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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller yesterday. 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 9, 2017 at 1:11pm
Ian, I rarely think much of what the critics give high marks. I'm not sure what that says an me or them iffy anything.
To each his own?
Comment by Ian Mason on August 9, 2017 at 11:04am

I'd never heard of 'the wrecking crew' before, so thanks.

You're quite right, Carl although some go on to stardom. Richie Blackmore was a session man at Joe (the man who said 'no' to The Beatles) Meek's studio and Jimmy Page played on more hit songs at various studios than anyone else in the early 60s.

The Joe Meek story has been filmed. The critics didn't think much of the result but I enjoyed it.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 9, 2017 at 10:11am
Thanks for the correction Carl. I always reverse the two. And it's not worth the bother to look it up Everytime. It's just one of those things that I can't remember
: )
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 9, 2017 at 9:44am

Some singers and instrumentalists spend their entire careers as "studio musicians" and never get the public recognition they're due.  These people are the unsung heroes of the music industry.  The reason they're prized for the job is because their musical capabilities are top-notch, they can record takes without much rehearsal, and they can pretty much play any genre of music that is required.  Studio time is expensive!  They can get the job done.  I've spent time in the recording studio.  It seems more time is spent on microphone placement, sound levels, and all the technical aspects than on actually recording the music.  When it's time to play, you want to get it done in as few takes as possible.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 9, 2017 at 7:00am

Never heard of The Wrecking Crew before. Thanks Bertold.  It seems music makers like that don't get near enough credit and recognition.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 9, 2017 at 6:57am

Have an enjoyable visit Kathy.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 9, 2017 at 6:32am

Both Wichita Lineman and By the Time I Get to Phoenix were favorite Glen Campbell songs of mine. When pressed, he could really play the guitar.

Enjoy the time with your grandson, Kathy.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 9, 2017 at 12:25am

Kathy, that should be a fun visit for you.  I didn't know your gson lived so far from you.  Yes, too bad he couldn't bring his husband.

Disneyland is in Anaheim, CA.  Disneyworld is in Orlando, FL.  Please know this.  It may be on the final exam.  

Comment by kathy: ky on August 9, 2017 at 12:11am
My favorite gson is coming in the weekend before the eclipse. He and his husband are living in CA now. Whichever town Disney World is in. He's coming in for his ten year reunion but I don't understand which one. He went to the Gatten Academy which is for advanced students when he was 16. So he finished his last two years of high school while starting his first two years of college simultaneously. So I'm puzzled by just which reunion it would be considered.
I suppose he will have a lot of reunions in his future: )
He'll be here to spend a night or two with us and that's wonderful. I'm just sorry his husband couldn't make it too.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 8, 2017 at 10:29pm

Bertold, I've never been a big country music fan either, but Glen Campbell had numerous hit songs that crossed over to pop music in the 1970s which helped define the sound of music during that decade.  I've always liked his music.  In addition to his own show, he constantly showed up as a guest on the plethora of music variety shows, talk shows, and entertainer specials that dominated television at that time.   


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