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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera 4 hours ago. 35 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

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 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 Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 29. 22 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

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Comment by sk8eycat on September 22, 2012 at 10:29pm

Pat, re: airport paranoia  The previous administration used fear to control people.  The "Security" people were so inept and ill-trained (I don't know if they still are) that they would have qualified for one of those "Priceless" jokes that floats around the net.  They wouldn't have recognized a terrorist wannabe if one whacked them over the head with a Qu'ran.

One woman I know, who was almost 80 years old at the time, 4'11", and legally blind, was pulled out of line and searched (this was before they installed pornograph machines).  She was with a group of LA Dodger fans who were flying from Chicago to Denver to go to an effing baseball game! 

Oh, and she's Nisei...spent a good part of her childhood behind a barbed wire fence due to another brand of good old USA patriotic paranoia.  It's a wonder she didn't flip out, or have a stroke.

This country has gone totally nucking futz.

Comment by Steph S. on September 22, 2012 at 4:34pm
Sk8eycat I hope you feel better soon!
Glad you don't have to go to that reunion. They are a waste of time in my opinion. You can find better things to do with your time.
Comment by Pat on September 22, 2012 at 3:04pm

sk8eycat - I can't blame you on the Vaterland, intimate, reach around, pat downs. Though, occasionally, I do get a thrill. No - just kidding! I'm not a pervert! Well, at least not that kind.

Comment by sk8eycat on September 22, 2012 at 2:24pm

LOL! I love you guys!

I am NOT going...I don't know if it's nerves, or something I ate, but my stomach has been doing rood things all night, and a hotel-catered banquet is the last thing I need today. So I have a "legitimate" excuse.

And, like the rest of you, I have kept in touch with my friends...the ones who are still alive.  I don't see much point in dining with a room full of people I have nothing in common with, and don't recognize anymore. (And who might mistake me for the sappy little xian wannabe that I was 55 years ago!)

Pat, some of my frieinds from my post-high school skating years have already bought retirement property in Costa Rica. The only problem is that I can't get there from here by train. I don't mind flying, too much, but I refuse to put up with the Homeland (Vaterland?) Insecurity crap in the airports.

Comment by Pat on September 22, 2012 at 9:00am

sky8ecat - There'a always Costa Rica. Last time I checked, the US doesn't have an extradition treaty with that country, and I've heard it's a beautiful place to live. Your choice of the Caribbean or Pacific costs, rain forests, volcanoes, and one of the few countries than has no standing army.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 22, 2012 at 8:34am

Sk8eycat, my 30-year high school reunion was just last week.  I declined to go because I really didn't have ANY desire to see people that I didn't care for 30 years ago.  My best friend from high school is STILL my best friend today, and that's good enough for me and all I need.  I went to my 10-year reunion, and it was nothing special.  I guess for you it's a good thing that other people WANT you there and are willing to make that happen.  So....I hope you enjoy your evening. 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 22, 2012 at 1:40am
I'm being Shanghaied! 
 
I got a call this morning from Martha, the classmate I've been doing all the typing and printing for the 55-year reunion this weekend.  She said, "No excuses!  Jacquie [our class president's widow] will pick you up Saturday, and bring you to the Holiday Inn for the dinner, and I will drive you home.  Period. It's been paid for, so shut up and dress up!" Then she hung up before I could protest.
 
I've never been to one of these things, and I didn't really want to go to this one. I don't know what to do, unless I can manage to break a leg tonight ... or something....
 
 
I'll let you know if I survive.
Comment by Plinius on September 22, 2012 at 12:14am

Good morning! 7:10 AM here.

A beautiful painting Patricia!

Comment by Steph S. on September 21, 2012 at 11:05pm

Night everyone!

Comment by Steph S. on September 21, 2012 at 11:05pm

Joan I love that kitty and bird picture so I put it in my Bird Group.

Thank you!

sk8eycat - cool unicorn

nice painting Patricia - very cool

 

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