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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller 9 hours ago. 0 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 9 hours ago. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by Joan Denoo on September 8, 2012 at 5:52pm

sk8eycat, I corrected some mistakes. Yes, of course you may use it. 

"I don't understand evolution!"?

Why is it easier to believe that some sky spirit created Earth and all that inhabit it in six days and took the seventh off? Or believe dinosaurs and homo sapiens co-existed? Or believe the Earth is 6,000 years old, +-, whatever? Or believe that man was created to obey "god"; how do you know which god? Or believe that Noah's flood created the Grand Canyon, or that some poor bloke lived inside the belly of a whale, or stones talk, or a man named Jesus is the son of god, born of a virgin, was crucified, died, was resurrected and ascended into heaven? or god punishes all who do not obey him and sends them to eternal damnation in a lake of fire and rewards those sheep who follow him with eternal life with relatives who make no sense, or that one must be "born-again" to satisfy some un-seeable being, or that there is no moral or ethical code without religion. 

You folks just make no sense to me and I am not interested in your people knocking on my door or calling me. I have very low regard for those who manipulate and exploit others using fear as a weapon instead of thinking reasonably. And above all else, keep your damnable beliefs out of science schoolrooms. Your message is just plain child abuse. 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 8, 2012 at 5:17pm

sk8eycat, I understand your feeling; reading the buybull is the best remedy for religiosity I know of, other than sermons and buybull study. The phrase that got me was being told to "crucify yourself daily in imitation of the crucified christ." If Christ was crucified for my sins, why do I have to do it too? 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 8, 2012 at 4:08pm

I've always wanted a black one and an orange one at the same time...Halloween jelly beans, but it's never quite worked out that way, and I can only support two any more...orange and "biscuit" colored.

The Pumpkin (I did NOT name him that!)

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Comment by Steph S. on September 8, 2012 at 3:32pm
Black cats are my favorite!
Love your new kitties Chris!
How wonderful for you!
Comment by sk8eycat on September 8, 2012 at 3:29pm

Chris, what pretty kitties!  And thank you for adopting a black cat; a lot of shelters around here have trouble finding homes for black cats.  Lotta superstitious fools in Los Angeles.

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!

 

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