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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Bertold Brautigan 3 hours ago. 13 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

Tags: surreal

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 Idaho Spud on February 2, 2014 at 11:24am

Felaine, did Lyle say his name much?

Comment by Plinius on February 2, 2014 at 2:01am

Yes, there is help for people who cannot stay at home. We went through it with Aunt when her Alzheimer's became worse. First a report about the disabilities, then a report about what's needed, after that you can put the patient on a waitinglist for a care home. Every person who needs to be in a care home can be admitted, but it's not free of course. The health care organizations look at the patient's income (together with the government) and decide on a reasonable share the patient has to pay. It is balanced so that the patient has got health insurance, all the housing and care he/she needs and some money for clothes and small outings. I'm very glad that this part of the health care still works, even if the system is cut into all the time.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 2, 2014 at 1:27am

Mindy, I'm glad your heart monitor results show that all is well.  

{{{ reassuring hug }}}

Joan, thank you for the kind words.  As always, you are an inspiration.  In fact, everyone here is an inspiration.  I marvel at the wide range of topics discussed here.  It's all these stories. our highs and our lows, that trigger the necessary support from others that we need from time to time.  What a great group of people!

And now on to the mundane.......I did my federal tax return earlier this evening.  

Oh, Sk8eycat.  I love the cat walk video!  I got quite a good laugh from it. 

Comment by sk8eycat on February 2, 2014 at 12:20am

Joan, I posted this in the Kitty Group:

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I think he's attacking his reflection in that shiny, tall kitchen waste basket thingie.

One of our (orange tiger) cats did that "walk" many years ago, when I was holding a tiny toy mouse...one made of rabbit fur....above his head.  I never have a camera handy when things like that happen.
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His name was Lyle;  I called him that so he could say his own name.

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 1, 2014 at 11:51pm

sk8eycat, a great kitty video! I've never seen a cat do THAT!

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 1, 2014 at 11:48pm

Chris, I do hope your b-i-l's convalescent home stay helps him and relieves you. What is the procedure when a person is no longer able to live alone or at his/her home? Are there facilities that he can go into? Does the government pay those bills? Not to ask about your personal situation, but as a societal issue when a person doesn't have money resources. 

When I visited a home in Hamburg, Germany, it was nationally owned and financed, I think. At least that is what I understood them to mean. It included a children's home as well. I enjoyed my visit there and found the aged and young fit well together with proper planning and policies and age-appropriate programs.  

Comment by sk8eycat on February 1, 2014 at 7:42pm

Thanks, Spud.  Now I'm twitching a bit, too.  Went online to find out how long this is going to go on..."7 - 21 Days"  is what they said.  GACK!  I have a cat-sitting job starting the 11th.....

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 1, 2014 at 1:51pm

Sorry Elaine.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 1, 2014 at 1:11pm

Oh, good, Mindy!  (About the heart monitor results)

Elaine is still having explosions.  :>(  I hate it when that happens.

So...this is the cutest kitty video I've seen in a while.  I posted it in Ailurophiles, but I thought I'd post it here too, and then go back to bed.
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This kiity is adorable, but the really FUNNY part is in the last quarter of the video:

http://www.wimp.com/catwalk/

Comment by Idaho Spud on February 1, 2014 at 11:03am

No, Mindy, I don't think you did mention the results from searing your heart monitor were normal, and didn't mention the results from wearing it either : )

In any case, it's good news, and I'm glad for you.

 

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