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May 27: Adam Carolla (1964)

It was on this date, May 27, 1964, that American radio personality, television host, comedian, and actor Adam Carolla was born. Host of the talk show/podcast “The Adam Carolla Show,” and “Loveline” prior to that, Carolla was a protégé of talk-show host Jimmy Kimmel and started broadcasting 1994-1995. He and Kimmel hosted “The Man Show” […]

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May 27: Paul Bettany (1971)

It was on his date, May 27, 1971, that English actor Paul Bettany was born. He first came to the attention of American audiences when he appeared in Brian Helgeland's 2001 film A Knight's Tale. His later films include A Beautiful Mind (2001), Master and Commander: The Far Side of the World (2003), Dogville (2003), […]

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Sex, Drugs and ... Coffee?

It’s funny, but the second cup doesn’t come close to the taste and touch of the first splash of that hot, black liquid against the soft palate in my fasting mouth, first thing in the morning. I keep trying to recreate the sensation.

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This Week in Freethought History (May 19-25)

Read about Anne Boleyn and Adultery, politically divergent son Ron Reagan, Alexander Pope, Richard Wagner, non-divine Dante, God’s servant Samuel F.B. Morse, Sir Ian McKellen, and more …

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Christians at the Door!

I had a feeling they were going to try to sell me something. The blonde woman started her pitch by musing on all the bad things happening in the world today. She wanted me to know that there is a way to deal with all the noise and confusion of life.

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May 20: Ron Reagan Jr. (1958)

It was on this date, May 20, 1958, that talk radio host, political analyst and son of 40th President Ronald Reagan, Ron Reagan Jr. was born. Born in Los Angeles to his father’s second wife, Nancy Reagan née Davis, and reared in Sacramento during his father’s terms as Governor (1967-1975), at age 12 he declared […]

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This Week in Freethought History (May 12-18)

Read about George Carlin, Pope Gregory and calendar reform, creating Israel, churches vs. workers, Lady Mary’s skeptical letters from Turkey, journalist Studs Terkel, getting scared sacred with “Godspell,” Bertrand Russell, and more …

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May 15: Lady Mary Wortley Montague (1689)

It was on this date, May 15, 1689, that English writer Lady Mary Wortley Montague was born Mary Pierrepont in London. Self-educated in her family’s extensive private library, Mary began writing prose and poetry at an early age. She taught herself Latin and translated Epictetus at age 20. Against her father’s wishes, she eloped with […]

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This Week in Freethought History (May 5-11)

Read about John William Draper’s “Conflict,” Sigmund Freud, David Hume, Edward Gibbon, The Pill and freedom for women, book burning by Nazis and other fanatics, Irving “God Bless America” Berlin, and more …

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About “Game of Thrones”

I've been thinking about Game of Thrones... Just once... I’d like to be treated to a popular TV show about a democratic republic with no games and no thrones and nobody is better than anybody because of what family they were born into but because of great achievements in science and technology. Where the drama does […]

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January 24: Frederick the Great

To his intimates, Frederick admitted his Atheism. It was Frederick who said, "There are so many things to be said against religion that I wonder they do not occur to everyone."

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