Hang With Friends

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 4 hours ago. 3 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

The End of the World ... Again?!?

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 4 hours ago. 12 Replies

Uh, guys and gals?  Hate to tell you, but the world ended the other day.  And the hell of it is, I MISSED IT!  Yeah, too busy with other stuff, mowing the lawn, enjoying the company of my wife, and taking care of puddy-cats, and I just MISSED it!One…Continue

Tags: AronRa, prophecy, end of the world

Sam Harris The Case Against Christianity

Started by dudaboli yev. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 30. 1 Reply

Sam Harris The Case Against Christianity Sam Harris offers his case against the Christian god conceptSamuel Benjamin "Sam" Harris is an American author, neuroscientist, philosopher, the co-founder and chief executive of Project Reason, a non-profit…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by amer chohan Sep 2. 13 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

Tags: bible, parable, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by James Kz on January 18, 2013 at 6:02am

Steph: Those other countries only think they are succeeding. They are really failing, and they just don't know it yet.

Consider: Health care for all? Why would any God-fearing gun-loving Christian want that?

Spanking illegal (like in Finland)? How do you work off your stress if you can't whale on your kid now and again?

Jail the bankers? Aren't they the job creators for short-selling market speculators?

Gun restrictions? How can they possibly keep their small arms manufactures afloat, and parliamentarians rolling in graft? They might actually have to tax the people to pay legislators!

They don't know the first thing about running the world's largest prison system or managing one of the worst health care systems in the First World.

Comment by Plinius on January 18, 2013 at 3:53am

It's a comfort to hear you talk, Sk8eycat! Here it's 11 AM, so I'm doing chores and reading the forum in between. Have a good weekend, all of you!

Comment by sk8eycat on January 18, 2013 at 2:28am

Ruth, re:Simple things: YES! 

Ever since I had that 4-night insomnia attack last week, I've been craving "comfort food."  So a few days ago I made some baked custard (with Splenda)' so easy that I don't know why I don't make it more often.  I bake it in the same (stainless) bowl that I mix it in,,,in a water bath, of course.  Next time I think I'm going to bake it longer at 300 deg, without the Bain Marie, and see how it comes out.

A couple of days later I made chicken vegetable soup with a lot of leftover Schwan's chicken and veg that I had in the freezer. I cheated by using Homestyle Broth concentrate....but it was GOOD! 

Today I made cranberry sauce (with Splenda again)...I bought about 6 bags of berries when they were on sale during the holidays, and they keep forever when you freeze them.  So I used one bag. When it's done, and cooled, I put a heaping tbsp of cran sauce on plain or vanilla yogurt...SO good!  I don't understand why nobody makes cranberry sorbet or yogurt.

All of those things are so simple to make, and they are comforting....both to make and to eat. I love playing in the kitchen, but so many recipes seem complicated, and use half the equipment in the cupboards.

I'm feeling satisfied and relaxed, so I wish you all a good night, and an easy 3-day weekend.


PS Patricia, I'm e-mailing that group of  pictures to about 20 people...including a few old f*rts who have developed Tea Party leanings. I hope a few of them will start thinking again.

I've been signing "We the People" petitionsto get the gov't to convict the Wall St. criminals who got us into this mess for's not working. I don''t understand why Congress, et al can't see what's wrong in this country.  I guess they believe that if they "god bless America"  and pray often enough that their imaginary friend will make everything all right.  Hah! 

Nobody can run a country on wishful thinking and bullsh*t.

Comment by Steph S. on January 17, 2013 at 9:22pm

Patricia those examples of how America does things is so true. Why don't we look at the other countries who are successful in their endeavors? We are doing things backwards. I agree with all those statements.

Ruth I just love your secret to happiness picture. I agree that you should enjoy the simple things.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 17, 2013 at 9:08pm

Hey, Patricia. What great examples! I love all of them.

Comment by Steph S. on January 17, 2013 at 5:20pm

Comment by Steph S. on January 17, 2013 at 5:18pm

Cool that you met Moon Zappa sk8eycat - how awesome. I know that song you are talking about.

Comment by Steph S. on January 17, 2013 at 5:17pm

Cute loldog booklover. Very funny.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 17, 2013 at 4:49pm

Ahhhh, yessss.  The way I heard it was, "...cats have staff."

I have taken care of lots of different breeds of dogs in my life as a pet-sitter, and the ones I like best are the large breeds...Samoyeds, shepherds, weimaraners, Sibeians.  THEY aren't as worshipful as cocker spaniels and other medium-to-small breeds. 

I find being worshipped very distasteful, and that was one of many things that solidified my lack of faith.

I just kept wondering how there could be a being/creature, with the intelligence and power to create an entire universe, who wanted to be worshipped. Gag me with a spoon!

Felaine, the genuine (old) Valley Girl  (I met Moon Zappa when I was working in a small electronics store back in the 1980s.  She was a hoot!)

Comment by Joseph Corder on January 17, 2013 at 1:20pm

Rawhide! I love it!!  sk8eycat,  I agree with you!  Didn't mean to label the whole world bad.  And now for something completely different.  Do you know the difference between how a cat and a dog view their owners?  Dogs have masters and cats have servants!!!!


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