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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller yesterday. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

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We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

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Comment by Plinius on September 8, 2012 at 2:50pm

Lovely cats, Lula and Maya!

This is Luna.DSC06152.JPG

And her brother Dido.

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Both from the local animal shelter and I'm very proud that they have grown into such wonderful friends.

Comment by Nayr Namel on September 8, 2012 at 2:41pm
dam i went to my email and saw 43 replys from atheist nexus, i was like OMG and now that im here i just said fuck it to trying to see what people replied lol (on ps3 not computer) yah this group is active
Comment by sk8eycat on September 8, 2012 at 1:52pm

For ALL CRANBERRY FANS!
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Jeff Smith's Cranberry Ice   
 
3 Cups fresh (or frozen) cranberries
3 Cups Water
1 1/2 Cups sugar (or 1 1/4 Cups Splenda)
1 tsp fresh lemon juice
 
Simmer the cranberries and water in a covered stainless steel pot until they are very tender, about 10 minutes.
Strain the berries, reserving the juice, and puree in a food processor with a little of the juice.
Add the remaining juice, sugar and lemon juice, and pulse a few times just until blended.
Chill in refrigerator, and then freeze in a Donvier-type ice cream maker.
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PS: I don't have a stainless steel pot of the right size, so I use one of my enamel-coated old DescoWare saucepans.  I think Pyrex would work, too...just don't use aluminum.  Felaine
 
PPS: The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American has pages and pages of cranberry recipes, from snacks to main dishes, sides, and desserts.
 
Beats a side of god swill any day! (Even though The Frug started out as a minister...)

 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 8, 2012 at 1:26pm

Oh, LA! The husband of the manager of the Cat Hotel played Timon (and other roles) in the stage production of "The Lion King" in Hollywood. 

They met when they were both in "Cats" on Broadway...she was the second dancer/singer to play Victoria, the little white cat, and he was a "swing boy"...filled in many different roles, but mostly Mephistopholes. Claudia played Victoria for NINE YEARS!  I can't imagine doing the same show every night for that long.

Comment by Derek Bly on September 8, 2012 at 11:43am

And, yes, I know that Timon in Disney was a meerkat!

Comment by Derek Bly on September 8, 2012 at 11:42am

Sk8eycat, one of former cats was named Timon. My son, who was in Grade 4 at the time, and my daugther, in Grade 3, found this very small kitten at the playground. They checked with people in the neighbourhood and no one claimed ownership, so he came to live with us.

He was so tiny that I just had to name him Timon because he was a mere-cat! Disney fans should get that and be groaning in unison!

Comment by sk8eycat on September 8, 2012 at 11:26am

Derek, many years ago when I still worked part time at the Cat Hotel, we had a repeat "guest" whose name was URL.  That was long before I had a computer with a modem, if you can imagine that.  I had to ask her human what the name meant...the first thing he said was that he was a computer geek (HE said "geek") at Disney.  THEN he explained what URL meant, and that his particular URL was always dragging strange stuff home when she could sneak outside.

Comment by Steph S. on September 8, 2012 at 11:08am

Good morning everyone!

I just drank my coffee and came here first thing to read all the wonderful posts and look at the great pictures.

Hope all of you are enjoying your weekend.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 8, 2012 at 11:03am

I once drove all the way over to a ghod-awful mega-mall in Beverly Hills to a book signing. The crowd was incredible, but I got 2 copies of I forget which cookbook, and Craig was there too!  Yayyy!  They both signed the books.  Charming guys, both of them.  (Then I got lost trying to find my car afterwards.)

I don't remember the details of the scandalette; everybody I knew always knew he was bi.  BFD.  I'm just sorry that in those days he (and so many of the guys I knew from my ice show days) had to stay closeted.

I'll post the recipe (it's very simple, IF you have a Donvier, or something similar) when I get myself a little more focused; the cats woke me up at 5:30, and I wasn't able to go back to sleep.  I didn't even go to sleep till around 2 AM, so I'm more than a little foggy.

Comment by Derek Bly on September 8, 2012 at 10:30am

Oh, I know it was Lola! But I just had to play off the Lula name. That's what makes it so bad! :)

 

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