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I became an atheist for incredibly stupid reasons.

PZ Myers has been running a series of postings by his readers explaining why they became atheists.  My headline today comes from the most recent one posted by Sarah Otto Marxhausen

I became an atheist for incredibly stupid reasons. To be fair, I was ten years old.

As soon as I started reading well at about age four, my parents started throwing books at me. Anything I showed the slightest interest in, I was allowed to read, and I tore through everything. When I was nine, I was given a huge ton of books to call my own after a family friend died and everyone decided that a lot of his books were appropriate for me. It was the complete Grimm Brothers’ fairy tales, plus some of the Lang fairy books, plus a lot of books about mythology:Greek, Norse, etc.

I read them passionately; I still believe to this day that a lot of those fairy tales are really genuinely cool stories. My family is and was very religious — my father is a minister — and so I was also well-versed in Christian mythology. I slowly started realizing that the supernatural forces in the stories I was reading were gods just like the god I went to church every Sunday for. And, honestly, a lot of the things the Christian god did were nowhere near as awesome or interesting as the things the non-Christian gods did. And since they were all gods, and worshipping god was the important thing . . .

I took what to me was the most logical step, and made up my own religion. One with really fucking awesome gods. I don’t really want to describe it, because it’s really deeply embarrassing now, as are most “profound” decisions that you make when you’re ten years old. They were awesome at the time, okay?

Go and read the rest of the post on Free Thought Blogs

Am I slow?

Found the following picture on Chris Rodda’s Freethought blog

So I’m looking at the picture and can see that it is three guys making fun of a Renaissance-era painting but I can’t understand why it is “Blasphemy”. Two – three minutes pass before I get it – am I getting slow? Is my brain not what it once was? Could this be a result of all those ‘fun’ days and nights?

Right wing tolerance

found at Ed Brayton’s place, with original formatting by John Jay

first things first.–

1.)take out the talking head media, and burn the new york times, the los angeles times and the washington post to the ground. draw and quarter the media, and shoot their remains from canons in the four directions of the prevailing winds.

rinse, lather, repeat as needed.

2.)take out all the incumbent leadership of both parties in the congress, and every self avowed socialist and communist in congress. give them all proper muslim burials at sea, just like osama bin laden.

eliminate pensions for congressional service. rinse, lather, repeat as needed.

3.)eliminate the faculty senates at harvard, yale, columbia, nyu and university of california at santa barbara. boil bill ayers, bernie dorhn and angela davis in canola oil, and feed their remains to the fishes.

they are all physical cowards. they should fall into line pretty quickly. repeat every ten years as a prophylactic, on general principle.

and,

4.)now that the “arab spring” has brought enlightenment to the middle east, send all of the muslim immigrants back to their native countries, in boxes or tourist, their choice.

burn all the mosques. period.

just sayin’.

john jay @ 09.26.2011

p.s. burn the editors and contributors to “the daily kos” at the stake. i’ll think of something suitable for hilary clinton. bill, he has to room with jimmy carter in a clapped out pickup & camper on the edge of a southern peanut field, somewhere in arkansas: that’s about as close to a living hell as i can imagine for him.

and, throw all the living governors of new york, california, ohio, illinois, washington, florida and massachusetts into the fiery pits, from which there is no escape. sorry, jeb. but, i think that you were a skull & bones internationalist, too, weren’t you?

No need to say anything – let the fool speak for himself

Does (deity of your choice) hate Rick Perry?

A perfect synopsis of the Rick Perry situation comes from Tim F. at Balloon-Juice.com

Please, Texas, tell Rick Perry to stop praying.

In April, facing record heat and seven months of drought in his state, Rick Perry took decisive action. He prayed for rain. Five months later Texas is drier, hotter and on fire. This is definitive proof that either:

  • (a) God hates Rick Perry;
  • (b) God belongs to some other faith and praying to Jesus just pisses Him, Her, It or Them off;
  • (c ) the climate in Texas has nothing to do with religion and instead depends on preventable human behavior and has followed a predictable trajectory since Svante Arrhenius first described the greenhouse phenomenon in 1896;
  • (d) in his New Testament big J explicitly points out that his Dad does not dish out favors while you are still alive, but rather you have to wait until you die (plus various whatnot in Revelations) to find out what He thinks of you, and that if you really need something right now then basement cat might take your request; or
  • (e) all of the above.
  • Drought in Texas, Sept 2011

    Clueless people

    Today, on the drive to work, I saw a nice red Saab with four stickers on the back.

    1) parking sticker for local university
    2) US Army decal
    3) Republican candidate sticker
    &
    4) a decal that said Hope and Change = Socialism

    of course, we all know, the sticker amplified this by using logo from the presidential campaign, that Hope and Change stands for Obama plans. The funny part, the aspect that shows cluelessness – having this sticker while driving a car built in a socialist nation by union workers, most of whom are undoubtedly supporters of their particular social/economic system which is based on socialist principles with a little monarchism thrown in for good measure.

    “Toof Fairies”? has moved to Fabula Enuntio

    This is another ficlet, one inspired by a previous story by another author – who did compliment me on this sequel. Then we got into a discussion on whether “One Fewer Twit” was more grammatically correct than “One Less Twit”

    One Less Twit

    Madeleine’s has moved to Fabula Enuntio