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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 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 Joan Denoo on July 6, 2015 at 2:50am

Chris, Laura's home is 50.1 miles north from my home, farther into the mountains and a higher elevation. It is a lovely rural area with lots of wild animals that present a risk for small domestic animals. The larger animals seem to survive OK. There have been bear and cougar sightings in this forest area although we have seen no signs of either one this summer. 

Deer have a routine path past my bedroom windows and I occasionally see them. They move so quietly, I only notice them when I see movement in the forest. Skunks and raccoons visit us regularly. Wild turkeys come by every day or so, with young chicks getting bigger each day. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 6, 2015 at 2:42am

Oops, I got the timing off. They all ate here and then went to the fireworks whil I went to bed

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 6, 2015 at 2:38am

Loren, thanks for fireworks displays; yours is as close as I got to one. I don't enjoy crowds, especially when it is hot. My granddaughters and their families went to Diamond Lake where they have a community display and many people around the lake shoot off their own. Our little Brookyn, almost one year old, jumped at the sounds and smiled at the sights. They all came back to Laura's place where Larry smoked a brisket for 23 hours in his smoker. Everyone contributed and we had a splendid meal. Such good cooks in the family. I pooped out about 9 PM and the party continued until 1 AM. 

Comment by Plinius on July 6, 2015 at 2:36am

Is Laura's house far from your old house, Joan?

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 6, 2015 at 2:21am

I can't take the heat! Early morning feels and looks grand, I enjoy getting up and doing what needs to be done outside, and come in when the heat saps my energy. A nap, some cold water, and I have energy again, but not for outside. It has been remaining hot during the evening, which is unusual for this NW location. 

I am at Laura's this week and the morning temperatures feel refreshing. I have breakfast outside and with a sweater. Afternoons are hot, even though the temperatures tend to be cooler in summer and colder in winter. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on July 5, 2015 at 10:28pm

Thanks for the fireworks and statues.I like the one in Winslow Arizona best.

Sometimes fireworks cause bird die-offs. I have mixed feelings about them.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 5, 2015 at 7:49pm

I stayed indoors and missed the show entirely this year.  I have been hearing sirens since the show finished last night; don't know if it's brush fires, "private" fireworks injuries, or drunk drivers.  Or a combination.

I just hope people kept their pets safe...animal shelter workers say that July 5th is their busiest day....people looking for pets (mostly dogs) that panicked and ran from the noise and flashing lights.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 5, 2015 at 6:50am

Hope everyone had a fun and safe 4th in the States.  Solon, Ohio, next door to us, puts on a pretty decent fireworks show every year, but this one I thought was especially well done.  A couple samples:

Comment by Plinius on July 5, 2015 at 2:41am

I hope you can enjoy the concert, Ian! It will probably be cooler then, much better to be in a crowd, even if it's a bit wet.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 5, 2015 at 1:45am

It is a good picture, Carl.

That sounds like a really pleasant day, Chris.

Denmark is having a heatwave at the moment but it's not set to last. Unfortunately there will be showers and strong winds on Wednesday when I'm going to an outdoor concert with Tony Bennett and Lady Gaga. Such is life and we have to take it as it comes. Plus take an umbrella.

 

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