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

 

Many of our Christians … want everybody to vote. I don’t want everybody to vote … As a matter of fact, our leverage in the elections quite candidly goes up as the voting populace goes down.

With this whole voter fraud crusade I think it’s obvious who the repbulicans want to “take the country back” from.

There’s no doubt. I was in the room. It’s part of the strategy.

A former Florida GOP chairman tells us the state’s Republican Party is actively working to put up roadblocks for potential Latino and African-American hoping to vote in the upcoming election. That’s…pretty outrageous.

[This is hot on Reddit right now—go discuss it.]

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As if there were any doubt.

stfuhypocrisy:

peerpressurepelican:

sorenrehkopfs:

My intelligence hurts.

My vagina just became a sentient being in order to be ashamed of this.

If only my vagina could facepalm….

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For all of their years of claims that massive voter fraud is going on at the polling place, such that photo ID restrictions are required to ensure the integrity of the vote, you’d think that when Republicans have a chance to run their own elections, they’d be sure to want it to be as “fraud”-free as possible.
Nonetheless, despite onerous polling place photo ID requirements now passed into law in about a dozen states where the GOP controls both the legislative and executive branches, voters will be able to cast their ballot in next Tuesday’s “First-in-the-Nation” Republican Iowa caucuses without bothering to show a photo ID — even though the Republican Party itself sets their own rules for voting there.

League of Women Voters: 5 Myths About Voter Impersonation

manicchill:

MYTH: Voter impersonation is a widespread problem.
FACT:
Between 2002 and 2007, after undertaking a massive investigation into voting irregularities, the U.S. Justice Department did not prosecute a single individual for impersonating another voter at the polls.

MYTH: Third party registration drives contribute to voter impersonation.
FACT: Since 2008, only 31 cases of suspected voter impersonation have been reported to Florida authorities. But due to a restrictive new law there, the League has been forced to suspend its Florida voter registration activities for the first time in 72 years.

MYTH: Everyone either has an ID or can easily obtain one.
FACT: 11 percent of eligible voters or about 21 million people, don’t have updated, state-issued photo IDs. Furthermore, most states require producing a passport or birth certificate to get one. This presents a tremendous burden for people who work multiple jobs, lack transportation, have disabilities, live outside the state they were born, are poor or elderly.

MYTH: Election Day registration invites voter impersonation.
FACT: An investigation by the Secretary of State in Maine – which was the first state to adopt Election Day registration – did not find evidence of voting irregularities due to same day registration.

MYTH: Early voting increases voter impersonation.
FACT: Incidents of impersonation in early voting are just as rare as they are in Election Day balloting. A CBS News report on 17 early voting states revealed no widespread signs of irregularities in the 2008 election.

Hit the jump for more on the these myths, including sources.

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New Hampshire GOP Speaker: Kids these days shouldn’t be allowed to register and vote. Because that just leads to them voting how they feel. “Liberal.”

think-progress:

We don’t make this up:

Kids [are] coming out of the schools and basically doing what I did when I was a kid, which is voting as a liberal. That’s what kids do — they don’t have life experience, and they just vote their feelings.”

-New Hampshire Speaker William O’Brien (R) to a Tea Party crowd 

This is funny because I was just musing that there should be a maximum age for voting to keep stodgy old people who don’t even know how to work a computer from influencing a future that doesn’t concern them. /half-kidding

sixtyforty:

I don’t like this because I feel like most, if not all, political figures are irredeemable liars and none of them truly seem to have the interests of queer people or people of color or non-religious people or of SCIENCE in general in mind, or at least the ones that do can’t actually get elected in this country and even if they did they’d probably turn out shitty just like all the rest of them. Why should making a choice between one politician who doesn’t give a shit about me and another politician who doesn’t give a shit about me be a deciding factor in whether or not I get to complain about the state of affairs? And what about people who have actively been disenfranchised and who CAN’T vote for one shitty, probably racist and classist, reason or another? The implication that disenfranchised people are “lazy” because they “don’t” vote is racist and classist and probably ableist too. I’ve resisted my “why should I have to vote for this stupid fucking asshole just because their talking points are slightly less shitty than the other stupid fucking asshole’s talking points?” impulse for a few years now, but I’m finding it increasingly difficult to imagine how a thinking person cannot be skeptical of this entire system, or of the “vote or shut the fuck up” mentality.


I’m gonna have to say this poster sounds like white nonsense. 

I’ll totally accept that criticism for reblogging this. I’ve just been educated about my own privilege. While I still think voting is important for reasons relating to the ideals of democracy, I really can’t argue with anything you said, Sixtyforty. The political system is indeed badly corroded with corruption, indifference and all manner of isms. I think maybe the point I was hoping for was that politicians need to be confronted, not just complained about. I gotta say, one of the reasons I follow you is your biting insights into white privilege and gender issues, the others are stunning photography and glitter. Thanks for all of it.

sixtyforty:

I don’t like this because I feel like most, if not all, political figures are irredeemable liars and none of them truly seem to have the interests of queer people or people of color or non-religious people or of SCIENCE in general in mind, or at least the ones that do can’t actually get elected in this country and even if they did they’d probably turn out shitty just like all the rest of them. Why should making a choice between one politician who doesn’t give a shit about me and another politician who doesn’t give a shit about me be a deciding factor in whether or not I get to complain about the state of affairs? And what about people who have actively been disenfranchised and who CAN’T vote for one shitty, probably racist and classist, reason or another? The implication that disenfranchised people are “lazy” because they “don’t” vote is racist and classist and probably ableist too. I’ve resisted my “why should I have to vote for this stupid fucking asshole just because their talking points are slightly less shitty than the other stupid fucking asshole’s talking points?” impulse for a few years now, but I’m finding it increasingly difficult to imagine how a thinking person cannot be skeptical of this entire system, or of the “vote or shut the fuck up” mentality. I’m gonna have to say this poster sounds like white nonsense.

I’ll totally accept that criticism for reblogging this. I’ve just been educated about my own privilege. While I still think voting is important for reasons relating to the ideals of democracy, I really can’t argue with anything you said, Sixtyforty. The political system is indeed badly corroded with corruption, indifference and all manner of isms. I think maybe the point I was hoping for was that politicians need to be confronted, not just complained about. I gotta say, one of the reasons I follow you is your biting insights into white privilege and gender issues, the others are stunning photography and glitter. Thanks for all of it.

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Wisconsin State Employee Fired for Blowing the Whistle on Voter ID Poll Tax

jaison96:

This morning, Chris Larsen was fired for informing his colleagues at the DMV about the Wisconsin state Department of Transportation’s policy not offering free voter IDs to people unless they specifically asked to have the fee waived. If the fee isn’t waived, the Voter ID costs $28.00.

Why are left-wing activist groups so keen on registering the poor to vote?

Because they know the poor can be counted on to vote themselves more benefits by electing redistributionist politicians. Welfare recipients are particularly open to demagoguery and bribery.

Registering them to vote is like handing out burglary tools to criminals. It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the nonproductive segments of the population to destroy the country - which is precisely why Barack Obama zealously supports registering welfare recipients to vote.

Conservative columnist Matthew Vadum, in his column “Registering the Poor to Vote is Un-American” for The American Thinker.

I literally do not know what to say this, other than the subtlety used in the past by folks like Vadum is dead. They do not want those in poverty to vote for fear their rich cronies will no longer be able to buy political clout. The richest 1% have 1% of the vote. 99% of the vote belongs to those outside of the top income brackets.

Never fear, Mr. Vadum. Citizens United v. FEC has your back. I’ll tell you what’s un-American: Decrying the empowerment of the impoverished via the last vestiges of the democratic process we have left in this country. To insist that a person is defined by what one owns versus who one is - that’s profoundly un-American.

You sir, are attempting to establish a new aristocracy in this country, a pseudo-royalty if you will. I believe the Founding Fathers might have a bigger problem with that than with the poor voting.

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Umm, American history? Anyone remember the first group to be given the right to vote after rich, land owning men? I’ll give you a hint. It starts with “NON LANDOWNING” and ends with “WHITE MEN”.

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Proof that disenfranchisement is alive and well in the good ol’ US of A. This is sickening.

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Ha! Show’s what this scumbag knows, Obama doesn’t “Zealously support” anything. It’s obvious he is making shit up..

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It is profoundly antisocial and un-American to empower the nonproductive segments of the population to destroy the country — which is precisely why Barack Obama zealously supports registering welfare recipients to vote.
Encouraging those who burden society to participate in elections isn’t about helping the poor, It’s about helping the poor to help themselves to others’ money. It’s about raw so-called social justice. It’s about moving America ever farther away from the small-government ideals of the Founding Fathers.

Matthew Vadum

vruz: the summer of theocratic supply-side fascism. this is what happens when you don’t fight.

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Republicans are moving very quickly in their attempts to disenfranchise voters. Freedom, Constitution, and voting for the rich only!

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