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Alexa for Evangelicals! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Patricia Oct 9. 1 Reply

Never let it be said that Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is anything less than up to date with the state of the art as it comes to the modern household.  However, as a discriminating conservative Christian, Betty would never tolerate…Continue

Tags: digital assistant, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

New Rule: Church and Destroy (Real Time with Bill Maher - HBO)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Sep 30. 6 Replies

Bill Maher is an atheist [whoa, shock and amazement!].  He is also a dedicated opponent of Donald Trump and anyone who would support the man or his goals ... and that includes ol' Yahweh, himself!  As it turns out, there is a substantial correlation…Continue

Tags: Stalin, Mao, Hitler, New Rules, Donald Trump

concealing abuse (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 23. 3 Replies

We think of institutionalized child abuse and for many of us, the natural reaction is to think of the Catholic Church. Certainly, their guilt is beyond question, even as the headlines of the Boston Globe early in 2002 and the more recent news…Continue

Tags: Children of God, Jehovah's Witnesses, David Berg, child abuse, TheraminTrees

Liberal Redneck - Climate Change the Game (Trae Crowder)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Sep 20. 2 Replies

Trae Crowder isn't just about atheism.  He has a deep and abiding concern about what's going on with this planet's climate and the all-too-probable catastrophe we face from a fundamental change in weather patterns.  That said, Trae is thinking about…Continue

Tags: climate change, Al Gore, Trae Crowder

Men who challenge men to stop violence

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Grinning Cat Aug 27. 20 Replies

Many men join in the effort to reduce violence against women and children and other men. He speaks of the need to place responsibility on men instead of focusing on women to stop violence. He offers a breath of fresh air, as do so many of the men on…Continue

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2015 at 11:20am
Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2015 at 9:18am

By the way, to avoid confusion, there is a Turkish documentary from 2008 with the same title name. 

I hope everyone had a good weekend.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2015 at 9:15am

I watched a wonderful documentary yesterday and wanted to pass along my recommendation so you could enjoy it as well.  It's "On the Way To School," a French film from 2013.  It's the story of four children from four different countries, and the struggles and obstacles they endure just to get to school.  It's very inspirational, and at times quite moving.  I streamed it on Netflix, but I know it's available from other sources, too.  Here's the trailer.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 23, 2015 at 1:35pm

I'm not a huge Dean Martin fan either, but I really liked the video.  Some really great movies represented. 

However, I always liked the "Dean Martin Roasts."  They always had a great line-up of stars.  You couldn't go wrong with Phyllis Diller, Flip Wilson or Foster Brooks.     

Comment by Randall Smith on August 23, 2015 at 7:42am

Sorry, Carl, but two seconds of Dean Martin is my limit. I did watch the video, however. Fun.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 21, 2015 at 9:13am

Excellent, Loren! 

And here's one to enjoy after the caffeine has kicked in.

Comment by Loren Miller on August 21, 2015 at 7:52am

Randall, most of the time when pianists appear as soloists, at least to my experience with The Cleveland Orchestra (I have a six-concert subscription), they play from memory as well.  Worth note: most works for piano and orchestra run a LOT longer, too!

Comment by Randall Smith on August 21, 2015 at 7:35am

Great! And they're playing by memory--no music! 

Comment by Loren Miller on August 21, 2015 at 7:04am

So ... it's Friday morning and the coffee hasn't kicked in yet?  Give THIS a try!

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 20, 2015 at 8:45am

Nice looking house Randy.  Is that a lightning rod on top, and one further down?

I've never been afraid of heights unless there was clear and present danger.  Even then, I usually keep my head and get down safely. 

Related to heights, the stupidest thing I did was decide to shovel snow off the church roof when I was church custodian.  It was higher than your house and my ladder just barely reached the start of the roof using a steep angle.  Getting on and off the roof was quite frightening, but I didn't fall, and at least I had a rope that I tied to me and the chimney once I was on top, so that I wouldn't slip on the snow.  Never did anything nearly that stupid again.

I've never had a huge panic attack, but I've had one or two mild ones related to social situations.

 

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