22 April 2012

Link round-up for 22 April 2012

God's power just isn't what it used to be.

Is Easter newsworthy?

Here's an illustrated history of the Hovercat War.

Wow, what a big load of nonsense.

Creationism is too stupid to argue with, so here are some funny pictures instead.

Know the difference between religions and cults.

Here's a handy Republican-to-English translator.

This old post of mine got a new comment about subjective spiritual experiences.  See my reply and also this.

Carolina Parrothead finds suburbia to be a dismal wasteland of McMansions, snoops, and "surface dwelling Morlocks".

I found this brief ode to our fishy heritage evocative.

J. Taylor Wallace crafts the perfect artistic rendering of Sarah Palin.

Ted Nugent gets booted from a concert, probably for derangement.

Here's some letter-to-the-editor fun from Kansas on birth control.

America's future is being submerged by a wave of stupidity.

Orrin Hatch isn't crazy enough for Utah teabaggers.

Green Eagle makes in interesting new case for progressive taxation.

I've known home-schooled kids who turned out superbly, but there are too many cases like this.

Sandra Goodick's path to atheism was her feminism.

Check out which states have the highest and lowest teen birth rates.  Overall the last 20 years have seen real progress.

Zero-class religionists turn a funeral into an opportunity for their usual bullying.  Here's another such case -- read the comments too.

Republican extremism means Democrats have a duty to win.

Could Arizona be in play this November?

The Vatican scolds US nuns for "spending too much time on poverty and social justice concerns and not enough on abortion and gay marriage"; some nuns push back.  Andrew Sullivan has more.

Barney Frank talks about Congress and how things really work.

Is there a Mormon version of taqiyyah?

This website is assembling responses to right-wing talking points (found via Politics Plus).

David Frum isn't worrying much about the deficit.

Yes, we can kill an idea, and we must.

The war on women is real, and here's what it consists of.  It's a war with real casualties.

Romney's flip-flopping doesn't mean he isn't dangerous.

What if the great religion-mongers of the past were just plain old liars?

Here's an episode from the life of Jackie Robinson (found via Green Eagle).

Yet another top NRO figure has white-supremacist ties.

Here are some stories of former Muslims who left Islam.

Here's another voice of sanity on the drug war, this time from the north (found via Preliator pro Causa) -- and there's a glimmer of hope in California too.

Canada now has a glow-in-the-dark dinosaur coin

In some fields, the private sector is just naturally less efficient than the public sector.

A Muslim "British" lord puts a £10 million price on Obama's head (found via What Would Jack Do).

Experiences overseas illustrate what Obama is trying to do.

France and Germany want to re-introduce border controls to limit illegal immigration; EU enthusiasts whinge.

Muslim proselytizers in Germany accidentally use the right word.

Even the IMF now recognizes that austerity is wrecking weak economies, not saving them; more here.

A small Swedish town is shocked by a brutal child exorcism committed by fervently-religious immigrants (found via Republic of Gilead).

Czechs stage a massive protest against austerity, while the Dutch Freedom party resists.

Kuwait approves the death penalty for blasphemy (found via Reddit).

Religious fanatics resort to poisoning water to discourage girls from going to school.

The key dividing line in the 21st century is between open and closed societies.  After the ultimate closed society of North Korea bungles yet another missile launch, the world's biggest open society shows how it's done.  Another anti-openness regime is having technological problems.

Shawn Lawrence Otto looks at the feebleness and fakery of global-warming denialism (found via Preliator pro Causa).

Soon you may be able to print your own drugs.


Blogger mendip said...

Another wonderful list - thanks for posting. The Hovercats entry is hysterical! As for racism at NRO, I would argue that this is very old news, indeed. I'd ask folks to go back to the 50's and early to mid-60's to see Bill Buckley's antipathy and threats to the modern civil rights movement and his overt support of the so-called Citizens Councils during that time. Calling his disciples racist is like saying the Sun rises in the East.

22 April, 2012 06:55  
Blogger LadyAtheist said...

Some of these links are creepy but it's good to know the "enemy." Thanks for the list.

22 April, 2012 09:36  
Blogger Shaw Kenawe said...

If it's Sunday, it's the best of the internet roundup at Infidel's.

Great collection!

22 April, 2012 18:16  
Blogger Beach Bum said...

America's future is being submerged by a wave of stupidity.

Several times I have ticked off various brands of "Love America or Leave It Types" with them asking why I stay if it is so bad.

At first I laugh a little then explain that it is not that easy. I have looked into hauling ass but sadly this rat has found out leaving this sinking ship and getting into another country just is not that easy.

Nice spots like New Zealand, Austraila, and even Chile will reasily take Americans with big bucks but if you are peon like me its another story.

I would consider Canada but its too close to this insane asylum, when the lid finally blows off I would like to be far away.

22 April, 2012 22:39  
Blogger Infidel753 said...

Thanks for the comments, all!

Mendip: Buckley is often credited with helping drum the worst extremists out of the conservative movement. Disappointing if he indeed left a door open to the racists.

BB: I'm much more optimistic about the ultimate outcome. But in any case fleeing isn't an option -- if the real crazies ever did take over this country, nowhere else in the whole world would be safe. As Americans we need to stand and fight.

23 April, 2012 08:25  
Blogger Unknown said...

Dude have I said this already. You read a lot. My link dumps are, like, 5 or 6 links. the creationism in pictures is totally teh frunnize.


23 April, 2012 17:28  
Blogger Darren Lenard Hutchinson said...

I love reading your links - and thanks for including my blog in so many of them.

24 April, 2012 07:42  

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