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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever 6 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

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

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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 sk8eycat on December 19, 2012 at 1:10am

Ruth...it's a joke!  (and a suggestion that it would be a relief if the Food Police would STFU for a week or two.)

For the record: I'm not planning to stuff myself silly over the Solstice season because I'll be working...house-sitting with a nice fat cat.  I'm not planning to leave that house at all (I don't drive anymore...diabetic neuropathy in my feet, for one thing) till the owner comes home from her trip on January 4th (she had a break-in about a year ago, in broad daylight. That neighborhood is going downhill a little bit...pity.)...so no parties.

Everybody: Sue is picking my up Saturday afternoon (Dec 22) and I won't be home till late January 4th.  She doesn't have a computer, just a Kindle (that she's taking with her, naturally), so I won't be dropping in here after Saturday morning.  Just wanted to let you  all know that I'm won't be ignoring you-all or anything like that.

In the meantime....I have to pack, and decide what groceries to order from Schwan's.  I'm thinking about asparagus and maybe splurging on some steaks.  THAT will be my treat.  Sue has a gas grill; I don't.  The rest will probably be diced chicken that I can make all kinds of things with, and a split of very dry champagne....if I can find such an animal at the store.

An' dat's da troooooffff.

Comment by Steph S. on December 18, 2012 at 10:58pm
Booklover I love squirrels! My mom has a bunch in her yard.
Tony love the Good Night graphic!
Flying Atheist that is so cute!
Sk8eycat love the food list joke. Funny
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on December 18, 2012 at 10:30pm

Thanks for the cheery squirrels, cake kitty, and good night. Sorry sk8eycat, that foods's not for me.

Comment by sk8eycat on December 18, 2012 at 10:24pm

 GREAT HOLIDAY EATING TIPS


 
1. Avoid carrot sticks. Anyone who puts carrots on a holiday buffet table knows nothing of the holiday spirit. In fact, if you see carrots, leave immediately. Go next door, where they're serving rum balls. 
 
2. Drink as much eggnog as you can. And quickly. It's rare... You cannot find it any other time of year but now. So drink up! Who cares that it has 10,000 calories in every sip? It's not as if you're going to turn into an eggnog alcoholic or something. It's a treat. Enjoy it. Have one for me. Have two. 
 
3. If something comes with gravy, use it. That's the whole point of gravy. Gravy does not stand alone. Pour it on. Make a volcano out of your mashed potatoes. Fill it with gravy. Eat the volcano. Repeat. 
 
4. As for mashed potatoes, always ask if they're made with skim milk or whole milk. If it's skim, pass. Why bother? It's like buying a sports car with an automatic transmission. 
 
5. Do not have a snack before going to a party in an effort to control your eating. Hello?! The whole point of going to a Holiday party is to eat other people's food for free. 
 
6. Under no circumstances should you exercise between now and New Year's. You can do that in January when you have nothing else to do. This is the time for long naps, which you'll need after circling the buffet table while carrying a 10-pound plate of food and that vat of eggnog. 
 
7. If you come across something really good at a buffet table, like frosted Christmas cookies in the shape and size of Santa,  position yourself near them and don't budge. Have as many as you can before becoming the center of attention. They're like  a beautiful pair of shoes. If you leave them behind, you're never going to see them again. 
 
8. Same for pies. Apple, Pumpkin, Mincemeat. Have a slice of each. Or if you don't like mincemeat, have two apples and one pumpkin. Always have three. When else do you get to have more than one dessert? Labour Day? 
 
9. Did someone mention fruitcake? Granted, it's loaded with the mandatory celebratory calories, but avoid it at all cost. I mean, have some standards. 
 
10. One final tip: If you don't feel terrible when you leave the party or get up from the table, you haven't been paying attention. 
  
Life is short. Drink the good wine first

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 18, 2012 at 10:23pm

Cheeky squirrels in London?  LOL 

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 18, 2012 at 10:10pm

http://youtu.be/AudSbLdZmWU

Go Radio. Song 'Good Night'. Enjoy. Going to bed now. Pleasant dreams to all my friends.

Comment by Ian Mason on December 18, 2012 at 9:54pm

The squirrels in London's parks are the cheekiest. I've known them attack people who get close to them but don't feed them but just try to take a picture. You have been warned!

Comment by Tony Carroll on December 18, 2012 at 6:48pm

I like squirrels. Had one cuss me out a couple months ago, though. Walked up on him in the yard by surprise. Startled us both. He ran for the tree, stopped when he got there, stood up and angrily chittered at me. Kinda lunged my way a couple times. Lasted about 20 sec or so. Turned his back on me, flicked his tail, and disappeared up the tree. I could only do one thing. I laughed my ass off. Still remembering and chuckling about it to this day. LOL! :)

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 18, 2012 at 6:09pm
Thanks Steph, for understanding.
Comment by Steph S. on December 18, 2012 at 6:07pm

AWWW Tony - love those cute puppies.

You are on a roll today with all your wonderful posts.

 

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