Hang With Friends

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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.

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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Jul 23. 3 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

Tags: ripoff, Goodwill Industries, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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)

Started by Loren Miller Jul 5. 0 Replies

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

Tags: story, history, faith, TheraminTrees

Betty Explains Religious Freedom (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Jul 3. 10 Replies

Well, considering all the RFRA bills popping up all over the United States, plus all the fun and games ISIS is bringing to the good folks in Syria and Iraq, Betty Bowers, the epitome of well-dressed christianity, has decided to clarify the true…Continue

Tags: persecution, ISIS, Religious Freedom, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner May 6. 82 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Let's not define ourselves or others by our worst behaviors

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Dominique Lutz Apr 16. 6 Replies

My take on the recent melt down at Hang With Friends, of which I missed part, is that some of us were tripped up by a habit of thought. It's something we learn growing up, and use without realizing how much pain it can generate -  failing to…Continue

Tags: dispute at Hang With Friends

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Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 19, 2011 at 5:55pm
Some days I feel old enough to have been one of the founding mothers.
Comment by dr kellie on July 19, 2011 at 5:47pm

Schoolhouse Rock aired the Preamble first in 1976.  Neat timing.


I was 8 that year, and you can bet I had that catchy tune down in no time.  I couldn't believe that other kids didn't know it two or three years later when we had to memorize it for school. 


I can attest that NOTHING brings  Progressives partygoers to their feet like when I break out my guitar and start playing it.  Talk about a sing-along.  Fun!

Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 19, 2011 at 5:26pm

It matters not how we learn, only that we do.  Suffrerin' Till Sufferage needs to have a come back.  What are women thinking today?  My children sang Conjuntion Junction till some days I thought I might cry if I ever heard it again. Then again they learned from that little song and that makes it alright with me.


The best of the Internet is lost because the sites most used are the ones that show on a quick search.  There is so much to learn and know about the constitution.  When in debate about an amendment I often use case law, this is but one of their links.

Comment by Susan Stanko on July 19, 2011 at 5:01pm
I think I had to memorize it before Schoolhouse Rock did this.  It would have made it sooo much easier.
Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 19, 2011 at 4:58pm

For you's really pretty easy to remember...even if I don't know it set to music.  One of the curses of teaching.

"We the people of the United States, in Order to form a more perfect Union, establish Justice, insure domestic Tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general Welfare, and secure the Blessings of Liberty to ourselves and our Posterity, do ordain and establish this Constitution for the United States of America.


Comment by dr kellie on July 19, 2011 at 4:43pm
Comment by Kit Blumenstein on July 19, 2011 at 4:00pm
" promote the general welfare.." is in the preamble of the constitution and the years have shown that all parts of the constitution are open to interpretation of both the people and the times.  To me personally, it means that the government is responsible for the many things we can not as individuals tend to ourselves.  This is why we pay taxes.  The government is to  establish justice, insure domestic tranquility, provide for the common defence, promote the general welfare, and secure the blessings of liberty to ourselves and our posterity.  Those few words are the social contract between we the citizens and our chosen government.


To continue on the path that was set for us by the founders we must take responsibility, for the actions of ourselves and our government.  Some of that is voting and paying taxes, there is far more that we do not accept as our responsibility, it's far easier to blame those fools we elect.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 19, 2011 at 3:26pm
Well put, Natalie. Freedom includes responsibility.
Comment by Natalie A Sera on July 19, 2011 at 1:01pm


Clarence, I think it has something to do with how you define the idea of "promoting the general welfare" or however they word it in the Constitution (I'm obviously not a Constitutional scholar, LOL!) Some things are indisputably necessary for the govt. to do, such as national defense (not talking about Afghanistan, but what about WWII? That was a clear case). Some things are (to me) indisputably NOT necessary, such as determining whether a woman may have an abortion. But there are a lot of things in between. What about vaccinations? Refusing vaccinations can and does result in deaths of innocent children. But it also carries a small risk of adverse reactions. So do you have the right to choose to refuse to vaccinate your child, when, if he gets the disease, he can give it to an infant too young to be vaccinated, and kill that infant? (I'm thinking of the pertussis deaths)

Education has clearly been associated with the general welfare, along with (hopefully) making citizens better able to vote intelligently (although that seems questionable, LOL!). Do you have the right to CHOOSE not to pay taxes for education?

I guess when I hear people talking about choice when it comes to supporting govt. the choice usually boils down to the idea that they want to support their pet causes (if they have any), and everyone else can go to hell. A truly cooperative society just doesn't work that way. You scratch my back, I'll scratch yours, to the best of my ability. But we may not have equal abilities -- does that mean you'll take my back scratching, but leave me out of it when it's my turn?

Comment by Susan Stanko on July 19, 2011 at 7:52am
So, Congress promoting the general welfare doesn't actually mean that?  This is what I don't get about libertarians.  They say they are following the constitution but, they really aren't.

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