Friday, October 24, 2014

Atheist Debates - Appeals to Faith

A brief look at appeals to faith and why they don't and can't add anything of substance to conversations about the foundations of a belief.

There's an additional context that isn't discussed in this video, primarily because it appeals to a specific interpretation of faith as 'confidence that is granted by God'... that sort of justification will be addressed in future videos about direct revelation and the 'divine sense'.

Mothers Protest To Ban Breaking Bad Action Figures

"No half-measures, even in the toy game. Toys "R" Us is removing a controversial line of Breaking Bad action figures featuring drug kingpin Walter "Heisenberg" White and sidekick-nemesis Jesse Pinkman armed with bags of cash and meth. This follows a heavily publicized protest led by a Florida mother, who earned over 9,000 signatures with her petition.

"Let's just say, the action figures have taken an 'indefinite sabbatical,'" Toys "R" Us spokeswoman Kathleen Waugh cleverly told NBC News, referencing a classic line from the acclaimed AMC drama. But this marks a drastic turn from the company's previous stance: On Monday, the retailer noted in a statement that "the product packaging clearly notes that the items are intended for ages 15 and up" and were stocked in "adult action figure" sections of their stores.” *

Cenk Uygur ( and Ana Kasparian ( discuss.

The Young Turks, 2014

Texans Want "The Crust of Christ" in Public Schools!

Fox news, Ainsley Earhardt, 10-22-2014,

Midlothian ISD mulls Christian plaques issue

Sarah Palin’s PAC Is A Massive Million Dollar Scam

“Sarah Palin’s reluctance to put her money where her mouth is has left some 2014 candidates she endorsed floundering in the polls with many unable to make it past the primaries.

According to, SarahPAC, the political action committee controlled by Sarah Palin, has dispensed only $45,000 to fellow Republicans running in the midterms, less than 3 percent of the $1.4 million available as of Sept. 30, the end of the reporting quarter.

With elections three weeks away, Palin seems inclined to hang onto her cash, possibly with an eye on 2016, where she may use the money to increase her profile going into a presidential election."* The Young Turks host Cenk Uygur breaks it down.

Thursday, October 23, 2014

Ghost Stories 2014

It's an annual tradition. Each October, in advance of Halloween, we gather around the virtual campfire to share our favorite ghost stories. (Yes, atheists often love tales of the supernatural, as we enjoy all manner of fiction and storytelling.) So dim the lights, place a candle in the jack-o-lantern, and join us for some spooky tales of things that go bump in the night.

TTA Podcast 188: Ghost Stories 2014
The Thinking Atheist,

Fischer Says Gay Activists Seek To Impose 'Secular Sharia'

Bryan Fischer says that gay activists seek to impose secular sharia and won't stop until all Christians are in jail.

AFA Channel, Ocober 2014

Rachel Maddow: Backlash to TRULY Christian JUDGE & EBOLA in Texas

Clay Jenkins, Dallas County judge, talks with Rachel about the challenges of handling the Ebola case in his county compassionately, housing for illegal immigrant children, and his efforts to treat those affected with respect while working to quell the fears of the general public.

The Rachel Maddow Show on MSNBC, 2014

Anti-czar nonsense gone, GOP wants Ebola czar

Michael Beschloss, NBC News Presidential historian, talks with Rachel Maddow about the history of presidents appointing administrative czars to oversee special projects, contrary to the anti-Obama right's ranting nonsense about czars as kings.

MSNBC, Rachel Maddow, Oct 17, 2014
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