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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

God's Annual Performance Review (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Mar 19. 6 Replies

I don't know about you guys, but there wasn't a performance review I had in 30 years of field service that I didn't LOATHE.  It seems as though Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is up for turning the tables on the person you would expect would…Continue

Tags: review, performance, god, American's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2014 at 11:47am

"That ''young ice-skater'' is sk8eycat Felaine"!!!! What a remarkable skill you had. It must have taken great determination, discipline and persistence to achieve such a fine level of performance. I am impressed!

Comment by Plinius on April 19, 2014 at 11:08am

Keep writing, Joan! I'll read it.

Comment by Idaho Spud on April 19, 2014 at 10:36am

Which one had a successful life?  Rhetorical question I know, but I have to answer anyway.  We all know who did. You did Joan.  Hands down, no question.

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 19, 2014 at 10:23am

Ian, thanks for your very kind comment. I know everyone is getting sick of reading my story, but every once in a while a new way of telling it appears, and so I give it another exposure. 

This time I wanted to reveal how supposedly negative feeling and situations can be turned into victories. For example, when I have a feeling that hurts, i.e. fear, anger, grief, I get out of it by thinking of ways to turn the energy into something whereby I come out a winner. An example, my former husband had many qualities, one of them being able to support us very well with boats, cars, ski trips, elegant holidays to Acapulco, and put a lovely roof over our heads and fill our bellies and take care of health and education costs. In other words, We had financial security. We didn't have safety and stability. 

Don knew how important financial security was for me so he refused to pay child support, thinking I would "come to my senses" and "stop trying to wear the pants of the family." Oh yes, he had control issues. 

So with no income, no education, no job prospects other than minimum wage jobs, I supported us and we grew happier and healthier, in spite of not having enough money. Our garden was beautiful, the kids and I were cleaning up the condemned house and it was becoming a beautiful home. 

I won in the long run. He still had his boats and several cars and trucks to haul around his motorcycles and took fancy vacations. 

Now tell me, which of us had a "successful" life?

Comment by Randall Smith on April 19, 2014 at 7:32am

NOW I realize what sk8eycat stands for! Thanks for the hint. And you all can call me Randy. Only my father calls me by my given name. Have a great weekend (despite it being Easter).

Comment by sk8eycat on April 19, 2014 at 1:11am

I thought THIS was a "spiral."

Comment by Plinius on April 19, 2014 at 12:42am

Have a great day, Mindy!

Comment by Ian Mason on April 18, 2014 at 10:21pm

Have a great day, Mindy. Enjoy your heathen feasting.

That's one heck of a life, Joan. You've stood up to and accomplished more than most people. I take my hat off to you.

r.e. number plates: "all is vanity and vexation of spirit". Ecclesiastes.

Loren, I don't know how doctors manage that contradiction but my last girlfriend's mother was a retired M.D. who'd worked in research AND took a theology M.A. to while away the time as a pensioner. Mind you, she also cheated at board games :-D

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 18, 2014 at 10:01pm

Oh! Carl! your mother and father must have been so proud of you all. You make quite a lovely looking family, all dressed up in fine attire, and a huge frown on a young lad, wishing he were someplace else. Where would that someplace else be? 

Comment by Joan Denoo on April 18, 2014 at 9:57pm

Mindy, hope your thumb heals quickly. I have an imagined picture of you with a huge white gauze bandage on it trying to type out your wonderful greetings to others. My imagination run wild!

 

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