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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller Apr 19. 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 Joan Denoo on February 11, 2015 at 11:59am

You will be able to get through this Dark Era and your loving family and friends cheering you on. Your support teams are. 

Chris, the kitty purring sounds restful. 

Comment by Plinius on February 11, 2015 at 10:35am

I'm glad you're in good hands, Carl!

This is a good one for your blood pressure:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=mFtgB_KQD_s

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 11, 2015 at 10:16am

My echo-cardiogram has been scheduled for this Friday, so hopefully next week a decision can be made about either having heart surgery or a kidney transplant first.  My kidneys have gotten worse and I'm in the position now of having to rely on family for meals.  I just don't have the energy to take care of myself.  Even small tasks like getting dressed leave me out of breath.  

If I end up having heart surgery first, I probably will need to be on dialysis as I recover.  

Thanks to all of you for your concerns.  I'm being well taken care of by my family.     

Comment by Randall Smith on February 11, 2015 at 7:43am

Carl, I admire your patience and positive attitude, frustrating as the waiting is. Hang in there, my friend.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 11, 2015 at 1:20am

Oh dear, the waiting must get annoying, to say the least. Being thorough is a good thing, even as it results in irritation. How are you feeling, besides anxious and frustrated? Neither of those feelings helps. Your snow level continues; hopefully that will end soon.  

OK Carl, get out your relaxation tapes and whatever else you can use to get through this period. I/we think of you and wish you the very best of health. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 11, 2015 at 1:13am

Bill Nye the Science Guy has no patience with climate deniers

Facts are fact and how people in responsible places in government can deny climate change, caused by human activity, and threatening our planet, boggles my imagination.  

Comment by Plinius on February 11, 2015 at 12:00am

Can you manage waiting longer, Carl?

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 10, 2015 at 11:26am

More delays.  I've been waiting for final word from a cardiologist for clearance concerning upcoming surgery.  Now they want me to have another echo-cardiogram.  I've had three in the last six months.  I'm told they want a more detailed look at the severity of my aortic stenosis.  My consolation is knowing that I will have my kidney transplant operation performed at the leading hospital in the United States for such procedures.  They are being very thorough.   

Comment by Randall Smith on February 10, 2015 at 7:26am

You know the singer, don't you? Ol' Roger Miller--"King of the Road" and many other funny ones (i.e., "You can't roller skate in a buffalo herd--but you can if you've a mind to").

Comment by Ian Mason on February 9, 2015 at 10:40pm

Thanks, Patricia and Joan for starting my day so nicely.

 

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