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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 Joan Denoo on August 21, 2017 at 12:53pm

Eclipse report from Newport, Washington: the light from the sun turned yellow, the yard light went on; the sun light returned to full force and the yard light went off. Birds seemed a little "twittie" and Dominic gave out a series of "woffs!" It was all over.

Comment by Plinius on August 21, 2017 at 7:14am

I love that quote, Loren! 

And the 20s eclipse video!

Comment by Loren Miller on August 21, 2017 at 7:03am

And, thinking of Ms. Marcotte's quote (though this is NOT the quote of the day group!):

If it takes the threat of hell to make you a moral person, then you are not at all moral, you are just a coward who responds well to threats.
-- Leo Wolf

Comment by Loren Miller on August 21, 2017 at 7:01am

Bertold, your Amanda Marcotte quote is freaking BRILLIANT ... and I'm stealing it! [grin!]

Comment by Ian Mason on August 21, 2017 at 6:00am

Happy viewing and/or relaxing everyone.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 21, 2017 at 5:59am

Bertold, that's a very valid point about religion and morality. Perhaps some people turn to religion because they're frightened of their own impulses. That doesn't seem to work for the Catholic clergy though.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 21, 2017 at 12:12am

Carbondale, Illinois is getting 100% totality.  That's about a six hour car drive from Chicago.  I've heard hotels have been booked for months.  Amtrak runs from Chicago to Carbondale.  Apparently a train full of people from Chicago is expected to arrive in Carbondale in the morning and then return later in the day.  That would be a very fun day trip!

Comment by kathy: ky on August 20, 2017 at 11:58pm
But we will be under a heat advisory :(
Comment by kathy: ky on August 20, 2017 at 11:57pm
Carl, BB, everyone's welcome to join me. At 100% totality just eight minutes away : )
Or we can stay here with 99%
Either way it would be fun.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 20, 2017 at 10:21pm

Bertold, the front deck with neighbors and mimosas sounds exquisite, eclipse or not.  

 

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