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Alexa for Evangelicals! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Oct 9. 1 Reply

Never let it be said that Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is anything less than up to date with the state of the art as it comes to the modern household.  However, as a discriminating conservative Christian, Betty would never tolerate…Continue

Tags: digital assistant, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

New Rule: Church and Destroy (Real Time with Bill Maher - HBO)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 30. 6 Replies

Bill Maher is an atheist [whoa, shock and amazement!].  He is also a dedicated opponent of Donald Trump and anyone who would support the man or his goals ... and that includes ol' Yahweh, himself!  As it turns out, there is a substantial correlation…Continue

Tags: Stalin, Mao, Hitler, New Rules, Donald Trump

concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 23. 3 Replies

We think of institutionalized child abuse and for many of us, the natural reaction is to think of the Catholic Church. Certainly, their guilt is beyond question, even as the headlines of the Boston Globe early in 2002 and the more recent news…Continue

Tags: Children of God, Jehovah's Witnesses, David Berg, child abuse, TheraminTrees

Liberal Redneck - Climate Change the Game (Trae Crowder)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 20. 2 Replies

Trae Crowder isn't just about atheism.  He has a deep and abiding concern about what's going on with this planet's climate and the all-too-probable catastrophe we face from a fundamental change in weather patterns.  That said, Trae is thinking about…Continue

Tags: climate change, Al Gore, Trae Crowder

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 27. 20 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

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Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 31, 2017 at 12:08pm

Thomas, I can attest to that.  I had a road trip vacation that took us through western and upstate New York and into New England;  Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine and then to Boston.  This was in early October back in the 90's.  That's a beautiful time of year to be there.  And up until then, I never realized how beautiful New York state is, especially the Finger Lakes region.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 31, 2017 at 11:56am

Patricia, I'm feeling well.  I just have my physical limitations.

Comment by Thomas Murray on August 31, 2017 at 11:53am

Ian,

I see that during the months of October and November New England is carpeted with gold.

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 31, 2017 at 8:33am

Patricia, the extent of your fires and smoke is amazing.  Fires here pale in comparison.  For quite a ways around Pocatello, most of the material that can burn is sagebrush, and not a whole lot of that.

You have to drive a long ways to get into pine forest areas like you have.  I just found-out that the large amount of dead trees because of beetle infestation is one of the causes of your fires, as well as timber harvesters bad fire management policies creating very dense stands of pines.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 31, 2017 at 1:03am

That sounds like a possibility, Carl. Or perhaps a music-oriented tour with Chicago/Memphis/New Orleans. Only 16 months until I can take early retirement and travel as I like.

Comment by Plinius on August 30, 2017 at 11:51pm

Busy here this morning! Glad to see Patricia back! And I love the Appleman poem!

Comment by Patricia on August 30, 2017 at 10:33pm

Thanks, Carl. However.....we are not to unpack, just in case the winds change or we get more lightning starts.

How are you feeling by the way?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 30, 2017 at 10:13pm

Patricia, I'm glad you and your husband (and home) are safe.  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 30, 2017 at 10:10pm

Ian, New England is a really beautiful part of the country and is loaded with so much interesting history.  I can imagine a literary-based adventure would be quite fun. 

Boston is considered the "hub" of New England and is a 2-hour flight from Chicago. 

Comment by Ian Mason on August 30, 2017 at 9:20pm

A sharp and witty poem, Bertold.

Yes, Patricia and Joan. Money and power. I saw a production of Shaw's 'Saint Joan' recently which was set in a series of boardrooms and made that point very clearly.

 

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