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Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 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

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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

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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 Randall Smith on April 21, 2017 at 7:15am

They say you're not supposed to mention leaving your home on social media, but with Loren as my leader, I'll also publicize my trip-- to the Tuscany region of Italy, beginning Sunday. It's with the organization Road Scholars, formerly Elderhostel. Never been there, and I don't know Italian. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 21, 2017 at 1:27am

Enjoy your stay in Sun City, Loren.  Spring is a great time to visit the desert.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 21, 2017 at 1:09am

Loren, Sun City sounds like an excellent place to Rest & Recuperate. Enjoy!

Comment by Loren Miller on April 20, 2017 at 2:19pm

FYI, gang: the wife and I are going for a little vacay out to Sun City, where we intend to as much NOTHING as is humanly possible for about a week.  I'm taking my laptop, and will be touching base daily, though.

SEEYA!

Comment by Randall Smith on April 20, 2017 at 7:14am
Like so many comedians (Jon Winters, Bob Hope, Robin Williams to name a few), Johnny Carson had a complex personality--almost Jekyll and Hyde-ish. But I loved watching him (and them).
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 19, 2017 at 8:47pm

So, Carl, are you a member of the Fugawi tribe?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on April 19, 2017 at 8:22pm

Is anyone here a Johnny Carson fan?  I always was and still to this day I miss his presence on television.  His show always had an air of class.  One of my favorite memories is the time I was in Los Angeles and I went to a taping of The Tonight Show.  I was in California in August 1988 for the wedding of a college friend.  Several of us waited in line 2-1/2 hours beginning at 5:30AM for free tickets.  We were near the front of the line, so when the ticket window opened up at 8AM we excitedly obtained our cherished reward.  We returned to the studio later that day at 4:30PM to be seated for the 5:30 taping.  It was a real thrill to see Johnny, Ed McMahon, and Doc Severinsen and the Band (a true class act themselves) live.  Guests included Richard Pryor and clarinetist Pete Fountain (again, Pete Fountain being a class act in his own right.)

Today I stumbled upon the following random funny clip and was reminded of all those fond memories.  But in addition, it reminded me that Johnny was a fierce skeptic.  He was a friend of James Randi and often had Randi on his show.  In fact, Johnny had once given a $100.000 donation to Randi's skeptical foundation.  He was also a big supporter of Penn and Teller and of people who exposed frauds.  Interestingly, he had atheist Madalyn Murray O'Hair as his guest several times.  Of course Madalyn was known as "the most hated woman in America" because of her groundbreaking atheist activism.  I think that is important to note, since Johnny's show was never a show intended to cause controversy.   

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 17, 2017 at 8:24am

While walking in the dark again this morning, which I am want to do, I went by the Mormon church building where I attended many years ago.

I noticed it had bright lights on the building.  It was even more lit-up than the Catholic school.  Does that mean they have less faith than the Catholics?

While mormons talk a good talk, from my experience, I conclude most don't really have as much faith as they claim.

My dad went to church "faithfully" all his life, read the scriptures often, and read all the church literature constantly.  However one day, when Mom was in the hospital, he ask me to go with him to help him give Mom a blessing.  At that time, I was fairly certain that mormonism was false, so I told him I has almost no faith to help with the blessing, and he said "Welcome to the club."

I was pleased to hear that, and have since concluded that he went to church mostly for the social life.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 16, 2017 at 6:16pm

Again, I cannot post on your site, Chris; here is my response: 

As to Marijuana, minors should not be able to buy it. I had experiences with boys' ranch school age boys and they could not hold short-term memory when using it. We had to wait until they were not under the influence of MJ before we could get any resemblance of learning from them, either from ranch activities or school. They simply could not remember. 

Imagine trying to advance in education or employment with memory impairment! We worked hard to get them self-sufficient in the management of their choices. It wasn't up to the parents, teachers or the ranches to keep them from using, it was up to us to make it clear using was not an option. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 16, 2017 at 5:35pm

I am unable to post quotes, so I am posting here. 

Loren, thanks for your quote: 

"A hallucination is a fact,"

Belief and faith are like that; they are facts. "what is erroneous is a judgment based upon it (them)."
-- Bertrand Russell 

Bertrand Russell. (n.d.). BrainyQuote.com. Retrieved April 16, 2017, from BrainyQuote.com Web site: https://www.brainyquote.com/quotes/quotes/b/bertrandru385737.html

 

 

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