August 18, 2012

Why calling Obamacare a sin makes you a moron.

Rick Santorum claims Obamacare is a sin.

This is why “Former Presidential Candidate” and moron are unfortunately not mutually exclusive.

I’m pretty sure there aren’t any bible verses that say that paying for your employees’ contraception is a sin.

Providing your employees with contraception is not an “assault on the freedom of religion,” an Santorum calls it, because ultimately, you still do not have to use contraception if you feel that it is against your religion.

In actuality, not providing your employees with contraception because it depends on your religion and not theirs actually is an assault on the freedom of religion. Their freedom.

Here’s the main problem with Santorum or the Catholic Church saying that allowing people to use contraception is a sin:

Data shows that 98 percent of Catholic women who have had sex and are of child-bearing age have used an artificial method of contraception that is against the teachings of the church.”

Banning something that your followers already regularly do is kinda stupid. It probably has to do with the fact that, you’re only making them choose between a hypothetical, ambiguously immoral, intangible punishment like a “sin” and real, quantifiable outcomes, like the costs of STIs and unplanned pregnancies.

This is why it feels like the Catholic church’s own rhetoric and efforts to undermine contraception, women’s rights, and homosexuality are doing more to drive away their parishioners than anything else.

Here’s a tip when you’re trying to portray yourselves as moral paragons: don’t be idiots.

August 10, 2012

Would the Delhi public charter school have kicked out the Virgin Mary?

“A public charter school in Louisiana is getting national attention for requiring female students to take pregnancy tests if they are suspected of being pregnant and, if they are, forcing them to leave school.”

I know I’m late to the game on this story, but I just want to point out something that few people actually point out.

Let’s put aside the fact that schools should do everything in their power to make sure pregnant teens actually stay in school and get a decent education.
Let’s also put aside how unconstitutional or illegal the policy might be.
I want to know one thing: What was the reason behind the policy in the first place?

My guess is: It is primarily meant to deter teen sex by punishing those who are caught or suspected. The easiest way to tell is when a girl is pregnant.

Let’s put aside how ineffective and illogical such a policy is.

If that is indeed the case, shouldn’t they also kick out the boys who got the girls pregnant? Obviously, there are not the same telltale signs that girls have, so the school would have no recourse except some sort of invasive test. Paternity test, or polygraph come to mind as the most relevant. In either case, the school is bound to get into invasion of privacy trouble. Then again, pregnancy tests would also qualify, so the school has already set the precedent that invasive testing is on the table. And it seems to me, that’s the only way that the policy could ever be seen as anything except discriminatory against the young women.

Unless they think these girls conceived on their own. Which brings up my next point.

If it’s partly religiously motivated, and I feel like that probably had something to do with it, would the Delhi Charter School have kicked out the Virgin Mary? According to the biblical account, she would have been twelve at the time, so she fits the criteria. So they would kick her out, too, right? I wonder how Christians will treat that realization.

June 15, 2012

Of course

A West Virginia man who claimed to be a victim of a drive-by shooting along a rural Montana highway while working on a memoir called “Kindness in America” has confessed to shooting himself, authorities said Friday.

Is it too much to hope that people who originally propagated this story also post this turn of events?

June 15, 2012

It’s suddenly so easy to be so offensive


June 14, 2012

Welfare State? What Welfare State?

Sheldon Adelson tells Forbes he is willing to spend $100 million on the US election.

He probably ain’t doing it for Romney’s autograph.

Meanwhile, the median household US income is approximately $26672.

$100 million / $26672 = 3749.

One man using 3749 households’ worth of money to sway one election.

I could probably go the rest of my life without hearing a better joke than that.

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June 13, 2012

Bribery by Another Name

Sheldon Adelson donates $10 million to Mitt Romney.  (h/t Daily Show)

American Politics is officially a joke.

June 13, 2012

Through the Wormhole

Is the Universe Alive?

Could our universe’s collection of stars, galaxies, and black holes follow the same rules of existence as biological life? The cosmos itself may be a superorganism, a collection of separate bodies that act like a single being — just like ants in a colony.

I wish I had the Science channel so I could watch this. I’ve been thinking about exactly these ideas for at least the last 4-5 years. Hope to find it online soon.

June 10, 2012

Awesome Sauce

June 8, 2012

GOP tearing itself apart

LA GOP Convention Descends Into Chaos, Violence

Several supporters of Rep. Ron Paul (R-TX) sustained injuries while being arrested during the Louisiana Republican Party’s state convention over the weekend, in a conflict that engulfed the meeting after Paul’s supporters overwhelmed other delegates and voted in new leadership, only to be ignored.

So now there are two entirely different sets of delegates, one selected by the Ron Paul alternative convention and one selected by the regular convention, and there’s going to be a big fight over which ones will actually represent the party in Tampa. A similar problem is going on in Nevada, where the RNC has threatened to block the entire state delegation from the national convention after Paul supporters took it over.

I think overall, the best thing for American politics would be to abolish the two-party system. It’s just ludicrous to think that two parties is sufficient to best represent such a wide range of people that we have in this country, and only serves to divide us in purely-artificial ways. Of course, the two parties are the only ones who could make such a change, so it’s just as ludicrous to think that it would ever happen in our lifetimes. Still, this story goes to show that it is something this country desperately needs.

And no, I do not think bi-partisan politics is the same thing.

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June 7, 2012

A Step Backward – Walker Recall Edition

If you are a Wisconsin resident, and you understand that Scott Walker had to be recalled, and you did not show up at the polls, then you are my enemy. You are everybody’s enemy. You are worse than the yahoos who wanted him to stay and showed up and voted, because at least they participated in the process.

From the X-blog