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A few days ago, there was an excellent diary about racism being displayed on the CBS TV show, Big Brother, CBS: Stop Covering Up Racism by psychodrew.

I am creating this diary to promote both the petition calling for CBS to eject the racist members of the show, along with contacting the corporate sponsors of the show.

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How do you feel about the racist comments on Big Brother 15?

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Okay, this is was kinda freaking me out.

The home page of NPR (National Public Radio) and its Mobile App were hacked for approximately an hour by the Syrian Electronic Army, a pro-Syrian government group.

Syrian Electronic Army Was Here

Here is my print screen of it happening.
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What the heck?

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Thu Nov 15, 2012 at 10:38 AM PST

Meme: God, Gays and Grass

by WayBeyondSoccerMom

Here's a terrific meme making the rounds that sums up some divisive issues that were resolved in the recent election.


For those you can't see it, it reads:

It all makes sense now.  Gay marriage and marijuana being legalized on the same day.

Leviticus 20:13 - "if a man lays with another man he should be stoned."  We've just been interpreting it wrong all these years.

I got the meme from God.  Yes, the one on Facebook.

dKos diarist, teacherken, mentioned this Alec Baldwin quote earlier today, but now it's a meme running around Facebook, tumblr, et al.

The original quote from Alec Baldwin's twitter account:

You know your party's in trouble when you read this: A: The rape guy lost. B: Which one?

The meme:


You can also find the image here,



I just got finished reading an excellent blog post by Donald Prothero at Skepticblog.

Prothero recounts his experiences with a BBC film crew and a group of creationists for a British reality series.  

The premise of the series is that the host (Andrew Maxwell, a British comedian) travels with five young [British] believers in some crazy idea, taking them to key locations and putting them in front of evidence that challenges their beliefs.
I won't spoil the blog's main point, but what struck me was how similar the creationists' reaction to facts is so similar to the Republican party trying to figure out what the heck happened on Tuesday.

From the conclusion at Prothero's blog:

None of them [creationists] could give coherent answers to the scientific evidence, yet nonetheless were determined to stick with their beliefs. This was no surprise to any of us, since evidence doesn’t matter to creationists. They have an entire worldview which is wrapped about the salvation of their immortal soul and the fear of rejecting the literal interpretation of the Bible, so that comes first and everything else is unimportant. They reject evolution only because they’ve been told to do so by religious leaders, even though they have no clue what it’s about; what they think they know about it is wrong. Indeed, they showed the classic response of a true believer: when something threatens your worldview, you cling to it even more strongly and find any way you can to dismiss or ignore contrary evidence. That, apparently, is the point of the entire show, since the 9/11 truthers and the UFO nuts act the same way. But given the way the show was framed, it’s clear that the producers want to put these creationists on camera as object lessons on how irrational and dogmatic and impervious to evidence they really are, even while showing less dogmatic viewers that scientists can be friendly and reasonable and have all the evidence.

See the similarities?


There is a powerful image/meme going around Facebook and I thought I'd share it here.


It's a picture of New Jersey Governor, Chris Christie and President Barack Obama, with Obama's arms around a distressed woman.

The text reads:




There's something so powerful about that image with those words.

If you know the photo credit and/or the text credit, please leave in the comments and I'll update the diary.


Sat Oct 13, 2012 at 08:49 PM PDT

Vote for Truth NC

by WayBeyondSoccerMom

As my husband and I drove through the sleepy towns of Stanly County, North Carolina, today on our way to visit a vineyard for a tour and wine tasting, I kept noticing these blue and white signs, seemingly everywhere, in front of homes and churches.

I knew it had to have a religious slant because of the Christian cross being substituted for the second "t" in "Truth".  

See the image below (or if you can't see it, the sign reads:  Vote for Truth


When we returned home, I jumped on the computer to learn more about this relatively simple yard sign.  More below the squiggly.

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PBS's TV show, Religion & Ethics Newsweekly, will be airing a three part mini-series about the rise of the religiously unaffiliated in the US, based on the recent study by the Pew Research Center’s Forum on Religion & Public Life.

The series will begin this weekend, but it will air at different times based on your local PBS station.  Be sure to search for "Religion & Ethics Newsweekly", or just "Religion" on your TV.


Will you try to watch the PBS series, "None of the Above: The Rise of the Religiously Unaffiliated"?

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During the past week, there have been several diaries about Rep. Paul Broun's recent ignorant remarks about science and evolution.  But this diary is different in that I am urging you to sign a petition at to have Paul Broun removed from the US House Science Committee (AKA House Committee on Science, Space and Technology).

Please sign the petition, and help remove this guy from the committee.  

From the petition:

Rep. Paul Broun publically and vocally has stated that he does not agree with the most basic tenets of scientific process and critical thought. He is incompetent scientifically and damages the Committee and its purpose with his presence.
“All that stuff I was taught about evolution and embryology and the Big Bang Theory, all that is lies straight from the pit of Hell... And it’s lies to try to keep me and all the folks who were taught that from understanding that they need a savior.”

-Paul Broun, Republican Member of the House Science Committee

You can hear him say this at Poltico's website.

Will you sign the petition to remove Paul Broun from the US House Committee on Science, Space, and Technology?

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Sorry, this diary really isn't a diary.  

Just want to share a story featured at the website, Business Insider.

Romney's 47% Video Has Been Viewed 3 Times As Often As His Convention Speech

Here's an amazing chart from Pew Research, which is being tweeted around by Charley Warzel of AdWeek, Andrew Kaczynski of Buzzfeed, and others.

It shows the number of times different convention-related videos have been viewed on YouTube.

The highlights:

Barack Obama's convention speech has been viewed 5 times as many times as Mitt Romney's convention speech.

Mitt Romney's "47%" video has been viewed 2 million times more than his convention speech.

Clint Eastwood's convention speech has been viewed 2 million times more than Mitt Romney's convention speech.

Michelle Obama's convention speech has been viewed 3-times as many times as Romney's convention speech--and 6-times as often as Ann Romney's.

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Paul Ryan was 16 years old when his father died. Using the Social Security survivors benefits he received until his 18th birthday, he paid for his education at Miami University in Ohio, where he completed a bachelor's degree in economics and political science in 1992.

From the Official Website for the U.S. Social Security Administration:

About 4.4 million children receive approximately $2.5 billion each month because one or both of their parents are disabled, retired or deceased. Those dollars help to provide the necessities of life for family members and help to make it possible for those children to complete high school. When a parent becomes disabled or dies, Social Security benefits help to stabilize the family’s financial future.
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Fri Sep 14, 2012 at 06:01 PM PDT

Mitt Romney is a Unicorn

by WayBeyondSoccerMom

Okay, so maybe Mitt Romney isn't really a Unicorn.

But, I think he should prove that he isn't one.  I mean, if people are going to say Obama wasn't born in the US, then we should have our own rebuttal, especially when Kansas has just gone stupid.

There is a terrific Facebook page called:  Mitt Romney is a Unicorn and it is encouraging folks to sign a petition, Ask Kansas: "Is Mitt Romney a Unicorn?".

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