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10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6. 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. 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

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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

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Comment by Plinius on October 19, 2017 at 1:10pm

Has no one news about Chris from California?

Comment by Patricia on October 18, 2017 at 8:05pm

Not back.....still here in Prince George. Started at 7:30 this morning for blood work & just got back to the hotel 20 minutes ago with only a breakfast break from 9 until 11:30.......next appointments started at noon & its now after 6 pm. We are exhausted!

Comment by Plinius on October 18, 2017 at 12:41pm

You're back already, Patricia? How was your trip?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 18, 2017 at 12:15pm

Here's one rather creative approach.

Local brewery offers free beer to customers who help ruin neo-Nazi Richard Spencer’s upcoming speech

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Comment by Patricia on October 18, 2017 at 12:01pm

No news is good these days it seems. Its a bit overwhelming to try to help with trying to do something.

Comment by Plinius on October 18, 2017 at 10:22am

I hate to see what happens in Turkey, Hungary, Austria and other places - and just like all of us I don't know what to do. Speak, educate, yes, I've been doing that.. What can we do?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 18, 2017 at 9:30am

Apparently the significance of truth has abandoned us.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 18, 2017 at 9:22am

Bertold, the Black Panthers/KKK comparison is the common argument trope these days:  all sides are equal in their validity.  

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 18, 2017 at 9:16am

Too true, Carl.

Austria's one of the most beautiful places I've ever seen, but it does have some alarming political tendencies. Sadly, (and not only in Austria) playing on fear and loathing of the other continues to be a highly effective means of persuasion. Add a good dose of denseness among the denizens, and you have a perfect recipe for the very reversal you noted, and far worse.

I couldn't believe my ears the other day when a friend (a friend!) tried to say that the Black Panthers were the equivalent of the KKK. As a character in a bizarre sci-fi novel I'm reading said, "A circle looks at a square and sees a badly made circle."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 18, 2017 at 8:41am

And now I see Austria is the latest victim to the populist nationalism scourge.  In a time when the world as a whole was inching progressively forward, we've lapsed into a large-scale,180-degree backward tailspin. 

Centuries ago the only solution to this problem was uprising, revolution, and war initiated by the masses.  These days the power is in our hands through the democratic ballot process.  Unfortunately the masses are too apathetic and uninformed to yield this power in their favor.  Ironically, we are highly more educated than our ancestors, but still they were motivated to action.  I'm at a loss of how to shake people from our current complacency.      

 

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