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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat 3 hours ago. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Sep 28. 8 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 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

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10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 21. 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

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Comment by sk8eycat on January 14, 2013 at 2:19pm

Joan, thank you.  Stuff like that just takes my breath away.

I wish I'd known some of this when I was a teen, struggling to make myself believe what I was told in church.  I just couldn't believe that my contemporaries actually had two-way conversations with a god, and I thought the fault was mine.

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 14, 2013 at 1:39pm
Voice of Reason Lawrence Krauss Reality is liberating
http://youtu.be/XECgqGw8abk
Comment by Joan Denoo on January 14, 2013 at 1:22pm
Unsettled weather including snozzle, frizzle, grapple, drizzle, snow, fozzle, and frain. Walks and roads covered with ice and I am snug in my blanket with a nice cup of coffee and home-grown and made Concord grape juice.
Comment by Idaho Spud on January 14, 2013 at 12:25pm

Thanks Steph and Atheist Cat.  That's one of my favorite sayings.

Babyfood cat made me smile.

Comment by Steph S. on January 14, 2013 at 5:48am

Good morning all.

Today it's sleeting and hailing outside this morning.

Stay warm everyone.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 13, 2013 at 11:46pm

Good night, sk8eycat.  Stay warm.  It's 15-degrees here in Chicago but I have my flannel sheets on the bed.  :)

Comment by sk8eycat on January 13, 2013 at 9:54pm

OH!  I love Atheist Cat!  That's so true!

g'nite. (I think.  It's bloody cold out, and our house isn't well-insulated.)

Thanks everyone...

Comment by Steph S. on January 13, 2013 at 8:20pm

Ian and bookkover those are great lols!

Thanks for all the laughs.

Comment by Steph S. on January 13, 2013 at 8:19pm

Comment by sk8eycat on January 13, 2013 at 4:43pm

Well, to get semi-serious for a bit, he IS supposed to have told his disciples to eat his body and drink his blood.  Erkle!

And...his only purpose was to be a human sacrifice to appease his father/self.  I have long thought that the figure in the manger should be a minature realistic, bloody crucufix.  Maybe that would make some people wonder about what they are really celebrating.  (The only other realistic figure in the manger should be a model of the sun.  Almost all of xian mythology was taken from various sun-god religions...12 disciples=12 signs of the Zodiac, etc.)

"Oh, shut up, Felane!  Get down off your hobby-horse."

PS: If anyone wants to see where our legal system and many xian rites and beliefs originated, I highly recommend Colleen McCullough's "Masters of Rome" series of novels.  They are fiction as far as the dialog and feelings of the characters are concerned, but she researched the history of the Roman Republic for 13 years (!!!) beforeshe began to write.  They are also very thick books, but once you begin reading, you can't put them down. (The books that come after the assassination of Julius Caesar didn't interest me as much as the first 5...or 6.  I've forgotten.  Heh!)  I re-read them about once a year because I always come across something I missed in earlier readings.

PPS: I hated The Thorn Birds

Who helped kill the Republic?  The hyper-conservatives...people who insisted that things should be done the way they always had been, even though Rome was no longer a small city-state.  I grind my teeth when I read certain parts of the books because I see the parallels to our time and predicaments.

 

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