Douglas Berger

Douglas Berger
Location
Columbus, Ohio, USA
Birthday
January 14
Bio
Living in the Midwest watching TV and noodling on the computer. This is also a narcissistic attempt to create a cult following to hide my lack of talent and intelligence about a wide range of topics.

screencap of Ohio State Senator Cliff Hite and challenger Corey Shankleton explaining what other rights they would like to restrict in the 1st Senate District.
Ohio State Senator Cliff Hite and challenger Corey Shankleton explaining what other rights they would like to restrict in the 1st Senate District.

A news story concerning a Ohio state senate primary race for Republicans caught my eye the other day. I didn’t attend the luncheon hosted by the… Read full post »

APRIL 2, 2014 1:00PM

My Book Is Now Available On Scribd

Dancing in the Banana Factory bookcoverGood news. My book of short stories, ‘Dancing in the Banana Factory’ is now available on Scribd.com

Scribd.com is known by most people for being the place to upload documents in order to embed them on websites, but it also has a book subscription service that operates like Netflix –… Read full post »

image of a man and woman arguingA tendency with organized atheists that burns me up sometimes is the need to tone police other atheists. Basically someone will have a problem with how someone says something – especially if it’s provocative or might be offensive to believers or even other atheists. So it might seem ironic… Read full post »

MARCH 29, 2014 8:41PM

Have You Hugged An ABBA Today?

image of the pop group ABBAToday is International ABBA Day marking the 40th anniversary of the single, ‘Waterloo’, that brought international fame for the pop group ABBA. It is also the 15th anniversary of the opening of the musical ‘Mamma Mia!’ that used ABBA songs. Celebrate by enjoying a video for the song Wa… Read full post »

image of billboard with Jesus is Muslim message
Religious Pissing Contest Erupts Over Billboard

This week a group called ‘Ask a Muslim’ put up a billboard on the North side of Columbus that stated ‘Jesus is Muslim’. Of course some evangelical Christians got the vapors. They plan on holding a rally and prayer vigil ag… Read full post »

image with the text Human Rights Are Not Optional
Human Rights Are Not Optional

Back on March 11th, Hemant Mehta, over at his Friendly Atheist blog, had a guest post by Kristine Kruszelnicki that attempted to give some secular arguments against abortion. Naturally Mehta received some heat for the post. However his need to ‘debate’ abortio… Read full post »

image of a Hobby Lobby storefrontThe Hobby Lobby religious exemption to covering contraception case will be heard in the US Supreme Court starting on Tuesday. If corporations are given a right to religious freedom there is no telling how bad this will be for people. One bad result, that hasn’t been reported on by the me… Read full post »

image of a street sign showing Church and State streets crossingThose of us who are concerned about and study separation of church and state issues, here in the US, know that complaints by Christians about religious persecution are, for the most part, fits of fantasy by people on the right. Claims of persecution seem to increase when there are large cultur… Read full post »

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Hancock County (OH) commissioners (clockwise) Phillip A Riegle, Mark D Gazarek, & Brian J Robertson

It seems the now secretive work of economic development to hide giveaways to corporations who may or may not create any jobs in Ohio has arrived in Hancock County. On Tuesday, the county com… Read full post »

MARCH 11, 2014 1:00PM

My Free School Lunch Horror Story

MARCH 5, 2014 1:00PM

At Midnight Is A Good Time

A screenshot from @Midnight Show
A scene from @Midnight Show

One new show I’ve been digging this winter is @Midnight on Comedy Central. It is shown at Midnight (natch) after The Colbert Report and is hosted by hot Internet star Chris Hardwick. It’s a ‘game show’ made of a panel of three comedians riffing on whatever/… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 28, 2014 5:19PM

Lake Street Dive is a Jazzy Pop Treat

cover to new Lake Street Dive albumThe other day I caught Lake Street Dive (LSD) on the Colbert Report show and checked out a video of the song they did. Loved it. They have a pop-jazz mix going on that sounds fresh. Their new album, coming out soon, ‘Bad Self Portraits’ has some great original tunes like… Read full post »

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‘Judge’ Andrew Napolitano don’t know much about history

Conservatives try to adopt President Lincoln as their Republican icon but libertarians have an issue with how Lincoln ended slavery. Yes, libertarians are more concerned about the ‘free market’ then about people OWNING other peo/… Read full post »

image of a snow plow moving snowThis winter has been tough for many of us. Feet of snow and frigid temperatures have gripped the US from the Midwest to the Northeast for much of the winter. Many local governments have been strained to keep the roads clear. Some elections are decided based on how elected officials handle… Read full post »

image of kid getting ear tweakedRecently a Pennsylvania couple was convicted of allowing a second sick child to die. They tried to use their religion as a defense for refusing to take two of their children to medical professionals. Did you know that Ohio also exempts religious beliefs of the parents from laws meant to protec… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 18, 2014 4:09PM

Ohio Lt. Gov. Mary Taylor Lies Again

Offical imgae of Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor
Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor

Ohio Lt. Governor Mary Taylor was speaking at a Lincoln Day lunch in Findlay Ohio on Monday and she couldn’t help but lie once again about the Affordable Care Act and Governor Kasich’s policies. It wasn’t surprising but if I were a Republican I would be… Read full post »

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Dum Dum Girls

I got to listen to the newest album from Dum Dum Girls, ‘Too True’, after hearing them play on the Late Show with David Letterman show the other day. Loved the whole album. Of course I’m a sucker for anything with an 80s sound. The song they played/… Read full post »

FEBRUARY 4, 2014 11:00AM

No I Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne

image of show host Andrew Mayne
Andrew Mayne

Andrew Mayne is a magician, illusion designer and filmmaker. He has worked for Penn & Teller and the Amazing Randi. He has a new show on A&E titled ‘Don’t Trust Andrew Mayne‘. I normally like magic shows but for some reason Mayne’s show rubs me the wrong way. The/… Read full post »

clipart of a teacher reading to a classIt’s pretty common for religious groups to ask for exemptions from laws. The argument they use is if the group has to comply with the law it would infringe on their freedom of religion. You wouldn’t think they would use such an excuse to avoid health and safety laws. You especially… Read full post »

created image of a wall between words Church and StateToday is Religious Freedom Day and President Obama issued a Proclamation to honor the day. The text included atheists as part of the religious diversity and cultural fabric of the United States. He also mentioned the important thing isn’t someone’s faith but that we all should supp… Read full post »

JANUARY 9, 2014 11:00AM

Washed Out Is Not A Wash Out

album cover showing differnt flowers in a pattern with the word Paracosm in white outlined block textOnce again the late night TV talk shows introduce me to music that I didn’t know about and now like. Washed Out is a singer-songwriter and record producer whose music reminds me of Lush with a touch of Portishead. He performed the single ‘All I Know’ on Late Night with DavidRead full post »

screencap from Intelligence
Josh Holloway and Meghan Ory in a scene from the pilot of ‘Intelligence’

Tuesday night I got to watch the pilot episode of Intelligence on CBS. This was one of the mid-season shows I’ve been waiting to start and now that it is here, I enjoyed it. It reminded me of/… Read full post »

Rendering of proposed Satanic monument in Oklahoma
Uncle Baphomet, tell us a story?

Christians in Oklahoma are freaking out over a request by members of the Satanist religion to erect a monument to their religion on the grounds of the Oklahoma state capital next to a 10 Commandments monument. The Christians are upset about the attack on their… Read full post »

An atheist 'church'In November, I wrote a post concerning the growing popularity of the Sunday Assembly events for atheists and complaints about the media labeling these events, that happen on Sundays, as a church. To go along with the church motif now a disagreement about the direction of the Assemblies have le… Read full post »

image of a urine sampleU.S. District Judge Mary Scriven ruled on Tuesday that Florida’s law that required welfare recipients to have drug tests before getting benefits violated the 4th amendment against unreasonable search and seizure. The state failed to show that poor people are more likely to use drugs or that… Read full post »