Making the breast mandatory

Apparently, new mothers in New York who want to use formula instead of breastfeeding will have to sign out the infant formula like a prescription.  Choosing to breastfeed, and for most women in the civilized world, is just that, a choice. Children who are fed infant formula still grow up big and strong. In fact, at least initially, they generally grow bigger and stronger than their breastfed peers. Eventually, the breast fed kids catch up. For many women, breastfeeding can be difficult, or painful, or damn near impossible. Making it harder for them to choose not to breastfeed doesn't help …

Jesus doesn’t want you to go to church

Many of us live for the weekend. Time to kick back and slack off a little. You've worked hard all week and you deserve a break. But the day after Saturday is Sunday, and for many Christians, it means a mandatory trip to the local church to do a little praying and worshipping. As an non-believer, Sunday is just another day off, like Saturday. But on Sunday, many Christians believe they should be going down to the house of God for a little shot of the Almighty. The only catch is that Jesus was totally against this idea. That's right. …

50 Shades of Grayskull

Nothing is sacred. This video, which you will watch, even if you tell yourself you don't want to, proves it. Please enjoy, "50 Shades of Grayskull". One of our local radio stations, CFCA-FM, aka Kool FM at 105.3, did a week's worth of takes on the "50 Shades" series with titles like: 50 Shades of Eh!  (the Canadian version) 50 Shades of Gay 50 Shades of Hay and a couple of others.

Household Beauty Do-It-Yourself Tips

Twenty dollars was insane. And for what? Everything he needed was right here in his own kitchen. Twenty dollars indeed. There was only one cube in the ice tray, but that would be enough. There were pins in the third drawer with those other bits of miscellany. The drawer was jammed. Barry muttered a curse and yanked at the handle with a sharp pull, then screamed and let go. He danced about wildly, cradling the injured hand in the other and taking stock of his reservoir of obscenities. Finally, he stopped and assessed the damage. Some torn skin. A little …

Is God Love?

Someone recently suggested that I might, in fact, believe in God. (A closet theist?) The supporting evidence for this suggestion is that I often write about religion and even quote scripture to support my arguments. Another person suggested that since I profess a belief in love, that I must, ipso facto, believe in God. Allow me a few moments to address both of these suggestions.  I don't believe in vampires and I have been known to post about them from time to time; I am a huge fan of "Buffy the Vampire Slayer" and thought "Angel" was pretty cool, though …

When News Isn’t

I thought of calling this entry, "Website annoyance number 3147 . . . or thereabouts." as opposed to the title that actually made it. I hate, hate, hate 'News' sites that don't put a date on their stories; the result is less than worthless. How in tarnation is anyone supposed to know if it's news or something from three years ago? Sure, you've got today's date at the top of your fracking Website, but I can figure that one out for myself (there's a little clock and calendar at the bottom of my screen and it's synchronized to an atomic …

The Jesus vs Ayn Rand Cage Match

I don't go for wrestling, mixed martial arts, or any of these so-called sports. However, I'd pay good money to see Ayn Rand and Jesus in a cage match. In this corner, we have Jesus, with his opening salvo.  Jesus says, "If you want to be complete, go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor. Then you will have treasure in heaven." — Matthew 19:21 That's gotta hurt! Go ahead, my conservative Christian friends. I dare you! I double-dare you. I triple-dog-dare you. House, car, property, television, major and minor appliances . . . what do …

When Does Watching TV Become A Crime?

There's a fascinating legal case working its way through the courts, and it's all about watching television. I'll tell you about it in a few minutes, but first I want you to join me in a little thought experiment. Read each of the following scenarios, then decide at which point you are starting to break the law. At what point do you become a pirate? If at any point you decide that you've crossed a line, take a moment to ask yourself why you've crossed it. What did you do that was different, thereby making you a criminal? Let's start …

AFA Weighs Boycott of Google over “Legalize Love” Campaign

The "American Family Association" (with a name like that, you know they don't like them homo sapien gays and lesbians) is trying to figure out how to boycott Google over it's "Legalize Love" campaign to promote gay rights. The biggest hurdle for them is . . . hint, it's not their intolerance . . . how to boycott a product so many of them depend on. Google search. Gmail. Calendars. Android phone. Android tablets. Oh, the humanity.

Religion in Schools.

As a matter of fact, I absolutely do think that religion should be taught in school. Seriously. All schools should teach to teach a mandatory class (lasting at least a semester) on comparative religions and mythologies. Religion would have to taught first from a historical perspective, from origin myths of classic religions (Greek, Roman, Norse, etc) to the rise of the dominant faiths.  Later in the course, students must gain a working understanding of what each major religion believes, and how those beliefs compare to the other major religions. And yes, I did say mandatory, for all schools public or …