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Zomberina's Flick Schtick Review - This Is The End (2013)

Who is up for a comedy filled with demon spawn, demon dong, demon molestation, and tons of elite Hollywood stars? This girl was, and I lived to tell the tale!     Welcome to Hollywood! Where, just like we suspected, A-Listers like to party, sing about taking off panties, and live in excess. This tale is spun around two longtime Hollywood friends Seth Rogen (Pineapple Express) and Jay Baruchel (Million Dollar Baby). The latter of which doesn't really care for the mainstream life and is st

TheBluegrassSkeptic

TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

Zomberina's Flick Schtick 7 Below Movie Review

7 Below (2012)   Starring: Val Kilmer, Ving Rhames, Luke Goss, Matt Barr, and Rebecca Da Costa   Rated R   Running Time: 90 minutes   A dejected, adopted, boy slaughters his family in...guess what..a house, back in the early 1900's. Fast forward 100 years to the day, a tour bus crash leaves a group of people stranded at this house.   Hmmnn...Think this story has been played over and over and over and over and over? You're right.   To be honest, my opinion of this movie was already l

TheBluegrassSkeptic

TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

You Have To Be A Die Hard Cynic To Be Religious

Most of my mornings are filled with top 40 hits of pop music as I commute to work, kids in tow. This radio station is a clear favorite for all of us with its variety, and usually I can ignore the music and let the kids enjoy a little be bopping before going to school. Recently though, we discovered that on Sunday mornings there is a half hour of programming starting at 7:30 a.m. that is evangelical in nature.   "We are going to tell you how to improve your life." "Through God all things are po

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

You Are The Most Singular Person I Have Ever Met

You ever have one of those conversations with a friend, family member, or coworker, where you are describing your atheism or questioning of religion and you are asked the inevitable,”What/Who/Why did you/are you doubting the existence of God?” Ignore the entire question except for the who/what/why part. You are about to realize this person is probably one of the most singular thinking people you’ve ever met. This is because the fundamental core of scrutinizing the irreligious is locating the ca
 

Why You Can Be Certain Deities Do Not Exist

Whether you used to believe in Jesus or Yahweh, Muhammed or Allah, Krishna or Zeus, I can assure you that none exist. I will even take you further than that and guarantee they do not exist. It is all about your perception of the concept what a god/goddess is. Not a definition, but the concept.   Most folks I meet agree on the following traits about their preferred deity (these are just the bare bones basics):   1. The deity is an actual being. 2. The deity has supernatural powers that influ

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

Why Praying For Paris Isn't Necessarily Useless

I'm going to probably catch some serious flack for what I'm about to say, but bear with me.   I'm not offended by the whole #PrayforParis bit. I have several reasons for this, all of which I think are fair enough. The first being that many folks cannot comprehend what they can do to render aid to such a large scale tragedy, let alone console those who have suffered. This is not a condemnation of their humanity. This is not a failure to act. This is the variations of the biological responses we

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

Where Am I Again?

A lot of politicians and congressional members have been making the headlines in some of the worst ways lately. Headline making behavior like writing treasonous sounding letters of hate and rebellion against diplomatic talks directly to Iranian leadership. Making the phrase "climate change" an unrecognized term when talking about Earth science. Trying to declare Christianity the state religion. Submitting legislation that proposes punishing homosexuals....wait for it...for being homosexual. Ther

TheBluegrassSkeptic

TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

When Secular Children Fly Solo At Church

This weekend was a personal test for my parenting. As an atheist parent, I am pretty adamant in presenting both sides of an argument and using context when discussing religious belief with my kids. The only confirmation of how fair of a job I am doing is when the kids end up in awkward situations of religious types where I am not present. I eagerly wait to hear about the results later.   Before I go into my eldest son's adventure in the land of Woo, I should probably elaborate on the foundatio

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

When Religious Shepherds Fail Their Flocks

Jehovah spoke to me, told me to act. Vester Flanagan.   America, we have to stop the double standard being applied to Christianity. Just like in Islam, and even within Hinduism, you have your extremists. Still many Christians beg me not to judge the entirety of their religion, yet turn right around and denounce the entire lot of the Islamist community as extremists.   Jesus lovers everywhere, it’s time to understand that this is where extremism starts. In the actions of lone individuals, who

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

When Psychopaths Strike

Craig Hicks made headlines this week after brutally gunning down three UNC students over an alleged parking space disagreement. Many are saying in reports that his aggressive response was part of a larger ideological motive. Deah Barakat, 23; Yusor Mohammed, 21; and Razan Abu-Sallah, 19, were of Muslim faith, and Hicks is a self declared atheist.   There are postulations abound to be read about Mr. Hicks and his deadly act of violence against these three young people just getting their feet in

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

When Atheist Lovers Collide

"Anyone who believes in that shit is an idiot. Feeble minded and stupid."   Man, that is pretty harsh an assessment of those who believe in religion, isn't it? It's even harder to hear when you don't share the same attitude towards theists. Worse? What if that was your lover talking to you? These type of atheist attitudes can be difficult in a relationship with a friend, family member, or lover. I've found myself in this type of scenario, and in public no less, and it completely jived against

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

What’S Atheism Got To Do With It? Why Automatically Tagging Philosophy To Atheism Is A Bad Idea.

“So, you’re an atheist. What does that mean other than you think you are a gift to the world?”   “How can you call yourself an atheist and support abortion?”   “Atheist men tend to be misogynists.”   “Where do you get the right to determine what is right or not? You’re an atheist!”   Any of these sound familiar when someone cannot accept or understand your lack of belief? The examples above are the most common arguments/insults/comments I receive when my atheism is brought into the spotl

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

What Is With All The Hate? Fuck!

Traffic light ahead of me, oozing red through it's curved lense, and I am stuck listening to NPR focusing on all the horrible ignorance that has been spouting out of every orifice while atop a soap box that mankind can possibly find. Besides the news radio on my morning commute, at lunch I was bombarded with further sensational headlines and bylines.   Yemen: Some protestors admit they haven't see the movie they cite as instigating the demonstrations.   Libya: Burning down buildings and ki

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

Well, She Finally Wants To Know Why I Dropped God

So my cousin and I got into another debate/argument/slapping "talk" on FB. Naturally, she posts links in response to anything I say on my wall, and this time, in regards to Easter, a link she posted proved my point about the Paschal Moon. ANYWAYS, she said Easter is NOW about Jesus, and I agreed that she and her book can hijack all the holidays they desire because it isn't anything new in history.   Yeah, went over like a lead balloon.   Needless to say the conversation went down hill from t

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

We're All Broken, We're All Fragile, and We're All a Statistic

Having a friend make headline news by becoming the embodiment of everything wrong in the world was not how I imagined my evening would begin. Scott Smith, one of the hosts of the Recovering From Religion podcast, top dog activist for Military Association of Atheists and Freethinkers (MAAF ), father of three, and all around good guy, turned a very dark corner earlier today. He shot and killed his wife and then took his own life just as police arrived. Three school age girls are going home to rela

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

We Are Just Animated Pieces Of Meat

If you haven’t read the recent Daily Mail piece by A.N. Wilson, I would recommend you do so to follow along with what I am about to go on about. Some of you might already be familiar with his emotional appeal drivel for Christ and might be able to save yourself the agony of reading more of his blatantly misleading depictions of atheism.   http://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-1169145/Religion-hatred-Why-longer-cowed-secular-zealots.html   With that said, he likes to akin atheists belief th

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

Watercoolers, School Shootings, and Apathetic Gamesmanship

School shootings bring out all kinds of reactions. Some folks immediately seek to speak on gun rights, and how guns don't kill people, people do. Some folks focus on the murderer(s). Why would they do this? Were they sick in the head? And some only speak on the victims and the lasting emotional/physical trauma that has been inflicted.   About three weeks ago, there was another mass shooting in Kentucky at Marshall County high school. This shooting came up in my office break ro

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

Voting Is Not A Waste Of Time In America!

I realize many have the whole "suppression by depression" syndrome going on when it comes to presidential elections, but I ask you to consider this.   Even if you vote for an independent, you are sending a message to all the political parties. After elections, they analyze the voter base that turned out AND turned away. They want to know why 3rd parties got your vote because they want to find a way to get YOUR vote next time! So make your voice heard!   http://www.gottavote.com   You have

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

VA GOP Candidate Says Because Incest Can Be Voluntary, Sometimes...Then No Exception For Abortion

The headline is colorful, chilling, and woefully short sighted about the issues of incest, pregnancy, and consent.   I think it goes without much emphasis how quickly it hit all the wrong buttons that put me back to my youth being molested by my father. It made me immediately reflect on the moment I said yes when he asked if he could pretend I was my mother. That headline made me stand up and pace the room for a good three minutes, reminding myself how often incest happens: voluntarily

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

Untitled Lust

Impossible to alleviate   Ambivalent nature of human flesh   Making the straight line hard to toe   And I try to curb all these   Cravings   Urges   Needs   Torridity   All these things I embody   Lingering in my senses   Lounging on the far edge of my view   Dallying the tips of my thoughts   Along the luscious fronds of what was once inhibited pleasure.   Yearning for the carnality of their gratifying essence.   Longingly, I play in these leaves of temptation   Ob

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

Two Years Ago

So, I was going through a bunch of writings from my high school newspaper days, and came across some of my journaling attempts from just a couple years ago. It's a fun way to reflect on life and where you were at in your state of being at the time. The backdrop for this particular entry I am sharing would be my having once again, for the gazillionth time, left my current special someone. At this point, I had entered into a new relationship where I actually managed to fall in love and move past m

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

Trial And Error Isn't A Complicated Topic

"You're an atheist. How can you know right from wrong then if you don't have God to show you?"   I was asked this by a representative of a local Catholic church at a community small business event last night. You know the type of event, where the businesses stay open extra late and let customers hang out till late in the evening. This church had decided they would be a "business" too. A business of saving souls. So, they were offering Communion to anyone and everyone. Well, everyone except me
 

Title Vii Of The Civil Rights Act Of 1964

"Everyone, no discussion of politics and religion, please!"   The chatter of the Mayan apocalypse and Christ's most certain return this year, which were both initially induced by a Christmas countdown clock email for our desktops, abruptly quieted to a hush of incredulous faces and gasps at the outright authority in my supervisor's Irish flavored scolding to our office.   His short, and rather stout frame, disappeared back in to his office, and within a few moments, our Venezuelan saleswoman

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TheBluegrassSkeptic

 

This July 4Th It Is Time For A Vagina Strike! Lock The Twat, People!

Tired of the ridiculous legislation that is being forced through by those in congress with conservative ideals and religious motivation that might not match your own?   Want to make a clear message that as women, we are not to be anymore legislated than our fellow men are?   Ohio has recently decided that women must undergo a MANDATORY ultrasound in order to get an abortion, and plans to cut funding for contraception, and has decided we are pregnant before we really are, let's help our men a
 

There Is A Time And Place To Be A Hero

It seems my workplace has a never-ending fount of social no-no’s and religiously related eye rolling. This is something I kind of value about my job in a small Southern federal office in the Bible Belt. That attitude kind of bit me in the ass the other morning, and it took me a few days to process this because I was completely caught off guard by a supervisor’s audacity during a conversation. I really had to take time to reflect on his motives behind his words.   A little background is in orde
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