March182014
Emery on Science vs. Religion.

Emery on Science vs. Religion.

3PM
"Ken Ham defends his conclusions while Bill Nye defends a process." - Emery Emery

"Ken Ham defends his conclusions while Bill Nye defends a process." - Emery Emery

January152014

Charity

I sat eating my Big Mac, playing Tiny Death Star on my iPhone lost in my own personal malaise. I was pondering the loss of so many relationships that initially, seemed as if they could never end. I was contemplating my mother’s slow healing, compound fracture and how I wasn’t ready for her to give up just yet. I wondered if my new used car would become a money pit and how was going to afford to get the old Saab running right so Heather could drive a more reliable car to her night gig.

My quiet contemplation was broken by a tattooed twenty-something charging through the door followed by an old man moving slowly behind him, a dog-eared notebook under one arm and what appeared to be sleeping supplies under the other. The old man was talking up a storm to some unseen person. He mumbled in a language only known to him and the ghost that only he could see.

The kid walked right up to the counter and placed his order with blinding speed as if he was late for a CeeLo concert and while he waited for his food, he eyed the old man. I wondered what kind of trouble I was about to witness. I knew I’d be getting involved because that’s what I do. I’m not a spectator.

The old man was focussed on his invisible friend and seemed hell bent on not making eye contact with anyone in the joint but all eyes were on him. He stood near the soda machine, working out some details about something that only he understood. He seemed to be getting what must have been good advice from the ether because he laughed a few times and nodded vigorously in his companion’s ghostly direction which was situated conveniently away from us all.

A tray was set on the counter as the minimum wage employee called out the number 315. The kid snagged the tray in one hand and the empty cup in the other and slid right up to the old man causing him to flinch as he let out a preternatural grunt.

“Which flavor you like, man?” blurted the young man.

After a moment of confusion a sliver of coherence slipped in just long enough for the old guy to say, “Sprite! Who don’t drink Sprite?!” And he turned away as quickly as his wretched body would allow and rounded the corner, shuffling his way to the seat that would place him as far from the rest of us as he could get.

I watched him situate his notebook which had a crude pen drawing of what appeared to be a woman with the words, “Keep It Together” scratched beneath in 1st grade level handwriting. He resumed his discussion but this time, with his notebook. The ghost must have moved onto the page he turned to.

The kid finished filling his Sprite, capped it and stabbed the lid with a straw and made his way to the man’s table, causing the man to rise to his feet as if he were ready to defend the small island and his pen and ink lady had staked claim to and in the moment, everything became instantly clear to me.

Twenty-Something sat the meal on the old man’s table and gently placed his arm around the man to help guide him to his seat. He said, “Stay strong, brother.”

My eyes filled and I was instantly ashamed for believing that this boy could do anyone harm. I had no idea he had met that man on the street where he invited him into the warmth of a McDonald’s restaurant where he would see to it that the man had a meal tonight.

I was also ashamed that only moments ago, I was sad.

I walked out of that building with no money in my pocket because I sat a small wedge of cash on the man’s table as I walked by and as I was making my way out the door, the kid was behind me, on the way to whatever life he’s fortunate enough to have. All I said was, “That was beautiful”. He thanked me and jumped in his parent’s SUV and drove away. The music rattling his windows wasn’t Ceelo.

2PM

Compromise


Sitting in a Starbucks, I watch a man in his late 60s inspect every facet of a double walled, stainless steel travel mug. He rigorously tests the lid. Examining the interior for any imperfections and finally, it was clear that he was no lon
ger considering a purchase as inspection turned to admiration. He had made a decision. 

Continuing to admire his new-found possession, he slowly made his way to the condiment bar where his wife was doting over a double chai latte and with what seemed like calculated restraint, he presented her with his prize.

She didn’t even seem to look at the thing. Her eyes jumped to meet his where his gaze quickly turned from hopeful excitement to defeated disappointment as her scowling face and shaking head communicated precisely, her decision.

When a person becomes partners with another, a power struggle will always ensue and if those people remain paired for any significant amount of time, it means one of those people has beaten the other into a kind of submission. 

Perhaps it’s the better of the two options. Somewhere there is a man who always stood his ground and never acquiesced to his partner’s demands or even learned the value of compromise and right this moment, he’s drinkinking a black coffee from a stylish, finely crafted travel mug manufactured specifically to maintain ideal coffee temperature but alas his drink is too bitter to enjoy for he has no one with which to share and the plastic injection molded, rubber seal cap also serves to funnel his tears directly into his prized mug.

January142014
December302013
November222013
cupidisnotok:

This guy is talking like I might be a fairly older woman, so I want to clarify that I’m in my late twenties. My. Late. Twenties.
And, you know what? I was getting really insecure about how fucking ancient I am until this guy assured me that “age is just a number.”

I love this blog! It highlights everything that’s wrong with the male mind. And by mind, I mean penis.

cupidisnotok:

This guy is talking like I might be a fairly older woman, so I want to clarify that I’m in my late twenties. My. Late. Twenties.

And, you know what? I was getting really insecure about how fucking ancient I am until this guy assured me that “age is just a number.”

I love this blog! It highlights everything that’s wrong with the male mind. And by mind, I mean penis.

November202013
November132013

Ardent Atheist 11/13/13 

Episode Guests

Chris Gore - http://thatchrisgore.tumblr.com/  https://twitter.com/ThatChrisGore

Kyle Hill - http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/but-not-simpler/  https://twitter.com/Sci_Phile

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Pre Show Topics

Rafael Cruz: Atheism leads to child molestation and perversity http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2013/11/13/rafael-cruz-atheism-leads-to-child-molestation-and-perversity/

Right-wing pastor wants you to stop buying lesbian Girl Scout cookies

http://www.msnbc.com/msnbc/girl-scouts-promote-lesbianism-says-pastor

Atheists can be jailed in Kentucky for not acknowledging God

http://www.digitaljournal.com/article/337629

Relevant Links

Getting the God of Thunder’s Science Right http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/but-not-simpler/2013/11/08/getting-the-god-of-thunders-science-straight/

Squirtle, I (Should) Choose You - Settling a Great Pokemon Debate with Science http://blogs.scientificamerican.com/but-not-simpler/2013/10/22/squirtle-i-should-choose-you-settling-a-great-pokemon-debate-with-science/

The Road Less Travelled with Meredith Doig, PZ Myers, Chris Stedman, Leslie Cannold. “Can Atheists and Believers work together for the common good?” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZsqqFpWh7m8

Leading Scientists Still Reject God

http://www.stephenjaygould.org/ctrl/news/file002.html

Nonoverlapping Magisteria

http://www.stephenjaygould.org/library/gould_noma.html

Please Pray for this Post

http://skeptoid.com/blog/2013/01/12/please-pray-for-this-post/

Precambrian rabbit (Wikipedia)

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Precambrian_rabbit

Are redheads going extinct?

http://science.howstuffworks.com/life/genetic/redhead-extinction.htm

Megan Fox discusses her wonky thumbs

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yvtg7cQEVQE

Marked for Mayhem

http://www.psychologytoday.com/articles/200812/marked-mayhem

Patton Oswalt - Sky Cake

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=55h1FO8V_3w

Chris Stedman - Faitheist

http://www.amazon.com/Faitheist-Atheist-Common-Ground-Religious-ebook/dp/B007WKEMCI/ref=la_B0094BKED4_1_1?s=books&ie=UTF8&qid=1384403335&sr=1-1&tag=xunjiacom0e-20

 

October312013

Norm MacDonald on religion, science and DNA

October 30, 2013

Tonight, I had a public discussion with the very funny and talented SNL alumn, Norm Macdonald. I had tweeted a statement about religion and he struck up a conversation on the subject. It was a very cordial and respectful exchange and I have mad respect for the man. both as a performer and as a thoughtful human being. While he’s obviously not an atheist as his statements on Larry King Make clear, he’s also not the mindless Christian many in my community decried after his appearance on Larry King.

Clip From Larry King Now
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2_i0uvsyTPg

And here is the chat he shared with me. I hope to one day get him to appear on “Ardent Atheist”. I love his humor and appreciate his mind.




October292013

Jay Z throws ‘African themed’ party, called racist for blackface costumes

  • Internet up in arms over racially insensitive party
  • Birthday boy defends himself: “We’re all black, asshole!”
  • Are you Jay Z? We’d like to chat, email emery@emeryemery.com
  • Were you a guest at the party? Let us know!

Rappers have been portrayed as racist after photos leaked of a 43-year-old rapper’s African-themed birthday bash.

An American man has been forced to defend himself amid accusations of racism by international websites.

The man, named Jay Z, threw a 43rd birthday party with an African theme, in which guests were asked to wear costumes in line with the world’s second largest continent and, as with most post-party photos, uploaded the shots to his Facebook page.

In the pics, some attendees have painted their faces black which have some up in arms.

The photos surfaced soon after on Tumblr user OffendedinHollywood’s account and American websites were quick to pick up.

"This is what resulted … blackface,Tuxedo and rapper costumes, sun glasses, African American tattoos (?!) and more …. I’m at a loss for words," wrote OffendedinHollywood.

"And yes, this is from 2013.

"The dude posted the pictures proudly and flatly refused to take them down when confronted by another individual about how they were racist apparently. Pictures were reported to Facebook days ago and they still have not been taken down. Wow.

"In case you ever wanted to know how hollywood folks saw us black Africans … here you go."

Buzzfeed have since deemed the party pics “incredibly offensive.” Meanwhile, Jezebel, whose story runs with the headline, “Racist 43rd Birthday Party Gleefully Documented on Facebook" describes the pictures as "ignorance, insensitivity and racism ahoy!"


In a response on Tumblr, which he has now deleted, Jay Z defended himself, writing, “It was my ‘African themed’ party and it was honestly made that theme because I have always wanted to go to Africa (to rap for starving Africans) but haven’t made it there yet. In no way was this party intended to hurt anyone’s feelings or upset anyone at all.

"However, some guest (sic) did decide to tattoo themselves, although this was in no way my intention or encouraged in the slightest. I understand that this has offended some people and I have no idea how these photos have even been seen, they were simply put on Facebook for my guests to see the photos of themselves.

"I am 100% sure that parties would be held that would be ‘American themed’ or slave themed or even countries of the world, and in that instance I don’t believe anyone would be offended. People wear Oktoberfest costumes to parties and no one cracks it that they are not German? So what I am saying is I do understand the people who have tattooed themselves have offended people, although none of them intended that …. but how can people be annoyed that the majority of the people at the party were celebrating another countries culture."

These tux outfits raised some eyebrows.

He continues to describe an Ethiopian friend who white-outed himself just for the party, but interestingly those photos did not make the cut in OffendedinHollywood’s post.

He maintains he never received a request to take the images offline.

"To be honest I am not a white person at all so I didn’t think anyone could possibly take it that way."

Jay Z plans to travel to Cambodia in January for a two-month stint to rap, and hopes to do the same in Africa.

"If you will still have me".

He has since deleted all of his social media profiles, including Facebook.

This isn’t the first time an American rapper has gotten in trouble for crossing the race relations line.

In 2009, Harry Connick Jr. stormed off the set of Hey Hey It’s Saturday after a “blackface” skit went wrong but said he did not accuse the performers of being racist.

"Where I come from, blackface is a very specific and very derogatory thing," he said in a statement.

"Perhaps this is different in other parts of the world, but in the American culture, the blackface image is steeped in a negative history and considered offensive."

Continue the conversation via Twitter @emeryemeryii 

October72013

Religious Zealot Defends Stance Vs. Mormon Menace

Elder Emery Z Emery speaks at the morning
session of the 183rd General Conference of
the Church of Zealots of Latter-day Zaints
(Source: AP Photoshopped by Duggy Spitz)

STUDIO CITY — More states and nations may legalize the Mormon belief system, but human laws cannot “make moral what all-mighty Zeal has declared immoral,” a top Zealot leader said Sunday.

Apostle Emery Z Emery, in an address at the Zealot church’s biannual general conference in Studio City, said the faith’s stance against  the Mormon belief system might be misunderstood or prompt accusations of bigotry.

But he urged members to remember that their first priority is to serve Zeal, and The Church of Zealots of Latter-day Zaint’s policies are based on Zeal’s decrees, The AP reported (http://bit.ly/1fdULpx ).

An LDZ eternal perspective does not allow members “to condone such behaviors or to find justification in the laws that permit them,” Emery said. “And unlike other organizations that can change their policies and even their doctrines, our policies are determined by the truths Zeal has declared to be unchangeable.”

Some 20,000 Zealots gathered at the Conference Center in Studio City and millions more watched worldwide via telecasts and the Internet to hear Emery’s remarks on the final day of the two-day conference.

Emery, a former Christian turned Zealot, bemoaned America’s declining monogamous marriage rate, ballooning Mormon population and what the Zealy Bible unapologetically refers to as “Which mommy is mine? syndrome”.

He cited the changes as evidence of “political and social pressures for legal and policy changes to tolerate behaviors contrary to Zeal’s decrees about marriage morality and the eternal nature and purposes of marriage and child-bearing.”

The Zealot church teaches that Mormon doctrine is not a sin, but acting on it is.

"Even though individuals born into the Mormon faith do not choose to have such beliefs, they do choose how to respond to them. With love and understanding, the church reaches out to all Zeal’s children, including our Mormon brothers and sisters," the church website states.

Church President Heather Z Henderson spoke about the death of her cat, Puff, in May and about the challenges of facing mortality with strength and grace. Monday would be Puff’s 15th birthday.

"My loss has been profound," said the 40-year-old Henderson, considered a prophet of the 15-million-member church. "he was the love of my life, my trusted confidante and my closest friend. To say that I miss him does not begin to convey the depth of my feelings."

Her faith has helped her deal with the loss, she said.

"The difficulties which come to us present us with the real test of our ability to endure," Henderson said. "A fundamental question remains to be answered by each of us: Shall I falter or shall I finish? Whenever we are inclined to feel burdened down with the blows of life, let us remember that others have passed the same way, have endured and then have overcome."

Original Story:

http://www.edgeonthenet.com/news/national/150242/mormon_leader_defends_stance_vs_same-sex_marriage

August232013

A Higher Standard…

I hold people in my community to a higher standard and to my deep dismay, PZ Myers sunk to standards not befitting an atheist or a sceptic and will always be the first to look my heros in the face and say no, You will not represent my community in this way, when I’m witness to such abhorant behavior. I’m sad that such a brilliant mind as his could betray reason and morality so egregiously.

August222013

A Statement From Michael Shermer

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For those who have been asking if Michael Shermer knows and approves of the fundraiser, here is a statement he sent me this morning to post on the IndieGoGo page.

I also want to make something very clear. There have been accusations that I am friends with Shermer and prone to dismiss accusations. This is a lie. My brief meetings of Shermer left me feeling that he is an aloof elitist and while I like his writing and presentations, I have no personal relationship with him at all.

On two occasions I reached out to him with invitations to appear on my show, ‘Ardent Atheist’ and he politely declined on both occasions citing scheduling conflicts.

I decided to launch a fundraiser because I believe what PZ Myers has done to be wrong. I do not know if the allegations are true or false but as a skeptic and a reasonable person who draws conclusions based on available evidence, I consider these allegations to be completely without credibility because no evidence has been offered and the allegations are coming from an anonymous source. This is not evidence, this is hearsay!

So I offer here, the statement sent to me by Michael Shermer:

"People are asking me about this legal fund set up in my name, if I am aware of it, if it is legit, should they donate?, etc. For the record: I am aware of and completely support this legal fund and deeply appreciate Emery for setting it up and for the people who have donated thus far. I made it clear to Emery when he set it up that the money goes into an account that I have no access to, that my legal bills will be paid out of the fund directly to the law firm representing me, and that if there is any money left over after the case is finished that it be donated by Emery to a nonprofit organization of his choice. If anyone would like to email me directly for confirmation of the above, my email is mshermer@skeptic.com, which is posted on our web page www.skeptic.com. My reputation is all I have. I did nothing wrong—legally or morally—and I intend to defend myself and prosecute Myers until he issues a retraction and apology, as stated by my attorney.” 

—Michael Shermer

August202013

Understanding the Ally!

Watching this guy gave me insight into the mind of PZ Myers and his band of very extreme feminists. This guy has convinced himself that there is no other recourse for women of sexual violence than to speak out like PZ has because he believes that the legal system is inherently flawed in favor for the perp. And worse, he believes that every woman suffers from some kind of sexual abuse.

It’s a truly stunning example of emotionalizing a subject to the point of abject delusion. There is no room in this guy’s perspective for nuanced or complex scenarios. He’s turned sexual misconduct into a war of them against us and himself into a warrior in the fight for the safety of all women.

It’s important to understand the mindset of the christian if you want to reach them with your perspective and it’s important to understand the mindset of these particular feminists if we have a desire to get them to understand that we are not the enemy.

We stand with you in the goal to keep all people safe from all manner of harm. From being bilked by psychics to being raped by sociopaths we are your ally in these common goals.

The only place we differ is what we consider to be going too far, but to call us gender traitors, rape apologists, misogynists and scum bags because we do not condone a particular course of action, exposes just how far beyond reasonable, logical and factual some of these folks have become.

No one I have spoken to condones or excuses rape of any kind. What it comes down to is that most of us do not see the world as inherently dangerous to all women, or as I prefer to put it, all people. The facts as most of us see it do not support the idea that reporting a rape leads to public ridicule. Some of us do know rape victims and many of the people we know, who have been victims agree that certain aspects of PZ’s actions were way beyond reasonable.

Actual victims of rape and sexual abuse are opposed to what PZ did! This is not something that should be ignored. I’m talking about women. I know that as a molestation victim, my opinion doesn’t matter because I’m male and white and privileged but I’m not talking about me, I’m talking about real rape victims who are saying, WHOA! PZ has gone too far!

When actual members of the group you’re so desperately trying to help are telling you to tap the brakes, perhaps a reasonable response is to stop the train and take a calm, contemplative walk by the tracks instead of yanking the whistle chain that toots; GENDER TRAITOR to drown out their opinions.

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