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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G 4 hours ago. 17 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 11 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2015 at 1:02pm

Glad to hear that Chris.

Comment by Plinius on May 4, 2015 at 10:36am

Drinking vinegar! Then you've got a strong stomach too!

There's one thing that calms migraines down; menopause. So I'm better off now.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2015 at 10:29am

I never thought of vomiting being destructive to teeth, but that strong acid sure would be.  Wish you could get rid of migraines and vomiting Chris.

When I was young, I liked eating lemons and playing see who could drink the most vinegar with my brother.  Good thing I had strong teeth.  Now, whenever I eat or drink anything acidic, I immediately rinse with water.

Comment by Plinius on May 4, 2015 at 10:18am

Some teeth you both have! Congrats! I found out that vomiting is destructive to teeth - migraine attacks come with vomiting - so I had a lot of teeth capped and my dentist is rich.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 4, 2015 at 8:12am

Only one tooth lost.  That's great Randy.  How do you take care of them?  

Have you had fluoride in your drinking water most of your life?

Do good teeth run in your family?

I had fluoride in my drinking water until I was about 14, and that helped me keep most of my teeth for 73 years so far.  I didn't take care of them until I was about 50.  If I had, I'd not have receding gums and 3 gold crowns.  I take very good care of them now, and the receding gums have stabilized.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 4, 2015 at 7:34am

I can tell we're a lot alike, Spud. I often switch channels when I can tell something will upset me one way or another.

I'm off to the dentist this morning. My hygienist daughter will clean my teeth. Hopefully, no cavities. I've only lost one tooth all these years--one wisdom tooth.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 3, 2015 at 12:27pm

All the boys are too non-confrontational to Sheldon's mom, especially for scientists.  In the first season, I was laughing constantly, but The Big Bang Theory has lost a lot of it's charm for me, and religion is a large part of the reason.  It's just goes too easy on religion.

My favorite show is Futurama, and the way they make fun of religion is a large part of the reason.

Yes, Leonard's mother is an ass as well.  I also switch channels when she's being mean to Leonard.

Comment by Randall Smith on May 3, 2015 at 8:31am

Wow, Ian! Great! You deserve a luxury or two.

Yes, Spud, I agree. Sheldon's a momma's boy, and that irritates me. I dispise Leonard's mother even more--atheist or no.

Comment by Ian Mason on May 2, 2015 at 11:34am

Another ½ marathon run. Another year sober. Have stuffed myself with curry and trimmings and will now laze the afternoon away with chocolate biscuits and "The African Queen" on DVD.

Comment by Idaho Spud on May 2, 2015 at 7:59am

I saw that episode of The Big Bang Theory, and didn't like that it was a draw.  

I also don't like that they make Sheldon such a wimp when his mother starts talking about religion.  Sometimes he makes an attempt to refute her BS, but wimps-out when she barks at him.

I usually go to another channel while she is talking about her certainty of her delusions.  I can't stand it.

 

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