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Personal validation comes from paying attention to one another, giving more than you get. Everyone respects you and themselves, despite our amazing range of personal tastes and interests. They'll tell you they don't agree with an idea or behavior without implying you're a bad person or somehow deficient. It's an "I'm OK, You're OK" kind of fellowship, where nobody tries to make himself look better by picking on somebody else.

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The Most Hated Woman in America (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Gary S on Thursday. 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 March 6, 2014 at 11:37pm

As you realize, Napoleon, I have problems with you and sometimes you make no sense to me at all. When you do ring my bells, they are as clear as crystal and make good sense. Kind of like wake-up call to some truth. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 6, 2014 at 10:08pm

Sk8eycat, a couple of weeks ago when I mentioned about attending a Johnny Carson taping back in 1988......Pete Fountain was the musical guest for that show. 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 6, 2014 at 10:01pm

I had the honor of seeing Woody Herman and his Big Band three times in my life.  Twice in high school in a concert setting.  The third and final time I was probably just 21 and able to legally get into bars/clubs.  Woody was performing at Rick's Cafe Americain here in Chicago.  A classic jazz club.  A fairly small room.  Small round tables tightly arranged together and each with a candle.  I was seated right up front, an arms length away from the piano.  And before me, just several feet away, was one row each of saxophones, trombones and trumpets.  A wall of intense, electrifying music fronted by Woody Herman and his clarinet.  It's one of those unforgettable and sublime musical memories.  

When I used to work in downtown Chicago, my office was just three blocks from The Jazz Showcase, another infamous jazz club.  Occasionally by boss and I would go have dinner after work and then head to the jazz club.  I recall seeing both Tal Farlow and Ray Brown perform there. 

Comment by sk8eycat on March 6, 2014 at 8:26pm

Oh, la!  It seems like 100 years since I've been to a jazz club (Shelly's Manne- Hole in Hollywood)A friend worked there as a maitre d' and he would slip me in...

We also used to hit a lot of the better clubs in the French Quarter when we played New Orleans...different kind of jazz, but fun.  Double fun to actually meet, and shake hands with the likes of Al Hirt and Pete Fountain. (Sometimes the musicians who toured with us would sit in with the "big names" for a few sets.  So cool!)

Them wuz the dayz.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 6, 2014 at 7:33pm

No argument, Carl, though I'd likely opt for a snifter of a good single-malt.  It's one for the desert island, for sure.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on March 6, 2014 at 7:30pm

Ah, yes, Loren.  A great choice of music.  I have this album.  It's a classic.  Pair this with a glass of wine and it will take you to wonderful places. 

Comment by Loren Miller on March 6, 2014 at 7:17pm

In anticipation of Friday and the weekend, here's something to ease down with.  I can truthfully say that this has been a favorite of mine for crowding half a century.

Ladies and gentlemen: Messrs. Stan Getz and Joao Gilberto - Corcovado.

Comment by Loren Miller on March 6, 2014 at 3:59pm

Now bleu cheese I WON'T give up, especially not bleu cheese dressing for my Buffalo Hot Wings (which I'm also not giving up!).

Comment by Idaho Spud on March 6, 2014 at 3:57pm

I'm giving-up 800 year old pickled eggs, and blue cheese.

Comment by sk8eycat on March 6, 2014 at 2:24pm
 

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