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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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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller yesterday. 0 Replies

The following showed up in my YouTube feed this morning, and I decided to have a look.  Turns out, the New York Times has given us a reasonably even-handed look at a good friend of ours, being one Jerry DeWitt, former bible-thumper and now a pretty…Continue

Tags: Bible Belt, atheist, Jerry DeWitt

How would you respond?

Started by Christina Scribner. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 10. 5 Replies

So, this morning, I was at my local coffee shop as I am most weekdays between bus runs. I do the editing on my husband's books so I had my laptop with me. My wallpaper is a picture I found online sometime back of a double helix with the word atheist…Continue

The Fake Christian Busybody Show (Andrew Bradley)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Apr 9. 1 Reply

It seems as though there was a Gay Pride parade in some town somewhere and a Christian commentator, herein known as The Activist Mommy, apparently got her panties so in a bunch about it that she had to fire up her video camera and record a…Continue

Tags: gay, pride, The Activist Mommy, Andrew Bradley, America's Best Christian

America Held Hostage: Day 436 (MisterDeity)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Apr 9. 1 Reply

Now that Sinclair Broadcasting has stated their position regarding fake news and its threat to our democracy, Mister Deity's Brian Dalton has decided to throw his $0.02 worth in as well ... though I don't quite think his presentation was really what…Continue

Tags: fake news, Deity, Mister, Broadcasting, Sinclair

Guns: Both Sides Now (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Christina Scribner Apr 3. 3 Replies

Oh, NO!  The gun debate has gotten so heated that it has Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, TALKING TO HERSELF!  Apparently, one of her has had a stroke or a serious breakdown in cognitive skills, as she does little more than parrot the NRA's…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

how dogma pollutes discourse (qualiasoup & theramintrees)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 3. 0 Replies

"The Lord is our God; the Lord is One." "I am the Way, the Truth, and the Life; no one comes to the Father, but by Me." "There is no god but Allah, and Mohamed is his prophet." Assertions, taught as fact, but without any form of corroborative…Continue

Tags: dogma, QualiaSoup, TheraminTrees

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Comment by Plinius on September 3, 2016 at 8:37am

Then you'd better organize a fixed point in your day for a short contact so someone can press alarm buttons when you don't react.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 3, 2016 at 7:01am

I recently read about a woman who had died in her home in Michigan, but found 5 years after the fact! She had no family or friends evidently. Neighbors mowed her lawn (thinking she was job-related traveling). All her bills and deposits were done automatically. She was not missed.

I was thinking that could be me--maybe not for 5 years, but several months. In the winter, I often hunker down and could possibly disappear from radar. If I slipped in the bathtub and went into a coma, who would know? How long would it take to be discovered? Fortunately, I have a sister and daughter nearby that might wonder where I was. But, it is a concern for me.

I was thinking of Luara and Steph as well as Pat.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 2, 2016 at 7:48am

Carl, that video was fun--very entertaining! Jimmy was quite talented.

Joan, in my genealogy work, tracing Smith ancestors has been a real challenge. Since my 3rd great grandfather came from Germany, I'm thinking he may have been a Schmidt (sp?) of some sort. He's where the line ends.

Comment by Plinius on September 2, 2016 at 2:40am

First vowel in your name then. I don't know how to use phonetics here, but finding similar sounds works too.

Comment by Plinius on September 2, 2016 at 1:50am

Joan, I went back to teaching a fortnight ago, and I must take some rest in between. 'Rien' is a one syllable name with the short vowel from 'me'.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 2, 2016 at 12:15am

Chris, how do you pronounce "Rien"?

Will your classes start again soon? Is it that getting ready time? Hopefully, you will have time to rest before the new semester. 

Randy, my son, Craig Smith, named one of his sons John Smith. Oh! are the genealogists going to have a time finding that one!

Carl, Jimmy Durante had a style all his own. He was well paired with Eddie Jackson. 

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.

 

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