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The Gun Industry's Killing in Killing (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Chris G on Wednesday. 15 Replies

America's Best Christian has finally acknowledged that there may be one outfit which has her belief system beat for it's leverage on the government.  No great surprise, it's the NRA and the gun industries.  Betty's a good loser, though.  She's made…Continue

Tags: NRA, guns, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

The Ark Encounter: A Less than Grand Opening (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller on Tuesday. 4 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

The God of Cancer (The Thinking Atheist)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 18. 10 Replies

Seth Andrews has been through the mill as it comes to dealing with those who insist that their faith in a deity is not just valid but necessary to their lives and to all lives.  Having dealt with that gauntlet and come out the other side an atheist,…Continue

Tags: cancer, god, The Thinking Atheist, Seth Andrews

We Are America / Love Has No Labels (John Cena - Ad Council)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Joan Denoo Jul 10. 3 Replies

It seems to be a repeating pattern: I wander around the internet and inevitably, I stumble onto all manner of stuff.  It happens all the time on YouTube, and as you doubtless have deduced, yours truly tripped over something a couple minutes ago,…Continue

Tags: patriotism, labels, love, Ad Council, John Cena

In God We Trust? (Betty Bowers)

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Qiana-Maieev Jul 4. 4 Replies

HEY, gang!  Your favorite America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers is BACK and just in time for the Fourth of July!!!  This time, she's hit it big, coming to us live and in color from the Capitol!  Seems as though she's as upset about this whole "In…Continue

Tags: congress, god, Jesus, America's Best Christian, Betty Bowers

NBC News Gives Ken Ham Free Advertising

Started by Loren Miller. Last reply by Loren Miller Jul 2. 13 Replies

Ordinarily I toggle between CBS News with Scott Pelley and NBC News with Lester Holt in the early evening, mostly to avoid commercials, but I'm wondering if I should give ABC's news division another chance after this evening's broadcast.  NBC…Continue

Tags: advertisement, Ken Ham, Ark Encounter, News, NBC

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Comment by Steph S. on July 10, 2013 at 7:03pm

Comment by Steph S. on July 10, 2013 at 7:02pm

Melinda that is such a cute picture!!

That made me laugh.

Well just 4 more weeks to go of this class.

Then things will be back to normal.

How is everyone?

I really miss coming here as often.

Comment by The Flying Atheist on July 10, 2013 at 5:26pm

I ain't never seen people talk that way before other then me.  Is their a problem with that? 

Comment by Loren Miller on July 10, 2013 at 11:40am

No idea, Chris. I just know that I love his work, from The Star Beast to Stranger in a Strange Land to Time Enough for Love and even works like Starship Troopers, which is a lot harder to take and process because of the philosophy being put forward.

You may like Robert Heinlein or you may hate him, but it's hard to be indifferent about his work, because he will make you THINK, he will make you evaluate what you think and why. For that reason and many others, he has earned the moniker: Dean of Science-Fiction.

Comment by Plinius on July 10, 2013 at 11:27am

Let's guess, Loren; a xtian in the committee?

Comment by Loren Miller on July 10, 2013 at 9:54am

Said it before, will say it again: Job should have been Heinlein's fifth Hugo Award winner ... and I would like to know why it wasn't.

Comment by Plinius on July 10, 2013 at 9:40am

not just about him, Melinda. Heinlein's books are very enjoyable. I couldn't stop laughing when I read ´Job´.

Comment by sk8eycat on July 9, 2013 at 9:33pm

Mindy, Robert Heinlein is (still) a hero not only to Science Fiction fans but to people who are passionate about space exploration, any science field, and clear thinking.  There's some overlap in those fields.  He was a true gentleman and a scholar. I once sent him a fan letter (it wasn't very "fannish"), and I was astonished that he answered it himself.  I stayed in touch via his wife, Ginny, for the rest of his life, and then when I got a computer with a modem, I exchanged cat and skating gossip with her till a few months before she died.  I loved them as much as I loved my own parents...and learned a lot from both of them.

Loren: That is SO true!  I've been reading comments about that 777 crash in San Francisco, and a LOT of dummies were writing that what a "miracle" it is that "only" 2 passengers died. I finally got fed up and wrote that the families and friends of those 2 young women probably don't think it was a miracle.

Patricia: I'm relieved that you finally learned something, but I think somebody should have had the manners to answer your e-mails a lot sooner....knowing how concerned you were and everything.  :>/

Flying A: Hmmmmm... when I'm feeling super-lazy (in hot weather) I'm inclined not to wear anything.  An UGLY sight!

KTHXBAI I'm gonna go check the pool!  We finally found a service company that does a decent job...almost impossible anymore.

Comment by Ian Mason on July 9, 2013 at 9:29pm

Great posts all round. Love the dogs, Mindy.

Comment by Loren Miller on July 9, 2013 at 8:36pm

 

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