Why can’t Starbucks Seem to Avoid Controversy??

First it was the “War on Christmas”. Absurd! I tell you. I can’t believe how many conservative Christian types got all bent out of shape in a huge hissy fit over this crap. What was this all over? Well, Starbucks decided to come out with a line of ‘Holiday” themed coffee cups throughout their national chain of stores in the United States. And these are the same people who call us rational human beings ‘special snowflakes’ and complain that we are the ones who are getting our feelings hurt over nothing. I find this level of hypocrisy absolutely infuriating.

Well it was offensive to non-atheists throughout the country just as an error of omission. Just because Starbucks, who are a private corporation by the way and can do whatever the hell they please… just because they wouldn’t specifically acknowledge your specific holiday, you have to throw a tantrum and boycott.

Guess what? The rest of us don’t really give a flying you know what, and you can go get your espresso shots, your Americanos, your Italian sodas, or your flavored cappuccinos elsewhere. Stay the hell away from my liberally minded coffee shop, and keep your politics and religion out of my kids’ school.

I’ve gotten so fed up recently that I have started doing a lot of research into getting my own espresso setup at home. I have been reading through a bunch of crazy bloggers who have gone so far as to import full exotic espresso machines into their kitchen. In the past I absolutely would’ve thought that this was insane but the more I am sickened by the behavior of others, the more I consider this a viable option.

Did you guys see some of those horrific YouTube videos that came out after Trump’s election? There was some white man, berating some poor employee’s of color when they got his coffee order wrong. He went completely postal and blew up about how they now lived in Trump’s America so that they better get their minority selves in line. I can’t even deal with this ugliness in real life, so I think I’m going to have to learn how to make my own latte at home and avoid this kind of bigoted nonsense. I used to date a girl who worked at an internet cafe downtown, and she actually gave me a full tutorial on how to run the espresso machine once so I think I might be able to pull it off if I keep following these blogs. Speaking of YouTube, I always find instructional videos on there very useful, and I have managed to increase my coffee making prowess by watching many such lessons.

Back to Starbucks and the war on Christmas. I think this crap was formulated by Bill O’Reilly on Fox News. Or should I say Faux News? I’ll admit I actually used to watch his show, maybe because I got some sort of sick entertainment value in seeing the ignorance coming out of red America. Nowadays that the divide has become so deep, heated, and toxic I can barely even stomach the stuff. He’s been on this crusade for years, and every so often it manages to reemerge into the forefront of our discourse. We’ve dealt with it before and we can deal with it again, so let me be the first to say it here loud and proud, I’m sticking with #Starbucks yet again!

A diversion from my usual Atheistic Rants

This is an article I wrote back in an Atheists parents journal. It is an excellent resource for non-believers who are raising kids.

Things Kids Need in the Kitchen

Cooking Attire and Handy Items to Make Cooking Fun and Easy

Kids love to cook—even boys! It doesn’t matter how old they are, getting them in the kitchen to help is a great idea. If you have a budding chef in your house, then you need to make sure that you have good cooking and kitchen equipment that they can use. Take a look at the following products that will help your child whip up a five star meal in no time.

Kids Cookbooks

A good cook must have good cookbooks. Some of the cookbooks that you may use may be too complicated for your skeptical child. There are many cookbooks that are geared just for children. The recipes are easy to read and follow and they are almost always illustrated. Some good ones to check out include:

  • Emeril’s: There’s a Chef in My Soup

  • Better Homes & Gardens New Junior Cookbook

  • DK Publishing: The Children’s Quick & Easy Cookbook

  • The Kid’s Cookbook by Williams-Sonoma

  • easy cabbage recipes for kids by Indian Healthy Recipes

Almost all of these books include basic cooking how-to’s, safety tips in the kitchen, and kitchen hygiene, which all kids must learn before ever cracking open an egg.

Appropriate Attire

Sure your kids can get to cooking without an apron and chef hat, but what fun is that? You need to find your child a chef hat and an apron just for him. Look for plain ones or find ones that will come with their name on the front. You can be sure that your child will feel like a real chef when wearing the appropriate attire in the kitchen.

Oven Mitts

When your child loves to cook, you need to keep them safe at all times. Especially if you and them to not have a belief in God. This is a total atheists dilemma. This means that you need to find oven mitts to keep their hands safe from the oven. Adult oven mitts may be too cumbersome and too big, but luckily, you can find oven mitts made just for smaller hands. The new silicone oven mitts are quite popular, too, and they come in a wide range of colors that your child will love.

Cooking Utensils and Pans

Think about what your child will love to cook the most—probably cakes, cookies, and pizza. Make sure that you have all the right pans and cooking utensils for your child to use. Look for brightly colored scrapers and easy to read measuring cups. Don’t forget the measuring spoons, too. These are a must have when you cook with children. Your child will also appreciate wooden spoons and easy to grasp spatulas.

Cooking in the kitchen with kids is a great way to spend time with your child, and to add some fun to an otherwise dull atheistic lifestyle. They will have a great time and learn life-long skills.

Atheism and Coffee. Java and Religion

Updated on February 6, 2017

My atheism has often been compared with that of Spinoza. I think about it now as I sit and sip my smooth dark and delicious Java coffee.

Questions of always intrigued me. I once looked into holy books such as the Bible but did not find the answers I was looking for. That is when I decided to become an atheist. I spent many long nights drinking caffeine and contemplating the works of such visionaries as Richard Dawkins or Michael Shermer.

Before I sit down with a good book on atheist philosophy, I will often hand grind my favorite coffee beans and prepare either a dark espresso, or just a regular Joe drip style coffee. It’s a shame that in my old age I will often become very tired and sleepy once I start reading. I have been hooked on espresso shots since I was a teenager. It has always gone hand in hand with my reading.

There are many contradictions in the Bible that led me to my current position of nonbelief. I was not born as an atheist, but my good sense and education were what led me down that path. I made a good friend named Dave Patterson one day in a coffee shop while I was listening to a talk inspired by the late great author Christopher Hitchens. I had just placed my order with the barista when I turned around to see Dave’s behind me. He was wearing a skeptics Society jacket, and a pin on his jacket that read I do not believe in God.

I knew from then on that Dave and I would be lifelong friends. We hiked through the coffee plantation areas in the mountains of Chile and explored the realms of Godless Atheism as best friends and partners in our skepticism. The relationship grew romantic at times, and my homosexual feelings added to my disbelief in the biblical creator.

This was a dark demon in my closet that I was afraid to face throughout my life. As a child who was forced to attend Catholic school, I had endured years of hard punishment by the nouns when I was unable to recite the old testament correctly. I had to secretly hide who it was that I really yearned to be. If God really loves me then why did he make me this way? It took me many years to learn and realized that there was nothing wrong with me, it is so painful to think about even as I sit here now years later with my dark roast cappuccino and wonder how it would’ve been if I had snapped out of the spell when I still had my use of life.

As Sam Harris discussed in his book the God delusion, religion in an organized manner has been discriminating against minority groups for many years. Actually, many years would be an understatement. It has been for millennia that religion has caused these problems. In the old days, it was dangerous to say that you were an atheist. Instead, you had to play along or risk excommunication from the church..

The Mormon church even forbids caffeine consumption completely. I don’t think that I could live my life without alcohol or caffeine, so I definitely could not be part of a religious community such as this. I have good leadership and that has inspired me to become a writer. I have often endured excruciating periods of writer’s block, and I have had to self medicate with coffee and whiskey just to get my writing finished on time. Working with the deadlines in the atheist, skeptic community is like running with the bulls in Pamplona Spain.

I used to hang out on religious grounds, where I would debate with theists, Christians and Muslims about the existence of an Almighty Creator God. I never debated with Hindus or Buddhists, because their beliefs were a lot more abstract and made a lot less claims about the ultimate nature of reality. I came to my own conclusion that I would only trust in the strength of science, and rational thinking would prevail over an old outdated book of beliefs that no longer applied.

Some of the south American religions are the most interesting. These societies built their agriculture on the coffee beans and chocolate plant. My favorite drink, the Italian espresso would not exist if it were not for the religious traditions of these agrarian farmer cultures. Perhaps that is the ultimate irony because in the end I actually do enjoy some of the products of religion.