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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

Tags: surreal

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 September 1, 2016 at 11:55pm

Ian, you survived the classes, now is there a job that you are looking to apply for? Whatever you do, you will be a cracker-jack! Your instructor sounds like a real jerk, as though he and the student deserve each other. Sadly, a wife and children have a loser.

Kathy, I join Carl in asking how your tests results turned out?

I forgot about Pat's cast iron collection; I can't find the photo. 

Here is his last post:

Fallacious GOP Candidate, Ted Cruz, Dodges Questions Consistently Inserting Red Herrings!

Reply by Pat on April 8, 2016 at 7:39am

First, look at the 'news' outlet he is speaking to. Newsmax is an extremist right wing propaganda organization, with a Xtian bigoted agenda to promote. So, of course they're going to give voice to this fraud. He's one of them. They feed off each other. They are just as dishonest and filled with hate as he is. Loren's right. Put Cruz in front of a real journalist and he'll sound like Ralph Cramden in the Honeymooners. Hommina, hommina, hommina, hommina.........

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 1, 2016 at 10:43pm

For Friday, just for the fun of it.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 1, 2016 at 7:15am
Ironicly, just when I was considering eliminating my last name here on A/N (for various reasons), I'm now persuaded to leave well enough alone. If one didn't know my hometown, hours could be spent looking this Randall (Randy) Smith up!
Ian, sorry about your bad experience. There's not much you can do in those situations.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 1, 2016 at 12:16am

Daniel, I have to laugh.  I still have your cell phone number that you gave me years ago.  You're not the only Daniel I know, and I never knew your last name.  So, I have you listed in my phone directory as Daniel Washington.

Comment by Plinius on September 1, 2016 at 12:15am

Such a lot of news when I'm busy! Sorry that we've lost Pat! It's good to think of ways to find each other - I think Loren has my e-mail. And when I'm tired I play stupid games on Facebook, using the name Selena Challoner. After the disappearance of Felaine and now Pat, I want to be found by the people I choose.

Glad you survived your course, Ian! It's disconcerting to see how people make a mess of their own life and other's lives.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 31, 2016 at 11:35pm

I hope we're wrong about Pat, but it's obviously strange that he disapeared from here without any trace.  His profile is still here.  I remember well in the "Food" group when he posted a photo of his very sizable and impressive cast iron cooking pan collection.  He was very passionate about food.   

Kathy, I'm thinking about you while you wait for test results.  I know how that is.....nerve–racking. 

Ian, what a loathsome experience.  At least the extramarital affair was between two adults.  My first year high school biology teacher managed to impregnate one of my classmates.  He was a young, newly married guy in his first year of teaching.  He wasn't back the next year.  And of course this was at my Lutheran high school.  Religion classes, chapel every Wednesday, etc. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 31, 2016 at 10:31pm

Glad you weathered the storm, Ian. Also glad to know we here in the States don't have a monopoly on the level of professionalism you described.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 31, 2016 at 10:22pm

8 days of short, intensive courses finished. I now know a very little about: warehouse layout, ordering and despatch of goods and Microsoft Navision, which I found to be a minefield. I'm glad it's all over.
The teacher was an idiot. He took an instant dislike to 2 people in the group and showed it AND took too much of a liking to one of the women, leading to a poorly-hidden affair. Him a married man with small children!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 31, 2016 at 9:44pm

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 31, 2016 at 9:43pm

Putting this here since it doesn't quite fit in Atheist humor.

Though they murdered six million
In the ovens they fried
The Germans now too
Have God on their side

--Bob Dylan

[Buckle translation: God with us]

 

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