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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 Idaho Spud on February 21, 2014 at 1:38pm

I miss watching Jay Leno also.  I liked him as much or more than Johnny Carson.  Why did they fire Jay when he was at the peak of his popularity?

I've not watched Jimmy Fallon yet since he took Jay's spot.  I watched him a few times when he had the other show, and he didn't do anything for me.

Comment by sk8eycat on February 21, 2014 at 9:54am

I miss Jay Leno...I met him a few times when I was working nights at the Cat Hotel (before the end of 2005).  He was just a nice guy when he was being himself, and loved his elderly cat, Cheeseler, with all his heart.  That wins BIG points with me!

The first time he called to say he was picking her up, I went crazy looking for her carrier...finally called the Hotel owner to ask where it was stored, and she said he didn't use one.  I said something intelligent like "hunh?"  she just said, "You'll see."

So, while I was running his credit card and printiing out the invoice, Mr. Leno went back to Cheeseler's condo, gently picked her up, kissed her,and then buttoned her inside his shirt so that just her head was poking out.  She was purring so that you could see her little old body vibrating through the fabric.  True love and trust, IMO.

EARLIER photo of Jay Leno and a young Cheeseler:
Jay Leno with His Cat

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 20, 2014 at 10:29pm

Hi, Mindy.  I'm doing well, thank you.  Was out tonight for some wine and dinner with my best friend.  I had a delicious hamburger topped with American cheese, grilled onions and BBQ pulled pork on a pretzel roll.  Carrot cake for desert.  Very nice! 

Loren, that's a great clip of the Muppets.  What a great cast of characters.  I was a big fan of the Tonight Show with Johnny Carson but strayed away when Jay Leno came on board.  I've heard that Jimmy Fallon is getting good reviews and that the show is now, once again, filmed in New York.  I happened to see a clip earlier today of his first Tonight Show and his guest Jerry Seinfeld.  It was funny and fun to watch.  I'm happy for Jimmy Fallon, he has a good personality.

One of my favorite memories from a trip to California back in 1988 was being in the audience for a taping of The Tonight Show.  That was such a great day.  Johnny Carson was a class act.  And you just couldn't get any better than Doc and the band.    

Comment by Loren Miller on February 20, 2014 at 8:28pm

Not a big fan of Jimmy Fallon or The Tonight Show ... but I AM a big fan of the Muppets ... and I thought this was fun:


Comment by sk8eycat on February 20, 2014 at 5:20pm

Oh, my! I DO empathize with your son!  I know only too well that an excess of fluid in ANY joint can be extremely painful (as I sit here waiting for the gout in my feets to go away.  There's no quick treatment for that.  I just hobble from one room to another...my walker doesn't help much, so I just hang clothes on it....)

Hoping all of us are much better soon, and ready when spring rolls around.

Comment by Grinning Cat on February 20, 2014 at 5:18pm

Mindy, I hope your son will quickly find an end to the pain, with his knee staying fully functional!

(Years ago I had my own minor scare with a resonance in one ear, where the doctors didn't know why it happened, and the ENT would have tried cortisone if it didn't go away on its own. Fortunately, it did and stayed fine.)

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 20, 2014 at 4:47pm

Good news for your son, Mindy.  Hopefully draining the fluid and the cortisone shot will be the end of it.  Sometimes weird things just happen to us.  I hope YOU are doing well also.  :)  

Comment by The Flying Atheist on February 19, 2014 at 7:29pm

Comment by sk8eycat on February 19, 2014 at 3:35pm

The problem with believers is that they are so wrapped up n their fantasy world(s) that fact fall on deaf ears...they just don't GET it.

When I was heavily involved in Trek fandom, I met people who lived Trek 24/7...ne guy changed his name to James t. Kirk, and wore the uniform.  His roommate had a Spock haircut, wore pointy rubber ears, and wore the blue Science Officer shirt. They were effing serious.  (I met a few sane people, too, including the couple who ran the conventions, John and Bjo Trimble....we're still friends. I adopted Fred, our black cat from them last year when they couldn't keep her.)

One reason I love them...they walked the walk:

http://www.startrek.com/article/bjo-trimble-the-woman-who-saved-sta...

Fans around the world are gearing up to celebrate the 45th anniversary of Star Trek next month, but the truth is there might be nothing to celebrate, or certainly a whole lot less, were it not for the efforts of Bjo and John Trimble. Longtime fans surely know the story, but newer fans may not, and it’s time to re-tell the tale for the old-timers and pass it on to younger ones. For the record, when NBC seemed to be on the verge of axing Star Trek after a low-rated second season, the Trimbles devised a grassroots letter-writing campaign that saved the show and resulted in a third season. Though the network dropped Star Trek after its lackluster third year, enough episodes had been shot for the show to enter syndication and, in syndication, Star Trek emerged as such a phenomenon that it was resurrected as an animated series and, in 1979, a big-budget feature. And from there the franchise grew and grew,...

and so on

Comment by Ian Mason on February 19, 2014 at 2:52pm

Mild weather here in Denmark too, Chris.

LOVE the poster Napoleon. One of the things that, after I've read it, wish I'd said it. 

I agree with you, Patricia. I have a "John MacEnroe reaction" to beleivers: "You CAN NOT be serious!?"

 

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