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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 20 hours ago. 37 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

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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

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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 Steph S. on October 7, 2012 at 2:34pm

Joan your tomatoes sound really wonderful.

As for alcohol I abstain from it. None for me thanks.

Hope you all are doing good today.

You can buy pumpkin carving patterns for the pumpkins.

And a special set of knives to cut the pumpkin with.

It's so much fun - then you can bake the pumpkin seeds after to eat.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 7, 2012 at 1:05pm

Here in Spokane, WA. we had our first killing frost this year on Oct. 4 and every night since then. I took in my tomatoes yesterday and this morning I tasted a few of the ripe ones and they tasted like tomato alcohol. So, I can eat tomatoes, get really happy and everyone will believe it is because I am such a jolly person.
Funny about alcohol, my Dad didn't drink anything alcoholic and I served a Chinese dinner one night with Longevity Wine, a delicious, sweet, aromatic wine from China and he fell in love with it. He drank many glasses and the old curmudgeon became a really funny man.
My son drinks even one glass of beer and becomes a raging bull.
So much for the power of alcohol.  

Comment by Steph S. on October 7, 2012 at 11:18am

booklover and Ian - those are great!

Always enjoy coming here to visit with all of you.

Yes, I just love Halloween.

It's my favorite - favorite of all "holidays".

Comment by Steph S. on October 7, 2012 at 11:16am

Hope everyone is having a relaxing weekend.

It actually got chilly here.

It's 52 degrees right now.

Wonderful weather.

Comment by Ian Mason on October 7, 2012 at 10:31am

I have a sense of humour that includes grusom.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 7, 2012 at 10:15am

That sounds just like what I would have done, Joan. Sorry I misunderstood.

Ian, that's kinda gruesome. The cow pig picture is cute all by itself.

Thanks, Tony. I didn't know about world animal day either.

Comment by sk8eycat on October 6, 2012 at 11:58pm

O, noes!  Aiz nawt gonna be aybul to eet a baycun cheezburger inny moar!  (My fave!...wif ahvukado! 2 moar muntz an they'll be ripe!  Yum!))

Comment by Ian Mason on October 6, 2012 at 1:47pm

Inseperable :)

Comment by Steph S. on October 6, 2012 at 11:59am

Hugs to you all too - thanks Ruth!

I missed "World Animal Day"? How could I do such a thing. I'll post about the day in my Wildlife group when I get back. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 6, 2012 at 11:12am

I need to clarify one thing about the calico cats. I had each one spayed after their first litter, kept the calico baby and when they proved to not be good mothers I had them spayed and that went on for three or four generations. No disinterested mother had a second litter. Thus, Calico I, II, III. So, I never had more than two mother cats and her kittens, and on a military base, with people moving in and out all the time, there was a lot of demand for cats. I don't know about dogs. We didn't have a mice problem, and cats even took care of the scorpions and spiders for us. I could never understand how a cat could eat a poisonous spider, but they did.

 

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