I read this article on Facebook about Nick Offerman’s response to the question of men crying, and it nearly brought me to tears. Why? Because it’s nice when a famous man who is often seen as a “man’s man” comes out and just throws a monkey wrench in machismo.
It got me to thinking about the things that move me to tears. There was the last scene in the original Independence Day. The thought of an advanced species coming all the way to earth in spaceships that were larger than most cities losing to humans who can barely avoid an accidental nuclear war stirred something in me that I couldn’t deny, and I had to shed those tears.
Continue reading Be a Man (or Crying is for Sissies)
Ladies and gentlemen, what a week. First, the FBI and Democrats try to head off #releasethememo by putting out statements about how damaging it would be to classified sources or some shit. Then the memo is released, and I’m forced to recall all those times I’ve left a woman unsatisfied, and I feel this newfound kinship with women because that release was certainly the performance of a minute-man. Next, all the Republicans decide to say stupid shit, like there’s a barely functioning idiot working in the highest echelons of government passing on vapid talking points to the Repubs via Sean Hannity. Actually, that’s literally what’s happening. We’re not going to talk about any of that, though, because I have an even better WTF moment in store.
You know when you’re listening to somebody speak, and they say something so stupid you can’t help but to punch them in the throat?
Continue reading How to be Tone Deaf in 140 Characters or Less
Hey, its me, Josh.
I haven’t heard from you in a while. In fact, it has been so long, I get the impression you’re avoiding me.
I thought we were close. I thought we had an understanding. That was the whole reason I showed up: so I could understand. But you took my reaching out to you and slapped away my hand, and I just don’t understand why.
Why don’t you love me?
Continue reading An Open Letter to Atheists
Do you know what magic feels like?
I’m not speaking of magic tricks, or Magic: the Gathering, or Wiccan magic.
I’m talking about real magic.
“Books are a uniquely portable magic.”
When I was growing up, my father encouraged reading. It was kind of a thing with me. Every day I was reading books. The books could be educational, religious, young adult, and on and on and on. I read so much that I developed a love for reading. Continue reading Magical Thinking in the Atheist Community
When you realize all the people in the world matter (not just the ones you identify with).
So here’s a thing: atheists who believe in the supernatural.
First, what do you even call an atheist who holds on to beliefs in anything supernatural?
I know the dictionary definition of an atheist is one who lacks a belief in god or gods.
Continue reading The Atheist Who Wasn’t
Have you noticed that the US seems to be transforming into a nation of not-very-bright people (we can call them dumbasses, right)?
There is news that should send shivers down your spine like Bill Cosby asking you out for a drink – the establishment of a religious wing of the Civil Rights Division of the Department of Health and Human Services, for example – and there is news that should cause you to say aloud in your team meeting, “Dafuq?” Continue reading Ken Ham: “Science Bad, Magic Good” (and other Absurdities)
You know what’s hard to face as an American? That people from other countries can’t take you seriously. It’s bad enough you only speak one language, so you already seem inferior. People from supposed “shithole” countries, like those in Africa, commonly speak at least two languages, sometimes three or more languages. I think I know only one or two Americans, personally, who are at least bilingual, and they happen to be Nigerian and Senegalese. Continue reading American Greatness: Losing Face Before the World
When it’s raining, you imagine
the whole world is drowning.
moving along without you, bathing
in the sunlight
beneath a nude, azure
So, here’s a thing: Nikki Haley, the US Ambassador to the United Nations (and former governor of South Carolina) admonishes the rest of the world in general (and in particular, the Palestinian Authority) for peddling conspiracy theories…
Hold the fuck up… Doesn’t Alex Jones have a press pass for the White House? Isn’t Donald Trump’s main source of news Fox News, which has recently gone very quiet after it came out that a conspiracy theory they had about secret societies in the FBI was manufactured from a joke sent in a text message? Continue reading The “I Can’t Even” Post featuring US Ambassador Nikki Haley
“The State has essentially established a religious indoctrination program intended to push a single ideological viewpoint. The law is intended to punish women who disagree with this opinion. Missouri’s state-mandated informed consent booklets explicitly say that life begins at conception, which is a nonmedical religious viewpoint that many people disagree with. Forcing women to read this information and then wait 72-hours to consider the State’s opinion is a clear violation of the Establishment Clause.”