Just for chuckles

10848055_10152975128173216_5322343644894489248_nAnd thanks, Theoderik, for this picture.

The Oregon mass killer was a terrorist

UofOChris Harper Mercer took firearms and killed nine people at Umpqua Community College in Oregon, exchanged gunfire with law enforcement, and then he shot himself.

He was a terrorist, says Simran Jeet Singh, at Religion News Service. Singh writes:

In our modern world, “terrorist” is a racially coded word we have reserved primarily for describing Muslims engaged in acts of violence. We are quick to label violence as terrorism the moment we learn that the perpetrator is Muslim, yet we immediately stop short when a non-Muslim commits the same act of violence.

Mercer murdered nine innocent people to further his political ideology and worldview. So why don’t we call him a terrorist? As a nation we can’t continue to have it both ways and expect to adequately address the true threats we face together as a country.

Happy birthday, Letha Dawson Scanzoni, feminist extraordinaire

MyBookLetha Dawson Scanzoni, she of multiple books, treatises and articles, turns 80 today. Go out and celebrate as you see fit.

Chick-fil-A? Still sucks.

chick_fil_a1[1]As a promotion at a new store in New York City, Chick-fil-A offered free chicken for a year to the first 100 people in line. But the winners had to have a valid ID, which pretty much leaves out the homeless.

But then this is the same restaurant chain whose president has some throw-back ideas on marriage equality.

So, yep. Continuing my life-long boycott, right here.

This isn’t justice

unnamedAnd thanks, Cynical, for this graphic.

Official stoner (no, not THAT kind) certificate

11999610_10153215571116872_912393223193135030_oBrought, as are so many good things, by Mrs. Betty Bowers, America’s Best Christian.

Do kosher dietary laws hold true on Mars?

02food.600So if we’re going to Mars, do we have to follow the same religious rules we do on earth? Megan Margulies asks, at Motherboard.