Tuesday, January 22, 2013

The Walking Dead: Cold Hard Truths I Learned About Myself

My wife and I finished watching the first two seasons of "The Walking Dead", on netflix. While watching this show I learned a few cold hard truths about myself if I were ever to be involved in a Zombie Apocalypse...

1. I most definitely would be among the first turned into a zombie. 
2. I would not make a bad ass zombie.
3. I would be among the first zombies to die. 
4. I suck at being alive and being dead and being the undead. 

However, I think I would make one kick ass vampire. 

Friday, December 14, 2012

I'm Sorry I Am Just Now Speaking Up

I normally don’t say anything when shootings happen. I keep to myself. I’d rather not be involved in any battles over second amendment rights. I do have an opinion and that opinion is; there should be gun and ammunition control. 

I want to apologize to the victims and their families in Connecticut and Portland, Oregon and Aurora, Colorado and…well to everyone that has lost a loved one in a shooting. 

I’m sorry. 
I’m sorry I haven’t spoken up before now. 
I’m sorry I allowed myself to be intimidated by the NRA. I’m sorry I have allowed myself to be intimidated by gun toting second amendment fanatics. I have to be honest that it scares me when I hear them say, “Go ahead and try to take my guns. I’ve been itching for an excuse to use my second amendment rights”. 

I hear that and I read that every time a shooting happens and I back off because I believe them. I have met some of these people before. I am even related to some of these people and I believe them when they say they will use their guns. 

I know they’re confused about the second amendment. The second amendment gives them the right to bear arms, but the second amendment does not give them the right to shoot and murder people at their discretion. There is a disconnect between what the second amendment actually says and what these people think it means. 

Civilized people do not want to get caught up in an argument with one of these crazies. And this is why, we the silent ones, at least partially, are to blame for the continued gun violence in America.

I also hear these people use this argument against gun control, “If someone really wants a gun, they’ll find a way to get one”. That’s true. People will find a way. 

So under that rational and logical thinking let’s do away with the drinking and driving laws. Because, hell if someone really wants to drink and drive they will find a way. 

Let’s get rid of these awful ‘don’t text and drive’ laws. People will be people and they will text and drive if they want to. 

While we’re at it, let’s forget about speed limits. People speed all the time and they have never killed anyone before. Stupid law.

Why do we even have a law against murdering one another? Apparently, if you really, really want to fucking kill someone you will find a fucking way. 

Here‘s what I think of your illogical excuse against gun control; it is the dumbest fucking thing I have ever heard. 

There are reasons we have these laws….because it deters people from doing these things. Lives have been saved because of these laws. Lives can be saved with stricter gun control. It is true that people break these laws and inevitably someone will loose their life due to gross negligence. However, there is not a good enough excuse not to have these laws in place. I enjoy living in a civilized society. A five year old should feel safe and be safe attending a kindergarten class and not worry about fucking getting killed. 

Fuck you and your second amendment rights. You want your guns? Fine, they’re safe under your fucking precious second amendment, but your ammunition is not.

A stricter gun and or ammunition regulation is the smart and right thing to do. I’m not saying a person can not own a firearm. What I am saying is; it should be harder to obtain them.

I have stayed out of this fight for far too long. And I am sorry I have not made my voice heard until now. We’re coming, and we’re coming today!

Sunday, December 9, 2012

Notable Skeptic #7 Charles Schulz

Charles Schulz

This time of year we can not escape Charles Schulz. Starting in October for Halloween there is “It’s The Great Pumpkin, Charlie Brown”. If it happens to be election year the Peanuts gang is back in “You’re Not Elected, Charlie Brown”. Then there is the Thanksgiving special, “A Charlie Brown Thanksgiving” and then there are two Peanuts Christmas specials, “A Charlie Brown Christmas” and “It’s Christmastime Again, Charlie Brown”. Let’s not forget we bring in the new year with Charlie and the gang with, “Happy New Year, Charlie Brown” and why stop there? Let’s keep going right through February with “A Charlie Brown Valentine” and yes a second valentine special called “Be My Valentine, Charlie Brown”. 

For at least five straight months we celebrate the holidays with Charles Schulz and depending on when Easter falls, March or April, we may have six straight months of Peanuts specials ending with “It’s the Easter Beagle, Charlie Brown”. 

When I think of Christmas, Charlie Brown pops into my head. And I have to admit, I get excited with anticipation of the holiday specials with Charlie, Snoopy, Lucy, Linus and the rest of the gang. I love them. I love the music. I love that damn dog and his bird.  

In an interview with David Templeton, for the December 30, 1999 - January 5, 2000 issue of Sonoma County Independent, Schulz said, “The term that best describes me now is secular humanist” he went on to explain, “his characters continued to quote biblical passages, occasionally musing about the darker inconsistencies of religion.” Templeton writes.

In the same interview Charles had this to say about other comic strips, "I despise those shallow religious comics," Schulz said. "Dennis the Menace, for instance, is the most shallow. When they show him praying--I just can't stand that sort of thing, talking to God about some cutesy thing that he'd done during the day. I don't think Hank Ketcham [Dennis' creator] has any deep knowledge of things like that." 

Then he had something to say about Family Circus.

Read the interview here

The Notable Skeptics series will range from celebrities, scientists, authors, etc. Some will be known on a smaller scale for the work they do for charities and their communities. All quotes or implications of skepticism will be referenced with a link. I use the word "skeptic" to imply one or more of these terms; atheist, agnostic, humanist, secularist or non-religious.

White Wine In The Sun

During the month of December, Tim Minchin is giving all proceeds from the download of his song, White Wine In The Sun, to the National Autistic Society.

Get it on itunes and Amazon

Here is a live version of this wonderful and sentimental song.


I really like Christmas
It’s sentimental, I know, but I just really like it
I am hardly religious
I’d rather break bread with Dawkins than Desmond Tutu, to be honest
And yes, I have all of the usual objections
To consumerism, the commercialization of an ancient religion
To the westernization of a dead Palestinian
Press-ganged into selling Playstations and beer
But I still really like it
I’m looking forward to Christmas
Though I’m not expecting a visit from Jesus
I’ll be seeing my dad
My brother and sisters, my gran and my mum
They’ll be drinking white wine in the sun
I’ll be seeing my dad
My brother and sisters, my gran and my mum
They’ll be drinking white wine in the sun
I don’t go in for ancient wisdom
I don’t believe just ‘cos ideas are tenacious it means they are worthy
I get freaked out by churches
Some of the hymns that they sing have nice chords but the lyrics are dodgy
And yes I have all of the usual objections
To the miseducation of children who, in tax-exempt institutions,
Are taught to externalize blame
And to feel ashamed and to judge things as plain right and wrong
But I quite like the songs
I’m not expecting big presents
The old combination of socks, jocks and chocolate is just fine by me
Cos I’ll be seeing my dad
My brother and sisters, my gran and my mum
They’ll be drinking white wine in the sun
I’ll be seeing my dad
My brother and sisters, my gran and my mum
They’ll be drinking white wine in the sun
And you, my baby girl
My jetlagged infant daughter
You’ll be handed round the room
Like a puppy at a primary school
And you won’t understand
But you will learn someday
That wherever you are and whatever you face
These are the people who’ll make you feel safe in this world
My sweet blue-eyed girl
And if, my baby girl
When you’re twenty-one or thirty-one
And Christmas comes around
And you find yourself nine thousand miles from home
You’ll know what ever comes
Your brother and sisters and me and your Mum
Will be waiting for you in the sun
Whenever you come
Your brothers and sisters, your aunts and your uncles
Your grandparents, cousins and me and your mum
We’ll be waiting for you in the sun
Drinking white wine in the sun
Darling, when Christmas comes
We’ll be waiting for you in the sun
Drinking white wine in the sun
Waiting for you in the sun
Waiting for you…
I really like Christmas
It’s sentimental, I know…
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