I actually got this from my father, no kidding.

Recently, the Administration said each one of us would get $300. It was supposed to be $800 but they dropped it to a $300 tax rebate…

There are other amounts depending on individual circumstances…

HOWEVER If we spend that money at Wal-Mart, all the money will go to China. If we spend it on gasoline it will all go to the Arabs, and neither will help the American economy.

We need to keep that money here in America, so the only way I can see to keep that money here at home is to buy beer,spend it on prostitution, or play golf since those are the only businesses still in the U.S.!

Your cooperation will be appreciated.

Yeah, what he said

More link lovin, this time for Alex Palazzo

And some for the first SkepDude (???) I’ve seen an article from on SkepChick.

In the interest of skepticism and intellectual honesty, I do have to denounce two of Sam Ogden’s points: March madness is NOT “the single greatest sporting event in the history of mankind,” and Fred Phelps is NOT “pure evil”. He’s no more evil than any other bible thumper, he just believes in more in the inerrancy of the bible than most. In his own fucked-up way he’s a better warrior for christ than most. And he’s much better at showing how bad a thing that is to be.

It’s a cult! It’s a CULT!

I’ve heard this accusation just enough to make me think twice about going to atheist get-togethers: that we’re creating our own self-righteous cult of single-minded followers of our own dogma.

I’ve thought twice about it, and decided this argument is utter bullshit.

It’s another fallacy I’m fond of, that I’ve seen more often as I’ve argued with people who can’t back their own position. By the definition on [link here] it’s called “Tu Quoque”, literally meaning “you too”.

PZ Myers has a good spiel on this lame argument:

I think it is an indictment of the pernicious influence of religion that it has so thoroughly undermined the whole notion of a social community that when secular people with purely secular motives engage in community building, normally rational people gasp in horror, point, and shriek, “He’s creating a cult!”

Fuck ’em. I’m still going to go see Dawkins (and bring as many friends as I can) at the upcoming Atheists get-together (fixme: need name & details) in Minneapolis, March 21-23 2008.

[update March 17: this probably wasn’t finished, but I’m posting it anyway as I don’t have the time anymore to be the perfectionist I sort of want to be]