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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller 4 minutes ago. 19 Replies

You might think that Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, would be stepping outside of her comfort zone in tackling the concept of patriotism.  As it turns out, not only does she have a proper handle on the term and its implications, she also…Continue

Tags: patriot, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

We Don't Want Your (Atheist) Money! (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat yesterday. 11 Replies

I suppose I've heard stories like this before:Conscientious atheist donates money to worthy cause.Worthy cause initially accepts money.Worthy cause discovers source of donation.Worthy cause rejects donation.Swell, eh?  Well Matt Willbourne of…Continue

Tags: American Baptist Churches Association, Murrow Indian Children's Home, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat on Monday. 24 Replies

The day finally arrived.  Ken Ham's Ark Encounter opened on 7 July, 2016 ... to something a bit less than Disney-sized crowds, and more than a couple dissenting voices!  Seth Andrews has gathered a quartet of significant participants in the protest…Continue

Tags: Tracey Moody, Dan Broadbent, Seth Andrews, David Silverman, AronRa

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Idaho Spud Aug 14. 91 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

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Wedding Haka - Subtitled & translated

Started by Joan Denoo Aug 13. 0 Replies

I ran across a video of a wedding in which a group of wedding guests celebrated with a performance of a traditional Māori ancestral war dance, called a Haka. It was intended for sons, however, the women have joined in a participation of…Continue

Tags: new, traditions., women, men, Haka

Onward (Unpaid) Christian Soldiers (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G Aug 13. 1 Reply

Proselytizing in the military is a dirty little secret most radical christians would rather didn't get out.  Well, never let it be said that America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers, was ever a wallflower where a pit bull was needed!  In the following…Continue

Tags: Military Religious Freedom Foundation, MRFF, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by sk8eycat on March 16, 2014 at 11:52am

I'd be a Rastafarian, except that "shit" clogs my sinuses.

I'd be a PASTAfarian, except I'm diabetic, and pasta is pure carbohydrate.

Guess I'd best be an atheist, and tell them all to bugger off.

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 16, 2014 at 12:05am

Mindy, like your "coned cat" picture. He appears to be well content. 

Felaine, your Duncan cat story sounds funny. Love your Gervaise piece and am reposting. Thanks. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 15, 2014 at 11:58pm

Comment by sk8eycat on March 15, 2014 at 11:50pm

Mickey's lampshade made me laugh.

Duncan, a friend's cat that I sometimes stay with, had a couple of benign tumors removed from his back a few months ago, and they put one of those semi-flexible collars on him afterwards.  Of course he hated it, and one afternoon he waltzed into the den, very proud of himself.  He'd managed to push the thing halfway down his body, and turn it inside out.  Sue said he looked like he was wearing a ballet skirt.  Of course she had no camera handy.....

Comment by Plinius on March 15, 2014 at 2:29pm

You're right, Spud, those are the practical unofficial systems. When I work on the sewingmachine I mostly use my fingers or nails instead of a tape measure to make reasonable seams.

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 15, 2014 at 1:18pm

Chris, I still quite often use a couple of old systems of measurement and think they're practical when I don't have a measurement tool with me and want a quick approximate answer.  Most of my shoes are very close to one foot in length, and the distance between the knuckles of my little finger are very close to one inch.

Comment by Grinning Cat on March 15, 2014 at 11:30am

I heard someplace that a majority of men would like to be taller. I'm in that group.

Great poster, Mindy!

Comment by Joan Denoo on March 15, 2014 at 11:04am

Carl, all three of my kids are 50 this year. Seems like only yesterday!

Comment by Randall Smith on March 15, 2014 at 8:01am

I had heard that your final height would be twice your height at 3 years of age (or 2?). According to my parents, I would be 6' tall. During my growth spurt years, I measured myself every month, eagerly anticipating the day I'd reach that magic number. Sigh. Never got remotely close--5'9" rounded up! Now, at age 71, I'm barely over 5'7". And hanging on bars didn't help!

Comment by Plinius on March 15, 2014 at 2:15am

Thanks Grinning Cat, you make me feel less stupid. The old systems are certainly colorful, but not practical at all. Here older systems have all but disappeared, no one knows about them anymore, but I remember my mother measuring cloth with an el. It's the distance between thumb and armpit, about 68 cm.

 

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