Chronicling the follies of religion and superstition, the virtues of skepticism, and the wonders of the real (natural) universe as revealed by science. Plus other interesting and educational stuff.

"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

 

savagemike:

mohandasgandhi:

lovehustle:

note-a-bear:

[Gif 1: “The pundits have asked ‘Is this all some joke?’ I say if they are calling being allowed to form a Super PAC and collecting unlimited, untraceable amounts of money from individuals, unions and corporations and spend[sic] that money on political ads and for person[sic] enrichment and then surrender that Super PAC to one of my closest friends while I explore a run for office.

Gif 2: If that is a joke, then they are saying our entire campaign finance system is a joke]

When Colbert is on point he is always really on point.

BWAAHAHA

Say what you will about Stephen Colbert and Jon Stewart but they’re doing a damn good job of educating those who wouldn’t otherwise know about our out of control campaign finance system.

We will not see comprehensive healthcare, financial, energy, education, etc. reform until we pass comprehensive campaign finance reform, overturn Citizens United, and potentially amend the Constitution to stipulate that corporations do not constitute as persons.

Well done, gentlemen. Keep bringing this issue to the masses.

This entire SuperPAC thing has been sheer genius. I wonder sometimes though if the satire goes over a lot of people’s heads…

That being said, Robert Reich has started up a website and campaign called Amend 2012 with just this in mind: a constitutional amendment forever putting to rest the idea that the 14th amendment can somehow be used to apply to corporations.

Check it out.

Right-Wing Hit Piece on Batshit Bachmann: She's an Incapacitated Pill-Popper

namelessgenxer:

Batshit Bachmann Incapacitated Pill-PopperLOL! No less than Tucker Carlson behind this predictable
GOP insider swift-boat campaign.

No way the money boys let that fucking looney
get the nod.

Too bad. I was so looking forward to watching Batshit have a stark raving meltdown in public.

Sources who spoke to The Daily Caller said they did so because they are terrified about the impact the condition could have on Bachmann’s performance if
she actually became president.

“It’s a careful choice of words I used: incapacitated,”
the adviser says.

Twenty-seven fund-raisers collected more than $500,000 each in contributions for President Obama and the Democratic Party in the past three months, helping Mr. Obama collect a record haul of campaign cash as he starts his re-election effort.

The list of Mr. Obama’s biggest bundlers, which was posted on the president’s campaign Web site on Friday, is filled with celebrities and the well-connected, like Jeffrey Katzenberg, the Hollywood mogul; Andy Spahn, a close friend and consultant to Steven Spielberg, the moviemaker; and Anna Wintour, the editor of Vogue.

More than 200 other people scooped up tens or hundreds of thousands of dollars each in contributions for the president. Collectively, they raised at least $35 million for Mr. Obama and the Democratic National Committee, or about 40 percent of the $86 million he reported for the quarter.

Obama’s Haul: Big Money From Big Donors

It would seem the rich and famous are unaware or don’t care that Barack Obama is a communislamofascistbabyeaterpuppykicker, or whatever the rightards are calling him this week. — Ryking

(via ryking)

All of these posts about how much money these politicians are raising for their campaigns makes me distinctly uncomfortable.

We are in the midst of the worst recession (dare I say depression?) since the Great Depression and yet these people are dumping enough cash for me to survive on for the rest of my life on… campaigns.

My personal feeling is any and all campaigns that garner enough signatures to be placed on the ballot should be publicly financed. No private contributions whatsoever. It sure would help with the problem of special interest cash, for one. And maybe those donations could go to something that actually helps people, for another.

(via drinkthe-koolaid)

I strongly agree. Campaigns have become all marketing/branding and every cycle gets more expensive (approaching $1b), requiring more and more donors to answer too.

(Source: diadoumenos)

Bachmann’s Waterloo: The GOP lawmaker's presidential campaign starts with a slew of off-base claims.

Keeping with today’s heavy Bachmann content, here’s a FactCheck.org assessment of her first days on the trail. She’s been very busy, making shit up.

Tom Petty to Michele Bachmann: Quit Playing 'American Girl'

The Minnesota congresswoman played “American Girl” yesterday when she walked onstage at a rally, and Rolling Stone has confirmed reports that Petty’s management team immediately sent the Bachmann campaign a cease and desist letter. 

If American workers are being denied their right to organize when I’m in the White House, I will put on a comfortable pair of shoes and I will walk on that picket line with you as president of the United States.

Barack Obama (the candidate) on union organizing and collective bargaining.

(via cognitivedissonance)