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Bible Belt Atheist (New York Times)

Started by Loren Miller 5 hours ago. 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 Deidre on November 24, 2014 at 4:33pm

Sorry to hear that, Patricia. I hope you get to feeling better, soon. For now, ((hugs))

Comment by Ian Mason on November 24, 2014 at 12:36pm

That's a nasty thing for a firm to do, Felaine. An ice-skate slice to the shin would be well deserved.

Discovering a new author is like making a new friend. I'm absorbed by "When We Were Orphans" by Kazuo Ishiguro.

https://www.goodreads.com/book/show/28923.When_We_Were_Orphans

Comment by sk8eycat on November 24, 2014 at 11:35am

Felaine sez "Hay" back at Charlie Girl!  WHAT a sweet face!

Carl, I have read about at least one motel (in Wisconsin, I think) that does have (free) cats for guests that want one to keep them company.  It started out by accident at least 20 or 30 years ago, and now they adopt rescue cats from local shelters because so many people go out of their way to stay there. 

I used to house-dog-sit for some friends who had Boston bull terriers that snored softly when they slept.  I found myself nodding off to the sound ALL the time.

Comment by Idaho Spud on November 24, 2014 at 6:43am

Nice train layout Patricia.  Those cows were making quite a ruckus. : )

May have told this story before:  When I was a youngster, I wanted a train set, so when a paint the food products contest came along with a train set as second prize, I colored them all, and was disappointed when I won first prize, a bicycle.

I won first because mom helped me, and she was a good amateur artist.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 24, 2014 at 2:01am

Felaine and Patricia, you've given me a wonderful idea.  Set up and run a boutique hotel that has a cat available to stay with the guests in each room for the night. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on November 24, 2014 at 1:55am

Wow, Patricia.  Your husband's train layout has come a long way since last time you posted a video.  He's been working hard I can tell.  Lots of very nice scenery has been added.  What a great hobby.  I know from first-hand experience how much fun it is.  

I like falling asleep to recordings of rain and thundershowers.  Tonight it's not working, as it is approaching 2 AM here as I write this.  I also listen to old radio shows from the 1930's, 40's & 50's as I drift off to dream land,      

Comment by sk8eycat on November 24, 2014 at 1:29am

Purrrr-purrrrr-purrrrrr......the sweetest, most relaxing sounds on Earth....cats and the surf.  (I spent the first 5 years of my life living next to the ocean in Hermosa Beach.  I still have some tapes of the ocean...and seagulls... that I listen to when I need to relax.)

Comment by sk8eycat on November 24, 2014 at 1:22am

Do the guest rooms come with a cat to sleep with?  ; > )

Comment by sk8eycat on November 24, 2014 at 1:05am

What a FABulous layout!  I always wanted a real model train, NOT one of those 3-rail toy Lionel sets.

Can I come visit, and learn how to run the trains?  Please?

PS: Does he have any passenger cars?  I used to have a brass engine and tender, plus a custom passenger car with the Holiday On Ice logo painted on the sides.  It was a gift from a platonic lover at MAD Magazine....and I had the whole thing on the credenza behind my desk at work.  When the new owners fired all of us, they wouldn't let me take the train with me....claimed it was company property.  I couldn't afford to sue them...

Broke what was left of my heart (my favorite co-worker was dying of AIDS...that was hard enough to handle.)

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on November 23, 2014 at 2:52pm

Happy Thankshallowistmas to you too, Idaho Spud!

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