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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S on Thursday. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

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

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 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

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Ian Mason on January 2, 2015 at 12:55am

Ah, Paris. I haven't been there since a dismal February in 1981. One of the places I must re-visit. It looks so nice in the sunshine. Thanks.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 2, 2015 at 12:53am

Yes, Kathy, it's been pretty chilly here the past few days.  It has warmed up to 26 right now.  Yesterday was in the teens and windy.  One of those "raw" winter days. 

I've basically been a hermit and stayed in the warmth of my apartment.  Of course, I'm recovering from the flu.  It hit me bad for about two days but then I was feeling better by leaps and bounds every day.  It's obvious that getting a flu shot has dramatically affected the length and severity.  I'm glad for that!

Well, folks.  We all appear to have survived the big holiday season.  Hopefully we can relax and enjoy some needed down time.  Let's see........what's next?  Oh, yeah, Easter!  LOL       

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 1, 2015 at 11:11pm

Carl, that sounds so ... special. What a way to get an introduction to a city. I have never been to Paris, although I did do some research in rural towns very close. I talked to women about their lives, personal and professional then compared and contrasted their lives with women's lives in other countries. 

Comment by tom sarbeck on January 1, 2015 at 11:03pm

Joan, I liked the clip.

Visiting France would be fun if spoken French and written French weren't at war with each other.

Comment by k.h. ky on January 1, 2015 at 10:49pm
FA, cold up there? My gson is on a layover and is freezing. Lol
Comment by The Flying Atheist on January 1, 2015 at 8:48pm

That's a great video, Joan.  I've been to Paris only once.  What a stunningly beautiful city.  And Woody Allen is a master at showcasing the visual beauty of urban living.  Just look at his images of New York in his countless films.  And then to watch them with the classiest of classy jazz playing in the background.  I will always remember my first face-to-face sight of Paris.  Arriving underground on the subway, proceeding up the escalator to the sidewalk and emerging into the sunlight across the street from the Arc de Triomphe. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on January 1, 2015 at 8:07pm

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 1, 2015 at 11:52am

I like the undersea rescue float, especially the purple octopus.

Comment by Idaho Spud on January 1, 2015 at 11:44am

I decided to watch some of the Rose Parade after you reminded me Mindy.  Thought the balloons coming out of the hippos mouth was neat.  I guess they are representing bubbles.

The gardening float was good also.

Comment by Randall Smith on January 1, 2015 at 10:41am

Too far out to keep to myself: This morning, I looked at my watch at exactly eleven minutes and eleven seconds after eleven o'clock. That made is 11:11'11", 1/1/'15!  Gee, I wish I'd done it 4 years ago. (and there's a comment from Spud "11 minutes ago")

 

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