Yes and No

This post has been hanging around as a draft since February, because I wasn’t quite happy with it. Lindsay’s recent post (and my response), on how misusing “moderate” to describe faith positions which don’t preach intolerance imputes that the intolerant… Read More ›

The Card’nal Pell eau d’ordure

From an opinion piece that I missed back in February, by Sydney’s Cardinal George Pell titled Scaremongers: “Global warming doomsdayers” are all wrong because, amongst other things, “January also was unusually cool.” Meanwhile, from people who took actual measurements (emphasis… Read More ›

In a nutshell

A portrait of the authoritarian/fundamentalist mindset: (Bush) believes the same thing Wednesday that he believed on Monday, no matter what happened Tuesday. — Colbert

Daddy Dearest redux

There’s now special DVD’s being marketed to not only remember that special Daddy-Daughter night forever, but obviously to persuade other girls that they should take part as well. [warning: brain-bleach may well be required afterwards]

Woo-woo gold

It’s been a while since I’ve blogged any woo-woo doomsaying. But just as I was checking my Gmail and reading a discussion of the US midterm elections, my eye was caught by one of google’s ads that they place in… Read More ›

Foetuses behind a plane

I learnt over at Another Blog today that in some places in the States kind people will fly over your place of work, study or recreation and attempt to horrify you. Apparently, all over the USA this last summer, if… Read More ›

I’m shocked-diddly-ocked I tell you!

If a dad freaks out after his six-year-old innocently says the word ‘pen*s’ when reading a sign some teenagers have pranked, experience tells me that said six-year-old might just think it was enormous fun to say that word over and over and over again just to make daddy’s eyes bug out. Working out whether when his face changes colour like that it matches the crimson or the magenta crayon more exactly might be considered enormous fun as well.

But apparently, Bryan Flynn thinks such a reaction from his six-year-old indicates a “traumatized” child, and requires channelling Ned Flanders:

This has shaken the bedrock of our family. I made an emergency call to our church’s pastor about this bombshell in my daughter’s life and he is unsure how it will affect her future.