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Picture yourself spending some time with congenial friends, sharing your lives and pictures from your cell phones." They're curious about that cool game, song, movie, camping trip, art show, or other event that fascinated you. You talk about all kinds of stuff, poetry, styles, personal achievements, relationships, and bad days. You can share your inner child, and laugh together. They sympathetically listen to your feelings about serious topics like politics or climate change, even when they don't agree.

Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky 7 hours ago. 18 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

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

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 11 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Donald L. Engel on June 3, 2016 at 12:03am
Comment by Ian Mason on June 2, 2016 at 10:28pm

And I'm glad that I'm European. I've said it beforeI know but this kind of debate seems so odd seen from here where a health service is a right and paid for by taxes.

Obama: were people really suprised when he turned out to have feet of clay? He was the least-bad option and turned out half-way good, for a polititian.

Comment by Qiana-Maieev on June 2, 2016 at 5:18pm

Glad I'm a Canadian.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on June 2, 2016 at 5:04pm

Ruth, I don't know enough about Obama Care to debate with you.  I know that all I hear are complaints abut it.  i never hear anything good, except from people who had preexisting conditions.  I'm sure I heard something lately where on of the providers is dropping out of the program, and I know I heard of a couple of states that are not going along with his medicaid portion of the program.

i want to make it clear that I'm glad those with pre-existing  conditions can now get insurance.  But that is the only thing good that I've heard about it.

 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on June 2, 2016 at 3:44pm

Insurance companies are the scourge of the earth. I've never heard of one of them going bankrupt.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 2, 2016 at 3:02pm

Bertold, I had trouble hearing the lyrics on that song. The optimist falling story is an old one for me.

Grinning Cat, great quote! Presiding while black, ROFL. That captures a lot.

I haven’t watched Obama’s interview yet. I had such hope for change when Obama was elected. His record with foreign aggression and energy disappointed me. He did as well as anyone could have, given the opposition, with health care and human rights. Yes he’s likeable.

Learning to drive a fork lift. Sounds like an adventure Ian.

Donald, I was surprised to hear you say Obamacare has made health care costs go up for almost every American. One does see claims like that in some mass media, but I think that's distorted coverage which favors business over the poor.

Obamacare is mainly for people and small groups who pay for their own insurance.

It does this by offering consumers discounts (known as tax credits) on government-sponsored health insurance plans, and by expanding the Medicaid assistance program to include more people who don't have it in their budgets to pay for health care.

The ACA also changed some of the rules insurance companies have to follow. For example, in the past if you had diabetes or some other preexisting medical condition, you could be turned down for insurance or your cost for coverage would be astronomical. Now you can't be turned down for any reason and the hope is that costs will be contained.

Obamacare Explained (Like You're An Idiot)

I remember when insurance companies routinely denied coverage for any condition they considered “preexisting”. I had particular claims denied on that basis when I was a young adult PA state employee. If you'd been treated for a condition under a previous insurer they used it as an excuse to deny a claim. It didn't even have to be a chronic condition, just something you had once before.

Many people who had no health insurance before Obamacare now have Medicaid. I've seen articles griping that more than half of doctors refuse to take Medicaid patients. It might not be gold-plated, but it's better than nothing. Democrats really wanted a Medicare-for-all type plan, but had to settle with Republican legislators for a plan like one proposed by Republicans in 1993 as an alternative to what Bill Clinton proposed. Now the right has nothing good to say about that negotiated outcome. Is the ACA the GOP health care plan from 1993? Do you think that if the Chafee plan had actually passed in 1993, in a GOP triumph over Clinton, that media today would be nitpicking it's every shortcoming?

This is close to my heart because my sister's family struggles with health care costs. Because she wanted to be a mom to her family on weekends, she was forced from full time work to part time. That cost her health insurance. Many employers are high-handed, making unreasonable demands if employees want to retain full time status.

Comment by Donald L. Engel on June 2, 2016 at 12:05pm

Randy,  I am retired military.  I've worked with blacks, I've worked under blacks, and I've had blacks working for me. I am not prejudiced.  With that said, Obama has wiped out years of improving race relations in the U.S.. Our military is almost decimated.  We were knocked down a rung or two in the eyes of the world when he drew a red line in the sand, and then didn't follow through wtih the threat.  I'm not saying he should have followed through, but he never should have made such a threat if he wasn't going to follow through.  Health costs have gone way up for almost every American because of his health care program.  There are a few other problems, but this is enough to get you thinking.

Is he a good man?  I think he is, but he wasn't qualified to be president.  (In my opinion.)

Comment by Grinning Cat on June 2, 2016 at 11:49am

Randy, President Obama's Q&A last night was impressive, all right! People can watch a video and/or read a transcript at the PBS Newshour page "Questions for President Obama: A Town Hall Special".

"I'm still wondering why nearly half the American public disprove of Obama."

Maybe because he's "guilty" of presidenting while black?

That could tie into some people's need to feel good about themselves by feeling superior to someone else -- self-esteem via invidious comparison -- "I'm OK, he's not OK."

Comment by Ian Mason on June 2, 2016 at 10:53am

Glad to hear that everyone is doing well under their own special circumstances. You're such good people.

I've just sorted out my future for the next 6 weeks. First, a course to learn to drive a fork-lift truck and second, 4 weeks practical experience at a builders merchant/DIY centre. That should keep me busy for part of the summer.

Comment by Randall Smith on June 2, 2016 at 7:33am

And.... "If I can't take it with me (at death), I'm not going."

President Obama was in my home state at Elkhart, IN yesterday. I watched him on PBS last night answering questions from the audience. A couple of things struck me.

The first was, when he was introduced and came on stage, nobody stood up in respect. My goodness, he's the president of the United States, agree with him or not!

Questions asked of him were good. His answers were better. He was specific and non-evasive. I tried to imagine Trump answering similar questions.

I'm still wondering why nearly half the American public disprove of Obama. In my opinion, he's been an outstanding president. His accomplishments are many and beneficial. He's likeable. I'm proud to proclaim I'm one of his biggest admirers.

 

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