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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 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 Ian Mason on July 16, 2016 at 1:27am

That's good to hear, Chris. An early discharge from hospital can not only aid recovery but also reduce the risk of 'hospital' infections.

Comment by Grinning Cat on July 15, 2016 at 4:32pm

I'm also glad to hear that Rien is doing OK!

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 15, 2016 at 3:04pm

Chris, that is good news, indeed. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on July 15, 2016 at 2:19pm

I'm glad to hear he is doing well Plinius.

Comment by Plinius on July 15, 2016 at 2:02pm

Thanks all! Rien is doing well after his six hours in hospital. After we got used to the clockwork efficiency, we both thought that it wasn't unpleasant at all.

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 15, 2016 at 12:23pm

Chris, how is your partner doing after his surgery? Was his hospital experience acceptable, even though not a pleasant thing to do? How is his recovery? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on July 15, 2016 at 12:19pm

Chris, sounds as though you are thinking things through, as usual, and coming up with a solution that works for you. I like your style! Please keep us up to date on your choices and experiences. So many changes take place around us, we need to know how health care handles the changes. I realize you are in The Netherlands and different than U.S., however, information hurts no one.

Comment by Plinius on July 15, 2016 at 11:28am

Thanks Kathy! I haven't followed or had a routine operation in a long time, so I wasn't used to the new style.

Comment by kathy: ky on July 15, 2016 at 9:43am
Chris, almost every procedure is done as you described. Even if you need additional time in hospitals insurance will rarely approve it.
Comment by Randall Smith on July 14, 2016 at 7:05am

I realize this group isn't for politics, but what the heck. 

Rachel Maddow had a good segment about Gov. Pence, recalling Indiana's other VP, the infamous Dan Quayle. Both come off as total imbeciles. It speaks volumes about Hoosiers voting these clowns into office to represent them. I'm so embarassed to say I'm from Indiana. Remember the reaction Pence (and Indiana) got a couple years back with their "you don't have to serve gays" law? Boy did they take flack and conswquently had to "fix it". I hope the media reminds America about this, and voters take heed.

 

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