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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Chris Dec 26, 2017. 10 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

10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6, 2017. 3 Replies

Apparently, Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has been slumming.  That is to say, she's been talking to Mike Pence [gasp!].  It would seem as though Mike has offered some of his not-so-personal tricks of the trade on how to be a 21st century…Continue

Tags: tricks, Mike Pence, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 19, 2017. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27, 2017. 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

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26, 2017. 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

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2017 at 1:15pm

"Religion is an idea, and, as an idea, it should be eligible for criticism, discussion, and yes, mockery. The only reason so many believers demand special exceptions be made for religious ideas is because they know full well that their ideas don’t hold up well under scrutiny."

~ Amanda Marcotte

Marcotte is a quotable lady, thanks for finding her for me, Bertold!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 21, 2017 at 1:09pm

Cloudy and overcast skies by me so I'm doing the next best thing.  I'm watching live coverage by NASA on my computer.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 21, 2017 at 1:01pm

From Pocatello.  Neighbors were out with their glasses.  I with my welding goggles.  The neighborhood became dim for a few minutes.  At only 99% eclipse, it was no big whoop.  For one thing, the sun was much smaller than I expected.  If I ever see one again, I'll use my telescope with a sun-safe filter on it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 21, 2017 at 12:53pm

Eclipse report from Newport, Washington: the light from the sun turned yellow, the yard light went on; the sun light returned to full force and the yard light went off. Birds seemed a little "twittie" and Dominic gave out a series of "woffs!" It was all over.

Comment by Plinius on August 21, 2017 at 7:14am

I love that quote, Loren! 

And the 20s eclipse video!

Comment by Loren Miller on August 21, 2017 at 7:03am

And, thinking of Ms. Marcotte's quote (though this is NOT the quote of the day group!):

If it takes the threat of hell to make you a moral person, then you are not at all moral, you are just a coward who responds well to threats.
-- Leo Wolf

Comment by Loren Miller on August 21, 2017 at 7:01am

Bertold, your Amanda Marcotte quote is freaking BRILLIANT ... and I'm stealing it! [grin!]

Comment by Ian Mason on August 21, 2017 at 6:00am

Happy viewing and/or relaxing everyone.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 21, 2017 at 5:59am

Bertold, that's a very valid point about religion and morality. Perhaps some people turn to religion because they're frightened of their own impulses. That doesn't seem to work for the Catholic clergy though.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 21, 2017 at 12:12am

Carbondale, Illinois is getting 100% totality.  That's about a six hour car drive from Chicago.  I've heard hotels have been booked for months.  Amtrak runs from Chicago to Carbondale.  Apparently a train full of people from Chicago is expected to arrive in Carbondale in the morning and then return later in the day.  That would be a very fun day trip!

 

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