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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 kathy: ky on March 21, 2015 at 10:58pm
Ian, family history is facinating. An acquaintance found out her gfather was left when his mother died and he used the last name of the family who raised him. So his 'relatives' weren't related to him at all.
Comment by Ian Mason on March 21, 2015 at 10:14pm

Hurrah! That's great, Carl. As you've realised, we've been thinking about you. Very glad to hear that you're on the mend. Things aren't the same without you.

Also glad to hear that your husband has got his new knee, Ruth. A friend of mine had that a couple of years ago and is very glad for it.

I don't know if I've posted about this before, Chris. A cousin of mine looked into the family history and found out that his Dad wasn't his Dad and that he had a half-sister he knew nothing about. This caused some strain in family relations. Going further back, a middle-aged widow in the family married again, to a man named Singular Onion Gallehawk. His parents must have been strange.

Joan, my grammar and pronounciation are quite eccentric. Estuary English plus university education all stirred up by living in another country and speaking another language in everyday life. My family comment on it sometimes when I muddle my syntax.

Have a great Sunday everyone. Hope the church bells don't disturb you.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2015 at 10:12pm

Carl, welcome back! You can't even begin to imagine how happy I am to see your The Flying Atheist back online! You sound like you are in excellent shape, emotionally. Your poor body will take a while to catch up. I won't bug you, however, here is a very pleased hug for you, {Carl}. May your recovery be quick and soon pain free. 

Comment by kathy: ky on March 21, 2015 at 10:04pm
Carl, glad to hear it. It took my post twelve minutes to hit the board. Major drawback of living in the middle of nowhere. Lousy internet service!
Comment by kathy: ky on March 21, 2015 at 9:42pm
I hope Carl is comfortable and doing well.

@Chris, a quick family story. My favorite uncle, who lived in Chicago, wore a huge handlebar mustache. When I saw him without it l asked why he shaved it.. Seems he came home one freezing morning, pulled his sweater off over his head and broke half of his mustache off above the lip. He never wore a mustache again.
Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 21, 2015 at 9:30pm
Hey, gang. Just checking in. I had a successful surgery on Wednesday and I'm recovering nicely. I will have to do some in-patient physical therapy at another hospital as a result of my legs being so weak from my kidney disease. Of course I have some lifting restrictions. I've been using my arms to help myself in and out of chairs and bed. I'm no longer allowed to do that, as the pressure may damage my incision. Time to work up my lower body strength.

Thanks to all of you for the well wishes and kind words.
Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2015 at 5:07pm

Spring in Spain Calpe Costa Blanca Spanien 

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Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2015 at 5:02pm

@Carl, just to let you know we are thinking of you. A gentle group hug. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2015 at 2:05am

Ruth, I wish a speedy recovery for your husband and an easy time of caregiving for you during his recovery. 

Six inches of snow, today?! Oh! dreadful. By April 23, there should be no snow or ice to deal with as you go to the facility. Oh dear, who knows?

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 21, 2015 at 2:00am

Manito Park is a lovely park with a perennial garden, an annual one, a sunken garden, an area dedicated only to roses, another to dahlias and, of course, our beautiful Japanese Garden. Then there is the duck pond and a beautiful playground for children. One of the hills offers sledding in the winter. There is a grassy knoll where spring bulbs come up before the grass needs mowing. Many volcanic outcroppings occur all through the park.  

 

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