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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S on Thursday. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Loren Miller on August 14, 2015 at 12:50pm

Ba-da-bing, Carl.  At times I think Grover Norquist doesn't EVER want to meet me ... mostly because I'm so pissed at his BS that I doubt he'd be able to walk away from that meeting.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 14, 2015 at 11:03am
Ian, I'll take the liberty of answering for Loren about the 'T' entity: raising taxes.
Comment by Ian Mason on August 14, 2015 at 10:48am

Sorry, Loren but I don't understand that. What's the "T" entity?.

Oddly, Denmark didn't modernise/electrify its rail system when the rest of Europe did in the 80s and 90s. We're paying for that error now. The new high-speed, inter-city trains that were due to come into service 4-5 years ago are still waiting and rotting in the sidings. They're custom.made diesels with computer systems that don't work, brakes that fail and axles that crack. New electric trains can be bought almost 'off the shelf' with all teething troubles ironed out a long time ago.

Chris, I like that expression. I think you're right that the car is America's Holy Cow that musn't be slaughtered.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 14, 2015 at 9:01am

Some of 'em may see it, Chris.  The problem is that paying for it would require mention of the "T" entity, which is verboten in the Republican party and has been for too freaking long.

Comment by Plinius on August 14, 2015 at 8:56am

Can't they see that they need lots of public transport now because in a few years all those cars are no longer sustainable? Or is that cursing in church? (translated Dutch expression)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 14, 2015 at 8:40am

For Congress to act appropriately regarding our rail and road infrastructure would indeed take, dare I say, a miracle.  

Comment by Loren Miller on August 14, 2015 at 8:26am

One thing to keep in mind about the trains in the US.  Unlike almost everyone else, we did NOT get the crap bombed out of our rail system during World War II!  As a result, we didn't get the chance to update it from a standard which I suspect was a product of the mid-to-late 19th century!

Ordinarily I'd say it'd take an act of Congress to pull our rail system into the 21st century, but considering Congress' performance lately ... it'll take a lot more than that!

Comment by Randall Smith on August 14, 2015 at 8:04am

I hardly finished reading a book about our (USA) lagging transportation system when my sister's 3 hour Amtrak trip from Chicago to Lafayette IN took 7 hours. Not very convenient for the person picking her up, either. That would be me. She got in at 2 AM last night.  Pres. Obama hasn't been able to "fix" our infrastructure. Bernie says he can!

Comment by Plinius on August 14, 2015 at 6:50am

Perhaps her sister won't miss her very much and go on with her life. But I wonder if she is able to take care of herself and the cats - I've seen horrible neglect of self and cat with Asperger brother-in-law. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 14, 2015 at 6:13am

I imagine Felaine's cats miss her.  Probably searching the house for her.

 

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