#0026 RRS Newsletter for July 9, 2007

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I hope you all had a good weekend. There is a lot to get to today. First off, I want to draw your attention to the Entertainment section for the atheist comedian I just found (well, rather, he found me) Jamie Kilstein, he is very funny and he is currently in an online competition the YOU can vote on! Go register and vote for this dude, you can go straight to his article and video by clicking HERE. I will be featuring him all week, the voting closes this Saturday so be sure to get your vote in before then!

In the Science section I have started a new series of videos. A lecture given by a British Chemical Biologist, John Maynard Smith. If your not a total science geek (like me) you may find it a bit dry and boring, though.

Thanks for reading, if you have any comments or suggestions you can reach me directly HERE.
Stay rational,
Jack
and the RRS MI team

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Rational Response Squad News

RRS Michigan News

Science News

My contributions for today

Religion

My contributions for today Christian Terrorist NOT Charged with Terrorism Jesus is coming! Mother Teresa is Bullshit! The Sweet Love of Jesus Christians Murdered Indians

Government

My contributions for today David Schuster shreds neo-con apologist (idiot) Liberty Bound Supreme Assholes Kucinich answers questions at Town Hall Climate Exchange

Community

My contributions for today Debunking Homophobia (great video)

Entertainment

My contributions for today I MADE THE TOP 10 VOTE AGAIN SAVE DEMOCRACY!! National Lampoon's 72 Virgins the passion of the Zombie Christ 46 & 2

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I have decided that I will host monthly RRS MI meetings and/or outings in an effort to bulid a better sense of community. These will be held on the last Thursday of every month. This means the first one will be held on July 26th, and we will be watching the movie "The God Who Wasn't There". If you all have seen this, please let me know, we can choose another, but I thought it fitting to start with that one, and I WILL start the evening off with a group discussion on where and what we would like to see come out of this local chapter (something that was never really talked about in depth yesterday). Other activities under consideration are things like scientific exhibition outings, protests where needed, and possibly the planning of political activism as our state is concerned.

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Origin of Life - Lecture by John Maynard Smith (1 of 6)

Origin of Life - Lecture by John Maynard Smith (2 of 6)

Origin of Life - Lecture by John Maynard Smith (3 of 6)

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Check out this article!

Complaint silences church bell

The Foxhole Manifesto

A Chick Track - One Way!

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Christian Terrorist NOT Charged with Terrorism

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From: ATHEISTS AGNOSTICS SKEPTICS & HUMANISTS ON MYSPACE
Date: Jul 7, 2007 7:41 AM

BlueGreenEarth / ESEI

Hypocrites & assholes...

Compare with this story - "Sleeper" jailed for Qaeda document trove!

Best chuck your copies of The Anarchist's Cookbook away now, guys (useless though it is)...

Eye-wink

- Tim

fwd from Paul @ bluegreenearth:

Christian Terrorist Not Charged with Terrorism
Posted by: "Dan Clore"

[A fundamentalist Christian carbombs (what he believes to be) an abortion clinic. Compare and contrast mass-media coverage of this terrorist act with similar acts by Islamists, and with acts of sabotage by animal-rights and environmentalist groups. In particular, note that this terrorist was not charged with terrorism, and the mass media does not describe him as a terrorist. (Also note that he picked 9/11 to commit his terrorist act.--DC]

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http://www.feminist.org/news/newsbyte/uswirestory.asp?id=10396

Feminist Daily News Wire
July 2, 2007
Detroit Man Sentenced for Women's Health Clinic Arson

David McMenemy, 46, was sentenced Friday to 5 years in prison for attempting to burn down a Davenport, Iowa women's health clinic on
September 11, 2006. McMenemy, a Detroit native, crashed his car into a building that he believed to be an abortion clinic and lit a bottle filled with gasoline before surrendering to firefighters. The Edgerton Women's Health Care Center does not perform or make referrals for abortions, but provides prenatal care and medical services to low-income and underprivileged women, according to clinic officials.

During the sentencing, McMenemy admitted wrongdoing, telling US District Judge John Javery, "It was wrong. Even if it was an abortion clinic, it would still be wrong." He then added that he planned to distance himself from any anti-abortion organizations in the future.

The judge ordered him to pay $263,252 in damages to the clinic and also to be treated for mental health and substance-abuse.

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Jesus is coming!

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Date: Jul 7, 2007 3:18 PM

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Date: Jul 7, 2007 10:45 AM


Beatle bones 'n' smokein' stones






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Mother Teresa is Bullshit!

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Mother Theresa collected funds for promoting the love of God. Find out how she spent God's money.







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The Sweet Love of Jesus

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Date: Jul 7, 2007 10:13 PM

Cheryl

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In light of that last video, I was reminded of a video a friend of mine put together. The song is not hers, but she assembled this video, which complements it beautifully. I've posted this before, but it bears repeating, powerful beyond words! Thanks again go to Eva, and the musicians, "Corporate Avenger".

Christians Murdered Indians

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David Schuster shreds neo-con apologist (idiot)

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Date: Jul 7, 2007 8:41 PM

From: Doug & Lydia - Progressive Talk Radio

David Schuster was filling in for Chris Matthews on Hardball. He interviews neo-con author Fouad Ajami, who wrote a Wall Street Journal OpEd comparing Scooter Libby to our fallen soldiers in Iraq (I know, WTF?! That's a stretch, even for the most twisted neo-con mind.)

And kudos to Schuster. He is relentless in his efforts to expose this guy for the neo-con fool he is. And watch Schuster make an idiot out of this guy over the CIA leak, and the dishonest neo-con line that Richard Armitage was the leaker, not Scooter Libby.

Kudos also to Paul Rieckoff for his direct and honest comments in the second half of this segment. We're waiting for Paul's book to arrive. Once it does, he will be a guest on our show.

Nicely done, David. Very nicely done.






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Liberty Bound

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Date: Jul 7, 2007 8:57 PM

Thanks! ~

Tony
Psylocke's Psychic Knife
bigassbuzz
Impeach GeOgre/ 9.11 Truth
Charlie Brown (Truth Seeker)
yaKir



Liberty Bound is a horrifying, yet strangely humorous film about the loss of civil liberties and the undermining of Democracy in the United States




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Blue Moose Films, LLC
1 hr 27 min 28 sec
www.libertybound.com


http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=-5089601709558101431

A US Citizen's journey of discovery into the lies, oppression, and corruption that has invaded her country since 9/11.

Through ... all original footage, archived footage, and interviews with people such as Howard Zinn, Michael Parenti, and Michael Ruppert, Liberty Bound explores the state of the union and its ostensible move toward fascism. We talk with people who have been interrogated by the Secret Service and threatened with arrest for doing such benign things as sending an email, turning around during a Bush speech, and having a philosophical discussion on a train.

MySpace URL: http://www.myspace.com/libertyboundfilm

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Supreme Assholes

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Date: Jul 8, 2007 8:43 AM

From: The Man Common

Supreme Assholes

Ever since the 2000 election, when television network news broadcasters began the practice of dividing the country into "red" and "blue" states, the conservative part of the country has seemed to want to hasten the divide.

Nearly two years ago in this column, I wrote of the man who now sits in the chief justice chair of the Supreme Court, "if there's one thing that [John] Roberts can safely be accused of, it is that he is an asshole." And due to the efforts of the Roberts court, with freshman justice Samuel Alito safely ensconced within it, we have begun working our way toward the half-asshole nation.

"The Constitution follows the flag," Finley Peter Dunne's fictional character Mr. Dooley once opined, "but the Supreme Court follows the election returns." Except now, the angry white men--plus one angry black man without a historical conscience--are leading the whole country down the path of the angry assholes of the nation, back toward the past. Cities that try to remedy segregation are rebuffed, as Clarence Thomas compares integration plans to Jim Crow. Women are contemptuously told that they don't have the temperament to be trusted with their own bodies, and if want to remedy wage discrimination, they've got only six months to figure out if they're being discriminated against, and after that, they can just take what they get and like it.

In a piece for Tribune Media Services, judicial columnist Robyn Blumner wrote of the new court, "The addition of Chief Justice John Roberts and Justice Samuel Alito to the heartless duo of Justices Antonin Scalia and Clarence Thomas has cemented a plurality for cruelty. If there's a choice between casting a lot for the little guy, tipping a case toward compassion, or putting a foot on his throat, it's a safe bet that these four will be getting out their jackboots."

Over the course of the last term, the court has been champing at the bit to overturn longstanding precedents (especially in the cases of Scalia and Thomas, for whom the judicial tradition of stare decisis must mean as little as Alberto Gonzales' oath of office). Due to the more sly efforts of Roberts and Alito, however, the court is content to hollow out precedent while leaving it standing as a fragile shell solely for appearances.

And what of those appearances? Do they constitute any kind of grim assurance for those who, back in 2000, claimed there wasn't "a dime's bit of difference" between George W. Bush and Al Gore? Sure, Roe v. Wade hasn't been overturned yet. Sure, the court didn't turn Brown v. Board of Education on its head because we should operate as if we are a color-blind nation. But behind each new opinion released by the court, with its clockwork 5-4 opinions, one can detect a desire by the majority to have a predetermined outcome, and carving the language of the opinion to fit it. You want state-sponsored funding of religion? No problem--out comes Hein v. Freedom From Religion Foundation, and Scalia's caustic belief that the precedent set in 1968's Flast v. Cohen should be tossed out like yesterday's crab shells. Hey, if the president now wants to use money to subsidize religious programs, you as a taxpayer don't have dick to say about it. Tough noogies.

I keep imagining what the science-fiction universe would look like if Al Gore had won and the composition of the court had changed in the other direction. Say what you want about Tipper Gore and her late-'80s efforts to "protect" children from profanity and drugs via the Parents Music Resource Center, but one can be sure that a court with a Gore-appointed chief justice might actually get the humor inherent in the dadaist banner BONG HITS 4 JESUS.

Come on, people! BONG HITS 4 JESUS! I want to put this on a sticker on the back of my car, and I'm not even a pro-drug kind of guy. As a commenter in Slate.com's reader letter section "The Fray" recently put it, "The courts always have trouble with humor. They're serious places filled with serious people in serious clothes doing serious things. Judges demand--and expect--respect, and don't tolerate jokes. Even when they talk about humor, they fall back on Important Satirists like Jonathan Swift, and don't discuss the equally subversive, but much funnier, Molière."

So if the justices barely get old-fashioned humor, then the surreal is entirely out of bounds for them. The Alaskan high-schooler who got suspended for hanging this banner wasn't even on school grounds--he was across the street. It reminds me of when I was suspended in eighth grade for calling my math teacher "Jelly Belly"--while I was in history class. It's not the words, it's the principle of the thing, and authority is authority, context be damned.

So this is the Roberts court. I can't wait to see what happens when the constitutional-crisis train we are on arrives at their station. I shudder to think what the asshole conductor will say when it arrives.

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Kucinich answers questions at Town Hall Climate Exchange

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Date: Jul 8, 2007 9:12 AM

Thanks: Dennis Kucinich for President in 2008

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1_gg-uC72Rk






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Nicole Smalkowski interview on 20/20

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Debunking Homophobia (great video)

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Date: Jul 8, 2007 8:14 AM

Thank You:
Cheryl
Zombie Wendy





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Ricky - The Bible (animals)

Atheist Stand-up Comedian, Jamie Kilstein

I MADE THE TOP 10 VOTE AGAIN SAVE DEMOCRACY!!

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From: Jamie Kilstein
Date: Jul 7, 2007 6:28 PM

I MADE THE TOP 10! VOTE AGAIN SAVE DEMOCRACY!
REGISTER HERE
http://famecast.com/registerfan.php

VOTE HERE http://famecast.com/contest/centerstage.php?stage_id=6&round_id=59

Lots of people on the list have been cheating with bots and multiple acounts so if you could repost this and help out that would be swell.Mailing lists bullitains, anything! Thanks so much. This could get me out of living in my car.

And even though I am desperate for cash I will donate 1000 bucks to Democracy Now! Independent media is the only way to get real news. If you are not familiar
go to democracynow.org Haza!

J

Jamie Kilstein

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National Lampoon's 72 Virgins

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the passion of the Zombie Christ

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46 & 2

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Sweet!!!

Much thanks to:
Dan G.

Just because....

Lyrics and Video for the Tool song Forty Six & 2
The Shadow as defined by Carl Jung
46 & 2 chromosomes explained by Drunvalo Melchizadek
Art by Alex Grey


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The darkness of godlessness lets wisdom shine.