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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 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 Joan Denoo on March 24, 2016 at 8:17am

Happy Birthday, Randy! I hope you get some nice spring weather to help you celebrate. Apricots, fresh off the tree, makes a splendid treat. Let's hope no late spring frosts interfere with their growth. 

Comment by Randall Smith on March 24, 2016 at 7:44am

Spring here usually arrives right around my birthday (today, as a matter of fact). My apricot trees are in full pink bloom. Maybe, for once, I'll have some.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 23, 2016 at 3:38pm

I couldn't resist this.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 23, 2016 at 3:37pm

The Nederlands are far enough south of DK to make a difference. Usually about 3 weeks.

Comment by Plinius on March 23, 2016 at 2:32pm

Such a difference, Ian? Here the willows are tuening green.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 23, 2016 at 1:57pm

A funny video, Ruth.

I've been running in the woods today. Nothing green yet at these latitudes but the sun was shining nicely.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 23, 2016 at 1:10pm

Ian, thanks for the reminder that Spring has Sprung. I'm anxious to see what all comes up in the forest. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 23, 2016 at 10:57am

Good afternoon, all. You might enjoy this musical video about Steampunk.

It's 70°F here, and our heat's off again. Horray!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 23, 2016 at 7:36am

I still have another willow-- not all is lost. You're right, Carl, about the root system. I won't miss the catalpa with it's caterpillars every other summer.

Looks like Bernie did alright in Tuesday's primary/caucus.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 22, 2016 at 10:27am

Willow trees have always been one of my favorites.  Their beautiful, billowing branches portray the perfect summer tree, swaying and dancing in the summer breezes.  There was one across the street from my childhood home and it was fun to watch during windy thunderstorms.  They need a lot of ground to grow in because of their extensive root system.  They can cause lots of problems with sewage pipes and building foundations in crowded urban areas.

 

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