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The Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 3 hours ago. 1 Reply

Ever decide that you wanted to read the whole bible, cover to cover, only to realize half-way through Deuteronomy that the darn thing is industrial-strength BORING?!?  Well, never fear!  America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, has done the Cliff's…Continue

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

Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G 20 hours ago. 22 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 on Thursday. 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 Aug 21. 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

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 4, 2014 at 11:03am

Nice, GC. That is pure, unadulterated truth.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 4, 2014 at 10:57am

The Republicans are indeed masters of convincing people to vote against their own best interests! VOTING REPUBLICAN - Working man: "I vote Republican to keep Foreigners, Minorities, Women, Socialist, Gays, and Liberals from ruining my life." Fat cat, pointing and laughing at him: "I vote Republican to keep this moron from realizing I'm the only one ruining his life."

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 4, 2014 at 10:11am

Mindy, I LOVE Charlie.  What a cutie.  She's a very fortunate kitty to be moving into such a loving home. 

I'm going to finish my coffee, take a shower and then go vote.  I'm prepared for the worst of outcomes (Republican victories) but there have been some glimmers of hope in the past week that upsets may occur in several national races.  I can only wait and see. 

What really gets under my skin is that so many of these far-right candidates are so divorced from reality, yet so many dumb-ass people vote for them and put them in office. 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 4, 2014 at 10:05am

Postscript: I also got tired of SUVs full of kids from other neighborhoods coming around for more goodies....and I noticed this year that more than half of our neighbors  also don't turn on their porch lights..

Comment by sk8eycat on November 4, 2014 at 10:01am

I stoped handing out Trick-or-treat candy about 10 years ago, when very few children (or even grandchildren) lived in our neighborhood, and my back would not tolerate bending over to drop stuff in pillowcases and plastic pumpkins.  Once I stopped doing that, my JW sister decided it was "safe" for her to stay in the house on Oct. 31, instead of sitting in the farthest corner of the back yard and freezing her ass off.

Witlesses are so weird....what's the harm of little kids dressing up like ballerinas, cowboys, or even sheet-covered "ghosts"?

I used to love Halloween, but the people who started the rumors and fears about "tainted treats" ruined it for everyone.  Before I stopped handing out treats altogether, I went from homemade cookies (which people stopped accepting) to wrapped candies without chocolate just because everything chocolate gets boring after a while.

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 4, 2014 at 8:56am

Also, it's far from a sure thing that Republicans might take the Senate:

Expect the Unexpected: 5 U.S. Senate Races Where the National Media Is Probably Misreading Polls

If you live in [Iowa, Colorado, Georgia, Louisiana, or North Carolina], your vote really counts.

http://www.alternet.org/election-2014/expect-unexpected-5-us-senate...

(h/t Bertold Brautigan)

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 4, 2014 at 8:51am

For folks in the US today:

Make sure this is at the TOP of your to-do list on November 4: VOTE (NARAL Pro-Choice America)Your Vote Matters. Elections can be won or lost by narrow margins. Your vote can make all the difference. (Examples of elections decided by 291, 312, 567, and 2,371 votes) (NARAL Pro-Choice America)

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 4, 2014 at 8:48am

Mindy, the "two sides to an argument" graphic is a keeper; thanks! And it's great that Charlie is getting a wonderful home!

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 4, 2014 at 8:24am

Cute kitten.  She looks wary, but I'm sure you'll give her a good home.

Comment by Plinius on November 4, 2014 at 8:20am

Congrats Mindy! Happy days for Charlie and you!

 

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