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An AN member passed away

Started by Deidre. Last reply by Deidre Aug 18. 4 Replies

Went into the chat room last Friday night, for the first time in a while, and learned that Mequa passed away. I had been good friends with him for a time, but we had differences and stopped talking back in the spring of this year. I knew however,…Continue

A Parable by Mrs. Betty Bowers

Started by Loren Miller Aug 17. 0 Replies

Betty Bowers is becoming SO GOOD at delivering as America's Best Christian, she now does 30-second parables!  (Okay, 32 seconds!  Picky, picky!) Have You Had YOUR Betty Today?Continue

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Goodwill to Few Men (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Michael Penn Aug 16. 8 Replies

Think Goodwill Industries does well by the poor?  Fact is, they do WAY BETTER for themselves, to the point where America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, thinks they're ripping off the christian playbook a bit too well!  Have a look for yourself:…Continue

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Steven Weinberg on his anti-theism

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Loren Miller Aug 2. 4 Replies

I like the sound of Steven Weinberg's voice. He has a calming impact on me as I rush to get my home of 41 years ready to sell and plan and put into motion the new garden at my daughter's home. My home is full o empty boxed quickly filling with the…Continue

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losing faith (TheraminTrees)

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TheraminTrees has recently begun producing a new series of YouTube videos, which added to a wonderful library of earlier observations regarding his experience of religion. Good as all those pieces are, I personally think they pale against this…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2014 at 11:47pm

Carl, great comment and cartoons. You make the point very well. I especially like your statement: 

"I think it's presumptuous and elitist to hi-jack the words "America" or "American" as our own or as an identity.  I refer to my country as the United States and to myself as a U.S. citizen."

The Flying Atheist 

How does one spell, "(risque?)"? Let me take a look ... 

Oh! you spelled it correctly! 

ris·qué

adjective \ri-ˈskā\

: referring to sex in a rude and slightly shocking way.

I am so grateful for spellchecker, when it doesn't replace my word for one of its choosing. And the dictionary that is so easily accessed is my constant friend. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 8, 2014 at 11:18pm

Oh, and to those who posted the (risque?) dance video's.  Thanks.  They were all fun. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 8, 2014 at 11:17pm

Joan, I see our thinking is on the same page. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 8, 2014 at 11:12pm

I'm embarrassed at the over-zealous patriotism that pervades in the U.S.  I never refer to my country as "America."  There's a North America, a Central America and a South America.  I think it's presumptuous and elitist to hi-jack the words "America" or "American" as our own or as an identity.  I refer to my country as the United States and to myself as a U.S. citizen. 

I can understand how we linguistically morphed to the simpler and shorter "America" from the "United States of America," but I still think it's improper.  One of the problems is the fact that the use of the word "America" has been reinforced in our culture in songs we all grew up with and continue to hear over and over:  God Bless America, America the Beautiful, America (My Country 'Tis of Thee.)  And to be fair, I guess I can't leave out Leonard Bernstein's "America" from West Side Story. 

I always do get a chuckle when our patriotism is made fun of. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 8, 2014 at 11:10pm

I object t the use of the word "American" when meaning USA. Travelling in Europe, they referred to us as U.S. and that made good sense. We all knew what we were talking about. If we referred to other countries of the Americas, we used their country names, not "America". 

There is an arrogance and a sense of self-importance in using the whole hemisphere as our country. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 8, 2014 at 9:46pm

"We've got loads of jingo-jingo-jingoism!"

I honestly don't remember this kind of sh*t when I was in high school 57 years ago.  Yeah, we played the "Banner" before every football game, but we played it as fast as we could to get the damn thing over with so the game could get under way.  (I was the bass drummer, so the head majorette...one of my very best friends...and I set the tempo.) I don't recall playing anything before any other sports events.  Certainly not before track meets and swim meets....

Of course, I grew up, and still live in Southern California...we never needed to prove our patriotism to the rest of the country.  Or our faith, if any.  We just wanted to beat the other schools, if we could.  and if we couldn't, that's show biz.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 8, 2014 at 8:32pm

Patricia, thanks.  I thought so; it's embarrassing to me...so arrogant, ostentatious...whatever.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 8, 2014 at 6:06pm

I wish our musicians would play "the Star-Mangled Spanner" with that kind of brio instead of like a dirge...and I also wish there was a law against the warblers who add extra notes and drag them out when singing it at a sports event.  GAGS me!

Do other countries play their national anthems at every effing little game?  Little league soccer, or whatever?

Comment by sk8eycat on March 8, 2014 at 12:11am

Oh, that's WILD!  Almost a "Depends Moment""!

Comment by sk8eycat on March 7, 2014 at 10:43pm

Okayyyy...this is from "Steam Bath" produced by Hollywood Television Theatre, at KCET, my alma mater.  (Or one of them.)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ESDwlXua9dU

They ran this every night for a week, and I watched each broadcast.  (Wasn't Bill Bixby handsome?)

 

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