Episode 63 – Partial Transcript
by Heath Enwright and Noah & Lucinda Lugeons with contributions by Adam Reakes
Note: Transcript contains elements that were edited out of the final cut due to time constraints.
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And now, the Scathing Atheist.
It’s May 1st,
And L.A. Clippers owner Donald Sterling just won a bet with Mel Gibson.
I’m Noah Lugeons,
And I’m Heath Enwright. And from “Racial Hominy” New York, New York,
And “Kiss My Grits” Podunk, Georgia, this is the Scathing Atheist.
In this week’s episode,
- We explore the “Land of Milk and Honey Dipping” with 10,000 lakes nearby,
- The state of South Carolina will volunteer to be stupider,
- And a group of Christians will protest gay marriage by refusing to swallow.
But first, the diatribe.
You can tell how desperate theists are getting by how deep into the apologetic bag they’re reaching. A listener named Bryan emailed me one the other day that he’d encountered and it may just be the dumbest apologetic you’ve ever heard. I call it “The argument from the properly clotted cock.”
It goes like this. In Genesis, god tells Abraham to circumcise his kids and his slaves and says very specifically that in the future this should always be done when the kid is eight days old. So why eight days? Well, as it turns out, there’s a plasma protein called “prothrombin” that aids in the clotting of blood. Prothrombin comes from Vitamin K and, wouldn’t you know it, is at its peak level in our bodies when we’re (drum roll please) eight days old! Therefore Jesus.
Didn’t follow me there? That’s because you were using logic. Basically, they’re saying that there’s a medical justification for the specificity of Abraham’s proclamation that Abraham couldn’t have possibly known unless god told him so. How could Abraham have possibly known about this peak in prothrombin production thousands of years before science discovered it?
With a little bit of research, this one’s pretty easy to refute. It might not surprise you to learn that the number one complication from circumcision isn’t bleeding to death through your mutilated penis due to a vitamin K deficiency. Now, excessive bleeding is the number one complication and it can, in rare cases, be fatal, but it’s not the one most likely to cause serious problems. That would be glanular amputation, which most of us call accidentally cutting parts off that are regular dick. And, surprise, surprise, the likelihood of that complication goes down the bigger the dick gets. What’s more, it can only be corrected through a surgery that is far more dangerous for an eight day old that it would be for a kid that had more than a week’s experience breathing gasses.
But beyond that, the levels of prothrombin aren’t exactly the single factor in blood coagulation. There’s a host of factors involved and real science informs us that the haemostatic system isn’t fully developed until 3 to 6 months. It also may not surprise you to learn that the neonatal immune system isn’t exactly robust when it comes to fighting off infections.
But all that is pretty secondary when you consider it against the actual ideal time to perform a circumcision, which is fucking never! Maybe god could have divinely inspired them to stop whacking off their baby’s foreskins altogether if he was getting involved anyway. How can there be an ideal time to do something that is neither necessary or good?
So yeah, it’s ridiculously stupid, but that doesn’t mean it’s ineffective. Think about it; from the point of view of a theist who might not be versed in critical thinking, it sounds convincing. And odds are pretty good that if somebody suddenly sprung this one on you, you wouldn’t have the foreknowledge of coagulants and circumcision complications necessary to dismantle it. That’s why apologists love shit that centers around bacterial flagellums or Boltzmann Brains or geological minutia. Odds are nobody in the room can refute it.
So what do you do when you come across something like this? If somebody sprung this on me at a convention I wouldn’t have the pre-googled details or anything for my rebuttal. So what I’d probably do is say “prothrombin” three times with an increasingly incredulous inflection.
Prothrombin. Prothrombin? Prothrombin!? Really? Your proof for god rests in a plasma protein you never heard of before you came across this argument? Are you fucking kidding me? So if prothrombin levels peaked at 10 days, that would disprove the bible, right? Cause isn’t that exactly what god said in Genesis 17:12? “And lo, on the eighth day a vital coagulant will be in abundance in thy infant” No? So you’re admitting that this is a bet you can only win.
Yeah, if you cherry pick both the bible and the science you can assemble a series of unrelated facts and make ‘em sound Jesusy, but that’s not how science works. You didn’t have a group of scientists trying to figure out why the rate of complication from circumcision was so much lower in precisely 8 day old infants; you had a bunch of religiously motivated whackaloons data mining every obscure medical and biblical fact with the hopes that somewhere two of them lined up.
So nevermind the fact that virtually every word of the bible is contradicted by science. Nevermind that I can point to 1000 passages that betray a remarkable lack of knowledge about the world and how it works. You’ve got your one stupid fact and if you dress it up just right and put some makeup on it and make sure we don’t see it from the left or from behind, we won’t realize that you pulled it out of a reeking mound of triceratops shit.
So here’s my advice to Bryan and anybody else who finds themselves at the receiving end of this “Science confirms my holy book” argument. Ask them “So if I could find a place where the science didn’t line up with the bible, you’d admit that it wasn’t divine right? If science is the yardstick we’re measuring by here?”
Believe me, that should end the debate pretty quick.
Joining me for headlines tonight is stalwart defender of the black man, Heath Enwright. Heath, are you ready to discuss the latest racism scandal in the NBA?
Well I’ve got my finger to the pulse of African American culture, and the word is that Los Angeles Clippers soon-to-be-ex-owner Donald Sterling is an enormous racist. Just look at the Clippers roster … He clearly has some sort of problem with white people. They only have two white dudes on that team, and I’m counting Blake Griffin as one of them.
So yeah, even if you grade him on a lenient curve. I guess it’s a good thing they punished him by removing any obligation he had to sit in an arena full of the mongrel races like whites and swedes.
In our lead story tonight, in “What are atheists good at?” news, the survey says … it’s not raping kids. Demonstrating that the particular brand of religious nonsense doesn’t matter, self-professed Wiccan warlock Jim Irvin of West Virginia promised to perform acts of magic on a sick mother, in exchange for sexual favors from her 3, 9, and 13-year-old children. He will not pass go, nor will he collect 200 dollars on his way to jail, despite his sincerely held religious beliefs otherwise.
And as horrible as it is, I fucking love this story. Because every time I make the point that it isn’t this religion or that religion, it’s religion, somebody invariably emails me and says, “You forgot to exclude Wiccans!” and I have to say, “No the fuck I didn’t!” and now that’ll be followed by a link.
This is tragic. Just think: If the kids were atheist, they would have at least gotten some real medical treatment, in exchange for all those sticky little hand jobs.
And even if it was an alternative medicine guru, maybe he would have let the kids get away with homeopathic handjobs, which are basically just subtle junk-adjustments.
And on the other side of the coin … At least one study shows that when you offer to perform atheist acts on someone’s dying mother, they’re much less willing to blow you.
I’m just gonna tell myself you read it on PubMed and move on…
Now of course, most religions are – at least on paper – against pedophile activity as well. But if, say Christian God changed his mind about that particular issue, millions of people would actually start raping kids. Atheists – as a group – would continue not doing that. How does the morality scale work again??? Did we win??? Did I break it???
I don’t know if it was you, but yes, it is definitely broken.
Wiccans can molest kids, too: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/21/police-wv-magical-warlock-coerced-sex-from-kids-by-promising-to-cure-ill-mother/
And from the “Would Somebody Just Persecute Me Already?” file tonight, we bring you the twisted tale of Todd Starnes desperate and shameful attempt to plug his new book by religion-whoring his publicist’s toddler. The story began when the five year old daughter of one Marco Perez allegedly accused a teacher at her school of stopping her when she tried to pray.
Yeah the kid sounds a little ‘precocious’ (read: ‘lying’).
“What did you do at school today, honey?”
“I drank milk, ate paste, and then I debated my Kindergarten teacher on the constitutionality of the landmark Engel vs. Vitale decision.”
Perez did what any parent who is the Vice President of the Christian publishing firm handling Todd Starnes upcoming book about Christian persecution in America would do and made no effort whatsoever to follow up with his daughter’s school. Instead he posted a video on YouTube where his daughter explained the intricacies of legitimate issues of secular encroachment. By a coincidence that smacks of either divine intervention or a despicable lack of ethics, Todd Starnes picked up on this story and ran with it.
What story?!? This is nothing! It’s a kid throwing blocks, and then lying about praying instead. It’s a crotch injury away from a Bob Saget unfunny video.
Upon hearing about this in the local news, the school conducted an investigation and apologized to the parents for the perceived slight, though they pointed out that not only could they not confirm any of the details of the story, but they couldn’t even find evidence that the accused teacher was anywhere near the lunchroom when this supposedly happened.
Did they check Kevin Sorbo’s alibi? Was Hercules, that fucking polytheist, anywhere near the lunch room?
But apparently apologizing and not doing it in the first place wasn’t enough for Perez, who is now threatening to sue the school for… get this shit… publicly pointing out that the public accusation he made was baseless. Because apparently publicly damning someone is only okay if you don’t verify the facts first.
Parents make up bullshit story about kid not being allowed to pray; threaten to sue school: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/28/family-threatens-lawsuit-after-fl-school-finds-no-evidence-child-stopped-from-praying/
And in “Invisible Hand Job” news, there’s nothing about badly educating black people in the Bible, so South Carolina Republican Ray Moore – as part of his campaign for lieutenant governor – is proposing that we dismantle the public school system entirely, in favor of free market solutions like government-subsidized tax-exempt church schools. Apparently only creationist science can defeat China.
I was just thinking South Carolinians were too smart for their own good.
Moore believes public schools – or (quote) “Pharoah’s Schools” – and other such distribution centers of true information to poor people – pose a serious threat to Christians. Texas Republican Dan Patrick – campaigning to become Rick Perry’s fluffer – expressed similar sentiments, suggesting that Texas public schools indoctrinate students with anti-American, left-wing, and environmental propaganda.
That explains why all the Texans are such anti-American, left-wing environmentalists, I suppose.
Perhaps these two ‘assistant to the gubernatorial candidates’ aren’t aware that the set of all things not written in the Bible is infinitely large … Especially considering that we did – in fact – evolve from filthy, infinite monkey men. But now that we’re on the subject … I dont remember a single mention in the Bible about Hindu people. Should we legislate them out of existence too???
I checked this afternoon and it turns out that there’s also nothing in the bible that forbids filling Ray Moore’s parlor with hungry hyenas with rabies, so I thought our South Carolina listeners might like to know.
SC Republic wants to end public schools “Cause their ain’t nothin’ in the bible about ‘em” http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/25/sc-republican-wants-to-end-public-schools-nothing-in-the-bible-about-state-education/?onswipe_redirect=no
And in “Do I hear 80?” news tonight, a group of Christians in Virginia are calling for a forty day fast in protest of gay marriage. The hate group in sheep’s clothing warns that the coming homo-pocalypse is all but inevitable if Christians don’t stand up against the forces of equality.
Ghandi made it for 21 days, but he wasn’t Christian, so we’ll see what happens. I think it’s gonna backfire. You get to day 30 of a hunger strike, and all of sudden, eating a dick doesn’t sound so bad.
Unsure of how being uncomfortably hungry will influence gays to give up their quest for equality, the group instead compares their struggle to David and Goliath because when you’re trying to oppress a group that’s 40 times smaller than you, it’s good to distract people from that.
But I would love to watch a bunch of delirious, starving Christians attack a gay wedding with pebbles and slingshots.
In their defense, the Family Foundation has a piece on their website that explains that they’re not planning a “hunger strike”, they’re planning a “fast”, which, as they explain tediously, they mean in the 1770s sense of the word, which they then go on to explain has nothing to do with not eating, but instead means “abstaining from Twitter.” And no, I’m not making that up, that’s what they say on their own fucking website.
Christians to stage 40 day hunger strike against same sex marriage: http://www.rawstory.com/rs/2014/04/25/virginia-christians-prepare-for-40-day-hunger-strike-against-same-sex-marriage/?onswipe_redirect=no
And from the “Twin Shitties” file, federal judges in Minneapolis are set to decide whether the United States will officially recognize the self-proclaimed micro-nation called “Kingdom of Heaven”. The imaginary place in question currently has two alleged citizens: Dennis May and his wife Tami.
Didn’t work out so well for Peter Griffin…
And if this story didn’t write itself already, the couple also happens to operate a sewage excavation and treatment company in suburban Coon Rapids. Tami is under indictment for hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax fraud, but insists they don’t have taxes in heaven kingdoms. Then again, she also claims paradise is operating a shit carting business in Minnesota, so …
If it is, I’m perfectly willing to be wrong about the whole atheism thing. If all the religious people walk through the gate and instead of streets of gold or virgins or their own planet or whatever, it’s that fecophelia scene from Jurassic Park, except it was snowing. Like, I would gladly go and spend my eternity in hell as long as I got to see the look on a few of their faces when St. Peter hands them elbow length gloves and a shovel.
When this case is over, and they free up a little manpower, maybe the IRS can send a couple interns to work on getting back the estimated 80 billion dollars in revenue that we already lose every year due to religious tax exemptions. And I’m not saying nobody should be tax exempt, but you have to earn that sort of thing … If religious groups want huge special privileges like that, we get to genocide you like the Native Americans first, and all the churches are required to have slots and poker.
But to be fair, the synagogues just have to add the slots and poker.
Render unto Caesar bitches: http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2014/04/30/i-dont-know-how-the-irs-caught-this-sneaky-tax-evader/
And in “You can have my bacon when you take it from my greasy, dead hands” news, nearly 200 Subway restaurants in the UK have kowtowed to pressure from Muslim groups and removed ham and bacon from their menus entirely. In an effort to be more inclusive to their Muslim customers, they’ve introduced Halal meats in these shops; and in an effort to be less inclusive to everyone else, they’ve taken away all the other shit.
We’re already putting more pigs in the NY subways to keep all the Muslims out.
Ultimately this is a tiny little story and it’s not a huge deal or anything, but it’s worth reporting on for two reasons. One, it demonstrates the fact that it’s not enough for religious people to deny themselves something; they also want to deny you that thing.
…See, for example, orgasms…
And two, our love for bacon will unite Americans against Sharia law in a way that acid attacks against women somehow fail to. And if you don’t believe me consider that stop and frisk was starting up at the same time that New Yorkers were rising up in one voice to protect their right to buy Pepsi by the bucket.
Subway in UK removes Ham from 200 stores to placate Muslims: http://www.usatoday.com/story/money/business/2014/04/30/subway-muslim-customers-fast-food/8507373/
And in “Soul-Crushing Job” news, Italian sculptor Enrico Job’s enormous crucifix in honor of Pope John Paul the 2nd claimed it’s first life besides Jesus, when the 1320-pound savior-portion of the structure may or may not have sprung to life and tackled to death 21-year-old Marco Gusmini. Miraculously, he had a bible in his front pocket, which was only slightly harmed in the crushing incident.
See, I think that to be fair this should count as a minus one on John Paul the 2nd’s miracle count so he should have to be de-sainted or asterisked or otherwise Pete Rosed in some way.
According to his settlement in Outrageous Claims Court, Gusmini goes straight to heaven automatically, his roommate gets a 4.0 GPA for the semester, and he gets to slap God in the face once really hard with everyone watching. And everyone says: “OHHHHHHH!!!”
I wonder, though, because a lot of times when you see this kind of stuff it turns out the dude teased the statue first or provoked it in some way. So I don’t want to rush to blame Jesus on this one.
Besides adding to the list of reasons to avoid “Torture Sculptures”, this story also makes for a good horror movie, with Jesus as the homicidal maniac that can appear wherever there’s a cross. Those assholes in the Bible Belt, with enormous eyesore crosses, get Stay-Puft Marshmallow Man sized Jesus attacking the town. So I guess we’ll call this the “Holy Ghostbusters List” … 30 seconds on the clock: “Religious Horror Movies” … GO!!!
The Burned Witch Project
Good Friday the 13th
The Texas Public Education Massacre… that one scares me to this day.
Pulp Crucifixion … “God’s dead, baby. God’s dead.”
The Chaplain in the Woods? …with the wood?
Incestual Arranged Bride of Frankenstein
Easter Morning of the Living Dead
I Know Who You Fingered at Bible Camp Last Summer
What Ever Happened to Baby Jesus?… and the few people who got that love me for it.
Transformers: Revenge of Alpha Omegatron
I Apostled with a Zombie
The Iraqi Horror Picture Show
Gland of the Dead
Ralien vs. Sexual Predator
A sequel to “Rosemary’s Post-pubescent but still way too young to fuck Kid”, I think.
But no doubt not too young for the old ‘Roman War Helmet’ … And as a trusted source for google suggestions, try out a search for “roman war helmet”.
Live and die by the cross: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-europe-27145931
And make sure you turn off safe search. And while you’re doing that we’ll wrap up the headlines. Heath, thanks as always.
And when we come back, Adam Reakes from the Herd Mentality Podcast will join Heath and I to decide which one of us should fuck my wife.
It’s time for the atheist calendar portion of the show. This is the theoretically monthly few minutes we set aside to get you caught up with all the great atheist, secular and skeptical meetups going on around the country and around the world. Secular get togethers are in full swing now, so if you want in on some of the events coming up in June and July, you’ll want to start making plans now.
On June 14th in London the Center for Inquiry is hosting an awesome sounding event called “God in the Lab: The Science of Religious Belief”. The topic lines are great and I’m getting shit for not including more British events, so there you go. Definitely check out their website though, because it they sell it way better than I am.
The weekend of the 21st of June the SSA will be holding the Western half of their bi-not really coastal but on that half of the country anyway meetings in Phoenix, Arizona. The other half will be in Columbus, Ohio the weekend of July 12th.
Of course, the biggest of the big and the one I’m desperately hoping to stow aboard some landing gear to get to this year is the Amazing Meeting in Vegas July 10th to 13th. Daniel mother-fuckin’ Dennett is the keynote; but they’ve also got DJ Grothe, Julia Galef, the SGU guys, Michael Shermer and Eugenie Scott, plus the one and only Geo Hrab hosting so holy shit… if somebody donates TAM tickets and airfare and a place to stay while I’m there I will compliment your genitals to unprecedented levels.
Also wanted to throw a shoutout to the North Texas Secular Convention… I believe there’s a bit of a mix up for them and they had to delay the date so I’m not 100% sure when it’s happening, but the last I heard they were gonna have Greta Christina, Elyse Anders and friend of the show Darrel Ray there, so worth keeping abreast of them as well. Should be late July, early August, but right now their website doesn’t have an exact date.
That’s it for the June/July calendar, but a quick reminder on the May calendar. This weekend is ReasonCon and they moved to a larger venue so there may still be free tickets available by the time this episode airs. Hope to see you there. You can find a link to more info on ReasonCon and all the events discussed in the shownotes for this episode at Scathing Atheist (dot) com.
Skit “The RadioCarbon Dating Game”
Hello ladies and Gentlemen! I’m your host Chip Shipley and it’s time for another episode of “The RadioCarbon Dating Game”! We’ve got three eligible but religiously bigoted bachelors who will only date a woman who shares their taste in omnipotent daddy figures and one religiously unaffiliated bachelorette. So without further ado, let’s meet our contestants!
First, straight from Williamsburg, New York and representing the oldest of the Abrahamic faiths, Chacham Leibovitz. Chacham, how do you feel about your chances?
As a Jew I’m obligated to assume the worst.
Very well. And representing the Islamic faith is Al Ma’ahi Almuk. Al Ma’ahi, are you excited?
No, because my faith forbids all forms of joy.
Huh… I expected you to sound less white.
Cat Stevens was a white Muslim, you racists!!! … And I don’t do voices.
Alrighty then. And lastly, representing Christianity is Ray… Shmomfort?
Shouldn’t that read Ray Comfort?
Don’t be ridiculous. That guy’s married and adultery is a sin. So I’m some other bloke, definitely not me.
It’s not premarital sex, if you don’t marry the girl.
That’s right, Deuteronomy 22:28 and 29…
Are you sure you’re not Ray Comfort? Because you have the porn mustache and everything.
Look, I’m Shmomfort, got it? Just call me Ray.
Whatever helps you sleep at night. And of course, these three questionably eligible gentlemen will be vying for the hand of tonight’s lovely bachelorette, so let’s give a round of applause to the beautiful Fannie Phillup!
Fannie, you look lovely tonight.
Now as I’m sure you’re aware, all three of our bachelors told our producers they would only date a woman who shares their religious conviction so you’re here tonight not just to choose a date, but to choose a god. Are you ready to do that?
I’m ready, Chip! And I’d appreciate it if you stopped staring at my boobs.
Well I’m not going to, but you’ll get used to it. So feel free to question our bachelors in any sexy way you choose.
Okay, my first question is for Al Ma’ahi (butchering name). Al Ma’ahi, if I was your Muslim girlfriend, where would you take me on our first date?
I don’t recall giving you permission to speak.
Oh… well, may I have your permission to speak?
Fuck you. My next question is for Chacham. If I was your Hasidic girlfriend, where would you take me on our first date?
To my mother’s house for approval.
Hm…Right. Ray, same question.
I’d take you somewhere I would be revered as a God amongst men. So it could be pretty much anywhere. Crematoriums, supermarkets… Probably a church, though, so we could share in our mutual love for Jesus.
Wow (sarcastically) this just keeps getting better. My next question is also for Ray. What kind of music would you listen to while we made love.
Well hold on now… our relationship would be restricted to intimate handholding and me “accidentally” brushing my hand across your boobs now and again until we were married.
…Good, because I otherwise I would have to throw acid at her…
But to answer your question, probably Nickelbuck.
Wait, Al Ma’ahi, you didn’t bring acid with you today, did you?
I feel like you want me to say … No?
My next question is for Chacham, I guess. What’s the craziest place you would ever make whoopie?
What the hell is the “whoopie”?
Um… making love.
And you want to know what now?
Where is the craziest place you’d ever do it?
The craziest in what way? You want we should have sex in an asylum or something?
I just mean the most unusual.
Oh… Sheboygan, I suppose.
Nevermind. My next question is for Al Ma’ahi. If we got married and had kids, what would you want our kids to grow up to be?
(interrupting) … Y chromosomes all the way…
Alright! Anyway, Ray, if I was your Christian girlfriend, where would you see us in ten years?
Raptured to Heaven watching all the sinners burn in torment for not taking me more seriously about the bananas.
Oh, I mean for not taking Ray Comfort more seriously about the bananas.
Okay, Al Ma’ahi, if one of my friends flirted with you, would you tell me?
How would I know it wasn’t you, given the veil?
Alright, Fannie, we’ve got time for one more question before you make your decision, so make it an important one.
Okay, Chacham, if I was your jewish girlfriend, could I expect a lot of oral?
Urgh… only if you washed it before and during and never on the Sabbath.
Hm. Al Ma’ahi, same question.
I only eat that stuff if it’s from a Halal butcher. Would you consider circumcision?
Wow. Seriously dude!? And Ray? Oral sex?
Sinful and debaucherous and worthy of an eternity of torment in hell.
Alright, Fannie, time to make your choice.
Hm… how about you Chip? You go down?
I’m an atheist and I can breathe through my ears.
I guess I’ll pick you then.
What!? That’s not fair! You can’t do that. My faith is easier to pick than a broken nose, let alone that guy!
Ray, I’d like you to very carefully hand me that glass. And don’t drink from it or let it touch your skin.
Yeah, the ‘Halal Clear Liquid’ … The one that says HCL.
Nope. I’m the host and I make the rules. Don’t hand him that glass. Excellent choice, Fannie. Well that’s it for our show this week. I’m Chip Shipley reminding all the ladies out there to support women’s rights by fucking an atheist.
Before we blow our load this week, I need to thank the incomparable Adam Reakes from the Herd Mentality podcast for channeling Ray Comfort for us tonight; but I also wanted to make you aware of a very cool fundraiser he’s doing. There’s too much detail to squeeze into the outro of this show, but here’s the elevator pitch: Adam is trying to help raise money for an atheist in need by auctioning off a hand-crafted wooden cow.
Here’s hoping that sentence piqued your curiosity. I strongly encourage you to get more details at Herd Mentality Podcast (dot) com; it’s for a really good cause, it’s a really cool cow and I know from experience that we have extraordinarily generous listeners. You can listen to episode 56 of his show to get the long and short of it and if I haven’t already convinced you, I should point out that right after he spills the beans about the cow auction, he interviews Lawrence Krauss… so there’s plenty of reasons to listen to that show.
I also wanted to let you know about a Twitter project I’ve got going this week. As you may know, we’re about to hit the halfway mark in the Bible in preparation for Psalms next week. Now, the book is way too long for us to go into our customary “Holy Babble” level of detail, so leading up to that, I’ll be tweeting an atheist’s summary of each of the 150 psalms starting at midnight tonight. I’ll tweet one every hour, which means I’ll be finishing up a couple hours before next week’s episode is released.
And if that’s not enough of a reason to follow us on Twitter, I’ll also be Tweeting from ReasonCon this weekend to let you know what an awesome time you’re missing out on. That’s (at) Noah (underscore) Lugeons, L-U-G-E-O-N-S. And if you don’t want to sift through the tweets, I’ll also be releasing a full list of the 150 Tweets on the blog shortly after the episode airs.
Alright, so one more quick thanks to Adam. I need to thank Heath for leaving some of the dick jokes for the rest of us. I need to thank Lucinda for being so cute and charismatic that she’ll make up for my socially-awkward misanthropy this weekend when we’re meeting our listeners for the first time. And of course, I need to thank Don and the Secular Student Alliance at Georgia Southern University for (a) providing this week’s Farnsworth quote and (b) having the nerve to be part of the Secular Student Alliance at a university in South Georgia. Well done guys and gals.
But most of all, of course, we need to thank this week’s best people; Max, Adam, Richard, Dan, CincyPharmer, Alfred, Taben, Graham, Cherie, Magnus, AJ and Rachel. Max, Adam and Richard whose ejaculations can only be described as Vesuvian; Dan, CincyPharmer and Alfred, whose posters Kryptonian kids have on their walls; Taben, Graham and Cherie, who are so secular god knows better than to fuck with them after they sneeze; and Magnus, AJ and Rachel, who are so fast they make Mr. Miyogi look like a pansy for needing that second chopstick.
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