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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller 22 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 Ian Mason on October 4, 2015 at 12:58pm

Glad you found a good solution, Randy.

Welcome, Jonathan. Nice to have you here.

I've been using the mild Autumn weather for good things. Running in the woods and (when I've found the good spots) going back and picking blackberries. Now have plenty frozen ready for the Winter.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on October 4, 2015 at 11:23am

Happy weekend, everyone. 

Yes, Randy, it's been pretty gloomy and chilly lately.  My apartment temperature is down to 64-degrees, but I haven't turned on the heat.  It's not unbearably cold yet.  It's kind of nice to lounge around in my flannel pants and a sweatshirt.  I'm rehearsing my winter coziness.  

Hey, Jonathan.  You're a new face here.  Welcome!  Nice to have you with us.

Comment by Greyfax Grimwald on October 4, 2015 at 8:02am

I also still have to decide where to put my mom's ashes. I have very mixed feelings about her, but I promised I would wait at least a couple of years before deciding anything, otherwise they might have ended up flushed down the toilet. I am glad you don't seem to have any mixed or negative feelings, but that's total BS that the cemetery wanted to charge that much when - esp. when you'd be doing the work yourself.

Comment by Randall Smith on October 4, 2015 at 7:03am

Gee, where is everybody? It's been a week. 

It's another gloomy Autumn day here in Indiana. Fitting for spreading my father's ashes around the farm and at my parent's headstone. I wanted to simply dig a hole there and deposit the container of ashes. But can you believe the cemetery charges a thousand bucks to do it?! No different than the cost of a regular burial.

Comment by Randall Smith on September 27, 2015 at 7:09am

Loren, I love "Corner Pocket"! One of my faves.

Joan, interesting info.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 26, 2015 at 3:51pm

Geez, I've never heard that song before (Anytime, Anyday, Anywhere.)  Nice!  Thanks, Joan.

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 26, 2015 at 3:32pm

Comment by Joan Denoo on September 26, 2015 at 3:31pm

You guys catch my memory with those old songs. Big bands, great musicians, beautiful scores and lyrics. Lots of memories, i.e. dads gone to war, most moms working outside the home. The new sort of demand for child care, with grandparents and great-grandparents taking on that task. Food rationing, no fats or sugars. Women were learning how to drive. 

How Much things cost in 1943 Average Cost of new house $3,600.00 Average wages per year $2,000.00 Cost of a gallon of Gas15 cents Average Cost for house rent $40.00 per month Bottle Coca Cola 5 cents Average Price for a new car $900.00

Comment by Loren Miller on September 26, 2015 at 11:29am

So long as we seem to be on a big band kick, here's my fave cut from a Direct-to-Disc performance done by Harry James and his Orchestra: Corner Pocket.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on September 26, 2015 at 11:16am

Randy, the Stan Kenton Orchestra played at one of my parents' high school dances in the 1950's. Imagine that! 

 

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