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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 24. 9 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6. 3 Replies

Apparently, Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has been slumming.  That is to say, she's been talking to Mike Pence [gasp!].  It would seem as though Mike has offered some of his not-so-personal tricks of the trade on how to be a 21st century…Continue

Tags: tricks, Mike Pence, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 19. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Randall Smith on February 12, 2017 at 7:38am

Happy birthdays to Abraham Lincoln and Charles Darwin, born on this Feb 12, 1809. I have yet to read it, but I'm eager to discover The Book That Changed America, How Darwin's Theory of Evolution Ignited a Nation (by Randall Fuller). I'm sure there's more of a connection between the two men besides sharing a birthday.

Hope you all have a good day and week.

Carl, how are you doing?

Comment by Chris on February 10, 2017 at 1:49pm
Comment by Ian Mason on February 10, 2017 at 1:31pm

That's really funny, GC.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 10, 2017 at 10:35am

Plinius, thanks for passing along Bernice King's advice on dealing with the 45* regime. (Given the questionable election, and borrowing sports records notation, he'll always be the asterisk president.) It's especially sensible to assign his actions to "the Republicans", to let them become very worried about reelection.

The image of parents spinning in their graves reminded me of this prescient Saturday Morning Breakfast Cereal cartoon. Maybe the ever-increasing Republican outrages are actually an American energy-independence plan! :)

Washington D.C., early twentieth century (two men in suits) “I will not let your bill pass! Why... the Founding Fathers would be spinning in their graves!” “Precisely.” “Hm?” “Come with me.” (crypt with circles on wall, labeled “Adams”, “Madison”, “Hamilton”, “Jefferson”, “Washington”, “Fra[nklin]”) “Americans believe their power comes from coal and oil, but they ran out decades ago.” “So... every time a right is violated or an illegal war is started or an unfair tax is levied...” “The country survives for another year.” “So... about that bill...” (newspaper headline: “NICARAGUA INVADED!” another article: “Energy Prices In Sharp Decline”)(click, then click again, to enlarge to full size)

Comment by Chris on February 10, 2017 at 2:36am

The Fascism poster is available here

You could probably put that on your front door with the blood of an animal...

http://www.thinknot.net/easter.htm

Comment by Thomas Murray on February 9, 2017 at 2:42pm

k.h. ky,

The first time I knowingly met an atheist, Jack, was when I was 25 years old. His father was black listed during the McCarthy years. His family suffered ostracization for years. Jack is a very nice guy, concerned for his fellow men and women, and went out of his way to help those in need. My mother and some of my other friends told or warned me to stay away from Jack (which I refused to do so). 

The more that Christians warned me about "other" people or life, the more I ignore their warnings and proceed to open my mind,  learn, and to meet the interesting people of all languages.

Comment by Plinius on February 9, 2017 at 3:34am

My parents are still spinning too - perhaps we could use them as a renewable energy source.

I found this on FB, perhaps it´s useful...

Bernice King posted on her Be A King’s Facebook page 10 steps to deal with Trump and take back our democratic government. She passed on this wise advice:

Don’t use his name; EVER (45 will do)
Remember this is a regime and he’s not acting alone;
Do not argue with those who support him–it doesn’t work;
Focus on his policies, not his orange-ness and mental state;
Keep your message positive; they want the country to be angry and fearful because this is the soil from which their darkest policies will grow;
No more helpless/hopeless talk;
Support artists and the arts;
Be careful not to spread fake news. Check it;
Take care of yourselves; and
Resist!

Then, Bernice also offered this wisdom on her Facebook page:

‘Keep demonstrations peaceful. In the words of John Lennon, “When it gets down to having to use violence, then you are playing the system’s game. The establishment will irritate you – pull your beard, flick your face – to make you fight! Because once they’ve got you violent, then they know how to handle you. The only thing they don’t know how to handle is non-violence and humor.”

‘When you post or talk about him, don’t assign his actions to him, assign them to “The Republican Administration,” or “The Republicans.” This will have several effects: the Republican legislators will either have to take responsibility for their association with him or stand up for what some of them don’t like; he will not get the focus of attention he craves; Republican representatives will become very concerned about their re-elections.’

Comment by kathy: ky on February 8, 2017 at 10:54pm
@ Thomas Murray, I left out Bertrand Russell. He was the first atheist author I ever read. Before I even knew what an atheist was.
Except for my father's explanation that we are " the worst people in the world. An atheist will steal, cheat, kill. There is nothing an atheist won't stoop to".
He is spinning in his grave. Lol
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on February 8, 2017 at 10:18pm

Chris, I wanted to buy a copy of that Early Warning signs of Fascism poster, but couldn't find any at the National Holocaust Museum website. Fine, I'll print my own. Maybe put in on my front door. Maybe mail copies to my congresscritters.

Comment by Thomas Murray on February 8, 2017 at 1:17pm

k.h. ky, B.B. Chris , and Ian,

Thank you for your list, I wrote them down in my notebook and I bookmarked the U.S. National Holocaust Museum. I remember hearing "The Voyage of the Damned" and I think it became a movie too.

 

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