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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

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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 Daniel W on December 31, 2016 at 11:43am

Thanks for the kitchen compliments.  I'll post a final pic when it is done, probably a couple more weeks.  I only work on it about an hour or 2 or 3 per day.  Chris, the flooring is bamboo.  Supposedly eco-friendly and I installed it in the rest of the house to replacing carpeting.

I spend several hours in the kitchen throughout the day.  I want it to be the best room in the house. Also accessible safe and pleasant for someone old, in case I have that privilege.  More lighting, and under cabinet lighting that does not cast shadows.  Lower cabinets have pull out drawers.  More counter space and island with outlet.  Waste-basked that pulls our like a drawer, away from snoopy dog noses and not there to trip over.  Some cabinets have glass doors.  Open floor plan, less likely to trip and fall.  Sun tunnels for more light during the day.  The gas stove is a luxury but I love cooking and gas works better for me.  Bamboo is probably not perfect for a kitchen but I'm taking that chance. I waxed which looks nice and protects the surface although the manufacturer says no wax.

Spud like your family names, my middle name passed through generations, Edwin.  It gets confusing in geneology, so many Annas, Roses, John Henry and John Rain.  Edwin means "Rich Friend" from olde English.

Comment by Loren Miller on December 31, 2016 at 11:09am

You do damned fine work, Daniel.  I wish I were that skilled.

Comment by Idaho Spud on December 31, 2016 at 10:32am

Nice looking kitchen 2.0 Daniel.  

No, I'm not French.  Most of my ancestors lived in Wales, some in England, I think some in Ireland, and some in Sweden or Switzerland.  I forget which.

Comment by Chris on December 31, 2016 at 4:51am

There must be a  a group of web sites that define last names.  I looked a number of years ago and didn't find any.  There are many  that attempt to define first names.

Comment by Chris on December 31, 2016 at 3:53am

Daniel W the kitchen  is looking good. What kind of flooring did you install?

The hardwood floors in my house need to be refinished. Some of the boards are stained, warped and need to be replaced. To do this I should probably rent a storage container to put furniture and other household items in.  I'm thinking of having a contractor do the work because I don't have experience with power floor sanders. Moving everything around the house isn't something I can do by myself either. I've refinished floors in other places, but they only required taking the wax off and  scuffing with a pole sander. prior to nail settings (bla bla bla) and revarnishing.

Comment by Chris on December 31, 2016 at 3:01am
Comment by Joan Denoo on December 31, 2016 at 1:26am

Ian, Q? What are conshies?

Oh! A conscientious objector, right? 

My grandfather Denoo, a young Belgian man who was just perfect for sending off to the European battlefield to be mangled and killed in the endless wars, came to the U.S. because of a generous gift from his aunt. I have no idea who she was, but everyone knew that women had babies, preferably boys, to send off to war and the glory. Of the Fatherland!

Granddad Denoo was too old for WW II, but his three sons were the right age. One, Uncle John, had a job on the railroad that protected him from the draft; so was Uncle Louie who worked for the electric power company, an essential job. Dad went to work for Morrison Knudson (MK), building railroad bridges across the southern tier of the US so that men and material could be shipped quickly across the U.S. 

Mom and I lived in a 12-foot trailer that moved across the southern tier with the construction advancement. We were in Los Vegas when the Japanese bombed Pearl Harbor. 

He then was sent to Alaska to build airfields. Mom and I moved to Spokane, WA; They paid cash for a tiny two-bedroom house, and we settled in until the end of the war. I lived with my maternal grandparent's summers and vacation, while Mom worked for Kaiser Aluminum, Trentwood. 

Mom and the other women who worked at Kaiser in formerly male-held positions suffered both opportunity and challenge. The men didn't like women taking "men's" jobs, and administration knew valuable workers when they had them. Women moved up the ranks quickly and suffered the insults of men who felt overlooked.

Comment by Plinius on December 31, 2016 at 12:21am

A great job, Daniel! And to think that you did everything twice!

Comment by Daniel W on December 30, 2016 at 9:49pm

"Francis" means "Frenchman".  Interesting.  There was also Frank Sinatra and Francis Ford Coppola.  Spud, are you French? 

By the way, Bertold is an old German name meaning "bright strength; renowned leader".  Bertold Brecht wrote the 3-penny opera, which is one of 2 things I read in German in High School  BB I know you already know the derivation :-)

I could not find a meaning for Spud other than Potato, which is a noble and nutritious victual that I eat at least once daily.

Kitchen progress report, a few days ago and today.  Still quite a bit to do but feeling much better about it.  I think I'm getting more done since iron infusion 2 weeks ago.

A few days back

This afternoon.

If I have the ambition, tomorrow the range hood goes up, then undercabinet lights, then trim, touch up etc can be before or after inspection and gas hookup.  I have to wait for propane to adjust the oven and range flames.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on December 30, 2016 at 4:36pm

Dave Barry's year in review--

  • "Yes, we’ve seen some weird years. But we’ve never seen one as weird as 2016. This was the Al Yankovic of years. If years were movies, 2016 would be “Plan 9 from Outer Space.” If years were relatives, 2016 would be the uncle who shows up at your Thanksgiving dinner wearing his underpants on the outside."

 

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