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10 Tricks from 46 (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Ruth Anthony-Gardner Nov 6. 3 Replies

Apparently, Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, has been slumming.  That is to say, she's been talking to Mike Pence [gasp!].  It would seem as though Mike has offered some of his not-so-personal tricks of the trade on how to be a 21st century…Continue

Tags: tricks, Mike Pence, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

Surreal, I haz it

Started by Ruth Anthony-Gardner. Last reply by Grinning Cat Oct 19. 99 Replies

Surreal, not just found in art.Continue

Tags: surreal

A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :

Started by Joan Denoo. Last reply by Plinius Sep 28. 8 Replies

I received a gift this morning from a virtual friend, Pamela Smith:A Powerful Message from an old wise teacher :" One day an old wise teacher was walking through a village. A very angry and rude young man came up and began insulting him. "You have…Continue

Speak English? YOU FIRST! (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Donald R Barbera Sep 27. 5 Replies

Honestly, the title to this piece is badly under-representative of the content.  To be far more accurate, what we have here is Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, going on a rant.  Before you say it ... Say WHAAAA?  Betty Bowers ranting? …Continue

Tags: America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

10 Things About Patriotism (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Plinius Sep 26. 2 Replies

It seems as though lately, Mrs. Betty Bowers, America's Best Christian, is evolving into America's Best Patriot.  She has recently been taking some fairly well-aimed shots at a certain Orange Nightmare and his sycophantic hangers-on, regarding the…Continue

Tags: patriotism, Donald Trump, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

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Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2017 at 10:32pm

Yes, there will be similar fires here. Fire and wind determine the fates of forested regions. 

Comment by Ruth Anthony-Gardner on August 26, 2017 at 2:53pm

"Origin of Dinosaurs" is a hoot! Joan, if a similar conflagration occurred today, I doubt this president would send soldiers to supplement firefighters. Sooner or later there will be a similar fire.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2017 at 2:24pm

On August 10, 1910, small, individual fires grew and joined, creating a terrible forest fire. The forest and soils were dry, perfect kindling for sparks. The wildfire swept through Idaho, Montana, and Washington state. It was named, "The Big Blowup."

On August 20, "hurricane-force winds swept through the region and fanned embers and low flames back to life all across the Northern Rockies. There was no stopping or containing the fire; one could only hope to avoid it. Trains raced to evacuate towns just ahead of the flames."

President William Howard Taft deployed 4,000 soldiers to supplement the civilian firefighting force.

"Aftermath and Legacy

"Official reports after the Big Blowup estimated that 1,736 total fires burned more than 3 million acres of private and federal land and consumed an estimated 7.5 billion board feet of timber. At least 85 people were killed. Several small towns were completely destroyed, and one-third of Wallace was burned. Smoke from the fires reached New England and soot traveled all the way to Greenland."

Nationally, wildfires in 1910 consumed more than 5 million acres. The Lake States region saw its worst fire season ever, with more than a million acres lost.

My grandparents tell stories of train loads of people being brought out the mountains to safe haven and housing. Both pairs of grandparents took in families in Tekoa, WA., as did many of the families of the Palouse area.

~ E. T. ALLEN, Forester of the Northwestern Forestry and Conscnation Association 

"WHAT PROTECTIVE CO-OPERATION DID"

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2017 at 1:16pm

Bertold! Yes! We need to pass legislation banning televangelists coming to our doors, leaving leaflets on our cars, and phone calls.Those 

Those sweet, dear, caring, compassionate people who follow the teachings of the bible full of murders, incest, rape, slavery, and misogyny want us to take on their lies and pretend they are facts. 

I watched a televangelist on the internet the other day, it was just awful (not full-of-awe) but dreadful, disgusting, and delusional. I had to cleanse my brain with a strong dose of Hitchens. 

Comment by Bertold Brautigan on August 26, 2017 at 12:43pm

Warning - this is satire.

Iceland Bans American Televangelists

Patheos

  • Reykjavik, Iceland – This island nation situated in the North Atlantic took a monumental leap forward today by passing legislation banning American televangelists. The Icelandic Psychological Defense Act (IPDA) takes effect immediately. No American televangelist may set his or her foot in the small nation of 330,000 souls. No programming by such people may be shown on Icelandic television or played on the radio.

Comment by Ian Mason on August 26, 2017 at 5:50am

That's funny, Carl.

Comment by Joan Denoo on August 26, 2017 at 1:02am

Those darned snakes sure make a lot of mischief. Poor Adam couldn't resist the snake and Eve's temptation. Now, the theory of dinosaurs' origins! 

Comment by The Flying Atheist on August 25, 2017 at 10:29pm

Another theory....

Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2017 at 9:38pm

Out agian in NYC. Daytime, to the Guggenheim, a treasure trove of modern art. Evening, 'Macbeth' in Brooklyn Bridge Park. The cast had to contend with traffic rumble and helicopters but gave a great performance. Free, too.

https://www.timeout.com/newyork/theater/macbeth-30

Comment by Ian Mason on August 25, 2017 at 9:34pm

That sounds like a very stressful situation. I hope it clears up soon. How encouraging, though, that people are so willing to help each other in a crisis, even to the extent op opening their homes.

 

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