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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Thomas Murray 9 hours ago. 5 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Thomas Murray yesterday. 4 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on Friday. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

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Comment by sk8eycat on January 23, 2013 at 11:25pm

SPCA & ABBA

If that link doesn't work, try: http://vimeo.com/40471435

Best video I've seen all day/night, and it just happened that I was working on this months Pet adoption calendar, and took a break to check my e-mail...and there it WAS.   VERY professionally done, and ab-so-effing-lutely CHARMING!

So is the Masseuse kitteh!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 23, 2013 at 7:24pm

Comment by Lillie on January 23, 2013 at 4:46pm

Yes, Molly Ivins was a very irreverent Texas Journalist who "told it like it is" with very colorful speech.  I really do miss her and know she would be having great fun with our political controversies today.

Comment by dr kellie on January 23, 2013 at 3:22pm

I agree.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on January 23, 2013 at 2:11pm

While I agree that what Obama does obliterates whatever nice speech he gives (without following through), I did find the pro gay and feminist parts of his speech encouraging. I didn't think I'd live to see a president include Stonewall and Seneca Falls as part of our revered national heritage. I give him credit for saying those things in that setting. Doesn't mean I like his drone war, support of fossil fuels or erosion of rights.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 23, 2013 at 1:41pm

From the news: http://www.guardian.co.uk/world/2013/jan/22/elderly-hurry-up-die-ja...

I have known for decades (whenever the conservatives start griping about Social Security and Medicare) that many people in our own (USA) government feel the same way, but they're just too cowardly to come right out and say it. 

I think one governor (Colorado) did say it was our duty to die at 65...back in the 1980s.  GOP, naturally.

Comment by sk8eycat on January 23, 2013 at 1:10pm

Joseph, The Door Into Summer was published in 1957 (Serialized in F&SF in 1956) Even though the "futuristic" technology is terribly dated (cold sleep, robotic servants in 2000CE), I think it's charming. If you can't find it in a bookstore, or the library, I highly recommend searching for a used copy at eBay's Half.com.  I have found many out of print treasures there...CHEAP!

PS: I don't think you insulted any dogs in a previous post. I often use a Sharpie pen to cross out the G-word on the back of any currency that comes into my hands, and substitue "DOG" (or "REASON") in its place. I wonder if anybody I pass the money along to ever notices...

Comment by Steph S. on January 23, 2013 at 11:17am

Love that lol Melinda!

I think Lulu is doing that right now. Better check : )

Comment by Steph S. on January 22, 2013 at 11:08pm

I was a fan Molly Ivans - thanks Joan.

Love the pics too Joan.

Hope everyone is doing good.

Comment by Ian Mason on January 22, 2013 at 10:54pm

Thanks. She really sounds like one.

 

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