Morbid Mishap at Nottingham Cinema

Almost immediately, as many as 25 families rushed their kids out of the theater, but not before a gruesome opening sequence — in which a bloodied female corpse is thrown at the camera — was witnessed by children as young as five. “They started playing the movie and I thought – this doesn’t look right,” Natasha Lewis, mother of eight-year-old Dylan, told Yahoo UK. ”Everybody just scrambled for the exits, all you could hear were children crying and screaming. Everyone was very upset.”

Yup. They showed Paranormal Activity 4 instead of Madagascar 3. Ooops.

Republicans, have you no shame?

I recieved some interesting objection to the post I wrote about a whacky Republican who insists that science comes from Hell, sent by Satin or his children, to confuse us. And he’s on the Science Commitee. Seriously. People came to defend him, and interestingly, people who claim to be non-anti-science Republicans came to defend themselves, saying that “Democrats are bad too” etc. etc.

To the Republicans who came to dismiss my post, I have this to say: Read the goddamn post. What I’m saying is that the anti-science and anti-reason forces have taken over your precious club, and at this point, membership in it amonts to endorsement of Braun and Bachmann and … also …. this guy:

Charles Fuqua

Which, I assume, is pronounced

Charles Fuck You, Eh?

Fuqua is a Republican running for House in Arkansas, where I’ve encountered such republicans before (see the story part of “Group seeks investigation of legislator’s preschool. And a story for you.”) Would be elected Republican Fuqua…

…is advocating the use of the death penalty as a means of punishing “rebellious” children, and claims the Bible supports his position…[and] also is coming under attack for expelling Muslims from the U.S., in order to solve what he calls the “Muslim problem.” Fuqua has received the endorsement of two Republican U.S. Congressmen, Reps. Tim Griffin and Steve Womack.

So, to those of you who keep saying “I’m a Republican” as the evidence piles higher and deeper that being Republican makes you a Fuqua… I mean Fuckwad, I ask you: Have you no shame?

Ryan Andresen’s Eagle Scout Denial Was Over God Not Gay?

Ryan Andresen was bullied and harassed as a gay teenager, and became an anti-bullying activist, and the Boy Scouts are anti-gay and his being gay may be one of the main reasons he is not being allowed to become an Eagle scout. But, he and his scout leader had already talked about his sexual orientation, and Ryan was told “We’ll get by the gay thing” when it came to his elevation the Eagle status. But, when the final forms were being filled out, Ryan refused to check off the box saying that he agreed to the principle of “Duty to God.”

From NPR:

“This scout proactively notified his unit leadership and Eagle Scout counselor that he does not agree to scouting’s principle of ‘Duty to God’ and does not meet scouting’s membership standard on sexual orientation,” Deron Smith, a spokesman for the organization said in a statement. “Agreeing to do one’s ‘Duty to God’ is a part of the scout Oath and Law and a requirement of achieving the Eagle Scout rank.”

Should atheists be miffed about this? Well, yes, miffed about the scouts requiring the Duty to God thing, sure. But I’m talking about something else. Here we have the claim that the Boy Scouts were repressing this young man because he’s gay, and we have a petition that is adding dozens of names a minute, passing the quarter million mark as I write this, but in reality, a key reason, maybe THE key reason, that Ryan is not able to go Eagle is because he is some sort of Atheist or Agnostic or other form of non-believer.

This is a little different from pulling up the ladder. This is pushing someone off the ladder and taking it from them. Amiright?

Hemant Mehta has also discussed the two-headed monster, here.

Pennsylvania Voter ID News

You’ll recall that the governor of Pennsylvania was filmed admitting that the voter ID law he ushered in for that state was designed to make sure Obama lost there. Pennsylvania is sort of a swing state, but Obama winning there would not have shocked anyone even from the perspective of a few months ago before Romney started “running” for president (and by “running” I mean “stumbling”). Since then, all three states that have voter ID laws in place to bias the election towards Republican candidates have seen a backlash against this atrocious insult to our democracy, and as a result, Obama will win in all three of those states, and other Democrats will do well.

And now, this: Judge Puts Pennsylvania Voter ID Law On Hold Through Election. From NPR:

A judge is basically “postponing Pennsylvania’s tough new voter identification requirement, ordering that it not be enforced in the presidential election,” The Associated Press writes.

But in a ruling that’s rather difficult to follow if you’re not very familiar with the case, Commonwealth Court Judge Robert Simpson also says he “will not restrain election officials from asking for photo ID at the polls; rather, I will enjoin enforcement of those parts of Act 18 which directly result in disenfranchisement.”

I look forward to expert commentary that will help us all understand this.

Did Leo Traynor’s Troll Have Other Victims?

By now you’ve probably read the story of Leo Traynor’s troll. The very short version: Leo, and later his wife, were stalked on the internet by a horrid troll; the horrid troll eventually started to leave horrid objects with messages at Leo’s house; The troll was baited and investigated by an IT expert who could identify him as a teenager that lived not far from Leo; Leo got in contact with the teen-troll’s parents, arranged a meeting, forgave him, and the troll seemed kinda sorry.

I think that’s a great story and I hereby doff my hat to Leo. But, I have two gripes I want to make. Well, one gripe about some of the commenters on Leo’s post, and the second, more of a question for Leo that may or may not be followed by a gripe. (more…)