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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 6, 2014 at 5:43pm

Randy, I enjoy your writings about your family gathering. The food you describe sounds so good. I have probably had a persimmon, but I don't remember it. I will have to go on a hunt to get one. I await your description of your family's activities and hope your health doesn't dull the edges for you. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 6, 2014 at 3:52pm

If you wondered where I've been the past month, we tried to getr a solar panel installation for back up power. <sigh>

I made the mistake of buying a system really meant for a remote cabin, not a suburban townhouse. We tried to get a solar contractor to install it, and an electrician, and finally the electrician recommended personally by the seller. None would install it. They all said, "Send it back."

Tomorrow FedEx is supposed to pick up the boxed generator, batteries, and solar panels for return to the seller. We lost over $100 in various fees, plus tons of time, energy, and stress.

We then looked into gasoline generators. Totally wrong for someone with a microscopic yard, and no place to safely store either the generator or spare gas. <sigh> We're too far from gas lines. Finally we've given up on getting emergency power.

Just spent my entire day boxing the damned system up, setting up a Fed Ex account and getting mailing labels. Naturally I forgot one wire, which I'll have to mail separately.

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Anybody have positive experience with back up power?

Comment by Grinning Cat on November 6, 2014 at 3:09pm

So do I, Carl!

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 6, 2014 at 2:39pm

Carl - I also want to wish you luck tomorrow!

Comment by Pat on November 6, 2014 at 2:29pm

@Carl. Good luck on the appointment tomorrow. If it's any source of comfort, my daughter was the victim of a hit and run in Chicago about 6 years ago, and her leg was broken in about 4 places. She went to Northwestern, and to this day, walks and runs without a limp, and bicycles about 15 miles a day. The care she received was absolutely excellent.

@Randall. Persimmon pudding sounds mighty tasty. Sorry about the cold, but persimmons are high in anti-oxidants; especially vitamin C. You may be multi-tasking. Enjoying great food while at the same treating the symptoms. Enjoy the time with your family.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 6, 2014 at 11:17am

Glad to hear that Charlie is adapting and having fun.

Comment by Joan Denoo on November 6, 2014 at 11:13am

Carl, my thoughts remain with you as you prepare for tomorrows appointment at Northwestern Memorial Hospital in Chicago. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 6, 2014 at 9:30am

Randy, I can tell through your writing how excited you are to have your family with you.  Enjoy your time together and all the great food. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on November 6, 2014 at 9:04am

Enjoy the festivities, Randall. The persimmon pudding sounds fantastic!

Comment by Randall Smith on November 6, 2014 at 9:01am

Boy, ain't THAT the truth, Mindy!

I'm late on the computer this morning for two reasons. One, I couldn't get connected to the internet. And wouldn't you know it, the minute I began talking to the tech man, it came on! Second, I was making persimmon pudding and scalloped corn for our family gathering (early T-giving) today at my house.

I'll have all four of my children and their children (and spouses minus one), plus my two sisters (twins) and my 96 yr old father. Since my dad wouldn't come if my ex-wife was here, the kids told her to stay home (and mope)! Yeah! I invited her just to be nice, but the children wanted their grandfather to come.

And wouldn't you know it (#2), I'm coming down with a cold. Rats. Still, we'll have a good time--and good food!

 

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