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Rick Perry: Act First, Then Discuss Policy

Rick Perry says that only after we act on immigration can we talk about immigration policy. What if we expanded that idea into all policy areas? […]

The Agenda Of Anthony Ciotti For President

Out in Southern California, Anthony Ciotti has begun his independent campaign for President of the United States.

Ciotti’s platform:

End the Fed. End Citizens United. End the Corporatocracy End Planned Obsolescence. End the For Profit model. End the Revolving Door of Politicians to High Level Exec’s and visa versa. Start Fixing what we have broken. […]

Sweatshops are Good, Says Head of Think Tank Funded With $1.7 Million Grant made possible by Sweatshops

Benjamin Powell uses his position as head of the “Free Market Institute” to argue that sweatshops are good for sweatshop workers. “I never understand, if you’re not making a living wage, how come you’re alive?,” jokes Powell in a standard stump speech line.

With his funding and position as head of the “Free Market Institute,” […]

Theism, Even For Atheists, Courtesy of Anthropology

It seems as if what Ruy Llera Blanes and Galina Oustinova-Stjepanovic want to study are theists who are experiencing some kind of struggle about their theism. That’s fine, of course, but they ought to label their project accurately, instead of pretending to study atheists. Let them call this issue of Social Analysis something like Struggles Within Religion: Conflicted Theist Identities. […]

Jumping at the Conclusion

There is nothing more to this video than a piece of the world around us. I stopped for a moment yesterday and was amazed at what I found right before my feet.

The world is worthy of our wonder.

Chris Christie for President: The Pros and Cons

The top reasons to support Chris Christie for President… and to oppose his presidential campaign. […]

Is An Anthropological Study of Atheists Possible?

From what I’ve seen of this special journal issue on the anthropology of atheists, I’m not seeing the ground for building any single agenda for ethnographically studying atheist cultures. […]

5 Things USA Today Says You Need to Know (and 5 Things that Come a lot Closer to Meeting that Need)

USA Today is back, grinding out its daily “5 things you need to know” article. Here are today’s entries; according to USA Today, apparently I need to know that:

1. “N.Y. escapee is in the hospital”. I don’t need to know this. Even if I lived in New York State, I wouldn’t have needed to […]

Jill Stein Presidential Campaign Lapses Into Sluggish Communication

What’s the point of getting Jill Stein into the debates, when she doesn’t even bother to fully use the opportunities for political speech that are available to her right now? […]

On Same-Sex Marriage, God’s Judgment is … Where, Exactly?

For years, right-wing preachers and political pundits like Stephen Bennett, Harold Camping, Graham Dow, John Hagee, Yehuda Levin, John Piper, Pat Robertson, Maurice Mills, Ken Crow, Michael Oard, and Ken Ham have insisted that God uses hurricanes and other weather disasters as tools of divine judgment against homosexual sin.

Just this week, the Supreme Court […]

FOX: If We Can’t Force Our Morality Upon Others’ Personal Lives, it Must Mean We’re Being Persecuted

“Reporter” Todd Starnes of FOX News has issued his prediction for the fallout from yesterday’s Supreme Court ruling that because of the Equal Protection Clause of the United States Constitution, conservative Christians can’t continue to prevent other people from exercising their own freedom to marry:

“Churches and faith-based business should prepare for lawsuits and government […]