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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller 3 hours ago. 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 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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