Little Blobs in the Distance
June 6, 2019 ·


This will make Barry Karr happy: It’s a big day for Bigfoot, UFOs, and Nessie in The Morning Heresy! As folks seem to be under the impression that alien visitation claims are now more legit than they were a couple of weeks ago, Billie Brownstein Nauer at Vice News Tonight introduces us to Commander David …

Are 1 in 4 Americans Going Into Debt Buying Food?
June 5, 2019 ·


It’s a scary, dismaying headline that made the social media rounds over the past few weeks: “Nearly 25% of Americans are going into debt trying to pay for necessities like food.”   The piece, which appeared on CNBC, began with the following: “American have an average of $6,506 in credit card debt, according to a …

A Particularly Toxic Brand
June 5, 2019 ·


Before we begin with the usual Heresy, I just want to take a moment and thank all the pro-homeopathy folks who have posted about our Walmart lawsuit to your various message boards, because the deluge of angry emails we’ve been getting are, let me just say, a delight. They. Are. HILARIOUS. They really make it …

The House of Homophones
June 4, 2019 ·


Karen Turner at Vox reports on a major survey that looks at how the people in an increasingly secularized world are finding meaning and community and “filling the void” left when they no longer participate in a church: Friends and family were the top source of community for respondents, at 80 and 78 percent, respectively, …

Just War Doctrine and Impeachment
June 4, 2019 ·


I don’t typically refer to Catholic doctrine to support a point I want to make. However, even the Catholic Church can get things right occasionally—and, in this case, its doctrine aligns with common sense and political prudence. First formulated by Augustine, and subsequently reworked by Aquinas and recent Church councils, the Catholic Church’s just war …

Pansyland
June 3, 2019 ·


This is a little annoying. Last weekend, the New York Times put out their article on how the Navy is setting up a way for pilots to report UFO sightings. Now, let’s remember that UFO stands for unidentified flying object. Was that a fruit fly that just passed by my face? Or is it a …

Crushing Thy Head
May 31, 2019 ·


Jim Underdown gets his old improv pal, actor Matt Walsh of Veep, to be the guest on the latest Point of Inquiry. Nice get, Jim! Ben Radford continues his three-part series on mass shooters, this time looking at the myths surrounding what is said to be the typical mass shooter profile: As simplistic and satisfying …

Who Are Mass Shooters? Mass Shooter Demographics
May 31, 2019 · 2 


This is part two of a three-part series. You can read the rest of the series here. With the recent tragic attacks against Muslims in New Zealand by an Australian white supremacist, the world once again turned its attention to mass shootings. It’s a subject that has captivated America for years with little progress in …

Molecules of Despair
May 30, 2019 ·


No one would accuse former Texas governor and current Energy Secretary Rick “Oops” Perry of being a genius. THOSE GLASSES FOOL NO ONE, RICK. But come on, one must think, he’s not a total idiot. I mean, he was the governor of Texas for criminy’s sake! And then you read this, and reconsider: Earlier this …

Secrets of the Fakir of Ava
May 29, 2019 ·


Isaiah Harris Hughes (born on Christmas Day, 1813, died May 24, 1891) was a conjurer’s conjurer. Almost forgotten today, Hughes was once widely known as the Fakir of Ava. Since he is buried in Buffalo’s beautiful Forest Lawn Cemetery, not far from where my wife Diana and I live, we often pay our respects at …