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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 Plinius on March 3, 2018 at 8:25am

Two surnames? How does that work?

Comment by Ian Mason on March 3, 2018 at 8:01am

Thank you for all the good wishes. Mother and baby are fine and all the signs are good. He has good suction for milk and sleeps well otherwise. I've been asked not to share photos online and will respect that.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 3, 2018 at 7:58am

On the maternal side: mormor and morfar.

On the paternal side: farmor and farfar.

Far=father, Mor=mother.

Otherwise a general 'bedstefar' = best+father.

My son-in-law's family are great producers of boys and sometimes twins so a Frederick might get squeezed in at some point.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 3, 2018 at 7:57am

Big congrats, Ian!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 3, 2018 at 7:51am

Congrats, "Gramp"!  What are grandfathers called in Denmark, Ian?

I think using family names is a good thing. The only exception, in my opinion, is "juniors". My dad was a "junior", and he hated it his whole life. And what does it say about the "senior" who has named his son after himself?

Comment by Ian Mason on March 3, 2018 at 1:31am

All are tired and need their rest, so no visits yet.

James: because they like it and it's known in DK and UK

Henry: My father's middle name.

Pilgaard: My daughter's surname

Rayner: The father's surname.

I lobbied for 'Frederick' because 4 generations of my paternal line have had that name but was vetoed.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 3, 2018 at 1:08am

Ian! Splendid news! How are Mom and Baby and Dad doing? Let the fun begin!  What a fine name, James Henry Pilgaard Rayner. There must be a story connected with these names! 

Comment by Patricia on March 3, 2018 at 12:39am

Comment by Plinius on March 3, 2018 at 12:32am

Congratulations, grampa Ian! Did everything go as it should? I hope you and your grandson will bring each other much joy!

Comment by Ian Mason on March 3, 2018 at 12:15am

I'm a grandad! 3.24 a.m., Danish time. James Henry Pilgaard Rayner arrived. I'm all bouncy and don't know what to do with myself.

 

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