Category Archives: lunacy

The Trump administration’s “alternative facts”

Because I’ve been under the weather, I haven’t yet posted on the “alternative facts” issue, and I see from the discussion thread that several readers are aware of it.  In brief, Tr*mp and his minions have spent their first three days in office not only dismantling the accomplishments of the last administration, but in waging […]

Trump’s unhinged remarks to the CIA

Yesterday, one day after their inauguration, Vice-Pr*s*d*nt Pence and Pr*s*d*nt Trump addressed the CIA at their headquarters in Langley, perhaps to assure them that the new administration was on board with them. (Trump had been critical of our intelligence agencies during the campaign.) Politico has posted the full text of both men’s remarks to the CIA, […]

Schools bring out the therapy dogs and Play-Doh to help students distraught over Trump’s victory

Before the election I was disturbed by the many Facebook posts pointing out, over and over again, Donald Trump’s latest misstep, peccadillo, or odious statement. It’s not that I thought that this stuff shouldn’t be discussed on Facebook, but it totally dominated the feed, was repetitive, sometimes nearly hysterical, and above all, displaced the kitten posts! But […]

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Conspiracy theories among Trump-ites

When Grania sent me this tw**t this morning, I thought for sure the guy’s statements were a joke: This guy is going to vote. Make sure you do too. — Jenn Martinelli (@jennmartinelli) September 21, 2016 Well, never underestimate the credulousness of those who support Trump. Even I couldn’t believe some of the stuff you’re […]

Dennis Prager blames all American ills on atheism

Dennis Prager is a wealthy conservative author, speaker, and broadcaster, who also runs a website, Prager University, featuring short “instructional” videos. For some reason I don’t understand, he manages to lure some big names to do those videos, including George Will and (as I recall) Ayaan Hirsi Ali. I suspect the $ are a lure. The […]

NASA osculates religion again

Well, this ceremony—The Blessing of the Astronauts—took place in Kazakhstan, but it was still posted by NASA. Jebus—it’s the equivalent of Indian scientists going to the temple for blessings before they launch a satellite. And it’s sheer madness: the juxtaposition of a ludicrous medieval theology with a modern science that actually works. Note how the astronauts kiss […]

Eric Metaxas in WSJ: Atheists hate Taunton book because they’re afraid of God

There’s a certain kind of person who, when they say something extraordinarily stupid online, see the inevitable pushback as evidence that they were right: that they had “hit a nerve” or uncovered some deep and unpleasant aspect of the human psyche. Chris Mooney was like this when writing about accommodationism, and John Horgan is like that about everything. […]

Big Fail: Ken Ham denigrates the Reason Rally

Oy did über-creationist Ken Ham show his hand this time! Here’s his tw**t about the upcoming Reason Rally (h/t John W.): I needn’t say anything, as the commenters tore him a new one. Here are just the latest comments.

Carnie sideshow: the bizarre Catholic tradition that won’t die out

by Grania Spingies Once upon a time there was a roaring trade in Christian relics: bits of bones and chopped up mummified body parts and scraps of clothing of purported saints did the rounds in Europe. Many were sold for enormous amounts of money, some became treasured property of local royal families, many became the […]