March, 2006

Me and Baruch and a box of Kleenex

By · Friday, March 31st, 2006 · 35 Comments »

Unlike yesterday, I am now several tads under the weather. I’m going to mainline some coffee here and bumble around online for a few hours (some people call this “working”). Then, since I’ve been reminded that I still owe Part 3 of Religions Evolve, I’ll probably spend the rest of the day in bed with […]

I probably shouldn’t make fun of Christians so much, but they’re just so fucking stupid

By · Thursday, March 30th, 2006 · 28 Comments »

I’m a tad under the weather today and not up for much of a post, but I do want to share with you this gem (via Pharyngula): an Intelligent Design article suggesting angelic activity as the mechanism behind certain phenomena in nature. The name of the article is Rumors of Angels: Using ID to Detect […]

Why I think he IS a feminist

By · Wednesday, March 29th, 2006 · 43 Comments »

Chris Clarke has a post up with the heart-stopping title, Why I’m Not A Feminist. Heart-stopping because surely if any man is a feminist, it’s Chris Clarke. Chris’s point is that because he is a man, he is not entitled to call himself a feminist: “I am a sympathizer. I am a fellow traveler. At […]

I want there to be a Koufax Award for best thread drift

By · Tuesday, March 28th, 2006 · 8 Comments »

And here’s an early nominee, which started life as a little diatribe on a Butterick sewing pattern. We’re now on the question of whether “penetrative sex is a violating experience.”

A Referendum on the West Bank? Eh…not so much.

By · Tuesday, March 28th, 2006 · 3 Comments »

I’m watching the news from Israel today, checking the reports of voter turnout and eagerly awaiting the first exit polls. This election has been billed as a referendum on withdrawal, a yay or nay on whether the nation will unilaterally pull back to its 1967 borders (excepting a few squiggles into West Bank territory to […]

Just because it was four days ago doesn’t mean I can’t still comment on it

By · Tuesday, March 28th, 2006 · 8 Comments »

You’ve probably seen this, as it was making the rounds of the blogosphere last week: it’s the sculpture of Britney Spears giving birth by “shock artist” Daniel Edwards. Edwards specializes in prankish celebrity art, and no doubt he dubbed this sculpture a “Monument to Pro-Life” as a ploy for maximum publicity. I haven’t been able […]

The Fury of the Preacher’s Wife: my only question is what took her so long

By · Monday, March 27th, 2006 · 35 Comments »

The rubes in Selmer, Tennessee, just can’t figure it out. Mary Winkler, wife of preacher Matthew Winkler, up and murdered her husband. Shot him in the back, then drove off with the kids. “She was the perfect wife and mother,” say the rubes. She was a stay-at-home mom, utterly domestic, completely devoted to her marriage, […]

A comment that deserves its own post

By · Sunday, March 26th, 2006 · 32 Comments »

Over in the current prostitution thread, the conversation has turned to the nature of male and female sexuality (see comments 94, 96, and 100). Rather than derail the prostitution debate, I think Cicely’s hypothesis is worth treating on its own: “Heterosexual relationships as structured and accepted in our society may be oppressive to many men, […]

Dr. Socks Wouldn’t Be Caught Dead In This

By · Saturday, March 25th, 2006 · 52 Comments »

It seems I alarmed some readers yesterday with a display of girliness and latent pinkness that was totally unexpected from these quarters. As I hastened to explain to my shell-shocked commenters (well, Will), that’s really not my style. Yes, I am capable of baking and decorating cakes in the shape of bunnies, and yes, I […]

Make love, not war!

By · Friday, March 24th, 2006 · 44 Comments »

This is all wrong! P.Z. Myers is declaring War on Easter, following Echidne’s suggestion that we non-Christians follow up our smashingly successful War on Christmas with a spring encore. To which I say: no, no, a thousand times, no. Easter is the most gloriously pagan of holidays. It’s a spring fertility festival, for Chrissake! It’s […]