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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

Nobody here is into mind games. A discussion started with a loaded guilt-throwing question will be deleted.

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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 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 The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 11:42pm

Here's a little gem I discovered.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 11:37pm

And now for something completely different.

Ian, try this when your back is better. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 11:24pm

Tony, that's a wonderful clip.  It sure is a mood enhancer. 

Patricia, I forgot to mention, I've never had chili with mushrooms.....at least that I know of.  I'm curious what kind you use.  I imagine the little button mushrooms would be very appropriate as well. 

Comment by Tony Carroll on October 8, 2013 at 11:08pm

Sorry to hear about your back also Ian. When I get feeling bad, I like to watch old movies. I hope this helps. Fred Astaire and Ginger Rogers. Swing Time.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 6:57pm

Sorry to hear about your back, Ian.  As someone who occasionally has their back "go out" on them, I totally understand.  Last time it happened to me, about two years ago, I was literally in tears one night from the horrendous pain and using a folding chair as a walker to get from my bed to the bathroom. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 6:48pm

Comment by Ian Mason on October 8, 2013 at 11:37am

Such fun things. Thanks, all. 

The "Rappin' fo' Jesus" reminds me of Dawkins saying "it works, bitches". An old man trying to be hip.

Haven't been around much the past few days. The  weekend was spent doing some much-needed cleaning around the flat. The sort of cleaning that includes inside kitchen cupboards and draws, under and behind funiture etc. Hurt my back doing it too! Still, most of it is done for the year. Only the living room left and that is a project in itself.

The one piece of pure pleasure was a concert Saturday evening: Caroline Henderson and her trio with their unique form for jazz, including some interpretations of Brecht/Weill. Can't find anything recent on You Tube so you'll just have to trust me when I say she has a great voice.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 8, 2013 at 12:17am

Just peeking in to see who's here.  Hello Steph.  I'm having a good week.  Hope you are as well.

Sk8eycat, how was your afternoon out at the symphony?  I hope you got some good laughs from Elayne Boosler.  

Ruth, thanks for telling us about your cats.  I always enjoy hearing all the stories here about everyone's cats.  Since I don't have any, I live vicariously through all your tales.

Melinda, homemade chilli..........Mmmmmmmm.  I always put corn in my chili but many people think that's odd.  What's the opinion here with this group?  (Despite what is said, I will continue to put corn in my chili.)  lol

Comment by Steph S. on October 7, 2013 at 10:21pm

That sounds wonderful Ruth. How is everyone?

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on October 7, 2013 at 9:56pm

Thanks for the senior performance, Patricia. That was fun.

Sk8eycat, Dee Gordon’s expression is priceless.

Napoleon, I don’t get what’s special about the barking dogs.

I had trouble downloading the three tenors video, Tony.

Booklover, that LOL’s so cute, I had to pass it on.

At our house, Grinning Cat upgraded our cat tree with two new shelves, like steps connecting the levels, on Saturday. Mira immediately took ownership of the largest new shelf, and every day she spends hours on it. Her delight is so entertaining. Trissa can’t be lured to explore them, even with treats.

 

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