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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S on Thursday. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 24, 2015 at 3:25pm

I thought they were Tee Hee Hee's. 

Comment by sk8eycat on January 24, 2015 at 3:18pm

Those are NOT "chuckles"!  They are GUFFAWS! 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 24, 2015 at 2:20pm

Carl, I'm so sorry to hear of your latest bad news. Your attitude toward all this adversity is incredible, and it will see you through. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 24, 2015 at 2:06pm

Randy, I've never been a big sports fan, but one cannot escape  from admiring a true historic sports hero and gentleman like Ernie Banks.  There's a certain element of respect and honor of his natural talent that is sorely lacking from so many of the doped-up and hyper-physical athletes today.  

The Chicago Tribune has a very nice article about him which includes a short video. 

http://www.chicagotribune.com/sports/baseball/cubs/chi-ernie-banks-...

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 24, 2015 at 1:42pm

Thank you everyone for the big hugs and support. 

Patricia, deep down I'm not really surprised I have heart problems.  My father had a heart attack when he was 54 (he'll be 80 this year!) and his father died of a massive heart attack when he was in his 50's.  My grandmother had a heart condition and TIA strokes.  Heart disease runs rampant in my family.  With proper care, I know that I have a lot of life left in me.  I've seen it with my father. 

Joan, thank for sharing the Branford Marsalis video.  That is some awesome swinging jazz!  Loved it. 

Chris, I am feeling calm.  I'm normally a calm and easy-going person.  It's my personality.  I'm not going to say that I haven't been stressed out by what's happening, but I'm not getting all worked up about something I can't avoid.  To be honest, I'm looking forward to getting these surgeries completed so I can start to heal, feel better, and get my life back. 

 

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 24, 2015 at 1:27pm

Carl, hope you will recover well from those operations.  

Comment by Randall Smith on January 24, 2015 at 8:19am

Thanks for sharing your health situation, Carl. Here I am complaining about the pre-colonoscopy prep I had to endure, and then read your story. Have courage and fight the bad draw as hard as you can. Keep us informed.

Another piece of sad news from Chicago: Ernie Banks, the greatest Cub of all, died. 

Comment by Plinius on January 24, 2015 at 3:07am

You've got such a calm way of telling bad news, Carl! I do hope you feel as calm! Heartfelt wishes to you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 24, 2015 at 1:24am

Carl,  such bad news! This is not good. Of course, I care so deeply about you and we will pull with you as you face the decisions and procedures ahead. I have no words that can comfort you or skill that can take away your health problems. All I can say is I care.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 23, 2015 at 11:15pm

Carl, You must have great courage and resolve to keep your chin up under these "slings and arrows of outrageous fortune". My hat off to you and a hug.

 

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