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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 Nerdlass on March 6, 2013 at 9:15pm

What did he die of, might I ask?

50 is too young. That's how old my dad was when he died from a massive heart attack. :(

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 6, 2013 at 7:48pm

Here is spritely bit of sunshine with a great attitude, especially in this era. Wearing Nothing New: Jessi Arrington

It looks like she has fun and so do her companions. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 6, 2013 at 6:32pm

Sk8eycat, you're not a redhead, so maybe it's another reason such as a tooth infection. Your experience is uber scary. Thanks for the billboard link. It's good to see us getting a message out.

I never liked Laurel and Hardy or the Three Stooges for the same reason, Joan, excepting for the "Who's on first" routine which was relatively nonviolent. I was glad when NCIS toned down the head slapping. The early shows were disturbingly violent in that regard.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 6, 2013 at 6:18pm

Melinda, I like your photo very much; so pretty, sprightly, and fresh. I like seeing your whole face, even as your eyes are stunningly blue. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 6, 2013 at 6:16pm

Felaine, I am very sorry to learn the pain you experienced with that extraction! I have not a clue what will make it feel better; I trust Melinda. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 6, 2013 at 6:10pm
Celebrating Rhoda: Her Best TV Moments
http://www.people.com/people/article/0,,20679533,00.html
Comment by sk8eycat on March 6, 2013 at 5:11pm

Intermission: Good article, GREAT billboards>

http://www.patheos.com/blogs/friendlyatheist/2013/03/03/american-at...

 

(BAD Felaine!  Does anyone in here know if it's possible to develop a resistance to novocaine, or whatever it is that dentists use?  I had a tooth extracted today and felt everything even though she kept injecting more and more whatever-it-was... I cried and cried and cried.  First time in my life I've ever done that, and I've had a LOT of dental work in the past 60+ years.  Oh, Dawg, it HURTS! )

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 6, 2013 at 4:56pm

Patricia, I read so much pain, or frustration in your post and when family has "sides" or "issues" it is really hard. My daughter hated me for years and it hurt. Thankfully, those days are gone. I hope you are able to discuss how you feel with your daughter, honestly and in non-blaming ways, just speak your truth. It may or may not make things better between the two of you, but what have you got to lose?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 6, 2013 at 4:50pm
I understand what you mean, Ruth, I don't care for slapstick the way I once did, and how they milked for laughs. I didn't and don't like Laurel and Hardy or the Three Stooges ... too much laughing at pain. However, this sketch tickled my funny bone. I would love to see a set that make you laugh. Or anyone!
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 6, 2013 at 2:21pm

Wow, your daughter looks so much like you, booklover. Both beautiful too. I only started looking like my mother after I got old and a bit jowley.

Cute cat triumph moment, Steph.

I wasn't too impressed by the Carol Burnett elephant sketch and the blooper discussion, even though I used to watch her show sometimes. I think internet use has changed my taste in humor. I became impatient with the extended laughter and extended lead up discussion. These days I'm used to instant gratification, as with LOLs. That walk in humor history taught me how much I've changed.

 

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