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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky 3 hours ago. 20 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Thursday. 11 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 18, 2014 at 12:06am

Ian, safe journey, sounds like a visit. Hope all is well. 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 17, 2014 at 10:52pm

Glad you're all right, Felaine.

That cartoon took me a minute too, Mindy.

What an amazing writing desk!

Tomorrow I'll be off to England on a family visit. Looking forward to it.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 17, 2014 at 10:33pm

Oh, I'm fine, but after living through 4 or 5 major quakes makes me jumpy whenever anything in the house rattles.  All it takes is a heavy truck driving up the street....

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 17, 2014 at 9:58pm

Felane, very happy to learn you are safe, unhurt, and undamaged. Poor Kitties.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 17, 2014 at 7:08pm

Perhaps 10,000 leprechauns were performing their version of "Riverdance"....at 6:25 this morning. 

One interesting fact stemming from the 1994 Northridge quake was that certain areas...like West L.A., Westwood, and some coastal areas were damaged as much as, or more than, places that are nearer to the actual epicenter.  Although, my friend Sue, who is VERY close to Northridge, and everyone in her neighborhood had to rebuild the cinder-block walls between their yards.  The old ones (without rebar) all fell down, but no actual damage to their houses. 

Haven't heard any damage reports from this morning's little dance.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 17, 2014 at 5:26pm

Here is what Google Earth shows. Interesting where the swarms exist. The 4.4 quake is the largest orange dot above U.S. 405 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 17, 2014 at 4:32pm

I'm glad you're OK, sk8eycat. Funny cartoon, booklover. It took me a second to get it.

Anyone interested in learning how low North Korea has fallen? 5 Insane Petty Crimes Committed by North Korea

Sorry about the failed image.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 17, 2014 at 12:46pm

Hope that's all you get Felaine.

In the 11 years I lived in California, I can only remember one earthquake.  I was in a phone-booth talking to my girlfriend when the booth started rocking, but not enough to scare me.  I just told her the booth was rocking and kept on talking.  I don't know how much it would take to scare me, but I think it would take a lot.

The only other one I felt was in bed in northern Idaho.  I thought one of the other boarders in the building had crawled under my bed and was rocking it as a practical joke, but finally figured out it was an earthquake.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 17, 2014 at 8:47am

Well, we had  "our" earthquake this morning; it wasn't much, just enough to rattle the doors and windows...and wake me up. And scare the cats.   A 4.4...I hope that's ALL we're going to get.

Going back to bed.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 16, 2014 at 7:35pm

Joan, about all the quakes off the coast...there will likely be aftershocks for months...even a year or so after such a big jolt.

 

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