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Congressional Bill Creates Special Right to Break the Law and Persecute Others, Only for those with Right-Wing Religion

60% of the Republican members of the U.S. House of Representatives and 69% of the Republican members of the U.S. Senate are acting to narrowly protect people who use hold religious beliefs and use a combination of those religious beliefs and their government positions to persecute others.

I’m not making this up. Go read the […]

What Does This Bumper Sticker Mean?

This morning, I came upon this bumper sticker while taking a walk:

I cannot for the life of me figure out what “defeat the purpose” means in the context of this bumper sticker. Can you help me out with this one?


Yet another set of Transitional Forms, this time to Turtles

Creationists, desperate to hold on to a literalist interpretation of the Christian Bible and deny the empirical reality of evolution, have been scrabbling lately to identify a diminishing set of missing “transitional forms” between different animal and plant classes, orders, and families. As scientists identify scores of transitional forms between prokaryotes and eukaryotes, between fish […]

Contradicting Creationists Once Again, the Fossil Record Produces Yet Another Transitional Form

“Where are the transitional forms?” — Institute for Creation Research

This week, adding to the hundreds of already known transitional forms, Brown University graduate student Morgan Turner has published his findings on the oldest known upright quadraped. The proto-reptile quadraped Bunostegos akokaensis is unique among its pareiasaur bretheren because its limbs are vertically oriented, not […]

Parry! Riposte!

Political banter should be scored somehow, maybe as they do it in fencing, maybe as they do it in the Olympics. An exchange like this should be given a special name, like “triple salchow”:

Which Republican Presidential Candidates are Talking About Racism?

… and the share of references to racism on Donald Trump’s website that insist Donald Trump is not actually a racist: 100%

What the Republicans Didn’t Say in the September 2015 Presidential Debate

Number of mentions of “racism” by Republican candidates in the September 16, 2015 presidential debate: 0

Number of mentions of “hunger” or “hungry”: 0

Number of mentions of “global warming”: 0

Number of mentions of “pollution”: 0

Number of mentions of “homelessness” or “homeless”: 0

Number of mentions of “surveillance”: 0

Number of mentions of […]

There Ought to Be a Protest Here

Lois Landgraff: Dancing On Your Grave, with Angels

Colorado Rep. Lois Landgraff shared this thought yesterday:

I’m confused. Is it better when angels do it?

Which Democratic Presidential Candidates are Talking About Racism?

… and which Democratic presidential candidates have gotten a free pass from Black Lives Matter?

More Evidence of Ethnic Discrimination in the USA — This time in Elections

Just in case a friend of yours starts wondering aloud why non-Anglos are so whiny about fairness in the United States, you may find it helpful to familiarize yourself with a number of field experiments (also known as “audit studies”) that demonstrate systematic discrimination against people on the basis of the social categories we call […]