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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 Loren Miller on March 11, 2016 at 8:09am

The Netherlands shots were brilliant, Carl!  Thank you for those.  I'd like to think we have beauty like that in Cleveland here and there, especially around autumn when the MetroParks hit peak color.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 11, 2016 at 7:48am

Amazing photographs of The Netherlands, Carl. Some look like paintings. It's been 50 years since I was there.

Glad to hear you're okay, Joan. Personally, I've never been in a deer/auto accident, but some family members have. It's a real problem around these parts.

Ian, it came as a surprise to read about the Bambi/Jew comparison. Interesting thought.

Speaking of Jews, the PBS show "Finding Your Roots" featured Dustin Hoffman and his ancestry. He got very emotional "discovering", or at least admitting, he was Jewish. His father, evidently, never mentioned it, nor discussed his heritage. Hoffman was clueless.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 11, 2016 at 3:49am

Thanks for those lovely scenes of The Netherlands, Carl. I remember having coffee in Amsterdam, and the beautiful little cakes they served were too charming to eat and too delicious not to. The cream there was delightful. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 11, 2016 at 3:41am

Ian, an interesting idea, Bambi as allegory of Jews in Europe! That would be fascinating to watch with awareness of the allegory. 

Getting older isn't easy. When one works hard during the productive years it would be nice to have smooth going for the final stage of life. 80 is a whole lot harder than 70. I don't want to reach 90. 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 11, 2016 at 2:26am

Just returned from a few days in England. A very pleasant stay although it's clear now that my step-mum won't be with us much longer. She's 92 and can't even be bothered to eat and drink now. Her appetite for life has run out. The rest of the family are well, although my generation is begining to reach the stage of creaks and aches, knee and hip replacement etc. Such is life if you live long enough.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 11, 2016 at 2:20am

Indeed, Joan, country life has its less pretty side. The original 1920's Bambi novel by Felix Salten is sometimes considered an allegory of the the situation Jews faced in Europe.

Lovely photos, Carl. What a lovely place.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 11, 2016 at 2:14am

Randy, I think it was Dewey vs. Truman that the polling called listed phone numbers for their tally on election night and miscalled the election. I was a young girl and was disappointed because the voting results interfered with my favorite Saturday radio program, Let's Pretend. 

DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN

I am unable to bring the photo here. . 

Comment by Plinius on March 11, 2016 at 1:14am

Thank you Carl! The landscapes are familiar of course, but the photographer is really gifted!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 11, 2016 at 12:15am

Carl, Laura and I were not hurt; the headlight disappeared under the fender, and the driver's side front fender will need repair or replacement. It happened so fast. I saw it out of the corner of my eye to my right on the passenger side and it looked like it jumped over the car and hit the left headlight and fender. The poor thing struggled so mightily to get up and off the road. 

Donald, I like being so deep in the forest but it is not all green meadows with deer prancing through looking like Bambi's mother. They eat our crops and tear down our fences. Memories of The Yearling come immediately to mind. 

I am a city woman losing my naivety. 

Thankfully, we don't eat our poultry; they lay eggs, eat bugs, weed the garden and fertilize as they mosey around. . 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 11, 2016 at 12:13am

To everybody here (but especially to Chris) I just saw this post and had to share.  It's beautiful.  Enjoy.

20 Photographic Proofs That Netherlands Is Europe’s Wonderland

 

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