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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller 9 hours ago. 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 Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 25, 2016 at 10:28pm

Sorry to hear about the awful storm and its damage to your kids property, Randall.

Thanks for your physical therapy update, Flying Atheist. The parade was not in your cards.

I haven't been here as much as I'd like. Struggling for over a month to get used to sleeping with a CPAP. <sigh><bags under eyes> I read that most people only take a week or two.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 25, 2016 at 10:04pm

Hello to all.  I hope you're having a good weekend.  Not much new here.  Just doing my twice-weekly physical therapy and going to intermittent doctor appointments.  The physical therapy is definitely helping to give me strength and more confidence in walking and moving about.

Chicago's gay pride parade is tomorrow, Sunday, and I really felt a strong need to attend because of the horrific massacre in Orlando.  But I realize I can't physically stand for hours and hours, especially in the hot sun.  It would also be extremely difficult to navigate through such a large crowd because of the high risk of falling.  One million or more people are expected to be there.  It's a huge parade that is at least three hours long.  Perhaps I should just be sitting on top of a float in the parade!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 25, 2016 at 9:04pm

Randy, sorry to hear about all the weather problems you and your family are going through.  The flooding of farmland and the loss of buildings and so many trees is devastating. 

Comment by kathy: ky on June 24, 2016 at 12:23pm
Randall, sorry to hear that. Weather reports were running on the TV last night predicting your area would be hit hard. By the time it arrived here after midnight we only had a small amount of thunder and almost no rain.
Comment by Plinius on June 24, 2016 at 10:44am

That's bad Randall, a pity about the trees and I do hope the greenhouses were insured!

Comment by Randall Smith on June 24, 2016 at 6:38am

Things got even worse on the farm after a storm with 100+mph winds blew through. My kids "lost" two greenhouses with damage to others. And I (we) lost at least 30 nice trees, some 3 feet in diameter, in the 7 acre woods. I walked through it, scrambling over and around downed maples, buckeyes, oaks, etc. It was devastated, as was I. It'll take time to recover.

Comment by Plinius on June 23, 2016 at 1:21am

Beautiful viseo, Joan, thanks. I have been watching  "Last chance to see" this week, so beautiful, and it leaves me a little hope for the furure.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2016 at 2:30pm

Ian, a forklift driver has good attributes: you can push things around and bring order out of chaos. I hope you like your new skills and enjoy the people with whom you work.

 I found a film that relaxes as it intrigues me. I turned the volume way down to the lowest decibel to add to my enjoyment: 

Noctilucent Clouds and Aurora Over Scotland

Comment by Ian Mason on June 22, 2016 at 2:09pm

Good luck with the wine, Randy. One of the few things I miss by being sober is the fun of making my own wine.

That's a great video, Joan. We can only hope that those threatened, peaceful creatures are allowed to survive and multiply.

I've recently taken my 'driving licence' for fork-lift trucks and am now doing a 4-week practical session at a builders merchant/lumber yard. It's state-payed and I'm not the only one. This is what's happened to all the basic labouring jobs here: there all being done by unemployed, immigrants and refugees on government schemes. The tax payers are subsidising capitalism.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 22, 2016 at 12:54pm

Our strange weather is cool, windy, wet then dry for long spells. 

My neighbor to my east salvaged the wood from the fallen-down fence and is rebuilding it a little shorter. We took out all the ivy, which he calls, "rat homes", meaning squirrels and mice. My plan is to plan raspberries along that fence. Since he hated the ivy, I checked with him if raspberries were OK. I reminded him that raspberries will mosey over to his side of the fence. He gave his approval. 

I now have the east, south, and west fences replaced and the only things that get back there are skunks, raccoons, and cats. 

I enjoy learning of your raspberry wine, Randy. A nice way to get your daily fruit portion. 

How are you doing, Carl? I think about you often as I go about my daily life. Your recovery amazes me. Dawn, my neighbor across the street, still works as hard as before her heart transplant 20-some years ago. She said she doesn't have as much "breath" as she used to, and she is grateful to have breath at all. 

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