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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 Joan Denoo on February 7, 2015 at 2:51pm

I think I saw that movie. As I remember, it was a tear jerker.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 7, 2015 at 2:42pm

Joan, Charing Cross Road is the home of bookshops, new and used. It's the place I almost always visit when in London. The National Gallery in Trafalgar Square is at one end if I also want to feed my appetite for art. This is where you might have heard the name:http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/84_Charing_Cross_Road_%28film%29

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 7, 2015 at 12:30pm

Randy, I agree, genealogy is a labor of love. 

Ian, I like the punometer. The Charing Cross Road rings a bell for me; was it in one of the BBC TV series perhaps? I like the name.  

Comment by Ian Mason on February 7, 2015 at 11:16am

That's good rock. Thanks.

What was the discovery, Randall? If you don't mind me asking.

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 7, 2015 at 10:20am

I like "The Black Sea".  It has some life.  And I'm glad to hear "The Tea Party" say "No politics... Just Rock and Roll".

Comment by Randall Smith on February 7, 2015 at 7:40am

I made a genealogical discovery (finally!) that I shared with my near-97 year old father, which made him happy and reflective. He pulled out a photo album I'd never seen before (or don't remember seeing). Wow! All these people I've been researching came alive--names with faces. All this genealogy stuff is a labor of love.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 6, 2015 at 3:07pm

They sound like fun stories, Felaine. I'll keep my eye out on my next trip down the Charing Cross Road.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 6, 2015 at 11:57am

Hee-hee-hee! 

In Spider Robinson's "Callahan's Place" series of tales, the ultimate tribute to the worst pun was/is for  everyone in the bar to run out into the night, screaming, and holding their noses.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Callahan%27s_Crosstime_Saloon

Comment by Ian Mason on February 6, 2015 at 11:51am

A punometer. Very useful in present company.

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 6, 2015 at 8:15am

@ Ian - I think it was scag mixed with acid. I was motivated to read it back in the 70's because of a line in a Firesign Theatre album, "Out of sight, buried under ten thousand hard-bound copies of Naked Lunch." Joyce reads like a hymnal in comparison. Not necessarily my cup of tea on a literary front, but definitely another perspective heard from!

 

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