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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S on Thursday. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by sk8eycat on March 28, 2013 at 7:38pm

Loren, I could dance to that music forever...if I still had a body that could do what I want it to.  Oh, well...nothing to stop me from doing choreography in my head.

Thank you!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 7:12pm

Patricia, that sounds about right. I understand it rises quickly because of the vinegar, so I will have some fun fooling with it. Wish you could join me for a slice. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 28, 2013 at 6:23pm

Disappointing news from Kentucky: their legislature overrode the governor's veto to pass a "religious freedom can trump civil rights" bill, which says laws and regulations "can't 'substantially' burden someone's 'sincerely held religious belief' unless there is a proven, 'compelling governmental interest' in it" (The Courier-Journal). The bill, which becomes law in three months, could be used to challenge laws in Louisville, Lexington, and other cities that protect LGBT people from discrimination. It could also be used to challenge statewide civil-rights protections for racial minorities and women.

There's plenty of discussion on the bill in both Atheist News: Religious beliefs could trump state law and LGBTQI Nexus: Ky. seeks to legalize LGBT discrimination.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 28, 2013 at 6:07pm

Prognosis is excellent. I'll live to be 100.

I really hope so, Joan!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 6:02pm

Melinda, What a sight! Cats guarding against a dog invasion!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 6:00pm

Well, I am on board the breast cancer train joining the Club of Cousin Cancer survivors. I got the diagnosis two weeks ago after I had a biopsy with positive diagnosis for cancer. I am in the diagnostic phase now. I had my first Breast Oncologist appointment yesterday and I am so incredibly impressed with her. She spent an hour with me telling the kinds of cancers I have, offered options, made recommendations and gave me a book personalized to my particular case. Her staff are just lovely, very efficient and friendly at the same time. We laughed a lot. 
Tomorrow is the Chemical Oncology doctor. 
April 1 is PEM a radiology test
April 2 is the Radiology Oncology doctor. 
April 3 is the Surgeon again.
I am not complaining in the least. If this had happened to my mother or grandmothers, they would not have had the early diagnosis, or treatment options that I and my two cousins had. I am a very interested, curious, observing patient of my own patientry. Kind of like sitting outside my own body and observing what all is going on. 
Prognosis is excellent. I'll live to be 100. 

I feel great, have a positive attitude 

I had great ambitions for my garden this year, and it seems I will be enjoying the garden but as a passive observer.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 5:41pm

Loren, nice background music. Kind of gentles and as it refreshes. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 5:40pm

Spud, I Googled vinegar + yeast bread 

effect of vinegar on instant yeast dough

"The highest breads I've ever made have vinegar in them.  My Double Crusty recipe calls for a tsp. of vinegar which somehow gives the yeast a real boost and you can't stop the bread from rising to great heights.  I've made this bread with all white flour and all whole wheat and part of each, and it practically leaps out of the pans.  I've also used it in rolls called Air Buns and they expand like mad."

"One is to increase the acidity of the dough which, within limits, helps gluten development. Another is preparation of ersatz-sourdough bread."

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Comment by Loren Miller on March 28, 2013 at 5:06pm

An old friend of mine, rather new-age-y, but I think it has its moments:


Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2013 at 4:32pm

Thanks for the bread recipe Patricia. It sounds yummy. 

 

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