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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 6, 2017 at 10:10am
I can't drive nine miles up there road to a tiny town called Central City. Totality is 100%. Or I can stay home and have over 99% totality. I don't know if the few extra seconds would be worth the crowd.
Comment by Idaho Spud on August 6, 2017 at 8:13am

Daniel, thanks for the congrats and good wishes.

I just stepped outside and had to cough because of the smoke.  Not much in the house, probably because I've got the swamp cooler on and the smoke gets trapped in the filters.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 6, 2017 at 8:11am

Randy, thanks for the wish that many more H2O drops fall on my bald cranium, and other kind words.

Comment by Randall Smith on August 6, 2017 at 8:03am

"Raindrops keep falling on my head" is another.  And may many more raindrops fall on your head in years to come, Spud! I'm sure I speak for everyone here: we enjoy your contributions to A/N.

Not Missouri, but southern Illinois is my destination for the eclipse. When I taught 7th grade astronomy, one of my test questions was: During what moon phase does a solar eclipse occur? a) new b) full c) crescent d) gibbous   As you might guess, the correct answer was chosen only 25% of the time. Poor teaching!

Comment by Plinius on August 6, 2017 at 6:58am

Same for me, I love everything green coming up in unexpected places and breaking the concrete. Wind, rain and seagulls, I'm a real Dutch girl. But I see many people here, even natives, who start the great grumbling when the first raindrops fall.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 6, 2017 at 6:29am

I've always lived in dry climates, with one exception, so that may be a large part of why I like rain.  I can imagine those in wet climates often get tired of it.  Too much of a good thing.

The one exception was the 2 years I lived in Scotland.  I was on a mission for the mormon church and was mostly walking from door to door trying to convert people to the stupidity.  The rain was a negative at times, but I don't remember hating it, and I loved what it created.  All shades of green growing things everywhere, even moss growing on the stone walls.  Loved it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 6, 2017 at 6:13am

I've always loved the sound of rain on the roof of my house and the roof of my car.  And, in the many years I've been gardening, I've loved rain for my garden's sake.

There are so many sayings and songs that talk about rain as a negative:  "Rain, Rain, go Away", "It Must be Raindrops Falling from my Eyes", "I Can See Clearly Now", "Rainy Days and Mondays", and many more.  I like most of them, but I usually see rain in a positive light.

I'll have to look-up some positive rain songs.

Comment by Plinius on August 6, 2017 at 5:47am

You're right,Ian. Where would we be without wind and rain to clean the air and wash the streets?

Comment by Ian Mason on August 6, 2017 at 5:30am

If Denmark could export rain we'd all be rich here. Sounds like NL is the same,Chris.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 6, 2017 at 5:28am

Kathy, that's a brave youngster you've got there.

What a lovely cake, Chris.

I'm going to Nashville for the eclipse. There was someone going to MO though.


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