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

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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)

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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

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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 Chris Dodds on October 8, 2012 at 3:12pm

Two things:

1. If I ever needed more evidence of the overcommercialization of Christmas, I was at SA today and they're already selling hte Reese's peanut butter cups shaped like Christmas Trees.

2. Why is the server for this site so slow?

Comment by sk8eycat on October 8, 2012 at 2:16pm

A "friend" sent this today:

Unhappy Muslims -

I have to admit, this is brilliant...never heard it put this way...so succinct and to the point...plain and simple!!!

THE MUSLIMS ARE NOT HAPPY!

They're not happy in Gaza ..
They're not happy in Egypt ..
They're not happy in Libya ..
They're not happy in Morocco ..
They're not happy in Iran ..
They're not happy in Iraq ..
They're not happy in Yemen ..
They're not happy in Afghanistan ..
They're not happy in Pakistan ..
They're not happy in Syria ..
They're not happy in Lebanon ..

SO, WHERE ARE THEY HAPPY?

They're happy in Australia .
They're happy in Canada .
They're happy in England ..
They're happy in France ..
They're happy in Italy ..
They're happy in Germany ..
They're happy in Sweden ..
They're happy in the USA ..
They're happy in Norway ..
They're happy in Holland .
They're happy in Denmark .

Basically, they're happy in every country that is not Muslim and unhappy in every country that is!

AND WHO DO THEY BLAME?

Not Islam.
Not their leadership.
Not themselves.

THEY BLAME THE COUNTRIES THEY ARE HAPPY IN!

AND THEN; They want to change those countries to be like....
THE COUNTRY THEY CAME FROM WHERE THEY WERE UNHAPPY!

Excuse me, but I can't help wondering...

How damn dumb can you get?
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I wrote back to him that this was exactly how the Puritans and other Protestant groups behaved when they 1) emigrated from England to Holland, and then when the Dutch got fed up with them, 2) came across the Atlantic to North America.  (Forgot to mention the Catholic Crutch's behavior in Mexico and South america.)
Comment by Joan Denoo on October 8, 2012 at 1:59pm

Patricia, I just looked through your photo album and you have a lovely family of cats sharing your home. I look forward to seeing the before and after of your remodel. 

Comment by Ian Mason on October 8, 2012 at 10:08am

Just been to a major Edvard Munch exhibition. He actually got (sort of) happy after he got dried out from the booze and spent 8 months at a nerve sanitorium. This is from before though, and more typical of what he's known for.

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 8, 2012 at 7:40am

Good morning all. Where did you night dreams take you? To places of beauty, I hope. What a transition back to wakefulness. Here is a little song I like to listen to upon waking, Mr. Bill Withers.

'Lovely Day'

http://youtu.be/sYi7uEvEEmk

Enjoy, have a wonderful day. Keep a song in your heart, and a dance in your step as you go forward. Peace.

 

Comment by Steph S. on October 8, 2012 at 6:27am

Good morning everyone!

Comment by Steph S. on October 8, 2012 at 6:26am

Sounds like a wonderful project Patricia.

Wish you the best on your remodeling.

Comment by Steph S. on October 8, 2012 at 12:09am
Patricia - Ruth is right - we would love to see your remodeled house if you would like to share. I hope they get it all fixed up for you.
Joan - yes your story was funny. Thanks for sharing.
Pumpkin - I love it. It's very tasty!
Have a good night! Early day tomorrow.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 7, 2012 at 11:56pm

When you're all done, maybe you can share a picture of your finished remodel, Patricia. I haven't carved a pumpkin for decades. Now it seems like a waste of good food. Pumpkin is one of the low carb vegetables I can eat. But I do appreciate the art, the beauty, and the childhood fun.

Comment by Joan Denoo on October 7, 2012 at 2:41pm

Steph, truth be told, I can no longer enjoy a nice glass of red wine with dinner. My old body just does not tolerate alcohol and I guess that is caused by diabetes. In any even, I thought it was a funny story.  

 

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