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Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller 5 hours ago. 0 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

A Prayer for Our Nation (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner 6 hours ago. 2 Replies

I'm going to keep this one short and sweet.  Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has seen what is going on with the current occupant of the Oval Office, and my impression is that she is not at all happy with it.  True to her citizenship,…Continue

Tags: prayer, Donald Trump, Oval Office, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Any Babymetal Fans Here?

Started by Bruce Carroll. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 12. 5 Replies

Any Babymetal fans here besides me? I have to ask because 1) I really like Babymetal and 2) Babymetal unknowingly played a role in my journey out of religion.For those who are unfamiliar with Babymetal, here is a link to one of their most popular…Continue

Tags: Japanese Idol, Babymetal

If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?

Started by Idaho Spud. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 11. 30 Replies

Today, I heard Seth Andrews talk about the question, "If you could rid the world of one thing, what would it be?"  My first thought was religion, but after a few seconds I decided it would be irrational or anti-scientific thinking.  That would take…Continue

Tags: anti-scientific, irrational

Ignorance is Bliss: Why Religious People Seem Happier Than the 'Nones'”.

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 11. 16 Replies

“Highly Religious Volunteer More, Lie Less, and Claim to Be Happier”~ Houston Chronicle; “Strongly Religious People are Happier than Non-Religious”  ~ Christian Daily."The study determined that 40 percent of highly religious adults—defined as those…Continue

Tags: Nones, happiness, non-religiosity, religiosity, bliss

Eating Our Own: How You Can Save the Movement (David Smalley | The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Daniel W Aug 27. 11 Replies

While I've been peripherally aware of him for a while, David Smalley has not spent much time in the center of my focus when it came to scoping out atheist material on YouTube or elsewhere ... at least up until now.  His talk – Eating Our Own – came…Continue

Tags: Seth Andrews, The Thinking Atheist, Eating Our Own, David Smalley

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Comment by Idaho Spud on September 24, 2015 at 11:54am

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 24, 2015 at 1:27am

Chris, perhaps if you ever become "born again" you can pick a different birth date with a better song.  :)

Comment by Ian Mason on September 24, 2015 at 12:54am

As far as I  remember, "Goodnight Irene" was an old Leadbelly song. Is that a young Pete Seeger I see among the Weavers?

Just looked up the British no. 1 for the weekof my birth: Johnny Ray "Just Walking in the Rain". My Mum was keen on him until Engelbert Humperdink came on the scene in the 60s.

My life changed in '69. I was listening to Radio Luxemburg when they featured the Woodstock album. I heard Hendrix playing "The Star Spangled Banner" and realised that music, and the world could be different. One of those memorable moments.

Comment by Plinius on September 24, 2015 at 12:37am

Thanks for the comments! Perhaps I was never swoony-minded. My first ´real´ music was from Pink Floyd, Stones, etc. quite a far cry.

Comment by kathy: ky on September 23, 2015 at 9:19pm
Chris,l remember that song and I'm sure l only heard it once years later. I thought it was terrible, senseless and whiney too.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 23, 2015 at 8:05pm

Chris, definitely not satire. Eddie Fisher was a "heart throb" singer who's singing style was pretty typical of pre-rock 'n roll 1950's crooners. I guess that's why he made it to #1 that year! The teen girls swooned over his dreamy voice and good looks.

Comment by Plinius on September 23, 2015 at 8:39am

Thanks Carl, but I think the song is hard to understand, I'm totally out of touch with O My Papa. Is it satire, do you think? Or why the slow whining?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 23, 2015 at 7:58am

Ian, I was born in July 1964.  It was a big year in the US for the Beatles.  They had lots of #1 songs that year.  A couple of years ago I attended a screening of the film "A Hard Day's Night" at my local art-house/movie revival theater.  I have a copy of the July 1964 National Geographic Magazine.  The lead story is about the huge Easter morning earthquake in Alaska that previous Spring.

Here's a Medley of Number One Songs 1964 link.

It's from this fun website:

http://www.bobborst.com/popculture/number-one-songs-by-year/?y=1964

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 23, 2015 at 7:21am

Joan:

Bertold:

Chris:

Comment by Plinius on September 23, 2015 at 5:19am

1954 "Oh mein Papa" ... no, never heard of! 

 

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