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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 Loren Miller on September 28, 2014 at 10:46am

My wife and I went to her high school reunion last night, and in the process of that event, I managed to catch this:

Comment by sk8eycat on September 26, 2014 at 12:05pm

Mindy, call the vet NOW!  (If you haven't already.)  Did she check his mouth, teeth, and throat when you took him in for the exam earlier this week? 

This is sounding seriouser and seriouser.....

Comment by Plinius on September 26, 2014 at 3:29am

Thinking of you and Dale, Mindy

Comment by sk8eycat on September 25, 2014 at 10:07pm

I will be thinking kind thoughts, and hoping it's treatable. 

Comment by sk8eycat on September 25, 2014 at 8:27pm

IMO you have to do everything you can to help Dale.  13 1/2 is quite young for a cat these days, so you so need to find out what the problem is, IF it can be treated, and go from there.  Find out if he needs a special diet, etc. 

I wish I could afford to give my cats raw meat...I mean, they did NOT evolve in the wild eating kibble.  BUT Pumpkin and Black Beauty both grew up in catteries, and won't even taste raw chicken, they just sniff it and then try to cover it up.  I am NOT going to go out hunting for lizards and rodents for them....

(I used to have a tortie who tried to help with the grocery expenses; she'd go outside, kill a rodent, and leave the body by the kitchen door.  Freaked my sister out, but I just praised her, and told her what a mighty hunter she was.  She seemed to understand.

I don't let my cats go outside at all anymore, too many hungry coyotes roaming around....

Comment by Ian Mason on September 25, 2014 at 2:01pm

My sympathies, Mindy. I hope the tests give some clarity. 

Comment by Grinning Cat on September 25, 2014 at 1:35pm

Hugs to you, Mindy, and scritches to Dale if he'll have them... you're doing what you can so he'll have the best quality of life possible.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 25, 2014 at 12:54pm

Mindy, of course you want to know what the problems are and the prognosis! It will depend on Dale's age and comfort level in order to make decisions. 
I am so very, very, grateful for the diagnostic work that can be done on animals and humans. 
How is Dale acting at home now? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 24, 2014 at 10:58pm

Spud, your cartoon is so sweet. 

And another for Dale. 

Comment by k.h. ky on September 24, 2014 at 12:47pm
Poor Dale. Maybe it's time Mindy. Sam, my eight year old rottweiler mix, hasn't been feeling well the past few days. I think these cold nights are hurting him already. He loves to ride in the car. I think I'm going to take him for a last ride to the vet. I won't have him going down hard. Blind, sick, and in pain like my last two did. Now I've got to get the courage to take him before he does get ill.
 

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