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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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A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Sep 28. 8 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

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 November 4, 2016 at 9:02pm

To my Texas Atheist Nexus fellow members, I just read the string from the Southeast Texas Atheists group and realize the traffic has been very slow on that sight. I understand why, I taught in a high school in Central Texas in the early 1970s and what a group of creationist group they were. I dared not introduce any ideas that were not told them from their families, culture and cohorts. I could not teach, I had to ask questions in order to get them thinking. 
I feel for those of you who can't teach, work, or otherwise reveal your non-beliefs in myths and superstitions. 

I hope you will be able to develop a friendship with those of us on A/N so that you do not feel so alone. Perhaps the ideas break through the barriers of religion with all the films, videos, radio programs, and groups that seem to be popping up all around the country. 

I live in Washington state and when I first returned in 1974, I could find no atheists with whom to share. My neighbors TPd my trees and home and wrote filthy sentiments on my light sand colored home with black spray paint. I had to use varnish on the spray job to keep the words from seeping through.

Well, the good news is, we have a fine group of people here who can hear your frustration, recognize the ways christians intimidate non-believers, and learn more effective ways to counter their assaults. 

We have to use real words, when some say they spray paint, we have to state clearly that our property has been violated and harmed. When they state they make night time calls in order to stir fear in us, we have to state that they assaulted us. For just one example of the fear tactics a male voice used over and over in the middle of the night was to tell me who, where, and what I was and he intended to rape me with a blow torch. 

Yes, fear is a real emotion in such events. Yes, we can never know if they will act on their words or not. Yes, christian can be brutal when they encounter someone who does not believe as they. 

I found out the hard way, standing up to brutes is the best way to overcome the fears, doubts, and not knowing who would do such things. 

We have great materials to help us support us as we encounter such barbarism. Just ask if you don't know where to look for material. Or just look around the internet for fellow atheists, they exist and in greater number than you know. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 4, 2016 at 8:20pm

Carl, 1908 was my Dad's birth year. He would be 108 years this December. You mean this team has not won a game since 1908? How did they keep their fans for that long? 

A great collection, Carl, and an inspiration to anyone who feels they never win! We need that spirit. Keep trying!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 4, 2016 at 8:12pm

Randy, sorry to hear you missed the game of the century. As you might imagine, the mood here is quite euphoric. For you, and anyone else who may be interested, I compiled a collection of links of articles full of great photos and videos, all with a local flair.

To start out appropriately, here's a recording from 1908, the last time since 2016 that the Cubs won the World Series.

Video perfectly captures the deafening roar as ‘Cubs Win’ hits Wrig...

Cubs and Wrigley Field: A pair of winning rebuilds

5 Million People Attend Cubs Rally And Parade, City Estimates

The best Instagram photos from today’s Chicago Cubs World Series pa...

St. Boniface Church plays starring role in new Chicago Cubs World S...

These Fuzzy Cubs Fans Have Waited 497 (Dog) Years For A World Serie...

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 4, 2016 at 5:34pm

I have to agree with the others here. That is a beautiful photo, Chris!

Comment by Ian Mason on November 4, 2016 at 3:28pm

Beautiful sunsets. Thank you. In Denmark there's just cloud and more cloud.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 4, 2016 at 2:55pm

Very nice.  I'm saving those sunsets.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 4, 2016 at 1:45pm

We live in and have seen so many spectacular scenes of our good Earth, it is pure joy to celebrate it and participate with it. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 4, 2016 at 1:14pm

Chris, a stunning sight; to think you have that scene every day of the windmill. It is beautiful alone and with the sunrises and sunsets, a welcome image. 

Comment by Randall Smith on November 4, 2016 at 7:55am

Cubs win! Cubs win! And I missed it. Wouldn't you know, after 73 years of agony and heartbreak, I'd miss the "grand finale"? Why, you ask? It just so happened, that my daughter from Honduras was flying in to Indianapolis that night-- 11:45, to be exact. I was away from the TV for two and a half hours. And no Indy station had the game on the radio. Oh well, disappointments are part of life. "Wait'll next year"!

Comment by Loren Miller on November 4, 2016 at 7:47am

Wow, Chris!  That shot is positively iconic!

 

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