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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 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 kathy: ky on August 20, 2017 at 11:58pm
But we will be under a heat advisory :(
Comment by kathy: ky on August 20, 2017 at 11:57pm
Carl, BB, everyone's welcome to join me. At 100% totality just eight minutes away : )
Or we can stay here with 99%
Either way it would be fun.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 20, 2017 at 10:21pm

Bertold, the front deck with neighbors and mimosas sounds exquisite, eclipse or not.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 20, 2017 at 10:14pm

Here in Chicago we're getting 86.6% eclipse coverage which I first thought was pretty decent, but then I've read the following in the local press:

Unless you are looking at the eclipse in Chicago, you probably won't even notice it's going on, according to Annie Vedder, the Adler Planetarium's curator of experience.

"It won't get noticeably dark here. Our sun is so bright," Vedder said. "The moon will take a little cookie bite out of the sun."

So that's rather disappointing.  And to top it off, tomorrow is supposed to be hot and humid with thunderstorms.  Yuck!

I hope the rest of you have good viewing weather.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 20, 2017 at 10:05pm

We're at 97% totality. Watching from the front deck with neighbors and mimosas.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 20, 2017 at 10:04pm

Comment by kathy: ky on August 20, 2017 at 9:39pm
Ian, it's not hot yet. Lol. Welcome to my world.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 20, 2017 at 9:35pm

Comment by Ian Mason on August 20, 2017 at 6:09pm

Quite right, Cathy. Over the river and a little bit further.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 20, 2017 at 6:08pm

Hell's Bells it's hot! Despite that: 1) Country Hall of Fame - disappointing, 2) A slow wander along Broadway where every bar has its cover-band. Also souvenir and prezzie shopping. 3) Tennessee State Museum - very interesting and 4) Centennial Park where there's a long-weekend 'Italian Light' festival. I hope to go there again tomorrow. There's no further than ten steps to the nearest food and drink stall 


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