The Church of No-God: Blasphemy Day Edition

R. Joseph Hoffman brings it. What I miss about the old atheism–even though I still find its central premises wobbly and unconvincing–is that thinking was permitted. The conversation continued. There was no infallible source of confidence. Skepticism reigned. The new atheism is a catechism of conclusions reached, positions taken, dogmas pronounced. It is more like …

Axis of Depression

Axis of Depression – NYTimes.com: “So what’s really motivating the G.O.P. attack on the Fed? Mr. Bernanke and his colleagues were clearly caught by surprise, but the budget expert Stan Collender predicted it all. Back in August, he warned Mr. Bernanke that ‘with Republican policy makers seeing economic hardship as the path to election glory,’ …

Poll Finds Tea Party Backers Wealthier and More Educated – NYTimes.com

“That’s a conundrum, isn’t it?” asked Jodine White, 62, of Rocklin, Calif. “I don’t know what to say. Maybe I don’t want smaller government. I guess I want smaller government and my Social Security.” She added, “I didn’t look at it from the perspective of losing things I need. I think I’ve changed my mind.” …

Ballmer Embarrasses Himself (Again)

The Associated Press: With Windows 7 and new designs, PCs looking better: “Microsoft has more to contend with than computers running other operating systems. People have begun to use such gadgets as the iPhone as tiny mobile computers. But Ballmer scorns the idea that smart phones could unseat PCs as the technology of choice for …

Obama’s speech to students has a precedent – CharlotteObserver.com

Obama’s speech to students has a precedent – CharlotteObserver.com: “‘We’ve been working to take an economy that was in bad shape and get it moving and growing again; take our national defense and make it first-rate again after a long period of decline; and to restore reason, respect and reality to our foreign policy,’ the …

Frank Talk

Barney Frank Refuses to Talk to Dining Room Table | The Colbert Report 05114 | ColbertNation.com: The Colbert Report Mon – Thurs 11:30pm / 10:30c Barney Frank Refuses to Talk to Dining Room Table www.colbertnation.com Colbert Report Full Episodes Political Humor Health Care Protests (Via The Colbert Nation.) And this is why I can never …

I’m with Stupid

The 10 Dumbest Arguments Against Health-Care Reform | The American Prospect: “This is just part of the hurricane of idiocy the administration must struggle through if it is to pass health-care reform. Don’t get me wrong – there are some very good reasons to remain optimistic about the odds of reform succeeding. On the other …

Teabagged

YouTube – If You’re Gonna Have Tea Bagging All Over the Country, You’re Gonna Need A Dick Armey!: (Via YouTube.) Hilarious. UPDATE: This is a perfect example of when ideology trumps thinking. These folk are protesting, sometimes with amazing vitriol, that a Democratic president did not change a tax law written by a Republican controlled …

Joe the Plumber advises GOP-ers – Yahoo! News

Joe the Plumber advises GOP-ers – Yahoo! News: “Wurzelbacher, who became a household name during the presidential election, will be focusing his talk on the proposed stimulus package. “ (Via Yahoo!News.) Absolute comedy.