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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.

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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 September 20, 2013 at 4:55am

I know that calling down curses is not usually our thing but couldn't resist this.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 19, 2013 at 11:44pm

Chicago lost a television icon earlier this week. 

Jerry Bishop, the original Svengoolie, dead at 77

Chicago Tribune

Jerry G. Bishop, as the original Svengoolie on Chicago's horror-movie showcase SCREAMING YELLOW THEATER (1970-73), sings a parody version of "Button Up Your Overcoat," accompanied by a talking skull named Zelda.

This is from a time when television was completely different and had many locally produced shows.  It doesn't get any cornier than this.....which is why I love it.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 19, 2013 at 11:25pm

And Hello back to you Steph.  Hope you are keeping things rational in Texas.  I read that Wendy Davis is being courted to run for governor.  That would be sweet!!  I hope she does.  It's way past time for some sanity from the executive office of TX.  

Mindy, how are your mother's cats?  Will we get to see some pictures?  :)    Also, I'm just a little curious.....what dinner did your mother make for you and your daughter that the boys won't have any part of?  When I was a kid, my father never liked tacos, so when he had his monthly union meeting and missed dinner.......union night was taco night!! 

Comment by Tony Carroll on September 19, 2013 at 8:17pm

Comment by Steph S. on September 19, 2013 at 8:13pm

That is really cute Loren - now we can all be like Pirates and annoy everyone - haha

Comment by Loren Miller on September 19, 2013 at 5:16pm

Ah, well ... I suppose I should drop the other shoe:

Comment by Steph S. on September 19, 2013 at 4:48pm

Booklover that sounds so wonderful that you are living debt free and paid off your house already. Wow - Congrats.

More people should live like you do. Less worry and stress.

Comment by Steph S. on September 19, 2013 at 4:47pm

oooh I love Talk Like a Pirate Day.

For the video game I am playing Star Trek Online I set up an event for my Fleet called Talk like a Pirate day to celebrate today.

How is everyone doing?

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 19, 2013 at 12:05pm

Someone on Instructables celebrated Pi day (3/14) with a Pi-Rat pie: a solid chocolate rat, with pi pirate hat and hook, bursting out of a chocolate chip cookie pie.

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 19, 2013 at 12:00pm

Pastafarians would doubtless hold this day in high regard!

Still, we should remember that Treasure Island and movies have romanticized and distorted what is in real life a cruel and objectively evil business.

This reminded me of the SF/fantasy story "Yo Ho Hoka!" by Poul Anderson and Gordon Dickson, in Hoka! Hoka! Hoka! (reprinted from Earthman's Burden). The collection is a fun, light read. The Hoka are a sentient, deceptively cute, teddy-bear-like species who don't much care about the boundary between fact and fiction, and often come together to gleefully recreate whatever Earth fictional world excited their imagination. The stories revolve around the Hoka and the ambassador from Earth getting into and out of trouble -- in this case while recreating a pirate milieu, and by the end learning to do it without actual stealing or violence.

 

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