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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Nov 24. 9 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6. 3 Replies

Apparently, Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has been slumming.  That is to say, she's been talking to Mike Pence [gasp!].  It would seem as though Mike has offered some of his not-so-personal tricks of the trade on how to be a 21st century…Continue

Tags: tricks, Mike Pence, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 19. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on December 9, 2016 at 1:32am

Nothing remains, not the vast forests and field, nor the armies and navies used to conquer other lands, nor the art and music of the liberal arts, nor the science and discoveries of that era, nor the royalty with Pharaohs, nor the obscene wealth.  

All that remains are stone with words and images chiseled into them. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 9, 2016 at 12:28am

I've never experienced an earthquake or even tremors.  The thought of them scares the bejesus out of me.  When tornado weather is in the forecast and on the horizon I can prepare.  Not so much with an earthquake.  They can occur at any time of the year, day or night.

On a related topic, scientists predict Los Angeles will slide north of San Francisco approximately 15 million years from now.  That is sure to cause havoc with subways, sewers and underground cable connections.  

Comment by Loren Miller on December 8, 2016 at 10:06pm

Stone ain't all that tough.  Ask anyone who has ever lived through an earthquake.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 8, 2016 at 8:33pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 8, 2016 at 7:50pm

Try again: 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 8, 2016 at 7:49pm

Daniel, I love your idea of Festivus. You have an incredible memory; I forgot that program. Sorry, I could not get my embed to work. So ...

Festivus | Seinfeld | TBS

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 8, 2016 at 7:24pm

FESTIVUS FOR THE REST OF US!

Festivus dinner, 

Festivus unadorned aluminum pole,

"Airing of Grievances" practices, 

"Feats of Strength" practices, 

"Festivus miracles”, the labeling of easily explainable events.

~ Daniel Wachenheim 

 

Comment by Joan Denoo on December 8, 2016 at 6:17pm

Being a Firebrand Atheist can be a frightening experience, especially for the shy, those who face demonic responses, and if a job or housing can be a cost of standing out. For those people, there are other ways to respond, i.e. give support to those who do perform the firebrand strategy, or develop less stressful methods, or work to toughen up thin-skin. There is no one-way to challenge those who threaten non-believers. Just remember, the work has to be done by someone if we are going to change what we think needs changing.

The Blacks had Martin Luther King, Stokely Carmichael, Mary McLeod Bethune, Shirley Chisholm, and many others.

Women had Simone de Beauvoir, Sojourner Truth, Robin Morgan, and the list goes on and on. 

LGBTQ had Barney Frank, Harvey Milk, Tim Cook, Trevor Burgess, and more became known as times changed. 

Community and Union Activists have Aaron Bartley, Jennifer Epps-Addison, George Goehl, Stephen Lerner, Eric Schneiderman, Kamala Harris,  and the list grows as I write. 

These people took on difficult challenges, they identified problems, explored options, made the decisions, took actions, and evaluated outcomes. They took risks, had to endure foul language and false accusations.  

Yes, it is tough being a firebrand, and that often is what is needed to bring about positive change. It is relatively easy to talk about challenges, it is tougher to speak up and take action. 

We need the quiet ones, too, there is room for us all. In fact, we need the philosophical ones and the reconcilers. 

 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on December 8, 2016 at 12:54pm

Love the Tiki Menorah.  Wonderful kitsch!  

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 8, 2016 at 10:43am

Kathy, I second what Randall said (and others).  I admire your courage.

 

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