspection device]
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Va. GOP Demands Invasive Vaginal Ultrasound Procedure Before Abortion - Republicans in Virginia’s House of Delegates really have their hearts set on new legislation that will force all women seeking abortions to first undergo penetration by a transvaginal ultrasound transducer. They’re so enthralled with this harlot-shaming tool that today they voted down an amendment that would have allowed doctors to determine whether this penetration was necessary. Clearly, whether it’s medically necessary or not has nothing to do with this law. The GOP wants to get all up in women’s uteruses — literally. The penetration part is vital to their agenda.
CNN contributor and Andrew Breitbart editor DANA LOESCH saying, basically, if you’ve spread your legs  for intercourse, why would you have a problem with other things being inserted into your vag for no reason? - “That’s the big thing that progressives are trying to say, that it’s rape and so on and so forth… [high voice] “Oh what about the Virginia rape? The rapes that, the forced rapes of women who are pregnant?” What!? Wait a minute, they had no problem having similar to a trans-vaginal procedure when they engaged in the act that resulted in their pregnancy.“

Holy shit these republicans are fucking twisted they just can’t comprehend concepts like consent, pleasure and bodily autonomy. How can Dana Loesch be serious?

underthemountainbunker:

[Above: The GOP’s uterus inspection device]

Va. GOP Demands Invasive Vaginal Ultrasound Procedure Before Abortion - Republicans in Virginia’s House of Delegates really have their hearts set on new legislation that will force all women seeking abortions to first undergo penetration by a transvaginal ultrasound transducer. They’re so enthralled with this harlot-shaming tool that today they voted down an amendment that would have allowed doctors to determine whether this penetration was necessary. Clearly, whether it’s medically necessary or not has nothing to do with this law. The GOP wants to get all up in women’s uteruses — literally. The penetration part is vital to their agenda.

CNN contributor and Andrew Breitbart editor DANA LOESCH saying, basically, if you’ve spread your legs  for intercourse, why would you have a problem with other things being inserted into your vag for no reason? - “That’s the big thing that progressives are trying to say, that it’s rape and so on and so forth… [high voice] “Oh what about the Virginia rape? The rapes that, the forced rapes of women who are pregnant?” What!? Wait a minute, they had no problem having similar to a trans-vaginal procedure when they engaged in the act that resulted in their pregnancy.

Holy shit these republicans are fucking twisted they just can’t comprehend concepts like consent, pleasure and bodily autonomy. How can Dana Loesch be serious?

Reuters: Anti-abortion "personhood" bill advances in Virginia

vinegarwilliams:

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timekiller-s:

spiralofbees:

This is terrible, terrible, terrible.

First of all, this grants embryos rights greater than those of fully independent people. No one else can use my organs and body against my will—you can’t force me to donate a kidney to you, no matter what. A zygote will now own your body.

Not only does this ban abortion (under ALL conditions), this would also potentially ban hormonal birth control and Plan B. Don’t want to get pregnant and be forced to continue it? No Pill for you! (Or IUD, etc.) It also bans embryonic stem cell research. It makes IVF potentially much more difficult and expensive.

Beyond these, it’s a bureaucratic nightmare. Approximately 1/2 to 2/3 of fertilized eggs are suspected to be miscarried, many of these before implantation or before pregnancy is even known. Do those get rights? Do we have to investigate every miscarriage as potential murder? Is not taking prenatal vitamins considered neglect? Do fetuses count as dependents? What happens if there are serious health complications in the pregnancy?

This is short-sighted and not representative of what the people want. (For God’s sake, MISSISSIPPI voted down a personhood bill!) This one looks likely to pass, though, and the other bill that’s being pushed through with it would require anyone trying to get an abortion to have an extra vaginal ultrasound prior to the procedure. Clearly, we ladies* can’t understand what we’re doing when we go to a clinic, so we need an extra thing shoved up our vaginas to our discomfort and at our expense.

This is insulting, overreaching, idiotic, and unconstitutional. This should not be allowed to become law, but it’s clearly a ploy to get Roe challenged in court again. It’s already passed the Virginia House of Representatives, and it’s likely to pass the Senate (and get signed into law). This can’t happen.

I hope Oklahoma isn’t next, but it is considering a similar bill (among a slew of culture-war related bills this session).

Ugh.

How many times do we have to fight this?!

And the beat goes on… beating my head against my desk, that is.