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Why are democrats asking me for money to do their job?

Quite a few #Republicans should be out of a job because of their negligence. I want to fight back. But I refuse to accept this idea from the DNC that a donation will do the job. Democrats don't need my money to do their job. They will get their paychecks tomorrow even when others will not. The democrats must learn how to respond to the dishonest tactics of Republicans better. When the Republicans say "the american people want this" someone needs to be there to say "actually polls show the american people don't want this."

You don't need my money to fight something that the Republicans promised to their base. The Republicans promised gleefully they would shut the government down as a tactic. They are getting what they want... the destruction of America so they can get their own sick twisted ideological goals based on a misinterpretation of a bronze age book and whoever is willing to give them the most money.


Here is how they asked for money:


Republicans killing America(ns)

On a scale of 1-10 how mad are you at the Republican party for holding us hostage, risking our credit rating, and trying to restrict us from affordable health care?  I am a 10.  It makes me sick that they are treating our fiscal health and literal health like a game.  Oh how ironic, I'm sick... I don't have health insurance!

Let the Republicans know you will not be voting for them in the future.  Here are some of their twitter feeds.


A Christian friend made me feel like we've come a long way

I played golf today with my favorite Christian golfing partner.  I said something like "and if you think I'm a non-conformist with my atheism..."  and he cut me off and said "I don't think you're non-conforming, I see you like most other people.  Almost everyone is atheist now." The numbers don't necessarily back his claim, but his perception is that most people are atheist.  This certainly wouldn't have been the case in our discussions 10 years ago.  

We came to a point of agreement that the majority of Americans don't practice religion actively.  Maybe we're products of the sights and relationships we have in our liberal Philadelphia area.  I suppose our perception might be different if we lived in the bible belt.  Thankfully, we don't.  

It feels damn good to know I played a role in getting us this far.  Hopefully you have done enough to feel the same way.  


Do you use twitter? I sent a tweet out today about an RRS reunion.

 I sent a tweet out today asking people to retweet if you wanted to see Kelly, Rook, and I get together for some kind of RRS reunion.  Rook and Kelly retweeted it.  Jake and Rich Woods retweeted it.  None of you retweeted it.  So I assume most of you don't use twitter or don't check it.  I thought you might want me to bring it to your attention, so you can retweet it.  

Here is my new facebook account info

Facebook has figured out that "Sapient" isn't my real last name.  They have restricted access to my account and I can no longer do anything with it.  This includes managing the "page" I created for "Brian Sapient" and managing some of the facebook groups I formed related to atheism.  As a result I will not participate in Facebook as frequently from now on.  However I have created a new page for people to like that I will communicate on from time to time.  Please share this page to let others know it's the only profile I'm using on facebook now.

A better place to find me on social media is usually twitter:

I'm not a big google+ fan but I am on it:



Barney Frank is an atheist!

Seems like Barney Frank has lent credence to the idea that the atheist closet is harder to escape than the one for gays.  Only after retiring was Barney Frank able to admit he is an atheist.  

Celebatheists story: Barney Frank is an atheist 


Want to do a good deed, help an atheist in financial need ($375)

 I understand that many of us are struggling but I was touched by a story and request for help posted tonight by Terence Weyenberg.

His car was about to be repossessed and he asked for immediate help to pay the bill to avoid it.  He received a loan from a friend but had to deplete the last $200 he had and has no cash on hand for luxuries like food.  I know we're a skeptical bunch, but I think it's legit, and maybe a few of you will want to throw $5-10 his way to buy him a meal.  Just a good deed for the day, a few dollars to a freethinking brother who could use a hand up.  



Chris Hayes (MSNBC) wishes you a Happy War on Christmas

 Chris Hayes wishes you a Merry Christmas or a Happy War on Christmas, whichever you celebrate.


Google Hangout on Friday night EST (Solstice/Non-Apocalypse)

Want to hang out with me for an hour on Friday night (8:30-9:30 EST) to celebrate life, the season, the non-apocalypse, and our heightened awareness?

This Friday on the Winter Solstice and just over 12 hours after the world doesn't end I would like to get together with those who I relate to the most.  Please make sure you add me to your circle, and I'll add you back.  Also RSVP to the event.  If you need an invite please send me a message on Google +.

To keep the party fresh, maybe I'll show a relevant youtube video (or three) if we need.  Do you have a favorite Solstice video?  Maybe a video about the Mayan calender from a skeptics perspective?  

Maybe you have a topic you want to discuss, or a question you want addressed?  Please feel free to post below any videos, topics, questions.

More importantly... please show up.




Victoria Soto died protecting her students

There are a few stories about the amazing teachers who died protecting the lives of their students.  I just wanted to take a moment to honor her.

This is Victoria Soto born 11/04/85. She was killed protecting her students in Newtown. She made her children hide in closets and in the bathroom and in doing so put herself in harms way. I will remember her and I honor her courage and dedication to the well being of her students. And unlike the person who I found out about this story from, I refuse to use her story to make a political point.  I believe she deserves to be honored simply for what she has done.  Her bravery goes above and beyond the call of duty.  

Here is a snippet from the news:

Miss Soto, who had taught at the school for five years was described by one of her deeply distraught 10-year-old pupils as ‘really nice and funny’, was trying to shield her students and usher them into a closet when she came face-to-face with the gunman.
Miss Soto’s cousin, Jim Wiltsie, said: “She put herself between the gunman and the children and that’s when she was tragically shot and killed.

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