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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 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 Randall Smith on March 27, 2017 at 7:22am
My bad, dropping my birthday. Didn't mean to. The point was my sugar-free "experiment". Like any plan, one has to have a starting date. I just thought the 24th was a good day because on April 24th, I'll be going to Italy. Then I'll indulge! More on the Italy trip later.
Anyway, thanks for the good wishes.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2017 at 3:48pm

L & L returned home from Phoenix yesterday afternoon after a month in the sun and visiting Larry's relatives. They returned from 100°F temperatures to 41°F highs. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 26, 2017 at 3:39pm

"Yesterday, the day after my birthday,"

~ Randy

March 24, ????

I hope the coming year is full of all things pleasing to your eyes, ears, nose, mouth, skin, and feelings!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on March 26, 2017 at 3:13pm

Happy b-day Randy! There's a Spanish saying: Biecho el biento, mas ainda sopla. (Not sure I spelled all that right.) The wind is old, but it still blows.

Comment by Plinius on March 26, 2017 at 12:59pm

Your birthday? Many happy returns, Randall, and a great day!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 26, 2017 at 12:12pm
Happy Birthday, Randy!
Comment by Randall Smith on March 26, 2017 at 7:32am
Finally! The grass is greening up. A warm rain overnight helped.
Yesterday, the day after my birthday, I started a 4 week "sugar-free" program--detox, if you will. Despite my comparitively low weight (which would be normal 75 years ago), I really need to cut out the sugar in my diet. It's bad for so many reasons.
Since I don't have the will power to resist when it's sitting in my pantry, I put all my cookies, chocolate, sugary things (like syrup and honey), in my safe!
It takes me about 10 minutes to get the dumb thing open, so that should deter me from temptation. Let the cold turkey experiment continue (second day)!
Comment by Plinius on March 21, 2017 at 10:48am

Someone here put me on the track of the film 'I, Daniel Blake' but I forgot who. Beautiful and shocking film, about surviving the neo-liberal welfare in Great Britain. Beautiful because the main character manages to keep his integrity, shocking because of the dehumanizing system. And our government would like the same kind of welfare here...

Anyway, thanks for the tip and I'll pass it on - it's really worth watching!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 20, 2017 at 7:35am

Yet, Ian, I've read (or heard) that the Danes are rated the "happiest people on earth". (Americans 15th, by the way.) This despite Denmark having one of the highest suicide numbers. Hmm.

Ruth, I'm sorry about your depressed state of mind. I'm the first to admit I watch no "nightly news" and little "local news". Anything about our jackass president I avoid. I'm a much happier person, ill informed as I wish to be.

Comment by Plinius on March 20, 2017 at 1:09am

Thanks, Ian! Trumpinde... the clones are popping up everywhere! Here one of the xian politicians has earned the name Wilders light, as in cola light.

 

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