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Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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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 5, 2015 at 5:14pm
Thanks everyone.
Comment by Grinning Cat on March 5, 2015 at 1:01pm

Randy and Ruth, I have no patience for TV news. Not only for the sen­sation­al­ized trivia in lieu of things that pro­foundly affect the world -- my #1 pet peeve is "celeb­rity non-news" that we wouldn't care less about if a random person had the same drunk-driving arrest or fight with their spouse -- and cheap, lazy reporting and reacting to tweets instead of actually reporting news....

I've long preferred newspapers and the web for reading articles in my own order, at my own pace. In the car, I find public radio -- NPR, BBC World Service late at night -- to be an oasis of thoughtfulness and calm.

Kathy, I hope you feel better soon!

And Chris, thanks for the petition link urging the UN Security Council to refer ISIS to the International Criminal Court for kidnapping people into slavery. http://www.walkfree.org/iraq-slavery-icc/

Comment by Emma Lennon on March 5, 2015 at 12:54pm

Funny thing about "The Dress." Just the other day, I commented on Twitter that I'm so sick of the dress that I actually miss the "Team Edward/Team Jacob" arguments. (That is a reference to a book and film series called  Twilight, which I actually despise with a passion.)

Comment by Plinius on March 5, 2015 at 8:14am
Comment by Randall Smith on March 5, 2015 at 7:37am

Ruth, your cartoon is soooo true. When the nightly news kept running that dress story, I hollered " Who the f*** cares?!!" For the life of me, I don't know why I continue watching it--usually only the first 15 minutes.

Kathy, I'm so sorry about both your eye and the weather. Hopefully, both will recover.

Carl, I saw that another great Chicago baseballer died--Minnie Minoso of the White Sox. I grew up with him in the 50's. Once, when I went to a game, we had seats about 5 rows up in left field. He came over and chatted with the fans--sort of. He was Cuban, and his English was limited. But I still remember!

Comment by Plinius on March 5, 2015 at 12:51am

Get well soon, Kathy!

Comment by kathy: ky on March 4, 2015 at 11:42pm
Nine inches of snow and still coming down. I think I'll hibernate the rest of the week. Not that I have a choice in the matter.
Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on March 4, 2015 at 10:11pm

Yeah, I hear you k.h.ky. We're getting snow here too. Never fully dug out my car from from the last two storms.

Sorry about the wisteria face whip. I fell Monday over a week ago, and my cane pivoted up to smack me on the chin. Still have an ugly bruise. Scratched corneas are painful. A microscopic piece of grit flew up as I crossed a street when I was in my 20's. The cornea actually sagged from the cut, but I was close to an eye hospital. My husband had cornea cuts from a yucca, and from a brand new $20 bill.

What a colorful description of your house, Joan, "moves with seasons and sings as she dances."

That CATastropohic storm gif is scary-creepy.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 4, 2015 at 5:46pm

That's interesting Kathy.  I've never heard of a bandaid contact.  Many years ago, I tried contact lenses for a year, but could never get used to them.  They bothered me the whole year.

Comment by kathy: ky on March 4, 2015 at 4:32pm
Freezing rain started about thirty minutes ago. Snow should be coming anytime now. Sad face.
 

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