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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G 1 hour ago. 17 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 yesterday. 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 Ian Mason on July 11, 2013 at 4:00am

Patricia, those elephants remind me of "The Shining"! I too relapse into bad grammar when in England and revert to my native Thames estuary version of English.

I've read some Heinlien through the years and from what I remember the early stuff is mostly "greenie-bashing", i.e. all aliens are dangerous foreigners who have to be killed. I'll have a go at some of the later works and see what I think of them.

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 11, 2013 at 1:20am

Speaking of language and humor, a "good pun" and a "bad pun" are one and the same!

Also, I know someone who won't "dial" a phone unless it has that ancient finger-wheel for entering numbers.

Carl, I'm with you in cringing at atrocious grammar (and ignorance in the content). Two of my specific pet peeves are "grocer's quotes" misused for emphasis -- a sign that says "FRESH" FISH isn't actually an attractive advertisement! -- and apostrophes misused to indicate "Beware of oncoming 'S'!"

(mocked at GrammarBlog)

Also check out the rogues' gallery at funnytypos.com When Not to Use "Quotation Marks".

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 10, 2013 at 11:18pm

Ruth, can you send me your PIN number? 

Actually, I really don't have a problem with "ATM machine" and other phrases like that.  They are incidental to me.  However, good grammar, both spoken and written, is important to me.  That's one of the reasons why I often cringe when reading the public comments sections online.  (That and the racist, sexist, ignorant remarks that people make.  But that's a whole other discussion.)  

Language can be very entertaining, which is why I think puns are so funny.  

Also.....if someone confides in me that they had bad diarrhea,  I'll ask them, "Is there such a thing as good diarrhea?"  But that's just my crazy bathroom humor kicking in.  I ain't never said I was high brow. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 10, 2013 at 9:23pm

ROFL over that awkward moment, Flying Atheist. Thanks.
Robert Heinlein had a big influence on me as a teenager.

One man's theology is another man's belly laugh.
Robert A. Heinlein


Funny ecard, Loren.


Steph, Day three is funny but the photoshop is too obvious.


Patricia, is that elephant topiary supposed to be real? It looks too complicated. How would vines or shrubs get down those trunks?
Thanks for the cat bathing LOL and the self-important cat., booklover. My cats don’t watch me eat, but when I do they think it means they should be eating treats. Double negatives bother me too. It sounds so ignorant. My husband finds double references just as irritating, such as MLB Baseball and ATM machine.

Comment by Lillie on July 10, 2013 at 8:19pm

I think I must always be super lazy.  Will have to make myself a cape.

Comment by Steph S. on July 10, 2013 at 7:03pm

Comment by Steph S. on July 10, 2013 at 7:02pm

Melinda that is such a cute picture!!

That made me laugh.

Well just 4 more weeks to go of this class.

Then things will be back to normal.

How is everyone?

I really miss coming here as often.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 10, 2013 at 5:26pm

I ain't never seen people talk that way before other then me.  Is their a problem with that? 

Comment by Loren Miller on July 10, 2013 at 11:40am

No idea, Chris. I just know that I love his work, from The Star Beast to Stranger in a Strange Land to Time Enough for Love and even works like Starship Troopers, which is a lot harder to take and process because of the philosophy being put forward.

You may like Robert Heinlein or you may hate him, but it's hard to be indifferent about his work, because he will make you THINK, he will make you evaluate what you think and why. For that reason and many others, he has earned the moniker: Dean of Science-Fiction.

Comment by Plinius on July 10, 2013 at 11:27am

Let's guess, Loren; a xtian in the committee?

 

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