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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky 6 hours ago. 18 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

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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 April 12, 2015 at 7:28am

I'm also hoping for a good report from Carl.  Did he say he would have someone else give us an update if he was unable to?

Comment by Plinius on April 12, 2015 at 1:25am

Carl posted last on March 24, so it's been three weeks. I do hope he's allright.

Comment by k.h. ky on April 8, 2015 at 12:46pm
Does anyone know if Carl has posted lately? My signal is unreliable and I've only been able to get on sporadically. I am wondering how he is.
Comment by Idaho Spud on April 8, 2015 at 6:25am

I knew there would be problems I didn't see, but I would still like to see us try to be more logical in the US, even if it caused problems for 2 or 3 generations.

There is another thing that bothers me more, and that's not going to the metric system.  It's very much easier to work with and reduces mistakes greatly.  For years now, I've tried to purchase tape measures that have metric marks on them, and often use metric when doing woodworking.

Comment by Plinius on April 8, 2015 at 6:15am

Spud, we have had a series of spelling updates in the Netherlands, all with the idea that spelling should be easier and the written word should represent the spoken word in a logical manner. It doesn't work at all. Even in this small country there are so many dialects that the written word NEVER represents the spoken word. I notice that people are confused about spelling, try to find out the correct spelling from the old and new dictionaries that hang about, and in the end they fall back on the spelling they learnt when young. It's a mess. Every spelling update costs money, new dictionaries, etc. Official texts should be spelled correctly but they aren't. And every spelling update means a breach with history: it becomes more and more difficult to read the texts from our own past - to me that's really a bad thing. I like the conservative spelling in Great Britain: it enables people to keep in touch with their past, and you know what they say: Forget your past and you'll have to repeat it...

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on April 7, 2015 at 2:25pm

@ Spud - It's interesting that Spanish and German are completely orthographically consistent -- the same letters and combos always make the exact same sounds. Definitely can't say that for English, I guess partly because we're such a mongrel hybrid, but that's also what makes it such a rich and pliant language, so no complaints.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 7, 2015 at 1:53pm

I would love to see pronunciation and spelling change to be logical and easier to remember.  I think most people would like to see that, so why don't we do it?

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2015 at 1:06pm

Randy, safe and pleasant journey. What a beautiful way to see that part of Europe. Can't wait to read your description. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2015 at 1:03pm

Ian, I am glad you were able to see the first posting of "Ode to Yahway". When I tried, I got an error message. So, I reposted it with that silly poem 43alley posted. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 7, 2015 at 12:58pm

He sacrificed … himself 

Unto himself

To pay himself

The price that he demanded

For any violation by a human

Of strict adherence 

To his perfect standard 

~ 43alley 

 

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