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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller on Thursday. 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 The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2015 at 11:17am
I'm really happy to know that you're getting your vision back, Kathy.
Comment by kathy: ky on November 6, 2015 at 9:48am
I'll be able to see the birds again!!
Big bonus.
Comment by kathy: ky on November 6, 2015 at 9:47am
Ky set a record nighttime high at 68°. It was 80° yesterday. I'm ready for cooler temps. Just a little cooler. Low sixties would be nice
Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2015 at 9:09am

I grew up in a household with two parents who were birdwatchers and who kept lists of birds seen in our backyard.  Their bird books are well worn and still used today.  You may be surprised at the vast array of birds there are in a major urban setting, especially during migration times. When I was a kid I could identify many birds myself, but like most things if you don't continue to use "it" you lose "it", which is were I am today.  

I also have to say that one of the benefits of back yard bird watching is the added joy of watching squirrels.  Yes, those cute rats with the fluffy tails are very comical and can provide outright laughter at times.    

Comment by Randall Smith on November 6, 2015 at 7:22am

What, no bird book, Joan?! You gotta get one. I use mine (and trees) all the time. The Sandhill cranes should be flying overhead to their winter homes pretty soon. Love that sight and sounds.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2015 at 12:03am

I woke up this morning to snowflakes as big as quarters that quickly covered the forest and ground. Jared left for work when it was 21 degrees F, or -6 C according to my handy gadget. I bundled up to get to the greenhouse and found it quite pleasant, altho I forgot to look at the temperatures while there. I won't be filling birdfeeders when it is this cold. I just scattered bird seeds around under the big red fir outside my window. A new bird flock arrived today. I still don't have a bird book. The one I have in Spokane is for Texas birds. It remained cold all day and I sat and read for a big part of the day. The snow was all gone when I went out to gather salad greens at about 5:00 PM.  

I tell Dominic I am going to the greenhouse and he leads me there, or I tell him I am headed for the tool shed and he leads me there. 

I wonder what our new normal will turn out to be, if there ever is a normal season again. Spokane had a snifter of snow this morning that didn't stick, according to Cary. 

Comment by Loren Miller on November 5, 2015 at 1:02pm

Oh, CLASSIC cut, Pat.  Always liked Spirit, myself.  They were a fun band!

Comment by Pat on November 5, 2015 at 12:37pm

22 °C, or 72 °F here at the confluence of the Ohio and Mississippi Rivers. Like Cleveland, that's unusual for this area at this time of the year. It's normally around 11 °C cooler or 22 °F cooler than it is today. While I'm enjoying it, in the back of my mind, I keep hearing that song from the 60's group "Spirit." Natures Way

Comment by Plinius on November 5, 2015 at 11:21am

Here it's about 4 °C warmer than usual...

Comment by Loren Miller on November 5, 2015 at 10:58am

77° F here in Cleveland, which is CRAZY for this time of year.  I think come next week the other shoe will drop and the temps will fall into something more normal.

 

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