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Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

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Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

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Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

Your favorite photobombs?

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Plinius Jul 10. 12 Replies

Running of the bulls photobomb.Continue

losing faith (TheraminTrees)

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TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2013 at 7:08pm
It just makes sense for everyone to pay into a fund and it covers everything. Sure we would pay a lot over the years, but we pay a lot for health care whether we pay into a fund or not. Include percentages of wage earners, small businesses, stocks, bonds, corporate gains, every cent earned whether through investments or labor pays in and everyone has access to basic health care. I am not interested in having face lifts or fat removal or cosmetic surgery being covered, unless for health reasons, but everything humans are subject to is covered.
Talk to some people from Canada, or Franch, or Sweden.
Any of you from other countries want to chime in here?
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 20, 2013 at 6:59pm

TFA, please stay on your soapbox. Obviously we aren't getting adequate care, whether privately or through our employer. The evidence is all in and there is no doubt about it, our medical care system is broken. And no one knows that better than the wonderful doctors on my team. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 20, 2013 at 6:48pm

PS: I have to take Hairy Jerry to the vet tomorrow, and I'm scared.   He has a large growth/lump on his jaw, he's old, frail, and I don't think I'm going to like what I'm going to hear. ("Nature Advocate" would probably be delighted.  I am so sorry I posted that article in Ailurophiles!  That one person's response was the most vicious, mean-spirited thing I've read since the buybull.)

Comment by sk8eycat on March 20, 2013 at 6:43pm

Ruth...1) the dog was "mooning" the camera  2) "Moondoggie" was the name of the character played by James Darren in the first "Gidget" movie. (1959)

(Or I could say that Moondoggie was the nickname of the boy Francie/Gidget falls for in the original novel.  I read the book before I saw the movie; I was 2,000 miles from home and terribly homesick for the ocean...loved them both!)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 20, 2013 at 12:45pm

Sorry to hear about your stepmother, Ian. That’s a lot of life stress in a short time.

A pit bull like Siamese, I don’t think I could get along with Buddy, Joseph.  Thanks for sharing the Buddy fell from tree story. It sounds as if he had no lasting harm.

LOL, great quote sk8eycat, and the rubics cube is a perfect touch to the classic prayer image. I did not get the Moondoggie pun. But I’m not that good at puns.

Steph, your Starwars LOLcats were a hoot.

I regret nothing cat was great  too, booklover. Great way to start my day.

Or to anyone in the Southern Hemisphere, Happy Fall!

Comment by Steph S. on March 20, 2013 at 10:19am

I am glad you enjoyed that Spud : )

I thought that was so cute.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 20, 2013 at 10:18am

Steph, thanks for the cute princess leia!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 20, 2013 at 10:15am

Happy first day of Spring to all of you.  Almost all the snow is gone from the ground, the sun is shining.........but it's 14-degees outside!!  Yikes!  I'm sure looking forward to the warmer weather. 

Ian, I wish you well as you attend to your family.  Sorry to hear about your bad news. 

Melinda, I'm also in a union, so health care coverage is always subject to the bargaining process during contract negotiations.  I have to say, I've been pretty lucky having decent health care throughout the years despite having different coverage from different insurance companies from time to time.  I've also been very lucky to have been able to keep my same doctor that I've had for over 20 years.  I know some people have to switch doctors or pay more money because they are 'out of network.'  This is why we need universal health care in this country.  Our employers should NOT have to be in the business of offering us our health insurance.  Employers are only looking at the bottom line costs to provide insurance which is why so many people end up with inferior coverage or no coverage at all.  [stepping off soapbox now.] 

Comment by Steph S. on March 20, 2013 at 9:51am

Tony that cartoon is very funny. Happy first day of Spring to you too booklover. Yeah I'm not too happy with these insurance changes. Everything is going up and more expensive. : (

Comment by Steph S. on March 20, 2013 at 9:50am

 

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