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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 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 The Flying Atheist on January 16, 2017 at 11:16am

Joan and Daniel, what beautiful posts.  I love butterflies.  I feel so sad.  When I was a kid there seemed to be butterflies everywhere during the summer.  Now I hardly see them.  I was fortunate to have a mother that always had a flower garden and birdfeeder and birdbath in the back yard.  

Comment by Ian Mason on January 16, 2017 at 2:02am

Love the pictures. We need to remember good things in dark times.

Comment by kathy: ky on January 16, 2017 at 12:48am
Carl, I feel the same. I can't imagine a worse prez taking office. He act's like a spoiled two year old. The electoral college should have been shut down years ago. I don't understand why it is still used. I'll be watching old movies during the barf fest Fri.
On the bright side large numbers are expected to turn out in protest. That's not really bright but it's all I got :)
Comment by kathy: ky on January 15, 2017 at 7:47pm
Rain and more rain here. At least we aren't getting the freezing rain that so many places are. Rain all last week and more forecasted for all next week :(
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on January 15, 2017 at 7:40pm

A hazy shade of winter

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 15, 2017 at 7:00pm

Just a little eye candy:

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 15, 2017 at 1:06am

Yes, there is a problem with our tax code. It is not a new problem and both parties contribute to its failure. We saw the signs of an out-of-balance system in the 1970s with many people warning the general population of the distortion of taxes as evidenced by the growing gap between wealth and poverty. TV worked as the weapon of mass distraction, using sports, game shows and silly programs to keep the public mind off of issues that needed to be addressed. The propaganda campaign against "socialism" fails to recognize that police, fire, libraries, roads, bridges, are all paid by taxes. 

"Socialism was a political, social, and economic system meant to empower the working class. In the U.S. today, though, it's often used as shorthand for 'the services that government provides and which are paid for by taxes.' Depending on who's talking, that idea is either a goal or a target."

~ Socialism, https://www.vocabulary.com/dictionary/socialism

Comment by Chris on January 14, 2017 at 7:09pm

Having enough wealth that playing roulete in the political system as a hobby should be an indicator that there is a problem with the tax code.

Uber rich don't need public services except maybe the court system, and militray to protect  business interests.

Odd how enough people pontificated over a wealthy reality TV personality and elected him president.

Cantelope is more dangerous than terrorism.

Comment by Grinning Cat on January 14, 2017 at 2:45pm

And I bet you went out on that socialist road to buy milk, bread, eggs, and other groceries that were socialistically inspected for food safety!

Comment by Loren Miller on January 14, 2017 at 2:11pm

Hey, Bertold!  That snowplow wasn't followed by a socialist police car, was it?  Or maybe a fire engine???

 

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