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Are You a Patriot? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by k.h. ky 3 hours ago. 20 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 on Thursday. 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

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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 Joan Denoo on February 21, 2016 at 5:03pm

Note To Joe Stiglitz: Banks Originate, Not Intermediate, And That's...

My quote was from this article:

"the period from 1945 till 1965 is now regarded as the “Golden Age of Capitalism

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 21, 2016 at 4:56pm

Donald, Carl is The Flying Atheist. 

Comment by Joan Denoo on February 21, 2016 at 4:56pm

It is clear we can list the problems facing us. We can't live in a fog in these dangerous times. It seems hopeless to make this gargantuan failed society turn around; too many factors come to a peak, and thus Peak Performance, The Crash Course.

If we do not understand what happened and why we will repeat the past instead of learning from it. We echo the lament of the mainstream on the crucial points that explain why the US economy is at stall speed. The mainstream simply doesn’t get. Certainly the corporate media, not the corporations and not the politicians. 

"the period from 1945 till 1965 is now regarded as the “Golden Age of Capitalism”. Our generation lived through this Golden Age of Capitalism. What next? 

Well, it depends. That is our challenge to figure out, or diminish as the Golden Age of Islam faded. 

Comment by Donald L. Engel on February 21, 2016 at 4:50pm

Several of you have responded to "Carl", and I can't find an entry by him.  What can I do to find it?

Comment by Ian Mason on February 21, 2016 at 3:37pm

Been to see *Hateful Eight' this evening. I got the feeling that Tarrentino was treading water (or fake blood) in making this. A locked-in-a-cabin-finding-out-whodunnit story that ended up with everybody dead or dying. There were editing mistakes with later references to earlier scenes that must have been cut plus dodgy dialogue: 'window of oppportunity' doesn't sound like a wild-west expression to me. A disappointment.

Comment by Ian Mason on February 21, 2016 at 3:30pm

That is the impression I get, Carl. A slide into a 'every man for himself and the Devil take the hindmost' mentality.

Nice one, Bertold.

The Little Mermaid has been decapitated a couple of times as a protest over the years.

Comment by Randall Smith on February 21, 2016 at 7:16am

To both Bertold and Carl, good posts.

Comment by Loren Miller on February 20, 2016 at 10:10pm

Excellent, Bertold ... could not be said better!

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 20, 2016 at 8:04pm

Ian, it's surprising to hear from you that the US is the model to look to.  I'd agree the US has been a good model for various reasons throughout our history, but for all the progress we've achieved it seems as though we are now entrenched in a current period of stagnation and dangerous retrograde policies.

Our current economic model is unsustainable and is only getting worse. 

Our current health care system generally works if you have the money to participate, but much is still broken and costs are astronomical.  I won't even mention the countless people who fall through the cracks.

Any social progress we've achieved is under constant attack from fringe religious zealots.  That would normally be something to laugh and scoff at, but these same people are elected to public office via a corrupt election redistricting method that does not represent the real majority opinion.  As a result, they enjoy great power and influence and must be taken seriously.

We've ended slavery and (in theory) have given equal rights to all, but this is on paper only.  There is so much more progress to achieve to meet this goal, yet we have people (many holding public office) fighting daily to reverse what many have fought and died for. 

Our current political and social model systemically suppresses all, but at a exponentially higher percentage if you are anything other than white. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on February 20, 2016 at 2:11pm

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