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Secular and Reclaimed Winter Holiday Songs

Started by Grinning Cat. Last reply by Grinning Cat May 2. 42 Replies

This is an appropriate day of the year for this subject...What are some of your favorite winter holiday songs?It would be especially good to share powerful new secular lyrics to tunes that have become associated with Christmas.…Continue

Tags: singing, lyrics, reclaimed, reclaiming, HumanLight

appropriating morality (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo May 1. 7 Replies

We've all heard the claim: "Human morality comes from god."  And we've all seen for ourselves what Yahweh's "morality" looks like, from condemnations of homosexuality and the treatment of women as chattel to inexplicable sanctions against the eating…Continue

Tags: morality, appropriating, TheraminTrees

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

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Comment by Plinius on March 7, 2017 at 10:35am

Beautiful pictures, Ian!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 7, 2017 at 7:11am
As bleak as it appears, I love the landscapes, Ian. I wonder where those people are hiking to. Top of the hill?
Comment by Ian Mason on March 7, 2017 at 12:16am

Comment by Ian Mason on March 6, 2017 at 11:56pm

Comment by Ian Mason on March 6, 2017 at 11:21pm

Back in circulation after my week away.

Belated 'happy birthday' Chris.

Ruth, I hope things start getting better soon. Waiting for answers is a real strain on ones morale and can make everything seem even worse.

Tom, the cycle paths of East Jutland are a menace. When I cycled to and from work I had punctures from grit weekly.

Phil Harris was a regular on the BBC's children's radio in the 60s and I clearly remember 'The Thing' and having a good laugh.

Joan, Fuerteventura is too arid and windblown for farmers, either volcanic rock or sahara-by-the-sea. I'm told that La Palma is green and lush so I might head there next winter.

Comment by Randall Smith on March 5, 2017 at 7:34am
Ol' Phil was my kind of irreligious cat, like Spike Lee.
Chris, I, too, have all of my parents old jazz 78's. They go back to the early 40's. I should take the time to play them. I have a record player that can.
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!

 

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