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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 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.   

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 8, 2017 at 5:17pm

So long and a tip of the hat to Glen Campbell.

I've never appreciated country music much, but he was also one of the more talented members of the fabled wrecking crew, who were the soul of way more pop music hits than many realize.

Comment by kathy: ky on August 8, 2017 at 11:55am
But I do have a rather large collection from the early 1900s that my daughter brought over when she was moving her biological father's things. One, on religious, goes back to 1850.
Comment by kathy: ky on August 8, 2017 at 11:52am
I've got to get that from the library. I stopped buying booked several years ago. They take up to much space and weigh a ton of I need to move them.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 8, 2017 at 10:07am

As Maynard G. Krebs would say, He's, like, a real human being.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 8, 2017 at 9:59am

Bertold, my brother in law just finished that book and has raved about how good it is and what an impressive person Franken is.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 8, 2017 at 9:56am

I'm reading Al's book, Giant of the Senate. He quotes Kevin Drum in Mother Jones:

For the fat-cat donors, special-interest lobbyists and elected officials who usually run the Republican show, Trump is an invasive species. But he had grown large and strong in the manure they have spread across the political landscape.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 8, 2017 at 9:49am

Oh, Gods and Powers of the Universe, to have a president who has common sense!

Comment by Thomas Murray on August 8, 2017 at 9:44am

Back in 1983 I would laugh if someone told me that Al Franken would someday be a Senator. Today I am glad he is. His use of  politics, common sense, humor, and graceful sarcasm would make him a great president.

 

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