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.

photo of Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted
Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted

Ohio Secretary of State Jon Husted aired his first campaign ad this week. The ad hypes a program that treats members of the military better than average Ohio citizens by bending over backwards so they can vote. The program is one reason Husted keeps loosing… Read full post »

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Study shows Chris Stedman doesn't speak for all atheists

Yesterday, my Facebook feed included a link to another article by Chris Stedman that attempts to make me feel bad because I don't love religion. He uses a point made by another writer that actually doesn’t support his conclusion.… Read full post »

Logo for the Openly Secular projectI've been part of the non-religious community for 20 years and one thing is constant, we have many different groups to support us and it seems new ones show up regularly. Case in point is 'Openly Secular', a 'new' coalition of several large secular groups. Its mission of drawing attention to… Read full post »

seal of the City of FindlayI got a huge chuckle out of the recent arguments on Findlay City Council over Bed Tax give aways to a certain non-profit group and not to others who asked. It gives an air of impropriety to the actions of an elected body especially when the people argue for an action… Read full post »

?President Obama gave a speech about his plans to deal with the latest Middle East based terrorist group called ISIS or ISIL depending on how much fear mongering you need. While ISIL is based on a perverted version of Islam, the President shouldn’t be using a ‘No True Scotsman&#8217… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2014 5:24PM

Slim Pickings This Fall On TV

created image for the Fall TV PreviewThe fall TV season officially starts next week and I wish I was more excited by the new shows, but I’m not. I can’t wait for the return of some favorite shows but there are few new shows I think I’ll be watching all season.

I’m not a big fan… Read full post »

scan of back of Cedar Creek church flyer
Back of Cedar Creek church flyer

I received a flyer in the mail, from a new mega-church opening in my area. Normally I treat these flyers like most junk mail but this one from Cedar Creek Church promises if I come to their opening week services I will become a better… Read full post »

screencap from the movie My Chauffeur (1986)
Penn Jillette being artistic?

There has been a major storm over misogyny in the freethought movement for several years. Women in the movement who have spoken out against it have been harassed with rape and death threats among other nasty reactions. People who don’t see anything wrong with th… Read full post »

created image that says Don't Say The Pledge The American Humanist Association (AHA) is starting a new project that I can get behind. Called ‘Don’t Say The Pledge’, the project highlights the original pre-1954 Pledge of Allegiance and argues for the removal of the words ‘Under God’. The AHA is asking people… Read full post »

clipart of science items The National Center for Science Education (NCSE) reported on August 19th that Ohio Representatives Andy Thompson (R-95) and Matt Huffman (R-4) introduced House Bill 597 to repeal Ohio’s participation in the Common Core curriculum. Even with recent changes, it includes language that woul… Read full post »

image from a public school dress code manualThere have been some news reports about young women in middle school and high school being sent home because the administrators have deemed their clothing inappropriate. An article, from 2013, on ThinkProgress gave me pause to reexamine my views on dress codes and the treatment of young women.… Read full post »

AUGUST 28, 2014 12:47PM

Michael Brown Was A Human Being

photo of Police in Ferguson, Missouri watching protest
Why would police in Ferguson, Missouri need a sniper on an armored truck for an unarmed non-violent protest?

Michael Brown was shot by a police officer on August 9, 2014, in Ferguson, Missouri. His shooting led to several weeks of protests, which sometimes got violent. His shooting illustrates… Read full post »

screencap of Lieutenant Steve - brainwashed police officer
Lieutenant Steve – brainwashed police officer

Governor Kasich has been batting a thousand for ridiculous campaign ads so far this election season. My current favorite is titled ‘He Listened’ where a police officer brushes aside Kasich’s support of the anti-union SB5 in 2011 to flog tax… Read full post »

image of people on a town council prayingThe plaintiff in the precedent setting US Supreme Court case, Town of Greece v. Galloway, recently developed and adopted guidelines in choosing the person or people who could give invocations at the start of their meetings. Unfortunately it looks like the town ignored the courts prohibition on… Read full post »

image of Dr. Kent Brantly discusses a case in Africa
Dr. Kent Brantly (left) discusses a case in Africa

Dr. Kent Brantly, one of two American aid workers stricken with Ebola, walked out of an Atlanta hospital Thursday. He did thank the medical staff for treating him but gave all the credit to God for his survival. How does Brantly know… Read full post »

AUGUST 12, 2014 12:19PM

Secular Majority, Its Time Has Come

logo for Secular MajorityToday marks the opening of the Secular Majority project. Secular Majority is ‘an independent, non-partisan, grassroots network of organizers, activists, and voters with the mission of identifying, supporting, and aiding in the election of qualified candidates committed to secular governm… Read full post »

Logo for the Spotify streaming serviceStreaming services like Spotify and iTunes are so convenient that you might be able to hear ALL your favorite music anytime and anywhere you want. However, those streaming services aren’t very good for the people who actually create the music. If you really want to support your favorite band… Read full post »

promo shot of the band EchosmithLast month I heard this single from the band Echosmith and it reminded me of New Wave from back in the 1980s. The whole album is good for the ears.

The band is composed of four siblings: Graham, Sydney, Noah, and Jamie Sierota.

For such a young band they sound… Read full post »

clipart showing a scaleNot only did the recent Burwell v. Hobby Lobby US Supreme Court Decision give corporations religious rights that only individuals had under the 1st amendment, but the decision confirmed the religious have extra-consitutional rights. It’s all because of the Religious Freedom Restoration A… Read full post »

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US Supreme Court said Hobby Lobby owners know more than your doctor

The conservative propaganda machine is trying like mad to minimize the Hobby Lobby court decision. One argument is that women can still get contraceptives, they just have to pay for it. I wish it was that simple. Kind of… Read full post »

image of a the Holy Bible with a warning stickerA link to a post titled ‘Bible Verses That Atheists Love’ showed up in my Facebook feed Monday and just the title made me throw up in my mouth a little. We atheists complain when theists cherry-pick the Bible because they tend to focus on the ‘good’ parts and downplay the… Read full post »

image of two guys out in public with their loaded rifles
Two Dudes With Rifles Who Have Man Issues

There have been news reports of gun nuts walking into various quick service restaurants with assault rifles strapped to their backs like they are on an army patrol in Fallujah Iraq. The incidents have taken place in Texas, where carrying a rifle in… Read full post »

old photo of My grandfather Wilbur C Arrington in 1944
My grandfather, Wilbur C Arrington in 1944

June 6th is the 70th anniversary of the D-Day landings on the coast of France. The amazing thing is that the whole operation was kept secret and it was a huge gamble. It was such a gamble that General Eisenhower wrote two letters to… Read full post »

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Ohio Christian Alliance President Chris Long – a failed political candidate who wants to keep you from voting because – RELIGION!!

It is well known that some fundamentalist Christians, like their Muslim counterparts, The Taliban, don’t want democracy. They want to impose bibl… Read full post »

Undated photo of My 3rd great grandfather Jonathan Lydick (1846- 1914) and his wife Anna Marie (1852 – 1944)
My 3rd great grandfather Jonathan Lydick (1846- 1914) and his wife Anna Marie (1852 – 1944)

Usually during holidays honoring veterans, I like to honor my Dad who served in Vietnam. However, for this year’s Memorial Day, I want to honor my 3rd great grandfather Jonathan Lydick (1846 – 191… Read full post »