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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 5, 2017 at 12:29am

I'd love to find a recording of Phil Harris singing "There's a Lot More Lying Down."

Here's what I remember of the chorus:

Oh, there's a lot more lyin' down

Than there is up walkin' around

There's a lot more folks asleep

Than there is out upon the street

For every day you live and breathe

You'll spend a hundred years six feet deep.

Comment by Chris on March 4, 2017 at 8:48pm

I have a bunch of 78 Jazz albums. 78 rpm records are thick and heavy. Record players that play them are kind of difficult to find.

In  the 1970's at about 10 PM the KGO (?) radio station in San Francisco played old time radio shows from the 30' and 40's that was fun to listen to.  Sorry, I don't remember the name, or host of the program. It must have been sindicated. Did anyone else listen to it?

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 4, 2017 at 8:40pm

Carl, This is the first time I've heard Phil's rendition of Jabberwocky, but I'm quite familiar with The Thing.  If I remember right, we had a 78 record of it, and I played it quite often.  I may even have it buried somewhere in my house.  But I've not thought of that song in probably 60 years.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 4, 2017 at 8:16pm

I couldn't post a Phil Harris song without including "The Thing" which is my favorite song of his.  We used to sing this at boy scout camp in the summer.  My grandmother also had this record, which actually means I have it because I acquired all her old 78 rpm records.  I have at last 3 or 4 metal milk crates full of those records.  Damn, they're heavy!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 4, 2017 at 8:03pm

Spud, I'm totally unfamiliar with the 3Ds and their version of the Jabberwocky.  I did, however, grow up listening to the Phil Harris rendition of the Jabberwocky from my grandmother's record collection.

 

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 4, 2017 at 2:56pm

A few days ago, somewhere on Atheist Nexus, a post started with the word Beware.  That reminded me of the Jabberwocky song.  My favorite rendition is by the 3Ds.  They're mormon, but what ya gonna do.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 4, 2017 at 10:17am

I know we have a lot of cat lovers here.  Just saw this yesterday and thought I'd share.

There’s a 24-hour livestream of cats playing in a dollhouse

Comment by tom sarbeck on March 4, 2017 at 2:18am
My last xaction with the IRS was a refund when I retired. I bought a Peugeot bike and had several $ left. Its tires collected an inordinate number of small nails from SF streets.
Comment by Plinius on March 4, 2017 at 2:00am

Very disappointing, Carl, I hate the treatment you got!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 3, 2017 at 9:06pm

Speaking of taxes, about the middle of last year I received a letter from the IRS stating I failed to take an eligible credit and that I may qualify for a refund of up to $503.  I filled out the 3-question eligibility form included with the letter.  I was eligible for the refund and eagerly mailed it back to the IRS.  Weeks later I was so excited to see a check in my mail box from the Treasury Department.  It was my refund check!!  $13.40.  I now know what it must feel like to get poked in the eye with a stick, to be kicked when you're down, to get salt poured on your wound, to have the carpet pulled out from under you, to...

 

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