A Republican Failure in Massachusetts

And a win for everyone else. Ed Markey is projected to win the special election for the Senate seat recently vacated by John Kerry, who is now Secretary of State. When Hilary Clinton first announced that she’d be leaving that position, Republicans promised to stop Susan Rice from getting that seat, for totally bogus reasons. The real reason was to increase the chances that Kerry would be appointed in that position, so they could take that Senate seat in Massachusetts.

They didn’t.

Hey, @JoeKleinTIME, Kiss My Ass

Hemant Mehta has a write up on how Time author Joe Klein went out of his way to accuse atheists and secular humanists of having not helped out in Oklahoma after the tornados. This is on top of that fiasco of Wolf Blitzers, and contrary to the fact that atheist and secular humanist groups instantly went into action to help. Instantly.

Joe Klein should look into his own heritage for people making broad brushed UNTRUE and derogatory statements about entire groups of people. Then he should hang his head in shame. And then, after he’s done that for a while he should issue a very sincere apology.

I actually like much of the stuff Klein writes. But this comment of his is absurd, offensive, exclusionary, and biased. Not only that but the TIME editor that let that comment slip by needs to learn what being a professional editor at a magazine like TIME involves, because this is not that.

The details are here, at The Friendly Atheist.

Mr. Klein’s twitter is in the title of this post, in case you want to comment directly to him.

Income Inequality

Strive we must, education in which, especially the men who lead. Thank you.

Actually, I feel bad for her … I think she just choked. One chokes under these circumstances. Of course, one should not if one wishes to rise to the top of the pageant thingie. Such as.

Growing Up as a Zealous Jehovah’s Witness

My friend James wrote this book:

Deliverance at Hand!: The Redemption of a Devout Jehovah’s Witness is James Zimmerman’s fascinating story of growing up as a zealous Jehovah’s Witness. It is a gripping account of the unique difficulties and all-consuming nature of belonging to an insulated, apocalyptic community. James is held up as a shining example for other youths in the religion, is given unprecedented privileges, and spends his youth proselytizing. He may very well have knocked on your door.

But as he matures, fissures begin to form in the bedrock of his fundamentalist Jehovah’s Witness belief system. Is the bible the literal, infallible word of God? Can the story of Noah’s ark really be true? Are these the final days before Armageddon? Will the Witnesses soon inherit paradise while the nonbelievers are destroyed? Is the day of deliverance truly at hand?

As James’ doubts grow, so does his predicament: Leaving a religious community that teaches its members to shun former members would have deep and painful ramifications. He must make the decision between intellectual honesty and his way of life.

At this point I think you can only PRE ORDER it but go ahead and do that!