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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G 5 hours ago. 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

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 11 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

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 21. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Randall Smith on July 17, 2014 at 7:30am

Barton is only one of many really ignorant politicians. Mercy! I see that Bernie Sanders (I, VT) is considering running for pres. I like him.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 16, 2014 at 6:03pm

Mindy, you're correct, my birthday is today, the 16th.

Sk8eycat, I love the TED video.  Of course, I'm familiar with a clarinet being called a licorice stick, but a carrot clarinet?  That was new to me.  Cute and funny.

Thanks again to all of you for your wonderful birthday messages.  You've made today extra special for me. 

Comment by sk8eycat on July 16, 2014 at 12:36pm

I forgot to mention a classic SF short story by C. M. Kornbluth, titled "The Marching Morons," in which everything and everyone are being dumbed-down, and the few freethinkers left on Earth are wearing themselves out trying to keep the world working. 

I think it was written in the late 1940s....scary.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 16, 2014 at 12:31pm

I like the late Steve Allen's term, "DUMBTH"  As in "warmth."  It might be a finite resource...if we let the stupids take over, and their wacky policies kill the rest of us. 

Heartless Cheney, formerly semi-intelligent McCain, et al, want to get us re-involved in Iraq, again, and probably the rest of the Middle East. 

I just wish the media would stop referring to that part of the world as "the holy land."  There's nothing "holy" about any of it, unless living in a desert makes people delusional. 

Comment by sk8eycat on July 16, 2014 at 9:30am

Flying A, a Belated Happy Birthday to You!  And some silly music to start your next 50 years:

https://www.youtube.com/embed/BISrGwN-yH4

Comment by Loren Miller on July 16, 2014 at 9:28am

What is even scarier is that he's on the energy committee.  One would HOPE that means he knows and understands something about science in general and energy in particular, but apparently, all Barton knows about is who is lining his wallet with cash.

I can't laugh at that.  It's too important to be laughed at.  What I do hope is that whoever was being questioned by him came back at him HARD.  "Congressman, do you know the least bit about the principles that give rise to wind?  Can you define 'Coriolis effect' for me?" 

I'd bet a C-note he couldn't.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 16, 2014 at 8:42am

Oh, sure, wind is a finite resource.  When the sun burns out, there will be no more energy to create wind, and that's just a lousy four or five billion years from now, right around the corner in cosmic terms. [/sarcasm]

And while I'm at it:

Comment by Plinius on July 16, 2014 at 7:58am

Moving brother-in-law at last! Everything must be done in the next fortnight - care homes make you wait endlessly and then everything must be done within days. But we're rather well prepared so I think we'll manage.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 16, 2014 at 7:50am
Thank you, everyone, for all the birthday greetings. I wish I could share cake with all of you in person.
Comment by Plinius on July 16, 2014 at 7:43am

If Douglas isn't there, be sure to know where your towel is, Joan!

 

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