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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 19, 2016 at 10:52am

Bertold, I'm familiar with the Sweeney Todd story but have never read the book, seen a stage production, or a movie.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 19, 2016 at 10:37am

Beautiful fall photos Loren and Chris. I also love the windmill. What a fantastic view! Just read today that the fall colors in my area are behind schedule due to our recent warm weather. The article has a nice listing of the different colors.

Oak — red, brown or russet

Gingko — yellow

Honey locust — yellow

Green ash — yellow

White ash — starts yellow, then grows purplish

Hickory — golden bronze

Dogwood — purplish red

Beech — light tan

Black tupelo (aka, black gum) — crimson

Red maple — brilliant scarlet

Sugar maple — yellow to burnt orange to red

Elm — major dud, its leaves just shrivel up and fall

Comment by Plinius on October 19, 2016 at 10:09am

Thanks Loren! We have seven of the old windmills here, and many tourists who want to see them, but NOT the new windmills! People are still fighting the new windmills because that is landscape pollution, they say. I really can't see the difference... People are funny.

Comment by Loren Miller on October 19, 2016 at 9:48am

I love the windmill in your shot, Chris.  Wonderfully picturesque!

Comment by Plinius on October 19, 2016 at 9:44am

Here too, Loren, big showers, enough wind, but nice!

Comment by Plinius on October 19, 2016 at 9:35am

Thanks Bertold, it's nice! I only knew the book...

Comment by Loren Miller on October 19, 2016 at 9:15am

This was the view from just outside my front door a couple mornings ago:

Fall in full swing!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 19, 2016 at 9:05am
Comment by Plinius on October 19, 2016 at 9:03am

"The black president will be the last one." the woman who told me this had it from an old Bulgarian prophecy. I don't believe prophecies, but the sentence runs in my head, probably because there's nothing good to be expected.

I know Sweeny Todd, a Victorian penny dreadful, but were there rhymes in it?

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on October 19, 2016 at 7:24am

You're right, Randall. The debate will pretty much be a tale full of sound and fury signifying nothing. But I can't resist watching. It's sort of like being hypnotized by a cobra.

Good one, Carl. Remember Sweeny Todd?

Attend the tale of Donald's hair

He looks as though he's had a scare

You'd rather shave your head all bare

Or cover it up with your underwear

Than have Trump's hair.

 

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