Saturday, August 2, 2014

Teens Arrested For Rapping Order In McDonald's Drive-Thru

A rap by four teenagers at a McDonald's has gotten them a bad rap in one Utah city. The teens were cited by American Fork police earlier this week for disorderly conduct after they rapped their order at a McDonald's drive-through.

The teens said they were imitating a popular video on YouTube. They rapped their order, which begins with, "I need a double cheeseburger and hold the lettuce ..." once quickly before repeating it more slowly.

Spenser Dauwalder said employees at the restaurant told him and his friends they were holding up the line and needed to order or leave. The 18-year-old said nobody was in line. He and his three 17-year-old friends left without buying anything.

American Fork Police Sgt. Gregg Ludlow says a manager wrote down the car's license plate number and called police. The teens were later cited by officers at a high school parking lot outside a volleyball match.

The Young Turks, 2009


Friday, August 1, 2014

Police Play NSA: Warrantless Data Collection the New Normal? Don't Cops Have Better Things to Do?!

Sacramento sheriff's deputies have been playing NSA. They tool around town with suitcase-sized StingRay surveillance devices in their squad cars, scooping up cellphone data from whomever happens to be within a one-mile radius.

The deputies have reportedly been doing their shady business without warrants, and dozens of law enforcement agencies nationwide may be doing likewise.

But hey, what's the big deal? After all, the feds say it's OK.

Not only that, but federal agents have even been telling local officers to keep their StingRay shenanigans hush hush. If a judge asks, the feds advise locals to say they obtained evidence, not from a StingRay, but from a "confidential source."

2 minutes, 21 seconds.

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"Don't Cops Have Better Things to Do?" is written and directed by Ted Balaker (@tedbalaker). Produced and edited by Matt Edwards (@MattChrisEd). Music by and "The Contessa" is by Maurice and the Beejays (Magnatune Records).

Richard Dawkins. The Selfish Gene (Audiobook)

Thursday, July 31, 2014

Atheist Experience #874 HD + Aftershow: John's Trip to Mormon Country

The Atheist Experience #874 for July 13, 2014, with Russell Glasser and John Iacoletti.

Hana Whitfield on Being Followed by Scientology

Hana Whitfield was a long time Scientologist and the captain of one of the first ships in Scientology's Sea Org. After leaving the group, she and her husband helped families who had lost a loved one to Scientology. During this period, they were followed across the globe by Scientologists.

Fischer Cites Mysterious Red River In China As Proof The Bible True

Bryan Fischer claims that a river mysteriously turning red in China is proof that the Bible is true.

Focal Point on AFA Channel, 2014

Robertson: Gays Demand Sex, Threaten Christians' Businesses

Pat Robertson says gays are turning US into Sodom, threatening Christian business owners.

CBN 2014

Wednesday, July 30, 2014

The Psychology of Belief

How does the human brain accept rationality AND irrationality? What are the mechanisms at play when it comes to the acceptance of religious beliefs and claims? Are some people more predisposed to superstitious thinking than others? What are the best approaches to help promote science, reason, rationality and evidence-based thinking?

Joining us for this show will be Dr. Caleb Lack ( a clinical psychologist and educator on psychology, critical thinking and science VS pseudoscience. He writes the "Great Plains Skeptic" column on the Skeptic Ink Network (

TTA Podcast 172: The Psychology of Belief
The Thinking Atheist, July 2014
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