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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly yesterday. 15 Replies

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

Tags: bible, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo on Tuesday. 2 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

A moment to relax and see the Earth from space; some how this comforts me.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev on Sunday. 3 Replies

All the squabbles and struggles that I have do not compare with those of some others on this great planet. There are no boundary lines, no political arguments, no up or no down. What is, is. For right now, the scenes offer tranquility. Just the…Continue

Tags: and, wonder, awe, of, space

His Dark Materials and the Catholic Church

Started by Tonya R. Wheeler. Last reply by Plinius on Sunday. 27 Replies

I recently watched the movie, "The Golden Compass" and since I could not find the sequels, I read the books. I enjoyed them, and I will be reading the first one, Northern Lights, starting tomorrow, since it just arrived via inter-library…Continue

Tags: Fantasy, Catholic, Religion, Atheist, Pullman

Issues Atheist, Feminist, GLBTQ, Climate Change

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Joan Denoo Oct 6. 2 Replies

This is a test Continue

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 29. 39 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Plinius on March 5, 2015 at 8:14am
Comment by Randall Smith on March 5, 2015 at 7:37am

Ruth, your cartoon is soooo true. When the nightly news kept running that dress story, I hollered " Who the f*** cares?!!" For the life of me, I don't know why I continue watching it--usually only the first 15 minutes.

Kathy, I'm so sorry about both your eye and the weather. Hopefully, both will recover.

Carl, I saw that another great Chicago baseballer died--Minnie Minoso of the White Sox. I grew up with him in the 50's. Once, when I went to a game, we had seats about 5 rows up in left field. He came over and chatted with the fans--sort of. He was Cuban, and his English was limited. But I still remember!

Comment by Plinius on March 5, 2015 at 12:51am

Get well soon, Kathy!

Comment by k.h. ky on March 4, 2015 at 11:42pm
Nine inches of snow and still coming down. I think I'll hibernate the rest of the week. Not that I have a choice in the matter.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 4, 2015 at 10:11pm

Yeah, I hear you We're getting snow here too. Never fully dug out my car from from the last two storms.

Sorry about the wisteria face whip. I fell Monday over a week ago, and my cane pivoted up to smack me on the chin. Still have an ugly bruise. Scratched corneas are painful. A microscopic piece of grit flew up as I crossed a street when I was in my 20's. The cornea actually sagged from the cut, but I was close to an eye hospital. My husband had cornea cuts from a yucca, and from a brand new $20 bill.

What a colorful description of your house, Joan, "moves with seasons and sings as she dances."

That CATastropohic storm gif is scary-creepy.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 4, 2015 at 5:46pm

That's interesting Kathy.  I've never heard of a bandaid contact.  Many years ago, I tried contact lenses for a year, but could never get used to them.  They bothered me the whole year.

Comment by k.h. ky on March 4, 2015 at 4:32pm
Freezing rain started about thirty minutes ago. Snow should be coming anytime now. Sad face.
Comment by k.h. ky on March 4, 2015 at 4:30pm
I pruned wisteria yesterday and managed to have one of the small vines whip back and slap me across the face. And frozen snow fell from the roof and hit me in the face. Sometime during that something scratched my cornea. I didn't know until I woke during the night with my eye tearing and in pain. So managed to beat icesstorm and see the optometrist. Or she saw me. I wasn't seeing to well. She used a 'bandaid contact'. Which is just a nonprescription, extended wear lens to protect my eye from the eyelid rubbing it. Plus drops to be used every three hours and ointment for ten nights after l remove the lens. I've never heard of a bandaid contact. And I'm curious how much the insurance company will be charged for it. I'm sure this treatment isn't used on people who haven't used lenses before. Those of you who have worn them know they take some time to get used to. But once you haveyyour eyelids are tough forever.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 4, 2015 at 10:21am
That would be one overstuffed, fat cat, Chris.

For once we are being spared all that snow. It's all to the south of us this time. Heard a foot of snow could fall in Kentucky, Kathy. I know you're not used to those amounts. Good news.....maybe you'll have a snow day or two off work.
Comment by Randall Smith on March 4, 2015 at 8:14am

It's Kathy's turn to get hit by the most recent storm. I live 120 miles north of her and got a foot of snow 3 days ago. It should soon melt.

The artifact replica "expose" was on Rachel Maddow's show (MSNBC). I don't know why the other big news outlets didn't report on this. Perhaps they want to keep us outraged.


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