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Degrees of Doubt: The Claims and Credentials of Ravi Zacharias (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris May 17. 1 Reply

Anyone here ever run onto an apologist by the name of Ravi Zacharias?  I've seen his name dropped multiple times on YouTube as supposedly being THE ONE APOLOGIST that no atheist wants to cross swords with, because of his facility with christian…Continue

Tags: Ravi Zacharias, Steve Baughman, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S Apr 19. 7 Replies

Before Aron Ra and Matt Dillahunty, before Dawkins or Dennett or Harris or even Hitchens, there was Madalyn Murray O'Hair.  In the midst of an America where Christianity was being flaunted as a defense against the godless communists of the Soviet…Continue

Tags: Frank Zindler, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews, Madalyn Murray O'Hair

Proud Dad is REALLY Proud Now!

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Todd Williams Apr 12. 16 Replies

As some of you may or may not know, my daughter is a television news producer, currently working in Nashville, Tennessee.  Her assignment is the morning news, which means she blasts herself up at umpti-ump in the morning to organize and prepare a…Continue

Tags: Emmy, news, television, daughter, dad

attacking ideas (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 1 Reply

Attacking ideas is a considerable portion of what we as atheists do.  Why attack ideas?  Ideas earn attack when they don't serve people, not just us but those who adopt said ideas, mistakenly thinking that they have value when they don't.  Our…Continue

Tags: ideas, Islam, TheraminTrees

bending truth, or "We Can All Be Manipulated" (TheraminTrees)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Grinning Cat Apr 4. 40 Replies

The following is one of TheraminTrees' most thorough-going pieces, wherein he looks at the process and techniques whereby a "religious" organization (which will sound VERY familiar to most of us, once introductions are made!) takes a person who…Continue

Tags: indoctrination, truth, manipulation, TheraminTrees

The Playboy Interview: Richard Dawkins

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Mar 28. 16 Replies

I suppose it was the news that Playboy magazine was returning nudes to its pages after a year's hiatus that sufficiently perked my curiosity to check them out again.  I hadn't looked at Playboy since perhaps 2008, when I began to recognize that I…Continue

Tags: Richard Dawkins, Playboy

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Comment by Idaho Spud on June 3, 2014 at 6:10am

There's a movie that I like with Art Carney and Jackie Gleason called Izzy & Moe.  I think It's quite funny.  Gleason is not a blowhard, and treats his family very well.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 3, 2014 at 2:17am

Yes, the legendary June Taylor dancers.  Great entertainment.

Comment by sk8eycat on June 3, 2014 at 1:34am

I did love Art Carney...and his Brotherhood of the Sewers "anthem."

I also laughed at Reggie van Gleason III and his pomposity.  But, you know me...my favorite part of the full Jackie Gleason Show was the June Taylor Dancers.  Naturally. 

And Ernie Flatt on the Garry Moore Show, and then Carol Burnett's show.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Yv7hwXKanTY

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 2, 2014 at 11:43pm

The only complaint I've ever heard through the years regarding the Honeymooners is about the yelling and the arguing. 

What's interesting about me, personally, is that I've always hated heated confrontations and yelling and screaming as a form of expressing anger (unless as part of a mass public protest situation.)  I'm much more the reasoned-discussion and diplomatic type.  Perhaps some of the underlining appeal for me about the Honeymooners is that behind all the yelling, Alice, the woman and voice of reason, always prevails and the blow-hard bully is sheepishly and rightfully put in his place.

I certainly don't condone bullying and yelling as part of a healthy family or personal relationship, and I can surely understand the sensibilities of those who have been in that situation. 

With that said, I know I will enjoy the exquisite comedy of the Honeymooners until my dying day.

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on June 2, 2014 at 10:53pm

Comedies that seemed funny when I was young are often offensive now. Before feminist consciousness raising I didn't notice the misogyny, now it hits me in the face.

Comment by Joan Denoo on June 2, 2014 at 10:48pm

Carl, I like your standing for your favorite in spite of being what appears to be a minority in this string. 

Lke Patricia, I associated all that yelling with my father and his rages that physically hurt, but the pain that didn't show was the mental abuse he delivered for no reason other than his own dominance of power. 

My favorite was Carol Barnett, too. And Dick Van Dyck

Comment by sk8eycat on June 2, 2014 at 10:22pm

James, you're not missing anything.  I think the early episodes were fairly clever, but all I hear from the TV when my sister watches those effing reruns is yelling, shouting, whining.  On and on and on.  

My sister is nearly 70 years old, but she has Asperger's syndrome, and her sense of humor is that of a pre-teen. She thinks Bart Simpson (the son) is hilarious.  

Our TV is about 20 years old now, and I can't wait for it to die.  I can't afford to buy another one, and I won't miss it at all.

Comment by James M. Martin on June 2, 2014 at 9:46pm

Not normally a Simpsons watcher, or anything animated for that matter. Sorry.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on June 2, 2014 at 9:17pm

OK, I'm here to defend the Honeymooners, which has been an all time favorite of mine since childhood.  I own the "Classic 39" episodes on DVD so I can watch them at any time.  In addition to the visual physical comedy of Jackie Gleason, the interactions between Gleason and Art Carney are pure comedy gold. 

Comment by Idaho Spud on June 2, 2014 at 5:30pm

Make that a third!

 

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