Link round-up for 16 April 2011
PZ Myers wants to help Christians avoid going to Hell.
This must have been terror-ific fun for the kids.
A bad driver gets a harsh lesson in the laws of physics (found via Mendip).
I've discovered some good music videos via Ranch Chimp's blog, including a couple I used as "video of the week". Here's a complete round-up of all his music posts.
Why on Earth is it offensive for Crayola to recognize the existence of a range of skin tones?
Montana's Democratic governor fights teabagger craziness with the help of his trusty sidekick.
Donald Trump is weird and touchy (found via Preliator pro Causa).
Some people find the concept of equality baffling.
Pastor Brent Girouex wins the true believer of the month award for March.
TYWKIWDBI posts a list of blogs written by its readers -- some interesting-looking stuff here.
Many kinds of activists could benefit from this point about making factual arguments emotionally appealing.
Many people are confused about what the government spends money on.
Here's a no-nonsense look at the whiny Obama-bashing far left (found via They Gave Us a Republic).
David Frum thinks the GOP had a great week.
Michigan workers rally against Governor Snyder's austerity plans. And people power in Texas has won a victory.
Planned Parenthood saw a huge surge in donations during the Republican attack on it (found via Preliator pro Causa).
Support for gay marriage in New York state has become overwhelming -- time to act.
Louis J. Martinelli, a former NOM anti-gay-marriage activist, has had a change of heart and now fully supports the cause he once campaigned against. Keep up the fight -- you never know when you may be touching someone, somewhere.
A post on male drama queens triggers a comment discussion that throws the MRA mentality into sharp relief -- some of the most outrageous comments from "Discount" have been deleted, but parts of them survive as quotes in responses.
Roger Ebert takes an eloquent look at inequality in America (found via A Feather Adrift).
Patriotic millionaires have a message for Obama.
Obama-birth-certificate nonsense is still nonsense even when it's Donald Trump who's saying it.
Democrats have a real chance of re-taking the House next year.
Trump threatens to go Perot if the Republicans don't nominate him. More here.
Here's a look at the district Paul Ryan represents.
Idaho Republicans spend $100,000 of taxpayer money to pay their own party's legal fees for suing the state (found via They Gave Us a Republic).
The public credits Democrats for the deal that averted the shut- down; Boehner didn't get as much as he thought.
Andrew Sullivan has a round-up of reactions to Obama's deficit speech. See also Liberal Values, Politics Plus, and Politicus USA.
Obama has already cut the deficit by $122 billion.
The Republican attack on Medicare could be political suicide.
Boehner is coming under pressure to squelch the crazy talk about not raising the debt ceiling -- and it's pressure from Wall Street executives, a constituency Republicans tend to actually listen to.
Christian anti-abortion rhetoric is getting outrageous (found via Mills River Progressive).
The Christian Right's values are not shared by most Americans; in fact, those values are driving young people away from religion.
Atheist Oasis looks at Seventh-Day Adventism.
The sacred texts of the Abrahamic religions are irredeemably misogynistic.
Hrafnkell Haraldsson looks at the myth of Christian opposition to slavery.
Religion and freedom are irreconcilable opposites.
1,000 prominent economists from 50 countries urge world leaders to impose a tax on financial speculation. More here on how to support this in the US.
Tim McGaha's series on the Civil War continues with the divided America Lincoln inherited and the opening of the war.
World War II German atrocities committed by ordinary soldiers are revealed in those soldiers' own words, debunking the myth that the regular army kept its hands clean (warning: gruesome descriptions).
Syrian soldiers have been shot for refusing to open fire on anti- regime protesters.
Brothers under the skin: the world's biggest gangster-regime supports Qaddhafi.
The Bahrain regime is harassing Bahraini students overseas who support the rebellion there.
Israel has made missile defense work, at least on a small scale (but the cost-comparison comment is stupid; protecting civilian lives and infrastructure is what military spending is supposed to be for).
Depressed? Read more.
Here's an interesting look at the largest cities in the world at various times in history.
British scientists have grown human kidneys from stem cells.