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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 Ian Mason on January 4, 2015 at 6:21am

Yes indeed, Patricia. There are smiles and chuckles here. Thank you.

The horse in the living room! Glad to hear that one, Felaine.

The sun is out, I've been for a short run. Next comes shave, shower and something nice to eat. Home you all have a really good day.

Oh yes, I love the Muppets.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 4, 2015 at 3:55am

Tom, sometimes I get so far into my shell that I can actually tell people, "I WON'T!"  It works.

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 4, 2015 at 1:19am

Ian, responding to your post about fours hours ago.

Several years in the "hot kitchen" of politics persuaded me to kick "I should" and "I ought" from my lexicon.

They are idealists' words and the world treats idealists badly. I say "I want to" or "I will".

I also stopped using second and third person pronouns with "should" and "ought".

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 4, 2015 at 12:00am

Love the comics, Patricia.  Thanks for cheering all of us up. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 4, 2015 at 12:00am

Patricia, these cartoons make me laugh! Especially "Buy-polar-disorder". 

Ian, an unusual perception of depression. Mindy's report of her daughter's struggles with it reveals how difficult it can be.

Felaine, your coping strategies seem to give you some comfort. At least, I hope so. Your horse story hit my funny bone. 

The author wrote, "Depression is an asshole, and it can become your master, but you can slip out from under it occasionally."

I feel for each of you as you report a terrible stretch and I hope each of you feel supported by me and us.  

Ian, I like your shoulda, oughtta, gotta reference. And the frog. 

Steph, that sign has such a pretty luster and greeting. 

I used to have terrible depressions and now I have very short ones very rarely that pop up when I do not expect them. It is like crawling out of hell. Thankfully, I have you friends for support

Comment by sk8eycat on January 3, 2015 at 10:20pm

Thanks, Patricia...I giggled, LOL'd, and snorted.

The horse on the sofa reminded me of the one time Mom and I went to visit her sister and two brothers who were sort of starting over in Winslow, AZ.  (I think I was 7 or 8 at the time,)

One night Uncle Dennis knocked on the door and hollered that he had a friend with him, and could he bring him in.  Aunt Phyllis said, "Sure!"  So Uncle D. walked his big black stallion into the living room. 

I wish someone had had a camera....  Shock, dismay, and hilarity.  I don't remember how they got Blackjack turned around and back outside, but it was a hoot!

Comment by Steph S. on January 3, 2015 at 9:05pm

Comment by sk8eycat on January 3, 2015 at 8:54pm

Ian, thanks for the pep talk.  I know that "should" and "ought" but don' wanna are symptoms of my own mind...I've inherited clinical depression and procrastination from both parents, and I should talk to my doctor about it.  IF she ever has the time. 

Love the frog...he looks kinda like little Kermit. (Or have you ever seen "Sesame Street," or "The Muppet Show"?)

Comment by Ian Mason on January 3, 2015 at 8:44pm

Comment by Ian Mason on January 3, 2015 at 8:43pm

Felaine, that "should" and its friend "ought" are two nasty pieces of work. Kick them in the balls every time they turn up. The only thing I force myself to do is phyisical exercise because I know it helps, at least for a while. You obviously have your way of soothing your darker moods. I presume you also care for your cats and enjoy their company, so things do get done. Good luck with the book-hunting and book-sorting projects.

 

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