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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 29, 2017 at 11:35am

Comment by Randall Smith on March 29, 2017 at 7:20am

Oh yes, thanks for the tips on sugar substitutes. I do eat fresh and dried fruits, plus use stevia.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 29, 2017 at 7:16am

Don't remind me! I still have bad memories of my vasectomy 33 years ago. I thought I felt good enough to paint the porch ceiling the following day.Oh, what a mistake that was!

Comment by Ian Mason on March 29, 2017 at 1:18am

I had a vascectomy 20 years ago. It had side-effects. I must have had a high sperm count because my body couldn't remove all the sperm cells that were going nowhere. The result was I grew an extra 'pair'. Harmless cysts, but I had them removed for the sake of comfort.

Comment by Chris on March 28, 2017 at 11:12pm
Comment by Chris on March 28, 2017 at 11:01pm

An Ectopic pregnancy is dangerous.

I wonder if the anti-abortion crowd think about all the possible complications that can occur during pregnancy.  The binary thinking in their brain may not allow room to comprehend how complex childbearing and birth is.

The stork brought it may be their simple mindset.

Comment by Chris on March 28, 2017 at 10:52pm

I take lot of antihistamines and other medicine that drys my mouth out. My dentist told me to use the artificial sweetener stevia (xylitol) lozenges, or gum in the daytime and Salese or denteva at night to prevent dry mouth. He says bacteria feeds off the sugar rather than the teeth. He said using too much of it such as in cooking, or baking will cause an upset stomach.


I find fresh or dried fruit satisfies my sweet tooth. Dates and blueberries are a couple of my favorites.  I often put apples, mandarin oranges an other fruit in a salad. Even pickled beets are sweet.


Japanese cooking with different sauces is healthful and satisfies the sweet tooth. Eating fruit after dinner is more healthful than sweetened baked  goods. Candied, or pickled ginger is good and cleanses the palette. I visited China on vacation. Watermellon was often served after dinner.


Chris, On dates as Joan says, I use Year/Month/Day to sort records. That seems the best way to sort chronologically.  Day/month/Year, or Month/Day/Year doesn’t sort chronologically. I wonder why those two dating methods are used and the history behind them.


Enjoy your trip to Italy Randall. My parents said that when walking around Italy follow Nuns because traffic will stop for them allowing followers to walk across the street safely.

I had a girlfriend who had her tubes tied - then a tubal ligation revesal after getting married to another guy. She though she couldn't get pregnant. Low and behold she got pregnant. Thankfully the child wasn't mine.  I almost fainted when she told me she was pregnant. Her former husband must have be sterile.

When I had my vacectomy the doctor lost the vas deferens going inside my body. After taking numerous breaks out of frustration it took him about an hour to grab it to cotterize. It felt like he was pulling my kidney out.  The doctor said I have a high pain tollerance. Cotterizing was shocking. I could feel the electricity running through my body. There must have been some arching.

Men endure this under local anastesia. For me it was somewhat painful.

I've read various accounts of men who had vacectomies and women who had tubal ligation that didn't take, or the tubes reconnected over time.   I can only imagine how much distress that would cause a marriage.

Comment by kathy: ky on March 28, 2017 at 7:16pm
Chris, being clipped is no guarantee. I speak from experience. Nine years after a tubal ligation I found myself pregnant. Talk about a shock. Ectopic pregnancy but still pregnant. When I was talking to the nurse prepping me for emergency surgery she told me the same had happened to her sister even if both she and her husband had been fixed years prior. The odds of that must be astronomical.
Comment by tom sarbeck on March 28, 2017 at 2:37pm
Joan, in the 1940s I saw glass blowers in the Sterling glass works in Cincinnati.
Older workplace pix remind me of the American government's near-hatred of working people.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 28, 2017 at 1:44pm

If I don't know the year I use xxxx/01/21

 

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