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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 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 Joan Denoo on November 13, 2014 at 8:23pm

An interesting man, Thomas Hood, who seemed to have seen and felt the misery of the working poor. For example 

The Song of the Shirt (1843)

  • With fingers weary and worn,
    With eyelids heavy and red,
    A woman sat, in unwomanly rags,
    Plying her needle and thread—
    Stitch! stitch! stitch!
    In poverty, hunger, and dirt,
    And still with a voice of dolorous pitch
    She sang the “Song of the Shirt.”
    • St. 1.
  • Sewing at once a double thread,
    A shroud as well as a shirt.
  • No blessed leisure for love or hope,
    But only time for grief.
  • My tears must stop, for every drop
    Hinders needle and thread.
  • Work! work! work!
    While the cock is crowing aloof!
    And work—work—work,
    Till the stars shine through the roof!
    • St. 2.
  • Oh, Men, with Sisters dear!
    Oh, Men, with Mothers and Wives!
    It is not linen you're wearing out,
    But human creatures' lives!
    • St. 4.
  • Oh, God! that bread should be so dear,
    And flesh and blood so cheap!
    • St. 5.
Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 13, 2014 at 5:01pm

The actual title is November, with an alternate title No! It was composed in London in 1844.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 13, 2014 at 4:53pm

OK Bertold, I will credit Thomas Hood. This is what I have written to post with your approval: 

No sun - no moon!

No morn - no noon -

No dawn - no dusk - no proper time of day.

No warmth, no cheerfulness, no healthful ease,

No comfortable feel in any member -

No shade, no shine, no butterflies, no bees,

No fruits, no flowers, no leaves, no birds! -

November!

~ A little something by Thomas Hood:

Thanks to Bertold Brautigan 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 13, 2014 at 4:04pm

@Joan - but be sure to credit Thomas Hood, the creator!

Comment by sk8eycat on November 13, 2014 at 3:31pm

Joan, we haven't really improved much since LBJ signed the Civil Rights Act in the '60s.  And most of the TP agitation is still about skin color....they have only added women's rights to their "enemies list."

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 13, 2014 at 3:20pm

@ Joan - sure, glad you liked it.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 13, 2014 at 3:16pm

Felaine, what a remarkable story. I hated driving the souther tier of the US because of all the signs, "Whites Only", "Blacks enter in back". Defacto slavery still existed and the whole nation suffers from it.  

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 13, 2014 at 3:13pm

Patricia, I suppose I should smear that sunscreen on as well, but at my age, I don't worry much anymore.  I keep buying the stuff, but never put it on.  Who says I'm always rational?

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 13, 2014 at 3:08pm

Bertold, your November poem is a keeper! I'm passing it on. May I attribute it to you on Facebook and Twitter? 

Comment by sk8eycat on November 13, 2014 at 3:01pm

Dear Spud, you DO remember segregation, don't you? 

When I was touring with HOI, we played a LOT of cities in the South, and some of the "jumps" from town to town were at night after a performance via Greyhound, or some other bus company.

In 1957 one of the other girls had picked up a dark tan in Mexico and Cuba (That was the last year the show played Havana), and she was still quite tan 3 months later when we were playing Tennessee, Alabama, and Georgia.  I've forgotten which town we were leaving (those towns were ghastly and very forgettable), but one of the bus drivers refused to let her get back on on the bus after a "rest stop."  At all.  He was screaming the "n-word" at her.  We had to sit around for hours, in the middle of the night, while phone calls were made to Atlanta, New York, and Minneapolis.  I don't know who said what to whom, but we finally got another driver for that bus; I don't know if the driver was fired by the company or what. (He should have been!)

It's totally irrelevant, but Judy was a blonde, of Scandinavian ancestry, but to that ignorant redneck driver she was unfit to ride in his company's bus because she had a tendency to tan.

In the '50s tanning was a BIG deal for young (and not so young) women.  There was no such thing as sunscreen; we just used baby oil, and baked ourselves at the beach, or by a pool.  And I do have "age spots," and scaly spots all over myself.  I have also had several very dark moles removed in the past...none were malignant.

*YAWN*

 

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