Peter Pumpkinhead

I always liked this song from an atheist band – XTC

The Ballad Of Peter Pumpkinhead

Peter Pumpkinhead came to town
Spreading wisdom and cash around
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A Muscial Interlude

We interrupt these serious discussions about gun control to bring you a few videos of some wonderful music performed by an international bevy of musicians.

This one is just as good.


My Christmas Post

If you like Tim Minchin, you’ll love this – and it’s Banned in Britain! Well, not really, but it was cut from the TV show it was recorded for, which is sorta like being banned.

But, he has a good attitude about it. I wish Americans had this kind of response.

It’s 2011. The appropriate reaction to people who think Jesus is a supernatural being is mild embarrassment, sighing tolerance and patient education.

And anger when they’re being bigots.

Oh, and satire. There’s always satire.

Merry Christmas, everyone!

Don’t Know Much ‘Bout Nuttin.

They just wanna be elected.

Atheists Don’t Have No Songs

Now they do.

A friend sent this to me. Thanks, Sean.


Wired magazine says you shouldn’t say “BRB” (meaning “Be Right Back”) when you’re online. It’s not proper netiquette, apparently. You’re supposed to just go, and come back, and not announce yourself. But what do I know? If you listen to cl, not much.

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You Can’t Make It Here

In an attempt to lighten things up, again, I present a despondent, but emotionally acute song by James McMurtry. Many of you may be familiar with his father, Larry McMurtry, author of Lonesome Dove, The Last Picture Show, and numerous other works of fiction, screen credits and essays,  as well as a recipient of the Pulitzer Prize (for Lonesome Dove).

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Galileo’s head was on the block
The crime was looking up the truth

After a couple of very heavy, existential, somewhat contentious posts, I thought I’d lighten things up a little. Everybody knows who Galileo was. He was born 445 year ago last February, so it’s not exactly a nice round anniversary to celebrate. Lets just say that he inspired a song by the Indigo Girls that I like a lot, and that’s a good enough reason to write a post about him. For those that like their music pulled down towards heavy metal, I don’t think Megadeth has a song in their repertoire about Galileo. (And that’s not a slur on metal music, just a bad allusion to the weight of , you know, heavy metal). Besides, as I said, I’m trying to lighten things up a bit.

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Name That Tune

So far this meme has been flogged by a few fellow bloggers, The Exterminator, (((Billy))), Ordinary Girl , Ridger (I think she started it), PhillyChief, and probably a few others I haven’t seen. Philly’s selections were somewhat arcane, at least to this old fogie. His taste in music and mine don’t seem to overlap. I’m not complaining (unless I happen to be riding in his car for a long trip).

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Top 20

I see a meme floating around that interests me. The Chaplain, the Exterminator, Ordinary Girl and a few others have listed their favorite 20 CDs (or I guess if you are as old as me, LPs). Again, I won’t tag anyone, especially since I have not been tagged, but I’m going to list my favorite 20 also. I’m going to limit myself, however, with a few ground rules. Continue reading