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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S on Thursday. 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 Plinius on August 24, 2014 at 12:14pm

weather forecast - I found this on a BBCsite

http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/paulhudson/posts/How-will-this-years-pre...

We don't expect long cold winters, Joan, those were 300 years ago. Our winters are mostly wet and cool, due to the main wind from the West. Nobody is surprised if there is no snow and only a bit of frost in the nights. But we might also get weeks of frost and snow when the wind turns East.

This summer we had a month of dry heat - wind from the East - and a cool wet month when the wind turned West.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 24, 2014 at 11:04am

I've been trying to catch up with things but haven't succeeded so I hope everyone is doing well.

Sorry to hear  about the lost crops, Randy. So much hard work and good food gone :-(

Carl, that is a stylish t-shirt. I think I would buy one if I saw one.

I think I might change my profile pic, if I can remember how. The new Doctor has a lined face and grey hair!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 24, 2014 at 10:20am

Randy, sorry to hear about the disastrous weather conditions that hit your family.  I heard that central Illinois and Indiana got hit especially bad.  I like your new avatar.  Looks like you're sitting in front of one of those old pull-lever voting booths that had royal blue curtains.  lol 

Joan, your zucchini meal sounds absolutely delicious.  Yumm.

Mindy, I know there are ice bucket videos floating around everywhere on the internet.  I just haven't watched any yet.  I did read a news article about very conservative christians that are asking there members NOT to participate in the challenge because the ALS foundation supports stem-cell research.  Can you F'n believe that?!  Those people are stupid beyond belief and for their own good.   

I just checked to see how long I've been on A|N.  I joined in January of 2011.  Only 3-1/2 years ago.  Seems I've been here much longer than that.  Everyone here feels like old friends to me. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2014 at 9:38am

Chris, do you have a forecast for the coming winter? If I remember correctly, your part of the Earth has long, cold winters that create extraordinary tulips and other crops. 

Spud, thanks for that fun and the funny hug! I feel it! I won't go for the free hugs, either. I looking forward to your watermelon reports. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2014 at 9:34am

Randy, isn't it fun to see the world through the eyes of a child! And with the old tractors the cars and especially the ice cream. Life does not get any sweeter. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2014 at 9:30am

Carl, I cooked bacon on my grill skillet and then put sliced zucchini on the grill after pouring off the excess grease. I cooked them slowly until they had nice grill marks on both sides and the skin was tender. I toasted some garlic bread after the zucchini, and made a zucchini sandwich out of one of the slices and just ate the others by themselves. Lightly salted, nicely browned, with a sprinkling of pine nuts , they make a very tasty vegetable. 

Your  tuxedo T-shirt has real class. 

I agree, summer is moving far too fast. We had a few days in the high 90s but that was in July. Usually August is our miserable month for a long stretch of near 100 degrees. We only had one day over 100 degrees so far. The summer isn't over yet and so I am prepared for some surprises. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 24, 2014 at 9:21am

Randy, your news of your family's crop being washed away or drowned is terrible. Farming families can't take that kind of hit, economically and I imagine it hits their spirits as well. 

Our storms have been bad this summer, but not nearly as bad as your area. Our forecasts for winter will be hard on native plants. We are not used to warm, wet winters. Normal is a long winter with cold weather throughout the entire season. The last couple of years we have warm spells that often causes plants to break dormancy, and then they freeze with the next cold snap. Last year was terrible for that. Lilacs and tulips don't like those growing conditions, nor do the fruit trees and shrubs. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2014 at 7:57am

But I would pass-up this offer of a hug:

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2014 at 7:56am

Love these cute huggers:

Comment by Idaho Spud on August 24, 2014 at 7:51am

Sorry about your kids farm Randy.

 

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