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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 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 Joan Denoo on November 11, 2012 at 2:13am

Ian, what a horrid thing to happen to that man! How cruel. Jeez from where do they, KKK, think in those terms? It is just beyond my understanding. Well, we know the Radical Right is way off base, but I had no idea that far off. 
Steph, a nice scene for going off to bed.
Patricia, those bears look so warm and cuddly, even as I know better. 

Well, it is bedtime and I have had a wonderful day. The snow is so pretty and today we had blue skies. Bitterly cold and very beautiful. 

Night, Night. 



Comment by Plinius on November 11, 2012 at 1:53am

That's horrible, Ian. But it seems smashing someone's spine is not a handy way to make him change heart again.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 11, 2012 at 12:51am

A change of heart can be a dangerous thing. One Wizard of the KKK saw the error of his ways after many conversations with a Danish photographer and started preaching peace, love and understanding. He still does, but from a wheelchair. His former "brothers" smashed his spine.

Thanks for the posts everyone.

Comment by Steph S. on November 11, 2012 at 12:14am

That's real cute Patricia!

Sweet dreams my wonderful friends.

Thanks for the link Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 10, 2012 at 4:38pm

When I was high school, 60+ years ago, we had Knight's Diner, a refurbished railroad car, with the best hamburgers in town for $1.25. We couldn't afford to go often, but once in a while we splurged and enjoyed the nice fat, juicy, well endowed hamburger. 
Frank's Diner is in the same location and makes the very best fried cod in town!  Nice and greasy, loaded with batter that turns into a crisp coat when deep fried. Couple of times a year, maybe, and it is well worth the splurge. 

Years ago the infrequent visits were because of money, now it is because of high fat, carbohydrates, and salt. 

The more things change, the more they stay the same. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 10, 2012 at 4:20pm

booklover, I can easily see how memes work to put a suggestion in a mind, so by focusing on negative, our mind thinks of the negative. If that is true, then by focusing on a positive, or silly, or ridiculous meme would that act as a seed of thought? 

For example, if we had memes of NOMs that poked fun or ridiculed those who oppose same sex marriages, i.e. National Organization for Marriage, would that help or hurt? 

"Religions have every right to exclude whom they want to exclude, but it’s the state and federal governments which should either not be in the marriage game at all or allow every citizen to participate.
Read more at http://hypervocal.com/news/2011/anti-gay-national-organization-for-..."

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 10, 2012 at 3:26pm

National Organization for Marriage (NOM) 

What is that all really about? Why do they obsess about such a matter? 

Who cares who marries whom?

Comment by sk8eycat on November 10, 2012 at 2:53pm

Hmmm...I don't know.  I've seen diners all over the US that were made out of old railroad cars, but the wheels and undercarriage and other mechanical stuff had been removed.  That was also a long, long time ago; I don't know if those old diners still exist.  (I do watch "Diners, Drive-Ins, and Dives" when I get a chance, but that's more about the food than the "architecture."  And the food is often revolting. To me.)

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 10, 2012 at 2:51pm

Never give up on your dream. via sk8eycat 
Perfect! Now if the rhino had a photo of a healthy heart and lungs, and strong bones and toned muscles, that would be the better image to dream! I don't want to live the rest of my life as something other than I, but I surely do want to be healthy.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 10, 2012 at 2:42pm

Never thought of that before, but one of those businesses probably will be the first on mars, and all 4 will be in the top 10, but I don't frequent any of them.

Oops, is that thing that looks like a railroad car a business?

 

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