Skeptic Turtle's Blog-O-Rama

Said here: 'Very emasculating.'
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OCTOBER 27, 2008 12:08PM

Deconstructing relationship advice for women

I was searching for something to read and came across the wife's Women's Health magazine. After skimming through a profile of The Daily Show's Samantha Bee, the next page was the article 15 moments that define a relationship.

Ah, what wisdom will Women's Health impart to the female* masses?

Bold type… Read full post »

UPDATE: Thanks for the helpful advice.  I've decided to go the slightly honest route an use an actual picture for my avatar.  I'm sure I'll get annoyed pretty soon of seeing my face staring back at me.  The advice to keep the turtle by putting it into the blog banner wasRead full post »
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OCTOBER 25, 2008 5:51PM

October 25, 2002

October 25 is the anniversary of the death of Senate Paul Wellstone. Wellstone, his wife and daughter, supporters, and two pilots died in a plane crash in northern Minnesota ten days before the 2002 election day.

I was working for an advocacy organization working to get the pro-choice vote out… Read full post »

OCTOBER 24, 2008 6:38PM

Weight loss: In search of praise

I was a skinny kid.  Pretty much from birth to 18, I was skin and bones.  Until about 6th grade, I was the shortest in my class.  Then a caught up to be almost average.  I had a great appetite and a great metabolism.  I ate constantly.

People (adults) would tell… Read full post »

OCTOBER 21, 2008 3:54PM

Aren't I smart? (or lucky...)

UPDATE: Already has updated their map.  It looks like my accuracy in predicting was fleeting.  Oh well... 

Last August, before John McCain picked Sarah Palin, and right before we learned Barack Obama picked Joe Biden, I made a back-of-the-envelope electoral college predic… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 20, 2008 3:05AM

Congresswoman calls Barack, Michelle, others, anti-American

UPDATE: The good news is that this has actually hurt her campaign. Bachmann hails from a fairly conservative district and has been ahead comfortably in the polls. She's gotten a lot of criticism in the local press and her opponent raised about half a million dollars within 24 hoursRead full post »

Some more quotes, inspired by buckeyedoc.  Full list of quotes and other features at

On Palin at the debate

Well, Americans have gotten to "know" Sarah Palin. They know that she's a "role model" to "women" and other -- and "reformers" all…

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OCTOBER 16, 2008 10:16AM

You tell me


Frankenstein & Bride of Frankenstein
Robot McCains
destroy New York City?

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OCTOBER 15, 2008 5:15PM

Just to be clear on where McCain stands

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OCTOBER 8, 2008 12:40PM

Who will be the first woman in the White House? (not Palin)

I feel pretty confident that in part thanks to Clinton's accomplishments, a woman will be elected to the White House in the coming years. Admittedly, this isn't soon enough for some;… Read full post »

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OCTOBER 7, 2008 6:29PM

Electoral Tie? Obama tries to snag Omaha

For most of us regardless of political persuasion, I present a nightmare scenario:


An electoral college tie, in which case (as long as there are no faithless electors) the House of Representatives will decide who fills the White House in 2009. We have not seen this situation since… Read full post »

OCTOBER 1, 2008 1:01PM

Turtle's Tips: Art

This is the second of an occasional series of recommendations for philophical, consumer, and artistic consumption. It's admitedly from a guy who doesn't get out much but thinks he has something to offer anyways. I have no formal training that suggests I'm a qualified art critic. I just… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 25, 2008 5:58PM

Why atheists should care about symbols


The Out Campaign: Scarlet Letter of Atheism

The discussion over at Sandra Miller's post on atheists and politics reminded me of a story I was told by a volunteer I used to supervize.

Steven is a hard core liberal and an avowed atheist. He got a letter to the editor in the… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 23, 2008 1:16AM

Do not try this at home

I offer you, dear readers, some sage advice for free.

Say you happen to be a 30ish man who is a little soft in the middle.  You don't really work out, because who has time with two kids?  Forget that before the kids you didn't really work out either.  So you're/…

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File this under stupidity. This is what we get from "zero-tolerance" policies.

Box cutter was for work, but to school, it's a weapon

A Blaine High School student was suspended for having the knife in

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SEPTEMBER 17, 2008 11:02AM

Turtle's Tips: Music

I'm starting an occasional series featuring my recommendations for music, movies, televisions, books, and overall governing personal philosophies. It'll be great for you, dear reader, because what could be better than getting advice from a guy who doesn't get out much?

Today's recommendation is for… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 16, 2008 5:09PM


A 29 year old man serving as a Republican delegate was allegedly drugged and robbed while in Minnesota the other week.  He was robbed of a watch worth about $30,000 and about $20,000 of other items.

Now, it would be tempting to make fun of the Republican and use the incident
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SEPTEMBER 15, 2008 11:02AM

God bless America

We have freedom of speach, apparently still, in this country.  So it's great to see people exercise it, but  it would be better if they used their brains first.

According to the A-P, these real boxes of waffle mix were selling like, uh, hotcakes, at the Family ResearchRead full post »
SEPTEMBER 14, 2008 8:16AM

Michael Phelps and John Belushi

UPDATE BELOW (with new SNL clip)

In a few hours, Michael Phelps will host the season premiere of Saturday Night Live.

With the "controversy" surrounding Phelps endorsing Frosted Flakes instead of Wheaties and Phelps' own colossal diet, I'd love to see a reprise of one of the best John Belushi… Read full post »
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SEPTEMBER 12, 2008 9:50AM

An illustration of "Minnesota nice"

In today's Star Tribune, Minnesota's largest daily newspaper, we learn of the controversy surrounding a St. Paul council member using a profanity.

Bar owner and local crank, Mike Costello, wrote his councilmember David Thune after the Republican National Convention: "after what i saw in st paulRead full post »

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SEPTEMBER 11, 2008 3:03PM

My September 11, 2001: Part 2

Continued from Part 1

September 11, 2008 - Part 2

When I walked in the office on the sixth floor, the front conference room had the TV on. A couple of staff members were standing in front. This wasn't too out of the ordinary. I was going… Read full post »

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SEPTEMBER 11, 2008 8:32AM

My September 11, 2001: Part 1

Quick note: On September 11, 2001, tragedy struck thousands of Americans. Many lost their lives. Many more lost their loved ones. The seemingly random act of whole-scale violence shocked a nation and the world. Many, many people have stories much more tragic and horrific than mine.… Read full post »
SEPTEMBER 4, 2008 2:51PM

I'm a stay at home dad!

Another at-home dad sent this my way.

Let's just say I identify with with much of the song, only I don't watch Oprah or the Price is Right. I watch the People's Court.

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SEPTEMBER 3, 2008 12:06PM

How many kids? Part 2

I recently posted an argument asking people to not be too judgmental when it comes to people's choice whether or not to have a large number of kids. The issue of whether pregnancies are planned or not, or whether children can be afforded are red herrings that distract from the… Read full post »

SEPTEMBER 3, 2008 12:33AM

McCain's Plan B

As the New York Times told us yesterday, it has become increasingly apparent that the selection of Sarah Palin was a last-minute rush job. Not that any of us needed to be told that.

“They didn’t seriously consider her until four or five days from the time she was picked,… Read full post »