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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 11, 2016 at 3:49am

Thanks for those lovely scenes of The Netherlands, Carl. I remember having coffee in Amsterdam, and the beautiful little cakes they served were too charming to eat and too delicious not to. The cream there was delightful. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 11, 2016 at 3:41am

Ian, an interesting idea, Bambi as allegory of Jews in Europe! That would be fascinating to watch with awareness of the allegory. 

Getting older isn't easy. When one works hard during the productive years it would be nice to have smooth going for the final stage of life. 80 is a whole lot harder than 70. I don't want to reach 90. 

Comment by Ian Mason on March 11, 2016 at 2:26am

Just returned from a few days in England. A very pleasant stay although it's clear now that my step-mum won't be with us much longer. She's 92 and can't even be bothered to eat and drink now. Her appetite for life has run out. The rest of the family are well, although my generation is begining to reach the stage of creaks and aches, knee and hip replacement etc. Such is life if you live long enough.

Comment by Ian Mason on March 11, 2016 at 2:20am

Indeed, Joan, country life has its less pretty side. The original 1920's Bambi novel by Felix Salten is sometimes considered an allegory of the the situation Jews faced in Europe.

Lovely photos, Carl. What a lovely place.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 11, 2016 at 2:14am

Randy, I think it was Dewey vs. Truman that the polling called listed phone numbers for their tally on election night and miscalled the election. I was a young girl and was disappointed because the voting results interfered with my favorite Saturday radio program, Let's Pretend. 

DEWEY DEFEATS TRUMAN

I am unable to bring the photo here. . 

Comment by Plinius on March 11, 2016 at 1:14am

Thank you Carl! The landscapes are familiar of course, but the photographer is really gifted!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 11, 2016 at 12:15am

Carl, Laura and I were not hurt; the headlight disappeared under the fender, and the driver's side front fender will need repair or replacement. It happened so fast. I saw it out of the corner of my eye to my right on the passenger side and it looked like it jumped over the car and hit the left headlight and fender. The poor thing struggled so mightily to get up and off the road. 

Donald, I like being so deep in the forest but it is not all green meadows with deer prancing through looking like Bambi's mother. They eat our crops and tear down our fences. Memories of The Yearling come immediately to mind. 

I am a city woman losing my naivety. 

Thankfully, we don't eat our poultry; they lay eggs, eat bugs, weed the garden and fertilize as they mosey around. . 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 11, 2016 at 12:13am

To everybody here (but especially to Chris) I just saw this post and had to share.  It's beautiful.  Enjoy.

20 Photographic Proofs That Netherlands Is Europe’s Wonderland

Comment by Donald L. Engel on March 10, 2016 at 11:35pm

Isn't country life fun?  We've been living it for 25 years now, and we were only a little worried once, when a bobcat came out of the driveway just as we headed in.  The coyotes don't bother us much.  They eat the rabbits that eat our garden.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 10, 2016 at 11:29pm

Sad story, Joan.  You don't mention it, but can we assume no one in the car was hurt?  I hope you're all OK.  

 

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