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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 June 14, 2015 at 8:43pm

OK, here's my fantasy for the future.  Bernie Sanders wins the presidential election along with Elizabeth Warren as Vice President.  He serves fours years and decides not to run again.  Elizabeth Warren then runs for President and ends up serving two terms.  That's my dream.  (Oh, and during that time Antonin Scalia "meets his maker.")

Comment by Ian Mason on June 14, 2015 at 8:35pm

Doing our best.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 14, 2015 at 8:33pm

Joan, I think Bernie Sanders has style and compassion enough to run the Oval Office; I just worry about his age, and the fact that he represents such a small state.  He has about a year to make himself known to those who don't follow politics as closely as I do....I've been getting his newsletters and speeches for several years now (since the "Citizens United" fiasco began, at least), and he's a brilliant, tough old bird who doesn't take any BS from anyone.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 7:49pm

Felaine, I don't know if it is frost or fire that will get us off this planet, I just know the weather is very erratic and if I want to flourish, I need to be ready for whatever weather comes at me. 

Some of my plants freeze out, some burn up. Well, there are things I can do to protect the plants from both if I am lucky and don't have too much cold or hot. Oh! I didn't mention the wind! 

What is, is! Be realistic about reality and deal with it the best way we can. We can die frustrated, angry, sad, afraid, or face it with full recognition of the challenges and know we gave our very best. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 7:41pm

Carl, that trip to the Field Museum of Natural History must have been a memorable experience. I only saw photos and felt great sadness for the plight of all those people and creatures. 

I like this fellow, Gutierrez. He is the kind of politician that gets things done. Wish we had a POTUS candidate who possessed his style. 

Comment by sk8eycat on June 14, 2015 at 6:25pm

Luis Gutierrez is a dynamite speaker!  The people in his strangely gerrymandered district must be proud of him.

(And I hadn't heard a genuine Chicago accent since I left Holiday....what memories!  Thank you.)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 14, 2015 at 5:32pm

Joan, I'm sure Luis Gutierrez has been called worse.  LOL

When I was in high school we took a trip to the Field Museum of Natural History here in Chicago.  It was hosting a traveling exhibit about Pompeii and had quite a few off the plaster casts on display of the people in the positions in which they died.  Poignant figures of people huddled together and others in agonizing positions in the throes of death.  Yes, very haunting images that I still remember today.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 4:55pm

Sorry, my computer labeled the dog of Pompeii as Luis Gutierrez. There is the gremlin in the machine again. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 14, 2015 at 4:43pm

Ian, I find little interest in modern music and when I happened onto Sting I find I like his haunting voice.  

Chris, you have more sophistication in music than I. I will have to do a little hunting for Dowland. Can you suggest one or two that you like of his work? 

Carl, I detest when politicos us Saul Alinsky tactics against my issues and am very proud when politicians use the same tactics in favor of what I want. I guess one can say I am a hypocrite. Thanks for pointing out the virtues of Luis Gutierrez. I respect his position on police and teenagers. He is correct, of course. 

Ian, the 'CAVE CANEM' reflects the art of Pompeii that only recently has become known. There is an image from my childhood of the dog of Pompeii that haunts me still. It seems this dog suffocated in the ash of the eruption. 

Luis Gutierrez

Comment by Ian Mason on June 14, 2015 at 4:07pm

The 'CAVE CANEM' is a mosaic from Pompeii. 'Beware of the dog' in Latin.

 

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