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bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Compelledunbeliever yesterday. 37 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

punishing doubt (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller Sep 6. 0 Replies

If you are associated with religion and especially a fundamentalist religion, doubt is intolerable.  Certainty, however it may be achieved or imposed, becomes a necessary element, especially considering the utter dearth of any form of evidence or…Continue

Tags: religion, TheraminTrees, punish, doubt

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Idaho Spud Sep 2. 17 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 Whole Bible in 30 Seconds (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Randy Hatly Sep 2. 3 Replies

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 Aug 29. 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

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Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 4, 2014 at 1:32pm

@sk8eycat - no, you're not overreacting. I used to absolutely hate those robo-calls too, for exactly the same reason. If the scumbags can't even be bothered to have a real human talk to you, they are cordially invited to go f*ck themselves.

Comment by sk8eycat on November 4, 2014 at 12:54pm

I am seriously considering sending a letter to the Los Angeles Times to let every politician and initiative supporter/opponent know that if I get a robo-call from ANY of them, I will vote against them, or not vote at all.  I don't know if the Times will publish it, but I'm worn out from running to catch the phone (and sometimes tripping over a cat running in front of me) only to hear an impersonal recorded voice.  If they can't be bothered to talk to ME, as a live person, I can't be bothered to vote for them, or their cause(s).  I may also include the tons of begging emails I've received from candidates in other states and congressional districts...I delete them immediately, but that takes up more of my personal time.

Am I over-reacting?

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 4, 2014 at 12:28pm

Almost funny Ian, but too close to the truth to get a smile out of me.

Comment by Ian Mason on November 4, 2014 at 12:25pm

Nice cat, Mindy. Hope she settles in.

Politicians:

Comment by sk8eycat on November 4, 2014 at 11:20am

Oh, Mindy, kiss her little nose for me!  I love torties!  (And orange tabbies, black cats, and every other color of cat....)

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.

 

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