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 +1Posted on Sep 27th, 2011 | re: These Are Your Simpsons Costumes (36 comments)

I didn’t even know I could have nightmares in the middle of the day. While awake.

 +5Posted on Sep 15th, 2011 | re: A Fake Interview With Nicolas Cage (23 comments)

I guess Nicholas Cage was afraid the story would get away from him too fast if he was too insistent that the man was “wearing MY leather jacket, eating MY fudgesicle”.

@R2D2 First, some of the tenets of Christianity (since that’s the religion we’ve ended up discussing) are beyond the scope of empiricism. They are unprovable. But that does not mean they are irrational beliefs, only that they are immaterial. For instance, the Christian belief in the existence of the soul is rational based on a long history of hardy philosophy, but is immaterial because souls are immaterial.

Second, atheism is indeed a theological position, and necessarily so. It is a positive statement, which plainly stated is “there is no god” (a much stronger assertion than the frankly more appealing but much derided agnostic declaration, “we cannot know if there is a god”). To say you are an atheist is to make a firm, declarative statement about the existence or nonexistence of a god. It is theological because it regards knowledge of god.

Third, no, it is not a theological position to say there are no vampires. There is no “theos” in that position. Therefore no theology.

 +2Posted on Sep 8th, 2011 | re: This Is Just A Good Press Release (37 comments)

Not to mention he’s just created some compromising photos of himself (assuming, of course, the graphic sex scene contains Emeril).

It’s ridiculous to say a religious person can’t engage in rational discussion, if for no other reason than that atheism is a theological position. It’s influenced by a certain understanding of material evidence, philosophy, and faith. You’re arguing, essentially, that rational discussion is necessarily impossible.

I think the most insufferable bit of it is the level of self-satisfaction he brings to everything he does. He’s becoming the guy who keeps finding ways to mention he doesn’t have a TV because he likes the status of being “that guy,” but who doesn’t think through why he’s made a decision. Gervais seems to be more interested in being known as a comedian than being a comedian. Or, on the other issue, he’s more interested in being known as an atheist than thinking deeply about why he holds his particular worldview. It’s shallow and self-serving, and while it’s something lots of us struggle with, it’s super annoying when he trumpets it.

 0Posted on Sep 8th, 2011 | re: Here Are Some Afternoon Links! (10 comments)

G.Paltrow just reminds me of this: http://harkavagrant.com/index.php?id=248 (fourth strip down)

 +2Posted on Sep 8th, 2011 | re: Girl Tips: How To Dress Punk! (36 comments)

“You wouldn’t be a punk without any…studs” is perhaps my favorite litmus test for anything ever.

 +3Posted on Sep 8th, 2011 | re: Girl Tips: How To Dress Punk! (36 comments)

“Baloney” is how a normal person would spell it. Kelly is just taking one of Wendi’s pro-tips to heart. (“Pro” is the correct word here.)

 0Posted on Sep 7th, 2011 | re: Angry Little Boy Needs To Rest Case About Flip Flops And Boat Shoes (54 comments)

It has to be so exhausting being so self-assured.

 +6Posted on Sep 7th, 2011 | re: Great New Katherine Chloe Cahoon Video! (79 comments)

“You may have been wondering why I’m talking to you in a LAVENDER field!” -Katherine Chloe Cahoon, Author & Mind-reader. That is definitely, definitely what this video made me wonder.

 +4Posted on Aug 31st, 2011 | re: Kevin Bacon Was Mr. Cool Disguise For A Day, Hated It (26 comments)

He probably could have watched that 30 Rock episode with Jon Hamm as a beautiful person (redundancy, I know) and saved himself a lot of time.

If not, he ALSO could have reasoned a trip to the mall is depressing in whatever face he chose.

 +5Posted on Aug 31st, 2011 | re: Ha Ha Ha Ha (12 comments)

Our generation’s Alfred Hitchcock, I’m sure.

 +1Posted on Aug 30th, 2011 | re: MORE SAND! (37 comments)

Uhh, that baby is terrible at English. This is like when I teach my daughter to say “tits” instead of “nurse” so she’ll say it in public (my wife does not appreciate this). But when I do it it’s hilarious. When Sand Lady does it it’s teetering on felony.

 +12Posted on Aug 29th, 2011 | re: True Blood S04E10: Bombs Over Shreveport (33 comments)

I dunno, Vampire Eric’s “enchantment” he’s under sounds suspiciously like the kid at the party in high school who’s been drinking O’Doul’s without knowing it, and keeps falling over and telling everyone how wasted he is. “I’m so under this enchantment right now, gotta kill the King!”